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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

to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires

 that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with

 certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights,

Governments 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                                   

new Government..........



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Massachusetts Department of Revenue
A Guide to Financial Management for Town Officials  (Excerpted)
Role of the Finance Committee 
The 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 of Town 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. 
Without 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.


Allan Tosti,

Chair, Arlington Finance Committee

Treasurer, ATFC

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 Page 1-5
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 
Town Meeting
Town 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
The 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
In 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
Basic Legislation
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 meeting that does not have a potential fiscal impact on the town. Page 3-1
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 detail and 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

Candidates Night Set for April 17th
Candidates night will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in Provincetown Town Hall auditorium. Only the selectmen’s race is contested on this year’s town ballot. Candidates running are Cheryl Andrews, Robert Anthony, Wayne Martin and Raphael Richter. Ron Robin, of The Mews Restaurant and Dunes 102 FM, will moderate. Residents are urged to attend and ask questions. The event is jointly sponsored by Provincetown Community Television and the Provincetown Banner.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Re: FinCom

You asked   "I'm really interested in hearing about the exact [FINCOM]
violations so please explain in detail."

How about violating open meeting laws for starters.  As for details, I guess
you'll have to wait until the current complaint is adjudicated for your details.
11:37 am edt 

Re: FinCom

"authority and the advisory role of volunteer groups."  Perhaps the FinCom can
read and be made to understand this.  They are a volunteer advisory group that
can't seem to understand their role according to the charter."

What a curious statement! Can you please explain to all of us the exact ways in
which Fincom isn't complying with the charter? How did those parking warrants
go? OPEB? I'm really interested in hearing about the exact violations so please
explain in detail.
11:20 am edt 

Re: Police Station

Just to be clear: at town meeting the BOS and FinCom spoke about how
cost prohibitive it would be to relocate the police while trying to build on the
stations current site. Barbara Rushmore's amendment doesnt bar the town from
using the VFW as a Location. It just took out the wording "for a police station"
out of the article, not to ban it.  Also while I think the station should move I
in no way think we should be spending 7 million on it! That is crazy.  One more
thing: the town could still build some smaller more affordable house on the VFW
property as well as the police station.  The old location on shank painter could
be sold for additional revenue for to town. I think there an be a proper
compromise here...
10:54 am edt 

Provincetown Banner Obituary: Dee Kennedy

Diane Kennedy, 75

Diane “Dee” (Wagner) Kennedy, 75, of Vieques, Puerto Rico, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in her home on March 29, 2014.

Ms. Kennedy, who spent much time in Provincetown over the years, earned her BA at Michigan State University with a major in art education. Her master’s of arts was awarded from Antioch University, where she specialized in media and education. Ms. Kennedy also studied drawing, painting and sculpture at Mexico City College (now the University of Mexico), the Art Students League in New York City, the DeCordova Museum Art School in Lincoln, and the Provincetown Art Association & Museum School.

She taught drawing, painting and sculpture at Waltham Junior and Senior High Schools until her retirement in the late 1980s. She painted and spent many summers in Gloucester, Key West, Puerto Rico and Provincetown. Her sculpture is included in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Museum, and in many private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

She is responsible for saving many of the older oak trees that line the streets on the south side of Waltham, and was involved in the Charles River Clean-up Project.

She is survived by Charles Kennedy of Vieques, and her sister, Carol Wagner of Vermont. She touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed by friends, family and former students.

A celebration of Ms. Kennedy’s life is planned in Provincetown in the late summer. Memorial donations can be made to: CASAS, P.O. Box 1374, Provincetown, MA 02657 or the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, P.O. Box 1522, Provincetown, MA 02657.
10:31 am edt 

Banner Letter to Editor:

Community center sale qualms

To the editors: We are writing to voice our deep reservations about a proposed development plan (“Provincetown lays out restrictions on community center sale,” Banner, March 27, 2014). The community center is adjacent to a high-traffic bike rental shop and near a high-traffic local gym in a residential neighborhood where we own homes.

The original plan is for the local bike rental proprietor to buy the community center for $550,000 and use one quarter of the space for bike storage. Town officials’ counteroffer is for Mr. Bill Meadows to purchase the entire community center, appraised in 2011 at $1.1 million, for $550,000 under a 20-year deed. The difference between the market price of the community center and $550,000 is Provincetown’s subsidy [as long as it is kept as dormitory-style housing for seasonal workers].

