Eleven different races will be decided by the Nov. 5 municipal election including First Selectman, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Planning and Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals and Town Moderator.
In the late 1960s, CPPAC* didn’t exist; there was no financial model to predict and prepare for capital expenditures or taxes. Granby’s population was booming, and the schools weren’t keeping pace. Granby Memorial High School was overcrowded and on the brink of losing accreditation, mainly because of a lack of classrooms and support infrastructure.
ByMichael B. Guarco, Jr., Chair, Board of Finance |
Occasionally the question arises on how Granby compares to other towns in Connecticut and what factors affect the mill rate. This is the rate per thousand dollars of assessed value in real estate, motor vehicles, and business personal property.
Interim Superintendent Mark Winzler stated that the opening of school went very smoothly noting it was the smoothest opening he has ever experienced in his entire career including new teacher orientation (nine new teachers), professional development for teachers, and convocation.
The town is once again spraying glyphosate (Roundup) in Salmon Brook Park and throughout the Town Hall complex. Glyphosate is a known carcinogen and in August 2017 the Board of Selectmen placed a moratorium on the use of glyphosate until a committee was established to investigate the herbicide and make a recommendation on its use.
In April 2018 the Herbicide Committee concluded that the town should ban its use by the town.
I’m a freelance writer and the mother of one small child. My husband provides much of the childcare, but he has a job as well, and often I find myself torn between the demands of work and the need to take my son out so he can play with other children.