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From the First Selectman: Summer Is Certainly Flying By!

From the First Selectman: Summer Is Certainly Flying By!

We continue to move forward with plans to develop part of the former country club property.  At last month’s Board of Selectmen meeting I announced that developer Brian St. Pierre is in the process of securing new financial backing for his plan to build approximately 120 units of over 55 housing on about 60 acres.  As I explained at the meeting, I am awaiting details and expect to bring new information to the Selectmen as soon as possible for a review and determination of how best to proceed for the Town of Woodbridge.  A vote for approval will be necessary.  Again, I will share more information with the Selectmen, and with the public, as it is received.

Once backing has been secured and the plan has been voted on by the Board of Selectmen, we can set a date for a Special Town Meeting.  At that meeting I anticipate that we will set a date for a referendum to allow the public to vote on the sale of the property to Mr. St. Pierre.  Town property cannot be sold without a vote by residents.  I have consistently said that this matter is for the voters to decide.

In addition, I’ve asked a small staff committee to consider ideas for the remaining 95 or so acres of the former country club property.  This group has met several times to brainstorm and discuss potential options for the use of this land as a public park.  The draft plan includes walking trails, a small parking lot near the corner of Johnson and Ansonia Roads, continued use of the sledding hill, and a pavilion or picnic area.  Additional ideas include park benches, a potential Frisbee golf area, a splash pad for children and a solar array.  The group’s charge was to design a park that would be used widely, respect the land and be cost effective to create and maintain.

A map of this draft plan can be seen on the Town’s website.  I look forward to further discussion of these options at a future meeting.  Please stay tuned for more information!

As we say goodbye to summer I would like to thank the Recreation Department and Commission for, as always, putting on a fun selection of concerts in July and to the Library for hosting outdoor movies in August, and the Ad Hoc Community Council, who organized a first-ever Town Picnic (pictured) at which some residents shared wonderful ideas for future community events.  My goal is to make Woodbridge a great place to live, work and play.

Coming up this fall I hope to see you at many of the Fallapalooza events.  Fallapalooza is held during October and is organized by the Community Council.  It kicks off with the Human Services Living Treasure Award dinner, includes the Recreation Department’s annual Road Race, a Valley Shakespeare performance at Massaro Community Farm, a fun-filled Arts & Music weekend at First Church of Christ and culminates with Progression Salon & Wig Boutique’s annual Pampered in Pink and the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Association’s Truck or Treat.  Stay tuned for details on all of these events and visit woodbridgect.org/Fallapalooza!  If your business or organization would like to host an event during Fallapalooza, please contact Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org.

As always, I welcome your involvement—please let me know if you have ideas you would like to share.—First Selectman Beth Heller

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