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Stirring The Pot

So I received another one of “those” calls….

I have upset Town Hall with my posts….

I was told my post on the old Board of Adjustment Board and follow-ups were the impetus …this time…

my response…

Read the original post…… I just questioned the situation…which was surprising…

follow-ups…. were reporting the responses from the assistant to the Town Manager on two occasions…

Upon the second inquiry …I was informed the Town Attorney was looking into the legality of the old Board of Adjustment members making a ruling…

I was told  by the caller …the Town Manager had been informed by the Town Attorney it was the correct board due to the charter…and that the boards are a 2 year term…ending May 8th….

I disagreed with this response….

according to a valued and informed friend…there was a change to the charter in 2003 and it was likely there is no such charter provision…

Note: a 2006 Charter Revision…shows clearly that no such 2 year provision is included and furthermore includes the ‘serving at the pleasure of the commission’…inference

An ordinance does refer to boards and their terms…

but alas…as I along with other previous board members from town boards found out…the ordinance includes a “TRUMP” clause…. once again…as in the charter…board members ‘serve at the Pleasure of the commission’…remember this being touted from the previous commission?

Therefor…the “disbanding” …… by the majority of the new commission immediately ended the boards!…..all together now… because they….’serve at the pleasure of the commission’….

If this commission action was not provided to the Town Attorney..his response would have been accurate …only because he did not have all the information required to give his legal opinion….

Each commissioner …fully intended to dissolve those boards and replace them before the boards would meet again…

The old members on the dais for the Board of Adjustment … I surmised…must have come from a call… from the Development office… perhaps from an employee who was not informed of the commissions actions… both with the dismissal…and with the appointments of the new board members…preceding the scheduled variance meeting.

New members coming to the Master Steering meeting were the correct newly appointed group…but unfortunately…. as previously posted….  treated poorly by the town.

I have been told that the Manager has responded once again….   there were not enough board members available to seat the new Board of Adjustment members and the meeting had been publicized… it was prudent to return the “disbanded” board to the dais…which is what she decided to do…

I disagree with this action and feel it would have been correct to poll the commission to see if this was agreed to by the majority…. before following through with this decision.

I want to further put forth…

I do not care which “side” is in charge … whether in the administration or elected…I am only a citizen…a resident…a taxpayer… writing my opinion.

It is wrong for those in the new majority to expect or require silence…

as it was wrong for the silence we experienced from the previous administration and elected officials.

The idea of an Ombudsman was floated some weeks back…

perhaps we are in need of such a person…who will inform staff and elected officials concerning the town charter, ordinances and history …

The lack of knowledge in these areas seem to present an ongoing stumbling block as we proceed…

Questioning  from the public should be accepted as part of how the process works…

that is democracy at its best….

One final note….

I have been told by another person that Town Hall may not respond to my calls or inquiries due to my site and questioning….

again, I am a citizen, resident and taxpayer…and should be afforded the same treatment as any other citizen, resident and taxpayer in this regard.

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