Click here for our report on Selectmen's Meeting/Public Hearings October 4, 2018.
League of Women Voters of Weston DEBATE 135th, and our "PICTURE STORY"
REGIONAL CROWD PRESENT FOR LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON DEBATE FOR THE 135th DISTRICT
WE ARE SURE YOU WILL WANT TO WATCH THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN ON YouTube...CHECK BACK SOON...
League made the point that ALL of Weston is served by the 135th
District - it is split down the middle for the CT upper house - the 26th
and 28th State Senate seats.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON DEBATES ARE ALWAYS A LESSON IN "GOOD MANNERS"
Full house for LWV of Weston Debate for the 135th District - many from both Easton and Redding
This was an early picture - every seat taken with standees all
around the sides and rear and out the back door...
STANDING ROOM ONLY IN WESTON TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
WE WON'T KNOW HOW MANY UNTIL WE CHECK THE VIDEO
QUESTIONS WRITTEN ON CARDS, SCREENED, WERE ASKED AND ANSWERED, REBUTTED AND RE-REBUTTED - for @90 minutes...
We can't wait to watch the video...to see who was
there in the audience. Some comments after the debate, with the
question about regionalism still hanging in the air:
- "I just moved to Redding from Maryland. Why don't the three
towns of Weston, Easton and Redding just agree to have one Center with
lots to do and the heck with individual "centers?" (I have
simplified how she expressed this thought.)
- The question about why not have only one 911 call center (like
California) in the whole state brought both candidates to the same
bottom line - effectively saying "hell no"...
- Because of the rebut - re-rebut format, one candidate was able to
draw the distinction between voluntary regional agreements and the State
Bravo LWV of Weston for presenting this excellent debate for the residents of the 135th District.
THE CANDIDATES DEBATE SERIOUS MATTERS
PERHAPS THE BEST QUESTION WAS ONE OF THE LAST - ABOUT "CIVILITY"
In answering this one, Adam Dunsby made a clever comment - noting that
the CT Legislature is unlike what we see of national politics:
- TV channels in the '50's show debates from the floor and
committee meetings from the Legislature - showing more collaborative
action than folks might expect...
- And only when you change the TV into the '60's channels do you get
what the question was aimed at - namely, whither civility in our public
I think the real story was who was in the crowd. When the LWV
of Weston has the video produced and you can watch it online, see how
many people you can recognize from the 3 towns in the 135th!
Triangles signify cold front? (C) James Fenimore Cooper come to
life? A quote from Cooper opus - "...The face of the Manitou is
behind a cloud." Chapter 33, "Last
of the Mohicans"
It was safe. And very secure inside the debate location itself, Weston Town Hall
Meeting Room. LWV of Weston had the Police making rounds (L), around 10:40am, (R), shortly before 12 noon end of event.
And then it was over. But the candidates stuck around as did many others - just chatting and pressing the flesh.
IF ONE OF THESE 3 TAKES ACTION WE'RE THERE TO REPORT *
We tell the story with pictures THAT VERY NIGHT. And two more are on our radar - that we attend periodically.
TOWN OF WESTON WEBSITE
(find history of all town board/commission meetings, regular and special, listed here including Police Commission** and Board of Education***).
"ABOUT WESTON NEWSPAPER" REPORTS ON "THE BIG THREE"... WITH PICTURES
#1 - Board of Selectmen - regular and special meeting reports, by About Weston.
#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; 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...