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The Declaration of Independence
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one
people to dissolve the political bands which
have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate
and equal station
which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind
that they should
declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure
are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
--That whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right
of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
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A Guide to Financial Management for Town Officials (Excerpted)
Role of the Finance Committee
Chapter 5.1:WHAT ARE THE BASIC ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE?
finance committee is the official fiscal watchdog for a town. Because it is difficult
for all taxpayers to be completely informed about every aspect of a town’s finances, finance committees were
established so a representative group of taxpayers could conduct a thorough review of municipal finance questions on behalf
of all citizens.The role of the finance committee is described in the Massachusetts Finance Committee Handbook published by the Association
Finance Committees. A new edition is published every few years, with annual supplements published in the intervening years. It is an excellent resource on the role of the finance
committee.The primary duties of a finance committee are to advise and make recommendations to town meeting on the budget and other areas of finance.
It has statutory authority to make transfers from the town’s reserve fund (a contingency fund usually created as part of the annual budget
appropriations) to departmental budgets for extraordinary or unforeseen occurrences. It may approve with the selectmen
some budget transfers during the last two months of the fiscal year and the first 15 days of the next year in order to close out the town’s
financial records.In addition to its research and advisory role at town meeting, the committee can play a vital role in the financial planning of the town. In some communities,
the finance committee develops long-range revenue and expenditure forecasts, which are very useful in scheduling large capital
acquisitions and identifying major changes in the operating
budget of the town.
The Association of Town Finance Committees
Finance Committee Handbook (Excerpted)
The ATFC has received many
calls involving the duties and power of the finance committee.
These have usually been instigated by clashes with the board of selectmen or town administrator, who are often getting more assertive in claiming a role, or even
asserting sole responsibility, in presenting the budget to
town meeting. This preface will duplicate parts of the following
chapters, but I feel it important to bring together key elements
of this issue.This
preface will summarize this “discussion” into the
broader framework of the division of powers within local government.
I see this division of powers as comparable to that at the
state and federal government.
The board of selectmen and town manager/administrator/executive secretary are part of the executive branch of government. It is
their job to collect budget information, developbudget priorities
and formulate a balanced budget,the same as a president or
governor.Once developed, that budget is presented to the finance committee, representing the legislative branch, the town meeting. In effect, the local finance committee has the same role as the House Ways and Means Committee in the State Legislature. It is the finance committee’s responsibility to
receive the budgets from the executive branch (either as a
collective whole or individually by department), analyze them,
have hearings where the department heads and the public can
testify, and present a balanced budget to town meeting. That budget should reflect the finance committee’s decisions based upon their best judgement
of the issues and finances of the town.The budget before town
meeting is the finance committee’s and it is their job
to explain and defend it. This does not preclude department
heads or the town administrator, if any, from being called upon to answer questions or explain items in more detail, but it is the finance committee’s budget.
finance committee independent review, the town meeting would be at a severe handicap in voting on financial matters when all
of the recommendations are coming from one source. Separation of powers was designed by our founding fathers
for a reason—Defend It.
Chair, Arlington Finance Committee
Editor, Finance Committee Handbook
Chapter 1 Town & Town Government
The finance committee’s
prime responsibility is to make recommendations on all financial
matters,including the budget, to town meeting. The committee has oversight responsibility for all municipalfinancial matters, as well as other statutory authority granted to them by town bylaws
Chapter 2 Municipal Budgeting Finance Committee
The finance committee is a town’s
official fiscal watchdog. Its primary responsibility is to advise and make recommendations to town meeting on the
budget and other areas of finance, although in many towns
they prepare and submit the budget as well as comment on it.
The state statutory authority of the finance committee does not vary from community to community,
but the role and process does. Page 2-7
meeting is the legislative body and appropriating authority of a town.
As such, it enacts bylaws (i.e., local laws), approves the operating and
capital budgets, authorizes the town to borrow funds and may
ratify major policies concerning the financial management
of the municipality. Page 2-8
The Finance Committee Report
finance committee should promote the implementation of a budget
process that results in a clear and meaningful budget document.
