Public Works 2025: Plan vows to improve town’s infrastructure

Trumbull Public Works Department will have a few employees retiring after June.
Trumbull Public Works Department will have a few employees retiring after June.

First Selectman Tim Herbst continued with his rollout of his Trumbull 2025 plan Monday, unveiling a long-term vision and blueprint that builds upon Trumbull’s accomplishments over the last six years and where Trumbull must go over the next ten.

The first selectman took the opportunity to reflect upon accomplishments, while also looking to the future with Public Works 2025.

“As Trumbullites drive around town, they have seen an aggressive road repaving plan and an overall commitment to improve our infrastructure and our public facilities,” Herbst said. “While we have accomplished so much in the area of public works, road repaving, energy efficiencies, and new agreements that reduce operational costs, now we must look to the future to develop a logical and sensible plan to reduce energy costs, continue with an aggressive road paving plan and develop a new long term solution for our WPCA.”

The first selectman noted the following accomplishments:

  • Negotiated and implemented a new 10-year municipal solid waste (MSW) agreement, saving Trumbull taxpayers 1.6 million over 10 years.

  • Implemented a townwide energy efficiency program that will reduce operational costs 30% over the course of the next 10 years.

  • Renegotiated and implemented a new 10-year agreement for our transfer station

  • Repaved 12% of the town’s roadways over the last six years, including Merritt Boulevard, Whitney Avenue and Stonehouse Road reconstruction.

  • Successfully shepherded the reconstruction of the Pequonnock River Trail extensions.

He added that road repaving projects that are in the design phase and funded for completion over the next two years include Moose Hill Road, Strobel Road, Blackhouse Road reconstruction, and Chestnut Hill Road.

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Herbst also championed the town’s successfully reformed and completed contract four sewer project in North Nichols.

Other accomplishments of the Department of Public Works under the Herbst administration include the completed reconstruction of the Trumbull High School parking lot, concession stand and bathrooms, as well as the emergency generator.

The DPW was also able to repave the parking lot of Hillcrest Middle School, along with a new playground area at Tashua School and new windows at Middlebrook School.

In the press release, Herbst noted the department is currently working with nine area municipalities to collaborate on a power purchase agreement that will reduce energy costs in all municipal buildings, including Board of Education buildings.

Plan Forward for 2025

Herbst laid out goals for the future that he called “ambitious.”

They include:

  • Finalize and implement a regional power purchase agreement to reduce our electric costs in all municipal buildings, with a goal of 50% reduction by 2025;

  • Repave 50% of the town’s roadways between 2009 and 2025;

  • Develop a long-term plan for town facilities and offices that eliminates inefficiencies and redundancies while creating greater adjacencies that better meet the needs of Trumbull residents;

  • End Trumbull’s  relationship with the Bridgeport WPCA and develop a new 50-year agreement for Trumbull’s WPCA to treat its wastewater with another adjoining municipality. Equip all municipal and board of education buildings with renewable energy sources like wind and solar power;

  • Develop a division within Public Works that specifically addresses energy, with a plan to not only reduce municipal energy costs but also a division that works with our residents, most especially our seniors, to reduce their energy costs.

“While these goals are ambitious, one thing we have proven these last six years is that through hard work, when we have set our mind to something, we have accomplished it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to another two years in office to tackle these issues and lay the groundwork that will allow our town to further reduce our operational costs, continue to improve our infrastructure, make our town even more energy efficient and finally develop a plausible solution for our WPCA.”