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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Audit Meeting

Audit Meeting

The Audit  meeting went well. The management letter will be posted in its entirety later. It seems some of the copies available to the public were one-sided copies, not double sided.

Some comments prior to the meeting:

  1. It's odd, but planning on attending the Audit readings feels more like going to a Crime/Mystery Theatre. Will anyone be led off in cuffs? Ok, so maybe I'm getting carried away.

    Im just hoping it is not painful to the taxpayers, detrimental to the towns near term future and that maybe, just maybe, we learn from mistakes made and come up with a workable small town financial plan to maintain the expected quality of life citizens deserve.

    Who in our local government is looking out for all the citizenry. Is anyone looking into the makeup of boards/committees/commissions to verify that no "appearance" of improper relationships/terms/conditions are occurring. Many last names seem to multiply in our little government and has anyone looked into the entire structure of our town government?
    1. (Many last names seem to multiply in our little government and has anyone looked into the entire structure of our town government?)

      this is why i think Julie will have a hard time getting elected
    2. I guess my concern is that unless we have a defined structure of management throughout our Administrator/Boards/Committees/Commissions and readily available whose to know. You cannot trust the information on the website to be accurate, but I'll give you an example of something that made me wonder.
      The other night at the CPC meeting. An agenda item came up regarding the Senior center siding. As it stands we just review and accepted the report without recommendation as it was more formality based on timing. Had we voted to recommend should Doug, have disclosed his position to us or recuse himself? I dont know Doug, but from a little research it appears he is deeply involved in elder issues "Friends of Templeton Elders" along with wife/relative as Director of Senior Center.
      Please dont assume I'm saying Doug or anyone is/has done anything wrong. It's just that this multiple offices, intermingled town government can leave taxpayers feeling that way...........hence the suggestion by the DOR to stop it!
    3. I guess i misunderstood your earlier statement. yes to much family in government is bad news.
  2. Was just doing a little reading. The 2009 DOR report.

    Pretty damn interesting how they recommend to have elected or appointed members of boards,committees or commissions restricted to one position. How many slots would that open up on our town boards,committees and commissions.

    It appears to me that the BOS said, NOT US as they have inserted themselves on every board,committee or commission ...............

    Am I missing something?
  3. Yes Mike the ratepayers paid over 12k to have a lawyer find out about our government.
    The General mgr of the TMLWP would not share it though.
    It was called the governance of Templeton and shared it with no one we were told not even the commissioners of the TMLWP.
    One who requested it was chairman of the Advisory committee.
    People wonder why i have a strong point for the TMLWP commission and the G.M.
    That's just one.
The meeting was like a Crime/ Murder theater. the management letter does provide a way to financial stability. Let's hope the selectmen will implement these recommendations. I know if I am elected, I will work to ensure these findings from the management letter are corrected. 

I'm not sure what conflicts of interest or appearance of conflicts of interest mike thinks I have.

First order of business if elected :

Hire a permanent Town Administrator.

Then hire a Treasurer/Collector who will maintain the books i.

It took over TWO to implement some of the recommendations in the 2009 DOR report.

Selectmen's Meeting January 2010 DOR in attendance.

The first recommendation implemented  was to adopt a town administrator form of government. That took a while! 

Let's hope the selectmen are able to hire a permanent TA in the very near future. As well as Treasurer/Collector!

Julie Farrell

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