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Sunshine Week is Here; What Would You Like to Know?

It's Sunshine Week from March 11-17, and that means shining the light on government and finding out how transparent it is.

Most people are curious about how much the cop at the shopping mall gets for waving in traffic during busy times. Or how many registered sex offenders are in your town. Or the salary of your town's administrators and teachers.

Chances are, if you've got a question about it, it's your right to know the answer, though you may not realize it.

As explained on the Sunshine Week website, "Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know."

Here at Patch, we're working with you to be in the know, too. We always welcome your feedback and questions, but this week, we urge you to think about this: what do you want us to find out about the town? We'll do our best to do so. Then we'll know, and you'll know. We'll all feel good about the transparency.

Put your questions in the comments section below, or email Mary.MacDonald@patch.com

UglyHat March 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I'm not from Milford and I'm not even sure this information is available, so feel free to ignore this. But something I would be interested in is the Safe Driver Insurance Points number for everyone that drives town-owned or state-owned vehicles broken out by category. Not necessarily names of people, just a list of scores or even high-low-average numbers for each category: School Bus Drivers, Snow Plow/Highway Dept. Employees, Police/Fire, etc. I would be particularly interested in School Bus Drivers.
Myd Nevins March 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing more results (good or bad) coming from health inspections of local restaurants. Also, would be interested in comparison to other towns and states where both Milford and Massachusetts rank when it comes to road and infrastructure quality, dollars spent on upkeep/repair, and % of budget towards such repairs. Also, average call response times for the PD and FD and comparisons to neighboring towns.
Myd Nevins March 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Also to add to my second question.. What level of funds do the town receive from the State for repairs on average?

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