Granby mayor doesn’t really want to hear all voices
March 20, 2008
To the Editor:
I was interested to read that Mayor Ted Wang’s proposal to ban future pawnshops and tattoo parlors in downtown Granby was based on his desire to listen to the voice of every citizen. He said a “half-dozen” people had commented about such businesses to him and he felt their voices, even if a minority, should be heard. He has since rescinded his request to ban such businesses in the wake of a large public outcry against his proposal.
I was interested because his effort to bend over backwards and listen to the voice of that “half-dozen” people contradicts how he “listened” to my comments before the Granby board of trustees more than a year ago.
I had asked the board to consider three options for providing sewage treatment to my new home that was under construction east of Granby. The town has some authority over what types of sewage treatment I am allowed to provide even though my home is in the county and not within the town limits of Granby.
My wife and I were barely half way through our presentation to the board when Mayor Wang piped up, interrupted my wife and said he had heard enough about the options for my house. Our presentation was cut short and we didn’t have a chance to present completely our point of view to the board of trustees. His interruption could have cost us a considerable sum of money since two of the options being considered by the board would have required us to complete considerable extra work and spend lots of cash.
This is hardly what I’d call the action of a mayor who truly wants to reach out and hear the voices of all the citizens, no matter how small. We were disappointed over such callous treatment by the mayor of Granby.
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I urge a vote for positive change in the upcoming municipal election.