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February 11th, 2013

Snow Begins To Disappear; More Work To Do

by Christopher O'Brien

Almost all businesses in Wolcott’s retail areas are open again, fuel deliveries are being made and both of the town’s IGA stores are open again. By large degrees, life is beginning to return to normal after an avalanche of snow fell on our hilly town.

Improvement has been telling since the Blizzard dumped over 36 inches of snow on Wolcott (we’re guessing the measurement – send us how much is in your yard at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com) with drifts covering cars everywhere. Even though the storm – complete with 40 mph winds and brilliant lightning through squals bringing more than fives inches of snow per hour – ended by 9 am on Saturday, many folks were still digging out on Sunday. Connecticut has not seen a storm like this since the late 1880s.

For the town’s part, the last of the town’s roads were plowed out by mid-Sunday and overnight Public Works crews were expanding roadways to the curbs. Hazardous driving along Wolcott Rd. and a narrowed Woodtick Rd. was hampered with five to seven foot snow piles at all drivway and roadway intersections.

“We hired some private contractors to help with snow removal and they’re working hard,” says Mayor Thomas G. Dunn. “They’re going to keep working on widening the roads and pushing back the piles.” The Mayor hopes that most of that work will be completed by Tuesday night. He says that the school parking lots still have not yet been cleared.

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January 28th, 2013

Feds Looking into Misallocation of State Bond Money; Legislature Under Investigation

by Christopher O'Brien

By Kevin Rennie

A federal investigation of corruption at the state legislature had bureaucrats scrambling last fall to obtain legal representation for the Legislative Commissioner’s Office (LCO) and, weeks later, the Executive Director of the Office of Legislative Management (OLM) after Attorney General George Jepsen “declined to represent” the legislative offices, Daily Ructions has learned. LCO, which strained to keep the matter secret, settled on the Hartford firm of O’Brien, Tanski & Young, asking that competitive bidding provisions be waived, “after receiving a list of firms whom [Jepsen’s office] would recommend to provide the requested services.”

Documents obtained by Daily Ructions reveal that those bureaucrats have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep information from taxpayers about the actions they are taking to protect the interests of their agencies and themselves at significant public expense. In emails, they discuss ways of wording  their communications in such a general way as to provide no useful information that would inform a member of the tax paying public who might seek access to their emails or letters through the Freedom of Information Act.

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November 28th, 2012

State’s Insurance Exchange Seeks Input Thursday Night

by Christopher O'Brien

Connecticut’s proposal to have insurance coverage for all residents will have a hearing at Waterbury’s City Hall Thursday night. The forum will be from 5:30-7:00.

The Insurance Exchange will be required to cover each of about a dozen required coverage areas, with regulations within each of these. Any member of the public can pose questions to the panel or give their opinion.

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