Letter: Johnson, Back door, unethical politics is alive and well on the Granby Town Council!
Back door, unethical politics is alive and well on the Granby Town Council!
What am I talking about? The Granby Town Council was given the unfortunate task of filling the trustee position that was left absent by the sudden passing of Charlie LaBrake. It was the first item on the agenda for the January 12 town meeting. To my surprise, it was curtly announce by Mayor Jynnifer Pierro that in the past the board has always appointed the next highest vote getter from the previous election and she felt the same should be done now. This was immediately echoed by Trustee Greg Mordini. The remainder of the board, except Trustee Henrekin, responded “Well, if that is what we have always done.” Trustee Henrekin pointed out that one person had attended most of the meetings in the last two years and should be considered. Believe it or not—dead silence—not one remaining board member made a comment. They pretended she did not even speak. I, Becky Johnson, then tried to remind the board that procedure was not followed in June 2014. Once again the board did not even respond to my comment or ask a question. One board trustee repeated, “Well, if the next highest vote getter is what we have always done.”
That is when it became very apparent to me and any other person in attendance that it was not really up for discussion, a decision had been made behind the scene and was being railroaded through. A motion was made by Trustee Mordini and seconded by Trustee Trainer. Vote called and it passed 3 to 1. This all took place in less than five minutes.
For general voter information, after the 2014 election one of the elected trustees resigned within two months. The board did not automatically appoint the next highest vote getter (which would have been the logical and correct thing to do). They, however, posted the position in the paper and asked for letters from interested parties. I know this because I was one of the parties that submitted a letter. We were asked questions at the next board meeting and the position was given to Charlie LaBrake, rightfully so. He had experience on the board and was the next highest vote getter in the election. However, precedence had been set for future appointments.
I have spent the last two years attending approximately 85 percent of the town meetings and currently serving on three town committees. I have made it my mission to be well informed for the up-coming election this spring.
You may say, “Sounds like sour grapes!” You are partly correct. I did not expect to be appointed to the board BUT I did expect a fair and reasonable process to occur to pick the best qualified person. It has been 21 months since the last election. Every person at this meeting was acutely aware this did not occur. Maybe this is one of the reasons why nine citizens have taken out petitions for this spring’s election! Is it time for a new politic atmosphere on the Board?
Rebecca (Becky) H. Johnson
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