In the holiday spirit, I would like to mention some of the positive things the McCarty Administration has already accomplished or started to put into motion, including the things done under the last administration, which McCarty had been calling for for years, but were done by the Kopetz Admininistration only due to the threat of losing power.
1. Paramedic Service - so that the town has paramedics among its first responders
2. Town Website - This was bid out during the election season, but still did not manage to include basic things such as the town Ordinances or the actual (instead of proposed) board and commission schedule. Plans are to greatly increase the information on the website, including meeting agendas and minutes, budget information, etc. The best thing will be that meeting agendas will be available in advance, so that people can prepare for meetings and can decide whether or not to attend.
3. Easy Communication - Town Hall employees are being given email, so that town residents can communicate with them in a way other than playing telephone tag during working hours.
4. Energy Audit - of town buildings, to both conserve energy and save money.
5. Important Hiring - McCarty is trying to fill important positions that had been left open for many months: a new Community Services director, a new Finance director, and a Town Engineer.
6. Public Updates and Question Answering - While the Kopetz Administration did not even support the idea of asking town officials questions at Town Meetings, McCarty and Fontana have begun a series of NHTV shows where they will let people know what has been happening with town government, and what will soon be happening. They will answer questions called in or sent to them at QuestionsForJanet@aol.com.
7. Greater Involvement of Independents in Town Government - McCarty made a concerted effort to attract people to sit on boards and commissions who do not have close party ties, especially unaffiliated voters. She is being attacked for appointing cronies, but the attraction of independent individuals to town government is her greatest accomplishment. Even the idea of having an independent assistant town attorney to give her different views than the Town Attorney’s firm is a new, effective way of getting more points of view expressed in North Haven’s government.
8. Public Comments During Board and Commission Meetings - McCarty called for this for years, but it would not be allowed until the upcoming election and the controversy over the forensic investigation made the Republicans give in.
9. An Honest Budget - McCarty called for this for years, but it would not have happened (although still only partially) without the cloud over the Finance Department, the upcoming election, the New Haven Register and Post editorials, and of course the rejection of the first budget by voters.