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Charter Forum: Hiring a Town Manager [VIDEO]

Former Charter Revision Commission members answer questions about Provision 1: hiring a professional Town Manager.

Have a question about the Town Manager proposal that wasn't asked at the forum? Leave it in the comments below and we'll try to get an answer for you.

Bob McGarrah October 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Can certain positions be eliminated by the town manager? Specifically, Park and Rec. and Highway Maintenance? Bob McGarrah
Lawrence A. Miller October 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
No. Although the town manager has the authority hire and fire certain employees (with oversight from the board of selectmen), those positions are mandated by the charter and can only be eliminated by another charter revision.
LFerrara October 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Chris Kukk was an excellent moderator. The structure for the meeting allowed the CRC to explain their rationale behind the revisions and the public to ask questions. I'm doubtful they gained many Yes votes as a result, but the forum itself was well executed. Thank you
David Propper October 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
And thank you to the community members who came with well thought out questions and open minds. It was a good discussion.
Joni Park October 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Howard Lasser for organizing an informational open forum on the changes to the charter that will be voted on September 6th. My thanks also go to Dr. Chris Kukk, who is a professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut University and is a Brookfield resident. Dr. Kukk did an outstanding job of moderating the event. He set guide lines for questions, timing and procedure for the meeting which were adhered to and respected by all who participated. The ballot questions were presented individually and as each audience member asked for clarification or rationale for the change, members of the charter Revision Commission rose to explain why these conclusions were reached. Larry Miller, who had been Chair of the Committee, Ron Jaffe, David Proper and Dottie Miles each took turns responding to various audience questions and concerns. The entire event was live on Chanel 17 and will be rebroadcast daily at noon and 9pm so those citizens who were unable to attend can learn more about this very important vote. Joni Park
Daniel McGrath October 24, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Well, I've received the Q&A Charter Revision mailing and been to www.brookfieldct.gov for the "explanatory text". But it's not really helpful; the 32-page final report appears to be simply the full Charter, marked up with the proposed revisions. What I'd like? For each proposed revision: (1) a short list of the hoped-for benefits; (2) a list of the principal concerns raised and how these concerns were addressed. I'd also like an estimate of the impact to the town budget if the revisions are approved. Is this out there somewhere? Thanks -- Dan McGrath
Joni Park October 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM
My apology for the inacurate date in the prior comment....the vote on the Charter Revison will take place on NOVEMBER 6th along with the presidential election.
paul gonzales October 24, 2012 at 02:58 AM
living here in brookfield most of my life i have seen many changes.some good some not so good .i do not no where these people come from.but they can not answer a question with out rhetorical rhetoric i think they like to here there self talk they make major changes an move out of here an i am left in there wake -i watched the channel 17 answer an question forum an chris kukk did a great job .if we hire a town manager you will lose another piece of your freedom -i deplore you on voting day to vote this down
Steven DeVaux October 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM
He who governors least, governs best.

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