Joshua Steele Kelly

joshuasteelekelly@gmail.com
1-860-912-7624

From Representative Kelly

I personally knocked on the doors of over 95% of registered voters in District 3 during the 2017 election, totaling 1,500 doors and about a hundred miles of walking as a part of my outreach. I have very much enjoyed my time getting to know the people of Waterford throughout that process, and, as promised, I have and will continue to bring the concerns you've expressed to me to the attention of the town government so that they may be addressed. While I may disagree with the opinion of residents on select issues, it is my duty to represent your interests and to serve as your mouthpiece on the RTM. Regardless of your party affiliation, and regardless of how you feel about my platform, please know that I will always be here to help and serve you as best I can as a town official.


For example, in my first year in office, my initiatives have included pushing to create new, more lenient zoning regulations around the keeping of chickens, geese, and other small farm animals on private property; approving projects that will reduce town costs in the long-term, like installing LEDs in our town street lights that will save an estimated $250,000 per year once installed; and advocating for legislation to lower our recycling costs and reduce town litter, such as the proposal my caucus submitted to phase-out plastic bags. I have also overseen the Legislation & Administration Committee's revision of the body's bylaws, which will result in increased minority representation on the RTM's standing committees, and helped to review and amend town ordinances that will help to increase the town's transparency in its financial dealings.


Each and every one of these initiatives was started after a member of the community, much like yourself, approached me and stated that they needed an advocate in the town legislature. I am proud to serve as an advocate for each and every one of you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to approach me with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas that you may have.  Together, we can give Waterford direction and inspire a vision for the future.

Yours truly,

-Josh Kelly

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Legislative Proposals

A major issue that Josh aims to address is the lack of information that is communicated between the town government and the residents of the town. In an effort to ensure that the public can better be aware of, understand, and make their voices heard about actions of the RTM, you will find a list of proposals currently being considered by bodies of the RTM. If you have any questions about these topics, please email Josh at joshuasteelekelly@gmail.com. Residents of the town are always welcome to attend any meeting of the RTM, including committee meetings.
Proposal
Introduced by
Committee
RTC
Current Status
Date of Next Action
Fire & EMS Services
T. Condon (D1) & M. Perkins (D1)
Public Protection & Safety
4/2/18
In Committee
August 19, 2019
Review of Volunteer Firefighter Tax Abatement
J. Kelly (D3) & B. Sabilia (D3)
Public Protection & Safety
8/5/19
In Committee
August 19, 2019
Nevins Tenant Cottage
R. Nye (Town Historian)
Education
8/6/18
RTM Approved Assessment
TBA
Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban 
A. Frascarelli (D1)
Public Health, Recreation, & Environment
4/2/18
Reported Out with No Action Taken
Final Action Taken 8/5/19
Salaries of Elected Officials
Unknown
Finance, Wage, & Personnel
4/1/19
PASSED
Final Action Taken
Town Parking Ordinance
Unknown
Public Protection & Safety
6/5/17
PASSED
Final Action Taken
Adoption of Sustainable CT Program
J. Kelly (D3)
Legislation & Administration
2/4/19
PASSED 4/1/19
Final Action Taken
Youth Services Bureau Name Update
 D. Steward (First Selectman)
Legislation & Administration
2/4/2019
PASSED 4/1/19
Final Action Taken
Update of Ch. 2.04 RTM Rules
S. Driscoll (D4)
Legislation & Administration
12/4/17
PASSED 2/4/19
Final Action Taken
Review of Purchasing Ordinance
T. Condon (D1)
Legislation & Administration
8/6/18
PASSED
Final Action Taken
Property Tax Exemption for Gold Star Families
D. Campo (Clerk)
Finance, Wage, & Personnel
4/2/18
PASSED
Final Action Taken
Community Use of Schools Ordinance Review
Unknown
Education
1/18/18
PASSED
Final Action Taken
Neighborhood Assistance Act Inquiry
Unknown
Education
5/10/18
Reported Out with No Action Taken
Final Action Taken
Noise Ordinance Review
J. Kelly (D3)
Public Health, Recreation, & Environment
2/5/18
Reported Out with No Action Taken 
Final Action Taken
Harbor Management Ordinance
Unknown
Legislation & Administration
6/15/17
Reported Out with No Action Taken
Final Action Taken
Status of Paid Firemen
Unknown
Public Protection & Safety
6/6/16
Reported Out with No Action Taken
Final Action Taken
Review of Ch. 2.04 RTM Rules
Unknown
Legislation & Administration
12/3/12
Reported Out with No Action Taken
Final Action Taken

Proposals are sorted by the date on which the next action will be taken, with items being acted on soonest at the top. Any proposal that has been adopted or dropped by the RTM will be listed for a period of one year after the final action was taken before it is removed from the above list. Last updated August 6, 2019. The next regular meeting of the RTM will be held on October 7, 2019, and residents are always welcome to attend.

