Attendance in person
The responses to the five part mini questionnaire for selectboard candidates are in! Thank you to the candidates for participating. This post contains the responses to Question 1 by the Selectboard candidates running for the 3-year seat. Responses to Question 1 by candidates for the 2-year seat are here.
1. The Valley News published a column by Jim Kenyon on January 28, 2018 about Selectboard members attending meetings via video chat. Some Norwich residents prefer in person attendance by public officials, even though electronic attendance is allowed by statute. Question: Absent unforeseen circumstances, do you plan to attend in person all or almost all regular and special Selectboard meetings?
It is my intention to attend all Selectboard meetings in person. My work is in Hanover and with one predictable exception I generally do not have to travel out of town for other than personal reasons. Certainly we can all have unexpected events which might make it impossible to attend a meeting in person on occasion, however technology is no substitute for the benefits of being physically in the same room. I would expect interested residents to appear in person and they should have the same expectation of their board members.
I will be able to attend in person almost all of the Select Board meetings. My work schedule allows for it. I do think it is better to attend in person, but it may be unrealistic to think all members can do so.
Responses of the candidates are not edited.
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