lost cause pay to get him gone(Wednesday, May 20 20 08:08 pm EDT)
The mayor and asst mayor have never had jobs that weren't govt so no idea how to have to WORK for a living enough said on that now the search was fine its when you get to the end the guy they had from Texas was so much better than anyone but the idiots that we have in place to lead are just that IDIOTS that have zero experience at anything real and couldn't function on there own
Bob(Wednesday, May 20 20 04:13 pm EDT)
John O'Connor I call BS the whole search committee was a joke Damren is a bumbling idiot> If he wasn't the right man for the job than don't hire him Period. BUT they screwed up and waited to long and they were out of time. The city got what the Mayor and ASS mayor wanted. This was a shit show from the start and they should have hired some one to do it but no so here we are paying for it again. really getting tired of being bent over by the city Govt. for their stupidity!!!!
John J. O'Connor(Wednesday, May 20 20 08:03 am EDT)
Give Morris a break, he wasn't the City Councils first choice.
The Councils first candidate , refused the position so they were left with no choice but to offer him the job.
The search committee must have seen his short comings for the position or he would have been their number 1.
He wasn't and now the citizens of Claremont are now seeing why.
Katherine(Tuesday, May 19 20 05:15 pm EDT)
I watched the Council meeting and I did not learn anything about anything until I read the two Sullivan report articles today. Mr. Morris is a conniving so-and-so. Mme. Mayor the Queen Bee and her chief lackey shaky Allen Damren and her pet councilor minions do not give a flying fig about us normal folk who have to pay the high taxes in this city. All they care about is their political agenda, their social climbing ways and the special interests they represent who keep them in political power. Selfish individuals who care only about themselves perpetuate this vicious circle.
Travis(Tuesday, May 19 20 01:15 pm EDT)
The city workers who come out of the smelling like a rose because they will get more money to pay the higher taxes while the rest of us will just be paying higher taxes with no extra money. Then of course, there are most of the city employees who do not live here at all who will really make out like bandits. Morris is making damn sure that all of the city employee’s pockets are very well lined with our tax dollars. Bureaucratic scum tends to do that sort of thing.
Rick(Tuesday, May 19 20 01:05 pm EDT)
Don’t forget anyone who doesn’t pay property taxes in Claremont but lives here in an apartment or rental situation will also be paying more money once this pandemic goes bye-bye. No one is safe from the taxman especially in Claremont.
Chad(Tuesday, May 19 20 11:35 am EDT)
Claremont voters have elected really bad council representatives who hired an inept city manager and this vicious circle of bad upon bad has created a vacuum of intelligent leadership that is now going to bite us all in the butt.
Marie(Tuesday, May 19 20 10:29 am EDT)
I am afraid that our tax-and-spend city councilors and city manager will resort to higher taxes to pay off the $1 million plus deficit. It is the only thing they seem to know how to do.
Tom(Tuesday, May 19 20 09:14 am EDT)
I do not like the way Morris is operating as Claremont’s City Manager. He seems shady as hell. I do not like all the elusive talk that comes out of his mouth every time he’s asked a question which is not often from the imbeciles we have on the council. Jim Sullivan is doing a good job asking questions that the councilors should be asking. It helps when he and AJ were councilors and they actually did the job while there so they know what questions need to be asked and neither of them are afraid to ask those questions or to hold everyone in the city government accountable to the public. I also do not like the way Morris is hiding information from everyone. This deficit with both the revenue and expenses that he claims is about $1.4 million is quite significant and none of the councilors seems to be taking this very seriously. It looks like the budget is going to be increasing the tax burden for everyone but it is well hidden because the overall property value grew about $26 million to cover the cost. Morris is taking credit for the nine cent property tax rate reduction for the city part of the entire tax rate when he really spend more money and had nothing to do with the tax rate cut. The man is a fraud and the councilors are too stupid to realize it or they are conspiring with the city manager to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Well that is not going to happen with Jim and AJ on the job. The Sullivan Report is performing an amazing service of educating the public about what is really going on at City Hall because our local press is woefully inadequate at the job. Jim and AJ may not be professional journalists but they certainly are acting the part in doing the job quite well. Kudos to both of you and please keep up the good work.
2) May 13 Claremont City Councill meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Morris(Wednesday, May 13 20 08:00 pm EDT)
16 years as a nozzle says it all real great qualifications oh yes he ran weathersfields 4 people for 10 minutes too
Bill(Wednesday, May 13 20 01:15 pm EDT)
Morris is a schmuck. Nuff said.
Gail(Wednesday, May 13 20 11:45 am EDT)
If you want honest and ethical people running our city government then the voters are going to have to start from scratch by electing all new people into the Council, who will promise to fire the city manager and clean house throughout the municipal administration.
Ken(Wednesday, May 13 20 10:01 am EDT)
The Sullivan Report has uncovered so many disturbing things about our city government. Of course, city councilors are ignoring it all because they will never investigate themselves or their cronies. It is quid pro quo, you scratch my back I will scratch yours all the way at City Hall with the municipal administration and city council. Claremont City Hall is Tammany Hall reborn.
City Hall Insider(Wednesday, May 13 20 09:35 am EDT)
With the finance director clandestinely meeting with the mayor and assistant mayor behind the backs of the other city councilors it raises the question of the city manager's knowledge of these meetings. Is he part of this secret political agenda or not? No one at City Hall is really sure.
Tony(Wednesday, May 13 20 09:02 am EDT)
That $200,000 in lost Utility revenue will be just the excuse this money hungry Council and City Manager needs to raise our water and sewer rates Bang Zoom to the Moon. The corruption is almost palatable.
Chris(Wednesday, May 13 20 07:11 am EDT)
Claremont City Hall is sure beginning to look like Tammany Hall more and more each day. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tammany Hall I suggest you Google it and think of it as an online learning experience. I hear it is all the rage these days with the youngsters.
Bob(Wednesday, May 13 20 06:12 am EDT)
Sure does look like Mary Walter is keeping two sets of city books. It reminds me of the three sets of books that Jim and AJ discovered with the community center a few years back. The administration flunkies blamed that one on a computer glitch. I wonder what the excuse will be this time. This Council will probably swallow whatever lame excuse is given just like that old Council did. Don’t ask and don’t tell to maintain the quid pro quo that is the lifeblood of the good ole boy network, which is alive and well in Claremont. In case you were wondering, the mother’s milk of this self- entitled crowd is the public funds that the councilors keep sliding into their pockets.
scumgate(Tuesday, May 12 20 06:26 pm EDT)
Mary was trained by honest scumgate then our ignorant city council we had named a bridge after the low life because they were so stupid the looser ran the city into the ground our new guys just finishing it off
Laura(Tuesday, May 12 20 04:59 pm EDT)
I would like to know how on one hand the furloughed municipal employees are costing the taxpayers $121,000 so far with possibly more to come while on the other hand they are supposedly saving the taxpayers $35,000 a month. That just doesn’t make sense, but it is exactly what Mary Walter is saying in the survey and what the city manager is telling Mr. Sullivan. While this craziness is going on the city councilors are just wallowing in their constant state of cluelessness and ambivalence.
Glenn(Tuesday, May 12 20 03:30 pm EDT)
Sarah, maybe you answered your own question? You seem to be looking at this with the predisposition that municipal officials are honest. Maybe you need to rethink that it might make things a little clearer.
Sarah(Tuesday, May 12 20 02:48 pm EDT)
I could not believe all of the inconsistencies in Mary Walter’s finances of the city that the Sullivan Report exposed. It makes you distrust everything she puts out. How is it that she has been able to work for the city for nearly 20 years?
Mike(Tuesday, May 12 20 02:00 pm EDT)
In regards to the auditing survey, I think there was a conspiracy to continue the record of clean audits for the city. Heck Damren puts down that that the city does not comply with the laws, etc. and the city still gets a clean audit. How the heck does that happen? Now this auditing firm that hires auditors that never find anything and present glowing reports to the city council every year that intentionally overlooks anything negative no matter how obvious the negative facts are, will be auditing the books for the next five years. Who knows what the heck these public officials in Claremont will be doing with the city’s funds during that time? Rest assured shenanigans are afoot.
Teri(Tuesday, May 12 20 01:44 pm EDT)
Ed Morris is an incompetent boob and he certainly is no Guy Santagate.
Kevin(Tuesday, May 12 20 12:50 pm EDT)
I also think that the city books were cooked and Assistant Mayor Damren is the Cover Upper in Chief. Look at what he did with the survey with his co-conspirator Charlene Lovett and I do not buy the BS story told by Mary Walter that she only deals with Lovett and Damren. She’s been around nearly 20 years and be in a finance director she should be able to count up the nine councilors even if she has to take off her shoes to do it. Also, does anyone honestly think that Ed Morris is so out of touch as to what is going on within his administration that he is just oblivious to everything that is going on at City Hall? If so, he should be shown the door.
Kathy(Tuesday, May 12 20 12:31 pm EDT)
It looks like the city’s books were cooked to overstate expenses to turn overstated revenue losses into overstated expenses. I know what we have seen so far appeared only on a survey, but if those same numbers were used to collect money from the federal government then it sounds like fraud, to me. Don’t people go to jail for that sort of thing?
