I have watched the news over the days and wonder what is wrong with people. Utilities want to remove trees to make power more reliable during storms. Groups of protestors start appearing talking about how they love trees and trees are their life and if the trees were gone they could not go on living. Maybe a little exaggeration, but not MUCH! Then we get a storm and people talk of STORM damage. Translation TREE damage. The damage from the storm is real but the damage from the trees is a more unpleasant extra. So what do people do, they blame the utilities for not performing miracles. I would like to thank Eversource for removing trees from my surrounding area, my power, very briefly, blinked. Get rid of the trees near power lines, and to heck with the tree lovers.
Roy Blazejowski, Meriden
Rainstorms over. Cats afraid of thunder and lightning. They were disappointed they couldn’t attend my fire academy graduation. Deputy Mike said no scared cats. Just joking. I usually have negative vibes about how this city is run, but have found a crown jewel in Meriden. The Meriden Fire Department is up there with the best. Being in hospitality business for the last 65 years I can evaluate workers and customers attitudes. Starting with Chief Ken Morgan, Deputy Chief Ryan B. Dunn, Division Chief Mike B. Shaw, Fire Marshall Steve Trella, and every firefighter who made the fire academy possible. The dedication and camaraderie that make up this department is outstanding and worthy of mention. The Fire Academy course is a giant step in the right direction, detailing all the operations and services of firefighting. I hope more citizens get involved with this course. When you meet someone the first time and he greets you by your name weeks later it is impressive. Thank you Ken. Thank you Ryan and Mike, who made time pass easy and answering all of our questions. Congratulations to all of the individuals who took time to complete this course, special thanks to my mentor William, always smiling. Late news 3 a.m. paper early. Thank you Mark.
S.C. Staszewski, Meriden
Wallingford Democrats criticize the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and its director, repeatedly, without understanding how the EDC functions. None have attended EDC meetings. Economic development is also done in subcommittee meetings, Planning & Zoning Committee (PZC) meetings and in the Planning & Zoning Department (PZD). The PZD director is also being criticized. Those critical are not attending PZC meetings and lack understanding of the PZD.
Critics say these town employees should be replaced. I do not always agree with the EDC and PZD directors; however, I am impressed with their work. I am concerned that replacements could not fill their shoes, no matter how impressive the resume. Both have extensive experience directly in Wallingford.
There’s talk about Amazon moving to Wallingford and that it’s the EDC’s fault they aren’t. The EDC director spoke with Amazon representatives. Amazon let him know they’re not considering Connecticut, or Wallingford, for demographic reasons. As far as the EDC needing more employees, there are plans in place right now to possibly take on new EDC employees in the near future. As far as the EDC needing more members, two have been added in the last year, and the public is welcome to participate in meetings or call by phone. In the last conversation I had with the director, he couldn’t express enough how much he welcomed the input of everyone in the community. And not only has he said that but I’ve seen it in his actions.
If people aren’t attending meetings, they have no understanding of how the EDC functions. To assume the EDC is incompetent is a dangerous way to address concerns. Critics need to begin a dialogue with the commission, keeping in mind we’re a diverse community with conflicting ideas. Not everything you want is going to be something the EDC does.
Jessica Wysocki, Wallingford