The Wilton Board of Selectmen has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Sensible Wilton. The motion was filed Monday, July 6, at Superior Court in Stamford. According to a schedule put in place last month, Sensible Wilton has until July 13 to file an objection. There will be a hearing July 20 when the motion will either be approved or denied.
Sensible Wilton brought the suit to compel the board to call a special town meeting, following the filing of a petition, for a vote on whether to repeal the authorization to issue bonds to renovate Miller-Driscoll School.
The Board of Selectmen — First Selectman Bill Brennan and Selectmen James Saxe, Michael Kaelin, Deborah McFadden and Richard Dubow — is represented by the law firm Cohen and Wolf. Calling Sensible Wilton’s suit a “hail-mary” attempt to overturn the September 2014 vote that approved the $50-million renovation, Cohen and Wolf based its motion on four points:
- Sensible Wilton, formed as a referendum committee, has no right to exist according to state statute;
- Referendum committees have no authority to petition for ordinances or bring lawsuits;
- Sensible Wilton has no membership to represent;
- The lawsuit is not germane to the formation of Sensible Wilton.