Granby citizens should vote for change on April 1
March 26, 2008
To the Editor:
If I could vote in the Granby municipal election April 1 I’d vote for Jynnifer Pierro as mayor. Unfortunately, I can’t vote in the election since I live just outside the town limits. So I formed a little political action committee of one (The Granby Political Action Committee) to make up for my ineligible vote.
In forming this committee I’ve discovered many things. First and foremost I discovered that Jynnifer has a real passion for bringing positive and open dialogue to the Granby Town Board. She wants to make Granby a place where people want to live and where businesses of all types, whether they be developers or Mom and Pop stores, will feel welcome and part of the Granby “team.” She knows how to set clear policy.
She will know how to implement that policy by letting a soon-to-be-hired town manager manage. She wants to work with the board of trustees.
Her open and positive approach has been refreshing, especially after having watched the approach of the Granby Board of Trustees change in the last two years.
The town can’t keep a town manager. It spends way too much money on part-time, out-of-town consultants. It’s become strangely secretive. Consider that it has a closed meeting (called an executive session, where the public is not welcome) after almost every single meeting, which is extreme when compared to other towns in the county.
Even stranger, the town attorney has ruled that resolutions placed on the agenda can not be picked up for review by the general public prior to a meeting, thereby effectively squelching the very public input the board says it wants. Why would the board allow this policy to continue? It’s baffling to me.
The saddest thing I’ve discovered is the fear that dominates in our little town. I’ve asked people to donate money to my little cause and many have refused for one particular reason. They fear retribution from the board through its review process if they are seen to have helped my effort to foment change on the board of trustees.
You see, all contributions must be disclosed. Their identities would be known. People operate in fear of the town board. I don’t think the board realizes this. This seems out of place in a town like Granby.
So I would vote for Jynnifer. Then I’d pick four out of the five non-incumbents running four the board: Greg Guthridge, Greg Mordini, Elaine Henrekin, Travis “Zeke” Burmaster, Pete Gallo.
I’d vote for a change. I hope you will too.