Winsted Town Seal
Winsted Town Seal

WINSTED — At its meeting on Monday, March 8, a hearing on a special permit application by Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) was continued by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The hearing was continued to the commission’s next regular meeting on Monday, March 22.
The nonprofit organization has been trying to get the special permit approved since February 2020.
The organization, located at 149 Newfield Road, is a 501(c)(3) and is operated by Dale Picard and Director of Programs Lu Picard.
According to the organization’s website at, the mission of the organization is to train dogs to help people with disabilities.
The special permit, if approved, would allow ECAD to construct a 7,100 square-foot building that would be used as a kennel and an office space.
In the special permit application, a representative from ECAD wrote that the project is Phase 3 of a site plan that was previously approved in April 2016.
However, residents who neighbor ECAD’s property have strongly come out against ECAD’s plan.
In a previous interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Dale Picard threatened to take legal action against the town if the special permit is not approved.
Meanwhile, a public hearing for a special permit application to open a landscape and construction yard business at 100 New Hartford Road, the former location of KFC, has been delayed until April.
According to applicant James Kloczko, surveying work, including delineating wetlands on the property, has been delayed due to snow cover on the property.
The property was purchased by Kloczko in September for $160,000.
According to town Land Use Official Pamela Colombie, there has been no progress on the search for a new Zoning Enforcement Officer for the town.
According to Colombie, the town’s Civil Service Commission has had issues with the job description for the position as created for the town.
Colombie added that current Building Department and Housing Inspector Marc Melanson will be out until the end of April due to health issues.