"HOT LINKS" ABOVE TO MEETING NOTES OF THREE (3) MAJOR BOARDS/COMMISSIONS WE ATTEND. MORE INFO HERE
POWER ISSUE: RESURFACES WITH A BANG THURSDAY - READ PREVIOUS FULL NYTIMES STORY: We note this statement, as well.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S AGENDA
- On a snowy evening, a public hearing on a Special Meeting of the
Board of Selectmen agenda
- No surprise - not a big turnout, but it was recorded by Town TV.
- And many questions were asked and answered - 90 minute PH..
Since P&Z meets regularly like clockwork (thank you P&Z!) once a month, we keep up this summary until the next meeting.
MONDAY NIGHT AT P&Z - DEC. 3rd: Planning and Zoning on Monday at 7:15pm, Town Hall Annex - AGENDA - http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/P%26ZAgenda12.3.18.pdf
"REQUIRED READING" FOR ALL WESTONITES...
PROJECTIONS IN APPENDIX
In addition, the Chair. referred all members (everyone was present) to the 2017 Facilities Study from the Board of Education
OTHER MEETINGS OF NOTE AND: Deadline to make appointment with reassment company the 12th, to send in Citizen Survey Dec. 15th
GOT YOUR ASSESSMENT?
Contact immediately: http://www.weston.equalitycama.com/
FULL STORY ON REVAL HERE - excellent meeting! First step in planning process: HOW ABOUT THE SURVEY?
D O I T N O W
3 BOARDS/COMMISSIONS ON OUR RADAR - WE'RE THERE TO REPORT.* Norwalk HOUR newspaper of record - AT RIGHT, LINK TO ALL CT LEGISLATORS.
About Town telsl the story with pictures THAT VERY
NIGHT. And two more are on our radar - that we attend
periodically. And this Session we're looking out for you at C.G.A.
TOWN OF WESTON WEBSITE
(find history of all town board/commission meetings, regular and special, listed here including Police Commission** and Board of Education***).
#1 - Board of Selectmen
Woody Bliss, Gayle Weinstein, Nina Daniel and now Chris Spaulding the
First Selectmen represented in About Weston website reports.
Previously, George Guidera 1987-1999) was First Selectman (we have been
following the meetings of the Weston Board of Selectmen - every meeting
but one - since mid-1991). If you want to know what happened since
November 16, 2001, our reports are online here (see
links at the bottom of the page); from 1991 until 2001 we did not
have an "About Weston" website (Hal Shupack, 1999-2001, thus not
represented online here either).
#2 - Board of Finance regular and special meeting reports, things recommended to review, by About Weston. LINK to our Finance Board meetings during the budget process - FY'19.
#3 - Planning and Zoning Commission regular and special meeting reports, by About Weston.
P & Z Commission
posted official minutes.
ABOUT TOWN'S RESEARCH PAGE FOR P&Z MATTERS
ABOUT TOWN'S MILLENIAL'S PAGE
OUR PLAN (always in progress): Link to our 2020 Vision page; center, progress on the official new Town Plan.
N E W
Link to our reports on the OFFICIAL PROCESS.
* = If Special Meetings conflict, our attendance
will be prioritized by numbered system above. Our reports on
meetings that we do not attend will refer to posted official minutes in
** = Police Commission minutes posted on Town of Weston website; our sporadic P.C. notes and related matters here.
*** = Board of Education minutes link. And of course, we have followed education issues here for many years...)
BUT WE DO KEEP OUR EYE ON HARTFORD...
C T L E G I S L A T U R E
And in the Legislature, a big victory for those opposing tolls..
Mayor Ganim, a failed Democrat Candidate for
Governor, wants his own casino - all you need to know, perhaps? And in time for the World Series perhaps...how about this from the U.S. Supreme Court
EXTRA RESEARCH SOURCES
LINK to Special Town Meetings through the years,
YouTube link to First Selectman interview for "About Town"
What is on the public's mind, 2018? SPEAK UP topics covered
Watch it in its entirety - direct Speak Up YouTube link here.
THE "WHAT'S UP?" DEPARTMENT:
Are you confused about what is going on in Weston (please, only Weston CT)? Ask us!
Let's face it. Since the original Weston FORUM, owned and run by a
Weston resident, was sold to the Acorn Press in the early 1990's,
coverage has not been the same.
When the FORUM began in @1967 until 1990, there was a reporter for every
major Board and Commission. and a wonderful "feature" writer who could
cover hard news in a pinch.
- P&Z was front page news. Every other week.
