Letter to the Editor

South Windsor - posted Aug, 30 2013

South Windsor deserves to have a Capital Improvement Program that meets the town’s needs. In April 2012, a bi-partisan Capital Projects Committee, that was appointed by Mayor Tom Delnicki, presented a comprehensive three-phase program for capital improvements. The program was thoroughly vetted by the Committee and brought to the Town Council several times from April to July 2012. The three phases consisted of establishing a Capital Improvement Program; Issuing Referenda to handle immediate critical needs and maintain a five-year plan to address future projects as well as a plan to start saving money in the Capital Projects Budget. As the process moved forward, the Capital Improvement Program was approved by the Town Council; two-of-five referenda passed and the Committee began to put together a plan along with a sound funding plan. In one fell swoop on the night of the budget vote, the Capital Projects Program was decimated. The program originally contained an estimated $1.2 million of identified projects and under our mayor was reduced to $228,000 and he also dictated what was to be included in the Capital Leasing Program – items that were never originally identified as needed. After a year of hard work by the Committee, a much publicized Capital Improvement Program to put the town on a steady course for maintaining our infrastructure and many long meetings – Capital Projects may be a thing of the past for South Windsor. Too bad the mayor constantly lives in the past. South Windsor needs a solid program to support and sensibly fund our infrastructure needs and move us forward. Please support the endorsed slate of Bazzano, Beaulieu, McCann, Prague, Streeter Mirek, Snyder on Sept. 10! Janice Snyder South Windsor

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