On Town website -
VIDEO ON DEMAND:
C H E C K O
U T T O W N C O D E
- A W E S O M E ! ! !
O B S E R V E
R C O R P S R E P O R T S :
Board of Selectmen "monitoring" notes
consist of recording actions and appointments (needed for
revisions to on-line "Know Your Town") as well as
reporting each season on actions, dates/times of meetings
Process; Charter Revision approved Nov. 4, 2014.
November 3, 2015 Election:
Weston LWV holds early debates Oct. 17 (Saturday) and shown above was
the opening debate for First Selectman (Gayle and Nina) and full Board of Selectmen - adding Selectman candidates as shown above (Dennis and Chris). Below is the two person debate for the two-year seat on Board of Finance (Bob and Sarah). Lachat was mentioned several times to more than one board.
And last, but not least, after lunch, was the Board of Education debate (five candidates for four seats).
Weston Library Community Room
was filled - S.R.O. - and actually that was one of the questions -
so what's with the S.R.O. ("School Resource Officer")? A different meaning altogether!
What was the "hot"
issue this year? In Weston, planning is taken
very seriously. League notes that our Observer
Corps has been using the Town of Weston and Board of
Education channels during difficult snow events.
SPEAK UP 2015
Read about what
happened at "Speak Up" here.
LWV of Weston hosted a debate for
the open CT Senate seat in the 28th District - video
links can be found here.
CHARTER REVISION APPROVED NOV. 4,
2014 INCLUDED SETTING QUORUM NUMBER (130), REQUIRING
ALL BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ELECT OFFICERS BEFORE NEW
League reports that the Senior Activity
Center has perhaps doubled in size and is"open for business"
as a venue for art exhibits in 2015!
SPEAK UP 2014 BROUGHT OUT
SENIOR CENTER ADVOCATES.
LWV of Weston
videotapes A.C.A. tutorial Nov. 23, 2013 Backup materials here.
THE LIBRARY" LWV OF WESTON 2013 DEBATES OCT. 12 AND 23
12 - Board of Education and Judge of Probate - WATCH
THEM ONLINE HERE; Wednesday
October 23 beginning at 7:30pm - Board of Finance and Planning
means watching Charter Revision in summer. WARNING:
Not on ballot Nov. 5 - Selectmen's "Question and Answer Session"
Oct. 17 at 6:30pm-7:30pm
Charles Daugherty mural in Commission
Room is a comment on this.
SPEAK UP ORIGINAL DATE - SNOWED
OUT...FEBRUARY 23, 2013 IT HAPPENED - AND IT WAS TERRIFIC!
Library Community Room worked really, really well for
re-scheduled Speak Up! Picture story here.
HARD (Budget) CHOICES AHEAD:
Simpson-Bowles (A Framework for Change)
Watch this event online here only!
Thank you Congressman Himes for coming to LWV of Weston!
with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open
Windows Media Player and start playback without waiting
for the download to complete.
hour 20 minutes 34 seconds
cable and dsl users:
dial-up modem users:
& LUNCH, NOV. 10, 2012
New mini-study in the wind, no pun intended? Party
afterward was just what the doctor ordered for the community
a new Charter Nov. 6, 2012...explanationhere. LWV "Town Affairs Update"
SCHOOL ROAD CLOSING ROCKED AND NOW IT IS CAMPAIGN SEASON!
Bd of Selectmen 6-7-12 recognizes Special
Olympics; Bike-Ped Day Sept. 9 (r).
HEARING ON NEW CHARTER JUNE 14, 2012: Action taken on
June 21 to request change to separate Town from Capital
budgets in Referendum. Charter Revision Commission has
last meeting July 10, 2012 at 8pm in Town Hall. The Charter
Revision Commission met Tuesday at Town Hall for the last
time. Their terms of office run until August 1, 2012.
Hearing on new
proposed Charter June 14, 2012 at 7:30PM, Town Hall
Meeting Room - Charter Revision Commission PH (r)
above, left. League not invited for interview during this
process (as it historically has been) - but then, three of the
seven members were from the LWV of Weston's Study Group,
disbanded when the Charter Revision Commission was formed.
The League OBSERVER CORPS
attended every meeting but one drafting session, and Weston
FORUM printed the Commission report of proposed changes before
the Charter Revision Commission's Public Hearing.
Ken Edgar Citizen of the Year, award from Police
Commission (Chair. Rick Phillip); Public Hearing on
new Charter April 25th
ATBM over in a
flash! Maybe an hour? (89 people
attended) - Referendum April 12 More
turned out for Referendum - 364
LWV of Weston
21st Annual SPEAK
tense questions about 1)interference with Police
business, 2)form of Regional Planning
Organization (i.e. taking power from the
individual towns) and 3)warning to not consider
poor attendance on an informational session to
mean no interest by populace; difference
of opinion between Selectmen over issue of
regionalism (not shown), 4)update on Charter
Revision. To be televised and made
available online...soon. See picture essay here.
Special Town Meeting Jan. 19, 2012 (l)
says "Yes." Happy
New Year; Lachat again (l), this time with P&Z
Selectmen get news Jan. 19 of CT
proposals; Town TV
policy approved; Legal
Review Mission Statement for 2012.
What didn't the Board of Selectmen deal
within a 28-item Special Meeting Agenda Dec. 14, 2011? Pledge
of Allegience? Yes. Appointsments?
Reappointments? Resignation? Yes. Road
acceptance? Yes. Government Access rules?
Yes. Transfer of funds? Yes. Open
Items including the most open one of all, Revson Field
(runoff)? Yes. Minutes' approval? Yes.
League Observer was surprised the meeting finished before 11pm
- in fact, it was over before 10pm!!!
OFFICE CEREMONY NOVEMBER 15, 2011
Followed a few days later by AFTER
THE STORM Forum on Demand which
offered the people of Weston an opportunity to share their
ideas with the assembled panel
Scene is familiar...another vote on
Lachat...Town gets fields and buildings, Conservancy gets
woods (actually, there is a stone wall that defines the
boundaries, believe it or not!
And another informational sesson first, as the
LWV of Weston has demanded (and thanks to the political
structure, in both Parties, the League point has been
addressed - in this case, a quick "informational session"
prior to a Special Town Meeting to approve leases between the
Town and the Nature Conservancy). Now only P&Z has
to approve it, post-Town Meeting...
ELECTION DAY TUESDAY
NOVEMBER 8, 2011, 6AM TO 8PM, WMS GYM
continues...LWV of Weston submits comments something like these; second public
hearing report makes September the month for official
input; Board of Selectmen met
July 21, 2011. New revised leases between N.C. and
Town of Weston; ideas for Lachat...Special Town Meeting
coming October 20 at 7pm (with info session, not public
hearing, first) on revised Lachat contracts.
AT SELECTMEN 7-7-11
Farmer's Market gets P&Z fees paid in part by Selectmen
for Special Permit application; fireworks at reappointments
for Building Committee.
CT SPECIAL SESSION OVER:
Balance the budget done by a combination of new
powers to the Governor and move cuts to CT employees;
but unions get until September before staffing cuts
effective. Budget balanced NOT on the backs of cities
and towns, after all (call of the meeting specified 2% cut of
aid to towns). At right, Legislative Wrap Up, June 11, 2011
- report from Weston's legislators on how things went and what
was accomplished this Long Session. THIS IS THE SAME
ROOM WHERE THE CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION WILL MEET SUNDAY,
JUNE 19, 2011, 1PM - On the Town website, it is NOT
INDICATED AS BEING ON TOWN TV.- LWV OF WESTON OBSERVER OUT OF
STATE. In case there was a change of heart, OBSERVER has
set VCR to record! League
website has new sub-page on Charter Revision 2011.
"Select Committee on
Charter Revision" appointed for a year.
