By Lisa Capobianco
With the consolidation of regional planning agencies in the state, the Town Council voted Monday night in approval to join Hartford’s Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), as suggested by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), which is responsible for all state staff planning.
“It was not an easy decision to make…but I am proud to say I made the motion for CRCOG,” said Town Councilor Louis Martocchio.
By January 1, the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency, (CCRPA) which includes Southington, will be replaced by Capital Region Council of Governments. The town had to express their preference of a regional planning organization by December 31, before OPM makes the final decision. The Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley (COGCNV), based out of Waterbury, served as another option for Southington.
During a council meeting two weeks ago, Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback expressed his preference for CRCOG. On Monday, Brumback told the Town Council he still thinks CRCOG is the best choice for Southington.
“The orientation of them, the organization, along with the relationships with CRCOG that we already have in the areas of public safety, emergency management, and some of the technological things, I still think it makes more sense for Southington as a town to align itself with the Capital Region Council of Governments,” Brumback said during the meeting Monday night.