ELECT DAN NOWAK
Citizens For A Better Cheshire
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CHESHIRE DEMOCRAT CAMPAIGN EVENTS
NOVEMBER 1 - Young Democrats Rally, Funky Monkey Cafe, Watch Factory, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Democrat Town Council Candidates will speak
NOVEMBER 2 - Radio interview at 6:10 a.m. with George "The Coach" DeMaio, 960 WELI, talking Town Council campaign, Breeders' Cup, Fantasy Football, NFL, high school field hockey and girls swimming
NOVEMBER 5 – Election Day - GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!
THE CHESHIRE DEMOCRATIC TOWN COUNCIL AND BOARD OF EDUATION CANDIDATES SPOTLIGHT SHOWS THAT HAVE AIRED ON COX CABLE CAN BE SEEN IN VIDEO FORM AT THE CHESHIRE DEMOCRATIC WEBSITE AT
THE SHOWS, INDEPTH INTERVIEWS OF EACH DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE, HAVE BEEN AIRING ON COX CABLE PUBLIC ACCESS. If you missed the shows on Cox Cable hear first hand where the candidates stand on all the issues from the videos.
I am proud and honored to launch my 2013 campaign for Cheshire Town Council (at-large). Cheshire certainly has a strong sense of community, a resilient spirit and a great future ahead. I am certainly committed to this town. Hard work has alway been my forte and I want to work hard for all the people in town. See my welcome message below and friend me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/electdan.nowak as we embark on this exciting campaign journey. Click on my Facebook Like page (upper left corner of this page) and like me on Facebook too.
I URGE YOU TO SPEND SOME TIME READING EACH ITEM ON THIS SITE TO UNDERSTAND WHO I AM AND WHAT MY GOALS AND IDEAS ARE FOR TOWN COUNCIL.
If you're a college student living outside of Cheshire CT, don't forget to get an absentee ballot so you can vote in the upcoming
election on Nov. 5. I spoke with Cheshire Town Clerk Carolyn Soltis and absentee ballots will be available starting Oct. 4.
To get an absentee ballot, download the form using this link -http://www.ct.gov/sots/LIB/sots/ElectionServices/ElectForms/electforms/aabeng.pdf
Fill out the absentee application and send it to Town Clerk Carolyn Soltis, 84 South Main St., Cheshire, CT, 064310.
I would focus on improving and growing the business climate in town, ultimately leading to easing the tax burden and growing the Grand List. Below is an outline of my ideas. If you own a business in Cheshire or have an interest in the Cheshire business community, it is in your best interest to click on "Nowak: Friend to Cheshire business" at the top of this page for an indepth breakdown of each of these ideas. The beauty of my ideas to grow/improve the business community in Cheshire is that these ideas would be implemented with no cost to the town.
I. Retaining and growing the business climate in Cheshire with a FREE breakfast meeting.
I would set up a FREE breakfast meeting with 25 of the top businesses in Cheshire along with our local state senators and state representatives and most importantly the state economic development representative/grants coordinator. Our local state senators and state representatives and the state economic development representative/grants coordinator can identify federal and private grant assistance for local businesses.
II. FREE quarterly breakfasts for ALL businesses in town.
Every three months set up a FREE breakfast meeting and invite ALL businesses to attend. All new businesses in town would be urged to attend and the first order of business would be to introduce these new business owners/executives to everyone at the meeting.
III. Take advantage of a FREE state-conducted study.
The state economic and development office conducts FREE municipal business studies, sizing up the business climate within a community citing what works, what might not be working and how to improve the business climate.
IV. Sharing ideas to grow/improve business.
Discuss with the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, especially as a regionalized member of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley, additional ways to expand the parlaying of ideas with other chambers.
V. Town government should consider a stronger business relationship with Cheshire Academy.
VI. Fill vacant buildings by taking advantage of CL&P, which has a vested interest in businesses in Cheshire. I would approach management/community outreach folks at CL&P to help kick-start new businesses in vacant buildings throughout Cheshire through FREE CL&P initiatives.
VII. Create a “SUPER” economic and planning volunteer committee.
The town of Cheshire is blessed with incredible professional business talent from every walk of life. The town government needs to tap into that citizen resource and one way is to form a mega volunteer committee that meets once a month. This committee would assess the strengths and weaknesses of Cheshire’s economy and develop concrete plans for addressing the problems that slow economic growth and job creation. As a result we could ultimately find ways to qualify for infrastructure funding from the United States Economic Development Administration.
VIII. One plan would be to use the “SUPER” committee to form a smaller sub-committee for a short-term public outreach effort. This would include public forums with issue-based focused groups and personal interviews with local business executives.
IX. Improving Cheshire’s economy and Grand List growth by stepping up marketing and communication initiatives, discussing positive transportation opportunities, business development and positive workforce capablilities to entice new businesses to come to Cheshire.
You have likely heard me talk about thinking outside the box when it comes to raising new revenue for the town. While enticing new businesses to come to Cheshire is one obvious way to bring in new revenue to the town, there are many other ways to accomplish that goal that I don’t believe have ever been considered. Below is an outline of some ideas. For a complete explanation of each outlined item, go to the New Revenue For Cheshire link at the top of this page.
