Observations on updated Rockland Boards, Committees and Commissions members list
The list of members of Boards, Committees and Commission members was updated as of today, June 27, 2014. Straight off, I notice two things: Amy Files has not been appointed to anything, let alone the Comprehensive Planning Commission post to which the newspaper reported she had applied. The second is that Joanne Billington serves on the Board of Assessment Review, the Personnel Board, the Economic Development Advisory Committee (Chair), the Parking Advisory Committee, the Harbor Park Re-Design Committee, (Citizen-at-Large).
Vacancies exist on the following:
1 Vacancy, 1 Alternate, Comprehensive Planning Commission
3 Vacancies on the Energy Advisory Committee
2 Vacancies Parking Advisory Committee
2 Vancanies Public Works Committee
2 Vacancies, 1 Alternate, Board of Assessment Review
2 Vacancies CDBG Loan Review Committee
My observations: As far as I know, the City has not begun a search for a new City Manager. Given Joanne Billington's level of appointments, perhaps City administration should just give Billington the job, if she wants it. Why go to all that expense, fuss, and bother to do a search anyway, when municipal control is invested in the hands of a few, and the Hall seems at its most insular?
Amy Files. No appointment. Many residents have heard her speak. She's as invested in the city government more than most, demonstrating intelligence, foresight, and logic. Attending meetings regularly. (And no blarney about lengthof time living in Rockland or needing a degree in Rocket Science), to serve well and effectively.
The Parking Advisory Committee is to include the City Engineer and Police Chief (or designees) shall be ex-officio, non-voting members. Rockland continues to have no City Engineer.
The Harbor Park Redesign Committee only has the Lobster Festival Corporation/Chuck Kruger, as a representative of anyone holding events in Harbor Park, disregarding all others. Obviously, this is not equitable.
I continue to think there needs to be a change in the form of Rockland government, because as things are now, it does not seem its most democratic. It would be interesting if readers weighed in on alternate possibilities.