Tom(Tuesday, May 12 20 10:10 am EDT)
Morris is hiding information from the public and from the councilors. I see with the new agenda for Wednesday that Councilor O’Hearne requested a nonpublic meeting with the city manager under personnel. I hope he and other councilors will address Mr. Morris’ challenges with telling the truth and being forthcoming with information. Without mutual trust, Mr. Morris will need to be terminated. It will simply be no other choice except to languish with an untrustworthy city manager.
William(Tuesday, May 12 20 07:46 am EDT)
Mr. Morris was trying to hide public documents from Mr. Sullivan. The first time he said nothing was there when Mr. Sullivan asked for a list of COVID expenditures and losses when all the time there was documentation. I also think that Mr. Morris did not want to turn over to Mr. Sullivan a copy of $313,638 claim form to the government so he turned over the municipal survey instead to try to appease Mr. Sullivan. Now Mr. Morris has been caught with his pants down. I think he is hiding something and I am hoping Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville can uncover it.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, May 12 20 06:36 am EDT)
I am simply stunned as to what I read today on the Sullivan Report. Two marvelous exposés effectively illustrating the deepening corruption of our municipal government. It is painstakingly obvious that Mr. Morris’s arrival in Claremont was not a Godsend, but a calculated step in an ongoing political agenda designed to separate as much money as possible from the public at the federal, state and local taxation levels to benefit an anointed few with political connections with local officials. It appears that local municipal officials have decided to use the COVID 19 emergency as political cover to do a myriad of things, none of which is good for Claremont. It will be very interesting to see what Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville find in the government document used to justify collecting $313,638 from the federal government. I will be most interested to see if any of the Morris Administration’s expense claims are fraudulent. The Sullivan Report made a very compelling case that many of these so-called COVID 19 expenses are nothing of the kind. It was a stroke of genius to use the city’s own conflicting financial documentation, most of which was apparently written by the Finance Director herself to completely undermine this financial house of cards, seemingly created to collect large sums of free money from the government. The saga of the survey from the auditing firm is also indicative of a cover-up. Assistant Mayor Damren is up to his neck in this scandal. There is definitely something screwy going on at City Hall and our elected leaders on the city council are doing absolutely nothing about it. Has the lure of free money using whatever means necessary to obtain those funds compromised the nine councilor’s common sense and ethics as well?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, May 11 20 10:45 pm EDT)
Four new articles published today!
1) Damren's auditing company's questionnaire is an interesting read!
3) May 4 Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting synopsis.
4) May 11 Planning Board meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Time-In(Monday, May 11 20 10:33 am EDT)
I see "Look at me" Koloski is attempting to reopen his sorry excuse for a restaurant by having an outside seating area.
I cannot think of anything more unappetizing than his awful food, from his contaminated restaurant, being served in a dirty, contaminated mill parking lot.
Looks like he has at least 4 tables ready to go, which is three more than he needs for his busiest night.
Hang it up already. No one in their right mind is going to patronize this dump.
Sarah(Wednesday, May 06 20 10:49 am EDT)
I do not like the idea of Mayor Lovett being on the local housing commission. She already said she wants to bring more welfare vouches the Claremont and she supports turning Claremont into a welcoming community, which we all know is political slang for a sanctuary city. I do not know what she is thinking but she will destroy Claremont to she gets her way. What is even scarier is that she has Damren and other cronies on the Council backing her all the way. I also think that the CDA organization should be dissolved. They are acting recklessly with our tax dollars and other public property.
Gail(Wednesday, May 06 20 08:48 am EDT)
The roads are a terrible mess and it looks like the not going to be fixed so the city staffers can get big raises thanks to all of the city councilors they have in their pockets. Wealthy real estate investors get more taxpayer-funded grants and Section 8 vouchers so they have guaranteed rent even in vacant apartments. Senior Citizens cannot get a reasonable property exemption and the Veterans are not treated fairly either as other communities give a larger tax credit to not only certain Veterans but to all Veterans. The CDA is running amok tying up all of our city land for a project that seems to be running up costs out of control. Claremont has a growing budget deficit. And I'm sure there are other problems that I am forgetting. My point is that our city leaders are not leading instead they are focusing on helping special interests gain access to higher sums of public funds and creating an environment of higher taxation to those who can least afford it. Mayor Lovett and all of her cronies have got to go.
Katherine(Wednesday, May 06 20 07:34 am EDT)
The local press has really falling down on the job. Local government is still functioning with some things being done and no reporting about it at all. The Sullivan Report is Claremont's only new source not losing sight of what is going on. Public officials cannot be trusted. Look at what the CDA has done with our city assets by mortgaging them to the max to only raise a small amount of dollars for a project at the Farwell building that seems to be sucking up more and more money. Borrowing $350,000 more than what the CDA board of directors told Gov. Sununu and the Executive Council that they needed for the project is very suspicious. There is no government oversight whatsoever. We have a city council of nine morons who are completely clueless as to what is going on or they are colluding and hiding what is going on from the taxpaying public. We have administrators who are acting recklessly with public funds and no one is being held accountable. Heck until the Sullivan Report released this investigative article no one in the public had any idea this was going on. It is truly scandalous. Our public officials cannot be trusted.
Bob(Wednesday, May 06 20 03:49 am EDT)
Most communities are worrying about the corona virus. We have another virus that has been attacking Claremont for a very long time and it is the old self-serving, entitled SOS crowd retreads and the public officials that they support on the city council, school board and county delegation. They are a deadly a virus that is really is destroying Claremont right down to its very fabric.
Todd(Tuesday, May 05 20 09:47 pm EDT)
It's the new $750,000 per year paving plan that flaming imbecile Ed Morris the new city manager came up with in collusion with his dumb and dumber minions Victor St. Pierre the DPW director and Jeremy Clay, Victor's bumbling assistant director sidekick AKA Dirtboy. It's going to cost the taxpayers over $15 million over the next 20 years for nothng more than crack fill and a light layer of skim coat one time on each road for those 20 years. To anyone with a half of a brain the flaws with this plan are obvious. That is unless you are one of the many dimwits on the city council, who are all applauding this plan as if it is some kind of genius idea. Of course they're doing that because they think the public is stupid and they want to transfer money away from paving so they can pay all the city employees more money and give them even better benefits than what they are already getting. Make no mistake the taxpayers are being screwed here and our elected councilors are the ones doing the screwing without any mercy.
One Giant hole(Tuesday, May 05 20 09:11 pm EDT)
Drive down west terrace street summer street the bluff what a damn joke no wonder no one takes care of there houses its called broken window theory read about it you idiots who think your managing something
Donk(Tuesday, May 05 20 04:56 pm EDT)
WHAT THE F**K IS UP WITH THE GIANT HOLES IN ROADS NOT BEING FIXED?
and don't give me no corona virus bullshit!
Kevin(Tuesday, May 05 20 03:12 pm EDT)
The CDA is nothing more than a secret society of Claremont snobs that use Claremont’s assets and the taxpayer’s dollars like Monopoly money and game board pieces. The outcome really does not mean much to them because there is no punishment or any penalty for any of the board members if they fail. The only loser in all of this is the Claremont taxpayers, who have put their trust in the wrong people.
Brian(Tuesday, May 05 20 01:59 pm EDT)
I know many of the political players and they all wear false faces. What I mean by that is when you meet them in person they come off as very nice and altruistic. They seem to have their hearts in the right place and a great love for our city. If you watch them closely and pay attention to their actions when they are acting within their elected or appointed power they are completely different people as they wheedle their way into more power and use that power against the people of our community who placed their trust within them. The paid staff of the worst as they have no loyalty to Claremont whatsoever and they also have their own agendas that have little or nothing to do with the betterment of Claremont. Until the voters of Claremont rise up and throw out everyone on the City Council then absolutely nothing will change for the better.
David(Tuesday, May 05 20 10:33 am EDT)
I know most of the members on the CDA board of directors and they are arrogant, Type A personalities who think they know it all. Judging from all of the dumb financial decisions they have made with the public's money and assets seems to prove that they are all obviously incompetent managers of the public's possessions. I agree with the notion of disbanding the CDA permanently and placing the assets and the responsibility for managing those assets with the planning office. It may not be a perfect solution but it is better than the present situation.
Richard(Tuesday, May 05 20 09:15 am EDT)
I think the CDA should be disbanded by the city council and their duties passed over to the planning office. The organization is out of control and they have placed Claremont's financial security at high risk as they have mortgaged all of the city's assets under their care to renovate the Farwell building. I am going to be very curious to find out what happened to that extra $350,000 and why the CDA board members are looking for even more money through donations and grants for the Farwell building project. I am also deeply concerned about the pleasant restaurant building project as the CDA will be going into debt over half of one million dollars for a very sketchy tenant that may not be able to come up with their rent let alone $400,000 for interior repairs and their other operational costs. I think Jim and AJ are right on the money that both of these projects will eventually become taxpayer supported in some manner.
Russell(Tuesday, May 05 20 08:13 am EDT)
Allison you really hit the nail on the head with what is going on within our municipal government. Everyone is colluding and plotting to benefit either themselves or special interests and the loser every time is the Claremont taxpayers. It is truly a sickening sight to see. I am 74 years old and I have lived in Claremont all my life and I am so disheartened to see what has become of my hometown. How so many selfish people easily rose to power hell-bent on destroying this community just to achieve some political or personal agenda is simply disgraceful.
