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Alarm bells are going off and we need to wake up in Greenwich. Someone(s) are really going to be seriously injured or worse because our leaders refuse to take care of our town. Our infrastructure is outdated, our toxic fields are sitting without remediation after all these years, our schools, which do not even comply with federal law, are literally falling apart and we don’t have adequate fire service for one of the largest parts of town — all because those who run the town believe you should not fix anything unless there is absolutely no alternative. Forget actual urban planning. We can’t even contemplate preventing emergencies. And while our property values may be experiencing a COVID increase (after over a decade of decline and/or stagnation), that condition is likely temporary as new buyers will choose New Canaan, Darien and Westport over Greenwich. Let us count a few of the reasons why this is an eventuality.
First Selectman Fred Camillo famously stated, “schools don’t teach; teachers teach” in response to criticism of our crumbling school buildings. Then North Mianus School experienced a catastrophic ceiling collapse that could have killed school children had school been in session. During a recent Representative Town Meeting committee meeting, five out of 12 Public Works Committee members, including the chair, Michael Spilo, voted against the proposed appropriation of funds to fix the North Mianus School as requested by the Board of Education, some wanting to wait until the school is slated for upgrades — in 2035!