Howland & Associates Proud to Help Sponsor ‘Trunk or Treat’

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    ‘Trunk or treat’ sweetens Halloween

    Published 4:59 pm, Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    A steady drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of a single soul on Halloween in downtown New Milford.

    And how could it?

    New Milford Parks & Recreation again hosted its popular Halloween Trunk or Treat, a trick-or-treating event, Oct. 31 along the Village Green on Main Street.

    The event was offered for a third straight year as an alternative to traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating.

    Residents were invited to decorate their vehicles and hand out candy to children, and many dozens of area folks responded to the call.

    That made it downright easy for thousands of children and their families to stroll Main Street, comparing costumes and exchanging friendly smiles, all the while hauling in the tasty treats.

    Those who remembered were thoughtful to donate a bag of candy to Parks & Recreation for redistribution that evening.

    Adding color to the two-hour event was the arrival of the “Thriller” flash mob on the Green. The mob comprised dozens of teens (and somewhat older) folks dressed as zombies.

    For more information call 860-355-6050 or visitwww.facebook.com/thrillerflashmobnewmilfordct.

    For more photos, visit www.newmilfordspectrum.com.

    Norm Cummings

    Jacob Gee, right, and his brother, Ryder, brave a light rain to share the experience with their parents, Gaylordsville residents Ryan and Tara Gee, during New Milford Parks & Recreation's third annual Halloween Trunk or Treat along the Village Green in New Milford. Oct. 31, 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings
    Jacob Gee, right, and his brother, Ryder, brave a light rain to share the experience with their parents, Gaylordsville residents Ryan and Tara Gee, during New Milford Parks & Recreation’s third annual Halloween Trunk or Treat along the Village Green in New Milford. Oct. 31, 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings
    Young "poodle" Sophie Vaughan, 5, of New Milford is among the countless trick or treaters who call on New Milford police Officer Jim Novak and his fellow officers on hand during New Milford Parks & Recreation's third annual Halloween Trunk or Treat along the Village Green in New Milford. Oct. 31, 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings
    Young “poodle” Sophie Vaughan, 5, of New Milford is among the countless trick or treaters who call on New Milford police Officer Jim Novak and his fellow officers on hand during New Milford Parks & Recreation’s third annual Halloween Trunk or Treat along the Village Green in New Milford. Oct. 31, 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings
    Nathan Samuel, his wife, the bewitching Jacqui, and their children, “Captain America” Jack, 4, and “Snow White” Ali, 2, trick or treat on Main Street during New Milford Parks & Recreation’s third annual Halloween Trunk or Treat along the Village Green in New Milford. Oct. 31, 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings
  • Howland & Associates Helps New Milford Parks & Rec

    Our office recently helped the Town of New Milford Parks and Recreation Department.  The Department, which maintains Lynn Deming Park at Candlewood Lake has a number of buoys in the Lake itself.  there was a question as to the location of said buoys and their distance from the shore.  Our office sprung into action and located the buoys at no cost due to the great programs that they provide.

  • Girl Scout Camp Almost Ready to Open!

    Girl Scout Camp Bunk House

    Girl Scout Camp Bunk House

    It was a pleasure to work with the Girl Scouts of America and Westchester Modular Homes in proposing a new bunk house for the Girl Scout Camp tucked away in Weston, Connecticut.  The bunk house is almost complete with the finishing touches being performed now.  The Town and builder, Westchester Modular Homes worked hand in hand in proposing a new bunk house that will serve the Girl Scouts for decades to come.  I highly recommend that you contact Joe Enright of Westchester Modular Homes at (203) 948-8677 if you need assistance with new home construction.

    Our firm performed the following services for this project: Property Survey, Topographic Survey, Zoning Location Survey, Hydrology & Stormwater Management, Stormwater System Design, Sedimentation & Erosion Control Plans, Septic System DesignDriveway Design, Parking Lot Layout & Design, Soil Investigation & Testing, Local, State, & Federal Land Use Permitting. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to have us assist you with your next project.

    Click Here to learn more about the services we offer. Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. is a full service civil engineering, land surveying, land use planning and environmental services firm. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to find out how we can assist you with your next project.

