Clinton Democratic Town Committee

DTC Newsletter – March, 2019

Fellow Clinton Democrats – As we are now solidly into the new year, we have our sights set on finding professional and qualified candidates to serve on all our Boards and Commissions.  Our Town website hosts descriptions of all Boards and Commissions, both elected and appointed A few we have immediate need for include: Inland Wetlands and Water Pollution Control, as well as Shellfish, Public Works, Harbor Management and Fair Rent Commission.  Even if there is not a current opening, let us know where your expertise and passion lies, as we like to meet you and be prepared should someone need to step down. Are you interested in serving on Boards or Commissions, please contact us at Info@clintondtc.org — Respectfully, Andrea S. Reu, Chair

Budget Info – Meet multiple representatives from Clinton’s Education and Town Offices for Q&A about the budget referendum. Henry Carter Hull Library on Thursday, 4/4 at 6:30pm for an Education Budget Info Session, and on Thursday, 4/11 at 6:30pm for a Town Budget Info Session.

Public Hearing for the budget – Wednesday, April 10, 7pm, Town Hall Auditorium

With New Charter, Clinton Has Many Volunteer Positions to Fillread more in the Harbor News article and help us find volunteers with the expertise to fill these.

The latest news from Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Board of Selectmen – By First Selectman Christine Goupil  – To All Clinton Businesses: The Town of Clinton is striving to better support our business community. In working toward this goal, the First Selectman Christine Goupil announced the Town has retained the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) to engage in outreach to local businesses. Over the next six months, businesses will be contacted by a representative to set up a meeting to discuss their challenges, needs, and vision for the future of Clinton. The Town looks forward to utilizing the information collected to address both individual and broad issues discussed by the business community. For any additional questions about this process, please contact:  Sadie Colcord, scolcord@cerc.com, (860) 571-6204   First Selectman’s Office, firstselectman@clintonct.org, 860-669-9333

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Other news from the Board of Selectmen – The Clinton Board of Selectmen approved an Arts District in downtown Clinton from the new CVS to Route 145. This area overlaps with the Historic District, which includes more than 104 buildings on the National Historic Register and the Historical Society. The Board of Selectmen anticipates that the cultural assets of the area, further promoted by the presence of the Arts and Historic Districts, will draw more visitors to the area and promote a greater sense of place in the downtown for residents. The creation of an Arts District is an action item on the Sustainable CT municipal certification program in which the Town’s Sustainability Committee has been participating over the course of the past year.

Through the creation of the Arts District, the Board of Selectmen formally recognizes the Clinton Arts Council, an offshoot of an already existing local 501c3, Placemakers. The Arts Council will be tasked with the development of a Clinton Cultural Arts Blueprint, a plan to engage residents and visitors with the arts and create a supportive environment for the arts through advocacy, professional development, marketing, and identification of funding sources. With the support of the Board of Selectmen, the group can set a plan into motion to engage residents and visitors in an exciting and memorable way.

This section of downtown was chosen for the Arts District because of the density of art attractions and programs located within it. Residents and visitors can enjoy performance art such as the Opera Theater of Connecticut, George Flynn Classical Music Series, Kidz Konnection, Scottish Dave’s for fantastic food and music, concerts at the Church of the Holy Advent, and the Chamber of Commerce summer concerts held in the Town gazebo as well as visual arts and historical displays through the Clinton Historical Society Museum in Town Hall, Clinton Arts Society, Cindy Stevens Gallery, Clinton Arts Gallery, Adam Stanton House Museum, Body Karma Studio, Clinton Historical Society Elisha White House or “Old Brick”, Liberty Bank, and Nataz Gallery.

Board of FinanceBy Chair Dara Onofrio.  The Public Hearing on the Budgets is April 10th followed by a BOF special meeting to make any final changes, and the Annual Budget Meeting is May 1.  It would be great if you attended and share comments of support at the Public Hearing on April 10th! All town taxpayers are encouraged to vote and support these solid budgets. Please come out to vote for the Budget Referendum which reflects what we believe in! Polls are open 6 am – 8 pm at Town Hall, Wednesday May 8th , .


Planning and Zoning  – By member Alan Kravitz In the State of Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commissions are responsible for the preparation and implementation of a Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The Town Plan, revised every ten years, provides goals and and objectives for the regulation of land use through Zoning and Subdivision Regulations, as well as Inland Wetlands, Conservation, Design, Economic Development and Historic District activities. P&Z meets twice a month: the first Monday is for Public Hearings, the second Monday is for Regular Meeting. If you’re interested, join us for a couple of meetings.

Board of Police CommissionersBy Chair Peter Niles  In 2018, the men and women of the Clinton Police Department continued to perform a wide range of services to the Clinton community outside of its traditional law enforcement role. These programs are proactive and designed to promote public safety and improve the quality of life in our Town of Clinton. They include:

  • Child Safety Seat Installations
  • DARE ( 5th & 7th Grade curriculums)
  • Citizen’s Police Academy
  • Police and Youth Group
  • Juvenile Review Board ( alternative program to state court for minor juvenile offenses )
  • Medication Drop Box
  • Ct Special Olympics ( Tip a cop & Torch Run )
  • Scam Patrol ( Monthly information radio show on ICRV radio )
  • R.A.D. ( Rape and Aggression Defense Training )

Many Department personnel were recognized by a number of organizations for their dedication and professionalism. Sergeant Todd Carlson, Corporal Kyle Stunjo, Officers Gregory Matakaetis and Nicholas Torino were all awarded the 2018 Medal of Valor by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association for their heroic actions in extricating two victims from burning rubble after their home was leveled in an explosion. Corporal Joseph Popovich was recognized by the Clinton PTA for his four years of professional service as the District’s School Resource Officer. Corporal Jason Frey was honored by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce with the 2018 Award of Distinction in Public Service and Chief Vincent DeMaio was presented with the 2018 Community Policing Award by the United States Attorney’s Office.

