New Hires Will Helping With Future Projects

New Hires Will Helping With Future Projects


Two recent hires at Cheshire Town Hall join a new wave of employees critical to charting the Town’s development and land-use path into the future.

That is according to Town Manager Sean Kimball, who has been working to make sure Cheshire departments are properly staffed as the community moves forward on a number of important development projects. On April 25 Kimball announced that Marek Kement was officially hired as Cheshire’s new Town Engineer on April 25. Similarly, Tom Lozier joined Town Hall in November as the Town’s building official. The two join Andrew Martelli, Economic Development Coordinator and Grant Writer, as well as Michael Glidden, Town Planner.

Kimball explained  that, when he was hired in 2018, he was aware that certain members of the Town staff would potentially be retiring in the coming years. They included Town Engineer Walter Gancarz, Town Planner Bill Voelker, and Building Official Keith Darin.

“We’ve been planning (for these retirements), but you can never predict who will be available when the time comes to replace (them),” reflected Kimball. “I’ve been thrilled, really, with all four of these individuals. They’re top-notch. They had big shoes to fill, but they’ve done a great job.”

Prior to Kement, the Town was outsourcing its engineering services. While that proved effective for a period of time, Kimball said having a Town Engineer on staff is “preferable,” as they are part of the team and have experience that allows them to understand the fabric and needs of the community.

“Marek really stood out,” Kimball said, of the interviewing process. “It’s definitely a tricky time to hire engineers. They’re really in demand. The state is hiring a lot, so we’re really fortunate to get somebody of Marek’s caliber.”

Kement is not only a professional engineer, but also a licensed land surveyor. He previously worked at the engineering consulting firm of Barton & LoGuidice, and owned his own engineering firm, Sanderson & Washburn.

“He’s just got a lot of experience, he’s got a great personality, and (he’s) very responsive,” Kimball continued.

“What’s really important to us is customer service, being friendly to our residents and business owners who are doing projects here in town,” he added.

Lozier comes from the cities of Meriden and Bristol. He served as chief building official for both.

“He comes with a great deal of experience and has a very resident- and business-focused approach that prioritizes responsiveness and customer service,” reflected Kimball.

During the time Lozier has been with the Town, Kimball has seen him make strides in the Building Department.

“He’s made a lot of great process improvements and has a lot of great plans for the future for keeping up with the development here in town,” Kimball said.

Kement and Lozier will work closely with Glidden and Martelli, especially when it comes to pursuing federal aid for future municipal enhancements, Kimball continued. One such project is the development of the Bartlem Park South project, for which Kement has been instrumental in providing input. Construction of two new elementary schools — if approved at referendum this November — is another major project that could be breaking ground in the near future.

Kimball added that he and other Town employees have been attending webinars and informational sessions to learn more about future opportunities for municipalities to receive federal funding for infrastructure improvements. The four hires will be instrumental in seeking and applying for those grants.

“There’s an enormous amount of federal infrastructure grant opportunities coming in the next couple of years,” Kimball said.



 

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