“Recent experiences in local government affairs shed light on the necessity for more collaboration with all town boards and departments in order to effectively administer the bylaws, ordinances and regulations. The responsibilities, expertise, and legal requirements for all town boards and departments are uniquely different and I pledge to work to improve the experience of all stakeholders and do my best on behalf of the community. I believe that the health of a town is in the hands of its citizens and we all have an important role to play.
“Topics for the Planning Board include business and residential development, historic preservation and land-use in Westport. My experiences as a business analyst have taught me how misconceptions and miscommunications between groups can impede the progress. As a consultant I find myself acting as a “translator” of sorts, and worked hard to ensure that the different perspectives and needs of one another are understood.
“The work of the Planning Board is important to the health, safety and future of Westport. Ranging from smaller aesthetic suggestions to larger development negotiations, the board’s activities are important not only to our daily quality of life, but have a critical impact on Westport’s economic health As a member of the Planning Board, I would work to encourage the healthy economic development of these commercial areas, and at the same time, maintain Westport’s unique character.
“Since arriving in Westport 28 years ago, I’ve been consistently impressed with the high level of citizen engagement in town governance. Over time I have become active in local issues, eventually taking a leap to elected office (Westport School Committee 2009-current). I believe s that the health of a town is in the hands of its citizens and we all have an important role to play. On April 9, please write in Michael P. Sullivan, 1380 Drift Road, for the Planning Board three-year unexpired term.”