We believe that the 20-year deed required for such a plan can fail in so many ways, to the detriment of all parties involved. In the event of failure, it will drain Provincetown’s resources (police, fire, medical, etc.) and possibly damage its tourism reputation.

We are perplexed why Provincetown would subsidize such a high-risk, low-reward plan that is not consistent with the town’s vision.

Provincetown’s Local Comprehensive Plan mandates attention to growth limits in a village development pattern that protects Provincetown’s history, resources, community character and diversity in residents while maximizing use of its limited acreage, its year-round economy and earning opportunities for its long-term residents — not seasonal workers.

The plan seems to be a priority level 5 development (the lowest), in a residential neighborhood that could only be allowed under a very loose interpretation of the “Neighborhood Retail Sales and Services” variance. To allow such variance, the plan must be “compatible and contribute to overall quality of life of residents.”

The plan seems to have the same (or better) market incentives for a priority level 1 (affordable housing) plan, which must be deed restricted for 40 years, and below-market loans to private developers can be made only if such developers have “experience developing and managing market rate housing.” From Mr. Meadows’ remarks, it seems clear he doesn’t have this experience.

The only way for the plan to not devolve into an “Animal

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House,” is to ensure that the 49 seasonal workers per year to be on their best behavior at the dormitory, at all times, every year for 20 years.

Mr. Meadows has an in-season full-time business and is genuinely concerned that the plan’s other use may turn into an “Animal House” that would hasten his default. Liability insurance for such a dormitory would be expensive and any serious infraction would make insurance prohibitive thereafter.

Provincetown is a prime tourist destination and has a fun party atmosphere during high season. The problem is when the partying happens at a dormitory where people with different personality types, schedules and agendas, are already living in cramped spaces.

The nuisance parade could range from smoking, drinking, substance abuse, violence, loitering, unsanitary conditions, intolerable noise to crime.

Residents in the neighborhood affected, with high-traffic commercial use developments (the bike rental place and the gym), would now have to deal with this planned dormitory. It is unfair that these residents suffer nuisance that will affect the quality of their lives and that will result in financial harm from the devaluation of their homes.

For many of Provincetown’s residents, their home is their primary asset. Those who are looking to sell their property within 20 years, or are relying on a reverse mortgage to fund their retirement, are probably horrified by this plan.

It is for these reasons that the plan would not be compatible or will reduce the quality of life of residents of the neighborhood and of Provincetown. The only upside is for Mr. Meadows, subject to an unusually high hurdle that nothing goes wrong for 20 years, and for seasonal workers (and their employers) who are not prioritized by the LCP.

The 50 percent subsidy — appropriate for affordable housing, per the LCP — is, quite frankly, a waste of taxpayer money on this high-risk, low-reward plan that does not achieve any of the goals in the town’s vision contained in the LCP.

The current plan with many potential “we told you so” problems begs the question why Provincetown’s officials are rushing to make it happen. They should ask themselves why the community center can’t remain in its current use until a better plan comes along. They could, just as easily, rent some space of the community center to Mr. Meadows for his intended plan.

Michael Cooper, M.S., Hakan Sjoo, Ronald Stein, M.D., Peter Brox Provincetown
10:25 am edt 

Banner Letter to Editor:

More thought needed on Gouveia building sale

To the editor: I was interested to hear that a Boston developer has been awarded the Grace Gouveia for a mixed-use development (six luxury units and three affordable units). While I do not know the man personally, I have heard nothing but praise for his work.

But the Gouveia building is an important part of the town’s fabric, dutifully supported over the decades by the taxpayers of Provincetown. It is sad to me that we have not been able to conceive a more creative disposition of the building.

Do we need more luxury condominiums in town? Probably not: private developers are doing a splendid job catering to that need. Do we need more affordable rental housing or purchase opportunities for locals? The question answers itself.

Conversion of the building to predominantly luxury condominiums hardly seems an appropriate tribute to Grace Gouveia. Nor, I would humbly suggest, does it speak well for the board of selectmen’s stewardship of the patrimony of the town or the local residents who are its constituents.

I’ve surveyed all sales of multi-unit properties since 2007, all renovated as condominiums: predominantly three- or four-unit buildings, but one with six units. Purchase prices for these buildings ranged from a minimum of $760,000 to a maximum of $ 1 million (all half or less the size of the Gouveia building). The average price per building was $868,000.

I also calculated average price per square foot of each building, and average price per unit. The lowest anyone paid per square foot was $260; the highest was $565. The average was $378. The median price per square foot is $358.

