SOUTHBURY — A proud son of Southbury, Jeffrey (”Jeff”) Manville is looking forward to his third term as first selectman, starting on November 5, running against the Democrat representative, Rich Boritz.
Jeff, the Republican, has lived in the town all his life.
Quite simply put, “I truly believe that I can make a difference to the town’s quality of life,” the first selectman told Voices in a recent conversation.
First Selectman Manville and his brothers continue to live and farm on the family land. Jeff and his wife live in a home they built on the property. Their three children are, for now, away, living in other places.
The eldest, Anna, is in North Carolina with her husband; young Jeffrey is at Harvard Business School, and Abigail, the youngest, is a freshman at New York University this year.
In his first two terms, the sitting first selectman pointed out, qualitative lifetime improvements have been made, noting the upkeep of the roads compared with past practices and, “We are upgrading the lights on Main Street South.”
The parks are beginning to reflect the results of investment in improved maintenance equipment which produces a better result that is starting to be quite noticeable, he said.
As first selectman he noted that, financially speaking, the town is extremely well managed, which is attractive to residents who appreciate the high quality of life levels that Southbury offers.
A major accomplishment has been bringing the town’s police up to its full force of 20 officers, Mr. Manville said, and also for managing the retirement, at the same time, of the two senior members in the fiscal office and bringing in a new team.
And then there was the May 15, 2018, tornado, which hit Southbury properties hard by leaving its aftermath of downed trees and damaged homes, but, thankfully, relatively few serious injuries.
Four bridges have been added to the town’s existing collection: Pomperaug River Bridge, Oak Tree Road Bridge, Spruce Brook Road Bridge and East Hill Road Bridge, which opens up a beautiful straight road all the way up the hill and provides an elegant entry to the Bent of the River walking trails.
Voting in the Tuesday, November 5, municipal election is from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the usual polling places.