Demystifying the RTM

The final word on most important decisions the Town makes, including the Town budget, is the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)

Most municipal governments are run by a mayor, who has administrative and budgetary powers, and a council, which is the legislative body. Newcomers, to Greenwich, and even long-time residents, are often confused about the structure of our Town’s government, which is fairly unique to New England.

How Most Towns Manage Debt . . . Except Greenwich

Today, when a prosperous town needs a capital improvement, such as a school, they will issue a long-term municipal bond to pay for it.

Today, when a prosperous town needs a capital improvement, such as a school, they will issue a long-term municipal bond to pay for it. A long-term bond lets a town address a specific need and helps maintain the value of the town’s infrastructure. It also ensures that citizens who benefit from the capital improvement pay for it over its “useful life” of 20 or 30 years.

An Unknown Gem of Greenwich Public Schools

Most students graduate the AVID program with an acceptance to either a four-year college or community college. 

Our Greenwich Public Schools are amazing in many ways.  Embedded in the curriculum are numerous programs which benefit students who are gifted, developmentally delayed, or emotionally disturbed, as well as students who potentially could fall through the cracks and never obtain a college education due to socioeconomic factors or simply because they were born into families where English is a second language.

Artificial Turf or Natural Grass – What is Right for Greenwich?

If you have seen Mark Ruffalo’s disturbing film “Dark Waters,” you may wonder whether the issue of choosing artificial turf over natural grass for Greenwich playing fields has something similarly sinister going on beneath the surface.

If you have seen Mark Ruffalo’s disturbing film “Dark Waters,” you may wonder whether the issue of choosing artificial turf over natural grass for Greenwich playing fields has something similarly sinister going on beneath the surface.

Making the case for the Education SOMR

Education was, and always will be, our #1 priority.

By Janet McMahon, District 8

Like many other families in town, my husband and I CHOSE to buy a home in Greenwich because we wanted to ensure that our children had access to a quality public school education.

GOP To Parents: “Let them eat cake!” — Education CUT by RTM

The members have no sincere desire for further debate on this issue.

Meeting

by Mareta Hamre, RTM District 10, Education Delegate

At the June RTM meeting Monday, the 230 RTM members and many non-members from the public spent hours debating the Sense of the Meeting Resolution about the BET cuts to the Education budget. All but one of the non-RTM members spoke against the cuts, reflecting the public outcry that has occurred in a petition (signed by roughly 3000 people), a drive-by protest at town hall, and hundreds of emails to RTM members.

Our Twin Trash Problem

With trash-burning plants and landfills at capacity, Connecticut needs to find a solution to its waste problem.

We can fix this. It’s not that difficult to do. You would be shocked at how much less garbage you generate if you participate in programs like food scrap recycling or eliminate single-use disposable items from your household.

Greenwich has a twin trash problem. One is a fiscal problem — how to come up with roughly $1MM annually to pay for the increased cost of recycling. The other is a capacity problem — how to reduce the volume of trash because Connecticut is running out of space for it.

Is My Christianity a Conflict of Interest for Serving in Town Government?

An elected member of the Town government asked if I should be denied re-appointment to my position because of my religion.

At a February meeting of the RTM Appointments Committee, as I was being interviewed to be re-appointed to the Labor Contracts Committee, I was asked whether my religious activity was a conflict of interest.

Growing Old Ungracefully in Greenwich

The state of dedicated senior facilities, which do an amazing job considering the lack of financial resources, is distressing.

By Phyllis Alexander

We followed our children and grandchildren here in search of an idyllic retirement, new friends and a community we could finally have time to enjoy. Delighted by free senior citizen beach and tennis passes, an overwhelming array of activities and a center dedicated to seniors, we thought we had found the perfect spot!