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While Rome Burns

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Here is a letter to the editor I just sent out to the Times-Courier, as readers of my Blog you get an advanced look.

To the Editor,

As a former Selectman who helped negotiate and subsequently signed the lease between the Town of Clinton and the Clinton Fish and Game Protective Association, Inc here’s my opinion on the recent motions made by Selectman James LeBlanc at the January 14th Board of Selectmen’s meeting and reported on in this newspaper.

In a nutshell, these motions were special interest driven and a waste of the boards’ time and energy. The lease itself is self explanatory and was completed and reviewed by our Town Solicitor. This is a public document and is available at the Town Hall or online at my website.

The lease says that the Lessee (Fish and Game Assn.) would have to obtain prior written permission from the Lessor (the Town) to build any buildings, not erect a sign. On the contrary is states in section 16 that the Lessee may at its discretion post the boundry lines of the property with signs at appropriate intervals indicating the use of said property for recreational activities such as hiking, hunting fishing, cross country skiing, target shooting, etc. The thing that really makes this so laughable is that the sign is at the entrance to the Clinton Rifle Range which is about a half a mile off S.Meadow Road in the middle of the woods. I guess Selectman Leblanc is worried that the wildlife referenced in section 9 of the lease, that resides there, may be offended. (Humor intended!) It’s ludicrous for the Selectman to be requesting a copy of the Fish and Game Protective Association’s (501) (c) (3) application as this is an IRS filing and not subject to town approval. Would Mr. LeBlanc like to give out a copy of his tax returns to the Fish and Game Association?

Honestly folks, don’t you think that the Board of Selectmen have a lot more to do in these fiscally trying times than worry about a sign in the middle of the woods situated in Lancaster? My suggestion would be to figure out a way to keep all the town departments such as the Police, Fire, DPW, School Department and all the rest operating without laying off our town employees and cutting back on essential services. I haven’t seen an original thought or suggestion as to how real fiscal restraint would be implemented in Clinton, only complaints about the Finance Committee by Selectman Maryrose Dickhaut. The Finance Committee is a board of professionals who are there to help, not to fight with her. Maybe if she and the Board of Selectmen approached the budget with the Finance Committee as team players instead of adversaries we’d all be better off.

In the end, certain self-serving Selectmen will keep at it to further their own agenda’s, ignoring the coming disaster Like Nero who played his fiddle while Rome burned.

Joseph P. Notaro, Jr.