What is more impressive than wanting to put a question on the ballot is Selectman Tom Creamers admission that more oversight should have been had by all, including himself. Mark this day down. It is a rare occasion that a politician admits that things could have been done better, and that they missed the boat. A rare day.
Actually, it is a very good start.
From the Worcester Telegram
STURBRIDGE — After the chairman of the Board of Selectmen beat himself up for not knowing the Town Hall’s front doors were not going to be open for public use, his fellow board members voted to place a non-binding question to the voters on the matter.
On Monday night, Thomas R. Creamer cited for his fellow selectmen problems plaguing the town, that, if solved, could become burdens to taxpayers.
“I don’t think I’ve done a good job asking questions that should have been asked,” Mr. Creamer said. “We didn’t do — I didn’t do a good job of questioning the Town Hall/Center Office Building Committee. We met with them four times. I didn’t do a good enough job of questioning whether or not we’re ever going to be able to use the front doors. It’s not a question that I thought I would have to ask but, in hindsight, I should have.”
A $5.2 million restoration and rehabilitation project is nearly done for the Town Hall and Center Office Building. As a result, the rear entrances to both buildings are the main entrances, because the front doors are not in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Previously, Mr. Creamer, who has been on the board since 2009, said he was taken by surprise when he learned earlier this year that the public could not use the front doors.
Mary Blanchard, the senior member of the board, and Town Administrator Shaun A. Suhoski were also unaware of the lack of front door access. On Feb. 22, Mr. Suhoski told the board that when he learned there were not even going to be door handles on the front door of Town Hall, he said, along with the building committee, “Put the door handles in.”
“It seems like all the questions that we don’t ask end up going back on the taxpayers,” Mr. Creamer continued. “We didn’t address the front doors soon enough, so now the taxpayers are going to have to come up with some money if they decide if they want to use the front doors on a nearly $5 million project.”
The board voted to place a non-binding question that asks voters if they support spending $10,000 to submit a variance request to the State’s Architectural Access Board to open the Town Hall’s front doors. "
$10,000.00 to ask for a variance? Really?