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  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!

 

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"All the information being discussed about the Juran decision is all the more reason Tom Donegan should not be allowed to hurredly find and have the present acting town manager appoint a new police chief. Let's try to get this one right!"
7:49 pm edt



Could NOT AGREE MORE!!!
11:27 pm edt 

Re: Mark Hatch

It'll still be sitting up the front of the room long after you're dead. Thanks for the attention though!

Love and kisses,

Mark Hatch
11:25 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's

Yes, You Are right! this is a Serious conflict of Interest.

You cannot vote or be involve with a project if you are a beneficiary of the applicant. You must recuse yourself and not even be in the room. How then could Gloria McPherson hold planning board meetings, help Planning write letters on this 40B, create Powerpoint Presentations, present the Michael Shay project to the public and to the Selectmen? she should be silent and not present and her fingers should not touch one piece of paper involving anything that Paul DeRyter is involved with. He is her landlord. and the same applies to Eric Yingling. Paul de Ryter is Eric Yingling's landlord and as the silent partner in the Michael Shay condominium development, Eric should not even be in the room when the project is being discussed. And he should absolutely not vote on this project and surely not write one word to the state on this project.

this is a serious conflict of interest and it cannot be dismissed. This is illegal for either of them to participate, discuss, hold meetings, or write to the state on anything related to this project.

What if either of them was vehemently and publicly against this project--which strangely they seem not to be against--would they still have a place to live?

this is why both Gloria McPherson and Eric Yingling should have recused themselves. It is illegal for them to be engaged in this project.
11:23 pm edt 

FinCom Meeting - Election of Officers

FinCom meeting Monday to elect officers for next year.  Will they finally replace Mike?  Most don't like him much, but my guess is no one will be willing to stand up to him and put their name up.
9:02 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay Development-Huggins and Witten, LLC Letter

FinCom should weigh in on this issue of 40B, relative to both the 10%  and 1.5% Threhold of 40B.
This could be a god sent if limits could be placed on condo development under 40B.

The letter states that
 
"There are several group homes within the Town of Provincetown that are included on theTown's SHI.2 Although these group homes are listed by DHCD on the Town's SHI, the location

 and land area associated with these group homes are unknown to the Town. This is because,

 despite the fact that DHCD is charged with maintaining the SHI, that agency does not possess

 records of the location of these units. The Department of Developmental Services, the agency

 overseeing these units, has refused to provide information regarding the location of the group

 homes."
  SHI (Subsidized Housing Inventory).

FinCom should request this information;  as by law, they cannot be denied this information. We as a body
should demand this action of FinCom immediately
8:17 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's

After learning that both Gloria and Eric live in one of the Principal developers of Michael Shay's
apartments, and that neither one of them checked with the Town Clerk or Ethics Commission 
to determine the status of their potential conflict of interest, I am writing to the Ethics Commission for a ruling.

This is too  important to the town to let this pass.
8:08 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Jaran will face his day in court. I firmly believe that with all my heart. This man inflicted pain on everyone-those of means as well as those barely getting by -week to week-did not matter to him-he was Sharon's 'Golden Boy". His day will come.
7:59 pm edt 

It Only Takes One

"Only one on the BOS to be the leader and things will happen. Only one. But whoever it can be, it takes only one. Time for that one to stand up and speak up and be the leader we need."


YES- And that is Mr. Tom Donegan-Stuck to his word-Never waffled-Takes his time as most intelligent people do to weigh the options,outcomes, perceptions of the towns people. Don't forget-businessman.  I for one am happy and secure he is on my and my partner's side. Thank You Tom  -I also am quite confident history will be on your side as long as you continue your route to sticking to your morals ,ethics and beliefs- Gotta thank Mark too for ALL he has done on planning to try and make this town a happier,safer, and sweeter town to be in.It amazes me how quick the 'naysayer's" are to respond. For EVERY  naysayer- there are ten "can do" people.I held a sign for your campaign-as did my partner-I would again today-only difference-It would be bigger and bolder-keep it up and enjoy our beautiful town.
7:58 pm edt 

350 Bradford Street - Michael Shay's

And what is the BOS Response to the 1.5% as Stated in the Legal Letter Posted Here


They have a strong case and yet what is the response from the BOS? and also exactly what is the real, accurate per cent of housing units? I believe we are already at ten percent--and yet they keep using some 8.6%. Where is that figure coming from? It's time for real numbers on the affordable housing units and we need not fudging on the numbers but accurate and audited numbers.
7:56 pm edt 

To: Mark Hatch

I realize you 'don't care' what other people think about you, Mark Hatch, but you are a simpleton and a know-all a--hat. You obviously don't realize that many townspeople have a greater understanding of Provincetown issues and history, but that certainly doesn't stop you from idiotically inserting your uniformed opinion into every topic. It's pathetic. The only one you're amusing is your lonesome. Shut up and begone.
7:51 pm edt 

New Police Chief

All the information being discussed about the Juran decision is all the more reason Tom Donegan should not be allowed to hurredly find and have the present acting town manager appoint a new police chief. Let's try to get this one right!
7:49 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

I think the Dog Park would be a perfect location
for moderate income housing.
7:47 pm edt 

A Day Late and a Pound Short

Oh right! The couture weighs In

Give us all a break/. This woman was and remains a political disaster. She was nothing but a voice for McGuire and if she had not been with Rabinowitz, she never would have been elected. Let her stay with her frogs and sell her reflected ceramics to tourists.
7:45 pm edt 

Which Bank?

Which back do you like TD Bank Or Seamens?
7:44 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's
 
"You can't tell people what to do with their property. Why is Harbor hotel, the Surfside, the Breakwater all allowed but not this proposed condo project???"

Ah, but you can.  We have legally enacted zoning laws.  The properties that you cite were in place before any zoning conflicts.  How would you feel if your neighbors decided to build a slaughter house or concrete factory next to you?  How about a 40 story tower?  How about a gas station and car repair? 

Fortunately your opinion is in a very tiny minority of libertarian viewpoints.  To have a functioning civil society there must be rules, regulations and laws in force that prevent anarchy.
7:43 pm edt 

Our Town Sewer

Does anyone know what the capacity of the treatment plant is.  Can a large development such as the proposed [Michael Shay's] housing project automatically get bedrooms because it's affordable.
7:41 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's

Enough on the dogs; How about the people

And people are not happy. they are upset with the Michael shay development and the huge development there, as you enter this town. It is gross. It does not fit Provincetown. It is simply an excuse to maximize profits at the expense of all of us. 40B disaster. Add a few affordable housing units and you can override zoning, planning, historic, conservation. This is sheer madness.

Just say no and say it loud and clear! and oh, by the way, are you the selectmen listening? Really?
7:39 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's

Frankly tonite a good case was made for determining whether or not we are bound by 40B or not...........

It may be the way out of this condo horror being proposed.

No one wants not to have more affordable house, but it's not really affordable anyway, more smoke and mirrors.

The developer is not doing it because he is a charitable guy, wake up he's making a bundle down in Chatham and such.  We are Not Chatham and such.

Go rape another community and leave us alone.
7:37 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Who would hire a cop that has in his record a one year suspension without pay?

He wasn't a cop. He was the Chief. And he let you know it every time he walked into a room.
7:36 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"The gentlemanly thing to do is pay the piper. We lost the arbitration.
The courageous (and more costly) thing to do is fight to the end."


We need to go to court.  Our town was aggrieved by JJ, while he was working for us.  The scope of the issues was severely narrowed during arbitration.  But we all know how he behaved.  Just because Sharon supervised him like a family member, instead of as a subordinate is nrither here nor there.  And someone was right on the money when they stated about JJ being damaged goods for having in his personnel file a full year of suspension without pay.  Maybe as a Dancing Cop somewhere else? 

 
7:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Re: Freedom to Build at Michael Shay's

I hope in the sober light of morning you are able to read your letter and realize what a crock it is. First of all: the developers don't even own the property yet. The sellers would love to get out of the deal.
Second: Intelligent people learn from previous mistakes. Just because something was allowed in the past doesn't mean past mistakes should be repeated. Third: your height issue; we are talking over 17 feet higher than what is allowed under local zoning, not the eighteen inches on the building you refer to. Fourth: you say why don't we buy it ourselves? There is somebody who would love to do that. And they want to build 100% affordable housing in a style that would fit into the community.
Most of us don't have time for cocktails along Commercial St.that you refer to.  We are too busy working. And lastly, WTF does the ex chief have to do with this?
Thankyou for bringing this up on Shout Out.
Remember citizens BOS meeting tonight 4/29 at 5pm
And it's not too late to write letters
Mjarusiewicz@provincetown-ma.gon
Ldougherty@provincetown-ma.gov
😃
10:09 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

I also agree.  I stopped going to the Dog Park because it is just not a pleasant experience.  In most cases, it is not that the behavior of the dogs that is unacceptable, it is their entitled owners who take over the place with their miserable attitudes.  Yes, we ALL know who you are!
10:06 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

There seems to be so many squabbles at the Dog Park! Perhaps that space would be better served for affordable housing! it could be called Dog Park apartments!!
10:05 am edt 

Re: Michael Shay's

In the past 10 to 15 years there have been nearly 100 new condominiums and houses built in the West End.  Just look at all of the new housing starting with the former Dairy Queen property where Victor's is and across the street on West Vine, then up Telegraph Hill, the Meadows development, down to Herring Cove Village and to the corner where the former Moor's Restaurant was there are dozens and dozens of new housing units.  The housing development at the former Howard Johnson's in the East End will be moving forward despite neighborhood opposition.  It is only a matter of time.  Real estate is one of the largest drivers of our local economy.  Many jobs are involved in the rental, sales, management, maintenance, renovation and development of real estate in Provincetown.  Real estate related activities probably represent the second largest economic driver in Provincetown behind tourism.  Just look at the town boards and committees and you will see there are many powe!
rful people working in real estate related jobs who will see to it that development continues in general and that the development at Michael's Shays gets approved.
10:03 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

As for the dogs--Leave for Candy Land Herself

Have a problem at the dog park? call Candy herself. Have questions about misbehaved dogs? Call Candy Land. Have a Problem with Jeff Jaran...oh...call Candyland!
10:01 am edt 

It Only Takes One

Only one on the BOS to be the leader and things will happen. Only one. But whoever it can be, it takes only one. Time for that one to stand up and speak up and be the leader we need.

9:59 am edt 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Re: Dog Park

I agree 100% with dog park comment.   It is miserable there to many people thinking they own it.   They all think there dog is so behaved everyone else is not.   I will go but when I see certain people there I leave.     We all know who they are too
9:00 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

The Rational approach is to Appeal the Decision and go to superior court

this way we delay paying Jaran anything. we do not need to seek a  new police chief because the case continues. And we find another law firm to bring the suit because Kopelman & Paige are compromised here.

And we include in the appeal ALL the issues involved with Jeff Jaran as Police Chief--not just the few that were presented.

We creat a true Bill of Particulars and list everything that he did that was problematic and/or illegal and then move forward with our case.

8:57 pm edt 

Re: Surf Club

Something Sad Happened at the Surf Club

and other restaurants are gaining from their loss. some wonderful people who worked there for years have left--and now other places are lucky to have them. But who was this manager? and what wrong thinking happened
8:55 pm edt 

Freedom to Build at Michael Shay's

Drive out of town past the former Michael Shay's restaurant and low and behold one sees the Harbor Hotel, the Breakwater motel, and beyond that the scores of motels along 6A.

Isn't Victors above the height requirement and the house across the way from the PAAM?

If I was the developer, I would bring all of this to the attention of the Powers that be in Boston if this project is banned by the Ptown Town Gov't.

You can't tell people what to do with their property. Why is Harbor hotel, the Surfside, the Breakwater all allowed but not this proposed condo project???

Cry your bitter tears my dears--you don't have a leg to stand on. You might delay the project by throwing in legal hurdles--but they will all be overcome--AND THEY SHOULD BE.

Why don't all of you buy the property and build what you want? Why do you get to tell other people what to do with their property?

Oh yes, attend the meeting and object with all of your virulent righteous indignation that swirls around yourselves like shawls of silk and then dash out for a smart cocktail along Commercial street and languorously outdo each other chatting about how virtuous you are as you sip your cocktail du jour and watch the gentle waves on our deep-water harbor while condemning people who are building housing in this town.

OH yes, the whole cape can see how doing your civic duty has worked so well for all of you who were so fired up and demanded the firing our chief of police. We can all see how that turned out and what it costs the town. This will be the same fiasco if this project gets voted down. As someone was just reported saying in the Banner-remember, I told you so!!
8:53 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Who would hire a cop that has in his record a one year suspension without pay?
8:48 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown


Make a Decision: Appeal Jaran and go to superior Court

While this all sounds good now, in retrospect, the town manager and sitting BOS signed the agreement which provided arbitration -- from what appears to be against advice of town counsel.

Huff and puff all you want, but the town leaders led us down the wrong path. Pure and simple, we the people are left holding the bag.

The gentlemanly thing to do is pay the piper. We lost the arbitration.

The courageous (and more costly) thing to do is fight to the end.

The cowardly thing to do is ignore our obligation and let Jaran sue for the money he claims is owed him.
8:46 pm edt 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

ONLY REASON FOR CHALLENGING IS THE HUGE EGO OF HIS COUNSEL, HIMSELF,AND HIS GIRLFRIEND-THEY ARE WOLVES.  THEY SMELL BLOOD.RE: JARAN FORMER CHEIF OF POLICE.
11:09 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Jaran will NEVER get what was awarded- NOT ON MY DIME-WOULD RAHTER CHALLENGE THIS THUG AND TAKE MY CHANCES -ONLY-NOOOOOOOO KOPLEMAN AND PAIGE-THEY ARE A CANCER-NEW COUNCIL IS A NECESSITY.
11:08 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Make a Decision: Appeal Jaran and go to superior Court

It needs a legal structure and a judge and/or jury. It needs real law and not amorphous arbitration. and the case needs real and actual witnesses--not this appearance of strong witnesses. the town witnesses were weak and the wrong people.

Make a decision and make the right one. It's time for the BOS to act like the OBs--not fearful, indecisive individuals. You have the power--use it!

Agree- BOS TAKE CONTROL- def. of insane is repeating same behavior expecting different results .BOS  TAKE CONTROL-Put Jaran and Sharon Lynn in their place- ENOUGH!!  We Have Had Enough!!!!!  or you will be just like Elaine Andersen throwing her home up for sale overnight or Sharon Lynn selling her home after her questionable tactics to get it deemed a 2  bedroom. Have Some Balls!! 
11:06 pm edt 

Surf Club

The employees refused to serve an obviously intoxicated patron who is very well known to the management, which did not go well, and things just ran their course.
11:04 pm edt 

Re: Jaran et Lynn

ENOUGH WITH THE SHOULD!

Sharon should be sued:  maybe yes, maybe no... But the fact is, she can't be sued. She broke no law. Whether or not she used good judgment in JJs contract doesn't matter. The BOS signed and approved the contract. Both BOS and TM are covered by the town's D&O insurance; they cannot be sued as individuals for executing their jobs. Any suit would be against the town itself.

The attorneys should be sued: doesn't matter. They are immune from prosecution on their legal opinion. Any speculation about their handling of the case is just a time-killer. We won't be getting any money from them.
11:02 pm edt 

re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Appeal:

Hey let's appeal and see how much more money we can waste on ancient history even if we win we will lose. Move on please. Stop living in the past.
Let's concentrate on filling the Chief and TM positions.  We can play blame games forever but that does nothing to adress our housing Needs and infrastructure repair, replacement and maintenance.
11:00 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Make a Decision: Appeal Jaran and go to superior Court

It needs a legal structure and a judge and/or jury. It needs real law and not amorphous arbitration. and the case needs real and actual witnesses--not this appearance of strong witnesses. the town witnesses were weak and the wrong people.

Make a decision and make the right one. It's time for the BOS to act like the OBs--not fearful, indecisive individuals. You have the power--use it!
3:47 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen

I have faith in EVERY current BOS to make right what has been so wronged.
10:22 am edt 

Provincetown:

You are faced with a number of challenges.Almost like a family in crisis. Only the "MOM AND "DAD"are the BOS. You need to go with your heart and let your mind carry it through. What took place with Sharon and Jeff was so terribly wrong. You must make those wrongs right.It is that simple.Follow your gut and make it "right"for Provincetown-That will be your legacy.The past BOS legacy is ----. Good Luck.
10:21 am edt 

re: Surf Club What's up?

Most of the employees/buddies had a falling out with their supervisor and left.

Boohoo.

Anyone needing a job as bartender/waitress/cook now is the time to call for a job at a well known popular restaurant.
10:19 am edt 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sharon Lynn in Rehoboth Beach

Still has learned nothing.Provincetown needs to sue Lynn

REHOBOTH BEACH  Rehoboth Beach officials have fined two property owners $20,000 after unlicensed rental units were discovered at two properties in August.

Yavar Rzayev and Jeffrey Smith will be able to keep their rental and business licenses, but both will be subject to a one-year probationary period in which their licenses can be revoked for any violation. Smith and Rzayevs eight properties throughout the city are subject to occupancy limits for a two-year period, and city officials will conduct quarterly rental inspections at each of the properties.

Rzayev, a licensed contractor, is also subject to having his contractors license revoked if he violates the zoning code, although he has limited mediation rights for the next year.

In exchange for these penalties, the licenses of Rzayev and Smith will be renewed when they expire June 30. In addition, city officials dropped criminal actions filed in Aldermans Court, while Smith and Rzayev released any claims against the city. The two sides also agreed to limit public statements, with both sides forbidden from disparaging the other.

City Manager Sharon Lynn revoked the licenses of Rzayev and Smith in August after it was discovered the two men were operating unlicensed rental units at 114 New Castle St. and 340 Hickman St. The pair admitted to adding stairs, a bathroom and an extra bedroom  where city officials found tenants living  to the 340 Hickman St. house, as well as a concealed bedroom, stairs and a bathroom to the third floor attic space at 114 New Castle St.

However, Lynn erred in not allowing Rzayev and Smith 10 days to remove the bedrooms, as required by city code. Within that time, Rzayev and Smith removed the bedrooms; the city reinstated their licenses and stayed criminal charges to allow the two sides to work out a settlement.
5:00 pm edt 

Surf Club What's up?

Hey!  What's going on at the surf club?  I go in for a beer and nobody works there anymore. 
New owners?
12:14 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on with town counsel-their witness list omitted EVERY heavy hitter. ALMOST LIKE THEY PLANNED TO COME OUT WITH THIS OUTCOME- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! "


The Answer is:

"As for as the Town Counsel holding back "their best strategy, evidence or witnesses' for a possible "second bite of the apple"you fail to see the forrest for the trees. The reason they held back their best witnesses for the Jaran v Provincetown case is that the strongest witnesses are present or future prospcetive claimants against the town. Further to this point, Kopelman & Paige because of their questionable involvement could potentially be called as witnesses; and for that reason should not represent the town in the appeal process."
11:59 am edt 

Dog Park

The dog park is so un-enjoyable people It is a dog park.     I don't need u to tell me about my dog. I don't want you to say who's poop is this.  You don't own the park        leave us alone
10:50 am edt 

New Police Chief

All the information being discussed about the Juran decision is all the more reason Tom Donegan should not be allowed to hurredly find and have the present acting town manager appoint a new police chief. Let's try to get this one right!
9:55 am edt 

Police Chief

Meredith Lobor should NEVER be considered for the Position and that goes for The other female SGT., whose priority should be policing her own         . We should hire from outside, build trust back with this department and groom Officer Hennick to be the new Chief in 3-4 years, he is calm, direct, up front, and would be an asset to the Town of Provincetown as Chief of Police in the near future.
9:54 am edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provicetown - Candace Nagel....

....a witness for Jaran-now I have heard and realize everything-this egotistical women will annihilate anyone she perceives in the way of her goals-OR DO WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROMOTE HER OWN OR HER "FRIENDS" AGENDA Look at mypacc itself-look what a charade she pulled to take this site down-and NO I am not CLARENCE WALKER.
9:52 am edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on with town counsel-their witness list omitted EVERY heavy hitter. ALMOST LIKE THEY PLANNED TO COME OUT WITH THIS OUTCOME- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
9:50 am edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown - Witnesses

WHY WERE THOSE THAT WERE CAUGHT UNDER JARAN'S TYRANNICAL OUTBURSTS PURPOSEFULLY ELIMINATED FROM THE WITNESS LIST?
9:49 am edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"I have followed the postings on MYPACC concerning the arbitration decision related to Jeff Jaran.

Here are my thoughts:

(1) The problem started with the original contract, and then the renewal of the contract,with Sharon Lynn ignoring the advice of town legal counsel with regard to the arbitration provision and the length of the contract.

Each member of the two sittings boards of selectmen should be queried as to whether the town manager presented the advice of town legal counsel, which differed from hers, to each sitting board at the time as a matter for policy determination in the contract.

As a former police officer, it is without question that Jeff Jaran was Sharon's most important hire in the town and she was going to get the best contract for him and defend him at all cost, despite many town's people going to her and telling her of the problems about Jeff, because it was in her self interest to keep his record unblemished as well as also establish a favorable precedent for her personal contract negotiations with the BOS.

When Sharon describes the chief as having done an excellent job, except for making a few "bad choices," with a clean personnel record and the highest performance evaluation for contract renewal and considering Jeff "a friend and like a family member" (defying every principle of good management), LET'S BE CLEAR:  Sharon represented a small cabal of people who brought here to town (Maguire, Gordon, Peake, Rabinowitz,Couture,Anderson,Knight and McChensey,etc.), protected her and wrote glowing letters of reference to help her find another job before she got fired. Sharon did not represent the entire town; she was not and continues not to be a friend to Provincetown.

If Sharon withheld critical information from the two sitting boards of selectmen about Jaran's contract, the town should bring civil suit against Sharon Lynn for the fraudulent management practice so that she can reimburse the town for the expenses to be now incurred by the town.

(2) Given Sharon's coverup and the pending and probably future lawsuits and complaints (sexual harassment and voting intimidation, etc.) and more importantly, the management culture which Sharon established in defending Jeff Jaran at all costs, so that members of the Police Department and town's people lacked confidence in her trustworthiness to speak to her about the issues with Jeff Jaran. It was well established in the community that she had a deaf ear. I understand that it is the goal of the BOS to settle these cases as expediently as possible, but their ultimate costs should be borne by Sharon and Jeff.

(3)  Because Kopelman & Paige is very compr[om]ised by having hired the police investigator through its firm (attorney/client protected information), failed to inform the BOS of the town manaqer's failure to inform the BOS of their advice on Jaran's contract and other significant conflicts,omissions and compromises, the BOS should hire independent litigation legal counsel who can advise the town on an OVERALL BEST LEGAL STRATEGY to handle current and possible future litigation and settlements.

The Town of Provincetown needs the best legal advice at this time to advise us how to get out of this mess and go after the people who should incur the financial damages, notwithstanding non-financial damages, done to this town by the concerned parties.

It is a complicated web, and remember, it always starts at the top and works it way down and the buck stops at the top as well who no one wants to listen.

Please, BOS, hired an expert litigation legal counsel to advise you on overall strategy which will transcend several sittings boards of selectmen before this chapter is closed in our town's history.

As a BOS, you also owe this legal strategy to your next Police Chief and Town Manager so that they are familiar and comfortable with the road map, which could prove to be an asset for recruitment as pro-active recruitment strategy to allow the new individuals to focus their attention on new strategies which will be beneficial to the town."
3:13 pm edt


WELL SAID- think a good portion of the town feels the same way- I sure do- unfortunately I would not have been able to be so eloquent with my words. :)
9:47 am edt 

Jeff Jaran- Sharon Lynn

Both deserve to be sued by the town- BOS- The town of Provincetown is out of patience. If you stand any chance of re-election- you need to do the right honorable thing. Not drop the ball now- Take legal action against number one Sharon Lynn and number two Jeff Jaran- no pun intended. Just trying to put some humor in a very serious ,heartfelt situation. The town has had it with these two and their games they played and their setup to protect one another.
9:44 am edt 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Re: Meredith Lobur

..."as long as we hire a woman.  That qualification alone assures us the right choice is being made.  Perfect example, our former town manager."



Oh come on. You know the current BOS (except Andrews) and FINCOM (sorry, is that shouting?) gentlemen don't want to hire another woman to come and muck things up. We must choose a male PoC. Perfect example: our former police chief. And don't think another female for town manager will be hired either...or head of the library...or chosen as the TM search organization.
6:31 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

I don't see how the BOS can settle with Jeff Jaran in the arbitration case when the outcome and potential financial awards of the additional pending cases involving him, with which he and Sharon had direct and/or indirect involvement,are concluded.

The town would be letting Sharon and Jeff off the hook with the arbitration decision if it settles with Jaran now, leaving the town with huge financial risk with its currently pending complaints and civil actions.

I hope that the FinCom can take a good hard look at these issues (soon)from the standpoint of financial exposure to the town and make some sense on how to approach these issues. While they are separate legal matters, they are all highly inter-related in terms of testimony, fact-finding and determination of culpability, to protect the town's best interests.

I respect our Finance Committee for the leadership they have taken on many other issues with the town. They have the town's best interests in mind and have been consistent in their approach.

We also need to ascertain whether our insurance carrier provides coverage for fraudulent or deceptive practices initiated, conducted, condoned or covertly implied by elected officials or the town's managers or employees involving civil and political liberties which may have been violated as determined by a court of law.

This is the equivalent of white collar crime which starts at the top, but through cover ups, it's usually the lower person on the totem pole who takes the first hit (sergeant, police chief), and ultimately it works its way up the ladder to the top (managers and elected officials),through a thorough legal investigation which eventually gets to the TRUTH.

As the fishermen in Provincetown say, if the head of the fish stinks, the fish is rotten.

If it is determined that the town's insurance carrier will not provide coverage or reserves decision at this time because all the relevant facts are not known to make a determination of coverage,an estimate of the town's total financial liability must be made by FinCom and booked as a liability because there are no budgeted sources of funding for these liabilities.

Voters of this town should never be placed in a position of paying for settlements through a Prop 2 1/2 override or other sources until they are assured that every stone has been uncovered to ascertain truth and financial responsibility for these cases.

An arbitration case is narrowly focused and never uncovers the truth. It is, by definition, a much lesser standard of proof to avoid litigation.

This entire debacle represents the worst case of POLITICAL CORRUPTION which I've ever seen in Provincetown.

Voters have a right to know the truth and should demand a much higher level of accountability from its elected officials of the truth and the culpable parties before we pay a penny "to get rid of the problem."

Until we obtain the truth, it will not be possible for the town's people to know and understand the essence of good government.

 
6:29 pm edt 

Re: Meredith Lobur

"She's straightforward and it's time for a female Chief of Police here now!!"


