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Unwieldy process points to an obvious solution


In a fine example of disfunction, the current failure of local government to get a simple thing done should lead reasonable people to look for an alternative.

It sounds like a simple matter. Some repairs are needed, and called for by the insurers, at the local refuse transfer station operated on behalf of the four local towns by the Regional Board of Mayors.

But the process necessary for the RBOM to actually do anything legally requires the ratification of four municipal councils — four legislative bodies designed to deliberate city business. It’s a little like asking for a constitutional convention every time the President wanted to get anything done.

The whole concept of the RBOM came into being in order to circumvent the obvious need of the community, which at the time was politically untenable.

Perhaps now would be a good time to revisit it. Consolidating the four towns and cities would simplify so much and make regional progress attainable.

It would also make unnecessary the clumsy substitutions this community has invented over the years instead of doing what’s necessary.

Scott Hunter

editor and publisher

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