Welcome to the Shelton Republican
Town Committee’s Website
Welcome to the Shelton Republican Town Committee's website. Please look through its different pages to become more acquainted with our Republican Town Committee, its activities and our local, state and federal Republican elected officials.
In November 2019, Mayor Mark A. Lauretti was elected handily for the 15th time. Under his skilled and seasoned leadership, along with Shelton's Republican administration and input from the SRTC, Shelton’s Grand List has grown once again, the mill rate is stable and city services have increased.
Our city continues to be the destination for many new companies, restaurants, retailers and residential developments. Bridgeport Avenue, designated as the location for economic development since the 1960's, has expanded to about 85% of its capacity. The former UI property, one of the largest properties on Bridgeport Avenue, is now under development, promising to house not only a number of retailers and restaurants, but a much needed child daycare facility.
The major focus at this time continues to be redevelopment of downtown Shelton where environmental challenges had to be overcome and older properties razed. Both situations had hampered quicker development for many years. Mayor Lauretti, assisted by the Shelton Economic Development Corporation and our Republican State Senator and Representatives in Hartford, have worked diligently to rehab these properties which will now start to generate additional tax dollars for the city. This past year, SEDC received a record-breaking $750,000 grant in support of their mission. The Riverwalk has been expanded and downtown street lighting and sidewalks are being upgraded as we speak.
Shelton's emergency services and infrastructure needs are also being addressed. The Echo Hose and Huntington Fire companies are entertaining proposals for replacing and upgrading each of their facilities. All fire companies now have automatic exhaust systems to prevent engine exhaust from accumulating in the fire apparatus bays.
The City’s Highways and Bridges department has successfully resurfaced many of our 220 miles of city roads along with resetting, replacing and adding drains to keep road ice to a minimum during the winter. Lighting and electrical upgrades have been completed at the Shelton Community Center.
The Plumb Memorial Library is being rehabbed. To date, the lower meeting room has been completely remodeled and an elevator has been added to provide handicapped access to all areas of the facility from the rear parking lot. The Children's section on the lower level has just finished the process of being remodeled and has reopened.
Our City also continues to support our public school system dedicating almost 70% of city funds to its operation. Along with those funds, the city has always offered and participated in the maintenance and upkeep of Board of Education properties, including repairs/replacement of equipment. The elementary schools are receiving upgraded windows, security and other improvements. Shelton High School’s Finn Memorial Field received new turf and superior lighting along with a much needed replacement track. The tennis courts in the high school parking lot are being remodeled and upgraded with new surfaces, nets and other amenities.
Shelton continues to be a destination for raising a family, receiving a quality education, enjoying recreational opportunities and owning a home and/or business in one of Connecticut's safest and secure communities. The Shelton Police Department has upgraded its fleet of vehicles and is upgrading its technology to deter illegal use of quads and dirt bikes on city streets. Several new seasoned officers have joined our police force to enhance its detective bureau and to provide more community support and quality interaction.
Please continue to monitor the SRTC website for new information, especially in the upcoming months when we will be supporting Republican candidates for offices in Hartford and Washington, DC. The SRTC meets the last Monday of the month and all meetings are open to the public. To receive meeting announcements and information on SRTC activities and city updates, please send an email containing your name, address and phone number to email@example.com.
Anthony F. Simonetti, Chairman
Shelton Republican Town Committee