Sunday, June 5, 2011

Joint, Town-Wide, 7-Precinct Forum

Joint, Town-wide, 7-Precinct Forum

Thursday, June 9, 2011

7:00 PM

Senior Center

This meeting is sponsored by a group of Bridgewater residents called the 'Citizens' Forum.' The Citizens' Forum desires to establish sound, open communication between the people of each precinct with each other, their council representation, and the town manager. Organized precinct dynamics is one aspect of our new government that has been lacking thus far.

The town needs each precinct to develop a confident identity and strong voice now that the community has given up its traditional Town Meeting. Residents need to know their fellow precinct members and precinct issues in order to elect a qualified representative to the Town Council to act on their behalf. There will be opportunity to meet fellow precinct residents at this event.

There will also be opportunity to learn more about the now forming volunteer Citizens' Forum group ... which is still looking for a few good men and women to help establish a solid rhythm within each precinct. The Citizens' Forum has established an account at the Bridgewater Savings Bank in order to accept your donations needed to fund this work.

Our first program centers around the community gaining understanding of its new Charter, which is available on our Town of Bridgewater web site. The Charter is what it is - the legal Home Rule Governance that the community now lives under. The general public has many, many questions about how this new process and procedure works; what we can still do and what we can no longer do. It isn't the familiar Town Meeting format.

Attorney Demetrios Moschos, a partner in the law firm of Mirick OConnell and a leading expert in Massachusetts on municipal law and particularly Council - Manager relations (Google him!) has agreed to sit in to a grassroots question and answer session regarding our new town Charter.

The people themselves can personally ask this expert their questions. To ensure impartiality with his answers, this attorney has agreed to gift his $500 Speaker's Fee to the Bridgewater town treasury, that's how serious a matter this is, and how urgent it is to harmoniously implement this Charter NOW in order to get our community moving forward again!

We need town residents to attend this meeting with their questions, and also to spread the word about it being held on such short notice. Remember, our American heritage is “of the People, by the People, and for the People.”

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