Letter: A different experience
My experience with Greenfield ordinance modernization process is totally different than the recent Tim Blagg column on proper process:
Several years ago, I was handed a copy of the Greenfield assembly ordinance that one of our volunteer commissions was busy updating for these changing times. I was also given a copy of the original ordinance and informed of the commission meeting dates, at the Greenfield Police Department. Thus began a series of meetings of the ordinance rewrite committee and among interested Greenfield citizens.
All of us had copies of the original ordinance and those parts of the citizen assembly ordinance that were being tweaked by the ordinance modernization committee to fit modern conditions unforeseen by the original writers of the U.S. Constitution or Greenfield’s original ordinance writers.
The slight process differences I can see between the process used to update the wetlands ordinance and the citizen’s right to assemble ordinance is that several people became involved in the rights of assembly ordinance and nothing was ever mentioned about it in the paper.
Town Council has followed past procedure and been totally proper to request and examine various public opinions prior to a formal presentation by the ordinance update commission. If this process had not been followed for citizens’ rights to assemble, any group over an unspecified “certain” number could have been denied their rights of assembly the Greenfield Mayor’s Office.