Chip Sealing on East West Hill and Old County Roads

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Several residents in the West Hill area have expressed concern about the chip sealing of East West Hill Road and Old County Road, which is scheduled to begin this Thursday.  This concern is based upon their prior experience when Eddy Road was sealed a few years ago.  We believe that the oil used at that time was contaminated by gasoline due to an accidental spill, and that this contamination caused the oil to splash up on the body and fill up the tires of those vehicles that went over the road a few days after the chip sealing was done.  At that time, we worked with the folks whose cars were damaged and the Town took care of detailing or replacement of tires.

The current project will use a different, water-based, quick drying oil, and we do not expect the same issues to recur.  It will remain on the road for about 2 weeks before we sweep the road (scheduled for September 6-9), and if drivers obey the posted 15 mph speed limit, there should be no problems with the solution being tracked up onto the vehicles.  This material is also easier to clean up if splattering takes place.

Chip sealing is a necessary maintenance procedure to keep our roads safe.  It is the most economic way to keep them in the best condition.  If you encounter any problems, please contact me at 860-379-8285, and I will do everything possible to resolve issues if they do occur. 

We are very hopeful that the past problems will not present themselves this year due to the new material that is being used.

Barkhamsted Lions donating AED to the Town


Many thanks to the Barkhamsted Lions who support and contribute so much to the Town.  Their latest donation is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that will be used by youth soccer at the Barkhamsted School palying fields. This gift is very important to the well-being of the kids and the spectators and is a very generous donation.

Stanclift Cove Announcement


On September 3,4 5, guest cars at Stanclift Cove will be limited to 2 cars per sticker holder.  

Only those who sign up by August 31st will be allowed to bring in guest cars.

Thank you, 
Stanclift Cove Staff

Were you ever interested in becoming a Justice of the Peace but didn’t want to be registered with a major political party? Per CT General Statue Sec. 9-184c, the Town Clerk is authorized to endorse Justices of the Peace electors who are not members of major parties (unaffiliated and minor parties) when application is made between August 1 and November 1 during a presidential election year. Questions? Please stop in to see me at the Town Clerk’s Office during business hours, call me at 860-379-8665 or send an email to hkrouse@barkhamsted.us Holly P. Krouse, Barkhamsted Town Clerk

All Trails-All Seasons Challenge


Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests Offer An All Trails-All Seasons Challenge

BARKHAMSTED, CT—Like to hike or spend time outdoors in nature? Would you like a fun challenge that will last a year and afford you the treasures of nature? Then join the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS) for its All Trails-All Seasons Challenge.

The All Trails-All Seasons Challenge require that you hike all trails—which comprise 12.6 miles—in American Legion and Peoples State Forests in each season of the year, beginning on June 1, 2016 and ending on May 15, 2017. You can do the trails individually or as a group and, at the end or your challenge, be congratulated with a tee shirt and a picnic on June 4, 2017 at the Whittemore Recreation Area in Peoples State Forest.

We ask that participants pre-register before they begin the Challenge. To get your pre-registration form please e-mail ctfalps@gmail.com or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps.

Besides pre-registration, the only other qualifications are: Hike all trails identified on the official map in their entirety in each of the four seasons, submit one photo per season along a trail within the challenge area and, when you’re all finished, submit the Official Completion Form with a check for $20 after all hiking is completed. This will help defray the costs of tee shirts and the luncheon. Please e-mail FALPS at ctfalps@gmail.com for your Completion Form or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps. Feel free to share photos and comments documenting your progress on our Facebook page as you take the Challenge!

Following are the time frames for each season:
 Summer- June 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016
 Fall- September 1, 2016- November 30, 2016
 Winter- December 1, 2016- February 28, 2017
 Spring- March 1, 2017- May 15, 2017

Special awards will be given out at the picnic, including prizes for the oldest and youngest participants.

“We’re excited to present the All Trails-All Seasons Challenge in hopes that it will encourage folks to get out into nature but also expose them to the beauty of American Legion and Peoples State Forests,” said Ralph
Scarpino, President of the FALPS board. “There may be only 12.6 miles of hiking trails in our forests but they are packed with natural and historical wonders as well as beautiful and fascinating flora and fauna.”

As Henry David Thoreau said of his forays throughout New England, “When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: what would become of us if we walked only in a garden or a mall?”

For more information please e-mail FALPS at ctfalps@gmail.com or call Ralph Scarpino at 860-921-1756.
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Barkhamsted Town Hall
67 Ripley Hill Road ~ P.O. Box 558
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063-0558

(860) 379-8285



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