At a proposed sale price of $1,050,000, 26 Alden St. (8,520 sq. ft.) is being sold for $123 a square foot.

Price per developable unit of the sold properties ranged from a low of $ 156,000 to a high of $291,000. The average price per unit for sold properties was $235,000; the median was also $235,000.

At a purchase price of $1,050,000, 26 Alden St.’s acquisition price per unit is $117,000. If the affordable units are discounted, average acquisition price per developable unit is $175,000, well below what market- oriented developers are paying.

I realize this “quick and dirty” overview is hardly conclusive, but I hope it gives reason for a more careful consideration of the sale of the Grace Gouveia property.

Len Bowen Provincetown
10:23 am edt 

Provincetown Banner
Town violated bidding laws, says state


PROVINCETOWN — The town violated public bidding laws when it accepted Air Cleaning Specialists of New England’s bid for a vehicle exhaust evacuation system for the fire station despite the fact that ACS failed to provide a bid bond with its original proposal, the state Office of the Attorney General determined on Oct. 9, 2013. Instead, ACS provided the town with a copy of the bond immediately after the bid was opened.

“This places a noncompliant bidder at a competitive advantage over other compliant bidders, since he can wiggle out of his bid after seeing his competitors’ bids at the bid opening or after having a change of heart about his bid,” Deborah A. Anderson, assistant attorney general, wrote in her findings. “I conclude that the town was required to reject the bid submitted by ACS. It had no discretion to accept the bid without contemporaneously submitted bid security.”

The town is looking to use nearly $60,000 in Federal Emergency Management funds it accepted on Jan. 23, 2013 for a system that would capture vehicle exhaust in the main fire station in town. The estimated cost for the project was about $63,000, and the FEMA grant requires that the town fund 5 percent of it, or about $3,000. ACS was the low bidder at $39,815 and Murphy Specialty Inc., which contested the town’s contract with the low bidder, came in at $45,100.

The town was represented at a bid protest hearing at the Attorney General’s Office last week by town counsel and Deputy Fire Chief Jimmy Roderick, said David Gardner, acting town manager, by e-mail Monday.

“I have no comment on the bid protest, as this project is ongoing now for over a year, we will wait to see what the AG’s Office says,” Gardner wrote. “No exhaust system has been installed to date. We have not awarded the project and are seeking to rebid. The FEMA grant has been extended until September, I believe.”

Murphy Specialty has filed 16 similar protests across the state between 2007 and 2014, eight of which were allowed by the Attorney General’s Office. One of the protests that was allowed was made against Truro back in 2011 after it choose ACS to work on an exhaust project even though the company did not submit required drawings along with its bid.

The Banner previously reported that the Office of the Attorney General and Mass. Superior Court found Provincetown at fault on Oct. 11 for not putting out to bid a feasibility study for its high school renovation project and for further hiring a firm that appeared to have less experience than was required by its own Request For Qualifications.
10:15 am edt 

Provincetown Banner

Neighbors hostile toward dorm-style housing


PROVINCETOWN — Liza Judge was “blindsided,” she said, when she read that the former community center, which directly abuts the home that her family built back in 1840, is on its way to becoming dormitory-style housing for seasonal workers.

“Although the regulations may not require the board to notify us of meetings where the future of the community center will be discussed, we are outraged that such consideration was not afforded to us and were blindsided by your oversight,” she told the selectmen during the public comments portion of Monday’s board meeting. “We realize that the community center is a remnant of the past and that the building’s use must change, but a dormitory and hostel for 50 people is quite another animal.”

This comes following a March 24 meeting at which the board of selectmen agreed to enter into negotiations with P’town Bikes owner Bill Meadows, who offered the town $550,000 for the Bradford Street property at which he wishes to store bikes and create a 49-bed dormitoryand hostel-style housing. Because his offer is drastically lower than the 2011 appraisal of $1.1 million, the board may subsidize the sale with an interestfree mortgage that will be forgiven every year that the building is used as employee housing.

Judge, however, says that the proposed use will take a toll on neighbors.

“Where a dozen cars now park, where will 25 to 50 cars park? Where will trash generated by 50 people be collected and stored until disposal? Where will pets be kept and curbed? Where will these dormers- hostellers smoke or have their morning cup of coffee, a private conversation, light a grill or have a drink? The answer is what it always has been for all past and present users of the building — outdoors — in the front courtyard or in the rear of the building,” she said.

