Walking out the door of the Building Department office in the town hall on April 13 was bittersweet for retiring Community Development Director Fran Armentano and all the staff who have interacted with him for the past 32 years. Right-hand man to the town manager, procurer of grants, integral advisor to the Planning and Zoning and Development Commissions and always willing and able to step in wherever help was needed, his absence will be greatly felt by many.
The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has announced the 2018 Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program that provides tax credits to businesses that make cash investments in qualifying community non-profit programs. Projects approved in the past have come from public service departments such as police, fire, ambulance, health service agencies, land trusts and more. Requests have included energy saving measures such as new windows, boiler replacement and fuel-efficient vehicles; programs for youth, parents and seniors.
A Granby resident is needed to fill a vacancy on the Park and Recreation Board. If you are interested in serving your town on this board, call the Democratic Town Committee Chairman Jim Lofink, 860-810-0274; Republican Town Committee Chairman Mark Neumann, 860-653-9668; or Town Manager John Ward, 860-844-5300.
In previous Drummer articles, I have expressed my opinions on aspects of our town’s fiscal status and how they are impacted by the boards’ decisions in the final determination for action on asset properties (eg. Kearns School and East Street Farm).
Between 75 and 80 residents attended the Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 budget held at the Granby Memorial High School auditorium on April 9. The $45,254,588 budget represents a 2.78 percent increase in expenditures over the current budget, leading to a 1.98 percent increase in the mill rate.
The Amanda Webster Slate was voted to attend the Democratic Connecticut House of Representatives convention this May by the Democratic voters of Granby. All registered Granby Democrats were invited to attend and vote for the slate of delegates pledged to their preferred candidate.
Trash Holiday: Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day is a holiday for Paine’s Inc. All trash pickups will be delayed by one day the week after the holiday. Paine’s notifications: Did you know you can sign up for email alerts from Paine’s? Don’t worry they won’t swamp your inbox.
Will not run for 5th Congressional District seat
State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) announced his decision not to run for the 5th Congressional District seat. Witkos currently serves the 8th Senate District in the Connecticut General Assembly as the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore.
The registrars were pleased by student participation in the high school spring registration drive at Granby Memorial High School on April 4. Registrars received 89 new registrations—79 from in-town and 10 from out-of-town students. Twenty-three students chose to register as Republicans, 25 students as Democrats, one student as an Independent and the remaining 40 students chose to be unaffiliated with any party.