Barkhamsted town seal
Barkhamsted town seal

BARKHAMSTED and WINSTED — Installation of sewer lines from Winsted to Old New Hartford Road in Barkhamsted started earlier this month, according to First Selectman Donald Stein.
Stein posted on a town Facebook page that the new sewer lines will be operational in the next six to eight weeks and will reach from the Winsted town line to the Mallory Brook Plaza.
Barkhamsted’s interlocal agreement to enable sewer lines from Winsted was first signed over 18 years ago and expired three years ago, but was recently renewed.
The project is being paid for by John Senese, owner of Mallory Brook Plaza and President of Calco Construction in Farmington.
“The plaza has been on its septic system, so the Winsted sewer will provide for a better system,” Senese said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “The residents along the road will benefit because they will now have access to a city sewer instead of their old septic system.”
Senese said it would take five weeks for the septic system to be constructed.
In an interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Stein said that the homes that are eligible to connect to the sewer line, which includes around 10 to 12 homes in Winsted and four in Barkhamsted, will not be forced to sign up if they do not want to.
Stein said that the sewer line will connect to the proposed housing project being planned by the Barkhamsted Housing Trust.
The Trust, which is separate from Barkhamsted’s town government, is planning to build its housing project on Mallory Brook Farm which is directly behind Mallory Brook Plaza.
“Mallory Brook Farm used to be a working farm, but the Housing Trust purchased 99 acres of its land two years ago,” Stein said. “However, most of the land is very steep hills and it is very wet. The area the trust is talking about putting the housing project in is in the southeast corner of the property. That part of the property is not wet and not steep.”
Stein added that he expects the Housing Trust to announce further details of its planned housing project soon.