Judge wasn’t the only one who stood up against the proposal. Resident Linda Ersoy said she believes that Meadows’ plan benefits one person — him.

“I firmly believe that the town wants to sell this property and although it sounds like a great plan in helping [with] the housing problems in Provincetown … I’m convinced that Mr. Meadows has his own agenda by using and taking advantage of the town and the town’s people,” she told the selectmen.

Though the selectmen don’t respond to public comments, when it came time for their own, Selectman Erik Yingling said that seasonal housing is vital. Summer employees often pay top dollar to live in squalor, he said, and added that he finds it immoral.

“People working here and serving in town deserve affordable housing, and anything else is wrong,” Yingling said.

Following the meeting, Ersoy provided the Banner with two additional letters of protest and said she has more at home. One is a letter, previously published in the Banner, penned by John Yandrisovitz, and another is by Ethel Roderick, who lives directly across the street from the community center. Roderick wrote that tenants would cause an overflow of the available parking and noise, and crime would ensue.

“Mr. Meadows’ idea to provide a lawn and sitting area will only add to the noise, especially at night. Police activity is bound to ramp up,” Roderick wrote.

Judge agrees.

“Such a ballooning use of the building would surely impose an intrusive, weighty and obnoxious burden on our family and our neighbors,” she said. “We strongly object to this use concept and intend to defend our heritage and interests.”
10:11 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"The missing art work is a serious problem. The librarian has the
custodial responsibility of everything in her jurisdiction . No volunteer  group
has any decisional power! Their powerless advisory position should never have
been accepted into the librarian's 'decision' to allow 'strangers' to walk away
with any part Ptowns heritage!!!!!! This gross incompetence is totally
unacceptable! Let's stay focused. The librarian should meet with the police and
request an immediate investigation to apprehend the thieves. Don't allow the
incompetent librarian to muddy the waters by implicating 'the so called volunteer group'.
After the librarian has taken action to recover our precious art works, the
librarian's supervisor can instruct her in her responsibilities. I understand
that we have antique books in our library. Has she inventoried these books? As
part of the librarian's training, the librarian can be made aware of the
between decision authority and the advisory role of volunteer

Good grief!! Stop with the overly dramatic hysteria. "precious artwork".
"powerless advisory position".  "ptowns heritage" .  "so called volunteer
group".  Not "so called" reality.  What if a couple of bad guys show up with
guns and steal  all kinds of stuff from the library.  Would you scream for her
head because she didn't take bullet for a computer?   What about adding a little
more hyperbole.

I love this part, "can be made aware of the difference between decision
authority and the advisory role of volunteer groups."  Perhaps the FinCom can
read and be made to understand this.  They are a volunteer advisory group that
can't seem to understand their role according to the charter.
10:07 am edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

"Ohhhh so wrong you are. Sharon Lynn is not behind us. She will be
required to be cross examined in at least 2 lawsuits currently facing the town.
Do not be so quick to dismiss her ill doings."

Yes she is behind us.  The possibility of her testifying in a lawsuit has
nothing to do with the current operation of the management of the town.  She can
only testify about the past and can not make any decisions about managing the
town now.  get over it.  There is a very, very high probability that the
lawsuits will never reach the point of requiring anyone to testify.  These
things rarely do.  The parties usually want to move on. So, there is quite a
good chance that ms. Lynn is out of here forever.  Find somebody else to get
angry at.  It didn't work with Carlson.  The Library might be a good target, but
you never know.  It is possible to store all your anger for the hiring of the
new town manager since you are sure to find plenty of fault there.
10:00 am edt 

My Observations

Walking down Commercial Street and grocery shopping at Stop and Shop I
notice there are mostly older gay men and women these days. Why do we spend so
much time and money focusing on the school in Provincetown? Time to spend the
money maybe fixing the streets or building a new police station. Someone should
just open up a nice day care facility in this town and get rid of the nonsense
that occurs in that school.
9:58 am edt 

Re: Police Station

I don't care and it does not matter what the banner reported. The people shot
down the building of a new police station at the last meeting it was voted on
because of the ridiculous amount of money they want to spend to build it.
Further more that when the people are reminded that the VFW location can be
utilized for many other things that will bring in revenue to the town instead of
raising our taxes we will see how they vote.

Let me see three million to put a new one where it is now and make money hand
over fist at the VFW location in parking or housing or spend six to seven
million to build it at the VFW losing out on future revenue that site would
bring for years to come if used for something else that makes sense. Let me ask
you a question has any Town official gone and talked to the abutters of the VFW
property about potential problems or lawsuits? I have talked to two of them and
they are dead set against it. Need I remind you that when the temp Town hall was
in the parking lot across the street there was constant gripes by the neighbors!

