||Mark D. Boughton
||155 Deer Hill Ave
Danbury, CT 06810
Statement of Mission: The City of Danbury’s mission is to ensure a superior quality of life for its citizens by providing the most cost effective municipal services while preserving the cultural, historical and natural resources of the city. We are committed to working with citizens to enhance Danbury’s position as a premier place to live, work, and raise a family in a traditional yet progressive community.
Elected to a two year term, the Mayor is the presiding officer of the Common Council and is responsible for the administration of all City Departments.
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The Office of the Mayor supports the Mayor’s administrative functions and constituent service activities. The Mayor’s Staff have various duties and oversees a wide variety of city projects. Every staff member responds to constituent calls and assist visitors to the office. The Mayor’s Office services thousands of residents year round through phone calls and additional communications.
The Administrative Assistant to the Mayor fulfills the duties of Chief of Staff by assisting the Mayor in the supervision of city projects, as well as staffing and operations. Mr. McLachlan also coordinates legislative matters scheduled for Common Council consideration as well as the Mayor’s appointments to city boards and commissions. Mike McLachlan represents the Mayor as a liaison to the Danbury Citizen Corps, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Danbury Funders Group, Community Action Committee of Danbury, School Based Health Centers, Community Alliance for Danbury Youth and at events and meetings where a scheduling conflict occurs.
The Community Services Coordinator, Ted Cutsumpas, serves as the Mayor’s liaison to the public in their dealings with city government. Mr. Cutsumpas assists the Mayor in the coordination of city services for special events, the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council and constituent requests for city services. In addition, he is active in managing Danbury TV (DTV) a public meeting broadcasting initiative and the CityLine 311 call center.
The Executive Secretary to the Mayor, Wendy DaCosta, is responsible for the Mayor’s schedule. Requests for meetings and appearances for the Mayor are coordinated by Ms. DaCosta. In addition, the Mayor’s Executive Secretary prepares proclamations and award certificates to be presented by the Mayor.
The Communications Coordinator, Elisa Munoz, assists the Mayor with media communications, public information activities, research and special event coordination. Joan Soderstrom serves as the Receptionist and assists the Mayor with special project communications.
Several interns serve the Mayor’s Office throughout the year, coming from local secondary schools and universities, and assist the Mayor’s staff with special projects. Drusilla Sniffin has dedicated countless hours of service to the Mayor’s staff working on special projects. Rebecca Jowdy serves as a communications intern focusing on community outreach.
During the past year the Office of the Mayor has continued its efforts to provide a pleasant quality of life for all Danbury residents. The Mayor’s office has maintained its close connection with the Senior community in Danbury. Seniors enjoy living in Danbury and the Mayor wants to help keep them here. The Mayor’s Senior Advisory Board meetings at Elmwood Hall discuss important issues in the community. The seniors are presented with updates of new projects and the state of the city and in turn our seniors offer valuable support and suggestions.
In addition, the City of Danbury hosted various events this year that brought in countless visitors and much needed additional income for our businesses. The Connecticut Film Festival culminated this year at various venues in the City from May 20-25th. The event was boosted by $75,000 approved by the City of Danbury’s Common Council. The festival attracted filmmakers and cinema fans from across the State and country. A highlight of the festival had to be the brief reopening of the Palace Theatre, a former 2,000-seat single screen vaudeville and movie house, built in 1927. The Festival’s opening night event brought residents both young and old to this landmark and thousands of visitors enjoyed the Festival throughout the weekend.
The Nutmeg State Games is a multi-sport festival of Olympic-style competition offering 24 different sports for Connecticut’s amateur athletes. The Games took place this year in Danbury and is coming back in 2009. The Games brought thousands of athletes, guests and spectators into our community from across the State.
The Mayor’s Office also continued to coordinate many annual events. Residents have become instrumental participants in Clean City Danbury Day. Hundreds of residents, businesses and organizations join forces with the city and participate in the one day event, usually taking place in April. The neighborhood clean-up established by Mayor Boughton in 2004, has collected hundreds of tons of garbage and debris, aiding the City’s efforts to preserve the beauty of our neighborhoods. Clean City Danbury Day in 2008 was another success, bringing together almost over 1,000 volunteers to clean-up our neighborhoods and thousands more who dumped their household bulk waste for free.
