Please keep the first couple of Monday evenings in February open on your calendars. On one of those days, either February 3rd or February 10th, a vital Special Town Meeting is likely to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Weston High School Cafeteria.
The items to be considered need some approvals from the Board of Finance first, but we know for sure about one of them! Planning for it has been going on seemingly forever, through a goodly number of iterations of how it will look and precisely where it will be located.
We refer to renovation of Public Safety and Emergency Medical Service facilities at Town Hall. They are ready for their close up!
How many different administrations have worked on this? At least the current one and the previous two. And prior to that the eight years of former First Selectman Woody Bliss’ efforts in keeping the municipal ship of state on an even keel helped make this effort possible, in part by maintaining our triple-A bond rating.
The best news: This most important renovation project will not increase your taxes. Really! It will be paid for with a surplus that has been built up for just this purpose by the above mentioned administrations.
A few weeks ago we had attended a meeting at which bids were opened that had been submitted by seven different firms interested in winning this construction job. And I rightly guessed that attending December 19th meetings of the Building Committee and the Board of Finance would prove helpful in understanding what’s going on.
The Building Committee met at 6 p.m. and the Finance Board at 7:30 p.m. on that date. If you missed it all, perhaps because it was the week before Christmas, my meeting notes are on my aboutweston.com website.
Also, for 2020 the Board of Selectmen are developing new ways to make use of Channel 79, for the benefit of all Westonites. Advance notice of significant public meetings or other events is provided. And in addition you can watch video recordings of their meetings, among others, right on your computer! With sound that is perhaps even better than what you might hear attending these meetings at the Town Hall Meeting Room in person.
And I should know, since I’m just about always right there for the live events!
The only drawback is that meetings aren’t broadcast live anymore. It takes a few days for the videos to be processed and uploaded. But the trade-off is a fantastic plus! If you have a computer just go to YouTube and type in:
That is the “Weston Government TV Channel.” You may recognize the Channel’s logo, depicting an art work that is on display as you enter Town Hall.
And as technological advances permit, the Selectmen are determined to make their meetings “interactive” someday!
So frank discussions the Selectmen have with our able and wonderful Town Administrator are right there for you to see and hear! Each time you watch one of their meetings, you’ll find out what is on the table for action soon.
The recording of their approximately one hour meeting that was held on January 2nd, wherein the last item on the agenda was a discussion of items that may be on the “call” of the aforementioned Special Town Meeting, should be awesome!
“About Town” is also a television program. It appears on Fridays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 88 (Public Access). Or see it at www.aboutweston.com.