First Selectman Weekly Blog Update 7-13-2018

Selectman’s update- Wild and Scenic River Act, Keeping North Stonington Affordable, Highway updates & more.

Happy Friday everyone-

This past week was another busy one here in North Stonington. On Monday we had a School Modernization Committee meeting, Tuesday the Board of Selectmen met, and Thursday Planning and Zoning met.

At this week’s Selectmen meeting we were presented with the Wild and Scenic River Act update. Members from our community Dick Seager and Madelynn Jeffery along with other volunteers in surrounding towns have been working hard on this initiative.  The North Stonington Selectmen have voted in favor of supporting this initiative along with around 10 other communities in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. It will open many doors on a national level and provide the Wood-Pawcatuck River system with national recognition and will be great for our area.

The Selectmen had a meeting with leaders from the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation on Tuesday. It was a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors and explore challenges and opportunities. We look forward to having future meetings.

“Keeping North Stonington Affordable” a 501c(3) has been established by a group of citizens in town committed to making sure good affordable housing is developed here in town. Along with our own Affordable housing committee we look forward to working together to help spearhead projects that will benefit the community and keep both young and old here as residents in town. Special thanks to Mary Anne Ricker for her commitment to both groups and service to this initiative over the years. We are also happy to welcome Margaret Leonard as the new Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee!

This week the highway team repaved sections on Wyassup Road. They also helped in preparation for the fair including mowing and usage of equipment. Seasonal employees helped mow Reutemann Road, Babcock Road, Northwest Corner Road, and Hewitt property. Swantown Road trees were trimmed in preparation for millings. Paving on Pinecrest was finished with driveway aprons and curbing.

Please contact the North Stonington Resident Troopers regarding information on the broken basketball hoop that was recently broken if you have any information.

Next week the highway team will work with Foxwoods on milling Swantown Road beginning Monday July 16. We will finish paving sections on Wyassup Road (Expect minor delays). This should not affect the 4H fair traffic. There will be continual mowing with flail mower on roadways. We have continued to struggle with some equipment being down so please be patient as we work strategically to keep up with the mowing. Also keep an eye out for the beware of mowing signs.

The North Stonington Fair enters the second day today. Please consider attending if you are around. It is a great sampling of many things that are at the root of North Stonington and weather is projected to be great! Thanks again to all of the hard working volunteers that put it together each year.

Mike Urgo First Selectman