CCM Honors Municipal Department Efforts in Four Towns – Brookfield, Westport, Hartford and Fairfield – with Municipal Excellence Awards At CCM’s Annual Convention
For Immediate Release
Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) honored four CCM-member communities with its 2019 Municipal Excellence Awards at CCM’s Annual Statewide Convention on Dec. 3-4 at Foxwoods Resort. The winning municipal departments were from the communities of Brookfield, Westport, Hartford and Fairfield.
“CCM acknowledges the work of municipal officials, that’s why CCM does the work it does,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “But once a year, we like to highlight and reward the outstanding work that officials are doing in our communities.”
The Municipal Excellence Awards, sponsored by Halloran & Sage, recognize innovative projects and individuals that have significantly improved the quality of life for citizens, established partnerships, and built community support.
Prizes are handed out in four categories — Municipalities with populations under 20,000, populations between 20,001 and 40,000, and over 40,001; as well as an award for topical entry, Innovation in Security and Public Safety. To be eligible, the subject of each entry must be a municipal-funded or municipal administered project or program.
A first place prize was awarded to the winner in each General Entry Award category, as well as one first place winner in the topical category, winning $1,000 towards the continued implementation and success of their project.
The entries were judged by an independent panel on:
How the project or program was organized, administered, and explained;
How well it achieved its goals;
How well resources, such as grants, budgets, and staff were used; and
Whether the project could serve as a template for other communities.
The winners back to top
Population Category 1: Town of Brookfield for Re-Envisioning Our Downtown
Many of our towns and cities want to rejuvenate their downtowns without losing the charm that has been built up over decades, or even centuries. Brookfield developed a revitalization plan that addressed the need for downtown development while preserving the history. It included retail; one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, and a complete streetscape project. This became the cornerstone of the Brookfield Plan of Conservation and Development, and through zoning regulations they have added roadway modifications, sidewalks, bike paths, public parking and other amenities completely revitalizing their downtown. This plan shows that you don’t have to sacrifice charm to revitalize your downtown centers.
Population Category 2: Town of Westport for The Westport Center for Senior Activities Enhancement Project
In 2016, The Town of Westport was told that its senior population was set to grow by 37% by 2020. This increased the town’s demand for places where the senior population could remain active and socialize. This past January, the town opened the new Westport Center for Senior Activities that included a fitness center double the original size, an additional art room, two flexible activity rooms, an emergency shelter and space and facilities for first responders, a Grab N’ Go Café, increased parking and building enhancements. This project saw collaboration from nearly every department in Westport, and has improved the quality of life for everyone that uses it, from the seniors to the volunteers participating in the numerous intergenerational programs.
Population Category 3: City of Hartford for Providing Access to Rich Historical Public Documents
Hartford, like Brookfield, recognized the importance of history. The City embarked on an ambitious project to transfer its early records to the Hartford History Center in the Hartford Public Library, in order to more safely store them and to make them more accessible than ever. These records have the effect of enriching the history and showing sweeping changes. One example that illuminated this history is Holdridge Primus, an African American man whose home value was assessed at $2000 in 1872, this information was found out by cross referencing census data against city data and would not have been possible without this project. It is a model of collaboration between the library and city clerk’s office, and by working together they have shown us the real value of connecting the past to the present.
Innovation in Security and Public Safety: Fairfield Fire Department for House of Worship Emergency and Fire Safety Planning
It was unfortunate events that took place in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and at Notre Dame in France that prompted the creation of the House of Worship Emergency and Fire Safety Planning (HOW), but the Fairfield Fire Department took that important step to learn and find ways to reduce the likelihood of emergencies in their houses of worship. They instituted planning sessions for senior leadership, pre-fire planning at those facilities, delivered CPR, AED, and Stop the Bleed programs for staff and volunteers, and a salvage plan to recover and preserve the important artifacts and relics at these houses of worship. The Fairfield Fire Department has taken these plans and shared them with Fire Chiefs and departments across the state to help others jumpstart their own HOW programs