- Board of Finance was covered by a reporter who had a financial background;
- Board of Ed was covered by individuals who gave their all for
getting out that news and every week we had precise recording of what
- "Fuzzy pictures" were endearing but every one got into print!!!
- The Editor/Publisher had the idea for "Speak Up" - latest version report below.
And the revered editor/publisher covered the Board of Selectmen,
many thought, directing them from the last row in the Town Hall Meeting
Room!!! In fact, when she sold her newspaper to Acorn Press, the
18 yr Town Administrator put in his resignation shortly thereafter.
My question is what are we teaching the children by playing the system? Answer: Protesting authority works.
2018 A.T.B.M.: NO QUORUM PRESENT. CROWD OF 105 HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR (92) BUT STILL SHORT OF THE QUORUM OF 130.
Too bad we didn't have a quorum (there actually were people there -
this picture taken to emphasize empty chairs) - I think someone is
missing up front???
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=d5fct4B9-ek
WARNING: We're pretty sure we're correct about the underlying
meaning of the 15 questions below - but we think we also may have missed
at least one other.
BIG WINNER - WESTON FORUM (AKA "ASPETUCK NEWS") WITH TERRIFIC STORY ON SPEAK UP
park issue brought out new faces? The polite crowd got into it,
and seemed glad to have the opportunity to address those on stage!
And while they were there, they
enjoyed actually "Speaking Up" on other things, too!!!
"SPEAK UP" FROM THE LWV OF WESTON - ABOUT TOWN TOOK STILL SHOTS OF ALMOST ALL WHO ASKED QUESTIONS
Were you thinking that the lack of a Weston FORUM with not "just Weston
news" might affect the turnout negatively? Nope. This year
(the 27th consecutive such event) saw the largest crowd and highest
number of officials since 2002, post-9-11. Or the very first ever, held at East House Cafeteria in 1992...
This is what was asked in the 90 minutes of "Speak Up!" (based upon the record established from photographs we took):
What were some high points?
I always enjoy watching Westonites go toe to toe with their government. Such as on the matter of the Virtual Net Metering contract. Or decrying pitting special needs against regular ed. Below my favorite:
THIS QUESTION BROUGHT UP THE ISSUE OF UNFUNDED MANDATES
The "BINGO!" moment when
Chairman of Finance Board made the most of his opportunity to ask a
question!!! "Since we have all three legislators here..." -
what did they think the upcoming Session would bring?
RELATED TO DOG PARK SORT OF...WHAT IF P&Z GIVES A POSITIVE
"8-24" - THEN WHAT? NO SPECIAL TOWN MEETING/REFERENDUM REQUIRED...
owned land may be exempt from zoning, but not this procedural step!
This was the point where, if memory serves, we got into the procedural
weeds (please read the C.G.S. section above right) about what "8-24" is, and is not.
All three Legislators responded in three different ways! Sustainability was next up...
What about the solar farm? What about "Virtual net
metering?" Answers. New online "newspaper" person and her
photographer (who is not shown here) in the rear...in next to last photo in this
Westonites care about their Town Plan...
Always a good sport, the P&Z Chairman stood up so all could see him
gamely answered the first Town Plan question. The bottom line being
that they were in the beginning phase, end date 12/19 for the new Plan.
Next to last question asked (above, right) on land use, too.
Questions ("answers" on the video now available)
- The event began with first question on Town Plan "what's up?"
- Next was "Sustainability: What's up?"
then the Board of Finance Chair. asked the Legislators sitting next to
him on the stage what we should be looking out for in the upcoming
Session, which begins next week.
- Fourth question was from opposed to the dog park regarding traffic safety which the Police Commission will deal with if asked.
- Back to State matters for question five.
- National tax reform entered the discussion as question six.
- Seven was "did you check out the record of the solar
farm company?" Which got answers from two folks so we counted it
as two questions.
- Number 8 was a
searching one about what the Town knew about the company in charge of
the virtual net metering arrangement we had just formalized.
- Question 9 was a statement about the value of animals in formal and informal settings.
- Question 10 was engagement with the subject of special needs children in educational settings...
- as was question 11.
- Next must have been related to the procedures to be followed re: Dog Park application (to just be received with
no comments on substance of the 8-24). Which prompted more
discussion onstage about the 8-24 process and Special Town Meeting
necessity if a "positive" 8-24 is given.
- Perhaps there was another question re: Dog Park.
- Back to the Town Plan for #14
- And then a final (#15) question about need for new and/or more C.G.A. legislation against pesticides.
Speak Up 2018 is over.
see how things go this year - during the Budget Process and the various
other activities of government as relates to what items were hot at Speak Up...
It appears to us that the Town is trying get out news - "HOT NEWS" or tips - via the website...