To the Editor:
Watertown is in the process of reviewing its charter to assess possible changes to government structure and descriptions of aspects of our governing. Originally, the committee conducting the review was to be comprised of four Republicans, three Democrats, one Independent and one Unaffiliated voter. That was then changed to five Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent.
Chosen to serve on the committee are the Republican Town Committee and Democratic Town Committee chairmen. Sounds political.
While our charter requires three competitive bids before appointing the town attorney, the Town Council chose to appoint another Watertown Republican, Franklin Pilicy, as the attorney for this commission, rather than someone from out-of-town as was done in the past.
Why wasn’t the committee allowed to select their own attorney? This addition brings the count of Republicans on the committee to six.
And what happened to the unaffiliated appointee?
Unaffiliated voters are the largest number of town voters and I know there was at least one volunteer. Was it dropped to help ensure Republican majority?
I urge all residents to pay attention to the proposed charter revisions coming out of this committee.