Provincetown Association of Concerned Citizens

Shout Out!

Home
Mission Statement
Editorial
Shout Out!
Candace Nagle Public Records
Sal's Place Saga
Michael Shay Devlopment
Connecting the Dots
Police Marcum Rebuttal
Declaration of Independence
Breaking News!
Adventures of Harbor Home III
Literary Corner
That's Entertainment
Listen and Learn (Audio Commentary)
Eyes On The World (Video Commentary)
For The Record (Downloadable Files)
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
100 E-Mails

bigstockphoto_argument_703954.jpg
CLICK PICTURE TO ADD YOUR COMMENTS TO SHOUT OUT! BLOG

To Read Earlier Comments Click On Dates at Bottom of Page 

 

 

You don't have to give either your name or E-mail address
Please avoid using profanity or derogatory statements. Thank you. 
 

To Update Your Shout Out! Screen Page
Please Type Your Keyboard Ctrl Key and F5 Key Simultaneously This Will Update Your Screen Page
                                                                                   

Click Here to go to Provincetown TV

Click Below For The Weather Report 

MYPACC Can Now be Translated Into103 Languages

Note the Translation Button Near the Top of Each Page

 

  Mark Silva: A Rich Goodby

The church was packed. There was even a long line to enter St. Peter's. There were people sitting along the side pews. All the pews were filled.

We were there to attest to your legacy, to what you gave to this town and to all of us. You brought the energy for the Portuguese Festival and revived it. You brought the energy for the Regatta and revived this wonderful celebration. You gave of yourself, of your time and of your vision.

The town was there to bid you farewell and to thank you for everything that you have done for us. And you did it with humor, joy and a sense of much celebration. You knew how to throw a party and taught the town to do it too!

You were unique and you will be missed. But you would not leave without our thanks and without a party at the Red Inn. We were there with tears and we were there with much laughter and gratefulness for you.

Adieu, Mark! May the angels carry you on holy wings into eternal peace and celebration!

 

Archive Newer | Older

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Erik Yingling

Erik our prayers are with you.

Provincetown sorely needs a change in direction and
an end to drift.

You have our vote!
12:14 am edt 

Erik Yingling
Voting begins tomorrow. every vote matters....
Erik Yingling9:47pm Apr 30
Voting begins tomorrow. every vote matters. Either way, we will have have an election party starting at 8pm tomorrow at Spiritus. I hope to have election results by 9 or 10pm. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for the amazing support for the last 6 weeks.
12:06 am edt 

Candace Nagle v Erik Yingling

Clarence, side-stepping a question is not answering it!
Candace
11:59 pm edt 

Re: Candace Nagle v Erik Yingling

Re: It's more than the right time to respect facts, evidence, and
agreed truths.


The truth according to Clarence?  No thanks I'll pass.
11:55 pm edt 

Glad the PTV Helps Us See What is Actually Happening at Meetings

People seem to distort what is actually happening here. they seem to draw wrong
images, inaccurate protrayals of people and what they said or did not say at
meetings or at public gatherings. Wacky interpretations do not equal real
events--even when strongly believed by some.

I'd like to stand up for accuracy over fantasy and whackiness.
11:53 pm edt 

Erik Yingling - Vote Yes

Say a little prayer that Erik Yingling will be the new voice for
Provincetown on our Board of Selectmen.  His passion, understanding of issues,
and refusal to accept the status quo is refreshing and long overdue. Get out and
vote for Erik and vote for change.
11:51 pm edt 

If the Country Has no Respects for Facts This Town Still Should

I'm glad that untruths, wrong positions, distorted perspectives are, at times,
not posted here. It's time we respect facts and accurate renderings of events.
Pronouncements of what someone would like it to be does not make it so.

It's more than the right time to respect facts, evidence, and agreed truths.
8:53 pm edt 

Re: MYPACC

"What we get here is so tarnished"

I won't debate you on that, but do remember that the content of this blog is
indeed words written by readers and citizens. If you find it so "tabloid" then I
would suggest that you might look into what is going on in the minds of your
neighbors, friends and fellow citizens. Clarence merely prints what is sent in.
He tries his best to nullify any hate speech or other such nonsense. So there
you have it. What is written here is written by the folks you see wandering
around at the Stop & Shop. Where they sell tabloids, coincidentally.

8:36 pm edt 

Candace Nagle v Erik Yingling

I have repeatedly been censored in the below post Clarence.

Remember the name of your blog? It's the 'Provincetown Association of Concerned
Citizens' not 'Elect Erik Yingling.'

Here is my question at candidates night that Mr. Yingling  failed to answer:

One of the points of your campaign is advocating for local jobs.  Yet when the
Finance Committee was going over the Water Enterprise Fund budget they were
requesting an additional full time, year round position for leak detection. 
This position was previously funded by grants and had proved so extremely
successful that they decided to hire someone full time.  This position is an
integral part of the town meeting it's state mandated goal of reaching 10% of
unaccounted for water.  It is a fairly well paid, year round position and
includes benefits.  Why were you the only member of the Finance Committee to
vote against the creation of this new position when you clearly advocate for
local jobs?  Also, at town meeting, a member of the audience asked for a
minority report from the dissenting vote, why did you not stand up and defend
your position of voting against this job?

Candace Nagle


Webmaster Comment: You are correct. I repeatedly rejected your comments
because they are patently untrue. I attended candidates' night  and can attest that
your question was answered by Mr. Yingling. A review of the PTV recording will
substantiate this as fact.

It may be true that you do not accept or agree with his answers, but, never the
less he did provide answers, which your posting denies.

In as much as you signed your name this time (having repeatedly failed to do
so previously regarding the subject question), out of respect, I have published
your comment, albeit with refutation.

Shout Out! is not obliged to post "known non factual descriptions" of actual events. 

Thank you Ms Nagle.
8:33 pm edt 

MYPACC

MYPACC GOES TABLOID

Where is the truth and the facts? What we get here is so tarnished. What a pity
it has morfed into this.
7:55 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

I'm quite impressed. Erik has the public endorsements
from three former members of the Board of Selectmen.
7:52 pm edt 

Nice Time at the Crown

Well that seven piece bank really kicked a--! they were fabulous and they gave
it their all. What a good time and bravo to Erik Yingling for this get together.
Much fun and much community involvement.
7:49 pm edt 

Great to See Cheryl Andrews' Support For Erik Yingling

Good to see this up-front endorsement. It takes courage in this town to publicly
state who you will vote for. Good to see your courage and your thinking on this
issue and your support for this person.


7:48 pm edt 

Library Bike Rack Potential Hazard

If our Town Manager has not noticed this situation, please call it to her
attention. The permanent bicycle rack in front of the library is causing a major
problem. Now that people are putting their bikes there, the bikes are sticking
out over the sidewalk where pedestrians walk. It was a stupid place to put that
rack and especially when it could have been put in the inset near the steps. We
hope you won't wait until someone trips over a bike and sues the town before you
move this thing.
The person who made the decision to put it there should be made to move it at
their expense not ours(the taxpayers)!
 
7:45 pm edt 

FinComm
 
What's going on with Fincom??   Do we have one left?   What will happen if
Maguire, Coen and Yingling depart?
11:00 am edt 

FinComm

"I encourage readers to ask what happened with the FinCom - you won't
like what you hear."


"I'm asking. Tell me!"



It gets censored by the blogmaster on this blog because it doesn't reflect well
on his favorite candidate and his supporters.
10:00 am edt 

FinComm

"I encourage readers to ask what happened with the FinCom - you won't like what
you hear."



I'm asking. Tell me!
9:35 am edt 

To: David Bedard

"Enough of the double talk, Mr Bedard. It's time for a new voice. Vote for Erik
Yingling."


I agree. We don't need a huge new station, and we can't afford a $14 Million for
the complex.

Let's get a plan forward.
9:16 am edt 

Erik Yingling

Does Mr Yingling have anything else to criticize Mr Bedard about
besides the police station/DPW. Whether accurate or not it is a single issue.
I'm voting for Bedard because I don't want more affordable housing until the
rest of the cape catches up to us and until everyone in affordable has found
year-round employment on the lower cape.
8:57 am edt 

FinComm

I encourage readers to ask what happened with the FinCom - you won't
like what you hear.
8:55 am edt 

Former BOS Chair Endorsement
Erik Yingling8:12pm Apr 29
I am endorsing Erik Yingling for a seat on the Provincetown Board of Selectmen. I have known Erik s...
8:49 am edt 

Pre Election Party
Tonight's pre-election bash at the Crown and...
Erik Yingling8:11pm Apr 29
Tonight's pre-election bash at the Crown and Anchor was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone that came out! Perhaps
8:13 am edt 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pre Election Party - Crown & Anchor

It will be good see you at the Crown and Anchor.

Should be a lot of fun!
3:15 pm edt 

Read and See the Facts

I encourage curious readers to look at the Cape Cod Times profile of David
Bedard. In it he promises again to build the $14 Million station. Weave and
dodge, but that is what he says.

Then watch the candidate forum. At the end Bedard announces the Building
Committee will not have the ability review the site selection. What else will
the committee not be able to do? It appears from the nomination process the
building committee is little more than a bureaucratic red tape boondoggle.

Enough of the double talk, David. It's time for a new voice. Vote for Erik
Yingling.
1:04 pm edt 

FYI David Gardner

He worked for one of the best towns in Southern California. A town that we would
be very happy and proud to copy. A town that that puts us to shame. A friendly
town where people are nice. Maybe we should listen to him.

Encinitas "Keep it funky" California
10:09 am edt 

Re: To: Enough Already

Of course it has something to do with Bedards vote to NOT support the project AS
PRESENTED. He voted the same way the other board members did in postponing the
issue to a later date!! That's something Yingling couldn't do.  That's not
revisionism. That's fact. Making Yingling the one that made this happen is the
same as making Rogovsky the one that got it done. He, individually, didn't make
it happen but he, and Yingling and others were on the same side, the same as the
selectmen. The revisionism is the twisting of the outcome to favor Yinglings
position when it was no one individuals doing at all, Bedard OR Yingling.
10:05 am edt 

To: Webmaster

How dare the webmaster post Yingling's comments in big bold letters at
the top of Shout Out and keep them there.
Clarence could your conflict of interest as webmaster for this open forum and
your choice of Selectman be any more hypocritcal and deceptive?  Controling the
posts to favor your choice in Selectman is repulsive and dishonorable.

I have lost a tremendous amount of respect for you.


Webmaster Comment
:

Do you harbor such disrespect for the Banner?
Their endorsement will run right through the election.


10:02 am edt 

To: Webmaster

Re: "Webmaster Comment:
Comments, which have been posted and are  then essentially continually
repeated are not as a matter of fact reposted. Additional submissions on the
same subject matter should include new information or insight."


Are you freakin kidding me???  This was nothing but repetitive Bangs Street
posts ad infinitum for months and months.  It seemed to be nothing but the bangs
street blog for the longest time.  It took a multitude of complaints from
multiple bloggers about the giant (file size) photos that users had to wait 10
minutes to load whenever you logged on before you finally moved them to their
own page.  So please Clarence, give us all a break about about weeding out
repetitive posts.

The only repetitive posts you seem to weed out are those which find fault with 
               ?      ?      ?   The same posts with the same info attacking Mr.
Bedard are posted again and again and again without any weeding.


8:49 am edt 

Go Easy

All these people that are bad mouthed on this blog, most of whom give
countless hours of their time to town boards without pay, is so wrong. A few
years ago I was on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  After a few months of people
coming into my business and complaining about board decesions, I resigned for
fear of damaging that business. The town needs these board members to function. 
Go easy.
8:37 am edt 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Looking Forward to the Sunday Night Get Together

So many good times in town. good to see this five piece band swinging at the
Crown & Anchor. I'm looking forward to being there and glad to see this event
for Erik Yingling and friends.
12:13 am edt 

A Breath of Fresh Air

I don't know the reason but I am so glad that ann Maquire is not longer on the
finance committee. Good to see that her seat will be filled by someone else.
time for a change and I'm glad that she has receded to the back of the bus.


12:11 am edt 

Gardner is Not Our Town Planner

  He is the Assitant Town Manager and Sharon has not empowered him to be town
planner. Remember that they stuck him in the basement after town hall
"renovations" and left David with comunity development. He used to be upstairs
and with Sharon but it seems David was more competent than our town manager and
thus had to be "demoted" or "de-based." He made Sharon look not too smart and
thus he needed to be put away or outside her upstairs reign. This seemed an Ann
Maquire inspired decision. She always finds ways to make Sharon "Look"
managerial--even when she isn't.

    What David Garnder did on the neon is not protocol. You don't go to the
Chamber or to PBG for imput on zoning laws. sorry that is not the appropriate
way to handle new zoning regulations. David knew that and knows that. He had to
rescue this debacle and take the blame for a Sharon-induced ridiculous neon
ruling. sorry to hear that the neon lights from George's Pizza bother her and
make this totwn seem tacky.

Tackiness is in the eyes of the beholder.

glad the neon ruling went as it did at town meeting. Have had it businesses.
They wanted it changed---and change did come. Perhaps not as they wanted it, but
that's life.
12:10 am edt 

David Bedard - City Planner

David Gardner might have been a city planner by training. He however he has a
full time job. I have never heard anyone   (other than Mr Bedard on facebook 
earlier today ) suggest Gardner should be demoted.

To be fair, it appears Bedard has removed his facebook post suggesting Gardner
become the planner.
12:05 am edt 

Town Planner?

Someone should mention to Mr Yingling that David Gardner was a town/city planner
for, I believe, three or four towns in Southern California before coming here.
He has a degree in Urban Planning.   But by all means, let's hire another person
at $70,000 a year plus benefits.

Gardner also crafted the zoning reg for town meeting on the neon sign issue
after consulting with the Chamber and PBG to make it as fair as possible.    
                amended the article to have 100% window coverage of neon and
Eric supported it.

Why hire another Planner when you're not willing to support the one we already
have?
8:55 pm edt 

To: Enough Already

You are dam right the final project will not cost $14,000,000!

No thanks to David Bedard.

Yingling from the start was against the project and the record
speaks for itself.

Your's is just another case of Bedard revisionism. You can put
lipstick on it, but it still looks like a pig!
8:48 pm edt 

David Bedard Selectman Without a Plan

Mr Bedard, why would you vote to spend $14 million on the police station without
plans  in place for paving the roads?

Seems like you got your priorities mixed up

I'm voting for Erik Yingling, David just doesn't have a plan
8:39 pm edt 

David Bedard

Bedard is just [logically]dishonest.

At the debate the other night, he said that the $650,000 was money to further
examine what the Police station needs are, and that's why he voted for it.  he
talked to the crowd as if they were just plain stupid and would not catch that
[deception]lie, what he failed to mention is that we already dished out over 100k for that
study and the 650K was to seek out contractor bids and develop designs for the
actual buildings.(the 14 million dollar buildings)  he continues to play games
with words and ironically enough, he seems to believe everything he says.
8:37 pm edt 

Enough Already!!

The police station isn't going to cost $14 miillion due to the fact that the
selectmen had the forum, realized themselves and from the public outcry that it
isn't acceptable and therefore didn't vote in favor of $650K for the design of
the building. That being said, Erik Yingling didn't make that happen. Open your
eyes. He happened to be on the side of EVERYONE in the room, other than the
architects, that didn't agree with the design. That means the public, Mr.
Yingling (a member of the public at the time) and the entire board of selectmen
all decided it wasn't right and the entire issue was put off till a later date.
Be assured that the architects heard loud and clear that night from the public
and still to this day from the selectman that that design was way out of line.
Thats what the forum was all about. Yingling didn't make it happen and Bedard
isn't in favor of what was presented.
8:33 pm edt 

To: Erik Yingling

Eric

You are straight out      .  Bedard NEVER and no other selectmen EVER voted for
a 14 million police station.  All they ever took votes on was for the 650,000
study.  And the plans WERE NOT part of the packet which they usually receive on
Thursdays because they weren't ready yet.  And the vote the selectmen did take
for the 650K was two or more weeks prior to the public meetings on the station. 
They did that to keep things moving for the town meeting with the assumption
that the plans would come in cheaper than they did.

Is this what your campaign is about?  It's like watching the GOP, say it often
enough and people believe it as fact.

Don't know why I'm bothering to write this, the blogmaster has made his position
very clear.
8:28 pm edt 

Knight & Bedard

I am very surprised that Austin Knight is campaigning for David Bedard. Has Mr
Knight officially endorsed Bedard? I know he voted against Bedard for Chairman
of the Selectmen, but everyone else did too.

Almost anyone could beat Knight next year. Too bad he missed this opportunity to
help Erik Yingling this year. And why  both Bedard and Knight. voted for the $14
Million Police Station before the 2nd public hearing, I will never understand.
8:23 pm edt 

Re: Ann McGuire - Site Selection Committee

"If I am mistaken, please disabuse me of reasoning."


I believe the group looking at site selection was an advisory work group and not
an official committee.  But i'm sure the blogmaster will be able o better answer
this as he served on the work group as well.  Or is he now pretending he wasn't
involved?

Webmaster Comment: Why would I deny being on the site search committee,
when in fact,I publicly announced my association with the committee at both
the forum and BOS meetings? Additionally, the search committee member names
were published in official documents.

What I can say is that I was only on the committee for four meetings, two of which were
cancelled; and did not participate in the final site selection for Police and DPW facilities.
In fact, DPW was not even a consideration when I was involved. How DPW became 
included in the site selection process is better answered by those who made the selection. 

As to the question concerning Ms McGuire, why would I be better able to provide an
answer? 

8:17 pm edt 

Ann McGuire - Site Selection Committee

It just occurred to me, was not Ann McGuire on the Finance Committee
when she sat on the site Selection Committee?

Doesn't the Town Charter prohibit members of the Finance Committee
sitting on any other committee?

If I am mistaken, please disabuse me of reasoning.
2:26 pm edt 

Ann McGuire-FinComm

"Mrs. Mcguire's quitting FinCom at such a critical juncture must be
concerning to them as well, right?"


Terms expire on 4/30, her term was up and she opted not to renew.  I thank her
for her years of service to our community.  I appreciate your acknowledgement
that Yinglin's abseteeism is a red flag, but the two issues are not related.
2:00 pm edt 

Ann McGuire-FinComm

"Mrs. Mcguire's quitting FinCom at such a critical juncture must be
concerning to them as well, right?"


Terms expire on 4/30, her term was up and she opted not to renew.  I thank her
for her years of service to our community.  I appreciate your acknowledgement
that Yinglin's abseteeism is a red flag, but the two issues are not related.
1:56 pm edt 

Enough Already With Bedard

I am still trying to figure out what David Bebard has done in 4 years. Despite
some fancy talking, we still don't have a plan to pave the roads.

PAVE THE STREETS. PAVE MORE THAN COMMERCIAL STREET. PAVE MY STREET. ELECT
YINGLING.
1:51 pm edt 

Mr. Rogovsky

I find it interesting that Mr. Rogovsky, with all his astute
observations, has yet to spell Mr. Yingling's first name correctly.
1:50 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

"what else is (Erik) going to do to curry favor with the voters?"


I have no idea, but I sure hope he keeps it up. A Selectman who curry favor with
the voters! YIPPIE. That's the way it's supposed to work!

Keep it up Erik. Keep listening to voters
1:45 pm edt 

Re: John Santos-Selectman

"Mr. Santos is poorly informed on so many issues and somewhat of a
distraction to the workings of the BOS."



I don't know Mr. Santos well. The longest conversation we've ever had was this
year, when we were both waiting in line to order coffee.

However, I do seem to recall from a Banner article that he and Mr. Knight  were
the only BOS members who expressed misgivings about certain aspects of the
project.  Based on what has transpired since then, their concerns ended up being
prophetic.

I hope Mr. Santos and Mr. Knight run again; they certainly will have my support
and vote. We need more like him in town government.

PLEASE, PLEASE READ THE DECEMBER 26, 2011 BANNER ARTICLE THAT DOCUMENTS WHAT
I'VE SAID ABOVE. IT ALSO SHOWS MR. BEDARD'S POSITION IN ALL OF THIS.  HERE'S THE
LINK TO THE ARTICLE:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/news/x545133807/Santos-Knight-seek-slowdown-on-joint-DPW-police-building-design-in-Provincetown#axzz1tM3o1Idl
1:44 pm edt 

Ann McGuire-FinComm

A few on this blog were critical of Mr. Yingling with regard to his
FinCom meetings' attendance record in 2011.

Mrs. Mcguire's quitting FinCom at such a critical juncture must be concerning to
them as well, right?
12:56 pm edt 

Housing Authority v Smokimg

Why doesn't Erik understand that the Housing Authority is the only
entity that can change the smoking policy at Maushoppe? The BOS has no authority
as Bedard stated.
How dare he say that he would get a ban on smoking at candidate's night! What
else is he going to do to curry favor with the voters? What other boards is he
going to interfere with if his answer to Maushoppe's smoking policy is any
indication of the future with him a selectman.

Clarence are you going to post this?
12:50 pm edt 

Censorship

Add me to the list of people whose posts regarding the HDC / Enzo mess
were censored by the man running this blog.

His wife is on the HDC, so posts critical of it's decisions won't be posted
here. Ditto anything that shines an unflattering light on his                   
        .

This blog is trying to sway public opinion by altering/omitting facts. Clarence,
I suppose that is your right, if that what you choose to do, but don't have it
masquerade as a public forum when you censor a huge chunk of the public's posts.
This is YOUR forum Clarence, nothing more. Anyone who disagrees with your
opinions is routinely censored. Your explanations for omitting posts critical of
the HDC and Yingling are laughable.
12:48 pm edt 

Ann McGuire-Building Committee

Ann McGuire MUST NOT be in the Police Building Committee. She was in
thecommittee responsible for the 14.6 design.  That committee looked at it
before it went out.

Other than the Town Hall staff, WE NEED DIFFERENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS REPRESENTING
US CITIZENS.
12:44 pm edt 

Ann McGuire-Building Committee

 "Someone closely connected to a FinCom member told me that Ann Maguire
resigned so that she could head up the new building committee...."



"Your connection is mis-informed or perhaps intentionally mis-leading you to hide
the truth."


THANKS FOR THE GREAT NEWS THAT SHE WON'T BE IN THE COMMITTEE!  SHE WAS QUITE
INFFECTUAL ON THE ORIGINAL BUILDING COMMITTEE.  THAT'S HOW WE ENDED UP WHERE ARE
NOW ON THE POLICE BUILDING MATTER.


12:43 pm edt 

David Bedard is Being Disingenuous

It's disingenuous, Mr. Beddard, to say that you were for the $650,000,
but maybe not for a new Police building, not even, as you say, a 10 million one.

We've already spent $120,000. If we were to add the $650,000 you voted for, do
you think that once almost a million dollars are spent, we're not goling to get
a new Police building and location whether the voters want something of that
large scale or not?

Really, Mr. Beddard?  You're being disingenuous with us!
12:40 pm edt 

Lost of Control is That the Reason?

Didn't Ann McGuire's wife quit the Housing Committee?

Now Ann is quitting the Finance Committee?

Wow!  Never saw them as quitters.

Can't control committees' business, so they pick up their marbles and quit. 
Inmature behavior.
12:30 pm edt 

Re: Blush Blush Mr Yingling?

I don't think so. The meeting WAS about a 14M
police station. The project starts with 650K in write up plans. He was right on
target. Or should we spend over a half million dollars on something we are not
going to build. Your lack of logic astounds me. You are just nit picking along
looking for a crack in the armor. I am sure you can do better that this.
10:53 am edt 

Banner Endorsement

"The point of the debate wasn't to help the newspaper make its
endorsement. It was to help voters decide..."



You are probably right, newspaper has seen enough of both candidates in action
to know who would make a better selectman.

10:51 am edt 

David Bedard

I have decided to support David Bedard. He tends to support the basic
infrastructure needs of Provincetown. When he spoke at the candidates form there
were no grand visions for bolstering year-round jobs or building more affordable
housing units(enough already). Fix the streets, try to maintain a good credit
rating, address the need for a new police station.

Erik Yingling should run again against Mr. Santos when the time comes. Mr.
Santos is poorly informed on so many issues and somewhat of a distraction to the
workings of the BOS.
10:49 am edt 

On the $650,000

Can we please stop the charade?  Who approves a $650,000 expenditure with no
expectation of proceeding?  Nobody.  Never.  Hasn't happened in the entire
history of this town that a specific study like this was commissioned that
didn't result in the project moving ahead.

That Bedard supporters are now trying to make this about $650,000 is ludicrous. 
It was a vote for $14 million.  Everyone knows it which is what sparked the
outrage.

Separately, I didn't know people actually read the Banner editorials!  Why?
10:48 am edt 

Erik Yingling

ERICK OVER REACTS AGAIN

After contacting Town Hall and then sending Eric an Email stating that he is in
error about the Public hearing, Eric sent me an e-mail telling me to stop
Harassing him.

This is how Eric responds to the know facts. He calls it harassing him. How sad
that he finds pointing out the truth to his error is considered Harassing him.

Do you really what someone with this kind of mind set in charge of the town for
3 years. Think before you vote,
Michael Rogovsky
10:41 am edt 

Bedard is Not the Right Choice

At the candidates forum, Bedard denied knowing that the article was to produce
construction documents for the $14 Million police station.

What makes me more concerned is that he he might be telling the truth and he had
no idea what was going on?

The more I think about it, the more I worry that David probably should not be re
elected. He just isn't the right guy to be a  Selectmen. I hope he will go back
on the Fin Com he so loves.

Our whole Town Budget is $20 Million and to spend $14 Million all in one place
takes more than a few weeks of public forums

Let's start planning ahead.



10:39 am edt 

Committee Volunteers Are Savaged on This Blog

Who would want to be on a committee and then have scathing lies printed about
you. No cooperation just ridicule.

I'm surprised people even volunteer for any committees. Grow a tough skin and
don't read the blog is the best advice to give people who volunteer and work so
hard for the town.

And it seems that anyone critical of the darling candidate of the webmaster
risks getting savaged as well. Pity.
10:35 am edt 

Pretty Scary

Just watched the candidates night video and it's pretty scary that Erik is
confused regarding the public forum on the police station. The project was being
presented as a $14 million dollar design but still needed was the $650K for the
design implimentation, to start drawing the plans and get the go ahead. As
Bedard stated, it was the first time anyone saw the plans. For Erik to think it
was semantics is also pretty scary. From what I saw, Erik went to the forum with
the understanding that a vote was needed to accept the $14 million dollar plan.
That's not what it was about.

Now he wants to become a selectman?
10:33 am edt 

$650,000 = $14,000,000 in Reality

A vote for the $650,000 architectural Plans was a Vote for the $14
million Police/Dpw building, they were both connected. If Bedard
or the other four Bos memers voted for the $650,000 for the Design,
the problem was that it authorized a $14 million building.

Vote for one and you voted for the full price of this debacle. they could not
and still cannot be separated.

So if David Bedard and the other four BOS members voted for the $650,000 for the
design--that's a lot of money just for the design my friends--then they were
agreeing for the full priced project.

Trying now, in hindsight, to separate these two is misleading and just
erroneous.


10:23 am edt 

Re: Ann McGuire on Building Committee

It's presumptuous to think that just because Ann wants to be in this
new building Committe, that her application will be accepted.
I understand that Candace is also pplying. If both were to be in the committee,
I put my money on Candace over Ann any day.  I've seen Candace in action.  Whew!


10:18 am edt 

Bedard @ Candidates' Forum - Unfair Claims

It's unfair Bedard threw the Town Manager under the bus at the candidate's
forum. As Vice Chairman he is her boss and he is responsible for the project.
The selectmen are  particularly responsible for the political and policy
implications while the Town Manager is only responsible for the operational
aspects.

If the Police Station DPW facility is the blunder Bedard claims, it is his own
fault.

Ms. Lynn isn't perfect, but she deserves better. Vote for Erik Yingling.
10:16 am edt 

Bedard Candidate Forum Fact Checker

Bedard stated he got the $14 Million project plans just before the public
hearing. As a matter of public record he got the plans by email and in his
selectman's mailbox just after 3pm on the previous Thursday. 4 days earlier than
he claimed at the candidates forum. And early enough to have understood the
project was way out of scale, too expensive and poorly explained in the
presentation.

10:13 am edt 

Vote for Yingling.....Please!

One only needs to listen to the Town Manager describe the warrant article to Fin
Com to know it was to move the $14 Million project forward. Or ask any
architect. The warrant was on the $14 Million project and that is why it was
withdrawn.

The fact the Rogovsky and Bedard are attempting to re-write the facts doesn't make
it so.

What is clear if we re elect Bedard we have 3 years of  Rogovsky as his
spokesman.

PLEASE PLEASE VOTE YINGLING
10:12 am edt 

Re: To: Webmaster

Clarence, you're explanation for the person who wrote 4
Times and you did not post it,regarding Enzo's deck,is
Baloney!!!!
How dare you decide what's pertinent.i also wrote in about this
Hdc decision and you did not post it.could it be you connection to
Marcene???? Yet you let people repeat over and over about the
Select persons race.
Clarance your censoring!
10:08 am edt 

Re: Why Did Ann McGuire Resign From FinComm?

"Someone closely connected to a FinCom member told me that Ann Maguire
resigned so that she could head up the new building committee...."



Your connection is mis-informed or perhaps intentionally mis-leading you to hide
the truth.
10:05 am edt 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Re: Banner Endorsement

The point of the debate wasn't to help the newspaper make its endorsement. It
was to help voters decide...
10:47 pm edt 

Re: Candidates' Forum - Au Revoir Ma Chère

"Adieu, adieu. La séparation  est un si doux chagrin"

Well, doesn't that comment just have Marcene written all over it?
7:23 pm edt 

Re: The Lady Doth Protest Too Much

Another dumb Rogovsky remark. Is there no end to his
banality!

Would that you were but a puff of somke a mare figment of the
imagination!
5:14 pm edt 

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much

MY, My, My, It seems that Mr. Rogovsky caught someone who thinks that the
meeting was about a $14 million dollar building--but it was about raising a
maximum of $650,000.00 for the creation of the*Plans* for two buildings.

UH! OH! Someone was caught being ignorant of the facts: namely Mr. Yingling.
(blush-blush).
5:11 pm edt 

Re: Why Did Ann McGuire Resign From FinnComm?

I doubt very much that Erik or anyoneelse on the finance com could intimidate
Ms McGuire. Perhaps she did not want a reappointment since her term is done
at the end of May.


5:07 pm edt 

Vote "No" on All Overrides

"what hurts this town is the lack of action by previous town leaders"

Yes I agree, and by present town leaders who refuse to make the tough decisions
which will allow us to fund all necesseties without always asking for 2 1/2
overides.  Past town leaders did not do their job, and by just asking for
overides, neither are the present town leaders.  We must cut back on present
expenditures (staff, police,school, huge salary increases, etc.) so that we will
be able to pay for our needs without the overides.  It should have been done
before, and it can be done now if the Town Manager and Board of Selectemen and
the Finance Committee are willing to make financially prudent changes to our
town and not fiscally run the town as any child would be able to do by just
asking for more from the taxpayers.
5:04 pm edt 

Candidates Night

What's with the screaming on Thursday night about the 'war on
children'?  That guy was      !
4:56 pm edt 

Re: Why Did Ann McGuire Resign From FinnComm?

Someone closely connected to a FinCom member told me that Ann Maguire
resigned so that she could head up the new building committee for the Police/DPW
facility.  That would explain why they extended the application deadline after
the original deadline had passed.

She should not be on the building committee.
4:52 pm edt 

FinComm

I heard that Tom Coen also resigned from FinCom.  Is this true?
4:51 pm edt 

Re: FinCom

You will only get filtered version here, blogmaster filters out anything that
might reflect negatively on his buddies
4:49 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

WEBMASTER, over the past few days I wrote 4 times about the Enzo deck.
Why did you not post them?

Webmaster Comment:
Comments, which have been posted and are  then essentially continually
repeated are not as a matter of fact reposted. Additional submissions on the
same subject matter should include new information or insight.



4:48 pm edt 

Why Did Ann McGuire Resign From FinnComm?

Who is Ann McGuire?
4:29 pm edt 

Candidates' Night
Thank you to everyone that came out to the...
Erik Yingling4:07pm Apr 27
Thank you to everyone that came out to the debate last night. It was a great turn out (maybe 50 people). I was striving to offer a clear contrast. I think it was quite a success. On to the Tuesday elections! http://www.provincetowntv.org/2012/04/candidates-night/
4:26 pm edt 

Why Did Ann McGuire Resign From FinnComm?

I noticed she wasn't on the list of FinCom members on town's web site and asked
the finance director that question.  All he would say is that I should ask her
or talk to FinCom members.  Somethin's up here.
1:12 pm edt 

Beware Town Board Members

If you have not updated your State Ethics
Test Certification you cannot get a
parking sticker even if you offer to pay
for it in full. You're on the list.

Just took the test and heading over for
my sticker
1:07 pm edt 

Finance Committee-

Why did Ann McGuire resign from FinnComm?

What's up? 
12:52 pm edt 

Candidates Forum - Au Revoir Ma Chère

And there was the puppeteer remaining silent, while  using her puppets
to ask all the questions,.  Hilarious!  Good riddance!!!!

Adieu, adieu. La séparation  est un si doux chagrin 


12:28 pm edt 

Vote No on All Overrides

". . .Overides and taxincreases will destroy this town.  People are
already hurting financially and it is time to put an end to this madness."


What hurt this town is the lack of action by previous town leaders and the
residents themselves who for years did nothing except put money in their pocket. 
Nothing was spent on maintenance, now we have to pay for it and those who lined
their pockets all these years are complaining.


