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What Being Transparent Means to Me

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines transparent as “free from pretense or deceit, easily detected or seen through, readily understood and characterized by visibility or accessibility of information.”

To me, transparent means being accessible, honest, timely, predictable, coherent, and plausible.

You should be able to reach or meet me.

You should get a response without waiting days or weeks.

You should understand how I think, what my motives are, and what I’ve taken into account to make a decision. My responses should be clear and believable.

You should know what I know. Nothing hidden, nothing behind closed doors.

You should be able to see the connections between the details and the big picture—without being overwhelmed with information (unless, of course, that’s what you want).

To me, transparent means being accountable for my actions. It means developing, sharing, and sticking to comprehensive policies.

These are the principles I adhere to in my professional life, and I’ll bring them to the office of First Selectman.

—Sandra Pierog

Sandra Pierog is a current member of the Board of Selectmen and the Democratic candidate for First Selectman. She’s truly #BetterForBolton, and you can find out more about her here.

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Bolton Events 10/10–10/13

It’s a busy week in Bolton.

On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen meets at 7:00 at Town Hall. The agenda includes an update on the Charter Oak Greenway trail, the budget, the state plan of conservation and development, “granny pods,” the natural gas project, and Bolton’s 300th anniversary celebration.

On Wednesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 7:30 at Town Hall. The agenda includes the continuation of a public hearing on proposed amendments to the town’s “irregular lots” regulation and an informal discussion of potential plans for the Bolton Mobil gas station.

On Thursday, the Board of Education meets at 6:30 in the Bolton High School Library. The agenda (available here) includes a special item inviting staff and community input on the 2018–2019 budget, a presentation from EASTCONN Food Services, and consideration of numerous policies. (BOE meetings are recorded for broadcast on the Community Voice Channel.)

On Friday, the Bolton Lions Club presents a pasta dinner at Bolton Center School from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Let the Lions cook for you tonight, catch up with friends and neighbors, and support an organization that does great things in town.

For anyone interested in catching up on the issues our local government is considering, this is a great week to try to get out to a meeting or two.

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The Less Things Change . . .

Did you know

  • that Republicans have controlled the First Selectman position for at least the last 20 years?
  • that Republicans have controlled the Board of Selectmen for nearly all of the last 20 years?
  • that Republicans have controlled the Board of Finance for at least the last 20 years, often with 5-2 supermajorities?
  • that Republicans have controlled the Planning and Zoning Commission for at least the last 20 years, always with 5-2 supermajorities?

GraphicHave Republicans made Town Hall work better for you? Have they accomplished anything on issues that matter to you, like senior housing or bringing new businesses to Bolton?

Did you know that the only elected board Democrats have led in the last 20 years is the Board of Education? Contrast the results accomplished by their leadership with the results of the Republicans leading other town boards.

For example, did you know

  • that Bolton High School is a national Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School?
  • that Bolton regularly rank among the top districts in the state for student performance on state tests?
  • that Bolton’s superintendent is highly respected, recognized across the state as an outstanding educator and administrator?
  • that the #1 reason people give for why they move to Bolton is the high quality of the schools?

If you’re unhappy with things in Bolton, if you feel the town is moving in the wrong direction, ask yourself, Who’s been in charge for the last 20 years?

The Bolton Democratic team, led by First Selectman candidate Sandra Pierog is #BetterForBolton.

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Better Communication, Better Public Safety, Better for Bolton

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Bolton’s Resident State Trooper building by Town Hall

Did you know that under CT Statutes the First Selectman for a town without a police department is considered the chief of police?

As First Selectman, Sandy Pierog will work with Bolton’s Resident Troopers to set up a Facebook page similar to the ones Andover, ColumbiaHebron, and Marlborough already have.

These pages serve an important public safety function and are another line of communication between residents and their government.

BOLTON needs one too!

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Bolton Heritage Weekend, 9/30–10/1

Bolton Heritage Weekend kicks off this Saturday with a family tree–making event at the Bentley Memorial Library (11–2). Cookies will be served!

Then at 11:30 at the Bolton Congregational Church, Fire Chief Bruce Dixon presents the history of the Bolton Volunteer Fire Department, which is celebrating 75 years of service to Bolton. Thanks to the Bolton Historical Society (and to BHS president and ZBA member John Toomey) for sponsoring the event

At 2:30, also at BCC, the Bolton Land Trust hosts “Fermentation with Friends.”

From 4:30 to 6:00 the Bolton United Methodist Church hosts an Italian dinner with proceeds to benefit MACC and Bolton PTA “No Kid Hungry” (cofounded by BOE member Kate Gallé, this program helps ensure that no Bolton student goes without food on weekends and school breaks).

On Sunday, from 1:00 to 3:00, the Heritage Farm barn will be open for tours, and the Heritage Farm Commission will hold a tag sale to benefit the farm. Thank you to the commission and to commission chair (and First Selectman candidate and current BOS member) Sandra Pierog for all your efforts in organizing these events!

For full details, see the latest Bolton Bulletin.

Hope to see lots of you out and about!

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Little Things Matter

C. Davey … made a request that the times and locations of regularly scheduled meetings be provided on the town website. R. Morra apologized and explained the town is currently short staffed due to medical issues. He will make sure it is addressed by the next meeting.

This short paragraph is from the minutes of the Bolton Board of Selectmen’s March 28, 2017, meeting. It tells a story that has become all too common in Bolton. Because, despite Mr. Morra’s promise, the issue was not addressed by the next BOS meeting.

In fact, as of today, six months later, the issue has still not been addressed.

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