The Town of Watertown scheduled two important public meetings to conflict with each other this Wednesday eve, May 31: the first Victory Field Phase 2 Committee meeting, and the Arsenal Yards Phase II community meeting.
This double-booking should set off alarm bells for every voting citizen and taxpayer. It robs us and our elected representatives of the opportunity to be present for two meetings of keen public interest. Proposals discussed at these meetings will have long term consequences for many if not most citizens.
Watertownians, please add your voice, by letter, phone call or email, to tell your Councilors and city government that Watertown public meetings on topics of wide public interest must never be scheduled to conflict.
In response to citizen concern, Councilor Piccirilli has arranged for Watertown Cable Access to videorecord Wednesday’s Victory Field committee meeting and post it on the WCA-TV website. He will also publish a report on the Victory Field meeting in accordance with the Open Meeting Law, which will include all materials presented at the meeting.
Thank you to Councilor Piccirilli and WCA-TV for taking these steps to help remedy a bad situation. The fundamental problem still remains, however. Public meetings on topics of wide public concern should not be scheduled in a way which denies citizens and their elected representatives the opportunity to be present.