12:12 pm edt 

Finance Committee

I heard major upheaval on finance committee led by Yingling.  anyone
else heard this?
12:10 pm edt 

What a Joke

Re: "Mr. Rogovsky . . .Please cease and desist!. . .Mr. Webmaster,
please take note."



Yes, Mr. Webmaster, please block any view that does match yours.

What a joke.

11:28 am edt 

To: Michael Rogovsky

I Agree:

Michael R., please stop. You are not helping your cause nor
any candidate.
10:25 am edt 

Vote No on All Overides

The Town Manager, Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee
need to get the message that we all must live within our means, and that
includes the town.  They must make tough decisions on where to cut back so that
we will be able to pay for all of our needs without overides.  Running a town by
going back to taxpayers for more money every year is something a child can do. 
The town manager must make tough decisions or look for another job (it certainly
appears as if she financially inept). 

Overides and taxincreases will destroy this town.  People are already hurting financially
and it is time to put an end to this madness.
10:23 am edt 

To: Michael Rogovsky

If a study plan at the cost of $650K is presented, would it
not be an indication of the mega bucks that the project would
eventually cost?  Study plan fees are based on the estimated
cost of project.

Michael, don't tell me that Bedard was unaware of this basic
formula, and if he didn't then he wasn't doing his homework
or was in favor of the 14.5 M at the get go.
One Way or the Other  it does not make David credible
for re election.
10:19 am edt 

To: Mr. Michael Rogovsky

Mr. Rogovsky your, display of total non-objectivity  (at Town meetings, BOS meetings,
Candidates Debate etc.) and repeatedly confused biased pronouncements, which infact 
have been injurious to  Mr. Bedard and have distorted  Mr. Yingling's positions warrant
this request that you refrain from making any further factually incorrect comments regarding
either candidate.

You do great injury to the democractic process of reasonable discussion and dialog.
Your constant repeating of untruths and distortions under the guise of reasonable
argument is not helpful to either candidate or the electoral process.

Please cease and desist!

Mr. Webmaster, please take note.
9:55 am edt 

Re: Mr. Michael Rogovsky's - "Make the Correction"
 
"At the candidate's night Eric, you kept insisting that the public
hearing was about the 14 million dollar police-DPW building.It was about raising
the $650,000.00 for the plans study. David was attacked for supporting the $14
million dollar buildings-he did no such thing.Michael Rogovsky"


Mr Rogovsky, I suggest you read the archives of this blog and the Banner letter
to the Editor pages. You will find that you yourself praised Bedard & the
Selectmen for supporting the $14 Million project. Your comments were repeated
over and over again about the project being modest in scope and without
flourishes etc etc etc and still more etc etc.

Funny thing about all these posts, they don't go away, your comments are
preserved for reference.

But the more important thing is tho  Bedard weaves and dodges in very complex
statements, Bedard  still supports the $14 Million project, but seems to suggest
construction costs will go down by over 30%? Lynn might run a tight ship, but
Town Hall doesn't do construction on an austerity plan?


9:25 am edt 

Too Silent for Me, Too Cat-Got-Your-Tongue Selectman

David Bedard has said little and worse: he has done little. He hardly ever took
up issues forcefully and hardly ever presented dynamic new ideas for the town.

He just sat there with the other four members like an extension of the three
monkeys: but these seem like the Five Monkeys: Hear no evil, SEE no Evil, Say no
Evil. Except it was not evil they turned away from but US. They failed to fight
for us and for sound projects and reasonable issues.

Look at all five at the annual town meeting. When asked if anyone was going to
lose their job if the budget was approved, each of them looked into the camera,
said nothing, and just kept starring. No one got up and responded forcefully
that someone would lose his job. They just sat there, silent and blob-like.
9:05 am edt 

Re: Clarification of the Candidates Night Comments from David Bedard

The Issue is the $14 Million Police Sstation and DPW

that is what the cost initially was before people in town became upset. this is
the price tag town manager and the BOS agreed to. so it makes sense to talk
about the $14 million project becasue that is the high-price package deal that
went with the $650,000 for design.

Who spoke up against this when it was initially presented? Not one member of the
BOS, not one. They went with this over-inflated, ridiculous price. They were all
part of this problematic increase-your-taxes deal. And they still are!
9:01 am edt 

Clarification of the Candidates Night Comments from David Bedard

The article on the warrant and what Bedard approved was to move from the
Schematic Phase to he Construction Document Phase. Both phases are defined
below.  You must approve the Schematic Design before moving to the Detailed
Design(Construction Document) Phase.

What Bedard said at the candidates from was the he wanted to spend $770,000 
(120,000 for Schematics and 650,000 for Construction) on a building he claimed
was too big and we couldn't afford.

No wonder we have to do overrides on even the most basic expenses! If he didn't
want the building why spend  half a million on construction drawings?????





>>>>
Schematic Design establishes the general scope, conceptual design, scale and
relationships among the components of the project. The primary objective is to
agree  a clearly defined, feasible concept with the most promising alternative
design solutions. The Architect will prepare a series of rough plans, known as
schematics, which show the general arrangement of rooms and of the building on
the site.


Detail Design Plan phase: detailed working drawings (or blueprints) and
specifications, which the Contractor will use to establish actual construction
cost
9:00 am edt 

Make the Correction

At the candidate's night Eric, you kept insisting that the public hearing was
about the 14 million dollar police-DPW building.
It was about raising the $650,000.00 for the plans study. David was attacked for
supporting the $14 million dollar buildings-he did no such thing.
Michael Rogovsky
8:46 am edt 

Re: New Police Station/DPW Facility Design Cost

Please educate me. What is the current price tag for the
Police/ DPW facility? You seem to know.
8:42 am edt 

Re: Banner Endorsement

I agree with the writer who commented that The Banner made an
endorsement prior to the debate. What then was the point of the debate if their
minds were already made up?
7:58 am edt 

WOW- (7) 2 1/2 Propositions

Seven 21/2 Props on the Ballot!
Why so many?
Why aren't these requests coming
out of the General Fund, the Stablization
Fund or Departmental Budget?
An occasional 2 1/2 request O.K.,
but 7 for one year, really?
7:57 am edt 

New Police Station/DPW Facility Design Cost

".  .  .  However, we all knew about the 650,000request on the the town
warrant . Couldn't he figure out that the 650K was based on the total cost of
the project?"



It was a common discussion around town hall that the 650k was a maximum.  It was
stated to the BOS and to the FinCom that it most likely would come in lower, but
this would be the max.  And the $14M figure makes a nice campaign sound bite,
but the current price tag is far less than that.
7:55 am edt 

RE:Re: David Guertin

Where do you come from thinking that I am a friend of the TM?? Obviously YOU'RE
a friend of Guertins. Can he run rings around the TM?? Maybe, but then again, I
bet he could run rings around the accountant and probably the library director
too. Who cares? The point of the post was to counter what was posted earlier,
claims that Guertin was the best thing the town has seen in years. He's not and
I think most people, once they understand his job, would agree. He's a       and
a deflector.

Stop the          before you post and stay on topic. It makes debate
understandable.
6:46 am edt 

Candidates Forum

Bedard

Last night at the debate, Bedard repeatedly stated that he
had no prior knowledge of the 14.5 million for the police/
Dpw project. However, we all knew about the 650,000
request on the the town warrant . Couldn't he figure out
that the 650K was based on the total cost of the project?

6:43 am edt 

Re: Free Taxis to Poll

".... transportation for candidate's forum and election all of a
sudden!"



Where is it stated that free transportation to the forum was provided?

Where I lived, the town's Democratic Committee offered and gave free rides to
voters on Election Day

By the way, your use of the possessive is also incorrect; it's candidates', not
candidate's.
6:20 am edt 

Banner Endorsement

The Banner only endorses incumbents. This year they  published the endorsement
BEFORE the candidates forum they co sponsored!!!!!

They no longer even make a pretense at being a journalistic organization.
6:17 am edt 

Where is My Comment?

Clarence, I wrote something against Beddard and I haven't seen it
posted. My comment was questioning his role on the Bangs Street project.  How
come?

Webmaster Comment: Please repost.
6:15 am edt 

Re: Banner Endorsement

"The Banner ALWAYS endorses incumbents no matter how bad their track
records are.  I swear, they would endorse serial killers if they were already in
office."


I agree.  Not surprisingly, the Banner has endorsed, as they always seem to do,
the status quo candidate.  After all, it's owned by an out-of-town media
conglomerate.  The previous owner, Alix Ritchie, had a great pulse of the town. 

The Banner's editor, as well as what people here call "the cabal" haven't
realized that in Provincetown "the times they are a-changin'".
6:11 am edt 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Erik Yingling

You made the case tonight. Nice job....
Tom Donegan10:18pm Apr 26
You made the case tonight. Nice job. Provincetown Massachusetts is lucky to have you so involved. I like the idea of a long term plan so we spend wisely. Now let's get out the vote! I'll help make phone calls this weekend!
12:09 am edt 

Re: David Guertin

David has great knowledge and wisdom. Far more than can
be said for our TM. He truly cares about this town. NO AGENDA- To the poster who
bashed David- You are most likely a good friend to the TM. Quite apparent. David
can run rings around the current TM. Hands down!!
12:04 am edt 

Candidates Forum

If you didn't see the candidates forum tonight, be sure to watch it on PTV.

Both candidates did well. Bedard struggled to explain his still supporting the
$14 Million Police station yet demonstrated a broad understanding of very
specific issues. He wins the WONK award.

Eric was a bit  nervous at first, and struggled as he was hit at first with only
negative questions.  Eric later was able to clearly present a defined vision for
a town that more intelligently deals with the issues and plans for its future.
He wins the SMART PLANNING & VISIONARY award.

If voters had doubts Eric was seasoned enough for BoS, those worries are gone
after tonight. It was clear Bedard loves the details, but might not appreciate
the larger picture and might not understand the implications of his positions.

I'm voting for Yingling on Tuesday.

12:03 am edt 

Re: Bullies in Town Government!

Jane Evans? Are you saying she WAS bullied or WAS A bully? From my recollection,
she was the bully and that's putting it mildly considering we can't use the
other "b" word in here. It was always "my way or the highway" with Jane and I'm
sure I'm not alone when I say it was nice to see her down the highway.
11:59 pm edt 

Signage

When shop therapy removed their facade art work from
One location to another, does this come under signage bylaws???
Seems like signage to me.

11:57 pm edt 

Sorry But Bedard Has Sat With Silence

He has done little in the last two years. He has sat there. It is as if someone
took his tongue. I voted for him then but I am diasppointed with his
performance. He has said little and done little.

Now that I have a choice, I will take my chances going for a fresher voice. This
one may even speak and even speak for me.
11:56 pm edt 

Erik Yingling-Irene Rabinowitz

Based on the syntax of Irene's sentence, I think it's "Let's make this
happen!".
11:54 pm edt 

Re: Free Taxis to Poll

When I lived in New Jersey, around election time the "pols" had
"walking around money.  Cash that was used to "help voters get to the polls" by
giving them bus/taxi fare, lunch money etc...........didn;t think that such a
thing still existed but cape cab and their employee yingling proved me
wrong....free transportation for candidate's forum and election all of a sudden! 
WHAT A COINCIDENCE!
11:52 pm edt 

Re: Bullies in Town Government!

To the person that posted the List Of Victims:

It's worse than that.  The TM has driven out other good people with her
ignorance. One specific person is our former stellar library director who was
here for 16 years. The "official" reasons given for her departure were bogus.
She did not make public the real reason for her resignation because she would
not have been able to get another job in her field.
11:49 pm edt 

Banner Endorsement

The Banner ALWAYS endorses incumbents no matter how bad their track
records are.  I swear, they would endorse serial killers if they were already in
office.

The Banner editors should be ashamed of themselves.  It is impossible to know
what's really happening on the Outer Cape by reading the Banner.  That's why
this blog flourishes--people seek to share info anonymously because there is no
other source of real info.
11:47 pm edt 

Re: Enzo's Porch!

It's not the HDC members' job to speak their minds. Their job is to enforce the
town's laws regarding historic areas and structures. The question isn't whether
they like a proposed design; it's whether they can approve proposals put in
front of them according to the bylaws.
11:46 pm edt 

Re: Bullies in Town Government!

"MARY NICOLINI FORMER LIBRARIAN, JANE EVAN'S FORMER HEALTH AGENT, AND
IN THE WORKS, VERNON PORTER!"


Victims is hardly the word I'd use, I think you might find there are two sides
to every story.  And I'd expect town officials wouldn't say a word in public
about a personnel issue.

Do you assume that anytime someone gets a job with the town that they have their
job for life?  If yes, I think I want a job with the town, as soon as you are
hired you have tenure.  Now that's a job I'd want.
11:43 pm edt 

Re: Asst. DPW Director

Acting deputy director? Acting is a good description considering her lack of
credentials and zero understanding of the nuts and bolts of the position. Sad
part is that once someone is "acting" anything, they are somehow considered
experienced and therefore get the job. It's happened before but hopefully not
now. Keep in mind once Guertin is gone, the deputy director usually steps in as
the new director.

Very scary. Think long term Sharon.
3:59 pm edt 

David Bedard

Congrats to Selectman Bedard and his endorsement by the Provincetown
Banner!
3:53 pm edt 

Enzo's Porch!

OUT OF SCALE, OUT OF PROPORTION AND OUT OF BALANCE.  NOT UNLIKE THE HDC, NO
BALANCE THEIR EITHER.  AT LEAST LANDRY SPEAKS HIS MIND!
3:44 pm edt 

Bullies in Town Government!
 
LET'S SEE IF WE HAVE THE LIST OF VICTIMS RIGHT SO FAR:

MARY NICOLINI FORMER LIBRARIAN, JANE EVAN'S FORMER HEALTH AGENT, AND IN THE
WORKS, VERNON PORTER!

HOW MANY LIVES HAVE TO BE DESTROYED WHEN THEY LOSE THEIR JOBS AS "MATURE"
WORKERS FOR SOMEONE TO STAND UP AND SAY ENOUGH!


3:42 pm edt 

Bedard and Affordable Housing
 
Bedard has never,that I'm aware of, advocated raising property taxes to build
more affordable housing.  Unless you can cite the source, this is an outright
lie as is so many other the other negative posts about him on here.
12:41 pm edt 

Erik Yingling
The debate is tonight at 6pm. voting is this...
Erik Yingling11:26am Apr 26
The debate is tonight at 6pm. voting is this Tuesday from 7am to 7pm. Cape Cab/Mercedes Cab is offering free rides to and from the polls. It is such an excellent gesture to the voters of Provincetown! A special thank you to Ricky Macara, Raphael Richter, and all the great staff at Cape Cab.
12:39 pm edt 

Erik Yingling-Double Down?

Re: "Bedard has proposed raising property taxes to pay for affordable
housing Stop the madness
"


I realize you will say anything, but do you even know where Yingling stands on
issues?  Here's a segment of Erik's letter to the BOS:

2) "Double Down" on Affordable Year-Round Housing.  63 affordable housing units
are coming online this year.  While this is a good start, demand far outpaces
the supply of affordable housing.  The long term viability of our community, our
school, and our local economy depends on citizens being able to afford to live
in Provincetown.




10:32 am edt 

Re: Erik Yingling
 
Re: Irene - "Thanks all...let's this happen!"

I questioned Irene's support for Yingling, as moderator she knows of his antics
on FinCom, I thought she was smarter than that.

So what does she mean by 'Let's this happen' ?
Does she mean 'Let is this happen' or 'Let us this happen' or what?

I've made typing errors myself, who hasn't - so I don't usually call people out
on typing errors, but if your going to put out a public call for support
shouldn't you at least proof read your writing?
10:23 am edt 

Erik Yingling
Good morning, folks! Lovely day in...
Irene Rabinowitz9:38am Apr 26
Good morning, folks! Lovely day in Provincetown to think about next Tuesday. Those of us supporting Erik Yingling are hoping that folks can sign up to hold signs on election day and to help with phone calls this weekend. If you are able to help, please post to Erik and let him know. At the minimum, please remind your friends, family, etc. to vote for Erik on Tuesday. Thanks all...let's this happen!
9:53 am edt 

Candidates Night

I wonder if people have made up their minds. What kinds of questions will
influence them to change their mind.

Missing half of the FinCom meetings some for 3 months in a row makes it
impossible for me to trust Eric to show up and be a part of the process at town
hall except to stop spending money on our needed building upkeep.


9:52 am edt 

David Bedard

" I see what you did there....you lead readers to believe that Bedard is a
misogynist.... Gee, you're clever!"


Thanks, I think? I am still wondering why he was rude to the only woman in the
room but treated others with at least minimal civility. I might have written "is
Bedard  misogynistic"  or just insolent. But me don't spell so good.


And what college degrees does Bedard have that qualify him to be a selectmen
much less on a $14 Million spending spree?


9:50 am edt 

Re: David Guertin

To whomever wrote this last blog....PLEASEEEEEEEE...David Guertin has
been nothing but trouble for the employees of Provincetown.  All he wants is
whats best for himself,he doesnt give a rats     about this town,he's only here
for the $$.  He mentored that        girl and fed her to Sharon....with no
qualifications.  I heard shes "acting" deputy director,  Do we really need an
asst??
9:48 am edt 

Re: David Guertin

"Let me tell you a fact.  If it were not for David Guertin this town "


It is widely expected that a Selectmen will not be re elected next week in large
part for the state of the pavement. If I were in the DPW, I would keep a very
low profile for the next month or so.


9:43 am edt 

David Bedard

I'm curious, I understand Bedard has taken credit for everything that happened
in town for the last 4 years, but what are his plans for the future?

All he mentions is a plan for a plan to pave the roads, and a new expensive
police DPW complex. What else?

But what is his vision? What does he hope to accomplish? Does anything he  go
beyond the next Town Meeting?

Why is he running for re-election?
9:41 am edt 

Re: David Guertin

David Guertin didn't bring his ideas to the town, the town was falling apart,
needed all of the infrastructure that you're speaking of and he happened to be
at the helm when it was getting done. That's hardly calling his the greatest
thing the town has ever seen. This is a guy that has NEVER taken blame for
anything, has always come up with a reason to blame the problem on and only then
asks for direction. Anyone remember the sewer line in the median of Rt. 6? Where
was his insight there before all the outrage? Water quality on the waterfront
sucks and it's all due to the FACT that the storm drains all drain directly to
the harbor right at the waters edge yet he has done NOTHING to improve the
situation for how many years??

Being at the helm, following orders and watching the hired engineers design and
implement their projects doesn't make him a great asset. Next time, if you want
the promotion, you should sign your name at the end of your post.
9:40 am edt 

Seniors to Florida

The seniors going to florida are the weathly that bought all the property here.
People born here can't afford to go.
9:37 am edt 

Parking

What is the legality of using them as the collection agent? And why should they
take all the insults from the citizens?

Let whoever is in charge of the lax payments collect the debt!
9:35 am edt 

Re: Is This Legal-Why?

Re: "I figured you had to actually break the law before being pulled
over."


That was before they took over. Time to take it back!
9:32 am edt 

David Bedard

Bedard has proposed raising property taxes to pay for affordable housing
Stop the madness
9:29 am edt 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

David Guertin

Let me tell you a fact.  If it were not for David Guertin this town
would not have 1/3 the infrastructure that we have.  Also, know that he has
brought millions, yes millons, of stimulus $$ to this town. If it were not for
David Guertin, who many like to demoralize, in ever sense of the word, because
he calls a spade a spade, this town would be in the worst shape than you could
ever imagine.  Say what you want to say, but David Guertin has done more for
this town than anyone is its history.  And that my friends and fellow citizens
is the true fact. This man has put up with so much demoraliation than you can
ever realize because he speak up and says it like it is.  Yet, we should all
thank him many times over for saving us millions of dollars on our tax levy.
Kick him to the curb as much as you wnat .. but in reality .. he is the best
thing that ever happened to Provincetown.  Good, bad or indifferent.
10:16 pm edt 

Asst. DPW Director

I would hope the town will hire a fully qualified person for the job, not
engineer it around someone they like. Nice people aren't always the right people
for the job. You don't have to be a jerk but you do have to know what you're
talking about. The town isn't just grass cutting and snow plowing anymore.
Underground systems like drinking water and wastewater systems, road drainage,
environmental issues and long range planning within a resonable budget are the
main issues for a director. Loved Sandy but she really wasn't the right person
for the job. Lets not make that mistake again.
10:10 pm edt 

Re: Dave Bedard

"I thought he was very rude to an applicant. I am curious does he always treats
(sic) women like this?"



Ahh, I see what you did there. By asking a rhetorical question, you lead readers
to believe that Bedard is a misogynist. You don't actually SAY it, but the
implication is there. Gee, you're clever!

Clarence, why do you allow posts like this? This is just character assassination
based on hearsay. How about if someone sends in a post saying "Erik Yingling
strikes me as mean, the type who would kick puppies?"

Do you not see the absurdity of allowing such posts?
10:08 pm edt 

Signing One's Name

Hi Eric--I know that you are a strong advocate of people signing their name..but
do you see what happens when someone signs their name?

I'm accused of everything from being a "plant" or a privileged participant at
the first police-DPW public hearing (the truth is that I saw a seat and took it)
to being selfish regarding our senior citizens because we need to maintain our
public buildings and that costs the taxpayers money.

I was going to send this to you privately, but no harm in putting it here. I
want to see how this gets twisted around. (I know that you are busy, but I sent
you an e-mail earlier today, just want you to know in case you missed it.)Good
Luck tomorrow.
Sincerely
Michael Rogovsky
10:06 pm edt 

Enzo's
 
So marlene marcoux of the hdc  claims that the hdc  did not make
A fast decision on the new porch on Enzo's.
The porch is way to large for the building and feels like it is
Coming into commercial street. She also states in the banner that
In 1910. ,there was a porch. Marcene,the house was built before
1910, I thought the hdc,s mission is to protect structures. The hdc
Decision has resulted in the original house being completely
Overwhelmed . We all can understand coming to agreements, but
This deck/porch should have been half the size.the only hdc
Member who was concerned about the size was Polly burnett,per
The meeting minutes.
How about the next request for a deck/ porch on a house on commercial
Street ? How can the hdc say no? Fair is fair!
10:02 pm edt 

Re: Parking Stickers

"Since when has the parking department become the collection agency for
the Town of Provincetown?  Parking Stickers are not being issued to those who
have outstanding excise tax, water bill, house tax and etc..... Is this
something new and who authorized this?"



Bravo!  Great idea, why should people who aren't paying what they owe be given a
parking permit?  This is one idea that is a good one.   Kudos to who ever came
up with this idea !!!!!!!!!!!!
9:57 pm edt 

Going to Video

I really like watching the video of meetings.
it would be nice if posters put the link.
someone posted that we should watch the BofS interview candidates for the
Building committee (which should've been formed long ago).

where is the link>? what was the date?

Tell US

9:50 pm edt 

Assistant DPW Director

Why do we need an assistant DPW director.  Is there that much work
that the current DPW director can't handle it? Save some money and let the
postion go unfilled.

Also, Erik Yingling never so much as smiled or said hello when flipping pizza,
now he want's my vote. I'm concerned he will revert back to old behavior as a
selectman.
6:05 pm edt 

Zero Relevance

Wow, I come home from work and check this blog and lately it's the
same thing every day: lies, unsubstantiated accusations, innuendo. This blog has
zero relevance anymore. It's become the equivalent of rumors and insults written
on the walls of a public restroom. Anybody who bases his or her vote on the
information gathered here gets what they deserve.

Lets hope the majority of the voters in town have more sense.
6:03 pm edt 

Parking Stickers:

Since when has the parking department become the collection agency for the Town
of Provincetown?  Parking Stickers are not being issued to those who have
outstanding excise tax, water bill, house tax and etc..... Is this something new
and who authorized this?
6:01 pm edt 

Fortune Cookie Answer

Yes it is...I talked to him personally about 10 days ago and he said he was
opening in three weeks (no exact date was given or asked).
6:00 pm edt 

Re: Is This Legal-Why?

Thanks for the response. Just had not heard of this happening before. I figured
you had to actually break the law before being pulled over.
5:57 pm edt 

Re: Just Vote "No"!

TWO GENERATIONS VOTED NO ON MUNICIPAL MAINTENANCE

For decades I've gone to town meeting and year after year two generations of
citizens have voted no on maintaining buildings.They wanted money for the trucks
and boats.

Everywhere else, the older generation maintains for the next generation. Now
that the folks who voted 20 years ago are seniors, they still don't want to part
with money.

They go to Florida, they have their boats and cars or else they did. Don't cry
now because you let things go to rack and ruin like our town hall.

Shame on them and now, fellow taxpayers, we must right that wrong.
5:55 pm edt 

Re: Just Vote "No"!

"Vote "No" on the overrides, this will send a message
to Town Hall."


Yes, let's send the message that we don't want the streets paved, yes let's send
a message that we don't want the grass at the cemetery mowed, yes, let's send a
message that we want the high school building to rot another year with the water
seeping in through the cracks in the bricks. . .
4:35 pm edt 

DPW

"HERE WE GO..THE DAVID GUERTIN AND SHERRY PRADA SHOW......WHOM IS
TOTALLY NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE DEPUTY DPW DIRECTORS POSITION . . ."


Not sure what you mean, the position just got posted so pretty sure it has not
been filled.
4:33 pm edt 

Question

Does any one know if Fortune cookie in the aquarium is opening this
year ?
1:15 pm edt 

Just Vote "No"!

Vote "No" on the overrides, this will send a message
to Town Hall.

We can revote when matters have been sorted out
by the fall Special Town Meeting.
1:13 pm edt 

DPW

HERE WE GO..THE DAVID GUERTIN AND SHERRY PRADA SHOW......WHOM IS
TOTALLY NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE DEPUTY DPW DIRECTORS POSITION....CIVIL
ENGINEERING?? I THINK NOT..THE LIST GOES ON...WHATS THIS TOWN COMING TO.....
1:09 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

WHERE ARE THE POSTING ABOUT ERIC?

Eric yells at town officials, he missed almost half of the fin com meeting..he
missed all of the summer meetings when he was an alternate..13 our of 27 2010.
What a loser. go to the agenda and minutes at the town website and see for
yourself.
1:07 pm edt 

Michael Rogovsky

Re: "I am also curious on what Boards Rogo is on and what his
attendance record is on this boards. . ."


What boards Mr. Rogovsky may or may not be on is not the issue.  Mr. Rogovsky is
not running for Selectman.  Mr. Rogovsky is not saying he is qualified to be a
Selectman because of his experience on the finance committee.  And I wouldn't
know Mr. Rogovsky if I met him on the street.

Mr Yingling is stating his finance committee experience as a qualification for
becomming a Selectman.  And his very poor attendance record is an issue for many
of us in town.  It appears to exhibit a lack of commitment on his part, one that
only changed when he decided he wanted to be a Selectman.


1:04 pm edt 

David Bedard

Anyone who wonder's about David Bedard temperament to serve on the Board of
Selectmen should watch the Building Committee interviews on PTV.

I thought he was very rude to an applicant. I am curious does he always treats
women like this? Or is just how he behaves when he clearly has contempt for
citizens volunteering for public service.

Either way, time for a new voice
1:01 pm edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

 Re: "What about the seniors who can't afford their taxes now"

Options

1-town tax abatement program
2-reverse mortgage, federally supervised, etc
3-sell
4-ask your kids for help
5-take in a renter

Why should we let our town be run into the ground because a few folks won't take
advantage of the options above to pay their fair share?
12:59 pm edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

"Michael Rogovsky just happened to be next to the guy with the microphone at the
public hearing where Eric disgraced himself."


That's not true. Watch the tape. Anderson called on Michael and a former police
officer to conclude the program. Rogo was surely part of the official
presentations. He now bashes others, while he pretends to be a bystander?

I am also curious on what Boards Rogo is on and what his attendance record is
on this boards.

Can't they find a better shill?
10:00 am edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

I'm glad Michael Rov has money for his taxes, he's being really
selfish. What about the seniors who can't afford their taxes now.
9:26 am edt 

Candidate's Positions are Identical

Re: "But now he is trying to take credit for others work. That just
doesn't seem right?  Most people wouldn't do that."


Another issue upon which the candidate's positions are identical.  The finance
committee voted to recommend an increase In parking rates last year.  Yingling
is saying he did it.

9:24 am edt 

Posting Questions

Why is a private citizen allowed to be attacked here and lied about regarding
having a privileged position etc etc?

Why are the negative postings about Eric not printed here?

Michael Rogovsky just happened to be next to the guy with the microphone at the
public hearing where Eric disgraced himself.

people are jumping to all kinds of conclusion and suppositions and telling lies
and this blog is perpetrating these lies.

9:20 am edt 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ann MacQuire for Assistant Town Manager??

You have to be kidding. She is the real town manager and pulls the strings of
Sharon. MaQuire does not need to fill a public position when she is in the
hidden kitchen cabinet.

Here's a better idea. David Gardner for Town Manager and Sharon Lynn for
Assistant Town Manager. Now that is a dynamic duo.  And I think we could get
things done.

This is an inventive reversal that moves us into the future.
9:59 pm edt 

Lazy Town Leaders - Vote No on Overrides!

The Town manager, Board od Selectmen and Finance Committee
all need to be replaced.  Running a town by 2 1/2 overides
is lazy and harmful to the taxpayers. 

Instead of making tough budgeting decisions they just go and ask for higher taxes. 
They should be looking where to cut back so that we will have the funds to pay for all
our need without asking for overides (an example is our overly large police force that
is now just harassing the taxpayers).  These people have no financial common sense
and they will destroy this town.

We can put a stop to this incompetence and madness.  Vote NO on all of the overides.
9:56 pm edt 

David Bedard

Bedard wants the $14 million police station? I don't.

So I'll.vote for Yingling
9:53 pm edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

"Michael Rogovsky posts here that he was unhappy with the a public forum. It is
noted that Rogovsky had a privileged position were he was allowed to speak as
part of the program he now defends. I'd be interested in reading his how he
clarifies his role. And why someone who was part of the official program is now
criticizing others at that meeting?"


This guy seems to be blaiming everyone but himself? And while he might not agree
with the Finance Committee, they do work hard. What Boards does Rogovsky serve
on? And how does he handle himself on those Boards?
9:50 pm edt 

Re: Is This Legal-Why?

"A friend of mine was driving a co-workers car a few days ago.  He was pulled
over by a town cop.  The officer asked for his drivers license.  When the
officer noticed that the name on my friends drivers license didn't match the
name on the registration he informed my friend that the reason he pulled him
over was because the owner of the cars license was expired.  My friend had not
violated any traffic laws and was pulled over.  The police apparently are
running random license plates without cause as we all just drive along.  I guess
my question would be is this common practice with all police organizations??? 
It seems that this officer was just looking for something to do, and it seems to
be the practice of the department in general.  If someone is not breaking a law
why is he being pulled over???"

Answer:
Yes this is perfectly legal.  An officer has authority to run any license plate
at any time.  A car can be legally pulled over if the owners license is
suspended, revoked, or expired.  There is numerous case law on this matter.  It
is a legal and common practice in not only this state (every police department
in the state of MA does this), but to my knowledge every state in this country. 
Your plate is exposed to the public, therefore there is no reasonable
expectation of privacy.

In this case the officer was in the right and had a perfectly reasonable
justification for the traffic stop because the officer can assume the owner of
the car is driving.

The legality of running license plates has been upheld by the state appeals
court on more than one occasion.  The judgement and case law is One of these
cases is:

COMMONWEALTH v. Barry W. STARR.

This is not a what is next issue. The officer is doing their job by running the
plates.  They are verifying registry documents associated with the vehicle (one
of which is the owners license status).  This is the same thing that an
automatic plate reader does.


9:47 pm edt 

David Bedard

I had come to believe those who said David Bedard was a nice hard
working businessesman who wasn't especially effective. I don't know him as well
as I know other selectmen.

But now he is trying to take credit for others work. That just doesn't seem
right?  Most people wouldn't do that.


9:44 pm edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

Meetings,including Bd.of S.,committees and/or public is about
compromise.  We can't have our own way all the time,only that which is in the
best interest of the town.Memories go back to Bd. of S. meetings when members,
in the heat of argument,would stomp out  leaving no quorum,so meetings were
P.P..  They were'nt  all "local natives" either  or from the east coast,as
somoeone suggested.The sameness of people is constant. If they have explosive
tempers they bring it with them,no matter where they go or where they're from11
2:43 pm edt 

David Bedard

"I got my Bedard post card yesterday. He really is taking credit for
Sandy Turner's work. She was so proud of those grants . .  ."



Now you are disgusting me.  Is Erik so desperate to win that he's trying to use
Sandy's passing as wedge?  That is absolutely pathetic and shows you to what
level he will stoop.  Sandy was a wonderful person who gave so much to this
town.  Leave her out it.

The BOS manages the Town mgr who manages the staff.  The accomplishments of the
staff are a credit to the town mgr and in turn are a credit to the BOS.  Many of
you on here want to blame Selectman Bedard if the streets aren't paved quickly
enough (managed by town mgr and staff), but you don't want to give him credit
for grants (managed by town mgr and staff).  You can't have it both ways.
2:40 pm edt 

David Bedard

Are you all talking about the meeting when neither chairman  Anderson nor Vice
Chairman Bedard refused to call graphic anal oral and vaginal rape story out of
order?

We don't have a police station plan now because of how badly Bedard and Anderson
handled the public discussion.

After Bedard has announced every possible position on the issue, he is now back
to pushing the $14 Million plan, as if Town Meeting never happened.


