Many meetings and events have taken place this past month and I am pleased to report some substantial progress to you. If you were unable to attend our recent Preliminary Budget Hearing on April 23rd, please know that the presentation materials as well as the budget details are available at the Town website: woodbridgeCT.org.
Storm Response ‘Post Mortem’
I held a de-briefing meeting with our Public Safety and Public Works personnel and representatives from United Illuminating to discuss storm response. I brought forward all the feedback I received from residents and I will continue to follow-up to ensure we make the necessary improvements to better serve you. Thank you for providing me with your input. It enables me to represent the essential needs of our community when I hear from you directly.
Community Coming Together
I would like to thank everyone who came out to participate in two recent community events. Our wonderfully successful Rid Litter Day event on April 22nd, and our well-attended Farmers Forum on April 18th are examples of what we can do as a community when we pitch-in together and take the time to listen to each other, neighbor to neighbor. These gatherings were the result of collaboration between the Town and some thoughtful, dedicated volunteers who helped plan the events. I want to again express my deep appreciation.
Next Steps for the former Country Club Property
At an April 25th meeting of the Board of Selectmen (BOS), we reviewed the results of the recent Public Opinion Survey with the Amity Statistical Analysis Team. This group of students, along with mentoring faculty member Rick Bourdeau, have put in many hours of volunteer work and have done just an outstanding job to help us all better understand the full breadth of public sentiment on this topic. Their presentation materials are available at the Town website for anyone who would like to learn more. After a question and answer session, the Board discussed their thoughts about the insight this survey provides. We also heard comments and questions from members of the public.
I remain eager to hear from members of the public. For those not able to attend the April 25th BOS meeting, please know that you may still email us your comments or questions or attend our upcoming meetings to speak in public comment at any time on this topic. I am very appreciative of the time and energy people have expended to participate in the Public Opinion Survey and I hope that we will continue to receive your input to help inform our decision-making process as we move forward.
Since my term as First Selectman began last July, I have received several inquiries about the former CCW property. Now that we have received the important public input provided by this survey, I am in the process of following up by going back to all who have expressed interest. I will ask for proposals so the Board of Selectmen can look at details. I plan to include this on the Agenda for our Regular May BOS meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 9th.
At that point, the Board can decide what we would like to do as our next steps and if we want to begin the process to bring any proposals forward to a Town-wide referendum. The voters, ultimately, would decide whether to approve any plan for the property that would involve any type of sale or lease. I want to move forward as decisively as we can, and I will keep the public apprised with updates at the Town website and through email communication. Please check that you are signed up by visiting: TinyURL.com/WoodbridgeEnews.
Annual Town Meeting
On Monday, May 21st at 7:30pm, residents will gather in the Center Gymnasium once again for one of the traditions that remind us of our community’s New England founding—our Annual Town Meeting. At this meeting, the final step in the process of approving our Town budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st will take place.
Budget booklets with full detail will be available both at the meeting and at the Town website. I hope to see you that evening – please feel free to stop and say hello before or after the meeting.
Beth Heller is Woodbridge First Selectman. She may be reached by phone at Town Hall, 203-389-3401, or by email to email@example.com.