Minutes / Newsletter
February 19th, 2020
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· Did Anyone Attend…The recent Chamber Home & Business Show? Were there Duck Tickets available? Based on the feedback, it sounds like it was another successful event! A great turnout, with many F.V.A. members attending. It also sounds like there were indeed Duck Tickets available, which would keep up with tradition, as the annual Home & Business show normally kicks off Duck Race sales.
· How About That Groundhog…looks like Phil got it right! An early spring is on its way!
· Spring Clean Up…will be held on Saturday April 23rd starting at 8am. Please spend a couple hours helping out. Take pride in the village and help keep it litter free. The results are recognized by Forestville residents, as well as the people passing through our town.
· Annual Budget/Donations…As the year turns, donation season begins. Is it time to take a look at who we donate to, how much we donate and if anything needs to change? Here are a few of the upcoming requests….
- United Way Day of Caring: Have been a $500 sponsor, should we move to $250?
- Bob Watson Scholarship Fund: Past donation $100, should we do $75 or less?
- Post 209 Fishing Derby: $100 donation for 2020 event unanimously approved by membership.
- Pine Lake Fishing Derby: $150 donation for 2020 event unanimously approved by membership.
- Post 209 Memorial Day Parade: Donation amount tabled until March meeting.
· F.V.A. Insurance Premium… The question at hand is, do we even need coverage for what we do? Our current premium is $1,700 annually. Do we need event coverage? The Carol Sing is covered by Nuchies. We do not need coverage for the Historical Markers. I do believe we are paying too much and at a minimum, should be able to find coverage at a lesser amount. Something to look into sooner rather than later.
· Central Square Maintenance… The F.V.A. has decided to go in a different direction this season and has hired current F.V.A. Business member Costello Landscaping, LLC to take over the beautification of Central Square. The past landscaper has been notified and we thank them for their service.
· Welcome Back… Former Councilor Dave Mills, Past City Finance Chair Cheryl Thibeault, Pam & Ron Messier and Lt. Mark Morello. Nice to see you all!
· FVA Website…You can visit us at www.fvact.org Have you looked lately? Lots of info! Anyone interested in updating?
City Village Report:
· City Councilor: (Brittany Barney) – Pine Lake cleanup is set to begin in March and go through September. In order to do a proper cleanup, roadways will need to be created to get the machines towards the wetlands to remove the 12” of sediments. This will mean that approx. 600 trees will have to be removed. This is very devastating and upsetting to me. I have spent a lot of time at Pine Lake over the years. I have a lot of good memories there. With this being said, ERM (Environmental Resource Management), while taking down these beautiful pine trees, they are going to be replacing them with 600 trees for every acre of forested area. This means that they will be planting about 1,000 trees (4’-6’ in height) in comparison to the 600 or so they will be removing. Also, in order to get the number of trees down to 600, ERM will be moving their staging area to a more open space to lessen the disturbance impact. In addition to the environmental impact, the process will also impact the Pine Lake Adventure Challenge Course, which is operated as a business, so ERM will provide $90,000 back to the city for the impact to the business.
- Data has come back from Red Stone Hill Rd. speed check, based on concern/reaction to potential speeders in that area. During the test period, there were 6,000 vehicles that traveled the road in one day. The data seems to show that most abide by the speed limit, with an average speed of 34mph collected using the 6,000 vehicles for that day. I found this very interesting, as since I have been in office people complain about traffic/speed.
- When you receive your census in the mail, please fill it out is it helps us with grants.
· First Deputy, Leo Bonola (Remarks) – Memorial Day Parade is right around the corner and I will help out where needed. Monthly Drawing Winner: Gerry Riley - $20.00
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – Reserved time for later date.
· John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, FLL) - The Pine Lake Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2020. Cleaning of the Pine Lake area is set to start in March. The staging site has already changed in order to save trees. At this point we don’t know when a Little League first pitch will happen.
· Bruce Barton (Post 209) – Post 209 is celebrating 5 years in existence (already!). We are about community, always have been and always will be! We just roll from one event into another with all monies raised going back into the community. We meet at Gloria Dei Church and are always looking for new members ($40 membership fee). Some of our upcoming events include…
- March 7th – Pancake Breakfast
- April 17th – Juke Box Bingo ($10 ticket)
- May 7th – Fishing Derby ($2400 spent on stocking Rockwell Park Pond with Trout)
- May 24th – Memorial Day Parade (Bigger & Better)
- Visit our website for further information on upcoming events americanlegionpost209.com
Also, check out nationally recognized “The Four Chaplains” on YouTube. A story we are very proud of!
