Friday, July 1, 2016

RESPECT

There has been some criticism of late, about some town boards and committees that are not utilizing the video streaming available in the Town Hall meeting room.
The BoS position on this is very, very clear as I explained at yesterday's CIPC meeting. We encourage every board and commission to utilize the video streaming capability available. In the end though, it is the decision of each board. Each board and their work is after all, unique.
We have not as some mistakenly think, " mandated" that elected boards must stream their meetings. Personally, I don't think we can, although some think a Town Meeting warrant article can force that. Perhaps, but what is the penalty for not streaming? Expulsion from the board? A fine? Sure, that will entice volunteers.

When I read emails that say "Disappointing that the the Selectmen are not more concerned with voters/residents when it comes to keeping the public informed." I have to wonder what these people are smoking. (Or maybe should be smoking? )

The CIPC meets nearly every Thursday at 10am for a number of months. The five member board and two alternates make the meetings and give up their own free time to be there. The public is welcomed and the meetings are open as always. The excuse that you may have better things to do or it is inconvenient to attend, doesn't hold water. We volunteers make it week after week and if you are so interested in what is happening, you should make a point of being there also. 

I do have a solution though. Instead of coming into meetings being rude and disrespectful to these wonderful volunteers who ask for nothing in return, and thinking that every board and committee is hiding something from you: run for office or volunteer for a board. Take a seat on the other side of the desk. I decided 5 years ago that complaining about things and expecting others to do something about it is disingenuous. So I stepped up and ran for office and volunteered and served on many boards and committees. 
It is way past time to put aside these irrational beliefs that all these boards and commissions are trying to hide something or pull something over on the public. The truth is that Moultonboro local government has never been more open and transparent. 
I have no patience for those that refuse to accept what is true and purposely misconstrue the facts. I also have no patience for those that are rude to our volunteers that put it all out there for no other reason then to benefit the town we all live in.
As the great Aretha Franklin sang: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me."