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April 21, 2015

Thomas Donegan, Chairman

Board of Selectmen

Town of Provincetown

260 Commercial Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

RE: Application of BPJC, LLC, 350 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA for Project

Eligibility Approval from MassHousing

Dear Chairman Donegan:

Please accept this letter on behalf of Cydney Berry, Elizabeth Read and James Turner,

Provincetown, Massachusetts in reference to the application for project eligibility approval

submitted to MassHousing by the BPJC, LLC (the “Applicant”) for a 24 dwelling unit

development (“proposed development”) off of Bradford Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Re: Facing Reality

OK, if you don't want to believe the Banner and the consultant's report, then how about the town website? There you can find a roster of every police department employee, from cops to administrative help. There's 1 acting chief and 1 court liaison officer.  There are 4 sergeants, 2 detectives and 8 patrol officers. If you count the 2 student officers and the 1 animal control officer, there are 19 officers total. 
10:47 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager Candidate - Dan Hoort

The word on the street is that Hoort did  not make the short list for Town Manager.

I'm not suprised
9:08 pm edt 

Re: 31 Point Street

The Loss of the Dune at Point Street Was Predicted a Year ago

Neighbors wondered and were upset that the house on this property would cause the dune to give way. It was questionable from the beginning and where was Conservation then?

It hardly helps to put in a violation once what is the violation has occurred.

How do you put a dune back into being a dune? Conservation has too often failed when it comes to dunes.  Their odd position is that it is not a dune if a dune is not next to water.
9:03 pm edt 

Re: Facing Reality

There are not 30 full-time police officers, there are only 19.

This is the opening paragraph from a 12/21/2013 Banner article on the staffing report.

OK. Cite a story -- not a fact-checked news report -- from the Banner -- is that even a newspaper? -- that is over a year old.

That's a truly reliable source. NOT!
9:00 pm edt 

Re: Reality Check

No town manager, no police chief, mounting debt, decreasing year-round population, inadequate affordable housing ... the list goes on and on and on. I'm exhausted just reading this blog.

Perhaps Provincetown's advertising tagline should focus less on the past and more on the present in a realistic tone:

Provincetown: A great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Like it or not, until "home town" problems are solved, that is the message conveyed to visitors.

8:58 pm edt 

Re: 31 Point Street

Where Was conservation on Point Street When It Began?

After one year, someone realizes the dune is gone? Really? why were they allowed to do such damage. It seems that Planning was attacking individuals who wanted to move a few buckets of dirt to trigger site Plan Review. Was there site plan review on 31 Point Street?

Unequal treatment may be what happened. But if they are found in violation, do what has to be done to save what is left of the dune.
8:54 pm edt 

Re: Facing Reality

Another consulting firm telling us how to run a town,good grief .
8:52 pm edt 

Re: Old Men From Truro

It appears the legendary stories are about several old men. One who writes bad poetry, another who can't stand casual nametags and yet another who is an old salt of the sea who throws fits.

Well. We got Truro beat. We've got Mark Hatch. And I just know he writes bad poetry
8:51 pm edt 

Re: 31 Point Street

Don't you realize the town has no over sight on what's goes on,
Any idiot could have forcast the Michael shays development.

I personally called the town last year about the dune/ house on point
Street  and never Recieved a call back.

Time to get rid of your conservation chairperson.
8:49 pm edt 

Re: Facing Reality

There are not 30 full-time police officers, there are only 19.

This is the opening paragraph from a 12/21/2013 Banner article on the staffing report.

"Though theres been some grumbling over the last few months that the town has too many police officers, Mark Morse, president of MMA Consulting Group, wrote in the Police Department Staffing Analysis Report that 19 fulltime cops  the current complement  is the right number for Provincetown.
The police department full-time staffing complement (sworn personnel) is appropriate to meet the demand for police services when supported by seasonal personnel, the report states."
5:21 pm edt 

Banner Editorial


Last weeks Banner editorial was right on the money.  One of the best editorials Sally Rose has written, it indicates a lot of insight into our ineffective Board of Selectmen and Town politics.  Sally you will be missed.
3:54 pm edt 

Provincetown DPW Employee

They did go thru the protocol on this gentleman, he even signed a document stating if he was to get disciplined again he was GONE. What's that tell you
3:49 pm edt 

31 Point Street

The new trophy house being built at 31 Point St just got stopped by the Conservation Committee after the contractor destroyed the dune over a year ago.  Now at the Conservation meeting the owners engineer stated that they forgot to install rebar in the foundation and the huge foundation is faulty and may have to be demolished.  What a nightmare, drive by and take a look at the destroyed dune!  where is the town oversight of this project???
3:43 pm edt 

Re: Truro and Old Men

Think what's happening now is a problem? I heard a particular someone in the east end, working to stop development of a particular property, is working with a guy from Truro, white hair, white beard, that THINKS he's a zoning guru. Thinks he's going to stop the development like some hired gun. The guy is a loon but hey, "birds of a feather ...".
3:41 pm edt 

Re: Facing Reality

"The Town is overstaffed!"

Fin Com hearings begin: November 2015.

Annual Town Meeting: April 2015.

Mark your calendar now. Otherwise, you will need to re-post your concerns again next year.
3:39 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Re: Jaran vs Provincetown

"Just heard Jaran's side is getting half a million dollars straight from us taxpayers!!!"  

Um, I wouldn't count on Jeff or his attorney getting a check any time soon.
11:03 pm edt 

Re: Facing Reality

"The Town is overstaffed!"

Was this opinion formed by an experienced administrator, who has a comprehensive understanding of how Provincetown government functions...or...the hysterical cry of an uninformed ninny?

Yeah I thought so.
10:53 pm edt 

Re: Facing Reality

"The Town is overstaffed! We do NOT need an Assistant Town Manager, or a Lieutenant (assistant Chief) OR a Town Planner. And now we have a "Housing Expert" who does absolutely nothing worth writing about. The Finance Director has hired an assistant in the past year! A Town that is losing it's population is increasing it's senior staff, how does that make sense?? It is time to clean out town hall. If these people can't, or don't do the jobs they are paid to do, show results, that is, then we do not need them. "

Don't quite understand.  First you state emphaitically that we are overstaffed and list all the unneeded jobs, but then you say that people should do the jobs that are paid to do.  So, if the second part assumes that they are paid to do certain jobs then the jobs must exist to do.  If we are overstaffed that means that these folks don't have jobs that need doing.  Which is it.

I think that I agree that PT does not need all the people we have.  30 odd full time cops is about 20 too many. Assistant manager is probably surplus. Inventory of all jobs should be done and figure hour needed for each.  Then figure skill levels and experience.  Then compare to what we have and see if there can be consolidation.  
10:46 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Re: Provincetown DPW

I don't believe they can just fire someone (which we heard they did with some former employees) without first taking precautionary steps like deciplinary action, anger management counseling. In a private company you can just fire someone but I heard you can't in a state or government job.
9:56 am edt 

Re: Truro and Old Men

"I Have A suggestion for these Old Men from Truro"

Again, it's been asked before but, again, what are you talking about? Why is Truro included here? What was said or commented?
9:55 am edt 

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