To the Editor:

I have been informed by Charter Revision Commission member Jeff Desmarais that there will be a virtual hearing on proposed charter changes on Wednesday, May 27th at 7 p.m.

I am planning to participate in this distance meeting via the protocol set up by the Commission.

Rich Avoletta and I have spearheaded a petition drive these past 90 days which 174 members of the public have signed.

In short, we are asking the Charter Revision Commission and Town Council to hold an advisory referendum on the November 3rd Presidential Ballot in which Watertown-Oakville voters will express their opinion as to whether we should move to mayor-council government.

I have written in many letters what neighboring small towns like Prospect and Wolcott have done, wherein their chief executive or mayor faces all the voters every two years.

Conversely, only five votes of a town council serving four year terms via alternating staggered elections appoint our town manager.

We mayoral advocates believe Watertown-Oakville government is broken and needs fixing.

We believe we have the least open and Democratic form of government in the Greater Naugatuck Valley.

As I wrote in my first letter on this subject months ago: Vox Populi Vox Dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God.

If you want me to advocate for you in that virtual Charter Revision Commission hearing on May 27th, please email me your thoughts at Thank you for your support.

Sean Butterly


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