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Wind Creates More Problems in Canton

March 18, 2015 Fire, Police No Comments
A brush fire along Route 44 on Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

A brush fire along Route 44 on Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

The wind-related problems that started Tuesday afternoon continued into Wednesday, keeping police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Public Works crews busy.

Notably, an afternoon power-line related brush fire along Route 44 caused several problems, closing the road for more than an hour and knocking out power to many area homes well into the night. … Continue Reading

Canton Selectmen Authorize Ladder Truck Purchase

March 2, 2015 Fire, Government No Comments
Ladder trucks are often used in home fires such as this November one on Silver Mine Acres. This vehicle is from the town of Simsbury.

Ladder trucks are often used in home fires such as this November one on Silver Mine Acres. This vehicle is from the town of Simsbury.

On Monday afternoon selectmen voted 4-0 to authorize the purchase of a replacement ladder truck for the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Selectmen voted to authorize up to $950,000 for the purchase of a Pierce ladder truck to replace the town’s 1997 ladder that has been out of service since last fall, when its ladder mechanism failed safety tests. While the town had originally planned to replace in 2020, fire officials said the cost of fixing the vehicle, estimated at close to $100,000, was more than the vehicle is worth. Part of the issue is that the ladder manufacturer is out of business, making replacement parts expensive. The vehicle also had some ongoing issues, officials said.

In early February, town electors concurred with the idea of selling municipal bonds — essentially the town’s way to borrow money — to fund the purchase. Selectmen met Monday to authorize the purchase of a demo vehicle. Tom Sevigny, Barlow, Stephen Roberto and Lowell Humphrey voted in favor. Selectman David Gilchrist Jr. was not at the meeting, Barlow said. … Continue Reading

Canton Selectmen Could Potentially Authorize Ladder Truck Purchase on Monday

February 27, 2015 Fire No Comments
Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service. Next month voters can decide whether to approve bonding for a replacement vehicle.

The Canton Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Monday to potentially authorize the purchase of a replacement ladder truck for the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The items for discussion are:

  • A. Authorize the purchase of a Pierce ladder truck in an amount not to exceed $950,000 and waive the purchase procedures.
  • B. Discuss options for disposing of the existing ladder truck.

Recently, town electors concurred with a plan to bond as much as $950,000 for a vehicle that would replace Ladder 2, which has has been out of service since last fall, after the ladder mechanism was deemed to have serious safety issues.

… Continue Reading

Canton Will Bond For Replacement Ladder Truck, School Window Project Still A Possibility

February 4, 2015 Fire, Government, Schools No Comments
Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service. Next month voters can decide whether to approve bonding for a replacement vehicle.

With the concurrence of electors at Town Meeting Wednesday, the town will “bond” as much as $950,000 for a replacement ladder truck to be used by the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The department’s 17-year-old Ladder 2 has been out of service since fall, after the ladder portion of the truck was deemed unsafe. Town officials had initially hoped to replace the vehicle in approximately 6 years but department officers said the cost of repairs and ongoing maintenance outpaced the vehicle’s value. One challenge was that the original manufacturer was no longer in business, making it expensive to find and/or fabricate replacement parts.

The department has been eyeing demo vehicles that have been displayed at trade shows but not used in active service.

The Board of Finance recently concurred with replacing the vehicle, only debating the method of payment. While some wanted to use town reserves the fund the purchase, the majority of members voted for the sale of municipal bonds, essentially the town’s way to borrow money. … Continue Reading

Special Town Meeting on Ladder Truck Set for Wednesday

February 4, 2015 Fire No Comments

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the town will hold a special town meeting on whether to spend up to $950,000 to replace a ladder truck used by the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The town’s ladder 2 vehicle has been out of service since last fall after safety issues were discovered in the the ladder portion of the vehicle.

Fire officials and said the repairs and ongoing maintenance issues would outweigh the vehicle’s value and officials agreed. … Continue Reading

Canton’s New Fire Marshal Well Versed in Many Aspects of Firefighting and Investigation

January 30, 2015 Fire, Government No Comments
Timothy Tharau

Timothy Tharau

Canton’s new fire marshal Timothy Tharau is certainly well steeped in the fire service.

Not only did he spend 20 some years as fire marshal in Torrington but also worked several years as a firefighter for that city and has a long history of service in Burlington.

Tharau recently retired from Torrington and the part-time Canton job came at the right time. He’s been there about a month.

