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communityserviceawardWINNERS Plenty of Parking O&G Industries earns award for making Lover’s Leap State Park more accessible By Nick Fortuna With 140 acres of state land along the Housatonic River, Lover’s Leap State Park in New Milford is the perfect place for a day of hiking, picnicking, canoeing, and fishing. And the park is home to Falls Bridge, an iron bridge built in 1895 that has been on the National Register of Historic Places for more than three decades. But what good is it to have such a great destination if the public can’t enjoy it because there’s nowhere to park? To solve that problem, Torrington-based O&G Industries stepped up to the plate to build a 40-car parking facility and a driveway at a cost of $25,000, including labor, making the park more accessible to area residents. The construction firm did such a solid job on the project that it earned several honors, including a Community Service Award from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association. The firm’s vice chairman, Ray Oneglia, accepted the award on O&G’s behalf at CCIA’s annual membership meeting in December. O&G Industries donated about 1,400 tons of base stone and 100 tons of asphalt to build the parking facility, and a loader operator was provided for a total of 24 hours over a period of three weeks, including overtime hours on weekends. In addition, a scale house attendant was employed on three Saturdays to weigh outgoing materials. O&G worked in close consultation with Friends of Lover’s Leap State Park, a group led by former state Rep. Jeanne M. Garvey and formed in 2004 to maintain and improve the park. The eightmonth project was completed shortly before the park’s dedication ceremony on June 16, 2007, and the new parking facility has already paid dividends, with crowds filling it to capacity on many occasions. Elaine LaBella, the director of land protection for the Cornwall Bridge-based Housatonic Valley Association, applauded O&G Industries for helping make the park more accessible to the public. “Before that parking facility, there was very little parking at the state park,” LaBella said. “The only places where you could park were a few little, dirt turnouts, and that wasn’t nearly enough. “The way the lot was sited, it has good access to a historic bridge that crosses the river, and it gives good access to the trails on the other side of the river. They also left a buffer, a strip of forest, next to the parking lot, so a driver on the main road can’t even see it. It’s very nicely done and is beautifully shielded from the main road.” In September, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection presented O&G Industries with a Green Circle Award for the company’s environmentally conscious approach to the project. Continued on page 37 CONNstruction / Spring 2009 / 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2009

CONNstruction - Spring 2009
The Proving Year
AGC’s Building Division – Where the Value Shines Through
A List Worth Checking
In Defense of “Special Interests”
The Vexatious Litigant
Your Industry Association Membership - Now More Than Ever
Executive Summary
CCIA’s Executive Committee and Officers for 2009
CCIA Board of Directors 2009
Association Activities
Education and Training
Legislative-Lobbying and Government Relations
Labor Relations
CCIA Division Officers
CCIA Staff
Plenty of Parking
Building a Foundation
Connecticut Roadbuilders Fall Meeting
UCAC Annual Scholarship Auction
2008 CCIA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Reception
Diggers/Mixers/Fixers Golf Outing
AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Spring 2009