Referendum says "yes, yes, no" to Town and School Budgets
and 8-24$$ to continue with the idea of a town
cemetery. Selectmen vote unamimously to form 7
member Charter Review Committee at May 5, 2011
meeting. Most recent Charter Revision 2003. What did they come up with?
SPEAK UP 2011 MARCH 12, 2011 AT
THE WESTON LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM WAS A WINNER! Board
of Finance Public Hearing runs longer than
usual. Deliberation meeting March 24.
What's the latest on the Referendum? We found
out. What should we be concerned about when it comes to
our municiple financial picture? No one asked - they had
their own suggestions...link
here to video
FY12 BUDGET MOVES TO BOARD OF
FINANCE - MEETINGS AS A COMMISSION WILL BE AT 7:30PM IN TOWN
Board of Selectmen Feb. 17, 2011 notes; ditto for Feb. 3,
2011: Revson STEAP grant OK'd, Library news, Referendum
finalized post ATBM for FY2012 Budget more
Board of Selectmen meet in
the first week of January 2011, approve $1600 for Cemetery
Committee presentation for the community, Valley Forge Bridge
to be finished 3rd week in February IF no snow delays... Board of Education meets
December 20, 2010 in Weston Library Community Room, on Town
TV, to cover many issues: search being conducted by the team above
left, which includes on the left, a former Interim
Superintendent (2001) who knows the Weston community.
Now that Library Roof project is into December (next photo)
and the front side, slowdown in work as the rains/snow come,
or will we be lucky?
"What Happened While You Were
Away" - Selectmen
approve budget schedule at Nov.
4, 2010 meeting.
Hold the phone - Board
of Education, after lock out, revotes 4-3 in favor,
after heavy pressure. Board of
no further action on salary issue re: Board of
Education. BOARD OF EDUCATION MONDAY, AUG.
23, 2010, Weston Library Community Room, public
session 7:30p.m. Vote taken was bipartisan
affirmation of original vote supporting the salary increases
to top administrators. The "yes" votes were:
Uzenoff, Wolf, Stack and Levin; "no" votes by Bochinski,
Harvey and Schaefer. Prior to the vote on the main
motion, an amendment was offered to change the decision
re: reduce Superintendent's salary increase, to
4%. This went down to defeat 5-2.
(l) Bd of
Ed "lock-out" during 2 executive sessions
Aug. 4, 2010. Bd of Selectmen scolds
Board of Education August 5th.
from the LWV of Weston "action agenda"...
UNANIMOUS VOTE "YES" JUNE 28, 2010;
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010!
Observer Corps invites you to
read the text of TOWN
OF C&D 2010
Joint Boards of Selectmen, Finance and Education meet to
get started on next year's budget assumptions - by going over
how they think the last year went! Because of the
Referendum on the bottom line of both Town and School
operating budgets in April 2010, some wonder if a Charter
Revision might be in order...others point out that better
planning, considering that it is intended to have a similar
Referendum next year, it will be possible to work things out
more gracefully. From the League's pamphlet on the
to the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM)
All Town Agency Meetings mentioned below
(Boards, Commissions and Committees) are open to the
In late November the
Board of Education invites public input as the budget
assumptions and enrollment projections are discussed.
Before January 14th,
citizens may submit suggested additions for the First
Selectman's budget to the Town Administrator. All Town
Agencies except the Board of Education submit estimates to the
First Selectman. The Board of Education, in early January
"review" meetings, adopts its budget; after this time the
school budget cannot be raised.
By January 14 proposed
Capital Budget items must be submitted. For complete
details of the budget process, see the Town Charter and the
Moderator's Handbook, available at Town Hall.
By February 3rd the Board
of Education submits a preliminary budget to the First
Selectman. Prior to this time, the Board of Education
has approved its own budget. ONCE PASSED BY THE BOARD OF
EDUCATION, THE SCHOOL BUDGET CANNOT BE RAISED.
By February 10th the
First Selectman presents the proposed Town Budget to the Board
of Selectmen. (REMINDER: THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN
HAS NO POWER TO REDUCE THE EDUCATION BUDGET BY CHARTER)...
By February 25th the
Board of Selectmen presents the proposed preliminary Town
Budget to the Board of Finance. After this time, the
Selectmen's budget cannot be raised. Changes desired by the
Board of Selectmen to the budget proposal of the Board of
Education can be in the form of a recommendation only.
early March, the Board of Finance reviews the Town
Budget. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION'S BUDGET WILL BE
At least five days before
the Annual Town Budget Meeting notice of the "call" of ATBM is
published in a local newspaper and copies of the proposed Town
Budget and tax rate are available at the Town Clerk's Office.
In late March or early April--at
least two weeks before the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM)...
The Board of Finance holds
one or more Public Hearings on the Board of Education
Budget, the Selectmen's Budget and the Capital Budget.
After Public Hearing (s), the Board of Finance may "revise"
any budget line as it deems advisable. This has been
traditionally been interpreted as "reduce".
No later than April 22nd
the Annual Town Budget Meeting (8pm to no later than
11:30pm [8:30pm to no later than 11pm]--if business is
not concluded before 11:30pm[11pm], ATBM reconvenes
the following night [s]). After ten days, if there has been no
challenge, the budget is deemed adopted. The ATBM can only
APPROVE or REDUCE any line item proposed by the Board of
Challenge Procedures...before and after the ATBM...
Get a copy of the LWV of
Weston pamphlet at the Town Clerk's Office--this is really
complicated!!! No matter how it happens--either
before or after the Annual Town Budget Meeting--a
challenge "to the machines" to vote in private on the
budget will always require a return to Town
Meeting...which has the final word! See Charter
Revision Commission'a now approved changes
(#2 and #3).
Appropriation Procedures After ATBM
Appropriations - Up to $5000 for any agency may be made
by the Board of Selectmen. Total for all agencies not to
exceed $50,000 per year.
Supplemental Appropriations -
May be made by the Board of Selectmen with the approval of the
Board of Finance, provided the total sum does not exceed 2% of
the current tax levy in any fiscal year.
- May be applied for by any town agency to both the Board
of Selectmen and the Board of Finance. If not approved
by either Board, the agency may request a Special Town
Meeting. At such Town Meeting a minimum of 10% of qualified
town voters is required to take action. A majority of that 10%
is required to pass the extraordinary expense. If a
petition for a machine vote (Ct. General Statutes Section 7.7
required 200 signatures) is filed against the Call of such
Town Meeting, after discussion, the Town Meeting is adjourned
and a machine vote is held not less than 7 or more than 14
days thereafter. A majority of 10% of all qualified voters is
needed to pass the appropriation.
FOR TOWN PLAN 2000 - P&Z LINK TO NEW DRAFT HERE
different link! Joint
Selectmen-Planning and Zoning PublicHearing on the new
DRAFT Town Plan 2010 Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7:30pm in the
Town Hall Meeting Room - how did it go? Read about
Results of Referendum here:
community discussion meeting prior to Board of Selectmen May
6, 2010, civil crowd gains assurance that there will be a well
planned budget process FY'12 which will include private
ballot. Photo above of the 2003 Charter Revision
Commission at work. Previously...ATBM Wednesday, April 7, 2010
at 8pm, WHS auditorium. Petition succeeds and there will
be an adjournment to a referendum on the bottom line of the
Town and School budgets on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 6am
to 8pm in the WMS Gym. Absentee ballots available soon.
Special Town Meeting, Tuesday, March 23 at 7pm,
W.M.S. cafeteria (same day as Board of Finance
Public Hearing on the FY2011 budget which begins at 8pm,
same location); Preceded by an informational
"PUBLIC HEARING" on Monday, May 15 at 7pm for
est. $6.5 million worth of new bonds...Special
of Selectmen at 7:30pm - both televised on channel 79
from the Town Hall Meeting Room...
