Letter: Process must matter
To the Editor:
In Trumbull process must matter. Attaining good results is not enough. Good government demands good results be achieved the right way. This means following the Town Charter, employing well established administrative processes, and respecting the citizens of the community as our neighbors. Do this and you will create a climate of compromise and mutual respect. Failing to do so leads to unnecessary confrontation and loss of civil discourse needed to reach the best conclusions.
Unfortunately, our current administration seems to have lost its way. Time and time again we are mired in nonsensical politics where we talk at each other rather than to each other. Some examples are:
First, the case of our proposed Senior Center/Community Center. The original concept was a “State of the Art Senior Center” as articulated by our First Selectman. This was later expanded to a Community Center. Is this a good idea? Conceptually yes but the process we are following is flawed. We have no clear definition what a “community center” should be. There is no site identified. Most important we have not done the kind of professional community survey so necessary when you are about to expend millions of taxpayer dollars for a facility that will be brand new to the community. Why not just do the survey? What exactly is the rush forward? We are not renovating a facility badly in need of repair but building new for the first time. Let’s do it right, put pride aside and follow a sensible process beginning with a community survey.
Second, Richard Puskar, a longtime Town volunteer passed away earlier this year. At his passing Mr. Puskar, was an elected Democrat on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The Charter is explicit, the First Selectman must appoint a member of Mr. Puskar’s Party to take his place, in this case a Democrat. The Trumbull Democratic Party put forward the name of Dean Fabrizio, a qualified candidate. Yet, in spite of his qualifications and the Charter mandate, months have passed with no action. Why is the Administration dragging its feet?
Third, we have the case of the proposed acquisition by the Town of up to 4 homes on upper Church Hill Road. Is this a good idea? It could be but what is certainly a bad idea is the failure to aggressively and proactively communicate with the neighbors around this proposed acquisition. I think any homeowner understands that purchase of land near to your property for a poorly defined “municipal purpose” is something that demands careful consideration, extensive communication and a well-defined plan.
Again, why the rush?
So, we rush when we should take our time. Drag our feet when we should move forward and all we have accomplished is create more division, more unnecessary conflict and put in jeopardy the very results we hope to accomplish. This makes no sense.