Former selectman says a revote discussion is appropriate

A letter penned by former selectman Ted Hoffstatter suggests pressure is mounting on the Town of Wilton to call a revote on the Miller-Driscoll renovation plan.

In the letter, sent to resident Ed Papp and the Boards of Selectmen, Finance, and Education, Mr. Hoffstatter suggests the town more closely examine the concept of a revote.

“There is no reason for a government on any level to move forward under a gray cloud if there is a mechanism [in place] to change that,” he wrote in that email.

While he said a revote may present a “slippery slope” for future renovation projects, the former town official wrote that “at the same time, I believe government cannot represent the people fully if no flexibility exists at all. This is a very unusual circumstance.”

Though the first selectman’s office has not responded to the letter, Mr. Hoffstatter’s comments contrast sharply with the town’s official position: That such a revote would be illegal under the town charter.

Mr. Hoffstatter said Thursday afternoon he was surprised to hear his letter was made available to the press, as he had only hoped to start a “conversation in-house.”

“This is nothing different than the comments I made at later meetings of the Board of Selectmen after the initial vote,” he said. “I don’t mean for this letter to be taken in a negative way, in any shape or form. I don’t think anyone intentionally did anything wrong” during the Miller-Driscoll campaign.

He did continue to say, however, that “with a project this size passing by a narrow margin, there’s a concern there. But I don’t want to make any more of it than that. I’m not intending to fan flames on the discussion at all.”

The group advocating strongly for a revote, Sensible Wilton, has long alleged that representatives of the Town of Wilton violated state election laws while conducting a Vote Yes campaign for the project.

Most recently, the group alleged in an email to the Board of Selectmen it had found evidence of a “cover-story” used by town officials during the campaign.

Representatives of Sensible Wilton have since delivered a petition to the town with the signatures of what they say are 1,100 citizens in favor of a revote on the project.