Allison(Tuesday, May 05 20 07:57 am EDT)
Latest Sullivan Report article had several main focuses, the property on Main Street, the Goddard building, Section 8 vouchers in the CDA’s to renovation projects in Opera House Square. If you paid attention, you would have noticed that there is one common theme running through all of these seemingly separate issues. Public officials either hired, or elected or appointed, who are all plotting and scheming to further their own political agenda and using public funds to do so. Some of these people are not Claremont residents but all of them seem to have something in common their selfish desires are more important than the best interest of Claremont’s citizenry. Thank you Jim and AJ for taking providing such a wonderful public service by doing the investigative reporting of professional journalists as the conventional press is unwilling or unable to do so. Presumably, as many of them are compromised by their close family or personal ties to those connected to local government.
piss poor(Monday, May 04 20 09:20 pm EDT)
Not morons this city is being run by FUCKING idiots they just have no clue about anything really look at all of them they couldn't figure anything out in life no real life experience whatsoever
Chris(Monday, May 04 20 11:45 am EDT)
The CDA has gone into hock up to their eyeballs to keep the Farwell project going forward and now all of the city-owned property at their disposal is mortgaged to the hilt. Now they are looking at the pleasant restaurant next door and will go into debt by over $500,000 to put in a music center they may not even be able to pay their rent. The county manager and the city manager are both on the CDA Board of Directors and they are both going along with this foolishness. We have a bunch of morons running the city.
Karen(Monday, May 04 20 10:54 am EDT)
Scheming, plotting and possible ethical violations and corruption is beginning to look widespread throughout Claremont’s municipal government. Public officials hiding their actions and lying to the public is becoming commonplace. It is really disheartening.
Industrial Property Owner(Monday, May 04 20 08:34 am EDT)
A sensational exposé today from the Sullivan Report. The history of the 147 Main St. project is indicative of a city government out of control. I believe this issue spanned three city managers yet all of them made the disastrous decision to stay the course, which tells me their mindset is deeply entrenched in a bureaucratic quagmire of spend first think never because it is only tax dollars. This I am sad to write certainly seems to be the work philosophy of Mr. Morris, the latest in a long line of pathetically incompetent city managers. The Section 8 voucher tie-in is also extremely troubling for it will have deep repercussions for the city and the taxpayers. Then there is the saga of the two CDA projects. Reading these uncovered facts that the Sullivan Report brought to light has me wondering about a few things. Does not reporting two sizable loans on a grant application constitute fraud? On the other hand, is not reporting that the CDA is looking for additional funding for the project when stating on the grant application that full funding is achieved with what was stated on the documents that did not include $350,000 in loans also fraud? Is the CDA paying property taxes on the Pleasant Restaurant building as was promised to the public? Will the CDA and the WCCMA have sufficient revenues to meet operational expenses? What will the dramatically increased debt service for the CDA do to their cash flow? Will a taxpayer bailout be necessary? Are the CDA’s finances so dire that it was necessary to collateralize what seems to be their entire real estate portfolio to raise such relatively little money for the Farwell building project? Because of the wall of secrecy erected around the CDA and it seems the WCCMA as well the taxpayers will essentially be giving blank checks to these two organizations and with fingers crossed hope that they manage the public’s money well without any independent oversight. I cannot speak for the WCCMA but I have absolutely no faith or confidence in either the CDA or Mr. Ed Morris. In my humble opinion, neither have shown any competent or professional management acumen whatsoever.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, May 04 20 06:34 am EDT)
New article published today.
Governor and Executive Council to decide on funding for three projects for Claremont.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Please run again(Friday, May 01 20 11:06 am EDT)
Yes Chris we have an abundance of ignorant people that unfortunately vote they do nothing else so I guess its a big deal for them to vote to keep this a shit hole just how they like it. I hope you do run again
Chris Fazio(Friday, May 01 20 09:47 am EDT)
Well, I tried to help, but was outvoted in the election!
Claremont residents must be content with dissatisfaction.
Maybe I'll try again next year!
Gary(Wednesday, April 29 20 08:23 am EDT)
Morris may be a boob but he is a boob with an agenda. For his first act, Morris a former firefighter gave the Claremont firefighters a big raise and now he’s probably doing the same thing with the cops at the next council meeting as all the councilors will have their rubberstamps in hand ready to go. Then don’t forget there is the promise of even bigger raises once that consultant turns in what will be a bullshit report to justify across-the-board pay increases with probably benefit enhancements for good measure. Morris is paying for this in part by destroying Claremont’s infrastructure by not spending enough money on Claremont’s roadway maintenance. Another bullshit plan to only crack seal and apply a thin skim coat to most of Claremont’s roads only once in 20 years. How that will cost over $15 million over the next 20 years I have no idea but that is the lame plan so tax dollars can be diverted to the special interests. I’m wondering if Morris will get a big raise out of this too. Maybe this was all part of the negotiated plan when he was hired since it was all done behind closed doors we will never know what those dirty skunks did.
Don(Wednesday, April 29 20 08:17 am EDT)
That has to be expected when the city council intentionally hired a novice boob to be city manager.
Alice(Wednesday, April 29 20 07:07 am EDT)
Claremont’s city government is rotten to the core. It has been for a long time but it sure got worse under Mayor Lovett’s leadership.
Dennis(Wednesday, April 29 20 06:44 am EDT)
Allen Damren is sure showing his true colors. Taking an active role in misleading the public about the audit report. First by conspiring with Mayor Lovett and Mary Walter and presumably Ed Morris to only submit one presumably glowing survey for the auditors so that they will not look at anything that could spark a larger investigation. Like why the DPW Director is giving much more business to his family than the city ever has before. Alternatively, why he and so many other city officials are violating the city purchasing policy when they give out big contracts to companies.
William(Wednesday, April 29 20 06:00 am EDT)
There is a lot of collusion going on at City Hall. It seems that the City Manager and the Finance Director and the Mayor and the Assistant Mayor are all thick as thieves with their constant plotting. It really is sickening to see how our city government has devolved into what looks like to be a modern-day Tammany Hall.
Mike(Tuesday, April 28 20 03:32 pm EDT)
Since Greg seemed to be trying to do some kind of Limerick and I find myself stuck at home going out of my mind, I thought I would give it a go. I hope you all like my attempt at a little humor. I can’t believe how quickly I threw this one together.
There is a city manager in Claremont named Ed, who from the neck up is quite brain-dead. Whenever Councilors like O’Hearne get into a snit, Morris refuses to answer their questions by acting like a dimwit. Because of Morris’s incompetence and do-nothing job performance like Rome, Claremont is burning, while anxious taxpayers look on in dread with their guts churning. But never fear because Mayor Lovett is here, with her weekly saccharin filled newspaper column of opine, assuring all of us that everything is just fine. As she and the councilors continue to spend higher sums of tax dollars with great glee, Claremont taxpayers will see great rises in their property tax bills, water and sewer rates and other fees. For at least another year and a half the Claremont taxpayers are stuck, as our duly elected representatives continue to run amok.
CORONA VIRUS STAY AT HOME ORDER SUCKS!
Greg(Tuesday, April 28 20 02:51 pm EDT)
Ed Morris is a terrible city manager. He is clearly out of his element. Lovett and her band of mindless followers on the Council hired him so they could control him. Well we now have a financial crisis and everything is turning to poo and Lovett and her crew do not know what to do. Meaning Claremont is in deep doo doo.
Cheryl(Tuesday, April 28 20 02:34 pm EDT)
Thank you Nick Koloski for bringing up the issue of the survey for the auditing process. Mayor Lovett and Assistant Mayor Damren are rotten people who are pushing a personal political agenda in collusion with the city administration. This also has something to do with why your emails and other emails from other councilors are not being distributed. It’s all about control and Lovett and Damren have no intention of stopping their interference with city affairs no matter how many times they break the city charter to do it. They know they can get away with it because the councilors will let them. Nick if you really want to do something that would behoove the city then you need to be pushing for Lovett and Damren’s resignation or termination because of their reoccurring violations of the city charter.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, April 28 20 01:03 pm EDT)
The Sullivan Report exposé regarding the latest audit report was mind blowing. The unprofessionalism of the auditing firm is incredible. Their willingness to carefully contrive a presentation that glosses over the truth while the presenter is essentially telling the truth in regards to what is stated except for the errors of course. There is always some extra funds in any budget but over $1,500.000 is quite excessive when it unnecessarily adds $1.98 to the property tax rate. This is just public official greed pure and simple. Using a methodology to calculate cash surplus funds that includes receivables not collected is irresponsible. There is a $2 million difference between what the city had actual cash in hand on that particular day and what the auditing report is stating. In other circles that would be considered fraud. The water fund decreased in value by over $650,000. Deposits and Investments decline by over $2 million. The investment portfolio for the city is now worse over $2.8 million less than precisely one year earlier. These are all undeniable facts concisely illustrated by the Sullivan Report through the clever use of excerpts from the auditing firm’s own audit reports for the last two fiscal years. In spite of this irrefutable truth, Assistant Mayor Allen Damren continues to try to maintain the illusion of fiscal solvency by focusing on a terribly irrelevant fact. Specifically that the audit report for fiscal year 2019 is considered clean. As the Sullivan Report concisely explained, a clean report is simply stating that the city’s books are filled out correctly at least as far as the few transactions that were checked are concerned. This is not a phenomenal revelation as Mr. Damren, Mrs. Lovett and other city officials would have us believe. They are preying on our ignorance in regards to how audit reports work so to speak. The Claremont City Council seems to be bereft of honest leadership that is representative of the people. Claremont will suffer because of it for as long as the current leadership is in power.
