I thought I’d just stick with the obvious facts in my most recent letter to the Editor (Management by Crisis Oct 31). It’s hard to imagine that the Editor spent any time at all trying to verify anything before launching into one of his now famous “Editorial” rebuttals. Let’s quickly go through the list:
“Certainly no one is claiming it is urgent now. In other words, labeling it “urgent” was an oversight, not a misrepresentation”
From the minutes of the Sept 24, 2012 CIP meeting: “Town Hall – Rep/Rep: change priority to urgent keeping in 2014 for $4 million”.
“What we don’t agree with Lemaire about is his characterization …. that “The CIP committee is well seeded with both the President and Treasurer of the Friends, as well as other notable supporters.”
According to a Sept 19 Grunter article, Joyce Davis is the Board Chair of the Friends and Kathy Barnard is the treasurer. The town website lists Joyce on the CIP and Kathy Barnard as the chairman. Is the editor saying that he thinks someone else holds those positions or that he just doesn’t agree that the Friends have well seeded representation on the CIP? How would you characterize it?
By continuing to claim that voters have twice rejected a complete renovation, Lemaire himself is misrepresenting those votes.
If you read my letter, the claim is that voters rejected restoration twice. The Editor attempts to raise the standard to complete restoration. He then goes on to try to redefine rejection as majority approval. New Hampshire state law is pretty specific about the definition of acceptance and rejection. Those two votes were rejected. It is the Editor who is misrepresenting both my claim and the results of those votes.
In other words, since plans were not finalized and costed at the time the CIP was being completed, the $4 million is a working estimate, to be replaced by the actual cost proposed.
The board of Selectmen, at their Oct 17, 2012 meeting, approved a plan including costing estimates. In the year since then, there has been absolutely no discussion of any further planning effort by the Selectmen. I’d say that’s pretty final. If the Editor knows of any effort by the town to do more on that plan, he should share it with us. At this eleventh hour, it’s not clear whether the BOS is going to try to put this on the ballot or if the Friends are going to do it by petition.
The whole thing is being run by the Friends of Town Hall who seem to believe that the citizens and taxpayers of Wolfeboro have no right to visibility and participation in planning to spend millions of tax dollars on a public building. It’s just outrageous, and I believe the voters are going to say so in March.