Carolyn Sundquist Excuse for Meeting Times Proven Baseless

Carolyn Sundquist
Carolyn Sundquist

The Tuftonboro selectmen are refusing to hold their meetings in the evening when more members of the public could attend if they wanted. Instead, the selectmen prefer holding their meetings at 9AM and 4PM, when it is extremely inconvenient for anyone who works normal hours to attend.

Last month Chairman Carolyn Sundquist dismissed the idea of holding selectmen’s meetings at 6:30 or 7PM by saying that evening meetings would be unfair to Karen Koch, the administrative secretary, who would have to attend to take minutes.

The official job description for the Administrative Secretary position states, as a requirement for employment: “Must be able to attend meetings outside of normal hours.”

The job description was last updated by the selectmen on June 10, 2013. Carolyn Sundquist was a selectman at the time. In fact, she was chairman that year. The minutes from the June 10, 2013, meeting show that the selectmen voted unanimously to adopt the Administrative Secretary job description, including the requirement that the employee holding the position must be able to attend meetings outside of normal hours.

The June 10, 2013, selectman’s meeting was held at 7PM.

I am collecting signatures for a petition to place a warrant article in consideration at Town Meeting 2017 to require the selectmen to hold their meetings at 6:30 PM so that more town residents could attend if they want to attend. If you are interested in adding your signature, please let me know by adding a comment to this post and I will bring the petition to you.

I work from home and am able to attend the selectmen’s meetings at 9AM and 4PM. However, I recognize that most people who work normal hours are not able to attend. I wish the selectmen would keep the average working person’s schedule in mind. The selectmen work for us, the residents of the town. They should not hold meetings when it is inconvenient for most people to attend.

 

Published in Town Government
Max Ledoux

Author: Max Ledoux

I've lived in Tuftonboro since 2014. I grew up in Lisbon Falls, Maine (the Moxie capital of the world). I run tuftonboro.net.

3 thoughts on “Carolyn Sundquist Excuse for Meeting Times Proven Baseless”

  1. Max I’ll sign the petition because I have the same romantic views of government that you do. I believe this view is because of all the propaganda I was feed as a impressionable teen. The petition will fail. You should choose your fights carefully. Most of the folks supporting the selectmen want something. They have no interest in moralizing the politics. If you point out in your reporting what they are, you will be doing more good then going forward with the petition. You will be gaining credibility,
    don’t rush you might blow it. Thanks for your reporting, Skip

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