Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Friday, August 19, 2011
Simplicity Is Often The Key To A Great Idea
The idea to have Town Meeting on Saturdays during daylight hours is beyond simplicity. It accomplishes so much by just changing the day, and the time. More residents could attend that could not otherwise attend during a weekday evening due to the hour, work, childcare, or difficulty driving at night.
The town of Ashby had their Annual Town Meeting on Saturday May 7th at 9:30 in the morning.
There is a petition in town asking for this change to happen, and it will be available to sign at Feast and Fire on Saturday August 20 between 2 to 6 PM.
Give it some thought. Some things we do in town government are so convoluted, and complicated, then there are things like this, just a good and simple thing.
Yes, it is a good and simple thing. No hidden agenda here. Daylight. Ease of access. A much more even chance for everyone to be heard. No more complaints about late night votes after most people have had to leave.ReplyDelete