June 26, 2022

Essex Selectmen Appointing Building Committee for Planned Bonding Projects

ESSEX— The board of selectmen is appointing a five-member building committee for planned infrastructure projects that are expected to go to town voters for a bonding authorization by early next year. The selectmen are considering bonding for several capital projects, particularly replacement of sections of the Essex Elementary School roof and two bridge replacement projects in the Ivoryton section.

First Selectman Norman Needleman initially suggested a three-member building committee during discussion at the board’s meeting last week, but agreed to a suggestion from Selectman Joel Marzi for a five member committee.

The initial members recommended by Needleman are Kelly Sterner, the town’s finance director, Leigh Ann Rankin, a former U.S. Coast Guard officer who is an uncontested nominee for Region 4 Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election, and Bruce Glowac.  A former first selectman from 1991 to 1995, Glowac currently works as director of facilities for the Region 4 schools. But Glowac is also expected to return to the board of selectmen in November as the uncontested Republican nominee for the seat now held by Marzi, who is an uncontested candidate for town clerk in the Nov. 5 vote. The selectmen are seeking interested volunteers for the two other spots on the building committee that is expected to hold its first meeting later this fall.

In other business at last week’s meeting, Needleman announced one appointment and two departures. Doug Haynes of Ivoryton has been appointed as the town’s first veterans services contact person, a new position that is required under a state law that became effective in July. Haynes, a U.S. Navy veteran, will serve on a volunteer basis, helping Essex residents access available services.

Needleman announced that Stuart Ingersoll is retiring from the zoning board of appeals. Ingersoll has served on the ZBA since the mid-1960s, soon after zoning regulations became effective in Essex. He has served as board chairman for many years.

Needleman also announced that Keith Nolin is retiring from the building inspector position he has held since 2004. The town is accepting applications for a new building inspector. Nolin will continue in the part-time fire marshal position.