2:38 pm edt 

Inexcusable

I got my Bedard post card yesterday. He really is taking credit for Sandy
Turner's work. She was so proud of those grants . And to mail that postcard
after her death. She can't even defend her legacy.

SHAME ON YOU MR. BEDARD
12:03 pm edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

"You embarass yourself when you feel a need to yell out from the
audience. . . I guess that's the key word - courtesy, or the complete lack of
it."



I think it depends on whether you grew up on the East coast.  People on the East
Coast think this behavior is normal, people who didn't grow up on the East coast
think it's rude and boorish.  I didn't grow up here and often wonder where
Provincetown resident's manners are.


11:56 am edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

Mr. Rogovsky is not the only one appalled by the behavior at public
forums.  You embarass yourself when you feel a need to yell out from the
audience.

I'm still embarassed for the man at the second police  building forum who yelled
out that he didn't care to see the presentation again, was told there were
people who had not previously seen the presentation and yelled out that we
should vote.  A show of hands demonstrated a number of people had not seen the
presentation and it would again be presented.  How rude of him to assume that
because he had already seen it, others should not be permitted the courtesy of
seeing the presentation.  I guess that's the key word - courtesy, or the
complete lack of it.

Good people are walking away from involvement in  government in our town because
of the lack of civility that exists.  And some of you think the lack of civility
is good for our town government?
11:37 am edt 

Re: Michael Rogovsky

Michael Rogovsky posts here that he was unhappy with the a public forum. It is
noted that Rogovsky had a privileged position were he was allowed to speak as
part of the program he now defends.

I'd be interested in reading his how he clarifies his role. And why someone who
was part of the official program is now criticizing others at that meeting?
9:05 am edt 

Election Time

To both candidates, just tell us your vision, tell us what you would change and
how would you build consensus to get things moving in the right direction, are
we on the right path? What would you do diffently. Don't send out postcards
claiming to do things that are not true. 2 TOWN EMPLOYEES, the late Sandy Turner
and Michelle J are the "grant" writers who have been able to procure millions of
dollars in grants to help fund many needed projects in this community, it is a
shame and an insult to her memory that a politician is claiming her hard work as
his accomplishment, do these elected officials have no shame??
8:59 am edt 

Is This Legal-Why?

A friend of mine was driving a co-workers car a few days ago.  He was
pulled over by a town cop.  The officer asked for his drivers license.  When the
officer noticed that the name on my friends drivers license didn't match the
name on the registration he informed my friend that the reason he pulled him
over was because the owner of the cars license was expired.  My friend had not
violated any traffic laws and was pulled over.  The police apparently are
running random license plates without cause as we all just drive along.  I guess
my question would be is this common practice with all police organizations??? 
It seems that this officer was just looking for something to do, and it seems to
be the practice of the department in general.  If someone is not breaking a law
why is he being pulled over???
8:56 am edt 

Re: Public Input

"Actually, every Board should have a website, facebook or at least an
email address so people can provide input in a way convenient to them."


Some boards already have a Facebook page, and with a little legwork on your part
you can obtain the email address of all Board members that you want to get.  Or
try this: pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write a good old-fashioned
letter.  Then take the letter to the Board and deliver it in hand.  Or better
yet, if you want to provide input, attend a meeting and read your letter to the
Board.  Our town Board members put in countless hours for the town.  The least
you could do is put in a little effort towards providing the input you seek to
provide.
8:49 am edt 

Michael Rogovsky

Mr Michael Rogovsky posts here that he was unhappy at the public forum, but he
has so far not answered how he got a privileged speaking spot at that very
meeting? Especially  when members of the public were denied the opportunity to
ask questions?
8:45 am edt 

Monday, April 23, 2012


To the blogger that questioned meeting times, Town Meeting voted some
years ago (and it's not been rescinded to my knowledge) that all meetings of
town boards and committees,including Town Meeting, were not to be held earlier
than 7 P.M. because working citizens & voters were not able to  attend day
meetings or 6 P.M. early evening either before their workday ended.  Some
meetings starting at 7 P.M. lasted until  midnight  an d some people changed the
times but it may not be legal
11:24 pm edt 

Re: HDC Meetings at 3:30pm ???

To the blogger that questioned meeting times, Town Meeting voted some
years ago (and it's not been rescinded to my knowledge) that all meetings of
town boards and committees,including Town Meeting, were not to be held earlier
than 7 P.M. because working citizens & voters were not able to  attend day
meetings or 6 P.M. early evening either before their workday ended.  Some
meetings starting at 7 P.M. lasted until  midnight  an d some people changed the
times but it may not be legal
11:23 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

ERIC YINGLING'S MISSED FinCom MEETINGS

Voters, go to to this site and keep checking the dates of the meetings
http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=513
Erick Yingling missed so many meetings! I'll post the number starting from when
he was an alternate.

Does he know how many hours a week selectmen work on issues?

Do you want someone who yells at the chair of the selectmen when he doesn't get
his way at a meeting? What does that accomplish?

Yelling doesn't replace doing an in depth study of an issue.
Is this who want making these important town decisions that affect our lives for
decades?
Michael Rogovsky
9:43 pm edt 

Library Board on PTV

How come PTV doesn't tape the library board meetings?  THAT would be
hilarious!
9:10 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Schools

Reply to Provincetown Schools:

.5 million for 110 kids...wow...what a shame. This School has basically nothing
to offer the kids here and now there's no sports either. If my memory serves me
correctly, this School is trying to get some sort of contract going with a
Charter School up in Chatham I think it was (maybe Harwich). Imagine what time
your kids will have to get up for School in the mornings and what time they will
get home. They will have enough time to eat dinner, do their homework and go to
bed.

I can only hope that Kim Pike the Principal and Beth Singer the
Supertendent are happy, ever since they got here this School has done nothing
but lose kids to other Schools.
9:08 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Schools

"Time to close the schools. 3.5 million dollars for 110 children?"


Yes, the schools are very very expensive, but we are in the poorest performing
school district in Massachusetts. While those test are imperfect, better not to
be bottom 1% of all districts in Mass.

Did the Superintendent get her VIP partking spaces sorted out?
9:02 pm edt 

Stop & Shop

Did anyone notice they finally removed all the flyers and posters at
Stop & Shop? Some had been up since last summer. (including the dozens of
"          posters) It was really starting to look messy. Good time to start
spring cleaning!
9:00 pm edt 

David Bedard

"I watched the selectman meeting with town manager on ptv yesterday .....Plus he
used his time to promote the lobster pot, one of his only supporters..."


Can you tell me when this meeting was? Is it on PTV? What is the title of the
meeting? Did David promote his campaign event or just a quid pro quo "shout
out"? Did the Town Manager also promote Lobster Pot &/or his campaign event?
8:57 pm edt 

Highly Dissatisfied

This blog has become an absolute joke. I am another person who has
submitted several posts calling out the actions and character or Erik Yingling
and (big surprise) the webmaster chose not to publish them because apparently
they must have been "nonfactual" (i.e. an opinion that differs from Clarence's)

If Clarence is censoring posts that are critical of his pet candidate, who knows
what else he is censoring? There is no actual news here, just rumor, innuendo
and whatever one man deems fit to publish, regardless of it's accuracy.

Clarence, would you care to comment on your decision to not publish numerous
posts by various people that reflect negatively on Erik Yingling (despite the
information being true?)Do you honestly think you are doing any kind of service
for this town by only publishing half the facts? How can you call this an
"association of concerned citizens" when you only represent citizens whose
opinions are the same as yours? 
8:55 pm edt 

Re: Need Information

P-Town parties and East End Marketplace
8:50 pm edt 

Public Input

Actually, every Board should have a website, facebook or at least an
email address so people can provide input in a way convenient to them.
8:49 pm edt 

BOS Meeting
 
PUBLIC STATEMENT AT SECLECTMEN'S MEETING MONDAY 6pm

Our town manager and the staff at town hall work so hard on so many projects
that it is a real shame that people are so rude when they attend public hearings
to hear the results of this work presented to them.  We are a small town at the
tip of the cape--not  north and south Korea.

I don't want the rudeness that I have witnessed at the recent public hearing
where the chair of the slectmen was yelled at by a finance committee member to
become part and parcel of the running of our town govenment. Our board of
selectmen and our town manager aren't two angry fishermen in an open dingy on a
cold and stormy sea--and I don't want to see our town  government become one.

I don't want Jerry Springer type antics in our town hall. You all have
accomplised so much. There are so many projects in the pipe line. Years of work
have gone into the building project for a new Police station and DPW building
from selecting the architects from the final group of four to the site search
where you ended up chosing the town owned DPW land on Race point Rd.

You have opened windows and let in the fresh air. We have an excellent credit
raiting now and we are in the good graces of the department of Revenue.  You
have shaken things up by consoldiating the schools, by putting town buildings
that have served their purpose up for sale, by enginering the water and sewer
projects, stopping the leaking pipe problem, initiating the water filtration
system in Truro, and you have brought millions of dollars into our town towards
funding these projects and I feel that this is just the tip of the icebert
regarding the projects that are in store for the benefit of Provincetown.

After several years of due dilligence, you are taking the necessary step of not
just putting a band aid on a failed police station and inadequate DPW building
but you are doing the right thing and proposing new buildings to replace these
decades old dilapidated structures.

Congratulations to you for the fine work that you have been doing and I hope
that this board remains as you are today and that you continue maintaining and
improving our home that we call Provincetown.

Sincerely,

Michael Rogovsky
8:47 pm edt 

Both Candidates Voted the Same

"I'm voting for David because he voted to eliminate Vernon's job.  Then
he voted to restore it on the town meeting floor."



His votes were identical to Yingling's.  I called and asked and was told the
FinCom votes on the BOS budget and the Town Manager budget were unanimous.  All
FinCom members voted in favor of combining the positions.  If you are trying to
decide who to vote for in the upcoming election I would suggest this is not an
issue because both candidates voted the same.

Next.
4:57 pm edt 

Need Information

Who are the best caterers in town?

Thanks
2:59 pm edt 

David Bedard

I don't see how anyone would vote for bedard, I watched the selectman
meeting with town manager on ptv yesterday and he does nothing but talk down to
people and demean people. Plus he used his time to promote the lobster pot, one
of his only supporters
2:57 pm edt 

Charity Donations

David Bedard is having a get together at the TOP-OF-THE-POT and the money is
going to charities--not into his re-election campaign.

Go and support David Bedard! he is my choice. See you at Candidate's night on
Thursday evening as well.

2:55 pm edt 

HDC Meetings at 3:30pm ???

Not alot of people were there ?  Gee, what a surprise !

Don't most people work and do so 9-5 - so how could they be there ??

Every board hearing should be at 6pm or later so that anyone who wants to be
there can have their voice heard.


2:54 pm edt 

Shout Out!

Re Secretaries to anybody: There are usually job descriptions of
duties.  Before people write in they need to get semantics and definitions
straight. There's a difference between executive secretary,just
secretary,administrative secretary,administrative assistant,assistant department
head, and assistant  to the department head.  The duties and salaries are
different. 

For those who say nobody reads this blog,don't believe it  I know
people who wouldn't miss reading it even though they say they don't.  My self ,
I love it even the idiot remarks become entertaining, for those who know what's
really going on. Long may Clarence's blog live and all affiliated with it. I'm
sure a follow up to this blog comment will be that Clarence wrote it. 

Spare me, I can assure you,he did not nor did his lovely wife!!!
2:52 pm edt 

Provincetown Schools

Time to close the schools. 3.5 million dollars for 110 children?
2:48 pm edt 

Time For a Change

Lets bring the Native Americans back to town and have them open a casino at
the current DPW site on Race Point Road  and keep the police station on Shank
Painter.  This would bring us lots of revenue and allow us to pave the roads and
keep both secretary's.

I really do think Vernon Porter is the friendliest and most resident friendly person
on the BOS. The current town manager Officer Lynn would need to step down and retire. 
The town should be managed by our Native American's and not the wash ashores. 
BOS, the ball is in your court!

2:46 pm edt 

Screwy Town

It will be funny if the override for paving fails at the ballot box. 
Would prove we demand things get done in town, but we aren't willing to pay for
it.  This screwy town would be even screwier.
2:44 pm edt 

Re: No Credibility

Just change the name of the blog to Clarance's Corner. Nothing gets posted
unless he wants it to. But of course, he'll tell you he has no control over what
gets posted. Ya, right. What a load of BS. I've submitted at least 6 posts that
didn't get posted, nothing rude, nothing unfactual, nothing crude. But the
common thread was that they all called out Erik on questions the voters should
know about but now won't due to the filtering Clarance et al have done to
protect their choice.

I just hope you stand behind your candidate as he falls from grace by his own
undoing.
2:42 pm edt 

David Bedard

I'm voting for David because he voted to eliminate Vernon's job.

Then he voted to restore it on the town meeting floor.

I read the cape cod times yesterday and he supports combining this position.

I'm really confused.
2:41 pm edt 

Wow!

Dave Bedard wrote $14 million in grants for the town?

oh wait, that was the employees of Provincetown.
2:39 pm edt 

In the Last 3 Years the BOS.....

-Have still not paved the streets.

-Still don't have a plan to pave the streets.

-Think that 2 1/2 over rides are sound fiscal policy.
2:37 pm edt 

David Bedard

I was reading the cape cod times the other day and I saw that Bedard
is again supporting the 14 million dollar dpw/police facility.

at town meeting, he was against it.

and before that, he voted in favor of it.

David, I want to vote for you but I need to know your position on this vital
issue.
2:35 pm edt 

David Bedard

I wish that Dave Betard would clarify for all of us on my pacc his
stance on the dpw/police station facility.

I support this desperately needed project but I won't vote for him if he does
not make it clear he supports it.
2:31 pm edt 

David Bedard

I am a non-resident property owner in Provincetown.


I spend 2 weeks a year here.

I like knowing that Dave Bedard is representing my interests on the Board of
Selectman. The rest only seemed concerned about renters and affordable housing.

I heard he voted against the Real estate transfer fee and abstained on the tax
for weekly rentals

Thank you, David  for keeping an eye on my real estate interests.

Proud to have your sign in my yard.


2:10 pm edt 

David Bedard

Why did Dave Bedard not support the rehiring of Donald "the dancing cop" Thomas?

He was such an important icon to our town and did a great job at directing
traffic.
11:54 am edt 

Two Town Managers in Town

Ann Maguire and Sharon Lynn.  Ann should also be compensated for all her hard
work!


Ann should be hired as asst. town manager....at least.

Who's with me?  I'm going to circulate a petition.
11:52 am edt 

Elaine Anderson

When are the election of chair and vice chair on the BOS?  I hope that Dave
Bedard does not vote against Elaine again.

She's the best. and a great writer too!
11:49 am edt 

Bedard Voted Against Elaine?

There is no way I can vote for Bedard now. Madame Chair Elaine is so fantastic
11:47 am edt 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Shout Out!

No wonder a large majority of people in town ignore this blog.
2:57 pm edt 

BOS Secretary and TM Secretary

It could be me but there is so much going on in this town that I find it hard to
believe there is a need to combine both positions. Their offices are located
next to each other and it's not like they have to travel any great distances to
dot their I's and cross their T's to keep the government paper work running
smoothly. If for some reason there is any slack time that is significant, then
consider adding more responsibilities to the respective one. Maybe designate one
as the Town Managers secretary and the other as the Asst Town Managers secretary
while they continue to do the work they were hired to do. There has to be enough
work to set the system up that way and if there is not, then maybe we can
consider eliminating the Asst Town Managers job as well as the BOS Secretary.
This kangeroo system reminds me of the decision to remove the custodian job at
the police station, a building that is occupied 24/7. They obviously think it
will remain clean a building that size with !
a part time custodian.
2:55 pm edt 

David Bedard

Bedard is a flip floping. Instead he is saying one thing and doing another.
2:49 pm edt 

Re: No Credibility

"I've stopped posting here!"


He posted.

Oh the sweet, sweet, irony!
2:47 pm edt 

David Bedard & Flip Flopping

Bedard will jump ship with popular opinion and then will mess things
up further with his input.When people are through jumping through hoops trying
to do what he wants, he will change his mind over and over again till he's on
the "right" side. I will vote for Erik for this reason alone. I have seen Bedard
in action. It's pitiful.
11:41 am edt 

Cape Air Confusion

Hi all, I was wondering if you could help.  Was excited about the White Plains -
Provincetown service that Cape Air is supposed to be offering.

When I went to Cape Air to Book, though, it wants me to fly Ptown - Boston -
Martha's Vinyard - NY

For a lot of money.  I'm going to try calling Cape Air but I was wondering if
anyone had any info.
11:40 am edt 

Re: David Bedard = Sharon Lynn

Re: "I don't think it's masquerading, but instead Bedard is riding on
Lynn'scoattails trying desperately to identify an accomplishment or two."


Hilarious!  You folks are comedy writers right?  You've been bashing Sharon
since the beginning of this blog, now all of a sudden you want to talk about
Selectman Bedard taking credit for her accomplishments.  OMG - must mean you are
now crediting her with accomplishing something.

Back to the real world.  No one Selectman is going to be able to do anything on
their own,  they are part of a team and only as a team will things get done.  I
doubt Yingling and his ego realize this.
11:38 am edt 

MYPACC

This blog was started by Clarence. He maintains the blog. He can do
whatever he wants to do with his blog. Go start your own blog.
All this critisizm about the porch at Enzo.  That building was a piece of crap
not long ago when it was run as the Painted Lady. The renditions of the finished
work for the porch are beautiful. Have you seen what              did to the
front of its new location? Now that's a problem.
11:31 am edt 

New Cabal?

I think it's Clarence, Marcene, Barbara Rushmore and the Yinglings.  Connect thd
dots.....all washashores.  They purport to represent the local interests, but
their views are archaic.
11:29 am edt 

Re: Clarence

How ridiculous is it  to think the Blogmaster should forfeit his
voting right to support a political candidate of his choice because he's the
blogmaster?  People  try to shut him up because he speaks the truth,but if it's
truth they don't want to know they behave like children losing at a game of
marbles .  They try trashing Clarence  and his wife!  How sad that this kind of
juvenile behavior prevails in this once intelligent beautiful town.
11:28 am edt 

Let's Get the Facts Straight.

If it were not for Miss Hudson wanting to go part time the situation with the Board
of Selectmen's Secretary would not have even surfaced. Its obvious that Sharon
want to protect her secretary and the hell with the Board of Selectmen's Secretary
- who by the way, certainly does have lots of work to do and keeps the Selectmen's
office running in good shape.

They have been trying to get rid of him for years now .. thanks to
Michelle Couture .. and the latest actions is a rebound of her input. However, I
hope they realize by the vote at town meeting that we want to keep the current
Secretary to stay. If there's problems, work them out. He's done a super job for
the past 10 years and has done a tremendous job under a lot of pressure and has
put up with alot that no other person would have. No one else has stayed that
long working for the Board of Selectmen. It is a thankless position. We've
voted.  If the Town Manager wants her own secretay - part-time or whatever
then its up to her but we want a seperation of the two offices. 

Nuf said.
11:26 am edt 

Re: Clarence

"I'll disagree with you on Clarence.  His blog has damaged this town."

Don't give this blog that much credit.  Most of us are smart enough to know it
is a tool to manipulate opinion. I have been known to write multiple postings
and represent them as coming from different people.  I'm sure I am not fooling
anyone.
11:22 am edt 

Re: Clarence

It is his blog and he can post what HE wants.  It is not (and shouldn't be)
represented as unbiased.  Every voter will have an opportunity to vote for their
candidate of choice.  This blog is an interesting place to see other's opinions,
but by no means, should we believe posters here represent the majority.  One
never knows who posted opinions expressed, how many times they post "their"
opinion and what post submitted have been suppressed.  Many of my post have
never appeared, as this one will probably also not see the light of day.
11:20 am edt 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Re: David Bedard = Sharon Lynn?

"Did anyone notice that the accomplishments posted here in defense of  Sharon
Lynn, are the same accomplishments in the Banner Ad for Bedard. Exactly the same
language....Incredible. Bedard is masquerading as Sharon Lynn now? "


I don't think it's masquerading, but instead Bedard is riding on Lynn's
coattails trying desperately to identify an accomplishment or two.

Kind of pathetic isn't it?


4:06 pm edt 

Town Manager's Communications Skills

Here is an example of our Town Manager's communications skills. The Bedard ad in
the Wellfeet section of the Banner is next to DPW's "Notice to Town" in the
Banner.

It's the same ad DPW has run since February 1, 2012 and includes critical dates
for February 2012 dates. And March dates. The last date mentioned was March 12,
2012

Come on that was months ago?

Update the ad stop paying for notices of dates gone by.


3:57 pm edt 

If You Don't Like This Blog Create Your Own

http://www.proboards.com
  but posting here complaining about the very blog you
dislike is a waste of space. I would hope the webmaster would save up all those
whining posts and publish them on April Fools Day.
3:56 pm edt 

No Credibility

Even the very few signed postings have been ignored here. Yes, it has lost its
credibility. Anything that speaks the truth about Mr. Yingling gets the bums
rush--so I've stopped posting here.
3:52 pm edt 

Bedard, Yingling & Vernon Porter

Re: "Bedard  Voted Against Lady Di?!This is pretty shocking.  Everyone
loves Vernon.  He is a major asset to the town."



You do realize that Yingling voted exactly the same position as Selectman Bedard
don't you?  And in this case I believe both of them were correct, the position
should have been moved.  There are times as a Selectman one needs to make tough
decisions.  Decisions that one makes because they know more of the facts than
does the general public, decisions that may not always be the popular decision,
but one which you believe is right.  I've never been a Selectman, but in
watching how they operate I would hope they would do what they believe is right,
not what they think will be the most popular.
2:14 pm edt 

Re: Clarence

Agree with the recent comments about Clarence. This blog has become
pretty one sided recently. Such a shame that a blog that could be an alternative
voice for the people has just become a power trip for the man running it.
12:45 pm edt 

Re: Clarence

"Whenever voters see him at the mic they move to call the question because they
don't care to hear what he and his wife have to say. And he and his wife both feel
they have to speak? What an overinflated ego the two of them have."



Sounds like a comment made by the frog and company. It is a true testament
to their concept and practice of democracy.

 
12:39 pm edt 

Re: Clarence

I'll disagree with you on Clarence.  His blog has damaged this town. 
And now his 'informed, good government' blog is being used to attempt to sway an
election.  There's a reason he seldom gets to speak at town meeting.  Whenever
voters see him at the mic they move to call the question because they don't care
to hear what he and his wife have to say.  And he and his wife both feel they
have to speak?  What an overinflated ego the two of them have.
12:26 pm edt 

Austin Knight

Who will run against Austin Knight? He's up next and voted for the Police
Station  and is responsible for the mess that is the of a sewer system that has
destroyed our roads.

And yes Sewer Board if you break it you own/fix it.
12:24 pm edt 

David Bedard = Sharon Lynn?

Did anyone notice that the accomplishments posted here in defense of  Sharon
Lynn, are the same accomplishments in the Banner Ad for Bedard. Exactly the same
language  (If you doubt it go into the "Shout Out" archives, hit "CTRL F" and
search any of ad copy from Bedard's Banner Ad. Up will pop a defense of Sharon
Lynn.) EXACT SAME LANGUAGE.

Incredible. Bedard is masquerading as Sharon Lynn now?

12:22 pm edt 

You Totally Missed the Obvious

To the person who thinks he found proof on the town website that
people here are lying:

You totally missed the obvious.  Those library minutes were posted THE DAY AFTER
someone here revealed that boards weren't posting. Until that posting, nothing
had been posted for FOUR months. The real story is that someone saw the posting
on this blog and got those minutes up there pronto.

And, yes, the TM's partner, Patsy Greene, was elected--AFTER she was
appointed--so that she could run as an incumbent. She was appointed by the
Library Board at the orders of the town manager and the appointment sailed
through the BOS.

THIS APPOINTMENT HAPPENED A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION, after a good and
qualified person had already announced his candidacy for that seat and was
actively campaigning. He did not want to run against the TM's partner, so he
withdrew for that seat and resubmitted paper's for another 3-year seat on the
same board.  Then, right on the filing deadline, the incumbent (Mick Rudd)
decided he would run for re-election after all, throwing that seat onto a
challenged race and leaving Ms Greene unopposed.

The man who was sincerely trying to get elected (Wayne Ryerson) was then
subjected to some nastiness from townies for running against the well-liked
Rudd.

And this is only part of a very nasty story.

This is absolutely Town Hall controlling elections.  And, yes, I know it's only
the library, but if they would go to that much trouble to control the Library
Board, imagine what's happening at FinCom, etc.
12:21 pm edt 

Re: Sign Removals

It's interesting that you claim my comment was not posted because it
was "non-factual."

Do you have any evidence to support the repeated claims on this blog that
Yingling signs are being stolen by Bedard supporters? Have the police
investigated the matter and concluded that the signs were, in fact, stolen by
Bedard supporters (and not by mischievous teenagers as most rational thinking
people would assume?)

If not, then I think these repeated claims that Bedard supporters are
vandalizing Yingling signs are also "non-factual" and amount to nothing more
than people assigning blame with no evidence to back it up. These posts are
meant to tarnish the image of Bedard. It's pretty clear. Yet you continue to
publish these libelous claims.

If you are going to play judge and decide what is and what isn't fact, at least
have the decency to apply the same standards to all people posting on your blog.
Fair is fair.
12:16 pm edt 

Out With the Old in With the New - the New Provinctown!!

Vernon, is the ambassador for the town hall.  He is warm, welcoming
and hugely helpful in directing people to where they should go, who they should
see and how they can get their problem solved.

He is the best public face of Town Government.  It is a damn sin too at this
point in his life/career to treat him with such disrespect.

Same thing happened at the Library when we got a new librarian, she had to
"clean house" so she could turn it into a "pretty" tourist attraction and not
something for the people of Provincetown, and staff it with cold outsiders who
know nothing of the history of the town or care.

Welcome to the new Provincetown, it's been moving in this direction for years.
11:06 am edt 

David Bedard

Apparently Bedard says one thing to some people and the opposite to other
people.

His votes seem totally random,  with little regard for the consequence
11:02 am edt 

Stop Picking on Clarence !

He does a great job and provides a wonderful forum
11:00 am edt 

Executive Secretary

The  Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen had the same combined
Executive Secretary for years.  It was the same one that was Assistant Town
Clerk,bonded to collect money in the Treasurers office,was liquor licensing
agent and wore other hats as well at the same time for far  less salary,no
computers no assistance and the phones had to be answered by the second ring. 
It was the same person that singlehandedly got the elevator in the Town Hall
against  total opposition by elected and appointed administration by being
assisted by the Attorney General until it was installedYou may not want the
Secretary  position combined now but it was that way for a long time. It was an
executive position not to be confused with assistant  to the Town Manager or
Assistant Town Manager..
8:11 am edt 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Re: Clarence

"Now we slay the messenger?"


When the messenger relays only selected messages, yes.
11:45 pm edt 

Re: Clarence

Now we slay the messenger?
11:15 pm edt 

Clarence

Your outright trashing of David Bedard on this blog is quite reprehensible. Your
use of this supposed "community" forum to trash one candidate and promote your
candidate in the upcoming election is sleazy, mean and underhanded. If this is
what you are resorting to in order to get your candidate elected, you are a very
pathetic and dishonest person. It's obvious that all of these anti Bedard posts
are from the same person and I believe that person is you. You've lost any
respect you may have had from me.
11:06 pm edt 

Re: More Bedard Votes

We could look at more of Erik's votes over his time on FinCom, but he would have
had to actually show up for the meetings to vote.
11:04 pm edt 

Dissatisfied Bedard Supporter

Thanks for not posting my response to the sign stealing issue. It's
pointless posting anything on this issue if you are a Bedard supporter. The
person whgo runs this blog (who has made his support of Yingling well known)
won't publish posts that are critical of Yingling.

This blog has become rather pathetic. It's nothing more than one person's
personal views masquerading as a community blog.


Webmaster Comment:

Your comment was not posted because it was absolutely "non-factual" (untruthful).
I say this because in fact my sign was stolen as well as the sign at the 
Mast Head. Your comment belied the facts, which are not in question.

As for personal positions regarding candidates, the record speaks for
itself. 
11:00 pm edt 

Bedard Voted Against Lady Di?!

This is pretty shocking.  Everyone loves Vernon.  He is a major asset to the
town.
10:46 pm edt 

Bedard's Ever-Shifting Positions

Bedard stance on 14 million dollar dpw/police station facility is
confusing.

Am I alone in thinking this? I'm friends with David but even I am having a
difficult time figuring out his position.
10:43 pm edt 

Bedard Voted Against Tiny's?

I eat there all the time. they are a locally owned business promoting the
localvore movement. He just lost my vote.

It might also be time to           n               to             ....
10:41 pm edt 

More Bedard Votes

-In July of 2011, Bedard voted against the Town of Provincetown Public Bike Path
Gift Fund.

-In March of 2011, Bedard was the only Selectman to vote against the real estate
transfer fee.


He is a nice guy and I attend his gym but just something to think about.


10:37 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson & Donald Thomas v David Bedard

Bedard voted against Elaine Anderson and Donald Thomas AKA The Dancing
Cop.


-May of 2011, Bedard voted against electing Elaine Anderson as the Chairman of
the Board of Selectman.

-In May of 2011, Bedard did not support the rehiring of Donald Thomas AKA "The
Dancing Cop". Donald Thomas worked for the Provincetown police department for
over 50 years.


10:36 pm edt 

Bedard Voted Against Senior Citizens and Tiny's Restaurant


-In March of 2011, Bedard voted against ATM-35 Senior Citizen Discount Taxi
Voucher Fund.

-In April of 2011, Bedard voted against an economic development permit for
Tiny's Restaurant.


10:33 pm edt 

Bedard Flip Flopping

-Bedard voted for the $14 million dollar police station/dpw facility project
before he was against it. and more recently supports it again in the most recent
Cape Cod Times Article.

       "Bedard supports construction of a new police station and public works
facility "
  -April 17, 2012 edition of the Cape Cod Times.


-Bedard supported the elimination of BOS secretary's Vernon Porters position
before he was against it.  more recently he again changed positions.

        "I feel it is the administration's fiduciary responsibility to combine
staffing positions when there is clear evidence of overlapping duties."
-April
17, 2012 edition of the cape Cod times


10:32 pm edt 

Bedard's Voting Record

1) Bedard has been a selectman for 3 years and yet the streets are still a mess.

2) Bedard abstained on the room occupancy tax on the town meeting floor. This
article could provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in desperately neede
revenue for town.  Why did he not support a measure almost unanimously supported
by town meeting?


10:28 pm edt 

Bedard Supporters Taking More Signs

I just had mine stolen and my bumper sticker removed from my car.

I hope bedard will denounce this sort of behavior. it really hurts his case and
it is theft of personal property.
10:26 pm edt 

Bedard Signs

I know of a Bedard sign on Commercial street that was removed.  A new one was
put up and firmly wired to the flower box it was attached to.  The sign was then
removed from the wire holder.

Neither side can claim the high ground on the sign issue.
10:10 pm edt 

Long Term Observations

I've read this blog for years and am shocked by how nasty people are
getting.  I understand this to be a forum for discussion of local topics, not an
opportunity for people to insult and defame others.
I checked some of the statements made as a sample.
The town manager has been criticized for her work, but having lived here before
she came, things are better.  The town was on a financial watch list with the
state for mismanaging funds, and now we're not.  That alone is cause to
compliment her work.
The buildings that need to be repaired are in a bad state because regular upkeep
wasn't done for years.  As a homeowner I know that there are just some things
that have to be done routinely to keep my property value up and to keep the
place habitable.  Roofs need to be repaired, windows replaced, etc.
The current police station isn't old, but it's so poorly built that it's no
wonder it's falling donw.
I checked on boards and their minutes.  You're right, some boards don't have up
to date minutes, but it doesn't say how often they meet.  Maybe they only meet
once or twice a year.  I checked the library minutes and they were posted as of
March 2012.  I read a couple and there's even a report from the library director
there, so I don't understand why the person talked about 'secrets.'
Also, if you look at the town annual report, Ms. Lynn's partner Patsy Green was
elected to the board in 2011 and her term ends in 2013, so she's not 'a
unelected' board member.
It surprises me that so many people complain about how the town is run, but only
1 office this year has any competition.  If you hate the way the HDC or the
FinCOm or the library is run, do something about it.
At the least, all meetings are open to the public.  Come and make constructive
comments if you have ideas on how to make things better.
Don't just sit at home and use your keyboard to insult and defame.  Provincetown
is better than this... at least I always thought so.
10:08 pm edt 

Desperate Measures

Stealing yard signs suggests Bedard's supporters have become desperate. Without
ideas, no plan, and nothing to show for 3 years of being a selectmen they have
been reduced to this?
What a shame,, David's  reputation could move from nice guy, to childish
trickster.

10:04 pm edt 

Erik at Victor's

Thanks to Victors for hosting the
get together for Erik Yingling. Your support
and hospitality is greatly appreciated.
10:03 pm edt 

Re: Unposted Minutes

"Why are there No minutes posted from the library board of trustees?Oh
yea. The town managers partner is a unelected member.  Secrets. Secrets.
Secrets,......"



I've got to start checking the minutes from every committee and board.  I need
to find out who isn't posting their minutes and is keeping secrets.  Everyone
has secrets, what are they, I need to find those secrets everyone is keeping
from me.

Oh wait, that would make me a paranoid idiot.  Well, at least i wouldn't be
alone.


9:57 pm edt 

Project Awaremess

Just as people thought that the plans for a new police station and DPW building
appeared overnight; people assumed the same about the Enzo porch.