The annual budget is the opportunity to present the voters
with a clear picture of town government: what it is, where it is, and where it is heading.The finance committee report is the extremely critical end-product
of the budget development process. This document should inform
town meeting of the proposed budget and its recommendations
on all financial articles. Further, the report often establishes the appropriation framework for the upcoming year.Whether or not the finance committee prepares the town’s budget, the committee is responsible for submitting recommendations on the budget and other financial warrant articles to town meeting.The finance
committee report provides analyses,explanations, and justifications
for its recommendations. Although the level of detail varies
from town to town, more informative reports include financial and statistical data, often trace historical trends and specific appropriations. However, there is no need to duplicate information already presented in
a comprehensive budget document.The town’s financial
condition, the issues posed by the budget, local bylaws, customs
and traditions,and the interests and skills of committee members
will all shape the finance committee report. Often,town staff assists the finance committee in preparing the report, and in larger towns the finance committee
may have its own staff. Pages 2-11 & 2-12
A local government’s budgeting process should provide
a forum for the community to understand,evaluate, discuss,
and determine the financial planfor the coming year. The budget document and the finance committee’s report are the media that should guide and influence these resource allocation deliberations and decisions. Properly prepared and presented,
these comprehensive documents will meet the tests of excellence
in budgeting as espoused by the GFOA, the national, stateand local government standard setters. Page 2-13
THE FINANCE COMMITTEE:
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
1870, a group of Quincy citizens banded together to restore
financial order in their municipality,creating the Commonwealth’s
first finance committee.In 1910, the Massachusetts courts ruled that a municipal finance committee was legal (Sinclair v. Fall River, 198 Mass 248). In that same year, the Massachusetts General Court also acknowledged the need for municipal finance committees statewide,
requiring all but the
smallest municipalities to
establish such committees to assist in dealing with emerging municipal challenges
(St 1910, Ch.130, s 2). Several additional
legislative assists (i.e.,St 1923, Ch. 388
and St 1929, Ch. 270), reinforced the mandated or permitted existence of municipal finance
committees. Page 3-1
The present basic legislation, Chapter 39 s16M.G.L. reads as follows:“Every town whose valuation for the purpose of apportioning the state tax exceed sone
million dollars shall, and any other town may, by bylaw provide
for the election or the appointment and duties of appropriation,advisory or finance committees, who shall
consider any or all municipal questions for the purpose of
making reports or recommendations to the town; and such bylaws may provide that committees so appointed or elected may continue in office for
terms not exceeding three years from the date of appointment
or election. In every town having a committee appointed under authority of this section, such committee, or the selectmen if authorized by
bylaw of the town, and, in any town not having such a committee,
the selectmen,shall submit a budget at the annual town meeting.”Almost
every town across the state interprets this statute differently
and has established its local finance committee to meet the
community’s specific needs. In some towns, for example,
the finance committee may prepare as well as comment on the
budget. It is
generally agreed that finance committees may consider any matter they feel will have a fiscal impact on the town, as well as any other matters the committee feels are relevant. It may reasonably be argued that little comes before town
does not have a potential fiscal impact on the town.
Down to Basics The budget is
a finance committee’s major concernand
is likely where the bulk of the committee’s time will be spent. Depending on whether a givenf inance committee is responsible for developing the town budget from scratch or for reviewing and making recommendations on a budget developedby the selectmen, town manager or executive secretary,the finance committee will meet fairly regularly for three to six months before town meeting. Most of that time will be devoted to budget development and review.Throughout the budget cycle, the committee’s main goals should be:
• to optimize the value of each dollar spent;
• to address the town’s long range as well as immediate needs;
• to present a balanced budget to town meeting; and
• to present budget recommendations in a clear and readable format, with sufficient
explanation so that town meeting members can understand the basic goals, policies,tradeoffs and constraints that shaped it.
