FIRST UP on GMW–Jan. 23, 2019: Town Hall Edition
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Public Information Meeting Scheduled on Aquarion Water Grab
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has scheduled a public information meeting about the application Aquarion has filed. It will be on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilton Library Brubeck Room. It’s not a public hearing, only an information meeting.
Security Task Force: “Mission Accomplished!”
Job Well Done! That was the message from the Wilton Security Task Force (WSTF) at last night’s BOS meeting, as the chair of the task force, Terrie Schwartz, told the selectmen the group had accomplished what it had been asked to do. Formed in the weeks after the school shootings in Newtown, the WSTF had been asked to address safety in Wilton’s Schools.
Their goals were direct: they were asked to assess security needs, identify areas to address, make recommendations for changes, implement those changes and achieve a higher degree of security at the schools. According to Schwartz, the WTSF had come to the conclusion that it was no longer needed and suggested the BOS dissolve the task force.
Among the achievements of the WTSF, Schwartz said, “We feel the infrastructure around the schools has been reinforced, security has been achieved, and we supported the Board of Education to establish the position of a school climate coordinator.”
Going forward she said that the Task Force members would be available to help the schools when needed, and at a minimum they could meet once a year with school administrators to review security–or more frequently if necessary. She said that Wilton emergency response agencies, in collaboration with the school district employees, are prepared to handle security as needs arise–given that they continue to practice and train for emergency response, “…the only way you can deal with anything that could potentially happen. The emergency response agencies, school district, the BOE continue to train their staff and are very much aware of protocols.”
Progress with Pedestrian Bridge Plans
First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice had good news for the meeting last night–Wilton is inching closer to a goal of constructing a Pedestrian Bridge across the Norwalk River to connect the train station to Wilton Center.
At the most recent meeting of the Western Council of Governments (WestCOG), she received word that Wilton’s application for a grant to complete funding for the project will be one of six grants the Council will recommend to the State Department of Transportation (DOT).
The next step is for the town to submit the application to the DOT–which has already seen the application during a previous round of funding. “Hopefully ours moves along very quickly.”
New Town Website Closer to Reality
Vanderslice also said that a new website for the town, currently being built, will be ready and online by the end of this quarter.
Someone to Look Up To
Shia Borelli has been a big fan of First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice since her school field trip to see town hall last year. The third grader was so inspired by Wilton’s top official that she included Vanderslice in a drawing of “Inspiring Girl Heroes” that she created for this year’s PTA Reflections Art Contest.
The contest theme was “Heroes Around Me,” and Shia drew three women who she looks up to–Malala Yousafzai, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Vanderslice. Shia also made her mom find a good Vanderslice quote to incorporate (one she found in a GOOD Morning Wilton article): “I hope children realize they too can make a difference.”
The judges were inspired too–they awarded Shia third place in the contest.