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Friday, June 23, 2017

Temperance Tea & Speakeasy

Temperance Tea & Speakeasy

 Saturday June 24th  2-4:30 pm


Advisory Meeting Update

Advisory Meeting Update

The Advisory Committee met on June 21, 2017. One of the agenda items was to discuss and vote on a transfer request from the Board of Selectmen.

After discussion, the request for this transfer was defeated by a vote 5 No to 2 Yes.

The Advisory Committee has asked for updated budget to actual (BvA) on numerous occasions. This document - BvA - has important data regarding the budget figures for each town department and account. This advisory committee member, Julie Farrell, wants to to know what the figures are in the accounts BEFORE approving  a transfer.

Given the sketchy track record of the current TA and BoS, I believe it is the obligation of advisory committee members to make sure there is money in the accounts from which the transfer would take place.

Sketchy Track Record - in April 25, 2017 the Financial Management letter was released.   

At that meeting and subsequent meetings no mention was made of the change in the stabilization figure. Everyone went into the Annual Town Meeting thinking there was $142,326.99 in the stabilization account.

Stabilization Account  blog posted  June 6, 2017.
New figures are given for the stabilization accounts:

2:35 PM (4 hours ago)

to MA, Kelli, Beverly, Jeff, me, Paul, Wilfred, Cameron, Doug, Diane, John, Julie
Good Day:

Per your request; the balances we now show, as a result of the audit(s) for the several stabilization funds are:

General Stabilization        $95,334.28
Pajari Stabilization              $9,263.90
Capital Stabilization            $1,958.95

Total                                  $106,557.13

Many Thanks

Carter Terenzini
Interim Town Administrator
Town of Templeton
160 Patriots Road
East Templeton, MA 01438
(978) 894-2753

Let's put this situation into perspective:

If you had a bank account(Stabilization) that had $142,326.99 in that bank account and then you were informed that that bank account really only had $95,344.28, wouldn't you ask questions? Wouldn't you want an explanation?

Then you go back to that same bank to make a transfers from  different accounts, wouldn't you want verification of the amounts in those accounts BEFORE you authorize that transfer? Especially since you never received an explanation on how $142,326.99 was reduced to $95,344.28?

Julie Farrell

Blogs from the past:

The Pillars of the Budgeting Process 

A Trip in the Way Back Machine 

Here are some snippets from the management letter. 

Audit Meeting



When in Doubt Get It Out

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Illinois careens into financial meltdown – and not even the lottery is safe

Illinois careens into financial meltdown – and not even the lottery is safe

Brooke Singman

Overrides? Overridden?

Overrides? Overridden?


Winchendon $417,675  for School district

Ashburnham $629,733 for School District

Westminster $591,279 for School District


Winchendon rejects tax override by 47 votes.

Ashburnham rejects tax override by 24 votes, 663-687.

Westminster passes override by 893-528.



Free Fun Fridays

Begins June 23rd.

 Ends August 25th


Pioneer struggles with overspent budgets, school lunch deficit

Pioneer struggles with overspent budgets, school lunch deficit

Pioneer Valley Regional School is located at 97 F. Sumner Turner Drive in Northfield. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE 

Recorder Staff

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
NORTHFIELD — Though Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s school lunch deficit has been climbing for years, it’s not the only problem the district is facing. An overspent general fund is also hanging over the administrators’ heads.

According to documents produced by Superintendent Ruth Miller for the School Committee, the general fund deficit at the end of last fiscal year was $86,517.

Miller said the news came as a bit of a surprise while talking to Terry Williams of the Department of Revenue in April about the district’s school lunch fund deficit, which was $210,544 at the end of last fiscal year and has continued to grow.

“He said ‘Well, Ruth, it’s not just the food account that’s in deficit,’” Miller said. Williams sent Miller several years of reports outlining leftover money or deficits in the budget, with dismal figures.

The documents showed how Pioneer’s general fund budget, plagued by as many as eight overspent accounts a year, went from having $136,461 left over after fiscal year 2012, to $68,347 after FY13 and to a mere $296 after FY14. Beginning in FY15, the general fund budget went into the red for the first time, leaving the district with a deficit of $165,711.

