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From the First Selectman: November Planning Underway

Below a brief update on topics that were discussed at the October 10th Board of Selectmen meeting.  Please visit the Town website (woodbridgect.org) for further details on any items that interest you – and, as always, please let me know if you have ideas or thoughts you might like to share with me.  The Selectmen received updates on several ongoing projects:

Old Firehouse

Architect David Stein of Silver Petrucelli attended the meeting to update the Board on the Old Firehouse project.  We discussed the budget and the potential to lease the second floor to the Amity School District’s Transition Academy program.  We requested further information regarding the potential bonding of the project and plan to continue discussion of this exciting project at our next Board of Selectmen meeting, which will take place on TUESDAY, November 13th.

Farmland Preservation

I am pleased to announce that the Selectmen voted to authorize me to sign a cooperative letter of agreement between the State of Connecticut and the Town of Woodbridge for the joint partnership of the farmland preservation program and the Community Farms Preservation Program (CFPP).  This is an important first step in working with the CT Department of Agriculture to become pre-qualified for any future initiatives in Woodbridge to apply for State grant funding of cooperative state-local farmland preservation projects.  Such projects involve the voluntary application by a landowner for the acquisition and ownership of development rights easements to maintain agricultural land for farming purposes and prevent the conversion of such land to non-agricultural uses.  You can learn more about this program by visiting the CT Department of Agriculture’s website.

Former Country Club Property

The Selectmen also received a new proposal for the former-Country Club of Woodbridge property from Robert Sachs, the developer of Fieldstone Village in Orange.  Should it be the Board’s desire to move this proposal forward, I will keep the public informed of any next steps.

Sustainable CT Program

We received word at the beginning of October that the Town of Woodbridge has earned Bronze certification in the Sustainable CT program.  The program is a statewide initiative meant to inspire and support communities in becoming efficient, resilient and inclusive.  Of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities, twenty-two met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for certification, and I am proud to say that Woodbridge now stands among this prestigious group of leading communities in our State.

The list of certified communities spans every county and includes some of Connecticut’s largest cities and smallest towns.  With input from municipal leaders across the state, Sustainable CT was developed over the past few years under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University in partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).  I look forward to sharing more news about our Bronze Certification and the new opportunities for grant funding that will become available to us as a result.  Stay tuned!

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

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