Forget if the woman is qualified... as long as we hire a woman.  That qualification alone assures us the right choice is being made.  Perfect example, our former town manager.  A man could not have done the outstanding job she did.  Fortunately we are able to still reap the benefits of that wise choice!
3:18 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

The town counsel did a terrible job of producing a complete set of witnesses. Not one person from the Squeling Pig was called?? Yet Jaran's side called that        Steve Mcgoven. How can that be? Makes absolutely NO Sense. And what about the numous citizens who made formal complaints about Jaran as well as his influence on his police force to make sure voters voteed for the "right" selectmen. And now it has come out Sharon Lynn herself was behind this- this was actually used in jaran's defense by his own attorney. And the Marcuum Report- Why wasnt the complaint by Andrea Poulin included in that report or the texting / intimidation case by a police force member? Did the selectmen at that time vote to exclude them from the Marcuum report behind closed doors so they would receive less press etc.  Well it backfired. What a debacle.
3:16 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

I have followed the postings on MYPACC concerning the arbitration decision related to Jeff Jaran.

Here are my thoughts:

(1) The problem started with the original contract, and then the renewal of the contract,with Sharon Lynn ignoring the advice of town legal counsel with regard to the arbitration provision and the length of the contract.

Each member of the two sittings boards of selectmen should be queried as to whether the town manager presented the advice of town legal counsel, which differed from hers, to each sitting board at the time as a matter for policy determination in the contract.

As a former police officer, it is without question that Jeff Jaran was Sharon's most important hire in the town and she was going to get the best contract for him and defend him at all cost, despite many town's people going to her and telling her of the problems about Jeff, because it was in her self interest to keep his record unblemished as well as also establish a favorable precedent for her personal contract negotiations with the BOS.

When Sharon describes the chief as having done an excellent job, except for making a few "bad choices," with a clean personnel record and the highest performance evaluation for contract renewal and considering Jeff "a friend and like a family member" (defying every principle of good management), LET'S BE CLEAR:  Sharon represented a small cabal of people who brought here to town (Maguire, Gordon, Peake, Rabinowitz,Couture,Anderson,Knight and McChensey,etc.), protected her and wrote glowing letters of reference to help her find another job before she got fired. Sharon did not represent the entire town; she was not and continues not to be a friend to Provincetown.

If Sharon withheld critical information from the two sitting boards of selectmen about Jaran's contract, the town should bring civil suit against Sharon Lynn for the fraudulent management practice so that she can reimburse the town for the expenses to be now incurred by the town.

(2) Given Sharon's coverup and the pending and probably future lawsuits and complaints (sexual harassment and voting intimidation, etc.) and more importantly, the management culture which Sharon established in defending Jeff Jaran at all costs, so that members of the Police Department and town's people lacked confidence in her trustworthiness to speak to her about the issues with Jeff Jaran. It was well established in the community that she had a deaf ear. I understand that it is the goal of the BOS to settle these cases as expediently as possible, but their ultimate costs should be borne by Sharon and Jeff.

(3)  Because Kopelman & Paige is very compr[om]ised by having hired the police investigator through its firm (attorney/client protected information), failed to inform the BOS of the town manaqer's failure to inform the BOS of their advice on Jaran's contract and other significant conflicts,omissions and compromises, the BOS should hire independent litigation legal counsel who can advise the town on an OVERALL BEST LEGAL STRATEGY to handle current and possible future litigation and settlements.

The Town of Provincetown needs the best legal advice at this time to advise us how to get out of this mess and go after the people who should incur the financial damages, notwithstanding non-financial damages, done to this town by the concerned parties.

It is a complicated web, and remember, it always starts at the top and works it way down and the buck stops at the top as well who no one wants to listen.

Please, BOS, hired an expert litigation legal counsel to advise you on overall strategy which will transcend several sittings boards of selectmen before this chapter is closed in our town's history.

As a BOS, you also owe this legal strategy to your next Police Chief and Town Manager so that they are familiar and comfortable with the road map, which could prove to be an asset for recruitment as pro-active recruitment strategy to allow the new individuals to focus their attention on new strategies which will be beneficial to the town.
3:13 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"Again you miss the critical point: It is agreed the evidence would be the same, but presented from the perspective of case law. The Claimant Jeff Jaran broke his contract through his actions (which is a crime), thus abrogating his contract with the town.  The only person who would have to be convinced of this fact is a judge.

As for as the Town Counsel holding back "their best strategy, evidence or witnesses' for a possible "second bite of the apple"you fail to see the forrest for the trees. The reason they held back their best witnesses for the Jaran v Provincetown case is that the strongest witnesses are present or future prospcetive claimants against the town. Further to this point, Kopelman & Paige because of their questionable involvement could potentially be called as witnesses; and for that reason should not represent the town in the appeal process."


Totally agree-great post
3:05 pm edt 

Re: "I Support Meredith Lobur"

About that arsonist. He was not innocent. The charges were dismissed because of a legal technicality. And he confessed to being the arsonist. Minor point.
3:01 pm edt 

Re: Meredith Lobur

Lobur for Chief??????????  I'd rather have Jaran back!
2:59 pm edt 

Re: Meredith Lobur

I heard Meredith Lobur has qualifications to be Police Chief and maybe she should be considered! She's staightforward and it's time for a female Chief of Police here now!!
10:00 am edt 

Leave it Up to the Taxpayers

Officer M.L for CoP you have got to be kidding me!!! Most people can't stand the sight of her she is arrogant beyond believe and has a miserable disposition. No sir nobody is honest enough or qualified to be chief maybe beside Det. Rich Alves, not to mention the alliances she maintains with some of TPD's less than reputable officers. Let's find some candidates for CoP from far away from here and let the people of this town vote for for him or her on a special election ballot that way we can be reasonably sure there is no favoritism and past alligences and it will be all above board. The same should be done with the TM let these candidates come before the taxpayers with their resumes at a special town meeting and then we will vote by ballot. Can anyone give me a good reason why this can't be done?even if it takes changing the charter or a bylaw, I think this is the only way with the current situation with our so called leaders in this town to get  quality professionals with out the stench of politics and favoritism for these two positions.

Leave it up to the taxpayers because it's quite obvious we have lost faith in the current BoS ( Cheryl Andrews excluded ) and the Acting TM. It is also in my humble opinion, if it were not for FinCom this town would be in a total shambles!!!!
9:59 am edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Re: "you fail to see the forrest for the trees. The reason they held back their best witnesses for the Jaran v Provincetown case is that the strongest witnesses are present or future prospcetive claimants against the town."


So you actually believe the town's attorneys held back their best witnesses?  In my opinion, that would be some serious malpractice.  No attorney would ever do that unless they were secretly working for the other side.  If you truly believe that, maybe you should make a claim of malpractice with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.  Personally, I feel your complaint would be more properly addressed by the board of BS promulgators.   
9:55 am edt 

Jaran vs Provincetown

The independent investigator was hired by the town.  Pretty sure he would have a contract that included the town paying for his cost if he needed to testify about his investigation.  The town didn't call him, but the town still had to pay for his expenses in testifying about his report.

On another point in the past I had sympathy for Jaran, his situation was mishandled due to the political actions of EY and TD.  But, he wasn't nearly as innocent as he now claims.  He has a severe          problem, he did indeed break federal and state election laws and his nightly carousing in Provincetown bars trolling for women is well known.  Yet this man appears about to be rewarded for breaking laws and other bad behavior.
9:53 am edt 

Re: "I Support Meredith Lobur"

"Wasn't she also the one pursuing the arsonist, who was innocent?"


The above sentence makes no sense to me.  How can an arsonist be innocent?
9:49 am edt 

Jaran Debacle

I say let's exhaust every avenue. Don't write a check. Time is on our side. Sooner or later, the fox loses momentum and stops attacking his prey.
9:47 am edt 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Re: "I Support Meredith Lobur"

She is part of the reason the Town lost the arbitration, which will cost us $400,000.  Wasn't she also the one pursuing the arsonist, who was innocent?  Clearly her judgment is lacking.  Time for her to go.
11:59 pm edt 

Re: "Defend the Undefendable"

Seriously?  He won, we lost...put your ego aside and move on!
11:57 pm edt 

Re: Dieter Groll

Poor Dieter Groll needs to take a big breath and step away from the keyboard. LOL
11:56 pm edt 

Re: John Doe vs Jeff Jaran et al

"The above post is removed and not pertinent to what could , can  and hopefully will take place.It's illegal under federal law for people to conspire to "injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate" you to get you to vote a particular way . Plain, simple and to the point. I believe it can be proven BEYOND a reasonable doubt Jeff Jaran was quilty of this federal law. I am NOT talking about his contract. Please. and BTW- It was not ruled FULLY in his favor. It was HALF in is favor which leads one to conclude to culpablity. I am talking about FEDERAL LAW.  If this town does not go after Jeff Jaran on Federal Law charges something is up. The current BOS OWE it to the residents of provincetown to go forward. We have waisted enough dollars on his contract whis was etched in stone by Sharon Lynn. The whole thing people was a SET UP. But Jeff Jaran is quilty of far greater crimes. Please reach out to your BOS and let them know you want this pursued. I urge you and I know there is enough evidence to win."


This already is slated to go to federal court - unless the plaintiff settles out of court. I have to chuckle at all the posts in favor of Jeff Jaran RE- contractual law. Contractual Law is quite different folks from Federal oppression and intimdation law involving voter rights. A case is pending and implicates MR. Jeff Jaran. Also implicates a police officer in Provincetown.

May not sound like big news. Believe me. It will be.
8:06 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provicetown

"Again you miss the critical point: It is agreed the evidence would be the same, but presented from the perspective of case law. The Claimant Jeff Jaran broke his contract through his actions (which is a crime), thus abrogating his contract with the town. The only person who would have to be convinced of this fact is a judge......."


Additionally, it is envisioned that the judge sitting on this civil case would refer this case to the criminal courts for review and determination of criminal action. Jaran is not in a good place, because no matter what he does the forthcoming cases, which will be brought against him will pursue this logic into a place where his "ironclad contract will be nothing more than a placebo, without standing.
7:45 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Looks Like Jeff Jaran's witnesses are busy on this blog

Oh, yes, defend the undefendable. Put a victory crown on Jeff Jaran for a man who brought shame upon this town and even terrorized citizens to prove that it was his word, his command, or nothing else. This crown is one that Nero would wear as Rome burned. Well, we saved our town by getting rid of Jeff Jaran and all the false testimony to his virtues will fall on deaf ears.
7:31 pm edt 

Re:Jaran vs Provincetown

"Again you miss the critical point: It is agreed the evidence would be the same, but presented from the perspective of case law. The Claimant Jeff Jaran broke his contract through his actions (which is a crime), thus abrogating his contract with the town.  The only person who would have to be convinced of this fact is a judge.

As for as the Town Counsel holding back "their best strategy, evidence or witnesses' for a possible "second bite of the apple"you fail to see the forrest for the trees. The reason they held back their best witnesses for the Jaran v Provincetown case is that the strongest witnesses are present or future prospcetive claimants against the town. Further to this point, Kopelman & Paige because of their questionable involvement could potentially be called as witnesses; and for that reason should not represent the town in the appeal process.

Try streching your mind as opposed to building entrenchments."



This is one of the most intelligent posts I have seen as of late.
7:28 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"Be in stripes for a while? I assume you mean prison stripes.  This isn't Russia. People don't get sent to prison based on civil court findings.  Unless you believe the town is going to appeal the arbitration decision in a Criminal court. Isn't that the job of the District Attorney?  I was not even aware that was an option in appealing a wrongful termination arbitration. And we are supposed to take yoo seriously why now?"
5:31 pm edt


The above post is removed and not pertinent to what could , can  and hopefully will take place.It's illegal under federal law for people to conspire to "injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate" you to get you to vote a particular way . Plain, simple and to the point. I believe it can be proven BEYOND a reasonable doubt Jeff Jaran was quilty of this federal law. I am NOT talking about his contract. Please. and BTW- It was not ruled FULLY in his favor. It was HALF in is favor which leads one to conclude to culpablity. I am talking about FEDERAL LAW.  If this town does not go after Jeff Jaran on Federal Law charges something is up. The current BOS OWE it to the residents of provincetown to go forward. We have waisted enough dollars on his contract whis was etched in stone by Sharon Lynn. The whole thing people was a SET UP. But Jeff Jaran is quilty of far greater crimes. Please reach out to your BOS and let them know you want this pursued. I urge you and I know there is enough evidence to win.
7:25 pm edt 

Re:Jaran vs Provincetown

Wait, Wait, Wait!

  The "independent" investigator was a witness for Jeff Jaran. the  consultant hired by the town to investigate Jeff Jaran on three issues--yes the Markum reports deals with three issues--and then this consultant becomes a witness for jeff Jaran.

This is more than ridiculous. He obviously was not independent. He obviously favored Jeff Jaran and then became his witness.

No, bing this case to Superior Court. the witnesses will not be the same--they may be real ones. where was Eric from the Pig who helped speak to the offense of Jaran? where was Jim who was threatened by Koumenelis and encouraged by Jaran? where was Mypacc since it was part of the report? where was Carrie Lopes as part of the Hate campaign that Jaran began against Mypacc?

This was a charade and nothing close to a trial. It was exactly what Sharon Lynn knew in creating this contract that put the town at risk. It favored Jeff Jaran no matter what he did and he did do some awful things and some illegal acts.

Independent is a word that should not be used for Rudewicz. and the town had to pay him to be Jaran's witness? It gets even worse. And did we have to pay Sharon Lynn to show up? she must have come in the dark of night as well she should but this should have been her cost--not ours.
7:20 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown
 
"Be in stripes for a while? I assume you mean prison stripes.  This isn't Russia. People don't get sent to prison based on civil court findings.  Unless you believe the town is going to appeal the arbitration decision in a Criminal court. Isn't that the job of the District Attorney?  I was not even aware that was an option in appealing a wrongful termination arbitration. And we are supposed to take yoo seriously why now?"


This has NOTHING to do with wrongful termination. It has all to do with one's basic rights- voting. This most probably is Jaran and or Kim replying.You both are full of such ego you ASSUME before you think. Be careful what you wish for- this is my last post here in reference to this matter.
7:12 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"No again sir or madam, you are incorrect. Regardless of venue the evidence will be the same, The witnesses will be the same. The results will more likely than not be the same. Unless of course you think the town's attorneys held back their best strategy, evidence or witnesses for just in case they lost and they wanted a second bite at the apple. That idea is absurd.

The issues leading up to the wrongful termination were thoroughly investigated by an independent party and have been gone over ad nauseam. Nobody was criminally charged with anything. If you think you can convince a majority of jurors in a civil trial when you couldn't convince a single arbitrator I say wake up and face reality and stop crying over spilled milk."



Again you miss the critical point: It is agreed the evidence would be the same, but presented from the perspective of case law. The Claimant Jeff Jaran broke his contract through his actions (which is a crime), thus abrogating his contract with the town.  The only person who would have to be convinced of this fact is a judge.
 
As for as the Town Counsel holding back "their best strategy, evidence or witnesses' for a possible "second bite of the apple"you fail to see the forrest for the trees. The reason they held back their best witnesses for the Jaran v Provincetown case is that the strongest witnesses are present or future prospcetive claimants against the town. Further to this point, Kopelman & Paige because of their questionable involvement could potentially be called as witnesses; and for that reason should not represent the town in the appeal process.

Try streching your mind as opposed to building entrenchments.
7:09 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"The rebutal to your original comment was:

'You are absolutely incorrect. In an Actual Court Venue, the case of Jaran's actions interfering with the electoral process would rise to a higher level of illegality. It would be viewed in absolute terms and not relative terms regarding comparative differences of dispensed penalties exacted to different individuals based on a flawed contract."



This will be my last reply in the spilled milk arena as I am starting to feel like a troll. 

No again sir or madam, you are incorrect.  Regardless of venue the evidence will be the same,  The witnesses will be the same. The results will more likely than not be the same.  Unless of course you think the town's attorneys held back their best strategy, evidence or witnesses for just in case they lost and they wanted a second bite at the apple.  That idea is absurd. 

The issues leading up to the wrongful termination were thoroughly investigated by an independent party and have been gone over ad nauseam. Nobody was criminally charged with anything. If you think you can convince a majority of jurors in a civil trial when you couldn't convince a single arbitrator I say wake up and face reality and stop crying over spilled milk.
 
6:33 pm edt 

Withheld E-mails

Where are the remaining emails regarding Ms. Nagel??  We want them!! Now

Withheld
6:30 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Police Chief - Candidate

"I support Mereduth Lobur for Chief. Highly educated and years of experience. She was instrumental in taking Jaran out. I have heard she is interested but don't know her well enough to ask her. Does anyone know if she is?"


I agree!!
6:27 pm edt 

Re: New Library Director

"We had a very good committee to select a new library director and they did just that. David Gardner then ignores their selection and picks his           Matt Clark as director. What an abuse of power. On top of that Gardner says that since Matt Clark does not have the needed skills to be a director, he will hire people to help him. Not only are we going to pay this     over $65,000 a year we (the tax payers are going to pay for people to help him.! Outraegeous."


David Gardner-out of control-but then again think about it-his mentor was Sharon Lynn
6:24 pm edt 

Re: Thanks BOS!!

"Relax Eric/Tom/Raf darlings. I never said it was you in this blame game so don't get your panties up in a wad. I said the selectmen that signed it so relax."

Your assumption is incorrect.  I'm neither of those three Selectmen." 
6:20 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"No sir or madam, you are absolutely incorrect! The question before the arbitration committee was whether or not the chiefs termination was justified. The arbitrators found it was not! It had nothing to do with the other things he was found to have done in the Marcum report other than the fact that those things led up to the discspline which took the form of unjust (according to all the arbitrators) termination. Like a said before; stop crying over spilled milk."


The rebutal to your original comment was:


'You are absolutely incorrect. In an Actual Court Venue, the case of Jaran's actions interfering with the electoral process would rise to a higher level of illegality. It would be viewed in absolute terms and not relative terms regarding comparative differences of dispensed penalties exacted to different individuals based on a flawed contract."

Your referral to what the arbitrators concluded does not apply in the as described judicial venue. However, even in an arbitration venue, Town Counsel should have been able to establish the fact, that when Jaran interfered with the electoral process he committed a crime which abrogated his contract and was thus in default, warranting his termination.

Provincetown was not served well by Town Counsel's representation. Counsel seemed to  try to tread a fine line between the Jaran v Provincetown case and prospective future cases against the town; which would account for the poor  choice of witnesses. 
5:33 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"In a court of law the right witnesses would have been called - Many were excluded- bring it on- this man has a big ego- i hope he does sue a few individuals- he will loose his shirt - if he is sued individually- he could be in stripes for a while- that is fact."


Be in stripes for a while? I assume you mean prison stripes.  This isn't Russia. People don't get sent to prison based on civil court findings.  Unless you believe the town is going to appeal the arbitration decision in a Criminal court. Isn't that the job of the District Attorney?  I was not even aware that was an option in appealing a wrongful termination arbitration. And we are supposed to take yoo seriously why now?.
5:31 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"You are absolutely incorrect. In an actual court venue, the case of Jaran's actions interfering with the electoral process would rise to a higher level of illegality. It would be viewed in absolute terms and not relative terms regarding comparative differences of dispensed penalties exacted to different individuals based on a flawed contract."


No sir or madam, you are absolutely incorrect! The question  before the arbitration committee was whether or not the chiefs termination was justified. The arbitrators found it was not!  It had nothing to do with the other things he was found to have done in the Marcum report other than the fact that those things led up to the discspline which took the form of unjust (according to all the arbitrators)  termination. Like a said before; stop crying over spilled milk. 

5:29 pm edt 

What Were Counsel's Recommendations?

The BOS were real quick to release Town Counsel emails trying to pass the blame to Sharon regarding the Chief's contract. I wonder, will they be so quick to release info showing what Town Counsel's recommendations were regarding settling with the Chief instead of rolling the dice with arbitration??
5:26 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

What a moron, the chief wasn't charged with anything criminally because there was nothing to charge him with. He was cleared by the independent investigation. You know, you can't make up all this stupidity. Let's just move on and get onto real town business. This ship has sailed and now we pay for the likes on Donagan and Yingling.
2:33 pm edt 

Enjoy the Town We Have

"Why can't people get as fired up about the mundane everyday events that occur in town every day as they do about Jeff Jaran. Go outside and clean your yard, by a cup of coffee from a local shop, get a hair cut in town or just volunteer on a town board. Jeff Jaran  and Sharon Lynn are long gone, enjoy the town we have with these two gone."


The good that men doth is interred with their bones, the evil oft lives after them
2:27 pm edt 

Enjoy the Town We Have

Why can't people get as fired up about the mundane everyday events that occur in town every day as they do about Jeff Jaran. Go outside and clean your yard, by a cup of coffee from a local shop, get a hair cut in town or just volunteer on a town board. Jeff Jaran  and Sharon Lynn are long gone, enjoy the town we have with these two gone.
2:24 pm edt 

FinCom - What are Our Legal Costs?

Has any one learned of the price tag for Lynn to testify at the hearing? Now that would be interesting. FINCOM please ask these questions because obviously the BOS doesn't want to divulge or us to know. This is taxpayer money and should NOT be a secret.
2:22 pm edt 

Taxes vs Appreciation

"I don't think I'd have the nerve to quibble over an extra $200 or $300 each year, if I were seeing my property appreciate $10 or $20k per year."
2:13 pm edt 

New Library Director

We had a very good committee to select a new library director and they did just that. David Gardner then ignores their selection and picks his           Matt Clark as director. What an abuse of power. On top of that Gardner says that since Matt Clark does not have the needed skills to be a director, he will hire people to help him. Not only are we going to pay this     over $65,000 a year we (the tax payers are going to pay for people to help him.! Outraegeous.
2:11 pm edt 

Provincetown Police Chief - Candidate

I support Mereduth Lobur for Chief. Highly educated and years of experience. She was instrumental in taking Jaran out. I have heard she is interested but don't know her well enough to ask her. Does anyone know if she is?
2:09 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"I heard from someone who knows Jaran good.  He is going to sue the town and he's naming names too.  Erik Yingling Tom Donegan Meredith Lobur I know of. What's this gonna cost us? The tax payers are getting screwed.  BOS please do what's right for us and end this NOW!!!!"


Bring it on JJ- You will go down in flames in a real court.
2:07 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"Wake up and face reality.  None of the arbitrators even the one handpicked by the town found just cause for termination base on the language in the contract. Do you think changing the venue would somehow change the contract?  I believe contract law is the same in court or in arbitration.  Quit crying over spilled milk."


Jaran is guilty of impeding an election- targeting indiviuals- harrassment -having his officers target individuals(all who supported the wrong candidates in his mind). If any of these cases make it to federal court he will be implicated and he will found quilty with the huge amount of proof out there.
2:04 pm edt 

Re: Jaran v Provincetown

"Wake up and face reality.  None of the arbitrators even the one handpicked by the town found just cause for termination base on the language in the contract. Do you think changing the venue would somehow change the contract
?  I believe contract law is the same in court or in arbitration.  Quit crying over spilled milk."


In a court of law the right witnesses would have been called - Many were excluded- bring it on- this man has a big ego- i hope he does sue a few individuals- he will loose his shirt - if he is sued individually- he could be in stripes for a while- that is fact
2:02 pm edt 

Re: Thanks BOS!!

"Remind me again who were, to use your own words, "THE SELECTMEN THAT SIGNED THIS PIECE OF CRAP CONTRACT WITHOUT PERFORMING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE."?"


Relax Eric/Tom/Raf darlings. I never said it was you in this blame game so don't get your panties up in a wad. I said the selectmen that signed it so relax, it's not YOUR fault.

Oh, and thanks for the "sacrificial lamb" type offerings of releasing the emails regarding this issue in an attempt to make sure you're all in the clear. Funny how you released the emails on this one really fast that shows you didn't do it but are still unable/reluctant to release the emails regarding Ms. Nagle.

Transparent my butt.
1:57 pm edt 

Re: Jaran v Provincetown

"Wake up and face reality. None of the arbitrators even the one handpicked by the town found just cause for termination base on the language in the contract. Do you think changing the venue would somehow change the contract? I believe contract law is the same in court or in arbitration. Quit crying over spilled milk."


You are absolutely incorrect. In an actual court venue, the case of Jaran's actions interfering with the electoral process would rise to a higher level of illegality. It would be viewed in absolute terms and not relative terms regarding comparative differences of dispensed penalties exacted to different individuals based on a flawed contract.

Jaran would be found wholly accountable for having acted in his capacity as police chief to having offended a basic piller of the fabric of democracy, the election process. Sharon Lynn's erroneous and conflicted dispensation of penalties  to different individuals would have no  bearing on Jaran's actual offence and the requisite outcomes mandated by law.

In court Jaran's  written contract could not be used as a rational for trumping established jurispudence; and in fact woud be disassociated from his offence. Additionally, he would still face additional civil as well criminal penalties both  federal and state in nature.

The essence of the issue is; "A contract cannot give absolution or protective injunction for acts which affront codified law. It was not in Sharon Lynn's nor the arbitrators' power to ignore or ameliorate these facts.

Accordingly, the town should seek redress in the courts through the appels process where, given the facts, Jaran's firing would be exonerated.

However, given the conflictive nature of Town Counsel's involvement in this matter, a different law firm should be used in the appeal process. Especially in the selection of witnesses and the preparation of arguments.
1:43 pm edt 

Now This is Getting Even Unbelievable

The town paid for Frank Rudewicz to be Jaran's witness? this makes no sense. We paid him to write the Markum Report and he should have been the town's witness---not Jeff Jarna's. and then we paid Rudewicz to witness against the town?

who is running this place? If this gets any more insane I will believe town hall is an insane asylum with a front of being a town government.
11:41 am edt 

Re: Jaran v Provincetown

I heard from someone who knows Jaran good.  He is going to sue the town and he's naming names too.  Erik Yingling Tom Donegan Meredith Lobur I know of. What's this gonna cost us? The tax payers are getting screwed.  BOS please do what's right for us and end this NOW!!!!
10:51 am edt 

Re: Thanks BOS!!!

"No, it's not K & P's fault for poor counsel, it's not Lynns fault for doing what she felt was right and it wasn't Jarans fault for watching out for his own good. IT WAS THE FAULT OF THE SELECTMEN THAT SIGNED THIS PIECE OF CRAP CONTRACT WITHOUT PERFORMING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE."


Remind me again who were, to use your own words, "THE SELECTMEN THAT SIGNED THIS PIECE OF CRAP CONTRACT WITHOUT PERFORMING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE."?
10:50 am edt 

Re: Jaran v Provincetown

"If this case between jaran and the town of Provincetown had taken place in a court of law versus arbitration the town would have won hands down."


Wake up and face reality.  None of the arbitrators even the one handpicked by the town found just cause for termination base on the language in the contract. Do you think changing the venue would somehow change the contract?  I believe contract law is the same in court or in arbitration.  Quit crying over spilled milk.
10:48 am edt 

Re: Thanks BOS!!!

"Done. No, it's not K & P's fault for poor counsel, it's not Lynns fault for doing what she felt was right and it wasn't Jarans fault for watching out for his own good. IT WAS THE FAULT OF THE SELECTMEN THAT SIGNED THIS PIECE OF CRAP CONTRACT WITHOUT PERFORMING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE.
Only way out is to show that the selectmen asked for any input from K&P prior to signing the contract. If not, they hold the bag for all of this."