Miller took over as superintendent from Dayle Doiron before the 2015-2016 school year, making the FY16 budget the first she was involved in arranging. With a positive general fund budget after last fiscal year, the deficit was reduced to $86,517.

“In that first year, we were able to cut the deficit down, but we’re still in significant trouble from a financial perspective,” Miller explained during a School Committee meeting last month.

“We reduced all deficits except for food lunch,” she later told The Recorder. “We’re actually in a better spot, even though it doesn’t feel that way,”

The fund for capital projects was also overspent by $85,000 in FY15, but Miller said it’s since been paid off.

Miller hopes at the end of the current fiscal year to have enough left in the general fund to pay off the $86,517. With the four towns having already approved next year’s budget, money has not been set aside for the debts, though Miller hopes the budget subcommittee will meet to discuss how to possibly reallocate funds.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Northbridge selects Adam Gaudette, Spencer administrator, for town manager

Northbridge selects Adam Gaudette, Spencer administrator, for town manager


NORTHBRIDGE – After interviewing three finalists Wednesday, selectmen voted 4-0 to appoint Adam D. Gaudette as town manager for Northbridge. The appointment is contingent on successful contract negotiations.

Selectman Daniel Nolan was absent from the meeting.

The first two of three candidates who interviewed with selectmen Wednesday for the town manager job spoke to the importance of teamwork and communication, but they came to this point from different directions.

The third, a longtime municipal management professional, spoke about getting a board of selectmen to think globally.

Eighty applications were received for the position. Nine candidates received initial interviews before the three finalists were selected.

Mr. Gaudette, a Sturbridge native who has been town administrator in Spencer for seven years, was returning to the town where he began his pubic administration career. Mr. Gaudette served as director of planning and community development from 1999 to 2002, before taking related private-sector jobs in land use management and returning to municipal government in Spencer.

Describing himself as “a guy who likes to get things done,” Mr. Gaudette discussed his proudest moments of getting a $19 million debt exclusion for comprehensive road work approved, and getting through a regional school district fiscal crisis - and related failed Proposition 2½ overrides - while maintaining morale and not losing department heads.

“It’s all about partnership,” Mr. Gaudette said. “I look at myself as a leader. ... I try to lead by example.”

Victory ?

After Decades of Feuding, Is It Time to Disband the Tiny Town of Victory? 

Victory Town Clerk Carol Easter has a lot on her mind these days. Last month, a predecessor sued her, alleging she committed "massive voter fraud." Meanwhile Easter, one of 72 residents in the tiny Northeast Kingdom burg, is helping to lead an effort to disband the town altogether and transform it into an unincorporated "gore." 

But Easter had a more pressing concern last Tuesday. The white-haired 72-year-old, who moves slowly but is always quick with an acerbic response, pointed to a new security camera mounted high on a wall and trained on her desk in Victory Town Hall.

"They've been spying on me," Easter told a reporter.

They, Easter said, are longtime rivals who would like to catch her doing something illegal. Led by selectmen Walter Mitchell and Walt Neborsky, the group has gone as far as to change the padlock on a town-owned cabinet in which footage from the camera is stored. No one but Mitchell and Neborsky is allowed to access the images.

The allegation might sound paranoid to anyone unfamiliar with how Victory governs itself. But Easter's rivals happily confirmed that she is telling the truth.

"Mr. Mitchell put the lock on there," Neborsky explained. "When somebody needs to get footage, he opens it up and can do so."

Two years ago, Seven Days visited Victory to document a decades-long feud between two factions of residents battling over minor matters. There were allegations of slain pets and misappropriated town money, and some of the players openly wished their opponents dead. The Essex County Sheriff's Department started sending an officer to keep the peace at selectboard meetings.

Despite the law-enforcement presence, the feud has intensified, spilling over from town hall into the judicial system.

It's "completely, significantly, 100 percent worse," said former selectboard member Ferne Loomis, an ally of Easter.

