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Information and Opinions concerning Town Offices and Brewster Memorial Hall

Everything looks like a nail

This was published in the Grunter today. In last week’s paper there was a report on a future uses of Town Hall forum conducted by the Friends on November 13. The forum was attended by a quorum of our Selectmen … Continue reading

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Everything including the kitchen sink

At the last BOS meeting, during the “tell me something I don’t already know” segment,  there was a report on the non-profit organizational needs meeting held at the Town Hall Meeting Room on November 13.  The meeting was organized by … Continue reading

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Dave’s looking pretty smart

Yesterday’s post exposes the plan that was used to justify the $4 million commitment to Brewster Hall restoration that was jammed into the CIP.  Anybody who watched the Oct 17 Selectmen’s meeting saw that Dave Senecal wasn’t impressed with the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a plan

Last week I received my latest batch of documents obtained under the Right to Know law.  Now I have the details of the latest $4 million plan to restore Brewster Hall. Here they are: That’s it folks.  That’s what the … Continue reading

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Fortunately, people aren’t as dumb as the Grunter thinks.

From the minutes of the Oct 17, 2012 Board of Selectmen’s meeting: It was moved by Chuck Storm for the Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen to support the proposal for renovations to Brewster Memorial Hall as presented at this meeting. Dave … Continue reading

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Let’s not Trash Public Opinion

As usual, the editor has gone over the top in cheer-leading for the Selectmen’s Brewster Hall plans. He discredits the voter rejection of their agenda last March by saying that only 29% voted. There’s an old saying: “Decisions are made … Continue reading

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Taking out the Trash

You may recall last March there were some questions on the ballot that asked your opinion on some Town Hall issues. The stated intent was to inform a discussion going forward to try to resolve the Town Office/Brewster Hall stalemate. … Continue reading

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Outsourced Government

Though I’ve never seen it in print, I’ve heard Joyce Davis say it a few times: The mission of the Friends of Town Hall is to restore Brewster Memorial Hall for use as Town Offices. Last March, the voters were … Continue reading

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Almost over

Many visitors to the blog were offended by my posting of commentary on the national issues, so I’ve taken a break and let the dust settle on it’s own.  For the past two weeks, it’s been looking more and more … Continue reading

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Bait and switch

I received the bid specifications for windows today.  Remember that my original question to the Selectmen was why are only looking at Pella windows at $2,000 average per window?  Their response was to say they would put it out to … Continue reading

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Here we go again

The big news, buried in the minutes of the last CIP meeting, is that the Selectmen are planning to make another run at a $4 million restoration project. Last March, there was a non-binding referendum question on the ballot.  It … Continue reading

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Tax equity

At the last Selectman’s meeting, there was a public hearing for a proposed changed to town code to provide free boat trailer storage to island residents from May to October.  I blogged about it here. One of the reasons Sarah … Continue reading

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What’s the hitch?

A couple of BOS meetings ago, the Police Chief appeared before the board to say that they had ticketed a few boat trailers that had been left for an extended period of time at the Mast Landing parking lot.  The … Continue reading

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Forty two to save (and counting)

You might think that the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is laser focused on saving the iconic Brewster Memorial Hall.  After all, they have it on their seven-to-save list, right?  Not exactly.  You see, every year they add seven more to … Continue reading

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No bid document trail

The $200,000 Brewster Hall repair warrant article was passed in March 2012.  Four months later, as of July 11, no work had been put out to public bidding.  I had been made aware of the situation by a concerned town … Continue reading

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You Decide

I sent this to the Grunter this week. I had to laugh at the Grunter coverage of the latest controversy framed as another Brewster Hall issue. . They had me wondering if I was at the same meeting. The article … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes

Today I received the proceeds of my latest Right to Know request  from the town.  Among other things I had requested communications concerning Brewster Hall repair activities.  I found three emails from the Town Planner initiating the process for developing … Continue reading

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Horse’s mouth

I’m not going to try to go chapter and verse about the “reporting” in this week’s Grunter.  It’s just so over the top.  I’ll just encourage you to take five minutes and watch it for yourself:  Click here. Then ask … Continue reading

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Know your Brewster Hall facts

OK, tonight we’re going to play a new game:  Know your Brewster Hall Facts. Let’s start out with an easy one:  When was the place built? If you guessed anything between 1890 and say 1905 you get credit for a … Continue reading

