Selectmen Re-Vote Request sign now

We request that the Nantucket Board of Selectmen undertake a new vote on appointments to various island committees and boards because we believe the votes were improper and unfair. With one selectman absent on Monday June 27, 2005 the voting was structured so that all votes were decided by the chair. When one of the selectmen proposed that, for the sake of fairness and impartiality, the order of votes rotate to ensure that the BOS chair was not deciding the outcome of each vote, the chair overruled him. Nantucket is represented by five selectmen, not one. The views and the needs of the island need to be represented fairly and evenly. In addition, we cannot stress strongly enough the importance of choosing the members for the various boards and committees which serve our island and make vital decisions on public spending, welfare and policy. If the process is suspect, the public cannot have faith in our elected or appointed officials, regardless of whether a re-vote would result in identical appointments. For this reason we ask that the full five-member board re-convene and re-vote on the following boards and committees in a manner that ensures that the BOS chair is not the deciding vote on each appointment:

Abatement Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee of Non-Voting Taxpayers
Airport Commission
Beach Management Advisory Committee
Cable Television Advisory Committee
Capital Program Committee
Conservation Commission
Council on Aging
Cultural Council
Council for Human Services
Disability Commission
Finance Committee
Nantucket Archaeological and Preservation Commission
Park & Recreation Commission
Planning Board Alternate
Town & County Right-of-Way Committee
Scholarship Committee
Steamship Authority Port Council
Town Government Study Committee
Traffic Safety Advisory Committee
Tree Advisory Committee
Visitor Services & Information Advisory Committee
Zoning Board of Appeals.

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