Letter: First Selectman talks Beacon Falls

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letters_flat(Editor’s note: This letter is the August First Selectman’s letter that appears on the Beacon Falls town website.)

To the editor,

Beacon Falls Parks and Recreation Department hosted the annual Family Day on Saturday, July 6. The festivities kicked off at Matthies Park, with our inaugural Cardboard Boat Regatta. The two-boat race drew a crowd that cheered on both crews. Joyce Krenesky and Micaela Guerra came in first, followed by the team of Joseph Rodorigo and Dominick Sorrentino. Basing their assessment on enthusiastic feedback, the race committee expects a larger field for next year’s event. The race was followed by a fun day of canoeing and kayaking on Carrington Pond; the canoes and kayaks were provided by Connecticut Outdoors of Watertown. The day closed with live music and a fireworks display at Pent Road.

After a lengthy town budget process, which caused the June 30 tax deadline to be missed, the Tax Department labored for many long hours preparing and sending out tax bills. The deadline to pay without penalty was extended to August 8, 2013. Many thanks are due the Tax Collector’s office, the Assessors office and the Town Clerk’s office for pitching in to prepare and collect taxes.

We celebrate Beacon Falls’ most recent newcomer, United Rentals. The commercial wholesale center has been moving into the Pinesbridge Industrial Park, and plans a late-summer opening.

The Economic Development Commission and I continue to work with local landlords to assist them in identifying new businesses that can benefit from moving to our town. Beacon Falls is located in an Enterprise Corridor, which provides tax incentives for manufacturers; this is a major draw for manufacturing companies considering relocation. We are pleased with the ongoing interest in both industrial parks.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Gerard Smith

First Selectman

Beacon Falls