Standing Committees

There are several Council standing committees, organized by municipal functions such as economic development, public safety, and health and human services, which conduct the majority of the Council’s activities at regularly scheduled meetings. The standing committees hold public hearings, review Council referrals, and forward recommendations to the City Council for its consideration and approval. No ordinances or proposed bylaws can be approved by the Council until an appropriate Council Committee has held a public hearing on the item in question. The Clerk to the Council Committee reports to the Chairperson of the Standing Committee.

Since meeting dates may change due to holidays and other special events, citizens are encouraged to check the date and time of each meeting with the Clerk to the City Council by calling 203-630-4125 weekdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Meeting minutes and agendas can be found here. 

Economic Development, Housing, & Zoning Committee

(meets third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • Michael Rohde, Chairperson 
  • Daniel Brunet, Vice-Chairperson
  • Bruce Fontanella
  • Yvette Cortez
  • Michael Zakrzewski

Finance Committee

(meets fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • Sonya Jelks, Chairperson
  • Larue Graham, Vice-Chairperson
  • Joseph Scaramuzzo
  • Daniel Brunet
  • Michael Carabetta

Human Services Committee

(meets first Tuesday of the month, except for January and September, at 5:30 pm)

  • Bob Williams, Jr., Chairperson
  • Yvette Cortez, Vice-Chairperson 
  • Michael Rohde
  • Bruce Fontanella
  • Michael Zakrzewski

Personnel Committee

  • Larue A. Graham, Chairperson
  • Michael Carabetta, Vice-Chairperson
  • Sonya Jelks
  • Joseph Scaramuzzo
  • Ray Ouellet

Public Safety Committee

(meets second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • Yvette Cortez, Chairperson
  • Bruce Fontanella-Vice-Chairperson
  • Chad Cardillo
  • Ray Ouellet
  • Bob Williams, Jr.

Public Works - Parks & Recreation Committee

(meets second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • Chad Cardillo, Chairperson
  • Joseph Scaramuzzo, Vice-Chairperson
  • Larue Graham
  • Daniel Brunet
  • Bob Williams, Jr.


  • Aviation: Joseph Scaramuzzo
  • Board of Education: Larue Graham
  • Conservation Commission: Ray Ouellet
  • Flood Control Implementation Agency: Chad Cardillo and Michael Rohde
  • Golf Commission: Sonya Jelks and Michael Carabetta
  • Health Insurance Committee: Larue Graham and Dan Brunet
  • Labor: Chad Cardillo and Dan Brunet
  • Meriden Housing Authority: Larue Graham
  • Meriden Linear Trails Advisory Committee: Chad Cardillo
  • Pension Board: Chad Cardillo and Michael Zakrzewski
  • School Building Committee: Bruce Fontanella