Wildwood School Building Project: Back to the drawing board
Parents and their children demonstrate in front of Middle School auditorium
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney always had the perfect answer to a social problem requiring a sudden infusion of cash: "Let's put on a show!" And with talent like Ms. Garland, how could it fail?
Last night almost 200 Town Meeting members had to negotiate a gauntlet of Mega School supporters numbering over 100 but all confined into a rather small space directly in front of the entry to the Middle School auditorium where Town Meeting convenes.
Had this been an election and the auditorium a polling place they would have been required to stand a lot farther back as election law bans demonstrations within 150 feet of the polling booth.
Last night was our 4th and thankfully last session and since no Town Meeting member made a "Motion to reconsider Article 2," the only chance for the $67 million Mega School is for the Select Board to call a Special Town Meeting by a simple majority vote or for citizens to collect 100 signatures to call one by petition, either of which has to happen before February 2nd.
But it's not like the make up of Town Meeting is going to change over the next two months so the likelihood of another Special Town Meeting suddenly supporting the school project borrowing with a two thirds vote is pretty much zero.
Town Meeting was criticized yet again for ignoring "the will of the voters" who ever so narrowly supported the new school at the November 8th election. But it did fail to even garner a majority since 10.4% of the voters did not bother to weigh in on Question 5.
Amherst had a 68% turnout for the Presidential election and Question 5 passed 45.21% to 44.38% or less than one percent.
Town Meeting on the first night had a 88% turnout and Article 2 failed by 50.47% to 49.53% or less than 1%, which sounds pretty identical to the "will of the voters" to me.
Unless you think a demonstration of will is washing down that second slice of chocolate cake with a diet coke.