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Bronwyn Della-Volpe April 22, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Thanks for a great letter that voices the outrage and concerns of so many Wakefield residents! ItRead Moreis hard to imagine how a TM vote can over-ride a town-wide vote at the polls where almost 5,000 residents showed up to vote. I feel this is a disservice to those who can't attend the town meeting - some have to work, others are unable to sit or stand for long periods of time, many might be out of town - there aren't any absentee ballots for town meeting. It truly isn't as representative a voice as the April 1st vote was. The April 1st vote should have sufficed.
Bronwyn Della-Volpe April 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Point well taken. While the Town has been "guaranteeing" that there will be at least 75Read Moresp aces available to the public, if is now clear that there is no mechanism in place to assure us that guarantee. Town officials, including Police Chief Smith, admitted that there will not be on-site monitoring of who parks where and for how long. While there may be some spaces available, it is misleading to say these spaces will be guaranteed when anyone - even Brightview residents, visitors and staff - can use the spots at any time for as long as they like. All this IF the garage is built. As many of you now know, a petition voids the town-wide vote at the polls which defeated the garage in every precinct and by a strong double-digit margin, with nearly 5,000 Wakefield residents voting on April 1st. We now have to go to Town Meeting to re-vote on this same issue. But what about hose who made it to the polls but aren't able to make it to TM? What about those who can't sit or stand for long periods of time at a TM? There isn't an absentee ballot for TM either. How can we accommodate those residents who WANT to cast a vote but can't get to TM? This hardly seems like a fair way to treat those who cast their vote at the polls on April 1st.