As of Thursday, Mansfield businesses no longer offer plastic bags after a town ordinance banning them went into effect. The Mansfield Town Council’s “Bring Your Own Bag” ordinance began March 13. Its six-month phase-in process concluded Thursday, when the ban began.
Various developments impede voter registration for UConn students and Mansfield registrar staff alike. Although Mansfield’s Registrar of Voters hired 14 Election Day poll workers—10 more than the Secretary of State’s office recommended —demand nevertheless proved more overwhelming than anticipated.
The Mansfield Registrar of Voters plans to streamline the voting process and reduce congestion for 2020’s presidential election, as increasing numbers of student voters puts a strain on Mansfield’s current voting system and staff, Democratic Registrar Caroline Redding said at the Mansfield Town Council meeting Monday.
A proposed pay-by-cell phone option to alleviate Storrs Center parking issues was met with lukewarm reception from the Mansfield Town Council Monday night, as council members expressed concerns that the new system will be too complex and burdensome for Storrs Center visitors to use.
The Mansfield Town Council will soon be discussing issues that are important to both residents of Mansfield and those affiliated with UConn. These issues include Storrs Center.
The Mansfield Town Council on Wednesday night passed a motion authorizing town manager Derrick Kennedy to sign a letter of agreement with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) and the University of Connecticut for the Opportunity Zone Action Plan. The motion passed by a vote of 7-1-1. Councilman David Freudmann was the sole vote against the motion. Councilman Peter Kochenburger was absent.
In this year’s Mansfield municipal election, voters elected recent University of Connecticut graduate and unaffiliated petitioning candidate Caitlin Briody to a town council position, according to preliminary election results. Briody’s election marks the first time a petitioning candidate has won a council seat since the town began its council-manager government form in 1973.