You are dead wrong- Sharon Lynn should of had the town's best interest first an foremost- not her buddy Jaran.
10:41 am edt 

Finger Points to the Previous Board of Selectmen

No wonder why Elaine Andersen threw her house up for sale-It is the previous BOS who is on the hook- hey Austin- just another screw up on your part.
10:39 am edt 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Re: Jaran v Provincetown

If this case between jaran and the town of Provincetown had taken place in a court of law versus arbitration the town would have won hands down
10:38 pm edt 

Thanks BOS!!!

Reading through the emails that were released by the selectmen regarding Jaran, the third line of the employment contract with Jaran shows the town is screwed thanks to the selectmen.

"authorizes the Town Manager with approval of the selectmen of the town of Provincetown, Massachusetts "the Town", to appoint a police chief ..."

Done. No, it's not K & P's fault for poor counsel, it's not Lynns fault for doing what she felt was right and it wasn't Jarans fault for watching out for his own good. IT WAS THE FAULT OF THE SELECTMEN THAT SIGNED THIS PIECE OF CRAP CONTRACT WITHOUT PERFORMING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE.
Only way out is to show that the selectmen asked for any input from K&P prior to signing the contract. If not, they hold the bag for all of this.
10:05 pm edt 

Re: From Wayne Martin

BLAH BLAH BLAH.

Who cares about the minor picayune issues people keep harping on you about.

ARE YOU GOING TO ANNOUNCE A WRITE IN OR NOT??? EARLIER THE BETTER, GOTTA GET THE WORD OUT.
10:03 pm edt 

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

MORE TO LIFE THAN Jeff J.-Crisis YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING TOWN

You can obsess over the former chief all that you want, but it doesn't affect our daily life here. However, having a fed up young man leave due to a lack of young people in Provincetown in the winter should be a red flag warning waving in front of every business person's face.

I was talking with a Straight guy who is 27 years old. He said that he is going to move out of town when his ends in the fall because there aren't any young people here.

I see his point. I was one of the legion of baby boomers who crowded into town when we were all young. I told him about going to boat slip and that the place was jammed with folks in their 20s. We were all in our 20s. We went to shows, to the beach, out for pizza after the disco--and the mobs in town were mobs of young people. That day is gone forever.

Even at Candidate's night, Mary Jo Avellar said that there is no one here in the winter. It is a joke to hear the powers that be who are up for election each year talk about bringing jobs here. the same old, same old. Just put the town to sleep each winter and turn off the  lights--that is the destiny that awaits us.
7:07 pm edt 

Is it Now K & P vs Sharon Lynn? - Who Chose the Witness List for Provincetown?

Wow. Watch Town Counsel throw Sharon Lynn under the bus. And why not? It's hardly in her interest to respond. But funny how that works. But it's not like K&P are devoid of any bad decisions, chiefly that Provincetown had an iron-clad case against Jaran. Not to mention less then bright advice during the last town meeting. But, K&P are in survival mode, so beware!

Also, I'm wondering what happened to the threats made against Jimmy by a fine upstanding police officer during the Jaran debacle. They had a pretty strong case from what I remember.
4:29 pm edt 

Class Action Suit in the Making

Couldn't there Be a Class Action suit Against Sharon Lynn from Provincetown Tax Payers?

Aren't we hurt by her attempt to give Jaran an iron-clad contract that would be almost impossible to break? and now we face serious payments that will come from our tax dollars. It seems we could and should sue Sharon Lynn for damages due to her actions as town manager.

Does someone know if this is possible?
4:26 pm edt 

Town Paid For Jaran's Witness

From a previous post on the witness list, one more thing I just learned, not only did The town's investigator not only testify on behalf of Jaran but because of the manner in which the Selectman hired him and his contract with the town was on the hook to pay for his time and expenses to participate at the hearing!!! Un F ing believable. If you don't beleive me, pick up the phone or call Mr. Hoort to confirm because I was told by a very good source that the town already cut him a check!! Geez...I wonder if that was considered when explaination was given what our town counsel fees are at this point? What about the amount of overtime used to parade all this witnesses to the hearing? What about the fee and expenses for Sharon Lynn??? I'd be very interested what we paid her to be our so called expert witness? I was told she came at a premium but that I can't confirm. I'm willing to guess all three of those separate expenses aren't even being considered when calculating to date expenses. Unreal. Settle this x@/#£ and move on please BOS.
4:24 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times
  • Fired police chief's contracts went against legal advice, Provincetown selectmen say

    Emails show former town manager gave Jeff Jaran arbitration rights
  • Emails show the former town manager gave Jeff Jaran a five-year pact and arbitration rights, over the objections of town counsel.

Posted Apr. 23, 2015 at 7:15 AM 

K.C. Myers
PROVINCETOWN — Former Town Manager Sharon Lynn went against town counsel’s advice and granted generous contracts to Police Chief Jeff Jaran in 2008 and 2011 that could end up costing the town hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a series of emails released by the Board of Selectmen.
Jaran was fired in December 2013 for urging his staff to support Selectman Austin Knight, whom he viewed as a pro-police candidate, in that year’s town election. He also instructed a lieutenant to get campaign signs from Knight’s garage so they could be distributed at the police station to his staff. An independent investigator and an arbitration panel found Jaran’s campaigning violated local, state and federal laws.
The campaigning came in the wake of a town meeting vote defeating an article that sought to replace or renovate the aging police station.
Jaran appealed the termination, and an arbitration panel found last week that he should have been suspended without pay for a year but not fired. The panel ordered the town to pay Jaran for 13 months remaining on his five-year contract, as well as a few additional months of back pay. His annual salary was about $127,000 in 2013. The town also must pay Jaran’s legal fees, which come to at least $90,000, according to his attorney, Andrew Gambaccini. The town’s own legal expenses have come to about $45,000 for the arbitration, said Dan Hoort, director of municipal finance.
“The award announces an enormous bill that now is to be paid by the town,” Gambaccini said in a prepared statement. “The town officials who were involved in this scheme have absolutely no one to blame but themselves.”
The Provincetown selectmen met in a closed-door session Tuesday to discuss legal strategies going forward.
They also issued a statement blaming the outcome of the arbitration in part on contracts that Lynn offered Jaran, despite contrary advice from town counsel.
Michele Randazzo, of the law firm of Kopelman & Paige, emailed Lynn in May 2008, advising that she not include an arbitration clause in Jaran’s initial three-year contract. The clause allowed Jaran to appeal a discipline or dismissal through a three-person arbitration panel and possibly be entitled to legal fee reimbursements and back pay.
Randazzo wrote that some sections of the contract addressing discipline would be “unworkable, extremely costly to the town and potentially provide to the chief rights — and damages — that he would not otherwise be entitled to under the law.”
The arbitration clause is standard language included in police chief contracts across Massachusetts, according to Wayne Sampson, executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.
“We understand police often seek that language and we don’t advise it,” Randazzo said Wednesday.
Lynn included the provisions in that contract anyway. She also included them in his 2011 contract, which was extended to five years, although Randazzo advised her to stick with a three-year contract at a maximum.
Hoort said if Lynn had offered Jaran only a three-year pact, he would have had only five months left on his contract at the time he was terminated.
Lynn took a job in December 2013 as city manager of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
When contacted Wednesday and asked why she included the arbitration clause and gave Jaran a five-year contract against the advice of town counsel, she said, “I thought I was doing what was best for the town.
“Jeff was a good police chief. I'll stand by that. He made some wrong choices. But he was a good police chief.”
In 2011, the climate in town was different, she said. Hot-button topics such as a new police station had not come up and so at the time offering a five-year contract seemed like the best thing for the town, she said.
The arbitration panel’s 47-page decision notes that during its investigation Lynn testified that she considered Jaran a “good friend … like a family member.”
Jaran’s attorney said he was contemplating the next move after the arbitrators’ findings.
“Chief Jaran is now armed with significant basis to bring a lawsuit against those persons who were responsible for the nightmare that he has had to endure until this decision was issued,” Gambaccini said.
8:48 am edt 

Jaran - Sharon Contract

How many Police Chiefs on the Cape have the arbitration clause in their contracts, as JJ did?
8:40 am edt 

Sharon Should be Sued!

The town needs to go after our previous Town Manager.  And the previous BOS giving speeches lauding her...remember that?  What a joke she turned out to be?  Lucky for us, she can't do anymore damage.  She's Rehoboth's problem now!
8:39 am edt 

Sharon is at Fault

Okay...I've changed my mind about our town counsel, having read this morning that they did advise Sharon against the contract she ended up giving him.

So Sharon went against town counsel's advice.  We now have to pay the Piper, not her.  Funny how that works.
8:36 am edt 

Gratitude for Police

I have lived in Provincetown for over 35 years.  I always felt safe.  This changed when Jaran came.  And I'm a law abiding citizen.  I never felt as unsafe as when he was in charge. 

The day after he was suspended, it was like a cloud had been lifted off our town.  I see our police department again as members of our community.  Our police force had always taken excellent care of our town before Jaran came, and continue to do so again after he left. I'm grateful for their efforts.
8:35 am edt 

From: Wayne Martin

As far as me being unqualified to be a selectman do you mind telling me what are the current qualifications for being Selectman? Besides selectman Andrews who is obviously an intelligent and thoughtful person what makes the other 4 selectmen qualifyied to hold the position? Look at their track records so far stellar examples I think not! Its so sad when people start in on arbitrary name calling, first it was I am paying someone to write my posts, then it's I am not really a resident of P town, of course we have the ever popular I don't work, then after putting all that BS to rest, it seems when all else fails you just resort to childish name calling without having the courage to put your names to any of it. 
  As far as me being an idiot goes I did pretty well in school lettering in math and went on to study computer repair and trouble shooting, also I was first in my EMT class when I was on the Fire Rescue Dept, a side note to that is I stopped being on that dept after making a complaint against a Police officer who reaked like alcohol and was obviously not Sober when he was attempting to assist me in performing CPR on a dying senior citizen. This same officer has been officially charged with 2 OUI's since he has been an officer in Truro and still remains their MADD representative and has been responsible for the many false charges against me. If anyone is wondering what became of the complaint I made the selectmen and the Chief of police said I had no proof, so nothing as usual!!!  I guess I was supposed to ask to perform field sobriety tests and force him to take a breathlylizer. To make it perfectly clear I am not anti police just  totally against the corruption that runs ra!
mpant in P town and especially Truro!!!
8:30 am edt 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A B Y
 
Anybody But Yingling

Time to oust this arrogant troublemaker. Time to get someone with age and experience in life. Who are his connections to the town?
11:38 pm edt 

Re: "From Wayne Martin"

Take a chill pill or better yet go to an anger management class.  You need to take a deep breath before you submit your thoughts on this blog.  May I also suggest you proof read your post before you hit enter?  Stating your position clearly might convince voters that you are actually qualified for the position you seek.
10:21 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

"It is mind boggling that any selectmen or the acting TM would recommend acting Chief Golden where as he has been named in several pending lawsuits against the town which have not been resolved ........"


Totally agree- David Gardner-we are waiting for a respose.Seems to me you have cacooned and come out as a new sharon lynn-Quess what-bad timing.
10:16 pm edt 

Re: Jaran v Provincetown

Fire Kopleman and Paige now!!!!
10:13 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran - Tom Dunegan

"Using his official position as Chief of Police to impede as well as participate in the promotion of political candidates, which is a Federal as well as a State offence, punishable by both fine and incarceration."


This post by a subsequent poster is your answer-re- "asking them to turn down the music".

You have insulted a number of people and I predict there wil be more than one individual who will take Mr. Jeff Jaran to federal court. He will be behind bars. The arbitration hearing was a sham.
10:12 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Wayne this has nothing to do with your brother and yes he is just as much of an idiot as you.  You are not qualified. 
10:08 pm edt 

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

Re: "Provincetown's relationship with K & P should be terminated. If the BOS and especially TD had any cojones at all they would drop the firm like a contaminated piece of seafood and consider a law suit for incompetence and dereliction of duty."


Really? You don't think Tom and his quest for power and glory has cost this town enough already? No more lawsuits. Just accept defeat, admit you've made some really bad decisions and MOVE ON!!
10:07 pm edt 

From: Wayne Martin

To answer the questions if I am a provincetown taxpayer and resident the answer is of course Yes duh!!! how do you think I was able to run for selectman last year!!! Not that its anybodies business but I get all my mail in town at my current address where I have been living for quite some time and my trucks Ins and Reg are both filed under the same address. Now that we have the foolishness out of the way lets talk about my reputation besides the BS that my and I use the term loosely brother, the P town acting Chief and the Truro police spreads about me, what can anybody say to impugn my reputation that actually has first hand knowledge of anything and is the truth besides me being a decent human being that's helps anyone and everyone. Let's see does that alone qualify me to be a selectman the answer is no it does not. But as of yet I have not seen a set of qualifications in the towns charter or bylaws that I or anyone has to adhere to become or run for a selectman position. !
I will state one thing I am certainly more honest and have a great deal more moral fiber than some of the people that are currently on the Bos and absolutely more than the Acting CoP without a question.
4:22 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran - Tom Dunegan

If the Jaran v Provincetown case had gone to court, Jaran would indeed have been found guilty on
at least two counts:

Using his official position as Chief of Police to impede as well as participate in the promotion of political candidates, which is a Federal as well as a State offence, punishable by both fine and incarceration.

In fact, he is not off the hook yet. Acase can still be brought against him. His contract with Provincetown does not exonerate him from the  consequences of his illegal acts partaining to federal and state law.

Relative to the the issues regarding Mypacc, Jaran is still in civil jeopardy and if all of the potential  suits which could arise out of his past actions come forward, he will indeed need every penny he "may get" from Provincetown.
 
The hollow threats of his lawyer pertaining to possible future action will only expose Jaran to more jeopardy.

No the fat lady has not sung yet.
2:13 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran - Tom Donegan

"Tom Donegan did the right thing. Jaran was found "guilty of inappropriate actions" . What is all this fanfare about? Had this been a courtroom trial this joker would be behind bars."


You can't be serious. Behind bars for what? Telling them to turn down the music? LOL.
1:50 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

I would like someone to tell me a good reason why to write in wayne Martin what has he done for the town.  Oh I know caused trouble.      He hates the police he has never been on any board his reputation should say enough.  I mean people ask around you will get a ear full. 
1:48 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Why Wasn't there a bill of Particulars that Included ALL the allegations, ALL the complaints, and ALL the alleged inappropriate and alleged illegal Actions by Jeff Jaran??

All the present lawsuits against Jeff Jaran and all the illegal actions by Jeff Jaran should have been part of this arbitration. why wasn't it?

Where was the sexual harassment issue--if not case? where was the threatening behavior by Koumenelis against town resident linked to Jeff Jaran and the town elections? Where were the attempt by the Anti Defamation League to be used against Mypacc by Jeff Jaran and Candace Nagle?

Time for Kopeman & Paige to be "terminated." they have handled this case poorly and without the necessary legal expertise we would expect from the legal bills we continue to pay. this is legal incompetence.
11:00 pm edt

Jeff Jaran's Witnesses

Candace Nagle, Stepehn Mcgowmen, Frank Rudewicz, Kim Hurd and Scott Chovanec.

there is something fundamentally flawed here. Can you see it?

Frank Rudewicz was the person who compiled and created the Markum Report and was paid by the town--somewhere around $17,000 to write this report. and Frank Rudewicz--the person who created the Markum Report investigating Jeff Jaran's actions, questionable behavior, and accuasations  is a witness FOR Jeff Jaran? Not a witness FOR the town?

This is more than a conflict of interest. There is something fundamentally wrong, misdirected and shocking!


These two posts sum it up- what a joke=Why weren't those who were the victims part of this investigation. Why was the Koumenelis case not investigated and taken out of the scope of the Marcuum Report- it was stated publicly /taped that it would be and behind closed doors in executive session the BOS at the time chose to remove it from the scope of the Marcuum report. All this and this entire arbitration was all slated to enhance Jaran's outcome- If any of these cases go to court- the truth will finally come out. I for one hope they do-
1:46 pm edt 

Highest Form of Flattery

It is interesting to me that most of the members of the Provincetown/Wellfleet/Truro Beacon make fun of MYPACC for having anonymous posts, people "afraid" to sign their names which makes their posts worthless!

However, the Beacon has maybe 15 members who post under their real names, and the rest of the posts come thru the admin. who posts them anonymously.

The Beacon has copied the style of MYPACC.

You know what they say, "mimicing is the highest form of flattery". And now, because they are desperate for news over at the Beacon, the admin is copying and pasting whole threads from the MYPACC site.

Flattery will get you everywhere, Oatsey!!
1:43 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Sorry Wayne--I'd Rather Vote For My Chipmunk

And maybe I will. I'd rather a write in for anyone else but you.  time to say goodbye on politics here. Not the right time, not the right person.
1:41 pm edt 

Jaran Contract:

Provincetown's relationship with K & P should be terminated. If the BOS and especially TD had any cojones at all they would drop the firm like a contaminated piece of seafood and consider a law suit for incompetence and dereliction of duty. Whoever approved the language of the chief's employment contract was not looking out for the best interest of Provincetown.
1:39 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin
 
By all accounts Martin as been vindicated of all the chargesTruro has levied  against him it looks like he was telling the truth. I have looked records where all charges either did not make it to trial after being thrown out or the latest and the only one that went to a jury took an extraordinary short amount of time to come back with a verdict of not guilty. I have looked in to  allegations in to the Corruption and misconduct of the Chief and some of the officers in Truro. What I found was extremely disturbing to say the least, charges - allegations of contempt of court, filing false reports, false arrests, several violations of civil rights issues, including using a drug dog in violation of the 4th amendment, aiding & abetting in a larceny, larceny also it seems like there has been several laws suits filed some of which have been settled with non-disclosure agreements all since Takakjian has become Police Chief. Now I relize these are just allegations but all these people !
I doubt very highly are making it up. Also I found one case that  was just heard in the Orleans court  that the acting Provincetown  police chief refused to return property after being ordered to do so by the courts. Also there is another case being heard on April 30th in the Orleans court which alleges that Chief of police Takakjian has committed Contempt of court after refusing to return properties that he was ordered to do so by the court approximately ten months ago!!!

It is mind boggling that any selectmen or the acting TM would recommend acting Chief Golden where as he has been named in several pending lawsuits against the town which have not been resolved involving the X Chief and the X TM and I believe after getting caught committing misdeeds of his own which he admitted to his excuse being that he was just following orders, to be our towns Chief. It's also my understanding that the current acting TM called in a State police investigator after the most recent allegations of misconduct against the Acting police Chief.  I am asking as a tax payer why has this not been brought up at selectmen's meetings and the people of this town notified of these happenings? What has happened to the honesty and transparency we were promised by are newly elected officials?
1:38 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Questions for candidates night???

drivers license address
vehicle reg. address
Provincetown & Truro police dept address of record Truro
vehicle insurance address
excise tax bill address
hunting & fishing clamming license address
dump permit Truro or Provincetown
U.S Mail address Census address last 20 years
pay checks address listed
social security address last 20 years
credit cards address
I.R.S. records state and  federal address
charge accounts address Ace hardware Lands end etc
1:33 pm edt 

Re: Martin vs Yingling

WRITE IN CANDIDATE FOR SELECTMAN --WAYNE MARTIN!

Absolutely!! Had we voted for Martin instead of Yingling, the outcome certainly would have been different. I'm sure Golden would have got his along with Jaran.

VOTE MARTIN!!!! MIX IT UP!!
10:38 am edt 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Martin vs Yingling

We don't need Yingling back again for another repeat performance  again as Selectmn like he did, so let's see what Wayne Martin can do! can't be worse that's for sure! WRITE IN CANDIDATE FOR SELECTMAN --WAYNE MARTIN!
11:06 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran et Sharon Lynn

That Sharon Lynn was really something, huh?
11:04 pm edt 

Something is Weird in the Jaran Report
 
Where did the case against Jeff Jaran involve his termination because of his actions with Mypacc? I haven't even seen Mypacc as part of any newspapaer story and yet it is part of the report? Where was Jaran's termination linked to his actions in regards Mypacc?

How can a report and an investigation have it both ways? No one from Mypacc was part of the witnesses; no one from the Koumenelis incident was part of the witnesses; no one from the Pig --no bartender, no other staff--was part of the witnesses?

this "investigation" is so flawed it fails to hold any legal power. It is a pretense of an investigation, a flawed and fraudulent attempt at justice.

I am appalled.
11:01 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Why Wasn't there a bill of Particulars that Included ALL the allegations, ALL the complaints, and ALL the alleged inappropriate and alleged illegal Actions by Jeff Jaran??

All the present lawsuits against Jeff Jaran and all the illegal actions by Jeff Jaran should have been part of this arbitration. why wasn't it?

Where was the sexual harassment issue--if not case? where was the threatening behavior by Koumenelis against town resident linked to Jeff Jaran and the town elections? Where were the attempt by the Anti Defamation League to be used against Mypacc by Jeff Jaran and Candace Nagle?

Time for Kopeman & Paige to be "terminated." they have handled this case poorly and without the necessary legal expertise we would expect from the legal bills we continue to pay. this is legal incompetence.
11:00 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran's Witnesses

Candace Nagle, Stepehn Mcgowmen, Frank Rudewicz, Kim Hurd and Scott Chovanec.

there is something fundamentally flawed here. Can you see it?

Frank Rudewicz was the person who compiled and created the Markum Report and was paid by the town--somewhere around $17,000 to write this report. and Frank Rudewicz--the person who created the Markum Report investigating Jeff Jaran's actions, questionable behavior, and accuasations  is a witness FOR Jeff Jaran? Not a witness FOR the town?

This is more than a conflict of interest. There is something fundamentally wrong, misdirected and shocking!

10:58 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

If Jeff Jaran's Actions towards Mypacc Hurt the town the Most

then it was still linked to Jeff Jaran's threatening actions and his collusion with Candace Nagle to threaten Mypacc and accuse this blog of being a hate blog. He worked behind the scenes to undermine this blog but it hurt the town the most, so says his lawyer. I'm confused. What is the "it" that hurt the town the most? And whatever the "it" is, isn't "It" linked to Jeff Jaran as Chief of Police and Candace Nagle as whatever you want to call this odd woman?

So what exactly did Jaran do?
10:56 pm edt 

Re: David Gardner

Neither heard high nor low from you ? Where do you stand? Or do you stand at all ? You were a part of all the past events. Yet you chose to keep silent. Why?? You are a smart man. You knew what was going on. You have quite a bit of accounting to do. Btw. I don't mean your taxes darling.
9:13 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn vs Town of Provincetown

Sharon Lynn = Town of provincetown= any lawsuit against the town of Provincetown involving the police dept, Jeff jaran , the town of provincetown itself just got stronger. Sharon Lynn was found culpable. My humble opinion.
9:11 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Move on from Jeff jaron this town has bigger issues like Wayne Martin
running for town selectmen scandal all over again
9:10 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran vs Pending Lawsuits

"Where does this leave the former chiefs secretary and the allegations regarding Jarans actions?"
12:34 pm edt


Same place it was before if not stronger case given Sharon Lynn being culpable=the town of provincetown culpable-That's where it leaves it.
9:06 pm edt 

Tom Donegan vs Jeff Jaran

Tom Donegan did the right thing. Jaran was found "guilty of inappropriate actions" . What is all this fanfare about? Had this been a courtroom trial this joker would be behind bars. His concrete contract thanks to Sharon Lynn saved his butt. The arbitration panel also found Sharon Lynn culpable. This was actually the defense for the leniency given to Jaran. I only hope those who were wronged my Mr. Jeff Jaran go after him indiviually. That outcome would thus set the truth and reality of what truly took place.
9:04 pm edt 

Re: Jaran

Personelly, I say let him come back. He don't have to live in town, so no problam there.

He will self destruct in less than 6 months.

Then we will be done.
9:02 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

"In light of these findings, Chief Jaran also now is armed with significant bases to bring a lawsuit against those persons who were responsible for the nightmare that he has had to endure until this decision was issued. "



He would be crazy to do this- In a real court of law?? How about the reversal- how about those he attacked and singled out take him to a real court of law- he would shit his pants! 
9:01 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Sexism Never Ends

Did anyone notice how the Jaran Report, when discussing the witnesses from the Department, always properly identified the men by their specific rank: Chief/Sargent/Detective but while referring to the women as Ms. (for the most part) and not by Detective/Sargent/Officer?
5:26 pm edt 

Carnival Theme

I think the theme for this summer's Carnival should be
"Supposed Town Leaders Gone Wild"? 
3:01 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Are those lawyers reading the same decision I did? He was vindicated at all. He was found to have performed illegal activity. And no, the MYPACC items did NOT hurt his case. The entire decision turns on one factor: the discipline was uneven. Jaran got fired, Koumenalis got suspended for a week, and Golden got promoted. I don't know how getting suspended for an entire year without pay is "vindication". It's pretty harsh if you ask me. Someone else wrote what is the difference between getting fired and getting suspended for an entire year? The answer? That stupid contract that Lynn gave Jaran, and that Town Counsel, evidently, signed off on. So if anyone has anger issues over this, direct them to Town Counsel and Sharon Lynn. They gave away the farm. Jaran was still found to have committed illegal acts. Read the end of the decision AGAIN.
12:38 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Where does this leave the former chiefs secretary and the allegations regarding Jarans actions?
12:34 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Jaran WAS NOT FOUND INNOCENT- People- lets put this in the proper perspective - this was merely an arbitration panel. If this were a federal court of law he would have been anilated - "and the Jaran was quilty of inappropriate actions"  - also The panel used Sharon Lynn's neglect to disipline Jaran as a defense. What a crock of     . Jaran is a 50 year old man. He was and is nothing but a thug- if this was tried in a real court of law this man would be mince meat. The bottom line is Jaran had a steel tight contract thanks to Sharon Lynn which led to this arbitration. Again, if this was federal court this man could very well be behind bars. Lets get real here.
12:33 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran et MYPACC

What planet are you on? PLEASE do us all a favour and educate yourself on the issues you rant about. MYPACC was apart of the investigation. Again, read the Marcum Report.
12:29 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran et MYPACC

Why was Mypacc never included in the investigatory process?
Something does not seem right in not including Mypacc in the witness
selection. In fact there  was no public  mention of Mypacc. Is there  more
to the story than we are being told?

The question is why the silence?
10:46 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran et MYPACC

Maybe We Need to KNow More About Jaran and His Attack on Mypacc

This is news to me. what did Jaran do? And what did Nagle do? I've not seen any mention of this. why? Was Jaran threatening Mypacc? Was he acting towards Mypacc as he did towards the Pig? Could someone help explain this questionable behavior by Jaran?
10:37 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Uh oh.........

"In light of these findings, Chief Jaran also now is armed with significant bases to bring a lawsuit against those persons who were responsible for the nightmare that he has had to endure until this decision was issued. "

Who might those persons be?????
10:35 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran et MYPACC

No, just the opposite. Read more carefully please. In the end, the charges against Jaran regarding MYPACC actually hurt the town's case. Repeat - hurt the town's case. Please do some better homework before you type.

