Thank you to the Yarmouth Town Council and, more specifically, Counselor Andrew Kittredge, on increasing the communication being distributed to residents. The use of social media is a fantastic vehicle for getting information out to the public to invite participation with those issues and decisions that the town faces.
Kittredge created a page on Facebook called Andrew Kittredge Yarmouth Town Councilor, where he posts information on upcoming meetings and issues facing the town. The most recent issue that the council is reviewing is related to the repair, replacement or removal of the Route 1 bridge that crosses Main Street.
This issue has gotten a great deal of attention and Kittredge’s Facebook page helped drive record attendance at an informational meeting held Nov. 18. This meeting helped to inform residence on the challenges and options available to the council and allowed residents the opportunity to ask questions and give opinions. From all accounts, the meeting was dynamic and useful. The attendance at this meeting is in sharp contrast to those who attended the Planapalooza meetings series that related to the Route 1 corridor planning. Those meetings were not advertised on Facebook or by Kittredge, and meeting attendance was significantly smaller. I attribute this to the differences in communication venues.
Hats off to the council and Kittredge for taking steps to increase communication and keeping the public informed and engaged. Now, let’s get the Thursday-night council meetings more interactive.