From February 5 – 9, HopNews conducted a survey inviting readers to provide feedback on the current Select Board. The survey was entirely anonymous, but included two demographic questions to aid in analysis.
In total, 668 people responded to the survey, and it was completed by 664. The majority of respondents identified as men and most respondents were between 50-59 years old. All but 53 of the responses were completed before the Select Board terminated Sgt. Tim Brennan in a 4-1 vote.
Overall confidence in the Select Board is exceedingly low. Almost 90% of respondents indicated that they were “Not confident” in the board’s ability to lead the town effectively.
In terms of specific issues, respondents gave the board primarily neutral scores on their handling of the issue of climate change, but otherwise felt that the board was “very weak” on 6 other important issues before the town.
The board scored very low in terms of trust and transparency. An overwhelming number of respondents felt the board could not be trusted to “do the right thing” for the town, nor did they feel they were “transparent” with residents.
Seventy-six percent of respondents had greater confidence in the leadership of past Select Boards, while almost 20% were undecided on the question.
Finally, respondents were asked to rank Select Board members in terms of their leadership ability. Amy Ritterbusch and Mary Jo Lafreniere ranked the lowest, while Chair Muriel Kramer received the highest marks.