Derry councilor tries to clarify 'joke' remarks about public forums
Councilor Neil Wetherbee made the remark as councilors were discussing whether to even hold the forum at the close of the long meeting and on the same night a snowstorm had descended on the area.
The council later voted, 4-2, with Wetherbee and Councilor Brad Benson voting against, to hold the forum.
During the public forum, several speakers rose to question Wetherbee and defend public comment on local issues.
“My primary feeling is the Town Council meetings are business meetings of the Town Council and if we are getting our business done on a regular basis, then I have no problem opening up the public forum,” Wetherbee said.
Wetherbee said he doesn’t mind if the public forum is held at the end of meetings, as long as the councilors can get through their regular business.
“To come in with these notions of ‘you don’t care about the taxpayers, you don’t care about the public,’ that’s nonsense. Everybody does and that absolutely goes with the job,” he said.
“It is my firm belief that this town belongs to the people, not those seven people sitting up there of which I am one of them,” Dimmock said.
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