I have attempted, as Chair of the Board of Selectmen to try to open up the lines of communication and information to a greater degree than my predecessors. It seems to have created a more vibrant level of discussion and debate, and for that I am thankful. I do not know what I would do if I did not have Mike and Bob in the audience showing their Cheshire grin pearly whites, whenever the debate goes from the ridiculous to the sublime.
However, it has become evident that with more of the materials for the meeting being accessible, the questions from the public, as well as their level of informed participation have improved. The level of cooperation at the meetings--fixing the problem, not fixing the blame--has improved.
Not everyone has put aside lingering disagreements or anger. But many have laid these things temporarily aside to move other projects and issues forward. I must say that it is heartening to see this level of cooperation begining to gel.
In any event, we now have BOS packets online, there is a 10 min "Other Business" to be open to the public for comment, and I believe that comment on pending motions and issues are being entertained (particularly because the commenters have been respectful and professional). If there are any other ways that the BOS meetings can be made more accessible, please comment below. It would be of great interest and of great help.