Lussier joins Parking Authority

A fire protection designer who works in the village, Sheri Lussier, has been named to the Ridgefield Parking Authority.

Lussier, who has lived in town 20 years, works three days a week at Southport Associates, an engineering group on Bailey Avenue — so she’s familiar with the parking issues in the village.

She told the selectmen in a May 9 interview that she’s a supporter of the plan for a new 63-car parking lot on the eastern edge of the village, between Governor and Prospect streets.

“Absolutely,” she said. “We need it.”

Voters approved $570,000 to build the lot in the May 15 budget referendum.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi said he’d spoken to Parking Authority members Jessica Wilmot and Ellen Burns about adding Lussier to the agency, which is a five-member board with a couple of vacancies.

“You have their full support,” he told Lussier.

Lussier lives on Riverside Drive, has raised and trained puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and does volunteer work with the First Congregational Church.

She got the Board of Selectmen’s unanimous support.

“Sheri is one the smartest people I know,” said Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark. “She’s very organized, thoughtful, hard-working.”