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VOTE TOMORROW JUNE 25

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Hey all you voters,

Please get out to cast your votes tomorrow June 25th.

I ask you as a person who cares to not vote for Kevin Haley as he would be a disaster to the Town of Clinton.

Personally I’m voting for Marc Iacobucci, He can get along with all the rest of the board and is not an arrogant person like Mr. Haley,  but someone who would listen and vote based on actual reasoning.   Dave Sargent is also a gentleman and will likely win first place.  So I do find it extremely important to make sure 2nd goes to Mark I.

With Haley it’s his way or the Highway.   Not a good attribute for a public official.

Also if you can see it in your heart, please vote for Gabriel Gomez, Ed Markey is a communist bastard.

As for the rest, Good luck to Tara Coyne on her race for Collector and either one of the school committee candidates are worthy.   (Bates seems a bit more approachable to me anyway.)

Joe Notaro

12 Reasons Not To…

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Vote for Mr. Kevin Haley

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”   Abraham Lincoln

“This election belongs to the people of Clinton. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on common sense and vote for Haley, they’ll burn their asses. Then as is sometimes the case, they’ll just have to sit on their blistered behinds for another three years.” – Joe Notaro, With Apologies to Lincoln!

Clinton Has A Big Choice To Make

With Selectwoman Mary Rose Dickhaut dropping out of the BOS (board of selectmen) race Clinton has a clear choice in the coming local election. There are three candidates all of whom have experience serving on the board of selectmen.

Lets examine one of those candidates, Kevin Haley, who was an utterly presumptuous selectman during his term of office. You don’t need to think very hard to remember many of the antics he displayed and the blatant disregard he had for the citizens who elected him. Without further ado here are a few tidbits from his term in office.

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I just went to candidates night, please read #5 below, Mr. Haley stated that one of his greatest achievements while in office was signing the Conservation Restriction on the Wekepeke. This was the Document that was holding the $353,600 Rauscher farm grant up and he was extremely reluctant to sign it.  Only after badgering from many citizens and the FORF did it get done. He was against it,  and Rauschers Farm.  Unbelieveable, Tony Fiorentino and I worked on changing restrictions in the inherited document leading up to the Rauscher Farm grant proposal, and worked  with Town Counsel and the state to get as much restrictive verbiage taken out as possible to secure Clinton’s right to use the land.  He was never on board with it!

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1. He suspended public comment at BOS  meetings because he didn’t want to listen to you, the people.

2.  After denying citizens from speaking at public comment time he let a political ally speak for a Town Meeting warrant article that he supported, this was morally wrong and hypocritical.  He also didn’t allow/solicit an opposing viewpoint, (The article went down in a ball of flames).  This was such a controversial and undemocratic move that citizens added a petition to the Town Meeting warrant to force the BOS to have public comment. This passed Town Meeting by an overwhelming margin although it was eventually disallowed by state law governing open meeting laws.  It did make it’s point though.

3.  A prior board on which I served had changed public comment to the beginning of BOS meetings. This was so citizens wouldn’t have to wait for hours to talk for a couple minutes about something they found important. This was changed back to the end of meetings during Haley’s term to discourage comment.

4.  Even more importantly, comment was changed to the beginning of meetings to facilitate communication with  citizens who wished to speak on upcoming agenda items before action was taken by the BOS. For example a vote on an issue that may have effected the person wanting to comment and have their opinion or facts heard before a decision was made.  This is all very poor representation of “we the people”.

5.  He held up the application for a pre-approved state grant, almost losing the town $353,600. This was voted on and signed the night before it was due in Boston and had to be hand carried the next morning by our faithful Director of community and economic development.

6.  Voted to buy the American Legion property for an extremely high premium over what it was actually worth and it still lies dormant today accept for weeds and junk cars. It’s always nice to have a nearly $475,000 dollar vacant lot around to store junk cars on.

7.  In 2009 or 2010 Haley who was a member of the budget sub-committee restored the BOS $7,500 stipend that the board as a whole voted not to take a few weeks earlier. This was previously donated to the COA, Library and Emergency Management budgets a year earlier.

8.  During the public hearing on awarding a liquor license to either the Via Alta 27 or the Cocoa Creme cafe Haley spoke against the Cafe and for the Via Alta. The former was being financed by the lending institution Haley worked for. When the time came to vote he abstained. This was a direct conflict of interest where he should have recused himself and left the hearing.  Of course the BOS voted unanimously for the one with the best business plan and that was in the towns best interest – Not because of a politically motivated or financial gain reason!

