Big decisions
On Feb. 1, the Rockland City Council voted to stop Central Maine Power’s tree-trimming crews until there could be a public hearing on the issue. This was a special meeting. I knew about the meeting because I was contacted.
How many other Rockland residents knew nothing about it? Why isn’t there a one-button “send” contact list issued from city hall that would alert residents to every meeting, special or otherwise? If there is, I don’t know about it.
And, given that there are more than 7,000 people here, and that more than a handful of them look at trees, for example, and given that a work stop order was given — an action that has a significant impact on the workers involved —  how many people did it actually take to get council members interested in the issue? Six? Ten? Were there more? I hope there were many, because big decisions should not be left to the power of only a few.
I have never experienced town meetings, but I wonder if a handful of people have the power to rule them. Again, I hope there can be a  blind “everyone” e-mail contact list, adding at least those people who have computer access to the invitation. And, for those who would need it, perhaps automatic telephone messages.
Arguments will be that if someone is interested, they can always contact city hall. That’s not how it works.
Maggie Trout
Rockland