Smart Growth for Vernon, CT
Energy critique fuels dissent

Letters to the Editor
Journal Inquirer
March 31, 2008

“McCoy’s energy waste” (March 25 letter from Paul Stansel) criticized Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy for using his personal office to conduct town business. While I consider the issue pitifully “petty,” it does need some clarification.

If you have spent any time at Town Hall recently you will know that the third floor renovations, which include the mayor’s office and conference room, are still not completed. The mayor cannot conduct a confidential meeting without evicting someone else from his space.

The fact that this mayor, whose job is part-time, is willing to allow his professional office to be used for town business is both efficient and generous. Given that a large number of town employees are stationed at locations that are actually closer to his place of business than to Town Hall, this practice is consistent with his goal to reduce costs without reducing essential services.

It is blatantly obvious that the opposition party is more focused on finding fault than on finding solutions to what ails Vernon.

William Francis