New COG convenes; Bristol’s mayor picked as secretary

The municipalities in the new Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments.

The municipalities in the new Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments.

Bristol Mayor Elected Secretary of the New Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments

The chief elected officials of the new Naugatuck Valley Planning Region met for the first meeting of the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments NVCOG on Aug. 22 at Hop Brook Park in Middlebury and Bristol mayor, Ken Cockayne, was elected as secretary for the NVCOG.

The new COG is made up of 19 municipalities that formerly were in the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency, Council of Governments of the CentralNaugatuckValley, and Valley Council of Governments. The other officers elected for NVCOG are co-chairs Ed Edelson, Southbury first selectman and Kurt Miller, Seymour first Selectman; and Treasurer Ed Mone, Thomaston first selectman

A statewide reorganization of councils of governments reduced the number of regional agencies from 15 to 9 and was the result of voluntary actions of the municipalities and state legislation, explained a press release from the Bristol mayor’s offices. The offices of NVCOG will be located at 49 Leavenworth St., third floor, Waterbury. 

NVCOG will be responsible for regional planning in the new Naugatuck Valley Region and will specialize in transportation, land use, brownfield cleanup, and environmental projects.

In the press release, Cockayne said he “looks forward to strengthening existing ties to neighbors and building new relationships and cooperation with communities that share many of Bristol’s priorities and challenges.”

The release also said co-chairs Edelson and Miller also see the new COG fostering new regional cooperation and providing new opportunities for greater economies of scale for municipal functions and services. The news release said they also “recognize the importance of our new region’s major cities — such as Waterbury, Bristol and Shelton — as the economic engines. Their economic and social future is critical to all of the surrounding towns. We are all dynamically linked.”