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Annual Town Meeting Wednesday At 7:30 p.m. At Polson

State of the town report will be presented, along with five-year capital plan.

 

Madison's Annual Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Walter C. Polson Middle School. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting with be held on Monday, February 4, 2013. The purpose of this meeting is:

  • State of the Town Report
  • Five-Year Capital Plan
  • To receive the Annual Report of the permanent Boards, Commissions, Agencies, Committees and the Town's Auditor Report in accordance with Article II, Section 2.1.4.1 of the Town Charter.

Dated at Madison, Connecticut this 17th day of December 2012

Fillmore McPherson
Alfred J. Goldberg
Joseph A. MacDougald
Diane L. Stadterman
Joan M. Walker

Janet January 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Gee it would have been nice to have more notice about this.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM
This meeting, and all of the town meetings are posted on the front of Madison Patch every day, in the item that says Madison Government Meetings, so people who are interested in participating in town government can stay up to date with the latest there. That calender should reflect all the latest information, including any last minute changes. This story, posted yesterday and appearing in today's newsletter, was intended as a reminder.
Carol P. McCurdy January 23, 2013 at 02:34 PM
will this be televised or taped?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I believe that Madison Public Television often does tape meetings like this. When I got tonight, I will find out.
BL Davis January 24, 2013 at 05:22 PM
It's now the day after the Annual Town Meeting -- and where is the PATCH article describing the most important points made at the meeting? Late notice, no article -- Gee, I wonder why the public seems to show so little interest in government.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Were you there last night? I was and didn't see you. Sorry if I missed you. As I mentioned earlier, the Madison meetings are posted on the front of Madison Patch, every day. If you were interested in attending this meeting, the information was available there, and it was available in a story posted the day before the meeting, which also appeared in the newsletter the day of the meeting. You and Janet were expecting an engraved invitation, perhaps? There were about two dozen people there, most of them town employees and (to their credit) people supporting the Strong Field project. When it came time for public comment ... there was exactly no one who had anything at all to say about anything presented. That leads me to believe that the lack of interest in local government relates to people's lack of interest in local government. Here's the big news ... the town is still in good financial shape. I'm working on posting a story now, along with stories on our local businesses, students making the dean's list at their colleges, the police blotter, property transactions, gun control, the weather, and more (like responding to people's "write-me-my-story-now!!" comments).
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 05:40 PM
And here's some more news ... you are welcome to attend any town meeting you like and post your thoughts on it the same night, if you'd like. My Patch is your Patch. I've been saying that for two years and it's still true. You of all people are in a better position than most people in town to comment on town government and give people guidance about what you've heard, given your involvement. You don't have to wait for me. If you and Janet are interested in learning more, let me know.
Matt January 24, 2013 at 05:42 PM
There was no late notice. It's been advertised as an upcoming meeting for months on Patch, all the other local town news media outlets, the town's website, the bulletin boards in town hall, and the public access TV station. I'm not sure what more you want?? Perhaps a golden personal invitation and limo ride? I'm looking forward to the article on the meeting's content as well since I am not in town to attend. it was no doubt laden with BS and new ideas to waste our money. However I don't think there is anything time sensitive to be whining about at noon the day after. I'd rather see Pem spend some time to make a well composed and detailed article, rather than rush it half-assed to satisfy two impatient complainers.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Carol, fyi, Madison Public Television was there ... will try to find out when it will air.
BL Davis January 24, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Pem: The lack of interest in local government results from the lack of credible, investigative, accurate and timely information about local government The number of people attending reflects the fact that nobody (outside of town employees and a handfull of people who want more money from taxpayers) knew about the meeting in time to make plans. Annual Meetings, Public Hearings, Budget Hearings, and Special Town Meetings require more notice than regularly scheduled board and commission meetings that meet regularly on a specific day and time each month .
