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Killingworth Republican Town Committee votes to oppose new town hall addition

The Killingworth Republican Town Committee passed a resolution by majority vote to condemn the Killingworth Town Hall addition project

During its monthly meeting Thursday, the Killingworth Republican Town Committee passed a resolution by majority vote to condemn the proposal to build the Killingworth town hall addition in the project's current form.  

The project to build an addition to the town hall, dubbed sarcastically by many critics as “The Big Red Barn” as well as “Iino’s Barnyard”, has been deemed financially irresponsible for the town in the current economic climate.  It has also been criticized for the many unnecessary and extravagant features it will contain, such as geothermal heating and solar powering.  Above all, the project has been denounced for its $3.5 million dollar price tag, making it one of the most expensive projects in the town’s entire history.  

One member who voted in favor of the resolution explained during Thursday’s meeting that while the KRTC is not opposed to fixing legitimate problems or replacing worn sections of the town hall, legitimate repairs are considered a necessity while the “Big Red Barn” is without a doubt a luxury, and in this economic climate, “we need to draw the line on what the town officials need, and what the town officials want”.  Another member noted that the stated $3.5 million budget was dangerously misleading because if unforeseen cost overruns occur, it could place the total amount well above the original stated $3.5 million budget.  It would then become impractical to abandon the project during mid-completion and the Iino administration would then request and receive from the taxpayers watever additional funding is needed to complete the project.  Many members have noted that the primary reason for the exorbitant cost of the project is due to the inflexibility of the demand that so many features nonessential to town government be included in the project.   This is almost certainly why the planners could not offer more cost effective alternatives to the proposed project.

The Killingworth Republican Town Committee had released an official statement of protest on this project.  There will be additional statements throughout the coming weeks to inform town residents on the impracticality and hidden dangers of the town hall addition.  A town referendum for residents to vote whether they wish to approve or deny the $3.5 million plus addition has been scheduled for July 24th, and the KRTC strongly urges all people who pay taxes in Killingworth regardless of their political affiliation to come to the referendum to vote against this project.  

“This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, it is a non-partisan tax and spend issue.”, KRTC Chairman Matthew Young stated after the resolution was passed.  “It is an issue of a town administration with expensive tastes vs. the residents of Killingworth being asked to pay for them.  Enough is enough."

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Dave Adametz July 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Ed, I do see your point, but I'm not sure I can agree. From the meeting minutes and her own announcements it's been clearly demonstrated that Selectman Iino is one of the main proponents if not the main proponent of this project. It therefore cannot be debated that if this project wasn't "her barnyard" (FYI to whoever came up with that, I'm stealing it) it would have foundered long ago. If sarcastic remarks are being spread on this...and it sounds like there are...then there's clearly a lot of frustration and disgust about the project driving it. That said, nowhere does it say we are obligated to blindly agree with the representatives of our respective political parties in all things. I'm a Republican and I can still say there were many things I disagreed with Pres. Bush on and there are many things I disagree with Romney on. This isn't a political issue so our brothers and sisters in the Democrat camp should understand that a vote against this project is not a betrayal of their own Democrat principles, nor is even an betrayal of their support of Selectman Iino. It's simply a case that noone wants to be forced to buy more than what they need, regardless of what political party they belong to. "Geothermal heating"? I mean, really?
Karen Milano July 10, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Well said, Ed. When will we become a community that is capable of leaving sarcasm and snide remarks out of a debate? Certainly in this very small town we should be able to address our concerns without the nastiness... yet it continues. Inevitably and with any luck, we all grow old.....but we don't all grow up.
Dave Adametz July 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Karen, I can't speak for whoever else is using that term, but for me, the "Iino's Barnyard" sarcasm amuses me for the simple reason that I detest the design of the thing. The poorly named "barn inspired design" is unprofessional and unbecoming a small town municipal building; name one neighboring town that has a big red barn for a town hall. If that isn't atrocious enough, they're going to attach it to the original traditional designed building, the juxtaposition of which will be as bizarre as Humphrey Bogart playing in an Adam Sandler movie . Our family has been in Killingworth for six generations, and as a born and raised Killingworth native myself I can say this thing isn't even remotely honoring our New England farming heritage. It's what someone coming from a big city would imagine what New England farming heritage would be from watching too much television. That said, the project has enough legitimate issues as it is to warrant having it voted down, so bringing up such subjective ones is largely moot.
Karen Milano July 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Dave, the fact that the sarcasm "amuses" you is precisely part of the problem. Thank you for underscoring my point. It has nothing to do with moving toward productive solutions to concerns you might rightfuly have and only creates an ugly atmosphere.
George Hedrick July 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM
After attending the meeting we still don't know the real cost of the town hall yet is is going to vote on the 24th. In the infamous words of the former speaker of the house,we have to pass it before we find out what's in it. Why don't we just fix what's broken?

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