Ballantine pool and bathroom design moves forward: update from first Southbury manager

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NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War which was commemorated on March 29. I would like to thank the 9 million Americans who have served our country and honor their bravery and commitment. I recognize the impact this war has had on our veterans and their families, and I want to thank the survivors and those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of our nation. We will always remember those whose lives were lost and honor the soldiers who returned home.

COVID-19 UPDATE

As the number of COVID-19 increases with the spread of Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant, we continue to monitor cases both locally and statewide. Southbury has seen a decrease in the number of positive cases over the past week and currently has a positivity rate of 6.1%. I will work with our emergency management team as we continue to assess the situation and recommend appropriate mitigation strategies if necessary. I urge all residents to stay safe during this wave and will provide updates as we continue to monitor the spread in Southbury.

CITY BUDGET UPDATE

The finance council and council of elected officials held a special joint meeting last Monday to vote on the city’s annual budget. The budget was unanimously approved by the finance council and will go to the municipal referendum on May 4. I am proud of the work of everyone involved in crafting this budget and believe that we have created a responsible spending plan for the year ahead. The municipal budget increased by 1.5% with School District Region 15 at a 3.45% increase. If approved, the mill rate will be 28.6, a decrease of 7/10 from last year. I urge residents to go to the polls and vote for the budget on May 4. Voting information for the referendum can be found here.

BALLANTINE POOL

Ballantine Pool and Bath House preliminary design is progressing. Silver Petrucelli & Associates engineers visited the facility last week to help them design good, better, and better options for our pool complex. These options will help the City make an informed decision on how best to proceed with our aging facility.

Pool and bath house options:

  • Good: Build a new pool to conform to what we currently have and update the bathhouse to current ADA compliance.
  • Better: Build a new zero-entry pool with a water feature, six lap lanes, and a public bath that meets the size requirements of the largest pool.
  • Best: Build a zero-access pool with two additional swim lanes, a snack bar, and a new bathhouse that meets the size requirements of the larger pool.
  • I look forward to continuing to work with Silver Petrucelli & Associates to complete preliminary design and cost estimates for these three options and will provide updates as we move through the process.

    JOBS

    The city has many exciting job opportunities available which we have advertised for this week. Applications and job descriptions for these positions are available here.

    Planning Director
    We are recruiting for a Planning Manager to join our Land Use department and manage planning, zoning and inland wetland operations. The City is in the process of updating its conservation and development plan, so this position offers an exciting opportunity to get involved in this important project. The position requires administering, enforcing and interpreting state laws and municipal regulations relating to planning and working with land use boards and commissions, outside agencies and the general public. The pay scale is $75,000 to $85,000 and is full time at 35 hours per week with a full benefits package.

    Firefighter
    The City is looking for a new Fire Marshal to join our team. This position is responsible for fire inspections and investigations, reviews of building plans, open burning permits and fireworks, developing and managing the department’s budget and organization of fire prevention and education programs. I encourage individuals with Connecticut State Fire Marshal or Assistant Fire Marshal certifications and three to five years of fire marshal or firefighting experience to apply. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered. This is a full-time position at 35 hours/week with a salary range of $65,000 to $75,000/year.

    Project Manager
    The Public Works Department is hiring a full-time 35 hour/week Project Manager with a full benefits package. The salary range is $65,000 to $70,000/year. This position will be responsible for coordinating and managing the City’s infrastructure construction and repair projects. We have a great team at Public Works and are working on many exciting projects such as repairing two bridges and preparing for the construction season. We are looking for candidates with five years of experience managing public works or construction projects and a bachelor’s degree in project management, computer engineering, accounting or a related field.

    The City is also recruiting for part-time Library Assistant, Assistant Animal Control Officer, and Transfer Station Worker. More details on these positions can be found here.

    Jeff Manville
    Southbury First Councilor


    This press release was produced by the town of Southbury. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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