SOUTHINGTON — The Town Council elected Democrat Chris Palmieri council chairman Monday night, also choosing Democrat Dawn Miceli as vice chairwoman and Republican Victoria Triano as minority leader.
Monday was the first meeting of the council elected last week. In the election Democrats took a majority on the council for the first time in four terms, holding five of the nine seats.
After his election as council chairman, Palmieri outlined some of his new initiatives, which include monthly meetings with other board and commission chairmen, community chats, a Town Council Facebook page and more frequent reports from town department heads for the benefit of the public.
“I hope this will bring even more transparency to the operation of our town as the meetings are televised,” Palmieri said.
He also said he’d meet before every meeting with Victoria Triano, the Republican minority leader, to discuss the agenda and “to minimize any political divide.” While in the minority, Palmieri complained Republican leadership didn’t communicate well enough with the Democrats.
Palmieri talked about the challenges ahead for the council, including the budget.
“I am truly excited about working with this council,” he said. “I will proudly continue to represent the people of Southington.”
Palmieri was first elected to the council in 2003.
Miceli was elected vice chairwoman. Democrat John Barry, who nominated both Miceli and Palmieri, listed the town organizations and efforts in which she was involved or which she led.
“Dawn is always willing to step up and do the hard work,” he said.
After being chosen, Miceli held up a list of priorities that she’d written for the upcoming council term.
“I’m humbled and I’m ready to get back to work,” she said.
Triano was elected minority leader unanimously as were Palmieri and Miceli.
The council also unanimously appointed Mark Sciota as Town Attorney. Palmieri said it’s the last time this’ll happen as Sciota was chosen to replace Garry Brumback as Town Manager in mid-December.