By DONNA WELCH | Wilton
I am the wife of Tim Welch, Village President of Wilton. Wilton is unique in that we have a swimming pool, campground and community center which most village clerks, presidents and boards do not need to contend with. I always thought those were good assets for such a small village, but with our current society, I now believe them not to be worth the tax dollars, staffing issues or controversy.
The continued attacks on the village clerk and most recent issues of the pool have finally caused the breaking point. The majority of the issues/attacks are from non-residents who pay no taxes nor contend with running the village or trying to fill board positions. I believe there are people who support the board, and I hope they will become more vocal — the board needs it and deserves it!
Tim has been very active in community service for over 35 years, and I believe that service has benefited Wilton. He has served on the board as a progressive member and village president with honesty and integrity. His resignation as Village President has been very difficult, but it is time for us to leave the stress and enjoy our retirement. I am very sad that the village is also losing valuable employees who get along and are great team players (I can tell you for certain that has not always been true). I wish them the best in their future.
Since Tim has resigned, someone else can have that big salary of $1,200/year. I would also not be surprised if some board members don’t run again, as traditionally it is always hard to find candidates willing to serve. This will be the chance for those in the cheap seats to get on the board … oh yeah, most can’t because they don’t actually live in Wilton.