Observing the Town of Scarborough’s approach to the dog ordinance question unveils a disturbing pattern of willful negligence and questionable governance.
The Ad Hoc Committee has been domineered by Bill Donovan and Tom Hall, who appear to have a bizarre agenda that does not reflect the will of the citizens, observe scientific data regarding plover endangerment, or accommodate any semblance of compromise mandated by the voters of Scarborough.
Because of the committee’s continuation of the Town’s pre-referendum dog ordinance agenda, which was soundly defeated by the people, email records pertaining to Tom Hall’s interactions with USFWS have been requested. The fact that nobody has seen the incident report filed by USFWS is unacceptable and, frankly, suspicious. Additional email requests, for other councilors’ records, will be filed to shed light on the curious proceedings.
I implore the citizens of Scarborough to examine the Town’s behavior carefully. Over 4,000 of us voted in December to stop the Council’s obvious overreach and strangely discriminatory attack on dogs. These same voters, bolstered by many more, will be rallied again if the Council votes to approve the recommendations dominating the Ad Hoc Committee meetings. And while we approach all the friendly supporters who graciously signed the first referendum petition, we’ll ask for a few more signatures – for recall petitions. I wonder if any of the town councilors can muster more than 3,000 votes to keep their seats? Judging by the total votes garnered by council members in the November 2013 election, I don’t think so.