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First Selectman's Update

Posted on
December 18, 2019
First Selectman's Office

Happy Holidays to everyone in our village.  We hope that you enjoy this time of peace and joy with your family and friends.  Also, we look forward to a New Year filled with health, prosperity and happiness.

Celebrating our first Festival of Wreaths, we have three winners to announce.  We would like to thank all the participants who took part in this event this year and expect it will grow even larger in years to come.  The winners are as follows:

  • Cheryl Aeschliman for Most Attractive
  • Alexander Wilburn for Most Creative
  • Karmela Quinion for Best Under 17

In mid-January, we will be updating our website again.  During the past year, we have received several suggestions on making our site more usable and adding features that you would like to see.  We appreciate your input and ask, as time passes, that you continue to pass these comments on to us to make our website more useful and attractive.

Over the next few months, we will begin the task of creating a database of your preferred contact points for emergency messages.  It might be that you would prefer to have us send an automated message to you to your cell phone via text, to your e-mail or both.  Initially, we want this so that we can inform you of a situation like a dangerous weather event, a dam failure or any other threat to our community.  Over time, if we have contact information, we might also evolve this into sending notices for Town Meetings for example.  In any case, technology allows us to more quickly alert residents to situations that are critical and we want to be able to do this.  We will update you in the next couple of months of how to send us your data.

As soon as the snow melts, we will be upgrading the Appalachian Trail portion in our village.  With the help of First Light and Eversource, and through a donation to the trail by REI, we will be eliminating some of the barberry bushes along the trail, widening it in areas and generally making it more usable.  Barberry is a notorious tick haven, so getting rid of these invasive species makes it less likely that you’ll inadvertently pick up an unwanted co-traveler.

Another company has expressed interest in our water works which is good news for the town.  Competition is always good.