This has been in the works for probably a year! Oh, but you saw it happening so
it just appeared last week! Just because don't know about it doesn't mean that
notices weren't sent out etc.

paper thin verbal warriors all.
9:52 pm edt 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

How Disgusting! Stealing My Sign For Erik Yingling

This is low. If I support Erik Yingling and have his sign on my property, I
don't expect the other side to steal my sing from my property. I've heard that
someone else in town had his Yingling sign stolen too. This is dirty politics
and it should be stopped.

It's surely not the Yingling support group stealing Yingling signs from their
supporters' houses.
11:24 pm edt 

Re: Yingling Signs Gone Missing

"Erik Yingling election signs are being removed surreptitiously from
properties.   Please be on the lookout!"




It's probably the same people as the ones with the secrets.  Lock your doors.
11:21 pm edt 

Re: Yingling Signs Gone Missing

If that's true about the signs being removed then that's just bad form. Seems to
me, if it is indeed true, that someone is a little worried about their current
seat.
11:17 pm edt 

Re: Yingling Signs Gone Missing

Erik Yingling election signs are being removed surreptitiously from properties.

Please be on the lookout! 
4:13 pm edt 

Re: No Minutes Posted

Why are there No minutes posted from the library board of trustees?Oh
yea. The town managers partner is a unelected member.
Secrets. Secrets. Secrets,......
11:23 am edt 

Erik at Victor's Today

Come join future Selectman Erik Yingling at Victor's today.

Got a question, get an answer?

See you today at 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
11:21 am edt 

PBG President

It's the middle of April, is the PBG president back in town or has he
resigned?  I belong to and support the PBG, but this isn't right.  If he's not
back he should be removed from the position.

PBG Board, what kind of message are you sending when the president of your
organization chooses not to live in the town you are promoting?
10:31 am edt 

FinComm Minutes

The Board purposefully withholding minutes is not elected,  although it's
leadership is posting a Bedard sign, Entries  here suggest members are using the
lack of posted minutes to distort the record.

Luckily, guidelines are clear and a recourse established.
10:28 am edt 

Re: Erik Yingling's Backbone

Re: "Erik stood up against  FinComm as well asthe Chair of the BOS when
others probably including you were screamingin opposition.  .  ."



Erik didn't stand up against the FinCom, he voted for the budget as presented to
town meeting.  You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to
your own facts.

Are you calling his childish rant at the 1st police hearing 'standing up to the
chair of the BOS'?

I find it interesting that of the other eight members of the FinCom only two
have publicly come out in favor of his candidacy.  Of the people most familiar
with his work on FinCom only two have come out in support if him.
10:21 am edt 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Re: Bedard Promoting His Re-election or His Business?

Anyone who knows Dave or regularly patronizes his business (or even says hello
to him on the street occasionally) can tell you that he almost always wears a
Provincetown Gym shirt. Always has. Nothing wrong with being proud of your
business and in a town like Provincetown, there's certainly nothing wrong with
casual attire.

To imply that Dave is trying to get free publicity for his business by wearing
one of the gym's shirts in newspaper photos regarding the election is ludicrous,
misleading and a rather pathetic personal dig.


12:24 am edt 

David Bedard

Im amazed Bedard still supports the $14 million police palace, still is flip
flopping on the the secretary to the board, and has done nothing to pave the
roads?
12:23 am edt 

Posting of Board Minutes

I challenge all elected town boards to catch up with posting the
minutes on the town website as soon as possible before election day.

I would hate for anyone to get the impression that boards are purposely holding
back information that might portray anyone on the ballot in a bad light.

Minutes are public. Please post them. That's how many voters make their
decisions.
6:50 pm edt 

Erik Yingling's Backbone

"So does Erik have his own opinions or does he just follow what the loudest
people are saying? Eriks positions are consistent with maybe 100 out of 2,800
registered voters. Frankly I'd rather see a backbone from him."


What a specious comment! Erik stood up against  FinComm as well as
the Chair of the BOS when others probably including you were screaming
in opposition.


6:32 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

"I believe Erik reflected  the voice of Town Meeting even though it
meant he reversed his FinCom vote."


An that's a strong candidate for BOS?  Not in my book.  He had an opinion then
flip flopped as soon as he realized it was unpopular.
6:29 pm edt 

Re: For the Last 3 Years...

Bedard has been a selectman but the streets are still not paved.
6:26 pm edt 

Re: Another Bedard Flip Flop on Vernon's Job

Ok ok, let me see if I can get this straight.

1) Bedard votes to eliminate Vernon's job in committee

2) Bedard realizes voters are against this. bedard quickly changes course and
amends budget on town floor.

Cape cod times just yesterday:

"feel it is the administration's fiduciary responsibility to combine staffing
positions when there is clear evidence of overlapping duties."

I definitely am not pleased about Eric's attendance record on fin com but Bedard
seems to change his mind every week on where he stands.

and then later on in the article he says he still wants to move forward with the
14 million dollar project after voting for it and then against it!?

"Bedard supports construction of a new police station and public works facility"

6:24 pm edt 

Re: Bedard Promoting His Re-election or His Business?

Anyone else notice that Bedard is always wearing his Provincetown Gym sweatshirt
in newspaper photos?

I go to his gym but I don't like when people use their public positions to
promote their business.

Yingling needs to answer for his attendance record but Bedard needs to take off
that sweatshirt when he is running for office or acting as selectman.

Also, why is Bedard taking credit for all the grants that town staff wrote?

And yes, it is strange that his ad in the provincetown banner is in the
wellfleet section.
6:22 pm edt 

Erik Yingling's Backbone

"Yingling's remarks were consistent with Town Hall Voter positions
supporting review of the building designs by the Building Committee as well as
the separation of the secretarial positions."



So does Erik have his own opinions or does he just follow what the loudest
people are saying?  Eriks positions are consistent with maybe 100 out of 2,800
registered voters.  Frankly I'd rather see a backbone from him.
6:19 pm edt 

Re: Bedard Flip Flopping

I'm not so wild about this Yingling kid but at least he is consistent in his
voting.

Bedard intially supported the 14 million dollar dpw/police station project. then
he voted to indefinitely postpone it.

I open up the CC times yesterday and now he is saying he is for it again. Am I
alone and being completely confused on his position?

This guy changes stances like t-shirts...

Webmaster Comment:
At the age of 30 years one is not considered a kid. At what age does one become
a man?

6:17 pm edt 

Re: Bedard Running in Provincetown or Wellfleet?

Why is Bedard advertising in the wellfleet section of the Provincetown Banner?
is he running for selectman of Provincetown or Wellfleet? or both?

A weird pattern is emerging. first, all of his signs are on properties without
residents in them (read:non-residents). and now he is campaigning for Wellfleet?

if he is running in two locations; someone should speak with the MA state
secretary. or the ethics commission.
6:11 pm edt 

Bedard Ineffectual

The problem in provincetown isn't the secretary, it's the inability to manage
the town, it's building and roads.

The Secretary issue was covered in town meeting. Actually town meeting covered
it twice.

I believe Erik reflected  the voice of Town Meeting even though it meant he
reversed his FinCom vote.

Too bad  BEDARD just sat their at Town Meeting and said nothin on the issue? To
be effective he would have had to speak up.

This is just another example of why Bedard isn't effective .
6:08 pm edt 

Pertaining to HDC Meeting Today

Public comments are allowed at 3:30. Got to the HDC meeting about 7 minutes late
and there was NO one there to speak regarding Enzo's porch calamity.
I am truly sorry to see it extended out as far it is going. Really should not
have been allowed out as far as it is, unfortunately one of those Ptown mishaps.
6:04 pm edt 

3 Years Too Long

Earth to Town Hall, drive west on Bradford and make any right turn. Those
streets are in terrible shape. While I appreciate you live on Commercial Street
on the water  most of us don't and while you call Bradford outer space, we call
it home.We need a plan, Bedard has been around 3 years and things have gotten
worse.
6:02 pm edt 

ClarenceforErik.com!

Clarence, why aren't you posting Erik's voting record I sent??? Come
on, this site should be renamed ClarenceforErik.com! Please be evenhanded you
lose all respect for this site!
6:00 pm edt 

Bedard v Yingling


Correction: Voting record omitted for P'town candidate

Because of an editing error, a story on Page A3 of Tuesday's Times contained incomplete information about Erik Yingling, a candidate for selectman in the May 1 Provincetown election. Yingling attended local public schools and has voted in four out of the nine most recent annual and special town elections, town records show.

DO WE REALLY WANT ERIK FOR SELECTMAN WHO HAS ONLY A 44% VOTING RECORD? BETWEEN
THIS AND A POOR ATTENDANCE RECORD ON FINCOM, HE IS UNSUITABLE TO BE SELECTMAN
.

5:35 pm edt 

Bedard's Cape Cod Times Statement In Opposition With the Will of the People!

My take on Bedard's answers to the questions regarding building the
new police station and DPW building and the separation of Selectmen and Town Manager
secretarial staff was at odds with what he said at the annual town meeting and at
the most recent Board of Selectman's meeting. He states in the Cape Cod Times he is for combining the secretarial positions and for going forward in the fall with the authorization of
funding the building designs with $650,00, which does not allow anougth time for the yet to be established Building Committee to develop a detailed review.

He has completely reversed himself and appears rather duplicitous.

Yingling's remarks were consistent with Town Hall Voter positions supporting review of the building
designs by the Building Committee as well as the separation of the secretarial positions.
5:30 pm edt 

Bedard/Yingling

From the CCTimes, each candidate was asked one question "Stance on the number of
administrative assistants or secretaries needed to support the board of
selectmen and the town manager:"

Bedard " feel it is the administration's fiduciary responsibility to combine
staffing positions when there is clear evidence of overlapping duties. Even
though there are many other towns that have shared administrative assistants
between the board of selectmen and their town managers and some of those are
part time, the voters let us know that is not what they want to see in
Provincetown. We need to now move forward by reviewing the job descriptions and
ultimately decide, as a board, whether the jobs warrant a 40-hour workweek and
what clerical duties can be shared while maintaining the will of the voters."

Yingling "I believe the board of selectmen and the town manager should each have
their own secretary."

One of them gave a thoughtful well reasoned response and the other did nothing. 
I'm Voting for Bedard.
4:53 pm edt 

Enzo's

I don't understand what all the fuss is about.  Those beautiful-old-Victorian
homes were ruined decades ago when they built stores in front of them.
3:11 pm edt 

Default Looming the Pattern is Predictable


Dear Web Master

It would be a great service if you would publish the attached article. 

Thank you
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/usa-defaults-outlook-idUKL1E8EN2V520120417


2:00 pm edt 

Re: Pave the Streets Now!

"And yes the roads have been getting worse year after year, andyes  I'm
surprised how fast they are crumbling."


Outer Space to Earth - did ya happen to notice they just ripped up Commercial
street to replace the water main?


12:46 pm edt 

Re: Pave the Streets Now!

The plan for the plan to pave the streets was first promised for last fall, now
its promised for june or july.....

The bike ride suggested the roads are much worse than last year, And yes the
roads have been getting worse year after year, andyes  I'm surprised how fast
they are crumbling.
11:39 am edt 

Who do You Think You Represent?

Interesting to read here that Bedard believes he represents property
owners not voters. Perhaps that's why Bedard has been so ineffective?

Just so you know David, Massachusetts abandoned property owner requirements for
voting in the mid 1800s.  The Tea Party is calling for it's return but  until
they get that approved, you represent voters, renters and homeowners alike.


10:36 am edt 

Re: Pave the Streets Now!

"Riding my bike yesterday, I discovered the streets are even worse than
I thought.  Pave the streets NOW. We need a plan not the promise of one.

Vote Yingling"


This is a perfect example of why I'm NOT voting for Yingling.  He doesn't think
things through and apparently neither do you.  In 2011 he didn't bother to
attend half the FinCom meetings, the same FinCom experiences he now claims as
the experience he will use as a member of the Selectmen.  Then in 2012 when he
decides he wants to be a Selectman he starts showing up for meetings.  Sorry,
being a Selectman is a little more important than that, maybe I'd vote for him
if it were a popularity contest and he was running for student council
president, but not for Selectman.

You rode your bike yesterday and discovered the streets for the first time? 
Just as Yingling didn't bother paying attention in 2011 you haven't been paying
attention either.  It's been mentioned a number of times that a plan will be
available by June 30th.


10:28 am edt 

Re: Bedard Yardsigns

Re:  "Bedard Signs on vacation rental property and "someone has to pay
for these so-called renovations, improvements and new projects. Guess who town
voters??  You and you and you."



There is such a fundamental flaw in your logic here - town voters ARE NOT
a majority by a long shot of those who are paying the bills, it is the
non-resident homeowners who are bearing the brunt of this lunacy. 

So when you're trying to assign "blame" - put it on the renters in this town who feel
they are the entitled solely by their presence here.  I understand they are the
backbone of much of the infrastructure, but to make any assumptions they are the
one's paying is for the town's poor decisions is wrong.  How do we fix this? 

First, follow the Wellfleet model where there is an association of non-resident
owners and the town debriefs on capital spend decisions. 

Second, at least insist that the people working in this town live in it - it was incredible
during the ATM when they exception list of whom could speak was introduced -
these are town leaders and they should live here and not in other towns that
benefit from their tax dollars.
9:27 am edt 

HDC Meeting

Thanks for the notice of HDC meeting at3:30 today.
Please, all that are concerned and upset about Enzo's
attend the meeting today and make a voice.
I'll be there with questions and concerns.
9:23 am edt 

Pave the Streets Now!

Riding my bike yesterday, I discovered the streets are even worse than I
thought.  Pave the streets NOW. We need a plan not the promise of one.

Vote Yingling
9:21 am edt 

Enzo's

You are 100% right that I misspelled disgusting and I realized it as soon as I
hit the submit button. After seeing the pictures I must admit that if the
porches were cut in half so as not to hide the total front of the beautiful old
home I would find that acceptable.
9:18 am edt 

The Pics of Enzo Don't Look That Bad

But:

1)We've lost the Empire look of the building or what we can see of it and

2) When you see it in person the proportions are ridiculously overpowering.

They had seating on the original deck and the patio so I assume they will
probably glass it in  within a couple of years.
9:09 am edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

"So vote no on the paving money, but don't come crying about the
streets"

"So vote no on the school building repairs, but don't come crying when the school
committee comes to us in ten or twenty years and says they need a new school
building because we didn't maintain what we have."



Above are a couple of lines from a previous poster.  Decide what you feel is
right when reviewing the individual override requests on the budget, but a
blanket 'vote no on all overrides' is an idiotic statement.  It's similar to
past town meeting votes that deferred all building maintenance so they could
have a lower tax rate.  We're paying now for their lack of responsibility then.
9:05 am edt 

Re: HDC

Did anyone watch the hard time HDC gave to Dr. Marc Shifman about replacing his
windows with like-kind windows?   How does Enzo bastardize an historic facade on
Commercial St and the Bradford St office/residence can't replace like-kind
windows?  Somethings fishy in Ptown!
9:01 am edt 

Forget the Fall

I am frankly tired of fall special town meetings. We hardly need two or
sometimes three town meetings.

Get the work done at one town meeting. this is always the place that the town
does its dirty work. it packs so many poorly suported items at this meeting.

No more.  enough is enough. We've been there and---we said NO.
9:00 am edt 

Re: HDC

Today on Facebook I saw one of the HDC members defending their Enzo
decision by lamenting that they have a difficult and thankless job and
explaining that it is, after all, a volunteer position.

If you think there's anything historically accurate about the enormous porch
obscuring the entire front of the once beautiful building, perhaps you aren't
really qualified to serve on a historic board. Volunteer or not, one would think
that some knowledge of historic buildings and aesthetics would be a prerequisite
for those joining the board.

Apparently all that is required is a desire to dictate what your neighbors can
and cannot do to their homes (and those decisions evidently can vary from person
to person.)
8:16 am edt 

Re: Bedard Yardsigns

Anyone else notice his signs are mostly in the yards of vacation rentals?

Is he representing rental property owners or Provincetown voters?
8:14 am edt 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Re: Enzo's

I think it is disgusting that the Provincetown schools produce citizens that
misspell the word "discusting"!!!
4:24 pm edt 

HDC-Enzo's

What ugly renditions of what was a beautiful building! How could the
HDC approve a porch that that size????

I have no respect for all HDC members!
12:25 pm edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

Each of the overrides may have merit.And each passed town meeting.  However,
until someone figures out how to pave the streets, I think we need to put the
breaks on. As you note, the current plan is spend more on VMES renovations, than
on paving the roads. Really?

They can all be re introduced at the fall town meeting.


9:25 am edt 

Enzo's

I really don't get why they would allow them to obstruct that beautiful old
facade.  There was an old picture of Enzo also posted on Facebook.  This new
deck is at least twice as deep and completely messes with the proportions of the
building.  I get that HDC doesn't want to stand in the way of businesses in town
doing well, but couldn't they have dialed that deck back a bit?

RIP pretty building.  Maybe someone will come along some day and restore you.
9:23 am edt 

Historic District Commission-Meeting

TO ALL that are concerned or wish to state your opinions to historic board re:
any approved projects they have PUBLIC STATEMENTS during their work session at
3:30 PM this Wednesday i.e. tomorrow in Town Hall. You can state your case and
let them know your concerns in televised/taped meeting for all to hear and see!!
9:21 am edt 

Re: Policing

SO.. WHAT DOES THE OFFICER TELL YOU IS THE REASON FOR THE STOP?  3 TIMES? 
SOMETHING OBVIOUSLY WRONG!
9:19 am edt 

Facebook-Views of Enzo's


Side View

enzo porch side view drawing

Front View


Enzoporch2.jpg
9:08 am edt 

Enzo's

The kindest word that I can think of is discusting!!!!!!
8:20 am edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

Capital improvements do Not need to be overrides if you have the money
to pay for them which we do not.  But, vehicle replacements do need to be
capital items, they can't be a part of the operating budget.

So vote no on all overrides?  Including paving?  That's nuts.
8:19 am edt 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Vote "No" on Overrides

Whoever is posting that capital improvements must be overrides is
wrong. As was noted at Town Meeting many capital projects are paid for without
overrides. Only the popular apple pie items  are put on the ballot for tax
increases.

Vote NO on all overrides until the fall when we have a price for the police, DPW
and paving the roads.
9:41 pm edt 

Over Policing Part 2

He does not care if you are being stopped and want to call them traps. Even
though I disagree myself with calling them traps, it seems like the focus on his
policy that each officer stop 4 cars has been forgotten. So I say forget calling
them traps and remember instead when he comes back to town hall floor in the
fall for his police station that is when you can thank him by voting no. Simple
as that, works for me.
9:40 pm edt 

HDC-Enzo's

I know that at least one prominent HDC member hangs out frequently
with the "A list" crowd that hovers around Enzo in the summer. Of course he
would vote in favor of a new deck, now he and his fancy friends can schmooze in
luxury all summer long.
9:37 pm edt 

Proposition 2 1/2 Overrides

"Many should not be asked for as a prop 2 1/2 override that effects us
forever."



Correction and I only know this because I asked about it.  The 2 1/2 override as
a debt exclusion last until the debt is paid off.  For some that's pretty quick
like 5 yrs for vehicles, buildings 20 or 30 yrs.  But if we approve $200k for
DPW vehicles, it's over 5 yrs and when the debt is paid off the 2 1/2 override
goes away.
9:33 pm edt 

Capital Equipment v Overrides

I agree with a former post that gave reasons to vote for them. I just
get really mad that these important issues are not budgeted for. Many should not
be asked for as a prop 2 1/2 override that effects us forever.
5:20 pm edt 

Vehicals are Capital Investments

Any person of reasonable intelligence knows that you have to
periodically replace highway, fire and other municipal vehicles.


Any person of intelligence would also know to read the charter which states
vehicles got to be included in capital plan.  Ok, I didn't really know that
until it was said on floor at town meeting.  Don't like it?  Change it, but
don't blame people for following the town charter.
5:18 pm edt 

Someone Has to Pay For All of These Mega Projects
 
someone has to foot the bill. But too many voters live in a fantasy world--with
the town manager--who believe we can have it all--and no has to pay or sacrifice
for these projects.

someone has to pay for these so-called renovations, improvements and new
projects. Guess who town voters??

You and you and you. Didn't YOU see this coming? Give away land to developers,
give away land to Seashore point, give away buidlings for $800,000 to Coastal
Studies--where we could be putting our "$14 million" police and DPW project.
didn't anyone see this coming?
5:16 pm edt 

Town Mismanager

I think someone was suggesting theat We have only an Assitant Town
manger

We have David Gardner. He is the man. He is the one who knows what is happening
and who gets things done. Sharon is befuddled, even with guidance from her
kitchen cabinet.

We havae one and half chief of police in that Sharon says yes to anything that
Jeff wants and even promises more.

Bad direction from someone who is supposedly town manager.
5:13 pm edt 

Re: Overrides

Override votes are required where tax increases would exceed 2%. With consumer
price index going up over 3% annually and muni inflation running more like 7%
due to energy and healthcare costs overrides would be needed even if we just ran
in place. It isn't poor planning it is the inexorable math of inflation. The
other alternative is to strip out 5% of costs each year and buy no new equipment
or do any major maintenance.  In ten years we'd then have no town government.
Me, I'd rather join the poster who said we need to pay costs as we go along so,
like the vast majority of voters, I'll vote for overrides.

5:11 pm edt 

Over Policing
 
If the chief things he is gaining good will by this over policing?
Let's start posting where the traps are.
My list of where I have been pulled over 3 times within this last month. Nothing
wrong with my car. Harry Kemp, shank painter, Bradford.
5:09 pm edt 

Re: Enzo's - HDC

I would agree that the front porch extension on Enzo's looks
atrocious. It totally removes any historic relevance that the house originally
had.
Historic Commission credibility is very questionable.
5:08 pm edt 

Re: Enzo's Canopy Project:

The HDC members that approved that project need to step down as well as the building commissioner.  The now called Enzo  building never had a canopied porch on it as far
back as 200 years unless someone superimposed it on some old photos.
The Matheson/Millers lived there for years.  Just because someone said that doesn;t make it so. 

The house next door used to have fish bait.lobster,and yard full of lobster pots too,
so lets allow that again also!

Think about                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                         

If all the HDC members didn't approve Enzo then they get a reprieve.  The rest
should  be out the door ipsopronto!!
12:39 pm edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

Enough blaming a past adminstration for the lack of a plan today.

The previous board of selectmen kept the Town Manager too long.that was a
mistake.
  The current town manager now has been here long enough to be accountable for
both the good and the bad in town government.

I'll vote no on the overrides until we get the roads paved
12:33 pm edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

The reason to vote no on all over rides isn't because of one rogue board but
instead we just don't have a plan.

The paving of the streets have to be the first priority, lets see that number in
July and the develop priorities of what we can afford.

Until then, vote no on all overrides, Fall will come soon enough
12:29 pm edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

The number of overrides requested is a testament to poor planning and
leadership. Please vote "NO" on the overrides and send a message to town hall.


The  poor planning and leadership you want to blame is actually following the
town charter.  Check out chapter 9.

So vote no on the paving money, but don't come crying about the streets.

So vote no on the school building repairs, but don't come crying when the school
committee comes to us in ten or twenty years and says they need a new school
building because we didn't maintain what we have.

So vote no on the emergency shelter stuff and tell the gov't we don't want to
spend the $100k to get the $300k grant.  But, don't come crying when the warm
Atlantic waters send more severe weather our way and we have no safe shelter.

So vote no on the street drains, but don't come crying when the water quality in
the bay gets bad.

I can't remember what else we'll be voting on, but I'm not seeing the poor
planning, just a town that needs to maintain it's infrastructure.
12:27 pm edt 

Point of Clarification-Enzo's


HDC has no control over the colors of buildings. It is not in their purview.

Read the Charter to understand what it is that they do have a say over.

Be informed

10:40 am edt 

Re: Enzo's

I agree that citizen input is only one factor in a regulatory board decision. I
disagree that it has no effect. Twice this winter a regulatory board rejected an
application and that rejection was strongly influenced by neighbors opposition
both in person and in writing. I'm not even saying that this HDC was wrong, and
the poster about commercial buildings has a good point. I am saying some posters
who couldn't be bothered to familiarize themselves with the facts ahead of time
and get some input in are uselessly crying over spilled milk which is so often
the case on here.

10:36 am edt 

Overrides

For years this town ignored the maintenance on our buildings and it's now time
to pay the piper.  Those who have lived here many years paid lower taxes because
they weren't willing to keep up the buildings and now they complain because
their taxes are going up?  Had the town been run properly over the years and
upkeep performed we wouldn't have the issues we now see.

I blame past administrations who refused to pay for the maintenance of our
buildings over the years and the residents who allowed it to happen.  How can
people complain now when they created this mess?  Do you want to wait a few more
years so you can dump it all on your grandchildren?
10:34 am edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides
 
Why do we have overrides for routine capitol expenditures? Any person of
reasonable intelligence knows that you have to periodically replace highway,
fire and other municipal vehicles. These things should be part of a planned
replacement program and should be covered by free cash and stabilization funds. 

The number of overrides requested is a testament to poor planning and
leadership. Please vote "NO" on the overrides and send a message to town hall.  Our
pocketbooks are being picked clean with no thought or planning, just spend and
tax spend and tax. THe buck has to stop some where.!!

10:32 am edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

High Taxes and town Hall Renovation

Just take a look at your taxes for 2012. for those
who applauded the $9 million
plus for town hall "renovation" now you are paying for it. Instead of a $3 or $4
million project, we allowed Sharon and her team to go all the way. there were no
stops, no saying "no" to anything. and so there you see it and there you will
pay for it.

Now wait for next year, when you'll see increase taxes for the library and for
the sewer and the streets and sidewalks.

Can you imagine what the taxes will be when the $14 million police and dpw
project is voted on?

think of this when you walk into the voting booth and vote on overrides.
Overrides are just higher taxes on us all.

There are consequences to our votes and to the many over-priced and over-the-top
projects that this town agress to.
Now you have it--and now, for your own money, now you don't!
10:12 am edt 

Re: Vote "No" on Overrides

Voting against all overrides because of one rogue board, the HDC? That
is a good way to participate in democracy at the polls in a couple of weeks?

Why don't you get on the HDC and effect change positively?
10:09 am edt 

Re: "What do You Think Gardner's Job is?"

David Gardner is Assistant Town Manager, he is a former city planner.
Provincetown has no such position which is why in part why we spend more money
and get less done than other towns.

Sharon Lynn is the Town Manager. She is a former police chief. Would the poster
suggest that Provincetown has 2 chiefs of police?
10:05 am edt 

Summary of Yingling v Bedard

Pro-Bedard: Nice guy who works hard. Supports Town Manager.
Anti- Bedard: Ineffective, no notable accomplishments.
Silliest Post:  Dogs endorse Bedard.

Pro-Yingling. New ideas, Passionate. Planning ahead is important. We need to
develop priorities.
Anti-Yingling. Unseasoned, not part of the winning Lynn team, Bergman clone.
Silliest post: He should wait his turn and challenge Santos for Townie seat on
the BOS.
10:03 am edt 

Enzo's

It is irrelevant how many townspeople attended or wrote letters in favor or
against. Those public or written statementsd do not ultimately decide the votes
of members of any regulatory board. It is only ONE aspect of the deliberations
not the entire deliberation. It is obvious to all this decision is "suspect" at
best!!!
10:00 am edt 

Re: HDC - Enzo's

Perhaps Someone Should Consider that Enzo's is Not a Private Home

It is a business and a structure that was altered through the many iterations of
this building. It is not an untarnished, unaltered structure. I remember when it
was The Painted Lady, then Franco's, then Ester's, then some other restaurant,
then Enzo's.

Businesses and commercial structures are granted greater leeway. The structures
must work for them to have a successful business. Private homes do not.
9:56 am edt 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Re: Police Postings

"Why are there so many postings?"


Silence may be golden, but when the truth is revealed, someone who never wears a
hat will be looking for one....


7:57 pm edt 

Nice Approval HDC!

The dormers are now obscured by the deck! Nice approval HDC! Really,
the uneven treatment of those in the historic district is appalling!

From one who is in the historic distric and couldn't even get a window changed!
6:21 pm edt 

Vote "No" on Overrides!

The Enzo decision from HDC is symptomatic of a  Town government that
has lost all credibility.
I think we have more than enough examples of Town Hall behaving badly..
Vote May 1 against all overrides
6:19 pm edt 

Re: HDC

Did any one of the gripers on here about the Enzo porch bother to read the paper
where every board meeting agenda is posted multiple times, go see the
application and even take 5 minutes to write an email in opposition? NO,
obviously not since there wasn't a single opposition email or letter or speaker.

Now you want to Monday morning quarterback the decision. Get off your rumps and
get your opinion in ahead of time not after the fact. To complain now having
done nothing to prevent this approval is just ridiculous. Because you don't like
one decision out of thousands your answer is "disband the board." That's even
dumber. I don't like some of the decision town meeting takes, let's disband town
meeting.
6:17 pm edt 

Dear HDC

Just read the hearing for your decision on the Enzo
Deck. I don't see any valid reasons you let this go thru.
A neighbor saying that it will match his porch is not a reason to
Alter the main facade of a historic house.
This is another example of a group of people applying different
Standards for different citizens.the cost being,lose of our
Historic houses and disillusioned citizens.
The hdc has no bite to it and at this point maybe should be
Disbanded, they continue to make arbitrary decisions on matters
That effect us all. The uniqueness of ptown has been lost to the
New money in town. How sad mr dowd you let this happen.

2:47 pm edt 

HDC Decision for Enzo

Unacceptable!!  This alteration has completely obscured the historic front
exterior of the building.  How can this happen when HDC routinely doesn't allow
the simplest like-kind replacements of windows, etc, but they allow this
significant alteration.  It makes absolultely zero sense.  They are completely
inconsistent and should step down.
2:45 pm edt 

Re: Enzo Property

Historic District Commission Minutes 01-04-12
Members Present: Polly Burnell, John Dowd, Marcene Marcoux, and Carol Neal. 
Alternate Present: Benji Fox

Case# FY12-28
Application by Jennifer White on behalf of John Yingling for a Certificate to be
issued in accordance with the Provincetown Historic District Commission
established under the General By-Laws, Chapter 15 of the Town of Provincetown.
The applicant seeks approval to remove the existing front deck and construct a
new covered porch at the property located at 186 Commercial Street,
Provincetown, MA.

John Yingling had positive letters from abutters and was accompanied by Jennifer
White. The designer of the project was also in attendance.

The hearing was then opened up to the public and Scott Powell, an abutter from
Court Street, spoke in favor of the project saying that the porch is very
similar to the porch he has on his house.  A few more letters were read  one
commenting about the architectural integrity of
the design  another from Russ Braun in approval  and finally one from Terese
Nelson, also in approval.
The public portion of the meeting was then closed. Polly Burnell had a
reservation regarding the size of the new deck which is twice the size of the
original feature.
Their guideline says to encourage businesses but John Dowd thought that the
elevation might obscure the dormers? The discussion continued with everyones
opinion being stated.

The designer had computer generated drawings which supposedly showed what the
finished project would look like. After the discussion the following motion was
made:

Motion: Move to accept the proposal with the following alterations that the side
elevation of the porch have 4 posts as opposed to 2 and that the projection of
the roofline be changed. The soffit would be increased and the posts changed
from square posts to turned posts. The vertical screening of the skirt under the
lower level of the porch extend to the ground. The guidelines for
this can be found in #2, #9D, #15, and #10 and that the posts turn to the
Victorian style instead of square posts. The revised set of plans must be
submitted to the Building Department PRIOR to filing with the Town Clerk.

There is also a waiver of the time constraints.
Motion: John Dowd Seconded: Benji Fox   Vote: 5-0-0.


1:28 pm edt 

Re: Erik Success'

"1. Erik pushed for the reconsideration of the New Police Station/DPW
facilities
2. Fought to Deny of the Combining of the BOS and TM Secretary positions
3. Pushed back against the implementation of the proposed Neon Light Article"

I'll give you #1, Erik pushed against it and along with his grandmother both
think it should be rebuilt in the same location.  What their educational
background is that would make them more qualified than architects to decide that
is beyond me.  Mine certainly wouldn't give me the background to make that
decision, difference is that I know I'm not qualified to make that decision.

#2 - Having watched the FinCom meetings Erik did NOT fight to deny combining
those positions.  I don't recall any votes against the budgets, but minutes
aren't listed so I can't confirm.  I do remember the FinCom report at town
meeting and the division budget was recommended unanimously by FinCom.

#3 - Never heard anything from him that would lead me to believe he was against
it.  In fact the article was written by the planning board whose chair is the
                                                                                             .  Never heard a
word from Erik that he was against it.
11:33 am edt 

Re: The Non-Historic District Commission


It's a sad state of affairs when our Historic District Commission gives
homeowners so much grief over a front door or Hardy Board but allows a beautiful
Second French Empire building be so utterly bastardized!!!  I have totally lost
any respect I have had for this group.

Daily Reader
11:29 am edt 

Dear HDC

Please explain your decision on Enzo's restaurant???
Maybe there's something people are missing!!!

10:08 am edt 

Individual Endorsements-Erik Yingling

"In other words, these are people endorsing his campaign as
individuals.  Does that make sense or should I look up the meaning of individual
for you?"



Let me break it down for you.  As an individual one may endorse and do whatever
one chooses to do.  As a committee member one is restricted by the laws of
Massachusetts.  I may endorse anyone as an individual, I may not use my position
on a committee to endorse a candidate.  In listing the committee affiliation of
appointed individuals endorsing him he has crossed the line.


