About Town: Speak Up is reset

This Saturday, Feb. 23,  is the rescheduled time for the LWV of Weston’s “Speak Up 2013,” at Weston Library.

It begins at 10:30 a.m. and will run until noon. A moderator will be there to take questions and keep the discussions moving, so that as many questioners as possible can be heard from. An audio/video team will be there, too, making sure everything that is said gets “on the record,” to be made available for replay on Channel 79 for those Westonites who can’t make it in person Saturday.

Who will be on stage to respond to audience questions? The many officials who will be able to come on this rescheduled date. Who has said yes so far?

On stage will be a quorum of the Board of Selectmen. The first selectman will be present. Chairmen of the boards of education and finance will be there to answer your questions. The superintendent of schools, too. And many others, but minus some who could have appeared on the original date but were otherwise committed for this Saturday. RSVPs are still coming in as this column is being written.

The LWV of Weston will videotape this event for Internet viewing. Watch for it online starting this weekend, at lwvweston.org.

New issues

Bursting upon the municipal agenda are a couple of issues that are close to my heart.

One is news that the governor has proposed changes to the “car tax.” This is a super-regressive form of taxation. Equalizing it has been a goal for years.

What do I mean by that? If you have ever moved from a city to a suburb in Connecticut, you know what this proposed change signifies. I moved to Weston in 1980, with two cars. The property tax here on the same two cars was half what I had previously paid in Norwalk. I assume that it is this type of inequity the governor is attempting to address.

Our state legislators may or may not be able to attend the rescheduled Speak Up. In any event, First Selectman Weinstein has been active through the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST), and she knows this issue. She has submitted testimony in Hartford and has an opinion!

My favorite local issue is planning for the center of town. It is back! At the most recent selectmen’s meeting, purchase of the house and property at the northeast corner of the intersection of Weston and Norfield roads arose again.

The selectmen expressed a desire to hear from the community. Do you recall the past history of purchases at this intersection? And the need to preserve the historic character of this “gateway” intersection to town?

See you at the Library on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for “Speak Up!”

“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 www.aboutweston.com. This week’s guest is Amy Kalafa, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author, and member of Weston’s Lachat Oversight Committee. 

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