This week is an important one for Connecticut. Tomorrow, our new Governor is being sworn in and I am going to the inauguration but skipping the ball. Let’s all wish that Ned Lamont and the legislature can jointly find ways to return our state to financial stability for the long-term without reducing funds allocated to local entities. When the monies we receive from the state for education, roads, Pilot, etc., etc. are reduced, it results in the necessity to raise property taxes. Thus, it is only a tax transfer from the state to local government.
So let us wish all of our representatives in the executive and legislative the best for coming to common sense solutions to our long term problems. We as citizens of this great state should do all that we can to support these efforts.
On a local level, we are having a Town Meeting on Thursday night at 7 PM in Town Hall. The principal issues to be discussed are approving the annual audit and town report for the year 2017-2018, approving the banks with which we hold funds, approving some minor account changes to simplify our accounting, approving a transfer from the technology fund for a new server and an attached Network Attached Storage device, (these need to be done every 5 years and the time is up), approving a bear feeding ordinance and approving a rescission of the ordinance establishing an independent water commission that was enacted in 1951. This would bring the water works under direct town control since we are guarantors of their loan for the water tanks as well as being financially and legally liable ultimately for any problems that might arise. The Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen both support this agenda item. No operational changes are anticipated except that there would have to be advance approval by the Board of Selectmen of any capital expenditures before they are undertaken.
Several people have come to me with the idea of having a Farmer’s Market in town. This will be discussed at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 after the conclusion of the Board of Finance meeting. These would be held on Sundays on the Town Green during the crop season, thus starting in late spring, going on through the summer and concluding in the fall. Anyone who would like to be a seller should contact me at Town Hall or Daly Reville at home. She has volunteered to be the Keeper of the List. I, for one, am in support of any activity that draws people into our town.