In addition to the voter fraud case, the bickering parties have filed at least five other lawsuits in the past year. One alleges malfeasance in a justice of the peace election. The Elizabeth Brown Humane Society, run by Mitchell's wife, is countersuing the town after a politically charged property tax dispute. And a kennel owner down the road from the humane society claims town officials and a neighbor harassed him.

Victory's population could fit into a Chittenden County apartment building. But Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, who advises officials on election laws, said his office has spent more time dealing with complaints and questions from Victory than from any other community in the state. Condos confirmed that the fighting has escalated.

"Essentially, what you've got is the Hatfields and McCoys going at it," Condos said. "It seems like all they do is file lawsuits against one another and try to make life difficult for one another. You wonder what's next."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

C. Y. A.

In the blog post Procedures. Policies. Pins. , 

I detailed how I was asked to serve on the search committee for Treasurer/Collector by the town administrator.

The request:
From: townadministrator []
Sent: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:45 PM
To: Julie Farrell
Cc: 'Kelli Pontbriand'
Subject: Treasurer/Collector

Good Day:

Although the By-Law amendment providing for AC members to sit on ad hoc screening committees has not yet come back formally approved by the AG’s Office,  I am confident enough that there will not be any problem with it that I would like to invite you to participate as a member of the Team to interview candidates for the position of Treasurer/Collector.

These are tentatively set for the afternoon of 06/21 or 06/22.  

Please let me know at your first convenience that I might loop you in on the process.

Many Thanks

Carter Terenzini
Interim Town Administrator
Town of Templeton
160 Patriots Road
East Templeton, MA 01438
(978) 894-2753
My response:
Julie Farrell
Jun 13 (2 days ago)

to townadministra., Kelli, MA, Selectman, Diane, Cameron, Doug, Julie 

Good evening:

Sorry for the delay in my response to your request to serve on the ad hoc screening committee to secure a treasurer collector.

I believe the proper procedure to have a member of the Advisory Committee serve on an ad hoc committee would be to go through the chairman of the Advisory Committee. Then this discussion could take place at an Advisory Committee meeting.

I thought this message had been sent to the Advisory Committee but looking back at the email thread, I realize that is incorrect.

It would be inappropriate for me to serve on any ad hoc committee as an Advisory Committee member without the knowledge, consent and vote of the Advisory Committee.


Julie Farrell 
I have since filed an Open Meeting Law Complaint 
against the Templeton BoS and specifically "Your Selectman Cameron Fortes" 
The tap dancing begins:

12:51 PM (16 hours ago)

to me, Kelli, MA, Selectman, Diane, Cameron, Doug, Julie
Good Day:

Thanks for your follow-up but I had been asking you as an individual.  Had I been asking you to represent the AC; you are correct and I would have approached the Chair of the AC to have him (or the AC) designate someone to serve.

Many Thanks

Carter Terenzini
Interim Town Administrator

Town of Templeton
160 Patriots Road
East Templeton, MA 01438
(978) 894-2753 

Julie Farrell 

Illinois Death Watch Continues...

Illinois Death Watch Continues...

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Ruth less ?

Editorial: Pioneer parting ways with supt. may be good thing


Monday, June 19, 2017
Some things just don’t work out, and when that happens, it’s often best to acknowledge it and move on.

That seems to be the case with Superintendent Ruth Miller and Pioneer Valley Regional School District. The superintendent has decided to leave Pioneer after next school year, the end of her first three-year contract. She has had a rough two years, in large part because she has had to deal with the fallout from a district that is struggling financially. Being a top administrator is probably lots more fun, easier and less stressful when a district is flush and growing, not strapped and shrinking.

Miller, who has come in for her share of criticism from parents and teachers this year, described her job as a “considerable struggle financially that I was not aware of when I came … I didn’t come to Pioneer to have teachers lose their jobs and not have enough resources to provide for the students in the way I thought I’d be able to.”

When she was hired, Miller told the school committee she intended to stay eight years, until she retired. It seems she didn’t do her homework before taking the job.

Her first year she got a good performance evaluation of “proficient,” but this year the wind shifted and the school board found she “needs improvement.” That evaluation came about the same time that Miller says she decided to leave after a period of criticism over staffing and budgeting decisions.

