Greater New Milford first selectmen plan to run in 2011
Published 5:56 pm, Wednesday, July 20, 2011
First selectmen in the towns surrounding New Milford have already thrown their hats in the ring for re-election.
In Kent, Mr. Adams, a Democrat, is completing his first term and said, "There's a lot I've learned in the first two years."
Mr. Adams, who said he sees where a four-year term for a first selectman makes sense, is proud of having worked with Sewer Commission Chairman John Casey to bring a $1.97 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to the town for sewer system updating.
Mr. Adams also started an online newsletter that goes out to more than 900 homes in the town because, he said, "keeping people informed makes them part of the process" in the town's management.
Mr. Adams hopes for a second term in order to see phases two and three of the sewer upgrade through completion.
"I'm not the sort of guy to seek accolades," he said. "I just do the best job I can for my town."
In Sherman, Mrs. O'Connor, a Democrat, is completing her fourth term as first selectman. She is proud of the role she's played in the expansion and renovation of the town's fire house, transforming it into a 17,000-square-foot emergency services facility that will "serve the town into the future."
Her interest in serving a fifth term comes from a desire to "solidify the changes we've made that put the town on a more business-like footing, formalizing what was previously done as hand-shake agreements." She prides herself on "advancing services and facilities while keeping taxes reasonable."
In Warren, Mr. Travers, a Republican, is completing his fourth term in the first selectman's seat. During his terms, he's brought the new Town Hall on Cemetery Road from the planning stages to completion.
He also worked for four years making the purchase of the 105-acre Wasley property a reality for preservation as open space in the town.
"If I can remain in office to see through the renovation of the old town hall to a community center, the town will be in good shape," Mr. Travers said. "I'm running for one more term and plan to make it my final term."
Washington's Mark Lyon is running for a third term. He's proud of getting the town through difficult budget years while "maintaining town infrastructure in a cost effective manner."
He was not "discouraged" by accusations that arose during his present term regarding his son being hired as the town beach caretaker and tenant in the town's new beach house.
"I don't feel we did anything wrong," he said.
Mr. Lyon wants to remain in office to guide the town through the long-range planning being started for the Region 12 School District.
Playing a role in keeping Washington affordable to live in for young and old alike is another goal for Mr. Lyon if he's elected to a fourth term.