There will be a quick turn around on a Danbury City Council ad hoc committee meeting to look deeper into naming the waste water treatment plant after a comedian who pledged donations to teachers, Connecticut Food Bank and ALS.
During their meeting last night, 4th ward Councilman Farley Santos urged his colleagues to support the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant renaming. More than 60 letters were read into the record during the public comment period, and dozens of others were sent to Council members. He notes that they see the good coming from this at a time when organizations are in dire need due to the pandemic.
Councilman Bob Taborsak and other expressed concern about naming the facility after a person and after a non-Danbury resident. Mayor Mark Boughton noted that it's just a resolution and can be changed by a future Council or future mayor. Santos says if they don't take action and turn down the offer, it will make them look foolish and out of touch with their constituents.
Santos added that the sense of Danbury pride this has ignited is a much needed a boost during these dreary times.
Savings Bank of Danbury and Union Savings Bank have offered to match or exceed Oliver's $55,000 in donations with their share of the money going to the United Way's Danbury Food Collaborative. The ad hoc committee meeting tomorrow will be followed by a special meeting of the entire council.
The mayor has also pledged to give a personal tour of the sewer plant to anyone who donates at least $500 either to the banks’ fundraiser or directly to a Danbury food pantry. Donors should verify their contribution by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.