Selectman's Corner

May May 2017

From the Desk of the First Selectman,


         Thank goodness, we have reached the warm, blustery days of May. I so enjoy stepping outside with a thin jacket on, listening to the early morning chirping of the birds. It is the cycle of life that comes about each year with baby calves, lambs, cubs, and peeping chickens!


The budget process is in full swing we are looking at ways to both build up our “reserve fund” and keep expenses in line. There will be a budget newsletter in your hands hopefully by the end of April which will include capital plans, salaries, and operating expenses for both the Town and the Board of Education.


This year the Board of Education will have a pre-hearing to gauge Town support for a potential tax increase the size of which will depend on grants from the state. In addition, there may be increases in costs due to teacher pension payments which have been in the past paid for by the state and may in part be paid for by the BOE.


Then the Board of Finance will consider the budget, make determinations based on the Town’s ability to pay and hold a budget hearing. This will probably happen in May sometime.


In addition to the budget we are preparing for the Memorial Day parade. It is on Memorial Day starting at 10AM. We hope to see you all there!


You will see the public works crew out cleaning up from the winter, sweeping roads, cutting back brush, hanging flags, painting stop bars and crosswalks. Please stop and thank them for all they do.


We accomplished all we do through hard work by all of us together. I am pleased to work with such enthusiastic partners to see our Town move forward it is heartening. I can not say it enough that this is done only with your support, I thank the volunteers who serve on boards and commissions, the elected officials who continue to work toward improving services for you and the Town employees who come in ready to work to make the Town a great place to live in.


As always thanks for your support,



First Selectman

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About Our Selectman

Catherine A. Osten

First Selectman since 2007
▌► Two Storm Panel Report
▌► My View - NPU Rate Increases

The Administrative Office of The First Selectman has direct responsibility for oversight and management of the following functions:

  • Human Resources
    (Pay & Benefit Administration/Personnel/Labor Relations)
  • Information Systems
  • Risk Management
  • Capital Improvements
Also has indirect oversight of Health and Emergency Medical Services.