By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – Arthur Vigeant was sworn in to his fourth term as mayor of Marlborough during the city’s 80th annual inaugural exercises held Jan. 1 at the 1Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb School. Also sworn into office were members of the City Council and School Committee. City Clerk Lisa M. Thomas presided over the event.
“Thanks to the hard work, dedication, teamwork and creativity of many people in this room, I don’t think there is any city or town in the commonwealth that has accomplished as much as we have together since 2012,” Vigeant said of his past six years in office. He cited as examples the new senior center, the $3.5 million renovation of Memorial Beach, the installation of new play structures, the renovation of parks, the rehabilitation of Simarano Drive and Route 20, and the new Apex Center that features restaurants, hotels, office space and an entertainment complex.
In the next two years of his administration, Vigeant said he intends to be back to basics.
“Ensuring we have reliable and sound infrastructure, a school system that prepares students for a 21st century economy, for the first time in many years a fully staffed police and fire department and a City Hall that operates efficiently while using the latest technology to serve you, our customers, is our focus,” he said.
He also stressed the continuing need to further strengthen relationships with new employers and ensure they have the tools they need to remain in Marlborough for generations to come.
New to the City Council is Christian Dumais, who defeated four-term incumbent Matt Elder in November. Dumais was also sworn in, along with returning councilors Edward Clancy, Joseph Delano, David Doucette, Robert Tunnera, John Irish, Donald Landers, Peter Juaire, Mark Oram, Michael Ossing and Katie Robey.
During an organizational meeting held by councilors following inaugural exercises, Council President Clancy and Vice President Delano were re-elected.