Experienced finance committee members learn to read between the budget’s line items and see the policy decisions, and indecisions, built into the numbers. The finance committee should be willing to share that insight with town meeting. Page 3-6
Ideally, the finance committee can support its recommendations at town meeting without alienating advocates for opposing viewpoints. Where compromise is possible, the subcommittee should also work with the opposing sides come to a responsible resolution of their differences. Although the finance committee can and should advocate for its own position, its reports should make it clear that a given position was reached after fair and thoughtful deliberation. No matter how important or controversial the issue at hand may be, the finance
committee must remember that its first responsibility and loyalty is to town meeting and the integrity of the town meeting process.Pages 3-8 & 3-9
Release the 100 Emails!
To: Provincetown Board of Selectmen
We understand why
the previous BOS withheld the 100 Emails. But why are they now
still being denied publication?
This infringement of MYPACC
copyright material crosses the line
is in direct violation of Facebook rules and regulations and as such
will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law
To The Provincetown Community:
It is with mixed emotion I am announcing
the cancellation of my upcoming Beaux Arts Ball at the Provincetown Town Hall.
I was forced to make a difficult decision, since a life long dream of mine is about to become
a reality. On Oct. 28, 2014 I will see the opening of my first Broadway Play as co-producer. Not off-Broadway, but ON Broadway,
when Sideshow opens at the St. James Theatre. Sideshow.com
Due to the
"simultaneous" dates of both events, I had to sacrifice the Ball for this year. On behalf of my Beaux Arts partner
Bryan Rafanelli and all of my extraordinary sponsors, my sincere gratitude for your support. Look for a lollapalooza of a
Beaux Arts event in 2015 I am proud to be part of this amazing Provincetown community and from the bottom of my heart, thank
you for all of your support.
I close with something I have always wanted to say:
See you on
Provincetown Business Guild Elects New Board of Directors
Photo courtesy Sally Brophy
'Like No Where Else' the newly elected board of the Provincetown Business Guild - Michael Valenti, Michelle Haynes,
Shawn Nightingale with PBG Executive director Erin Atwood (not pictured, Mark Cortale who is on his honeymoon).
are on track for a great year," says Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) President Richard McNally. "Our newly elected
board brings to our membership an exciting combination of expertise, energy and enthusiasm. We are ready to work together
in support of our 300 plus members with events and programs that support our mission to promote Provincetown as a unique travel
destination for GLBT travelers. We intend to work hard to ensure 'Like No Where Else' rings out across the globe."
The Provincetown Business Guild was established in 1978 as a group of guest house owners coming together to promote
the town as a gay tourist destination. In the first year that the guild was in existence there were only 20 members, today
we boast over 300! The guild was established under one purpose; "To give the gay business community in Provincetown a
focus and a forum."
A packed house at Provincetown's Mac's Seafood restaurant voted in the following
slate of officers and board members:
Richard McNally, Security First Mortgage Funding
Steve Katsurinis, 8 Dyer Street Guest House
Tamara Endich, Penny Patch
Treasurer Robert Vitale, David
Datz Law Office
PBG Board of Directors
Provincetown Art House
Michelle Haynes, Cape Air
Carol Kambar, The Shell Shop
Shawn Nightingale, Shawn Nightingale Productions
Michael Valenti, White Wind Inn
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Re: Provincetown Police Station
11:44 pm edt
" The current police station has been occupied for at least the last
28-29 years. Does anyone realize
the wear and tear it has gotten due to it being
a building that's in use 24/7 (for all those years) ???"
No argument from me about the use. The White house has been in use for much
longer. And, supermarkets.
And, churches. So what? Maintenance and renovation
are the norm. Because a building need work does
not mean that we tear it down.
If it is broken, fix it.
Re: Let's Examine the Facts and Get Real
11:41 pm edt
"The Town Manager should have ideas, the Town Manager should have a
Really. Where did you find that in the charter that describes the job? The BOS
is the executive responsible
for setting policy. This town has too many people
that love to express uninformed opinions about town government
the charter. read the by=laws.
Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz
11:38 pm edt
Couldn't Agree With You More on the Michelle J situation
Being a nice person and having a pleasant personality
is surely not the criteria
required or wanted or needed for the executive leadership of town manager. I too
disappointed with the lack of real thinking and real strategy involved in
affordable housing. We keep doing the same
thing over and over and then hand
over our land, our properties, and our CPC monies to developers and then--anyone
from anywhere can move in.