9.  Haley worked hard to deny Brady-Sullivan the chance to rehabilitate the former Colonial Press property. This  included some behind the scenes crap including other town officials I won’t get into.  Luckily he wasn’t successful in this counter-productive pursuit. This would have denied Clinton tax revenue and as the folks at Brady Sullivan said, “kept it from becoming a pile of rubble” like the former ITT eyesore. In the end the true governing body who had jurisdiction, the planning board, not the BOS, approved it.

10.  While I was on the BOS with him (we overlapped for a year) I tried to bring up positive changes for town government,  some of which have been on the warrant at recent town meetings. Haley stared at the ceiling and would not comment or participate, much like a petulant child.

11. He vacillated on his support for OUR rifle range. He was for it before he was against it, and then for it, or was that against it?  Bottom line is he played games with it and never supported it,  just tried to sucker both sides into thinking he was on their side, but was on neither.

12.  Destroyed what Mike Ward called “The Best Working Personnel Board I have ever Seen” by removing the very people that this was said about. The board is supposed to have 5 members, now it only has one, the person Haley wanted back on it.

Now ask yourselves, were you better off before,  or after his three years of  nonsense?  Don’t let history repeat itself!

The Public Has Its Say

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

I’m certainly glad that I was wrong about people trying the old quorum call last night, although I believe that they’d have lost that request as there looked to be a quorum right until the end of Town Meeting.

I’m really happy that the voters of Clinton have spoken and decided that the BOS will now have to listen to them at their meetings whether they like it or not. I disagree with the number of times that was quoted by Mr. Haley about how many times the public was not allowed to speak,it was more like three times in a row. The current Chairman did it when she was in the same position five or six years back. I also disagree that people are allowed to speak about subjects that are being discussed, this doesn’t happen. I couldn’t go to a meeting and raise my hand to speak about something like the raising of trash sticker fees or an increase in water rates unless there was a public hearing being held.

So, by an overwhelming majority the article allowing public comment was passed and the people have regained their voice at the beginning of the meeting where it should be in my opinion.

I’d also like to commend Selectman Sheridan for making good on her position of giving the stipend the Selectmen receive to the Library, COA, Emergency Management and Health Board. This was the right thing to do, Some believe it should have been used to save a job which I don’t disagree with, but it wasn’t enough to do this.

It’s too bad the wind farm study lost by a vote or two as it would have been the start of a way to save the town $1,200,000 a year in energy costs. I believe that even without the $55,000 that the dynamic alternative energy group will find a way to make this happen…at least I hope so for our sake.

No Public Comment – Citizens Silenced

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

While it’s my understanding that under MGL local boards don’t have to allow public comment, it’s certainly very unusual in nearly all communities in the Commonwealth to not do so.

I’ll put on my “Former Selectman’s” hat and tell you that in my three years on the board, public comment was never disallowed. Year one, Mark Elworthy was Chairman and to his credit he let anyone who came before the board talk. When they got off the subject at hand he’d call them on it. Year two had Mr. Mendoza as Chairman and he allowed public comment as well. Both of these Chairmen had public comment at the end of the meetings The third and final year Bob Pasquale was Chairman and he not only allowed public comment but moved it to the beginning of the Selectmens meeting so that citizens who came to speak wouldn’t have to sit through hours of business and would be able to have their voices heard.

Fast forward to the present. Chairman Kevin Haley first moved public comment back to the end of the meeting, then treated Gloria Parkinson rudely on a night she came to be heard on the pending Rauscher Farm closing.

What happened next is in my opinion the most ridiculous thing that could have been done. He let a proponent of the vindictive (self proclaimed at that) citizens petition to change the Fire Chief position to weak chief speak, as he was some sort of spokesman for it. This article wasn’t sponsored by the Selectmen and they had no need for a proponent to speak for it. (No one against it was given equal time!) This person called Bob Pasquale and I buffoons while speaking about the petition. Now I don’t really care if some ally of Chairman Haley called me a buffoon, I actually wear that as a badge of honor as I would characterize my thinking as polar opposite of Chairman Haley. The meeting came to the end and instead of public comment Chairman Haley asked for a motion to adjourn which was offered by Selectman Dickhaut. Under discussion Selectman Fiorentino asked when public comment was. Haley said there was none and the board voted 4-1 with Tony Fiorentino voting no.

This board had a golden opportunity that night, they could have voted not to adjourn and made a motion to allow public comment. But instead they went along with our tyrannical Chairman.

The latest is that Haley has an agenda item for the next meeting on July 16th to possibly do away with public comment altogether – or limit it at best.

I hope people turn out in droves to protest this Un-American act aimed at censoring “we the people”. I’d say Mr. Haley doesn’t want any people speaking during public comment that may happen to oppose his agenda. I also hope that for the good of Clinton that other three Selectmen have the common sense to not let this travesty happen.