Now that the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) community election is over, it’s time for the Council to get back to their volunteer work representing the neighborhood as an advisory group to several public agencies that eventually make the final decisions on proposals related to the small and historic community.
There are many projects that will be presented to the elected body that directly affect the lifestyle of the community.
The twelve person Council has to evaluate plans to develop the neighborhood, proposed licensing and potential developments that will be presented to them on a monthly basis.
Council members must decide individually what will or won’t work in the neighborhood and vote on each request before them.
It is extremely important that NEWNC members have an open mind on each and every proposal placed on their agenda.
It is especially important that Council members know when to remove themselves from discussing and voting on anything that can be a conflict of interest.
Elected to represent the neighborhood, Council members must be consistent in their voting and only discuss the proposal before them. Anything else is not relevant.
In addition, residents and the business community should respect Council members for giving their time to help make the community a better place in which to live, work, play and visit.