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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wallingford council OKs $1,000 for planning office online access

As posted online on Tuesday April 17, 2012

Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:41 pm | Updated: 1:08 pm, Tue Apr 17, 2012.

Russell Blair

WALLINGFORD – The Town Council approved an appropriation of $1,000 to add internet access to the Planning and Zoning office, but whether or not the Internet is set up will be decided by the mayor.

During a budget workshop for the department, Acting Town Planner Kacie Castello said that having the Internet in her office would increase efficiencies.

“Email would be extremely helpful,” Castello said Tuesday. “A lot of state agencies communicate via the Internet.”

Currently, Castello and other town offices without Internet access have to go to the Program Planning office on the third floor of Town Hall to conduct business on the web.

The proposal to add the money passed by a 5-4 vote, with Republican Councilors Craig Fishbein and John LeTourneau joining Democrats John Sullivan, Nick Economopoulos and Jason Zandri to approve the funds. Republicans Robert Parisi, the council chairman, Rosemary Rascati, Thomas Laffin and Vincent Cervoni opposed the funding.

LeTourneau said he was concerned that Castello and Linda Bush, the former town planner, were using home computers and personal email accounts to conduct town business.

“That’s crazy, not in this day and age,” he said.

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