My name is Carolyn Wolff and I was the Chairman of the Country Club of Woodbridge Ad Hoc Committee. The public recently received a letter from Cathy Wick about the issues surrounding the CCW and I am writing you to set the record straight on several of those issues. When the CCW was originally purchased it was purchased for the sole purpose of controlling its development. IT WAS NOT PURCHASED FOR OPEN SPACE! Somehow this fact has been forgotten. It is true that the CCW has been a drain on town finances which is why it is such an important issue for our town to resolve. Wick has made the CCW a political issue and is manipulating facts, numbers and statements about the CCW to support her campaign. Last year, First Selectman Ellen Scalattar renegotiated the contract with Billy Casper which lessened the town’s liability and in 2014 the town received a small amount of money back from the golf operations. This is excluding the debt service on the property, infrastructure costs and other expenses. Hopefully, this positive trend will continue as the town decides what to do with the country club.
Ellen solicited town input at the community conversations about the future of the CCW and took the ideas from these meetings to help craft a request for proposal and sent it out to the private sector. A volunteer ad hoc committee was put together to review possible proposals and eventually present a report to the Board of Selectmen. We received two proposals, Toll Brothers and Rose/Watermark. Rose/Watermark subsequently backed out. Wick has repeatedly criticized this process which had more community involvement than is standard practice. Wick’s most recent idea to put a hotel and convention center at the CCW makes no sense. We did not receive a proposal from a developer interested in building a hotel. How does Wick know more than the private sector? I really believe Wick will say and do anything to get elected. For example, a FOI (Freedom of Information) complaint was filed against me along with the other ad hoc committee members and the town as a whole. In the complaint, I was accused of violating Freedom of Information laws and the complaint asked for monetary damages. At every Board of Selectmen meeting I attended to report on the ad hoc committee’s progress, Wick was there taking notes and looking for mistakes. A few months later, the complaint was dropped because they knew it was frivolous and there had been no wrong doing.
Based on her false and misleading statements and criticism of everything related to the CCW, the public should be questioning everything Wick has put in print. Her statements about zoning issues were scare tactics and political spin. This is dirty politics and Wick needs to be exposed. Other communities across the state have over 55 housing and have not experienced the zoning issues that Wick describes. Wick’s previous dogmatic stance on preserving open space at the CCW does not bode well with her hotel idea which also would involve zoning changes. Wick realized doing nothing with the CCW would cost her votes so now she has moved onto the hotel talk. Check out the facts for yourself and go on the town website and read the Toll Brothers Proposal and the ad hoc committee’s report. Their proposal is fiscally strong, could pay down the town’s debt, creates revenue for the long term, preserves open space and addresses the town’s interest in housing for active adults (55+). Wick doesn’t want the public to read the proposal because you might start questioning why she’s been so negative about it. Unlike Wick, Ellen Scalattar brings integrity, honesty, experience and a background that has prepared her for the complicated job as First Selectman. Ellen Scalattar is the right person for Woodbridge.