Editorial: Read it here, see it there

Following the dust-up with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s errors regarding legal notices, more people have been paying attention to what the commission has been working on. This is a good thing, and some have asked the best way to do this.

While it’s always a good idea to check agendas and minutes, residents can also keep up with the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, and Miller-Driscoll Building Committee — right here in The Bulletin.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is one of the town boards The Bulletin covers regularly. More than 40 stories have been written about its work so far this year. The age-restricted housing amendments that caused such distress to residents of Ridgefield Road were covered in a front-page story in the Nov. 17, 2016 issue of The Bulletin, with information on where the overlay zone would be allowed.

Stories are also published on The Bulletin’s website, WiltonBulletin.com and Facebook page, Facebook.com/WiltonBulletin.

The Bulletin also carries the legal notices published by the town on action its boards are considering or have taken as well as budgets and other items of interest to the community.

It’s true that people are busy and expecting people to regularly attend meetings is a lot to ask. But people don’t need to be there in person. Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, and Miller-Driscoll Building Committee meetings may be viewed live on the town’s public access channels or watched later on the town website, wiltonct.org, or the school district website, wilton.k12.ct.us.

At present, only an audio feed is available for the Planning and Zoning Commission and this should change. Town officials should make every effort to add this commission to the town bodies where meetings are video-recorded. As concerns over age-restricted housing on Ridgefield Road have demonstrated, the commission deals with issues that are of great interest and importance to residents.

We still want you to read The Bulletin, but public access is a good thing, too.