Editorials published by the
Association are written by various members and
contributing non-members of the GRA.
Where in the world is Scott "Ghost"?
selectman Gross misses two consecutive meetings (again), four
of last eleven
October 19, 2007
anyone seen first-term selectman Scott Gross
lately? We certainly haven't, at least not at the
last two meetings of Goffstown's board of selectmen.
Of late, Mr. Gross has been a ghost.
Since the new board took over on March 19th, selectmen
have held 17 meetings. Mr. Gross has been absent
for six of those meetings, and on two occasions missed
two meetings in a row.
And during one four-week period this summer, he missed three of
By comparison, chairman John Caprio has missed only 3
meetings since March, Phil D'Avanza has attended all but
two, and selectmen Vivian Blondeau and Nick Campasano
have each been absent only once. And none, other
than Mr. Gross, missed consecutive meetings.
We certainly understand the demands on personal time
that come with job of being a selectman in Goffstown,
and we commend individuals such as these for their
efforts and dedication in working towards the betterment
But serving the community and representing the best
interests of the voters cannot be done in
Realistically, missing a meeting or two here an there is
not only understandable, it should be expected.
But currently we are in the midst of budget season in
Goffstown, and for Mr. Gross to suddenly disappear
during such a crucial and important time of the year is,
to us, unacceptable.
Mr. Gross not only served on the budget committee last year
as the school board's representative, he is also
currently the board of selectmen's representative on
that same budget committee. As such, his past
experience in helping to shape the town budget is not
only needed, it is expected by
those who voted him into office to represent their best
interests. Indeed, he campaigned on his past
experience in this very area.
During his absences, Mr.
Gross has missed some very important votes. And
perhaps more than at any other time of the year,
Goffstown needs a full board to work together not only
on our current budgeting process, but on the many other
serious issues the town will be facing in the very near
We believe Mr. Gross needs to make a greater effort in
responsibilities as an elected official who holds a very
prominent and important office in Goffstown, and move
forward in serving those who helped him attain that
You're not batting in the DH spot, Scott. Rather,
you're part of the starting lineup now, and your team
needs you out on the field. It's time to step up
to the plate and get back in the game.
Do you agree or disagree with the above
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