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Master Steering Meeting…a mess up!

Coming right on the heels of the Board of Adjustment last week that had the old disbanded board members on the dais…now being addressed by the Town Attorney for the legality of their ruling…

The first Master Steering meeting which was published…in Town Topics…confirmed once again this am…was not planned for….. in any manner!

The doors were locked…lights were out….

the former Chair…Sandra Booth….. had to get the keys from the police…

In attendance…the former Chair…and newly appointed member…Sandra Booth….past and present member Marilyn Carr….new appointee Joe Guerrero…..past member and newly appointed 2nd alternate Shevaun Steward-Kuhn……

BCbythesea…and Joe Geurrero family members…who were expecting a photo op and a swearing in…a procedure that is never the case for this committee…….. if they were told differently…. it is very sad….

I went to get the Town Manager in her office…she was aware of the meeting… said a board member had declined the appointment…an alternate was supposed to have been contacted to take the post….

The Manager came with me into the meeting…explained about the alternate…but the 1st alternate…Mary Ann Wardlaw was not in attendance… the second alternate Shevaun…. was …she also was not contacted by anyone from the town…nor were the other members present……

Sandra Booth called Paul Novak previous Vice Chair….newly appointed as a member…he was unable to come…he was not called by staff either….

The Town Manager returned to say there was no form returned from Mrs. Wardlaw…and no phone number to contact her…… she handed out a Master Plan packet to each of the attendees…

The incumbent members tried to explain the way the committee operates to the first time appointee Joe. Guerrero……

Unfortunately nothing could be attended to in this first meeting…

there was no agenda…and no one could vote for the position of Chair etc…. as was the practice in the past…

The Manager had informed me …and I relayed the information. to the committee…..that it is on the May 13,08 commission agenda to appoint another board member and to vote from the dais for the Master Steering positions…which has always been done within the group in the past….

No direction from the commission was before them…. due to the above facts….

Someone dropped the ball….again…2 black eyes is how the transition to the new boards looks….

This was a waste of the committee’s time…disrespectful to all…..

It should have been canceled until after the next commission meeting….

An apology should come from the town… and the commission…. to these volunteers….

The first meeting should be a …do over…

with town staff giving a courtesy call to new members…having the room set up with an agenda…packets…direction from the commission and a staff member in attendance….

let’s try this again…..

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