I. One way that would be absolutely cost-free to the town in gaining new revenue is to help a local business pursue the possibility of hosting a Keno operation. Earlier this year the state Legislature approved a two-year state budget that includes a state-run Keno operation that will be run by the state lottery and launched in February or March 2014. The state will allow 1,000 yet-to-be-decided sites (restaurant, tavern or convenience store) to host a Keno operation. Keno is a combination of bingo and lotto.
II. Create a Cheshire Sports Hall of Fame honoring all the great people and teams from Cheshire’s sports history.
III. Bedding plant tours.
Cheshire is billed as the bedding plant capital of Connecticut. One way to take advantage of that specialty is to work with all the huge farms in Cheshire for a cooperative effort in creating revenue-generated educational bus tours of these farms.
IV. Create a low-cost, revenue-producing town operated outdoor skating rink at Bartlem Park during the winter months with an admission fee, skate rentals and even charge fees for skate lessons.
V. Create a town-operated Cheshire souvenir store, either online or offline (retail space) or both.
VI. Create new town-wide festivals where revenue goes to the town. Create a Winter Festival at Bartlem Park, possibly in conjunction with the aforementioned outdoor skating rink, complete with vendors and special events.
Create new revenue for the town by having people or businesses attach their name for a fee as a title sponsor for a venue. For example, to offset upgrade costs for the high school boys lockerroom, for a 5-year or 10-year sponsorship fee maybe the lockerroom gets called the Bozzuto Boys Lockerroom or ESPN Boys Lockerroom. Maybe the community pool provides some financial relief by being called the Namco Community Pool or Nike Community Pool or maybe we call the linear trail the New Balance Rail Trail or the adidas Rail Trail.
On the campaign trail in Cheshire, CT....
Viennese Night at the Cheshire Senior Center on Sept. 20, a fundraising event for the Cheshire Democratic Women's Club, was a great success with dignitaries coming out to honor town legends Joy Hostage and Arthur Hostage.
Joy Hostage and her husband Arthur Hostage received the CDWC Civic Pride Award for their many years of service to Cheshire local government. They received an official citation from Gov. Danel Malloy. Gov. Malloy could not attend but Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman was on hand to present the citation from Malloy. Also honoring the Hostages were congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, state Rep. Mary Fritz, former state Rep. Vickie Nardello, State Library Board Chairman Ron Wiggins and current Cheshire Town Council members Patti Flynn-Harris and Mike Ecke.
Joy Hostage was elected to the Town Council in 1983 and served for 12 years. She was later appointed to the Cheshire Library Board and she also serves on the State of Connecticut Library Board. Joy was a founder of the Cheshire Junior Women’s Club, is a member of the Cheshire Women’s Club and a member of the League of Women Voters.
Arthur Hostage is a World War II Army veteran who served in the Battle of the Bulge. He has served as chairman of the Cheshire Economic Development Commission and chairman of the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library. He is a board member of the Cheshire Historical Society and served as the town historian.
"This is such a great honor for me and Arthur," Joy Hostage said at the event. "We just love this town and its people so much. Serving the town in any way we could always seemed like the right thing to do."
I have been encouraged by many people requesting I run for Town Council again in 2013. Many people feel there is a need to have a person on the Town Council with a strong background in sports with the various sports-related/recreation-related issues in town. One way or another, we need closure on the community pool and the run down and unhealthy high school boys lockerroom.
However, Cheshire is blessed with exceptional professionals in every walk of life and harnessing the talents of those residents is one way I plan to focus on easing the tax burden and introducing creative and effective ways to grow the Grand List. The Grand List has been relatively stagnant in recent years. In the coming weeks I will offer many effective ways to grow the Grand List. Here is a link to a New Haven Register story in February detailing the slow Grand List growth the past two years - http://bit.ly/19DYV7G .
Cheshire is envied by residents of other towns, impressed with our parks, school system and beautiful countryside. But as you know we are not a low tax town. We need to be more competitive with the mill rate to entice new businesses and residents while finding some relief for our current tax payers.
We need to be fiscally responsible and find creative ways to cut costs to save government dollars.
But we also need to find creative ways to find NEW revenue and market our town to bring in NEW businesses that would ultimately help ease the tax burden. Also very important is retaining the businesses that we already have in place.
Please use this website as a resource to learn about my views and news and my take on the issues that will ultimately need to be addressed in Cheshire.
To read my complete Welcoming message, click on the "Welcome Message" link at the top of this page.
FROM DAN NOWAK AND CITIZENS FOR A BETTER CHESHIRE
ATTENTION CHESHIRE RESIDENTS
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This is an issue that hits home with my recently graduated son Joey having played four years on the high school football team.
There has been $500,000 appropriated for this project and yet we still have not seen a complete upgrade of the lockerrooms, which wreak of health issues. The leadership of the current Town Council considered appropriating extra funds to build a new outdoor facility but determined it wasn't a feasible/cost-effective measure and shelved the plan.
I have been in the lockerrooms many times and the smell that permeates borders on the foul smell of urine.
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