Saturday, May 10, 2014
UPDATE Don Bergmann, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) since 2011, has submitted his resignation, according to RTM Moderator Eileen Flug.
In a letter to Flug, Bergmann, 72, said, “My experience as a member of the RTM has caused me to conclude that I am unable to make a contribution to the RTM that will satisfy my own goals and maintain my integrity.
“However, and far more importantly, I have also concluded that the interests of my constituents in District 1 and the voters of Westport in all other districts are not being well served by my efforts as a member of the RTM. These conclusions are based upon my analysis of how the RTM operates.”
In accordance with the Town Charter, the remaining District 1 members will fill the vacancy and the candidate must be a registered voter residing in the district. The term expires in November 2015.
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At today’s press conference held by Senatory Blumenthal, Nancy Alderman, president of North Haven-based Environment and Human Health Inc., who was both at Friday’s Blumenthal announcement and the Hamden PZC meeting, stated she is thrilled the issue is being brought to the White House.
“We are forever grateful to Senator Blumenthal and the executive branch for bringing this forward,’’ Alderman said. “What we really need is Congressional hearings on how these fields got approved in the first place.’’
EHHI called for a moratorium on the installation of fields using crumb rubber in 2006. Connecticut failed to halt the use of this product and towns installed fields and playgrounds. Children have played on the products for a decade.
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