Kevin(Tuesday, April 28 20 11:59 am EDT)
Allen Damren and Charlene Lovett are both sneaky as hell. The dirty trick they played with the audit survey and keeping emails from other councilors shows that they have not learned from past mistakes and that their past promises to never overstep their authority ever again are as empty and hollow as the contents of their heads.
Dave(Tuesday, April 28 20 08:28 am EDT)
Don’t forget about Debbie Matteau. Everyone should have known that she would be an administration girl through and through. Eddie says jump and she says how high. That is about the size of it.
Laura(Tuesday, April 28 20 08:05 am EDT)
I am very disappointed with councilors Erica Sweetser and James Contois. I thought they both would be excellent representatives for the people instead of flunkies for the administrators, who mostly choose not to live in Claremont so they pay no property taxes and have no connection to or investment in our city. These employees are only here for their paycheck and nothing more. It certainly did not take long for Erica and James to become part of the councilor cult mentality that has plagued Claremont for far too long. They should both be deeply ashamed of themselves for their lack of commitment and interest in the public good. The same is true for the rest of the council members.
Fire!!!!...........this guy and the appointers of him(Tuesday, April 28 20 07:47 am EDT)
First thing on this doofs list fire department they are cleaning wow go be a fireman again if you think that that most important thing to report of our city we really screwed the hiring of this knuckle head up time to make his dreams come true
Terry(Tuesday, April 28 20 06:36 am EDT)
Wow! That audit report presentation on the last council meeting was a sham. I watched the meeting and thought that the city’s finances were not too bad because everything sounded pretty wonderful. Now I read the Sullivan Report and actually see the comparisons between the new audit report and the previous year’s audit report and the differences are shocking and it is certainly not good news in many instances. I thought better of Mr. Morris and the city councilors but I guess I was wrong and I see them now for morally bankrupt politicians and nothing more.
dreadful(Tuesday, April 28 20 06:31 am EDT)
Anyone on the council or in the top city elite officials should all be ashamed at how terribly they are running this city into the ground and they don't even really argue about it they think they are doing a stroke of business
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, April 28 20 05:54 am EDT)
New article published today.
April 22, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Craziness(Monday, April 27 20 08:29 pm EDT)
oh ya same as miss piggy "finance " director / book cooker head to Goshen after you collect your check and vacation and goods don't feel the pain you create with your antics and bad policy
wake up(Monday, April 27 20 08:23 pm EDT)
When your economic developer or planner or whatever gets in her junk commuter car to head out of town when the bell rings to get home for 5 you tell me what kind of marketing we are getting good fucking luck these morons don't live here or give two shits how it goes as long as she gets her retirement money and paycheck and benefit package and vacation all to pay her property taxes to who knows where go work for them it obviously isn't working the same idiots been here for years and have done nothing that wasn't going to happen anyway!!!!
Just Curious(Monday, April 27 20 01:57 pm EDT)
Claremont has lot of industrial property rotting away. Is anyone at the city level pushing this property in the market of companies that could be relocating to the US out of China. Now that would be proactive.
Richard(Thursday, April 23 20 10:13 am EDT)
They could sit around and sing koombyaaa and pat the new soothing confort dog the police dept got and talk about how much work needs to be done for this to be a good city again and the mayor can have her remote meetings that amount to nothing and we call all go fucking bankrupt while we watch these fucktards play fantasy land Morris seems to love this
Jason(Thursday, April 23 20 07:27 am EDT)
Anyone on the council should feel ashamed this city daily gets run into the ground more and these idiots just keep blah blah blah talking about nothing in there week state the mayor looks to be in a play or in a fairytale in her little meeting of the stupid talking about nothing once again they don't have a clue what to do on any level to make shit happen just talk like fucking morons really sickening to watch and to continue going to meetings knowing you allow this administration of fuck ups to continue and you say nothing speaks volumes oh how ignorant you people really are
Bob Gravel(Thursday, April 23 20 05:38 am EDT)
The Claremont Taxpayers are in deep trouble if we don’t realize, That City government is a criminal entity controlled by an entrenched elite Ruling Class who are unspeakably evil !
Bob(Wednesday, April 22 20 06:19 pm EDT)
I heard rumor that Topstone was going to be turned into apartments God I hope not
Minions(Wednesday, April 22 20 02:31 pm EDT)
No one in there right mind would build anything unless you got government funding one you get all the minions and there clipboards and codes to attack just not worth it let the buildings fall down
jason(Wednesday, April 22 20 02:06 pm EDT)
We will never be anything let a fire man tell us we need more lifesafety codes to adopt what you have nothing else to do go clean something or mow a lawn or there is plenty to do productive than walk around and dream up adopting new safety codes that no one in there right mind would build or come here and deal with the ignorant rules but hey we got enough great stuff so perfect. just so stupid these people don't get it !! Truly never will life safety fuck you can't drive thru this dump the roads ruin your car
Tom(Wednesday, April 22 20 01:47 pm EDT)
Claremont will never be great again with this bunch running things. We need to clean out the entire Council at the next election and elect people that will fire Ed Morris immediately and just hope that we have a city left to save by then.
Travis(Wednesday, April 22 20 12:45 pm EDT)
Jim and AJ are right about the city council’s ambivalence to the entire financial crisis. They should have issued a spending freeze order at their last meeting. They should be taking charge of the situation a set of sitting back and watching Mr. Morris flounder because most of the councilors hired someone extremely inexperienced whom they thought they could control. Their poor decision-making has now come to bite all of us.
Joel(Wednesday, April 22 20 11:03 am EDT)
I see that the old Goodwin Community Center has a for sale sign in the front of the building. Boy, Santagate and the councilors who sold that building sure screwed that up. Most of the councilors are still on the council continuing to screw things up for the taxpayers left and right. The community center building is now even more dilapidated now I am sure and nothing productive ever came out of it. This is what happens when morons run things.
COMFORT DOGS WOW JUST WHAT WE NEED LIBTARDS(Wednesday, April 22 20 09:34 am EDT)
a fucking comfort dog maybe they can walk it to the sober dirtbag housing on sullivan street and it can stay with them another taxpayer funded deal we have a police department in shambles that hires dogs WOW great leadership run us in the ground even further GOOD JOB MORRIS YOU IDIOT
Steve(Wednesday, April 22 20 08:54 am EDT)
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville have extensive knowledge about the city and its finances because they were very active and involved in city affairs during their terms on the council. While their strong personalities contrasted sharply with city officials different people than today but with the same personality flaws and misguided philosophy about the direction Claremont should be heading in. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville always stood up for the taxpayers and the little guy and the little woman not generally represented by public officials. They are still serving Claremont well with the Sullivan Report by keeping us well-informed about city affairs that Mayor Lovett and City Manager Morris and all of their cronies on the city council and in the municipal administration want to keep buried to hide their collective incompetence and their addiction to nonstop spending.
Laura(Wednesday, April 22 20 07:16 am EDT)
Thank you Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville for bringing out the truth and providing intelligent possible solutions to the problem. While the two of you are no longer city councilors both of you are showing more intelligence and leadership than the entire city administration and city council.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 22 20 06:46 am EDT)
What can be done about this financial crisis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
David(Tuesday, April 21 20 03:48 pm EDT)
What bothers me is the increasing series of bad management decisions coming from Morris and company while the city Council just looks on and claps their hands like trained seals at Sea World. The paving plan is a fricking joke that will destroy our roads in just a few years. Diverting money into payroll for highest salaries and benefits is idiotic especially now with everybody a.k.a. the taxpayers hurting so badly. All these people know how to do is spend money on foolishness like giving grant money to a landlord who was going to put welfare people in the building and the mayor is trying to get more welfare vouchers for Claremont. Of course she's doing this when she's not trying to push for a sanctuary city status for Claremont so that we lose our federal funding on everything because the President just passed an executive order doing just that. The city deficit is gonna blow up and the city leaders don't give a damn. Morris doesn't give a crap about us and neither does any of the nine councilors. The voters really did a number on us this time.
Charles(Tuesday, April 21 20 01:01 pm EDT)
So Morris pulls the old switcheroo.He took Claremont's paving money and applied it to the ever increasing raises,paychecks,and benefit pkgs. to the local civil servant class.You know,the ones that belong to the country club.
So after a year or 2 when people get really fed up with the condition of the roads Morris will pull a paving plan out of his ass in return for an increase in property tax mill rate.
So the taxes go up,a few more of us die off,and half of the promised paving will get done.The other half of the money will go to astronomical Corona virus elevated health insurance premiums for our ever present civil servant class once again.
