To the Editor:
Can I add my 2 cents to the growing debate over the proposal to build a new City Hall in downtown Shelton, near the post office? I think it’s a bad idea.
This might have been a good idea 25 or 30 years ago when Shelton was a depressing place and we were trying to attract new business, residents, developers and visitors. A spanking shiny new City Hall would have been a proud asset to show off.
Instead, through some good luck with the new Route 8 pushing through Shelton with many exit and entrance ramps, good vision and planning by city fathers and officials in the 1980s, risk-taking by several developers (especially Bob Scinto, who decided to “build and they will come”), we have since experienced extraordinary attractive and successful development and prosperity.
We now have it all, despite using a musty old City Hall for many years. In fact, having a humble City Hall has set the culture in town for efficient and functional government and development. No frills here.
I like it that way, as it has kept our taxes very low. Our city employees have learned to do more with less.
Today we have many fine restaurants, six hotels, great recreation facilities, much open space, a dog park, a new animal shelter, ponds, walkways, woods, farms, two golf courses, a winery, skating rinks, driving range, attractive senior center, and housing that runs the gamut from three trailer parks to million dollar high-rise condos.
Even the school system has slowly improved, although we are behind in performance to nearby Milford, Monroe and Trumbull. Our sports programs and successes are famous across the state.
It has been said that if God were to live on earth, he would probably settle in Shelton. We have a jewel of a community of responsible, hard-working, good people who look out for neighbors.
Anyway, if money is indeed available for a new City Hall, I would rather just give another coat of paint to — and keep — the current building, and use the extra funds to buy out the owners of some of the deteriorating tentaments and apartment houses on and around Howe Avenue, and create more parking for residents and visitors.