ABOUT TOWN: Why?

Why live in Weston, Conn.?

My main reason is that it is so beautiful, every single day.

Other towns can perhaps argue that they are even more beautiful. Redding, for instance, because it has done an exceptional job of maintaining a “rural” look. Westporters might claim their town is just as beautiful, plus they have a beach and a town golf course.

These other places, and Wilton as well, can also point out that they are home to train stations. And like us, all have school systems that are well rated, and we are all in the same demographic reference group.

In contrast to most other towns, we have volunteer services for fire protection and emergency response. And our system of local government is invigorated by the participation of intelligent individuals who dedicate much of their time and special talents toward making Weston more idyllic than it already is!

Are there other reasons to move to Weston?

One would perhaps be that we are able, more than most, to maintain our distance from the unpleasantness that is usually on exhibit in Hartford and Washington, D.C., in Capitols of political power. To me, this is an advantage more often than not!

In Hartford, the “short” legislative session of 2012 is over May 9. What will the actions taken mean for Westonites? I am eager to review this, but can’t do so until the final bell rings!

Neighbors

At the recent Charter Revision Commission public hearing, I was impressed that so many Westonites took it upon themselves to stand up and make their points. And it was evident that those who spoke were all polite, articulate, and educated enough to conjure up reasoned arguments in support of their positions.

In my view, a recurrent theme that came across was “don’t mess with the basic character of small town Weston.”

Make no mistake. This Charter Revision Commission, in addition to carefully reviewing the entire 2003 Charter, took it upon themselves to rewrite and rearrange the charter as we knew it. The good news is that, true to their word, they made sure in the documentation they produced to make clear exactly what was done, where changes were being suggested, and where various sections were moved.

This was a labor of love. I think everyone who spoke at the public hearing appreciated that.

However, they politely but firmly told their neighbors on the Charter Revision Commission what they thought. And as I heard it, no one wanted to make the town clerk and tax collector positions appointive — no one other than members of the commission itself.

Having published their extensive work products in a timely fashion, and having held this public hearing, the commission should reconsider this particular change and leave well enough alone. People want to vote for town clerk and tax collector. Please let this continue to be the way our small town functions.

NOTE: “About Town” is also a television program. It appears on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 88 (Public Access). Or see it at aboutweston.com. This week’s guest is Dr. Colleen Palmer, Weston superintendent of schools.

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