Though I’ve never seen it in print, I’ve heard Joyce Davis say it a few times: The mission of the Friends of Town Hall is to restore Brewster Memorial Hall for use as Town Offices.
Last March, the voters were asked a non-binding question: Article 30(a) Do you support restoration of Brewster Memorial Hall to serve as Town Offices? Yes 627 (48%), No 680 (52%)
Do you see the problem?
Those questions were put to the voters in the interest of enabling an informed discussion about resolving this 5+ year problem that has seen defeat of two restoration initiatives and the waste of $800,000 with little to show for it.
If you were watching the October 17 Selectmen’s meeting and got up to get a quick snack, you might have missed when the chairman presented a new $4 million Friends plan in just under 4 minutes, followed by three minutes and twenty seconds of discussion and approval by 4 of the 5 selectmen. It wasn’t even on the agenda.
So the Friends of Town Hall have been given approval to pursue what failed to muster even a simple majority referendum of actual voters. Rather than come up with a process to reconcile the obvious public opposition to their plans, the Selectmen have avoided any public discussion of the issue and are now handing the whole project over to the Friends with a commitment to provide $4 million of taxpayer dollars.