Nice notice in the Smart Shopper from Selectman Sylvester in Alfred. He was thanking residents in Alfred for their vote, AND also saying he will continue to write about happening and issue in Alfred, to keep them informed.
Alfred has three Selectmen and NO Town Manager.
Waterboro has FIVE Selectmen AND a Town Manager. And we get NOTHING from Town Hall about the town issues, nothing about the new budget, nothing about the upcoming Annual Town Meeting. Why?
Mostly because we don’t ask them to keep us informed, the Selectmen insist people watch the Tuesday Night Meetings on TV, OR come into the town hall and attend the meetings. Why? Well, it is partially because writing and the English language are subjects they are not comfortable with. Of course, Selectman Gale occasionally give us a Reporter ditty, something philosophical, usually on a subject of morals or education generally. But that is it. The biggest reason we lack communications from Waterboro Townhall is they cannot agree on anything. Not all five of them, AND the Town Manager.
Pretty soon we will have the Annual Town Meeting, attended by 20-30 people, and then we will listen for a few weeks about how we have to change the type of government in town. And the issue of referendum voting raises its’ ugly head. That would mean the Selectmen And the Town Manager would either have to explain in detail what the budget issues are OR stand a chance of getting voted down. That is not going to happen, so the subject dies a quick death, and is forgotten until the next year.
Communication is not a Waterboro strong point. We do not do it well. Point in fact, look at the Waterboro website, right hand side. Among the various tidbits, and THREE mentions of the upcoming Road Driveway Ordinance. If you read it, and own land in town, you should be worried. But, we have NO mention in any newspaper, nothing for explanation on the town website.
I love the comment this morning that the members of the Planning Board that resigned last month, are running for Selectmen, to get revenge on the Public Works Director. It s a good rumor, however, and maybe that will get some people to vote and attend the Annual Town Meeting. It does identify the underlying problems with communications.