Town Updates: Southbury Celebration Canceled, Ida, Lake Zoar and MORE

First Selectman’s Update- September 7, 2021

Southbury Celebration

The Southbury Celebration set to be held on October 2nd has unfortunately been canceled for this year.  The decision was made to protect the health and safety of the community due to concerns with the rise of COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta variant.  The Committee will be looking forward to the 2022 Southbury Celebration.  Although this cancellation is disappointing and we were excited to bring the community together for this event, I hope residents will understand and join us for next year’s celebration.

Hurricane Ida

As Connecticut experienced the heavy rain, strong winds and flooding last week from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, our Emergency Management, Public Works, Police and Fire departments along with Emergency Medical Services worked tirelessly to respond to the storm and help those affected by the tropical depression.  I want to thank all involved for their hard work and dedication in protecting the safety of Southbury citizens and managing this emergency.

This storm brought an unexpected and tragic event to our area as state trooper, Sgt. Brian Mohl, died after being swept away by the floodwaters in Woodbury this past Thursday morning while in the line of duty.  My heart goes out to his family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss.  It is not often that we experience losses like these in our community.  I think we have all been affected by Sgt. Mohl’s death, and I hope we will all remember his bravery and many years of dedicated service to our community.   

ARPA Task Force Meeting

The first American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Task Force meeting will be held tonight at 6:00pm at Town Hall.  The Board of Selectmen formed this task force to make recommendations on the best ways to spend the $5.79 million dollars the Town has been awarded by the federal government.  This meeting will be focused on introductions and discussion of input we have received from the community regarding the appropriation of funds.  www.southbury-ct.org/arpa

Lake Zoar Channel Closure        

Structural steel is going to be installed over the Lake Zoar channel under the Rochambeau Bridge in the next two weeks.  This installation will cause disruption to marine traffic as the channel will be closed from 9/7 – 9/10 and 9/13 – 9/17.  This erection of structural steel is necessary to protect the safety of boaters.  www.lakezoarauthority.org