Miller has 21 years in education. She was superintendent of Narragansett Regional School District in Worcester County for three years, and was associate superintendent for three years before that. She has also served as a principal for 10 years, and held other educational jobs for five years. Her district covered Templeton and Phillipston, with three elementary schools, a middle school and high school. Based on that resume, the school committee had every reason to believe it had selected a leader with the right qualifications and experience.

Miller was one of four finalists out of 15 applicants for the position. Several committee members said they felt Miller’s experience in the Massachusetts educational system was a strong asset, and many were impressed with her degree in business. Whether that experience helped Miller cope with tightening budgets and a $200,000 lunch program deficit discovered in an audit last year, having to do so apparently was not what she thought she had signed on for.

School board members met news of the resignation with mixed reactions. Some said they were sorry to see her go, and praised Miller’s work. Others, like Peggy Kaeppell, implied this might be a good thing, noting they have had more parents and staff “concerned with how things have been going in the last year and a half, more than any time I can remember.”

Given complaints from parents, staff and residents about changes in staff and communication, to name a couple of topics, member Allen Young said the change represents an opportune time to push toward further regionalization, such as sharing a superintendent with another district.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fits and Starts

Fits and Starts

Fits and Starts
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 16, 2017.....Give lawmakers a week to get something done and they'll probably take eight days. At least.

Recap and analysis of the week in state government.

So it should come as no great surprise that they are once again bumping up against a deadline, albeit one that is self-imposed.

Despite the fact that lawmakers have been plotting revisions of the November ballot law legalizing marijuana since delaying its implementation last December, the odds of having it rolled and twisted and on the governors desk by June 30 seem long.

Some of that has to do with the fact the House and Senate are far apart on major issues, including taxation and local control over retail dispensaries.

The House didn't help the cause this week with a bungled roll out of a comprehensive marijuana bill that House Speaker Robert DeLeo pulled back from a scheduled vote due to drafting issues and shaky support. Chief among the problems was a taxation miscue that would have applied the proposed 28 percent, all-in tax on marijuana sales to be compounded as the product moved through the supply chain from grower to consumer.

House leaders, including the co-chair of the Marijuana Policy Committee Rep. Mark Cusack, will try again Monday when they release a redrafted bill in hopes of getting that to the floor for a vote on Wednesday.

Cusack says the bill will look very similar to the one released this week, which would create an expanded Cannabis Control Commission and no longer require a town- or city-wide vote to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within a community's borders, but instead allow the municipal governing body to do it instead.

Yes on 4, the group behind the successful marijuana ballot campaign, believes the higher tax rate will encourage the black market and slammed the House bill as a stripping of rights from voters. The group is considerably more aligned with the Senate.

The reason for the soft deadline this month is that lawmakers feel, after speaking with officials in other states with legal pot, that it will take a year for the new Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to become operational and start licensing dispensaries for retail sales.

No one seems to have much of an appetite to further delay licensing beyond July 2018, and yet getting a bill done by the end of the month would require the House and Senate to both give up considerable ground if they are to meet in the middle for a compromise.

Meetings the Week of June 19, 2017

Meetings the Week of June 19, 2017

Monday  6/19/17
Liars Club                        PCS Town Hall*             5:00 pm
Conservation                    PCS Town Hall*            6:00 pm
Tuesday  6/20/17
Elementary                       NRSD Central                 6:00 pm
Veterans                           Legion                             6:30 pm

Wednesday 6/21/17
Adv. Com.                      PCS Town Hall*              6:00 pm     

* Pauly Cosentino Sr. Town Hall

Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to File an Open Meeting Law Complaint 101

How to File an Open Meeting Law Complaint 
OML 101

So if you feel the Open Meeting Law (OML) has been violated, what do you do? Where do you begin? Do you begin at the top? 

A good place to start is at the beginning. The beginning is this website:

"ago" stands for Attorney General Office . Lots of good information here, including a Complaint FORM.

The COMPLAINT FORM is a three page document which when completed, is filed with whom? Three guesses and the Attorney General is an incorrect answer. 

