First Selectman's

We had a nice meeting last night at the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen. One of the things we discussed was a change in the way we will be handling recycling at the Town Transfer Station. All of our recycling goes to MIRA, a public/private entity that turns our trash into electricity. We are a member of that organization. Mira does not separate cardboard from cans and bottles in its facility, combining both in a process called single streaming. We create two streams, one of cardboard and one of bottles, cans and plastic. Consequently, we are going to change over to single streaming as of January 1, 2019. One of our concerns is that this may increase our transportation costs over time so may we switch back to the two streams we have had in the past. We will keep you informed as we evaluate the change.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had positive and productive meetings with both Ned Lamont and Maria Horn. It is very important to our town to maintain good working relationships with our governor and our representative in the state house and I look forward to collaborating with both in the future to further our village’s interests. Let’s all wish them the best to in returning Connecticut to a place of financial stability and keeping our little corner of the world such a fine area in which to live.

On January 10th, 2019, we are planning on holding a town meeting which will take place at 7 PM in Town Hall, 108 Main Street. The meeting will cover several matters for approval such as our Annual Audit and Town Report, approving our banking relationships, rescinding a town ordinance establishing a water commission in order to bring the waterworks under direct town control while maintaining the structure we have in place to take care of day to day responsibilities, authorizing a capital expense to replace our server, which is necessary every five years, approving a bear feeding ordinance and do some minor account clean up by retiring an unused reserve account and transferring the small balance in it to another. We encourage your participation in our Town Meeting which is one of the great aspects of our democracy-the ability to directly participate in decisions that impact our village.

Though I do not wish to sound like a broken record, I again encourage everyone to volunteer for the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department. Your participation would be a wonderful holiday gift to all of us who live here.