Bethel’s religious display committee disbands
BETHEL — The committee that helped develop the town’s religious display policy has been officially dissolved.
The Board of Selectmen voted earlier this week to disband the committee, which had studied whether the town should allow religious displays on public property.
The selectmen approved last month a policy permitting these displays on P.T. Barnum Square and implementing a lottery if there are too many applicants vying for space.
The committee had wanted a nativity set and an atheist banner, which have been on the square before, to be exempt from any lottery, but the selectmen had ruled the town could not give special treatment to certain displays.
Committee members had met between March and June.
The selectmen voted 2-1 to get rid of the committee, with Selectman Paul Szatkowski arguing it should remain through the application process for this holiday season.
The selectmen said at Tuesday’s meeting they should consider disbanding other committees that are no longer active.