9:52 am edt 

David Bedard v Erik Yingling


A review of Bedard's shifting positions reminds one of Mitt Romney's ever changing
etch-a-sketch positions.

Erik is not afraid to present ideas, which may not be initially popular and is willing
to defend them, without first testing the winds of popularism.

9:45 am edt 

Erik Success'
 
1. Erik pushed for the reconsideration of the New Police Station/DPW facilities

2. Fought to Deny of the Combining of the BOS and TM Secretary positions

3. Pushed back against the implementation of the proposed Neon Light Article 

David Bedard initially supported all these proposals. It does appear that Yingling
has been ahead of the curve compared to the BOS and in particular Bedard.
9:34 am edt 

Erik in the Papers

What a joke! Makes it sound like he was the reason the police/dpw was put off to
a later date. Like he was the one that rallied the troops to postpone the issue.
Gimme a break!
And hire a town planner? What do you think Gardners job is??? And how about the
local comprehensive plan other wise known as the master plan for the town??? If
the planning board isn't looking to the comprehensive plan to create new bylaws
and give the town direction, that's where Erik should focus his attention, on a
board that has nothing to do with the selectmen.
Keeping money in a local bank would be a great idea provided the local bank
gives the town the highest interest rate which isn't the case and hasn't been
for years, check the numbers with the clerk.

It's hard to believe Erik wants to be a selectman and doesn't know these facts
ahead of time. The question I have is why doesn't he?

Answer; becuase he's not readuy for the job!!
9:26 am edt 

Re: Town Manager is Not Our Punching Bag

Well said Michael!
9:15 am edt 

To: "Town Manager Doesn't Only Get Her Weekly Check"--

Yes, and this was approved at Town Meeting. Where were you?

9:12 am edt 

Re: Police Postings

"Why are there so many postings?"


Probably because people have had enough of the charade....


9:11 am edt 

To: Erik

Do you really believe a blog has journalistic integrity?

It's right up there with Facebook. Who fact checks?

Your naiveté is showing...


9:09 am edt 

I Don't See This Town Run Well

I'd like to see a change in this odd BOS. They seem to lack guts, ideas, and
vision. How can five people work so poorly together that nothing can get done
through them. something's gone awry here.

It's as if someone has each of their tongues. Why are they placid and silent on
the key issue facing this town?


9:07 am edt 

Eric Says:

"In the future, I would appreciate some sort of fact-checking similar to an
"Editor's Note" in a newspaper.  Accusations (even if completely inaccurate) can
be quite detrimental if they are not corrected.

I hope this will be considered in the future."


I say:

This small point just really shows how out of touch with reality Eric is.
9:06 am edt 

Green Town Historic District Amendments

Is it possible to do a petitioned article to remove the authority of historic:

1) to review or reject like sized for like sized windows when the new windows
are energy efficient

2) to review or reject or replace exterior doors when the new doors improve
energy efficiency or security


Anyone know how to do this? I'd like to propose this at the Police Station Town
Meeting.
9:04 am edt 

Elaine Anderson Officially Endorses Bedard

One of the least effective, rude, arrogant, poorly prepared, Chairman of the
Board of Selectmen in decades has endorsed David Berdard. Birds of feather flock
together.

Anderson and Bedard rocked at Town Meeting and the police station forums! Let's
not go back to the that disaster!

Pave the roads, VOTE YINGLING!. Fix town buildings. VOTE YINGLING! End crisis
mismanagement. VOTE YINGLING!


9:02 am edt 

Town Manager is Not Our Punching Bag

Talk about a breath of fresh air-out Town Manager has opened not only the
windows but the doors and sliders of this town and made truly positive changes.

Look at the accomplishments: We are selling buildings that have outgrown their
use. We have consolidated the schools, we have expanded the number of households
and businesses connected to the sewer, we have a AA rating from the Department
of Revenue, we have received millions from the governemnt to fund our
infrastructure projects and we have taken steps towards the hopeful goal of
building a new DPW and police station.

All of this under the auspisces of our town manager. How can someone running to
be a selectmen run on "shaking things up" when changes are going on and things
have been shaken up?

We owe a debt of gratitude to our hard working town manager and our board of
selectmen instead of the slings and arrows
directed at them and using the manager as a punching bag in so many comments
here, we should be thankful we have Sharon Lynn and we should appreciate the
hard work that she does on our behalf
Michael Rogovsky
8:53 am edt 

Facing Reality - State of Denial

"Are you guys nuts? It's the town that is fed up and wants change.
You are so out of touch. You do what you do based on your own small ithen
cabinet.

People are fed up. that's
what is happening. Not the fantasies of your own
paranoic thinking."


People are so dang fed up they passed EVERY article at town meeting.  Wow, did
we tell them!!!!!!!!!

I'm just wondering if there is any chance that MYPACC may not reflect the views
of the town.
8:46 am edt 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Re: David Bedard

All the noise here, Bedard still has nothing to show for his term on the Board
of Selectmen. He does not deserve re-election.

Town roads are a disgrace and approaching impassable except in a SUV. Surely
not on a bike. The Town buildings are in disrepair. Again.

Finances are out of control with no priorities or plans in place beyond the next
town meeting. Again.
12:07 am edt 

Re: David Bedard

I don't see that Bedard is being thrashed here

I do see many people asking questions. and if some believe Bedard has not done
enough, that is not thrashing but honest reponse to one man's position the BOS.
12:04 am edt 

Re: David Bedard

Good that Bedard is Prepared

But---what about action? He lacks the ability to take tough stands. He may be
prepared but if he is like clarence thomas who refuses to open his mouth on the
supreme Court, why have him htere.  Being prepared is not good enough.
11:52 pm edt 

Town Manager Doesn't Only Get Her Weekly Check--

She gets her weekly raise.

Every year, another pay increase. Why? many towns when facing economic issues
slow done and refuse to give everyone who is breathing a raise.

Time this town takes such action. Time the taxpayers top paying more and more
raises for Sharon and Jeff and others to get more and more money.

When is enough enough?
11:50 pm edt 

Re: Dear Webmaster,

"In the future, I would appreciate some sort of fact-checking similar
to an "Editor's Note" in a newspaper.  Accusations (even if completely
inaccurate) can be quite detrimental if they are not corrected."


Really Eric? Have you read some of the posts on this blog? I hope the webmaster
has nothing else to do.

8:56 am edt 

Pension Liabilties

I'd suggest thy anyone considering buying property in Provincetown think twice
before they do so. If you do buy property you are buying into a giant black hole
of onion liability that no one is is using much less oing anything about. This
means you will face either a massive tax increase that grows every dy the issue
is not delt with or eventually town government will have one employee left whose
job it is to collect the tax checks and then send them off to the pension fund.

Why is there no action? First the very people ho hour be taking action are part
of the pension system o why would thy want to make changes? Second, elected
officials terms are shorter the problem so they can just let the can roll on the
road to someone else. Third, a large portion of the active, voting electorate in
own is on town government payroll so no one who says "we've got to fix this
problem in a realistic way" is ever going to get elected.

From an article about New York State's problem in this area:

""For years rising pension costs have spelled disaster for local governments
across the state. That finally changed this week," the governor said after
lawmakers last month adopted a pension plan for new hires that will save the
state money. After securing the pension deal and a budget agreement, Mr. Cuomo
gave triumphant speeches in Syracuse, Utica and Buffalo, assuring that New
York's economy had turned a corner.

The revised pension system shifts more retirement costs to employees and is
expected to cost about a third less than the old system. "If pension reform and
mandate hadn't passed," said Mr. Vlasto, "thousands of public employees would
need to be laid off and these fiscal problems will spread."


But cities don't expect to see any significant savings for another decade, after
more of their workers are enrolled in the cheaper plan. "Those savings won't
materialize quickly enough to stave off insolvency," said Stephanie Miner, the
mayor of Syracuse, whose $30 million pension bill this year is more than 14
times larger than the city's retirement costs in 2000...."
8:55 am edt 

Dog Control Officer

She has always been efficient and caring and has helped
me many times; raccoons , possums, skunks. I am a
supporter of a new station but not in support of the current
purposal, but don't go picking at straws at a hard working
caring officer. It's not fair.

8:48 am edt 

Get Out While You Can!

Police Force, BOS, Town Manager.....People it is called lack of
leadership...You all must remember this town suffers from a severe lack of
viable leadership..Just because these people have these positions does not
automatically make them good leaders...It definitely shows that there is a lack
of backbone here and most are just either padding there resumes ot acting in the
best interest of there own business and cohorts' interests.....This will not
change in the near future...This will not change after the election....My
advice..GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!!!!

8:46 am edt 

To: Historic District Committee

Thanks Historic for the great approval of the new Enzo facade. It
blends beautifully and accents the historic architechture of this beautiful
building. Now, Keep up the fight to prevent the use of fire retardent materials
like Hardy Board that would truely ruin our historic buildings!
8:43 am edt 

Mr Dowd and the HDC...

If you can allow what's going on at Enzo,s... Then just
Pack it up and put a end to the hdc... Please explain
Your actions !!!!!
8:41 am edt 

Re: "Itchen Cabinet"

Love the new term "itchen cabinet", much better than cabal.

Suggest though you consider writing before you drink not after.
8:39 am edt 

Dear Webmaster,

I feel compelled to respond since erroneous information keeps popping up on this
website.

I have not missed a Finance Committee meeting at all this year.  I wanted to be
sure I was correct on this so I double checked with the chair.

Additionally, I feel as though I am being maligned with the "ethics violation"
label and it is wildly inappropriate.  Everyone endorsing me is doing so as
individuals and it is very clearly stated on my blog.

http://electerikyingling.com/


In the future, I would appreciate some sort of fact-checking similar to an
"Editor's Note" in a newspaper.  Accusations (even if completely inaccurate) can
be quite detrimental if they are not corrected.

I hope this will be considered in the future.

In other news, I have more yard signs. please shoot me a message if anybody
would like one.

Best,

Erik Yingling
erikyingling@gmail.com or reach me on Facebook.



8:38 am edt 

Bedard v Yingling

I will vote for Bedard this time around.  If Yingling is still
interested in running for the BOS next year, then I may vote for him then.  Look
at some of the candidates who tried to get elected last year.  Some are nowhere
to be found.  If someone is really interested in serving on the BOS this year,
then they should be ready to keep contributing to the town and then try again
next year if they do not get elected this year.
8:34 am edt 

Re: Ethics v. Literacy

Sorry but you need to work on your literacy skills.

On eric's yinglangs website it has a heading "individual endorsements"

In other words, these are people endorsing his campaign as individuals.  Does
that make sense or should I look up the meaning of individual for you?

Sorry but no ethics issue there. swing and a miss.




8:30 am edt 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Re: Police

Why are there always so many police posting on this site?
11:11 pm edt 

Re: Questions For the Police Chief -Animal Control

I beg to differ about this complaint about the animal control officer,
who works dilligently with the many people who have pets..she kindly knows
everyone and their pets and delivers pet food to those who are struggling to
make ends meet..she has set up a free box with food and other donations at the
methodist church, I know she is not parked at her house all day which is
absolutely absurd, she is too busy climbing under pilings on the beach to catch
a possum or rescuing a bird and taking it to wild life..chasing bats and
squirrels in peoples houses and i for one know personally because she has helped
me..so hmmm must be someone who lives right near her to say this and has another
agenda or maybe one drink to many....using mypacc to lie and try to deface her
is shameful...kharma will get you...or maybe hit you in your billfold...
11:04 pm edt 

Facing Reality - State of Denial

Seems the BOS and Town Manager Are Into the Cabal Motif

Oh, yes, blame the desire for change on a samell group, on a cabla.

Are you gusy nuts? It's the town that is fed up and wants change.

You are so out of touch. You do what you do based on your own small itchen
cabinet.

People are fed up. that's what is happening. Not the fantasies of your own
paranoic thinking.
11:02 pm edt 

David Dedard

I own property in Provincetown, have two businesses with 25
employee's, pay lots of money in property tax. For some reason this winter I
have read this blog. Quite a bit of mean-spirited complaining. To make changes I
get involved. Many of the complaints have merit. However, David Bedard devotes
many, many hours of unpaid service to the BOS. I do not endorse anyone here but
do appreciate his service.
10:58 pm edt 

Town Manager

The last time the Town Manager in Provincetown was a townie was in the
1960's.  It was Mike Botelho.  He was nineteen (19) years old and did a helluva
job.
10:55 pm edt 

Dialing Historic, Please Phone Home!

Hello Historic! Enzo's addition?


Come back from Florida asap!

One of the few Queen Ann buildings still in tact in West End has been destroyed.
Enzo's new 2 story decks completely overpower and disguise the street presence
of that building.

I bet you rejected the window mullions of ten homeowners, yet approved that
massive decking? What a joke.



10:53 pm edt 

Re: Police

Let's be thankful that we still have our police force.
Tall, short, skinny or fat, thank heavens that  we
have our guys and gals. Imagine the pain this small
New Hampshire town is going thru. It could have been us.
10:49 pm edt 

Question of Fairness

Sounds like fincom is backing their former board member
BEDARD.  That speaks volumes.

Are you going to start treating both candidates fairly here Clarence as it seems
to favor YINGLING with your biased posts.
10:48 pm edt 

Erik Yingling - Finance Committee and the AG

If Erik Yingling was spotless he could call the AG or the Charter Enforcement
Commission, but he's carrying some baggage.  Look up state Ethics Commission,
Erik has opted to list individuals who support him by listing their committee
position within the town.  Sorry, state ethics don't allow that, you may not
endorse someone from your appointed position, but only as an individual.  Not
sure if Erik gets in trouble for that or those committee members.  Question is
why he would put them in that illegal position to begin with.
10:44 pm edt 

Re: Questions For the Police Chief

Even though I am sure the custodian would appreciate you thinking of him, the
reality of your question has me wondering more about your motive. I also think
you need to hang your axe up and let your true colors shine else where.
10:41 pm edt 

Re: FinComm Minutes

"Erik Yingling please file a complaint with the Attorney General or
Charter Commission!"



A good friend of mine is on FinCom.  They don't hire a minutes taker person like
some other committees so the members of the committee take minutes.  Only when
the members of the committee have typed up the minutes can they vote on them and
only after they have been approved can they be put up on the web.  Sorry, no
conspiracy here, just volunteers, including Erik Yingling, who haven't got
around to it yet.  How bout we cut them slack instead of assuming a conspiracy,
they are all volunteers.
10:39 pm edt 

Selectmen Evaluation

Look at the professional (or lack of) backgrounds of the candidates.
That is critcal in deciding one's choice for selectman.
10:36 pm edt 

David Bedard

While Mr Bedard may, or may not be, hard working, he is not effective.

He is Vice Chair of the Selectman has nothing to show for it other than some dog
related advocacy.


10:35 pm edt 

Re: Question For the Chief of Police!!!

"Why does our town have to pay over 50k a year for an Animal Control
Officer?  There is no need for this position and Truro and our town can share
one."


All of these may be wise cost saving moves, but the town folk have made their
opinion loud and clear.  Do not cut any staff positions!  You think the town
manager, BOS or FinCom is going to bring staff cuts forward?  The only staff
positions we were willing to cut were the teachers and we've taught them that if
you try to cut any staff positions you will get beat up over it at town meeting.
10:31 pm edt 

Re: Police Station

"We need a new police station! They need an exercise room.
Fat, out-a-shape, a heart attack waiting to happen...."




I would counter that we need a new educational facility to deal with the
illiteracy in this town.
10:29 pm edt 

Re: Police Station

"New Police Station: They need an exercise room."


Their fitness is the least of their worries!
10:27 pm edt 

Can't Wait for candidate's Night

I called the banner since they are the ones who sponsor it.
PTV will be there and the press and the candidates will  have to respond to our
questions.
10:24 pm edt 

Re: Police

A blogger recently said our police need cohesive training.  The bad
press they've gotten us is shameful"  You're right.  They need to make more
arrests.  Their training is phenomanal,but they're not allowed to use it.  They'
been told for years to "soft peddle" it because of the behaviors that go on
here,the things  that the rest of the world are "bagged" for.  Count your
blessings & respect the PPD.  'cuz ya lucky!  P'town cops take a lot of abuse
from other departments all over because they allow stuff others never would. The
motto is "behave and you'll have no worries" Ya otta try that!
3:12 pm edt 

Erik Yingling-Finance Committee

Still waiting for Finance Committee meeting minutes, still reading posts here
about attendance issues, pro Bedard while the FinCom leadership posts Bedard
yard signs.

Dime on a dollar Finance Committee meeting minutes won't be posted until after
the election.

Erik Yingling please file a complaint with the Attorney General or Charter
Commission!
2:41 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

I would suggest that Mr. Yingling has decided he wants to be a
Selectman this year and his decision has little to do with the incumbent
selectman.  It's great to see new people who want to participate in local
government.  However, before I vote out a sitting Selectmen I have to have a
reason to do so, not just because someone else wants the position.  While some
of Mr. Yingling's supporters have chosen to trash Selectman Bedard I don't see
their point of view.

From what I have seen Selectmen Bedard is probably one of the hardest working,
best prepared Selectmen we have.  Go to his health club sometime and you'll see
him sitting there reading his papers for an upcoming meeting.  Go to a Pier
meeting, which Selectman is there more often than anyone else to observe?  Yes,
it's Selectmen Bedard.  Ask any FinCom member which selectman has come to their
meetings most often - they will say it's Selectman Bedard.  This man is one of
the hardest working, best prepared Selectman we have and I will vote for him in
May.

There are a couple of Selectman I would not say the same thing about.  If Mr.
Yingling were running against one of them in the future I would certainly
consider voting for him, but I'm not going to vote out one of the best prepared,
hardest working Selectmen we have.
12:16 pm edt 

Good Luck to Both Candidates!

In thinking about the Bedard/Yingling "problem"... For me, the issue
is that I would like BOTH of them on the Board of Selectman.  I'm undecided as
to who I will vote for next, but no matter who wins/loses, I do hope the "loser"
runs again.  I like what they both add to the table and I think they each offer
equally different and good quality ideas to the table.  I can honestly say, this
is the first time in a long time I've felt torn at an election and as awful as
this decision is for me, I think it's a good thing.  We have people here,
running for office, who care and are dedicated.  We should feel lucky! We have a
couple of candidates who are passionate! It makes me excited (again) about town
government.  Good luck to both candidates.
12:12 pm edt 

Excuse Me!

Didn't David Bedard come to the board of selectmen by way of a two year stint on
the Finance committee?

Why not Erik Yingling?  
12:10 pm edt 

This Town Needs Big Changes

When was the last time when the twon manager was actually a "townie" or grew
up on the Cape. This people come from "god knows where" and think that they
will change the way P-town is. Give it up and manage the town in favor of the year
round residents and the taxpayers.

The current road construction is "killing" all the businesses on Commercial Str. but
wait the town manager doesn't really care because she gets her weekly check
anyways!!!
12:03 pm edt 

Waiting

I'm waiting for candidate's night.
1. hiring "town Ambassadors" at taxpayer expense.

2. hiring people to man parking booths

3. Yelling at Elaine Anderson "Elaine, you are out of order"

4. etc etc etc
12:01 pm edt 

Question for the Chief of Police!!!

Why does our town have to pay over 50k a year for an Animal Control Officer.
There is no need for this position and Truro and our town can share one.
Moreover the current Animal Control Officer is parked at her residence for most
of the day!!! You can use the money for the custodian that has been working
there for over 25 years!!!
11:58 am edt 

Bedard vs Yingling

What has Bedard got that Yingling doesn't? He's got 3 years of committment to
the BOS that Erik doesn't. Why reset the clock and break in a new member? Now is
not the time to do that. Too many ideas and projects on the table and experience
will get the job done. Erik will only muddy the waters. And why should he be
elevated to the BOS from fincom? He hasn't done ANYTHING outstanding other than
yell at the BOS chair at one meeting and has come up with no great ideas in
public. His website is a joke and nothing he has for insight is even remotely
possible without board support, something he burned now prior to getting on the
board. A vote for Yingling is a wasted vote. Vote Bedard, get the towns issues
in order, then vote in some new blood next time around. Eriks not ready and will
cost the town instead of benefiting it.
11:56 am edt 

Police

It amazes me that everyone recognizes the bad publicity but they never get
recognized for the good they do!

People are incredible !
11:54 am edt 

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Police Station

We need a new police station! They need an exercise room.

Fat, out-a-shape, a heart attack waiting to happen....

Do they not know about the Town's Fitness Challenge?


12:01 am edt 

Attendance Speaks Volumes

The BOS meets far more often than does FinCom... and are ELECTED officials, held
accountable for their actions.

Compare and contrast the attendance records of the candidates. The records speak
for themselves.

I want my elected officials to be present, not absent.

Selectman Bedard has earned re-election....

11:59 pm edt 

Oops There Go Our Unfunded Pension Liability - Up Agan

"The U.S. and other governments are likely underestimating the life expectancy
of their aging populations, a risk that could boost pension liabilities by
nearly 10% and balloon already massive public debt levels, the International
Monetary Fund warned Wednesday.

The IMF said many governments should act now to raise mandatory retirement
levels and encourage pension plans to better hedge their risk.

Delays would increase risks to financial and fiscal stability, potentially
requiring much larger and disruptive measures in the future, IMF economists
wrote in a chapter of the funds Global Financial Stability Report.

Erik Kopper, one of the chapters authors, said the chance the issue causes a
major market disruption in the next couple of years is very low. But the longer
governments put off dealing with the risk, the harder it will be for them to fix
as the potential costs accumulate. For example, someone starting to save for
retirement in their 20s stands a greater chance of covering their costs in their
old age than someone who starts in their 40s...."

How come none of our contestants for public office are talking about this?

Mr. Yingling what's your solution? Mr. Bedard, what's yours?
11:57 pm edt 

Re: David Bedard

"I AM ON A TOWN BOARD AND HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH SELECTMAN  BEDARD."

you forgot to sign your name. Ya gotta do that if you want to endorse someone? I
bet the board you are on is the meat rack?
11:52 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

David Bedard

I AM ON A TOWN BOARD AND HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH SELECTMAN  BEDARD. 
HE IS SMART AND INTUITIVE.
WE ARE FORTUNATE HE IS RUNNING AGAIN.
10:51 pm edt 

Bedard/Yingling

The demographic of town is leaning on the older groups but I want to encourage
people to vote Yingling.

We need these young people in office. There are more than a few youngish people
who have lived all their there lives here and I encourage them to follow Eriks'
example and get involved!

And for the oldies: wake up! It's a new world Golda! Don't get left behind!
10:50 pm edt 

The Banner

A quarter the news at twice the price!
c'mon Provincetown.com, Ptown Mag step into the void! I've written twice to
Patch news asking them to make us a newstown. Hyperlocal web news is what we
need and this blog is the closest thing to that- I come here and facebook and
get more real Provincetown news!
10:49 pm edt 

Re: Police State

"....What matters is their training and supervision not where they were
conceived. Andy's Mayberry..."


Yep. Watching our police over the years and what they have done to our citizens
has led me to the exact same conclusion. They lack cohesive training. The bad
press they have gotten us alone is shameful. They ARE Mayberry. They deserve no
rewards.
10:47 pm edt 

Re: David Bedard-Ah Toro!

Asking for the facts supporting David Dedard's past performance seems
to always result in a response, which deflects from the question.

It's the case of the bull and the matador. The matador always strives
for the bull to chase the cape instead of the matador.

Only, in this case, the bull is smarter than the matador.
7:26 pm edt 

Re: David Bedard

"It really comes down to a question of whether you wish to go back in time.  A
small group is trying to take back the town by getting the moderator position, a
position on the BOS and positions on the finance committee."



Huh? Small group? Is it the famous cabal or is it another small group- does this
group have a secret hall?  How small is the group? 820 votes? Tell me how one
"gets" the moderator position in an uncontested election? And finance, like all
boards, has staggered terms so what's that scary conspiracy about? Oh dear, it's
not a plot, it's a recognition that it's time for a new voice.

So yet again, the post is the same, as are all pro Bedard posts  negative
negative negative.


7:13 pm edt 

Re: Resignation of Two Beautification Board Members?

".....resignations?   

I hope it's not because of the bullying manipulative
strong-arming that the new Chair is known for. .  .  ."



Unfortunately your guess is correct.
6:53 pm edt 

It's Time to Applaud Young Voters

What is this bias against young people running for office. I'm thrilled they are
involved and running for key posistions. Age is not the factor and in fact,
those on the present board of selectmen may be just too old--too set in their
ways and too fearful of challenging anyone.

Great to see young people get involved. How wonderful!
6:50 pm edt 

The Banner Is Just Wrong!

Town Meeting was not contentious. It was filled with engaged voters who asked
many detailed questions. that is neither contentious nor uncivil.

Maybe the Banner should have had its own reporters there. Maybe it's time for
the key top staffers to be present--and even vote--and then comment.

This was a three day meeting that showed us all that Provincetown has new voters
who are willing to ask questions.

Contentious? Absolutely not!
6:49 pm edt 

Re: David Bedard

"No surprise they have nothing positive to say about Bedard's record as
a Selectmen :("


There have been plenty of positive things said about Mr. Bedard, you choose not
to believe anything positive about him.

It really comes down to a question of whether you wish to go back in time.  A
small group is trying to take back the town by getting the moderator position, a
position on the BOS and positions on the finance committee.  They want to go
back to how things were.

You remember those days don't you?  The balcony at town hall was condemned and
water leaked through the town hall roof when it rained - the town had no plan on
how/when the streets would be paved - the town was on the state's watch list -
the town sent out tax bills in May because tax rates weren't set until April -
money was missing from town accounts and no one knew where the then town manager
moved it - the state told the town they had to set up the Pier Corp because the
state didn't trust the town to run it.

Is that really what we want for our town?
6:44 pm edt 

I'm Objective: But What Has Bedard Done

I know he wanted to be BOS chair and worked for that posistion. True, he didn't
get it. but other than that: what has he done. I'm not against him but he has
spent too many years sitting on his fanny and failed to speak for us. I waited
for him to take strong positions but he didn't.

That is how I'm judging Bedard. He has been a rather weak member of this board.

That's how I see it. And now that there is a choice, I'm glad to have an option.
6:41 pm edt 

Resignation of Two Beautification Board Members?

Very sad about the resignation of two superior board members of the
Beautification Committee, who truly added value and accomplished quite a bit in
their relatively short tenure.   Does anyone know the reason of their
resignations?    I hope it's not because of the bullying manipulative
strong-arming that the new Chair is known for.  What a shame.
6:35 pm edt 

Re: Not Voting for Erik Yingling

"...immature, unseasoned.......he has so many followers!"


This is the typical post on why to vote for Bedard. No mention of Bedard. See,
Bedard has nothing to show (well maybe some doggie stuff) so Bedardites pull
this "too young" line of attack or "the townie with a job" attack. Yet those
attacks really don't make any sense?

No surprise they have nothing positive to say about Bedard's record as a
Selectmen :(


4:19 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting-John Santos

"Someone by Grassy a watch, I can't believe he waste's selectmen's
meeting time talking about moving a clock . . ."


I think it was a joke.  Time to lighten up folks, awfully crabby out there.
4:06 pm edt 

Blog Bias

Anyone who is looking for an unbiased discussion of the upcoming
election should look elsewhere besides this blog.  The blog master has already
indicated his bias and the points of view you will see here are slanted in favor
of one candidate.
1:26 pm edt 

Dogs for Bedard

CANDACE

Your  half hearted apology posting is nonsense you knew exactly what you were
doing, i think everyone knows your association with the dog park, do you really
think we are that stupid and naive? You really need a reality check along with
Bedard. Maybe all the sunshine in KEY WEST has affected your judgement?
1:22 pm edt 

Re: Dogs for Bedard

Let's Let Lying Dogs Lay

In all fairness to Bedard don't  Base your decision on
Candace's Ed Op, he's an Innocent bystander.

1:20 pm edt 

BOS Meeting-John Santos

Someone by Grassy a watch, I can't believe he waste's selectmen's
meeting time talking about moving a clock, all computers have the time on them,
doesn't he have a lap top in front of him???????
1:17 pm edt 

Re: "Police State"

I'm not dissing anyone, I am relying on a well known fact. Personally I'd rather
have professional police, whether born locally or not, than the good old boy
force we used to have. There are very good police who grew up in ptown and good
ones that did not as well.

What matters is their training and supervision not where they were conceived.
Your nativist obsession and hatred of the town manager are getting tiresome. She
has done and excellent job not the least of which was weeding out subpar
employees from the workforce.

Like it or not there are minimum standards for a police station and neither town
hall nor the current one meet those standards nor would Andy's Mayberry station
these days.


1:15 pm edt 

Not Voting for Erik Yingling

Sorry folks, immature, unseasoned, shoot-from-the-hip and wearing blinders so he
can't see the whole picture.

Scary that he has so many followers!
1:12 pm edt 

Re: Dogs for Bedard

"But wait! Now we have it! A list of things Bedard has
done. BOW WOW BEDARD!"


Doesn't Provincetown have a theme week for that sort of thing?

1:10 pm edt 

Re: Dogs for Bedard

To those who are just reading
Check the archives from Tuesday and read Candance's
post  and you will understand the rebuttals.

1:08 pm edt 

Re: Dogs for Bedard

It's a sorry state when one has to pull the "dog card".

1:06 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Natural Gas

From wall street journal tonight:

"The biggest winners from all this: electricity consumers. In February,
Boston-based utility NSTAR told its business customers that it will cut their
retail electricity rates 34% this spring, to 5.5 cents a kilowatt hour from 8.5
cents. In May, it expects to announce rate cuts for residential customers, too.

In  many parts of the U.S., cheap gas is pushing wholesale power prices down to
two cents to four cents a kilowatt hour. In New England, for example, wholesale
power prices were often in the three- or four-cent range in February, compared
with six to eight cents on average that month from 2006 to 2011, according to
the Energy Information Administration."

Figuring how to get natural gas line to Provincetown would
1) radically reduce our carbon footprint
2) radically decrease heating costs
3) decrease sending money overseas for Brent crude which is what we consume in
NE

Gas lines can be run in sand and technology exists to run gas lines without even
disturbing the surface. Wouldn't it be great if our town government were
visionary enough to start looking into this with regional energy providers.

We could even put a small tax on the incoming natgas and devote it to pay the
$74 million in retirement liabilities no one wants to talk about and still save
consumers money!
12:23 am edt 

Dogs for Bedard
 
Dear Candance, I do recall that all
selectmen (in fact probably all citizens)
supported the dog issue.
What else has the selectman been
vocal about?

Ruff
12:20 am edt 

Re: Dogs for Bedard

Dear Candace, you are my dear friend.
However, I have never, ever based my political choices
on the canine level . Have you gone dog  crazy?
There is more I expect from a selectman  than K-9.
12:16 am edt 

Re: Dogs for Bedard

Oh, Brother! Now Dogs are More important then People

Sorry Candace but we are important and David Bedard has done almost nothing for
us. Glad you believe he has done much for your dog and other dogs---but I want
to know what he has done for us, the humans on this chain.

I am not impressed with David Bedard. Glad to know he has helped dogs but damn
he has done little for the others on the higher food chain.

sorry, but I am not for David now that there is another choice.

Maybe it's easier to advocate for dogs than for people in Provincetown. If
that's true, it's still a problem.
12:14 am edt 

Thank You For Your Posting

My titles and affiliations were for identification only and I was certainly not
speaking for either board.

Candace Nagle

12:11 am edt 

Re: Dogs For Bedard

Any individuals associated with a 501(c)(3) organization are entitled
to voice their opinions and participate in a political campaign, as long as they
are not speaking for the organization.


12:10 am edt 

Re: Hope We Stay With Our Current Town Manager

Re: "You apparently couldn't be bothered to read the report on the police station and
what requirements are these days for a police station. None of these
requirements would be met by town hall. I remember when police were in town
hall. I also remember when everyone's cousin was on the force with little or no
qualifications and when police officers thought they could get away with
anything including sexual assault. I'd vote we stay with today's professional
police and put them in a modern facility. I'd also hope we stay with our current
town manager and that she keeps doing the good job she's been doing."



YES, read the very detailed report and find it insulting that you have to dis
our homegrown former Provincetown officers.  The Professionals you refer to
including the police chief have NO connection with Provincetown, its people, or
its history.

We really need all this modernization and space for DUI's and the police
entrapment going on all over town for minor traffic violations??  Get real, this
is Mayberry and if you want to have a forensic lab and all the BS proposed go
get a job at a station in a real city with real crime. The current Town Manager
Officer Lynn has been a rotten failure and needs to GO along with the Police
State we have become! Ever hear of Community Policing????


12:09 am edt 

Re: "Minutes on Town Web Site"

As one who has repeatedly griped about the tardiness of minutes from town boards
on the town's web site I have to take this opportunity to observe that minutes
for key boards are now far more timely. Thanks to all the folks that make this
happen.
12:04 am edt 

Re: Resident Facts

This is a link to the 2010 census data for Provincetown
http://www.americantowns.com/ma/provincetown/info
12:02 am edt 

Re: Dogs For Bedard

"If you are a dog owner in Provincetown, please consider all that Selectman
Bedard has done for dog welfare....Candace Nagle, President & Co-Founder,
Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc."



For weeks Bedard supporters have thrashed about looking for an accomplishment to
post here. It's been pretty quiet so most of the comments have been anti Erik or
anti his supporters.  But wait! Now we have it! A list of things Bedard has
done. BOW WOW BEDARD!

Damned with faint praise I'd say.
12:00 am edt 

Re: Dogs For Bedard

"As an individual fine, as one of the above, big no no."


