Letters to the Editor
Open letter to Karl Kilduff, town administrator:
Attached is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the updated draft Design Development Budget Summaries for the shuffle projects at 35 Leroy Avenue and Town Hall (2 Renshaw Road) that were distributed at the Mather Center Building Committee's special meeting Friday, Aug. 12. I asked you for a copy of the summaries as we were leaving the meeting. You told me that you would not provide them to me, and that I should, instead, "FOIA them."
Friday's meeting was open to the public. As you know, I am a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, a group which must ultimately vote upon the projects. I am also a Darien taxpayer. As such, I have a right to know about the cost and developing scope of these proposed projects, even in draft form.
I am disappointed at your response that I must submit a FOIA request to get information which I, and every other Darien taxpayer, am entitled to review. Public information is just that. Putting up hurdles that make it more difficult for Darien's citizens to obtain information about a proposal of keen public interest sends the wrong message to all of us.
I hope that you will reconsider your position that the documentation presented at the Aug. 12 Mather Center Building Committee's public meeting can only be released to members of the public through a FOIA request. However, in the event that you don't, you now have my request for it under Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act.