To The Daily Sun,
On Nov. 23, the Board of Selectmen represented by Rachael Hatch and Michael Jean met with the Gilmanton Year-Round Library to discuss funding options. A new funding idea was presented by the GRYL, a three-year contract with the Town of Gilmanton.
Should the Board of Selectmen sign this agreement, you are committed to fund the $50,000 a year. Your right to vote on this has just been taken away.
What happened after the meeting is outrageous. Not a word of this contract has been spoken of to the full Board of Selectmen. Chairman Hatch and Selectman Jean have had two selectmen's meetings to share this with me.
The following quote is from the GYRL minutes of Nov. 23, 2015: Rachael, "If we wait until the meeting on the 14. It won't appear as if this is being pushed through. We don't want the perception that we are trying to get something pushed through. Do not do this at next Monday's meeting. Give us a couple of weeks to solidify the language and get an attorney to review."
Perception, that is a powerful word. This is how I perceive it: deception.
I went to the Budget Committee meeting this past Wednesday and the GYRL presented the draft contract. Shouldn't the full Board of Selectmen see this first?
I have been a supporter of your right to vote on this warrant article for funding the library. What is more democratic than that? I do not support placing the funding in the operating budget
Tonight is Dec. 14 and I imagine ... now I will see the contract. The Board of Selectmen will vote on it, Hatch, yes; Jean, Yes; Guarino, no. Now two selectmen made a decision and you had no vote.
Tell them what you think.
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