To the Editor:
In response to First Selectman Ellen Scalettar’s recent column (Woodbridge Town News, February 27, 2015):
Once again, a professional politician sidesteps an important question by answering irrelevant ones. This time the big question being avoided is: Why did Ellen Scalettar shut down a Board of Selectmen meeting rather than discuss the proposed Town Plan of Conservation and Development?
State law is clear. The Board of Selectmen “may hold one or more public hearings on the plan and shall endorse or reject such entire plan or part thereof or amendment and may submit comments and recommended changes to the commission.”
The First Selectman did not schedule a public hearing, she did not allow the BOS to endorse or reject the plan, and she did not even place the Plan on the BOS agenda so that the board could discuss it. When more than 100 citizens submitted a petition requesting that the Board address the matter, she ignored them. This behavior indicates a breathtaking disrespect for citizens who were simply asking her to do her job.
The new Town Plan is extremely controversial, and in my opinion is a step backward for Woodbridge. It lays the groundwork for radical zoning changes that threaten stable residential neighborhoods and will damage property values. The Open Space chapter, in the words of former Woodbridge Democratic Selectman Peter Cooper, casts aside fifty years of careful, thoughtful, bi-partisan efforts by generations of Woodbridge leaders, and substitutes an ill-defined, unenforceable, and useless guide to the future.
Why did Ellen Scalettar ignore the request of over 100 town residents and shut down a Special Meeting rather than discuss plans for our Town’s future?
That’s the real question.