Fredette assumes zoning chairmanship

Richard Fredette has been elected the new chairman of the Zoning Commission. The Republican was the only individual nominated for the leadership position at the Jan. 30 meeting.

Rich Fredette Republican

Rich Fredette

“I look forward to the next two years,” Fredette said. “We’ve put together a good team on the Zoning Commission and we will look at things with all Stratford residents in mind.”

He will replace Stephanie Philips, a Democrat who remains on the commission.

Fredette was elected to the commission in the November election but his race technically was a special election, due to a vacancy, so he will need to seek re-election in 2019.

He has previously served on the Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, including as chairman. He works as the town’s anti-blight officer and has been on the Town Council and active with other boards and commissions in town.

Member Mike Henrick nominated Fredette to be the new chairman. Christopher Silhavey was elected as the commission’s vice chairman.

The Jan. 30 meeting represented the first meeting of the Zoning Commission since new members were sworn in after last fall’s election. Four of five members are new. In addition to Fredette, Henrick and Silhavey, the other new member is Alec Voccola. All four of them are Republicans.

Also during the organizational part of the Jan. 30 meeting, Henrick introduced an amendment to allow only members or alternates seated on a case to ask questions of the applicants. The amendment was approved.

A maximum of five people on the commission may hear a case, although more may be present at meetings when dealing with the application. Being “seated” on a case means being one of the five voting members on that application.

The Zoning Commission has five members and three alternates, and different people may be voting on applications based on their attendance at meetings. It often takes more than one meeting to hear and vote on an application.

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  • doug douglas

    If Richie runs zoning like he ran Elite Towing the Town is in great hands.nI drive thru town now and the blight is almost gone.

    • Danny Cook

      We will have to wait and see. There is more blight to get rid of.

      • CT Sam

        Yes there is more blight to get rid of.

      • Alta Vista

        Dear Mr. Cook: While you may certainly do as you wish, I have learned some information (new to me) and believe it is best that I no longer respond to you. Iu2019ve also tried to go back and remove my previous comments.nnHad I known previously what I know now, I would never have engaged in any conversation with you. I thought we were interacting as equals. At this time my only feeling about you is one of sympathy. I sincerely hope that you can find peace and be less angry.

        • Lovejoy

          You are not close to be as equal as Mr. Cook. He did just fine, graduating from grade school, high school, serve in the Air Force and graduating from HCC in 1981 majoring in Accounting. Your previous comments were full of hate and insults aim at him, a senior, and another lady senior who you made fun of with her being blind. We are all are judge for our comments, good or bad. They both write great interesting comments pertaining to the stories and letters to the editor, which all except you enjoy reading. Have a good day, and Mr. Cook and I wish you and your family well.

          • Alta Vista

            Mr. Cook: Since you continue to attack me u2013 6 comments over the past 6 hours u2013 I will reluctantly explain why I wrote what I did above, in your own words from the public record. nnDaniel S. Cook: u201cI am 74 years old with seven serious mental and emotional problems and is being treated by psychiatrist, Dr. Raksha G. Prabhulal, every three months at the state mental hospital in Bridgeport for many years and she prescribed two medicals taken daily.u201dnnStratford Housing Authority vs. Daniel S. Cook, February 14, 2017, Docket FBT-CV-15-5030455-S

          • CT Sam

            Thank you, thank you, thank you! This deadbeat owes the Town $87 and is appealing it based on the fact that the Town is a bully & a thug? He threw out a $37 Plexiglas window without permission and was charged that plus a $50 fine. How much is this court case costing the Town? I say throw the book at him for all the legal fees or else evict his butt out of there! Once again thanks for finding this for us. If finally proves the type of person Mr. Daniel Cook is, a bully, thug and cries blackmail and discrimination when he doesn’t get his way. Imagine if he did get elected to the Town Council. Well just thinking he would fit in perfectly with the 8 puppet bozos that were just elected.

          • Alta Vista

            Actually, the thanks are due to another person who directed me to this information. But it certainly does explain what’s being going on. nnI remain grateful that I am, in his words, “…not close to be as equal as Mr. Cook.”

          • Lovejoy

            For once, you did not lie.

