February 2017 Message from The North Stamford Association President

2/13/17.  We hope you have been following our enhanced presence on Facebook and frequent updates on this website where news and North Stamford Association (NSA) action items of importance to our members are posted. These updates are generated following your inquiries to us regarding items of concern or as our Board members engage with elected and appointed officials.

So how exactly does the NSA Board work? Fifteen volunteer residents of 06903 work collaboratively, almost daily, via email and telephone to research, respond, and where possible, propose corrective actions to the issues brought forth by you, our members. Once a month, the Board convenes to review the month’s activities, and plan for the month ahead. The most recent additions to the NSA Board, including myself three years ago, were recruited through a public canvassing of our membership, requesting letters of interest from those who wish to serve.  A Nominating Committee consisting of Board members and volunteers from the membership at large, interviews prospective candidates, and makes recommendations to the full Board for approval.

How does the NSA organize its work? The NSA organizes its work by Committee. Seven committees; Administration, Environment, Forum, Land Use, Membership, Newsletter, and Website, are staffed by three to five board members with one designated as the Chair. These committees meet off-line to conduct their business and address issues raised by members that are specific to their committee.  NSA Board members usually work on multiple committees each.

What happens behind the scenes? The primary conduit for new and recurring issues is the NSA information line at 203-329-2498 and the info@northstamfordassoc.org email address. Messages left on the phone number are saved and forwarded to me as well as being sent to the appropriate committee where responses and plans of action are developed. The same flow takes place with email inquiries. This is a daily occurrence with often many inquiries arriving each day. Since the entire NSA Board is comprised of volunteers, most with full time employment, we do our best to communicate back to the message originator via email or a phone call. The fifteen board members then communicate constantly via email to address the issue. We are often very successful and have a long record of success. Other issues are more challenging and require legal or regulatory intervention to accomplish the desired outcome.

What is filling our plate right now? We are very pleased that real time communication to our members is taking place via email, Facebook, and our website. As many of you are aware, multiple issues of concern are unfolding or unfortunately, reoccurring. These include but are not limited to: New Canaan Emergency Antenna on the Aquarion Water Property, the proliferation of four bed nursing home style facilities in our quiet residential streets, enforcement of blighted properties in many neighborhoods, developers attempting to change current usage rules for the Long Ridge Club and other large parcels of land, and other issues of concern regarding traffic, public safety, and litter along our roads.

What can you do? As members, we appreciate your membership support going toward the work we do on your behalf. As issues arise that concern you, please do three things: 1) Call the Citizens Service Center at 203-977-4140. This is not a dead end phone call. You are creating a timestamped trail of your concern, 2) Email us at info@northstamfordassoc.org and or leave us a voice message at 203-329-2498, and 3) Encourage your neighbors to join the NSA. There is great strength in numbers and we need every 06903 household united in one voice.  Thank you.

Douglas York

President – North Stamford Association