  • Danbury, CT Apartments Rise From the Ashes

    7 New Street, Danbury, CT, Apartment Building

    7 New Street, Danbury, CT, Apartment Building

    As you may be aware, a fire ran rampant through the apartment complex at 7 New Street in Danbury, Connecticut approximately 15 months ago.  Our office has worked diligently with our client, the builder, Westchester Modular Homes and City Hall to expedite the permitting process.  We are proud to say that construction is well underway on the approximate 8,500 square foot apartment complex consisting of 5 – 2 bedroom apartments, 10 – 1 bedroom/studio apartments and associated office.  It is a great feeling to see this property being re-utilized and adding to the growth of the downtown.  It is anticipated that construction will be finished within weeks!

    Our firm performed the following services for this project: Property Survey, Topographic Survey, Sedimentation & Erosion Control Plans, Sanitary Sewer Design, Utility Layout, Parking Lot Layout & Design, Traffic Circulation & Studies, Floodplain Studies & Analysis, Local, State, & Federal Land Use Permitting. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to have us assist you with your next project.

    Click Here to learn more about the services we offer. Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. is a full service civil engineering, land surveying, land use planning and environmental services firm.

  • ‘Green’ Solution Found for Proposed Library Parking – Porous Asphalt

    From Susan Tuz of the New Milford Spectrum:

    “Municipalities throughout the state and New England may soon come to Sherman as a learning destination when building in their towns. The inspiration could be a “green” solution reached recently for creation of a 36-vehicle parking area included in the Sherman Library expansion plans. Civil engineer Paul Szymanski of Arthur H. Howland & Associates PE, which has undertaken the engineering work for the expansion, and Sherman town engineer Joseph Zareki collaborated on the project.

    The two men took trips to the University of New Hampshire and the University of Connecticut in Storrs to examine “porous asphalt” surfaces used in parking areas at both schools. This porous asphalt is created without the sand component of the more commonly used non-porous asphalt product found in parking lots and roadways, Mr. Szymanski explained. “Water can filter through it, infiltrating into the ground beneath,” Mr. Szymanski said. “It’s better for the environment” as there is no standing water/oil build up in the lot for environmentally damaging runoff into culverts.

    “We were trying to find a creative solution for a tight site. They showed us low-impact site development techniques at the two universities,” he said. Library Building Committee chairman Clay Cope is excited about this aspect of the project. He noted Mr. Szymanski is donating a machine that would vacuums sand and debris from the parking lot so as little sediment as possible would go into catch basins. “We were thrilled that they could come up with an innovative green solution,” Mr. Cope said.

    A rain garden will be incorporated at the Sherman Library site, a swale with plantings that soak up rainwater as it runs from the parking lot. A grass line swale would also be included, with grass plantings to encourage infiltration of storm water runoff, Mr. Szymanski explained. The grass line swale would also provide a site for snow to be piled as it is plowed off the parking lot. The lot would sit tightly against Saw Mill Road. A sidewalk along the lot would allow for safe pedestrian traffic.

    “We see other towns’ commissions and boards coming to Sherman to see this cutting edge storm water technology,” Mr. Szymanski said. “Sherman has made a step toward being a learning site for the region.””

    Learn all about porous asphalt by clicking here!

    Our firm performed the following services for this project: Property Survey, Topographic SurveyZoning Location Survey, Hydrology & Stormwater Management, Stormwater System DesignSedimentation & Erosion Control Plans, Septic System Design, Utility Layout, Roadway Design, Driveway Design, Sight Distance Analysis, Parking Lot Layout & Design, Traffic Circulation & Studies, Cuts & Fills Analysis, Low Impact Development, Wetland Soil & Watercourse Delineation, Soil Investigation & Testing, Local, State, & Federal Land Use Permitting. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to have us assist you with your next project.

    Click Here to learn more about the services we offer. Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. is a full service civil engineering, land surveying, land use planning and environmental services firm. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to find out how we can assist you with your next project.

  • Approval Granted for Private Cemetery

    From Nanci Hutson of the News Times:

    “Famous fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg has won permission to spend eternity at her beloved Cloudwalk Farm estate in Merryall, surrounded by red birches and a nearby stream.  The Zoning Commission on Tuesday night voted unanimously to grant the Belgian-born resident a special permit for a 20-plot family cemetery encircled with a stone meditation garden on a 46.5-acre open property she owns on West Meetinghouse Road. The land is just north of an additional 50 acres where her home is located on abutting Aspetuck Ridge Road. The entire property is known as Cloudwalk Farm.

