Category Archives: Brewster Hall/Town Office

Information and Opinions concerning Town Offices and Brewster Memorial Hall

What are your values?

We all know the importance that the Friends of Brewster Hall place on historic preservation.  It’s the centerpiece of their vision of community.  It’s a valid point of view and deserving of consideration by others who may feel differently about … Continue reading

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Winding down

In the regular monthly scheduled teleconference today, the court was advised of a settlement.  The wheels are turning again. All pending motions were dropped, and the parties have a month to file a joint motion to either enter an agreed … Continue reading

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How bout that Town Hall project?

So regular readers of the blog may be wondering when I’m going to get around to talking about the Town Hall project.  Seems like there’s an article in the paper every week that regurgitates what has been announced at the … Continue reading

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Motions granted, settlement talks

Yesterday, the court granted Donovan Hatem’s motion for leave to file withdrawal, which they did shortly thereafter.  At the same time, the new firm’s motion to extent time to reply to Wolfeboro’s outstanding motions was granted. Today’s Grunter reports that … Continue reading

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Treble trouble

As expected, the town has filed motions with the court for costs and treble damages.  That will bring the total award to something north of $25 million dollars.  On the surface this appears to be an absurd overkill, but perhaps … Continue reading

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Comments

There are a lot of new readers these days, and you may not be aware of the blog policy on comments.  I’ve had to discard some anonymous comments.  There was nothing otherwise problematic, so if you resubmit with your name, … Continue reading

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Motion for Judgement

As expected, Wright-Pierce has filed a motion for judgement as a matter of law.  This motion asks the court to rule in their favor because the evidence presented by Wolfeboro is insufficient, or in some cases because the alleged violation … Continue reading

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Non-public meetings and Winnipesaukee Drive

Some of you may recall the activity in the Fall when the residents of Winnipesaukee Drive petitioned the Board of Selectmen to lay out their road with the intent of getting it repaired and accepted as a town road.  At … Continue reading

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Mediation Monday

A Notice of Mediation was placed on the docket today, ordering the parties to appear at a mediation session on Monday at 11:00am in Concord.  The notice is dated today. The lead attorneys and “persons having full authority to negotiate … Continue reading

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Waiting for follow up

Most of the remaining motions were filed with a follow up date for objections of Friday the 4th.  A couple had Monday the 7th.  So I guess it will be a quiet week while the parties work to craft their … Continue reading

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WP files their objections – and reveals a new element

Wolfeboro has two more hours to file it’s objections to WP’s pretrial motions.  WP has filed 8 so far: 116 WP objection to plaintiff pretrial statement 117 WP objective to plaintiff list of trial exhibits 118 wp objection to plaintiff … Continue reading

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Recount results

I received some unofficial results of the Article 7 (Brewster Hall) recount: Yes 1084 (63%) No 645 (37%)

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Deadlines

As the RIB lawsuit careens down the tracks toward trial, the deadlines established as much as a year ago are starting to kick in.  You would think that with a suit already delayed six months, the ducks would be in … Continue reading

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Hey Facebook Visitor!

This blog went viral yesterday, with more than three times the previous all time high in hit counts, and more than five times the previous unique visitor count.  The traffic appears to have been generated by one or more Facebook … Continue reading

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End of an Era

With the results of Tuesday’s election, we end the era of standoff on restoration of Brewster Hall.  The Friends of Town Hall, to their credit, prevailed by 45 votes to secure a 62.5% approval of their $4 million restoration plan. … Continue reading

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Town Meeting 2014 results

1777 Votes were cast – 36% of 4995 registered voters. Special Election results: Joe Kenney 969 Mike Cryans 697 Article 1: Election of Town Officials Town Clerk Pat Waterman 1628 Moderator Randy Walker 1548 Selectmen Dave Senecal 1356 Linda Murray … Continue reading

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Unofficial result

I’m pretty sure article 7 passed.  Will have the numbers tomorrow.

