, Newburyport, MA

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January 24, 2013

NRA is city's most undemocratic institution


At the beginning of the meeting Laurel Allgrove queried: “Have you considered applying for PARC money in the same way as it has been reported that Amesbury did?” Mr. Shanley replied, “Thank you, we’ll take that into consideration” and then immediately went on to another subject.

So, that’s it. That’s the NRA in action. Short and not-so-sweet. I also attend most of the Waterfront Trust meetings. In contrast, they seem to do all of their business during their public meetings. They talk very freely, even with all of us listening. The audience is even encouraged to ask questions throughout their meetings, and without registering in advance.

I realize that most Newburyporters refuse to attend NRA meetings like this, and for good reason. They are boring, unproductive and their perfunctory nature leaves the impression that “the public be damned.” The unfortunate thing is that important business is being conducted here, most of it behind closed doors. The NRA, as currently run, is probably the most undemocratic institution ever seen in this city.

Sandra Small

Newburyport member,

Committee for an Open Waterfront, Inc.

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