"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Conversations

You know, Town staff work hard for the benefit of the public. Despite what some may think, the BoS also work hard. There is a lot going in the town of Moultonboro, and none of it is behind closed doors. No secret meetings or violations of the Right to Know law.
And surprise, surprise, we actually do know about the RTK law and understand it. And a bunch of other things too.

That being said, if you are interested in a particular issue, perhaps you will consider sitting down and speaking with our very competent and cooperative Town Administrator and get the answers you seek.....without Town staff being diverted from their busy workdays to compile reams of information, and spending hours of time to pull it together. An email, a phone call in most cases will get the answers you seek. No reason to be confrontational or litigious. Make an appointment and give it a shot. The " nuclear" option as the first step is not the route of choice.
Looking for a " gotcha" somewhere rather than just trusting that if you ask it will be answered, honestly and truthfully, will save time and taxpayer money.

3 comments:

Joseph Cormier said...

Asking questions at B0S meetings work, as well.

There are times, however, that hard copy documentation is required, and town staff efforts in providing the same are needed. There are processes and procedures. It should be done civilly. Town staff reports to the TA, and take their instructions from him.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

A formal RTK request should only occur as a last resort, not the first. Staff are always happy to help, but a RTk request asking for a very wide range of information takes up significant staff time.

Eric Taussig said...

I have to say that during the last Town Administrator's (TA) tenure, he made it extraordinarily difficult to obtain documents and reports that were not on-line. In fact, after one request I made, he got the BoS to approve a policy requiring advance payment for any copies or print outs, effectively inhibiting requests for information and obscuring transparency. If the new TA has turned a leaf on this for the BoS, he could have that policy rescinded.