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Wilton First Selectman Finds No Merit In Complaint Over School Vote

Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan.
Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan. Photo Credit: File Photo

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan has dismissed the complaint of an opponent of the $50 million Miller-Driscoll school renovation project that voters narrowly approved in a Sept. 27 vote.

Alex Ruskewich filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission alleging there were "multiple election violations."

In a release issued Wednesday, Brennan said the complaint has no merit.

"Having reviewed the complaint filed by Mr. Ruskewich to the SEEC and having discussed it with town counsel, the town of Wilton believes there is no basis to the complaint and that the SEEC will ultimately dismiss it as unfounded," he said.

Ruskewich said town employees and school officials committed election violations in the three weeks leading up to the vote. Voters approved the plan by a 27-vote margin out of the 1,931 votes cast.

He said his primary concerns are two-fold: the publication and distribution of "Vote Yes" pamphlet attributed to the town and Yes vote advocacy on Wilton public school grounds during meetings with parents.

He said those meetings "appears to have been financed by an unknown expenditure of Town Funds," in his claim.

Brennan said the town has to move quickly with the Miller-Driscoll School renovation in order to meet the state's reimbursement requirements and time schedule.

"Time is of the essence on this comprehensive school renovation project to insure that our students will have the educational opportunities and learning experience that we feel Wilton parents want for their children," he wrote.

Of the 1,931 voters who cast ballots in the referendum, 979 voted yes while 952 voted no. The town's turnout was only 17 percent of the 11,242 eligible voters in Wilton.

The goals of the project are to extend the life of Miller-Driscoll School for 25 more years and to create space that is functional and can accommodate the growing prekindergarten special needs student population.

Other objectives of the project include bringing the facilities up to current code standards, completing the needed major infrastructure replacements and upgrades, and improving site circulation and safety.

Read more about the vote here in the Daily Voice.

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