WEST HAVEN -- West Haven Mayor Brian Melaney will not seek re-election.
"I have been honored to have been elected twice as mayor of this great city and along with my wife have enjoyed our involvement for eight years," he said.
"But I know that there are others who have great ability and desire to enhance the quality of life in West Haven."
Referencing why he first ran for office, Melaney said, chuckling, "So my wife would have something for my obituary."
In office now for 7 1/2 years, Melaney mentioned some of his more pleasurable accomplishments.
"The city owed $2 million on the City Hall building, with a large balloon payment due in a few years. With the approval of the city council, we were able to pay this off entirely during my first term and, in doing so, did not impose a city property tax. That position we have maintained to this day," he said.
"We also have greatly enlarged our recreation department; improved and added roads (received state funding for the intersection of 4000 South and Midland Drive); added Hinckley Drive; widened 3500 West; now have funding in place for widening 4000 South and Midland Drive; added to our parks; and purchased ground and now have a 10-acre cemetery that is debt free. And to boot, the city has a comfortable fund for rainy day purposes."
"I want to thank those members of the city council that I have worked with in the past eight years," he said. "A mayor does nothing without advice and consent or the approval of the city council, so anything that was accomplished during my tenure is a result of their input, vote and support."