Council renames WPC facility after Joe Carino

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Feb. 22, 2013
The Town Council approved the renaming of the WPC facility in honor of Joe Carino, who has retired after 50 years of service to the town. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec. - Contributed Photo

At the recommendation of the Naming of Public Lands and Buildings subcommittee, the Town Council voted to rename the Water Pollution Control Facility in honor of Joseph J. Carino, who after 50 years of service to the town resigned from his positions on the Economic Development Commission and the Water Pollution Control Authority on Jan. 22.

Edwina Futtner of the Economic Development Commission spoke in favor of bestowing this honor. “I understand that over 30 years he served on three commissions and his attendance was perfect,” said Futtner. “I don't think we'll see the likes of him again.”

State Rep. Bill Aman (R-14) also supported the motion. “It's hard to believe that Joe Carino has served on various commissions for 50 years,” he said. “If you look around this room, he has served for more years than many people here have been alive.” He applauded Carino for his active involvement in those commissions, and for choosing commissions that were nonpartisan, and where the work was “behind the scenes.”

“He has contributed more to this town than almost any individual has,” Aman said.

Councilors also applauded Carino's contribution. “He never really wanted honors or recognition,” said Councilor Keith Yagaloff. “He just did it for the community.”

“He set the gold standard,” said Mayor Thomas Delnicki. “I've talked about having a Wall of Fame for volunteers in the community, and I think we should go ahead and induct Joe as the first honoree.”

Councilor Edward Havens, a friend of Carino, found it incredible that Carino served 50 years, worked on different boards and commissions, had perfect attendance for decades, and, as a Republican, got along with both Republicans and Democrats. Carino's long service also occurred during a pivotal time in South Windsor's history. “You have to remember, Joe served 50 years, probably the busiest time – the most active, the most growth – of this community. I don't think we'll see another period of time like these 50 years again,” Havens said. “He just sets an example for future people.”

The council unanimously approved the resolution.

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