At the last Charlestown Town Council meeting, we saw the continuation of a well thought out plan to dismantle our Parks and Recreation Commission. The Charlestown Citizens Alliance Steering Committee gave the alliance council its marching orders by wanting to reduce the number of commission members from 13 to nine, but guess what happened? Three of the five council members rejected that directive by voicing their independance.
Over the past seven years, we have seen the Charlestown Citizens Alliance manipulate the membership of our town's commissions, boards and committees that they claim to hold so dear. We have witnessed their continual plea for volunteers only to see them choose from a pre-arranged select list of alliance supporters.
The town's public record will show that these events have happened numerous times. First, there were the appointments of alliance supporters to the Chariho School Committee. Then there were the appointments of alliance supporters (including two of their own steering committee members) to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Now it was time to go after the Charlestown Parks and Recreation Commission....again.
Keep in mind that they have already denied re-appointing past members by appointing individuals from their "preferred list." If they had been allowed to reduce the number of commission members, they would have been able to deny upcoming re-appointments by saying, "Oops, sorry but we don't need you because we only have room for nine." Power is a terrible disease folks and the allaince has a major case of it.
Kudos to the town council members who found the voice of fair-play, Julie Carrocia, town council vice president, and Denise Rhodes and Steve Williams.