Covel Responds

Covel Responds

Town Council hears reply to last week's statement.

Last week, the Vienna Town Council accepted the resignation of Steve Bukont as chair of the Windover Heights Board of Review.

Michael and Jerome Covel had criticized Bukont saying that he had conflicts of interest, treated them disrespectfully and used inappropriate language.

In accepting the resignation last week, several Councilmembers, lead by Laurie Cole, were upset by the way Bukont had been treated. Without naming specific people, Cole defended Bukont. "The barrage of insinuation and innuendo recently directed toward Mr. Bukont is reprehensible," she said at the time.

During the council's Feb. 6 meeting, Michael Covel responded. Two video cameras had been set up to record the response and after sitting through several speakers about other issues, Covel went to the podium.

He reiterated his criticisms of Bukont and pledged to continue cataloging the actions of the review board. "If you put someone else up there that abuses Vienna citizens and tramples property rights, we'll be there to document it again," he said.

Covel and another man then packed up the cameras and left.

The rest of the meeting was over quickly. The council agreed to write a letter supporting a grant request for the Friends of the Accotink Watershed. The council moved $369,543 from fiscal year 2005 into fiscal year 2006.

The council set dates for two public hearings. On Feb. 27 the hearing will be a proposal to sell up to $ 8 million in bonds. A different hearing will be held on March 6 to review proposed changes to the Town of Vienna's Comprehensive Plan.