First Selectman Weekly Blog Update 8-10-2018

Selectman’s update- Free pie affordable housing discussion, primary Tuesday town hall closed, town owned property workship next Tuesday 

Hello everyone. Another eventful week here in North Stonington comes to a close. This past week meetings of the Center for Emergency Services committee were held on Monday, Historic Village Improvement Committee on Tuesday, Inland Wetlands on Wednesday, & Planning and Zoning on Thursday.

Things are beginning to take shape with some cleanup around town of some blighted properties we have been focusing on. You will notice the old Gary’s restaurant on Route 184 is being torn down along with the old 99 house (site of the new Dollar General) off exit 93. We also are beginning the remediation of Green Gables at Hewitt Farm. These initiatives paired with our future beautification programs the Economic Development Commission is working on will help to spruce up certain focal areas around town. Keep an eye out for details on that program.

This week highway news, we have continued tree trimming on town roads. The guardrail replacements continue and the chip sealing on Wyassup Road was completed. We also began some painting in the recreation building.

Next Tuesday is primary day. If you are affiliated as a Democrat or Republican, you have the opportunity to vote on which candidates you would like to see on the ballot in the general elections in November. Town Hall will be closed and the polls will be open from 6am-8pm. Let your voice be heard! After you vote stop by the Congregational Church 89 Main Street to talk about affordable housing and have some free pie and coffee! The event will be hosted by our Affordable Housing Committee and will take place from 8am-12pm. Stop by for a slice of pie and some good conversation. Free and open to all!

Also next Tuesday at 5pm we will be holding a workshop at the High School Media Center focused on town owned/leased properties. The purpose will be to identify property the town has and brainstorm ideas for uses whether it is sale, development or other ideas. Please join us at 5pm to participate in this workshop.

Next Monday Town Hall will be closed from 9am-10am for an all staff meeting.

Today (Friday 8/10) at 3:30 we will be hosting a “cheese and chat” at Jonathan Edwards Winery. I will be there along with Christine Dias, our Administration and Finance Officer, along with Juliet Hodge, our town’s Economic Development/Planning & Zoning Officer, to discuss all things North Stonington. Cheese and crackers will be provided and wine available for purchase if you are so inclined. Hope you can join us this afternoon.

You may have heard Electric Boat is going to be occupying space in “Eagle Park” which is owned and had been occupied by the Mashantucket Tribal Nation. This move for some designers and engineers at EB will bring some 400 employees to the area. We are thrilled to welcome these folks to town and look forward to helping serve their needs.

Next week the highway team will continue the guardrail replacement on Jeremy Hill Road. We have should have our flair mower back up and running this week and we will continue mowing throughout town and finish the painting at the recreation building.

Finally, plans for NoStoFest are taking place. It’s a great celebration of all things North Stonington where we close Main Street from 12-4pm on Saturday September 22nd. Please mark your calendar and plan to join all of your neighbors for this wonderful tradition!

Please check the town website at for additional meetings and happenings around town.

Mike Urgo
First Selectman