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To Bid or Not to Bid

This week I took a peek at the Selectmen’s agenda to see if they might possibly be following up on the controversy raised at the last meeting concerning the lack of public bidding on Brewster Hall projects.  Nothing,  So I … Continue reading

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Nothing but the best

I’m a great believer in what is often called the 80/20 rule.  Simply put it says that you can usually get 80% of the benefit for 20% of the cost or effort.  The corollary of course is that you typically … Continue reading

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The big lie

You will recall that I recently received a call from a local asbestos abatement contractor who told me that, contrary to what Mr. Owen has been telling everyone, the job was NEVER put out to bid.  Mr. Owen has maintained … Continue reading

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Radiant heat

The sun is beating down hard today, and it reminds me that I got asked some questions about radiant panels at the last BOS meeting. Brewster Hall has electric resistance heaters, most of them baseboard convection units.  Mr. Houseman described … Continue reading

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Where do you draw the line?

Today I got a call from a Wolfeboro citizen that does Asbestos Abatement.  He told me that after the March referendum, he went to the Town Manager and expressed interest in removing the asbestos from Brewter Hall.  He was surprised … Continue reading

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For what it’s worth

At the last Selectman’s meeting, I made an issue of the fact that only one vendor has been asked to provide more than $75,000 worth of windows for BMH.  The Town Manager defended his action by saying it would require … Continue reading

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BOS June 20

Just got back from the BOS meeting.  I went there to listen to the update on Brewster Hall improvements.  Rob Houseman went over the activity to date, but it was a closed discussion and the spreadsheet was not made available … Continue reading

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So how’s that Town Hall Fixup goin?

I’ve submitted two Right to Know requests for all information related to Town Hall repairs.  There was little forthcoming.  They are playing this very close to the vest. There have been no RFPs issued for bidding on any aspect of … Continue reading

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The big picture

As we see the downtown reconstruction taking shape, I can’t imagine

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In with the new

I know that people like to frame the debate as “for or against”.  You know, either you’re with us or you’re against us.  Any kind of dissent means you disagree with everything and therefore have no valid input to the … Continue reading

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Tick tock

The face of the clock in Brewster Hall is in desperate need of repair, especially the sunny south side. An estimate of around $32,000 was received and a grant for $10,000 was secured.  According to the Town Manager, the Friends … Continue reading

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Make us an offer we can’t refuse

The spin from the restorationists is that even though the majority of voters indicated that they do not support the Friends’ agenda of restoring Brewster Hall for use as Town Offices, there was no other alternative endorsed, so just stay … Continue reading

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Here’s a 6,000 sq ft town office

These folks have one of the lowest tax rates in New Hampshire.  You don’t have to live in a dump to have low taxes.  See the whole description here.

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Just an idea

Here’s one of the possible Library expansion plans that the trustees looked at.  The “old” library is the building at the top. I think it’s about 9,500 sq ft.  That’s about a 50% more space than the current town offices.

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You can’t get there from here

I emailed the results of the article 30 ballot referendum to Andy Smith from the UNH Survey Center, here’s what he had to say: Ouch! Seems like “none of the above” is the answer! From our work with you and … Continue reading

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Tag team antics

A little controversy and vilification is good for circulation, and for better of for worse circulation is the measure of a newspaper’s worth.  So it came as no surprise two weeks ago when the Editor pumped up the volume on … Continue reading

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Looking sideways

One of the things that always amazes me about watching professional sports on television,  especially football, is the way the sportscasters always seem to be able to tell us what the players are actually thinking.  I suppose it’s because most … Continue reading

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Damage control

With a rash of letters this week concerning important national issues, the Editor decided to stay on familiar ground by dedicating half of his editorial to disputing Frank Onishuk’s personal opinion about what is an undeniable lack of voter participation … Continue reading

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BOS April 4th

I tele-attended the BOS meeting tonight. The new chairman is Linda Murray with Sarah Silk as vice-chair. Given that the board members have not changed, assignments to the various town committees was pretty much a re-assignment.  I don’t know when … Continue reading

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Here we go again

Maybe I’m just a little too picky, but I have a thing about accuracy.  Last year, after the $4 million BMH article failed to get the necessary 60% support, Dave Bowers on at least two occasions stated from his chair … Continue reading

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Depot in the depot square

You recall that Dave Ford mentioned an upgrade to Depot Square as part of the downtown work currently in progress.  I got this plan from him today that shows the proposed changes.  The work was precipitated in part by a … Continue reading

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