Bonded capital project process repealed
Since it was never really used, but nevertheless continues to exist and draw fire from the public, Wilton’s selectmen formally repealed the policy at their meeting on Dec. 21. The vote was 4-0-0, with the motion made by Dick Dubow and seconded by David Clune.
“[Now] we can work with Chris [Burney, Wilton’s director of facilities and energy management] to come up with a process that makes more sense,” First SelectmanLynne Vanderslice said.
Not chartered, the bonded capital project process restricted building committee membership to electors and barred elected officials from service, among other things.
However, after piloting the policy during the Wilton High School project, it was deemed “too cumbersome,” as put by Vanderslice, and so it was abandoned, never to be used again.
“I spoke with Chris; Chris also agreed that it was cumbersome and not realistic,” Vanderslice said, noting that the process is not being implemented at Miller-Driscoll.
“There are aspects of it that I would guess will survive — things like the safety requirements, which I think are a good addition,” Dubow said. “[We should] take the best of it, and work it into a new policy.”W
ith the bonded capital Miller-Driscoll School project here and underway, some have resumed their criticisms of town executives for disregarding what is known as the bonded capital project process, an aborted policy approved by the Board of Selectmen back in 2007.