Public Offices, Past & Present

As of 2019

Town Administrative Officer

Bolton, Appointed, 2019 - Present

Josh was appointed to serve as the Town of Bolton's Administrator by the Bolton Board of Selectmen in August, 2019. His duties in this role are that of a traditional town chief appointed officer (CAO): he manages the day-to-day operations of the government including administrative services, public works, and social services; he coordinates the annual preparation of the general government budget; and he serves as the personnel manager in coordinating hiring programs, resolving employee problems, and performing employee evaluations. The appointment may make Josh the youngest municipal CAO in Connecticut state history.

Josh is honored to serve the residents of Bolton in this capacity, and looks forward to getting to know the community even better in his first few months on the job.

Representative Town Meeting, D3

Waterford, Elected, 2017 - Present

Josh was elected to Waterford's Representative Town Meeting on November 7th, 2017, as the highest vote-getter in the race. He was joined in his victory with the success of six other Green-endorsed candidates, four of whom were also the highest vote-getters in their respective races. The win is historical for the Waterford Greens, who now hold the record for the largest proportion of a legislative body to be held by the Green Party in New England history. Josh was also endorsed by the Waterford Democrats, NARAL CT, AFSCME Council 4, UAW Region 9A, and AFT Connecticut.

As a part of his time on the RTM, Josh serves as the Chairman of the body's Legislation & Administration standing committee and sits on the town's Long-Range Fiscal Planning Committee.

Justice of the Peace

State of Connecticut, Appointed, 2017 - Present

Josh was appointed as a Justice of the Peace for the State of Connecticut in January, 2017. A Justice of the Peace is a local officer of the judicial branch empowered to try minor cases, recommend cases for trial, and perform civil ceremonies, such as marriages and oath taking. For more information about performing marriages, please click here.

Inland Wetland & Conservation Commission

Waterford, Appointed, 2016 - Present

Josh was appointed by the Waterford Board of Selectmen to the town's Inland Wetland & Conservation Commission in 2016. The Commission focuses on deliberating over project proposals that may affect or alter inland wetlands or other key natural resources. He was recently reappointed to another five-year term.

Zoning Board of Appeals, Alternate

Waterford, Elected, 2015 - 2017

Josh was elected as an alternate to the Zoning Board of Appeals as a Green with over 2,000 votes in the 2015 municipal elections. The Zoning Board of Appeals hears appeals from residents regarding zoning regulations, evaluates requests for interpretations, and approves or denies dimensional and use variances. For more information about these processes, please contact Josh or the Waterford planning and development department.

In the News

2019






"Joshua Kelly Receives the 2019 Al Ilg Award" by the University of Connecticut's Department of Public Policy, April 2019.


2018




"Waterford debating plastic bag ban" by Ben Kail. The Day, April 2018.

"Waterford, Mansfield consider banning plastic shopping bags" by Tina Detelj. WTNH, April 2018.

"Residents debate New London-Waterford Speedbowl noise" by Ben Kail. The Day, February 2018.


2017

"Kelly, Greens making fast inroads" by Nicholas Checker. The Waterford Times, December 2017.


"Waterford Green Party wins a seat in all four RTM districts" by Martha Shanahan and Mary Biekert. The Day, November 2017.

"Greens sought input from Waterford residents" by Joshua Kelly. The Day, November 2017.


"Waterford Green, Democratic Candidates Endorsed by State Teachers' Union" by RJ Scofield. Waterford Patch, October 2017.

"Courageously challenging Waterford's 2-party system" by Ann Schenk. The Day, October 2017.

"Waterford Green Party Nominating Petitions Approved, Pushes Platform" by RJ Scofield. Waterford Patch, September 2017.



"Waterford town parties endorse candidates for 2017 ballot" by Martha Shanahan. The Day, July 2017.

"Become Waterford Green and serve others" by Joshua Kelly. The Day, June 2017.


"Tired of two parties? Try going Green" by Joshua Kelly. The Day, June 2017.

"Decoding party lines". Wheaton College Magazine, March 2017.