So we are creating affordable housing for many outsiders and we, as a town, have
no control. and we do this over and over again.
It's time for a new paradigm and new leadership.
Re: Banner Editorial
11:36 pm edt
The Banner editorial reprimanding the three Board of Selectmen who
made the decision to reopen the town manager
search and then attempt to
intimidate the board to hire MJ is highly insulting as Provincetown's hometown
particularly saying "respectfully" which always raises suspicions in
my mind when such a word has to be introduced
into the conversation.
The editorial represents nothing more than a power play of the Old Banner Guard
are now Florida residents trying to influence Provincetown decision-making
in a very under-handed manner with their
current cronies on the Banner.
The Banner has stooped to a new low point of editorial writing in defending MJ.
Never once were MJ's qualifications for the position mentioned or defended nor
the reasons for her rejection
in Truro cited in the editorial. By the editor's
silence, she was saying that Provincetown should settle for a part
administrator and housing coordinator as a suitable candidate for the town
manager's position, and
then having the audacity to compare MJ to the two former
An absolute disgraceful example of
how self serving and imperialistic in
thinking the editorial is.
And by a stroke of the pen the editor declares
the selectmen should reverse
their decision and anoint MJ as Provincetown's town manager because it is so
to everyone (meaning them--the chosen few) that MJ is very qualified
for the position and we have mysteriously missed
her magical qualifications,
leadership ability and day to day experience as an assistant town manager since
Is this the chicanery which the editor wishes to impose on her readers so
blindly? Does she really think that
we are that gullible? Does she really
believe that the Banner is the source of influence and power in this community
when she herself is never seen in the community?
Please don't be dissuaded by this editorial, three selectmen,
you have made the
And Banner editor (whomever you are from week to week), don't ever compare
Harvard Kennedy School of Government graduate who served this town well for 17
years to a town manager, former
police officer, who was selected, appointed and
controlled by a small group of your cronies, known by all in the community,
was then forced out of this town after 6 years due to her defense of her errant
police chief to avoid any
egg on her face, as well as a serious lack of
leadership and communication, which subsequently resulted in the unseating
Instead,you then had the audacity to issue an editorial which gave this town
a wonderful send off to her next job, thanking her profusely for her
financial acumen, when in fact the recognition
should have gone to the Director
of Municipal Finance who was chiefly responsible.
Again, a lot of smoke
and mirrors on your part.
Adding insult to injury, your cronies sent letters of reference to prospective
to help the town manager escape in the nick of time,leaving us with
with costly collateral damage which she created.
Never a mention of the terrible legacy which this town manager left us with.
The Banner has lost any remaining
credibility, not that it had much to begin
with, it has always been a soap box for a chosen few from its day of inception.
You don't live here anymore, Old Guard, don't use your former arts editor as a
letter writer and then have the
audacity for the editor to reference snippets of
her letter as prima facie evidence to hire MJ in the editorial. She
the Old Banner corporate conglomerate and please don't continue to rely upon the
phantom, who is a
second vacation homeowner here, to write or edit the editorial
or establish editorial positions for the editorial.
It is so evident.
Why isn't there an editorial board representative of the community advising you,
editor, like a real newspaper?
Let's give the second search process a chance and then you can throw rotten
tomatoes on the chosen one if you aren't satisfied.
You all have left for sunny climates years ago and established
sold your business, you're collecting your pensions and generous benefits along
please leave the now important business of Provincetown to the people
who reside in Provincetown year-round.
Provincetown does not need outside influences telling us who will be our next
town manager. Apply your talents and
expertise to your new residences of record.
We know how to make sunshine in Provincetown. We don't need your help.
Re: Candace! The Sequel! Ala Jen Cabral
11:26 pm edt
"Has anyone been reading the Voice page? Jen posing about the police
station should be titled "Candace!
The Sequel!" For someone not on the building
committee and only on a failed town manager search committee, she
a lot to say. No Jen, the town does not want a hugely expensive police station.