9:57 am edt 

Provincetown Public Library

The library stolen art story is puzzling. The trustees meeting minutes
said something like "it was determined that the Friends of the Library were
responsible but they would not admit it."   How was it determined who was
guilty?  Why is this very detailed accounting of a "theft" appearing in the
trustees minutes? Nothing in the library minutes is ever detailed. This looks
like someone's trying to cover their a-s.  Why was valuable town-owned art being
stored in that old cinder block shack anyway?  It looks like the Friend are
being set up to take the fall. Do you know who the "Friends" really are?  They
are a small group of mostly seniors who have been raising money for the library
for over 30'years. I won't name names, but they are all active trustworthy well
known townspeople.  More good people being taken down by the                  
9:50 am edt 

Police Station

How can we have the police station at the VFW if town meeting voted to purchase
that property providing the police station was not in that location. When that
article came up at town meeting it was amended by Barbara Rushmore to exclude
the station and that is how the article passed. Don't we need to bring it back
before the voters again in order to have it in the VFW spot? That's how I
remembered voting for it.
9:46 am edt 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jen Cabral

Jennifer Cabral is not as smart as she thinks she is. Her
baloney is catching up to her!
11:55 pm edt 

Mark Hatch - FinCom

Well it seems someone doesn't like the way he participated in the recent charter
vote! The entertaining thing to watch will be Jennifer Cabral and company make
even bigger fools of themselves trying to bash him yet again. How about we all
give people who volunteer their time to help this town a chance before we start
slinging the horseshit at them? Why it seemed just a couple of weeks ago Mike
Canizales was the problem, how did that work out? Then it's the poorly written
diatribe about Clarence (again) and now Hatch? You people never give up!
11:54 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

"Hey you with the PTSSD (Post Traumatic Sharon Stress Disorder).  The
first step to recovery is to stop exposing yourself to stress triggers.  In
other words  stop reading and posting on this blog.  It's like a soldier
returning home from the front with PTSD and watching war movies over and over.
It ain't helping any.

Sharon is gone now it is time to put her behind you.  Take a couple pills the
doctor gave you.  Delete this blog's bookmark from your browser.  Put away the
computer.  Get outside and enjoy the improving weather.  God helps those who
help themselves after all."

Ohhhh so wrong you are. Sharon Lynn is not behind us. She will be required to be
cross examined in at least 2 lawsuits currently facing the town. Do not be so
quick to dismiss her ill doings.
11:52 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

The missing art work is a serious problem. The librarian has the custodial
responsibility of everything in her jurisdiction . No volunteer  group has any
decisional power! Their powerless advisory position should never have been
accepted into the librarian's 'decision' to allow 'strangers' to walk away with
any part Ptowns heritage!!!!!! This gross incompetence is totally unacceptable!
Let's stay focused. The librarian should meet with the police and request an
immediate investigation to apprehend the thieves. Don't allow the incompetent
librarian to muddy the waters by implicating 'the so called volunteer group'.
After the librarian has taken action to recover our precious art works, the
librarian's supervisor can instruct her in her responsibilities. I understand
that we have antique books in our library. Has she inventoried these books? As
part of the librarian's training, the librarian can be made aware of the
difference between decision authority and the advisory role o!
f volunteer groups.
11:50 pm edt 

Candy Land

To the person who keeps posting the "Candy Land" comments.. What the
hell are you talking about?!  Stop writing in code and just say exactly what you
11:48 pm edt 

As Quoted in the Banner:

"The board of selectmen, finance committee and building committee all said that
they did not recommend funding a feasibility study for a police station at Shank
Painter Road to the tune of $45,300. A study had been placed on the warrant so
that the townspeople could see that rebuilding the station at its current
location would be prohibitively expensive and difficult. But Donegan said that
the consensus is that the site of the former VFW on Jerome Smith Road is best."

"We do not believe it is worth spending public funds to evaluate another site or
tell us what we already know",
he said.

Duane Steele spoke against the article on behalf of the Fin-Com, and the motion
failed, with only a few hands popping up in favor of the study.

This sounds to me like the town is ready to move on and build the Police Station
at the VFW regardless of plans at town Hall that still put the station in its
current local.  So I say again to those who still want the station on Shank

11:43 pm edt 

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