    The less than half-acre garden and cemetery will be on the southern end of the property, hidden by flowering trees and other landscaping. The only access will be from an existing farm road that is also a part of Von Furstenberg’s private property.  One of the benefits, the commission noted, with this proposal is that it will protect Von Furstenberg’s property so that it remains in a natural state rather than being developed.

    Arthur H. Howland & Associates representative Kathy Castagnetta said the formal layout has been completed for the private cemetery and it will be arranged in a semi-circle with a wall no higher than 2.6 feet with a total circumference of about 70 feet. The area will be landscaped with flowering trees and the garden will include stone seating and a bench.  Castagnetta, a former town Zoning Enforcement officer, said the process all “went very smoothly.’  She said private cemeteries are not an anomaly, and for some families are a way to protect their land.  “The big plus for this property is that it will be kept in its natural state, and that is very appropriate to the area,” Castagnetta said.

    For Von Furstenberg, the property has been a personal treasure and according to news articles dating back to 1993 she has long contemplated the New Milford property as her preferred place of eternal rest.  “I have lived in New Milford for 35 years and love that place more than anywhere in the world,” said the world-traveling designer in a recent e-mail from Europe. “I would like to be there forever, which is why I would like to be buried there.””

    Our firm performed the following services for this project: Property Survey, Topographic Survey, Sedimentation & Erosion Control Plans, Septic Driveway Design, Sight Distance Analysis, Low Impact Development, Wetland Soil & Watercourse Delineation, Soil Investigation & Testing, Local, State, & Federal Land Use Permitting. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to have us assist you with your next project.

    Click Here to learn more about the services we offer. Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. is a full service civil engineering, land surveying, land use planning and environmental services firm. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to find out how we can assist you with your next project.

  • New Hartford, CT Land Use Regulations Now Online!

    Our office has completed adding all of the New Hartford, CT Land Use Regulations on our website. We have categorized the regulations, applications and maps by department and have added detailed explanations of each document in the Town of New Hartford so that you can make sure you are downloading the right document. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (860) 354-9346. Please remember that we can handle your entire permit process for you from beginning to end.

    Click here to visit our New Hartford, CT Land Use Regulations page.

  • Sherman Library + Porous Asphalt = Unique Solution to Tight Site!

    From the Citizen News:
    The new plans for the Sherman Library were presented at length at both the Inland Wetlands Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission recent regular meetings by the engineer for the project, Paul Szymanski. Because of the difficulty of the site and the small amount of space to work with, there was a need to employ special engineering to deal with storm water run off.

    Mr Szymanski, Enforcement Officer Ron Cooper and Town engineer Joe Zarecki plan to use a technology called porous or pervious asphalt on the new and enlarged parking areas for the library. The fine sand is taken out of the asphalt mix which results in holes that absorb the water. There is a thirty to forty inch base consisting of various layers of gravel and pea stone. There is no winter heave of porous asphalt as the water is absorbed.

    The three men are planning to visit the University of New Hampshire this week where there is a project that has been going on for seven years. Two parking lots were paved with the asphalt and one was never maintained properly and the other was vacuumed four times a year to remove sand as is suggested. (See related article) Both are doing well. Mr Zarecki-is not going to charge for his time and expertise in relation to the trip and follow up report.

    While the installation of porous asphalt costs about 10% more than regular asphalt – it lasts about 10 years longer.

    It looks as if this- plan will be going forward and everyone is excited about it.

    The only installation of porous asphalt in Connecticut is a parking lot at the University of Connecticut that was done last year, Mr Szymanski is sure that commission people from the whole area will be coming to Sherman to see what we did and how it is working.

    Mr Szymanski also talked about the large rain garden that will be dealing with the roof runoff. This consists of 30 inches of various special soils with plantings and no overflow is expected except possibly in a 100 year storm.

    At the P&Z meeting Sherman Library Board President Sharon Danosky thanked the Commission members for all their hard work and the enormous amount of time that has been spent on the project. However everyone on the Board thinks that they have gotten it right and Sherman will have a beautiful space for growing numbers of users.

