First Selectman Gordon Joseloff listens to residents during Wednesday’s Citizens Brown Bag Lunch, the first of his administration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff heard about problems with sidewalks, trees and an assortment of other issues during his first Brown Bag lunch today, but he also outlined his initial plans after a little over a week in office.
Joseloff said he hopes it was the first of many sessions, but he hopes to take brown bag lunches—first initated by former First Selectwoman Diane Farell—on the road to other venues.
“We still haven’t worked out the schedule yet, but we hope to have it here at Town Hall at least one time per month,” he said. “The holidays are coming, so we might not have something set until after the new year.”
Joseloff said he wants to keep an open line of communication with the community, so he intends to continue the lunches.
Hadley Rose, RTM District 3, suggested that the lunches at Town Hall are a set week each month so residents always know when to come to Town Hall.
Wednesday’s lunch was televised live on the town’s cable access channel, which Joseloff said was probably the first time one of the lunches—first initiated by former First Selectwoman Diane Farrell—had been broadcast.
The next session is scheduled for Dec. 14 at noon, and it will focus on the revaluation.
Joseloff—together with Selectwoman Shelly Kassen—outlined projects they are initiating so far, including a Technology Advisory Committee and an “open casting call” for volunteers.
“We want to have an infusion of new blood,” Joseloff said.
Kassen also gave an update on the revaluation process, which she said is a priority for the new administration.
The notices of new assessments will go out to land owners on Dec. 12, she said, and a committee will work to review the numbers.
“We know this is an issue that affects everyone, and we have made it a priority,” she said.
Also, Joseloff said, a new committee made up with familiar people will examine senior citizen tax relief, and he hopes a proposal can go to the Board of Finance early next year.