So you file the complaint with the chair of the public body AND to the municipal clerk.

I filed THIS COMPLAINT on June 16, 2016 with the Templeton Town Clerk and the Chairman of the Templeton Board of Selectmen.

What does the public body do once it receives an OML complaint?
Again from the form:

 The Chairman sends the complaint to other members of the public body. The public body "must meet to review the complaint within 14 business days". After review but before the 14 business days the public body, in this case the BoS, must respond to the complaint in writing and send the complaint and response to both the AG and the complainant(Julie Farrell).

So I should expect a written response to my OML complaint from the BoS by July 10, 2017 or thereabouts. After the complaint has been publicly reviewed and a response voted on.

Does Town Counsel need to review this complaint? Not necessarily. The BoS can draft a response on their own. There is no legal requirement for Town Counsel to respond. 

Since the remedy I am requesting is a public, written apology, which doesn't cost anything, you would think the prudent course of action would be to draft a response by the BoS. So that's probably not going to happen.

Coming soon:

How to File an Appeal regarding a Response to an OML Complaint.


Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tennessee Counties Sue Opioid Makers Using Local "Crack Tax" Law

Tennessee Counties Sue Opioid Makers Using Local "Crack Tax" Law

Powerball To Dump Illinois Over "Lack Of Budget"

Powerball To Dump Illinois Over "Lack Of Budget"

Watch the Video and Reciprocity need may have you supporting change too!


Chris W. Cox: The Time For Reciprocity is Long Past Due

NRA-ILA Executive Director praises the law-abiding gun owners who put an end to the madness. Calling the attack a "punch to the gut of America," Cox says the time is long past due for national reciprocity and calls it a common-sense logical step to provide people in a dangerous world with the ability to defend themselves.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Interesting Comments!

Interesting Comments!

Looks like Templeton is being overrun by legal scholars:


  1. Sort of like the former selectman JEFF BENNETT sitting on the Insurance Advisory Committee.
    Should he have known or was he just stepping over MGL when he wanted to?
    Should he have checked the procedures? After i meeting he was removed and things were straightened out. Hard to see the trees in the forest?
    The more we look the more we will see in Templeton.
  2. Monday night at the BOS meeting was another fine example. 8 employees requested rollover. It was mentioned by Diane that 2 of the member didn't qualify under the present policy nor the labor contract. Then about 5-10 minutes of......"we'll send letters saying never again". When I mentioned it would be a hole lot easier to follow the Policies and Procedures I was met with Diane and Carters JUSTIFICATION. Diane started talking about a hypothetical 30 yr employee and Carter went through the list of 6 people nobody had a problem with. I found it completely disheartening as it shows we dont understand our problems!

    We have rules, policies, procedures and our Administration seems to think these are merely suggestions. In the above instance we asked for approval of the change. Carter is willing to violate present active rules because he feels they WOULD change, really.
    Just like earlier in the year. It's my understanding we made a potentially $16,000 (fines) gamble when filing the BAN to gain 10 days. Must be nice gambling with others money.

    It's also my understanding of MGL 268a Section 21e relating to appointments of BOS members by BOS members to committees might be a problem. I forwarded my concerns to Diane as we are about to make appointments again.

    Finally , again Monday the BOS voted to establish a EDIC. This has been an issue since prior to NOV. 2016 creating this would require a Town meeting vote. However, reading the requirements it states that a TOWN must gain certification of the DHCD prior to the establishment of a EDIC. I fine nothing that changes that ruling and have forwarded that to Selectman Fortes.

    There are alot of rules, regulations and for someone who is appointed or elected it a little overwhelming without knowledgeable, accountable guidance which I believe is the TA's potentially greatest asset for our town. Unfortunately at present it isn't working well from my stand point and needs serious adjustment.

    It is NOT " in the past" as was mentioned after the new elections. It is still going on.

    I believe the votes were unanimous in favor of both of the above questions put before the board on Monnday.

    Thank you Mrs Farrel for following the present rules and not stepping into or participating in violating present policy.

