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Town Meeting - Tomorrow, Monday, September 24th 7:30, LS - Please Come and Vote

Tomorrow night is a special town meeting.  You can read the warrant here . Two articles, I would like to encourage you to vote for:

1) Article 1: Repair of the Nixon Roof

2) Article 4: Increase the Number of Selectmen from Three to Five

For Article 1,  SPS member Lisa Gutch wrote an editorial you can read on PATCH.

For Article 4, you can read:

  • Mike Troiano, the petitioner, has posted his presentation here along with a video here
  • Pat Brown's editorial here
  • My own blog posting on the topic is here

Two of three selectmen "don't oppose" the article. Bob Haarde supports it.  At town meeting, I expect the two "not opposed" selectmen to push for study to attempt to delay and ultimately kill the proposal. 

Whether you are for or against these articles, please forward this information to others and please come and participate at town meeting tomorrow night.

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Comment by Sio on September 24, 2012 at 1:12pm

The sender of this email is the notrious Carl Offner.  Please tell Mr Offner that you no longer wish to receive his untruthful, misleading and divisive emails.


Comment by Sio on September 24, 2012 at 10:26am

Here is another end game email sent out to disbarage anyon who supports responsible and reasonalbe governance in Sudbury.  It is, without a doubt, what divides this town.  We are better than this and we must show the divisionists that we are better and we won't stand for these categorically untrue emails anymore.

The email:

Dear friends--

You have probably seen these inexplicable signs around town about voting for "3- 5" selectmen. What's going on is this: The same crew of destructive close-to-Tea-Party obstructionists that has been trying to take over Sudbury for the last few years has now proposed that the number of Selectman in Sudbury be raised from 3 to 5. This will be voted on this Monday evening (September 24, 7:30 PM) at a Special Town Meeting.

It's a curious motion. Of course, many towns do have 5 selectmen, and there is
nothing either right or wrong about this. My own suspicion is that by having an
election with more than one open slot, they could succeed in getting at least
one of their people elected by bulletting a candidate.

Regardless of that however, the motion as presented is strange. There *is* a
standard way to change a Town Charter. We did this in Sudbury in 1994, when we
instituted a Board of Selectmen-Town Manager form of government. Briefly (and
it is spelled out in Article 43B of the Massachusetts General Laws), the conventional and expected way to propose such a change is this:

a) A petition is presented, signed by at least 15% of the registered voters of the town.

b) Following the certification of the signatures on this petition, a Charter Commission of 9 citizens of the town must be elected. (And voters must also have the option to vote for not electing a Charter Commission at all, thereby ending the process.) If elected, this commission studies the matter at great length and (depending on whether it agrees) drafts and proposes a Charter change.

c) This Charter change must then be approved by a 2/3 vote at Town Meeting.

However, that's *not* what what is going on here. The motion as presented is a "Home Rule Petition". This requires no Charter Commission, and only a majority vote at this Special Town Meeting, which will probably be lightly attended. It does however need to be approved by the State Legislature.

I'm opposed to the measure as presented.

I think it is mischievous in intent, and not an honest proposal for the improvement of Town government. I don't think that it will make town government more inclusive or efficient. Rather, I think it is likely to make it a scene of continual fabricated accusations(*), and will bring to a standstill any attempts to rebuild our badly damaged public schools.

I do know that an amendment will be proposed at the Town Meeting on Monday to refer this motion to a special committee.

I intend to be at the meeting Monday (September 24, at the High School, starting
at 7:30 PM). I will vote *for* the amendment, and otherwise will vote against the motion.

I hope you will join me. There is too much at stake now in our town, in our state, and in our nation for this kind of destructive behavior.

(*)The people organizing for this have done much of it on a "Lavendergate" facebook page. There's no issue of public policy here. It's just that they lost the last election, and they're furious.


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