I was asked by a reader if I could post an open letter to the town, I agreed plus it allows me to just cut and paste:
Dear Town Officials:
Point 1 – We need better, more frequent and more transparent communication from all of you. There are so many initiatives out there and it seems like all other towns are benefiting from grants and various resources and Highlands is not. If we are just not being informed, the perception is that you are either hiding something from us or you are not doing your job! Either way, you will NOT GET MY VOTE the next time around!
Point 2 – Surround yourselves with people who have the necessary skills and knowledge to help you and us! Hiring people because they are somebody’s cousin or because they are nice or because we have done business with them for the last 100 years is not helpful! This is a very challenging time for Highlands and we need the BEST resources out there to resolve the town’s issues. You are only as good as those who work for you! We don’t expect you to have all the answers but if those whom you hire don’t have the correct answer, bring in someone who does! Otherwise, you will not look very knowledgeable and again, you will NOT GET MY VOTE!
Point 3 – Please remember you work for US! You should be honored that WE selected and trusted you to sit up there at the head table and make the best choices for US! WE empowered you with the responsibility to represent OUR needs to the media, the state and federal government. The moment you take of your “resident” hat off and put your “town official” hat on, you are OUR voice! Please don’t think that it’s better to keep us uninformed because we won’t understand anyway or because you know what’s best for us!
We are smart, we are resilient and we ARE this town. Not just the 5 of you but ALL OF US! As someone said recently, this is your most amazing window of opportunity to shine and to do the right thing in order to rebuild Highlands into the great little seashore town that it is!