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Ombudsman

This was brought forth at a recent commission meeting as a suggestion for LBTS…

perking my interest… ( from Wikipedia online free encyclopedia) www.wikipedia.org

What it is…An ombudsman is an official, usually, (but not always) appointed by the government or by parliament, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints reported by individual citizens.

Do we need to consider such a position?

They say you can’t fight city hall….the little citizen vs the big town….

most residents do not understand the procedures…so in order for that resident to get a fair shake….an ombudsman could be the answer….

We have an Assistant to the Town Manager who is in that contact role right now… I am certainly not saying this is the case here…but it could occur…with any employee of the town who also represents the town….they receive guidance from their manager…which may not lend itself to options that might benefit the resident….

An ombudsman would research and bring knowledge of possible exceptions in the past….. if something is or is not possible…

Some recent examples where an ombudsman might have helped the citizenry….Seagrape streetscape/ Washintonia sidewalks/ Palm Club sewers/variances for residents in Terra Mar…and elsewhere…

something to consider….

we have many fine residents/ non- residents with the credentials to volunteer this service….

along these lines….we need a concerted effort to utilize the retirees we have in town … outside of the Town Boards/ Commission…..use their expertize, the vast knowledge that comes from their former careers to be instrumental¬† in areas of moving forward…infrastructure…development…. fiscally….grants….

the time to come together is now….

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