OSWPCA: Sunshine / Letter to Board of Selectmen 6Feb10

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---------------------------> Joel R. Anderson

                             13 George Drive
                             Old Saybrook CT 06475-2636
                             860 388-9858
                             6 February 2010
Board of Selectmen
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475

Dear Selectmen Boardmember:

What part of the Town Charter assigns the exclusive right to determine who can vote in a local referendum to the selectmen? Isn't this matter, of who can vote, of such great importance that it should have itself been brought to a referendum prior to the 11Aug09 vote on then-proposed Wastewater Management District (WWMD)?

On the then-proposed WWMD, Who determined that voters residing outside the WWMD would be permitted to vote?
   Voters outside the proposed WWMD had no interest in 
   the outcome of the vote.

   Under eminent domain polluter pays. Voters outside 
   the proposed WWMD, not being a source of pollution 
   were neither obliged to pay to clean up pollution, 
   nor were they impacted by the outcome of the vote 
   since they were outside the proposed WWMD.
Who determined that properties held in Trust inside the proposed WWMD would be NOT be permitted to vote?
   Property owners who are not registered voters are 
   permitted to vote on financial issues.

   Properties held in Trust within the WWMD were being 
   impacted by the WWMD. They're also being taxed to 
   retire the bond issue voted on simultaneously with 
   the vote to establish the WWMD.

   Were ALL the properties within the proposed WWMD 
   held in Trust, is it the opinion of the Board of 
   Selectmen that these properties had no interest, 
   financial or otherwise, in the outcome of the vote 
   and therefore could be denied the vote?
Since the establishment of the WWMD was a project heavily favored by the current administration, a biased selection of who could vote was a conflict of interest.
   The interest of property owners and voters within the 
   proposed WWMD conflicted with the administration's 
   interest. Therefore, the interest of the those within 
   the proposed WWMD was sacrificed to the interests of 
   the administration, through 1) the addition of bogus 
   voters from outside the WWMD frightened by a cost 
   they were under no obligation to pay, and 2) the 
   arbitrary and capricious denial of the real interest 
   of Trust properties within the WWMD.
If the impression gained from the above paragraphs is that the administration acted improperly in its own interest, and not in the interest of a fair and impartial vote, that is the correct impression. The 11Aug09 vote was rigged.
                             Very truly yours,

                             Joel R. Anderson

NB: A copy of this letter is posted to my website,
Hon. Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
55 Elm St.
PO Box 120
Hartford CT 06141-0120
re Public Inquiry #339871 or #340861 (or both)

Michael A. Pace, First Selectman
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475

William A. Peace, Selectman
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475

Carol Manning, Selectman
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475