But Yingling has identified people by their town committee status and that's ok? 
I don't think we should be seeing any town committee identification with either
candidate.
11:57 pm edt 

Re: Dogs For Bedard

Hey Candace:

Might want to visit the IRS web site:

"The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3)
Tax-Exempt Organizations

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are
absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or
intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any
candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds
or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the
organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office
clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity.  Violating
this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the
imposition of certain excise taxes."





11:55 pm edt 

Re: Dogs for Bedard

Ms. Nagle:

I strongly suggest you immediately retract your posting done under signature of
the non-profit and your Chair positions:

"Candace Nagle
President & Co-Founder
Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc.
Chair, Provincetown Animal Welfare Committee"

Your non-profit status will be revoked if you are found to endorse political
candidates under the name of your non-profit. Would suggest also that it is as
well inappropriate to do so under your town committee chair signature as well.

As an individual fine, as one of the above, big no no.

Sincerely,

One familiar with IRS regulations

5:09 pm edt 

Dogs For Bedard!

Candace........really?
5:07 pm edt 

Re: Resident Facts

Provincetown mean income as of 2009. $43,993
State of Massachusetts in 2009.  $64,081

The number of year-round residents has been estimated to be between 500 and
1,000

I googled the first one, the assessor office could tell you how many taxpayers.
5:04 pm edt 

Re: The Forgotten

"Its amazing that nobody seems concerned that only Commercial street
will be paved. .  ."



A comprehensive town wide paving plan is expected to be available by June 30th. 
It will be a plan for all town streets, not just Commercial St.  Long overdue,
looking forward to seeing it.

4:21 pm edt 

Resident Facts

Whom do I call or where do I go to find out How many year round residents we
have, how many taxpayers we have and what the medium income is of Provincetown.

At one time we were considered a very poor town. thank you for your help.

4:19 pm edt 

Fanfare For the Common Man

Tax rate: "Lynn demands standing ovations every time someone does their
job. Getting the tax rates approved is something every other town does one time
and without fanfare."

I don't agree entirely with that statement.  The fact is that past selectmen
were never able to achieve it through their staff.  Only during the current
administration, both selectmen and town manager was this done.  You are right it
should not cause fanfare, but the fact is that it was never done under previous
administrations so it is good news that we've broken an old bad habit.
4:13 pm edt 

I Agree With the "Truth Will Out"

Time to scale back. time to act like the small town we are. time to realize how
few people really live here instead of living with the fantasy of the past. a
few more than 100 at town meeting, not the 350 or so of the past. and how many
live here in the late fall and winter? It's more like 400.


4:10 pm edt 

The Forgotten

Its amazing that nobody seems concerned that only Commercial street
will be paved. What about Bradford Street?  It is our major two way main avenue
and its a mess with bumps and dips!    How about Conwell, Shank-painter, and all
of the other forgotten streets in town?  We who live on other streets pay taxes
just like those who own property on Commercial Street! We need ALL of the
streets paved now!
4:08 pm edt 

Hope We Stay With Our Current Town Manager

Re: "Does anyone else remember when the Police Department was in Town
Hall??? We have a beautiful new renovated Town Hall just waiting for them. 
Plenty of parking outside too."


You apparently couldn't be bothered to read the report on the police station and
what requirements are these days for a police station. None of these
requirements would be met by town hall. I remember when police were in town
hall. I also remember when everyone's cousin was on the force with little or no
qualifications and when police officers thought they could get away with
anything including sexual assault. I'd vote we stay with today's professional
police and put them in a modern facility. I'd also hope we stay with our current
town manager and that she keeps doing the good job she's been doing.
4:04 pm edt 

Sharon and Jaren Have Got to Go!

There is NO plan to correct the problems that already exist.
Your time is up sharon...you know, I know, and now everyone knows that you were
never qualified for the tm position in the first place. A few night-school
courses doesn't make a cop into a B-school success.
Seriously, enough is enough. Oh and don't forget to take your unhappy partner
with you. You've done enough to ruin our library, now we are burdened with the
appointment
(not election)of your partner to the library board.
I feel no need to capitalize your name, instead I extend the same respect you
have for the taxpayers.
4:00 pm edt 

Re: Concerned Bedard Supporter

I'm voting for Dave Bedard but I just heard that Erik Yingling already has 800
confirmed supporters and the real campaign is only beginning. Is that possible?!

I hope Dave has 801 votes up his sleeve or else this election is already
over.... :/




3:57 pm edt 

Next in Line For Savaging

Can't we go back to savaging the Pier Corp, DPW and affordable housing
developers, isn't it about time? Have the haters forgotten who they really hate?
Spring's here it's time for the old favorites' turn at bat again isn't it? Let's
give Sharon a few weeks off on the rotation :)
3:54 pm edt 

We Have Two Choices...

One, a new, fresh face with energy, enthusiasm and intelligence. Or someone who
has done little except agree with the others to form a concsense of limpid
thinking and poor actions.

sorry, but that is how I see our choice.
3:50 pm edt 

Dogs for Bedard!

--Supported the pet emergency shelter
--Supported the dog drinking water fountain on the lawn of Town Hall
--Supported the article against the cruel practice of chaining dogs
--Supported the article against inhumane confinement of dogs in hot cars and
signage warning of its danger
--Supported the article against dangerous transportation of dogs
-Supports dogs' access to beach and trails with off-leash hours
-Supports the dog park

Dogs rights that many have worked hard to acheive can easily be taken away by
elected officials. Look what happened just this past year in Wellfleet and
Brewster. Elected officials banned dogs from their beaches and parks. Selectman
Bedard has proven time and time again he supports dog welfare in Provincetown.

Dog welfare has not always had the full support of past and present Selectmen.

If you are a dog owner in Provincetown, please consider all that Selectman
Bedard has done for dog welfare and his re-election will help ensure none of
these hard fought privileges for dogs will be taken away.

Candace Nagle
President & Co-Founder
Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc.
Chair, Provincetown Animal Welfare Committee
3:45 pm edt 

Re: David Bedard's Achievements

"Rather than impugn your intentions, I suggest that you have forgotten
Article 16 Room Occupancy Tax and the proposed amendment which was
put forth by a citizen to apply 100% of those funds to Capital Improvements,
rather than divide the fund between BSB and General Funds etc."




And rather than impugn your intentions I suggest you look up article 16 in the
minutes on the town's web site.  There was no amendment by any citizen to
article 16. - Room Occupancy Tax.  I suggest your memory is not as good as you
may think.
3:39 pm edt 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Re: The Truth Will Out!

I would not be so confidant that the Police/DPW project will pass in
the fall.  The size and cost is still way out of proportion for our lil Mayberry
RFD.

Time to replace our Town Manager with someone who has a real track record of
success and does not have a long term former career as a police officer.

Time to fix and maintain our town owned properties and not "replace them"  Does
anyone else remember when the Police Department was in Town Hall???
We have a beautiful new renovated Town Hall just waiting for them.  Plenty of
parking outside too.

FIX the roads!  Commercial Street is a disaster and someone was just rushed by
ambulance to CCH last week who tripped over the rubber piping lining the
streets.  Hope our insurance is up to date.

Let's stop spending like we are a huge city and do things that reflect our size
and tiny year round population.

4:21 pm edt 

Bedard Fact Checker

"Voted to spend $14,500,000 dollars for Police and DPW facility
construction-Overruled by the citizens of Province"

He was very vocal about the fact the the BOS were the last one's to comment on
the plans.  The BOS never voted on the $14 million dollar plan.  They voted on
the $650,000 for the detailed engineering plans which would have been vetted by
a Building Committee and given everyone accurate figures on the project.

"Voted to transfer power and $48,000 dollars from the BOS budget to the Town
Manager-Overruled by the citizens of Provincetown."

It's a bad thing to try and streamline government?  He was also the selectmen
who made the amendment to put the money back.

"Voted to disallow neon signage-Overruled by the citizens of Provincetown."

The BOS supported the original article which allowed 25% of window coverage
(also approved by the VSB, PBG and the Chamber).  His competition voted for 100%
window coverage and it passed at 50% coverage.

"Voted to split the occupancy tax funds rather than apply all those funds to
Capital Improvements, which would effectively reduce the need to use proposition
21/2 overrides which permenently raise our capitalization  budget level."

When the town accepted the increase in the rooms tax last year, he supported the
creation of the Capital Improvements Stabilization Fund which is funded by the
tax.  The fund never existed prior to that.  The rooms tax also funds the VSB,
wastewater and the general fund.

Just someone who pays attention, maybe you should too.

11:28 am edt 

The Truth Will Out!

It will be interesting to see how the town votes on the many 2 and 1/2
over-ride questions this May.  Is it possible that people at the Town Meeting
could not vote their minds because they fear the police and town bosses who were
there watching.
11:25 am edt 

The Similarities Between Bergman and Lynn Are Remarkable

Bergman: Buildings fell into disrepair, the statement of accounts became a
tangled mess. Transparency non existent.  BoS and FinCom became lackadaisical.


Lynn: Roads (not just Commercial Street) are in disrepair. The capital
improvement plan is a disorganized tangle of crisis management. Transparency has
become non existent.  BoS and FinCom are lackadaisical.

Watch list: The State official who put Provincetown on the list retired. She
hated "Ptown". She retired. We are off the list.

Tax rate: Lynn demands standing ovations every time someone does their job.
Getting the tax rates approved is something every other town does one time and
without fanfare.

Anderson, Bedard & Lynn aren't doing as a good a job as the West End public
relations machine would suggest. Lynn is gets more like Bergman every day.

11:22 am edt 

Private vs Public

I would say this if Bedard or Yingling was doing this, it's more of a
state ethics question.  I noted candidate Yingling has a list of individual
endorsements on his web site to which he then adds 'member of Beautification
committee, or 'member of Planning Board', 'member of Finance Committee' etc

Are they endorsing the candidate as an individual or as a member of the
committee?  If as a member of the committee a fuzzy line may have been crossed
and it would seem to have ethics implications.  I have no issue with an
individual endorsing whomever they choose, but if one is using their position on
a committee to endorse a candidate it begins to raise a red flag.
11:20 am edt 

My Only Regret is That I Can't Vote for Two or Three New BOS Members

That would make me so hapy. I wish more of this weak board were up for election.
sorry that only one is up for vote.

I can't wait for next year. who else is up for re-election. It's an oxymoron: it
just won't happen.

Let's get a new board and new energy and new enthusiasm. Time for this tragic
little group to leave.
11:13 am edt 

Re: Register to Vote

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to remind you the voter registration deadline is this Wednesday.

if you need a registration form, shoot me a note and I'll bring you one.

Otherwise, you can register in person at Town hall or grab a form from Spiritus
Pizza.

Best,

Erik Yingling
Erikyingling@gmail.com

11:11 am edt 

Re: "We Have two Choices."

"One is a part-time pizza cook, part-time realtor and part-time cab dispatcher
The other is what appears to be a successful year-round business owner."


Hmmm, which one do I want to oversee and set policy for a $21 million dollar
town corporation.  What to do, what to do?

12:40 pm edt

You go do what you gotta, but don't expect us to chase you lemmingwise into the
voting booth, 'cause you're no pied piper, nor even a Music Man by a long shot.
 
As the webmaster allows, I hereby out Erik Yingling as the pizzarista/cabbie/realtor.
In these fluid days and circumstances of P'town his dizzy resume impresses me
most because it shows he is able think on his feet.
11:08 am edt 

Re: David Bedard's Achievements

"The mis-truths are running rampant here. Is it a mis-understanding or a
deliberate attempt to mis-lead voters? There was no vote to 'split the
occupancy tax', are you referring to the real estate transfer tax? The article
was an exact replication of an article petitioned at last year's town meeting by
Ms. Rushmore. Who, oh by the way is Mr. Yingling's grandmother."


Rather than impugn your intentions, I suggest that you have forgotten
Article 16 Room Occupancy Tax and the proposed amendment which was
put forth by a citizen to apply 100% of those funds to Capital Improvements,
rather than divide the fund between BSB and General Funds etc.

This amendment would have reduced our ever increasing reliance on proposition
2 1/2. 

David Bedard voted against it.

It is not clear to me how his vote benefited the town.
10:46 am edt 

Town Meeting Yell Outs

Yes, people yelled,"call the question" and they were ignored. People couldn't
yell out questions like they did at the public forums.

The police-DPW building project will pass in the fall. Many of us are behind it
now that is has been reduced in price.

We need to maintain our buildings and build what is needed.
10:24 am edt 

Provincetown Streets

Provincetown has no plans to pave the streets. We have no plan to pay to pave
the street should a plan emerge to actually pave the streets.

Here are the officials responsible for this sorry state of buildings and roads:

Chair of Selectmen:  Elaine Anderson
Vice Chair of Selectmen: David Bedard
Town Manager: Sharon Lynn


10:23 am edt 

Re: David Bedard's Achievements

"Voted to split the occupancy tax funds rather than apply all those
funds to Capital Improvements, which would effectively reduce the need to use
proposition 21/2 overrideswhich permenently raise our capitalization  budget
level."



The mis-truths are running rampant here.  Is it a mis-understanding or a
deliberate attempt to mis-lead voters?  There was no vote to 'split the
occupancy tax', are you referring to the real estate transfer tax?  The article
was an exact replication of an article petitioned at last year's town meeting by
Ms. Rushmore.  Who, oh by the way is Mr. Yingling's grandmother.

It woul be nice if we could have a fact filled discussion, but I see that is
expecting too much.
10:20 am edt 

Re: No Long Term Plan

"Worse still: Anderson/Bedard/Lynn have no plans for paving and no plan
for how to pay for it. The streets are a wreck and no plan exists or is on the
books.  .  ."



You apparently have not been paying attention.
10:15 am edt 

Erik Yingling

How has Yingling 'moved things forward?' Speaking up at the mike is
hardly moving things forward.

What is his 'record?'
10:13 am edt 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Talk About David Look at Elaine Anderson


At Town Meeting, when asked a questions, she repeatedly deferred to the Town Manager.

She denigrated the BOS Secretary and many times was unintelligible.

When does her term end? I hope it's her last.
5:00 pm edt 

Provincetown Streets

I DO HOPE THEY PLAN ON PAVING THE ROADS HERE BEFORE THE BLESSING OF
THE FLEET OR THE TOWN IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF TWISTED ANKLES...geesh i think i
will have to get me a horse and buggy to get around town this summer...
4:56 pm edt 

Re: David Bedard

The issue is not about other BOS, it is about the current BOS and in particular
David Bedard.

Lets discuss his contribution to the betterment of town government. I can not
think of one characteristic of David Bedard which informs me of his capabilities
as a Selectman.

He is in my opinion a very decent man, but not endowed with qualities I expect
of a leader.

It's not enough just to show up, it's about doing something and standing up for
something, even when you are alone.

He expended a great effort to gain a seat at the table. Having gained the seat he
just sits and goes along.

Why did he pursue the position, just to acquiesce?

He seems unable to speak truth to power or to discern the essential facts before
making decisions
4:50 pm edt 

Bedards Achievements

Voted to spend $14,500,000 dollars for Police and DPW facility construction-Overruled by the citizens of Province

Voted to transfer power and $48,000 dollars from the BOS budget to the Town Manager-Overruled by the citizens of Provincetown.

Voted to disallow neon signage-Overruled by the citizens of Provincetown.

Voted to split the occupancy tax funds rather than apply all those funds to Capital
Improvements, which would effectively reduce the need to use proposition 21/2 overrides
which permenently raise our capitalization  budget level.

He lost his voice the day he became a selectman, and we should give him another chance?

I don't think so!
4:36 pm edt 

No Long Term Plan

"Whether you like or dislike the current TM and selectmen at least they are
finally getting things done like protecting our buildings from further decay"


The buildings are a wreck and as they said at town meeting they have no
priorities nor a plan to move repairs forward. Walk past any firehouse, the
schools, the community center, Grace Govrierra, police station etc etc

Worse still: Anderson/Bedard/Lynn have no plans for paving and no plan for how
to pay for it. The streets are a wreck and no plan exists or is on the books.
4:23 pm edt 

Re: Selectmen's Race

"One is a part-time .... The other is what appears to be a
business owner....."


Pay attention this is important:)  The above poster for the Bedard campaign is
saying that if you aren't a business owner or have significant real estate
holdings, you aren't qualified to be a selectman. And by thew way you don't
really need a voice because you don't have any interests (money) to protect.



4:20 pm edt 

David Bedard

Re: Please inform us of what redeeming qualities. . .


Please inform us of what redeeming qualities were held by previous Selectmen. 
Previous selectmen allowed the town finances to get so bad the state came close
to coming in and taking over.  Previous selectmen allowed buildings to fall into
such dis-repair that the catch up cost now is massive.  Previous selectmen
allowed the previous town manager to run the town with no oversight and they are
still cleaning up the mess.

The town is paving the streets in the fall, the town is repairing buildings that
had fallen into disrepair over the years, the town is off the State's watch list
and set the tax rate on time for the first time in years.  Previous selectmen
did nothing to make any of this happen, but it is happening while Mr. Bedard is
a Selectman.  Perhaps it's time to give credit where credit is due.
4:18 pm edt 

Glad to See so Many New Faces at Town Meeting and Younger Ones

It was a great mix of people. some new faces with intensive questions based on
understanding the articles. I was glad to see younger members of the community
present at town meeting and speaking. What a good mix. It was a good town
meeting, even if Town  Manager and BOS feel people were "irritating" and
"uncivil." these adjective fail to describe this animated, energized and
enegaged town meeting.

Bravo to all who were there!
4:16 pm edt 

You Have to Be Kidding? What Are you On?

Support of the town manager and the BOS at town meeting? What meeting did you
attend. People were unhappy with the performance of both and they asked pointed
and great questions.

This town meeting showed that town voters are not going to take just anything
that is thrown at them by Sharon Lynn and this weak BOS. they stood up and they
spoke up.l

It was a town meeting that affirmed the power of the people--and not the actions
of these two weak and poor thinking positions: this town manager and this
present BOS.
4:13 pm edt 

Successful and Smart

If i paid an only interest loan on a large piece of a building for many years
that housed a year round business and could not afford or pay pricipal and
interest would you consider that he or she is smart and successful? One should
not pass judgement on others till he or she has all the facts. It is tough for
anyone to be "in business" in this town wether they have one job or multiple
jobs period! It appears that the majority of sitting BOS don't even have jobs?
Think about it! Some probably never had to worry about a weekly payroll ever in
their lives!!
4:09 pm edt 

David Bedard

Please inform us of what redeeming actions Bedard has taken
demonstrating his leadership qualities as a selectman
1:37 pm edt 

Re: Selectmen's Race

"The other is what appears to be a successful year-round business owner."


Bedard may apparently be a successful businessman. but he is an obvious
failure as a Selectman.

Erik has already shown his capacity to move things forward beyond the 
status quo.
  
1:29 pm edt 

Selectmen's Race

We have tow choices.

One is a part-time pizza cook, part-time realtor and part-time cab dispatcher
                                                                                                          

The other is what appears to be a successful year-round business owner.

Hmmm, which one do I want to oversee and set policy for a $21 million dollar
town corporation.  What to do, what to do?
12:40 pm edt 

Re: Commercial Street Office

"I wish I could have heard what she was saying."


That's creepy, now you are coming across as a stalker.  Ewwwww
12:36 pm edt 

Town Meeting Support of TM

Balk all you want here as usual. Once again, the support the Town
Manager and Selectmen had a Town Meeting reflects the positive sentiment
Provincetown voters have toward them as all articles including overrides were
passed on Town floor.

Congrats to them and all their hard work to maintain services!
10:46 am edt 

Re: Enough! Enough!

"I hope for Provincetown's sake and its townspeople
this is the beginning of the END for TM ,her partner, Anderson, Russ Braun and
in turn the end to the favoritism of all above's cronies. ....."



Get rid of the wash-ashores and take back the town right?  That's what is
starting with the future Madame Moderator and her puppet running for selectmen. 
Because they did such a great job in the past maintaining our buildings and
streets.

Whether you like or dislike the current TM and selectmen at least they are
finally getting things done like protecting our buildings from further decay and
for the first time in many years we will have a comprehensive paving plan due
out June 30th.  Streets are getting paved in the fall because of the actions of
this group of selectmen and the TM.

10:42 am edt 

BOS Meeting Public Statements

NEW IDEA-SELECTMEN'S MEETING INSTEAD OF POSTING

What a great idea! Instead of posting here--I'm going to go before the selectmen
and make my statements infront of the TV!

I will politely state what I want them to accomplish.
Item one: You must do everything in your power with the help of all of the media
to pass the article for up to $650,000.00 for plans for the new police station
and DPW buildlng.

two: Make a list of all of the town own buildilngs and the work that must be
done to protect them from the elements and lets fix them and sell them to pay
for these projects.

three. Take every action to ban long term parking at the wharf so the taxapays
will make $300,000.00 in the hundred days that we lost this money due to long
term parking.

FOUR: please tell me where to go to explain where all of this talk about the
INFAMOUS CABAL orgininated and what does it mean?

five. end the over development of Provincetown by affordable housing developers.

six. explain our water situation. We only have so much water..we can't over
build..a water crisis could be developing.

seven: what is the truth about the mooring situation and the lost revenue.

eight: We have had problems with dereclict boats and drugs etc on the peer..is
that why we need the police  there?

nine. etc. etc. etc.
10:39 am edt 

Commercial Street Office

So interesting to see Bedard's election efforts in Ann Maquire's Commercial
Street facing office. Framed in her huge window on the Street-side, a scowling
Ann sits and literally  wags her finger at Bedard, McChesney and another
identified person.

I wish I could have heard what she was saying.
10:35 am edt 

Erik Yingling

What a breath of fresh air seeing Eric in front of stop and shop
Introducing himself to voters.. This is a first,I think all the selectman,
Town manager should have done this instead of being above it all!
Eric knows the people of this town,unlike the others who are
Hired and then treat us like idiots... 14 million,get real!
10:33 am edt 

Enough! Enough!

I hope for Provincetown's sake and its townspeople
this is the beginning of the END for TM ,her partner, Anderson, Russ Braun and
in turn the end to the favoritism of all above's cronies.  This town upper level
gov't  is now embarrassing and are so egotistical they still think they have a
future here. The town and its people have had enough!
8:25 am edt 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Board of Selectmen-OMG!

I am sick and tired of the status quo, we need change and we have needed it for
a LONG time, please go out and VOTE send a message to the long standing behind
the scenes meetings in the WEST END with the cabal and vote for a young new
perspective, give it a chance you may like it!!
12:27 am edt 

This is the Weakest BOS Ever

At lest as long as I have been in town. They lack both voice and presence.

I look forward to anyone who is not them.
12:25 am edt 

Eric Yingling Advertisement

Yes the poster itself was probably paid for by the committee to elect Eric
Yingling. They posted a copy of that poster. Do the math?
12:09 am edt 

Statements During Public Comments at Selectmens Meetings

1. The protocol used to pick the architects needs to be publicized.

2. The list of land parcels examined and deemed unsuitable needs to be
publicized.

3. Each accomplished step towards the article being presented at the fall town
meeting needs to be publicized.

4. For decades I've gone to town meeting and watched as people voted down paying
for the  maintenance of buildings. Now these people are very senior senior
citizens and they are still against paying for this maintenace. It is time to do
the right thing by these buildings that are OUR investment in the town.

5. People can say what they want here..but I believe that publicizing this
before the town at selectmen's meetings will do much to garner enthusiams for a
new police station and DPW building.
8:03 pm edt 

Giant Yellow Erik Yingling Advertisement

What's with the giant yellow Yingling advertisement on this blog? It
says "paid for by the committee to elect Erik Yingling."

Is the moderator of this blog now taking payments and using this supposed public
forum to promote one candidate over another? If he is using this blog as a money
making business, is he paying taxes on that income?

Doesn't seem very fair at all.

Webmaster Comment:

The Erik Yingling poster as all posting on this bolg, is free of charge. 

As to the question of fairness, Mr. Yingling has been if nothing else inventive,
which is to be commended.



3:23 pm edt 

Bedard Missed the PBG Parade Meeting?

"4)Bedard missed a BOS meeting to approve the PBJ application for
carnival. It is one of the most important weeks of the entire business season
yet he did not show up to this meeting."

I attended that meeting on another issue and it was noted that he was absent due
to a death in the family (someone told me his nephew passed away).  From the
Town Report passed out at town meeting, the BOS held 69 meetings and Bedard was
present at 67 of them.  Did you really expect him to miss a family members
funeral to approve a parade permit for an event that goes without question?  I
can't even say how big a loser that comment makes you look like.  And if that's
what the Yinlging supporters are grabbing at, then loser is an appropriate word.
1:56 pm edt 

Web Postings

". . .The owners of this site claim they have no control over posts
that are seen or not, some outside agency claim. . ."


I think you are expecting too much from the web masters.  The web master does
pick and choose which posts he puts on his site.  I've written posts which used
no profanity and provided my opinion on a subject, but did provide an opinion on
people in the web master's inner circle.  The post was never put up on the blog. 
Posts attacking town officials are all put up, post questioning the abilities of
a candidate for selectmen may or may not be posted.
1:54 pm edt 

Speak to Counteract With the Truth

Re: "My plan is to go to the Selectmen's meetings and do a recap of
what is written on here and counteract it with the truth.  I have 5 minutes at
each minute.

Dear Selectmen, There is all of this talk about a cabal and the town manager
vying for more and more power. . ."


I hope you speak better than you write so they will be able to understand what
you are saying.


11:46 am edt 

Finance Committee Minutes Missing

No minutes have been posted for 2012 which would detail FinCom attendance.

Why is that?
11:42 am edt 

Selectman Benchwarmer

David Bedard is a nice enough guy, and given the personalities in Town Hall,
probably better than most.

But he hasn't done or said much of anything? Neither good nor bad. Is that the
type of public official we should reelect?


11:41 am edt 

For Erik Yingling

I voted for David Bedard in the past. Good guy, dedicated. I will vote
for Erik Yingling in May, not because he has said or done anything to like(or
dislike him); because someone else needs a chance to serve.
9:03 am edt 

Watch and Weep

My plan is to go to the Selectmen's meetings and do a recap of what is written
on here and counteract it with the truth.

I have 5 minutes at each minute.

Dear Selectmen, There is all of this talk about a cabal and the town manager
vying for more and more power.

People say that the police chief is under her thumb.

People say that their questions weren't answered at town meeting. What does it
matter what the school is in regards to all of the buildigns that need work?

Like the school people voted no in the past when maintenance work needed to be
done on them.

People don't hear about a project so they think that it just appeared out of
thin air. etc etc.

I see Public comments as a chance to clear the air for all to hear. And to give
up date on projects so people can't say that they didn't hear about it.

I've been here over 30 years and the senior citizens now refused to spend money
in the past on buildings and maintenance. Now we must do it and build new
buildings.
8:57 am edt 

Yingling Poster

I certainly hope fair and equal space will be given to others running for
positions in town and not just one side. It'll be interesting to see if it
happens. The owners of this site claim they have no control over posts that are
seen or not, some outside agency claim.

We'll see.
8:55 am edt 

Tax Bills

Did everyone get their tax bill? Not much input for that, can't wait for next
years valuation, it should've gone down this year.
8:53 am edt 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Re: David Bedard

"4)Bedard missed a BOS meeting to approve the PBJ application for
carnival. It is one of the most important weeks of the entire business season
yet he did not show up to this meeting."



Seriously?  That's all you've got against Selectmen Bedard?  If you'd like we
can go back and see all the actions Mr. Yingling missed when he missed 44% of
the FinCom meetings in 2011.

Selectman Bedard supported the elimination of the BOS secretary position because
he felt the town would run more efficiently while Mr. Yingling proposes hiring
tourism ambassadors and a city planner and who knows what other positions.
11:10 pm edt 

Re: David Bedard

You wrote:

"3)Bedard voted for the $14 million dollar police station/dpw facility project
before he was against it."

I say:

At the Town Meeting postponement, Bedard called for a very fast period of public
comment, not a complete review, not a fair hearing of all possible options. He
called on us to adopt the deluxe plans already rejected as soon as possible.

Yes, I was surprised too: Bedard is still supporting the $14 Million compound
and police palace on Race Point Road.

Before fanboys flame me here, watch the tape.
11:07 pm edt 

11:00 pm edt 

Re: Win the Battle and Lose the War

"The TM's partner is not an innocent bystander. She is on boards...is
not very savvy and often makes bad decisions about who she talks to and what she
says."



All that being said, it must be hard to watch your partner crash and burn after
5 very good years. The consensus on her has completely turned negative. (no need
to say I told you so guys)

I still feel sorry for the TM's partner, hard to watch those we love go thru bad
times.
7:42 pm edt 

re: What's Happening to Us?

We all know the Community Center is moving--Thats not what the blog
post was about...Get your head straight...It is the last step in eliminating or
downsizing the rec dept.---Straight Fact!!
7:40 pm edt 

Re: Selectmens Secretary

"How interesting to read the information about the other towns.  While
it may or may not be relevant, it interests me that we did not hear that
information at town meeting. .  ."



Actually the  town manager said it, that's what caused me to look it up to see
if it were true.  I couldn't find another town where they had a separate BOS
secretary, I'm sure there may be more towns that have separate like
Provincetown, but I couldn't find one.
7:38 pm edt 

Bedard's Record

1)Bedard has been a Selectman for 3 years and yet the streets are still a mess.

2)Bedard abstained on the room occupancy tax on the town meeting floor. This article could provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in desperately needed revenue for the town. Why did he not support a measure almost unanimously supported by town meeting?

3)Bedard voted for the $14 million dollar police station/dpw facility project before he was against it.

4)Bedard missed a BOS meeting to approve the PBJ application for carnival. It is one of the most important weeks of the entire business season yet he did not show up to this meeting.

5)Bedard supported the elimination of the BOS Secretary position before he was against it.




7:36 pm edt 

Selectmen's Secretary

How interesting to read the information about the other towns. While it may or
may not be relevant, it interests me that we did not hear that information at
town meeting. No, we read it hear on the blog a few days later.

The board of selectmen did a totally lousy job explaining why they wanted to can
an employee that already had over 10 years service. Is that the way we treat
people now? Has this ever ever been done in town hall before to a full-time
employee?  Its critical that if the board and town manager want our vote on town
meeting floor, they need to make a cogent and believable presentation. They
didn't.
6:26 pm edt 

Re: Win the Battle and Lose the War

The TM's partner is not an innocent bystander. She is on boards, is
very good friends with the vice chair of FinCom as well as a selectman.  She
openly participates in the schemes of the powers that be. On the humorous side,
she is not very savvy and often makes bad decisions about who she talks to and
what she says.
6:25 pm edt 

Re: What's Happening to Us

The Community center is NOT closing it is moving. Another fine example of people
spewing on here without the facts.
6:23 pm edt 

Win the Battle Lose the War

First it was a very tough meeting for the Town Manager and one can only expect
her family to be over it. One can't expect her partner is thrilled to be here
all winter with all these friendly people.

Second, the posts here are mostly right. If the Town Meeting and the Town
Manager get into a battle about staffing, the Town Manager will win the battle,
but likely lose the war.
3:14 pm edt 

Re: Sharon's Fanboys

"I also saw the TM's partner eye-rolling her way through town meeting.
It was hard to miss. It was not subtle at all. She makes no secret .  .  ."



If she did react I can't say I blame her.  Her partner works non-stop to try and
make this a better town and she is constantly attacked for her efforts by a
vocal minority who don't hesitate to call her names and belittle her.  Quite
frankly I'd hate them too.
3:11 pm edt 

Janitor

So they will bounce him around to a place where there are already janitors?  How
many Janitors does one building need?

This makes no sense  !!!
2:31 pm edt 

Re: Sharon's Fanboys

I also saw the TM's partner eye-rolling her way through town meeting.
It was hard to miss. It was not subtle at all. She makes no secret of her
disdain for the residents of this town and often says things in front of others
that is stunning in its ignorance and vitriol. Many of you know exactly what I'm
talking about.

I guess it is true that Sharon's Fanboys are part of the administration. Once
again, they are very vocal on this blog, yet they had nothing to say publicly at
town meeting. Say what you want about this blog being anonymous, but at least we
showed up and spoke up in person.
2:22 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

Mr. Blogmaster,  I note that you are picking and choosing which
postings you will list regarding the May elections.  I would hope you at least
attempt to be unbiased or if that is not possible you should at a minimum
acknowledge your bias.
2:05 pm edt 

Community Center

"If the community center was there. . ."

I'm not sure why we even have a community center, is it so we can pretend we are
a community?  This mean spirited town is less a 'community' than any place I've
ever lived.  The way we communicate with each other when we disagree is sad.  
It's not OK.
2:04 pm edt 

Pilgrim Monument Sign Legal?

Is the "SOON" illumination on the Pilgrim Monument a legal sign or are
town bylaws being circumvented by their board?
2:02 pm edt 

Janitors

To the curious blogger who was inquiring where the Janitor from the Police
Station is going, I can only tell you from what my inside sources have told me
"there is no specific buildning" that he will be assigned too. He will be
bounced around for now. In my opinion, this is their way of trying to get rid of
him. So when he retires in Oct, they will be right back where they are now and
instead of having the police janitor, they will have no one and either will the
police station, a buyilding that is in use 24/7. Need I say anymore.
1:47 pm edt 

You Don't Get It!

".  .  .  Enough is enough ..time to move on. The townspeople has
spoken."




You folks don't get it do you?  Under the town bylaws and charter the BOS
appoint their secretary and hire the town manager, the town manager hires the
other staff.  The town body has no hiring responsibility or authority.
12:41 pm edt 

Non-Binding Resolution

"No you say? She only banned Roundup? Not so, the article says no
herbicides on all town property. What a bunch of fools.  .  ."


