WALLINGFORD — The Town Council this week passed a resolution calling on Gov. Ned Lamont to permit local business to reopen if they are able to adhere to state health and safety guidelines regarding the coronavirus.
Republican Councilor Craig Fishbein proposed the resolution at the council’s May 26 meeting, saying he wanted to address concerns he heard from business owners who were frustrated with Lamont’s reopening plan.
Town Corporation Counsel Janis M. Small said that she used materials sent to her by Fishbein, in addition to her own research, to craft the resolution. It passed by a 6 to 3 vote on Tuesday night.
“This resolution is not an act of defiance,” Fishbein said. “It merely says to the governor, consider some local control here.”
Republican Councilor Chris Shortell, who seconded Fishbein’s motion to draft a resolution on May 26, voted against the resolution Tuesday, calling it “a grandiose political statement.”
He said that he didn’t feel comfortable with the Town Council weighing in on a state issue.
While he’s sympathetic to the plight of local businesses, he added, letting businesses open in some municipalities but not others may lead to people seeking out open businesses, which could lead to COVID-19 outbreaks.
Democrats Gina Morgenstein and Vincent Testa also voted against the resolution.
Democratic Councilor Jason Zandri said small businesses are being unfairly impacted and will continue to struggle, adding that we've flattened the curve and it’s time to stop moving the “goal posts.”