FRAMINGHAM – On April 9, Mayor Spicer attended a Council on Aging meeting at the Callahan Senior Center, Framingham, with over two hundred Seniors in attendance to discuss the relocation of the Health Department (sixteen employees) into space currently used by members and staff of the
Neither members of the Council on Aging nor the eleven City Councilors were aware that this plan had been formulated as the only possible solution for the Health Department relocation.
It is inconceivable that the Mayor elected not to seek the opinion and recommendation from these two groups which have hundreds of years of experience in our past town government.
The audience participation presented at least six alternatives to the Mayor’s decision to take a significant portion of the usable first floor space for the Health Department by closing the Gallery gift shop, the multi-purpose room, the second largest room for meetings which require confidentiality as well as a number of currently used offices.
A strong Mayor could find another site after hearing the various alternative locations if she so desired.
Although Mayor Spicer stated that this was not yet a final decision, only a few weeks remain before action must be taken. She has had months to plan this project, but due to poor planning and lack of communication with above mentioned resources very little time remains to change this decision.
All Health Department relocation activity should cease until a new location is found.
Mayor Spicer has demonstrated in her sixteen months as Mayor, that her lack of experience and reluctance to seek credible advice before making decisions is a concern of Framingham voters.
The City Charter does provide relief in the form of a recall affidavit which requires four hundred voter signatures, a minimum of twenty five from each of the nine City districts.
I am looking for a group of concerned Framingham voters to establish a recall committee to investigate this possibly.
Those interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.