As elections approach, Woodbridge is at a cross-road. We can either continue with minimal oversight of Town departments which has repeatedly led to financial burdens and reversals of official positions (think Fire Department, Woodbridge Country Club) or we can make substantive changes in how our town government is run.
Cathy Wick, a non-partisan unaffiliated candidate, offers Woodbridge voters a clear choice:
- Cathy will ensure that Town proceedings are open and transparent and respect the will of all residents.
- She will be truthful about and address the Town’s budget problems; she will ensure that the Town budget is realistic and within our means.
- She will seek consensus on all major issues and will respect voters’ clear objection to development of the Country Club, as evidenced by our having twice rejected the proposal to sell the property to developers. We voted to buy the property because we were against developing the property, and sentiments don’t seem to have changed.
The reserve fund balance decreased both years that Ellen Scalettar has been in office and is now below the level of savings that towns like Woodbridge should have. The Town hired a consulting firm that also has Toll Brothers as a client—a blatant conflict of interest when the firm was also making recommendations about the Town’s planning and conservation of property. Is it any wonder that the only recommendation is to sell a portion of the Country Club for housing development?
Woodbridge needs leaders who will actively pursue the responsibilities of their office rather than seeking to keep tough decisions at arm’s length through postponement or forming ad hoc committees when none are needed. I am not running for office nor pursuing an appointment to a Town commission. I just care about our town’s future. I’m voting for Cathy on May 4th. I urge you to do the same.
Lauretta E. Grau