It's also clear the town must pay out a hefty sum. Can anyone tell me where on Earth that kind of money is in our budget. According to FIN COM member Mark Hatch the town has already allocated that money for community housing. Now what????
10:33 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

MYPACC Was Part of the Jeff Jaran Arbitration and He Was Found at Fault

Jaran was found to attack MYPACC along with Candace Nagle and both were found to be at fault in their actions. Why isn't this even reported? there were three parts to the Markum Report and Jaran's harassment of MYPACC and his illegal actions against MYPACC were part of the case aginst him.
10:01 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To:                All Media Outlets
From:        Andrew J. Gambaccini
                Reardon, Joyce & Akerson, P.C.

Date:        April 19, 2015

RE:                Chief Jeff Jaran
______________________________________________________________________________

        A day of vindication has arrived for Jeff Jaran and a tremendous bill has come due for the Town of Provincetown.  A panel of arbitrators, including the arbitrator hand-picked by the Town itself, has rendered its unanimous conclusion that confirms what we have been saying all along:  there was no legitimate basis to terminate Jeff Jaran's employment as Chief of Police for the Town of Provincetown.  The plot to terminate Chief Jaran was poorly conceived by Selectman Erik Yingling, Selectman Tom Donegan and others, and it was poorly executed by Sharon Lynn and the Board of Selectmen.

        With respect to allegation concerning events at The Squealing Pig, the panel of arbitrators concluded, as did the Town's investigator before it, that outside forces, including some members of the Board of Selectmen, kept the issue alive for political advantage long after the participants considered the matter over.  Those Selectmen were Erik Yingling and Tom Donegan and their misbehaviors have done absolutely no favors for the Town. 

        Despite now almost two years of unfounded rumors concerning Chief Jaran at The Squealing Pig, the panel ultimately found itself in the same position that the Town's investigator did and rejected the lion's share of accusations made against Chief Jaran.  It is quite notable that the only finding adverse  to Chief Jaran was that the panel believed that it was unnecessary for him to have sent an officer to obtain identifying information for those present that night.  However, the panel also specifically concluded, based upon a wealth of evidence presented during the hearing, that it was within Chief Jaran's authority as a law enforcement officer to do what he did.  That he exercised his discretion in a way that another would not have does not make either individual wrong, it simply means that in a number of situations there is more than one legitimate response.

        As to the MYPACC charge, the panel concluded that the charge did more harm to the Town's case than anything else.  Citing specific misbehavior by Lynn, the panel concluded that she knew of and encouraged Jaran's involvement, seeing no basis for discipline.  More than a year later, when the politics had changed for Ms. Lynn, she saw to it that this charge was, according to the panel, "resurrected" to serve as a basis for termination.  Lynn's conduct was shameful and the panel saw it for exactly what it was and determined that it violated Jaran's due process rights.



        As to the allegations concerning the May, 2013 election, from the beginning, our position has been that the Chief should have resisted becoming involved in the placement of political signs in the station, but that the slip has to be analyzed through the awful position in which he had been placed by other Town officials.  The Chief always has been willing to accept a reasonable sanction for the activity but the Town repeatedly has refused to act reasonably.  Instead, driven by a number of Town officials, most notably Selectmen Yingling and Donegan, the Town chose a course that was not driven by evidence but one in which political advantage controlled.

        We also have welcomed the panel's findings as to the political environment that existed in Provincetown as the lens through which Jaran's activity must be evaluated.  As the panel determined, Lynn fired Chief Jaran for engaging in political activities when, over the course of months, she herself had been involved in the same behavior.  The panel concluded that Lynn's actions "encouraged" Chief Jaran to join the political fray, although he should have done more to resist the pressure.  It was a centerpiece of our presentation to the panel that it would be patently unfair for Lynn to fire Jaran for the same behavior she engaged in and which she fostered.

        Also argued to the panel was that the Town cannot have it both ways:  it cannot fire Chief Jaran for his conduct relative to a handful of political signs while not only failing to discipline Jim Golden for his related conduct, but actually promoting him to Acting Chief after it occurred.  The panel agreed and concluded that the Town was guilty of disparate discipline.

        It also is worthy of note that the panel, as the Town's investigator before, made a number of findings relative to the union and its staged vote of no confidence.  When the Town's investigator noted in his report that the union vote was the product of opportunity and that the union saw blood in the water and attempted to seize an advantage with regard to upcoming union matters, including contract negotiation, the union and its president, Meredith Lobur, took issue with the sentiment and issued a "rebuttal."  Through this decision, three arbitrators also have determined specifically that the union's actions were the product of what the decision calls "strategic timing."  This time, that determination was made by three individuals after having heard Lobur testify before them that politics had nothing to do with the vote of no confidence.  That the panel came to this conclusion after Lobur's testimony to the contrary, necessarily impugning her credibility, is telling.

        The award announces an enormous bill that now is to be paid by the Town.  In addition to the resources that the Town already has expended in fees, costs and overtime, the Town now is responsible to pay a number of months of back pay and benefits to Jaran, which carry an interest component as well.  The Town further is on the hook to pay front pay for Jaran consisting of his salary and benefits for approximately the next thirteen months.  In addition, the Town is responsible to pay legal fees to Jaran, an amount which presently is in the range of $90,000.00.  The Town officials who were involved in this scheme have absolutely no one to blame but themselves.

        At this point, we remain in the process of evaluating all legal options that are available to the Chief.  The two primary inquiries on that front are:  (1) whether, given the factual findings made by the panel, the one year sanction imposed is unjustified given the rationale of the decision; and, (2) whether, in light of the decision that there was no just cause for termination, Chief Jaran now possesses the right to return to work as Chief in Provincetown.  In light of these findings, Chief Jaran also now is armed with significant bases to bring a lawsuit against those persons who were responsible for the nightmare that he has had to endure until this decision was issued.  Throughout the ordeal of the last two years, Chief Jaran has received a tremendous amount of support from his family, his friends and from members of the community.  For those who have stood by and with him without fail, he extends his sincere and heartfelt gratitude. 
9:59 am edt 

Re: Tom Donegan

Donegen Has to Go
 
Tom has to go! He started all this because the police were picking on his husband.  Next thing you know we have second-home owners speaking on Townmeeting floor about local articles.  Truly speeding along the decline and fall of problems town.
9:50 am edt 

From: Wayne Martin

I have tried several times to post on this blog what illegal acts Golden has been accused of doing but the custodians don't post it which I don't have a big problem with because I think everybody has a right to defend him or herself. It should be know I have requested of the acting town manager and the selectmen via the Chairman over a half dozen to be put on the agenda of a selectmen's meeting by phone, email and in person and have either been ignored or told no. I know I can speak at the public comment period of the meeting but only for five minutes which in no way comes close to enough time and does not allow for an open dialogue with either the selectmen or the acting Chief.  Maybe if enough people request this as an agenda item it will happen after which I would be glad to be the spokes person for anybody that wishes to attend and show their support me not to hire Golden as CoP.
9:46 am edt 

Cape Cod Times
  • K.C.Myers 
  • Posted Apr. 20, 2015 at 6:41 AM
    Updated Apr 20, 2015 at 10:58 AM 

    • Arbitration panel rules firing of Provincetown police chief 'inappropriate'

    • An arbitration panel found former Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran should only have been suspended without pay for a year, not fired, after he held a mandatory meeting at the police station during which he urged his staff to support Selectman Austin Knight in the May 2013 election.

  • PROVINCETOWN — An arbitration panel has found that former Police Chief Jeff Jaran should not have been fired for inappropriately campaigning in a local election.
    In the decision released Friday, the panel ruled that Jaran must be compensated for more than a year of lost salary and benefits plus at least $90,000 in legal fees.
    The arbitrators further ruled that the chief should not be reinstated.
    “This is tremendous vindication for the chief,” said Andrew Gambaccini, Jaran’s attorney.
    Read the arbitration panel's complete reporthere.
    He also told Lt. James Golden to retrieve campaign signs from Knight’s house and bring them to the police station for officers to take home and put in their yards.
    Although this was a violation of state and federal laws regarding campaigning, it did not warrant firing, the arbitrators found.
    Former Town Manager Sharon Lynn fired Jaran in 2013, after a series of controversial episodes involving the police chief.
    Arbitrators ruled it was “unnecessary and inappropriate” for Jaran to have instructed his officers to collect names of witnesses at the Squealing Pig on election night in 2013 when Jaran became upset by an antipolice- themed song by N.W.A. played on the sound system.
    The major issue in that 2013 election had been a new police station to replace the current building, a former funeral home that Jaran described as “dilapidated” and “a danger to police officers and the public,” according to the 47-page arbitration decision.
    Jaran told his employees that Knight was pro-police and pro-new police station, and that the other candidates, Tom Donegan and Raphael Richter, were not.
    “In such a politically charged environment, it was not difficult for Chief Jaran to advocate for McKnight (sic) who was a supporter of a new or refurbished police station, and the police department itself,” the decision stated. “Similarly, it was not such a leap for Chief Jaran to campaign against Donegan and Richter who were against a new or modernized police station and who were viewed as antipolice in general.”
    Knight is misidentified as “McKnight” throughout the report.
    The decision also described the personal relationship between Lynn, the former town manager, and Jaran. Lynn regarded Jaran as a close friend, and almost family member, the decision stated. In speaking privately with Jaran, Lynn made no secret of her dislike for Donegan, Richter and Selectman Erik Yingling, it stated.
    The arbitrators wrote that Yingling once got Lynn so upset she vomited before a selectman’s meeting.
    “While Ms. Lynn did not direct Chief Jaran to engage in his pro-McKnight (sic) campaign activities, she made it clear to him who she was not supporting,” the decision stated.
    Hence, the arbitrators stated, by making her opinions on the candidates well known, it “encouraged” Jaran to work against Donegan and Richter and to support Knight.
    Knight resigned his post as a selectman amid the controversy surrounding Jaran. Donegan, Yingling and Richter are all currently members of the Board of Selectmen. Jaran, 50, has moved to New Hampshire and says he is unemployed.
    Jaran did not comment for this story and referred questions to his attorney.
    Yingling called this decision “a bitter pill for all parties.”
    But, he said, the fact that Lynn and Jaran have both “moved on” is good for the town.
    “We lost the arbitration hearing” because the town manager created an environment where it was OK for Jaran to engage in political activities, Yingling said.
    “I was responding to a chief and a police force that felt it was appropriate to put their fingers on the scale in an election,” Yingling said.
    Knight, however, charged that it was Yingling and Donegan who created the hostile environment, which set in motion the chief ’s firing and the costly current outcome.
    They sent out mass emails for people to pack selectmen’s meetings, and put out misinformation to manipulate the public, Knight said.
    “They had a vendetta against the police chief,” Knight said. “This is what happens when you create a hostile environment. You have to pay for it. ... I blame Erik and Tom for all of this.”
    Exactly how much the town owes is still being determined and should be finalized in about a week, said Gambaccini.
    Jaran will be owed at least a full year of his salary, which was about $127,000 in 2013, plus a few months, Gambaccini said. There is also 12 percent interest on the lost wages. Gambacinni said he estimates his attorney fees at $90,000 so far. Plus, the town must pay for its own legal efforts and the arbitration.
    —Follow K.C. Myers on Twitter: @kcmyerscct.

1:47 am edt 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Re: Sharon Lynn et Brian Carlson

Additional Bedrooms

Since when did the historic commission start giving out bedrooms? When I applied for bedrooms I had to go through growth management for them. I was never directed to the historic commission for them. Did something happen that was not available to us.
12:01 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran Fiasco

Where the hell is the BOS and any thought of leadership at a time like this?
Drum roll please.......because there is none. Donagan and Yingling have demonstrated time and time again that when put under a lense, they're to blame for this mess.
11:57 pm edt 

To: David Gardner

Hey David- bet you would love Rehobouth.  

Please think about it?
11:14 pm edt 

Re:Sharon Lynn

"Despite the size of Sharon's condo (which is 2 bedrooms, btw) she still did not flee in the night, but gave notice and took another job."


I think you're the one whose facts are incorrect.
11:12 pm edt 

Re: Brian Carlson

Brian Must Have Been Doing a Twoffer

He was giving himself another bedroom and if he was also giving Sharon another bedroom, then he could his position to help himself and her. Sharon always found Brian attractive, good to look at and his promotions were, in part, based on this. If he did get her two bedrooms, I'd like to see the paperwork on that--for that is more than a conflict of interest on both their parts. You can't have your subordinate grant you favors that benefit you financially.
11:10 pm edt 

Jaran Arbitration Decision

When I first read the decision, I realized what most have not even begun to grasp. Reality.

What is an arbitration? It's a negotiation. Hence the split on the decision. Jaran was fired, but the penalty was too harsh; yes Jaran did wrong, no Jaran should not get his job back. Finally, yes, Jaran was wrong.

What is most disturbing in the written decision are two things:

#1 - Knight becomes McKnight. Thousands of dollars for a decision, and the parties can't even correctly spell the name of the protagonist. To many who will read the decision, that spells a refund!

#2 - Fault seems to be vaulted at Lt. Golden, because he didn't refuse to pick up the campaign signs for Austin Knight or Brian McKnight (depending on who is writing the report). Misplaced blame at it's best.

Perhaps Sharon, Jaran, Brian (McKnight), and the many others who have left town to resume their life elsewhere are smarter than we are. They've moved on, yet we are still here holding the bag.

And now we have to pay.

11:08 pm edt 

Sharon et David

Ohhhh Sharonnn .  ohhhhh David.   one big happy family.
11:05 pm edt 

Where is David Gardner ?

"He is waiting to see where this all goes to make is next pounce. David- too many people see through you now- they know you turned the other cheek when Sharon did her ill doings. You are NO better than her. You knew EXACTLY what was going on - Shame on you."


David- be careful- . Very careful.
11:04 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn
 
"Sharon Lynn did not 'sell her condo and flee in the middle of the night.'  On the contrary, she got a new job, gave nearly two months notice and  moved on.
Now if only you could do the same."



Before you post- u need to know all factual evidence available-yes attorney here. Be careful before you post.
11:02 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

She fled after getting Brian Carlson to bake her condo from a 1 bedroom to a 2 bedroom-that's what took some time-get your facts and time-frame straight .

She pulled it off through the historic commission-then the historc commission  denied an applicant on the same premise- he appealled and won. He won because there was a more fair and broad based board on his appeal. Thankfully.
10:59 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Re: Golden

Now is your time to tell.  You don't- u are full of          .
10:58 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn
 
"Sharon Lynn did not 'sell her condo and flee in the middle of the night.'  On the contrary, she got a new job, gave nearly two months notice and  moved on.

Now if only you could do the same."

8:27 pm edt


She fled after getting Brian Carlson to bake her condo from a 1 bedroom to a 2 bedroom-that's what took some time-get your facts and time-frame straight .
8:53 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

Sharon Lynn Should Be Sued

She wrote this contract; she protected Jaran; she made it almost impossible to fire him.

The town should sue her and sue her now. she was more than incompetent--and of course she ran out of town. Otherwise, we would have run her out faster than you can say: disaster!
8:50 pm edt 

To: Louise Venden

Oh, Louise, you're such a card!

You do an outstanding job of pointing fingers, but perhaps you should look inward.

David Gardner was upfront all along that he didn't want to be Town Manager. He stepped up on a temporary basis... He thought.

That was 16 months ago. And why is he still in the position? Because the search committee chaired by (cough) Louise Venden did a half-baked job, hiring a consultant who did not get a good pool of applicants.

There's no end in sight for David in this position, so he has to make decisions on personnel, among other things.

The library is a town department and the director is hired by the TM, not the library board. It was entirely within David's prerogative to select a candidate, and he did so.

If I were you, Louise, I'd save my outrage for my own incompetence.

Oh, and the plural of resume is resumes, not resume's. Live and learn. Please.
8:31 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

Sharon Lynn did not 'sell her condo and flee in the middle of the night.'  On the contrary, she got a new job, gave nearly two months notice and  moved on.
Now if only you could do the same.
8:27 pm edt 

Where is David Garnder ?

He is waiting to see where this all goes to make is next pounce. David- too many people see through you now- they know you turned the other cheek when Sharon did her ill doings. You are NO better than her. You knew EXACTLY what was going on - Shame on you.
8:26 pm edt 

Kopleman and Paige be Gone!

Fire this Jackass lawfirm Kopleman and paige- they are interested in one thing- $$$$$. This town better wake up and talk to every Board of Selectmen. This law firm is taking our tax money=increasing our taxes. Enough is Enough with this firm with original ties to Sharon Lynn. They sold the current BOS a bill of goods. Enough.
8:25 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

"I can't help but laugh as I read all the comments on the various Facebook pages about the JJ arbitration award. With 20/20 hindsight, people wonder how Sharon Lynn fired him when there was such a weak case for termination. ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING ME?!?!? What short term memories you have. Recall that BOS meeting that had to be moved upstairs? You know, the one where the loudest of voices in town brought their pitchforks and torches and basically DEMANDED he be fired? Recall the quote from Selectman Donegan that came out in the Banner where he said "I don't want him suspended. I want him fired!" Sharon fired JJ because the BOS "heard" the townspeople and then made it clear to Sharon that JJ had to go. Now we all pay for that misguided decision which was based almost entirely on emotion instead of a rational examination of the facts. Go back and rewatch that BOS meeting that was held upstairs. Listen to the hateful things that were said by townspeople. It was pretty disgusting then, and no less so today."  


Rob- dont you have some sort of party to go to tonight? btw-your       are looking funky
8:22 pm edt 

To: Wayne Martin

Wayne- where are you with your dirt on Golden? We need it now.. He is nothing but a      himself.
8:19 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

"I can't help but laugh as I read all the comments on the various Facebook pages about the JJ arbitration award. With 20/20 hindsight, people wonder how Sharon Lynn fired him when there was such a weak case for termination. ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING ME?!?!? What short term memories you have. Recall that BOS meeting that had to be moved upstairs?"



You are either Jaran or Kim or a close friend-if none of these- you need mental help-he WAS NOT VINTICATED!! HE WAS FOUND GUILTY - and if this were not an arbitration but a court of law-he would be behind bars!! He happened to have a contract made of steel thanks to sharon lynne.  I hope someoneone with some bucks takes Jaran on civally-in a court of law -justice would then be served.
8:15 pm edt 

Tom Donegan "Mr. Politician"

Here he goes again! Now he wants to immediately appoint a police chief, last week it was let's take over the pier operations. The guy has more ambition than smarts. How about accepted protocol?  Things should be done in orderly accepted fashion, not rushed because a politician suddenly gets what they think is a good idea.

Remove Tom Donegan as chairman of the BOS and replace him with Cheryl Andrews. Cheryl thinks before she proposes something!
8:08 pm edt 

Jim Golden

Golden Chief-you have got to be kidding me-cold day in hell
8:05 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

"Sharon fired JJ because the BOS "heard" the townspeople and then made it clear to Sharon that JJ had to go. Now we all pay for that misguided decision which was based almost entirely on emotion instead of a rational examination of the facts. Go back and rewatch that BOS meeting that was held upstairs. Listen to the hateful things that were said by townspeople. It was pretty d!
isgusting then, and no less so today."

5:17 pm edt


It was not a misguided decision-"he had inappropriate participation in the May 2013 elections and for certain aspects of his conduct related to the May 8th 2013 Squeling Pig incident"  . Further the panel found Sharon Lynn"may have exerted influence over Jaran to distribute campaign signs on town pty. via town staff one of the prime reasons the panel justified a 1 year suspension "  this man was and is a           and committed            acts-the prolem is Sharon Lynn wrote him an iron-clad contract-so do not tell me this was a misquided decision-Sharon lynn should be held accountable as well-
8:00 pm edt 

From: Wayne Martin

There is a HUGE!!! difference between telling the truth about public figures employed by the town and informing the taxpayers of their many misconducts who by the way their salaries our paid with our hard earned money. Than what I see on here just out right twisted truth unsubstantiated lies that are being said about me just to impugn my character never bearing the authors name! I hope that answers your question.
7:56 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

I can't see this anymore clearly, Jeff Jaran is a     . Most if not all of his idiotic stunts were fueled by         with his       girlfriend screeching all the way. Whatever the results of his firing may bring, he deserved to go.
7:55 pm edt 

BOS Meeting - No Public Statements!

I just learned that there is NO public statements  on the agenda tomorrow! I planed to let the BOS know how I feel about the latest news as many others may want to as well. This is wrong and I think they should announce public statements will be allowed on the website or unless they just want to run and hide in executive session without public comment and scrutiny. I ask Donagan and Yingling what ever happened to the transparent and open government? Selectmen Andrews, please insist on public statements and honor the taxpayers right to voice their opinions.
7:53 pm edt 

Bryan Armstrong - Moderator Candidate

Bryan Armstrong Attends Candidate Night To Know He is A Candidate

He comes face to face with himself--a person who has done nothing to gain the position he is after. He is making a joke of this position and he is a non-candidate speaking at the candidate's night.

why bother going? Stay home Bryan--that is what you've been doing when not traveling the world. You are a non-serious person and not worth one vote.
7:51 pm edt 

To: Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin why is it you can attack people but when people say things about you it's unfair .    You are not qualified for selectmen start small volunteer on a committee then in a year maybe run.   
5:23 pm edt 

Re: Truth be Told

Truth be told there NEVER was any deal on the table for Jaran. Period. You're all delusional and like at town meeting, you all just spout garbage that you don't take the time to track down. Again, I'll repeat, there NEVER was any agreement, nor was there any one "on the table" by either side. Donegan backed settling something, Yingling did not but neither of them was in any position to do anything without a bona fide offer. There was NONE.

Second to all of this, why is no one commenting on what Golden did in what's now the official record? I saw somewhere else where someone referred to it as "the Nazi defense". He was seriously corrected in the decision for that. Are we going to reward this person with the Chief's title when he committed illegal acts and then used the "I was only following orders" defense? Really? Everyone in town should let their outrage be known. This clown does not DESERVE to be Chief since he has no clue to what the law is, and he blindly followed illegal orders. Is this the character of our next Police Chief? What the hell? Are we going to next appoint a felon as our Town Manager?
5:22 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

So let me predict the next great advice town counsel will feed to the BOS. "It's our recommendation to appeal this decision"..... (because we haven't made quite enough money on this on behalf of the law firm just yet). The meter keeps churning and the $$$$$$ price tag just keeps getting larger.

Another prediction. I can't wait to see the next civil suit that jaran's going to file. At this rate based on our Selectmen's actions, he'll deserve every penny in the end. Shame on them as this should have been settled long long ago. Thank Tom Donagan and Eric Yingling.

Please let's be done with this and MOVE on!!! Let's just pay the bill before it gets any larger.
5:19 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

I can't help but laugh as I read all the comments on the various Facebook pages about the JJ arbitration award. With 20/20 hindsight, people wonder how Sharon Lynn fired him when there was such a weak case for termination. ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING ME?!?!? What short term memories you have. Recall that BOS meeting that had to be moved upstairs? You know, the one where the loudest of voices in town brought their pitchforks and torches and basically DEMANDED he be fired? Recall the quote from Selectman Donegan that came out in the Banner where he said "I don't want him suspended. I want him fired!" Sharon fired JJ because the BOS "heard" the townspeople and then made it clear to Sharon that JJ had to go. Now we all pay for that misguided decision which was based almost entirely on emotion instead of a rational examination of the facts. Go back and rewatch that BOS meeting that was held upstairs. Listen to the hateful things that were said by townspeople. It was pretty d!
isgusting then, and no less so today.
5:17 pm edt 

Rumor Central:

"I'm wondering why Dan Hoort would want to throw his name into the lion's den for Town Manager. He could live out his tenure in town and get a retirement, comfortably, being Finance Director. He'd probably not make it past a year as Town Manager, given recent events and his cozy relationship revealed by his emails in the Nagle incidents. Dan, love you, but stay where you are and be well thought of instead of going down in flames. You'll be battered and crippled from the start. - "

Member from under a dock
12:11 pm edt 

Truth be Told

So let me see if I understand this correctly; Town Counsel authorizes two written contracts for the former chief of police with language in it in regards to standards of discipline. Than Town Counsel argues in this law suit that it doesn't agree with the standards and argue it should be something else. Than they give the great advice that they say we should move forward firing this guy and it was going to be a clear victory. Now we learn it wasn't even close to being termination worthy! Not only should Yingling and Donagan resign, but town counsel and Mr. Gorgio should be fired. If my memory serves me right, FINCOM members having been asking these same Selectmen to put out to bid for a new law firm and refused. It looks to me that they just protect each other all while us taxpayers are on the hook for their behavior. When are people in this town finally going to instruct them to what's right?
12:09 pm edt 

Donegan and Yingling Must Go!

Against the recommendation of many residents to settle the Police Chief's wrongful termination out of court, Donegan and Yingling thought they knew better and insisted on fighting this unnecessary battle, rather than putting it behind us, cutting our losses and moving on for the sake of healing.  The cost to the taxpayer of this debacle will be significant.  This is the single biggest avoidable cost since the local kid flipped over the new firetruck. 
12:06 pm edt 

Blood Lust

Re: Surprised, but I guess I shouldn't be.  The BOS ordered Lynn to fire Jaran including one selectman who is now running for re-election.  Blame Donegan & Yingling, they initiated this.

Donnegan got himself elected by essentially making "     the Police" his campaign slogan. He tried to turn himself into a folk hero by positioning himself against the "corrupt" police force and rousing the voters into a frenzy. At one point he had the entire town screaming "Impeach this one! Fire that one! Recall this one!"

Well, this is what happens when you vote without thinking and let a candidate manipulate your emotions. You're made to look like a fool and left with an expensive bill to pay. Let's hope we can find some better candidates next time around and not be blinded by the lust for blood.
12:05 pm edt 

Re: Jaran et Lynn

JJ was slick to ask Sharon to write his contract they way she did. 
Good for him. 
Bad for us.

She was REALLY nice to JJ in abiding to his wishes. 
After all, what was it to her? 
No $ would be coming out of her pockets, right?

We must sue her. 
She didn't negogiate with JJ, having the best interests of the town. 

And what was our Town Counsel's advise to Sharon WHEN it reviewed that crazy contract language? 
Because once JJ was fired, Town Counsel was quoted on the press saying that the contract Sharon had given JJ's was most unusual. 
12:01 pm edt 

Town Manager

When hiring a Town Administrator does one have to have a degree in public administration? A friend of mine thought they did and I was not sure.
11:58 am edt 

Corruption

Corruption, corruption and more corruption

If only those walls in Town Hall could talk. Did you expect any differently from the acting TM. He worked under Lynn for several years and has probably been in constant contact with her. If you are really concerned, it's easy enough to find out, check the phone log of all calls placed. Let me guess, they probably don't have to keep track of calls placed on our tax dollar, right?
11:57 am edt 

Didn't You See This Coming

Kind of funny to see all these people writing about how disappointed they are in Yingling and Richter.

