Questions selectmen candidates should be asked

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

How about our selectmen candidates answer these questions? Think back from 50 years to now and:

Are schools better? Less traffic? Can we swim in streams, rivers? Air pollution better? How many town employees then? Now? Has population grown? Mill rate gone down? Less flooding? How many historic buildings gone? Basic building permit cost then? Now? More wetlands?

How many road swales were there in town in 1963? Now? Robberies then? Now? How many boat slips at Grass Island? Now? How large was the Grass Island Salt Marsh the Town filled in? Who bungled the Water Company land purchase? Should they be fired? Can they be fired? How many children attended camp on Calf Island? Now?

Which decade will YMCA historic restoration end? (It’s already taken 10 years.) High school new basement only 50 million? Why can’t people play soccer at old Soccer Field on Greenwich Avenue?

Why is Greenwich Avenue one way? Air pollution increase result? Is Greenwich Plaza lease legal? Landowners taxed based on development potential of residential excess lands are commercial properties? Tax income be on 24,000 square feet of commercial vs. 12/2000sq.ft condos?

Why was the sewer plant size tripled rather than fixing the pipes? How much does it cost the town to beg for state and federal “grants”? Town white collars allowed to receive money from sources related to their specialty? How many agency, commission members have income from work dependent on activities they oversee? What is “conflict of interest”?

Do you know what a harbor of refuge is? Would you think enlargement and embellishment of islands would protect the shoreline? Think dredge yield can be a large-scale town asset? What is a town asset? Would you consider outsourcing all Parks & Rec. design/management?

Why do we outsource all DPW “design engineering”? How strong an influence does organized crime have on town? Above influence on our neighbors on Long Island Sound? What was the tax cost per resident in 1963? 2013? Are you comfortable with direction of the results above? Change direction?

Are you proud of your town? Has anyone thanked you lately?


Peter Alexander

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