Complaint could have been resolved before public Ethics Committee hearing

To the Editor:

Having attended the Ethics Committee meeting Wednesday night (Jan. 9) where plaintiff Dean Pierce brought a complaint against Development Review Board Chair Jeff Pauza, I find it disheartening that a complaint had to be brought to the committee and bring Mr. Pauza’s name out as Mr. Pierce has.

That Mr. Pierce, director of zoning and planning, could not meet with the town manager and Mr. Pauza in an office as opposed to an open forum speaks of poorly of the complainant. The defendant was never asked to meet about the complaint that took place two and a half years ago. Why did it take so long to bring complaint? Could it not have been addressed privately?

It’s great we have an ethics committee. Shame it must be convened for this complaint.

Thanks to the six people that spoke in favor of Mr. Pauza. They all spoke favorably for him and his work on the board.

A complaint like this makes one wonder why someone would volunteer for a board within a town of which there are many committees.

Ron Gagnon

One Response to "Complaint could have been resolved before public Ethics Committee hearing"

  1. John saar   January 29, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    The anti-growth, anti-development quadrant in Shelburne will no doubt celebrate this ex-officio action by Mr. Pierce. The broader context is better illuminated by another sad development reported by the Shelburne News – the closure of Shelburne’s landmark bowling center. This is a specially unhappy addition to the row of commercial tombstones along Shelburne’s section of Route 7. The casualties include long-closed motels, including one eyesore sinking into abandonment, failed businesses and other commercial ventures which make Shelburne’s main portal resemble a road to ruin.
    Even one of the few thriving enterprises, Burlington Bedrooms, had to spend a small fortune in legal fees to survive a regulatory siege by Town officials. Shelburne regularly expresses ambition for commercial development, but as the Fiddlehead Brewery saga indicates, reality is much more negative. Development begins at the South Burlington border and while it’’s not pretty, their residents aren’t complaining.


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