Town Hall Talk
Local legacy, new dump truck and mosquito control all happening in Orange
Orange Country Fair - Local Legacy
As part of the Bicentennial Celebration of the Library of Congress, each Congressional District was urged to submit "local legacies" for permanent inclusion. The Orange Country Fair was selected as one of 7 local legacies from Connecticut's Third Congressional District. At a ceremony held at Louis' Lunch (one of the seven) in New Haven, we were honored for this great event. Congratulations to the Orange Historical Society for nominating this event and seeing the application through. Additionally, the hard work of the following people ensured this selection: Walter Bespuda, Ronald Davis, Marvin Jamron, Harry Jones, Richard Mason, Gregory Mulherin, Virginia Reinhard, Irwin Rosenman, Hannah Russell, and Ben Williams.
The Town has opted to receive its $8,000 as a grant from the State of Connecticut for larviciding of mosquitoes. We have contracted a company to monitor all town-owned property and will continue to work with the Connecticut Agricultural Station to test dead birds for the West Nile Virus. The Director of Health, Joseph Zelson, our Sanitarian, Fred Schumacher, our chairman of the Board of Health, Bob Fodero, and myself are involved in bi-weekly teleconference phone calls with the State Department of Environmental Protection to assure we are kept apprised of the latest developments statewide. Additionally, we are looking to homeowners to eliminate non-wetland areas that may be used for breeding. If we all help out, we may have a safer (and less itchy) summer.
On May 3, 2000, I had the pleasure of celebrating Centenarian's Day with a number of area residents who have surpassed the century mark. I was delighted to meet Emilia Bauco and Georgia Odell Haywood who are both Orange residents and who made it to the luncheon. Congratulations to them, as well as other residents over the age of 100 here in town.
The long awaited traffic light at the intersection of Racebrook Road and Tyler City Road and Grannis Road is on its way. Despite earlier reports from the Department of Transportation that this would begin in April, I have now been assured that by early June we should see activity at the sight to erect the needed signalization.
New Highway Truck
It's not common that the town gets excited about a new truck, but our highway department has taken ownership of a new Year 2001 International Dump Truck. This is a major purchase for the town costing nearly $80,000 in a state bid. It replaces a 1983 truck that is no longer useful for snow plowing, sanding and the many uses our public works employees will have for it year-round. Look for this to be included in this year's Memorial Day parade.
Speaking of Memorial Day, don't forget to join us at the gazebo at High Plains Community Center on Sunday May 28, 2000 at 11:00 A.M. for the Memorial Day Program. Let's all take time to reflect, and recall those who fought for our nation and are no longer with us. Remember to fly your flag and then join us for Orange's great parade down Orange Center Road. Our Memorial Day-2000 Committee led by Jeff Sachs, with able assistance from Kevin Gilbert, have assembled a great number of marching units and bands including the Governor's Foot Guard and the Connecticut Hurricanes to join us this year. Also, we will be led Grand Marshal James A. Verinis, former co-pilot of the bomber The Memphis Belle and Honorary Chief of Staff, long time Orange resident and former selectman Dr. George Whitney. Keynote Speaker will be another former selectman, Albert (Skip) Clark, III.
Bulky Waste Completed
Most everyone was very cooperative and followed the guidelines of our first ever Bulky Waste Pickup. If items were left behind it is because they weren't eligible. Specifically, tires and propane tanks are regulated and must be brought to the Orange Transfer Station separately. These items will be accepted during regular hours. We will be evaluating the merit of this program and its cost before making a final determination to do this again next year.
Another type of waste not picked up nor accepted at the transfer station is Hazardous Waste. However, there is a Household Hazardous Waste collection every Saturday morning from May through October at the Regional Water Authority on Sargent Drive in New Haven. Please take advantage of this program, which has allowed many of us to dispose of old chemicals and oil-based paints for many years. While you can go any Saturday, the Town of Orange has two designated days where Orange residents help in the collection. Those days are June 17 and August 19 when members of our own Conservation Commission and others will be there to greet you.
The walking/jogging path is now open and available to residents from sunrise to sunset every day (except during special events) Thanks to all involved and especially Tom Wright and Rick Capecelatro for seeing this done expeditiously and below budget. For walkers and joggers who like to do so with your dog, it is absolutely necessary that you clean up after your pet, so that everyone can enjoy this new feature in our town. Also, as many of you are aware, I am interested in extending our pathways around the center of town. Hopefully the popularity of this track and the surrounding paths will place demand for more of the same in the future.
Post Road Committee
Based on concerns about our commercial area and vacancies on the Boston Post Road, I have established a nine-member committee to be chaired by Selectwoman Trish Pearson to develop a plan for attracting new business and retaining the ones we currently have. Route 1 is the circulation lifeblood of our town providing over 14% of our tax revenue. Other members of the committee will include Town Plan and Zoning Chairman Michael Paolini, Board of Finance Chairman Anthony Nastri, Economic Development Commission member Gary Mullin, Economic Development Corporation members Frank Pifko, Laura Reid, and Carl Russell, and members at large, Joseph Lembo and Kevin Cornell. Additionally, our economic development Executive Director Elaine Liberto will assist the committee. I look forward to reviewing the plan with this committee, which will be given to the Economic Development Corporation for implementation.