System Improvements

Town-wide Upgrade
In 2012 the Kent Sewer Commission announced completion of a million dollar project to repair and reline the sanitary sewer collection system in the village and installation of a new pump station at Judd Avenue. The renovation incorporates the many advances in safety introduced since 1970 and eliminates dangerous working conditions for our employees while creating greater processing efficiency.  The project was delivered under budget and according to rigorous specifications.

Photo of street with orange cones - Men Working - Relining under Main Street
Relining under Main Street      

Photo of new pump Station
New Pump Station

Made possible by a 45% grant and 55% low interest loan funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by through the United States Department of Agriculture, the work done will benefit the town over decades.  The successful project is the result of team work between the public and private sectors.  USDA’s Mary Grasso, Susan Gregware and Frank Petruli provided valuable guidance, oversight and cost control procedures that otherwise would not have been available to a small town.  Loureiro Engineering Associates (“LEA”) of Plainville, CT, oversaw the renovation.  The expert direction and designs of LEA senior engineer, Sal Palaia, employed innovative technology that allowed the existing piping to be re-lined with resin, without the disruption associated with village-wide excavation.  LEA was assisted by Bart Clark, principal of the local firm of Oakwood Environmental Associates, whose insights brought great value to the project.

Expansion on Maple St Extension
Kent Sewer Commission has received a $1million+ grant and loan from the US Department of Agriculture to connect the properties along Maple Street Extension to the town sewer.  Since that street borders Kent’s small and only industrial zone, this expansion (which has been included in town planning for 20 years) will allow the expansion of our business community and broaden our tax base.  Three large parcels there cannot be developed for light industry because there are inadequate sanitary facilities.  A sewer line along Maple Street Extension will encourage remediation of the Brownfield on the Berkshire Transformer property, allow the expansion of affordable housing recently built there, and assure that other dwellings on the street can in the future connect to a modern sanitary system.

The KSC has obtained permits and agreements from the CTDOT for work in the Right of Way for the Railroad and Route 341.  All other easement needed have been obtained.

Construction of these improvements is underway and is expected to be completed in 2014.

Benefits assessments will be determined once construction costs are known.  The Commission will prepare a proposal for the Assessments and then present them to the Public.

Huge hole in ground surrounded by dirt from digging to insert large piece of equipment

Heavy equipment next to large pipe on dirt created by digging on Main St.

 Work begins on Maple Street Extension