ERIN STEWART: New Year looks bright for New Britain

Published on Monday, 3 January 2022 13:27

New Britain Mayor

Happy New Year New Britain! I hope over these past couple of weeks you had the chance to relax, connect with loved ones, and reflect on the past year. 2021 was a year filled with growth, transformation and signs of progress throughout every corner of this city. Even as we continue to deal with the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, we thrived as a community and continued to prove that New Britain is a city on the rise.

We have accomplished so much together over the past year, but more great things are to come in 2022. The block-by-block transformation will continue with the implementation of the city’s newly updated Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). Most towns let their plans sit on the shelf and collect dust but not us. We put countless hours of work into this new plan to set us on a path to prosperity for the next ten years. This new plan combines the city’s SMART City Committee, the Transit Oriented Development Committee and our Complete Streets Master Plan, extending it to areas beyond downtown. This new plan will ensure that investment will be felt in all corner of the city for years to come and effectively collaborates my vision for our city into one new strategic planning committee that will be responsible for making the magic happen.

A top priority for my administration in 2022 will be continuing to run this city in a fiscally responsible manner, because if our finances are not in order every other aspect of life here will suffer. We will work hard to maintain the tax cut residents received this year, continue budgeting responsibly, and streamline city services for maximum efficiency while also exploring creative revenue streams that do not place burden on the backs of taxpayers.

Providing a hand up to those in need within our community is always top of mind, and this coming year will be no different. We hope to provide permanent funding for the NB Recovers program, ensuring holistic services will always be available for those experiencing homelessness or suffering from addiction, and prevent our youth from falling through the cracks. We plan to open a Day Center on Arch Street in partnership with the Friendship Center to provide those experiencing homelessness a safe place to go.

The future of our city depends on our children having access to quality public education right here in New Britain, and as your mayor I can ensure our students have modern, updated facilities that support 21st century education. In 2022 we will be finishing the renovations at Chamberlain Elementary School that will transform it into a practically new facility, and Holmes Elementary School is next on our list. I look forward to working with the School Building Committee and the School District’s new interim facilities director to create robust plans for our aging buildings. The City will also continue to fund the Education Savings Account that the School District can tap in to at any time.

Each new year brings opportunities for growth and success. Together, I know we can make New Britain a shining example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together, rolls up their sleeves, and puts in the hard work to build a bright future for all its residents.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Columns, New Britain on Monday, 3 January 2022 13:27. Updated: Monday, 3 January 2022 13:29.