With a new form of government still working out its problems, Bridgewater residents have been frustrated with the lack of communication between the community and town councilors. Thursday night, residents from precinct 4 organized an open meeting where the community was able to meet with their individual councilor Kristy Colon and councilor at-large Bob Callahan in order to improve communication and positively move forward.
Councilor Callahan believed the informal meeting was a success, “I thought this meeting went great, it went excellent. This was the first actual precinct meeting. But this was good. I just told one of the gentlemen here tonight that we should probably do this in all the precincts, all seven.”
Kitty Doherty, a precinct 4 resident, helped organize the meeting and was inspired by the large turnout, “Now it’s got a momentum. This is awesome because in less than two hours we started a bonding process for this geographical district of town. And we might not know everyone’s name but on the other hand now people are getting a sense for the fact that they do have a voice.”
Last year, the community voted on a new form of government that replaced town meetings and selectmen with town councilors to represent the seven precincts as well as a hired town manager. And the marriage between the councilors and manager has gotten off to a rocky start.
“I think it’s new to us but I do agree with the council form of government and the town manager. I think we have a ways of things to get to but I think it’s ultimately good for the town,” said Councilor Callahan.
By the end of the meeting, residents agreed to meet once every month in order for individual district leaders to understand the public’s view about current topics before voting on behalf of the group. The next meeting for precinct 4 is tentatively scheduled for August 25th.