    My Opinion as always.
  3. little Davey I was voted on the IAC by a vote of the Advisory Committee which was following the Towns by-laws. When I was voted on the IAC, that made the BOS office "nervous so effort was made to see if they could keep me off. MGL and the Town by-law seemed to conflict even though the by-law had been approved by the attorney general of the state. I do not know if anyone ever checked to see if the Town by law was incorrect or not. I never did and because of that, the AC agreed or surmised that there would no longer be a member of the committee on the IAC, got it. little Davey pretty quiet on Templeton light & water. bought off by the powers at be by way of Light buying things for highway. wait til we see what was bought by snow & ice.


    1. The kind of behavior that our present and past TAs' use, to make up their own rules, as they go along, are what will get the Town in trouble in the end. Found money, found from where, I still do not know ? Assuming anything, instead of depending on facts will bite the taxpayers in the end. The BOS are supposed to be professional people, but no one expects them to understand and know everything. I think we have a right to expect that this man we have hired, to be the Town Administrator, should know enough to follow policy and procedures. The idea that the rules can be bent and altered to meet his needs is a bad thing to teach the people who have a large part in running our Town. Why do the members of our BOS think there are rules ?? I would think anyone with a ounce of common sense would understand, that they are there for a reason. Is that asking too much ?
  4. Bev,

    Exactly! Nobody should expect the Selectman/woman or other appointed officials to know every regulation out there.
    I'm sure many people in town have input that would greatly help the town. We do have many successful accomplished people living in Templeton. I believe one of the problems is the lack of willingness shown by those in the Administration to accept assistance or critique. Life experience has taught me that when this is going on it's usually because the critiqued individual feels overwhelmed and stubborn pride gets them defensive. It's understandable, but unacceptable. As a public servant you must be willing to learn, be wrong, listen to citizens. You were elected spokespeople, not gods and the people understand and respect facts.

    I myself signed up hoping I could spend some free time and help out. People may not appreciate my methods, Oh well, I'm not looking to make friends, passify anyone or offend anyone. I'm looking for facts, methods, means to get this town on it's feet. Would I rather be doing something else, sure, but I choose to participate because I found myself more and more disgusted.

    Common sense isn't Common! We should probably change it to the updated "Uncommon sense"
  5. Afternoon Everyone,

    You are in violation of MGL Chapter 30 Section 19.

    In which a public body (Advisory Committee) is in deliberation of a matter (policy and procedures) relevant to their positions involving a quorum of members (Jeff Bennet, Julie Farrell, Beverly Bartolomeo, and Robert May)

    The following conversations have been screenshot and submitted to the Attorney General's Office.

    As always,
    Your Selectmen Cameron Fortes

    P.S. Anyone else find this ironic?


    1. I speak as a private person ! I still have that right. When I walk in to the Town Hall and sit behind the desk, then I am an Advisory Committee Member. Bev.
    2. Beverly,

      Please do not incriminate yourself any further.

      Your Selectman,
      Cameron Fortes
    3. According to the open meeting laws, it doesn't matter where you physically sitting, as it also includes electronic communiqué verbal or written. If i was a stickler for following the laws and proper procedure I honestly wouldn't be writing this much discussion on here.
    4. Mr Fortes,

      Please read what you quote. MGL 30 Section 19.

      MGL Chapter 30 Section 19: Failure to file sufficient bonds; removal of principal

      Section 19. If a new bond is not filed, as required by the preceding section, the governor with the advice and consent of the council, shall remove the principal from such office or trust or terminate his authority to exercise such occupation or agency.

      Would you like to try again?

      It's not Chapter 30a Section 19 either.

      Just maybe you should also look up Irony!

    5. Bob,

      My apologies. I thank you for bringing forth the attention of the MGL you actually violated which would be Chapter 30A Sections 20,21,22.

      I hope the AG will find as much humor in the subject as I have.

