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First Selectman Needs to Do More

First Selectman Needs to Do More

Letter to the Editor,

Honest mistake or not, the failure to give public notice of the September 29 Joint Special Meeting of the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance to review the history and possible future of the Country Club of Woodbridge is exactly the kind of closed government the voters rejected in May. While our state statute requires a minimum posting of such meeting in Town Hall and on the town’s website 24 hours before the meeting, this meeting was scheduled 11 days before that and should have been posted the instant the First Selectman confirmed the date. The First Selectman has often said the CCW is the most pressing financial issue the town has on its plate – so the failure to properly announce such an important meeting is somewhere between sloppy and deceptive. It appears those few residents in attendance had some direct line of communication to a person on one of those Boards or someone who works in Town Hall. That’s not right for any public meeting, let alone one as critical to the town as the CCW. Yes, the meeting was recorded and is being rebroadcast, but as someone who was there, I can tell you watching the meeting in person gives the viewer a very different and informed perspective from watching it on TV. I find it equally troubling that members of the Recreation Commission and the Country Club of Woodbridge Commission were not given the opportunity to speak about this property – over which those commissions share oversight. Who better to hear from than the people investing their time trying to keep the golf course and pool ongoing concerns? Our First Selectman needs to do more than the legal minimum in posting public meetings and welcome, not restrict, input from those closest to the issues at hand.

Chuck Pyne

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