Letter: Reader comments on process for renaming the municipal center

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To the editor:

The honor to John Weichsel by having the municipal center dedicated in his name was well-thought and a well-deserved distinction for this long-serving Town Manager, who helped guide many important permanent changes to Southington over the many years he served the town.

This would have been so much more of a resounding honor to Mr. Weichsel if the Town Council had put this subject on the ballot in November’s Presidential elections as an up-and-down vote to the Southington residents to let us have the pleasure of having a voice in endorsing this selection for naming perhaps the second-most-important building after our Town Hall.

The magnitude of this decision definitely called for a less rushed, fast-tracking by the council leadership, which bypassed charter procedures calling for a time delay on such matters to allow time for the public’s input.

The tremendous investment by Southington’s taxpayers and the number of important offices housed in this building demands a more thoughtful process to include Southington’s people to feel more of a part of this decision; at the very least, more public hearings.

How sad that the 2016 Town Council leadership chose to deprive the people of this wonderful effort and celebration of Mr. Weichsel. Thank you, Mr. Weichsel, for your much-appreciated service to Southington. Shame on the Town Council for not making everyone more of a part of the process and depriving us of the pleasure to vote on it.

Mr. Weichsel certainly has my vote, and I am sure, that of the majority of Southington’s residents.

Pamela J. DePaolo, Southington

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