I think some money
to keep the old one good enough is all we need now. Let's
wait until we hire a new police chief and get his or her assessment
we need, not some random hanger-on, ok?"
I'm not sure that some oginal thinking could
renovate the police station we now
have, but if others differ and want to say voumes about their opinions, that is
fine with me. Why do you care what a specific individual has to say. Thiank
about the ideas and not the
deliverer of the idea. If the same things were said
by anyone else, would you write a single word? Why does
it matter what
committees she was on? She can have an opinion. Of course you don't have to
the opinion, and you have every right to do so. But, bringing names
and personalities into it sounds like Rush
Limbaugh stuff. It seems that the
message doesn't matter to some, simply who said it. If Candy or Jen were to
up with the most brilliant idea ever, you would dismiss it because of who
thought it up.
Banner Editorial Out of Line
11:21 pm edt
The case has been decided. It is tiring to find that gender and sexual
preference become the overriding issue
in selecting a town manager. sorry,
Sharon Lynn is gone and Michelle J is found second rate. Her gender and sexual
preference should not override her failed qualities as a leader.
Re: Let's Examine the Facts and Get Real
11:18 pm edt
"As I understand it, the BOS is the Executive part of the town
government and the Finance Committee is
part of the legislature. They have the
"power of the purse". That's the check and balance.
Finance Committee represents the citizens on budget issues when they have
hearings and vote. So the executive can make
all the "decisions" and directives
they want, but if the Finance Committee doesn't think it's in the voters
interest, they say so. I don't find anything wrong with that.
I also don't find anything wrong with the notion
of the Committee bringing
warrants to town meeting (in fact, they're charged to) or not recommending
think will affect townspeople aversely in a financial sense. So what the heck
are you complaining about?
Evidently you didn't stay awake in Civics and can't read the State's opinion
posted on the top of this page.
Again, what has the Finance Committee done
lately that's controversial or didn't get voted for at Town Meeting? Answer?
Why I remember the outcry over Article 30 that Mike C had done that passed
at the ballot (you remember the 3.5M police station that was the
ONLY vote ever actually taken on it). So exactly what
has that committee
ever backed that was not the pulse of the voters?"
Ok now the real civic
lesson based on law not whim or opinion.
1) The Town Meeting is THE legislative branch of town government.
There are no
other components and never were. The law is unambiguous.
2) The FinCom is an ADVISORY
board that is charged with very specific duties,
according to the Charter and laws. It conducts research in a
variety of ways
only to make recommendations to the town meeting on articles that have a
financial impact on the
town. It manages the Reserve Fund, which is a small
amount of money used to augment budgets for unforeseen occurrences.
with the BOS to adjust budgets at year end to meet the town's needs. That is
nothing in law or the charter that gives the FinCom the authority for
anything else other than the above. It has
no subpoena power. It cannot
overrule the BOS. They do not in any way have "THE POWER OF THE PURSE".
are not part of a check and balance. They cannot make laws. They cannot make
the budget. They
do not represent the public on anything. They advise town
Of course, the individual members
of he FinCom, acting as individual members,
have as much right to criticize the BOS or others when they disagree with
policy. However, there is nothing in law or the charter that give the FinCom,
as a board, any standing at
The By-laws give the right to ALL boards to bring articles to town meeting. The
FinCom is included
in that. Don't confuse ARTICLE with WARRANT. Only the BOS
can bring the WARRANT to the town meeting. The
Warrant consists of a number of
There are two items at the top of the page that deal with the FinCom.
One is an
opinion written at the DOR that discusses FinCom in general and very
specifically states that it is
not law and that local law governs the authority
and duties of the FinCom. The other item is the Handbook of the
association of FinComs. It is not law and also is not specific to any town and
states that local law
All of the above is not taught in ANY civics class. What is taught is that laws
not opinions to bolster incorrect assumptions. If you truly want to
understand the very useful role of the FinCom,
read the state law. Read the
Charter. Read the By-laws. All three sources will plainly show you the
that our town government functions. So, if you read and comprehend the above,
you will be able to put aside
your incorrect "understanding".