      Have a good day,
      Cameron Fortes
    6. Mr Fortes,

      Maybe you should also read from the AG regulations:

      940 CMR 29.05 (5) regarding how to file a complaint. It seems you are upset? I understand. But please dont keep digging using personal attacks to defend poor performance. This is a Public forum in case you were unaware. Not sure detailing my observations of your boards meeting in which I attended as private citizen and have no vote constitutes anything. Maybe I'm wrong, if so I accept it how about you?
  6. Sort of like the former selectman JEFF BENNETT.

    Should he have known or was he just stepping over MGL when he wanted to?
    Should he have checked the procedures?
    The more we look the more we will see in Templeton.
    Yes Cam very ironic.

    Big Don needs to contact Me at to stay here.
    Please follow the simple rules and let me know your identity so as to protect the public who use this blog please.
    As always "Thanks" for your cooperation.
  7. Hi Dave, I'm not sure I understand why I need to contact you personally and divulge my full identity (Not that hard to figure out). I fear that I open myself up to witch hunts or to be put on a list of individuals to "watch" in town. Your guise of "protecting the public" is a shallow cover of gaining identifying material on individuals who may or may not hold a dissenting opinion. Which can then be drug out to air in the court of public opinion and public shaming like social justice liberals instead of actual debate.

    Individuals cannot sit here and claim this is an open and public board but also screen who can and cannot speak, write, and participate. If this is in fact a public forum as Bob May just stated in an attempt to deflect these private communications as an "open meeting", my right to (semi-)anonymous speech is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, rectified by McIntyre v. Ohio EC.

    "Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority, and thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from the hand of an intolerant society."

    The state of affairs here seems to be eerily similar to Communist Stasi, although on a much smaller scale. Attempting to gain information and knowledge on anyone and everything and whatever they say for your motives.

    I fully expect to be banned or removed now despite this though.


    1. Big Donnie,

      You have a right to free speech. Not a right to this blog! Difference? I have no idea who you are, none.

      You'll really like the town policy draft on social media. NO anonymous complaints!!!! It's on the website as draft. Take a look.

  8. I took a screen shot too.

    It's for my own use. I see you are learning from your hero, the Donald. You come here as a Selectman of the Town in your Elected capacity to scold Taxpayers you represent.Really? You convict them "MGL you actually violated" the pronounce it on a public website. Defamation can be serious and public figures aren't immune or exempt. It's just a different threshold.

    Did my questions about Monday nights meeting bother you? Do we need to be Certified by DHCD?

    Hopefully you go and read the POLOCIES AND PROCEDURES for the Board of Selectman. The behavior witnessed here today by Selectman Fortes is immature and in direct opposition to the BOS Policies. I would say charging and convicting townspeople who where appointed to committees of misdeeds based on your lack of legal skills definitely will be brought to the attention of the TA and your Chairman.

  9. This Letter was just sent in regards to this behavior.

    Mr. Terenzini - Town Administrator
    Mr John Caplis- Board of Selectman Chair

    I'm writing in regards to behavior that I find beneath the Office of Selectman in our Town of Templeton. Make no mistake, Selectman Fortes made it known from the day he was elected and in his posts he is talking as Selectman Fortes. In my opinion I also believe it violates the text of the Board of Selectman Policies and Procedures as well as the intent.
    It is also my contention from the information as supplied on the webpage that Selectman Fortes did not follow proper procedure 904 CMR 29.05 (3) in filing with the AG as he states on the Public Forum.

    Whether or not a violation exists is not under the purview of Selectman Fortes. Neither is it his place to pronounce Judgement "MGL you actually violated" and since Selectman Fortes chose to on a public forum I am requesting you sanction him in whatever public method you see fit. He chose to pronounce his Judgement on a public forum without the authority or knowledge to do so. I find it egregious

    These accusations have a serious of lack foundation in any possible form. Based on Mr. Fortes contention members of any committee, board, commission are responsible for violating an open meeting law without talking about anything with each other. These violation require "deliberation"! Deliberation by its very nature requires discussion. No discussion toke place. Comments were posted hours apart about no specific issue at all other than general lack of Policies and Procedures.

    If the AG finds a violation did exist that is his purview and I will by all means abide by whatever that decision happens to be, but to be scolded by a Selectman acting like a petulant child is not something I tolerate.

    Robert May