CLICK above for board/commission observed in person. Original "Play-by-Play reporting.
ALTHO' NO ONE TOOK US UP ON IT, CHIMING IN ON TOWN PLAN FROM LIBRARY RELATED TO THIS...
Watch "Speak Up 2019" and find out what came after the first question...mark your calendars for April 6th and May 4th "charrettes" at W.I.S.
LINK TO SPEAK UP 2019 PICTURE STORY
Board of Selectmen approves First Selectman's Budget: Long meeting, 7:30pm until after 10:15pm.
Department by department review...after power point:
- First Selectman's Budget (3.3% increase) reviewed by the Board of Selectmen;
- Approved with proviso that more work needed on dump sticker fee.
- Five year bill for M.E.R.S. - $177,000 per year - mandated from above.
- FWIW: A similar five-year approach for school employees too??? Putting the Education budget over a 4% increase?
- Unanswered: What is "one mil" nowadays in Weston?
HOW THE "PIE" IS DIVIDED (top 4: police, insurance, general government, public works)
Tree Warden's budget discussed - informational because
Emerald Ash Borer producing collapse of Ash Trees (5 - 10% of all trees
GOT YOUR ASSESSMENT? How's the Town Plan
update doing? What's up with cross tabs? Speak Up points
out raw data skewed...
FULL STORY ON REVAL HERE - excellent meeting! First step in planning process: HOW ABOUT THE SURVEY?
Background, how we decide what to attend and
links: Note that if the content of the meeting agenda warrants. we
may change from our hierarchy.
3 BOARDS/COMMISSIONS ON OUR RADAR - WE'RE THERE TO REPORT.* Norwalk HOUR is Weston's newspaper of record - AT RIGHT, LINK TO ALL CT LEGISLATORS.
WHY READ US FIRST?
About Town tells the story with pictures/captions THAT VERY
NIGHT. And two more bodies are on our radar - that we attend
And this Legislative 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 agenda/minutes link. And of course, we have followed education issues here for many years...)
BUT WE DO KEEP OUR EYE ON HARTFORD...
A new, blue day in 2019-2021 term.
EXTRA RESEARCH SOURCES
LINK to Special Town Meetings through the years,
YouTube link to First Selectman 2018 interview for "About Town"
What is on the public's mind, 2019? topics covered this year...
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???
SPEAK UP XXVIII IS HISTORY...WATCH IT NOW!
That amazing event LWV of Weston runs - every bit of the 90 minutes was worth hearing and
seeing!!! Watch last year's event below to compare questions!
"SPEAK UP": When we arrived to set up video cameras the
Library was closed...90 minutes later it was standing room only!!!
The full Legislative Delegation showed up and was very helpful in
fielding budget, taxes and direction issues.
REGIONAL SCHOOL SYSTEM? CT PASSING RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR TEACHERS TO THE TOWNS?
Town Plan, regionalization, traffic, coyotes, the first 4
questions. Then it started...how the heck do we deal with school
budget when the Grand List is shrinking? School
system managing on multiple fronts? Can we stay afloat?
There is a technical tipping point between property values and mil rates
(i.e. the lower the mil rate and higher the property value)...
Public enemy #1 for cats...
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZFBvBuG69M&feature=youtu.be
Unofficial list of questions/topics asked at Speak Up 2019" - not necessarily in order.
- Town Plan (when does the public get to get involved) - answer: April 6th "charrette" (May 4th #2 charrette)
- State-wide property tax?
- Coyotes a problem, what are we doing?
- Traffic control...Police Chief answered - q&a above.
- Weston finances...its tax base?
- Weston finances...legislation taking away car tax revenue?
- Regionalizing schools?
- Early voting/absentee voting?
- CT downloading teacher retirement onto towns?
- No complaining on school budget in citizen survey because sample over-weighted? Seniors and empty-nesters undercounted?
- What is happening to the arts in W.P.S.?
- How do we keep the municipal ship afloat if State "shares" its debt with towns?
- News of 2019 Kiwanis Reservoir Run (October) and Dog Jamboree (September), 2019!!! WOOF!!!
- Death panels?
- Legalize marijuana? This is a matter for concern, as our Police Chief commented as he responded to the last question.
SPEAK UP 2018:
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=d5fct4B9-ek
Unofficial questions ("answers" on the video now available) click above.
- 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...