It's a non-binding resolution to which no one will pay attention.  As a matter
of fact I need to pick up some Roundup this weekend.
12:39 pm edt 

BOS at Town Meeting

Re:  "The BOS still seem so weak and wishy washy, even as the town
people rescued their secretary from disappearing. .  ."


I saw I differently.  I saw a BOS that made a decision to eliminate a position
they no longer felt was needed as a full time position.  They took that position
because they felt it was the right thing to do even though they knew it might
not be the popular thing to do.

The message sent by town meeting voters was don't cut any staff positions.  I'm
sure the town staff are giggling with glee as they realize they have positions
for as long as they want them.

Correction.  Town voters have said don't cut any positions except teachers,
teachers are disposable and my be terminated  without any complaint from town
voters.
12:36 pm edt 

Town Meeting

What does it mean when we spend three nights going over and over the
warrant and in the end every single article gets passed?  And only two articles
were amended.
12:34 pm edt 

Please Vote: Your Favorite Town Meeting Moment


A) Someone asks the "Boss" to answer a question regarding the personnel pay
article. Both Lynn and Anderson stand up. Lynn takes the podium. Anderson sits
down blushing.

B) Voter: "Can we have a blackboard that tracks spending so everyone can read
it?" "Then Town Manager proposes iPhone app.

C) Voter: "You paid one hundred thousand dollars for a report on the building
repairs needed on town property. What are the priorities from that report?"
FinCom: SILENCE.. Town Manger: SILENCE. Board of Selectmen: SILENCE.

D) Anderson gives dull but harsh and  negative employee evaluation from the
podium when speaking of her secretary at opening of night 3.

12:12 pm edt 

What Has Happened to Us?

If the community center was there for community pets instead of human
youth, we would be hearing none of this chatter on all the bad that the Rec
director is doing by not picking up a piece of paper..The trouble is here that
the community center happens to be the last heartbeat of the community--Once
that is gone then all you destroters and haters can n sell the playgrounds to
the developers and have affordable pet housing....what all you people fail to
realize is the negative impression and climate you all have created--It speaks
volumes when people that are not from here drive down Shankpainter from Route 6
for the first time..What do they see?..A lavish dog park to the right and a cage
for the few youth that remain to the left...next is a giant cumberaland farms
with a Storage facility and a run down restaurant (which the owners of that
property could care less on how it looks or what affect it has on Ptown--they
are just holding out for millions)and housing for!
  100 people in a one acre parcel---Sends a great signal to people not from
here----This is not a community--This is a spit of land over exploited for the
few greedy, corrupt people who are manipulating the system for there personal
gains---This town is a community for 4 days a year and thats it--The last
weekend in June is the only time this town resembles a community....Think about
it...Get rid od Sharon/Jaran--we really dont need this caliber of inhumas
here!!!!
12:11 pm edt 

Separate Positions

Curious as to town manager statement on separation of duties so I
looked up a few neighboring towns.

Truro- no separate BOS secretary.
Wellflleet -  no separate BOS secretary
Eastham - Can't tell except they don't have a separate budget for BOS and town
manager, it's all one budget.
Orleans - no separate BOS secretary


Only in Provincetown do we think we need to spend 50k for a separate position
that is part-time at best.
12:07 pm edt 

Anderson Found Lacking

In answer to your question. We shall see, come July 1st., what Mr.
Porter's salary should be. From what I can gather he is one, of many, who have
not received an increase in 5 years or more - according to the Town Manager's
remarks las night.  Regarding Ms. Andersons' performance evaluation of her current
Secretary . No matter what, we all make mistakes, including herself .. but there
is more  a lot more important aspect of the job than just grammer.  However,
Chairman Anderson should take some lessons in public speaking from her Secretary. 
Command of the english language and typing (typo's) is not the whole package.
She should be aware of this - after her comments at this year's Town Meeting -
truly something to be desired, if I may say so.  Enough is enough ..time to
move on. The townspeople has spoken.
12:04 pm edt 

Lynn Still Wants to Ignore the Will of the People

Let me tell you .. regardless of what has been said. Did you hear
Lynn's comments. She is determined to still have "somone" who had better knowlege
and experitise to be her Exec. Assistant and that does not include her current
Secretary or the BOS Secretary. She thinks both jobs can be done by one person
who is more knowledgeable than the current people. I sincerely don't think that
Ms. Lynn nor the BOS knows just what is involved on a daily basis with their
respective personnel. After the comments on Town Hall floor by Michele Couture,
who is, shall we say is very vendictive, was not a surprise. We have known for
years that she has had it in for Mr. Porter and would do what she can to get rid
of him.  How their current secretary has lasted this long is beyond me. It is a
known fact that every person before the current BOS Secretary has left with a
nervous breakdown or their husband make them leave. We ought to be proud of the
current staff . and let things move on. However, I have a deep feeling that Ms. Lynn
still wants her way .. not matter what.  We shall see.  The townspeople have spoken!.
Enough is enough!
12:00 pm edt 

Two Ears and One Mouth-

The major reason town meeting was a wreck was because of the number of people
standing up and making comments and or amenedments and not understanding the
article in question or the consequences of their motion.  Included in this is
Clarence Walker and Marcene Marcoux when questioning the funding of the housing
administrator.  Although Clarence apologized to Town Counsel the next night, he
should have apologized to the Town Meeting Body for wasting our time. God gave
us all two ears and one mouth for a reason
11:54 am edt 

Time to Resign Sharon

As you proposed to Vernon Porter, time for you for say goodbye. Time to pack
your bag and enjoy the rest of your life.

Frankly, we have had enough.
11:53 am edt 

Oligarchy in Action-Time For Change

Thanks for your insight into town Manger's partner and her response

Yes, they would want us to be silent. Like the lambs on their way to slaughter.

They think we are stupid while they believe they are the best.

They do not believe in democracy but oligarchy. they--town top employees--and
politicians show us the weakness of a democratic process. They have little
respect for us--but even rose: they, including town manger and some BOS
members--have even less respect for the democractic process itself.

Time for change. time for new people who really love this town and really care
about its--and ours--future.


11:51 am edt 

Ban Herbicides? Suckers!!

All the money that was laid out to clean up the cemetarys and the landscaping
around the library, all the grass on the ball fields and the lawn out in front
of the Bas Relief will now become weed patches. No you say? She only banned
Roundup? Not so, the article says no herbicides on all town property. What a
bunch of fools. Why do we complain all day about wasting money on projects and
then decide to let it all go to hell because of a scare from somebody regarding
herbicides? Provincetown doesn't and never will drink the groundwater that was
claimed to be in peril of contamination and any herbicides applied to town owned
property needs to be applied by a licensed applicator and they apply them the
right way unlike the homeowner fools that abuse the fertilizers and chemicals in
them.

Too stupid to figure that one out?
11:47 am edt 

Sell the Community Center Pronto

Get rid of the place while it still has some worth as opposed to what it will be
worth when that huge tree out front, leaning heavily toward the building, falls
on it and demolishes the place with the taxpayers left to clean up the mess.
11:44 am edt 

Janitors

So.. when the janitor from the police station gets re located, where is that
going to be?

Does anyone know?
11:42 am edt 

Eyeshots in Question

"I happened to be sitting close to and within eyeshot of the town manager's partner at
town meeting.  Virtually every single time someone stood up to speak, she rolled her
eyes, pursed her lips, sighed heavily, and/or made a snide comment to the man seated
next to her."



So let me get this straight.  You are sitting in the audience, both of you
facing in the same direction, yet you say you can see her roll her eyes eveytime
someone speaks?  It's not physically possible for you to see her eye balls which
she is rolling unless you are sitting in front of her and turn around to look
directly in her eyes.

If you are going to lie in an attempt to make someone look bad at least be
intelligent enough to get your story correct.
11:40 am edt 

Fanboys on Display

"Well, it looks like this time it was "Sharon's Fanboys" who were a no-show at
town meeting. Very telling . . ."



Are you kidding??? FANBOYS" chairman of the selectman,  the whole of fincom. 
Add the chief of police, Building Commissioner, selectman mchchesney and former
chair of the selectmen. Add most but not all of the spouses/partners of the
above.....

That's pretty much everyone  of the fanboys. All polished up for the meeting.
11:37 am edt 

Erik Yingling

Isn't the point that he wants to try to shake things up a little?  We've had the
same old tired group of people beholden to developers and the real estate
industry for too many years.  We're now a completely condo-ized town with a
dwindling population and no year-round industry.  So well done.

No foresight, no planning and no ideas.

So, maybe the 5% thing won't work.  I don't see why frankly, but maybe it won't.
But it's an idea.  One that is based on the underlying idea that maybe by
supporting a local bank we can foster more local lending.  Tell me please what's
wrong with that as a goal?

He wants to figure out ways to encourage people to live her year-round through
policy choices.  Might take some trial and error but, again, what exactly is
wrong with that as a goal?

He'd like a little more deliberation before we dive into a massive undertaking
like the Police/DPW project.  If you look at what he's said, he recognizes the
need for a new building.  He'd just like a little more deliberation and for more
of the town to be involved in the decision.  How is that bad?

Yes, I realize that anyone can call Town Hall, attend meetings, etc., which is
the repeating refrain on this blog.  "You didn't go to the meeting so it's your
fault."  And I'm sure it is entirely possible to read agendas, plan to attend
all of these meetings and work a day job, but I haven't figured out how to do it
yet.  How wonderful that Erik is using social media (like this blog) and other
outlets to bring people into the discussion.  I predict a record turnout on May
1.  And there is NOTHING wrong with that.
11:35 am edt 

Swinging in the Breeze

". . .--even though unfunded--and Vernon Porter left dangling in mid
air? The $50,000 in the BOS budget needs to go to keep Vernon Porter as the
BOS secretary. they still can't use that money to hire someone for Sharon. That
would be illegal."



If I were them I'd fire him for insubordination.  Only in government could
someone get away with what he pulled.
11:32 am edt 

FinComm Committee

What should really concern everyone is how a FinComm member can have
the audacity to raise their hand and move a question while sitting at the table?


If you can stand it watch the meeting on PTV and focus on FinCom.  I don't know
what happened, but they were out of control and completely ignored town meeting
rules.  Members got up and said they were speaking as private citizens and then
talked about FinCom work.  Watch the chair during the meeting, he seemed to be
embarrassed by his committee at times.  One of our normally highly respected
committees seems to have gone down the tubes.  The only good thing from the
committee this year was their guide book.
11:29 am edt 

Capsular Snapshot of Provincetown-Show Me the Money!

This town should get an Academy Award for making excuses.  Why is a
bathroom in the Community Center gross, why doesn't a new parking kiosk work,
why are parking permits like gold and the police are pulling over cars going the
speed of bicycles?  And mooring fees are where?  And town meeting is like
watching a a predictable play. 

Hello, Money.  Money is the lead character in this town.  Maybe we are reaching too
high, above our capabilities.   Maybe Ptown has lost the "old Cape" feel and mentality
despite its ordained history. 

Certain people do their best in shoveling against the tide but some battles
can't be won.  You could walk with anyone: life partner, husband, wife, mother,
father, child - hand and hand in Chatham, Orleans, Osterville, etc., and witness
spectacular Cape homesteads, dining establishments, enjoy night life, art
galleries, natural beauty and a welcome.  More old Cape with clean streets and
free parking on them. 

Ptown seems consumed with making money and why, because it sorely needs it with
all the projects being promoted. 

No longer can you walk downtown and not feel like you have to wash
your hands very soon if you choose to pick up what could be a lucky penny on the
street.   And that's the truth.  Sorry. 

It is sad, very sad.  Ptown now reminds me of the old "Lincoln Park" in New Bedford
we visited as kids.  Made of thin wood, rickety old slapped together wood rollacoaster,
greasy fried clams and seriously needing a new coat of paint. 

("coat of paint" being a metaphor)

11:27 am edt 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Community Center Director

SELL THE COMMUNITY CENTER PRONTO

Get rid of the building. The director condescends to the little people. He is
too IMPORTANT, DON'T YOU KNOW, to pick up after himself.

He has his position and his yearly income and he doesn't have to get his hands
dirty Or use them except to endorse his pay check.

I clean my house..it gets dirty during the day...dirty dishes, something falls
on the floor. I don't just leave it until the next day.

6:46 pm edt 

Two Things

I don't believe the parking lot gates are already broken as you assert.  They
never charge by the hour this time of year, it is always a flat day rate which
would not require a ticket.  We get it, you hate the parking department.

Secondly, I was at the meeting where Ms Lynne quipped about the iPhone app.  I
really don't think she was serious, but it was an attempt at a little humor. 
I'm pretty sure she realizes that the IT Department employees are not software
writers.  You all need to lighten up a little.

What should really concern everyone is how a FinComm member can have the
audacity to raise their hand and move a question while sitting at the table?  He
may have had his opportunity to ask question during their many meetings, but to
try to shut the public body out of further discussion is highly questionable.
6:44 pm edt 

So, Does Vernon Porter Have a Position or Does He Not??

Are we still left with Sharon Lynn having a new executive secretary as a
legitimate position--even though unfunded--and Vernon Porter left dangling in
mid air? The $50,000 in the BOS budget needs to go to keep Vernon Porter as the
BOS secretary. they still can't use that money to hire someone for Sharon. That
would be illegal.

Does anyone know? The BOS still seem so weak and wishy washy, even as the town
people rescued their secretary from disappearing. They seem in a fog when it
comes to their real and actual power. What is wrong with them?
6:40 pm edt 

Town Meeting

Well, it looks like this time it was "Sharon's Fanboys" who were a
no-show at town meeting. Very telling . . .

I learned something interesting. I happened to be sitting close to and within
eyeshot of the town manager's partner at town meeting.  Virtually every single
time someone stood up to speak, she rolled her eyes, pursed her lips, sighed
heavily, and/or made a snide comment to the man seated next to her.  I suspect
we need only watch her to see what the town manager says about us in private.
6:36 pm edt 

Thanks

To Ms. Collinson and the Sateriales for approaching the
Town with your offers to sell your land. You both could have
sold out to developers. You truly showed that you care about
The town and it's future. And thanks to the CPA and the Land
Bank and voters for pushing these purcases forward.
Thank you
6:33 pm edt 

Select Are Out of Touch

I was proud of our citizens at Town Meeting. The fact of the matter is our
Select and TM seem so completely out of touch with the voters (do they ever
really talk to anyone other than themselves?) that we had to shout to be heard.
They seem resigned to a status quo that sees US as working for THEM. There is a
new breeze blowing in case they havent heard. They work for us voters.
The Select work for us voters.
The Chief works for us voters.
The Town Manager works for us voters.

People are so alienated by the process they dont even vote anymore. I encourage
everyone to at least VOTE!

There were only about 200 people at Town Meeting. Provincetown needs to do
better.

Pearl Oyster
6:29 pm edt 

Weirdest Moment at Town Meeting III

Someone asks the "Boss" to answer a question regarding personnel. Both Lynn and
Anderson stand up. Lynn takes the podium. Anderson sits down blushing.


--nuff said


6:26 pm edt 

Town Meeting

Town Meeting was a wreck. It was poorly attended, items were poorly considered,
the moderator never had command of the room, the Town Manager was off her game,
the selectmen and fincom just stared into space.

6:25 pm edt 

I Was Impressed With Last Night's Town Meeting

Good questions raised. Important points made. Many people engaged and asking
questions. this was good, healthy, involved and I applaud everyone who was there
and even more: those who stood up and made points and raised questions. Just
wonderful.
6:22 pm edt 

Bravo for Town Businesses on the Neon Amendment

Glad so many people stood and spoke. this was an important warrant article. And
what is Russell Braun really up to? why the focus on neon? why the desire to
fine business owners for neon? Why is Sharon Lynn so against neon? Is Goerge's
Pizza, with its neon lights, too glaring from her personal office? someone
please explain the weirdness behind the letters sent out to businesses and the
fines they wanted to issue immediately.
6:19 pm edt 

Community Center

I'm not blaming the janitor. The director (whom I recall had a
big bruoh ha ha at town meeting about saving his job) does
nothing. My housekeeper might clean in the morning but by
the time she leaves , my cat may barf, I could accumulate
a mess etc and yet I clean up and don't wait for her to maintain
The mess 24/7. It is the responsibility of the director for the all day
maintainance and cleanliness.
5:59 pm edt 

Re: Community Center

I didnt realize that the community center is a comfort station with
only toilets to clean? there is much more that one does when they are janitor 
for the town buildings ..whats up with this complainer of the community
center..hardly any children left in town to trash the center bathrm, must be the
adults...but dont worry hopefully that center will sell tommorrow and by the way
i do believe those are the same bathrms i used in 1960..
9:27 am edt 

Re:FinCom-Deer in the Headlight

The FINCOM was useless this year at ATM and STM and yet some in here want to
elevate a member of FINCOM to selectman? What good will that do? Where was the
young gun and his ideas at STM/ATM?????
9:25 am edt 

Thank You All for Getting Up There Tonight At Town Meeting and Speaking

You were great. you were brilliant.

You care about this town and I am so proud of your actions.
9:23 am edt 

Community Center

The lack of cleanliness in the Community Center doesn't rest solely on
the shoulders of its Janitor.

It's also about the kind of condition that its administrator considers
acceptable for his workplace.  The last time I was there, there were scraps of
crunched paper on the floor right in front of his desk. If it was me, I'd find
these scraps of paper unacceptable, and I'd pick them up.  I wouldn't be able
to wait until the Janitor came to pick them up off my floor.
9:19 am edt 

Parking

The season at the McMillan parking lot began with the ticket booth not
working. Already??

Last year, the parking ticket machines were breaking down all the time. Talk
about loss revenue!
9:17 am edt 

Town Meeting Weirdest Moment II

Re: Voter1 and Voter2 : "Can we have a blackboard that tracks
auditorium so everyone can read it?"


"Then Town Manager proposes iphone app  Then
you say: Great idea using today's technology
."

Typical middle aged, wealthy, out of touch Provincetown wisdom.

Sure, let's find some way to spend a little more town money so we can use our
expensive status symbol gadgets during town meeting. Next let's get all the town
employees expensive hybrid cars! How about some designer Marc Jacobs uniforms
for the sanitation workers?

Don't worry about the few working class people left in town, we'll be fine. Even
without iphones.
9:12 am edt 

Community Center:

8 hrs is ample time to clean toilets! And they are disgusting....
1:29 am edt 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Town Meeting Weirdest Moment II

Voter1 and Voter2 : "Can we have a blackboard that tracks
auditorium so everyone can read it?"
 

"Then Town Manager proposes iphone app  Then
you say: Great idea using today's technology."


Did you think that up on your waterfront deck? Lovely day!  Are you now going to
launch an affordable iPhone program too? What gold leaf planet are you from?


3:52 pm edt 

Town Meeting Weirdest Moment II

Voter1 and Voter2 : "Can we have a blackboard that tracks expenditures
vs free cash balances vs new debt?"



-Writing on a blackboard that can be seen from first row to the back row of the
auditorium so everyone can read it?  You going to write with a paintbrush so
people in the back can read it?

I thought the idea of an app was great, could follow along on the motions and
the free cash balance on your phone.  Great idea using today's technology.
2:12 pm edt 

Re: Community Center Janitor

I truly agree, how can anyone expect the community center to be
spotless when the janitor there is shuffled between a few of the town buildings
and just like the chief who forced out the only janitor who worked there, do
they expect this janitor who already has 2 or 3 buildings to clean expect him to
go there too..personally i think the center is cleaned the best it can be
considering the upkeep over the years has been nothing
1:55 pm edt 

Town Meeting Weirdest Moment II

Voter1 and Voter2 : "Can we have a blackboard that tracks expenditures vs free
cash balances vs new debt?"

 
(by the way this was the first time in 20 years of chatter voter 1 and voter 2 have
agreed on anything)

Town Manager: "Let me develop and iPhone app for that."


Huh? uuhhmm. eehhh.   Build a town meeting app?  How about an overhead projector
with a spreadsheet with live updates?
1:53 pm edt 

Re: Parking Car Purchase

Re: "Should we lease or buy a parking vehicle, those dang town
employees it's obscene they have parking...."



Your huge issues just doesn't seem that important this morning.  It's very easy
for you to talk about 'town employees' and what they don't deserve, but get off
your high horse and think for a second that they are people.  They are people
who just lost someone they worked with on a daily basis, someone they cared
about.  I just went into a staff member's office to ask a question about last
night and found him sitting there with tears in eyes.  I realized the question I
was going to ask wasn't all that important.

And you want to b..... about their parking?
10:27 am edt 

Neon Lights Article

Please attend town meeting tonight,again........, to support the
article allowing internally illuminted signs.

Also remember that individuals on town boards volunteer countless hours of their
time to help us as a town.  Go easy on these volunteers.

Thank you,

Scott Caldwell

Jonathan Williams Salon and Spa
9:42 am edt 

Re: Parking Car Purchase

Just because there is money, does that mean it needs to be spent?  I have money
in my bank account, I'd best go spend it before it goes away?  Geez!   Who did a
time value of money analysis?   Also, I guess there is a fundamental question of
why we need a parking vehicle in the first place - to basically cover 3x1 miles
in crowded in-season traffic?  If we really must buy this car, why don't we open
up the spaces at town hall to the general public and dedicate those revenues to
the new car.  It is obscene that town employees - many who are not even
residents - are given parking free.

Are we doing zero based-budgeting or just reflecting on the prior year?  If
zero based budgeting was applied, every item would need to be justified; my
guess is this is not the method that is applied to town.   I am underwhelmed by
our Finance Committee and its "recommendations" - does anyone have the fortitude
to vote nay?
9:23 am edt 

FinCom-Deer in the Headlight

"We are all but yelling at fincom to HELP! yet they just stare back at
us. . ."

They seem mysteriously silent this year.  The FinCom reports tell us nothing,
they just echo the BOS, they usually have more to add, but this year - nothing. 
Something is going on there.  Were they told to be quiet or do they not have
opinions?
9:22 am edt 

Sandy Turner, Deputy Director DPW

Mr. Walker,

You may wish to confirm this before posting.

Sandy Turner, Deputy DPW Director had a heart attack and passed away this
morning.

It puts all of our other petty squabbles and issues into perspective.  My
thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and fellow workers who are
mourning her loss.
8:57 am edt 

Provincetown Citizens Are Engaged

I am so very proud of the concerned involvement of Provincetown citizens at
the annaul Town Hall Meeting.

The questions asked about particular items within articles are a testament to citizens
having done their homework.

Yes, it does extend the time it takes to  move the meeting, but the longterm 
interest of the town is well served.

Congratulations to all who have attended the meetings  and participated, no matter
the positions taken. The voice of the people is being heard.

I am proud to be a Provincetown citizen.

See you tonight.

Thanks,

Clarence L. walker, Jr.

  
8:28 am edt 

It Goes On!

Town Meeting voters are making it very clear they expect more from
Town Government and most importantly more information from town leaders.  While
a broken down Town Hall was Bergman's legacy, the decrepit streets will be
Lynn's And it's not that''s not really fair to either.

Unfortunately, Anderson is the worst communicator we've as Chair in years. We
are all but yelling at fincom to HELP! yet they just stare back at us.  And the
moderator is so obsessed with Victorian decorum & silly formalities, she is
completely missing the mood of the meeting. MORE EXPLANATIONS NOW.

Next up: You will see most all of the ballot overrides fail and the incumbent
selectman defeated.
8:08 am edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn-Lost Cause

"The town is in shambles, the Town Manager should tender her
resignation.  .  .  No maintenance on streets or town owned buildings,
ridiculous spending on BS.The 99% need to take back Provincetown!"


I use to side with the so called 99%, but then I found out they are whiners and
complainers who don't really stand for anything except ignorance of real issues.

8:01 am edt 

Town Meeting

Re: "Do people really want answers to questions at town meeting or do
the just like to hear themselves talk?"



Thought the same thing.  A man spoke very loudly into the mic on Monday night,
had an opinion on everything, made amendments to motions, etc.  You'd think he's
passionate about all town business and activities and he'll continue to be
involved on Tuesday.  Wrong - he didn't even show up on Tuesday.

8:00 am edt 

Re: Town Meeting-Car Purchase v Lease

Finally, with regards to the Parking Authority car - why is this one
to be purchased and the Police Department cars to be leased?


I was in town hall on Monday to ask questions.  Finance director said there was
enough $ in the parking fund to purchase the car so the decision was made to
purchase instead of lease.
7:58 am edt 

Stop Turning Provincetown Into Hayannis

What a shame. Drive down Shank painter Rd. and it looks like a block in Hyannis.

We have affordable housing developments all over town and the monolith housing
development that  you see on Shankpainter road will next be on Nelson Avenue!

STOP the over development. Water is a precious commodity! Stop Stop Stop the
mindset of giving our land, and now our buildings to affordable housing.

I don't want to live smothered by affordable housing monoliths.

I never thought that I'd watch my town be overbuilt and have every open field
developed and cul-de-sacs at the end of quiet streets like Bangs street turn
into housing developments.

I don't want to live in a rabbit warren and wind my way through towering housing
developments as I go about town.
7:56 am edt 

Re: Something Rotten in Denmark?

In the day and age of computers, it's somewhat impossible to give that answer
and be believed. How many permits have been given out, how much money in the
till. There's your answer.

BTW, Truro takes in about rotten.
7:52 am edt 

Didn't You Hear?

You are so ignorant!!!
How ridiculous to say that The town is in shambles, the Town Manager should
tender herresignation.

It has been 5 years and she is sleep walking through her job.  No maintenance on
streets or town owned buildings, ridiculous spending on BS. The town is laying
pipes up and down the streets!!

The 99% need to take back Provincetown! Are you joking? Town meeting
dictates--didn't you hear us? You have no idea how things work.

The town is in a shambles? The T.M. is trying to build two new building to
replace the disgraces shambles of the Police station and DPW building. LISTEN TO
YOURSELF.

The high school needs repointing because when work was being done on the school
and the workers uncovered more work that needed to be addressed--the work and
the cost was brought before the public and IT WAS VOTED DOWN!

The Town Manage can't say, lets repoint the high school, lets put a roof on Town
Hall and make a phone call--it has to go before the town meeting.

Now it has hit critical mass! Thank goodness we voted yes to protect the school
from water damae.

People's emotional reactions are not based on facts: Look at the asbestos issue
at the elementary school. People got up and said how one town had to spend 1.4
millions dollars because of the asbestos in the air and the walls etc. conjuring
of an image of an asbestos nightmare of draconian proportions that would cost us
millions to fix.

And then the contractor got up and told us how the pipes are in a trench and
will be entombed and that it will never be an issue again.

Learn the facts--stop shooting from the hip.
7:51 am edt 

Unjustified

I have gone to selectmen's meetings and at one of them I was the only citizen
there. Business is conducted and then after one, two or three years of work the
results are presented and and there is a big brouhaha because people heard about
it for the first time and they act as though it sprang out of nowhere overnight.

So much work is being done and the people at town hall go to so many meetings
that it seems that they have no private life.
How do I know? Because I've gone to meetings and then seen town staff at other
meetings afterwards and at presentations etc.

This is the life of people who work at town hall. In the past, I've been to
selectmen's meeting and then a few days later at the CPA meeting and there is
the chair of the selectmen and the town manager.

You have no idea of the hours and hours of work that people do at town hall.

What I have seen with my own eyes contradicts what is written here.

7:48 am edt 

Community Center Janitor

Maybe the person who keeps complaining about the dirt at the Community Center
should take into consideration the fact he has more than one building to clean.
You can only do so much in 8 hrs. If you think the Community Center is dirty now
(and perosnally I don't but), wait till they start passing the police station
janitor around like a hockey puck and I'm sure you'll be wondering why that
place is also dirty. There's a difference when you are assigned to a building,
it's called pride -vs- when all you have time to do when pucked around is time
to do the basics.
7:45 am edt 

Town Meeting

ALL of town meeting is subtext.  Don't miss Day 3.
7:43 am edt 

Town Meeting

Do people really want answers to questions at town meeting or do the
just like to hear themselves talk?
1:04 am edt 

Something Rotten in Denmark?

WHY DIDN'T THE HARBORMASTER KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT PAID THEIR
MOORING FEES? "IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO DETERMINE."

IF THE TOWN DIDN'T COLLECT ALL PROPERTY TAXES, WOULD THAT BE THERE ANSWER? THEY
WOULD KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH WAS DELINQUENT.

ALSO, ONLY $62,000 IN MOORING FEES WERE COLLECTED IN 2011. IN 2005 AND 2006 FEES
COLLECTED WERE OVER $100,000.

ASK THE FINANCE DIRECTOR FOR A HISTORY OF MOORING FEES COLLECTED AND YOU WILL BE
SHOCKED!

I MAKE A MOTION FOR A COMPLETE INVESTIGATION OF MOORING FEE COLLECTION AND WHY
THEY ARE SO LOW FROM PREVIOUS YEARS!

SELECTMEN ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO THIS?
1:02 am edt 

Re: Chumps

"Not a clue on how to manage a town"

And you don't have a clue as to what you are talking about.
1:00 am edt 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sharon Lynn-Lost Cause

The town is in shambles, the Town Manager should tender her
resignation.  It has been 5 years and she is sleep walking through her job.  No
maintenance on streets or town owned buildings, ridiculous spending on BS.
The 99% need to take back Provincetown!
12:58 am edt 

Erik Yingling

This town is being slaughtered by the real estate interests that are
promoting over-development at all costs.  Erik Yingling happens to be a real
estate broker who has stated he wants to see more affordable housing.  Enough is
enough with all the development and affordable housing.  This town looks
completely different than it did even 10 years ago and there is no sign of it
letting up.
12:54 am edt 

Rec Center

I say sell the rec center and cut the custodian staff and the rec director to
1/2 that would save $$
12:52 am edt 

Community Center

If you're looking for the custodian of the community center and want to know why
it is so dirty...  Oh.. check with his ??  You can find him elsewhere !
12:51 am edt 

Erik Yingling

I wonder if Yinglings dingalings will be out this weekend again with their
signs? Maybe that's who his "advisors" are!
12:49 am edt 

Police Station

Just a thought,but why not build a police station where the community
center is..it hasnt sold yet and personally i think the town should keep what
they own since there is not any land left to buy....
12:47 am edt 

Peyton Place

What silly small town antics and Peyton Place drama exhibited.  Name
calling and insults and he said, she said and come on.  A call requesting a
prescription for common sense is clearly in order.  One question remains though. 
Was there any random knitting in the audience or on stage or at the "mike"
during this meeting?  Knitting by anyone in attendance indicates subject apathy. 
When you knit, your stitch must take priority.  So, in consequence, if you knit
in public meeting, you can't possibly be paying full attention to the issues or
concerns being addressed.  Unless you have 2 brains and that has never been
found in science.  Unless some meeting minutes prove otherwise, that is.
12:16 am edt 

Monday's Town Meeting

In thinking today about last night's meeting, as few things crossed my
mind.  I think the Town Moderator did an exceptionally poor job last night -
granted, she was trying to herd cats! 

How/why she didn't shut down the resolution on "recommendations" to the
BOS on how to pick a winning bid on any town property sale is a mystery. 
That resolution shows a fundamental flaw in thinking, i.e., do not take the
highest price, but do support small/large public projects that taxpayers will
foot - and that audience was not one of taxpayers. 

I thought the Moderator also was rude when the young man (Mr. Brook)
from the fire department tried to speak and she said he'd already had
many chances - and then went back to Mrs. Rushmore or Dr. Cohen
(sp) - each of whom spoke much more than he had. 

I haven't a clue what Mr. Brook was going to say, but thought it
very disrespectful.  I also thought the Director of the DPW to be playing a
shell game - between him, and the Town Manager!
, neither could answer a direct question - be it yes/no/how much. 

Finally, with regards to the Parking Authority car - why is this one to be purchased and
the Police Department cars to be leased?
12:07 am edt 

Re: Best Moment at Town Meeting

Even if Lynn had left the meeting (she hadn't) shouldn't the chair  or even vice
chair of BoS or Fin Com been able to answer the question?
Chumps
Not a clue on how to manage a town
5:54 pm edt 

Re: Ms. Avellar

To whomever addressed the issue to me:
 
I had no intention of recusing myself on pier issues. I was standing at the
mike and did ask questions. And, when the question was called, my husband was
standing at the mike but didn't get to speak.

Mary-Jo Avellar
5:04 pm edt 

Re: Ms. Avellar

"There is no reason.  .  ."


That was surprising.  Blogmaster usually only posts about half the postings
regarding his buddy, the future moderator.
5:03 pm edt 

Re: Parking Department

Why is Provincetown's Parking Department personnel so friggin
unfriendly?



Probably all the crap they have to take.  People don't pay their bills, town
says you don't get a parking permit if you don't pay your bills.   Then people
scream at the parking department because they didn't pay their bills and the
parking dept won't give them a permit.

You couldn't pay me to take that abuse.


4:58 pm edt 

Parking Clerk

Had a nice visit to the parking office this morning. Found the clerk to be
pleasant and friendly and the whole experience very pleasant. Can't figure out
what people are complaining about
4:57 pm edt 

Re: Best Moment at Town Meeting

Re: "You paid one hundred thousand dollars for a report on the building
repairs needed on town property. What are the priorities from that report?"


Town Manger: SILENCE

Board of Selectmen: SILENCE.


Have to agree with other poster.  Town mgr was silent cause she wasn't there.


4:52 pm edt 

Re: Erik Yingling

"Erik is the only member of fin comm is supporting himself from work ....."


