In the last 21 months, the Town of Clinton has seen remarkable progress! New development of the old high school property has been initiated and is underway and a new train station begun; Unilever has been sold with an application already started; an Arts District and a Greenway/Blueway has been created; $700,000 has been saved for taxpayers through refinancing of the town debt; the charter revision has been completed with a new town manager form of government approved; a new sidewalk has been built for the safety of students; the sites at 55-57 and 58 West Main Street have gone through application for new businesses; a Senior Task Force is now looking into the opportunities to establish a senior center; Clinton is now a shellfish community; the Pierson School has been closed for future use to be determined by another task force; and the budgets passed on the first ballot for only the second time in 10 years. Our bond rating is now AA2, and lastly $1,271,000 has been appropriated as cash from surplus to pay for capital projects and for a Department of Public Works vehicle, which the town has not needed to finance, saving taxpayers on these improvements. These were campaign promises made and kept.
These are solid accomplishments achieved by the current Board of Selectmen under the leadership of First Selectman Christine Goupil, selectmen Jack Scherban and Tim Guerra, and attorney Dara Onofrio as chair of the Board of Finance. These accomplishments are possible because they have operated without conflict of interest and with the utmost respect for, and in the best interest of, Clinton’s citizens and taxpayers. I encourage your readers to join me in November voting Row A to continue moving Clinton forward.