Letter: Bipartisan study committee will discuss senior, community building

To the Editor:

We are all proud that Trumbull has been recognized both locally and nationally as a great place to live and raise a family. Family Circle selected it as the "7th best town for families"; US News and World Report ranked it as one of the "top 15 places to retire in CT"; and Money Magazine placed it in the "top 100 places to live." To make our great town even better, the first selectman has requested, and the Trumbull Town Council has established, the Senior/Community/Library Building Committee. It is a bipartisan study committee that is tasked with exploring the needs and the possibilities of a new Senior Center that may or may not be combined with a community center and/or the library. The committee is considering many models.

We  have visited and researched many area senior/community centers. We have also explored many site options and some building schemes. The committee now knows what does and doesn't  work in other towns. This information will guide us in our planning. The Llbrary is finishing up its own strategic plan study which the committee will incorporate into its proposal.

Now we are seeking input from the people of Trumbull. What are your needs and where and  how should these needs be met? We hope to gather that information in a number of ways. The first is that we have two surveys available online. One is for those over 55 and is focused on the senior center. The other online survey is for all Trumbull residents and gathers information on the needs of the community. Both surveys can be found at www.trumbull-ct.gov.

We have also planned two public hearings to be held in the Library Community Room on Sept. 28 and Oct. 28, both at 7 p.m. We encourage everyone in Trumbull to share their preferences and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

This is an exciting opportunity for our town. Let's set politics aside and work together to enhance the quality of life in Trumbull. This final project will alter Trumbull's landscape, so it is important that we get it  right. We invite you to become part of the planning process.

Joe Pifko & Dan Marconi,

Town Council Representatives

Co-Chairs,  Senior/Community/Library Building Committee