To the editor:
As a tax payer and as a citizen of this wonderful town, I am so disappointed with what has gone on with the solar panel project. It is quite clear from what I have read that there is a hidden political agenda somewhere, and this is very disappointing and disheartening.
Let me begin by saying that I completely understand the concerns that the families surrounding Hatton School have with regard to the solar panel project, but I also understand why the Town Council voted to go forward with a project that was discussed back in 2014.
This was not a rushed decision or a rushed process. Both the Town Council minutes and the Board of Education minutes throughout 2014 reflect this discussion. The bottom line is that we should all be grateful for the fact that solar panels are not only indicative of what is coming in the future, but most importantly, they save tax payers money.
But the reason for this letter is not about the solar panels per se. It’s about the unfair treatment that Councilman Tom Lombardi has received. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the facts. He recused himself of a vote when Greenskies was involved in 2014 even though he was not necessarily advised that he had to.
When the second vote took place in May 2015, it had nothing to do with Greenskies. They already had the contract. Instead, his vote had to do with going forward with the solar panel project in the best interest of the majority.
That was obviously a difficult decision; a decision that he did not take lightly. Again, that decision had nothing to do with Greenskies, so I am questioning why this has been made such an issue.
As John Goralski, the Southington Observer editor, pointed out a few weeks ago in his editorial, “Our newspapers play a crucial role in giving a voice to the community when there is unfairness.” I believe that Tom Lombardi is being treated unfairly, and I want my voice to be heard.
I have not only known Tom for almost 20 years, but we serve together on a local board. I can tell you firsthand that he has integrity, and he is committed to Southington’s well being. He goes out of his way to be helpful to others. Tom Lombardi cares about the citizens of this town.
He was born and raised here. He is bright, levelheaded, and fair. He is our future.
I plan to stay in Southington until the day I die, and I am grateful for honest politicians like Tom Lombardi. I truly believe that he will always do what is best for our town. He did nothing unethical and it is unfortunate that there are people in town that want you to believe that he did.
Read between the lines before you believe that something underhanded and unethical took place because it did not. Please give the citizens of this town more credit than that.
Nancy Chiero, Southington