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Matt, FYI, Constitution Park was mentioned, along with two potential emergency preparedness projects (improving the town's emergency radio communication, full emergency generation at the HS so it could potentially be used as an emergency shelter). Barbara and Janet, other items mentioned at the meeting include the town's finances, grand list growth ($5.6 million from 2011 to 2012 to bring it to a total of about $3.5 billion), recent and current projects and events, the town's debt service, and other information. While you are waiting for the article, you are welcome to read recent posts on the police blotter, a dog who needs a new home, a missing East Haven teen, the sidewalk sales, rugby, and the weather, all currently on the front page. I have to call a woman who is planning a benefit for her sick father, plan out stories for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, have some breakfast (is it 1 p.m. already?), and then you'll get your annual meeting story. I'll look forward to hearing what you and Janet and Matt have to say about the information presented.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Barbara, you are welcome to check the front of Madison Patch every single day to your heart's content and you will have all of the most up to date current notice on what's coming up. Click on the link ... the whole month is there and you can click through to other month's as well. We've set it up so that as updates are made to the town calendar, it's reflected on Madison Patch.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 06:28 PM
OK, I need to call back this nice young woman with the sick father, but I just took a minute to review my notes from last night's meeting ... here's something interesting ... the town's debt service will drop in 2016-2017, about a half million dollars ... that apparently can support about $6 million worth of borrowing, or it could support lower taxes of course ...
Janet January 24, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Such bitterness in your replies Pem. I was merely asking why the Patch would not have given tis important meeting more prominence earlier. Yes I am not diligent in combing through the town calendar and that is my fault, but the Patch certainly could have made more prominent mention of it earlier.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Just spoke with the young woman with the sick dad. You're going to have to wait a little big longer ... that story comes first. But, yeah, I'll get to both today.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Not bitterness, just exasperation. Just like every other working person, I work every day to juggle priorities. Some think the annual town meeting is the most important story I'll write today. Others think it's their kid's mention on the honor roll. The lady with the library ball who just called thinks her story is pretty important. And it'll all get done. Some of it by me, some of it by others using the free tools on Madison Patch. Question, as long as we're on the subject of the ATM, was there anything specific you were interested in, or just the report in general?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Here, read this while you are waiting for the ATM story: http://patch.com/A-1wm5. And, not only did this young woman ask me to write a story, she posted one herself: http://madison-ct.patch.com/blog_posts/benefit-pasta-dinner-for-local-fireman-cliff-mcneely That's the way we do it ... working together. If you think I'm not getting to something quickly enough, jump right in. I'm serious ... this is not just some old school newspaper. It's Patch.
BL Davis January 24, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Pem: Here's where you can do a little investigative reporting. Breakdown that $5.6 million increase in the grand list to: How much is from the increase in the completed Hotel; how much is related to new building (and # of units of new builds); and how much is in improvements to existing buildings. Then compare the growth to 5 years ago and 10 years ago (before the recession). The Building Dept folks should have that info on the tip of their tongues. I can hardly wait for 2016-2017 for that drop in debt service. I hope we haven't already spent it, but I suspect the spending vultures are circling already.
Matt January 24, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Boo to the bird park. Yay to the communication and shelter improvements. Though it would be nice if we'd stop getting hit with hurricane's more often than Florida.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Barbara, if you want to continue griping about the annual town meeting coverage do it here! If you want to express support for Cliff McNeely and his family, do it on the other story. Geeeeeez. And sorry if I sound bitter! I am not! I am cranky!! You know why?!?!?! Because I still haven't eaten a proper meal today! Barbara, for you, I will put off doing so until after the annual town meeting story is done. So, my apologies, you are going to have to put up with my crankiness until then.
BL Davis January 25, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Pem: I didn't make the "bitter" comment. I prefer the adjective "frazzled" So eat, sleep, write refreshed.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Yes! That would be accurate. Frizzled, frazzled ... and feeling much better after having had some dinner. ATM story posted on the front page.

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