WILTON — In the initial stages of the meeting on March 6, there was an announcement updating the audience of a plan to have the Executive Director of The Committee on Open Government, a unit in the Department of State, Robert Freeman, meet with the Wilton Town Board.
The Committee on Open Government is a unit in the Department of State that oversees and advises the government, public and news media on freedom of information, open meetings and personal privacy protection laws, according to the organization’s webpage on the Department of State’s website. The Committee on Open Government provides training to government and other interested groups.
The public is invited to attend event which is planned to be rescheduled for April.
The board then moved on to approve the resignation of former Wilton Planning Board member Don Needham.
First alternate Dr. David Gabay of Gabay Chiropractic, located in Saratoga Springs, is now a member of the planning board.
“Wilton Community Meet and Greet”: Board Reaches Out To Hear Public Comment
In the Wilton Mall near the entrance of Healthy Living on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., town board members as well as planning and zoning board members will be available for public comments, questions, concerns and criticisms.
Holding a “Wilton Community Meet and Greet” was one of Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar’s initiatives when she first took her position on the board, she said.
“This will probably be one of the first times the Town Board members have reached out to the general public in a long time,” Klepetar said.
“We don’t have a lot of participation from the busy folks in Wilton,” she said. “So, I think it’s important to reach out and find out what’s important to them.”
She plans to hold a “Wilton Meet and Greet” at least every other month in the future.
“R U Okay?” Response Program Gets New Start
The program “R U Okay?”, a phone tree system to contact seniors or community members, was reintroduced by Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar.
The program, which was last updated in 2008, serves as a way for volunteers to contact individuals who may need assistance in an emergency, such as in the event of a power outage or gas leak. Klepetar is taking names to update the current call list.
“It’s kind of like a phone tree,” Klepetar said. “Every volunteer will have people to call to make sure they (individuals included on the list) are okay.”