The song is old and played out,but it remains the same.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, April 20 20 10:47 pm EDT)
Four new articles published today.
1) City losses rising!
2) City DPW starts to administer new "repair & preserve method" on City roads.
3) Halfway Measures – NH DES searches for contamination source of Topstone Property.
4) Council agenda switcheroo.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tom(Monday, April 20 20 02:55 pm EDT)
Anyone have any idea when Caccavaro's sentencing is supposed to happen? I'm wondering if he will actually see the inside of a jail cell because of his age and any health conditions he might have? Will he be given an ankle bracelet and told to stay home? Or if he will be isolated in prison like Weinstein?
Richard(Wednesday, April 15 20 08:42 am EDT)
I am not naive but I was always hopeful that citizens could trust their local officials. I know we had some that were completely untrustworthy but for the most part, even if we disagreed they still love their community. Now I am no longer so sure as it is becoming clearer that we have many public officials who are working at cross-purposes from the good of the people. I do not know what their motivations are nor do I care I simply believe that they are not representing our best interests. Unfortunately, the mediocre reporters that cover our locale are uninspired to act like true journalists and unfortunately, their readers are ignorant of the true goings-on in our area because of the terrible work ethic of these reporters.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, April 14 20 11:17 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) County purchases Former Eagle Times Building for Sober House.
2) County Finances Update.
3) April 8 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
wake the f@!k up Claremont its almost too late(Monday, April 13 20 09:30 am EDT)
Our stupid leaders didn't even know of the sale of the property to the county on Sullivan street by Tremont Square for the scumbag convict beds another Claremont property off the tax roles but hey we didn't need that money anyway just like the topstone money we forgave no biggie let's wake up Claremont
Charles(Thursday, April 09 20 04:55 pm EDT)
Patrick Adrian is not dissimilar to Joe Biden.
Joe Biden originates very little to nothing policy or legislation wise.He is told by public unions and credit card and insurance companies what acceptable policy is.
Medicare for all? You will be lucky if the existing Medicare isn't dramatically cut after the check comes for America's Corona binge.
Howz New Hampshire going to fare when it's bread and butter is rooms and meals taxes that are non-existent and there's no income or sales taxes?
With the army of civil servants making between $60k and $100k with retirement and health insurance the lack of mental health facilities will be the least of the Shire's discrepancies.They'll be lucky to have enough to clear the snow next winter.Not sure if the state picks up anything on the Sullivan County Home overhead,but don't count on anything.I don't know if aging Sullivan county will have the income themselves to even keep it running.Lots of poor folks that are getting very old.Any young talent isn't even looking in their rear view mirror to Claremont.
Spot On(Thursday, April 09 20 10:05 am EDT)
John, I’m not sure Pat pens all that his name is on in the paper. I think they hand it to him and he puts it in the paper. Helps to have a wife on the inside
John J. O'Connor(Thursday, April 09 20 06:02 am EDT)
Are you people joking ?
This covid virus must be the affecting your brain as well as your lungs.
Calling Pat a journalist is absurd. He is nothing more than a "parrot" for the administration who does nothing more then repeat what he is told.
Accept Pat for what he is, whatever that might be,but it certainly is not a journalist.
beds for scum needles for all welcome home(Wednesday, April 08 20 08:52 pm EDT)
We have hired and voted in the most incompetent city leaders in the history they are going to allow this ignorant county delegation and Ferland to fill our city with more shitbags the purchase of the scumbag housing building on Sullivan Street by Tremont square is complete
William(Wednesday, April 08 20 10:55 am EDT)
Peep, why are you so obsessed with exonerating Patrick Adrian of his actions? The last article that was written by Patrick Adrian and published by the Eagle Times regarding the health of the three Claremont Firefighters, who encountered a person infected with the COVID-19 virus had to have been written no earlier than Friday, March 20. The County Commissioner's meeting occurred on March 16. Patrick Adrian had plenty of time to write and file the story before he was laid off. Apparently he did not. Those are the facts. End of story.
Peep(Wednesday, April 08 20 10:11 am EDT)
William, why would he file a story if he had been laid off? Should he provide stories as a charity? I suppose you would continue to work for your employer for free after you were let go? Smart.
Educator(Tuesday, April 07 20 11:23 am EDT)
The local unions and administration support Patrick Adrian,and pray for his fast return.He doesn't make trouble for the people trying to make things better while making a decent income.
William(Tuesday, April 07 20 11:11 am EDT)
Patrick Adrian's current job status does not change the fact that he still worked for the Eagle Times when he covered the County Commissioners meeting on March 16. It also does not change the fact that Mr. Adrian never apparently filed a story about that meeting or the $1.1 million loss of ProShare funds from the federal government. Someone is trying to confuse the issue to help Mr. Adrian, who in my opinion is not deserving of help or forgiveness.
Peep(Tuesday, April 07 20 10:14 am EDT)
Patrick doesn't even work for the Eagle right now. He was laid off a while ago.
William(Tuesday, April 07 20 09:32 am EDT)
Nice try Duh. Patrick Adrian's last published article appeared on March 21. That particular County Commissioner meeting occurred on March 16. A full five days prior to Mr. Adrian's last contribution to the Eagle Times. Plenty of time to file the story.
Duh(Tuesday, April 07 20 09:20 am EDT)
The meeting was the very same day NH issued its first closure orders William. The reporters have no control over who the newspapers keep on and who they let go.
William(Tuesday, April 07 20 07:08 am EDT)
Mr. Patrick Adrian attended this County Commissioner meeting before all government meetings encouraged the public to stay home while officials conducted a variation of a virtual meeting. Mr. Adrian had plenty of time to file that story and break the news of the imminent one million dollar plus budget deficit. A real journalist would have jumped at that chance because in Sullivan County with a relatively low population there is little opportunity for a reporter of any skill level to file a big scoop. The fact that Mr. Adrian buried this important story puts his reporting credentials into question. Did political agenda trump journalistic integrity?
Anita(Tuesday, April 07 20 06:41 am EDT)
County officials certainly counted their chickens before they were hatched. Putting all of their eggs into one basket so to speak by counting on money from the government that they received just over the last two years only that they did not have any guarantee that they would continue seeing. They used these extra funds as an excuse to justify millions of dollars in spending for the County Home renovation project and maybe for the ill-conceived sober house too who knows.
Duh(Monday, April 06 20 07:13 pm EDT)
Newspapers run by getting advertisers to put ads in. With businesses closed there aren't ads. There isn't money. Reporters have been laid off.
Gail(Monday, April 06 20 12:39 pm EDT)
What’s wrong with the Valley News? They have a paper to put out and lately there never is much in there as far as news anymore on the local level. Everything seems to be clip and paste from other news sources these days about COVID 19 or things that are happening out of our local region. This should have been a hot story for the Valley News but they seem to be casting a blind eye to something that will affect a lot of people in Sullivan County. Makes me wonder if they have a political agenda too and if so what the heck could it be.
Chris(Monday, April 06 20 11:40 am EDT)
What the hell is wrong with Patrick Adrian? I know he will never write anything in the newspaper article for the Eagle Times that is either contrary or the least bit controversial about Claremont’s municipal staff because his wife is an employee of the city and mama is the breadwinner of the Adrian family so Patrick would never do anything to screw up her employment. The County though is another animal, so why the hell did Patrick quash the $1.1 million budget deficit that is looming in the near future if it isn’t here already? Is Patrick really that bad of a reporter that he missed the big scoop that was laid out right before him or is he afraid the print anything negative about anyone or was he ordered by higher-ups to make sure it never sees print? Thank goodness the folks at the Sullivan Report doesn’t cave in to political pressure. You guys are doing one hell of a public service and all of us regular Claremont citizens who are not part of the elitist political mob calling the shots and the entitled snobs who are benefiting from public funds owe you all a debt of gratitude.
Tom(Monday, April 06 20 09:52 am EDT)
A last-minute drop in County revenue is a real kick in the shorts. $1.1 million is nothing to sneeze at and the thought that the amount of this revenue decrease could go up even higher is very unsettling. You just know the taxpayers are going to have to dig deeper to pay for these shortages because County leaders will not stop spending no matter what even if it was to stop a budget deficit. That is what you get when you elect Democrats and numbskull Republicans who are really tax-and-spend Democrats in disguise.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, April 06 20 06:36 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Sullivan County finances in crisis!
2) A tale of two applications.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Friday, April 03 20 11:34 am EDT)
Is anybody paying property taxes now?
because we don't have to
It’s Coming(Friday, April 03 20 09:52 am EDT)
Claremont will continue to slide economically until one of two things happens. 1the expenses are unsustainable from the people’s ability to support the irresponsible spending. Not far from now. 2 people wake up and listen to those exposing the irresponsible spending and give them a majority seat on the council. Big positive changes with lots of kicking and screaming from the free for me group.
Steve(Thursday, April 02 20 07:14 pm EDT)
Sanctuary city here we come!
Bob(Thursday, April 02 20 05:29 pm EDT)
with these relaxed rules I hope the city council doesn't pull anything shady and bend the taxpayers over (insert eye roll here)
Rev.Al(Thursday, April 02 20 09:57 am EDT)
Dick, I mean Donk....a marriage license isn't official till there is a ceremony, whether religious or civil.
