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New Year’s resolutions Area officials are busy making plans for 2018 By Linda Tishler Levinson
The new year is a time to think about the future, to re-evaluate hopes, dreams and goals. That happens on a personal level, but first selectmen and mayors in north central Connecticut also have goals for their towns in 2018.
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Regional It’s shaping up as a busy 2018 for area officials (continued from page 1)
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Ellington First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said she has several projects going forward for the town. “I’ve got a lot of things to look forward to,” she said. They include solar projects, sidewalk improvements and getting the community more involved. Enfield Mayor Michael Ludwick wants to get the town on sound footing during this difficult budget year. Luwick’s goal is to “hopefully, bring the town together. There are going to be some tough decisions that we’ll have to get through,” he said. Ludwick added that he wants to continue to make Enfield a better place. Somers First Selectman Bud Knorr wants to negotiate with the state on the current budget crisis. He also wants to assist in the marketing of the Somersville Mill property.
Stafford First Selectwoman Mary Mitta said she has two main goals for the new year. The first is to bring peace and unity to a town divided by political strife. “There is no place, and this is not the time, for divisiveness,” she said. Mitta’s second goal is “to move us toward a progressive, positive way of managing the town as we forge ahead to success. “We can't move forward if we continue to move backwards. As many towns are facing cuts in the state budget, an escalating opioid epidemic, how to make money stretch so as not to cut funding to essential town functions, we do not need distractions of bitterness, jealousy and future political gain to throw us off course,” she said. “We are all in this thing called life together. This town has come such a long way and this is due to many past administrations and what their vision has been for the town. I hope to continue this vision with a positive cohesiveness so that together we can make things happen.” Suffield First Selectwoman Melissa Mack said her goals for
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Windsor Locks First Selectman Christopher Kervick said his focus is on economic development. Kervick said the sale of the Montgomery Building to Boston developer Beacon Properties has closed. He described it as a “catalyst project” that will spur additional economic development. The first selectman also would like to see the grant to redo Main Street used to create a more traditionalstyle town center and says progress is being made with the renovation of the historic train station and the installation of sidewalks on Ella Grasso Turnpike. He also would like to see an evaluation of the public safety complex, a larger building with better parking for the senior center, and an opioid addiction policy that favors treatment over arrest. Kervick also is in favor of the town website adding features that make it a user friendly information source and efforts to reconnect the town to the river.
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