Selectmen: There is no such thing as a legal revote

The Wilton Board of Selectmen is adamant it cannot call a revote on the Miller-Driscoll renovation project, its members announced at its Tuesday, Feb. 17 meeting.

The board based its decision on a legal opinion written by Town Counsel Ken Bernhard that stated Wilton's town regulations do not permit citizens to petition the Board of Selectmen to call a Special Town Meeting on bonding issues.

An activist group, Sensible Wilton, has repeatedly called for a second vote on the project, which originally passed by Special Town Meeting in September, 2014.

"To me, this isn't a close question," said Selectman Michael Kaelin, a past member of Wilton's charter commission. "There's no authority… for us on the board to order a revote. We just do not have the legal authority to do that."

First Selectman Bill Brennan added: "We must abide by rules, but not just when its convenient for us to do so."

Near the end of his remarks, Mr. Kaelin suggested Sensible Wilton take its grievances to state court, since his board cannot call the revote they desire.

"The only agency with authority are the courts of the state of Connecticut," he said.

Sensible Wilton

Alex Ruskevich, the leader of Sensible Wilton, did not specifically address legal arguments over the Board of Selectmen's charter authorities Tuesday, but reiterated his organization's belief that the town violated election laws during the  run-up to the initial vote.

"There is documented evidence" that town leaders violated election laws, he said. "This is the reason why we are looking to have a revote.

"If I were a Brooklyn bookie, I'd call it a trifecta [of election violations]. They managed to have advocacy, utilization of public facilities, and they targeted a specific subsets of people," he said later.

Check for a more in-depth look at Tuesday night's meeting.