First selectman debate focuses on shuffle project
Published 11:05 pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The shuffle project was the topic of interest as the first selectman candidates debated Tuesday night.
With the shuffle project still awaiting final approval, the candidates were asked their opinions of the project and whether they were in favor or against it.
"I am a strong advocate for the shuffle and I think it's a real opportunity for the community to think outside the box," Republican candidate for first selectman Jayme Stevenson said.
She added that because so many youth activities were held at Town Hall it was the ideal place to have a senior center.
"We already function as a community center here at Town Hall, so it is the perfect opportunity," she said.
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"The shuffle project was kicked around the RTM before now and we all realized it would be wildly expensive, so I was surprised when the idea came up again," he said. "The two areas that killed it for me were the cost and the fact the old library property is being used for office space."
Noe said he would prefer to see senior housing at 35 Leroy Ave. as opposed to increasing the amount of space the Board of Education has to use.
Like Noe, Democratic candidate John Lundeen did not believe the reasons for the shuffle justified the costs.
"It seems we have a man who has the credibility to estimate the costs and it turns out he misestimated by a factor of 100 percent," Lundeen said. "The BOE does not need new offices and I would not do the project if elected."
Tuesday night's debate marked the second of three debates for the candidates. The final debate will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Darien Library.