Selectman Nick Williams this month called for the town to consider creating a commission to oversee the Department of Public Works, as similar volunteer bodies do with other municipal agencies. New Canaan has several appointed bodies that advise the Board of Selectmen on the work of town departments, as Williams noted during the selectmen’s Sept. 5 meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “I am looking at our commissions and I am looking at a number of things on your plate today,” Williams told Public Works Director Tiger Mann.
“I am assuming there are 128 other things that you haven’t brought to our attention, and this should probably be directed Town Council,” he continued. “We have commissions—Charter Revision, Conservation, EMS, Fire, HHS [Health & Human Services], Historic District, Housing Authority, Inland Wetlands, Parks & Rec, Parking, P&Z [Planning & Zoning], Police, Utilities.