Many Westporters know them only if there’s a problem.
Compo overcrowded? Call the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Issue with your new deck? Call the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Aquarion building a huge water tower nearby? Call your RTM member.
“They” are the men and women who volunteer for our town boards and commissions. In addition to the above, there’s the Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission and more.
They spend countless hours reading reports, fielding emails and phone calls, and attending meetings (and meetings and meetings).
They get criticized for taking stands, taking votes, and not taking votes.
They even put up (and take down) their own road signs.
And they do it for no pay.
That’s why they’re called volunteers.
They seldom get thanked. Even during election season, we seldom think of the enormous sacrifices our volunteer town officials make to make Westport the wonderful place it is.
That’s why everyone who runs for public office — Democrats, Republicans and independents; men and women; lawyers, business executives, stay-at-home parents and retirees; winners and losers — are this week’s Unsung Heroes.
You’ve got our “vote” of thanks!
(Want to nominate your own Unsung Hero? Email firstname.lastname@example.org)