There have been a few editorials regarding the forming of a Utility Board in Huntertown. Most of the information that has been printed is simply not true.
Several editorials commented that residents of Huntertown need the Utility Board to hold Town Council members accountable. The fact is that anyone that is informed about how the board is selected and what its duties are can tell that a Utility Board would lessen the workload of a council but would not be in a position to hold a council accountable.
The Utility Board members will be appointed by the council. Appointed positions are not made to hold those that appoint them accountable. Plus the board will make suggestions to council but ultimately it will be up to the council to approve or deny recommendations from the board. Basically the board will assist council by making recommendations.
Another recurring comment is that Huntertown council members do not keep residents informed. As far as residents being informed, they hold two meetings a month on the first and third Monday of the month. This is not a secret. These meeting dates are posted on the Huntertown website and on utility bills. Meeting agendas and meeting minutes are posted on the town website. If residents are not informed it is because they choose not to be.
The last comment I often see in editorials about Huntertown is that the Town Council does not listen to residents. When residents were concerned about a proposal to put the wastewater treatment plant on the park property the council listened and sought a new location. When a resident suggested they should have public comment at the beginning and not just the end of council meetings the council made a change to allow public comments before and after meetings. I repeatedly see council consider residents opinions and make adjustments.
Residents make their wishes known to council through personal interaction, e-mails, letters, and phone calls. I think it is important to remember that Huntertown is not made up of one voice that represents us all, and just because council does not do what you or I may want does not mean they are not listening to residents. It means that residents have different opinions and the council’s job is to represent all of Huntertown and not just the few who speak out at meetings and in a public forum.
JACKIE TRACEY Huntertown