Cheshire answers call, posts meeting minutes on website
CHESHIRE -- Town officials have begun posting Select Board meeting minutes to the town's website in appeasement of requests from some residents.
Visitors to cheshire-ma.com will now find a bar labeled "Selectmen's Minutes" at the top of the page, which connects users to write-ups of the most recent five meetings.
As of Wednesday, July 16, a total of about 300 people had clicked any of the five posts, as the website also registers hits.
Resident and former Select Board candidate E. Richard Scholz was one regular attendee of board meetings who requested the minutes be posted online.
In an email to The Eagle, Scholz called the move a "radical toe in the 21st century water," for the town.
"This is how staying in touch with town government is done [today]," Scholz said. "The minutes will be read with increasing frequency over time if they are kept current and their availability is promoted."
In May, Scholz lost a close race to longtime Selectman Paul Astorino in the town's annual election.
The traditionally sleepy town has adjusted to a rising tide of political interest since word spread that Goodlettsville, Tenn., corporation Dollar General was interested in building a store where a dilapidated mansion presently stands at 12 South St. -- the most visible part of Cheshire. Many residents oppose the idea and are searching for ways to slow down or halt the company.
Calls for more transparency in governmental processes grew as an offshoot of the movement against Dollar General's interest in the town.
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