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Why Were You Not At The Academy Building Public Hearing?

Is it time for a change of government???

It was disappointing to see so few folks (30-40) at Tuesday evening  public hearing on the fate of the Academy Street School building . The study committee should be complimented for the significant amount of work they have done to gather information to inform the folks who will have to vote on the final outcome. Unfortunately the old cliche applies, "you can lead a horse to water but you can not force them to drink".

When it will be time to vote, I'm sure the uninformed will come out of the woodwork asking all sorts of questions that have already been asked and answered. Maybe the general public have such busy lives, these days, that the time for direct/individual democracy in Madison is past. After all there are 13,500 members of the town meeting. We do have a quorum requirement of 75 (far cry from the usual 50% plus 1). Are largest seating venue is 1,500,

Maybe it is time to modernize the Town  Charter and move on from a town meeting form of government to some form of representative government where the decision makers show interest and are informed???

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Pem McNerney (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
From Stephen Davis on Facebook: Sorry, but we were not there because the event was scheduled for yom kippur, of all days...(this solemn holiday starts the night before).
Michael September 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Did you write to chastise us or inform us? I would have preferred other than I got.
Gus R. Horvath September 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Michael, Where were you? The information was presented at the public hearing.
GBarnes September 28, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I'm sorry I missed it. Are there any articles which publishing what was presented? Are the minutes online?
Michael September 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Here is the link to the Academy Building's future in the NH Register http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/09/23/news/shoreline/doc505fb58f26ca2661640765.txt
Matt September 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It is well known that 13,500 people are not going to be able to come to a town meeting and express their views. Chastising people for not going when you have no idea what else is going on, where, when, and how is pretty lame. Not attending doesn't mean not caring. I personally wouldn't bother going to this meeting because I am not going to learn anything I don't already know. And listening to people explain why tax dollars should be used to turn it into a 10 million dollar hobby shack will just infuriate me even more than reading about it. The idea of moving town hall to Academy and developing the current town campus into housing will never happen. The same birdbrains responsible for the 12 million dollar vacant lot at Griswold will see to it that nothing is built there either.

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