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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!

Instant Karma

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Now that the media frenzy surrounding Lancaster Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco’s bawdy adventure has died down I’ll give it one last crack.

Pacheco has of course been a driving force behind closing Clinton’s rifle range, as such I have my own opinion of his actions. (nothing personal as I don’t know the guy).  I’d like nothing better than for Lancaster to hire a new Town Administrator as Mr. Pacheco has cost the Town of Clinton as well as the Clinton Fish & Game Protective Association many dollars and energy in litigation to try and maintain the legal use of our circa 1924 rifle range.

Instead of compromise he’s pitted the towns against each other for the benefit and appeasement of the  few petulant, squeaky wheels that live at the S.Meadow quasi- private enclave.

If Mr. Pacheco had any class whatsoever he’d fall on his proverbial sword and abdicate his position. He’s brought shame and more media attention than a presidential campaign to Lancaster. I work far from Central Massachusetts and have been asked numerous times if Clinton was near Lancaster, and did I hear about the Lancaster TA’s  gross bark encrusted pictures that were on the Channel 4 nightly news.

In the end Lancaster and its BOS are doing themselves a disservice by keeping an official that’s a laughing stock around the world. Who the hell could sit across the desk from him and work out business after seeing  pictures of a bark covered Pacheco just roused from his passed out stupor. He has no integrity left, especially after lying in November and saying he had food poisoning from eating somewhere in Westboro.

Do I believe in Karma – you bet I do.

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

I’ll start with with an apology to Yogi Berra for using his famous quote about seeing Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit back to back homers.

Three members of the BOS are at it again, Dickhaut, Leblanc and Dziokonski  who is newest member of the anti-rifle range triumvirate are pandering to the exclusive South Meadow “enclave” and again trying to ban the Clinton Police Department from firearms qualification behind the former landfill. This land is owned and within the confines of the Town of Clinton. (This is not the rifle range but an adjacent parcel of land) Remember this will cost all taxpayers more money in overtime and the use of an inferior trailer that they proposed. The land in question is an eminently safe location and the only minus is that about 14 petulant prevaricating residents out of 14,000 are whining about the noise. These are the usual few residents that are from both Clinton and Lancaster who want their own private Idaho up there on South Meadow road. Yeah this is the same crew that wanted to stop the railroad from running at night and who complained to police about the Galloping Gaels football team making to much noise at their games (all 8 home games that is).

Well the three voted Wednesday night September 28th to allow the police to qualify there one last time (only because  time has run out again this year) and to never do so again. They also wrongly voted to withdraw from the lawsuit with the town of Lancaster. They don’t have the power to do so, only the law committee does.

Their ban will also disallow the police or others to use the 100 year old rifle range EVEN IF Clinton wins the lawsuit. This is a slap in the face of all taxpaying Clintonians  (Well not the 14 out of 14,000 petulant prevaricating whiners).

My most sincere thanks to Selectmen David Sargent and William Connolly Jr, for voting in favor of us taxpayers and also the 100 year old tradition of parents teaching sons and daughters gun safety and target shooting skills. The politically correct tripe this gang spews and the contempt for the majority of their fellow citizens is nothing short of remarkable and narcissistic…They now have their private little enclave and you can’t discharge a firearm at that totally safe rifle range or take an awful motorboat on their pond and by the way they don’t like your Green and Gold  Galloping Gaels football team and the cheerleaders making all that noise …you soccer moms better knock it off too, or they’ll ban that as well.

Waaaaah!

Confluence Of Issues

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

So here we are again back at the rifle range issue, although I have a lot more to say than selectmen Dickhaut and LeBlanc are plain wrong on that issue. they’re wrong on a lot more than that.

Selectman LeBlanc seems to be doing what’s in his own selfish interest, not what’s in the best interest of our town, our police force and in effect US. I would posit that LeBlanc has had conversations with the Lancaster town administrator that undermine the work our town counsel is doing to preserve our right as a town to use the land for police firearms qualification. Mr LeBlanc, if you’d like to deny that please chime right in!

Now we have the Lancaster police applying for a special permit to qualify and practice at the range they use WHICH IS ZONED RESIDENTIAL. I question why Lancaster hasn’t applied their zoning laws equally to their own police department. If Clinton gets a cease and desist order for qualifying on residential property then Lancaster MUST get the same under their zoning laws. If not then nullify the one against the Clinton Police Department. This selective enforcement is hypocritical and wrong.

Now for the financial ramifications. We have a BOS that’s supposed to be looking out for our best interests, they are NOT. When they formulated the budget it should have taken the overtime line item into account. The police shouldn’t have to rely on overtime for the normal everyday operation of their department. I understand budgets have to be cut, however common sense shows that in times of financial turmoil crime rises, it’s a fact. Now we may have less police on the street, dispatchers laid off and replaced with officers who would be on the street performing their duties. The BOS has botched it’s budget big time on this front.

