Incumbent Town supervisor Dan Connell shakes hands with first-time candidate Jim Carroll at the Meet the Candidates Night at the Westport Town Hall, Oct. 17.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
continued Carroll: I was involved with one of the early rounds of this as a member of the school board but what I’m looking at now is that I need to be brought back up to speed as to where the current projects stand so that I can make the best decisions possible and work with the town to make that happen. The issues are not only the structures themselves, the need for them to be upgraded, but also whether or not they need to be replaced and how, that means going over all the options.
Connell: Well actually there’s another need, we also need a total remodel of the town hall. I have been working since I’ve been supervisor in this problem. We had designed one building to serve the needs of all three and the voters voted that down, basically, as I understand it, because they wanted the town hall to remain where it was. We now have a committee working on the fire station and highway garage. In fact next week we have the first meeting with the architect. We also have a separate committee working on the town hall, and their report is due out in a couple of weeks. Obviously these are expensive projects, but they have to move forward. There are major problems with all three of these buildings, and one of the major questions the public has is the dollar amount. Well you don’t know the dollar amount until you have a design and you start seeking grants and start seeking out. You know what the overall price is going to be, but you don’t know what the cost to the tax payer is going to be until you go through the grant process so that’s what we’re doing now and we’re doing it with these committees that are comprised of town councilmen, fire district commissioners and the public.