Alfonso Robinson

Political activist, online journalist

Bethel Board of Selectmen approve “revised” road repair proposal

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Yesterday, the Bethel Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to send a revised road repair project to the board of finance for approval. The original 8.5 million dollar proposal was rejected by the Board of Finance last week.

Under the new proposal, funding for the repairs to the roads will be done in increments with the first two million going towards phase one of the project. WIth the Board of Selectmen’s vote, the proposal now goes to the Board of Finance for final approval this Thursday before public referendum.

While the selectmen agree that the conditions of the road are unacceptable and need to be addressed, the Democrats and Republicans have different views on how best to fund the project. While expressing their displeasure with the Board of Finance’s rejection of the original proposal, Democratic First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker and Selectman Richard Straiton supported the idea of paying for the multi-year project with one bond as opposed to multiple bonds over a series of years. Sympathizing with the concerns raised by the Board of Finance, Republican Selectman Paul Szatkowski stated that funding the project with a series of short term bonds is a better approach in light of the current state of the economy and the uncertainties with level of state funding for next year’s budget.

From last night, here’s video footage of the Board of Selectmen meeting.

Residents of Bethel are frustrated with the amount of time it has taken for the local government to address the road repair problem…and rightfully so. Accusations of obstruction and dirty politics have been tossed around (which is par for the course in Bethel). Whether the accusations are warranted or over the top is irrelevant…what’s relevant is that the roads in the town are an embarrassment. Hopefully, with yesterday’s vote, the residents of Bethel are one step closer to having at least a portion of the town’s roads repaved.

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  1. Got that right says:

    You said it.

    The endless droning on and on by Bob-Bob about the road not being up to spec and his threats to call the DOT! The library is not finished!! How can we pave the roads if the library is not finished!!! And one of the Bobs claiming he has been paying property taxes since he was 13 years old!!!! I hope the Bobs run because there is nothing I enjoy more than voting against them. Oh, and special note to Bobby C (who loves to read about himself) PLEASE call the DOT! See how they don’t even give you the time of day. Nuisance.

  2. Mr. Right says:

    Over the top, Mr. Blogger. Grandstanding by the disgraced former First Selectman and his puppeteer and perrennial demogogue, Bob Crnic, as they attempt to gain a foothold in local politics for a re-emergence of Bob Burke as FS.

    The incremental approach is good for the town for more than one reason. Yes, it is better managed and more measurable than taking a big bite and getting only half the road miles than the sales pitch promises, but also, the big number would give a reason for Crnic to finally gain a toehold back in local politics, with he and Burke (Mr. Roads himself) bloviating ad-nauseum on Cable Access, you could be sure that in concert with the BAC they would’ve shut the whole deal down at a referrendum with their fear-mongering.

    Yes, they will try and take credit for the compromise seeing that Roden and former Burke running mate Slifkin are chief opponents to the Knickerbocker version of the plan, but the truth in the end is that calmer heads prevailed.