So here’s where the rifle range issue, safety and fiscal responsibility merge together into one large confluence. First, we have an underfunded police department. Second we have officers that haven’t been able to qualify and practice because Dickhaut and LeBlanc are on a mission to shut down the rifle range and are in my opinion in collusion with Lancaster town officials to undermine our best interests. Third, to qualify the police may have to go to a private out of town range at some cost to the town. I’ve heard price tags of $10,000+ per year and a need for more overtime which we have no money budgeted for. We’ll be less safe, with less officers on the street and incur higher costs.

Finally, if they succeed in closing the rifle range it would need to have a lead remediation done at a cost in the neighborhood of $2,000,000. These selectmen are a detriment to the people of Clinton and should be damn ashamed of their actions. They have put our safety at risk, our financial state at risk and have potentially damaged our police departments relationship with our sister town…for what just so some people don’t have to hear the police qualify during the day for a couple weeks a year, These selectmen are a bad joke who put their self serving interests first and put our police department in the middle of their political brinkmanship. Please remember this next spring when you go to the polls.

Backpedaling And Ignoring Our Real Issues

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

In the latest edition of the Tines and Courier here is what Lancaster Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco has to say about OUR rifle range:

“Lancaster doesn’t want police barred from shooting at the Brandli parcel — it wants to talk. So said Town Administrator (TA) Orlando Pacheco this week, adding that he was disappointed with the anger and name-calling that followed Lancaster Building Inspector Peter Munro’s letter to Clinton selectmen, late last month, ordering them to “cease and desist” discharging of weapons at the rifle range off South Meadow Road.”

“We know the Clinton Police Department qualifies [its officers to carry firearms] in October,” Pacheco said Tuesday. “We wanted to send that, really, as a way of motivating them to file a special permit.

First off there is no WE in a unilateral decision. Pacheco reportedly ordered the Lancaster Building Inspector to issue the cease and desist order. I’m not so sure that it was at the request of any Lancaster resident either.

But was it as unilateral as it looked??? I’d make an educated guess or call it my opinion that it wasn’t. (The Lancaster BOS were out of the loop).  As the story unfolds we find that the police officer that was verbally browbeat  (this has been described as a hissy fit.) for practicing there was met at the gate by Clinton BOS Vice Chairman LeBlanc, his friend and a Clinton firefighter who lives nearby.

Second, isn’t it strange that instead of requesting to be on the agenda of a Clinton BOS meeting a cease and desist order was issued…to get Clinton to talk!?  this is all too coincidental. Backpedaling is a better word to describe this. I’ll wager an educated guess that there was collusion between the two CLINTON selectmen involved as well as the Lancaster TA.  Yes, the anti second amendment and anti law enforcement duo  most likely called their willing ally in Lancaster and requested the cease and desist be ordered against their OWN police department.  Now the Lancaster TA  said it was to get Clinton to talk, fat chance. It was just another ham handed effort by our horrendous pair of self serving selectmen to silence the rifle range.

Another quote from the Times and Courier:

Dickhaut and LeBlanc also defended a meeting they had attended, separate from the other selectmen, to discuss the cease-and-desist order with the police chief and town administrator.

“On Sept. 20, I was called by two residents, one in Clinton, one in Lancaster,” LeBlanc said. “I was told there were two people shooting.” He walked to the property and “encounter[ed] one of Clinton’s police officers coming out of the range in his police vehicle with a private citizen. … I thought the [2007] cease-and-desist order applied uniformly.”

LeBlanc asked for the meeting with Police Chief Mark Laverdure, “just to have a discussion,” he said. “I didn’t believe there was disciplinary action required.”

This is a half assed mea culpa, two selectmen meeting with the police chief without the rest of the BOS knowing anything about it and for a for a pretty long meeting, then asking him to order his men to not use the range is a bit more than a “DISCUSSION“. This borders on an abuse of power to get their self serving agenda item finished.

Of course there was no disciplinary action required, the police have always qualified there and should in perpetuity. that range is Clinton’s range and has been for 80 plus years. The chief is being put in the middle by this pair.

These selectmen should be finished, thrown out of office when their terms are up. We don’t need self serving, power abusing officials who have no clue what our real issues are. look no further than this…

…The state has said it would be cutting local aid again and this inept pair hasn’t even started looking at ways to save jobs…yes proactively looking at all options to save law enforcement, firefighters, DPW workers, school personel and non-union employees. Once again Clinton Selectmen are playing their fiddles while Clinton burns,  it’s just absolutely unbelievable and so damn amateurish!

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.