Last night’s Board of Selectman’s meeting is certainly worth the watch. Forty citizens observed it in person and regardless of their position on the withdrawal issue, it is doubtful anyone’s blood pressure was the same leaving town hall as it was entering.
Mark Sherwood spoke at public comment opposing withdrawal from Timberlane and the continued expense for legal opinion on the matter. He asked that the BOS not endorse any minority report that may come forward. His was the only public comment. The audience then sat patiently while the board reviewed a number of budgets during their regular business.
When the agenda item requested by Jon Goldman came up, “Discussion regarding previous letter to Dept. of Education regarding Minority Committee,” Mr. Goldman asked for a citizen’s letter submitted to the board by Greg Kulicki be read. Mr. Sherwood did so. Then I was permitted to read my letter also submitted to the BOS and partly in response to Mr. Kulicki’s letter. After this, Selectman Buco read her own comment which got some heckles from the audience. Ms. Buco asked the Selectmen to put a preliminary presentation of the minority report on the next agenda (October 19) before deciding whether or not to support submitting a minority report to the Board of Education.
Then Mr. Goldman made a motion to send a letter to the Board of Education telling them that the minority committee has been disbanded and that the town is in concurrence with the district’s conclusion that withdrawal is not feasible or suitable. Clapping ensued. Chairman Devine then said he did not agree with Mr. Goldman and that he would not entertain a second. Mr. Goldman objected. Mr. Devine held fast. Mr. Goldman called to adjourn the meeting to contact legal. Mr. Devine adjourned the meeting.
Mr. Kulicki’s letter is read one hour into the proceedings at 1:00:00.