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I want to keep Wallingford a wonderful place to live. I also believe that Wallingford could be so much more than it is today, that there are some immediate and tangible ways to make Wallingford stronger. Under this new administration, things will not be “business as usual.”

Our conservative financial strategy, protecting our strong financial position and our bond rating, minimizing our reliance on the state of Connecticut will all continue. At the same time, we will invest in our town in many important places and ways. While our town is in a strong position, it is now in need of significant investment and upgrades. This new administration will focus on making sure those investments happen.

More specifically, I would actively pursue the following initiatives:

Strengthen Our Public Safety. I will be an active partner and supporter of our first responders, and will continue to support the investment in a new, state-of-the-art Police Command Center that will meet the growing needs of our police force for decades to come. New laws and
regulations have placed greater data storage requirements on our police force. We need to be ready.

In addition, while Wallingford is currently a very safe place to live, we face many of the same growing threats as our neighbor communities: drug use and distribution, youth vandalism, and car theft among others. Under my leadership, our first responders will get the support they need to keep Wallingford safe.

Major Technology Upgrades. We must make a major investment in our town’s information technology. In particular, I will pursue the following initiatives immediately:

Create the position of “Director of Information Technology,” to lead our technology improvement efforts.

Create a complete overhaul of the town website, providing easy access to forms, filings, tax and utility payments, filing of building and land use permits, as well as many other critical functions.

Every town employee must be able to communicate via email! That has been true for a long time, and it will be an immediate priority in my administration.

Offer direct deposit for town employees and pension recipients.
Town Property Maintenance. We have a great deal of deferred maintenance in our town. As mayor I will initiate a thorough survey of all town properties to determine necessary improvements and updates. We will determine estimated costs, generate bid specifications, and create a multi-year plan, along with necessary bond ordinances to reduce the burden on

Community Pool Park. The park must become functional again, either as a pool or perhaps in another form (such as a splash park for young children). But the current status is simply unacceptable. A study will determine various courses of action, create a budget, and a plan that will optimize usage of the park. In its final years of activity, the pool was used by no more than 15% of the town’s population. We must create a resource that is widely supported and used by our town.
The High School Consolidation Question. One of the major issues facing our town is the critical discussion around our two high schools. I will work with Board of Education to continue to study the issue, in a way that factors in several critical components of the discussion. Before any major decision can be made, we must understand the following:
Identify the right location for a large, single campus.
Study the traffic impact on the local neighborhood.
Study the transportation times for buses and parents, from al
l parts of Wallingford.
Understand the real and specific operational and financial savings if we were to consolidate.

I will commit to partnering with the Board of Education to study the issue in a thorough and intelligent manner. Until such a study is done, we cannot rush this critical discussion.
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