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From Our Readers: Finance Chairman Responds to Wick

From Our Readers: Finance Chairman Responds to Wick

When I saw that Cathy Wick had submitted a letter, I was assuming that she was responding to my letter which stated that Moody’s Investors had reaffirmed the Town of Woodbridge Aaa bond rating and praised the town’s strong financial management.

Wick had repeatedly claimed that Woodbridge was in danger of losing its bond rating due to a low fund balance, too much debt and her incorrect claim that we started every year in a $400,000. hole. Moody’s completely disagreed with her claims, and reaffirmed the town’s bond rating twice in the past several weeks. However, no comment from Wick.

Instead she chooses to criticize First Selectman Ellen Scalettar for failing to make appointments to Boards and Commissions. Wick fails to mention that the three Republican Selectmen informed Ellen four hours before the meeting that they would boycott the meeting thus denying a quorum, because they did not agree with the process allowing the First Selectman a second vote in the event of a tie, a process that has been in effect for decades. Wick states that this is a built-in, entirely appropriate check to deny a quorum. That is absolutely not true and in fact, the three Republican Selectmen were in violation of the town charter that they pledged to uphold when they took the oath of office. Yet Wick defends them.

Wick should read the minutes of the June 29, 2005 Board of Selectmen meeting, which I attended. That was the last meeting where the Board was divided 3-3, but in that case the Republicans had the second vote to break ties. They used the second vote 28 times that night and appointed all of their nominees, while most of the Democratic nominees were not appointed or voted upon. The difference in that case was that the three Democratic Selectmen sat there respectfully, understanding that this was the process allowed under the town charter. I doubt Cathy Wick was even aware of this meeting because in 2005 she was a registered Democrat.

The town would be better served if Cathy Wick, instead of criticizing everything that goes on in Town Hall, actually presented what she would do differently. For starters I would love to hear how she would have performed “the most basic function” of making appointments to Boards and Commissions had the three Democratic Selectmen boycotted her meeting, denying a quorum.

Matthew T. Giglietti

Chairman Woodbridge Board of Finance

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