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7/23/2021 - First Selectman's Update - July 23, 2021

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I am excited to announce that we have closed on the property at 864 South Britain Road. Many Southburians, including myself, believe this purchase will protect what makes Southbury naturally beautiful and aligns with our Plan of Conservation and Development. The purchase of the 40 acres was designated as permanent open space following a vote by the Board of Finance, Board of Selectmen and an electorate approval at a Town Meeting held in May. Our Public Works Department will be working to improve the trails on the property so all Southbury residents can enjoy this new recreation area.


I would like to offer congratulations to the Southbury Ambulance Association (SAA) for being awarded the Primary Service Area for the Town of Southbury on June 15th. SAA will now provide advanced life support paramedic services for the entire Town including Heritage Village and the Southbury Training School. Thank you to Southbury Ambulance Association for continuing to provide quality care and emergency services to our residents.


The Land Use Department and Zoning Commission have been taking all of the necessary steps following cannabis legalization in the State Legislature. Last week, the Town’s Zoning Commission voted to hold a public hearing on September 15th to discuss and vote on implementing a nine month moratorium on marijuana establishments in Town. I fully support the Zoning Commission’s decision and hope the public will come out to voice their opinions. The moratorium will give the Zoning Commission the time they need to write comprehensive regulations that will lead us in the best direction regarding cannabis in Southbury.


The Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association is looking for volunteers. As a former volunteer fireman for many years, I know how dedicated our volunteers are and what great work they do for the Town. I encourage all that are interested to inquire about joining the SVFA team. Visit the Fire Station on Monday night to get firsthand experience. For more information, see their website or call (203) 262-0615.


Our Animal Control Office responded to two complaints of aggressive coyotes in Traditions and Platt Park on July 20th.   A coyote attacked a dog who had to be treated for its injuries, and there was another attempted attack on a dog and its owner.  I’d like to remind all pet owners to be careful of leaving their pets unattended outdoors and to keep them up to date with their rabies vaccinations.  For more details, please see the announcement from our Animal Control Officer.


The Town of Southbury is a great place to work. Below is the open position with the Town:

Assistant Animal Control Officer 

The Town is looking for an Assistant Animal Control Officer to work on a per diem basis. I am proud of the work the department has done in improving services and building its excellent reputation. I welcome qualified candidates to apply to join our Animal Control team. The deadline for submitting applications is July 29th. See the employment page on the Town website for more information. 


Jeff Manville
Southbury First Selectman