Town of Canterbury CT

Town of Canterbury
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury CT 06331

Selectman's Blog

February 10, 2013
As the icicle drips...

We survived a pretty good storm, and a really cold night... now comes the digging out! Thanks to our Public Works crew for hanging in there, battling near zero visibility Friday night and some considerable drifting... and C,L&P, with crews working in the middle of the storm Friday night to restore a bunch of houses on Route 169. Yesterday morning, there were still a few isolated homes out, that were restored during the day.

If you have a medical or other emergency, call 911 immediately. For less urgent needs, dial 211 and find the appropriate contact. For unique needs that can't be addressed that way, you can call Carol Kent, our CERT team leader at 546-6924 for assistance.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the 40's this week. All that melting snow will create some puddling on the roads, and there will still be large piles of snow at some intersections. Thank you in advance for your patience while we dig out.

Brian Sear

February 05, 2013
Steady as she goes...

Nestled just past the holiday rush, and before any real hope of Spring, January is frequently a quiet and steady time without a lot of excitement. As so it has proved for the Town...

We are making background progress in a number of areas, while continuing to work within a tight budget framework. We put out to bid the design and engineering component for the STEAP-funded Recreational Upgrade project. The chosen low bidder was CLA Engineering of Norwich. Engineering is now underway and the Recreational Committee hopes to have some actual construction activity begun when the weather permits.

We also put out to bid site excavation and preparation for the STEAP-funded new Public Work Garage at 111 Kinne Road. The low bidder was Mark O. Weeks of Canterbury. An project agreement is being formulated, and work should begin quite soon.

Our Town audit has been completed, and I have been notified by the Board of Finance Chair that this year's coming budget will again be very tight. Our long-term debt is extremely low, we were able to pay for the new C.E.S. roof out of available funds, and our net fund balance is in a good range, but there is no extra surplus. This, coupled with the fact that Municipal Aid from the State might be cut this coming year, is making for a very sobering financial picture. My goal, consistent with that of previously tight financial years, is to try to maintain services and staff if and wherever possible.

Brian Sear

January 03, 2013
Open Space Acquisition...

Over the years we have built up a sizeable "nest egg" in our Open Space fund. When the Town approves subdivisions, it stipulates that either 10 percent of the land be set aside for open space, or 10 percent of the pre-developed market value be donated to the Town's Open Space fund. In turn, these funds are to be used for appropriate purchases of open space land valuable to the Town. We currently have approximately $131,000 in that account.

Recently, I was approached with an offer to buy a 4.6 acre parcel adjacent to our existing Kinne Road property for $12,000. A possible long term plan is to have the Kinne Road property equipped with a walking trail that would follow along the property's perimeter. However, one of the drawbacks currently is that the eastern edge is bordered by a very wet area. Acquiring the new parcel would give us a healthy dry buffer in that area.

The land acquisition will be put to vote at a Town Meeting to be held on Thursday, January 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. here at the Community Room. Files showing a topo map, a survey map and accompanying legal documents are available on the Board of Selectmen page of the Town website.

Please contact me with any questions on this.

Brian Sear

December 31, 2012
Bells of Freedom...

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on January 1, 1863.

The Proclamation was a milestone in the long struggle for equality and justice in our country. To commemorate this history, all municipalities and institutions have been called upon to ring their bells for one minute at noon on January 1, 2013. We will be ringing the bell at the Green Schoolhouse on Canterbury Green.

Just down the road, the City of Norwich has been planning some major events to commemorate the anniversary. Day-long festivities, beginning at Norwich City Hall at 11:45 a.m. are open to the public free of charge.

Brian Sear

December 17, 2012
What to do...?

Friday's horror in Newtown left widespread meaningless devastation on a community much like ours, and no clues how to cope with such a reality.

My humble feeling is that this has made us all aware of how fragile and important all of our relationships are, whether brother, sister, parent, teacher, caregiver, mentor or co-worker. We can strengthen those bonds in honor of those who have had theirs broken.

