Ann put up a call for people to run for Planning Board on my post about my neighborhood situation and I thought I’d bring it out front. We talk a lot about Town Meeting, Selectmen and the schools, not to mention the economy, and there’s definitely one board whose work tends to have the most immediate effect on how Grafton is shaped.
That would be the Planning Board. If you want to build a new neighborhood or start a significant new business, they’re the deciding factor. I was actually surprised — although I don’t know why, I’ve covered lots of Planning Boards and it’s not unusual — to find their meeting draws a much bigger crowd than Selectmen. There were hired guns waiting their turns, of course, but there were also plenty of project abutters in the audience anxious to make their opinions known.
There are two three-year seats up for election this term, now held by Rich McCarthy and Robert Hassinger. Keith Regan, whose term expires in 2010, is resigning effective March 1 and his position will be on the ballot as well.
Selectmen will likely seek to fill Keith’s seat with an appointment so there is not a gap on the board in the interim. This isn’t a board that can stagger about doing business a member or two light — this is serious business that definitely impacts the town.
If I wasn’t convinced that blogging and town office was an ethics violation just waiting to happen, I’d go for it. What’s your excuse?