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Vernon's Republican Council Members Thwart Mayor's Support of Rockville Downtown Association

The Mayor's budget included $5,000 to help the Rockville Downtown Association make Rockville a more vibrant place. Republican Councilors deleted the Mayor's support for the RDA..

Vernon's Mayor Apel included $5,000 in his budget to help the Rockville Downtown Association's efforts to make downtown Rockville a more vibrant place. Every Republican councilor voted against the Mayor's proposal except Deputy Mayor Brian Motola. Democrats supported the Mayor's proposal, which failed in a 6-5 vote.

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Rocky April 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM
@ Mr. Kalina, you are correct. The original magnet schools are the vocational tech and vo-ag schools. You in the audience would be amazed on how little is spent on these programs.
Danno April 16, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I agree. I don't like to take a side on a political party. They ALL should do what is best for the town regardless of their affiliation. On the other hand Councilman Winkler doesn't help with much by avoiding animosity among the parties. I think he contributes to the separation of the parties. He flaunts his disregard for the Republicans every time they make a decision he disagrees with. Putting all that aside, the decision was wrong and the downtown area needs a new face. Some or most of that onus should be placed upon the owner of the buildings. The town should be pressuring that owner and assisting that owner as they can.
Sarah Summers April 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Thanks to the RDA for what they do. Its more than the Vernon government does for the downtown area. Allowing a smoke shop and barber shop to go in, just for the sake of creating business, is so wrong! These kinds of stores in a small downtown area is simply inviting crime. If we as Vernon residents vow to shop locally at the kinds of retailers that improve the area, it will help. But, we also need support from our Mayor to clean up the area, such as the side walks, the store fronts (which could AT LEAST stand a coat of fresh paint!), and the crime.
Sarah Summers April 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Rocky, I couldn't agree more. Simple improvements can go a long way, and show that we care about our town. The kind of people who occupy the streets of Rockville come from the businesses allowed to run there. We need to get rid of the smoke shop and barber shop on Union St, where families are trying to raise their children and have to deal with crimes such as drugs, and theft on a daily basis. This area has become a hell hole, needing immediate attention!
Phil April 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The RDA and the RCA do a huge amount of volunteer work to help the lifestyle and image of Vernon. It is a shame that the current mayor and his followers on the council don't share that commitment. Kudos to Mr. Matola for going against the Rep. party line. Perhaps Mr. Winkler wouldn't have to mention the party divide if more council members took a step back from their party alliances to actually support what is best for the residents of Vernon.

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