First we take a look at the meat of the Hour article:
The resolution lends the city’s support to both projects and states that city staff will consider residents’ comments and concerns, and work to incorporate grass snow shelves, plantings, pedestrian amenities and underground utilities into the widening of East Avenue, between the railroad bridge and Interstate 95.
Councilman Douglas E. Hempstead last month put forward several language revisions aimed at making the road-widening project more than simply asphalt.
Here is Doug Hempstead doing what council members are supposed to do, making language changes to Council resolutions so that they are clear and convey what the council as a body wants to accomplish. So no, it wasn’t Doug Hempstead trying to politicize East Ave.
District C Councilwoman Laurel E. Lindstrom, who opposed the road widening and resolution as originally proposed, lent her support to the resolution in a written statement.
“Keeping the small-town feel of Norwalk while accommodating the realities of the city we’ve become is at the heart of residents’ concerns,” said Lindstrom, who is also president of the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association. “And the amendment to add further public information sessions will allow opportunities for additional comment.”
The amendment, added by Lindstrom, states that city staff “will conduct further public information sessions during the development of the roadway improvement project.”
Here is council member Laurel Lindstrom making sure that the public has input into the the final design considerations of the planned widening. She opposed the previous resolution, made amendments to address her concerns and voted for the current resolution. So no, it wasn’t Laurel Lindstrom politicizing the widening East Ave.
District C Councilman Nicholas D. Kydes, who fully supported both projects from the start, thanked the East Norwalk Business Association, its President Winthrop Baum, and “all the people of East Norwalk and Norwalk in general that have signed my petition to move this forward.”
Wait, what’s this? A petition? Don’t people who are not in government create petitions so that people in government can see that there’s a constituent demand for something?
“I’m glad we got beyond the politicization of this project and are moving it forward,” Kydes said. “Now all of Norwalk will benefit from this definitely needed improvement.”
And now for the clincher. Announcing that the politicization is over. Well he should know, because he certainly is prime candidate for politicizing an issue. It’s like he’s running a campaign or something. Oh wait.
source: The Hour, Council OKs plan for widening East Avenue, By RObert Koch, August 11, 2009