Thursday, April 04, 2013

Wilson FOI Results: Alternative Senior Center Bill 90 Days Later

Over a 3 months ago Republican Town Committee Vice Chair William Wilson sent an FOI request to the City of Middletown asking for answers to a variety of public information questions. His letter was sent on
December 18, 2012.
Wilson's Original Letter and list of questions can be found here:
http://www.middletowninsider.com/2013/01/we-need-your-help.html

Although the Senior Center Committee had already engaged an architect to do schematic studies and analyze statistical data about program usage to determine the best location and program for the proposed Senior Center in Middletown, and concluded that Eckersley Hall would fit the bill, Mayor Dan Drew chose to hire another architect and do his own study. Mayor Drew proposed that an addition be put onto City Hall and with a "new council chamber overlooking the river" be included. The senior center location at Eckersley Hall and subsequent bonding for the project passed by an overwhelming majority by referendum.  Maybe Drew was jealous of the Community Health Center's glass pent house?

 Prior to this, but after the initial determination of adaptive reuse of Eckersley Hall was determined to be the best location for the senior center, taxpayers paid $3,600.00 for the schematic design and report investigating a City Hall location. 

We don't know what was concluded; as the report has never seen the light of day, however, after 3 months the bill atleast is public. Something to remember come election season!
Read the bill here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1OYjxtLEgUwZWpSVmxxMnlnSEU/edit?usp=sharing

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