P&Z alternate appointment in Ledyard becomes controversial
Read the full article at: https://www.theday.com/local-news/20220118/pampz-alternate-appointment-in-ledyard-becomes-controversial
"In meetings last Wednesday, current commission Chairman Tony Capon and member Nate Woody voiced support for Evans. Woody announced his resignation from the commission in the public comment portion of last Wednesday's Town Council meeting, out of disgust with some councilors' statements.
"This council has decided to slander someone who has done nothing but work hard for this town and dedicated hours of service to this town. You've achieved a new low," Woody said. He announced his resignation and concluded, "So there's another vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and I encourage Ms. Evans to apply again. Make this council suffer through another round of embarrassment of refusing to approve a qualified nominee."
He said between the way the council "railroaded" Cruz-Glacken over the summer and now the issue with Evans, the council "appears to have a problem with women who have opinions."
...Woody said in his resignation letter, "As a zoning commissioner, it is alarming that the well-established fact that zoning can be and has been used as a tool of discrimination is controversial to the town council. I simply cannot watch a fellow commissioner be treated so poorly and I have no interest or ability to participate in the politicization of the Ledyard PZC."
Capon echoed Woody's comments. "We have people who are dedicated volunteers, and Hilary is one of them," he said. "If we start politicizing our boards and commissions, we're going to find that the kind of people that we want on our boards and commissions will simply not serve, and the people who do serve will be people who have personal agendas that motivate them."
If you would like to see these discussions for yourself or for more information:
To watch the full January 12, 2022 Town Council Meeting video, it is available here:
The January 12, 2022 Town Council Admin Meeting Video is also a must watch and will help provide context for what occurred in the subsequent Town Council meeting:
From State Representative Christine Conley and Senator Cathy Osten:
The Department of Transportation has announced a project to upgrade traffic signals at various locations across the state. Construction for these projects is scheduled to begin in April 2022.
Ledyard will receive upgrades at the following locations (also see image):
Ledyard-Route 12 at Military Highway & Shopping Center Drive (Intersection No. 071-205)
Ledyard-Route 12 at Hurlbutt Road & Shopping Center Drive (Intersection No. 071-228)
The community input from the recent Town Council meeting is a MUST WATCH. This week's TC Admin meeting and Board of Education meeting are also chock full of important information.
Stay informed of town news and the decisions being made by town leaders by watching any one or more of this week's meeting videos!
To watch the full Town Council Meeting video, it is available here:
The recent Town Council Admin Meeting Video is also a must watch and will help provide context for what occurred in the subsequent Town Council meeting:
Wednesday's Board of Education meeting featured Supt. Hartling presenting the proposed school budget for next year. WATCH:
(Mr. Hartling starts his budget presentation at minute 52)
Please be sure to watch at the 1 hr. 1 minute mark, when Mr. Hartling shows how our district's funding compares to our neighboring funding. See image.
**The BOE is still accepting input on this budget. Send your input, ideas, and thoughts to:
BOE@ledyard.net, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, AND firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Board of education incumbents and candidates' goals include:
- ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING INVOLVEMENT AND INPUT FROM STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS TO MAKE POLICIES IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS.
- Insisting on TRANSPARENCY, CLEAR COMMUNICATION, AND COLLABORATION between the Administration, staff, parents, and students.
- Implementing policies that will help INCREASE THE RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY IN OUR TEACHER/STAFF population. Over 25% of Ledyard High School graduates are Black and Brown, while our teachers do not come close to matching that ratio.
- Empowering students and teachers to have HONEST, OPEN DISCUSSIONS about history and culture.
- CONSULT with our local INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES on curriculums to ACCURATELY and APPROPRIATELY teach and represent indigenous people.
- Fully APPRECIATING THE VIBRANT DIVERSITY IN OUR STUDENT BODY and celebrating all that makes us unique as well as all that unites us.
As stated by current BOE vice chair Kate Di-Palma-Herb, “our staff should be representative of our student body and currently it is not. We are making progress toward our goal of a more diverse staff, but we are not done. Every student should see themselves represented in the staff and find trusted adults that they can lean on for guidance, mentorship, and understanding. I will continue to advocate for staffing goals that include diversity in hiring and an environment of inclusion.” (Source: https://www.vote411.org/ballot)
To be absolutely clear, do ANY of our candidates advocate teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Ledyard Public Schools? Absolutely not - because there is no curriculum for CRT in grade schools. CRT is a collegiate and law school-level academic framework that examines how systems, policies, and the law perpetuate systemic racism.
