By Diane C2: Things Norwalkers Really Should Know
NORWALK, Conn. – How does an authority commissioner outmaneuver pesky residents/taxpayers in Norwalk? Lot’s of techniques, folks, but one that I especially abhor is to hold meetings at a time of day that all but guarantees working folks won’t attend.
And that’s apparently what we have happening on Tuesday, Jan. 15, as the Oak Hills Park Authority’s Ad-Hoc Driving Range Committee will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall – see agenda here. The meeting agenda reads “Discussion and approval of items to be included in the Driving Range RFP” followed by “Recommendation to the Authority for completion of the RFP.”
So residents/taxpayers, whether you’re in favor of a driving range or not, surely none of us want to have one pushed through, under the radar, without public input, and progressed to the point of an RFP (Request for Proposal) with zero presentations to the public. Why aren’t we all pounding our fists insisting on public information and input on this, which should happen long before RFQ’s (Request for Quotations) and RFP’s? For Pete’s sake, even the golfers who desperately want a driving range surely don’t want one that they have no input into! (Oh crap, don’t even say that meetings regarding driving ranges have been happening behind the scenes with the men’s and ladies’ golfers associations – seriously?)
If you care about open government, if you care about process and public participation, if you care about fair bidding packages that aren’t written to the specs of any one guy who has been designing a range for a year … please come to the meeting on Tuesday … that is, if you can get time off from work.
And email Mr. Virgulak and ask that the agenda be modified no later than Monday to include a new item: public comment. While you’re at it, ask him if and when other ad-hoc committee meetings have been held, and if and when they were properly noticed to the public. And ask him to identify the members of the ad-hoc committee. None have ever been mentioned in authority minutes.
OHPA Chairman Bob Virgulak email: [email protected]