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A promise based on a promise

The quite convoluted Article 7 goes to great lengths to impress us with the Friends intention to donate $750,000 to the project.  I have no doubt as to the sincerity of  the donors who pledged funds to the Friends, and … Continue reading

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Priming the pump

Years ago, when I was a scout at summer camp, I can recall going down to the well to get a bucket of water.  The well had an old hand pump and a small bucket beside it containing a couple … Continue reading

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Another opinion

The other morning as I was getting my mail downtown, and a woman handed me a flyer concerning the town hall issue: Ms. Amatuci has advanced alternative plans in the past, and the last one featured the Library campus as … Continue reading

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The big picture

In the interest of being perfectly clear on this Brewster Hall roof issue, I want to point out that the warnings about the integrity of the roof come first hand from credentialed professionals who were hired by the town and … Continue reading

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The sky is falling

Well, not the whole sky, but if a couple of professionals are to be believed, the roof of Brewster Hall is about to fall. I’ve resisted sensationalizing this issue, instead making discrete inquiries to the town, asking that they get … Continue reading

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Rejecting the premise – Part 2

In order to justify the $4 million approach to fixing town offices, the newspaper seems to be fixated on the lack of a central heating system .  I know a little about heating systems, and couldn’t disagree more. The failed … Continue reading

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Rejecting the premise – Part 1

The paper and others make much of the argument that nothing more can be done with Brewster Hall without evacuating the place.  At least two Selectmen seem to feel otherwise. Lets look at the situation.  The offices are currently housed … Continue reading

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Think no?

Here in the middle of a February cold snap, with the Olympics set to start today, you may wonder if I mean THINK SNOW!.  Well, that too, but I really want to emphasize how you can’t just think no, you … Continue reading

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Where can I park my Red Herring?

As expected, the discourse surrounding the Friends latest boondoggle has gravitated back to the “parking” issue.  You’ll recall that when the previous article failed three years ago, the newspaper declared, without offering a shred of evidence, that it was due … Continue reading

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Hobson’s Choice

A couple of years ago, our Parks and Rec department was trying to get some traction with an idea for a combination community center/senior center on the site of the current community center. It would have walked out to the … Continue reading

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Mr. Murray’s ambush

All the ducks were in a row at the BOS public hearing Wednesday.  All the active members of the Friends were there with well rehearsed and choreographed presentations.  One talked about the tourist expectations, another their version of past referendums, … Continue reading

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Cumbaya at the BOS

Last night’s BOS meeting was dominated by the roll-out of the Friends’ plan to finally git ‘er done at Brewster Hall in the form of a public hearing that is required by law for bonded projects over $100K.  They started … Continue reading

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Changes at Metrocast

Update Dec 18, 2013.  Things are being switched around, but it’s hard to keep up.  I recently got the two free DTAs from Metrocast and they work fine on my older analog sets.  The channel numbers are automatically mapped. For … Continue reading

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SRO at the Selectman’s Meeting

They were packin’ em’ in at the library last night, and the meeting was delayed at the start as the Selectmen were meeting elsewhere with their town-council before the meeting. The big crowd was caused by a confluence of two … Continue reading

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Grunter shoots from the hip again

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

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All quiet on the Western Front

Not much going on publicly with Brewster Hall.  The Friends are continuing their pledge campaign and are making a final push with a deadline of Oct 15.  Last I heard they were at slightly over half-million in pledges against a … Continue reading

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That horse he’s flogging might be deceased

Sadly, Mr. Hughes is living in the past thinking I’m still part of TOCAG and that my objective is to build new Town Offices. He seems oblivious that TOCAG was disbanded more than four years ago after accomplishing all that … Continue reading

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Wakefield Wannabees

In his lecture last week, the Editor told us to look at Wakefield as a model of what is possible in Wolfeboro with a public/private partnership. Excellent advice! Wakefield is about half the size of Wolfeboro in terms of property … Continue reading

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Hyperbole and Ad Hominem attacks

That pretty much sums up the Grunter’s strategy in defending my factual rebuttal of their recent editorial.  The Editor had claimed that the UNH survey showed that a majority of voters were in favor of restoring Brewster Hall.  I came … Continue reading

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Careful what you ask for

Those opposed to doing anything to improve Brewster Memorial Hall, Wolfeboro’s Town Hall, are back at it again. They won’t settle for anything because that would be less than their dream of everything – spending millions of taxpayer dollars to … Continue reading

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Muddling the Facts?

Bucky Melanson submitted a brief letter to the paper this week asking several good questions concerning the disposition and future plans for Brewster Hall. In typical fashion, the Editor used the power of his editorial column to marginalize and discredit … Continue reading

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Better Pre-Buy

Five years ago, as part of the half-million restoration extravaganza, the town received a professional estimate of the heating cost of a renovated Brewster Hall. The official figure was about 9,000 gallons of oil. The engineer suggested two boilers and … Continue reading

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Just perfect!

Someone sent me this report on the Brewster Hall upstairs usage forum held on Nov 13.  I’m going to renew my objection to this line of inquiry by the Friends and Selectmen when dealing with millions of dollars of the taxpayer’s … Continue reading

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