Old Town Hall Ballot May Cause Confusion, Problems

Vote yes to keep the building, vote no to tear it down.


On Tuesday, July 17, the long awaited referendum to decide the fate of Old Town Hall will finally take place.  Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker said that due to the legal language that must appear on the ballot, residents are sure to face confusion when they show up to vote.  

"There is a huge danger of confusion over this ballot," Knickerbocker said. "The question to be decided is not whether or not to raze old town hall; it is whether or not to overturn the decision of the Board of Selectmen to raze old town hall."

What this means to voters is:

Vote NO if you want to maintain the Selectman's decision to demolish the building.

Vote YES if you wish to overturn the Selectmen's decision, and to keep the building. 

"We have already had many confused residents ask about this here in my office as they were attempting to fill out their absentee ballots," Knickerbocker said. 


--- July 12, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Here is linkage to above-mentioned letter from Alice Hutchinson to the News-Times, so everyone can easily read it: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Urges-voters-to-uphold-plan-to-raze-in-Bethel-3699955.php Let's all shoot for transparency, shall we?
Eric T Gray July 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
The sad part about all of this is that in 10 years... the libary will be obsolete. Unless we have another once in a lifetime snow storm in October. Then we can all talk about how great the generator is. There is no need to invest further in this debacle of a situation. Let the OTH building come down, finish the poorly planned library effort, take that sign down that has been begging for money for the last 10 years... and move on. I'd also like to say to Mr Knickerbocker, that you were quoted as saying in March after a town meeting that the next step to decide the fate of OTH was most likely a referendum. Why did you bring up the idea if you had no intent to do so? And stop mentioning a new PD... my goodness, how much more money can we spend. I hope we start to act like Newtown and vote NO on all of these ridiculous spending increases. Happy Thursday everyone!
Bill Hillman July 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Dan, you have a unique reading of page 115 of P&Z that seems inconsistent with what members on P&Z say: http://ecode360.com/documents/BE0692/Zoning%20Regulations%20Effective%202-4-2011.pdf What, exactly do you see that others don't? Educate me, please. D. Modification of Parking Requirements 1. Change of Use Exemption .... sorry Library Use not changing 2. Permanent Shared Use Reduction sorry, no shared use 3. Permanent Site Use Reduction - ... nope, the real need for parking is increasing 4. Temporary Installation Deferral - darn, the complete library is not deemed temporary
Postmaster July 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Section 1725 of Title 18 of the United States Code states that Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such as statements of accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like matter, on which no postage has been paid, in any letter box established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such offense be fined under this title. The Domestic Mail Manual (which you can find on the Internet at www.usps.com) goes into more specifics. It states that no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items or matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle. Section D041 of The Domestic Mail Manual also states the penalty for violating this section is that you pay the postage that you would have paid had you actually mailed your flyer. If you use the average of a 2.5 person household, you would have about 3600 mailboxes in a town of 9000. The fine, therefore, for stuffing all of the mailboxes in your town could run into the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. My advice, therefore, is to do what thousands of politicians do around the country in the days leading up to Election Day B put the flyer in the door handle, not the mailbox.
--- July 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
So today is the BIG day. Kind of a mini-Super Tuesday! :) See ya at the booth!


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