Re: Combine Assistant Town Manager with Town Planner Position
11:12 pm edt
Someone came up with a good idea that should have been implemented
before. The Asst. T. Mgr.was a Town Planner,so
when a new T Mgr. is hired,the
current acting T. Mgr. can go back to his Asst. T. Mgr. place with Town planner
added! take some funds from the salary of the the recently hired Town Planner
(which was never needed), &
increase David's salary to cover his position to do
both! That leaves the new Town Planner to be eliminated or to be
moved to do
other duties, ie; secretary to another Dept if it's needed! You have the liberty
to change personnel
positions that are Non-Union rather than eliminate the
single planners position, or it could be eliminated, Jobs are
downsized all the
time! This is a better idea than to eliminate the Asst. T. Mgrs. position,since
he is a qualified
Article 5 Purchase of the Hall Beach Property
8:30 pm edt
1.7 million, and we don't get to continue hearing the Parking Lot Lady
tell tourists all day long who step on
her property that they're
trespassing...totally worth it!
Re: Beaux Arts Ball
8:12 pm edt
The only wet noodle here is the one who noodled their way out of
putting on the Halloween Ball. Would you
work with him to produce an event here
in Provincetown in the future?
Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz
8:09 pm edt
Michelle J. is a personable and well-liked town employee. She shows
up at meetings, she keeps track of things,
and ... that's about it. In ten
years as the Community Housing Specialist, it's virtually impossible to identify
a single idea, plan, concept to expand the supply of affordable housing that has
come from her. All the
affordable housing that we have has been created by
developers such as Community Builders and Ted Malone. Michelle
has been an
informed cheerleader. That is not leadership and that is not, as the Banner
referred to it,
as a 'splendid' job. That's showing up for work in the morning.
The Town Manager should have ideas, the
Town Manager should have a vision.
Michelle has demonstrated neither. Nor has she shown executive ability.
familiar. I have no idea why there is such a groundswell for someone who has
not succeeded in her
Police Station / VFW Bldg
8:08 pm edt
I am only speaking on behalf of myself and not for others. It's sad how the
police station debate has gone to
the extreme it has. The current police station
has been occupied for at least the last 28-29 years. Does anyone realize
wear and tear it has gotten due to it being a building that's in use 24/7 (for
all those years) ???
Also, you can do all the repairs you want now to the existing facilty but I
promise you, down the road, you are still
going to need a new facility. You will
make x-amount of repairs now, 2 or 5 years later more repairs only to be back
here having the same discussion.
Since property for a new existing building is almost impossible, it's sad
only properrty for such has been up for such a major debate. Keep the idea of
making the VFW the police station
to be and forget the idea someone has about
building affordable housing behind it. Why ? Because if the Police need
expand, they will have the space to do so. Makes sense to me. Or we can sit here
and say 20 years from now,
let's build another one.
Remember, the current facility was an existing buisness before the Police moved
It was not new, so it should not be a surprised the building itself has
multiple issues. Some changes were made when
the Police moved in to accomdate
the then current dept, etc, and even that was kept to a minium. We are probably
the only dept that has moved into what was once a funeral home.
There But For the Grace of...............................
8:05 pm edt
"If you want to afford housing go to a town that you can afford to
live in. Work and study real hard.
Then move to a town you can now afford with
all of the money you make. This really is not as hard as it looks. 75% of
property owners here have done just that. It all boils down to two small but
very important words TRY and
DO. Not GIVE ME or PAY for ME. The world does not
owe you anything. YOU have to EARN it."
Nice understanding attitude. I was able to get a good education, make a good
living and retire to this beautiful place.
Why? Because I was lucky enough to
be born into a family that wanted to, and could afford to, educate me.
blessed with pretty good health and a decent brain. I didn't work for the
family I got. I didn't work
for the brain that I have. AND NEITHER DID YOU.
PURE LUCK. SO don't give or anyone else the crap about
it is all hard work and
a superior sense of dedication that is all you need to succeed. If I was not
with the ability to learn and didn't have the health to be able to work
and I didn't come from a nurturing family, where
would I be?
