Dave Rienzo seems to be on the defensive a lot lately.
He and the other Selectmen had to send a personal letter to Grafton residents (on town letterhead) defending their 4% bigger budget this year. He had to, as he put it, “defend his profession” (he’s a lawyer for the state) at Grafton’s meet-the-candidates event when Pastor John Connell asked a rather pointed question about the legal advice lawyers give the town government. He had to defend the Selectboard’s attempted takeover of the elected Planning Board last year. And he had to defend the huge no-bid contract awarded this year to the husband of Selectman Jennie Joyce.
At least he admits, now—after having voted for it—that that was a mistake. Too little, too late, in my opinion.