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Letter to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 8-25-17

Thank you to Winsted leaders

In the 15 years that we have lived in Winsted, I have communicated with every level of town government regarding important negative issues, with which we have had to deal, often daily. We were on the verge of moving out of town and turning our house into another rental property for Winsted to have to deal with. 

Then Police Chief William Fitzgerald and Town Manager Bob Geiger entered our lives.

No one has ever responded to us in such a timely and proactive manner as have Chief Fitzgerald and Town Manager Geiger. These two, along with a cohesive Board of Selectmen, are paramount in what is an obvious turn around in town towards a positive wholesome direction.

I encourage all citizens to contact these gentlemen and offer the thanks they so deserve.

This past summer is the first summer in our 15 years living in Winsted that we have had a peaceful summer — void of noise, loud music, large groups hanging out, etc. Chief Fitzgerald got involved and took the bull by the horns. The chief is arguably the best police chief this town has had in a long, long time. Professional, cognizant of the problems, caring, concerned and very dedicated to seeing Winsted better itself. 

We owe him a debt of gratitude, and we need to support him with his needs of staffing and more police officers. We must not be penny wise and pound foolish on this, or we will regret it in the near future. We need to stop the flow of many bad entities trying to take hold here in our lovely town.

Town Manager Geiger is unlike any town manager Winsted has ever had. Totally and tirelessly involved, he is hands on in every realm. We complained about blight in our neighborhood for over 15 years with absolutely no results. Within one week Geiger was personally up here inspecting, taking pictures, taking notes, getting owners’ names and contact information. 

As a result, the neighboring properties have reduced the blight situation dramatically! 

There’s still more to do and it takes time to reverse what has happened over the years. But we have unequivocal confidence that Geiger is the man who will get it done.

We cannot lose when we put those two leaders together with a Board of Selectmen who, for the first time in a very long time, work together, often unanimously on issues that are good for our town.

We must recognize that now is the time, our town is finally turning the corner, and moving forward. What all of us have hoped for so long. Let’s make a commitment to give our leaders the support they need.

Beau Black

 

Winsted