Tim Ackert the Republican Party endorsed candidate for the 8th district seat in the General Assembly has come out against the position of the Coventry Republican Town Committee over the referendum to be held on August 31. Mr. Ackert spoke at the recent public hearing on the new public works garage and rejected the published position of his party.
According to the minutes of the public hearing held on August 12th Mr. Ackert encouraged voters to vote for and thereby approve the new facility. In fact he apparently went beyond that call for approval and asked the committee to expand the project. The minutes reflect him “wanting the committee to think about adding storage for school buses”.
At a time when the Republican Town Committee is asking about scaling back the project on their website it seems odd that their local candidate is asking to expand the project. In these difficult economic times when even tax and spend Democrats are talking about holding the line on spending Mr. Ackert wants to expand the project.
Coventry voters rejected the proposal earlier this year and residents talked about reducing the size and cost of the project. Now along comes Mr. Ackert and on the eve of a new vote on the same proposal he calls for expanding the project. Does it make you wonder what he will do given the opportunity to vote in the General Assembly on a larger State spending project? Perhaps the label of tax and spend will be extended to Mr. Ackert if he is elected to represent Coventry at the State Capitol.
The Republican Town Committee is endorsing a positive vote for the school roof project but has not endorsed the Public Works Garage. In fact the Republican Town Committee website says, “We cannot support the DPW project without serious answers to serious questions. The town voted this exact project down and yet it is being offered to us again with no changes and an obvious deaf ear to the people’s voice.”
The original proposal included ideas such as thermo-heating and large high ceiling garage space. After the first vote citizens voiced concern about the overall size and cost of the project hoping for a more affordable edition after changes were considered. They had hope but there has been no change.
Perhaps the Public Works Garage is like the tipper barrel issue, until faced by overwhelming vocal opposition the majority on the Town Council will not listen and act to calls for change. If the Republican Town Committee thinks there is a deaf ear when it comes to change one has to wonder what they think of Mr. Ackert’s listening skills in calling for an expansion of the project.
For more details concerning the Republican Town Committee position on the referendum issues here is a link to their website; http://sites.google.com/site/coventryrtc/commentary/rtcstanceon831townreferendum
The Democratic Town Committee had no available position concerning the referendum issues on their website.