I’d noticed this weekend, and Mary Ann brought it up in the comments: the meeting notice for Tuesday’s Selectmen’s meeting notes that the Commission on Disabilities needs to be re-advertised, due to not enough interest in the posts.
Fall Town Meeting approved the creation of the Commission, which is charged with ensuring that the town is accessible for everyone.
Mary Ann says, “ADA compliance, education about disabilities, and providing accessible services are all critical issues that need to be addressed. That’s not to say the establishment of a Commission is the answer to the problem – but it’s one step in the right direction.”
And, just as I was typing this, Roger Trahan (welcome to the blog, Mr. Moderator) added his own thoughts:
Mary Ann, I’m glad you mentioned that there have not been responses to the posting. We all need to step up and act. Having accepted that provision of State Law, the committee shall include at least one elected or appointed official of Grafton. Count me in! My letter of interest to BOS will be in the mail this week. In accepting MGL 40-8J, we also accepted MGL 40-22G, whereby the Town is authorized to allocate all funds received from fines assessed for violations of handicap parking to the commission on disabilities. The Treasurer/Collector’s office steered me to the Grafton Police Dept. I have a message out to the P.D. and hope to provide a $ figure for handicap parking fines assessed in 2008. I’m not sure if the $ clock would start from the date of Town Meeting 10/20/08, 90 days thereafter or some other date. Then again, let’s look at the word “authorized”. Is it a mandate or is the State simply empowering us to steer $ in that direction if we so choose?
I’ll be drafting my own letter of interest as well. I don’t see it as a blog conflict (unlike when Michael attempted to draft me for the town administrator search committee), I do have a fair amount of time on my hands, and I’ve at least written a lot about handicapped accessibility.
Here’s the ad:
The Town of Grafton is seeking three members at large to serve on a newly formed Commission called the “Commission on Disabilities”.
The mission of this Commission is to assure that all people in Grafton have an equal opportunity to participate in all functions involving living, working, and enjoying recreation activities. The Commission will work toward this end by informing, educating, monitoring and advising the public, including the business community and the Town administration.
The Commission shall consist of five members and shall consist of people with disabilities, residents with professional experience working with people with disabilities and/or residents with an interest in this area.
Individual must be registered to vote in the Town of Grafton and possess a basic understanding or knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of the subject multiple member body.
Please submit letter of interest and outlining qualifications and background to:
Board of Selectmen
Grafton Memorial Municipal Center
30 Providence Road
Grafton, MA 01519
And, for the record, the town always advertises committee vacancies here. The Information Technology Committee appears to be looking to fill a spot by Jan. 14.