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Letter: Perugini Discusses First 30 Days

To my constituents in District 10 and the citizens of the Town of Fairfield,

Since being elected to represent District 10 on the Fairfield Representative Town Meeting and accepting the honor of that role when inaugurated on November 18th, I thought I would take the opportunity to provide an update of my activities over my first 30 days in this office.

As promised when campaigning for the privilege to serve the residents of District 10 and the citizens of the Town of Fairfield, I committed to focusing my efforts on enhancing the town's Public Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness while immersing myself in the ever changing dynamics of Super Storm Sandy Rehabilitation and Flood Hazard Mitigation. A large part of which includes the rebuilding of the Penfield Pavilion. Consequently, over the past 30 days since my inauguration I have done the following:

-Accepted a leadership role on the Public Health
 and Safety Committee of the Representative
 Town Meeting to ensure a concerted focus on
 these important issues.

-Met with the Fairfield University Dean of
 Students and Director of Public Safety to
 discuss initiatives for ensuring peace, security,
 and safety for all residents of the beach area.

-Collaborated with community leaders to
 better understand and address the Public
 Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness
 issues of greatest concern.

-Initiated meetings with the leadership of the
 Police Department and Fire Department to
 discuss plans to further enhance their
 exemplary service, protection, and preparation
 of the community for major disasters.

-Attended both meetings of the Penfield Building
 Commission including a visit to the site and
 thorough inspection of the damage to the
 building infrastructure.

-Attended the Flood and Erosion Commission
 meeting to better understand the mitigating
 impact of the implementation of Sluice Gates
 in preparation for future flooding events.

-Discussed with Planning and Zoning the
 recently revised FEMA elevation requirements
 and their implication on Flood Insurance
 premiums as well as the Homeowner Flood
 Insurance Affordability Act proposed by
 Congress that will delay the adverse financial
 impact.

Over the coming months of 2014, I will strive to enhance my understanding of all of the issues relative to the revised FEMA elevation requirements and communicate the implications to those affected residents. I will remain engaged with the Penfield Building Commission to keep my constituents apprised of the options for the repair and/or renovation of the Penfield Pavilion.
I intend to continue my extensive work in Public Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness as I had promised early in my campaign. As such, I will remain active in my roles on the Fairfield Health and Fitness Council as well as the Fairfield Community Emergency Response Team under the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. I will also continue my collaborations with Fairfield University's Dean of Students and Director of Public Safety to ensure the implementation of initiatives that will achieve the desired peace, security, and safety in the year ahead.

I thank all of my constituents in District 10 for the honor and privilege of representing them and look forward to a productive new year in my service to the citizens of the Town of Fairfield. I wish all a happy holiday season and healthy, safe, and prosperous 2014.

Happy Holidays,

Bill Perugini
Town of Fairfield
RTM, District 10

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