I am pleased to report that Somers now has an active advanced life support capability as required by state statutes.
As an ALS provider our Fire Department, under the capable and professional leadership of Chief John Roache, has the ability, staff, and equipment to provide the level of care needed by critical patients in route to the hospital — i.e. additional treatments beyond basic life support, including the administering of a larger variety of medications, the ability to start an IV, the capability to put in advanced airways, as well as treating certain cardiac issues — all provided by licensed paramedics who will be in our ambulances.
The Board of Selectmen wants to acknowledge Chief Roache and his capable staff for the tremendous effort, coordination, training, staffing and implementation of this critical component that will benefit all Somers residents.
Recent incidents have confirmed and validated the importance of this function in saving lives as was evidenced by a citizen thanking me for our EMS/paramedic professionals for providing the life support that was instrumental in her situation.
Our Department of Public Works has recently completed the reconditioning of 15 miles of town roads in record time with minimal delays and issues. The new surface of crumb rubber/stone/oil based product should extend the life of our roads.
Additional road maintenance, and reconstruction where applicable, will commence with roads in the spring. This project is part of the $ 1 million bond package recently approved by voters.
The yearlong process of the review of our dated zoning regulations is nearing completion and should be ready for public comments after the first of the year. It is our hope that these clearly defined regulations will stimulate controlled economic growth and encourage prospective developers to invest in Somers.
Somers is now live streaming all board and commission meetings as part of our transparency campaign to educate voters and encourage participation in local government. This initiative is in addition to the town website, Facebook page, and other outreach efforts.
This is the season of giving with Somers participating the Stuff a Cruiser Campaign, the Salvation Kettle Drive, Fuel Assistance program, etc. and we encourage all citizens to be generous for our less fortunate neighbors.
C.G. Bud Knorr is the first selectman.