Community News: Agresta resigns, 574 Wines to host Special Olympics CT fundraiser

Planning and Zoning Administrator William Agresta, third from left, participates in a workshop in the Masuk High School media center last year.

Agresta resigns

MONROE, CT — William “Will” Agresta resigned as planning and zoning administrator for the town on Wednesday after accepting the town planner position in North Branford.

Monroe Town Planner Rick Schultz informed the Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting Thursday night.

Agresta was hired as Monroe’s planning administrator in 2013, when he came over from a job in the private sector, at Matthew D. Rudikoff Associates in New York. Prior to that, Agresta had experience as an assistant municipal planner in Wilton.

In another change affecting the commission, Ronald Schneider resigned as an alternate member, because he is moving to Florida, according to Schultz.

574 Wines supports Special Olympics CT

Every year Monroe police officers are among the top fundraisers in the state for Special Olympics CT and on Saturday the men and women in blue will receive a boost from 574 Wines and Spirits.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the store from celebrating the grand opening at its 574 Main St. location last year, so this Saturday the Monroe Chamber of Commerce is helping the staff celebrate on their one year anniversary.

Ty Nicholson, manager of 574 Wines, said between noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Monroe Police Department, which will add it to officers’ fundraising for Special Olympics CT.

The liquor store, located in the former Goodwill building and Walter Stewart’s Market before that, will soon be opening a Your CBD Store in the back.

Public input sought on economic development

The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG) is establishing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Greater Bridgeport Region, which encompasses the City of Bridgeport and the Towns of Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull.

The CEDS is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. Comprehensive economic development planning will allow our Region to adapt to local, regional and global economic conditions and fully utilize our unique advantages to maximize economic opportunity for our residents and businesses.

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy provides a realistic and successful approach towards economic growth of the entire Region. The CEDS will consist of an analysis of current and future demographics, economic and market trends, and other relevant data to identify current economic conditions. The strategy will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from various industries to coalesce around economic development and determine feasible solutions to attract and retain businesses, talent, and capital.

Planners are asking the public for its input on the status of the regional economy to help develop short and long terms goals and objectives. These goals, along with the appropriate marketing and financing mechanisms, will help advance solutions to build a stronger and more competitive economy.

Residents in the Region are encouraged to complete the following online survey: http://bit.ly/ceds-resident-survey.

A business owner specific survey can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/ceds-business-survey.

Comments or questions can also be emailed to Patrick Carleton at [email protected].

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