The Branford Public Works Department is headed by Art Baker, who started with the town in Jan. 2011 just a few weeks…More before the department moved from its location next to the town firehouse at 45 North Main Street to 137 North Branford Road.
The department was moved because of the construction of the new firehouse and will be temporarily located at the new location.
The Public Works Department maintains over 100 miles of roadway as well as drainage and rights of way. Snow and ice removal as well as maintenance of street signs, street signals and traffic lights are overseen by the department.
Additionally, the department maintains sidewalks, open spaces and some seawalls.
The town tree warden is also located in the Public Works facility.
Branford Building Official Anthony B. Cinicola advises the community to "think permits."
"The department's…More main function," says Cinicola, "is to serve the public and make sure work being performed meets the Connecticut state building code requirements."
The department is responsible for the issuance of all residential and commercial building permits within the town. You can stop by the building office in town hall during weekdays to obtain more information.
Branford's Information Technology Department, headed by Peter R. Hugret, is responsible for all computers, data…More networks, servers, printers, computer software/data (including all Geographic Information System data), the town's website, copiers, telephones and fax machines for all departments except those associated with the Board of Education.
As stated on the town's website, the mission of the department is: "To serve the citizens and town employees of Branford by providing maximum authorized access to town owned technologies and services to promote operational efficiencies, public access to information and internet access to municipal services."
Simply said, this department works hard to ensure that most town services are made available online and just a click away for residents.
Did you know the Branford Police Department is also an emergency command center for the town? The department is…More equipped with state-of-the-art technology ensuring the citizens can be served to the best of the department's ability.
Its website offers a portal to many services including B-Informaed, a community notification system. Residents can sign-up to receive emergency updates, traffic alerts, community and government events, public health news and neighborhood crime prevention notices.
You'll also find that the department uses CrimeReports to keep the public informed about what's going on around town. Much like police logs, CrimeReports lets you know the what, when and where of incidents.
The Branford Police Department led by Chief John DeCarlo, prides itself on crime reduction and works in a proactive manner with intuitive policing to ensure that crime is also prevented. "Branford is a unique community. It is diverse yet unified; old yet new. There are many homes in town that were built in the 1600s, before we were a nation and yet our community's vision is contemporary and strong. It's a place where liberals and conservatives work together toward common goals and where people often set aside their differences to move a project along. We have beautiful open space areas and ocean vistas where you can stare amazed at the setting sun or a flock of geese winging their way over the Thimble Islands. The land's riches in this area of New England are astounding. The real beauty of Branford however, is in her neighborhoods and the great people who live here. Traveling through the town and experiencing the distinctive flavor of each neighborhood from Short Beach in the West to Stony Creek in the East, leaves you feeling like it would be hard to live anywhere else. Whether you're strolling along the town green with its shops, restaurants and beautiful churches, or boating along Branford's many miles of shore, it's a common occurrence to get a hello and a wave from a perfect stranger or to see both the young and the old sharing a table for an ice cream on a summer night. We are a community of the rich and the poor, people who have lived here all their lives and others who have just discovered Branford's charms. We have great town services, excellent fiscal management, natural beauty, beautiful parks to recreate in and most of all we have the very fine people who live and work here and collectively make up a warm, tolerant, welcoming community–a great community."