Joint Meeting of P&Z and Selectmen
Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:30pm, Town Hall Meeting
Room. Board of
Selectmen votes warnng of Special Town Meeting
March 23rd at 7pm, WMS cafeteria (prior to 8pm Board
of Finance PUBLIC HEARING on the FY11 budget.
Speak Up 2010 goes off
without a hitch!
Big week of
meetings coming up: Tuesday,
Selectmen vote of their budget and forward the Board of
Education budget to the Board of Finance; Thursday
a joint meeting of the Boards of Finance and Selectmen
OK's a heart&hypertension award negotiation,
discusses refinancing debt and new bond issue;
report on investments. REMEMBER THE REALLY BIG
BOND ISSUE? Now the Middle School Roof is
leaking...Feb. 25, 2010 Board of Selectmen sets
dates for Special Town Meeting and
informal public hearing.
SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY,
JANUARY 26, 2010, TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM, AT 7PM - JOINT
MEETING WITH BOARD OF FINANCE ABOUT BONDING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
ROOF AND REFINANCING THREE OUTSTANDING BOND ISSUES - FOLLOWED
BY SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN - Valley Forge Bridge work to
begin April 1, 2010 - TRAFFIC TO BE REROUTED.
Hearings on Fuel Efficient cars and Tax Relief for the Elderly
- action on Fuel Efficient cars, Tax Relief next
meeting; other items done except for Valley Forge Bridge
awarding of contract January
7, 2010. Next
up "Joint Meeting" Selectmen/Board of Finance Jan. 26,
2010 (within the Special Selectmen's meeting agenda) -
subject: bonding for Middle School Roof and perhaps
Special Town Meeting on
Food Pantry Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at 7pm, Town Hall Meeting
Meeting Nov. 19, 2009 on Heart and Hypertension
claim; Regular Meeting
Nov. 19, 2009 - agenda here.
December meetings 3rd and special on
the 9th were devoted to reappointments and contested
appointments to Boards and Commissions.
OFFICE CEREMONY FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS TUESDAY,
NOVEMBER 10, 2009 AT 6PM
DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT - VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD
FROM 6AM TO 8PM, WMS GYM; SPECIAL MEETING:
Monday, November 9, 2009 at 7:30pm, W.H.S. Conference
Room; Boards of Selectmen/ Education/ Finance discussing
the Budget 2010-2011.
Special Board of Selectmen, Wednesday,
September 30, 2009 - Food Pantry.
Regular Board of Selectmen to OK Food Pantry lease at
next meeting after long discussion; votes to invest up to $4
million in "risky" instruments ("risk" being a relative term
here). Photo of the agenda item above
and action link here.
Board of Selectmen
have a special meeting August 13, 2009 - among other
things, interview for Board of Ethics; notes here. Regular Selectmen's meeting on
September 3...fuel cell gets less support than solar
panels (Board of Finance approved solar panels funding
after protracted discussion.). Special Selectmen's
meeting September 11 at 11am, Town Hall, to
vote on CL&P $$ for necessary study - did so
(after Board of Finance had acted first and approved
unanimolusly, noting they hoped Selectmen could get
Board of Selectmen met
Thursday, July 23rd. Roads, bridges, Booster
Barn and questions re: do you believe town staff or
THE SELECTMEN: Fireworks on July 9th
in Weston? YOU BET! TOWN MEETING SAYS
"A-2 Survey to P&Z or no OK at another 8-24 on Valley Forge Bridge"; June 4
- Connecticut Innovations, Clean Air Fund, grant
agreement approved for Sustainibility Committee
ATBM...SELECTMEN DISCUSS KIDS IN
CRISIS MAY 7th
Board Public Meeting coming up Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7pm
at the Weston High School Conference Room to discuss among
Education/Selectmen/Finance boards the budgets for FY'2010
with a "look ahead" to FY2011; ATBM April 21, 2009
at 8pm, WHS Auditorium...which looked great--read
about how the process has gone so far here (non-LWV
FINANCE PUBLIC HEARING BRINGS OUT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
BUDGET THIS YEAR...WHICH LEADS TO "ZERO" OPERATING
BUDGETS! NEXT STOP IN BUDGET PROCESS: ATBM
(April 21, 2009 at 8pm)
empty seats were by the door - which turned out to be
the place to be, as halfway into the 2hours plus
meeting the fire alarms went off at WMS! April 1
is the decision time for more cuts, then the Board of Selectmen will
discuss how to get a secret ballot at ATBM.
SINCE BOARD OF FINANCE MADE CUT TO "ZERO" ON SCHOOL
BUDGET APRIL 1, unlikely that there will be action at
Read the Weston FORUM
reports of how the Board of Finance questioned
the Selectmen and the Board of Education.
Get out the
bookkeeper's green eye-shade:
First Selectman's Budget at the Board of Selectmen
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 3&4, 7:30pm, Town Hall Meeting
Room. Vote scheduled for Feb. 12 meeting. "Speak Up 2009" was all about
money or the lack of it - link here to read about it and watch the
video! More than 200 citizens showed up to ask their
elected and appointed officials 18 questions, 10 of which
were school-related. AND WHAT A
SUCCESS SPEAK UP 2009
WAS - 200+ WESTONITES GOT A LOAD OFF THEIR MIND RE:
THE ECONOMY, AND THE SELECTMEN FOLLOWED UP BY CUTTING THE
FIRST SELECTMAN'S BUDGET TO "ZERO" INCREASE THE FOLLOWING
Jan. 8, 2009 agenda included two executive
sessions - one in the beginning and one at the end!
New Fire House exempted from permit, plus 16 appointments,
reappointments and/or resignations. Board of Education
Budget Workshop #1 Monday, January 12, 2009 at the Library
at 7-9pm; after more workshops and Board discussion,
Superintendent's budget became the Board's budget PLUS
funds for Girl's Gymnastics (after reducing "Mile of
Safety" number at Chief Troxell's request) on January
Special Joint Meeting of Selectmen, Finance
and Education Boards Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 7:30pm (on
Town TV) - more to come, including photos, but let it be known
that the meeting became an exercise in closed door discussions
of legal matters for the first 90 minutes, and then 90 minutes
more of open discussion among the three boards (full
attendance by all). And Thursday, December 4th, the Regular
Selectmen's meeting OK's tower contract for 2 more
providers at the Transfer Station.
Special Town Meeting votes "yes" to
rebuilding Lyons Plains Fire Station Oct. 16 in record
time! Board of Selectmen
the same evening gets thru agenda and adds two items plus
an executive session in record time. Selectmen
ask for and receive LWV information about ballot
question (Constitutional Convention).
of Selectmen hearing on employee firing
precedes Board of Selectmen's
meeting October 2, 2008 (beginning at 6pm -
Selectmen only began their meeting at
9:20pm). "Breaking News" from the FORUM
reports that by a 2-0 vote, Finance Dept. employee
dismissed. League OBSERVER notes that
Selectperson Weinstein strongly stated that "she
was troubled" by some of the facts in the case,
although the FORUM did not elect to quote her.
According to the
FORUM: "...After both sides of the case were
presented, Mr. Bliss noted that Ms. Rende was a
good employee but concurred with Mr. Landry that
she had authorized payment to herself for sick and
vacations day to which she wasn’t entitled, and
that she had arbitrarily changed the town’s
personnel policy, awarding sick days to employees
in advance instead of in arrears. Mr. Bliss
and Ms. Weinsten unanimously voted to approve Mr.
Landry's termination recommendation. In a
related matter, Ms. Rende filed a complaint with
the State of Connecticut Labor Department against
the town, claiming there has been an effort to
undermine the town hall union and its president. A
preliminary hearing on that matter will be held at
town hall on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m."
The FORUM confirmed
on Tuesday morning, Oct. 7 that the preliminary
hearing had been postponed.