          • SCR

            “Someone” gets to make new accounts and post while they’re on a temporary ban, yet my post is “waiting to be approved”. OK. nI still believe that it’s in everyone’s best interests to just ignore the individual. He feeds off of one thing and one thing only. Attention. He will move on to somewhere else if we don’t give it to him.

          • Lovejoy

            Reassure I will complain to the editor about yours and Alta insults. Danny has days off because you and him lie about him. You both should be ban for life for harassing and insulting Danny and not write about the stories and letters to the editor.

          • Alta Vista

            SCR: Were you the one that mentioned the BLT sandwiches? nnI just had one this afternoon at Danny’s (no relation) Drive-In. It was SO good, over-stuffed with crisp bacon. I just asked for the Bully-Liar-Thug Special.nnDanny’s Drive-In is a real local treasure. Take your family there for a meal soon, instead of trying to reason with crazy people online.

          • Lovejoy

            No Response Needed.

          • SCR

            I haven’t been there in quite awhile. Now that i’m thinking about it, i still haven’t been to the new Cricket either.

          • Alta Vista

            Oh, definitely check the new Cricket out. They’ve done a gorgeous job with their new-but-retro design and landscaping. And the staff is super-friendly. Well worth a visit.

          • Lovejoy

            It seem that you did not read my five counterclaims and the facts. More harassment, insults, lies, coming from a well know Thug, Bully, Liar and a Harasser. The above story has nothing to do with me. Get the facts before you lie and insult me. My landlord is SHA and not the town. We all want to know why Fake CT Sam and Alta do not use your real names and why this constant harassing and insulting me and not writing about the stories and letters to the editor. You both have a sickness of mental health and emotional problems. For forty years, SHA refused to replace the worn out, filthy discolor dirty Plexiglass that was attach to the bottom of the laundry door because shopping carts would hit the door.

          • Lovejoy

            The laundry room have four machines that provide much income for SHA, who can easy afford to purchase a new Plexiglass every year. The painter took off the item off the door to paint the door and place it on the folding table. When he return days later, it went missing. New ones only cost $37.00. SHA staff enjoy harassing Danny, so they spend over $500.00 for filing costs plus attorney fees of more then $5,000.00 to sue him. The witness lie in court and I had read his testimony that Danny pay for. People call that Harassment. In filling papers, Danny deny it all. Danny cannot afford an attorney for the trial or the appeal with the Appellate Court. So, he is doing it on his own. This court action upset Danny very much. I tell the editor to real all the insults from you and others.

          • Lovejoy

            If Danny have more serious mental problems cause by Bullies and Thugs, like yourself, he would be a life time resident of a mental hospital. During his lifetime, Danny been harass and insult like you and others. That is why he has mental problems. The doctor would see him every two weeks if need be, which is not needed. We let other readers decide who are the Insulters and who are the good people. Danny has days off because of your lies. We good people like to know why you and your friend, Fake CT. Sam rather enjoy insulting him and not writing about the stories Including about Fredette chairmanship. More of your insults coming soon. Get a life and leave him and myself along.

          • Lovejoy

            Shame on you for publishing private information. manson as been advice by phone.

          • Lovejoy

            UPDATE; AC 40682, Stratford Housing Authority vs. Daniel S. Cook

          • A Jay Nevs

            Hey Mr. Lovejoy, That is the same email address that was used in the lawsuit of SHA vs. Daniel Cook. You’re exposed again Mr. Cook!!!!! Some people have a low self esteem and have to write things using assumed names in order to pat themselves on the back.

          • Alta Vista

            Perhaps because Mr. Cook is an actual mental patient under treatment of a psychiatrist at a state institution (on an out-patient basis) he has diminished culpability for his words and actions? nnWhat seems so truly sad about all this is that apparently there are no family or friends of Mr. Cook to comfort or guide him. I can only pity someone who’s old, alone, and living in near-poverty with mental and emotional illness.

