TOWN AND SCHOOL BUDGET REFERENDUM
I am happy to report that the annual Town and School budgets passed at the May 4th referendum with overwhelming support. We were able to create a budget that is fiscally responsible without cutting any services to citizens. After the budgets passed, the Board of Finance held a special meeting to set the mill rate at 28.6. Referendum results can be found here.
CHANGES TO LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS AND POLLING LOCATIONS
Recent redistricting in the State of Connecticut has caused a change of voting locations and legislative districts for some addresses in Southbury. Please note that all of Heritage Village, Heritage Crest and Heritage Circle remain unchanged. To see if your address was affected, click here.
Southbury Public Works Department has announced its road improvement and resurfacing projects for 2022. The list of roads scheduled to be resurfaced can be found here. Electronic signs and/or other road signs will be placed in the areas scheduled to be resurfaced ahead of work. Please drive slow in the construction zones to keep you and our town crews safe.
To celebrate Arbor Day, the Historical Tree Restoration Committee held a ceremony at the Community House Park last Friday. For 24th year in a row, Southbury was named a Tree City USA. The tree, Copper Beech, marking this year’s Arbor Day was planted by the Southbury Public Works employees a couple of weeks before the ceremony. The Historical Tree Restoration Committee was created to preserve, protect and improve all trees on public land in the town of Southbury. They work closely with the Southbury Public Works Department on that mission. More information about the Committee can be found here.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, CEREMONY AND PICNIC
2022 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 30. I welcome all Southbury residents to come out and enjoy the parade with their family and friends. The parade begins at 11:00 at the Pomperaug Office Park and continues down Main Street South to the Memorial Green for services honoring those who served our country. Main Street South between Depot Hill Rd and the Senior Center will be closed to traffic during the parade. Afterwards, Southbury Parks and Recreation Department will host the Family Day Picnic, at which Boy Scout Troop 1607 will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs. For more details, click here.
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness month in the United States to raise awareness of those living with mental illness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns about mental health have grown. To help cope with the issues, the Housatonic Valley Health District is offering a free 2-hour virtual session on coping during times of COVID-19. For details and registration click here.
POET LAUREATE PROGRAM
The Southbury Public Library and Sustainable Southbury have partnered to create a Town Poet Laureate program. The program is open to any Southbury resident over the age of 18 and who has had published work. The Poet Laureate term is for three years, starting October 31, 2022 and ending October 30, 2025. Applications can be found here.
Southbury First Selectman