Paul Chaplinsky Jr Candidate for Town Council Current Vice Chairman - Planning & Zoning Commission
I am a 35+ year citizen of Southington with strong family and moral values. I grew up on the west side near Jude Lane and now reside with my wife and two children on the east side near Pleasant Street. I have served our community the last 11 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission, most recently as Vice Chairman, where I believe and operated under the principles of residents using their property to their fullest extent, being business friendly and implementing strong planning and land conservation actions. I also have volunteered in town as a member of the Southington North Baseball Board of Directors (4 years) and Mill Foundation For Kids Board of Director member (5 years). I have done a number of community-based volunteer projects throughout the years, most recently I am now executing the restoration and rebuilding of the historic Walkley Fountain on the Plantsville town green.
While on Planning and Zoning, I led the continuous improvement sub-committee identifying and updating our regulations so they are current with today’s needs and aligned to our Plan of Conservation and Development and the West Street Sub-Committee where we developed a strategic plan for the corridor through ‘community involved’ regulation revisions, while tirelessly pursuing a commitment to conduct a traffic and West Street roadway corridor study which I am happy to report will begin in November 2019. I am also proud to say that I have served the last year and a half on the Open Space Committee. Additionally, through smart planning and PZC actions, our Commission has in the last 10 years during my tenure preserved more than 170 acres of land as a result of choosing and collaborating on designs for Open Space Subdivisions versus conventional subdivisions.
As a Town Council candidate, I believe in a more efficient and transparent government, with strong collaboration between boards and town staff and additional land preservation actions. Efficient and collaboration means to me that we are not wasting taxpayer dollars and should find ways to ensure we focus on promoting and fostering economic development – especially small business, while also making smart investments in our crumbling roads and infrastructure and our safety and first responders. Lastly, I feel strongly that in order for our community to continue to be an attractive place to raise a family and live in we must support our seniors and our teachers who care for and develop the most precious asset we have – the children in our community.
In my professional life I have worked the last 23+ years at Henkel in Rocky Hill CT where I am the Vice President, Innovation Portfolio Management for the Consumer Craftsman and Professional division, where I focus on managing the pipeline and execution of our innovation programs. During my time at Henkel I was also a first responder, certified to Incident Commander level. I graduated Southington High School and pursued a BS in Chemistry at CCSU. After starting my career, I pursued and completed Master Degrees separately in both Engineering Sciences (Rensselaer Polytechnic University - RPI) and Business Administration (University of Hartford). I hope my passion and past service record; community volunteer activities and my professional experience will compel you to support me in my bid for Town Council. I appreciate your vote and confidence to represent you.