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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rank Amateurs

Rank Amateurs

During discussion of the highly controversial merger of Library, COA, Veterans and Recreation and Culture into the "Community Services" as a "cost saving measure", the "select entity" known as John Columbus woke up from his slumber long enough to call the Advisory Committee "a bunch of rank amateurs". This is the same John Columbus, who was chairman last year who brought us the FY 17 budget debacle.

In other news, a new "draft warrant" was released. The draft warrant released as part of the budget book, contain a warrant with 26 articles and is 11 pages long. The new draft warrant has 26 numbered articles and is 14 pages long. The new draft warrant has a number of additional articles that are unnumbered. The additional articles were added even though the warrant has been closed for some time.

This fun continues tonight!


  1. This is the same crap that they tried to pull on the residents of Templeton last year, only not to such a great degree. Who's rules are they following now ?? Hollies or Carter ? Got to give Carter credit, giving me to think of the saying, "if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls---"! I do think the AG will have a problem with these additions placed on the TM warrant after the warrant was closed. My opinion, Bev.

  2. Townpeople need to be made aware of these particular articles at the town meeting. This lack of procedure needs to stop.

  3. As I understand it, once the Warrent is closed, it's closed. No one can add additional articles to the CLOSED warrent.

    1. Liz, you are right. I think if there had been enough time, the warrant could have been opened and closed again to add additional articles, but time ran out. A place saver can be used but has to be worded close to what will be presented on TM floor. Then it can be corrected on the floor with the correct information. Our selectmen also need to be aware of the timeframe for pretown meeting for that has to be correct also. That means someone has to be awake, and the others have to pay attention. Can you imagine another green person on this board ? If I am wrong about any of this, don't fear, more than one of our AC members know the rules, even if someone thinks we are what ??