Economic Development Committee…Where are your Minutes?????

red-flagI think we all have seen the spectacle that unfolded at the last Board of Selectman’s meeting regarding minutes:(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_McRbuwg-Nzdql_elx_p-Q)

Currently, Chairman Blomback and Selectman Fortner are members of the Economic Development Committee :http://henniker.org/general/page/economic-development-committee Mr. Fortner’s committee assignment is here on page four Item #7:  http://henniker.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/general/meeting/8392/4-5-16final.pdf

The Economic Committee has a web page: (click here)

The Board of Selectmen have been informed that the committee met in August and wishes to address the Board on November 1, 2016, regarding another town festival: economic-committee-minutes10312016

As of Monday October 31, 2016 @ 8:11 am, the committee’s August meeting has not been noticed nor have the minutes been posted on the town’s web page. click here

Please explain…Thank you.

 

 

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Henniker’s Select Board Chairman states that the public is accusing the board of wrong doing…. let the straw man argument begin.

defamation At the October 18, 2016 Select Board meeting, the chairman states four times that members of the public are accusing the board of doctoring minutes and conspiracy. When pushed to name the person who has complained about this type of activity he identifies ME!

Apparently my Right to Know Request was perceived as an accusation. I suggest you read the request and decide if any such accusations were made. minute-creation-request

He also refers to emails that the entire board has been made aware of. You can read my entire email thread and you can make the decision if anything in there even remotely resembles an accusation of any kind. email-thread-policy-10-16

My request clearly has identified areas in which we are not using  best practices in the handling of our public documents. I have exposed that there in no policy for the creation of public minutes, there is no policy for the tracking of changes made to newly created documents (most municipal lawyers will tell you to keep a record of all document changes) and clearly there is no policy for emails to be copied to all board members! Ms. Trovato’s email to me was only to me and no one else on this board.

No wonder the videos show a totally confused and unenlightened board.

These are facts…gleaned from public documents… no accusations….and as the video above shows…the Chairman has chosen to identify me as the person who has leveled the so called accusations.

Everyone can see, from the public documents provided, no such accusations have occurred. Your comments about me were reckless.

In fact a simple request to learn how this town government works has been answered with a severe case of defamation of character.

Just listen to the press’ response at 6:05 of the video above.

Mr. Chairman…I will expect an apology from you regarding your comments.

You have shown every one what will happen to them if you ask questions and try to learn the policies of this town’s Government. No one should be treated this way, especially in light of the fact that I have exposed some truths about the weaknesses in our policies that can easily be corrected.

This is an unacceptable behavior from the Select Board Chairman and you should step down immediately.

 

 

 

Henniker’s Select Board cracks the whip…the Town Administrator Google snoops..and Henniker’s Attorney suggest a not so nice letter…Another day in paradise!

crack-the-whip-defAt the October 18, 2016 of the Henniker Board of Selectmen meeting Item #7 proved to be a bit confusing. One of the main issues of the discussion was a piece of property owned by Mr. Bill Russell.  In 2010 Mr. Russell’s property became mired  in the murky waters of development, improvement, frontage on roads and the town’s control over building permits. (ZBA case read here)

The case eventually was settled by a ruling of the New Hampshire  Supreme Court. (read case review here)

Once again the Mr. Russell’s property has become a topic of discussion by our town officials. I asked for a copy of all supporting information that was not subject to RSA 91:A exemption and Henniker complied. All documents in this blog have come from the Town of Henniker.

What I read and what the video shows, is very disturbing. The town without ever contacting Mr. Russell to discuss their concerns over recent findings, immediately took a very adversarial posture towards Mr. Russell. russell-property10282016_0001

Upon first contact, the town’s attorney speaks of “doomage” tax (4x the normal taxation) and sending a not so nice letter to Mr. Russell doesn’t seem tome to be a good place to start from…you be the judge:

“The starting place may be to send a letter, advising the owner of what you have discovered, and what the potential penalties are. He should be asked to permit an inspection, and to meet with the selectmen. He should be told that if he does not wish to cooperate the town will have no choice but to turn the matter over to the town’s attorney who will be instructed to seek an injunction, fines and attorney’s fees. Further, the selectmen will assess doomage in the amount of 4x the tax that would have been assessed on the property. I do not think the letter needs to be “nice.” Plainly, the owner knew what he was doing, and has deprived the other tax payers of the taxes that are do. I see no reason why the selectmen should not assess doomage. The land should be withdrawn  from CU.If he does not cooperate, you will need to turn the matter over to me. Bart”russell-property10282016_0001

Is this the path that you want your Board of Selectmen to go down? I wonder why this letter was not read out loud at the meeting????

I took the initiative to speak directly with Mr. Russell. I learned that the situation regarding the property in question appears to have changed significantly since that Supreme Court ruling in 2011.

I think the town should call him and cordially invite him to a meeting with the Select Board…treat all our property owners with respect…before we have another legal mess on our hands!

 

Did the Henniker Select Board violate policy? You decide….

confusion-iv The Henniker Select Board’s policy regarding the disposal of surplus equipment (Section III.2) is very clear;

“After making all departments aware of such surplus items, the Town Administrator   may authorize the sale of materials and equipment which he/she and the Department Head determine to be surplus to the needs to the Town where a single item or lot does not exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) in book value.

In cases where such item or lot exceeds One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) in book value, the Board of Selectmen shall approve the sale of such materials.
All such surplus materials shall be disposed of by public auction, including internet auctions or competitive quotations.” (Section III.2 read here)

On Tuesday October 18, 2016 , despite having no report by the Town Administrator determining the “book value” of a certain piece of town property, the board voted to sell that property to Cogswell Springs Water Department Chairman Joe Damour.
Is this good corporate governance? You decide…..

If a picture is worth a thousand words…then how can this movie of Henniker’s Select Board leave you speechless?

 

confusion-i I have lived for sixty years on this earth. When I was a much younger man, many things people did perplexed me.

As I get older, fewer and fewer things have that effect on me. But nothing in my life has ever prepared me for what occurred last Tuesday, October 18, 2016. On that evening the actions of the Henniker New Hampshire Select Board,  left me permanently confused.

Following are two video clips, with my comments added, that I put together in attempt to try make sense out of a rather senseless discussion that boarders on the absurd. Hopefully, this will shine some light on two of my blog posts; one  from October, 19th. (read blog post here) and the second on October 21 2016. (read blog post here)

 

 

 

Thank you for watching…I hope that you all will comment. A discussion on this must happen….

If a picture is worth a thousand words…then this movie about Henniker’s Select Board will leave you speechless!!!!!

confusion-i I have lived for sixty years on this earth. When I was a much younger man, many things people did perplexed me.

As I get older, fewer and fewer things have that effect on me. But nothing in my life has ever prepared me for what occurred last Tuesday, October 18, 2016. On that evening the actions of the Henniker New Hampshire Select Board,  left me permanently confused.

Following are two video clips, with my comments added, that I put together in attempt to try make sense out of a rather senseless discussion that boarders on the absurd. Hopefully, this will shine some light on two of my blog posts; one  from October, 19th. (read blog post here) and the second on October 21 2016. (read blog post here)

 

 

 

Thank you for watching…I hope that you all will comment. A discussion on this must happen….