Our chosen five
I realize that our Bethel Selectmen have a difficult job, however, I think they should honor the petitions submitted to them and the intent of them. Most of the petitions are written to place on a warrant on upcoming Town Meetings for a popular vote by the town voters.
Maine legislators love to put out Bond issues for popular vote as it lets them off the hook for accountability of spending. Instead, our “Chosen Five” selectmen are guessing what the majority of the voters of Bethel may or may not want. Why not let the voters decide by popular vote at the Town Meeting?
In 2012 a Sign Ordinance petition was submitted to be voted on and instead of this, we got to vote on whether to spend $10,000 to redo the old one. It cost $13,000 and only the future will prove this to be wise. The dog park and basketball court issues have once again been handled differently by the “Chosen Five” than intended. The citizens of Bethel want to vote on these issues rather than to have our controversial issues decided on by well-intended selectmen. Be reminded that it takes a vote of 3 to 2 on the board for a decision. I urge our selectmen to put referendum petitions as worded out to vote in the future.