How do you feel about local government? Do you think there are ways it can possibly improve? The borough wants to hear your answers to those questions in an effort to improve the way it does business.
Residents are asked to attend a meeting Thursday night, March 21, with borough officials and consulting firm, Westport-based Blum Shapiro and Co., which is working to plan long-term changes in local government. That meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Naugatuck Historical Society, 195 Water St.
“I don’t think any strategic planning process for a government is complete without input from taxpayers and stakeholders within the community,” Mayor Bob Mezzo told the Republican-American and Citizen’s News.
The borough budgeted $35,000 to hire a consulting firm to conduct the study of local government. When the money was allocated, Mezzo called it "the most fundamentally important expenditure in the borough's budget."
“We have exhausted the low-hanging fruit in so many ways, and I’d be the first one to admit when (we’re) not able to get beyond the issues we’re facing locally," he said, according to a Patch archive story. "You have to take outside help and strategic planning to structurally change what you’re doing. If we were a business of this size and didn’t do it, we wouldn’t be in business anymore. ...If we don’t change the way we’re doing things in the borough of Naugatuck — there will be new boards, there will be new mayors, they’re be (a) new public, there will be new taxpayers — but we’ll be sitting here 15-20 years from now talking about the exact same things.”
Blum Shapiro is conducting a second and final session seeking input from the public on Tuesday, March 26, from 7-9 p.m., also at the Historical Society.