          • Lovejoy

            More insults and hate aim at Mr. Cook from you. Perhaps you are an actual mental patient in the state hospital in Bridgeport under treatment of a psychiatrist. My friend, as you stated many times lives in federal funder HUD apartment paying 30% of his income for rent in Stratford, which you had insulted him many times. He has many friends and family members to give him support from your daily insults. After paying his bills, he always have money left over in his bank account. He has all that he needs, cable tv, internet, phone service. Since you never met him which is a good thing for him and me, you lie, like always about him having mental and emotional illness and your other lies. By your insults which prove that you have serious mental and emotional illness. As he told you, he graduated from grade school, high school, serve in the Air Force, graduated from HCC in 1981 majoring in Accounting. He and I do not insult and harass people, like yourself but write about the subjects. Because of your insults and complaints about him, the editor gave him days off. Get help that you badly need so all of us can feel better.

          • SCR

            Moderator, i think it’s obvious who posted this.

          • Alta Vista

            Danny Cook, the habitual liar: “After paying his bills, he always have money left over in his bank account.” nnYet, Mr. Cook also writes: “Danny cannot afford an attorney for the trial or the appeal with the Appellate Court.” nnFor an $87 judgement against him.nnAnd this: “Because of your insults and complaints about him, the editor gave him days off.”nnAnd this: “Shame on you for publishing private information. manson as been advice by phone.”nnSorry Danny, but the records of your court case are public documents. nnJust like your statement that: u201cI am 74 years old with seven serious mental and emotional problems and is being treated by psychiatrist, Dr. Raksha G. Prabhulal…u201d nnThis is the only thing you’ve written that I actually believe is true.

          • Lovejoy

            My email address starts with: ti. You are a Liar and a Bully. You must be writing about Alta for not using his real name. Mr. Cook is a friend of mine. Mr. Cook email address starts with love.

          • Lovejoy

            Also to insult seniors like yourself, Fake CT Sam and Alta. Danny and I write about the stories including about Mr. Fedette. We all can guess what the A stands for in your name.

          • Lovejoy

            We can all guess what the A means in your name. You must be writing about Alta and Fake CT Sam using fake names.

          • Lovejoy

            Like you. We can all guess what the A is in your name.

          • Lovejoy

            Mr. Cook email starts with: love, my starts with: ti.

        • Lovejoy

          Same goes for you from Danny.

        • Lovejoy

          Danny is very happy that you will not contact him when he comes back from days off.

        • Lovejoy

          We like to know about your feelings about Rich Fredette.

    • SCR

      I’m betting that many people’s sarcasm detector isn’t going off. I knew someone that actually towed with a chain attached to a trailer hitch, rather than call Elite. LOL.

      • No Transparency Joe

        My car was towed in an accident and when I went to get it there were items missing from the back seat and trunk. Useless Stratford PD said I could not prove I had items in the car and that Rich and his gang of thieves took them.

        • Lovejoy

          I feel your pains and feel sorry for you. Too bad that you could not get the items out when the accident happen. Report him to BBB.

          • Lovejoy

            Also report him to DMV and take him to small claim court.

          • No Transparency Joe

            I did and DMV was “too busy” and “too shorthanded” to investigate.

          • Lovejoy

            Which is outrages.

        • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

          Anyone who criticizes the elite who are also convicted criminals and tax evaders gets the cops on their butt .Only in Stratfird can you harass people lie cheat steal and ruin people’s lives and get ahead. anyone proud of the cheaters tax evaders and liars we choose to elect on every committee every board every office there is a person ready to ruin others lives to get ahead.

    • Paul Devorski

      I took my car to Elite Towing and Richie made me bring a bank check for the full amount before he fixed it. When I picked up the car it was missing a piece of molding. I took the car back 6 times and it sat there all day and was not repaired, Richie was never there at 5:00 when I picked it up. I left messages and he never returned calls. Asked for my money back and I was ignored. After 6 months I called DMV. A year later they told me they closed the case because Richie told them he fixed the car and the customer was happy. I went to small claims court, he never showed up, I won by default. I told DMV everything and they told him to pay me or else they would revoke his license. Nearly 2 years of horror with Richie.

      • Lovejoy

        I hope that the horror with Richie is over. Good luck.

    • Another Puppet

      Why don’t you try and leave Oronoque and drive in other parts of town like South of Barnum Avenue and then make your statement.

      • Lovejoy

        No need, I take your word for it.

    • Linda D

      I agree. I would like to see him one day be Mayor. Go Rich !!!