PREPARING FOR THE
OLYMPIC MARATHON, BOARD OF
SELECTMEN 23-ITEM (INCLUDING EXECUTIVE SESSION)
AGENDA AUGUST 7 COMES AFTER DOUBLE PUBLIC HEARING!
Board of Selectmen
Public Hearing Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 7pm, Town Hall
Meeting Room, on Fuel Efficient Cars and veterans' relief
- at regular meeting that followed, the Selectmen voted
for Town Hall Roof replacement approval, OK'd high school
auditoium contract, discussed drainage repair, reverse
9-11, did many reappointments; hired new Communications
Special Board of Selectmen Wednesday
at 7pm before the Public Hearing at the Historic District
Commission at 8pm (item #3 on the agenda) - Selectmen will
go across the parking lot at 8:30pm, approx. - Historic
District votes 4-0 with one abstention against asphalt
shingles for the old section of Town Hall closest to the
road. Another Special Board
of Selectmen meeting, this time Tuesday, July 15,
2008 at 8pm with an executive session first--which lasted
for 2 hours - then record short meeting!!! No action
taken on Historic District decision options.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 7:30P.M. in the
Weston Middle School Cafeteria - "YES" is
the roar of approval
in the call are approved by one voice voteThree speakers address
some questions: need for insurance to use auditorium by
outside groups (Board of Education will take this under
advisement); why the O.P.E.B. funding was not in the just
approved budget (it was for the $$ immediately due--this is for
anticipated liabilities) and will the new auditorium have
ability to video or show live events (such as political
debates--taken under advisement, too)?
of Selectmen, Tuesday, June 3, 2008, including
Public Hearing on land use related fees - report here - news that architect of addition
may be at the next Selectmen's meeting to discuss some of
the recommendations re: roof repair to Town Hall;
Special Board of
Selectmen/Finance Meeting Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at
7:30PM in the Town Hall Meeting Room OK's Auditorium and
OPEB for Special Town Meeting
STOP THE PRESSES!!! Selectmen add item to May 22,
2008 agenda to NOT move ahead with Town Hall Roof
repair, deciding unanimously that they do not want to spend
the money on slate for the original section - THEY WANT
ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING FOR ASPHALT
SHINGLES ONLY AT THE HISTORIC DISTRICT
COMMISSION...Town Hall photo ( January 2008) of buckets from
the Forum. Note the bucket increase is approx. one per
District Commission says "no" to request by Selectmen (4-0)
for "certificate of appropriateness" of asphalt shingle.
Is this one issue that Town Meeting can do anything
about? Selectmen and Board of Finance then
approve bid which will be in support of this project on Special Town
Meeting now set for
June 11 (Wednesday) at 7:30pm, location T.B.A..
What items will be included in the Call? Auditorium
O.P.E.B. funds to be transferred. What else?
Annual Town Budget Meeting
(A.T.B.M.) on April 21, 2008 - a Monday, at 8pm, Weston
High School auditorium - no cuts.
O.P.E.B. and Trust Fund put off, Senior Tax Freeze
approved; Board of Finance Public
Hearing and "deliberation" over with no changes; Selectmen have long meeting April
24 covering many topics and it looks as if there will be a
special town meeting before school is out to "spend down" part
of the surplus. A fine report from "Kids in Crisis"
staff, some engineering, a little grantsmanship...
of Selectmen, Regular Meeting, 4th Thursday,.Feb.
28, 2008 at 7:30pm. Agenda includes Aquarion discussion
of use of old cemetery...Select
Committee on Legal Review: Thurday
28 they looked busy in the Commission Room,
(photo above of the same room, but a
previous Board of Education meeting)
Thursday, March 13 they were again going
at it, hearing from a member of the
Board of Selectmen; Board and
Commission Chairs. were being grilled
(P&Z had finished and the Police
Commission was on deck the evening of the
13th). when the League Observer passed by on
the way to the Board of Finance - which
made a decision about the surplus, approved
O.P.E.B. Trust Fund (to be heard at the Board of
Selectmen in a Public Hearing March 20 at
7pm. Board of
Selectmen, April 3, 7pm for TAX FREEZE
Public Hearing (in the Town Hall
Board of Selectmen (2) and Regular Board of Selectmen Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday, Feb. 5, 6 and 7 reviewed First
Budget FY2009 - new Lyons Plain Firehouse, Kaestle Boos
recommendations most significant. Board of Education
budget forwarded to Board of Finance with recommendation that
the Board of Finance cut $200k (2-1 vote).- No action
taken on First Selectman's budget or Capital Budget. S P E A
K U P 2 0 0 8
Sturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30am at Norfield...Special
Board of Selectmen, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9:30am Town
Hall Commission Room - approval of First Selectman's budget
(then it is referred to as the "Board of Selectmen's Budget").
NOT SO FAST...more discussion
Special Board of Selectmen, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008
at 2pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room.
Special Board of Selectmen's
Meeting Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 at 10:30am for two
sitting Selectmen to discuss a response to Weston FORUM
editorial. THEY NEED A POSTED MEETING TO DISCUSS A
JOINT RESPONSE TO FORUM EDITORIAL...BECAUSE AS A QUORUM,
ONE DEMOCRAT (WEINSTEIN)AND ONE REPUBLICAN (BLISS) ON A
THREE MEMBER BOARD, THIS CANNOT QUALIFY AS A"
CAUCUS"--WHICH DOES NOT FALL UNDER PUBLIC MEETING
Board of Selectmen, Friday
at 4pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room re: dismissing
Director of Communications Center - continued to Monday,
January 28, 2008 at 7:30pm, Town Hall Meeting Room.
Continued to Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:30pm in the Town Hall
Meeting Room, where after one hour the proceedings ended
with a unanimous vote upon the First Selectman's motion to
dismiss the Director of the Communications Center.
FINAL ACCOUNTING OF SCHOOLS-FIELDS PROJECT
THURSDAY, January 17, 2008 at 7pm
in the Town Hall Meeting Room - NOTICE
of Special Town Meeting for reallocation of funds.
Read detailed call
Thursday, at 7:30pm, Regular Board of Selectmen--interviews
for Select Committee for Legal Review, among other items
(several on Cartbridge). Special
Board of Selectmen's Meeting Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at
11am in the Town Hall Meeting Room to act upon Select
Committee for Legal Review "mission statement" possible
revisions, determine size of Select Committee, then pick
members out of the 17 who applied/not completed - adjourned
for another day.
PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED
NOTICE: Board of
Selectmen unanimously approved changes to the Veterans'
Exemption on Jan. 17. Closed after less than one hour on
Jan. 10, members of the Board of Finance in the audience; no
broadcast on Town TV. Full house - First Selectman on
speakerphone - changes to Tax
for the Elderly and to the many-years not updated Veterans' Tax
NOTE: this photo above from a January storm early in
Board of Finance meeting
snowed out, held instead, Dec. 17 in the Town Hall Meeting
Room. Board of Selectmen met
20, 2007 - re-appointments (two-dozen), discussion re: date and
time of 2-part
Public Hearing--January 10, 2008 at 7pm in Town Hall Meeting
Room, first, Veterans' Committee, then Commission on
Aging re: changes in present programs plus new one;
Cemetery Committee recommends Lachat for Town cemetery;
Global Warming and discussion/decision
regarding creation of a Select Committee for legal review created
to serve until June 2008 (Town Attorney to check wording of
revised "mission statement") for later action by Selectmen in
January (Selectman Major recused himself).
Special Board of Selectmen Dec.
