The loss of our zoning officer KARL NILSEN leaves New Hartford residents with big shoes to fill. I have worked with Karl on many issues with my properties going back some 15 years or so. I have also worked with Karl as a member of the Inland Wetlands Commission. I have attended training and meetings on weekends and nights with Karl. Since knowing him, I have never found him to be anything but professional, knowledgeable and helpful with his extreme understanding and experience in his chosen field.
I am writing this letter because the man I’m talking about served this town for 25 years with dignity. I have talked with engineers, lawyers, surveyors, builders, and residents who have worked with Karl, and everyone had nothing but the utmost respect for this man. Whether or not these allegations are true, I cannot answer without ALL THE FACTS. Knowing Karl he will prove them to be false. The First Selectman has forced a man that many people could come to with questions to leave his position before he was ready. On top of that, he is also after his well-deserved pension without first being found guilty. As a taxpayer, I will remember how this was handled, as should we all come election time. If these allegations are proved to be unfounded, this town could be headed for a lawsuit. This unfortunate incident could have been avoided had this been found to be true first before taking action. I would also like to urge all taxpayers to get a copy of the budget before voting on May 4th to see exactly where your money is going.
Good luck Karl in your new endeavors,