At the June 10 Belmont City Council meeting, the council discussed adoption of a code of ethics and conduct for elected and appointed officials.
How ironic it was that during that discussion, Mayor Warren Lieberman again reiterated his personal opinions on the “offensiveness” of the previous council. Councilman Charles Stone criticized the Planning Commission for being what he considered out of line. Councilman Eric Reed reiterated how badly behaved the Planning Commission was when he was on it. And it continues.
The council passed this resolution telling each other and commissioners how they must behave in certain pre-defined ways, and that if they don’t fit the council’s mold, they won’t be able to serve on boards and won’t be reappointed.
In this new world order, will there be any room for dissent?
Mayor Lieberman also went on a tirade at a recent neighborhood meeting, denigrating the previous councilmembers (although he was one himself).
In a newspaper article, Daily Post, June 9 edition, both councilmembers Lieberman and Stone again disparaged the previous council, quoting comments that were taken out of context.
Belmont, we have a problem! Your council continually chastises others, and now passes a resolution not to chastise. Hypocrisy!
My advice to the council: look to the future. Continuing to disparage past council and planning members who have served the community does not reflect well on this council, and it does it serve our community.
The saying applies: “Don’t cut someone else’s legs off to make yourself appear taller.”
The letter writer is the former mayor of Belmont.