Brookfield First Selectman Bill Tinsley’s May newsletter to residents:
A fond “Goodbye” to the month of May! We exited our budget planning season with overwhelming (70%) approval of our 2014/2015 operating budget at the May 20th referendum. While we always wish for higher voter turnout, Brookfield can be proud that voter participation in the referendum, compared to surrounding towns, was relatively high. Thank you for your participation and support! Our engaged citizenry is a community attribute that sets us apart – making Brookfield a great place to live!
And on May 25th, Brookfield really shined with one of our biggest Memorial Day Parades ever. In the past year, since we last gathered for the same purpose, 94 American men, and 5 American women died of wounds suffered in the service of our country. The scriptures tell us that “no greater love hath any man than to lay down his life for a friend”. We, You and I have no greater responsibility than to honor their sacrifice. In their honor, we dedicated this Memorial Day to Arthur Frank Johnson, Sr. a fifty year resident of Brookfield and Veteran of the Korean War. Frank was very active in several local organizations – especially VFW Post 10201. Over the years, he was instrumental in imparting patriotic values to our local students by leading many Veterans’ Day Programs in our schools. Please join me in extending heartfelt condolences to his family and friends on his recent passing.
A warm (and wet) welcome to June! Your support is once again needed at the Capital Projects referendum scheduled for June 24th. (Please visit the Town of Brookfield website for more detail.) You will be asked to approve two proposals: 1) A $2.4 Million appropriation request to complete the Still River Greenway, that is 80% funded by a Federal Department of Transportation Grant. This project, a two-mile long pedestrian and bike path has been in the making for 13 (yes, thirteen) years. It will be a community treasure – adding new vitality to our quality of life and becoming an important contributor to the successful development of our new town center at the Four Corners, and 2) A $1 Million appropriation for 6 different maintenance projects encompassing work at the Library, Brookfield High School, The Center Fire Company, Town Hall, Municipal Building Parking lots, and Highway Department Equipment. These projects, long overdue, are a sign of our commitment to take care of what we already have in the context of long term budget planning that keeps careful watch over property taxes.
As you are out-and-about town, please take notice of some exciting important progress. Construction has just begun on:
- Phase I of the Parks Revitalization Program that you approved in September 2013. The natural turf (on two playing fields at Cadigan Park) has been removed. We are on-schedule for completion of two new artificial surface fields and new tennis courts by late summer or early fall. Phase II, the work on the Town Park Beach, will commence after Labor Day, when the beach closes for the season.
- The Residences at Laurel Hill, a 72 unit rental housing project located at 40 and 64 Laurel Hill Road. This project is a visible sign of the promising future in the Town Center District at the Four Corners.
As June progresses, our schools will close for the summer and we will graduate the very accomplished class of 2014. Our graduates will become ambassadors of Brookfield as each of them turns the page on a new chapter in their lives. Brookfield is proud of them all, and our goal is to be the Town they will want to (and can) return to.
For more Brookfield at its best, plan on joining us on Friday evenings June 20 and June 27th for the first two of our summer Concerts in the Park starting at 6:30 pm at the Bandstand. Bring a chair, blanket and picnic with us in the park. Each concert is followed by a “drive in” movie to conclude a fun night.
Here’s to seeing you around Town!