Town Council meets with residents to plan new goals
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
For the fourth time this year, Enfield Town Council members and other leaders met with residents recently to discuss their concerns and questions in a town-wide forum. Each quarter, the council goes to a different part of town to reach out to the Enfield citizens.
“This was the best attended one in the four years since we began,” Mayor Scott Kaupin said of the Nov. 28 meeting.
The group gathered at Henry Barnard School praised the town management’s handing of the pre-Halloween snow storm and subsequent power loss and clean-up. They also determined what they felt were the town’s “most valuable” services, i.e. police, fire, parks and recreation, schools and DPW. But there were plenty of areas the residents in attendance felt the newly-formed Town Council needs to address in the upcoming calendar year.
“We need some final closure to the transit center,” said Enfield resident and Fire Chief Frank Alaimo. “Are we going to do it? If not, let’s move on.”
“Ensure that no one on the Top 100 Delinquent Taxpayers lists are receiving any Enfield contracts or agreements for work to be done,” said resident George Young. “Make an aggressive effort to collect delinquent taxes,” he added.
“Do a better job attracting families and businesses; keeping those that are here, here,” said another resident.
Others called for town-wide information to be posted more regularly on the town website and on a Facebook page. Some residents also asked for a charter revision to be made so that residents would vote on the budget if it was an increase. Others couldn’t resist bringing up their concerns about the state of education in Enfield, despite the fact that the Town Council has very rigid boundaries around that issue.
Some residents just wanted to know when the new recycling barrels were arriving.
“No questions are off limits,” said Kaupin.
A prolonged discussion was held around whether or not it is better to seek out private investment or to look for federal and state monies to shore up the business community in town.
“This is a great opportunity to go back and forth over long- and short-term goals,” said resident John Foxx. “This is more of a true town hall meeting than a Town Council meeting.”
The timing of the meeting came just before the Town Council’s first planning meeting on Nov. 30. “We will be trying to incorporate these ideas into our goal-setting,” said Kaupin. “We will use these as a starter point. This was good feedback and dialogue.”
Notes taken at this meeting will be posted on the Enfield town website during the week of Dec. 5.