May 25, 2022

Deep River Selectmen Approve Contract for Replacement of the Village Street Bridge

DEEP RIVER— The board of selectmen has awarded a contract for the replacement of the Village Street bridge, picking Brunalli Construction Company of Southington for the job on a bid of $1,119,241.

First Selectman Richard Smith said at Tuesday’s meeting that Brunalli Construction was one of 16 bidders for the bridge project. Smith said the company was the second low bidder, picked after the low bidding firm was disqualified because the company had not completed a required prequalification with the state Department of Transportation.

Replacement of the bridge, located on Village Street behind the Deep River Public Library, will be funded under the Local Bridge Program, with 80 percent of the project cost covered by federal funds. The town is responsible for 20 percent of the total cost. Smith said work on the bridge replacement is expected to begin in the summer of 2012, with most of the town share of the cost included in the 2012-2013 town budget.

In other business Tuesday, the board formally appointed nine members of the new Deep River Town Hall Auditorium Restoration Committee. Voters at a Nov. 22 town meeting had authorized the new committee to coordinate ongoing efforts to restore the second-floor auditorium at the historic 1892 town hall. The new committee replaces the now disbanded Deep River Town Hall Restoration Association Inc., which had directed town hall restoration efforts since the early 1980s.

The members include Sally Carlson-Crowell, Bruce Edgarton, Carol Jones, Janice Kmetz, Dennis Schultz, Richard Nagot, Kim Olson, Frances Strukus, and former Selectman Arthur Thompson. Carlson-Crowell and Strukus had served previously as directors of the restoration association. The ordinance creating the new committee called for up to 11 members, leaving two openings for any other volunteers interested in serving on the committee.