Donk(Thursday, April 02 20 09:02 am EDT)
Marriage licenses don't expire.Why would they extend them 60 days?
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, April 02 20 08:50 am EDT)
Gov. Sununu issues emergency order regarding how local governments can operate under COVID-19 restrictions.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Wednesday, April 01 20 08:54 pm EDT)
why is Epic food truck allowed to park the WRONG WAY half way up Broad st park that is dangerous that is endangering the public and should be stopped
Dave(Wednesday, April 01 20 03:09 pm EDT)
Jim, thanks for the clarification. I was not trying to "start something" with my last comment about the Epic food truck, I genuinely wanted to know. If I were to plug into the power at the park, I'm sure I'd be on the hook for that, was just curious if they were. If they are paying their "fair" share of $25, then that is great!
Their food is pretty good, for the record.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 01 20 01:58 pm EDT)
Charles, if as you assert, Koloski qualified for unemployment benefits when he initially applied then why was he denied as he clearly stated on his video rant?
Charles(Wednesday, April 01 20 01:46 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan you should be deeply ashamed of yourself. Nice back pedal news flash. There has been no update to the unemployment benefit system for self employment besides the Governors original declaration on March 17th, 2020 which apparently you are trying to pretend just recently occurred. It was published and in news conferences when the emergency declaration was declared. You took it upon yourself to try and claim someone self employed was trying to circumvent the system. I have spoken to many small business owners that fee that a loan from the SBA is perhaps the last thing they need for assistance. I watched the video which was not even how you tried to spin it. You clearly don't report facts on your so called news page. A 30 year loan from the SBA is the max term and based on a businesses ability to repay the debt if qualifying at all. If you were unemployed and still have bills rolling in would you select give me a loan as your option? There are several different programs and not all fit every business. Given your background and past bankruptcy who are you to offer financial wisdom to anyone. You pretend to be some internet sleuth when in fact his video is public and all you have to do is know how to use facebook. I am not friends with him but can see the video. If I was him I was sue you for defamation of character. You friend Francis Gauthier shares your postings like they are gospel and continues to add his own narrative. I see in your rant narration you didn't really watch the meeting where they state volunteers in the community. There was no I or we. It was they. I am one of many volunteers that delivered meals. The irony of you complaining about being blocked by someone where you use a forum made up of fake users and block real facts. The richness in your friend Gauthier sharing your diarrhea when everyone knows as a State Representative he blocks constituents. You may want to do a little research on personal facebook pages and pages that are for public office use.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 01 20 01:23 pm EDT)
Dave, I am not familiar with the Epic Food Truck set up as I have never purchased anything from them. That being said, if you are correct and they are using City electrical power at Broad Street Park then they should be paying the new monthly fee that was recently approved by the Claremont City Council on March 11. Believe it or not, the monthly fee for using municipal electricity is only $25 per month! In my opinion that is wicked cheap and if the food truck is using more than $25 of electricity per month then that would mean that Claremont taxpayers are subsidizing the rest of those costs. This is how Claremont politics works with the current regime, most of whom have been in local political power for many years!
Dave(Wednesday, April 01 20 12:49 pm EDT)
Perhaps I missed something, but why does the "Epic" food truck get to plug into power at broad Street Park? Who ends up paying for that?
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 01 20 10:28 am EDT)
Changes to unemployment benefits qualifications. New SBA programs available to businesses. Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob Gravel(Tuesday, March 31 20 09:15 am EDT)
After I read Anita’s comments, I went to the Claremont’s Mostly Uncensored page and I noticed that Mr. Gauthier had included a number of hashtags. A hashtag is basically a file with a lot of other related stories; it’s a depth of history, an archive. A lot of the archived stuff relates to local stories in the Sullivan Report. Sullivan’s website contains an archive of all the articles in the Sullivan Report. Contrast that with the city of Claremont. This city has no archive available to the public. Once business is over, they seem to delete it all because they don’t like history or transparency. And they wonder why the public don’t trust them!
I am impressed at the depth of research done by Mr. Sullivan before he writes an article. He includes his findings with the printed article. Likewise, I’ve noticed that Mr. Gauthier puts up URLs for documents from sources such as, government agencies, government departments, and conservative news blogs and advocacy groups, as factual support for the stories he includes on the New Hampshire Gov. Watchdog Facebook page. He’s also included URLs for NH state statutes and NH Supreme Court cases. It seems to me that he does this whenever possible. When you read through the material printed by either Mr. Sullivan or Mr. Gauthier, you come away well-educated on the subject.
Thank you, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Gauthier. We appreciate all that you do to keep the community informed!
Lee(Tuesday, March 31 20 08:44 am EDT)
Ok, don't let your dislike for "St.Nick" cloud the issue.
"St.Nick" is suffering through these times just like everyone else. Just because he has never paid a dime into the unemployment system is no reason why he can't get some of that government cash, after all he is "St.Nick" damnit !!!!!!!!
You people should bow down and kiss his feet. "St.Nick" is the savior of Claremont, you don't realize how lucky we are to have him living and conducting business in our City.
If you don't believe me, just ask "St.Nick" yourself. He is never at a loss of words when he is talking about himself.
Chad(Tuesday, March 31 20 08:16 am EDT)
The problem with that spineless little boy is the past administration used him as a tool so he was created. they pretended to listen to him and played him as a fiddle to get there agenda he just a mindless fool doesn't know the beginning of how to do anything if a true leader move this city forward you been there for 10 plus years while we fall apart on every level guess what we dont need to do is listen to you you looser
Kolostomy(Tuesday, March 31 20 07:38 am EDT)
Little self serving fuck at it again on facebook gonna save people from a landlord raising people's rent why dont you put your energy into fixing this fucking city or figuring out how to do something you little sneaky looser go be a little fireman play pretend fire in your little fire suit or try figure out how to steal another 250,000 from the city to keep your junk little shitty restaurant open so you can manage a shithole building and get free or almost free rent in it wake up get the squirrel out of our lives claremont
Don(Monday, March 30 20 06:28 pm EDT)
Carolyn I don’t trust them either. I look at what the county leaders are doing and now the city leaders and probably the school leaders will follow suit as well to push forward their political agendas that do not always sync up with what the general public wants. It also usually costs large amounts of money for anything they want to do and that money comes right out of the pockets of the taxpayers.
Donk(Monday, March 30 20 03:46 pm EDT)
Nick Koloski is a crooked,sheisty pig,always looking to game the system.He wants all this bailout money while not paying in for himself.He still has liens on his business and is not paying his fair share in property taxes.I hate to wish ill winds on anyone,but if Nick disappeared the world,or at least Claremont would be better for it.
Anita(Monday, March 30 20 03:10 pm EDT)
On the Claremont's Mostly Uncensored Page on Facebook – Francis Gauthier posted a copy of Councilman Nick Koloski's video message with his complaints about his not qualifying for unemployment benefits and how the SBA is unhelpful to small business. Mr. Gauthier also included a direct link to the Sullivan Report article in regards to Councilman Koloski's recent actions. It's nice to see Claremont citizens taking the lead in getting the word out to everyone about things because our local media is woefully inadequate. Especially when the reporter from the Eagle Times is compromised with a very large conflict of interest because his wife works for the city government. The truth is Councilman Koloski is self-employed so he does not qualify for unemployment benefits because self-employed individuals do not pay into the system and do not qualify if they for whatever reason are suddenly out of work. In regards to the SBA they are offering a loan program in response to the Covid-19 virus that allow small business owners to retain their employees or rehire all of them back and the government will forgive the entirety of the loan principal and interest if the employees are kept employed by the business. This program is for eight weeks of employment and it covers all expenses. I do not know if it will be extended if this virus lingers. With the increase in payments for unemployment benefits and the stimulus checks and the never before seen public-private partnership of the government and many large businesses to create and gather necessary materials for hospitals such as masks and ventilators and provide necessary logistical transportation support to get the products between point A and point B, I think the government has done a phenomenal job trying to take on this monumental task. I think it is very selfish and childish of Councilman Nick Koloski to complain because he cannot receive benefits that he never qualified for or that he cannot receive a taxpayer paid bailout for his business with the unheard-of proviso that he is not required to do anything in exchange for the free money such as reemploy his employees. Councilman Nick Koloski is acting like a selfish spoiled brat who did not get his own way and he is trying to get public sympathy and gain public support to try to change things so they are more to his liking. It is time for the people of Claremont to finally see Councilman Koloski for who he really is.
I C U(Monday, March 30 20 02:02 pm EDT)
Slick Nick could make millions writing a book on his MO but he would be exposing crimes that could put him in jail and he couldn’t spend the money.
Carolyn(Monday, March 30 20 01:42 pm EDT)
I really don’t like the idea of these virtual meetings being completely held on computer with nothing for CCTV to film. This strips away all of the public transparency that is necessary so the public through reading the Sullivan Report and by viewing CCTV can keep tabs on what our city officials are doing with our money. I am very concerned that they are going to approve several controversial things while they have the chance using this contra virus emergency as political cover. I don’t trust these people.
