When David Bone was hired as town manager in Wendell, one of the first things he did was to adjust the meeting agenda. He took a section titled "Agenda items pending from previous meetings" off the cover page of the agenda and put them in the back of the agenda packet. The information is still there for commissioners to see, but it's not quite as readily available to the public.
That item is now routinely placed in a section of the agenda called "Reading Material."
The information contained in that section is normally fairly routine stuff - letters, memos and newspaper articles about topics of interest to the town.
But this week's reading material section included a fascinating item. Among the items was a copy of a resolution adopted by the town commissioners at their Nov. 10 meeting supporting the efforts to incorporate Archer Lodge. The page in front of that resolution was a letter from Mayor Harold Broadwell to Carlton Vinson, the representative of the Archer Lodge Municipal Exploratory Committee who asked the town to adopt the resolution.
In his letter, Broadwell said, despite the board's approval of the resolution, he could not support it.
"Personally, while I admire and love the Archer Lodge community, I cannot support this initiative because I believe it to be against the interests of the Town of Wendell," Broadwell wrote.
Broadwell said Monday night that he has already gotten some negative feedback from at least one commissioner who felt Broadwell was out of bounds in expressing his own opinion.
While Broadwell doesn't get a vote except in cases of a tie vote (hard to do when there are five commissioners) he certainly has an obligation to make his position known publicly.
After all, he took an oath just like the town commissioners.
And in case you're wondering, since this item was tucked away in the reading material section of the agenda, there was no public conversation about it at last nights meeting.