As a resident and longtime volunteer in the small town of Beacon Falls, I am greatly saddened and concerned by what is happening to this great small town. The electors of the town seem to be being shut out and silenced at almost every turn.
We, the townspeople, elected three representatives at our last election. We are governed by a Board of Selectmen, not just one selectman. It seems that in order to push an agenda to secure a huge increase in pay (over 100 percent increase) for the position of first selectman, Gerard Smith has effectively been able to see to it that at our Board of Finance meetings only a report from the First Selectman is now heard, where previously (as far back as one can look up anyway) it was always a report from the Board of Selectmen — all three representatives were allowed to speak in their capacity. While the two remaining selectmen can speak, it is now relegated to the general public comment section.
The town is supposed to be represented by the entire Board of Selectmen, and I for one, would like to see restored to that style of representation.
With the economy in its current state, Beacon Falls is in no position to allow such an increase to happen at this time. What is Gerard Smith thinking?