There are plenty of reasons why Town Meeting’s vote did not reflect the will of the people. The system has always been corrupt and filled with conflict of interest issues. But, this time the specter of intimidation and retaliation pushed the process so far off course that it awoke the sleeping giant and the people used the only legal means available to correct it. This vote was a resounding vote of no confidence for Town Meeting, Board of Selectmen, and especially for the Town Manager --- who attempted to forced this project down the throats of the people of Billerica. This Town Manager has demonstrated on numerous occasions his arrogance and his contempt for the people of Billerica. In the case of Town Meeting, the fact that intimidation and threats of retaliation were rumored -- potentially shows the same arrogance and contempt for employees of this Town who were elected to Town Meeting.
Town leadership's bad reputation is well deserved as the corruption and conflict of interest is well documented. Our biggest problem at this time is a contract employee (Town Manager) that I believe has serious emotional issues inconsistent with the ability for good leadership. It is his unilateral actions that have caused much of the divisiveness to reach a level were the people of this town had to take action. I find it offensive and arrogant of those people that wanted the project to imply that the people who voted against the project are somehow misinformed or there was a lack of communications.