Take a good look at the FinCom and you will realize this is not true.  One
person works at the airport, another works at a commercial st restaurant. 
Because of their work schedule they too miss meetings.  But, they aren't now
running for BOS.
4:51 pm edt 

Re: Best Moment at Town Meeting

"What madness or delusional  promotion are you professing. . .Again
stop the bull! .  .  .Enough with defending incompetency"



Yikes, you are one angry camper aren't you?  If you need to be right so badly
then yup, you were right.
4:47 pm edt 

Parking Department

Why is Provincetown's Parking Department personnel so friggin
unfriendly?
1:12 pm edt 

Re: Best Moment at Town Meeting

"Yes, watch PTV. I was sitting around the 15th row and she wasn't there when the
question was asked. Selective memory on your part huh?"


What madness or delusional  promotion are you professing. The question was
put to Sharon Lynn several times by a citizen at the mike and several times she
failed to answer the question. I don't think the questioner was delusional nor was
the presence of Sharon Lynn a figment of his imagination.

Again stop the bull! 

Enough with defending incompetency
1:07 pm edt 

Re: Best Moment at Town Meeting

"What a crock! Everyone at Town Hall saw and heard what Sharon did and
said, which was exactly "nothing" pertaining to the question put to her."


Yes, watch PTV.  I was sitting around the 15th row and she wasn't there when the
question was asked.  Selective memory on your part huh?

I'm not defending anyone, last night's meeting was one of the worst in years. 
The residents came out for blood and I'm not sure the TM was prepared for it and
the chair of the BOS certainly wasn't prepared.  And I like our moderator, but
what was that with allowing a non-binding resolution be attached to a motion? 
Can we all do that when we want something that isn't in the warrant?

While I'm ranting what is it with people who don't want their taxes raised, but
want to give away buildings for artist's studios or affordable housing?  It's
NUTS !


12:52 pm edt 

Re: Best Moment at Town Meeting

"Were you awake? Perhaps you didn't notice that the town manager was not in the
room, I assume she had to use the restroom. Curious as to how you think there
would be anything but silence from her if she wasn't in the room."


What a crock! Everyone at Town Hall saw and heard what Sharon did and said,
which was exactly "nothing" pertaining to the question put to her.

Talk about being asleep at the switch.

Stop trying to rewrite history. Just take a look at PTV.

Enough with the BS! 

12:34 pm edt 

Re: Best Moment at Town Meeting

"Turns out they have no plan. Worse, the Town Manager doesn't even know
what a plan is."


Were you awake?  Perhaps you didn't notice that the town manager was not in the
room, I assume she had to use the restroom.  Curious as to how you think there
would be anything but silence from her if she wasn't in the room.


12:12 pm edt 

Re: To: Mary-Jo Avellar

Ms. Avellar

     There is no reason for her to recuse from pier issues
whether she is moderator or Bos or on any board or committee.
Her husband is no longer a pier employee.
Sorry
12:10 pm edt 

Stump the Chumps. Town Meeting Version

What are your priorities for repairs of the buildings?

Chumps are stumped. Afraid to ask, "What's a priority"?

12:04 pm edt 

Re: To: David Bedard

"Dave: You are better than this. Do you really want personal attacks
like these to be how your term on the Selectmen is remembered?"


Why would you assume Selectman Bedard controls what people write on this blog? 
I didn't write the referenced blog, but have questioned Erik's maturity level
regarding a seat on the BOS in another posting.  If Selectman Bedard ran into me
on the street I don't think he would even know who I am.
12:02 pm edt 

Best Moment at Town Meeting

Voter: "You paid one hundred thousand dollars for a report on the building
repairs needed on town property. What are the priorities from that report?"

Town Manger: SILENCE

Board of Selectmen
: SILENCE.


I thought the ridiculous punitive parking enforcement was the big deal this
year.

Turns out they have no plan. Worse, the Town Manager doesn't even know what a
plan is.
11:59 am edt 

The End Of Sharon Unleashed

For 5 years we have given Lynn huge latitude in completing her job. First the
police station debacle and now the general tone at last nights Town Meeting
strongly suggests Sharon will be required to explain more and carry out her
responsibilities a more transparent way.

Sharon is very good, but not perfect. It will be interesting to see if she can
adapt to more oversight. I hope so.

11:55 am edt 

Sell Town Owned Buildings

Years ago someone posted a list of town own buildings in this space. I want to
see that list published again. I want to lobby for the sale of town owned
buildings so that we can use the money for worth while projects.

We don't need a house or some other building that was given to the town that
continually needs maintenance and doesn't benefit the town outright.

Sell the buildings and put the money towards the DPW so we can garage our
expensive town vehicles.
11:51 am edt 

2011 Fin Comm meetings

Erik is the only member of fin comm is supporting himself from work I hope the
new moderator will investigate the impact setting of the fin comm schedule in
2011 and 2012.
11:49 am edt 

Fire Stations

The pumper station near the Coast Guard station was sold
as a private resident years ago.

The pumper next to Bubbala's
is still maintained by the town as a public restroom.

The onenext to Adam's is rented out for fundraising at a very minimal
cost. This one could be sold as retail space.

Johnson Street still houses trucks, rescue etc. as does the one near
Howland St..I think the two east end pumpers are still needed
for quick response.

A 40 year resident
11:47 am edt 

Crushing Wait at the Parking Lot

OH, how someone goes on regarding the parking dept.

I bet that it is the person that I encountered last summer who was in her
convertible blocking traffic by parking in front of the post office.  Her
response was,"I live here and I want to be in the shade while I wait for my
friend."

I guess that the rest of us are just the little people who must wait and bow to
her royal highness.
11:43 am edt 

Parking Lot

Wow! I had no idea we were making such a fortune with our new kiosks. If one
only read what was written here and didn't know the true facts, one would think
that everything is going to hell in a hand basket!

So much for your credibility!
11:41 am edt 

Provincetown Cry Babies

There is a protocol for getting your sticker and it requires  you to have your
driver's license and your registration.

I walk in, hand over my license and document and get my license.

What cry babies! I know the type. You are so put upon. You have a hang-nail, you
swoon against your chaise lounge, calling out to your maids and butler in a weak
voice, but determined voice,"Call--an---ambulance and get me my salts! as you
crumple against your velvets, satins, and brocades.

Sheesh--give us a break. Please, Please, sign your name so we can carry you in a
sedan chair to the parking dept. and alleviate the horror of standing in line.

Sheesh--what a self indulgent, indolent Prig! You should tape yourself for a
week and then listen to yourself. Oh, Your poor, poor acquaintances (the people
you call your friends).
11:40 am edt 

To: Mary-Jo Avellar

Will Ms. Avellar as moderator recuse herself from any discussions
involving the Pier?
11:37 am edt 

Vote Yes on Article 27 Eliminate Zoning By-Law 3224


Tonight at town meeting there is an amendment (Article 27) to allow for lighted
signs within buildings of Provincetown.  If you are a registered voter and
support local business, please attend the meeting and support this article.

Scott Caldwell
Jonathan Williams Salon and Spa
11:35 am edt 

Enough with the Affordable Housing!

We taxpayers need every penny we can get from the sale of the Grace G. Building
and the community center.

What is all of this nonsense to give it to affordable housing?

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT AFFORDABLE HOUSING HAS BEEN BUILT HERE FOR OVER 12 YEARS.

Stop giving away our town to developers. THANK HEAVEN Babs Rushmore's resolution
went no-where.
11:30 am edt 

To: Erik Yingling

"The above statement simply isn't true, and the writer knows it not to
be true. (minutes are selectively posted and are not up to date)"



So now you are saying the FinCom chair selectively posts minutes and only posts
those minutes where Erik was absent?  You owe the FinCom chair an apology.
11:27 am edt 

Re: Erik Yingling - To: MYPACC

"Have I missed a couple of meetings when it conflicted with my work
schedule?  Sure. Were they all excused absences?  yes. Is it common for members
to miss meetings when they have a schedule conflict?  Absolutely."



According to someone else's research you missed more than a couple of meetings
Mr. Yingling, you missed 44% of all the meetings.  In 2012 when you decided to
run for office you started to attend more meetings.  I see a lack of
responsibility on your part and that isn't a trait I want in a member of my town
governing body.
11:20 am edt 

Parking

"As you may know, you have to have paid all your real estate taxes,
parking tickets, water bills, sewer bills."



It wan't the parking administrator who brought that forward.  You believe that
people should receive a huge discount on parking, but it's OK if they are past
due on their obligations to the town?  Sorry, but I don't think the parking
administrator is the one who is an idiot.
11:16 am edt 

Community Center

While Town Hall was in the trailers I had attended many
meetings at various times of day at the Community Center.
There were always dirty dishes in the kitchen sink, dirty bathrooms,
non functioning water fountains, litter all over the front yard and
a general mess. It was also sad to see original Peter Hunt
Furniture used as craft tables etc.
The director was always in his office on personal phone calls.

11:14 am edt 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Town Meeting May Go On Until Wednesday

Who knew? One night? absolutely not. We will be lucky if everything is done by
tomorrow. it just could easily go on until Wendesday. I hope not but it could.
12:59 am edt 

I Think She Was Bit by a Rabid Ferret

She is really a negative force. she is arrogant and thank goodness this woman is
not longer chair of the BOS. Lucky for all of us that she can sell her froggy
ceramics and not really influence--at least directly--town votes.
12:57 am edt 

Bravo To All Who Got Up and Spoke Tonight

You surely did make a difference. We did make a difference. So glad to see that
the selectmen finally found some balls--their own! The secretary is theirs---not
Sharon Lynn's. She can have her own but not theirs too!

So glad someone woke up or was changed by the voices on the floor. They are the
ones in power and they are Sharon Lynn's boss--not the other way around. They
need their own person who has allegiance to the BOS. Glad that the BOS finally
saw this tonight and voted to make the new positions THEIR position and not the
town manager's.

This is what their power demands. Glad they finally saw it.
12:54 am edt 

Parking

Ridiculous wait at the parking dept this morning...why can't we buy
our permits the week BEFORE they are required? What else are the parking
department people doing all day?  This morning one was standing around eating
looking out the window while one was typing at the computer. 14 people stood in
line.
12:52 am edt 

Recreational Center

OMG !  I  had an opportunity to go to the Recreation Center the other day and
boy was I amazed....  It truly is FILTHY!

Not only have I heard that but I saw it with my own eyes...  Who;s the janitor?
12:50 am edt 

Erik Yingling

Erik Yingling:  "I'm not sure where you are getting your information
but I have been to most of the Finance Committee meetings this year."


I'm one of those who read what someone else wrote and assumed it was true.  So I
looked up the FinCom agenda for 2011.

2011 FinCom meetings 25

Erik was present and on time for 7 (28%)
Erik was came late, but was present 7 (28%)
Erik was absent for meeting  11 (44%)
12:49 am edt 

Parking

"Now my house guests got a ticket!!!!
We need new selectmen, new Town Manager, new Police Chief.
This in incredibly stupid!"



You forgot to tell your house guests parking enforcement starts on April 1st and
you want to blame someone else.  Guess what?  I had house guests this weekend as
well.  I told them where they could and could not park.  No one got a ticket. 
Take responsibility for your own actions and quit trying to blame others for
your mistake.
12:44 am edt 

Erik Yingling

"As a concerned citizen I totally object to Eric Yingling in any position in town
gov't. He doesn.t......"



The above statement simply isn't true, and the writer knows it not to be true.
(minutes are selectively posted and are not up to date)


Dave: You are better than this. Do you really want personal attacks like these
to be how your term on the Selectmen is remembered?
12:42 am edt 

Parking

Bring Your Beach Chairs! 

Fourth in line and a forty minute wait!

As you may know, you have to have paid all your real estate taxes, parking
tickets, water bills, sewer bills.

Additionally, you must have proof that your children are still in school or
evidence of graduation.  You must mow your lawn on schedule so it's tidy.  You
have to be cleanly shaven, not be wearing a hat, and be right-handed.

These dumbass rules are getting more ridiculous every year.  You can thank the
Parking "Clerk." That idiot.

To boot, the notice prominently displayed outside the parking office is very
clearly dated 2013 and signed 2013.  What's next, fingerprints? Stupid, stupid,
STUPID!

12:40 am edt 

Provincetown Monument's Catalogue

.... and has anybody looked into the completeness and accuracy of the
Monument's catalogue of their permanent collection?  You might be surprised at
what you'll find (and maybe not find) - going all the way back to Clive
Driver.....
12:36 am edt 

Sell the Buildings

"Lets sell other buildings that the towns own. Someone will buy it and
renovate it and we will get tax dollars in return."


I heard the town voted to sell some of the old firehouse buildings, but for some
reason it never went any further.  Can anyone confirm whether it's true or not
and why we didn't sell them?  I'm all for keeping historical properties but I'm
also for adding to the tax base.


1:22 pm edt 

Re: The Fight Goes On!

Don't go away mad, just go away!

BTW, thanks for leaving.
1:20 pm edt 

"The Era of the Provincetown Divas Must Come to an End"


The first diva to go should be Bedard. He didn't get a ticket 'cause he has a
free reserved space!

Now that's a super-diva ||  SNAP SNAP
1:19 pm edt 

Parking

ME: How about take the parking rules signs down in the winter and put them back
with the kiosk are in force.? Or put up banners that say parking regulations are
NOW in force?"

YOU: "Not bad ideas, but they aren't going to happen because you bring them up here. 
Go to a BOS meeting and make the recommendation."

I reply: Whey you turn on the parking meetings, when one parks they are faced
with mechanical meter in front of them blinking red.  The kiosks have no such
alert system Ryder Street looks just as it did last week with all the same stale
signs. Why can't the parking department, the police chief or the Selectmen
anticipate the distinction?

Why? Because they have been focused on getting that Ptown Taj Mahal built, not
on the needs of the citizens!!!! Now my house guests got a ticket!!!!

We need new selectmen, new Town Manager, new Police Chief.

This in incredibly stupid!



1:17 pm edt 

To: My PACC

Tonight is town meeting. You have been very vocal on this blog and now it is
your turn to speak up at town meeting. I want to hear from you.

I'm not sure where you are getting your information but I have been to most of
the Finance Committee meetings this year.

Have I missed a couple of meetings when it conflicted with my work schedule? 
Sure. Were they all excused absences?  yes. Is it common for members to miss
meetings when they have a schedule conflict?  Absolutely.

If you want to know what I contribute to the Finance Committee, I encourage you
to speak with the other members.  As private citizens, the majority of them are
supporting my candidacy.

My invitation is still open to anyone and everyone posting on this blog who
wants to sit down with me for a cup of coffee if you have doubts about my
character, my ability, and my commitment to Provincetown.

Respectfully,

Erik P. Yingling

1:09 pm edt 

Sell the Buildings

"Lets sell the run down community Center and the Grace G. building and put the
money towards the new DPW and Police Station.Lets sell other buildings that the
towns own. Someone will buy it and renovate it and we will get tax dollars in
return. Why keep all of these buildings that aren't useful to the town as they
are--sell and use the proceeds to build what we need."


Vote NO on indeterminate Postponement. Vote YES on article 7
11:17 am edt 

Re: Parking

"How about take the parking rules signs down in the winter and put them
back with the kiosk are in force.? Or put up banners that say parking
regulations are NOW in force?"



Not bad ideas, but they aren't going to happen because you bring them up here. 
Go to a BOS meeting and make the recommendation.  If the parking dept isn't
instructed by the BOS they will then get ripped because they put up a banner
telling people something they should already know.
11:14 am edt 

April First Was Sunday

STOP BORROWING HARDSHIP

Gee, a town department was closed because it was Sunday.
Park on a side street like I did. I have a town sticker--but my car is in the
shop and I had to borrow one and it doesn't have a sticker.

Why would I park in front my house which is resident parking only and get a
ticket?

People feel so entitled as though the rest of us must bow down to these self
centered people who are above the law and who consider us the little people.

Grow up, be and adult and take responsibility instead of being such a whiny cry
baby. Stop borrowing hardship and deliberately flaunting and breaking the law
and then crying about being caught.

The Era of the Provincetown Divas must come to an end.
10:14 am edt 

Sell the Buildings

Lets sell the run down community Center and the Grace G. building and put the
money towards the new DPW and Police Station.

Lets sell other buildings that the towns own. Someone will buy it and renovate
it and we will get tax dollars in return.

Why keep all of these buildings that aren't useful to the town as they are--sell
and use the proceeds to build what we need.
10:11 am edt 

Erik Doesn't Measure Up-Makes Me Shudder

As a concerned citizen I totally object to Eric Yingling in any position in town
gov't. He doesn't even make the FinCom meetings.

I'm a private citizen--I'm not a David B! This isn't about David B. This is
about doing what is best for the town.

I'm trying with all of my might to avoid people voting Eric in and creating
years of disaster.

Makes me shudder to think of him as a selectman.
9:29 am edt 

Saved Money

For over 50 years hardly a penny has been put into the DPW. So much was voted
down in the past.

The taxpayers can't squeeze anymore life out of these town buildings used by the
DPW or the police station.

I know that it isn't possible; but it would be great if we could get everyone at
town meeting to vote yes to resurrect this $650,000.00 article.
9:27 am edt 

Going to Town Meeting

Will the people who were yelling about the cost of the DPW and police station
promise that their entire household will use a port-a-potty until the fall town
meeting?

People acted as though a project didn't exit until they heard about it.

How many people know the ins and outs of the stand pipe situation or the new
well in Truro? How many know about the millions that we received in grants for
the waste water treatment plant?

Gee, I didn't know about that--when did all of this happen?

If you went to selectmen's meeting where town business is discussed you'd know
about this. The banner can't write about every project in town.

Too bad the articles in the banner about the police station and the DPW didn't
come out a year ago.
9:26 am edt 

Re: Parking

"This is another symptom of the contempt of Selectmen for the citizens.
This board is out of control.  Incredible"



You like to complain about everything huh?  I'm not sure why anyone would want
to be in elected office or work for this town.  You try to do what you think is
right for the town.  Of course it's OK that some residents disagree with your
opinion but the venom from some people in their disagreement is disgusting.  The
only time we seem to have civil discourse is on the floor of town meeting when
the moderator demands it.
9:21 am edt 

Re: Erik is a Disaster

Another Bedard unsubstantiated claim, which
does not address the central issue, the need for
new blood willing to make the effort for change
9:14 am edt 

Erik is a Disaster

He doesn't think things through. He is the Puppet with someone else pulling the
strings telling him what to do and say.
8:46 am edt 

Re: Parking

"Parking restrictions take effect on April 1st, when should they start
enforcement?  Just give them a little guidance as to what you'd like to see"


How about take the parking rules signs down in the winter and put them back with
the kiosk are in force.? Or put up banners that say parking regulations are NOW
in force? With the kiosks and the stale signs, you can't even tell anything has
changed.
THINK. PEOPLE. THINK.

This is another symptom of the contempt of Selectmen for the citizens. This
board is out of control.  Incredible
8:40 am edt 

Re: The Fight Goes On!

"I am sure Barry doesn't care what anyone thinks at this point. He and
his partner are happy in Boston and NH . . ."


Point is no one here cares what Barry thinks either so we are all good. 
Whatever happens in his little lawsuit has no effect on us and the summer
officers he hates so much are long gone.  Life goes on, he should too.
8:32 am edt 

See You at Town Meeting

I want to vote to improve the town. When I need to fix leaky pipes or a roof I
have to pay for it. We need to vote to spend the money to maintain the town.

One the streets are done being torn up then the paving will start. Why pave and
then tear it up again.

Drive down cemetery road..that was all torn up and look how smooth it is now.
Just be patient--and let the work proceed rationally.
8:27 am edt 

Academy Award Nominations

What a show the town manager & the police chief put on PTV about the
neglect of the police station! Such acting should get them an academy award!
Until I saw this, I thought they were sincere people. Anybody can make a
building look bad, and it was very noticeable that they tried. If anything, the
towns inspectors should all be fired! I was a supporter of a new station until I
watched this. Plus, since the public hearing when the towns people questioned
the price of the station, have you noticed all of the patrol cars stopping
people all day & night? Blue lights flashing all night! Just to show my distaste
of this strong hand of the law I will not vote for a new station until we get a
better police chief!
8:24 am edt 

Parking

I have some friends who are out of staters. They're living here,
renting, year round. They both have cars that have out of state plates. They
tried to buy their $250.00 out of state stickers but were told they wouldn't go
on sale until the 2nd. So, of course, they woke to parking tickets today,April
1.

Let me get this: If you buy the ticket you're ok--which of course you cannot
this year. If you go and get met by a woman who is mean, and moreover snidely
tells you that you cannot buy it until the 2nd, you must deal with the wrath of
that woman and the fine--when all along you wanted to do the right thing. Not
cool on the town part. You cannot treat people this way. No wonder there is
anger and ire at the way things are done. So stupid. So, so stupid.
8:22 am edt 

Re: David Gardner-Town Manager

"I would like that so much. I would want someone new, someone
different. David Gardner would be a wonderful selection.  .  ."



David would end up being your personal punching bag just as quickly as you like
to insult Sharon.  I think he's smart enough to never take the position.  The
only people who would take that job if it opened up are those who don't know the
residents of this town.
8:20 am edt 

There is Nothing Wrong With Our Police Department

They have everything under control!

Humpty Dumpty is looking after the patrol officers...  but the golden egg should
stay on the ledge because we can't afford to pay for a new egg.

The parking department is out in force because today is the day the parking
rules go into effect... but  the joke is on us because the dispatchers don't
know what's up.

Of course if we had that $14 million state of the art communications facility,
things would be much different.

"Can people obtain a parking pass through the mail?" asked the dispatcher to a
meter peter.

"Yes."

"Can people park on Commercial Street?" asked another dispatcher to a patrol
officer.

"No."

"Is anyone is the  booth at the Grace Hall parking lot" asked another dispatcher
to the meter peter.

"I don't know, but I'll go check," was her response.

It's April 1st, and the joke is on the residents of Provincetown...

Our money is being so well spent, ain't it?

8:18 am edt 

Re: Insider Information

"the posts with insider information are posted as anti- Yingling. Can anyone
remember the Town Manager- or maybe the department heads- being so involved in a
BoS race?"




It happens all the time dear. It's just a little more obvious. Politics is
politics and TM is a player. Becuase the issues are so technical now everyone
knows who knows what.   And they ah making no secret they want Erik far away
8:15 am edt 

Re: Parking Tickets

"Tickets are being given out on Ryder Street and Comm Street.
Incredible. Meters in force for 2 hours?????"


Parking restrictions take effect on April 1st, when should they start
enforcement?  Should they wait 3 hours, 8 hours, 24 hours?  Just give them a
little guidance as to what you'd like to see.  Parking restrictions are
effective April 1st, but no tickets will be written until April 5th - would that
work for you?
8:11 am edt 

Town Meeting

You may not like what is going on in town or you may be very happy
with what is going on in town, but please show up at town meeting on Monday
night.  It's one (or two) nights out of your week, it's our form of town
government and it only works if we participate.  It would be great to see a
large turnout.
8:10 am edt 

Re: New Police Station

"As you can see here, they are not giving up and will sneak an
approval. The whole postponement thing is a scam.  Turn out and vote no on the
police palace"



Is your post a joke or do you really believe that?
8:08 am edt 

Parking

Whoever thought of buying more kiosks for this town is a bad idea..  Have you
ever checked to find out how many times they were actually out of service last
year?  Perhaps you ought to.. You would be amazed at the answer!

Way to spend taxpayers money !
8:07 am edt 

Re: The Fight Goes On!

".  .  .but there is something to be said for fighting and draining the
town that hurt them as well I suppose.  .  ."


As someone said earlier, it's the insurance company that will cover all this. 
It really has no effect on the town.  And speaking of the town, it's not some
big corporate entity, it's you and me.  He is consumed by a fight to be proven
right when in reality it's just a blip on the radar screen in our life.
8:06 am edt 

New Police Station

The simple truth is we don't need a mega million dollar police
station.  Our police force should be able (along with out of town investigators,
etc.who need legroom ) to function at 100% in a portion of the Fire Station
Bldg. or, at the most, an annex.  Do not become another spoke in the web.  Vote
NO.

Look around, the streets are a mess, we are inviting affordable housing and the
sewer system is still a work in progress.  The town hall looks great (HOW ABOUT
THE BASEMENT???????????).  The library LOOKS great.  Do we really need a library
of this stature?  Really??

We seem to have a spending problem.  Time to put a stop to it.  Vote NO
8:04 am edt 

Re: The Fight Goes On!

"Sorry honey, guessing insurance covers it all."


Who pays for THAT in the end, huh mr. patrolman? I am sure Barry doesn't care
what anyone thinks at this point. He and his partner are happy in Boston and NH
and from talking with him recently, they have found peace via the truth. Proud
of them! Our town needed people to stand up to our police and especially the
summer program. We need a new police station like we need another lawsuit
against them!
8:02 am edt 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Re: New Police Station

All these pro Police Station posts on this blog are because they are going to go
for approval tomorrow at Town Meeting.

As you can see here, they are not giving up and will sneak an approval. The
whole postponement thing is a scam.

Turn out and vote no on the police palace
4:31 pm edt 

Re: The Fight Goes On!

"It would interest the tax paying residents of Provincetown to know
that they continue to spend tens of thousands of dollars on depositions,
non-stop legal bills from high paid lawyers, transcription fees and the
incredible cost involved in the upcoming Civil trial; all to cover up their
brutality while illegally arresting me .  .  ."



Sorry honey, guessing  insurance covers it all.
4:30 pm edt 

Re: The Fight Goes On!

". . .So, we proudly fight on, not just for us, but for ALL the others;
and we use Provincetown tax money (now that we got out of that place for hate)
to prove our point. Whether we win or lose--and we fight to win--we will have
played the game . . ."



Your sob story bores me.  Appears that you are filled with more hate than anyone
in this town and it seems your bitter little battle consumes your life.  Sorry,
hardly anyone notices you aren't here anymore.
4:28 pm edt 

Wish We Could Vote for New Town Manager

I would like that so much. I would want someone new, someone different. David
Gardner would be a wonderful selection. Why can't this happen? David for town
manager.
4:26 pm edt 

David Bedard

I Agree that David Bedard Has Spent Time Serving on the BOS

But time spent is not enough. He needed to speak out and up and to address major
issues. I found him too wishy-washy and unable to maintain a strong position on
anything.

Time served is time served. Is it leading this town or helping us know where we
are going and how we are getting there?
4:24 pm edt 

Insider Information

From the municipal finance discussions here, it appears Town Hall only
information is again being posted on the blog. .  .


You may not have been paying attention before, but the only thing I've read that
I didn't know before was the $22k at Seamen's and that came from Erik.
4:21 pm edt 

Insider Information

From the municipal finance discussions here, it appears Town Hall only
information is again being posted on the blog. And just as they did on the
police station designs, the leaks are self serving and mostly deceptive.

But since,most of the posts with insider information are posted as anti-
Yingling can anyone remember the Town Manager- or maybe the department heads-
being so involved in a BoS race?

11:59 am edt 

The Fight Goes On!

Read this this morning and was shocked it is still going on and
sucking our tax money! Gotta hand it to my former neighbors; they do have balls.
I do hope the truth wins out; but there is something to be said for fighting and
draining the town that hurt them as well I suppose.


>We are honorably headed to Federal Court for our 11/5 Civil trial. Sometimes in
life, you must do the decent and honest thing in order to sleep at night.
Provincetown's Police and the legal team that represents them continue to lie;
more articulated recently. We have never wavered from the truth; which is what
makes up fact.

It would interest the tax paying residents of Provincetown to know that they
continue to spend tens of thousands of dollars on depositions, non-stop legal
bills from high paid lawyers, transcription fees and the incredible cost
involved in the upcoming Civil trial; all to cover up their brutality while
illegally arresting me for speaking in a private backyard. That 'offense' was
later overturned by the State Appeals Court because it is a basic First
Amendment Right of free speech; a right most in the gay community seem to think
they no longer deserve or take for granted.

I wear the remaining 'resisting arrest' charge as a badge of honor, as the court
heard nothing about my brutal arrest--certainly flailing or twisting your wrist
by a 5'4 125 lb 44 year old would not have caused any 'bodily harm' to two
large, 22 year old summer police officers. That result is unfortunate and
ludicrous.

What they did to my partner Bryan while walking with a cane was even more
despicable and shows the systemic failure of Provincetown to uphold any basic
rights, much less civil. Remember, ours is NOT the only case in this sad town.

So, we proudly fight on, not just for us, but for ALL the others; and we use
Provincetown tax money (now that we got out of that place for hate) to prove our
point. Whether we win or lose--and we fight to win--we will have played the game
with honor. They only have lies.
11:55 am edt 

Provincetown Phenomena

It seems that a project doesn't exist or just came into being the moment that
some people hear about it!

Then they get all worked up and talk about the secret cabal even though the
project has been on going for years.

People jump to conclusions, don't know what they are talking about have no idea
what is involved and then rant and rave.

Do any of you know how it makes you look? Bullies one and all.
11:51 am edt 

Parking Enforcement?

Tickets are being given out on Ryder Street and Comm Street.
Incredible. Meters in force for 2 hours?????

INCREDIBLE!!!!! We need a new BOS and Town Manager and Police Chief
11:49 am edt 

Re: New Police Station/DPW Facilities

We need a new Police, and DPW buildings.

I like the "New" process, which has  scaled back the plans.
It seems much more in tune with our Small/Big town.
And hopefully will meet the needs of the town for many years to come.
This is Democracy in action.
11:47 am edt 

Re: Erik Yingling- Worth Reading Again..

Every candidate in politics world wide, regardless of what position they are
striving for, will have goals and plans but the real candidate worthy of voting
for is one that has the plan laid out and can factually get it done. 5% of your
taxes will go into a bank account? What programs will now be unfunded or
underfunded in order to make that 5% exist? Does it mean a tax increase to
accomplish this goal? Whats his next plan, world peace? Stop hunger? His
potential new hires idea is a disaster, hiring people to walk around town and
inform people of ongoings and have others wander through town watering plants
and trees. Head in the clouds types of ideas isn't what we need right now with
funding needed for the library, street paving, police station, dpw station and
water wells in Truro. Fix whats currently broken (with a real plan) and he gets
my vote. Otherwise, he could
11:45 am edt 

Re: Erik Yingling

"One that is based on the underlying idea that maybe by supporting a
local bank we can foster more local lending.  .  "


The idea might be nice, but I'm not sure how far you would want to take it. 
When I got my mortgage Seamen's was the first bank I called.  The lowest rate
they offered was 1 1/2 percent higher than the rate I got from another bank.  I
do my banking with Seamen's but my mortgage isn't with them, it would have cost
me thousands more.  When taxes get paid I would think the town has millions in
the bank, how much would you want to sacrifice to do this?

On Facebook where the proponent first brought up this concept a question was
asked of him 'Do you know why there is only $22,000 in Seamens?' to which he
responded 'Hey Rich, no i'm not sure.'.  Shouldn't he know that information
before he comes up with a policy?  He didn't do his homework.  I assume Seamen's
would not give out banking information so he must have asked the finance
director or the treasurer.  When you asked one of them for the information
shouldn't the next responsible question be 'why don't we have more money in
Seamen's bank?'


11:43 am edt 

David Bedard

David Bedard has done a lot more for this town than many others.  He
has devoted his time and energy to serve on the BOS for some years now.  David
may not be the most outspoken, but he has contributed to the running of the
town.  It seems like some people just like to hear a loud mouth and the drama
that comes with it.
11:40 am edt 

Publicity

Well folks, anyone who says that they are ignorant of the fact that we need new
buildings to house the DPW and Police station after this week will lack
credibility.

March, April, May, June, July, August, Sept, October, ...if you don't know the
ins and outs of the plans and the history of the search for a subtitle piece of
land by the autumn town meeting..then you will be the ignorant one.

Yet we will still hear people say yet again that Conwell Street is so congested.
We can't have ALL OF THESE police cars racing down Cownwell stree

Remember that the police cruisers are patrolling around the town--not berthed in
the police station.
11:38 am edt 

To: Webmaster

Wow, Webmaster. You really do exclude perfectly legitimate posts to
this blog. Shame.
11:36 am edt 

Parking

So one of the parking enforcers has resigned. Now we can hire two
people to replace him and buy a new kiosk. Love government spending.
11:34 am edt 

Shankpainter-Who Pays

One question.  When the paint starts to peel and the buildings fall
into the first stages of disrepair, who will pay for the Shankpainter Affordable
Housing Project upkeep?  Does the town pay to pave during snowstorms, who pays
for plumbing and electrical repairs?  And paint and trash pickup.  Will this
complex fall into dilapidation a few years down the road like so many other
buildings around town.  If a light on a walkway goes out, who will pay to fix
it?

Who, exactly, will pay for this project down the road and pay for routine
maintenance now?  Anyone know?  Developer or Taxpayers??
11:32 am edt 

Erik Yingling-Policy Advisor

Erik Yingling has posted in more than one place that he has a policy
advisor.  I am a supporter of Erik's, and would very much like to know who that
policy advisor is. Erik, please tell
11:29 am edt 

Re: Erik Yingling- Worth Reading Again..

All this talk about who has the best rates for banking. HA! Bank accounts now
cost money. Yes it's true effective interest rates are negative. Rates are so
low that interest earned is than less than combination of standard charges and
misc fees.

And to an earlier post. I would expect Provincetown (and Truro and Wellfleet) to
have many more than 10 bank accounts. Why not call one of the wizards in town
hall and report back here?
11:26 am edt 


Archive Newer | Older

To Read Earlier Comments Click On the Above Dates