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge has continued its partnership with the Danbury Public Library. The annual program now in its third year with the library culminated in August with hundreds of children, grades 1through 8, receiving a personnel congratulations from the Mayor in a Reading Challenge Ceremony. The program encourages children to continue reading and learning during their summer vacations.
The Mayor’s Summer Youth Program now in its third year again, hired workers and supervisors for 6 weeks during student’s summer vacations. The Summer Youth Employment Program employed students as members of the city’s Clean Teams as well as giving some past employees who received exceptional reviews with places in special intern positions at local non-profit agencies. Youths also participated in programs focused on training and life skills in the subjects of personnel finance and job interviewing. The program helps our youth become productive workers, and self-sufficient citizens. The guidance and education they receive during this program is created to boost participants’ vocational skills while developing work maturity.
The Mayor’s Ball and Mayor’s Cup are annual events which have raised hundreds of thousands for local non-profit organizations. The Mayor’s Ball will celebrate its 10th anniversary in January and continue its commitment to the Danbury Museum & Historical Society and to another local non-profit. The Mayor’s Cup had one of the most successful events in its history in 2008 raising funds to help the Danbury Jaycees and the Danbury Education Founda-tion, both non-profits that help Danbury’s younger generations succeed in our global world.
Part of the Mayor’s Keeping Danbury Beautiful initiative is the preservation of open space. The City of Danbury conducted a bond package vote on February 5th in conjunction with the Connecticut Presidential Primary. Residents were asked to vote for a package that included four specific bonds that would fund open space acquisition and preservation, recreation facility improvements, Public Works upgrades and renovations to Danbury High School. The total Bond package of $18.9 million was approved by voters, 4,797 to 1,461. In addition, the City’s education budget has continued to increase providing our children with valuable resources and leading them to continued academic success.
Most important to our mission statement and to quality of life in the City of Danbury is the delivery of public safety services. The new Police Headquarters will be a 75,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility. The facility, scheduled to be completed in 2009 will serve as a major downtown redevelopment initiative on Main Street.
Mayor Boughton’s “Liveable Neighborhood Plan” is continuing to develop as it addresses quality of life complaints and improves various city areas, streets and parks. The U.N.I.T. (Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team) began a new initiative this year named A.C.T.I.O.N. (Active Commitment Towards Improving Our Neighborhoods). A.C.T.I.O.N. was designed in conjunction with the passing of new City Ordinances which prohibit the parking or storing of motor vehicles on front lawns. The UNIT has worked in conjunction with the Police Department to enforce Danbury’s new regulation. Cityline 311 continues to allow residents to call a single phone number to get answers to frequently asked questions, request service and obtain other information.
The Mayor has continued his open door policy and began holding Saturdays with the Mayor and Community Forums throughout the year. Saturdays with the Mayor take place every third Saturday of the month. These open hours at city hall provide residents with the opportunity to meet the Mayor and to become involved with the discussion of important matters facing our residents, neighborhoods and our entire community. Community forums are held every three months during the evenings in place of the discussions at city hall. These gatherings enable the Mayor to obtain a better sense of the needs and wants of all our citizens. The Mayor’s Newsletters have continued to be included in resident’s tax bills as yet another source of information between the Mayor and Danbury’s citizens. Each resident receives the newsletter in the mail with their Property, Car or Sewer and Water bills. The Newsletters offer information about events, programs and other city details. DTV (Danbury Television) provides government access to residents through their TV. Meetings are taped and broadcast twice a week and important information is regularly displayed.
Submitted in 2005, the “Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness” is a multi-faceted initiative which embraces the goal that we can: End Homelessness in 10 Years. At the urging of Mayor Mark Boughton the plan was created to provide a continuum of housing and supportive services for the homeless in our community. The Plan has developed into a collaboration between several community partners and has made large strides throughout the year. Two grant applications were submitted to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for the “Housing for Heroes” plan. “Housing for Heroes” is a comprehensive effort to address the need for veteran housing in Danbury. The first grant seeking funding for beds for homeless veterans at the Danbury shelter was approved and a second grant to acquire and renovate a site to serve as a transitional housing facility for veterans was also awarded. The Mayor’s Office continues its commitment to providing a high level of service to all Danbury residents. The Office plans on prioritizing its resources to further enhance its existing city services and to do so in a cost effective and satisfactory manner.