Published: 9/14/2020 3:05:44 PM
In response to the Sept 4 article in the Recorder that quoted our Town Coordinator/Clerk Hilma Sumner as saying “Everyone is excited and encouraged” about moving the police and fire offices to the former school building, at least half of the citizens of Heath are not excited or encouraged by this move, as proven by the last town election for Select Board. There is a small group in town who selfishly feel that they do not have enough space in our Heath Center buildings. The pandemic is not a valid excuse to move to a larger space at the expense of our fiscal health.
We are not happy that we will no longer have a police presence in the most populated area of town, Heath Center. We are not happy that the Select Board has started an incremental move of town offices to 18 Jacobs Road after pledging at Town Meeting not to move the offices without a town vote. We are not happy that money is being spent on this large, remote, and expensive building when the Select Board has not done a proper analysis of the financial implications of keeping this building. We are not happy that a town employee is publicly stating her opinion in a news article about this situation, rather than the Select Board who are making these poor decisions.
This is yet another example of our dysfunctional leadership in Heath. The Select Board needs to be more inclusive and transparent in their decision-making. The new chair has made some small positive steps in this direction, but this move of the police and fire offices continues to undermine our trust in their leadership. The Select Board needs to listen to all the citizens of Heath, not just the few with their own selfish agenda.