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Update from Selectman Lasser

Selectman Howard Lasser's monthly newsletter returns.

Town Meeting:

There is a Town Meeting Thursday, November 17 at the High School at 7 p.m. More details on this below.

A word of thanks:

The election is past. It is time to move on and focus on those things that need to be done to continue to provide the quality of life that we cherish in our corner of Connecticut. To make Brookfield the kind of place we enjoy living in, educating our children and raising our families. Before we move on, however, I did want to take a moment to thank all those who participated, to reflect on the last few months, the results of the election and to confirm the direction we move on to from here.

This election was not about winning or losing. For me, elections are about choosing a path to the future. They are about governing and vision and selecting those with the competence and leadership ability to move the community toward that vision. During these past few months we communicated with the town about what we have done and not only where we wanted to go moving forward, but how we would get there. We were specific and substantive in our discussions with the public. I am truly gratified that the community and those with whom the message of “community first” resonated saw fit to support us and to allow us to continue the good work. 

The past few days I have received many calls and notes of support and congratulations. I sincerely appreciate every one of them. And if you sent one and I did not yet get back to you to thank you personally, I will. 

To those of you who read my “monthly” newsletter thank you for your time, your commitment and interest. This is not a one-way effort however. I was recently reminded that we all tend to congregate in groups of people with similar interests and outlook. To function effectively I need to hear from you, to know your interests. Only then am I able to represent the Community. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me a note to share your perspective and concerns. 

Moving forward will present many challenges. The economy is not improving as fast as we would like, some say it is not improving at all, and for some that is clearly true. I do not believe however, we should stand still and wait for others to determine our fate. We need to meet our commitments to do those things that offer the best prospects for improving our town. The most immediate of these is developing the plan for the Town Center District (Four Corners). 

As noted above, there is a Town Meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the High School to consider the appropriation of $75,000. This appropriation will fund the development of a detailed redevelopment plan and policy to guide future investments and provide direction for municipal regulatory activities in the Town Center District. The funding is coming from a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEP) grant. Please come to this meeting to approve this appropriation. 

Thanks for reading,

Howard

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