Really?? You people didn't see this coming? Everyone was in such a rush to elect some native "townies" that they neglected to take into consideration the price of putting immature, inexperienced people with personal agendas in positions of power. Not to mention the obvious inevitable nepotism. Provincetown, you got what you deserved.
11:56 am edt 

In Came the Political Rookies

Well damn, P'town, you wanted big change and transparency. So you voted in political rookies who turned out to be self-serving, purposefully ignorant, egotistical and lacking in basic governing skills. And I am NOT talking about Andrews.

Other townies who are bright, experienced and forthright won't run for the BOS, they realize the nasty politics of the town.

What may save us, if someone is willing, is a good Town Manager. I see little hope otherwise, sad as it is to say.

11:47 am edt 

Re: Jaran et Lynn

It seems people are forgetting that the BOS commanded that Sharon Lynn fire Jaran. Or is everybody forgetting who's the 'boss'?
11:45 am edt 

Ignorence is Bliss ala Sharon Lynn

RE: "Sharon Lynn was pushed into her position by Sarah Peake , Ann Mcguire, Harriet Gordon and a few other..."


Just say it! Those damn women! But let's ignore Jaran, Golden, Ritcher, Yingling,(Mc) Knight, Donnegan, Canzalies, Hatch, Bergman and a ton of other dudes that have mismanaged the town. And many who continue to do so. Windbags. Miserable blowhards.
11:43 am edt 

David Gardner " Back Room Deals"

 He has just begun. He needs to be removed before he becomes another Sharon Lynn.
11:38 am edt 

David Gardner

You were assistant town manager. Yet you never had any knowledge or inclination  that Sharon Lynn's tactics were wrong, slanderous, nor libelous??  I thought you were a man of much wisdom. Quess not.
11:36 am edt 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

To : David Gardner

I challenge you to make a statement to the town of Provincetown that you have ALWAYS put the town of Provincetown first and foremost for the last 9 years in front of your own self interests.  If challenge not taken - I know where u stand. Right along side your friend and confidant, Ms. Sharon Lynn.
9:20 pm edt 

Re: Richter/Police Chief

"If what I read in the paper is correct, Rafael Richter cannot sit in on the discussions or the final vote for the next police chief. He stated to a reporter which was then reported in the paper that he will not support an outside candidate for the chiefs job. He has just stated that his mind is closed to outside applicants, even if superman himself applies. This is called a predisposed disposition and shows that his thought process is unfairly skewed toward members of the department only. It's no different if he said he was unsupportive of a woman or unsupportive of white people. He must therefore step away from the decision making process. If not, he will open the door to litigation from anyone applying from outside the department. Seeing that we just lost a case regarding the last chief, shouldn't this process be as squeaky clean as possible? TIME TO STEP AWAY MR. RICHTER. You blew your chance at choosing the next person for the chiefs job.

Thanks a lot."

9:01 pm edt


Raphel Richter is nothing but a dissapointment. I am so sorry i voted for him. He is self serving and cares more about his own self interests than those of provincetown. He will NEVER be reelected.
9:17 pm edt 

Jaran vs BOS

Surprised, but I guess I shouldn't be.  The BOS ordered Lynn to fire Jaran including one selectman who is now running for re-election.  Blame Donegan & Yingling, they initiated this.
9:14 pm edt 

David Gardner

Nothing but a self serving political figure. It can be proven in a court of law. His mentor was Sharon Lynn. David - resign. NOW. Up to you.
9:12 pm edt 

Jaran's Outcome

Jaran's outcome- The Town of Provincetown thanks to our wonderful X town Manager Sharon Lynn IS more at liable than anyone . Where does that leave us??
9:02 pm edt 

Richter/Police Chief

If what I read in the paper is correct, Rafael Richter cannot sit in on the discussions or the final vote for the next police chief. He stated to a reporter which was then reported in the paper that he will not support an outside candidate for the chiefs job. He has just stated that his mind is closed to outside applicants, even if superman himself applies. This is called a predisposed disposition and shows that his thought process is unfairly skewed toward members of the department only. It's no different if he said he was unsupportive of a woman or unsupportive of white people. He must therefore step away from the decision making process. If not, he will open the door to litigation from anyone applying from outside the department. Seeing that we just lost a case regarding the last chief, shouldn't this process be as squeaky clean as possible? TIME TO STEP AWAY MR. RICHTER. You blew your chance at choosing the next person for the chiefs job. Thanks a lot.
9:01 pm edt 

To: Town of Provincetown

You should be outraged at how our former Town Manager elected to govern this town. She was nothing but a "thug". She has created a multitude of liabiltiy on the part of Provincetown. That being said. Please let us not repeat our mistakes. Take special note to Mr. David Gardner's recenct behavior and dealings. We need to start a legitimate, serous quest for a new town manager and police cheif NOT from this town with affiliations etc. It is time to move foward- learn from out mistakes . Most Importantly - do not make the same mistakes.  You may say Sharon Lynn was not from this town. You may say she had no affiliation . Quite the contrary. Sharon Lynn was pushed into her position by Sarah Peake , Ann Mcguire, Harriet Gordon and a few others. They should be condemned for their Ill adivise and self served interests. This corrupt plot sickens me. Yet so many went along with it. Provincetown. Do Not Make The Same Mistake Again. Due Process.

The only Pure way to go.
8:49 pm edt 

To : Louise Venden

David Gardner has been involved in a "number of back room deals lately "Louise.
8:46 pm edt 

The Only Winners

Fire Kopleman and Paige- they are the ONLY winners in all this. They helped write the cheif's contract yet represented the town against him. How much money have they made off of this town with their ill legal advice. Am i crazy? Am i the only one who sees this?
8:45 pm edt 

Jaran's Outcome

Jaran's outcome- The Town of Provincetown thanks to our wonderful X town Manager Sharon Lynn is not more at liable than anyone . Where does that leave us??
8:44 pm edt 

Odd What?
 
Hmm funny- Elaine Anderson just threw her home up for sale-
another self indulged individual- timng is quite coincidental-isn't it.
8:42 pm edt 

She Can Run But She Can't Hide

No wonder Sharon Lynn sold her condo and fled Provincetow overnight-She knew what she did.
8:41 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran et Sharon Lynn

"JEFF JARAN WON

Well, he won and the taxpayers are going to have pay a few hundred thousand dollars. The masses demanded he be fired and thus he was--and now we are paying because of the rush to judgement.

Lets wish him the best and that he has fun spending the money."



You moron. Jeff Jaran did not win. He was found culpable . Did you not read the news?? Even more so . The town was found even more culpable. NOT thanks to ourselves. But to SHARON LYNN. She needs to pay!
8:39 pm edt 

I Totally Agree

"Sunday, April 19, 2015

From: Louise Venden

As a private citizen, 22 year resident/part and full time, and former elected member of the Library Board of Trustees, I am outraged and the failure of the Acting Town manager to follow the advice of the elected Board of Trustees and the more broad membership of the Search Committee. These members spent days and weeks refining candidate selection criteria, soliciting candidates, interviewing them and putting forward their recommendations. I do not have a professional Library background, but several of the Trustees and search committee members do, and they clearly are more qualified than Mr. Gardner to suggest the best candidate for this job.

Once again, Provincetown residents are asked to serve in public positions, spend time, energy and enthusiastically participate in what they believe is an important process when the decision has apparently been made behind closed doors. Yes, I claim the decision was made by people in powerful positions who disregard the professional nature of Library management, disrespect the views of those who have more background and knowledge of this field, respond to social media organizing efforts by thise who have benefted from Mr. Clark and Ms. Napsha's efforts to build their resume's, and want to save money in one of the smallest budgets in the Town by hiring from within. Next up will be Dan Hoort as Town Manager and Jim Golden as Police Chief.

I may be ready to organize a revolution to turn back this behind the scenes decision making that undermines anything approaching a democratic process. Transparency is a much overused word; but in this case, I see right through it.

Unjust, undemocratic and another step toward increasing public distrust of Town government.

Sincerely,

Louise Venden
Private Citizen
 
Louise Venden"



I totally agree- David Gardner is going rogue. He is becomming another Sharon Lynn with his "back room" tactics. This town will never put up with this. Raphael Richter- Take note. We will not leave the appointment of a cheif of police up to David Gardner. He is not fit to make such a decision. I am so dissapointed in the very BOS i helped elect as they bact track . NO NO NO>Tom Donegan and Robert Anthony  excluded . David Gardner's true colors are finally surfacing. It just takes time . No to David Gardner and his ' back room deals'. Enough is Enough. No to Erik Yingling. No to Chreryl Andrews. No to Raphael Richter the biggest dissapointment of all.
8:34 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran et Sharon Lynn

The more I think about this the more I feel this is NOT a
vindication for the town. Nor a vindication for Jaran. 

The arbitration used Sharon Lynn's calculated tactics in Jaran's favor.
Question is- Sharon Lynn's tactics backfired. So it is she who should 'pay the price'
7:32 pm edt 

From: Louise Venden

As a private citizen, 22 year resident/part and full time, and former elected member of the Library Board of Trustees, I am outraged and the failure of the Acting Town manager to follow the advice of the elected Board of Trustees and the more broad membership of the Search Committee. These members spent days and weeks refining candidate selection criteria, soliciting candidates, interviewing them and putting forward their recommendations. I do not have a professional Library background, but several of the Trustees and search committee members do, and they clearly are more qualified than Mr. Gardner to suggest the best candidate for this job.

Once again, Provincetown residents are asked to serve in public positions, spend time, energy and enthusiastically participate in what they believe is an important process when the decision has apparently been made behind closed doors. Yes, I claim the decision was made by people in powerful positions who disregard the professional nature of Library management, disrespect the views of those who have more background and knowledge of this field, respond to social media organizing efforts by thise who have benefted from Mr. Clark and Ms. Napsha's efforts to build their resume's, and want to save money in one of the smallest budgets in the Town by hiring from within. Next up will be Dan Hoort as Town Manager and Jim Golden as Police Chief.

I may be ready to organize a revolution to turn back this behind the scenes decision making that undermines anything approaching a democratic process. Transparency is a much overused word; but in this case, I see right through it.

Unjust, undemocratic and another step toward increasing public distrust of Town government.

Sincerely,

Louise Venden
Private Citizen

--
Louise Venden
617-694-1389
You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.
7:20 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Wayne's right, the police or anyone else isn't supposed to be shooting at the Truro dump firing range while the dump is open for business. The chief should know this.
7:11 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran et Sharon Lynn

From The Banner
April 18, 2015

"The panel also found that former town manager Sharon Lynn neglected to discipline Jaran in a timely manner in matters cited in the towns justification for termination. Further, it said she may have exerted influence over Jaran that encouraged him to distribute the campaign signs on town property via town staff, one of the prime reasons the panel found that justified a one-year suspension."


Another gift to the town of Provincetown from Sharon!
7:09 pm edt 

Wayne Martin

Just go away wayne     no one is hiding behind post we just don't feel like listening to you    
7:07 pm edt 

From Wayne Martin
 
To the custodians of this blog your are letting slanderous and libeis remarks be posted about me without a sintilla of truth to them. While at the same time not  letting my truthful statements be posted. I can and will back up all my statements and will be glad to do so in public, my statements you will notice always bear my name. I suggest in the future that if you are going to let these kind of remarks be published on you blog you do so with the authors name attached or not at all.

What I write is to do a service to my fellow man and residents of P town yes and Truro, what you are posting is a direct assault on me and my character, there is a big difference between the two.
7:06 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

It's time for Donegan, Yingling, and           to get their letters of resignation ready. If they don't resign, the recall process should begin. Because of their involvement in the wrongful termination of Jaran they are going to cost our town hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 
Webmaster Comment:
The third person mentioned was not on  the Board of  Selectmen when the decision was made to persue the Jaran case.
7:04 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

I agree 100% dont trust Wayne Martin or his brother very bad news  ask around   there is a reason they are banned from many local establishments
6:57 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

JEFF JARAN WON

Well, he won and the taxpayers are going to have pay a few hundred thousand dollars. The masses demanded he be fired and thus he was--and now we are paying because of the rush to judgement.

Lets wish him the best and that he has fun spending the money.
6:55 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

What you say is loud mouth, I say is unafraid to speak up, truth to power. He was found not guilty of the charges of stealing coins from his mother. They're still missing but apparently he didn't do it. And what's the legacy following the Martin name? I remember his dad as a well spoken selectman in Truro and did a lot of good for the town. And no, you don't need a sticker to go to the Truro dump, you need one to dump trash, just like every other dump. If he was down there, what's the problem?
As far as Martin in comparison to the other candidates and sitting selectmen, past and present, don't tell me they're all saints. Every one of them has questions in their personal lives that which make them imperfect. I'd list the questions and issues attributed but I'm sure they would be blacked out. Wayne Martin would be good for the town and his candidacy would shake things up a it. Time to break up the new cabal, two cousins sitting on the same board with a common grandmother activist in the town, one of the two cousins dating the town planner and living in a unit owned by a developer with huge plans coming to Provincetown by way of a 40B with planning board review is unsettling to say the least. Look at t the mess with Winslow Farm. Are you going to tell me there weren't any backroom dealings between the selectmen and planning? Come on!

RUN WAYNE, RUN FOR SELECTMAN!!
6:52 pm edt 

From Wayne Martin

Duck comment, why do people like you hide behind blogs like this and make idiotic comments. I got charged without any investigation being done at all on the say so of a career criminal drug dealer and his low life thieving friend and it just so happens they are close friends of the Truro Chief and several of the officers!!! I will state again for the record I have no criminal record whatsoever, only after I made complaints about the Truro police did I start getting charged year after year with BS Charges. Also once again the Truro police lied on their reports just to get the complaint against me.

The Police are there to serve and protect us. Most do take that vow seriously and do a wonderful job. However there are some that use their position to their own benefit. That is when problems begin. I am skeptical of just a few of our Ptown police. The others are wonderful and do an incredible job. For those- I am so ever greatful. However, the few that I am skeptical of actually scare the crap out of me- because of their position of power and because they seem to be using their position to their own benefit. I agree with you Wayne and hope you will let us all know when you plan on speaking to the BOS Hopefully in a public forum. Thank you for being brave and congrats on your outcome.
1:13 pm edt 

From Wayne Martin

I absolutely write my own posts so thank you for the unintended compliment lol. Nobody stole coins from my mother get your facts straight, I never said I was not arrested before!!! I never mentioned anything about the EPO's as a matter of fact I maintain a good relationship with them as well as the national park service, I am not anti police I am anti corruption, that's like saying whoever wanted to fire our last chief was anti police Including our selectmen who did the firing, I work on a scallop- fluke-squid- mussel  boat 16 to 20 hours a day when weather permits also I do carpentry work on occasion and the mental midget who thinks that you can't go to the Truro dump without a sticker should get a check up from the neck up that's just plain ridiculous,Yes the police are not supposed to be using the range at the dump while it is open that was my point!!!!! Lastly I have never backed down from anything in my life and I don't threaten I inform people what I  intend to do if t!
he need arises. Someone out there must be extremely nervous about me running or why else would they spread lies and mis-information while hiding  behind an anonymous blog.

Can you really trust anyone that does not put his or her name to their writings the short answer is NO.
1:04 pm edt 

New Trolley Company

We saw the new trolley in town yesterday with only 2 passengers. One was the driver and the other was selectman Richter
1:00 pm edt 

Selectmen

Looks like Eric and maybe Wayne. Which is the lesser of the two evils? We already know first hand what Eric can or should we say doesn't do so would Wayne be able to do more. You decide.
12:58 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

I'm not sure why there's an attack on Wayne Martin!? he was always a good boy! he deserves a chance at Selectman! The person who said they went to school with him & know about him -- Know what? boys are sometimes mischievous & then grow up! I bet the person writing negatively has some baggage of their own! Everybody does, or is it a "perish the thought " that two Portuguese natives would be on the board together?Throw your hat in the ring as a Write In Wayne! Campaign by knocking on doors to introduce yourself with eye contact! Your Dad was a great Selectman! you can do it too! Don't listen to ding-a-lings!
12:53 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

The decision is in! Great what do we do now?
12:47 pm edt 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Re: Wayne Martin
 
If any Provincetown Town Voters vote for Wayne Martin, you have to be out of your mind. This guy is like a fox in the hen House. He can't be trusted and he obviously is Anti-Police and Anti Environmental Police. He says he has no prior arrest but I don't believe that. He has always been a loud mouth, and can have a vicious temper. He likes to stir the pot and then backs down when put in a corner.

Someone stole coins and valuables from his mother.                                                                          a                                                                                  .                                                                         

Please people see him for what he is. He is not the most intelligent person in the world and I doubt for one minute that he is writing these responses on Shout Out. I don't believe that he can articulate what is being posted, it doesn't sound like him at all.

He likes to make threats and that he's good at. Also why was he at the Truro dump if he's a Provincetown resident as he claims to be.  By his own admission he said he was there watching the cops target practicing. I also think the dump would have been closed for the officer's to use it. Something doesn't make sense there. Don't you have to have a Truro Sticker to go to the Truro dump? What does he have dual residency? Also where do you think his vehicles are registered, I bet not Provincetown. He doesn't own property and probably never has so he doesn't pay taxes. Does he have a full time job? I asked around and people don't seem to know where or if he works. Maybe he lives off the land, who knows.

So before you decide to write him in as a candidate, ask around about him, I'm sure you'll get a mouth full. He's not as nice as he portrays himself to be. God help us all.
4:18 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

I Agree

This Wayne Martin diatribe is enough already. I would want someone to run but not you
Wayne--not now. You had a chance before but tie is of. Forget it guy. It's more than over.
4:12 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Its time to announce your candidacy Wayne! This is a perfect weekend to announce. Three days off and people will be looking in here from time to time. Not much time left.

RUN RUN RUN!!

Straighten the mess out. Get rid of at least one of the incumbents. NOW is the perfect time.
4:10 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin. Do you really think people take you seriously.   I mean really look at the reputation that follows the martin name. 
4:07 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martain

Wayne Martin I never laughed so hard until I read  your post.  You  shoveled the elderly you called a tow ruck and paid for it and my favorite you turned in a $100 bill. Do you really think people in this town believe you. Come on we know you we went to school with you. Please who are you kidding
4:05 pm edt 

ABE

The ABE campaign has begun and too bad no one would step up to run against Eric Jingling in the first place--- Anyone But Eric!!

The guy cant even string a whole sentence together.  The cousins are turning out to be a gruesome twosome of arrogance an self interest. I don't care who you write in but can we get an intelligent
person on the BOS?
3:55 pm edt 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Re: Wayne Martin

Wayne, Enough Please

This is not your Dear diary--someone brought up your name and now you're writing to the world.

Please, silence is golden!
2:52 pm edt 

Re: Available Housing

"I do not understand why people think that one has to both live and work in the same town." 


EXACTLY !!!  Does everyone that work in Chatham expect to live in Chatham ?  Does everyone that works in Osterville expect to live in Osterville ?

These are wealthy Cape towns like Ptown - anyone that works in Ptown could find housing in Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham or Orleans etc.

What is this ENTITLEMENT that because you work here - we must provide you with housing ?

1:12 pm edt 

Re: Available Housing

I do not understand why people think that one has to both live and work in the same town. During the 10 years that I lived in Ptown I worked in Hyannis at a year round job with good benefits and rented a year round apartment in Ptown. I left town when the urge to own land became too strong to ignore. I moved to a beautiful area where real estate was affordable. I still commute 45 minutes to work.
10:21 am edt 

Re: Cries of Desperation

No one is talking about town staff with their teaching jobs and police jobs and town hall jobs. These posts are about the people who come here and rent and work the summer and expect to be given subsidized housing because they want to live here year round working summers only--and then they complain about how economically hard life is here and the deprivations they undergo by living here--the uncertainty of renting, not being able to carry any increase in rent etc etc etc
9:58 am edt 

From Wayne Martin

Duck comment, why do people like you hide behind blogs like this and make idiotic comments. I got charged without any investigation being done at all on the say so of a career criminal drug dealer and his low life thieving friend and it just so happens they are close friends of the Truro Chief and several of the officers!!! I will state again for the record I have no criminal record whatsoever, only after I made complaints about the Truro police did I start getting charged year after year with BS Charges. Also once again the Truro police lied on their reports just to get the complaint against me. 

  People like you are part of the problem with this country and why we are now living in a police state with less and less rights and personal freedoms every day!!! I only want to help people live their short lives on this earth as happy and for filling as they can. I don't supposed you went around on every snow storm that we had this winter and shoveled and salted stairs and walkways for senior citizens and others  for free like I did? Or who after finding several hundred dollars in a parking lot went and turned it in? Or maybe perhaps you pulled several people out of the snow that went off the road that you did not know so that they would not have to pay for a tow truck? No you sir or mam just most likely  take of yourself and does not care for your fellow man. So to your comment I can only say Duck You!!!
9:55 am edt 

Re:Article 29

"To the cryptic ALL CAPS!!!! poster:Seems you'll be busy suing various citizens within the next few months. You must have a lot of cash in your pocket and time to burn. Do tell." 


Oh please-stop with your hyperbole. You are going nowhere-only sparking more interest into Victor's past and more pertinent past infractions- keep posting and you will keep a keen  eye on him and his business dealings . Present AND past. Yes caps.Keep it coming!
9:50 am edt 

From Wayne Martin

"I will be going to a selectmen meeting to address all the issues that have been occurring with the Acting Chief and a couple of higher ranking officers in P town and the corruption in the Truro PD. I will not be holding back I have been getting countless phone calls about both departments and it should trouble everyone who lives in these two towns not just the people that are being victimized."


Which selectmen meeting-I would like to be there-please let us know
9:46 am edt 

Wayne Martin Write In?

ANYBODY BUT               ERIK YINGLING!
9:44 am edt 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Re: Affordable Housing

"If you don't know that there isn't year round work to support you or enough summer savings to live year round here--then you are keeping yourself intentionally ignorant of the world around you.

Well folks, bad planning on your part in your choice to move here without any money doesn't make this a crisis on the taxpayer's part."


RIGHT ON!!!  enough is enough with the taxpayer subsided housing.  It's no secret there is no housing and not enough work in this town.  The facebook posts looking for $800 - $1,000 month baffle me.  Put down the pipe and look for opportunities where they might exist, not in Provincetown.
10:19 pm edt 

Re: Town Moderator

There is no competition in the Coming election

We do not need a Candidate's night when there are no real competitors. It's a done deal--and let's just admit this.
10:17 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

THE CRIES OF DESPERATION

The writers who continue to make this housing crisis like it affects people who only work a few months a year is an insult to our intelligence, or at least those of us who still claim some intellect.
The housing crisis in Provincetown is NOT for or about part-time workers, but about your town workers and people who work two or more jobs during the season equating full-time employment.
The fact is, it is your teachers, your firemen, your police officers, DPW workers, town hall employees, and a myriad of other year-round positions that keep this town operational year-round. Life doesn't stop here just because tourists and second-homeowners leave.
And we also still have a small fishing industry that has potential for growth, and other potential year-round business that will increase the need for year-round housing.
This is about maintaining a community in a town that has been bought out and cannot house it's own support community.
When that community is gone, I will guarantee it will be a costly fix, if it can be fixed at all. Lose the charm and the people who make this an attraction and lose the structure.
10:15 pm edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

OJ Simpson was also found not guilty...think about it.,,,,,  you will never have my vote.   Sorry but walks like a duck talks like a duck. ....get it. 
10:13 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

"If you don't know that there isn't year round work to support you or enough summer savings to live year round here--then you are keeping yourself intentionally ignorant of the world around you."


Hmmm, yeah. Why don't you STAND at the BRIDGE with a SIGN telling everybody that wants to MOVE HERE that they CAN'T according to you. Then WAVE a FLAG and talk about FREEDOM on the ride home. 
7:22 pm edt 

From Wayne Martin

I will be going to a selectmen meeting to address all the issues that have been occurring with the Acting Chief and a couple of higher ranking officers in P town and the corruption in the Truro PD. I will not be holding back I have been getting countless phone calls about both departments and it should trouble everyone who lives in these two towns not just the people that are being victimized. A good civic minded human being cares about his neighbor and does just not take care of him or herself!!! Our leaders should immediately implement  a no tolerance policy for any kind of police misconduct or officers lying to their Bosses aka the TM or the Selectmen. We absolutely do not need upwards of 20 Full time officers in this town it  is ridiculous for a town of this size and makeup with a history of very little crime. This is a small fishing village/ vacation spot on the tip of the Cape not Chicago, DC, or Miami's inner city. It scares the hell out of me when I see cops in riot !
gear with assault riffles shooting man size silhouettes from 15 feet away that many of us witness at the Truro dump while it was still open just recently. They are training to kill us not help us it's supposed to be serve and protect not kill and cover up!!!
7:21 pm edt 

Town Moderator Candidate

Is Mr. Rubber Ducky A Real Candidate for Moderator?

Is he even in town or traveling away a bit like Martha Coakley did when she was running against Scott Brown--out vacationing instead of campaigning. He fails to attend many zoning Board meetings and now he fails to even be a candidate. Why run? He makes of our elections a joke.

Let him go back and play in his rubber ducky and take pictures of himself like a lost child.
7:18 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

The poster below has written the most intelligent thing I have read on this site.


"If you don't know that there isn't year round work to support you or enough summer savings to live year round here--then you are keeping yourself intentionally ignorant of the world around you.

Well folks, bad planning on your part in your choice to move here without any money doesn't make this a crisis on the taxpayer's part."



Bravo for nailing this spot on. Unless you can work for the town, the largest employer, or one of the few year round restaurants or business you will be living on welfare or its equivalent unemployment.

Stop bleeding the system and live someplace where you can work year round like us second home owners or an established welfare state like Brockton or Fall River.
So sick of the unmitigated gall and sense of entitlement that you are owed something because you want to work here for 5 months a year! 
7:16 pm edt 

Re: Article 29

"To the cryptic ALL CAPS!!!! poster:Seems you'll be busy suing various citizens within the next few months. You must have a lot of cash in your pocket and time to burn. Do tell." 



No  BUT I WILL HAVE MY EYES AND EARS OPEN!! CRYPTIC ENOUGH FOR YOU? 
5:13 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

THE CRY OF DESPERATION

How anyone in this day and age, after YEARS AND NOW YEARS of stories about the housing crisis in Provincetown can now move to town and complain about the housing situation working only summers is beyond common sense and any common reasoning.

Every Month E-V-E-R-Y--M-O-N -T-H The Banner or the Cape Cod Times has headlines EMBLAZONED across the top of the page about the housing crisis, the no jobs crisis and still people expect to move here and work the quiet month of April, The busy Memorial day weekend, the quiet first two weeks of June and the the busy months of July and August and some of September and they expect to live and be able to support themselves.

If you don't know that there isn't year round work to support you or enough summer savings to live year round here--then you are keeping yourself intentionally ignorant of the world around you.

Well folks, bad planning on your part in your choice to move here without any money doesn't make this a crisis on the taxpayer's part.

You chose to live here--now chose to live responsibly someplace else and do your family a service.

5:10 pm edt 

Re: From Wayne Martin

That's good news! Now there is no conflicts legally between you and the police department should you need to act on issues related to the operation of the department. Not just good but perfect timing!
This IS the time to run. Unopposed selectmen running to do the exact same backroom deals and mishandling of town resources is why YOU should be a write in candidate.


