Category Archives: Town Politics

Tax Rate set

The Department of Revenue Administration has set Wolfeboro’s 2014 tax rate at $13.01.  That’s an increase of  18 cents or  1.4% over last year’s rate of $12.83.  You can see all 218 town rates that have been set to date … Continue reading

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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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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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Dam storage pond

I came across this post from 2005 on an old website that has been inactive for years.  While there is no direct attribution, I believe the author was a gentleman who was politically active in town for years and had … Continue reading

Posted in RIB Lawsuit, Town Politics

Going for the jugular

Today’s newspaper heralds the latest developments in the RIB lawsuit.  The court has ruled against Wright Pierce on the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) claim and restored the damages from the jury’s reduced amount to Wolfeboro’s original claim.  Bottom line is … Continue reading

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What does it all mean?

Well, the verdict speaks for itself.  But I want to point out that there are close to  more than 1,000 hits on the blog today, so no matter where you come down on this issue, it goes to show that … Continue reading

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The Central Committee

Let’s continue with the theme of yesterday’s post about how it is that we can end up in a multi-million dollar lawsuit with million-dollar legal fees and no warning whatsoever. Take a look at the minutes of the January 18, … 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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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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Election day coverage

Something came up and I don’t think I’m going to be able to get the results when the polls close at 7.  If anyone else does, please forward to me, otherwise, I’ll get them in the morning and post. ************************************************************************************ … 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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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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Winepesaukee Drive a dead end

At least for now.  At the last BOS meeting, we got an update on the effort to fix the road and get it accepted as a town road. The current residents of this 20 something year old development had petitioned … Continue reading

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Another side of the RIB story

Today, WP filed a new motion asking the court to reconsider it’s denial of their request to extend the deadline to supplement expert witness testimony.  The legal arguments for reconsideration and extending are obscure and based on case law establishing … 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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Tax Rate posted – up 1.5%

The Department of Revenue Administration posted Wolfeboro’s 2013 tax rate today.  $12.83 – up 1.5% from last year’s $12.64. Here’s the breakdown: Town School State Ed County Total 2012 4.71 4.48 2.40 1.05 $12.64 2013 4.73 4.53 2.46 1.11 $12.83 … Continue reading

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Yet another crappy building

I’ve been keeping my nose out of the new Public Works building that is going up to replace the barn that burned down last winter.  Mostly, I’m just disgusted with the bunker mentality that the town has with regard to … 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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Rib lawsuit update

Latest developments in the RIB lawsuit: At the end of last week the court denied without prejudice Wright-Pierce’s request for leave to file a motion to extend the dates for discovery and trial.  Long story short, they asked for leave … Continue reading

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It’s contagious

It seems the real problem with the healthcare.gov website problem is that it’s highly contagious.  This morning I noticed a new button on our town website:

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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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Building [by] committee

Went down to the impromptu BOS meeting yesterday afternoon at BMH.  Quite an informal affair with little on the agenda besides the review of the latest plans for the Parks and Rec Maintenance building.  Nevertheless, it was interesting and informative. … Continue reading

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Another crappy building

The Grunter headlines this week make big news of the recent developments in the Parks and Rec department’s quest to construct a new 3,000 sq ft storage facility behind the ice arena at Abenake.  The Selectmen were advised at their … Continue reading

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The Co-op gets it

Here’s the statement directly from the NH Electric Co-op Website.  They don’t have a conflict like PSNH, and actively promote individual supplier choice.  Remember when long distance was unbundled from the phone company?  Better yet, remember what it was like … Continue reading

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Five hour energy

We need to get each of the Selectmen a flashlight, maybe two.  At the last BOS meeting, we got another dose of in-depth analysis of town affairs in a quick blow-off of recent serious, factual citizen inquiries about our municipal … Continue reading

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Stewart’s offer

I received this copy of a letter from Stewart’s Ambulance Service.  It apparently is the document that the Selectmen were working from at the April 17 meeting when they decided not to follow the town’s Procurement Policy for the pending … Continue reading

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Take a closer look

I’ve already written about why I feel that waiving the town’s Procurement Policy was both improper and unnecessary.  But there’s more to the story.  By negotiating with the current ambulance provider, bringing his terms for renewal to the board, and asking … Continue reading

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Our Procurement Diploma

Nobody wants to jeopardize public safety by cheaping out on medical services. Remember those death panels? So the BOS recently decided to stay the course with our ambulance company and waive the requirements of the town’s Procurement Policy. But is … Continue reading

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Quotable quotes

You could always count on him for a second.

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Town Meeting Referendum – YES!

One Thousand Thirty Two citizens participated in this year’s Town Meeting Referendum.  Every warrant article passed.  Brad Harriman  defeated incumbent Chuck Storm 64%-36%. ARTICLE 1: ELECTION OF TOWN OFFICERS Selectman Brad Harriman 3-Years 623 Charles “Chuck” Storm 355 Treasurer John … Continue reading

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