Marlborough – Arthur G. Vigeant has announced that he will run for a third term as the city’s mayor. Vigeant was first elected as mayor in 2011 after serving on the Marlborough City Council for 18 years.
“I love the city of Marlborough and there is no better job than serving as mayor of this great community,” Vigeant said in a press release announcing his decision. “I look forward to discussing with our residents the tremendous progress we have made over the last three plus years and how we can work together to make our future even brighter.”
Over his first two terms, Vigeant actively courted major businesses to come to the city. The TJX Company, Quest Diagnostics, Boston Scientific, G.E. Healthcare Life Sciences, and IPG Photonics have all relocated or expanded in that time.
“Commercial growth and development in our city are the keys to building a strong foundation for a healthy and vibrant future,” he said. “By recruiting more businesses to our city, we ensure increased job opportunities for our residents while enhancing our ability to provide a stable residential tax rate for all of our citizens.”
The city also recently opened a new 22,000 square foot Senior Center on New Street adjacent to Ward Park. The project was not without controversy though; a group of neighbors vehemently protested the plan to build near what they said was a prime area for local children to play.
Vigeant’s administration has initiated funding for the city’s recreation facilities, including more than $8 million in investments to the parks and fields including upgrades to Ward Park, Stevens Park, and Memorial Beach. On April 6 the City Council approved a bond for the city’s first synthetic turf athletic field to be built at the 1Lt Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School. The council also approved a $3 million bond to convert the Hudson Street landfill site into a recreation area with athletic fields and walking paths.
The election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6.