The Public Safety Commission held an election and unanimously re-elected Sean McGuckin as chair once again. This will be McGuckin's third one-year term and he has been chair since the commission started three years ago, he said.
Newcomer Jake Troy was nominated for Vice Chair by Ledyard Fire Company #1 Chief John Doucette and he was unanimously elected. Troy also volunteers as the Director of Ledyard Ambulance.
Afterward, there was some discussion about the storm response and how communication and procedures can be improved in future storms. The town operates a webiste, a Facebook page and notifies local media of services but the long lasting power outages have hindered the town's efforts in communicating with residents.
"Have a radio and some batteries," said McGuckin. "That has been for decades the best way to people to find out what is happening in their towns."
Additionally, Ledyard residents are encouraged to sign up for Everbridge, a community alert system that will notify you of important town-wide and/or neighborhood specific information and updates via the phone, text or email or all of the above. People can call the Ledyad Police Department or sign up online.
To find out more about Ledyard's storm response and resources, join Mayoral Assistant Mark Bancroft when he hosts a public forum and presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Bill Library.