4, 2007, 7:30pm set January
17, 2008 at 7pm (location and Moderator unknown
as of now) Special Town Meeting on
reconfiguring the three-part Nov. 15, 2001
Referendum items. Town Att'y reappointed but
Select Committee to be set up to evaluate this
position (?) - "mission Statement" to be developed
for Dec. 20 Selectmen's meeting. Plus
reappointments, final steps to resolve contract
negotiations, school administrators. January
10 set for Public Hearing on changes to the
offerings on tax relief under the supervision of
the Commission On Aging; changes to Veterans
relief may be held at that time too...
Oath of Office Ceremony Nov.
15 at 7PM in the Town Hall Meeting Room.
asks that Selectman Major recuse himself from the
rehiring of the Town Attorneys, then requests that the
decision be put off for the next meeting...a sign of
things to come? Above is the old plan, and under
"any other business" Selectman Major announces that
progress is being made on the resolution of the Juliana
Lachat Preserve redsign issues--it may be getting more
LAST MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
SELECTMEN (GROUP ELECTED FIRST IN 2001) AT RIGHT - "Let them
eat cake" is NOT what retiring Selectman Richard Miller
Hearing by P&Z and Conservation on Cartbridge
replacement began Monday, October 22 at 7pm in the Town Hall
Meeting Rom. To continue on November 6, same
venue. Two ring circus at Town Hall, as both the
Special Board of Finance meeting and the Joint Public
Hearing of P&Z and Conservation Commissions take place
beginning at 7pm. Final Selectmen's Meeting of
2005-2007 term bring a REALLY good cake and a fond farewell
to Richard Miller (not running for re-election).
on seat campaign progress to date at Board of Selectmen on
October 18, 2007; discussion of stop signs, FAA
air traffic plans, makes appointments to Board of Ethics and
Commission for the Arts, approves minutes.
Special Board of Selectmen
October 9 at 2:30p.m. for Revson (on to Bd of Finance
Oct. 11); and Oct. 4 at 6pm - agenda included appointment to
fill P&Z vacancy, appointment to Police Commission,
Historic District Commission; Cartbridge design choice and
schedule for bridge-in-floodplain before Joint
Sept. 20 agenda featured prominently Lachat
items plus Interfaith Housing special appropriation...Board of Selectmen notes; Building Committee member
Ezzes first appearance at the August 22, 2007 meeting.
Not present September 5.
of Selectmen June 28
appoints to Police Commission, accepts resignation
from Cemetery Committee, receives gifts and conducts
Executive Session. Board of Selectmen votes
unanimously to rescind approval of nominee to Police
Commission at July 12, 2007 meeting, moves ahead with
Cartbridge repair (photo from FORUM)! League Steering Committee gets
ready for Fall Classic--better known as Election Day (Nov.
6)! Board of Selectmen agenda August
16, 2007 includes, among other items, the Wells Hill Bridge
in Easton - big turnout from both towns and First Selectman
of Easton--upshot is that bridge resign is back to the
drawing boards; neighbors register concerns for
traffic; high school roof may be candidate for
photovoltaic array (Building Committee proposal).
Board of Finance June 14, 2007
pays the last bills for Police Chief dismissal; votes 3-0-1
abstention to approve special appropriation for a $117,000
"Building Review" study. Board of
Selectmen, June 7, 2007 AGENDA;
of Selectmen and Finance acted upon outgoing Police Chief
agreement. Special Town Meeting
April 5, 2007, 7:15pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room on easements
to get to Tower at the Transfer Station - followed by regular
Board of Selectmens meeting at 7:30pm. Board of Finance, April 12, 2007 8pm in Town
Hall Meeting Room to set mill rate as part of regularly
scheduled meeting. Board of Selectmen,
May 17, 2007, 7:30pm in Town Hall Meeting Room, to receive
public comment on Valley Forge Bridge (not Cartbridge).
Agenda includes discussion of Interim Police Chief salary.
April 4, 2007 at 8pm at Weston High School Auditorium draws
fewer than 80 qualified voters. - the Town Meeting,
which by Charter cannot increase the total of the budget, will
decide on, among many items separately on the Town
side. NOTE: Special Board of Selectmen's Meeting
Monday, March 26, 2007 covered two topics - in
public, an explanation to the television viewers that the Board
of Selectmen never wanted a $550,000 cut to the School Budget
(as the Board of Finance made on a 4-3 votes Wednesday, March 21
"deliberations" session) and secondly, that the F.O.I.
Commission gave the Selectmen the correct wording that would
make an Executive Session to discuss the Police Commission/Chief
matter NOT a violation of CT open meeting rules.
Board of Finance Public Hearing
Monday, March 19, 2007 at 8pm over by 8:30 (started 5
minutes late) on the FY'08 Budget (link
to Town of Weston presentation early in the process) at
the Weston Middle School Cafeteria..."Deliberation"
meeting March 21 saw Board of Finance make a
$550,000 cut to School Budget. Special Town
Meeting March 22 votes "YES" to roof-auditorium
repair using funds from Question#3 of Referendum.
of Weston's 16th annual "Speak Up 2007" Feb. 3 a
success - record turn out (FORUM reported @100 in the
audience, 25-30 on stage[HOUR]): read about it here.
There will be a Special Town Meeting coming
up Thursday, March 22 at Weston High School cafeteria
- but there was a PUBLIC HEARING on March 8 at 7:30pm
in Town Hall for questions about the upcoming Town Meeting
subjects - moving funds from Question Three of th 2001
Referendum, to pay for old section of the high school roof,
and use of surplus (@$1,000,000) to fund repair to W.H.S.
Auditorium. At this Public Hearing it was reported that
bids had come in considerably lower than expected, and so no
money from the general fund will be required to be expended.
Selectmen discusses proposed Police Commission
Traffic Control Ordinance and tells the Police
Commission to work on this more - "is an Ordinance really
needed?" seems to be the consensus. Board of Education
"workshop" on budget FY07-08 begins on Town TV from Weston
Library...budget process described and FY08 schedule here.
Board of Selectmen January 18,
Feb. 1 - please note that the Monitor did the monitoring via
television (thank you Town TV Channel 79) -
non-League reports here.
Board of Selectmen meets
Thursday, November 16, 2006 and discusses, among other things,
hiring a Land Use Director and reviews Valley Forge Bridge
designs. If it doesn't
rain, the Lachat Advisory
Committee walked the Juliana Lachat Preserve on
Godfrey Road West at 10am Saturday, November 18, 2006
(rain day Sunday, November 19); they will be accompanied
by the Board of Selectmen...recommendations
December 7, 2006: discussion/decision to put in for $45,000
salary for part-time First Selectman, a raise from $27,500 2-0 vote in favor with First Selectman
abstaining, Mr. Miller, having recommended $55,000.
Special Board of Selectmen (7:30pm,
Meeting Rom) and then at 8pm, December 14 in the Commission
Room, the Board of Finance.
of Selectmen, Oct. 19, 2006 award to WVFD - thanks
for helping Lacombe, LA!
Board of Selectmen's Meeting at 5:30pm Thursday,
August 17, 2006 set Thursday, September 7,
2006 at 7pm for "Public Hearing" on Martin
Road-Hemlock Ridge emergency access; also
considered "Lachat Advisory Committee" status; sets
Meetings Thursday, September 21st
(beginning at 7pm) to approve new cell tower and
name change for Commission for the Elderly - in Town
Hall Commission Room. Lachat
Committee first "Public Hearing" September 12,
Tuesday, in Weston Library at 7:30pm...second one
Monday, September 25 same time and location.
Brief public meeting at 7pm prior to both in the
Selectmen, July 6, 2006 agenda includes Lachat
discussion. Board of Finance agenda Thursday, July 13,
2006, 8pm Town Hall Meeting Room includes special
appropriation "$95,000 for Lachat." Discussion/decision
on Lachat Advisory Committee at July
20, 2006 meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Regular Board of Selectmen, Thursday, August 3, 2006, 7:30pm,
Town Hall Commission Room-2 executive
sessions! Democratic Party Primary
results: Lamont 52%, tight race between
Mayors. Weston goes for Lamont and
Malloy...according to FORUM website.
