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Candidate Profile: Dana McFee

The Republican is running for a second term on the Montville Town Council

Editor's note: The following candidate profile comes from a questionnaire the candidate filled out.

Dana McFee, 54, is a Republican who currently serves on the Montville Town Counil.

He grew up in Waterford, and moved to Montville in 1985. He graduated from high school in 1975, and has some college credits.

McFee works as a home improvement contractor, a real estate investor and as "Mr. Hotdog."

He was elected to the Montville Town Council in 2009. Before that, he began playing Snoopy in the holiday parade and formed  a group called “Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

What do you think are the three top issues facing the town, and how would you fix them?

1. The budget

Next year's budget will be ugly. The bond payment for the Rand Whitney lawsuit begins, the Board of Education will no longer receive federal stimulus  money  in the amount of $600,000, topped off by property revaluation.   

No  easy answers here. Very tough decisions will have to be made to offset some of the increase so we don't over burden residents with a large tax increase.

2. Proposed sex offender facility

It appears it’s coming. Fortunately through our efforts the state made major concessions on how the facility would be run and who would housed there.
I feel much better than I did based on what the state's original plans were as to what they are now, however we can not let our guards down for one second!! 

What I’d like to see is a special subcommittee of the public safety commission dedicated to making sure that all aspects of the “memorandum of understanding “between the state and town are adhered to and to take immediate action if any violation occurs.

3. Tarragon property and foreclosures

We need to make an amendment to the blight ordinance to include foreclosures.
The amendment should allow the town to clean up and maintain blighted foreclosures, and allow us to lien the property for the cost of the upkeep. Those properties will sell eventually and when they do we will be repaid in full.

As far as the Tarragon properties, this property is the future of Montville’s tax base, and needs to be developed into what will become one of the towns major taxpayers  We need to follow very closely the bankruptcy proceedings to ensure this property does not  become nontaxable tribal land.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

This is a tough one to answer so I asked my wife and daughter what they thought and their answers ranged from “you are actually nice,” to “you are a big loveable dope,”  to “you are a vast reservoir of useless knowledge,” and “you have performed impressive feats of strength” and  “you make the best chili in town,” so take your pick. I guess my secret's out. Except for making the best chili in town, everyone knows that. 

Larry Poppins November 01, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Councilor McFee, what was your position on the Sex Offender Facility?
Dana McFee November 01, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Dear Mr. Poppins, I opposed the facility from the beginning. I was the organizer of the May 1st 2010 rally across from the prison. I appeared on numerous public access television programs with Councilwoman Jacobson getting the information out to our residents. I stood outside with a protest sign at the Blumenthal/McMahon debate, and I was at both of the Gov. Malloy’s budget meetings in New London and Norwich protesting . I also spoke twice at New London’s city council meetings looking for support, and was regularly interviewed on local TV and radio because of my opposition. (cont.)
Dana McFee November 01, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Critics say we wasted money on something we couldn’t win, yet with all the public meetings that were held concerning the lawsuit very few spoke out in opposition. I believe we acted in the best interest of our town. I also believe even in losing , we won because of all the statewide negative publicity the lawsuit generated forced the state into making serious concessions on how the program would run and who would be housed there, it also has delayed construction leaving open the possibility of the program being scrapped due to budget cuts. Without this lawsuit the state wasn’t negotiating with us, they were telling us what they were going to do and that was it. If we hadn’t pushed the issue in court the facility would already be up and running with “the worst of the worst” being housed there and they would have been allowed attend church services, seek employment in our town, and who knows what other liberties. It’s a shame that this fight didn’t include the whole council because this was an issue where party lines shouldn’t have mattered. Special thanks to resident Gary Pike for all his tireless efforts in opposition to this facility.
IRON-MAN November 02, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Dear Ms. Jacobson, Mr. McFee and Ms. Hillman On behalf of my family and many friends I wanted to offer our deepest gratitude for your efforts in fighting against the sex offender facility. You three elected officials went above and beyond the call of duty to protect the people you were elected to serve. I hope the good people of Montville see fit to re-elect you (McFee and Hillman) and elect Ms Jacobson as mayor. I believe if the facility is eventually built it will at least be much safer because of your efforts.

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