To The Daily Sun,
Dear Gilmanton residents:
I would like to make a few corrections to the article in The Daily Sun dated Feb. 24 (Gilmanton selectmen adjust voters guide).
The Gilmanton selectmen did not adjust the voters guide. The completed guide was never discussed by the Board of Selectmen and never corrected by them. The guide published by the town and posted on the website needed to be corrected before the deliberative session. It was not!
I asked town counsel to look at the language in the guide concerning bio-solids. Town counsel asked me to get full board approval to have it reviewed. I called the town administrator to ask Chairman Hatch and Selectman Jean for approval and their response was "no"!
The same question, concerning the language, was asked by the Planning Board chairman. Counsel recommended removing the last two lines and town staff did that.
Flash back to the voters guide. Remember that Chairman Hatch and Selectmen Jean said they would not spend any money reviewing it. According to the Town administrator, it cost the town $72. Seventy-two dollars.
What is the cost to the town when in the voters guide there is a problem and two selectmen will not correct it? What is the cost to the town when a handout, full of inaccuracies, is published explaining why our tax rate is so high. Plenty!
Just before the deliberative session there was a problem with the GYRL petitioned warrant article. A special meeting was called by Chairman Hatch. On the Saturday morning of deliberative session, the Board of Selectmen met with the GYRL, Budget Committee representatives, town moderator and members of the public. Minutes are available. I supported what needed to be done.
Next year, I think the Board of Selectmen should review the voters guide before it is published.
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