We hope this helps to clarify our candidates’ positions. Please send any questions to email@example.com!
Even after the shocking events of January 6 and the clear threat posed to our democracy, the Ledyard Republican Town Committee still bought into the "Big Lie" promoted by the former president.
They hosted "Fight Voter Fraud" at their March RTC meeting, a discredited organization whose frivolous lawsuits have been consistently thrown out in court (see comments for more info/links). The RTC's chosen speaker was "scolded for filing invalid complaints."
The Ledyard RTC are too extreme for Ledyard.
Enough is enough. We need a town government that is:
View our platform and candidate info on our website at www.ledyarddtc.com/candidates.
Republicans like to say they are the party of fiscal responsibility and accountability, but under their leadership, Ledyard's school renovation project has dragged on, costing us taxpayers hundreds of thousands of extra dollars, while they repeatedly deflect blame.
The school renovation project has been badly managed by Republican leadership, who have not held irresponsible contractors accountable for fulfilling their contracts in a timely manner.
Since we have been unable to close out these projects when they were supposed to have been already finished, it is costing our town tens of thousands of dollars EVERY MONTH that this project stays open.
Ledyard Republicans have been unable to come up with solutions. Instead, they consistently try to blame others and downplay the seriousness of the problems.
Enough is enough. We need a town government that is:
View the Democratic candidates' platform at www.ledyarddtc.com/platform and learn more at: www.ledyarddtc.com/candidates!
COVID-19 is a valid reason for using an Absentee Ballot in 2021. All the info you need, including the application links and addresses for all Town Clerks, are at ctdems.org/absentee. Ledyard's Town Clerk can be reached at 464-3257 - call and ask for an application if you want to vote absentee!
Information on the Democratic candidates for Board of Education and Town Council is now live on our website! Read about the candidates at www.ledyarddtc.com/candidates.
The candidates are (in alphabetical order):
For Board of Education: Kate DiPalma-Herb, Carmen Garcia-Irizarry, Mary Harris, Joanne Kelley, Nakai Northup, and Alex Rode.
For Town Council: Nicole Cruz-Glacken, Hilary Evans, Mary McGrattan, Naomi Rodriguez, and Bill Saums.
There are so many ways for you to help elect this impressive slate of candidates!
Help fund the campaign - pay for signs, doorhangers, ads, postcards, and more: www.ledyarddtc.com/donate.html
Let us know how you would like to be involved at www.bit.ly/LedyardDemsCampaign2021: Host signs in your yard, write letters to editors, help with voter outreach, plan or attend events, share social media - whether you have more time or less - there's something for everyone!
At a recent special meeting, the DTC voted unanimously to put forth a second candidate for the seat, following the Council's denial of Nicole Cruz-Glacken for the vacancy.
While the Town Council makes the final decision of who to appoint to fill a vacancy, as designated by Ledyard's charter, the LDTC Bylaws require that we take action when a vacancy occurs in an elective position. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our party's voice is fully represented on the Town Council, including recommending the candidate(s) that we feel best represent our values and will best serve the town.
Hilary Evans has years of experience on the Ledyard Conservation and Planning & Zoning Commissions, as well as the Ledyard Housing Authority. She is currently the chair of the Conservation Commission and treasurer for the Housing Authority. She was instrumental in bringing in grants to the Housing Authority and improving its financial standing. She serves as the DTC Vice-Chair and ran for Town Council in 2019. She is also on the Board of Charity Challenge, a group that organizes events to raise money for local charities that help veterans, victims of domestic violence, and those struggling with addiction.
Hilary has a degree in Political Science, with a concentration in legal studies and a minor in American History. She works in the insurance industry. Through her employer, she is a member of the Bouvier Brigade, which raises money and does volunteer work for a variety of causes, including suicide prevention, food insecurity, mental illness, and addiction.
Hilary's extensive municipal experience has given her the skills to work well on a bipartisan basis and develop well-balanced policy. Hilary will bring a depth of knowledge about the town and fresh ideas to the Council that will serve Ledyard well.
Nicole continues to have the DTC's full support and confidence. We thank her for volunteering to fill this seat, and look forward to her serving in other leadership capacities in the near future. The decision to nominate Hilary does not reflect in any way on Nicole. We believe that in rejecting Nicole, the Council missed an opportunity to demonstrate graceful bipartisanship and welcome a compelling, insightful voice to their ranks.
Hilary and Nicole are just two of the leading Democratic voices in town, among a growing group of residents who bring energy, talent, and a desire to serve Ledyard.