Southington council makes Sciota succession official, honors Sikhs

Published on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:25
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - The Town Council signed Mark Sciota’s town manager contract at Monday’s meeting, making his scheduled succession of Garry Brumback in February official.

Sciota, now the deputy town manager and town attorney, was elected to the town’s top job at the council’s previous meeting. He will take over after Brumback retires and moves to Florida to live closer to his father.

Also Monday, the council recognized April 14 as National Sikh Day and several members of the local Sikh community were in attendance.

Council Chairman Mike Riccio read a proclamation and explained that Sikhism is the fifth-largest world religion and that 700,000 Sikhs live in the U.S. The local Sikh temple is at 1610 West St., and people of all faiths are welcome to visit.

Riccio wished the Sikhs a “joyous Valsakhi,” referring to the faith’s harvest festival.

Suman Sumra thanked the town for “always being warm, welcoming and inclusive.”

Christina Simms later spoke of a collaboration among Youth Services, the local police department and the Board of Education on suicide prevention.

“From January 1, 2001, to September 1, 2017, 146 youths committed suicide in Connecticut,” she said.

Simms said calls to the town’s mobile crisis center have been going up year to year. The collaboration has provided youths with life skills, social support from peers and adults and positive school experiences.

She also discussed how schools are doing their part to help through “asset-building classrooms” and starting a mentoring and volunteering program.

Councilor John Barry said the presentation was a “wonderful testament” to the town and the fact that people are willing to reach out and help those struggling with suicidal feelings.

The town also voted to join a multi-municipality lawsuit spearheaded by Waterbury against pharmaceutical companies and physicians.

“It says that they doctored the facts and that these opioids were more dangerous than we were led to believe,” said Sciota. “Southington as a bloc with 20 other municipalities or more will make a strong force on this.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Southington Herald on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:25. Updated: Monday, 25 September 2017 22:27.