Please note that the following message and attachment was sent to Representative Town Meeting Members today. If you are a Town Meeting Representative, please accept my apologies for seeing this message twice. If you concur that amending Article 21 to require continued operation of the River Garden while ownership issues are resolved with oversight from Town Meeting, please reach out to Town Meeting Members in your District. A listing of Members is on the Town website.Also, please note that there are vacancies for Town Meeting Members in all Districts [Districts 1 (9), District 2 (9) and District 3 (4). If you wish to become a Town Meeting Member, please attend the caucuses to be held March 13 at 6:30pm at Academy School, prior to Town Budget informational session.=====Dear Representative Town Meeting Member,
On behalf of the ad hoc “Committee for the River Garden,” I am asking you to support an amendment to Article 21 which seeks appropriation for the “capital and operating costs of projects of the Town’s duly designated downtown organization.”
The manner and amount of the appropriation are the same as last year’s. What is different is that the downtown organization has now opted not to include the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in its budget. The organization is seeking to divest itself of the River Garden by the end of its Fiscal Year in June 2013, but as of this writing it is far from certain how that will happen. Indeed, the proposed process will be less than a week old by the date of Representative Town Meeting.
In view of the history it appears reasonable to condition the appropriation on continued operation of the River Garden going forward and oversight of any change in ownership by a committee answerable to Town Meeting.
More complete information, answers to anticipated questions and an historical timeline can be found at this link [...]. Should you require further information, want access to source documents, have further questions, or have difficulty accessing the link or attachment, please do not hesitate to contact me.
On behalf of the “Committee for the River Garden”,
Robert A. Oeser
PO Box 6001
Brattleboro VT 05302
Committee for the River Garden
Veronica (Ronny) Johnson