Emotional Support Animals Are Not Service Animals
8:02 pm edt
The following are crucially important facts regarding people who are
fraudulently getting away with taking their
pets where animals are forbidden
1.Contrary to what many business managers think, having an emotional-support
card merely means that one's pet is registered in a database of animals whose
owners have paid anywhere from seventy
to two hundred dollars to one of several
organizations, none of which are recognized by the government.
Even with an emotional-support card, NO ONE is entitled to bring their pet
into a hotel, store, taxi, train, or park.
(Through a site called ESA
Registration of America, one can find a clinical social worker in California
a cost of a hundred and forty dollars, will evaluate you over the phone
regarding your need for an Emotional support
animal and write you a letter to
present to people.) ( By the way, I feel that EVERY pet is an emotional support
3. The Americans with Disabilities Act allows YOU to ask someone with a SERVICE
animal ONLY TWO
Questions. These are the questions: 1. Is the animal required
because of a disability? 2. What WORK OR TASK has the
animal been trained to
perform? Specific questions about a person's disability are off limits. (From
now on we
will be within the law to ban emotional support animals such as the
one the people brought that got lose and took all
of us to keep from running
into the street last summer.)
I intend to follow the law in enforcing this rule.
I would want to see a motel
or guest house become flea infested do to someone's pet.
Zoning Board Agenda for November 6
12:02 am edt
One of the agenda items has no mention of the waterfront property section. When
I had work done on my property
that made sure all sections were noticed out. Was
this an oversight or do not all bylaws apply now.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Candace! The Sequel! Ala Jen Cabral
10:31 pm edt
Has anyone been reading the Voice page? Jen posing about the police station
should be titled "Candace! The
Sequel!" For someone not on the building
committee and only on a failed town manager search committee, she certainly
a lot to say. No Jen, the town does not want a hugely expensive police station.
I think some money to keep
the old one good enough is all we need now. Let's
wait until we hire a new police chief and get his or her assessment
we need, not some random hanger-on, ok?
Re: Let's Examine the Facts and Get Real
10:29 pm edt
"We need a BOS that is capable of doing its job. We need a FinCom that
understands its limited
role in town government and allows other boards and
people to work for the betterment of all without interference. There
is no need
for Strength in the FinCom."
As I understand it, the BOS is the Executive part
of the town government and the
Finance Committee is part of the legislature. They have the "power of the
That's the check and balance.
The Finance Committee represents the citizens on budget issues when they have
hearings and vote. So the executive can make all the "decisions" and directives they
want, but if the Finance
Committee doesn't think it's in the voters interest, they say so.
I don't find anything wrong with that.
also don't find anything wrong with the notion of the Committee bringing warrants
to town meeting (in fact, they're
charged to) or not recommending things that they
think will affect townspeople aversely in a financial sense. So what
the heck are you
Evidently you didn't stay awake in Civics and can't read the State's
opinion posted on
the top of this page. Again, what has the Finance Committee done lately that's
or didn't get voted for at Town Meeting? Answer? NOTHING.
Why I remember the outcry over Article 30 that Mike
C had done that
passed overwhelmingly at the ballot (you remember the 3.5M police station that
was the ONLY vote
ever actually taken on it). So exactly what has that committee
ever backed that was not the pulse of the voters?
10:24 pm edt
Sorry but if there is a Stupid Jar
there are too many who will fill this--even though they believe they are
brightest, the smartest, the leaders of the pack.
sorry guys but you better take hundreds of dollars
and stick them deep in the
stupid jar. You are not immune. You are--surprising to you--the perpetuators of
Warrant Article 10 Lighting
8:46 pm edt
The Lighting changes for zoning are simply Bizarre and Worse
Now we will have the police--bring back Jaran--enforcing
your 75 watt bulbs and
if it isn't 75 and is 100--you will be fined!!
Are they simply out of touch? Are they
taken with their new-found power?
This is plain and simple: crazy and megomeniacal!
It is over the top.
this we do not need. Not now and never.
8:34 pm edt
To one of the posters the play is SIDESHOW not SLIDESHOW, there are many club
owners in town who have already
planned parties well in advance and have done so
for decades so move on. The Club owners know what they are doing!
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