May 25, 2022

Deep River Selectmen Announce First Members of the New Town Hall Auditorium Restoration Committee

DEEP RIVER— The board of selectmen Tuesday announced five prospective appointments to the new town hall auditorium restoration committee, but is holding off the formal appointment until additional volunteers step forward to serve on the 11-member committee.

The new Deep River Town Hall Auditorium Restoration Committee was created under a resolution approved at a Nov. 22 town meeting, taking the place of the Deep River Town Hall Restoration Association Inc. that had coordinated restoration work at the historic 1892 town hall since the early 1980s. The association has previously decided to disband and transfer its donated fund for the restoration work to the town.

First Selectman Richard Smith said five residents had volunteered to serve on the new committee, including former Selectman Arthur Thompson, Carol Jones, Janice Kemetz, Dennis Schultz, and Richard Nagot. Thompson had pushed for formation of a new committee to complete the auditorium restoration during his term on the board of selectmen that ended last month.

Smith said three members of the former restoration association board of directors are expected to volunteer to serve on the new committee, leaving three openings for additional volunteers. The board is expected to formally appoint the 11-member committee at its Dec. 27 meeting. Smith said Building Official Richard Leighton has already prepared a list of improvements needed to meet all current fire safety and building codes for the second floor auditorium, and would meet with the new committee to discuss the project early in 2012.

In other action Tuesday, a handful of residents at a town meeting approved a 15-year contract with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority for disposal of solid waste and recyclables. The contract, which provides for a tipping fee of $59.50 per ton, was approved on a unanimous vote.

Deep River has been a member of CRRA since the regional trash authority was established in the late 1980s. It is one of 13 area towns that send solid waste to the authority’s regional transfer station in Essex, where it is compacted and trucked to the authority’s Mid-Connecticut incinerator in Hartford. Contracts for 70 Connecticut cities and towns served by CRRA expire in November 2012.

Smith said a long-term contract with CRRA was the town’s most cost effective option for disposal of solid waste and recyclables based on both the tipping fee, and the close proximity of the regional transfer station.