Dec. 14, 2011
-- WEST BARNSTABLE, MA - December 14, 2011 - Barnstable Citizen-Activist, Ron Beaty, announced today that, "Any plans by County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn, and some members of the Barnstable County Special Commission on County Governance to relocate the county-seat from the village of Barnstable will simply not be tolerated by the residents and voters of Cape Cod!"
Beaty said, "County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn appointed the members of the Special Commission on County Governance."
Beaty continued, "According to the October 16, 2008 edition of the Barnstable Patriot, Flynn said, one way to make county government more accessible is to move it out of the county complex in Barnstable, where it fights with the court system for space." Within the content of the aforementioned article, Flynn further elaborated, “I definitely think that county government should be relocated,” she said. “It doesn’t make sense to be where it is. It should be like a town hall, where you can drop in.”
Beaty propounded, "Barnstable Village has been the county-seat on Cape Cod for over 350 years! Along with the vast majority of Cape Codders, I would be fervently against such a radically unnecessary, expensive, taxpayer funded course of action relative to our regional government!" Mr. Beaty said, "County Commissioner Flynn and her cohorts are out of touch with reality if they truly believe that their draconian vision of Barnstable County Government would be acceptable to the rest of us who grew up, went to school, live, work and reside here on Cape Cod." According to Beaty, "No! Such a fiscally irresponsible act like that proposed by Ms. Flynn would simply not be acceptable to me and many others! The plan advocated by County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn and some of her co-conspirators on the Special Commission clearly represents a cogent danger to the sanctity of our colonial Cape Cod heritage." Ron Beaty finally stated, "It would be met with the stiffest citizen and voter resistance possible!"
In recent months, the Barnstable County Special Commission on County Governance has been holding meetings to examine the structure and role of the regional government here on Cape Cod. The Special Commission claims it seeks to address the need for strong executive county administrative leadership; the existing two-branch structure of the regional government; the representation and role of the board of regional commissioners;
the representation and role of the Assembly of Delegates; as well as the county's relationship with the 15 towns of Barnstable County.