Sweet runs unopposed for first selectman in Plainfield
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
Democrat Paul Sweet is running unopposed for first selectman in the town of Plainfield. He said the two biggest issues facing Plainfield are bond issues set to go before the public for capital improvements to two Water Pollution Control Authority plants and school improvements. A $5.5 million bond will pay for improvements to the north and village plants, while a $4 million bond will pay for improvements to all of the town’s schools.
According to Sweet, $3 million of the school project will be reimbursed by the state. “Those two issues alone will take up a lot of time,” Sweet said. “They are big issues. We’ve been working on them for two years.”
The WPCA project has been on the drawing board for three years. Neither plant has had any significant upgrades in 45 years, according to Sweet. “It’s highly technical. We have to get it right.” The town will need permits from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Discharge rates will need to meet standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
"We’ve had some success with economic development. We’ve got some things on the drawing board that I’d like to see these jobs get done.
“It’s a 3-point campaign, if you will,” he said. "After the two bond issues, the day-to-day operation of the town always brings something new that has to be dealt with." Sweet said he intends to look into crafting a blight ordinance in the future. “I plan on bringing that legislation in the form of ordinance to the people sometime after the first of year,” he said. “I have an agenda. We have plenty of work to do,” said Sweet.
"When I talk about my team, I’ve also got to include the Republican Party and independents because there are Republicans and many independents serving on all the boards. All of these people are working together and trying to do what’s right for the town of Plainfield. In the past six years with the economic nosedive, elected officials have been working together to get things done. I don’t think there is anyone being left behind," said Sweet.
"It might seem to the public that being unopposed is an easy way to go to get reelected. I don’t control the process. I only control the environment of what we do every day. If the people seem to think we’re doing all right, then we’ll keep moving forward. We get along in this town. We’re not fighting each other. I like to believe that we all cooperate with each other and we have an environment where change is not necessary," he said.