Facilities Task Force Hearing Delays
To: The Select Board
From: Margaret H. Freeman
Date: October 16, 2020
Re: Facilities Task Force Report
I was concerned to see that the planned zoom meeting on October 17 that has been postponed was referred to as a Town Forum. It was my understanding that it was to be a hearing
I therefore agree with Jean Gran’s public comment at the meeting October 13 that such a “Forum” meeting implies back-and-forth discussion that would not contribute to the easing of tensions in our town. I therefore suggest that any title be avoided that will give a wrong impression as to the purpose of the event, and suggest the following: "The Select Board has scheduled a time on zoom to hear from Heath residents and taxpayers their responses to the Facilities Task Force report on the use of town buildings."
It was my understanding that the Select Board had agreed to listen to those in town who would like to express their views concerning the Task Force report and its findings in order to get a sense of how town residents and taxpayers felt about the future of our town with respect to the use of town buildings. It was not intended to be a referendum, either binding or otherwise. The Select Board has the authority, the mandate, and the power to make such decisions on behalf of the town.
Three problems face the Select Board as you make decisions about the zoom meeting:
One final concern the Select Board needs to consider is how to reach all residents equitably, both those with internet access and those without. Adams Mail Service can distribute a letter to every household in town through the Post Office more cheaply than first-class mail and almost as quickly. Heath Town Talk can testify to the success they had in doing so.
I hope that helps!
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