  • Thayer

    And this first thing he does is take a bribe from Owens to build an apartment building!! Really an apartment building!!! Trying to look and act like Bridgeport everyday

    • Trevor

      Stratford 1635-2017, East Bridgeport 2018 – ???

      • doug douglas

        What a bunch of haters. Rich volunteers his time on zoning to do what is in the best interest of the Town of Stratford. He retired from Elite Towing after towing 1000s of junk cars off our streets to make the Town better. Now he is the Blight enforcement officer working directly under the mayor and the Town hasn’t look this good in years. Have any of you folks been to Two Roads? There is a lot of good stuff happening and our mini lighthouses are lighting the way thanks to Rich. When Rich saw how the DTC was going down he moved to the RTC where people really care about the Town. Stephanie Phillips had 2 campaign workers out of Bridgeport who where arrest for ballot fraudnwhile in paid service of Phillips.nnTHANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE MR FREDETTE

        • Not the real Kenny

          OK you hating Lou troll. The 2 people that may have committed voter fraud did NOT vote in any election, however Tom Malloy, his wife and children all committed voter fraud by living in Woodbury and asking Stratford for absentee ballots so they could vote here, not once but THREE times. And you trolls, RTC members and the Star and the Post are covering it all up to protect Lou, Harkins & Tom. If it was on the up and up then why did Susan Pawluk destroy absentee ballot requests from white Republicans so there was no paper trail but then saved documents from black Democrats and went running to Joe McNeil with them? Explain that.

    • concerned

      It’s one thing for the core group of contributors to these Stratford Star posts to spew out your hateful rhetoric towards some of our town officials but to flatly state that someone took a bribe without proof is criminal. Perhaps you should be sued for malicious slander.

      • doug douglas

        That unsubstantiated post about bribery is wrong on all levels and Editor Mason needs to remove it and prevent Thayer from ever posting again.

        • No Transparency

          Hey Doug, Are you the new Lou De-Sightfull (R) troll on these threads? You seem to be popping up all over the place. You think we’re stupid.

      • Alta Vista

        Concerned: There is a long history of people making unsubstantiated comments on this site (and in the print version of the Stratford Star) about alleged corruption in Stratford.nnAccusations of murder, poisonings, theft, influence peddling, cocaine dealing and more. I’m not an attorney specializing in digital law and don’t know what the standard is for libel or slander on Internet forums, especially those comments made by anonymous posters.nnMaybe someone better informed than me can explain the case law on that. However, as you already understand, hateful rhetoric is constitutionally protected speech.nnWouldn’t it be nice if our town was so well run that none of these kinds of issues were ever raised?

        • Concerned

          Whatu2019s your point?

          • Lovejoy

            He had made none. Thanks for asking.

          • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

            Remember when Walter baker was accused of stealing signs in his underwear .

        • Lovejoy

          Then you are well protected.

    • Danny Cook

      Our town is great to live and raise children, visit and work. I had lived in Bridgeport for 31 years and I am happy that I left alive.

  • DR Lou

    Rich has a nice smile!

    • Danny Cook

      That makes him a nice person.

  • Phillis

    Rich did an EXCELLENT job as blight officer. Blight is at it’s lowest level in town. Drive down any street and see how warm and desirable the town now looks. Even the garbage museum is gone.

    • Alta Vista

      The Garbage Museum was an educational venue to teach school children the value of recycling, which you might know if you’d ever been there. It is a loss to our town and our children that it has closed.

    • doug douglas

      Rich did NOT close the museum that was done by the Gov and the Dumbocrats.nThe Garbage museum was actually an asset for Stratford and Bill Cabral is going to fight for funding to get it reopened when he is elected on Feb. 27.

      • Clark

        I took my kids to the museum. Then one day I took them to the transfer station. They like the transfer station a lot more. We now go there once a week and it’s free. Plus they like feeding the seagulls which the museum didn’t have.

      • Yoku Sakanashi

        Glad to see the u201crecycling trucku201d is the same as the garbage truck. If you do-gooders actually think that these municipalities have actual recycling programs, youu2019re wrong.

    • Lovejoy

      A lot of parents enjoy taking their children to the garbage museum, we are sad that it is gone.

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