Friday, March 23, 2018 01:29

Where is the leadership in Clinton

I find it very interesting that the BOS hasn’t been meeting on their two week schedule that was always the norm once summer was over. Even through the summer months they only met a couple times.

I have a really strong feeling that a lot of the town’s business is being conducted in a sub-rosa manner. There are a couple events that have lead me to this conclusion but I’m not at liberty to reveal these or my sources.

In the past when I was on the BOS we publicly vetted any and all subjects, large and small in front of the camera in public session, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Our once transparent local BOS has become more like looking through a an algae filled aquarium. “I think I see something, well, maybe not. I don’t see  discussion on subjects that effect us or our town going on anymore.

-What’s the status of the potential 4+ million dollar remediation of the leachate at the capped landfill?

-What’s going on with the Senior Center, we purchased the land and now what?

-How about water and sewer rates, it’s high time these are examined, before some future board inherits the need for a huge increase like when I was on the board. We inherited years of a lack of oversight and had to raise rates by a huge amount. This was unfair to both ratepayers and the then sitting board.

-Whats the year to date budget looking like, are we in good shape or just scraping by? Inquiring minds want to know.

I could go on and on but you get the picture, no information is forthcoming.

The state’s tax receipts are still falling month to month and there may be another cut to local aid, if so the BOS will be in reactive mode once again. Don’t you think Chairman Dickhaut would be working with the board to have a contingency plan in place if more budget cuts are needed? Maybe even meet with the Finance Committee to make sure the town is ready for what may transpire.

This BOS needs true leadership and to educate the citizens of Clinton on the issues that effect us now and will effect us in the future.

The need for transparency and the dissemination of information to the public is imperative if the citizens of Clinton are to be an informed electorate.  I guess that’s the key, they don’t want an informed electorate.

A quick thanks to DPW Super Chris McGown for putting down a skim coat of asphalt on Water St, it certainly makes driving it a lot easier, Thanks Chris!

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7 Responses to “Where is the leadership in Clinton”

  1. Mariah says:

    Conspicuously quiet I would say. But I wouldn’t for a minute think that they are not “working”. And, 2 of them are up for re-election in 2010! They should be even more transparent because of that!

  2. Joe says:

    They’re actually less transparent as we get closer to the elections. Different actions will be put off or on the back burner so they “look good” for the election. But make no mistake about it, they are keeping things from the public.

  3. joe luke says:

    I have lived here for 10 years and would say there is no leadership in this town, and little pride (except words, which mean little. The streets are filled with litter, the roads in bad shape. I walk around in the fall and it is very depressing the amount of litter and stuff, which the bushes hide during the summer. A town with no pride is what is tells me. We only pretend to care. Our every actions, down to the blind voting mentality, proves it. We deserve what we have.

    All the clowns should be tossed, including Naughton. They are our problem. Stop voting nonsense in.

  4. Clifford Blake says:

    Joe N .

    I agree 100% of this months bloodsport. I ran for selectman like you know but was not elected. The people wanted the same old thing and got it. Joe N. What would your idea be to fix the problems you stated? And Joe Luke I admit things are bad but not as bad as you have stated I agree all the do nothings must go. Please vote for me next election for Selectman in 2010 I wont let you down. Clifford Blake

    • Joe says:


      Glad you agree, when I say BOS, I mean the BOS minus Bill Connolly as he is the ONLY selectman sticking up for the regular “Joe”. He’s the only one sticking up for local law enforcement in the face of the rifle range issue and many other issues. How would I fix the problems??? Throw the bums out – ASAP.

  5. Mariah says:

    Did I hear the BOS may have violated an open meeting law about the rifle range? Do we have specifics?

  6. voter says:

    Well I know who I won’t be voting for in 2010. We need thinkers, not an ignoramus.

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