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12/13/2019 - 12/13/2019

Dear Residents,

Our town has much to celebrate at the close of 2019. Our new website, nearly a year in the making, is now live and helping us find the information we need. Many thanks to the team at town hall that devoted hours and hours to this project. Please take some time to explore!

Water Testing at Cherry Brook Primary School
The Town received welcome news that PFAS compounds were not detected in the wells that supply water to Cherry Brook Primary School. As a result, the alternate water source was disconnected and the wells were reconnected to the school. Additional testing will be scheduled for soils on school grounds and for wells that might have been affected on properties that abut the school.  Property owners will be contacted about well testing in January.

Solar Panels
Several municipal buildings are going solar thanks to a partnership between the town and Eversource Energy. Long term savings in energy costs and a smaller carbon footprint are expected to help the town for years to come. The DPW garage is especially well-positioned to benefit from solar – its energy needs could come almost entirely from the sun once the panel installation is complete. 
Board of Selectmen Goals
Did you know that the Board of Selectmen set goals following each municipal election? We do, and this year, we want to share our goals with you at a special town meeting on January 22, 2020 where we hope to enlist you in our goal setting process. So far, our goals focus on Communications, Economic Development, Senior and Social Services, Environment, Fiscal Responsibility, Emergency Services and Recreation.  More information will be available as we get closer to the town meeting. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend. 

Christmas in Collinsville
For the past 15 years, Canton has created its own “Hallmark Moment” with horse-drawn carriage rides and refreshments served in shops throughout historic Collinsville. This year’s event drew 1200 plus visitors, many from out of town, to experience what we know as one of many special areas of town. Good weather and respectful visitors made this year’s event especially enjoyable.   

Eye Screenings
Canton Lions conducted a free eye screening of 324 students at Cherry Brook Primary School and 364 students at Canton Intermediate School in early December. The screening is non-invasive, takes literally one second to complete and yields 35 measurements of eye health. Issues as common as nearsightedness and as complex as “lazy eye” (amblyopia) can be detected in these screenings. When a screening indicated that an eye issue could be present, the student was referred to an eye care professional for further examination. 
 Have a great (and safe!) holiday season.




Kevin Witkos
First Selectman
Phone: (860) 693-7847

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Canton Town Hall
P.O. Box 168
4 Market Street
Collinsville, CT 06022