Can we be enlightened on what took place? ptown citizen with no clue as to what this is all about
5:07 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

THE CRIES OF DESPERATION


Revealed!!

" can't picture the 21 year old you are describing regretting having lived simply and growing up in the bosom of a small and inclusive and loving town, sailing at the west end club or swimming, fishing and clamming in the ocean in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Sounds like the kind of life that a good parent would want for their child. Maybe yours were too busy to give you that."


And that folks is why we have such the need for affordable housing in this town, because of the simple living do nothing 21 year olds and parents of them that think sailing all day and clamming the other days is how a person gets along in life. No need to work hard, especially at a young age. Nah, let someone else do that so I can have an easy life wherefrom I can complain about the rich taking over my town.
12:39 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

THE CRIES OF DESPERATION

The desperation of people wailing about the expensive housing here and crying about no jobs and who are living in such financial deprivation of their own choosing and raising their children with this deprivation so that they grow up with all  of this financial insecurity--I get that.

One can't live on the view of beautiful landscape alone. One needs proper food, clothing, insurance, the money to heat the home.

My neighbor had a picture of a beautiful house and picket fence and she told her child to visualize this and that this is what they would have as she scrounged around and got sucked into every pyramid scheme that was operating in town at the time.

Haven't you been reading about the plight of people who finally had to leave after exhausting themselves and their family trying to make here year round with a summer only job?

Sure, anyone who has the money to dine out in town and avail themselves of the shows and the reviews and the special dinners and $100.oo tickets to all of the fund raisers and take vacations and have a late model car--life is great for these folks.

Life is great for these folks with 401Ks, a retirement package and perks from a job that is out of town. However, the employees in most businesses in town that are open for the summer don't get such perks.

One can't live like this working in the summer only and wanting to live here and raise a family year round now. Sure, there were six or seven schools here at one time and the houses were busting with workers working year round..that that was another era.

Provincetown is a summer resort now. Only a summer resort. Even in the late fall one could throw a baseball down the street and not hit anyone on a Wednesday night.

Paint the picture you want about raising a family here--the reality is very different for folks doing it now.
12:37 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing


"RED ALERT-MEDIUM PEPERONI PIZZA $6.95-YOU PICK UP"


Deprivation Pizza

To the poster who thinks life is about pizza. The top 5 regrets that people have before dying aren't about big apartments, or pizza. They are about quality of life. People wish they didn't work so hard, spent more time with friends and more time enjoying their lives.

I can't picture the 21 year old you are describing regretting having lived simply and growing up in the bosom of a small and inclusive and loving town, sailing at the west end club or swimming, fishing and clamming in the ocean in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Sounds like the kind of life that a good parent would want for their child. Maybe yours were too busy to give you that.

What will your regret be?
9:38 am edt 

Re: From Wayne Martin

That's good news! Now there is no conflicts legally between you and the police department should you need to act on issues related to the operation of the department. Not just good but perfect timing!
This IS the time to run. Unopposed selectmen running to do the exact same backroom deals and mishandling of town resources is why YOU should be a write in candidate.

VOTE FOR WRITE IN CANDIDATE WAYNE MARTIN. CHANGE THINGS UP. OPEN THE DOORS TO WHATS HAPPENING.

NO MORE BACKROOM DEALINGS!! OPEN GOVERNMENT WITH RESULTS AND ANSWERS!!!!

COME ON WAYNE!! MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
9:36 am edt 

What's the Deal?

Just visiting and reading this blog that someone turned me on to. Trying to figure out what the real deal is. People live where they want to. If it gets too expensive then figure it out and stop fighting. Seems to be a lot of crazy stuff here. All towns have troubles, but you people all want to take your neighbors heads off. Wow. It makes me wonder how other small towns have made it, but they have. Is it expensive here? Yes. Does anyone come here in the off season? A few. Enough to make a vibrant economy? I doubt it. But kill the town from the inside out because of strife?  Go at it, folks. Seems to me you're just spinning wheels and not doing anthing but twisting a knife into the heart of your own community.
9:34 am edt 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Re: Affordable Housing

RED ALERT-MEDIUM PEPERONI PIZZA $6.95-YOU PICK UP.

YES FOLKS, A rich, PEPERONI PIZZA RICH WITH SAUCE AND CHEESE AND PEPERONI ETC..ONLY $6.99 AND YOU PICK UP..

The problem is it is over the bridge, not in Provincetown. Exquisite dinner entree with two sides: $12.99.

Top Shelf Coctail--$7.00. A cocktail at some places costs as much as a (med) bottle of the same liquor that is for sale in the liquor store.

Vast, spacious apartments compared to Provincetown for a third the price.

This is the quality of life. Living with space, dining at the drop of a hat, quality and ease at a fraction of the cost in Provincetown--and the city is on the water over the bridge.

You decide. You compare your cramped lifestyle of skimping and frugality and deprivation to what you could be enjoying.

You only have one life--and look how some of you are suffering--AND HOW YOUR CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING.

Wait and wait and wait for your dream of affordable housing--and when it comes-you will be priced out of its range when it is finally built--in twelve to fifteen years.

That is the legacy that you are bequeathing to your children as they live a life of deprivation. I wonder what they will actually feeling inside when they are 21 years old and realize what you made them live through. Food for thought, folks, Food for though.
9:04 pm edt 

From Wayne Martin

Today the fifteenth of April 2015 I was exonerated in court after only approximately 10 min of Jury deliberations a verdict was rendered of NOT GUILTY!!!  I have been put through a living hell by both the Truro Pd and the Acting Chief of P town on this matter and relating matters over the last year and a half. I and others have had firearms, property and the tools I used to make a living with stolen from me which I and the others properly reported and all We have delt with is coverups and lies when dealing with these two departments. So at this time I am seriously considering a write in candidacy for selectmen of Provincetown. I shall give a definitive answer before the start of next week. Should I choose to run I would appreciate the support of all Provincetown registered and non registered voters alike.
9:00 pm edt 

Answer to the Question About a Female Chief

I think it's important to focus on one thing and one thing only: Who is the most qualified candidate for the position.
7:26 pm edt 

The Harder I Work the Luckier I Get

Listen up all crazy people. I own a business in Provincetown. I own property in Provincetown. I pay a big ass property tax bill in Provincetown. Leave me the hell alone with this living wage crap. Work 24/7 like most year round business owners in town and then you might have a pot to piss in.
7:20 pm edt 

Concerned Citizen Observation

What corruption between Chiefs is there. Who out there knows something the rest of us don't know. Are you talking about drug investigations? That's not corruption. That's someone doing their job.
7:19 pm edt 

Re: Article 29

"NO HE WAS NOT_ just wait and see !!!!!!"


To the cryptic ALL CAPS!!!! poster:Seems you'll be busy suing various citizens within the next few months. You must have a lot of cash in your pocket and time to burn. Do tell.  
2:50 pm edt 

Victor and Bedrooms
 
Could someone kindly mention what this is in reference to ?

Thank you
11:35 am edt 

MYPACC

Censorship is alive and well on MYPACC!

Ok Clarence.... So you allow Sgt. Lopes' name to be used in the post that states it would be nice to have a female Chief. You allow Sharon Lynn, Jeff Jaran, Russell Braun, David Gardner, Michelle J, and a myriad of others to be denigrated on this site. So why don't you allow Carrie Lopes' name to be used in my response that simply states that she shouldn't be the next Chief? Can you explain that?
9:42 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

What is the result regarding payment from the taxpayers?

The former Police chief was fired--and now what is the outcome of the mediation?  How much do we have to pay him due to his dismissal?
9:37 am edt 

Re: Bedrooms, Bedrooms and More Bedrooms

'Oh dear! What has Victor done now. Why is it some think their was a conspiracy. What do you know that we don't? was he not next in line"


NO HE WAS NOT_   just wait and see !!!!!!
9:34 am edt 

Re: Article 29

"Kind of like will the real Mr. Or Mrs. Please stand up. What is the real truth because it was mentioned that certain employees in community development not fully understanding the growth management bylaw issued bedrooms in error and this was the way to make the correction without being sued by the property owner."



You want "Sued"- Just wait and see- I promise you!!!!! Quite the Contrary- David Gardner needs to pull out is full gear.He Played this one- butttttttt  not quite well enough!! Stay tuned folks.
9:33 am edt 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Re: Article 29

"Kind of like will the real Mr. Or Mrs. Please stand up. What is the real truth because it was mentioned that certain employees in community development not fully understanding the growth management bylaw issued bedrooms in error and this was the way to make the correction without being sued by the property owner."


SUED- JUST WAIT AND SEE!!
11:00 pm edt 

Re: Bedrooms, Bedrooms and More Bedrooms

"Oh dear! What has Victor done now. Why is it some think their was a conspiracy. What do you know that we don't? was he not next in line"



NO  HE WAS NOT
10:57 pm edt 

Answer to the Question About a Female Chief

No, Provincetown has never had a female Chief of Police and I believe that a  person's gender should have no bearing on determining whether or not they are qualified to do a job. But... I can tell you that              absolutely should not be the first one. Just ask around if you want to know why.
10:55 pm edt 

Re: Community Housing

When has there ever been a "reckoning" in this town. The units will be sold either to a developer to be turned into condos or sold privately for market rate. Some reckoning.
10:50 pm edt 

Re: Concerned Citizen Observation
 

"To publicly accuse one police Chief, let alone two, of corruption has got to be serious libel. "


It's not libel or slander if there is proof. If there is proof, I'm sure everyone would want to know and rightly should know. So where's the proof, real substantiated factual proof?
10:46 pm edt 

Re: Concerned Citizen Observation

To publicly accuse one police Chief, let alone two, of corruption has got to be serious libel.
11:38 am edt 

Community Housing

The big issue is that people think that the housing is going to be $800.00 for a one bedroom apt and $1,000.00 for a two bedroom apt.

Your eyes will be open. Even Province Landing had to raise its rents. The housing isn't going to be affordable for people working in the tourist season and then collecting unemployment. It just isn't.

I guess if the folks running this housing-to-be in the future are going to do it at a loss while they subsidize the community, then you will get what you want..but after a few years when the taxpayers just can't afford to pay their onerous taxes to keep these projects afloat, there will be a reckoning.
11:37 am edt 

Ten Years Down the Road

What you are talking about regarding the housing bought by the town and thus becoming land lords who kick out current tenants to replace them with the housing folk's best buddies, you are talking about something that won't happen for years.

First they have to buy the empty housing units--how many multi family houses are empty? Then they have to pass all of the legal things and town hall..I predict ten years from now.

I hope that R.Richter and E.Yingling, the current selectmen can hold on that long. Interesting that R.R. has a business and can by a new trolly but has to scrounge for housing.
 
11:35 am edt 

Police Chief Allowed Truro Residency

Now that we can have a Chief who resides in Truro maybe Sgt. Lopes will apply. It would be nice to have a female chief. I don't think Provincetown has ever had one. Does anyone know?
11:33 am edt 

Re: Concerned Citizen Observation

"I guess you can bash selectmen And other town employees on this blog but when it comes to telling the truth about corruption in the P town and Truro police forces it's off limits"



Why is it off limits?- this forum is anonymous- I have seen numerous postings in the past a few years back not in favor a a few police employees.
11:29 am edt 

Re: Article 29

Kind of like will the real Mr. Or Mrs. Please stand up. What is the real truth because it was mentioned that certain employees in community development not fully understanding the growth management bylaw issued bedrooms in error and this was the way to make the correction without being sued by the property owner.
11:28 am edt 

Bedrooms, Bedrooms and More Bedrooms

Oh dear! What has Victor done now. Why is it some think their was a conspiracy. What do you know that we don't? was he not next in line
11:26 am edt 

Housing Restrictions
 
Affordable housing is open to Mass residents and not just Provincetown residents but there is a policy on the books that does set aside a certain percentage for our local people.
11:25 am edt 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Re: Affordable Rentals

AFFORDABLE RENTALS ARE ANOTHER BAD DREAM.

BY THE TIME THEY BUY THEM, PAY THE REAL ESTATE BROKERS FEES, HIRE THE REAL ESTATE BROKERS TO MANAGE THE UNITS, COLLECT THE RENTS, THE ONLY POCKETS THAT GET LINED ARE THE REAL ESTATE AGENTS AS USUAL.

BAD IDEA, NOT THOUGHT OUT, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WON'T HELP, NO JOBS AND SO TIME TO WAKE UP...................

IT'S OVER, MOVE ON TO THE DRUG PROBLEM!
11:17 pm edt 

Concerned Citizen Observation

I guess you can bash selectmen And other town employees on this blog but when it comes to telling the truth about corruption in the P town and Truro police forces it's off limits. That has worked out so well for these two towns in the recent past. Kind of reminds me of two little towns I read about in the Bible during Sunday school Sodom and Gamora! Let's get the word out corruption is corruption no matter where it originates from it's your civic duty to let the people know what these Chiefs have been doing!

From a concerned citizen
11:15 pm edt 

Always Had Resentful People Here

When we moved here years ago there was that faction in town resentful of people who moved here successfully by making plans, saving money and took responsibility for their actions.

Some others came here by happenstance or with a friend and ended up staying and with no money or resources had to struggle like the rest of us, but they wore out their welcomes here and there and they are still struggling and even more resentful.

I don't want to live in a town where there is this constant resentment that is now broadcast daily and with more and more invective. It isn't our fault that the fishing industry died and that what was once a year round community is now a summer resort community and that it is harder and hared to find a place to live.

Now with this public forum of facebook pages anyone who has succeeded by hard work and frugality is considered a one percter who was born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

I blame some people like the housing people for creating this atmosphere in this town. Their vocal assaults against second home owners and condo owners is beyond common decency. Too bad they have created this rift in town and continue to feed into it.
11:12 pm edt 

Re: Part Time Residences

"Who cares if the part time owners shop elsewhere and do not donate to local charities.  We don't need or want their money.  They can get out of town for all we care.  As long as we can make them pay a higher tax rate, that is fair.  They can afford it and we should not carry the tax burden of this town.  It is time we let them know who is in charge!"



Who cares?  Maybe those that are not haters like you and understand what community means.  Ask SKIP what they think of getting no donations from not full timers.

Also, what is with the "we" stuff?  Who Are "we".  What makes the "we" think that par timers can afford it?  Can any full timers afford to pay more?  WHy not the well off locals paying more?  What about some sort of means test, or do we just have to put up with ignorant types like you to tell us what is right and just.  maybe when you have ten seconds you can tell us why others should pay your bills in town. Should my part time neighbor also pay for your heat and groceries?   
11:07 pm edt 

Re: Article 29

The mere fact that the town got involved and decided before town vote to give said developer the bedrooms in violation of a bylaw says all it needs to say- end of story.Now the town is open to litigation for its actions. All for a "you owe me one" in the good ole boys club. Thought this was over.
11:00 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

There was an interesting article in the Daily Mail concerning affordable housing in Darien Connecticut. You can google it for yourself if you want.  The part i find interesting is this quote.

The town has previously been investigated by the Justice Department over a policy which gave affordable housing priority to people who already lived and worked in Darien.
The policy was dropped before the investigation finished.
The lawsuit and a federal housing investigation reopened old wounds in Darien.


How do you think the Feds will view any town housing policy Which gives affordable housing to people who live and or work here before others.  It's been tried in ct and did not work out so well. Goodluck to those who want to do the same thing here and say hello to your new neighbors from wherever because you can't restrict affordable housing in town to just Townies. 
10:59 am edt 

Re: Part Time Residences

"They created this mess,buying and selling homes at crazy prices. What full year resident can afford to live in town anymore,or in the Last 10 years? They come for their two week vacation,then Fill it with vacationers. I vote for a higher tax rate for part timers, Or give them a free boat ride home on bhc if they don't like it."



I for one can afford to live here year round.  I worked long and hard and now am retired quite ok.  Every property in town that is now a partime residence was sold by someone .  None were stolen.  Full timers mad money on those sales.

You have no idea of how long these folks are here.  My neighbors come many weekends all year long.  They spend money and volunteer.  Sounds like you are a loser who thinks that anyone who is better off than you are is evil.  I agree that the town is no longer viable as a year round place for very many.  Jobs are gone with the fishing industry and won't come back.  No jobs no people no matter how we deal with affordable housing.  The battle to keep Town as it was twenty or thirty years ago was lost a long time ago. Being hateful won't change it.  How can you blame a person like me for buying a home here if they can legally pay the price. 
10:56 am edt 

Re: Part Time Residences

"... will avoid patronizing any stores in town whenever possible.  I hope that the folks who voted for this at Town Meeting took this into account when they voted yes.  Since there are many more part time owners than full time.  this might really hurt the Soup kitchen and other great things."


Who cares if the part time owners shop elsewhere and do not donate to local charities.  We don't need or want their money.  They can get out of town for all we care.  As long as we can make them pay a higher tax rate, that is fair.  They can afford it and we should not carry the tax burden of this town.  It is time we let them know who is in charge!
10:53 am edt 

Re: Article 29

Article 29 was nothing but a joke- to protect the bumping of Victor Depaulo to get his 6 bedrooms to get his permits in advance of town meeting . The town now is in a libelous position . All town meetings led to a vote on this situation. instead- somehow overnight Victor Depaulo "jumped the Queue " issued his permits and started constuction. Without proper earth removal calcs relative to original topography. This guy gets away with ..r. It smells and is rotten. I hope someone in town challenges this man. HELLO PLANNING BOARD!!! Do you have original topo - do u see what is taking place ???
10:49 am edt 

Re: Article 29

Article 29 was forced down our throats because the Acting Town Manager chose to bump  a 3c category appliacant for 6 bedrooms aka                into 3b status stating bogus case law. This was a sham. I no longer trust nor have faith in David Gardner. He also did this on our tax dime. He had town counsel come up with this "possible" precendent. We all know victor depaulo already had these units sold. smells . smells . smells. goes back to sharon lynn ,jeff jaran , Russell Braun days. Are we any better??"     The town violated a bylaw . Nothing -i repeat NOTHING should have been done until town meeting. Instead behind closed door tactics took place and our acting town manager chose to bump a friend into a favorable category in the growth management queue citing some ridiculus case law. Now our acting town manager has much to answer for in my humble opinion.
10:48 am edt 

Cheryl Andrews

Yes and voting on growth management - the greatest waffler award goes to none other than Ms. Andrews!! congrats ms. andrews. You are back to your old tricks. My mamma always said " a leopord never changes its spots".
10:42 am edt 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Re: Article 29

What selectmen voted against article 29? Obviously they saw the big picture.We know Tom Donegan did as he was called from a town voter. Who was the other selectman?
10:23 pm edt 

Re: Article 29

"Article 29 was forced down our throats because the Acting Town Manager chose to bump  a 3c category appliacant for 6 bedrooms aka                into 3b status stating bogus case law. This was a sham. I no longer trust nor have faith in David Gardner. He also did this on our tax dime. He had town counsel come up with this "possible" precendent. We all know victor depaulo already had these units sold. smells . smells . smells. goes back to sharon lynn ,jeff jaran , Russell Braun days. Are we any better??"


Yes they were sold prior to his ever getting building permits for them-I would like to know more about the case law that town counsel looked into "on our dime" and set as precedent to bump 162 bradford st ext in queue PRIOR to town meeting thus holding us to no choice but to pass article 29. Quess                also gets free counsel advice from our own town counsel. Must be nice. Also puts as many seats as he so chooses in his restaurant. He sure is self assured. Leads one to believe he is protected"no matter what" by someone in town hall. All cronies being ousted or fleed - leaves one person. Quess who?
9:18 pm edt 

Article 29

Article 29 was forced down our throats because the Acting Town Manager chose to bump  a 3c category appliacant for 6 bedrooms aka                into 3b status stating bogus case law. This was a sham. I no longer trust nor have faith in David Gardner. He also did this on our tax dime. He had town counsel come up with this "possible" precendent. We all know victor depaulo already had these units sold. smells . smells . smells. goes back to sharon lynn ,jeff jaran , Russell Braun days. Are we any better??
8:48 pm edt 

Part Time Owners

They created this mess,buying and selling homes at crazy prices.
What full year resident can afford to live in town anymore,or in the
Last 10 years? They come for their two week vacation,then
Fill it with vacationers. I vote for a higher tax rate for part timers,
Or give them a free boat ride home on bhc if they don't like it.
8:43 pm edt 

Re: Part Time Residences

"Who really cares about what the part-time residents think?

Seriously? Threatening to not use the local stores and businesses? What a joke!

If every one of these people sold their second or third homes in town, the town will survive. Coming here for a few weeks a year does not MAKE our economy, it taxes it. The level of services have to be maintained for 12 months a year for people who "visit", or "vacation" in their second homes or condos"



What a hateful attitude.  If every property in town needed full time services like rubbish pickup and plowing, the town would go broke.  I for one see a moral and practical need to include everyone in the community. Some say the town is at a crossroads, but we all know that the crossroads was crossed some years back.  we can't save PT as a vibrant year round town.  Collecting more taxes from part-timers and building more affordable housing won't draw jobs or productive people to town.  PT is going to be a very seasonal town.  The year round population will keep falling. without support from everyone places like SKIP will disappear. the churches will close. This is not a scare story but a look at reality.  Within ten years those of us who can live here year round will be outnumbered at any given time by tourists and part timers.  
8:33 pm edt 

From: Wayne Martin

People are asking me questions I am posting the answers but for some reason they are not being posted! that does makes me look that I am in trouble or I am just dicking the question, please post my statements in full they are 100% factual.
7:34 pm edt 

Never Getting Ahead

I wonder how many people own homes who have lived here for decades worked in businesses in town and now find it impossible to get ahead now that they are on social security?

It seems that there will be a section of the community selling their homes and moving on due to age, not wanting to work 2 jobs anymore or they have tired of housemates, the lack of privacy and now seek to live like normal people do with a nice home, personal privacy and a comfortable income. Why struggle here year after year when one can sell and buy a place across the bridge and have money in the bank?

I see "community knowledge" evaporating as these folks move away. Provincetown in the 70's..how different it will be in 30 years looking back at Provincetown in the 20 teens.

Life goes on, change is inevitable the baby boomers that swept through town and took the jobs when they are young now see the foreign students flooding the town with this foreign work force.

Having two jobs isn't going to cut it anymore and taxes are only going to rise as we pay for subsidized housing for temporary new residents who rent. I've already seen so many come and then leave after a few years.

Oh well, time will tell and we shall see what we shall see. We can see who can do what with their property and what restrictions are placed on property owners as the years go by--and the promise is that they will only become more and more stringent as the renters out vote the property owners.

You won't get ahead if you haven't come here with big bucks, your 401K, your several retirement funds and investment portfolio etc etc etc.

For some of us, we will never get ahead--we will just get tired of the struggle and then the town can buy our home and rent it out and let the taxpayers subsidize the inhabitants. 
1:03 pm edt 

Part Time Residences

Who really cares about what the part-time residents think?

Seriously? Threatening to not use the local stores and businesses? What a joke!

If every one of these people sold their second or third homes in town, the town will survive. Coming here for a few weeks a year does not MAKE our economy, it taxes it. The level of services have to be maintained for 12 months a year for people who "visit", or "vacation" in their second homes or condos.

All I have seen this PTRTA, or whatever their handle is do is seek out parking or other rebates. They squeal and complain about everything that has to do with supporting a year round community as though they keep the town going.

They don't, and there is a long line of people who will take their place when and if any of them decide they cannot afford to live here.

Perhaps if the PPTRA was as interested in our town and community as they are in taking away the living standards for full-time residents they might be more respected.
If the Part time second homeowners are not willing to support the revival of a year-round community in our town....take a hike!!
12:58 pm edt 

Money to Buy Property

Aren't these properties for sale that are multi family homes already full of tenants?

The town buy the property and kicks them out and puts in new tenants--or do these current tenants get subsidized living?

The taxpayers are now subsidizing the work force in town for the town business owners. How interesting. I'm just waiting for the unintended consequences to rear its head and  like a great white shark bite the town in a totally unexpected way that is going to be catastrophic when it hits.

(how do you chose the tenants out of the 250 clamoring for housing?) How do you get rid of the meth guys and sociopaths who are keeping their true selves hidden? Woe is the town once this goes into effect).

11:26 am edt 

FinCom Housing Trust Creative

What a great idea and more than that: they created a way for Provincetown residents to have housing. Instead of giving Provincetown money to developers who then create housing for anyone from anywhere, this idea can help us solve our Provincetown housing problem.

Bravo!
10:34 am edt 

To : Wayne Martin

You say the only reason you didn't run last year is you have an ongoing issue with the acting chief of police please tell us what that is???
10:31 am edt 

Drug Dealing Citizens

It is just amazing, the guys arrested and hanging with the meth gang and crack gang. We couldn't understand my our propane tanks were stolen from the grills around us--and now we find out from the news that they are used for ammonia to make meth.

The guys seem to be accepted by society, doing computer work, having their photo in the paper for this and that. Meanwhile, they wrecked havoc in this town from destroying apartments to stalking to being arrested for drugs.

Don't you folk try to find out about people before you befriend them? It makes me shudder. just go back 18 months and read the law and order section of the banner.

Read the names and see where they are now.
9:44 am edt 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

11:17 pm edt 

Part Time Residences

Has anyone else heard the buzz that the pert time owners are so upset about the resident exemption that they are going to lead a move to not donate to any charity in town?  And, they will avoid patronizing any stores in town when ever possible.  I hope that the folks who voted for this at Town Meeting took this into account when they voted yes.  Since there are many more part time owners than full time.  this might really hurt the Soup kitchen and other great things.

I was worried about alienating such a large part of the community that I voted against it. Now it is done and we pissed off a lot of people that we need to function in town.
Residence

Residenses
11:16 pm edt 

Re: Rental Housing Fund

Maybe the Reason we Have a rental Housing Trust Before Hiring a town Manager

is that we voted for the housing trust. We can't vote for a town manager or otherwise--we would have/.

It is in the slow hands of the BOS and it is taking an eternity for them to move. they set up a committee, then a consultant, then they write the description=--as if for the first time--and here we are still without a town manager.
12:27 pm edt 

Re: Tom Donegan

Can anyone tell me where the hell Selectman Donagan is? I remember a time he was all about this supposed accountability and transparency and now try to find him! He doesn't respond to any of his critics because there are just too many of them now. I believe he's curled up in a ball in his basement. Time to ask Andrews to chair this BOS!!
10:32 am edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin please you lost already just stop wasting our time with your political views ........ We don't
need more             
10:28 am edt 

Rental Housing Fund

Still can't believe that a rental housing fund was established before we have addressed the need for a new town manager salary increase, a rebuilt or new police station and a new dpw facility. If this needs to be approved on the ballot it's a big NO.
10:24 am edt 

Town Moderator

My sincere thanks to all who attended Town Meeting, especially for all four nights. Democracy runs slowly, but your participation is more than greatly appreciated.

Mary-Jo Avellar
10:22 am edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

"I personally have not seen in all my years following politics in Ptown and Truro an individual that is more suited for a BoS maybe besides my dad"


Does this mean you too?
I knew your dad and you're right, a very well spoken selectman. Run as a write in and change things up as your dad did when he was part of SCRAM.

