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Waugh: Town Clerk’s Office Recharging

by Janet Vitarius Waugh | GUEST COLUMN | Oct 10, 2017 10:35 am

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Posted to: Ansonia, Ansonia Election 2017, Letters To The Editor

Have you visited the Ansonia Town and City Clerk’s Office recently?

If so, you have likely noticed a number of renovations and upgrades made to bring the office into the 21st Century.

As Town and City Clerk, it has been my mission to continually improve the Town and City Clerk’s Office for the benefit of its many users. The office serves as the “face” of our city to the public, and my philosophy has always been to put the public first in everything we do.

I am very proud to have worked alongside Mayor Cassetti and his team to “recharge” and revitalize our city, including the internal operations of city hall. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the improvements and renovations I have brought to the Clerk’s Office over the past two years, and to ask residents support as I seek another term this fall.

Here is a list of some of the projects I have overseen since taking office less than two years ago:

* Creation of new computer lab area for members conducting research or title searches (computers were previously located in the vault, a violation of state law);

  • Installation of a new mapping computer with the capability of generating increased revenue for the city (users, such as title searches, pay to receive a copy of maps printed off the device);
  • Obtained a $4,000 state grant to renovate the city archives and installation of new cabinets, and a rolling wall;
  • Obtained a second $4,000 state grant this year that will be used to create electronic scans of vital documents;
  • Increased storage space and security in our city vault;
  • Ongoing records clean-up project, removing documents and files in accordance with state records retention policies;
  • Successfully located and preserved many historic documents thought to be lost or destroyed; and
  • Transformed a display shelf into a filing area for records such as dog licenses and voting records.

Of course, the most important aspect of my job is ensuring that each of my “customers” is treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. The Town and City Clerk’s Office belongs to each and every resident of Ansonia, and the public deserves an office that works hard for them.

It would be an honor to continue serving the residents of Ansonia as Town and City Clerk for another two years. I would like the opportunity to continue my mission to bring the office into the 21st Century while offering the very best service possible!

The writer, Ansonia’s Town & City Clerk, is seeking her second two-year term.

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