The state Office of Policy Management has certified the establishment of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments.

OPM recognized the municipalities from the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials and the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency approving resolutions to join the WCCOG has surpassed the 60 percent minimum needed to certify the new agency.

Several Greater New Milford-area towns -- New Milford, Sherman and Bridgewater -- are among those joining WCCOG.

The first WCCOG meeting is scheduled Oct. 23 at noon at Ridgefield Town Hall.

There will be no HVCEO meeting in October.

-- Susan Tuz