To the Editor:

“You can tell a pioneer by the arrows in his back.” A friend recently quoted that to me, and it is the perfect characterization of this point in time.

Change is rarely easy, and I understand that there are hurt feelings and bitterness for those that lost their seats in our last election. It’s easy to find someone to blame, rather than being introspective and contemplative about the choices made and how they affected the end result.

So to continue to be attacked, misrepresented, and downright lied about is not a surprise. Change agents and leaders know this is part of the package no one really talks about.

Coucilman Bayer made the statement in our special meeting, “The fire department should get what they want.” I’m paraphrasing, but it’s very close and you get the idea.

My response was that no details had been provided, just a number, $250,000, and that the taxpayers expected us to do the due diligence of looking at the details.

I also went on to say that this is standard operating procedure for other municipalities and entities — capital requests come with the details of maintenance records, age of equipment, mileage, functionality, etc., and that this level of detail is something I also asked for from the Department of Public Works and the police department during their budget hearings.

Councilman Gold agreed that we need data to make decisions on behalf of the taxpayers. Councilman Nahom and Councilwoman Francis concurred that we need data and talked about the new process that is being created for nonprofits requesting monies from the town.

But yet their names were not mentioned in a recently published Letter to the Editor, hence my belief that this is a personal attack, not a statement of position representing a constituency.

Let me be clear: this is not about integrity, this is about good business practices so that our town government is truly transparent to the taxpayers. They have a right to see the details, they want the details.

That is one of the platforms that I was elected on: putting business practices in place so that the taxpayers could have real transparency.

The New Milford Democratic Town Committee is going down the same path that lost them a large number of seats in the election last time. Misrepresentation. Divisive social and print media posts. And more surprisingly, bringing Scott Chamberlain back into an active role in the DTC.

I can’t speak for, and would not presume to speak without asking the rest of New Milford Democrats, but I do not want Mr. Chamberlain representing me to a state delegation or any other leadership position in our town. In my opinion, this is exactly how Mary Jane Lundgren lost her seat on Town Council last year. Maybe it will cost her and the other DTC officers their positions on the DTC as well.

Lisa C Hida

Member

New Milford Town Council