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From the First Selectman: Mid-Summer Update

I hope you have been enjoying summer.  While several of our boards and commissions take time off from their meeting schedule over the summer, the Board of Selectmen met on July 10th and will meet again on the second Wednesday of August.

Below are some details we covered at our July meeting, as well as some links to additional events and meetings that will take place this summer.  As always, I welcome your involvement—please let me know if you have ideas you would like to share.

Town Budget Planning Begins

I began our July 10th Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen by making the usual assignments of Liaison roles for the newly-sworn-in Selectmen.  We each take on these assignments to keep our many Town Boards and Commissions connected and communicating throughout the year by attending meetings and discussing issues of mutual concern.  In this way, come budget setting time, there are no surprises.

This year, in addition to these liaison roles, I have created a short-term Ad Hoc Budget Task Force that will meet through early September to gather information and make some recommendations to help guide the budget-setting work of both the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance.

The Task Force will consist of two members of the Board of Selectmen, Sandy Stein and Mica Cardozo, and two members of the Board of Finance, Chairman Matt Giglietti and Paul Kuriakose.  Tony Genovese will work with this task force in his role as the Town’s Finance Director.  We will expect their report in time for our September Selectmen’s meeting.

Old Fire House Renovation Project To Begin

Also at our meeting, the Selectmen voted to award a contract to begin the renovation project at the Old Fire House.  This will be the first phase of the project and will address key infrastructure components that are use-neutral such as the plumbing, sprinkler, and electrical systems.  (Further elements of the renovation project, specific to the future layout of the interior space based on planned use of the building, remain to be determined).  The scope of the work approved will allow us to fully utilize a state grant prior to expiration of these funds in December.  I will keep you informed of next steps once this phase of the renovation is completed.

What Your Household Can Do to Help Woodbridge Recycle

At our meeting on July 10th, the Selectmen also received an update on ongoing efforts to educate residents on the topic of recycling.  The Sustainability Committee and the Committee on the Use of Publicly Owned Property (CUPOP) will co-sponsor the next ‘First Tuesday Workshop’ at the Library on September 3rd at 6pm, which will feature guest speakers who will address the state’s ‘What’s In/What’s Out’ guide to recycling as well as ways you can reduce your daily use of plastics.  In addition, you can visit the website RecycleCT.com to review state recycling requirements for all households (whether utilizing a Commercial service or not).

Auction of Country Club Items To Be Held August 5th

At our July meeting the Selectmen received an update on plans to auction to the public all remaining items from the former-Country Club of Woodbridge building and grounds.  The auction will take place at 11am on Monday, August 5th at the clubhouse (50 Woodfield Road).  There will be an opportunity to preview the items in person beginning at 9:00 am that day, or by viewing information posted on the auction website keystoneauctions.com (please be advised that this website listing will continue to be updated between now and the date of the auction).

Summer Concerts Conclude and Movie Nights Begin

As our wonderful Summer Concerts on the Green series concludes with the last performance scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th, August will kick off the Library’s Outdoor Movie Nights on the Green each Tuesday.  These concerts and movies are always delightful events and a nice way to unwind and relax, visit with neighbors and friends, and enjoy the summer breeze.  I hope to see you there – and at the Town Picnic August 6th!

Beth Heller is Woodbridge First Selectman.  She may be reached by phone at Town Hall, 203-389-3401, or by email to bheller@woodbridgect.

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