Anyone old enough to remember SCRAM??
10:20 am edt 

Town Manager

Seems like several people are not happy that we don't have a town manager yet and that's the reason why we are having problems. We may not have had a Town Manager for a year now but we do have an Assistant Town Manager that steps up and takes charge in the absence of the Town Managef. We do have a TM, acting so what's the problem? Are you saying he is not competent enough to run our town? If not, why are we paying the Town Manager salary for someone who is not capable of doing the top job.
10:17 am edt 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cheryl Andrews

I beg to differ, Cheryl runs the meetings and is constantly correcting Toms and others mistakes while doing so in a humble fashion. She is by far the most qualified and best suited intellectually with I believe the highest level of moral fiber. Just so it's clear I have watched EVERY BoS meeting since last may. Also I believe she speaks and votes for what is best for every body in town not just catering to the top earners whims. I personally have not seen in all my years following politics in Ptown and Truro an individual that is more suited for a BoS maybe besides my dad.

Wayne  Martin
6:32 pm edt 

Police Chief Can Live in Provincetown or Truro

I hope I did not read correctly but in the Banner, I believe I read where our great selectmen and also our ex-police chief Bobby Anthony not appearing to approve of the Police Chief living in Truro ??? This really bothers me simply because I am positive that during a period of time he was the Police Chief, he himself lived and commuted to and from Harwich. Now all of a sudden it's not okay. Amazing how when the hat gets turned around, how things change.
6:30 pm edt 

Re: From Wayne Martin

WHY WAIT!!!???

Wait another year and it will be worse. Todays problems will grow larger and may be out of the control of many to cure. Run now on a write in candidacy and see if you can win. Just from what I saw at town meeting and the disgruntled attitudes of many that attended, most of whom were disgusted by the BOS, now is the PERFECT time to run. Put it out there, write Wayne Martins name in as a selectman write in and see how you do. At the very least, it gives you a feeling of the voters direction.

I'll do it for you

WRITE IN WAYNE MARTIN FOR SELECTMAN.

GET A COUPLE OF SIGNS AND STAND OUTDIDE TOWN HALL, GET THE VOTES!!!
6:27 pm edt 

Dunnegan

"Tom is doing a great job just watch"
 

Yes watching Tom is certainly the answer to trying to decide between Cheryl and Tom. The meetings are long and many and run in the worst Way 've seen in a long time. The lack of collaboration on the board is palpable. This group needs a grown-up. Cheryl is the only one with the experience at this point to be the Chair.
6:25 pm edt 

Town Manager

Many of you want to blame everything on our BOS.  I would remind you that we have not had a town manager for a year and a half.  Yes, part of that may be their fault, but when you are missing a key integral part of the town's leadership there are bound to be issues.

The new search firm does not install confidence, but I hear there is a strong applicant applying and that may be our answer.

We need a good town manager and we need one NOW!
6:23 pm edt 

From Wayne Martin

I would like to correct a mistake I made on a previous post. When talking about the difficulties I was having with an Acting chief of Police I was referring to Provincetowns Acting Chief Golden! Sorry for the Mistake
10:37 am edt 

Board of Selectmen

"As in interim solution Donagan should step down as chairperson and Cheryl Andrews should be appointed chairperson, at least she thinks about and researches what she proposes."


Except for one problem: everything Cheryl voted for LOST. Furthermore, what has Cheryl actually proposed that's solved a problem? With all due respect, who cares what happened 10 or 15 years ago? This is NOW, with current problems. Cheryl is a disaster as a Selectman, and I backed her. Now, she's just completely useless. None of her votes mattered this year at all. Tom is doing a good job. Go to a few meetings and watch.
10:36 am edt 

Provincetown Public Pier Corp

Pier Corp back to the real problems down the pier look down the pier and see ricky macara boat back at the pier again he has no right being at the pier almost 4 or 5 weeks suppose it sinks ho pays that's right the town and now repair boats on top of the pier come on suppose a person gets hurt u have to run the pier as a business not favors for certain people.
9:16 am edt 

From Wayne Martin
 
I would like to thank the many people for their continued support it really does my heart good what I have been seeing and the many phone calls I have received asking me to run again. I want to make it perfectly clear that the only reasons I did not run this year is the continued personal problems I have been enduring because of the Truro Pd and the ongoing difficulties I and others have been having with the Acting Police Chief of Police. It would not be fare to the people if I could not devote one hundred percent of my time and effort into making our town with your help a better place to live. I do intend on running in the next election so I would love for your continued support until then. I would be remiss if I did not mention that I am saddened by what I have witnessed this past year our town officials just pushing for their own agendas and the many conflicts that have gone unchecked. By no means do I think I am the cure all for what is wrong with our towns government bu!
t I assure that there would be little to no conflicts if I were to have the privilege to represent the residents and yes non-residents alike on the BoS. Also I would like to add that I think the FinCom has been doing a good job as this towns financial watchdogs although I don't agree with all of their recommendations I believe for the most part they are a credit to the town. I would also like to say although I am not against affordable housing we should be careful that the cost of providing housing does not force out by the raising of taxes more people from the town than it provides housing for.

    Sincerely Yours, Wayne Martin
9:10 am edt 

FinCom Jump to BOS

I really think a few of our finance committee members should consider making the jump for BOS. There are a number of you worthy.
9:05 am edt 

I'll Ask This Very Simple Question....

Why is that all other cape towns have talented Selectmen willing to serve and having watched a few of the other BOS meetings, they are all capable professionals? Why not in Ptown?? I believe the answer is that there is no moral compass and attacking individuals is a blood sport at the end of the earth. Many of our qualified candidates are just too damn intelligent to ever want to run and suffer the consequences. Yep, were left with this sorry ass bunch with the exception of Ms. Andrews because she's the best of the bunch.
9:04 am edt 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Think About This

Why would anyone want to be on the BOS?  It does not pay.  There is not even much chance for graft or corruption.  The time demands are considerable.  The criticism is unending.  The colleagues are buffoons. So why? Messianic complex? Huge ego?  Hyperactivity with no other outlet?  Power hunger?  True eleemosynary intents? 

There are probably not many with the last listed reason for running, so that leaves all the others, none of which will produce a serious minded, right-thinking BOS capable of some objective analytical thinking when it comes to the problems we face. Andrews might be closest to the one with the best motives for serving, but she is too simplistic in her ideas.  Eric is a bumbler who likes to hear himself talk.  Anthony is not too sharp and likes to keep his name and face in the public eye.  Tom and Raphael are immense egos who feel so superior to everyone else and are convinced that they, and only they, understand.  They never saw an image in the mirror that they didn't love.  

4:32 pm edt 

Eric Yingling

Eric Yingling please withdraw your name from the ballot this spring. The BOS, with your input, is a mess. One less misdirected person might help.
1:49 pm edt 

Town Meeting

Madam Moderator Stop the Torture

Town meeting has become a form of torture for the citizens of Provincetown.  People speak just to hear themselves speak, saying the same thing tha previous speakers have said.  Madam Moderator please spare us this torture and limit comments to no more than TWO minutes. Five minute comments of people repeating the same thing over and over turns people off and makes them leave.
10:01 am edt 

Re: Public Pier Corp

As written in an earlier posting: "Provincetown pier corp please go down the wharf and see the mess down the end of the pier boats barges metal traps boats that should not be there come on rex do your job or resign where going back to where the pier was before u got here"
9:53 am edt


Really?? I don't know why you would write such a mess! MacMillan Pier is a WORKING pier. That means actual WORK goes on down there. There is a crew of pier staff working on floating docks, etc. If you want to point fingers and place blame, bring your issues to a Pier Corp meeting. They are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 5pm in the Judge Welsh room. They're even televised, live on PTV!

If there is a Board in this Town that has their act together, it's the Pier Corp. Maybe the writer of the above nonsense should watch a meeting or go to a Pier Corp. meeting. I'm sure you will get the answers to the questions - if "u" actually have any that make sense!
9:58 am edt 

Re: What Town Meeting Reveals

"Without strong town administration, meaning a well-paid and experienced Town Manager, Assistant, etc most communities are rudderless...as we are witnessing."



Slight problem with this.  Our charter.  But, even with the duties and authority clearly spelled out, there is always a real problem with the Manager's boss, The BOS.  Strong managers usually really annoy most BOS.  The BOS members have pretty big ego (that is why they ran in the first place.)  They will only allow a strong manager for a year or two, at most, and then fire them for overstepping their authority.  If you don't have a good BOS you are lost.  The manager can do nothing about idiots in charge.   
9:53 am edt 

A Divided Group

Donagan should step down as Chair. That may allow Andrews to right a sinking ship. Richter has absolutely lost my support after his attack on those who don't agree with his selfish stance. What a joke this BOS has become. It is such a divided group with only egos and selfish motives that drive them. In the end, the town pays for their behavior.
9:44 am edt 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Provincetown School Committee

The School Committee, the Administration, the Teaching staff, and the Students of the Provincetown School System should be congratulated and lauded for the work they are accomplishing rebuilding what was a failing system.

The presentations that are given to the town body, the care given, the IB program, and the caring and dedicated civilian School Committee are exceptional. I have only good things to say about how this Superintendent and Principal have motivated changes that have and continue to improve the status of the physical plant and the curriculum of the downsized system.
I believe this is one of our most underestimated and least recognized "jewels" that we are developing to help maintain community and life in our town.

I wish I could be more eloquent in my praise, but rather than try to say it better, I want to say something.

Thanks for the hard work and successes, Provincetown School Community!
12:28 pm edt 

Re: Dysfunctional Management
 
All the whining about the selectmen, prior to town meeting and now during town meeting and the dysfunctional situation the town is in currently and NOBODY has decided to run for the board, two available seats, and NOBODY ran to unseat these fools. I guess the old adage is correct, you get the government you deserve.
Someone mentioned Wayne Martin would get their vote if Martin ran in the future. Why can't he be a write in candidate? Why can't he announce NOW his write in candidacy and as a result of the fiasco happening at town meeting, using it as his backdrop for why he's running, run for one of the selectmen positions we're about to vote for? The mayhem will only get worse in time. Look at the sleaze the selectmen are pulling regarding Winslow Farm.

It's only going to get worse.
12:05 pm edt 

What Town Meeting Reveals

Those who think volunteer boards, in specific, the Board of Selectman should, could, are required by law to efficiently run a town are fooling themselves. And you.

Town meeting is evidence of this folly.

Without strong town administration, meaning a well-paid and experienced Town Manager, Assistant, etc most communities are rudderless...as we are witnessing.

But, yea, those who proposed a cleansing of the 'cabal', who were convinced they would lead better, with conviction and clarity have failed us all. Clowns.

It doesn't feel very swell to be a member of the Provincetown community right now.
11:01 am edt 

Coastal Acres

BUYING COASTAL ACRES CAMP GROUND..
WHAT IS THE SALE PRICE OF COASTAL ACRES CAMP GROUND?
10:09 am edt 

Articles 23 & 24

Did they pass?
8:47 am edt 

Board of Selectmen

Tom Donagan has outlived his usefulness to the town. He was handy remedying the police debacle, but in the long run as BOS chairman he has allowed that to come back and  cost the town.  He has proven himself to be a poor leader and lacks management experience. Bottom line is we need a Town Manager to keep our week selectmen in order. As in interim solution Donagan should step down as chairperson and Cheryl Andrews should be appointed chairperson, at least she thinks about and researches what she proposes.
8:43 am edt 

BoS and Article 9

The town manager runs the day to day operation but takes direction from the board of selectmen. They are the tm's boss. We need selectmen with no hidden agendas and a board that represents provincetown as a whole. We the people spoke out the first night at town meeting and you did not like the outcome of our vote so you decided to find a way to bring an article back to be voted on once again for the third time. In all of my 30+ years of attending town meeting I have never seen such a mess. Shame! Shame! Shame! Next time around for elections Wayne Martin gets my vote if he runs.
8:40 am edt 

Town Meeting

So the question is, do you think our selectmen, Assistant Town Manager and our illustrious Town Counsel right about now feel good about themselves? It amazes me how some can make mistakes and still walk proud yet criticize others for lesser mistakes.
8:37 am edt 

DPW

Make cuts at DPW management they are to heavy. Why does the town need 3 managers
8:35 am edt 

An Observation

I haved lived in this town for 40 years and you were a joke in school
8:33 am edt 

Board of Selectmen
 
The board of selectman are a joke. How many of you actually own property?
8:32 am edt 

Dysfunctional Management

The Board of Selectmen are a prime example of dysfunctional dysfunctional management in process, as demonstrated at the Town Meeting!  And they want to manage the pier in addition to the town.  How is that for egotisim? Go Tom Donigan.
8:28 am edt 

Richter on Facebook

He fails and blames the housing council- nice work! Is that the same good judgement that wants to buy a piece of property without a plan? How is he going to work with them after this? Will he blame the 130 people who voted against Winslow farm for being personally responsible for the death of Provincetown? How about the finance committee? Was it their fault? Ooo maybe it was the bicycle committees fault, yeah that's  it! Or recycling, or open space? The last group thought they were smarter than the people of Provincetown too. Under Donagans "leadership" meet the (not so new) BOS, same as the old BOS!
8:15 am edt 

Re: Raphael Ritchter

Richter actually said out loud that he was elected to speak his mind. Can
someone get him a Clue-phone and let him know he was actually elected
to serve the people of town?
1:42 am edt 

Pathetic

Saw the pathetic fb post by Raphael Ritchter berating hard working Boards for his own failure to present an article that the people wanted for Winslow. I can't think of a person who after watching the fiasco last night thinks it's anyone fault than the BOS and yet they think they are doing a great job. It's mass delusion! The arrogance overflows from this Board and I can't help but put the blame on the unprepared and inexperienced Chair. Leading the wagons over a cliff! Who else do they want to blame?! Before you blame the people who had nothing to do with it Raphael might want to do a little soul searching.
1:40 am edt 

Re: Ebb and Flow---Time For Us to Sell and Move

"we will be dining, sipping our cocktails, nibbling on toothsome appetizers, perusing the exquisite dinner menu and toasting our good by to all of the worries of life in Provincetown. Au revoir."



The same smug a$$ that has been sliming Shout Out for years, how clever he is, how hard he worked, and how wonderful life will be forever and ever. Until something dark this way comes. To revel in your own good fortune (which most likely isn't as wonderful as he claims) smacks of ignorance and naivete.

Good riddance. Please finally move.
1:25 am edt 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Town Counsel and Jaran

Let me put this the right way. I agree with the earlier post that town counsel should be fired and both individuals should quit not because of the appeal decision and Jaran will be paid, but because all these players had the opportunity to negotiate a settlement and we could have put this behind us a year or so ago. That would have been in the best interest of town and they chose not to do it. Poor leadership displayed once again on the floor of town meeting last evening. You can't make this up!
12:49 am edt 

Article 9

If town counsel screwed up that's not the voters problem who were there to vote the article the way we did. We voted the article down not once but twice and now they want to bring it back again and slip it in under a mistake by town counsel. Talk about a sleezy  tactic. I say it's time to change counsel, and recall a few selectmen. Perhaps that will send the message some of us taxpayers have had enough of their shanaghans.  I agree with Mr. Little field that it's time to get a Town Manager. Stop spending funds on employees who can't run the ship.
12:47 am edt 

Posted in the Provincetown /Truro/Wellfleet/Beacon

Herbit Hintze:

Where is the transparency? How can we trust the chairman of the BOS who does not give us the whole story? Only after the vote goes down in defeat are we given a second choice. This alternate choice was offered to us only because the vote failed. The presentation was flawed to begin with. A presentation of buildings that were not to be built with schematics that were done by people who thought that they had to present us with their wonderful work just to hide a poorly presented article. Do we not deserve better? Can;t we make an educated choice by ourselves? Don't blame the vote on the people. Blame the vote on the poor presentation by the article itself.
3:17 pm edt 

Town Meeting Fiasco

Town meeting was unbearable last evening and town counsel was a disgrace. Thank you Chris Snow for at least having a common sense approach to protocol. What ever happened to putting out an a requests for bids for new counsel? We've been getting bum advice from these so called lawyers for many years now. Also, I for one was hoping to hear something on the former Chief's appeal certainly before town meeting but thought it might be announced last evening and it wasn't. What is that fiasco going to cost all of us in the end? How much have these so called attorney's made $$$$ off all their great advice? If he gets one penny from this town, not only should town counsel be fired but Chairman Donegan and Selectmen Yingling should resign. Doesn't anyone else think that before we vote on more spending, we should know? Please someone ask the BOS if they know?
3:13 pm edt 

Re: Bob Littlefield: You are So On Target

"We need a new town manager and we need this person now. someone needs to right the ship that is fastly sinking."


Why can't some people understand the laws that govern us.  They are copied here frequently.  The manager can only execute the policies set by the BOS.  The Manager supervises town employees to be sure that they understand their roles and perform. The Manager proposes the budget to the BOS.  The new manager cannot save this town from the dopes that live here.  If the BOS can't lead then the town has to elect a board that can.  But, we'll probably elect more people with little ability to scope the situation and attempt to deal with it.  Some say that that is impossible.  They may be right.  
3:09 pm edt 

To: Raphael Richter

Raphael Richter, I am 50+ years old, live in Provincetown year round and do not have everything I want. Your tirade on fb was so wrong. I voted for you, that won't happen again.
2:05 pm edt 

Bob Littlefield: You are So On Target

Everything you write is so correct, so right. the leadership vacuum is deep and problematic. Maybe it is because the BOS are concerned with themselves and with issues that THEY deem important-not those that WE may consider key and significant. there is an inner group determining what should be funded, what should be built and we, the voters, are viewed as simpletons and sheep.

We need a new town manager and we need this person now. someone needs to right the ship that is fastly sinking.
1:43 pm edt 

Re: Dysfunctional Leadership

Pretty sure you answered your own question. No town manager is probably the entire reason the meeting was so out of control and convoluted. Understand the word manager and you'll understand the mayhem.
1:41 pm edt 

1st Night Town Meeting

More Kookoo than usual on the first nite of Town Meeting.
1:39 pm edt 

Breaking News - Article 9 - Winslow Farm to be Revisted


Talk About a Cluster F...

Article 9 Will be Brought Back For Reconsideration

Town Counsel at the request of the Board of Selectmen has reviewed the decision made by its own counsel, Attorney, Michele Randazzo, regarding Article 9 and advised that her interpretation and advise was incorrect. Additionally, it was advised that Attorney Chris Snow was correct in his arguments from the floor of town hall meeting.

Accordingly, Town Moderator Mary-Jo Avellar will introduce a motion to reconsider Article 9. The Board of Selectmen would like Article 9 to be reintroduced at the beginning of the Tuesdays night Town Meeting, thus giving the article proponents a 3rd bite at the apple.

If indeed this article is brought back for reconsideration it should be reintroduced as the last article in the Annual Town Meeting and not the end of the Special Town Meeting. This would give all voters an opportunity to vote on the issue.

Many people attended last nights meeting only to address the question of purchasing the property in question. Many voters left the meeting secure that their "NO" vote was final. Obviously the proponents of the bill will pull out all of the stops to have their constituency  attend the meeting to overturn the "NO" vote.

In fairness, time must be allowed for all parties to reconvene at town hall to address this Gross Mix-up.

Everyone looks bad: Board of Selectmen, Town Counsel, Town Moderator. Having led the ill advised charge on this article, the Board of Selectment must take the full responsibility for the ensuing fiasco, which was poorly thought out, ill defined and poorly presented. Even the reconsideration and amendment tactic was reflective and indicative of the BOS's comtemp for the voters of Provincetown. We need better than this. They should as a body apologise to the voters.

A total lack of leadership - no plan, no philosopy, no give, no take......they hear but don't listen!

1:10 pm edt 

Dysfunctional Leadership

I never blog, but last night had me very concerned.  Town Meeting, Winslow Street parcel up to the plate.  I have never seen such a disorganized, chaotic mess in my life.  A selectman gets up, says we're only voting to purchase the parcel on Winslow just behind the VFW and we will figure out a plan later.  I thought that made sense.

Then another guy gets up and starts displaying plan after plan.  Oh, plan #5 - well, we're not going to do that one.  Dude, why were you taking the town meeting's time on all of this?  And what about the woman who spoke about the other projects in the pipeline? 

So now I'm wondering, does anyone in this town have the overall picture?  Is anyone managing the entire process of affordable housing?  The warrant item failed.  Then it all went downhill with possibly illegal reconsiderations.  I am disgusted, but that's not the point.  Does anyone review warrants and figure out how to present them to the town voters in a cogent, lucid, and understandable way beforehand?  And does anyone have the bigger picture?  Is anyone managing anything? 

Someone tell me I'm wrong, but my first reaction is to call out the selectmen.  The whole process of town government last night was utterly unimpressive and to my eyes, unnecessarily convoluted.  And for heaven's sake, someone explain why it should take so long to hire a new town manager.

Bob Littlefield    
Center Street
8:53 am edt 

Re: Time to Think Outside the Box

"We did not become selectmen to let these issues go unaddressed. If it is not time to think outside of the box, when?"


Ok then. What exactly, are your suggestions? Your out of the box ideas?

Having watched the Provincetown political process for two decades, it's apparent that a strong Town Manager is absolutely key to the success of this town.

With all due respect, the BOS are essentially informed volunteers, and to weigh this committee down with the complications of administering to a complicated town base of voters and issues leads to an unbalanced and unsure government.

I'm not exactly sure what the two selectmen are inferring. That they are strong enough to lead without an administrator? If we've been going about the process of hiring a TM, what's the right way?

I think every member of every board in town is afraid of being buried under an avalanche of criticism. With good reason.

What is the solution?
8:46 am edt 

Re: Ebb and Flow---Time For Us to Sell and Move
 
No more stress and worried about my job as I get older and no more worries that they town will add this tax and that fee and then tell me to have this or that installed on my property
(The fire dept putting the kabosh on more housing that was supposed to be built on the Santos' property)

So, while you all are gnashing your teeth at town meeting over being betrayed by the land bank fund, by the VFW that is another bait and switch and as the the hue and cry over the proposed housing at the old Michael Shays escalates, we will be dining, sipping our cocktails, nibbling on toothsome appetizers, perusing the exquisite dinner menu and toasting our good by to all of the worries of life in Provincetown. Au revoir.
8:42 am edt 

Ebb and Flow---Time For Us to Sell and Move

We can't afford it here any more. Taxes are going to go up $8 million dollars in a few years. We decided to sell now while things are good and not wait until we are squeezed to the point of desperation.

No more people getting in office so that they can make things easier for their business such as get rid of stop signs etc. No more bait and switch--having people pay into the land bank and then just take it and do with as you wish for you own pet projects.

No more onerous tax bills. No more worry about new regulations that we must fulfill on our property. NO more stress that we will have to this and that to our property. No more cares and worries about what will happen to our property.

No more Provincetown for us.
8:38 am edt 

Re: Time to Think Outside the Box

Mr. Hatch may believe what he writes and I'm sure is sincere, but with several fincom petitioned housing articles and a Pier Corp article that is signed by 5 or 6 fincom members, this notion that the current finance committee is only advisory is belied by their actions.  That they can only attempt to effect policy on the floor of Town Meeting is an important distinction from the BOS, and one saving grace.  But they are quite clearly trying to legislate from their bully pulpit, which is all the more galling since they are not elected and seem to have been chosen specifically to further the agenda of a new cabal. 

It may be that the current BOS and the one before it were extremely weak, but that doesn't give the finance committee a pass to step in and impose their own policies.
8:35 am edt 

Re: Time to Think Outside the Box

Very well considered post by Mark.  He understands our Charter and By-laws, which together are equivalent to the State or Federal Constitutions.  The jobs of the various committees and boards, elected or appointed, are what are spelled out legally, not what gets posted on a blog.  We as voters can not blame the Manager for poor leadership and policy formulation.  We can blame the BOS, and ourselves for electing a board that does not understand the job.
8:32 am edt 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Town Meeting

Another town meeting without a Town Manager. The BOS realizes it is rudderless. FinCom has a minor yet inflated role. And a few people didn't want Michelle J.

I've been living here for 17 years, and every year, get more discouraged. I don't need affordable housing but support it, don't need a job but there should be more, and overall really enjoy all the artists, old timers, business folks that make this town the great place we all want it to be.

Blessings on the coming town meeting and all that attend!
11:52 pm edt 

Re: Time to Think Outside the Box

"The idea that we only need a strong administrator as our town manager is profoundly wrong. We need much more than just that..."


Since I've been a proponent of the idea of the Town Manager as the "Chief Bureaucrat", this one sentence doesn't honestly speak to the issue, or frame it, in the way that makes the scope of the position clear. The Town Manager is an appointed position that serves at the pleasure of the Board Of Selectmen. As we've seen, Town Managers can come to abrupt ends, and do, when politics change. Board of Selectmen composition can, and does as well, when politics change. The LEADERSHIP always, always, comes from the people we elect. We expect that from them. When I vote for a candidate for Selectmen, I am casting a vote in favor of a leadership position. There is no such mechanism for Town Manager, and I expect the Town Manager to competently carry out those policies put forward by both the Board of Selectmen and the Town Boards. I do not expect the initiatives and leadership for the community to come from an unelected position. This is what the Board of Selectmen is for.

Speaking as a former member of Charter Enforcement and a current member of Fincom, you'll notice that Fincom actually has no ability to enact anything. We have very clear statutory duties to report, to highlight, to propose, and to advocate for responsible financial actions by the Town. We can raise no money. We can enact no "legislation". We can only push for what we believe is prudent by having the bully pulpit and by studying the Town's finances. We are appointed. The leadership for the town, as expressed in the rest of the letter, is what's supposed to come from the Selectmen, certainly NOT from us, the wonks who look at how we're going to pay for everything. If the political will exists to spend money, our job is to find the best way to do it. Our job is NOT to decide on the policy unless it has severe detrimental financial impact to the town, then our duty is to HIGHLIGHT that. Town Meeting makes the final call, and we proceed. Likewise the Town Manager's job is also NOT to decide on policy that should be directed by the Selectmen, it's to carry that policy out.

This distinction is lost in a toss-off line about someone being a "strong administrator". Yes, we need a strong administrator to find the best way to carry out the STRONG LEADERSHIP of the Board of Selectmen. Insisting that the Town Manager do this is, in my opinion, only a setup for failure as political winds change. And they do. Every few years. Just look at the current Board and ask how they got where they are.

Respectfully,

Mark Hatch
11:43 pm edt 

Time to Think Outside the Box

By Tom Donegan & Raphael Richter

In last week's editorial, the Banner suggested that Provincetown is yet again at a crossroads. We strongly disagree; in fact, the year-round economy of Provincetown has been in steady, unabated decline for 20 years. If we don't do something now, the choices will no longer be ours to make. We will no longer have a viable year-round town.

Finding a new town manager has been a truly difficult process. Making this decision as a group, while broadcasting the proceedings on TV and Internet, has led to the tone of the selectmen's discussions appearing contradictory and stilted. Everyone involved with the town manager search appears disappointed with the result. The process was stymied from the start. The recruitment of applicants was ineffective. In fact, the selectmen received only three candidates from the search process. But from that list of finalists it became abundantly clear that Provincetown needs an entirely new approach to town government.

