Through our web site, we hope to expand our communication links to you, the Orange voter. We hope that you will take the opportunity to contact us through this website and make your views known to us. As Republicans, we are committed to providing honest, open and responsible leadership in our town. Like you,we are committed to making Orange a better place to live, providing an excellent school system, lower taxes, and improved town services.
Thank you Orange Voters!
Dear Orange Residents:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who took the time out of their busy schedules to vote.
I am honored to be elected by 64% of the votes cast and can assure you that I will not let you down.
Over the past eight years as your first selectman, I have worked tirelessly for you and plan on continuing on that path.
It was so gratifying to hear from so many with kind words and support. The Town is moving forward with many projects at High Plains Community Center, the schools, the library, roads, and I look forward to leading these projects to completion.
Again, I thank you all.
James M. Zeoli, First Selectman
|From the Desk of the First Selectman|
|Schools and Security
The events in Newtown have affected all of us. The education and safety of our children are of paramount importance. Our Board of Education has created an ad hoc school safety and security committee; and, our police chief, assistant police chief and fire marshal have been working with that committee to review and improve the infrastructure of our school buildings to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and administrators. This committee is developing a list of safety and security recommendations, which it will present to the Board of Finance on January 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in an effort to obtain funding for these projects.
Among the list are the installation of panic buttons; interior and exterior surveillance cameras; updated locks on all classroom doors; installation of Shatterguard on all windows and doors; and a secure and controlled entry way in all of our schools. I support these initiatives because there is nothing more important than our children and in an emergency, seconds and minutes matter.
We are bombarded with daily news reports on the economy, bankruptcies and closing stores. Orange is not immune from these economic problems but we have worked to attract new businesses to our town. Our town’s vacancy rate is the lowest it has been in years, with a total vacancy rate of 6.34%. Over the past year, Orange has welcomed many new businesses including Chef’s Equipment Emporium of Orange, Wild Acorns, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers, Batteries Plus, Lushe’s Diner, PetSmart, and Orange Music Studio, just to name a few. While we continue to attract new businesses to our Town, over the past six years, I have implemented smart growth policies and practices to grow our light industrial zone.
After a six-year effort and intense competition from surrounding communities, UI is now fully operational on Marsh Hill Road. Colony Hardware also recently opened in our light industrial zone.
While we continue plans to extend Edison Road to open the remainder of our light industrial zone to development and continue to work to bring a train station to Orange, Yale continues its plans to expand its use of its West Campus.
This spring, Orange voters approved a $14.5 Million municipal improvement bond. Historically low interest rates has allowed us to borrow money to help repair our town’s infrastructure at a lesser burden to taxpayers. Capital improvements like school roofs, boilers, and town roads will be addressed through this bond. Once bond counsel has finalized the process, this issue will be presented to a Town Meeting and from there to a town referendum.
The Preserve at Turkey Hill
In 2011, the voters of Orange overwhelmingly voted to purchase approximately 376 acres of open space from the Hubbell Corporation. The parking access across from Turkey Hill Road has been constructed and the public can enjoy this beautiful piece of property. The Board of Selectmen is in the process of considering partnering with the New England Mountain Bike Association to construct a series of shared
use riding trails at no expense to the taxpayers. The Selectmen are awaiting input from our Town’s Conservation Commission, which will be given at the February meeting of the Selectmen. The Selectmen will debate how best to proceed. If you would like to express an opinion on how the Town should utilize this property, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com, deliver your comments to the First Selectmen’s office or come to the February Selectmen’s meeting, which will be held on February 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Paid for byOrange Republican Town Committee, Phil Grande Sr, Treasurer