Article 21, Citizen’s Petition to Reorganize Water & Sewer Management Simplified
by Karen Quigley
It’s really not complicated. There are a number of steps that need to be taken that make it seem complicated, but what Town Meeting is being asked to vote is not.
1. Vote to make the water & sewer commissions a combined, 5-person advisory board appointed by the Troika which puts it on the same level as Advisory and Capital Budget.
2. Vote to create the position of Public Works Supervisor.
It won’t take effect immediately. The goal is to put into motion, on a specific time frame, the steps that need to happen and which are going to a year to complete. The specifics will be brought back for vote at the next Town Meeting and a ballot vote at the 2013 elections.
It doesn’t mean the utilities will be operated in house. It simply puts the day-to-day management and oversight of our utilities in the hands of a qualified professional. It does, however, create the management necessary if/when Town Meeting so voted.
It doesn’t require but also provides the opportunity to have professional management of the DPW and Facilities.
The enterprise funds remain as they are pending recommendation by the DOR as part of their Financial Management Review slated to begin in July.
The elected officials serve out their terms, by law, and then they could remain as appointed officials.
We, as a town, must look to the past to learn from our history and use those lessons to ensure our future. Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.
Please Vote YES on Article 21 at tomorrow’s Town Meeting.
Karen Quigley is the main proponent of Article 21.
She is a former selectman and lives at 27 Clay Spring Road.