Adam(Monday, March 30 20 12:39 pm EDT)
Nick Koloski trying to pull a fast one again. Applying for benefits that he doesn’t deserve because he has never paid a single penny into the system as a self-employed business owner. Also looking for a public bailout for your failed businesses Nicky? Why am I not surprised?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, March 30 20 10:40 am EDT)
Two new articles.
1) Is Councilman Koloski trying to game the system?
2) City Council holds first virtual meeting.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Todd(Saturday, March 28 20 10:53 pm EDT)
Hello again John Lemuel Curry. Or should I call you by your real name Nick. The only time you ever poke your head out of whatever hold you are hiding in is when Nick Koloski's public image is looking tarnished. Are you going to fire up your defunct Claremont 4 Real website and start attacking Nick's political enemies again now that Nick I mean you seems to be in peril?
I see that even in times of peril this "site" is still a safe harbor for rubes....
City Hall Insider(Saturday, March 28 20 05:46 pm EDT)
Scuttlebutt at City Hall is that Mayor Lovett is pressing hard for full on virtual meetings that will be completely online with no members of the council present in the Council Chambers. There is also a big push from several councilors for immediate passage of a nine-year moratorium on property assessment increases for the New England Family Housing property at 143 Main Street to begin after the attached property is knocked down and 143 Main St. is renovated with public funds. There is also rumblings about passing local welcoming community legislation by the council during one of these virtual meetings also pushed by the same councilors.
Sandi(Friday, March 27 20 03:43 pm EDT)
There was a good article on the bottom of the front page of the Eagle Times today. It was about government meetings held with the public barred from attending because of the virus. It was an Associated Press article that stated many of the concerns that Jim and AJ already stated on the Sullivan Report several days ago. The concern is that unscrupulous government officials will use the virus and the social distancing orders as an opportunity to pass legislation and other decisions away from the gaze of the public. I believe it is already happening with the County government when they admit that other County government business might be discussed and acted upon during these virtual meetings that are basically closed off from the public and held pretty much in secrecy. The minute taker can write anything and how would any of us know. These are dangerous times for the taxpayers.
Todd(Friday, March 27 20 02:19 pm EDT)
I watched Slick Nick's four-minute video rant about poor me I've worked for umpteen years and I've never filed for an unemployment claim before and now I'm denied and other business owners have been denied oh boo-hoo woe is me. For those of you folks who haven't watched this pathetic video you get the idea. Here's the thing. Self-employed business owners do not qualify for unemployment benefits, they never have. Try applying for something you don't qualify for and see how far you get. Apparently Slick Nick thinks his Claremont City Council status will put some green in his jean's pockets by contacting Gov. Sununu, Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Hassan and anyone else he can think of to complain about his predicament. In the text responses underneath the video Slick Nick mentions two bills that he is worried about business insurance and workers comp. Isn't workers comp one of the things he had liens placed against the business on before? I know we had a lot of liens but I can't remember what they were all for. Anyway, the walls appear to be closing in around Slick Nick and he doesn't seem to be handling it well. Oh, I forgot one other interesting complaint. He complained about government officials speaking about disaster assistance from the small business administration. Slick Nick says he reached out and was dismayed to find out that it is alone with 3.45% interest that has to be paid back. That must've crushed Slick Nick because we all know how much he hates paying for anything. All those liens filed against his business remember? It just irritates me that he feels that he is any different than anyone else and is entitled to anything he wants. He has a real warped sense of reality it has been perpetuated by a city government led by several city managers who have catered to his whims and needs for far too long.
NoSympathy(Friday, March 27 20 08:20 am EDT)
Aww, Nicky is on his Facebook page literally in tears, crying that his unemployment application was denied, and he can't navigate the system, so he tagged everyone from the Governor, The state senators, and everyone else to hear his plight and feel sorry for him. Perhaps if he didn't have so many liens on his businesses from not paying rooms & meals taxes over and over, the state would be more apt to help.
Karma is a sweet bitch sometimes. I hope this ruins him and he never reopens his crappy restaurant.
Let's see how long until "someone" starts a GoFundMe for Time-Out, probably one of the same "someones" who anonymously send him money, a.k.a. himself.
Simply dont know how to navigate the bullshit(Friday, March 27 20 06:48 am EDT)
Linda no person with talent would want to lower there selves to run for any of the offices a few people couldn't make a dent in how fucked up our local county and city govt officials are these idiots think they know what they are doing just because they were chosen to take these seats look at each one and really see they could never make anything happen they plain and simply do NOT KNOW HOW to they might even want to do the right thing but can't figure it out no skills in making shit happen or the drive to finish it thru. Really kinda sad alot of the good ideas fall wayside to politics and the gridlock of stupidity all around any one topic
Linda(Thursday, March 26 20 04:10 pm EDT)
I think it's just terrible that County leaders are taking advantage of this health crisis to push their own political agendas in secrecy. Holding discussions and making decisions in virtual meetings without even telling the people in public notices what they will be discussing and deciding on is a complete abuse of their authority. If they have actually done this earlier today or have intend to do so in the future before this health crisis is over then they should be repudiated by the public and voted out of office at our first opportunity.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, March 26 20 12:53 pm EDT)
Sullivan County Board of Commissioners hold virtual meeting today, public not allowed to attend in person. Phone option was made available. The meeting notice states that other County business may have been discussed and decided upon. That other County business (if any transpired) was never publicly noticed.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, March 26 20 12:49 pm EDT)
Al, in my opinion it needs to be a balancing act between seeing the buildings renovated and overall public good and cost to the Claremont taxpayers. Make no mistake, mostly public funds were used to renovate that building. Now the building owner will have five years of frozen property taxes where no real estate assessed valuation will be added to the building. Now there will be at least 10 tenants and their families qualifying for Section 8 Vouchers. Because of privacy laws we will never know how many of those 10 families will be collecting Welfare Benefits from the City of Claremont at an added cost to the Claremont taxpayers. Then there may be more tenants qualifying for Mobile Section 8 Vouchers and they may consume more Welfare Benefits all of which is paid for by Claremont taxpayers as well. Then you have presumably children living within the building that may have not been attending Claremont's School District prior to moving into the Goddard Building. If so then the cost to educate these new students will be added to the Claremont local school property tax rate. It is a vicious circle and the public keeps paying and paying no matter what. Also, will there may be a need for increased Police presence due to domestic disputes, etc. and that of course also comes at a cost to the Claremont taxpayers. There are also probably other hidden costs that will have to be absorbed by the Claremont taxpayers that I didn't think of. So now you have to ask yourself how much cost to the taxpayers is too much just to have one or more of these buildings renovated?
Al(Thursday, March 26 20 07:51 am EDT)
Phil, enough with potty mouth.
Jim, aside from that, does he have a point? What are your thoughts?
I don't like section 8 housing but is it the lesser of two evils? Otherwise it's an empty hulk waiting to be demolished at taxpayer expense.
Who else is going to invest? There are plenty other empty buildings.
Phil(Thursday, March 26 20 06:46 am EDT)
Chad, you are a complete f**ktard. You had a chance to buy that building
and fix it up. mr. dealmaker. more like mr. f**kstick. WHy didnt you?
You can shit on lacass all you want but you should face facts. like a
shithole building with bed bugs and an owner who didn't give a shit and
wasn't going to spend shit on it. what you think it was worth before?
You f**king morons think you have all answers and everybody out to f**k
you over and your too goddamn stupid to face reality. this shithole
building would have been a pile of bricks some day just like the pile of
shit on main street. but goodard bldg won't end up like that now bedause
lacass spent a shitload of money to fix it up. duh. F**king f**ktards.
Oh, boohoo, so he gets a tax break for a few years. big f**king deal.
who the f**k else is going to spend that kind of money in this town? You?
Jim? Who? maybe easter bunny it;s almost easter. you should be shaking
his hand and kissing his ass and telling him thanks for being only
f**ker crazy enough to try. F**king f**ktards think itll ruin pleasant
street. open your f**king eyes. F**king dummies.
Andy(Wednesday, March 25 20 02:49 pm EDT)
I just know they are going to use secret meetings to approve sanctuary city! Jim please be on guard and protect us. I dont trust them.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 25 20 01:48 pm EDT)
Chad, if you are referring to the Goddard Building the Council of 2018 with the exception of Councilors Kier & Zullo who were absent for that meeting unanimously granted the owners of the Goddard Building a five-year property tax assessment freeze to begin upon renovation completion. Meaning that the present property assessment of $443,700 will stay the same for the next five years even though the property assessed value should now be considerably higher because of the multi-million dollar renovation. In regards to their 147 Main St. property that is still awaiting approval of the $500,000 CDBG Grant to fix up that property using public funds to create seven low income apartments at a cost far more than the building will ever be worth. City Officials had agreed at one time to give the owners a similar property assessment freeze on that property of up to nine years. Presently the assessed value on that property is $194,500. However the Council never did vote on that measure because as of yet the project is not moving forward as funding is not secured. However that can change at any time.
Chad(Wednesday, March 25 20 01:00 pm EDT)
Councilors gave 10 years no taxes to kevin lacrosse wtf is that fucking morons trump says it best our leaders are STUPID really really STUPID not a one know how to make a deal and so a deal good for him and is to get a project done not pull your pants down and take it what a fucking disgrace
Brad(Wednesday, March 25 20 11:46 am EDT)
Kevin Lacasse and his partners have certainly done well for themselves with all the public funds they received and it looks like the special VIP treatment will not be stopping anytime soon.