How many Presidents, former
Presidents, Vice Presidents and Board Members of the LWV of
Weston attended Congressman Shays' meeting on May 7th? A
total of at least five! How many Democratic Town
Committee Members? "Speak Up" regulars? Were there
more RTC or DTC members present? The FORUM editor came
as did Channel 12 and
Farrell Campaign videographer; Board
of Selectmen May 18 to accept gift for fireworks.
LWV meeting June 14, 2006 in Weston Library asked:
"Lachat: what now?" and a panel discussion including the Executive
Director of Devil's Den, a neighbor, former Ad Hoc Committee
member, a member of the Board of Selectmen and run by
Town Moderator came to no conclusion about Lachat;
at subsequent Board of Selectmen's meeting on June 15 the
member who attended and was a member of the LWV panel reported
to the full Board of Selectmen, urging rapid response...Board
of Selectmen OK expenses already charged (not whole amount) at
Special Meeting June 26.
buck stopped here...ATBM April 19, 2006 in the new
cafeteria of Weston High School. "Call" link
(the published notice). Non-LWV report
here. Lighting the varsity soccer
field item before Selectmen May 4,
non-LWV report which includes some documentation from
Selectmen and Board of Education:
Board of Selectmen approve First Selectman's Budget,
Capital Budget, Debt Service and Review Education Budget
Thursday, February 2, 2006. Board of Finance reviewed all
of the above, completed by Wednesday, February 15, 2006.
NEXT budget process step...Board of Finance PUBLIC HEARING April
4 (and if necessary, 5th; Board of Finance meets April 6th
for cuts prior to ATBM April 19, 2006...). Cut $220,000
from School Budget.
"C&D" on this property - PREVIOUSLY...special
meeting Dec. 21, 2005 at 7:30pm, Town Hall Meeting Room
(beginning with Executive Session) dealth with this
matter. For more information, go to the Conservation
Commission records of the special meeting noted above.
Emergency Planning discussed at
LWV forum; E-911
Meeting: at Town Hall Tuesday, November 15,
2005 at 1pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room. November 17, 2005 Board of
Selectmen included discussion with Planning and Zoning
Commission of "8-24" reviews as compared to full application for
Town of Weston projects: history of how it came to pass
that the Town of Weston was exempt from its own Zoning
Regs. P&Z wants Town to give up the exemption;
appointments made. Tower at landfill - at Board of Selectmen Dec. 1 -
to set Town Meeting for Dec. 15, 2005 - Special
Town Meeting OK's second cell-tower.
Selectmen January 19, 2006 did reappointments,
acceptrf gift, approved increase for Warm Up Fund.
Board of Selectmen, September 15, 2005 - consideration
of Katrina relief - Select Committee formed; October 1,
2005 LWV of Weston sponsor's "open microphone" session (at
Weston Library) entitled "What's Next For Weston" - back on the
fence issue and the tree Town Meeting (Special
Town Meeting). Board
of Selectmen, October 20, 2005
- police contract and Executive Session on McGinnis v. Town of
Weston...more of the same November 3, 2005. Discussion of moving some
departments to the "Kinderland" building - Town Offices
related to land use and engineering, perhaps...no significant
public discussion held on this yet.
June 16, 2005 Regular
Board of Selectmen established new Human Services
organization, accepts resignation, made some appointments and
reappointments; July 7, 2005
Regular Board of Selectmen meeting agenda;
Regular Board of Selectmen, July 21, 2005 DPH
Morehouse agreement approved after executive session,
additional funds for Police Commission to hire attorney in order
to attempt to reach an agreement for a new contract (the first
in 15 years!) Chief's Contract. Board of Selectmen August
18, 2005, Town Hall Meeting Room - Public
Hearing open and shut - no decisiontaken on the matter of
Aquifer Protection Agency designation. Broadwater
presentation by Save the Sound - Board of Selectmen passes
declaration opposing Broadwater. Board of Selectmen appointments, policy Board
selection for Aquifer Protection, Conservation fees and AFSCME negotiation strategy Sept. 1.
and see list of status of proposals before F.E.R.C.
Click on money to get the story on ATBM!!!
April 7, 2005 Regular Board of Selectmen -LNG
in Long Island Sound (not Casco Bay) notes.ATBM April 13 takes 45
minutes to approve $54 million+. Board of Selectmen
approves new Insurance agent for employeebenefit brokerage
service at April 21, 2005 meeting. May 5, 2005
meeting discusses July4th, well monitoring at Morehouse Farm
Park. Find out what happened at a big Board of
Selectmen meeting May 19,
November 8, 2004 Special
of Selectmen: "Deer Management Committee"appointed.
Board of Selectmen, Nov. 18,
2004: many reappointments made, driveway variance,
discussion of Lachat Education-Conservation project contract -
Hemlock Ridge neighbors' dispute still being negotiated so no
action taken by Selectmen; see notes from Board of Selectmen Dec. 16, 2004 for
more. Special Town Meeting, Thursday, January 20, 2005,
7:30pm, Town Hall Meeting Room - call.
"Speak Up 2005" report...
Capital Budget, FY2005-2006 OK'd (2-1 vote on turf replacement
fund) at March 23, 2005 Special Meeting.
August 19, 2004 Board
Selectmen - "dog days of summer" - "play ball" at new
fields spells leash law treatment for Weston canines.
Bridge discussions and establishment of deer committee
7, 2004...along with other items, October 20 meeting,
Selectmen accepted gift of 27 trees without
restrictions, as recommended by the School Building Committee
Oct. 19. VOTE TODAY, Nov. 2, 2004, 6am-8pm, W.M.S. - for
CT Presidential, Senate and Congress 4th District, plus CT State
Senate #26 & #28 plus CT House #135 - turnout close to best (highest
%) and we were #1 in speed of sending in accurate numbers! - RESULTS IN 4th Congressional
May 12, 2004 School Building
Committee: update on construction. Board of
Selectmen Public Hearing May 27, 2004, 7:30-7:45pm, Town
Hall Meeting Room on Tax Relief for the Elderly. Cap
established in this proposal of @$600,000 for abatement-deferral
program. Selectmen's Meeting immediately following the
Public Hearing - notes. Board
of Selectmen OK changes to Tax Relief in split vote, June 3.
Special Town Meeting set for
June 17th at 8pm, Weston Library (reconvened
at W.M.S. Cafeteria--crowd too large to fit in air-conditioned
Weston Library Community Room [100 seated]) on Nature Center,
buffer easement at Revson Field: RESULTS were YES to
nature center and a big NO to easement. July 1, 2004 Board of Selectmen:
First Night, resignations, insurance and 3rd firehouse--and
policy for dogs in Town parks & property on agenda and
discussed. NOTE: member of Westport RTM present to
report on First Night, but added that their special committee on
dogs and Town parks was interesting and might be glad to share
experiences. AUGUST 4, 2004 Special Board of Selectmen viewed
on the next day - see report here.
Board of Selectmen March 4, 2004, discuss a
new way to perhaps earn revenue...and perhaps not! Tax
Collector reports on this new opportunity to add penalty to late
car tax bills, other matters. Speakerphone attendance
discussed. Special Board of
Selectmen Monday, March 29 at 6:30pm; March
30 Board of Finance PUBLIC HEARING on the FY2005 budget -
8pm, W.M.S. Cafeteria..."Deliberation" meant a $300,000 cut in
Board of Education budget 2004-2005, return of funding for
another police officer and cut of funding for Nature
Conservancy/Town of Weston environmental education center
at Lachat. ATBM report...
