Posts tagged ‘zoning’

November 6th, 2013

Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes. All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

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October 8th, 2013

Election Choices: What Does That Person Do?

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartLocal politics are often the most personal engagement with our democratic form of government any of us will ever encounter. A President, for instance, campaigns for office only through our television sets and airways and most of us will never meet a Presidential candidate. However, we might bump into our local leaders on a regular basis in  IGA, Dunkin Donuts, church or a school function on any day of the week. We know their faces, but are you aware of the decisions they make that impact your life every day?

In many respects, your local elected leaders have a larger impact than the President or Congress. When politicians run for higher office, they often get their start on the local level as well. You can’t run a country with trillions of dollar budgets without first understanding million dollar budgets impacting a few thousand residents.

When you go into the voting booth on November 5th, will you know what you are selecting a candidate to actually do? Or will you choose them simply by name or facial recognition? Are they the best candidate for the job, and if so, what qualities matches that job applicant for that particular office?

This article is intended to help voters understand how Wolcott’s government works, and who does what.

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February 5th, 2013

Town Council To Discuss Bridge

by Christopher O'Brien

The Wolcott Town Council is meeting tonight at 7:30. Among the items on the agenda include a resolution for improvements to Tosun Rd. to the State’s Dept. of Transportation. The town just completed a multimillion dollar project in the industrial area near the Waterbury line to add gas lines, waterlines and improve drainage. One of the last remaining problems with the zone has been access by trucks on the one-way portion of Tosun Road from Route 69. Currently, the curve

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December 5th, 2012

140 Unit Senior Living Facility; Micro-Brewery Proposed

by Christopher O'Brien

A number of businesses are looking to move into Wolcott, signalling both a potentially improving local economy, as well as demand for services that are being met by local entrepeneurs. The Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a Public Hearing tonight at 6:30 on a proposed Assisted Living Facility adjacent to Wolcott View Manor on Beach Road.  A meeting will follow to consider six additional business related applications.

Some of those proposals include a fitness center in the former Wolcott Tire building, a microbrewery which will be housed near the Waterbury town line, a bakery, and a new church.

But the largest project may generate the most vigorous debate.

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