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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON "TOWN AFFAIRS UPDATE"
Weston Town Hall Meeting Room
November 10, 2012
Promptly at 10:30am, the speakers
and audience assembled on this Saturday-after-Election
Day...ready, get set, go!
First things first, our moderator explains the way the morning
will go, including how the speakers will be timed. The
crowd that turned out was really impressed and felt they learned
a lot! We counted a baker's dozen of questions after the
original half hour to 40 minutes worth of presentations.
What does the League of Women Voters of
Weston do when the town has been through more than a week of
powerlessness? How did the town react to this disastrous
power outage? Well, if you attended the LWV "Town Affairs
Update" you could answer that! But wait! It will run
on Channel 79 at 2pm everyday starting Sunday, Nov. 11.
Below, observations from elsewhere on CL&P maps.
Starting off with a ten minute presentation, First Selectman
Gayle Weinstein gave us new information we had not known about -
some technical details of the recent outages. In addition,
she was incredibly focussed on the fact that Weston cares most
for the most vulnerable among us, and was proud to say that this
time, the volunteers needed showed up in droves - never too many
to have, because later in the program some of the details of
suffering were exposed, and it was remarked that the police in
particular followed up on requests for help in investigating
problems beyond what anyone might otherwise have expected!
First Selectman Gayle Weinstein
What did the schools do this time? Hesitant to spend
too much time on matters from the past, Superintendent of
Schools Colleen Palmer spoke of future coordination with the
Town of Weston, and later in q&a, addressed the school
enrollment drop coming in a year or so...
PhD, Superintendent of Schools.
Maybe the most informative,
since I do not know much about these things, was Finance
Board Chair. Gerald Sargent, III expaining where Weston's
finances are now. During q&a, he considered the
trade off of budgeting as we do in Weston - which may make
arbitrators figure that we are in the pink - but then, do we
really want to go over our own little fiscal cliff (my words
here) just to look poorer? No one mentioned it, but
the reval coming up may have its own impacts on the way
Gerald Sargent, III, Chairman of the Board of Finance
And finally, Ken Edgar,
wearing two hats, presented. He explained the major
changes in the new Charter that passed on Election Day (the
previous Tuesday). He was pleased that it passed 3039
to 996 - a significant vote total as well as a 3-1
margin. While many ballots were "spoiled" because
people went back to read about the question - thus requiring
them to go through the voting lines again, it was impressive
that more than 4000 people voted for the last item on the
ballot, considering that the first row, President/Vice
President, only got @5500 voters interested! No one
said so, but considering the hoopla and billions spent on
the national election, Weston charter voters must have been
paying attention all along!
Ken Edgar, former Co-Chair. of the Charter Revision
Commission; Weston Community Service Coalition.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR:
A dozen helpful observations of the storm experience and how
they dealt with it - but some speakers stuck to the original
notion about asking about the budget, charter, financial
situation in town and one (no picture) about possible
revisiting of new energy technologies. NOW PLAYING on Town TV
Chanel 79 at 2pm every day! A NEW FEATURE the League
is using this time (for our meetings in Town Hall and on
Channel 79) ...on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ll9opqF4k&feature=youtu.be
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And then there was lunch in
the Daugherty Commission Room!