Provincetown, by comparison to other Lower Cape towns, has had a very tough 20 years. Housing is in crisis. Our housing stock is continuing to become small weekender condos or palatial waterfront enclaves. And while we have spent more on housing than virtually any town our size, our efforts continue to be overwhelmed by the tsunami of condo conversions answering endless demand for vacation homes.
Equally grim to our housing crisis are the population trends that forecast an acceleration of our already aging and shrinking population. Next year, the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute projects we will have more people over age 70 than under age 35. In just 15 years we will have a third fewer people living in Provincetown than we do today, yet 43 percent of the total projected population will be over 70. On the jobs side, our average income trails other Cape towns. In Provincetown, our average income is just over half of what is reported in Truro. Yet our housing is one of the most expensive, not only when compared to what is on the Cape but in all of Massachusetts. And not only is our housing expensive, our yearround rental housing stock is so scarce it is often entirely unavailable at any price.

In short, too many of our families with children, tradesmen, business owners, young adults and those who rely on rental housing for a safe and secure home have already left Provincetown. And in recent months it is only getting worse and worse and worse.

We did not become selectmen to let these issues go unaddressed. If it is not time to think outside of the box, when? The idea that we only need a strong administrator as our town manager is profoundly wrong. We need much more than just that, especially at a time when a new town manager will be able to enter and lead with an incredibly competent, dedicated and professional staff. Those that are worried a new manager will not be able to lead without direct, longtime knowledge of the town should feel very much comforted by the fact that the current staff is doing an excellent job and they are doing much more than just keeping the ship afloat.

Tom Donegan and Raphael Richter are both members of the Provincetown Board of Selectmen; Donegan serves as chair
12:54 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

"It Remains Odd to have such a meeting. It is rather unorthodox."


It would be odd if town officials did not get together to discuss a common problem.  "unorthodox", of course not, why do you say it is.
12:46 pm edt 

A Reminder!!

I am PLEASED to reprint Cheryl Andrews Viewpoint article in the Banner....

VIEWPOINT

A tale of two towns

By Cheryl Andrews

Its been part of the ebb and flow of Cape Cod towns for years. People get old. Many move south. Young ones move in and replace the elders.

But things have changed. The number of people calling Provincetown home has declined almost 15 percent from 2000-2010 as measured in the federal census. And it continues.

For the first time in Provincetowns history, the board of selectmen identified the yearround population of our town as an endangered species. Okay, we didnt use those words but we could have. When crafting our annual goals last July, we wrote: develop strategies to increase our year-round population as measured by the local census.

What we didnt do is engage the public in a discussion about what happens if we dont.

Id like to start one.

Provincetown is almost a completely seasonal town now. Fewer people are here during the winter. Even fewer businesses are open. And those of us that do live here year-round are older. Many of us can afford a winter vacation, preferably to a place without snow. Adding to the exodus, many of the folks that live here year-round now have plans to complete their retirementsomewhere else.

So, what does that mean for our town? Heres what I see: Fewer people invested or concerned about our towns long-term health translates to fewer people volunteering to sit on boards and committees; fewer people here in the winter means fewer available to plow your street, shovel off your roof or fix your broken window.

And where will we get the year-round employees for Town Hall, our local banks or for Outer Cape Health Services or the Stop & Shop?

The trend is clear. On this path, our town becomes a fully seasonal resort. The very small group of year-rounders left will be homeowners, over 55, financially secure with savings or pension.

A town that is almost closed for three months a year, populated by old retired people  not that theres anything wrong with that, to quote Jerry Seinfeld.

Indeed, give me a few years and Ill be one too.

I dont see many of the wonderful festivals and fund-raisers we enjoy every summer continuing. Who will volunteer to run them? Most of the planning happens in the winter. Who will buy the businesses that we have built over the years? I bought mine when I was 29.

These are my concerns.

After falling in love with this little hamlet called Provincetown, learning her history, experiencing the beauty of her sands and waters, and enjoying the liberties of life and love that her people have shared with me, I just cant watch her fade without giving it one last fight.

I dont feel that a part-time town of retirees is the best we can do.

I have a different vision: a yearround town, with young people moving here or returning, to start or buy local businesses and energize our community soul  a younger generation to work, bring ideas and dreams and write the next chapter in the history of Provincetown.

I ask this question of my older friends: Which Provincetown do you wish to leave as your legacy?

If you share my vision, please support our housing initiatives. We must, as a community, build year-round rental apartments. Some people think I mean affordable housing. No, I am talking about year-round rental apartments available to a diverse group of incomes and especially targeting the younger workers, who often make too much to qualify for affordable housing.

The Winslow Farms acquisition brings an amazing amount of potential to Provincetown: the property provides excellent egress from the VFW and will allow construction of a serious number of rental apartments. And while I am mentioning Winslow Farms, let me be clear. There are plenty of questions about what we can and will do with this site. The serious planning will not begin until the town decides to buy it. We will need your help to make these decisions.

From my perspective its a oncein- a-generation opportunity. If we are led by our fears, we may lose it. If we are led by our dreams, its ours.

How do we fund these plans? A combination of local taxes, publicprivate partnerships, and creative finance models will be necessary, but we cant overburden our current residents. I support merging the Land Bank Fund and the Community Preservation Fund. That simple change, already voted by 13 other Cape Cod towns, will provide Town Meeting with more flexibility when making spending decisions on open space, housing and preservation.

And the room tax? We must find a way, soon. Residential tax exemption? Yes.

I support refurbishing the former community center on Bradford Street into 11 rental apartments. Any new ideas that will support a year-round vibrant Provincetown will get my interest and probably my support. The main criticism I hear about these ideas is that they will take too long to help some of our friends that are in crisis now. Thats true. These plans will take 5 to 10 years to enact. We must help our friends as best we can, while we build.

Which town will we have in 10 years?

Lets not miss our chance. The time to begin is now. Please come to 2015 Town Meeting.

Cheryl Andrews, a local dentist, currently serves on the Provincetown Board of Selectmen. She also served for nine years on the board of selectmen, from 1998 to 2007, including the last three as chair.
rin
12:44 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Pier

"Provincetown pier corp please go down the wharf and see the mess down the end of the pier boats barges metal traps boats that should not be there come on rex do your job or resign where going back to where the pier was before u got here"



Phony post from pier enemy.  member of Fincom?

It is a working pier not a public park.  mess is ok while working especially after tough winter.
12:38 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Pier Corp

Provincetown pier corp please go down the wharf and see the mess down the end of the pier boats barges metal traps boats that should not be there come on rex do your job or resign where going back to where the pier was before u got here
9:53 am edt 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

You Forgot One Other Commissions on Michael Shay's
Property

Historic District Commission. You cannot demolish a building--even
if not in the Historic District--without permission from the Historic District
Commission. they must file a request to demolish the building and then a formal
application occurs. The Historic District Commission can issue a Demolition
Delay and that stops all demolition for at least six months. The new owners
cannot destroy the building during this time nor go forward with construction
plans.

This is done so that the history of the building can be presented by
members of the town and people can weigh in on its history and its importance.
It is also done to see if the building can be integrated into the new
development and also to see if the building could be moved to another site.
these are all challenges but Demolition Delay allows the conversations to go on
and makes the entire destruction more difficult.
9:17 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

Hey, buddy, get off your broken record.  We need BOTH more (and better paying) jobs, and more reasonably priced homes and rentals.  If we can't get a decent year-round job, and can't afford the ridiculous rents -- that's if any of your ilk would rent out space -- then we can't afford to move TO a cheaper town.  Thanks to attitudes like yours, I have been driven to social service help, so now....I AM living off you, with a free cell phone and minutes, fully paid health coverage, and food stamps!  Go choke on THAT Easter egg, baby!  And I would MUCH rather have a job and pay for it myself, but I'll be damned if you starve me out.


"Need more HOUSING??

How about need more year around jobs.

Sure more housing so the homeowners can pay for your housing in higher taxes. LETS eat up those municipal taxes for the people of entitlement.

Live where you can afford to pay your own housing, bills etc. without making a life long career of living off the people that work."
8:58 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

Sorry      but the town planner or the BOS does not make any decisions on the 40B project at 350 bradford.  the decision is entirely in the hands of the ZBA. 

Sadly, no conspiracy theory or conflict of interest but have another round at george's!

"The Zoning Board of Appeals is the permit granting authority under Chapter 40B
of the Massachusetts General Laws."

Wait?  does that mean you were completely wrong?  yes, yes it does.


8:50 pm edt 

Re: George Bryant's Passing

I also grieve the passing of George Bryant.  His treatment, first by his brother, then    , and finally that hideous town manager who ordered the police to arrest him, who cuffed a man of his age behind his back and threw him into a cruiser, seriously damaging his back.  Well that was our police force under Jaran and our town under whatshername.  Well we got what we deserved.  We chose them for our own agenda.  But back to George Bryant.  I think anyone who has anything from him in writing or remembers  any of his tales should save everything.
He is and was the historian of our town. Never moaned about changes to our town. Never complained about our ghastly town government.  Maybe we all could try to be half as nice as he was.
8:47 pm edt 

Raping the Land Bank for Affordable Housing is Terrible

Taking the$1.4 million from the Land Bank that we all paid into for land and
open spaceand then transferring it to affordable housing is atrocious. It seems
illegalsince we paid 3% for the Land Bank and then 3% for the CPC. These were
restricted funds for one purpose and now--these monies for open space, for
ponds, for trails, for wild life preserves--will be gone for more Hyannis
residents or those from Springfield or Brockton who want to live here.

I didnot pay my 4% each year for affordable housing--as we have at 90
Shankpainter--but for open space. This is a terrible disgrace presented to
"save" the tax payers 3% when it is a grab of this $1.4 million.

2:36 pm edt 

Re: George Bryant's Passing

George...

Missing George and ms Ellie.....
This is why ptown will never be the same.
11:51 am edt 

Re: George Bryant's Passing

I have been so very sadden by the death of my good friend George Bryant. I just can not imagine being in Provincetown without seeing and talking with him on Commerial Street. He will never be gone for me. I told Sharon off when she was harassing him unfairly. George and I had so many wonderful conversations over the many years. He admired and supported my own work in Theatre Heritage, and work on all the dune shack issues. He will not be forgotten. He left his mark on Provincetown, and for those of us most fortunate to have known him.

Gail Cohen gcinheritor@gmail.com
8:32 am edt 

Re:Jeff Jaran

"And maybe Jaran will negotiate if he's hurting for money and a job."


I thought he found a job. And, frankly, if he hasn't, he won't need one once the decision is reached. Another thing: Why would Jaran negotiate at this point? Because people in Provincetown need housing?

That ship has sailed, bunny.
8:29 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

Need more HOUSING??

How about need more year around jobs.

Sure more housing so the homeowners can pay for your housing in higher taxes. LETS eat up those municipal taxes for the people of entitlement.

Live where you can afford to pay your own housing, bills etc. without making a life long career of living off the people that work.
8:25 am edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

It Remains Odd

to have such a meeting. It is rather unorthodox.
8:18 am edt 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Facing Reality

Oh, Perhaps You should look up the meaning of odd

But then you won't. Dictionairies are foreign  to you. so is general sense of life here.

Libraries are not in your jurisdiction. You hardly know what I am talking about.

You are a tragic result of Murdock news. OK you don't even know what I am referring to. sad but true.
12:03 am edt 

Re: Town Planner

Town planner on Facebook.

Maybe she's on a break or at lunch. 
Maybe an awareness of social media is part of her job.
Maybe she's worn down from the endless libel posted about her.
Maybe there are real problems in the world that we could worry about.
12:01 am edt 

Attend Town Meeting!

Oy vey ... as we begin to celebrate Passover, let me weigh in (just like flying on Cape Air earlier today) with a few thoughts:

Attend Town Meeting! That is how your voice resonates. If you don't participate in the process, then you must accept the "status quo." Many folks in other parts of the world do not have the advantage of participating in the democratic process. Celebrate your freedom by attending town meeting.

Acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our town leaders and town officlals. Thank you to the folks who work tirelessly so we can enjoy Provincetown -- whether it's year-round or not -- we are one community!

Celebrate the season ahead, with pride.

Love,

Darla
11:57 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Here's a thought before we all head into town meeting to approve and/or appropriate our tax dollars - demand our town leaders grow a set! Two of the three selectman who voted to fire the police chief still sit on the BoS. It's never too late to negotiate a buy out. Never! It's          if anyone tells you it is. It's done all the time. And maybe Jaran will negotiate if he's hurting for money and a job. Townspeople are gonna be furious if their money is going to the chief instead of housing. FURIOUS! So if there's any inclination the town might lose, then negotiate AND NOW! Pick up the         phone. Donegan and Yingling are responsible - call them out tonight! We need housing. We need reasonable spending! Where is the leadership?
11:53 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

"Were any other town officials invited? Fire Chief and our DPW Director"



Good question.  Ask them.  We were not invited so don't ask us.
1:36 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

"This Meeting is Odd

and it does not an explanation. and more than anything else--the town planner is renting--yes a renter--from the developer Paul DeRyuter. she should not even be at this meeting.

and if eric Yingling was there--he also is renting from Paul De Ryuter and should have not anything to say or to add to this property. He should only recuse himself."



Your post is "odd".  Attending a meeting is not against any state ethics rules or laws.  VOTING on the issue may be a different story. 
1:34 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

I would love to be at the BOS meeting and ask these questions in person but unfortunately we are out of town till next week due to medical appointments and issues beyond our control. I believe another recent post was even more articulate than ours and again these questions need to be asked before next Monday. Trust me the amount at the end of the day is going to be much greater than it would have been if the BOS settled way back when. I was told any taxpayer can call the Finance department and he or she will furnish the amount that has been paid to our law firm. That would be a good first step,in the transparency of this entire ordeal. Remember there is also,the sexual harassment suit that will never see the light of day but will affect our insurance rates moving forward. This 'revolution' / dispute/bad performances etc is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars! Thank you Tom Donegan, Elaine Anderson, David Mc.and Mr. Yingling you should have offered more than 3 lous!
y months of pay!
1:33 pm edt 

Re:Jeff Jaran

Let's stick to real numbers please.  The only thing that matters about the length of Jaran's employment contract is HOW much was left remaining when he was fired. Which was just a little over TWO YEARS. Now that's what a "fact" looks like.
1:29 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

You guys need to breathe a little and relax. Open meeting laws weren't broken by a meeting of the department heads onsite of a project coming down the pike. Keep in mind, they all sit in the same building and communicate all day on various topics. They aren't a board so relax.
As far as the planner and a selectman renting from a person having a project coming up, the previous poster is 100% correct. Financial dealings with the landlord prohibit a person from engaging in the dialog or vote. They need to recuse. Look it up under the ethics laws of the commonwealth, Chapter 268A, section 19 or any other section under 268A.

What I want to see is if any of the people in attendance REALLY KNOW what they will be considering for the project, similar to what they DIDN'T realize on Bangs Street, actual heights of buildings, actual elevations and other particulars. Looking on a plan and actually realizing the outcome are VERY different. I really don't want to hear someone say "gee, I didn't think it would look like THAT!". Understand the reality of what's being reviewed and approved before the problems arise.
1:28 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

I sure hope that the poster who listed the town's situation with respect to Jaran's arbitration will make a public statement tonight at the BOS meeting.  You make some very valid points and I am very worried about how our taxes are being spent.
Two questions though to the person who wrote the post, didn't Jaran have a five year contract not a three year contract? And I have heard from someone very close to Jaran that as of yesterday he has not been notified of any decision. Could the town know the decision before him? That would be unlikely, no, because both sides are given the decision at the same time??? Can you help? Thanks. Just trying to understand. I have been hearing so many different stories. And this termination has me very worried.
12:01 pm edt 

Re: Town Planner

Facebooking

I don't Facebook so what topics are being discussed on Facebook? Maybe this is the Town Planners way of getting public information out to those who do Facebook. For those of us who don't, perhaps she could send it via this blog site. Maybe she has been given permission from her supervisor.
9:36 am edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

Michael Shay's

Were any other town officials invited? Fire Chief and our DPW Director
9:35 am edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

This Meeting is Odd

and it does not an explanation. and more than anything else--the town planner is renting--yes a renter--from the developer Paul DeRyuter. she should not even be at this meeting.

and if eric Yingling was there--he also is renting from Paul De Ryuter and should have not anything to say or to add to this property. He should only recuse himself.

You cannot rent from Paul de Ryuter and then hold meetings or make decisions on these plans or do anything on the Michael Shay property.

It is a conflict of interest and in the hands of the ethics Department if either Gloria or Eric get involve and hold meeting or even attend meetings involved with their land lord. Or even publicly say anything involved with this property.
9:33 am edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

All of those Town officials attending the meeting at Michael Shays were invited by the State. There were many others invited that did not attend. The State wants the Town to be informed and involved from the beginning. Nothing happened on the way to the forum.

A Rat In The Basement
9:30 am edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

"Does this meeting break the Open Meeting Law?
Is this a case of a developer getting special treatment?"



Site visits are exempt from open meeting laws so long as the attendees do not deliberate.
9:28 am edt 

Re: An Observation

"What is going on with town? Its not for the good either."


No idea about that which you post.  Enlighten us.  We might agree if we understood your cryptic post.
9:27 am edt 

Re: Jaran Case

Ms. Hurd is going to tell, especially if part of the settlement

The time for settlement is long gone.  There will be no settlement.  The arbitrators will reach a decision or determination and dictate a remedy.  Get your facts straight.  Shame on any town official who witholds from the public any decision for purely political reasons (town meeting outcomes ).  The town paid for the arbitration.  The arbitration will be binding on the town.  The town has a right to know.
9:25 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

If we can make the assumption that arbitration settlements are based on FACTS rather hearsay, the following is offered as potential assumptions which are favorable to Chief Jaran in such a quasi-legal setting:

(1) Chief's Jaran's contract had just been renewed for a three year period by the Town Manager, presumably on the basis of favorable performance evaluations in his personnel file, a stepping stone to enhance the value of her negotiations with the BOS for the renewal of her contract.

(2) Was there sufficient evidence to cause termination of the Chief over his "role" in the Squealing Pig incident and the Austin Knight sign gate incident, the two major focal areas of investigation of the Marcum Report? Or were the offenses more suggestive of a warning or disciplinary action much lesser than termination in accordance with the Town's personnel policies?

(3) What was scope of knowledge and the role of the Town Manager in these two incidents, a critical piece of information?

(4) With the then recently executed three-year contract for the Chief and his termination by the BOS, it can be reasonably assumed that his future possibilities to be employed as a chief in another locality will not be immediate or a future possibility ever, causing significant loss of income.

(5) If the arbitration decision is in favor of Chief Jaran, and some or all of the above facts support the decision, it is difficult to project a low cost settlement to the town, short of the Chief filing a civil action to pursue damages which may be in excess of the three-year contract and his legal fees, notwithstanding the town's legal fees which have been and will be incurred.

How can the BOS conduct a special and annual town meeting and shortly thereafter announce the arbitration decision (presumably unfavorable to the town since the town would have insisted on an announcement before town meeting), potentially resulting in major financial impact on the town.

Has anyone considered indefinitely postponing voter decisions on major funding articles and the annual budget in the special and annual town meetings until town voters have a fuller understanding of the financial implications of the settlement?
9:22 am edt 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Observation

What is going on with town? Its not for the good either.
1:20 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

"What? Town manager, Assistant Town Manger, Building Commissioner, Town Planner...

.all there at a "meeting" at Michael shay's!!Called by whom? what "meeting"? something is not right here--even Tom Donnegan is there. Why? Who called what?

Explain this "meeting" please!!"



Does this meeting break the Open Meeting Law?
Is this a case of a developer getting special treatment? "

More conspiracy theory.  Do you also believe that the Air Force is hiding aliens at Los Alamos? 

No it does not violate the open meeting law.  It is not a majority of a single board meeting without a posted agenda.  Sorry to burst that bubble.

Two, it is not a case of doing anything unusual.  Several town officials who have an interest in a developers plan that can effect the town, get together at the site to discuss the ramifications of the development.  Sounds like a good thing to me, but of course the nay-saying conspiracy nuts will see evil in everything.  Why would you even begin to think that because our town officials are having a meeting in open view at a site that might have controversial impact on the town, that there is any reason to believe that the developer is getting special treatment?  Weird stuff for sure.
12:04 pm edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

"What? Town manager, Assistant Town Manger, Building Commissioner, Town Planner...

..all there at a "meeting" at Michael shay's!!Called by whom? what "meeting"? something is not right here--even Tom Donnegan is there. Why? Who called what?

Explain this "meeting" please!!"


Does this meeting break the Open Meeting Law?
Is this a case of a developer getting special treatment?
10:31 am edt 

Jaran Case

Oh right! Like Ms. Hurd is going to tell, especially if part of the settlement was they not advertise or discuss it with anyone. Again, if it has been settled we won't know until after town meeting in fear we will vote down articles they want to have passed. Our recourse then would be to start recalls for having untrusting individuals. I would say no to money articles so we know what we are spending and until we know the outcome of the case and then bring the articles back at the next town meeting for us to vote on.
10:29 am edt 

Re: Town Planner

Why are we paying a town planner to be on face book during her working hours?  Time to eliminate the town planner position.
10:27 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Are the Board of Selectmen purposely withholding the announcement of the Jaran arbitration settlement until after Town Meeting so that they can move their agenda forward without the potential detrailment of town meeting over this issue?

It seems to me that a purposeful timing announcement of the arbitration award was most likely requested by town counsel at the request of the BOS for this reason.

The potential implications of this arbitration award favorable to Jaran needs to be accounted for in our town meeting financial budgeting decisions.


When the town's annual operating budget comes up for approval, voters would be wise to several questions before approving any particular section of the budget:

(1) If the arbitration award is in favor of Jaran, which it is rumored to be, where in the 2016 budget is the $300,000 - $500,000 to fund the settlement and legal costs?

(2) How much would be covered by insurance money, if any, as an offset to the town's out of pocket payment?

(3) If the money is not budgeted in 2016, would a special town meeting have to be called shortly after town meeting to fund the settlement? Will our taxes go up a second time after the approved operating and capital budget items at town meeting?

(4) Same questions for sexual harassment claim with MCAD against chief?

(5) If the answers to the above questions are dubious and uncertain, doesn't this make a stronger case for the proposed elimination of one public safety position?

(6) And what about town counsel, shouldn't they share in the burden  of the settlement award for the legal advice they gave the town that we have a "strong case?" Police typically have a high batting average in winning arbitration contracts.

(7) And what is the status of the RFP for selection of town counsel?
10:26 am edt 

Re: Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

What? Town manager, Assistant Town Manger, Building Commissioner, Town Planner...

..all there at a "meeting" at Michael shay's!!Called by whom?  what "meeting"? something is not right here--even Tom Donnegan is there. Why? Who called what?

Explain this "meeting" please!!
10:22 am edt 

Michael Shay's Development What's Up!

Why is there a Meeting"  in front of the old Michael Shay's
with town employees, town planner, members of boards?
This is private and what are they trying to do?

Can someone help explain this rather strange meeting?
10:20 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Don't be so sure he won't be able to live lavishly. Remember, we're still paying for Meyers' widow and his special needs child.

Another great contract reviewed by counsel and signed by the "strong case" selectmen.
10:17 am edt 

Re: Subsidize Me!

"I work 2 jobs in the summer and I deserve to live here.  I also will take food stamps, a free cell phone, heat assistance and pay nothing for health care.  Affordable housing is my right as a townie!"

Out in the "real world" people also work 2 jobs. And go to school. And care for children and elderly parents.  And don't get anything extra from the taxpapers.
The bohemien hippies of Provincetown are a disgrace...I never tell people I am from Provincetown, it's embarrassing.

Move to where the year round jobs are, it's that simple.

Did ya get that first statement was me mocking so many of the residents of good old P-town?   Too many people working the system, outer cape entitlement is staggering.   signed, an ex  freeloader.
10:15 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

I am not an activist

- I did hear that Town Counsel and the BOS think they have a strong case, although I believe I read that on line.
- I always thought we should settle with Jaran and put this behind us.  Said so at the time.  Not that our case is bad, but arbitration is notoriously difficult and he gets a second bite at the apple in the court system if he loses arbitration. 

Regards,

Peter
10:10 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Library... again

I just read the inaccurate post complaining about library staff.  Those are not 2 new positions.  There was an assistant director who made a good salary.  When she quit that money was used to create 2 positions, so it wasn't 'new' money but re-purposed $$.
Member Services refers to               .  I think her job is mainly technology assistance.  I don't believe the other staff are trained in technology.  They never seem to know the answers to my questions if            isn't there.
And I don't mean that as an insult to the staff.  There's so much technology and so many different things- cell phones, laptops, ipads- that it's not fair to expect part-time retirees to know all that.

10:08 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

The library position mentioned is Marketing and Program Director.  I took that to mean that he plans programs and markets them.
And if you look at how many programs the library had 5 years ago, or 10 years ago, or 20 years ago, it's obvious that this is a successful and necessary job. 
I truly doubt that people are making fun of this position.  There are so many things about this town to make fun of, I wouldn't even put this in the top 100.
10:02 am edt 

Re: Subsidize Me

My point is called priority you don't need an animal you need to buy your own food .  This town is filled with freeloaders makes me sick.  
10:00 am edt 

Re: Subsidize Me!

"It makes me so mad when i see people walking there dogs in and out of the low income housing and they have expensive pure bred dogs."


Besides the fact that you're an obnoxious snoop, what would you propose? "Those people" should only have mutts? They shouldn't have any pets at all because what, that extra $40 they spend for food (and it better not be organic) per month could get them prime housing in Provincetown?

Your thoughts are petty and mean. I'm actually embarrassed for you, stewing over people who extend love and caring to animals, pure bred or not. Now we know who the real b#@ch is in the room.   
9:57 am edt 

BOS vs Jaran

It's time for the BOs to Make an Announcement...

..on the Jaran issue. They should have been informing the town on the status. He is no longer police chief, he is no longer in town, and the costs and consequences are serious for the town. I put the burden on updating the residents on them.
9:55 am edt 

Re: Town Planner

She is Not Starting from Scratch

so why does she need to hire a consultant to help her write the plan?

May it's time she stops being head permit coordinator and starts to be a real town planner.
9:52 am edt 

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
 
Fewer year-round jobs, fewer businesses open in winter, increased costs to live here.... all led to declining year-round population.  This in turn led to closing the high school (so those jobs were lost) and more businesses closed in winter (more lost year-round jobs)... leading to further declining population... 

The one sector exempted from this cycle are retired folks who have enough resources to stay here without jobs.  But then we get hand-wringing about an aging population.

It all goes back to year-round jobs. And no one is talking seriously about fixing that, because that is very hard to do; much harder than throwing money at more housing.  But talk about spitting into the wind.
9:50 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

I was told from someone who is a friend of Kim Hurd that there is absolutely NO decision on the Chief's appeal. Just because it says so on this blog does not make it so.
9:28 am edt 


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