City Council just appointed Bruce Stahlman to the Planning Board. Mr. Stahlman completed his council term this past November. As a councilman he served as their liaison to the urban renewal authority, approved all four urban renewal plans and contributed to the opposition of the voters right to approve urban renewal plans that used tax dollars for private development. As a Planning Board member he will be determining the approval of any future urban renewal project. We know that he supports urban renewal in Littleton and now we are expected to believe that he will be an impartial board member when his former colleagues bring forward an urban renewal project?
Should former council members be appointed to our boards and commissions immediately after they leave council? Should there be a hiatus of four years before they can be appointed? Or, should they focus their volunteer efforts in other capacities?