February 7, 2004 Speak Up on time, on message,
most civil. School Vacation Feb. 16-20 (town emptied out
for the week, no meetings):
"Speak Up 2004" - the 13th annual event - had many
questions asked, many excellent answers given. Thirty
officials and 65 citizens present on threatening
weather-forecast day. Above, left, Chair. of Board of
Education gives history of how, why and when school population
forecasts shrank; right, Chair. of Board of Finance Len
Peterson expresses concern for the "under $100,00 per year
income families" in Weston (34% according to U.S. Census 2000)
as bond issue and furnishing new school all hit in next
years. He pointed out that local taxes take up to 10% of
this group's annual income. March 1. 2004 at P&Z:
on Town TV officials explain how the map above right fits into
the "8-24" process - 8-24 ONLY ABOUT PUTTING ON RECORD EASEMENTS
PROTECTING THE TOWN OWNED WETLANDS (requiring a Special Town
Meeting and thus the 8-24 report), not technical engineering
detail. According to FORUM report, P&Z put this matter
"to bed" but quoted the Army Corps as saying something to the
effect that "you never know" in Weston!
IN ADVANCE OF "SPEAK UP
2004" and unfolding of the FY05 budget...
Week of Jan. 12-16: Board of
Education conducted budget "workshops" on Town TV (from the
Library). Increase,after Board of Education cut
Superintendent's proposal, according to latest report in
FORUM, is way under the original @6.9% for FY2005. Now
increase is under 5.9%. Click on map of School
Campus/Fields to get to the leading, if not the largest,
item...no buildings can be given C.O.'s until treatment plant is
up and running! And no construction until all "I's" are
dotted and ""T's" are crossed as regards...ARMY CORPS:
Special Town Meeting on snow date, January 29,
Speaking of the Army Corps (Lewis and Clark logo),
Special Town Meeting, it is reported, with no discussion (only
standing count vote for secret ballot or not--'no' won, by 4
votes on this procedural matter) voted in favor, 70-56, of
approval of granting easements (for protection of
wetlands). Click on frieze-like Army Corps presentation
(above see crowd at August 13, 2003 Town Hall event) to get some
Week of Dec. 1-5, 2003; at right, Town TV
Channel shows Saturday, Dec. 20 Architectural Competition,
Phase 2 (meeting 5 architectural firms--next step selecting
only three--who will compete all January 2004 for design for a
Middle School Performing Arts Center) - more photos HERE:
Architectural Competitions, described by
consultant, Dec. 2 (for WMS Auditorium); Juliana Lachat
Preserve - masterplanning for Gateway(from
previous meeting), Selectmen review plans and model, Dec.
4. At the right, Town TV Channel broadcasts live the Dec.
20 all-day event PLUS Special Board of Selectmen 8:30am Sunday
re-vote on appointment of Maria Kalivas to replace Barbara Ford
on the Board of Education. Vote is now 3-0.
Oath of Office ceremony November 10th: The
Board of Selectmen 2003-2005 is the same group as previously
elected in 2001-2003. Their first priority is completing
the school construction project - perhaps on time and on
budget. Left to right: Selectman Richard Miller,
First Selectman Woody Bliss and Selectman Glenn Major.
Bids should be opened this week for school construction
Board of Selectmen
October 16th at 5pm and Woodland Coalition training session,
7pm; Select Committee on Heady House.
Public Meetings, week of Oct 12-17; thru
October 25: Special Board of Selectmen (Mission Statement approved
for Cemetery Committee); Woodland
Coalition training session - Co-Chair
Robert Forrester chats prior to meeting; State Rep. Toni Boucher
of Wilton addresses full house (along with Rep. Bob Duff of
Norwalk, not shown). Barbara Bernstein painting of autumn
in Weston--"Wild West-on" is the Commission for the Arts exhibit
currently on display in the Community Room. Heady House
Select Committee (3 members, terminates by February 2004) met
Saturday AM before Board of Education
Week of October 6-10,
2003: School Building Committee; Kiwanis Club
address from Superintendent of Schools.
Building Committee: Chair. signs O&G
contract, bidding schedule discussion; Superintendent of
Schools reports at Kiwanis on what education system is doing (in
addition to go-ahead on construction projects)...
NEWS ABOUT S.F.U. OK to go out to bid, water
testing (quality) at school wells...Morehouse,
BOARD OF SELECTMEN, OCT. 2:
WWHD Director Judy Nelson states that wells tested
in Morehouse Farm Park area no different from other areas around
Left to right, Judy Nelson, WWHD Director; John
Conte (Town Engineer); Richard Miller, Selectman; Woody Bliss,
First Selectman; and Glenn Major, Selectman.
of Selectmen's Meeting September 23, 2003...on Channel 79.
Special Board of Selectmen, September 23,
2003: "Waiver " on Selectmen's Driveway Ordinance
requested; proposed changes to the Driveway Ordinance
approved by Board of Selectmen to go to Public Hearing (date
T.B.A.); First Selectman briefs Board on progress to date
on all four segments of the mammoth 345kV east-west lines - SO
FAR, it looks as if the best, preferred route east-west does not
touch Weston (on map above); how many Westonites were
watching the Special Board of Selectmen's Meeting at home in the
comfort of their living room? (They certainly weren't watching
Week of September 15-20 -
Board of Education, Sept. 15 (6:30pm
Executive Session, 7:30 Public Session): an Executive Session
seems to begin every Board of Education Meeting (l) - this one
in the Commission Room at Town Hall; Superintendent
Pierson addresses the Board; introduction of new
Facilities Manager; members listen intently...while at the
School Building Committee/Building Committee, September 17 three
members who are architects go over final drawings prior to
sending out of bid packages; Observer Corps attends Kiwanis
meeting Sept. 20 where Congressman Shays reports on Iraq
and answers questions.
Tree Warden Public Hearing Monday,
September 22, 2003 at 1pm in the Weston Town Hall Meeting
From the first week or so of September 2003...
SEPT. 4 meeting shown live on Channel 79 (Jason
video guy); Commission for Children and Youth Chair. introduces
student members at September 4 meeting - appointees for
2003-2004 questioned by Board of Selectmen; Driveway
Ordinance proposed changes discussed with Town Engineer;
"Ballot Lottery" conducted by Registrars of Voters observed by
Weston LWV VOTER SERVICE CO-CHAIR.
Tree Warden Public Hearing, Tuesday at
10am, August 26, 2003:
Present to testify were the Project Manager for
the Soccer Field improvements, the Conservation Officer - their
testimony reported of the need for clearing the area around the
synthetic surface of potential fallen tree branches (which would
mar both surface and drainage system/guarantee); the
Assistant Fire Marshall and Fire Marshall spoke, reading the
letter that requested the Public Hearing into the record, and
refuting some facts in the previously mentioned letter.
The Hearing was closed around 10:15am, and the decision will be
posted in the Town Clerk's Office when it is made.
NOTE: Decision as posted in Town Clerk's Office ("School
August 21, 2003 on
Soccer, First Night 2004, and more.
Board of Selectmen August 21, 2003 Regular
Meeting: discussed lighting pole installation for
soccer/lacrosse field, approved request for First
Night funds - to go to Board of Finance - and hired
new Tax Assessor ("Know Your
Town" link). Link to further developments on
lighting poles at right.
SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN, August
13, 2003, 6:30pm: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visit to
Weston for informational purposes...
OBSERVER CORPS REPORT: The Power
Point presentation by U.S. Army Corps (L) to frieze-like
photo of collection of Westonites from neighborhoods
affected by projects (seated in front of the West Point
Doors/Laura Garden Frazier sculpture) plus interested
citizens and Board of Education members (Center);
video team from Town Channel after big broadcast (THANKS
GUYS!) showed it to entire community (R).
