Not bad. Those meetings were just a few months ago. Typically late, but not bad.
I also received meeting minutes from July 25, July 18, July 11, July 5, and, wait for it....
...April 4, 2011.
I know. I have brought this up several times, and you have commented, and commented on how you believe the delay is unacceptable. We have heard from the Chairman of the Board of Selectman, Tom Creamer, on December 3rd of this past year, offering his rationale, and his apology, for the repeated, and historic, delays. I guess he didn't tell the person typing up the minutes.
"To that point, the release of these finally approved minutes clearly fails to reach the threshold level of reasonable; as such it is in fact truly unacceptable that this situation has manifested. As one member of the Board, I fully accept my share of responsibility for the delay as I could have pressed much harder, much sooner, but quite frankly, I allowed other Town matters - tornadoes, hurricanes, Town concerns that arise daily, Town Meeting preparation, an October nor'easter, etc, to dictate my focus. As all of our meetings are televised, recorded, and replayed daily, I have not been as assertive on this issue as I could have; and for that I will accept full responsibility and no level of other demands upon our time can alter the fact that we failed to ensure the release of the minutes in a timelier manner.
I can say unequivocally that the delay in these meeting minutes being presented to the Board for final approval has been publicly raised on a number of occasions over the last several months - though clearly not in as assertively as it could have been - at least in terms of my approach, as I and another member of the Board have raised this issue publicly and have both characterized this situation during these public discussions as "unacceptable" and one that needed to be corrected "immediately".
There has been however a lapse of more specific focus on this issue - at least on my part - as I have allowed other Town concerns and challenges to distract my focus away from the minutes. For that, I apologize to you and all residents."
Chairman of the Board of Selectman,
Today is February 15, 2012. It has been months since any appreciable snow fell. More months since the hurricane rolled though, and the tornado hit town. Although, much work still needs to be done to recover from those insults, much more has already been done. The excuse / reason that those storms have distracted the Chairman from following through on timely dissemination of the minutes is no longer valid.
If one cannot keep ones house in order, it is difficult to believe they can keep much else in in order. Just because we discussed this issue a few times, and a rationale, and apology were offered, it does not mean it is finished. Not if the same issue continues to go uncorrected.
Take this bit of advice from someone that knows all too well its meaning,
Mr.Chairman, you may want to put a pillow on your chair today.