“It was an opportunity close to home,” he said. “Canton is a nice small town.” … Continue Reading

January 2015 Blizzard Coverage

Canton DPW workers load treated salt into the plow trucks on Monday afternoon. Photo by John Fitts

Canton DPW workers load treated salt into the plow trucks on Monday afternoon.
Photo by John Fitts

Update 12: 30 p.m. 

The town has released the following updates:

1.  Effective at 2pm today, the statewide travel ban will be lifted by the Governor.  Although Canton’s roads are passable, please proceed with caution as you travel to your destination.  If you are traveling out of state, please also note that as of this posting, Massachusetts and Rhode Island still have travel bans in effect.

2.  Canton’s overnight parking ban is still in effect.

3.  All Town offices will remain closed through the end of today.  They will re-open with normal hours and operation Wednesday, Jan 28th.

Updated 8:22 a.m. Tuesday 

Officers responded to two minor accidents overnight and no roads are blocked, police chief and emergency management director Christopher Arciero said.

While the storm’s impact in the area seems less than originally predicted the National Weather service is predicting another 3 to 6 inches today with, areas of freezing fog before noon and fog between noon and 4 p.m.

Winds will also be “blustery” with wind chills as low as -3.

The Town Hall, Library/Community Center, Senior Center and Transfer Station are all closed today as are many businesses.

The governor imposed a travel ban as of 9 p.m. Monday and Arciero is still urging people to stay off the roads when possible.

“The longer unnecessary travel is delayed, the more effective ongoing plow operations will be,” he said in a message to Canton Compass.

Updated Monday 2:20 p.m.

With expected blizzard conditions, Canton officials are asking everyone to stay off the roads for the duration of the storm Monday night and Tuesday. There is also a parking ban on all Canton streets starting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Staying off the roads will be critical for the safety of residents, plow drivers and emergency vehicles, said Police Chief Christopher Arciero, who is also the town’s emergency management director.

“We ask that people not be out on the road unnecessarily,” he said.

Cars parked in the town hall parking lot in Collinsville should be registered. Call (860) 693-0221. … Continue Reading

Ladder Truck Funding Proposal Headed to Canton Electors

January 21, 2015 Fire, Uncategorized No Comments
Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service. Next month voters can decide whether to approve bonding for a replacement vehicle.

Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service. Next month voters can decide whether to approve bonding for a replacement vehicle.

Early next month town electors will decide whether to bond as much as $950,000 for a replacement ladder truck for the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Finance voted to forward of proposal bond for the purchase of a vehicle, which will replace the department’s ladder 2, which has been out of commission since the fall. One night later, the Board of Selectmen set a Feb. 4 town meeting date.

Officials have been discussing the issue since last fall after the town’s “Ladder 2,” which dates back to 1997, was taken out of service when, during routine repairs, more serious serious issues with the ladder mechanism were discovered. Fire officials said estimates showed the repair costs would be more than the vehicle is worth. The department is looking to buy a demo model that has been shown at trade shows but not used in active services.

Subsequent to a positive referral from the Board of Selectmen, The Board of Finance held an initial discussion, requested more information and then discussed the issue during a special meeting and again on Tuesday. … Continue Reading

Crews Recover Body from Vehicle in Farmington River

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

State Police have confirmed that one person is dead following an incident in Barkhamsted in which a car plunged into the Farmington River on Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteer firefighters and numerous crews from around the area, along with state police, responded to West River Road shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, where a car had gone down a short, but steep embankment into the river.

Crews spent a long time at the scene, accessing the car and eventually pulling a covered body from the car.

West River Road was slated to be closed for some time.

State Trooper Kelly Grant confirmed that there was a fatality in the incident. According to Fox Connecticut and other news sources, the deceased was identified Kenneth Gibb, 46, of Barkhamsted. … Continue Reading

Two Hospitalized After Route 44 Accident

December 27, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Two people were sent to the hospital after a two-car accident on Route 44 Saturday evening, according to emergency radio reports.

The accident took near the intersection of Old Albany Turnpike at approximately 5:30 p.m. and Canton Police and the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department initially responded.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department extricated at least one patient and ambulance crews from Simsbury and New Hartford responded to assist. Initially three people were evaluated but officials said two received further medical attention.

Fire police from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department shut down Route 44 between the Shoppes at Farmington Valley and the Simsbury town line for approximately 45 minutes during the incident.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.  … Continue Reading

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