Vavrek keeps looking forward

With another term secured, First Selectman Steve Vavrek said he intends to continue focusing on the positives in town, while addressing the negatives that came up during the recent campaign.

Steve Vavrek

Steve Vavrek

“My goal is always to look on the positive side,” he said. “The way I look at it, we did everything we said we would do, like address our infrastructure and improve the schools. There will always be people who disagree, but I just try to stay positive.”

Vavrek said his goal for the next two years is to maintain positive personal and business dealings with the community.

“I was pretty taken aback by the talk about unprofessional behavior in land use proceedings during the campaign,” he said.

Land use officials walk a delicate balance between building up a town’s business base and retaining a community’s character, a fact that Vavrek said could lead to disagreements.

“Land use, and economic development, can always be competitive, but we have to work better with everybody,” he said.

Infrastructure improvements and road paving remain priorities, he said, as do improvements to the Route 25/Route 111 area.

“I met with Jim Himes and we’re working on getting as much resources as we can for improvements,” Vavrek said. “The fact is, both towns [Trumbull and Monroe] should have been planning for this a long time ago.”

Vavrek also is cautiously optimistic that relationships between his office and the Monroe Democrats can improve. He said he has met with Democratic Councilman Nick Kapoor, who he said has “some great ideas.”

“He understands that there are some things we’ll have to agree to disagree on, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together,” Vavrek said.

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