First Selectman’s Update

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Colin Moll

Cooler weather has finally arrived. Board and Commission meetings have ramped back up and our municipal election nears! There will be no November article from me due to this, so I remind everybody to get out and vote on November 7.

Here are some events going on in October and beyond:

  • The Town and FOFAH have their Second Annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 7 at Hilltop Farm. We sold over 300 tickets this year for a sold out event. Thank you all who supported another successful event.
  • The Sustainable Suffield task force has their fall clean-up day on Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.. Gloves and trash bags can be picked up in front of Town Hall that morning along with donuts and coffee. You can sign up on the Town website and pick one of six roads to clean up.
  • There are only a few more weeks to donate to Sustainable Suffield’s composting initiative. Help them reach their goal of raising $6,000 to get a 1.5x match from Sustainable CT. Get all the information at their “Sustainable Suffield” section on the Town website.
  • The Great Halloween Drive-Thru is this month at Sunrise Park. The dates are Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 26-29. We will have a “Suffield Trick or Treat” night on October 19 with discounted pricing ($20) and Halloween treats for the kids. Come out and support an event whose proceeds help to fund the Summer Fair Fireworks.
  • This Halloween come to our second Annual Town Hall Trick or Treat event. The doors will be open for all children in the community to trick or treat throughout the entire Town Hall before going out that night. This a great opportunity for children who may not live in a more densely populated area of Town. I look forward to all the great costumes!
  • Don’t forget to add our Suffield Alight event to your calendars for early December.
  • Check out all the great programs provided by the Library and Community Services for the remainder of this fall.

Here’s some stuff that has recently happened in Town:

  • Our Police Department was just awarded Tier 1 Accreditation. Congrats to Chief Canon and the entire Department. A big thank you to Captain Palmer and Lieutenant Burrell for their work on this, too.
  • Our new fire truck and tanker have both arrived for the Fire Department.
  • We recently hired a new Associate Library Director, Kate Jarest, who held a different position in our library. Congrats Kate!
  • We’ve brought on a part-time operations manager to assist the DPW Department. Welcome, David Girardini!
  • Our Fire Department Captain search has been narrowed down to three candidates, and we hope to have a new Captain by mid-late October.
  • We are looking to hire another part-time operations manager for the DPW department, a new Library Director and we continue to look for a part-time Assistant Finance Director.
  • I recently created a new Resident Spotlight that highlights the people in Town who have made great impacts, contributions, or volunteered their time to the Town and its organizations. I encourage everybody to go on the Town website and vote for somebody they think is worthy of this recognition. There are a lot of great folks out there deserving of it.
  • We are starting to look at a plan to add some trees along the multi-use trail for some much-needed relief from the sun and to provide some beauty as you walk, run or bike on the trail. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Enjoy the fall weather and the natural beauty this season provides.

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