B O A R D
O F S E L E C T M E N P U B
L I C H E A R I N G -
" P R O P O S E D C H A R T E R R
E V I S I O N S "
7pm, Thursday, August
7, 2003, Town Hall Meeting Room - after brief Public
Hearing, later in the Regular Board of Selectmen's meeting
("any other business") item added to the agenda with
motion and vote to do so, to approve the recommendations
of the Charter Revision Commission (and move on to the
next step in the process...in order to have the vote taken
on November 4, 2003).
Meeting on August 21, 2003 approves these changes
after last reviews done by others.
C H A R T E R R E V I S I
O N C O M M I S S I O N R E S E
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I N K T O W E S T O
N T O W N C H A R T E R
O N T H E R E C
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S T A T E
M E N T O F T H
E W E S T O N
L W V
To the Weston Charter Revision
PUBLIC HEARING in Weston Town Hall
Meeting Room, July 31, 2003, 7:30pm
evening. I am Kathy Failla, President of the
Weston League of Women Voters and I have been asked by
my board to make the following statement at this Public
League of Women Voters would like to thank all the
members of the Charter Revision Commission for
volunteering their time and expertise.
believes that the Charter should be instrumental in
encouraging an open governmental system that is
representative, accountable and responsive.
Our Town Meeting form of government
is the purest form of democracy – one person, one
vote. At the Annual Town Budget Meeting,
legislative power over the town’s proposed budget is
invested in each and every qualified voter who attends
and votes. This process is essential to making sure that
our system of government works for all.
end, we support the proposed change to Section 2.2:
which would extend the Annual Town Budget Meeting by one
hour. This change will enable citizens to more
fully participate in the budget approval process.
regard to the change proposed for Section 2.7, we agree
that the number of required signatures petitioning
should be increased. However, we disagree on the formula
being proposed. The present Charter was drafted in the
late 1970’s, when the U.S. Census showed a population
for Weston of 7,417. The most recent U.S. Census,
taken in 2000, recorded 10,037 Westonites. Given this
jump in population, an increase in the number of
signatures petitioning is justified.
we are concerned with the proposed use of a percentage
because it may have the effect of producing a moving
target, which could make it difficult for citizens
seeking to file petitions. Therefore, the League asks
the commission to consider retaining the use of a set
number, but increasing the figure. In the opinion of the
League of Women Voters of Weston, some set number,
perhaps 150 qualified Weston voters petitioning, would
be the correct change for Section 2.7.
for your consideration.
(Below please find "Letter to
Editor" of Weston FORUM from Weston LWV President)
of Women Voters of Weston is a non-partisan political
organization whose mission it is to encourage the
informed and active participation of citizens in their
government and to influence public policy through
education and advocacy. The league's men and women
believe that informed citizens are key to effective
government in a democracy.
One of the
services we perform is the attendance of town meetings
by the Observer Corps. Past President Lucy Bowden
attended Charter Revision Committee meeting last
week. Former First Selectwoman Helen Speck, a
league members who was active in Weston until her recent
move, sent a letter to the commission, which was
included in the record. At the Charter Revision
Committee's public hearing on May 29, Past President
Helen De Keijzer presented testimony in behalf of the
league. Before the committee concludes its work,
we would like to share a few of the main points and to
urge citizens to attend the committee's next meeting, on
Thursday, June 26, 8pm.
committee has been asked to focus on Town Charter
section 2.7, which addresses an essential need for
citizens to call into question and review important town
decisions. A clear mechanism for such citizen
review is a crucial feature of our town charter.
Town legislators, i.e., eligible voters, must continue
to have the power to ask that a town meeting be
convened. Too high a signature requirement may
discourage voters from exercising their right to
petition town government and could make the petition
democracy and good governance, it is essential for the
Charter Revision Commission to establish an appropriate
balance between the right of citizens to call for a
review of town government decisions and the town's need
to check potential abuse of such a provision.
Safeguarding an appropriate and effective balance of
power is of the utmost importance.
encourage voter participations at Weston's Annual Town
Budget Meetings, we recommended consideration of charter
revisions that would foster regular use of a means of
private voting as well as more flexibility for voter
participation. Our local league position urges:
- Regular use of
"secret ballot" by paper ballot, machine or the
Internet (if permitted by the state in the future)
- Providing an
additional opportunity to vote, such as on the
Saturday following the Town Meeting. Such a
provision is used in Wilton.
- Finally, the current
charter requires that the Town Budget Meeting
begin at 8:30pm. An earlier start time would
encourage increased voter participation.
The committee will meet next on
Thursday, June 26, at 8pm. We encourage citizens
Weston League of Women Voters
Dear Weston League Members:
As you know the
town is going through a revision of the Town Charter. The
League is forming an Observer Corps to attend the meetings
and report back to the board and membership. We want to
stay up to date on their progress and recommendations so
that we will be prepared to assist the voters in the fall
understand any changes the commission recommends.
If you can spare
a Thursday evening to attend and take notes, please
contact me or President Kathy Failla. She will
be glad to explain what you can do as an observer.
The next meeting
is June 26 at 8PM. the meetings are usually held at Town
Hall. Hope you can help by volunteering an evening
at one of these very interesting meetings.
Bowden, Voter Service
Revision Commission: (left to right) Paul Audley (R), Lynda
Hennessey (R), Ed Michl (R) - Chair., Carl Bernstein (D), Denise
PUBLIC HEARING July 31, 2003, 7:30pm, Town
Hall Meeting Room
HEARING THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2003,
7:30PM, TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM...sparsely attended, but
televised on Channel 79.
Few attended this Public Hearing.
Weston LWV President Kathy Failla read the Board's
statement, three other comments made.
AGENDA for Meeting of July 10, 2003,
Commission Room, 7:30pm (LWV monitor report)
1. Approval of minutes/done
2. Approval of Report to Board of
Selectmen/done - 4-0 vote (final wording to be published for
FORUM; notice on WEBsite and Channel 79 [?])
3.Approval of July 24
date for Public Hearing/see above - Thursday, July 24,
time 7:30pm, place, Town Hall Meeting Room (notice
mistakes by FORUM cause rescheduling).
AGENDA for Meeting of June 26, 2003,
Commission Room, 8pm
1. Approval of minutes/done
2. Discussion of 4 year terms with
Board of Selectmen
3. Proposal of Chairman to limit
scope of Commission work/done, on two (2) actions (SEC.2.2, SEC.2.7, themselves
approved 5-0) by 3-2 vote
4. Next meeting...July 10
(Meeting attended by three (3) Weston LWV
AGENDA for Meeting
of June 19, 2003, Commission Room, 7:30pm
1. Approval of minutes/done
2. Discussion of four-year term with
Former First Selectmen/all who spoke (Hal Shupack, Dick
Bochinski, Tom Aquilla, Devon Pfeifer) revere Town Meeting
as it is; almost all think salary should be raised
fractionally (i.e. cost of living increase) but remain
part-time job; Tax Collector should have 4 year
term; time of ATBM could be made earlier;
3. Proposal of Chairman to limit
scope of Commission work/will debate this next week.
4. Next meeting:
for agenda/time is short, ideas about role of Commission
-Set date of Saturday, June 21, 2003,
9am/not possible--next meeting next week, Thursday, June
26, 2003 at 8pm start time--Agenda to include current
office holders on Board of Selectmen.
At the June 12, 2003 Commission meeting,
Registrars of Voters and the Town Clerk presented data on
attendance/turnout at Town Meetings and Elections.
This Commission will be meeting weekly until mid-July.
Recommendations to the Town Clerk in August - Fall Public
Hearings to be scheduled. The following Sections of
the 1979 Weston Town Charter are proposed for
discussion: 2.2, 2.7, 5.3, 8.4 plus Article 7 (i.e.
add Board of Ethics). LinkHERE
to on-line version of these sections, except for Article
LINK TO RECENT VOTER
PARTICIPATION RECORD FOR WESTON HERE.