Thursday, December 14, 2017 22:48

Fun in the Italian Sun

While Clinton’s town officials labor to craft a tough budget in one of the worst budget years in memory, our illustrious BOS Chairman Maryrose Dickhaut is basking in the Italian sun on a three week vacation. People have been wondering why she didn’t attend the last couple meetings. So now you know and you also know why our Town Meeting was pushed out to the end of June, just so she could attend. As I stated before, this meeting is far too close to the end of the fiscal year for comfort.

While purportedly stating that she wanted to do the budget once and do it right, what was really going on was a personal agenda, hold the meeting off until she’s back from Roma or Venice. This was done with the help of Selectman LeBlanc who made the motion to have it Sunday the 28th then changed the motion to Monday the 29th.

The lack of leadership and self serving agenda is amazing. The other thing I have to mention is that Selectman Dickhaut’s brother, the health inspector is budgeted to receive a 7% raise. I believe it’s fiscally and morally wrong giving a raise this large while in the throes of the budget nightmare we’re in. This is your “leadership” at work. I certainly hope all who read this understand the implications of these actions as well as the total lack of leadership. Remember these actions well,  make a mental note of them and  don’t forget as you go to the polls next spring!

As an added note, please watch for someone planted in the Town Meeting audience to ask for a quorum count right after article 14.  This is the where the citizens petitions begin and certain public officials don’t want them to see the light of day.  I respectfully ask that all who read this please vote yes on articles 15 through 18.   These are the zero quorum article, BOS public comment article, adding the finance committee Chairman to the law committee and to fund the wind farm study which could help the town save about a million dollars year in energy costs.

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4 Responses to “Fun in the Italian Sun”

  1. Mariah says:

    It is extremely important to grab as many registered voters as possible to attend this meeting. So, make sure everyone reading this who plans to attend, grabs 2, 3 or more registered voters to come to this meeting.

    And, if I am not mistaken, even if a quorum call is made, it can “suggested” to the moderator to continue voting on the towns business to get it done, since a quorum was obtained to start the meeting.

    Don’t let these PLANTS get the better of the Clinton Citizens. You deserve to have the citizens petitions voted on and implemented!!

  2. william says:

    The health inspector got a 6% increase last year too.

  3. Tony Marini says:

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    A certain elected official fiddles around in Rome (or close by) while Clinton burns.

    Do you see any similarities here???

    This is a wake up call of seismic proportions for all of Clinton’s citizens, and more importantly, voters.

    Note from Joe: I couldn’t agree with you more Tony!

  4. Mariah says:

    I was surprised at the # of people that turned out last night. I think that if Gaw had not made that connectEd call, we wouldn’t have made quorum, which thank god was lowered last night.

    Now here is what I find truly amazing. The Fire department and the Police department top brass showed HUGE salary increases. So rather than freezing the salaries they decided to sacrifice 2 of their officers. I don’t understand that at all!!!! I did feel bad that they were losing people- but not after seeing their salary increases!

    And, we still underfunded whole departments while some non union employees got raises? Still, I don’t get it. Has everyone gone dumb?

    On a personal note, I am glad the public comment article passed- even after Haley’s “jabs” to my comments. I am glad others stood up and spoke out as well.

    And about MRD not being there…At least the “plants” had no direction without her in the room. In fact, the meeting probably went more smoothly than ones she has attended.

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