    Learn all about porous asphalt by clicking here!

    Our firm performed the following services for this project: Property Survey, Topographic SurveyZoning Location Survey, Hydrology & Stormwater Management, Stormwater System DesignSedimentation & Erosion Control Plans, Septic System Design, Utility Layout, Roadway Design, Driveway Design, Sight Distance Analysis, Parking Lot Layout & Design, Traffic Circulation & Studies, Cuts & Fills Analysis, Low Impact Development, Wetland Soil & Watercourse Delineation, Soil Investigation & Testing, Local, State, & Federal Land Use Permitting. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to have us assist you with your next project.

    Click Here to learn more about the services we offer. Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. is a full service civil engineering, land surveying, land use planning and environmental services firm. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to find out how we can assist you with your next project.

  • Sherman Library Expansion Receives Certificate of Appropriateness from HDC

    From the Sherman Sentinel:
    The Sherman Library board, represented by their engineer, Paul Szymanski, and Hudson Valley Preservation designer, Ma­son Lord, presented updated plans to the Wetlands, Planning and Zoning and Historic District Commissions at their meet­ings held on January 19, and February 4 and 8. These latest plans for the 6,200 foot addition and expanded parking lot call for adding an entry vestibule, replacing the extensive handicap access ramps with a much shortened 25′ ramp and fewer out­side stairs. Instead of stairs and a long switchback-style access ramp, patrons will enter the library at ground level through the vestibule. Inside, the stairs and a small elevator will lead to the interior main floor level.

    In addition, Mr. Szymanski supplied more information on a new parking lot surface designed to absorb water from the expanded parking area. The design included as well a vastly expanded rain garden, “one of the largest in Connecticut,” said Mr. Szymanski) to assist with water retention on the site. Be­cause the new parking lot surface, defined as porous asphalt, is new to the area Mr Szymanski, Land Use Enforcement Officer Ron Cooper, and town engineer Joe Zarecki have offered to make a field trip visit to see one that has been operating at the University of New Hampshire for a number of years. Mr. Za­recki offered to make the trip at no charge to the town.

    Commissioners raised a variety of questions and concerns re­garding the new surface material as to its life span, how it han­dles freezing and thawing, does it require special treatment, can it be plowed et cetera. Mr. Cooper noted that when they travel to New Hampshire these questions will be discussed in full. He added that he has asked Mr. Zarecki to attend next month’s meeting (mark your calendar for March 4 at 7 p.m.) when all the questions can be answered by the experts.

    Meanwhile these above plans were also presented to the His­toric District Commission at its meeting on February 8. At that meeting commissioners voted approval of a Certificate of Ap­propriateness for the project with two stipulations: first, they want an additional review of the exterior lighting plans and they want to see an actual mock up of the proposed stone-faced re­tention wall along Saw Mill Road.

    The Wetlands Commission accepted the application and it remains active on its agenda.

    Our firm performed the following services for this project: Property Survey, Topographic SurveyZoning Location Survey, Hydrology & Stormwater Management, Stormwater System DesignSedimentation & Erosion Control Plans, Septic System Design, Utility Layout, Roadway Design, Driveway Design, Sight Distance Analysis, Parking Lot Layout & Design, Traffic Circulation & Studies, Cuts & Fills Analysis, Low Impact Development, Wetland Soil & Watercourse Delineation, Soil Investigation & Testing, Local, State, & Federal Land Use Permitting. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to have us assist you with your next project.

    Click Here to learn more about the services we offer. Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. is a full service civil engineering, land surveying, land use planning and environmental services firm. Contact us today at (860) 354-9346 to find out how we can assist you with your next project.

  • Porous Asphalt – Learn All About It!

    Arthur Howland & Associates ise xcited to open the newest portion of our website regarding porous asphaltClick here to learn the following:

    1. What is porous asphalt?
    2. How is it constructed?
    3. Porous asphalt vs. porous concrete
    4. What are the maintenance requirements?
    5. Why is it one of the most underutilized low impact development techniques?
    6. Stormwater management benefits
    7. All misconceptions and myths dispelled
    8. and more!!!!

    If you have any questions regarding porous asphalt please feel free to contact us at (860) 354-9346.