Last January or February after braving a rather nasty snow/sleet storm I arrived at Town Hall to find the advertised Council Meeting had been canceled. This cancellation was not noted on the outside electronic board or on the Town Web Site.
On the return two miles drive back to my home, I wondered if the Town of Lisbon could be held partially liable if someone had a serious accident driving to or from this canceled meeting. Bartenders can be held liable if they give an inebriated person excessive alcohol that causes an accident. Could Lisbon be held liable if they are the reason an accident victim is driving to or from a canceled meeting. -- Probably not---
In my humble opinion, Lisbon has a serious ongoing problem keeping residents apprised of Town Meetings, Cancellations, Informational material for meetings as well as updated budget information. It would only take a minute to update the Town's Website or send an E-mail to notify residents of any meetings or changes to meetings.
By not keeping the residents notified of ongoing town business the Council is speaking volumes about the way they view residents.
They are silently saying to each and every resident:
- We don't respect you enough to keep you informed.
- We tell you we want you at meetings but we really can't be bothered to actually do the work to notify you.
How many times since 2010 have you heard someone complain that all the documentation for the Council Meeting isn't available on the Website? I have heard this complaint dozens of times. Usually, someone will post the information a few days later
If Councilors can't be bothered to keep residents informed why should residents respect and help the Council? This respect goes both ways.