Archive for October 28th, 2009

October 28, 2009

Lions Host Pancake Breakfast Sunday

The Wolcott Lions Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast this Sunday from 8 am until 12 noon at Alcott School. The proceeds will benefit their high school scholarship fund and in past years they have served 400-500 breakfasts at this fundraiser. The scholarships are named in honor of past and present Lions Club members who have dedicated their time to the Club.

Some of those scholarships offered are the Lion Daniel Goffred Memorial Scholarship, The Lion Nicholas & Goria D’Agostino Scholarship, the Lion Brian Borghesi Memorial Scholarship, and the Lion Fred Musano Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

This year, the club presented their first Lion Robert Bouffard Memorial Scholarship. Lion Bob dedicated his efforts to giving every deserving student the opportunity to further their education.

There will be a raffle at the breakfast with tickets to the New Britain Rockcats and UConn basketball games. All past scholarship winners and their families are encouraged to attend this day so Lions members can hear what you’ve accomplished since high school graduation.

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October 28, 2009

Candidates’ Forum to Air

The Meet The Candidates’ forum which took place Wednesday evening, will be aired in a televised loop on Comcast Channel 96 this Saturday from 10 am until 8 pm.

Many interesting ideas were brought forth. There aer 60 candidates running for office. To assist the candidates in getting their message out, as well as for voters who would like to be better informed, I will be posting statements by candidates on why they are running for their office.

Any candidate who would like to do so is encouraged to e-mail me any statement they would like to have posted. Please limit it to less than 400 words. Simply answer this question: Why Should Voters Vote For You? You may draw in your experiences, proposals, criticisms, etc. Statements will be posted beginning late Friday evening. Late submissions will be posted as they are recieved. E-mail: cobrien7@hotmail.com

October 28, 2009

Mythbusters: “Tax Rate Reduction Reintroduction”

Huh???

Yes, that’s double talk the Democratic Town Council used in their ad on page 40 of October’s Wolcott Community News. Actaully it the sixth item in a list of pledges that Democratic candidates promise to deliver if they are elected next Tuesday. That item reads:

“Reintroduce Our Tax Rate Reduction (Which was rejected by Council Republicans & Tom Dunn’s Independents 6/2/2009)”

What they are referring to is a budget proposal introduced by Councilmen Gentile and Santagotta to cut Mayor Dunn’s proposed budget by $73,000. The minutes from that meeting show that Republicans generally favored the Mayor’s budget as presented, which included a $1,100,000 reduction from last year’s budget. The motion was defeated 5-4 by Republicans and Independents.

A detailed summary of the Democrats’ proposal shows that they wanted to cut four line items that budgeted for fuel costs, police cruisers, reductions in services to senior citizens, and significant reductions in road paving and snow plowing. They also wanted a lower tax collection rate of 97.33% instead of 97.5% If their proposal passed, the mill rate could have been reduced by 0.01 mills. This would average out to be a $1.42 reduction for homeowners in Wolcott.

At the time the budget was being presented, gas was rising upwards until reaching its highest level this year. But, one year ago it was over $4.00 a gallon. Its incomprehensible why Democrats would propose reducing the budget for these costs with such a recent memory. One of these reductions would have meant less money available to fuel the senior citizen bus. Another would have cut money available for public works trucks during snow storms.

Proposed reductions at the police department would have impacted the maintanance budget for cruisers. No cruisers were purchased last year so that the Town could try squeezing an extra year of use from some older cars. The result was a shortage of cruisers at times. In September of this year, Wolcott signed a contract for new cruisers.

The proposal to reduce the paving by $10,000 was justified by comments that it wasn’t entirely spent last year. For some reason Democrats forgot that the Council unanimously approved transfering that $10,000 from paving to snow plowing. Last year’s winter had an average snowfall, but it was spread out over more storms than expected. Town crews need to be called out even if an inch or two of snow falls to make sure the streets are safe for travel. Other towns were in similar situations.

Given these significant cuts in relation to the return in a very minor tax decrease, voters shouuld question the wisdom of the Democrats “pofessional financial planning” they claim to have in their ad. In contrast, Mayor Dunn held negotiations with Town employees to reach an agreement to freeze wages in a difficult economic year. Republican Councilman O’Brien also attempted to get similar agreements from the education department. The result there was the Board of Education reaching savings through a furlough day.

October 28, 2009

Meet The Candidates Tonight

The Junior Women’s Club of Wolcott invites all registered coters to attend “Meet the Candidates” in preparation for the upcoming election. This will take place at Tyrrell Schools Cafeteria tonight at 7:00 pm.

The Reigstrar of Voters will explain the voting procedure and present the full slate of candidates running for all the positions including Democrats, epublicans, and Petitioning Candidates. Theer are many political platforms and choices. This is the opportunity to meet each candidate. This is not a debate. An informal format will be established, followed by refreshments and time for questions and answers. The forum will be televised and rerun on Channel 96.

Be an informed vote on Nov. 3 by coming down to Meet the candidates. Invite your friends and neighbors.

source: Wolcott Community News, Oct. 2009

October 28, 2009

Can You Fill A Pair of Boots?

An open house drill will be held Wednesday evening from 5p- 9pm at Wolcott Fire Company #3 on Lyman Rd. Anyone curious to see if they could fill in a pair of boots is welcome to attend. Free training, gear, and gym membership is provided to any volunteer. At the open house, you can try on some gea and participate in drill activities. Work with an air pack, structural firefighting equipment, and extrication gear. This will be hands on and will give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Any questions, contact Deputy Chief Steven Valenti at WolcottFD3@gmail.com