For practical help to the victims and the community, please click here.

Brian Sear

December 13, 2012
Holiday happenings...

This weekend offers more holiday entertainment open to the public. Friday evening starting at 7 p.m., the Canterbury Historical Society will present musician Rick Spencer's "19th Century Christmastide", a live presentation of offerings that explore the modern pursuit of the "perfect Christmas", including influences from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", and songs that were part of the holidays in Victorian England and America.

Th evening also includes a potluck supper, historically opened only to members, but this year open to the general public. Bring a dish, donate a non-perishable food item to Canterbury Cares, and enjoy the show!

Saturday, the Finnish American Heritage Society is holding its last Open House at the Finn Hall on Route 169 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are featuring a Holiday Village Display, with model trains, and Santa's Sleigh, which can be used for photo opportunities. All ages will enjoy the experience.

If you've been to the Town Hall recently, you'll see the Canterbury Cares collection bin in the entrance foyer. This will make donations much more convenient. Please donate to this worthy cause; our local food pantry supports many families and individuals throughout the area.

Brian Sear

December 07, 2012
Nice Country, Indeed...

Last night I attended another "Meet and Greet" social hosted by our Economic Development Commission at Wright's Mill Farm. The most recent similar event, last Spring, was wonderful. More than 70 residents, businesses and leaders viewed the EDC's newly created webpage, were made acquainted with our new brand (Canterbury... Nice Country), and did indeed meet, greet and get to know each other.

When I was invited to last evening's event, I exepected about the same. What I found is that rather than resting on their laurels and letting the web site do its work, their initial efforts are just the beginning. They've done in-depth research on buying trends and their effect on our Town, reached out to area commissions to establish regional cooperation, begun a wordwide publicity and dialog exchange through social electronic media, and raised the visibility and awareness of Canterbury, Northeastern Connecticut, and overall Connecticut small business and tourism attractiveness.

Thanks to Jet, Jill, Shane and all the others involved for such a great effort. Nice Work, Indeed!

Brian Sear

December 03, 2012
Festivities for a cause...

For the past 4 years we have hosted a "Tree of Life" ceremony here at the Municipal Building that includes tree lighting as the centerpiece of a fundraising event to benefit Day Kimball Hospice Care. At 5:15 p.m., trees are lit in 10 area towns; donors sponsor a symbolic light in memory of a loved one who has passed away. All proceeds go directly to funding Hospice Care for area families.

This year's Tree of Life event will be held at 5 p.m. this Sunday at the Municipal Building. Following the lighting, refreshments will be served in the Community Room, accompanied by holiday singing by the Dr. Helen Baldwin Middle School chorus.

Everyone is invited. Please stop by to join us.

Brian Sear

November 30, 2012
Toy Busses...

A few flakes are falling, the air is nippy, and December is upon us! Canterbury Junior Firefighters and the Canterbury Bus Drivers are holding their annual Toy Drive starting next Thursday, December 6 from 8-4 at the Dr. Helen Baldwin Middle School.

The drive will continue on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Canterbury Commons, and on Saturday from 10-2 at the Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department. Please donate unwrapped toys, games, general gifts, and even cash to help ensure all Canterbury children up to 16 years of age receive a holiday gift.

Brian Sear

November 22, 2012
Not bad at all...

The sun is out, the sky is blue, the air is crisp, we live in a beautiful New England Village, and no storms are on the horizon. Not a bad combination! We have a lot to be thankful for, and we have a lot to thank ourselves for.

Thanks to all who make our community so enjoyable, who give their time and talents for the betterment of all. This includes Town employees, Board members, teachers, administrators, shop owners, members of civic groups, farmers, etc. Our Town is big enough to have a wonderful variety of offerings, yet small enough to feel like a real close community. I can't help but show pride when people ask what it's like in "good old Canterbury".

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and enjoy all the holiday preparations and experiences coming up. It's great to be here.

Brian Sear

Canterbury Town Hall Office Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Friday: CLOSED