New Fairfield First Selectman Pat Del Monaco is running unopposed for a third term leading the town. New Fairfield is in the process of building two new schools, something she says is long over due. Del Monaco wants to focus on the near term in continued economic recovery and bringing people back to the center of town. She notes that an Economic and Community Development Commission has been established over the last 4 years to take on some of that work. Del Monaco also touted improved safety in schools with SROs, school resource officers, funded for each building.
The last two years have been focused on public health. Del Monaco notes that they're continuing to monitor the COVID-19 case rate and will provide vaccine clinics as long as there is a need. A mobile clinic is held twice weekly, on Wednesday at St Edwards and on Saturdays at New Fairfield High School. She says they're starting to see more community events being held as cases remain low.
New Fairfield officials are in the process of organizing a sewer study, revitalizing downtown and updating infrastructure. A committee is considering allocations for those items and others from the town's share of the federal American Rescue Plan Act funding. The group meets monthly.
Initial discussions have been held about requirements under the Police Accountability Bill. The town is working on ordering body and dash cameras. Del Monaco is also working with the state on safety at Squantz Pond State Park. She says those discussions take place every spring.
One issue that's become more prominent as weather events increase in severity is power outages. Del Monaco says the town has increased the budget for tree removal continuously. She says this will ensure they're identifying trees on town property and rights of way that may pose an issue during storms.
Residents this year rejected a proposed noise ordinance. Del Monaco believes there is a need for more noise control, but says they would likely only revisit the matter if the Board of Selectmen receives a petition for it. She says it's up to the residents and has tried to listen to community interest. The proposal was brought to a vote because of the many complaints New Fairfield officials received.
Del Monaco notes that the Zoning Commission is holding a series of public hearings on recreational marijuana facilities to find out where residents stand on the issue.