~ Submitted by Robin Steele
I was debating on whether to call in tonight [June 13, 2022], but as you know I wrote a letter to The Citizen that I want to save my town and I feel I am doing the town a disservice if I do not speak up [March 5, 2022].
There have been a lot of things going on in the town that seem to have divided it, and I am here to plead with you as the leaders in this town to work towards fixing them.
I know you were upset about the fire station and being sued over it. I understand, but I think we have to agree that it has not been handled well on either side.
You as the leaders of the town came out right after the ruling and gloated over the win. I believe you are there to set the example and needed to say “The Judge ruled, let’s move on”.
It came across as almost bragging. You were upset about people suing and questioning over the firehouse location, which I totally understand due to the time and effort, but you overlooked the time and effort that people put into trying to save the reformatory trail from being paved.
Both were voted on at town meeting and you were upset by people taking action against the firehouse but then felt it was ok to bring the path up for another vote.
I only hope going forward that you realize you represent all the voters in this town and not just the ones that agree with you.
I hope that you will work towards healing the divide in this town.
Spend 5 minutes on Facebook and you will see there are a lot of people that you are not representing.
Bring this town back together.
I completely agree with you however I believe it is too late to fix the towns division and corruption. I was brought up here as well and made my home here unfortunately it is not the Bedford we grew up in! For years groups have hijacked the town meetings and if they did not get their projects pushed through. They would rebrand and rename the project and have them voted on until it was passed. Also they would play games like waiting until late at night to have them voted on. Or have a special meeting on a date that many people are unable to attend and push it through. It is really sad to see how things are being handled but not surprising keep up you effort …..
Thank you, Robin. Open, town-wide discussions about a number of important town issues, including the location of the new Fire Station, have not been sought by the current Select Board and its staff. This is a critical 50-year safety decision that needs to include planning for the direction of future residential growth, as well as current town needs.
I want to thank Shawn Hanegan for reaching out to me and discussing my comments.
And I thank you Robin.
Thank you, Robin, for this thoughtful, beautiful letter.