By William Krummel
To the Editor,
I applied for membership on the West Norwalk Association Board of Directors on Dec. 10, hoping to succeed my wife, Regina, whose term had just ended. I included my resume, which noted I was a past president and board member of the WNA, Common Council member for eight years, past president of Norwalk State Technical College and Bridgeport Engineering Institute and other public service activities.
I received a letter of rejection from Linda Forcellina, co-president of WNA, within two weeks, Dec. 22.
This almost immediate rejection by an influential neighborhood association of a qualified, known and respected citizen is cause for concern. Such a rejection is unprecedented in our memory. The present board membership is less than half of its authorized 18. Normally a candidate would have an opportunity to present himself at a board meeting. Further concerns are raised when it is noted that the present board officers are serving illegally, in violation of the WNA bylaws, which specify that board officers serve one year terms and are to be elected at the second meeting following the annual meeting, in this case, November.
So why be concerned? Well, I make no secret of my active work in the local Democratic Party and my support for environmental causes such as concerns over a driving range at OHPA. The West Norwalk Association presents itself as active in reflecting homeowner member interests and in preserving neighborhood quality of life and has a long history of community involvement, of which I have had a part.
What is happening here?
William “Bill” Krummel