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Department of Public Worksby member Art Kuever  The commission was updated by First Selectman Goupil on the consultant that would be starting on 1/23 and heading up the DPW for three months to evaluate the department and give feedback to the BOS on possible staffing levels and the process moving forward with job descriptions.The new hook lift truck is in service and there are currently four town employees trained to use it.  This is a great asset to our town and has many uses.

Photo of emergency flood repairs at The Morgan School courtesy of Clinton Public Works

Tree Committeeby member Lynn Davis The Clinton Tree Committee, founded decades ago, is committed to preserving, planting, and replacing trees. Not only tree preservation but imparting knowledge to our younger Clinton residents is a goal of the Committee. At the time a new tree is planted every Arbor Day, students at Pierson School are invited to join the event, observe, ask questions, and we hope take with them a heightened love of trees. Arbor Day signs are first displayed in April informing residents where and when trees for this event have already been planted in Clinton. Future plans for tree plantings will focus on Route 1 and dialog with especially business owners will be arranged. The Tree Committee, however, welcomes any private home or business owner who would like to complement a property with a new tree, to contact them for information on tree species and planting hints.

Historic Commission – by Chair Larry Ouellette During his past 10 years as chairman of the Clinton Historic District Commission, Democrat Lawrence Ouellette along with the other members of this commission have been working hard to identify, inventory and protect/preserve the historic houses and structures in Clinton. Initially, in an effort to seek to revitalize the Historic Downtown/Route 1 Corridor where many of the town’s historic houses are located/concentrated, the Clinton HDC pressed for the establishment of a Downtown Revitalization and Historic Preservation Committee which ultimately engaged an engineering firm to develop a conceptual design for the revitalization of the downtown and neighboring historic village zone with provided the basis for the town to seek state and federal funding for Downtown/Main Street improvements including new sidewalks and brick pavers, period lighting, street furniture and other street scaping for the Main Street corridor and surrounding areas including Post Office Sq., the Old Police Station, Clinton Landing and the Indian River Route One Bridge.

At the same time, the Clinton HDC applied for and received  state and federal designations to become a Certified Local Government, which qualified Clinton to receive numerous state and federal grants not only for the above historic preservation and downtown revitalization improvements, but also to acquire funding that allowed the Clinton HDC, at no cost to the town, to hire architectural historians to perform three separate studies over the past 7 years to identify and inventory all of the historic houses and structures along Route One, Post Office Square, Commerce/Leffingwell Street, Waterside Lane, High Street and John Street. With these three historic/architectural inventory surveys complete, the Clinton HDC now seeks to expand and add additional houses to the existing Liberty Green Historic District, and also to create/implement new Village District regulations to preserve and protect the historic areas, houses and structures identified in the completed historic/architectural inventory surveys, so as to ensure that all future economic development can proceed while at the same time preserving the New England Seacoast charm and heritage of this wonderful town of Clinton which we call home.

From State Senator Norm Needleman – I’d like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you in the Connecticut State Senate. I will be serving as Chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Banking Committee. In addition to these assignments, I will serve on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Commerce Committee. These committee assignments ential policy development in key areas: revenue generation, economic development, transportation infrastructure, public utility regulation, community development, and regulation of financial services.

Is there something in your neighborhood that you think could be improved? Everything from education to quality of life issues to transportation to infrastructure is affected by state law. There is no issue too big or too small that we can’t tackle together.

I am here to represent you, so please feel free to reach out to my office:
Email form: www.senatedems.ct.gov/Needlman-contact
Phone: 860-240-0428
Mail: Legislative Office Building, Room 3900, Hartford, CT 06106-1591

News from Senator Chris Murphy

Ensuring Veterans Receive Mental Health Care – Senator Murphy was happy to see a new report released by the VA showed progress in providing mental and behavioral health care to at-risk combat veterans and sexual assault survivors. This comes after the passage of Senator Murphy’s Honor Our Commitment Act, which requires the VA to provide mental and behavioral health care to at-risk veterans with Other-than-Honorable (OTH) discharges. The report states that the VA treated 2,350 OTH veterans for mental and behavioral health care in Fiscal Year 2018. In December 2018, the VA notified approximately 500,000 individuals with OTH discharge about this new eligibility. This is the first contact almost all of these veterans received from the VA.

National Estuarine Research Reserve – Senator Murphy, along with the rest of the CT delegation, sent a letter to NOAA’s acting undersecretary urging him to approve the proposed site for the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). The proposed site along CT’s central & eastern shorelines, would bring research, stewardship, educational opportunities. You can read more about the proposed NERR site here.

USS John Warner – Senator Murphy was thrilled to hear that the U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics a $23,689,683 maintenance contract for the Virginia-class attack submarine USS JOHN WARNER. Work will be performed at EB in Groton and is expected to maintain 150 jobs.


More to come! We hope to share news about what your fellow Democrats are up to and the promise for an exciting time in Clinton’s history. If you sit on a Board or Commission and would like to share a report, please do so at Info@clintondtc.org

Meeting dates: Second Thursdays, April 11, and May 9, at 7PM in the conference room at the Clinton Police Station

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