Letter: Westport approved $8 million station — That should be plenty


To the editor:

As Reagan used to say, "Here we go again.”

The town voted in $8 million for a new police station that is over two times the size of the current station and yet the population of the town has only increased about 10 percent since it was built.

Now the department gets a bid that is almost 25 percent higher and what do you do? Oh that is okay — we will just grab some free cash and take out a separate loan.

No! The department should stay under the $8 million in total and scale back the absurdities in order to stay under the $8 million.

I ran four companies with over 600 associates and if I ever made an error of that magnitude I would have been history — terminated!

So, do something about it for once and get some fiscal responsibility before we lever ourselves into the stratosphere.

It is pure and simple abuse!

Jim ‘Sham’ Hunt



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