The contents of this letter are my opinions alone and do not reflect the opinions of the Townsend Board of Selectmen. I am not representing the Board of Selectmen by writing this letter.
I am no longer hearing a call from the community for more transparency in town government but a return to civility. I am 100 percent in support of citizen and community activism for causes that are important to segments of the community who have a limited voice. More citizens should step up for a number of political and social causes and let all levels of government hear your voice and concerns.
The current activism of the recall group seems to have lost sight of their original goal to bring attention to alleged acts by certain members of the Board of Selectmen in violation of the law. The impact of the recent actions of the group has been nothing more than a disruption of the day-to-day activities of the town and the functions of government. Granted, there are many issues that could use more transparency but we are not going to get there this way.
The recall group has apparently filed a conflict of interest complaint with the Attorney General’s office. There are no actions the local community can effectively do to change the timeline of the response from the AG on the allegations. We all must wait and respond appropriately when the decision is made.
The recall effort may have lost its punch. Should there ever be an actual recall, it will require a special election costing the town between $5,000 and $6,000. A recall vote requires a 25 percent turnout of registered voters, almost unheard of in Townsend for a town election. Neither the voters nor the taxpayers are prepared to attend a special election for this cause and certainly not to fund it.
We need to get back to a productive order of business. Expending all of our energy on digging for any and every detail of potential error or wrongdoing is lost productivity without regard to who is doing the digging. There are Townsend employees and volunteers working around the clock to protect us and to provide a myriad of services. They need our support. We all need to work together to “reset” our goals and expectations for our town government. Townsend needs to begin a healing process. We need to move in a forward direction, with proper discourse, to identify our problems, correct deficiencies, improve our collective performance, and validate what we are doing right. Please join me in this endeavor.