During the months of May and June and prior to the new High School Building decision on June 8 there was intense debate about the merits of the project, particularly with regard to "renovation" vs. "new". On June 6, I wrote a LongmeadowBuzz article entitled "Now is the Time!" in which I published a series of letters between the MSBA and the Longmeadow School Building Committee in which the MSBA urged the SBC to reconsider the renovation option since some of the premises of the original estimates were faulty. Even though these letters were written in November 2009, they were not made public until obtained by Phil Fregeau in early June 2010 through the Freedom of Information Act.
Given that I had created and maintained the SBC website (located at www.Longmeadow.org/sbc) I knew that these documents had not been made public and the SBC meeting minutes published during this period did not divulge the contents of the letters including the MSBA's large concern about the original renovation options that were considered. In my posting, I criticized the SBC co-chairs (Mr. Barkett and Ms. Swanson) and asked for openness and transparency in town government... this episode clearly demonstrated that we had neither.
During last night's Select Board meeting, SelectBoard chair, Rob Aseltine made good on a prior threat (made through a series of strongly worded emails) to consider other town website alternatives as a response to this posting on the LongmeadowBuzz blog. In other words, eventually remove me as the town webmaster.
Below is a short video (courtesy of LCTV) of the Select Board discussion that occurred.
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