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From the First Selectman: Summer Update

As we head into the summer months, I’d like to remind everyone about our wonderful Summer Concerts on the Green series which will take place every Tuesday evening from 6-8pm, from July 3 through August 14 this year. In addition, we will have two Tuesday Movie Nights on August 21 and 28. These 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!

Update on the work of the Board of Selectmen

At our June meeting, the Board of Selectmen continued consideration of a location for a Dog Park, received some preliminary information regarding a Solar Array option for the former-Country Club property, and heard a brief project update from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center which is conducting a Fiscal Health Analysis for Woodbridge expected later this summer.

Additional information and background documents on these topics is now available on the Town website on a new page we have created to further help improve communication. If you would like to learn more, I encourage you to review this new resource by visiting:
woodbridgect.org/496/Current-Issues-Projects

We will keep this page updated with new information as the Board continues its work on these and other topics in the months ahead. Another important way to stay connected with your Town government is to be sure you are subscribed to receive our monthly News from Town Hall email messages. To sign up or to update your subscription, please visit:
tinyURL.com/WoodbridgeEnews

Streetlight conversion project underway

Back in February, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve a proposal from United Illuminating to convert streetlights along the state roads of Woodbridge from older, less-efficient bulbs to environmentally friendly LED lighting. These light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures yield a bright, crisp light and are up to 40 percent more efficient than the high-pressure sodium fixtures they replace.

This conversion project, which will be at no cost to the Town, is now underway along our roads and is expected to conclude in July. When completed, it will conserve energy while saving taxpayers by reducing energy costs for the Town by an estimated $17,522 annually. It also represents a reduction in our Town’s contribution to global warming and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability.

United Illuminating’s streetlight conversion project to high-efficiency LED bulbs is taking place in Woodbridge. Approved by the Board of Selectmen in February at no cost to the Town, this conversion is expected to save taxpayer money by conserving energy, and will also help to reduce carbon emissions.  

Donation to Animal Shelter Renovation

The Town’s Animal Shelter Building Committee recently accepted a $100,000 donation from local charity One Big Dog Animal Respite Fund. I am so grateful for this generous contribution, which makes possible the start of our long planned renovation to the Animal Shelter. Donations are still needed to help fund the next phase of the project, and should be made directly to One Big Dog, a 501c3 organization that maintains a dedicated fund for the Shelter renovation project (to contribute, please send your tax-deductible donation by check to 135 Bradley Road, Woodbridge CT 06525).

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful summer. As always, my door at Town Hall remains open. Please feel free to visit or call me with any questions or concerns you may have, or just to say “hello.”

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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