It is the day after Christmas, Boxing Day in Britain. As I sit here at my desk, I am taking a moment to consider the changes 2018 has brought.
This is not the same desk I was at this time last year. I was still the Zoning Enforcement Officer in Clinton, next door.
I would like to thank the Westbrook Zoning Commission for taking a chance in hiring me. The Commission, in fact pretty much everyone here in Westbrook, has been welcoming.
I am grateful for the First Selectman, Noel Bishop, who has been nothing but supportive of the needs of my office.
I appreciate the Planning Commission being willing to think outside the box and allowing me, a non-planner, to take over as staff to the commission.
I am trying to fill a lot of shoes, and there has been a learning curve. Both the Zoning Commission and the Planning Commission have shown nothing but patience. Their respective chairs, Tony Marino and Marilyn Ozols, deserve a major share of the credit for this. They have been great.
I would be remiss if I did not also thank my staff and the entire crew of the Land Use Office generally. Kim, Susan and Joey on my "side", Kim (we have a lot of those around here), Robin and Shirley on the other "side". David Maiden, Sonia Marino and Heidi Wallace have had nothing but kind words, most of which were probably sincere. ;)
Finally, I would like to thank the Town of Westbrook and its residents in general. I feel welcomed by this Town and its people. You came with a good reputation, and I have not been disappointed. I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming year.
To all, a Happy Holiday and a Joyous New Year.