Suited to a tee: Fairfield officials propose Par 3 course be named for Dickman
Updated 7:18 am, Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It is most likely an honor the late Carl Dickman, a longtime Fairfield public servant, would have suited him to a tee.
As in, golf tee.
The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday will take up a proposal to name the town's Par 3 golf course on Old Dam Road in honor of the former selectman, state representative and avid golfer. He died at the end of January at the age of 84.
The selectmen will meet at 4:30 p.m. in Sullivan-Independence Hall.
Board of Finance Chairman Thomas Flynn had approached the board about renaming something in Dickman's honor, with the goal of finding something involving the late Republican's favorite sport.
Flynn said choosing the Par 3 course is an fitting tribute to the man whose public service spanned four decades.
The Par 3 course off South Pine Creek Road doesn't already a formal name, he said, whereas there might be confusion or a "loss of recognition" if something at the town's H. Smith Richardson Course were named for Dickman. The driving range at Smith Richardson was considered an option, Flynn said, but "I can't see anyone saying they are going to the `Dickman Driving Range.' "
And, Flynn added, the Par 3 course was within Dickman's legislative district when he served as a state representative from the 132nd District.
"Above all else, I am recommending that Carl be recognized not just for his actions as a selectman/legislator and his decades of service to the town as an elected official," Flynn said, "but for his efforts in educating and mentoring future generations of town leaders on how to conduct themselves appropriately, in a bipartisan fashion and in accordance with proper rules and care for our town."
So, Flynn said, a golfing facility like the Par 3 that is used to teach future generations about the game that Dickman loved to play, seems appropriate.
Selectman Sherri Steeneck agreed. "He loved golf," she said, "and he was loved by everybody who knew him."
She said renaming the Par 3 course in Dickman's honor was "a nice thing to for him and I think he would like it."
Dickman served on the Board of Selectmen, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Water Pollution Control Authority. He spent 10 years in the General Assembly and was president of the New England Public Golf Course Association for two terms. He also served as both president and vice president at the H. Smith Richardson Course.