Mutual Aid

June 20, 2017

On April 25, 2017, the COWncil adopted a Resolution approving Building Department Mutual Aid. This winter reminded us of the damage torrential rains with massive flooding and landslides can do. While our Town and its neighbors have a mutual aid agreement for Public Works, if and when there is another major emergency event (earthquake, fire, flood), we also need to have a mutual aid agreement for building inspectors.

When an emergency strikes, and buildings are damaged, safety requires that building inspectors and structural engineers inspect to determine if it is safe to occupy the structure and whether utilities …

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Term limits

May 17, 2017

Many COWS want to ensure a regular supply of fresh blood and new ideas in legislative bodies. The COWncil has at least started the discussion of term limits. During the September 27, 2016 meeting, Council members discussed term limits remarking that while most COWncil elections have been uncontested, term limits may be reasonable. We agree. The well known “incumbency advantage” which refers to the electoral margin a candidate enjoys on account of her status as an incumbent running for reelection discourages opposition. With no opposition, there is no debate on matters of policy. Staff was to report back regarding this …

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