At the recent Special Town Meeting $75,000.00 was voted in for a new Master Plan. Every town must have a Master Plan; they don't have to do diddly with it, but they have to have one. There will be hired consultants, numerous meetings, and eventually, after an eternity, a new plan will emerge.
And, then, that's it. Done. Complete. Nothing more to do, just wait another 20 years to appropriate more money, and do it all over again.
I have an idea. Now, this may be a bit "out of the box", but what if after the plan is completed, we actually read it, and then act on the plan. That's what a plan is, a recipe for action. The way it is now, it merely an essay.
The enacting of the contents of the Master Plan will be directed by the Selectmen, and the Town Administrator. They will decide which items to to proceed with, and in what order. Keep this in mind come election day.
Another thing to keep in mind is will a plan be taken seriously by someone that desires to be elsewhere, and not here in town? This is important. If a leader continues to search for greener pastures, is their heart still in the job here at home?
This could be the deciding factor in determining if the NEW Master Plan is ever even read, never mind acted upon.
Things should be done in order. First determine if there is leadership available, and willing to take the town forward, then once that is determined, write a plan to get us there, and enable those folks to act on the plan. If one thing is out of synch, it ain't going to work well.
Time to change the guy, or tell the guy to change. Remember, things need to be addressed in order.
But wait, we need a plan to accomplish that, and we know how well those work.
On second thought, never mind.
"there was little to show for the investment made in that 1988 plan."ReplyDelete
You might find there was quite a bit accomplished that met with the 1988 Master Plan goals. Depends on what committee had what goal, and if they paid attention to the plan, or ignored it.
List the accomplishments as recommended by that plan. Then list the plan items not accomplished.ReplyDelete
Which list is bigger? We need to stay on top of the town hall this time around.