· Lt. Mark Morello (Community relations officer) - There will be a prescription drug take back day on March 7th.
Question: The running of red lights in town seems to be an epidemic. Is there anymore that can be done to help crack down on this? Response: It is a matter of resources…there is a lot of paperwork that is involved with pulling someone over for a violation and when there is a shortage of officers, it is not always easy to pull over everyone committing a violation. Question: (Dave P.) – There seems to be an officer parked in the back of our parking lot on somewhat of a daily basis. Is it possible to have that officer parked closer to the street to possibly see some of the violations occurring? Response: If the officer is parked that far back, he/she is trying to catch up on computer/paperwork and wouldn’t be able to do that parked closer to the street. Look at it from a different perspective…we do a lot and don’t always have time to catch up on pending paperwork and it’s those types of opportunities that give us a chance to try and do so. Question: (Dave P.) – CT State road construction signs seem to remain long after a project has been completed. Is there a reason why, or is it due to someone not following through on their removal responsibilities? Response: I would suggest you reach out to the State Traffic Division. Since the projects are done on state roadways, the signs would be their responsibility and you would have better results going straight through them.
The city PD is currently understaffed. We do our best with what we have, but it is a struggle getting potential officers to apply, as well as difficult to find qualified candidates. It seems to be a sign of the times. We have received a grant for “Distracted Drivers” which will help with getting additional officers assigned to the traffic division.
· Christine Levesque (FVA Scholarship) – The F.V.A. 2020 $1,000 Scholarship deadline is March 13th, 2020.
Correspondence Report: Maryellen Holden
- Note of Sympathy – To Mary Fortier for the passing of her Dad
- Note of Sympathy – To Melanie Dumont for the passing of her husband Jim
- Get Well Sent – to Lee Santorso
Treasurer Report:. Mary Jane Lindquist – All accounts are in good standing. All monthly reports, as well as the 2019 year end are available at Nuchies.
Membership 2020: Mary Jane Lindquist - 2020 Totals: Family – 18, Business – 18. Please send in your 2020 Dues! It’s so important to our continued success!
- F.V.A. Business Member, Costello Landscaping will now be taking care of the continued beautification of Central Square. Spring is just about here….time to clean up!
· Historical Marker #7: Manross Library – Final Write up Proof provided to Library and being reviewed.
· Historical Marker #8: Betty Boukus, to be placed in the Honor Circle. Gary Boukus has met with Dave to go over the script for his wife Betty. He also brought in a beautiful picture of Betty to be etched into the plaque.
Fundraising 2020: - Juke Box Bingo / Pasta Supper – Early Fall, Date TBA
Upcoming Events 2020: - Annual Spring Clean Up, Saturday April 23rd @ 8am – Location: Nuchies Restaurant
Next Meeting –Wednesday March 18th, 2020 @ Nuchie’s – Meeting Time 5:30pm
If you have not already renewed your membership, please renew by sending your check payable to…. Forestville Village Association, c/o Mary Jane Lindquist, 81 Spark Avenue, Forestville, CT. 06010
Individual/ Family- $20.00_____, Non-Profit- $25.00______, Business - $50.00_______
Voluntary Donation - $________
Let us remember to support the businesses and non- profit organizations, who support us!
Albert & Korn, CPA’s
Hillside Community Church
Allied Sanitation, Inc.
Korean Veterans Association Bristol
American Clock & Watch Museum
Martel Home Improvement, LLC
American Legion Forestville Post 209
Arf Arf Grooming, LLC
M.R. Home Care, Inc.
Atlantic Precision Spring, Inc.
Nye Insurance Agency
Black Bear Auto, LLC
O’Brien Funeral Home
Bristol Instrument Gears, Inc.
One Fifty Central
Bristol Police Union
Peter Roberge Painting Company
Broad Street Self Storage
Red Shed Christmas Trees
CACO Print Productions, LLC
RB Transmissions, LLC
City True Value Hardware
Rt. 72 Liquors
Costello Landscaping, LLC
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
Classic Plumbing By Reno
SERVPRO of Bristol
Crowley Auto Group
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
St. Joseph Polish Society
St. Matthew R.C. Church
The Healing Corner
Forestville Lawn Care
Ultimate Wireforms, Inc.
Forestville Little League
Tollman Spring Co.
Hartford County Tattoo
United Way of W.C. CT
Webster Bank – Forestville
Always Accepting Membership Dues