At the request of the Planning & Zoning Chairman, the DJFL conducted research on state-of-the art field lighting technology, which can now be found in Westport. Like the DHS Stadium Field, Staples High School also sits in the middle of a "quiet" residential area.
Please see the attached memo above to review the findings. View Comment
Mrs. Cleary fails to mention that there were two comprehensive needs-based studies commissioned by two seperate administrations (Klein & Campbell) which reached a similar conclusion: The need for a facility that is at least 18,000 square feet which can be utilized by not only seniors, but all generations and includes multiple services and the arts in one facility.
Note that the estimate associated with the construction of a stand-alone facility would run up to $7 million, which matches the cost of the Shuffle, yet a stand alone center would delivers the town much less utility.
To review these studies and much more, please see www.VoteYesDarien.com and DarienCT.gov
Ironically, while the GOP was in the minority, it gracefully worked with the Dem majority. Clearly, that has not the case in the reverse these last two years. Perhaps the minority should have a lesson in proper parlimentary procedure...
"The great lesson for democracies to learn is the majority to give the minority a full, free opportunity to present their side of the case, and then for the minority, having failed to win a majority of their views, gracefully submit and to recognize the action as that of the entire organization, and cheerfully assist in carrying it out, until they can secure its repeal"
-Henry M. Robert (Robert's Rules)
Ironically, the idea of building a multi-generational community center is not a new concept. In September '08, the previous administration, lead by Evonne Klein, shared the following vision with the RTM: "The Darien Community Activity Center would strive to meet the program needs of seniors, the arts, and the community in a single, comprehensive facility."
Sounds like virtually the same concept as what is being proposed by the current Board of Selectmen, no? View Comment