Editor: “Moving Wallingford Forward” is going to take many things. Understanding where we’ve been, what we’ve done well, and if it is still relevant to do so to keep doing it. Accepting what we’ve done incorrectly or inefficiently and to not repeat those efforts. We need to understand the changes in the landscape in order to navigate the terrain that is in front of us.
Technology will offer more ease of access, open government, more services and allow us to streamline work that needs to be done and make our government more efficient. We will find ways to do more with less and by attrition through retirements and promotions we will shrink the cost of Wallingford government and some of the tax burden on the taxpayer. The Incentive Housing Zone will rejuvenate the Wallingford Center; that means more businesses, a growing grand list, and more people from out of town spending money in Wallingford. The New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail project will put a commuter train through town and allow people to get to this new and rejuvenated Wallingford Center that will develop over the next 10 to 20 years without the need to bring a car and park it. Affordable housing will develop in the zone which allows for good housing for young adults that would use that commuter rail-line to get to and from work anywhere from Springfield to New York City. This would allow young adults to return back home after college and allow them to afford to live in the town they grew up in as well as attract young professionals from out of town to discover Wallingford and to call it their new home.
“If you build it, they will come.” But we must have forward vision and strategic planning in place for it to happen.
JASON ZANDRI , WALLINGFORD TOWN COUNCIL
D-CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR