By Lisa Capobianco
Members of the Southington Town Council were sworn in last Tuesday, appointing Republican Michael Riccio as the new chairman, and appointing Cheryl Lounsbury as Vice Chairperson.
Riccio, who previously served on the Council in 2007, said he looks forward to serving as chairman.
“I really look forward to two strong years,” Riccio said during the council meeting. “I am very excited to be a part of this team.”
The Council also reappointed Mark Sciota as the Southington Town Att-orney, and appointed new members on various special committees.
Republican Paul Cha-mpagne will serve on the Sewer Committee along with Cheryl Lounsbury and Minority Leader Chris Palmieri. Champagne will also serve as the chairperson of the Public Works Committee along with Pamieri and the newly elected Republican Tom Lombardi. Both Lombardi and Palmieri will serve as co-chairs of the Apple Harvest Festival Comm-ittee. Republican Victoria Triano will also serve on the Apple Harvest Festival Committee as well as on the Self-Insurance Com-mittee with Lounsbury and Democrat John Barry.
Riccio will also serve as chairperson of the Econ-omic Development Strike Committee, joined by Democrat Dawn Miceli and Republican Stephanie Uri-llo.
Miceli and Urillo will continue to serve on the Open Space Committee.
Meanwhile, the Cou-ncil also announced the addition of a new special committee, called the “Health and Well-being Committee.” Chaired by Triano, the new committee will work with various volunteer groups including Activate Southington, Bread for Life and The Southington Town wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS). Lounsbury and Barry will also serve on the new committee.
“It is a committee that disseminates information back to the council from various boards in town that circle around health and well-being,” Riccio said during the meeting.