Put pool on hold
Just when we believe all the insanity to be in Washington, Wallingford has approved $625,000 for a pool design,which may cost millions of dollars when built. This seems to be another "done deal" about to be rammed down taxpayers’ throats. No one I know was offered an opportunity for input as earlier promised by the Rec. Dept. The town is no longer a post-WWII baby boom entity, with both school enrollment and pool attendance decreasing. The current pool was never intended to be a Sandals Resort destination, and building this ambitious project will not guarantee attendance. Ironically, per capita peak attendance probably occurred when it was a sandy-bottom swimming hole!
Located in the midst of a residential area and cemetery, on very busy days in the past (not very recently) pool noise can be heard. Adding a sound stage will only compound this, but then the town does not excel in noise ordinance enforcement. And who will maintain such a project, when lifeguards are difficult to find for a few weeks each summer?
Losing it's Aaa bond rating for the second year, telling the Fire Dept "money was not available" to put an assist truck back into service, and the state funding shortfall are all reasons to put this project on hold indefinitely.Undertaking another project we cannot afford,passing another tax increase onto residents, whose capita income is less than the state average, in an attempt to support the agenda of a select few, is unconscionable.Taxpayers are not the inexhaustible solution to the budget problems created by elected officials.
Linda Kurylo, Wallingford
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