State of the town: Tesoro says Trumbull’s best days are ahead

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro speaks at the dedication ceremony for Mary Ellen Way, in front of Jane Ryan Elementary School, in Trumbull, Conn. Nov. 6. 2020.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro speaks at the dedication ceremony for Mary Ellen Way, in front of Jane Ryan Elementary School, in Trumbull, Conn. Nov. 6. 2020.

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TRUMBULL — First Selectman Vicki Tesoro said Trumbull’s “best days are ahead of us” during an address Wednesday to the town’s business community.

The event, which functions as Tesoro’s annual “state of the town” address, was the first time Tesoro has given the address in person to an audience since 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During her speech at Tashua Knolls she spoke of her vision for Trumbull’s future, and what she sees as a strong and thriving present.

“Our finances are strong, economic development is robust, our students continue to excel, and people are coming to Trumbull to live, work and play,” Tesoro said.

She made mention of several specific goals and projects, including a recent legal victory regarding the planned conversion of the former United Healthcare building at 48 Monroe Turnpike into senior housing. Last week, a judge trial referee dismissed an appeal of an Inland Wetlands Commission approval allowing the project to move forward.

“There is still one more appeal in process that we hope to win,” Tesoro said. “Once the appeals are clear, the $120,000,000 redevelopment project can get underway. The development will bring a continuum of housing and related services for individuals that are 55 (and older). It will add millions in tax revenues to the town.”

Other projects mentioned during the address include the planned Veterans and First Responder Center on Kaatz Pond, and plans to renovate the Trumbull Center corridor.

Overall, Tesoro said, her outlook for the town is positive.

“My administration has faced challenges before from weather emergencies to the pandemic,” she said. “We have proven equal to those challenges, and I remain confident that we as a community have the resources, the people, and the spirit to overcome any challenge. I remain optimistic that Trumbull’s best days are ahead of us.”

The event was sponsored by the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, which is an affiliate of Bridgeport Regional Business Council. BRBC President and CEO Dan Onofrio said the event drew about 80 people. Onofrio said events such as this as important to keeping local businesses informed.

“Our job as a chamber is to bring the business community together,” he said. “Knowing where the town is headed is very important to local businesses.”

As a traditional part of the address, Tesoro gave the First Selectman’s Award for Community Service to Trumbull’s Certified Emergency Response Team, or CERT.

“This year the public saw CERT in action at several town emergency events, including our COVID vaccine clinics and the distribution of the COVID home test kits to the community,” Tesoro said before presenting the award to Trumbull emerengency management director Megan Murphy. “They take time away from their families to help the community at a moment’s notice.”

Murphy said she was pleased to accept the award on CERT’s behalf and praised the work the volunteers do.

“We’re so fortunate to have such a motivated group of individuals,” she said “They’re constantly putting their lives on hold to help the community.”