The Town of Woodbridge dedicated the Town’s new Public Works garage to the late First Selectman Ed Sheehy in a dedication and grand opening ceremony on Thursday April 30 at 2:15 p.m. Governor Dannel Malloy, State Sen. Joe Crisco, Building Committee Chair Chris Sorensen, First Selectman Ellen Scalettar and Ellie Sheehy spoke at the event. The new garage is behind Town Hall and is accessible through a shared parking lot with Town Hall.
The ceremony took place two years to the day after the building’s ground breaking ceremony was held, shortly after then-First Selectman Sheehy passed away. Ed Sheehy provided more than 30 years of service to the Town of Woodbridge, including four terms as First Selectman. He was a major proponent of the new public works garage.
“Ed was a strong advocate for the Town of Woodbridge and for this building, which will aid the residents of his community that he loved so much,” Governor Malloy said. “Dedicating this building in his honor will allow his legacy to carry on for many more generations.”
“Ed loved this community and he really believed in this project,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “I am honored to follow in his footsteps and proud that, with his wife Ellie’s support, we will name this building after him to preserve his memory for generations to come.”
“Ed was the consummate public servant,” said State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge). “He enriched our community with his dedication and integrity, and never ceased giving back to our town. It’s essential that we preserve his legacy for posterity.”
The new garage was built with the oversight of a building committee comprised of chair Chris Sorenson, Joe Adelizzi, Becky Daymon, Roger Harrison, Dr. Golbert Hogan, Anthony Schaffer, Melvin Stoltz and Leland Torrence.
The building was designed by architect firm Roth, Moore & Kagan and built by PDS Engineering and Construction. The building takes advantage of many energy efficiencies and provides a sheltered space to store, clean and repair the Town’s trucks and snow plows.
At the grand opening and dedication ceremony, which was open to the public, a sign to name the building in honor of Edward Maum Sheehy was unveiled. Following the ceremony the building was opened for a tour.