Thursday, May 3, 2012
252 Baldwinville Rd
252 Baldwinville Rd. - Why I do NOT trust Carol Skelton
On the webpage of our current town counsel, Kopelman and Paige. P.C. there is a checklist on how to purchase a municipal building. It is interesting to note that the law firm of K&P was the attorney of record for the purchase of 252 Baldwinville Road. On this checklist It mentions the importance of: entering into a purchase and sale or donation agreement; Obtain a G.L. c21E site inspection of the property by a licensed site professional; obtain a “Disclosure of Beneficial Interest Statement” and file with the DCAM; Prepare a settlement statement showing closing adjustments and funds to be disbursed
There is a Purchase and Sale Agreement for 252 Baldwinville Road. On page 6 of this agreement, sections 2.18 and 2.19 refer to hazardous material and representations and warranties. On page 8 of the purchase and Sale agreement, please note the signatures. There are three signatures; those of Dennis O’Brien, Robert Columbus and Christopher Stewart. There are five selectmen. I was a member of the BOS at this time. I believe Carol Skelton kept this document from me, because she had the three signatures needed on this document.
E-mail as an Invoice - This document serves as the official invoice to release $399,925 for the purchase of 252 Baldwinville Road. Again, this document has three signatures, those of Dennis O’Brien, Christopher Stewart and Robert Columbus. I believe Carol Skelton acting in her capacity as Town Coordinator deliberately kept this document from my attention.
This e-mail thread is an indication of the struggle that I had to obtain any information about this project. In order for this electronic conversation to make sense, you read it from back to front- from former treasurer’s e-mail forward. Please keep in mind that I was a member of the BOS throughout this process.
I had repeatedly asked for information regarding this project and was stonewalled at every turn by Carol Skelton. This is one of the main reasons why I do not trust Carol Skelton. After Carol Skelton was placed on paid administrative leave on September 26, 2011, a letter from Lyndon Nichols appeared in BOS office. This letter was in regard to a USDA loan for the 252 Baldwinville project. It took about 2 months for former attorney Lisa Mead to obtain the USDA loan application. None of the documents made available here were available in the BOS office and Ms. Skelton was town coordinator throughout this time period.
I believe in open and honest government. I believe it is possible to have open and honest government. The entire process for the purchase of 252 Baldwinville Rd described here is WRONG! “Let the People Speak/Team Columbus” crowd want to characterize this as a feud between the Farrells and the Skeltons. The whole process for the purchase and USDA loan for 252 Baldwinville Road is WRONG! These actions are WRONG!
Please click on the “blue words” they will open up the documents.
There will be another installment regarding the USDA loan and the bids for 252 Baldwinville Rd.