Letter to the Editor: 'It's About Time the Aldermen Come Clean'

A Shelton resident questions how millions of dollars allocated for road resurfacing were spent, dating back to 2008.

The Shelton Board of Aldermen approved that an $11 million referendum be held in conjunction with the November 6, 2012 election.  One question is for $5 million for road reconstruction and resurfacing.  In November 2008 and 2010 the electorate had already approved a total of $6.2 million for road reconstruction and resurfacing.  

Before voting takes place the Shelton Aldermen need to explain where the $2.2 million from the 2008 and the $4 million from the 2010 referendum were spent.  What roads were reconstructed and resurfaced?  What is the breakdown cost of each road?  What roads were contracted out and who were the contractors that performed the work?  Were there any bid procedures?  After all, $6.2 million is quite a sum.  What roads were updated using our public works city workers?  Where is our $6.2 million??

In 2010 the Shelton Aldermen chose not to reveal the names of the roads involved.  It is two years later and it’s about time the Aldermen come clean with all of the information and accounting regarding the $6.2 million.

The Shelton Aldermen are now asking for an additional $5 million for roads.  It’s time to stop the secrecy and reveal to the electorate not only where the $5 million will be used but also to answer all questions concerning the spent $6.2 million.  To operate in secrecy to the tune of some $11.2 million is a neglect of duty.  The aldermen are duty bound to be open and transparent.

Where are the millions of dollars going?  Why the secrecy?

-Richard Widomski   


Robert September 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Fair to say please show your cards. Our lack of transparency in Shelton will have a grinding affect one day. Now we have over $300k misssing while the fox watched the hen house. Feds are going to be very busy.
Steve G September 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM
This shouldn't be a Republican or Democrat issue! Transperancy is just a good fiscial responsibility to the residents of Shelton & Huntington who are being asked to approve more money, when they don't know where and how the original money was spent. Would you propably ask the same of your children before you gave them more allowance money. Steve G
Danielle A. Elwood September 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM
The city just "resurfaced" our road (Coram Road) and did a HORRIBLE job with it. Not only is the road bumpy, but it has done SERIOUS damage to our property. Our home and cars are now covered in a disgusting film of dirt which is useless to wash off because an hour later it is back, and the same goes for our home. If they are spending "millions" of dollars on this, I question whose pockets it is padding, because there is no way the job done by the Shelton city workers was a multi-million dollar project.
William Gates September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Vote them all out.
Donald Kenneh Ramia September 12, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Don Ramia ACCOUNTABILITY is very important in this economy and coupled with the scandal at the Finance Department at City Hall, it is much more imperative that the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor respond to the voters' specific requests to assure us that there are NO improprieties taking place, that the administration is aware of. Releasing information in 2012 concerning expenditures from 2008 and 2010 that explains the whereabouts of millions of dollars of our tax monies is certainly not too much to ask. IS IT??
Robert September 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
You are correct Don. BUT more recently the "misappropriation" is still hard to swallow. I know in my financials, If I am missing a dime I would tear everything apart to find it. The Million dollar question is why haven't the feds made an arrest ? We have a crime over $100k. The City cannot recover the $ is what they are hiding under so they drop a lien.BIG DEAL. So if an arrest was made, what will it expose about our officials besides incompetence? The old adage-"dimeout" comes into play as it takes 2 to tango. I dont think this investigation is far from over and more will come out.
Richard September 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
It boggles my mind that the Board of Alderman has decided not to release the names of the roads that were repaired. Is it a State secret? They all need to be tossed out of office. It is time to apply for a Writ of Mandamus and compel these A-holes to name the roads that were repaired. They are all hiding something. I will not be voting for any of them next November 2013. Do you hear me knuckleheads? You will not be reelected. It is bad enough that the town's mill rate went up, that there has been embezzlement, and now the town cannot account for millions of dollars on previous road construction. I for one will be voting against any new funds for anything in Shelton. By the way, take your new recycle and garbage disposal program and shove it up your collective..................................
Robert September 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
It seems that the lack of quality dedicated people are hard to find. The good ole boys network lives on until the public gets it finally.
Michele Bialek September 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I have been reading about the recent finance dept scandal as well some of the other "ethical" issues in our city. I am a person who needs to hear all sides of the story before forming my own opinion and in looking at this post, a glaring question comes to mind- Aren't we as citizens supposed to be able to see where our money is being spent? I am speaking out of sheer ignorance when I ask this question. I am curious as to whether or not surrounding towns are privy to their budgeting and expenditures at any given time. Is there a justifiable reason that we are not able to simply ask to "see the bills"? This does not seem to be a partisan issue, but one of informed citizenship and accountability in general. I am a small business owner who uses Quickbooks and it is a straightforward program where I can quite simply allocate and organize my whole business from my computer. Is there not such a program in place for local government? It seems that it would be quite beneficial if our city could get on board with some type of networked accounting and book-keeping system if it is not already in place. Aren't we all in essence "share-holders" of this city? And do we not have a legal right to know where our money is going? If not, I stand corrected, but that would seem unlikely as well as unfortunate.
DW September 12, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Ask Alderman Simonetti how his road got paved. There's no way that roads in Old Dairy Estates off of Maple Ave could be so bad that they needed to be repaved. There's about 40 houses on that road with, at most, maybe 75 cars driving in and out on a daily basis. It just shows that people in power get what they want.
Susan September 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I was wondering the same about the roads in Old Dairy Estates - now I'm understanding it a little better.


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