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Letter: Stop Manipulating the Evaluation Process of Toll Brother Proposal

Woodbridge First Selectman Scalettar called a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen (BOS) on June 22 to reveal and discuss the new Toll Brothers proposal for development of the Country Club of Woodbridge property. Although short notice was given to the public, many concerned town residents attended the meeting, as did I. It was quite clear from the outset that Ms. Scalettar favors the Toll Brothers new development proposal for cluster homes and condominium units, 80 units in all on 42 acres. What is equally apparent is that she will use inappropriate means, including irregular and improper process, to promote her agenda.

The June 22 meeting was noticed as a special Board of Selectmen meeting. It was not a joint meeting with the Board of Finance (BOF). However, three members of the BOF attended and were seated in the front of the room with their official name plates, as if they were there in an official, proper capacity. As she did with the members of the BOS, Ms. Scalettar asked each of these BOF members to publicly express their opinions regarding the new proposal. It was no surprise they offered overwhelming support for the proposal…of course, why else were they there? As an appointed body, the BOF does not have a vote to approve any development nor do they vote to send any development option to the residents for referendum. Why were BOF members actively participating in a special BOS meeting? It seemed to me they were there to support Ms. Scalettar’s position on the proposal and advance her development agenda – an agenda that will forever change the landscape of Woodbridge. And, I must add, these BOF members had an unlimited amount of time to share their views while the residents had to wait patiently for the public comment session, and each resident was limited to 3 minutes of speaking time.

In the future, Ms. Scalettar should adhere to all the rules of a special BOS meeting, not just the ones that serve her political needs. The future of the CCW property is a major issue in Woodbridge, and it’s time for our First Selectman to stop manipulating the evaluation process, having tunnel vision for only Toll Brothers proposals and playing politics.

Chuck Pyne

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