As we pointed out in an earlier article, the Town Council has jumped the gun in its call for the landfill reimbursement receipt study by over six months.
On the other hand, it has been derelict in its responsibility to fulfill a recurring provision of the town’s home rule charter. That is the obligation to name a Charter Review Committee every fifth year following the adoption of the Charter.
12-5-2: The chairperson of the town council shall appoint a charter review committee every five years. The committee shall consist of five members, and shall report its recommendations to the town council within one year from the date of its appointment.
The last Charter Review Committee, of which I was a member, was named in 2009 by then Town Council Chairman Steven Lazo. The other members of that committee were Gary Fontaine, Deborah Gregoire-Lefebvre, Councilor Larry McDonald and Dennis Martinek.
In keeping with the mandated timeline, the next Charter Review Committee should have been named in 2014.
With only two regularly scheduled meetings remaining in 2014, there is still time to correct this oversight.