First Selectman Weekly Blog Update 7-27-2018

Selectman’s update – volunteers needed for boards & paid poll workers, public safety, highway projects.

Hello everyone and happy Friday, 

This past week Hewitt Farm committee met Monday, Tuesday the Board of Selectmen met, Wednesday Affordable Housing met and Friday Economic Development had a meeting.

Last week Resident Trooper Dave Abely was my guest at the monthly coffee hour. He discussed crime and incidents in North Stonington. Over the past year the troop has responded to many incidents in town. From July to July 1,628 traffic enforcements, 124 accidents, 116 responses to alarms, and 98 warnings as a sampling. We are thankful for all both Trooper Greene and Abely do to keep our community safe.

We are looking a few volunteers for some of our important boards and commissions. Specifically, Economic Development, Affordable Housing, Historic Village Improvement Committee, and Recreation. Please take a look at the town website for descriptions of what each commission does and if you are interested email the town clerk at

We are looking for a volunteer to help with scanning files in our land use office. This individual must be technologically savvy. The work will take a few hours per week.

Today was the grand opening for the America Job Center in Montville. This is a great resource for job seekers in our area. If you or someone you know is looking for work or training please visit this new work center site.

This week we received a check from our insurance company CIRMA in the amount of 11,030.00 for a member’s equity distribution. We share in savings with other towns and boards of education and generally receive a rebate yearly. This rebate was approximately 6,000.00 more than we budgeted which is great news.

This week the highway team finished the eight designated patch/pave areas on Wyassup Rd due to failing asphalt in preparation for chip sealing. The new roof on the highway salt shed has been replaced and re-installation of the solar panels should be finished this week. The Metal beam guardrail installation is continuing on Boombridge Rd most of the old guardrails have been removed.  As a reminder, the town is doing some guardrail replacements and the state is also doing some throughout town. Many of the old post wire guard rails around town will be replaced as they are not a safe system which is the point of having guardrails. The rental mower has been mowing on Denison Hill Rd and as of now we have three roadside mowers trying to keep up with the growth. Northwest Corner Rd, Button Rd and Miller Rd is presently being mowed by our second and third mower. The new concrete pavilion pad was excavated and pad was installed on the Hewitt Farm property for the Pavilion we hope to erect in the near future once the funds are raised for it. Finally repairs for the town hall roof have been completed and the whole roof at new town hall is now new.

The highway team will continue mowing Northwest Corner Rd, Ella Wheeler, Stillman Rd next week, Tree cutting of 145 known dead trees will begin. Guardrail replacement will continue and a new roof installation at on the final section of the new town hall roof will begin. Chip sealing will begin on Anna Farm East and West on Saturday followed by Wyassup Road sometime next week. We will be re-locating the Fire and Ambulance signs to the new center to help identify the building as our Fire/Ambulance building. We also will be putting up a sign welcoming folks to our historic village.

Mark your calendars for August 10th for a “cheese and chat” at Johnathan Edwards Winery. I will be there along with Christine Dias our new Administration and Finance Officer and Juliet Hodge our Town Planner and Economic Development officer. We will be there to chat and answer questions about the future of the town and exciting things happening. Consider joining us between 3:30-5:00pm.

That’s it for this week. Have a great day!