Lyon could run unopposed in Washington
Republican First Selectman Mark Lyon won’t be opposed for a fifth term in office this fall by a Democratic candidate.
Republicans endorsed Lyon during its July 21 caucus.
He will run alongside former longtime Shepaug Valley School teacher and coach David Werkhoven, who is running for a first term as selectman.
The Democratic caucus on July 23 did not produce a candidate to oppose Lyon. However, incumbent selectman Jay Hubelbank will compete for another term.
Word in political circles in the town indicates a petition is being circulated by a potential unaffiliated candidate for the first selectman’s seat.
Paperwork to that effect had yet to be filed by late last week with the town clerk.
“We’ve spent the last four years recovering from disasters,” said Lyon, in reference to a propane explosion that damaged Bryan Memorial Town Hall and a fire at the town highway garage that razed the structure and destroyed much of the fleet.
“Now we’re ready to move forward,” he said. “Bryan Memorial Plaza renovation is moving forward. We’re at a point where we can start working on building a new senior center. I wish we could have done that four years ago.”
TPA Design of New Haven has been hired to develop plans for the renovation of the plaza.
An economic development coordinator has been hired, the firm of Gorman & York, which focuses on municipalities.
Along with all this, Lyon noted there are bridge and road projects planned with the “beefed up” infrastructure budget approved by voters.