Dan(Wednesday, March 25 20 11:41 am EDT)
It certainly seems that if you are a friend of the city then the sky’s the limit for what you can get on the taxpayer’s dime.
Trish(Wednesday, March 25 20 09:58 am EDT)
I’m surprised that Nick Koloski doesn’t have his hotdog cart out selling hot dogs and taking advantage of the cheap electricity that the city is providing to certain outdoor vendors. Nick sure loves his freebies.
Adam Smith(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:44 am EDT)
Richard, you make good points. Can you run for school board or mayor please? Let's get rid of these tax & spenders!
secret agent man(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:42 am EDT)
Jim, LOL...wrong. I'm a concerned citizen. Under 40. Own a home in Claremont. can walk to downtown. And happen to think you are full of shit 99% of the time. I care about the city and think you are nothing but a troll. you stir up shit and get your idiotic minions fired up for what? any jackass can sit on sidelines and criticize. that's what you do best. go back and read what you wrote. there's always a conspiracy angle. get a life!
Jennifer(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:30 am EDT)
It will be interesting to watch tonight’s meeting on CCTV and see how the Council handles virtual meetings. I still don’t trust them and it would be an easy matter for them to claim increased worry about spreading the virus and make the transition to a completely virtual meeting using computers as was stated in the Sullivan Report article. Particularly if one of the many controversial decisions coming up must be made and our public officials would feel more comfortable doing that under a cloak of secrecy.
Chris(Tuesday, March 24 20 07:25 pm EDT)
No way do the public employees ever take a hit. Teachers and other employees just got raises and the new city manager got the councilors to all get on board to hire a consultant to justify big raises for all city workers. It's practically a done deal. Of course roads will never get paved and the seniors will never get a fair shake on tax exemptions because the councilors and city administrators only care about their people and not the general public.
Charles(Tuesday, March 24 20 05:50 pm EDT)
Are the taxpayers of Claremont going to get a rebate or reduction in our taxes since both the schools and most of the city is shut down? I think that both the school and city side of the tax bills should at least be cut in half.Many of us have lost a great deal of income because of this virus.
Shouldn't city workers and teachers lose too?
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 05:43 pm EDT)
Secret Agent Man you are more like Inspector Clouseau because you entirely missed the point. I never said in my previous Public Forum posting or even in my article that this was some kind of conspiracy. All of these new measures are clearly being done to comply with reasonable guidelines to deal with the COVID-19 Virus to prevent its further spread among the populace. In regards to my article the entire point of it is that the public needs to remain vigilant that liberties are not taken in regards to government transparency for any government entity. How can you possibly be against that? Are you really that thin-skinned or are you secretly a public official that doesn't like having the public spotlight shined upon them?
Big Dick(Tuesday, March 24 20 04:58 pm EDT)
RIchard lets see you point out stuff Mcnutt and Goodwin did. maybe you haven't noticed but they are gone? How many votes did you get when you ran for council? Oh you didn't? maybe you should shut your pie hole then. Or were you another disgraced one term looser like your boy Jimmie? we all now what a bangup job he did when he was on council. and why ar you posting shit in middle of day? Are you sitting at home waiting for your government handout.
Secret Agent Man(Tuesday, March 24 20 04:47 pm EDT)
Jim, or maybe its a clear attempt to comply with gov sununu executive order? only a complete jackass would try and twist this into yet another conspiracy by the city. Wait--I think I just anssered my own question
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 02:22 pm EDT)
After our article was published this morning a notice appeared on the Council page on the City website reiterating the notice at the bottom of the revised meeting agenda requesting that members of the public call in during the Council meeting if they wish to participate and stating the phone number to use (1-800-875-3456 and request City Council Meeting). A clear attempt to limit the number of people in the Council Chambers because under the new guidelines it cannot exceed 10. This new notice also states that the Council meeting will be televised live on CCTV.
Richard(Tuesday, March 24 20 12:45 pm EDT)
There are two types of lies there are lies of omission and then there are bald-faced lies. The city government is the most nefarious when it comes to lying to the public but lately the county government is coming in as a close second. The Topstone building bailout with the back taxes of nearly one-quarter of $1 million forgiven and the large property assessment abatement and all of the government freebies that the owners have received such as free environmental studies and then there is the hands-off policy by city leaders to not enforce an environmental cleanup at the owner’s cost and refusing to shut down the building by condemning it because of public safety. Despite Councilor Koloski’s repeated denials does anyone honestly believe that his being the largest tenant in the building doesn’t have anything to do with the special treatment that has been given by more than one administration and the city council? Then there is the sham paving plan and the pending water and sewer rate increases for residential users only while commercial and apartment owner users will all receive a reduction in their water and sewer bills. Thank goodness the Sullivan Report delved into the proposals and revealed the truth. The County has been less than forthcoming with the nursing home renovation and the sober house project. The schools under the previous administration hid many things from the public such as settlement agreements and the fact that their finance officer was working two jobs and not doing the Claremont and SAU #6 job well at all costing Claremont taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paperwork was not filed on time which almost cost us even more money. Then there is the issue of the Steven High School Principal’s failure to properly deal with a sexually charged incident that has now led to criminal charges being filed. The Principle should have been fired for not adequately protecting that special needs student when staff members reported a prior incident to her that if handled properly at that time would have prevented the subsequent incident. Administrators and the School Board have refused to take appropriate action against the Principal rewarding failure and ambivalence which I find to be highly disgusting. Then there was the debacle regarding the proposed grammar school reorganization that would have turned the entire school district on its head. Once again the Sullivan Report did a wonderful public service by informing the public about the plan and all of its deficiencies. A public uproar occurred and school officials quickly backed off at least for now. These are just a few examples of why I do not trust our government officials, they are inept and they have a political agenda that is not conducive to Claremont’s best needs and interests.
Scott(Tuesday, March 24 20 11:03 am EDT)
Richard what lies are you talking about?
Richard(Tuesday, March 24 20 10:19 am EDT)
Jim and AJ raise a very good point. Our local officials can certainly take advantage of the temporary squelching of government transparency laws because of this medical emergency. Speaking only for myself I do not trust our government officials because they have lied to us on more than one occasion and this would be a great way to slide things through that fit their political agenda. Much like the Democrats are trying to do with their political agenda and trying to tie it to the aid package to United States families and businesses. It is truly reprehensible what the Washington Democrats are doing holding all Americans hostage because of politics. Many of our local officials are Democrats and they act the same spoiled way. I think someday real soon the voters will rue the day that they elected these officials.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 08:11 am EDT)
Council to hold virtual meetings. Will government transparency be cast aside?
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Monday, March 23 20 12:05 pm EDT)
Can't wait until the roving gangs of diversity start breaking in and stealing everything in sight.The police aren't even holding thieves.They're processing them,and sending them on their way.Claremont is going to look like Mad Max in a minute and we all know who is responsible.Tar and feathers,or being run out on a rail comes to mind.
IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT THAT JEANIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE ONCE THEY ARE LET INTO OUR COMMUNITY.
I bet you get free electricity from welfare(Sunday, March 22 20 08:41 pm EDT)
Another scumbag bernie lover or just a faggit either way same thing
In Jim We Trust(Sunday, March 22 20 08:31 pm EDT)
LMAO. It won't be china virus that kills this town it'll be the fucking morons on this page bitching about $1 a day in electricity. LOL. Bunch of retards. worry about stupid shit like that. DOnt worry you dumb shits will be dead soon anyway. LMFAO. Just make sure you inahle deep when someone sneezes on you. WHy is everybody so pissed off about claremont being a sanctuary city? ITs the best hope ole jimmy boy has of getting laid!!!!!!!!!! That is if he ever comes out of his moms basement long enough. Anybody dumb enough to read this page should be castrated. Now THAT would give claremont a brighter future. Maybe I'll run it by the mayor. LMFAO!!!
Terri(Sunday, March 22 20 05:26 pm EDT)
Councilor Koloski said one time at a televised council meeting that he owned a hot dog wagon. Could the cheap electricity be for his benefit? Maybe this summer? Is this the plan? Another gift for him?
Jeff(Sunday, March 22 20 05:10 pm EDT)
Newport doesn't want them unity can't take them no police but sheriff part time or state police maybe we can control them in claremont 1 guy will be watching them and they can get around in Claremont and get to all the services easily as most dont have licenses or any way to do it so claremont is the really only choice
Thank you(Sunday, March 22 20 04:58 pm EDT)
Free electricity no shit and just fyi a ex convict is a friggin convict the ex is if you got divorced or separated lol we are screwed neck tattoo having scumbags everywhere thank you ignorant representation of claremont and this dump of a county representatives free needles for all soon gonna need it to want to live with these loosers that think they run this place
Skip(Sunday, March 22 20 03:52 pm EDT)
It is illegal for a private business to tap into the city electricity but let’s remember how this permit process was corrupt from the start.
Councilor Koloski spearheaded the effort and what a coincidence, one of his former employees benefits from his actions.
So why is it a surprise that the city is also providing electricity. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are providing the food also.
Dennis(Sunday, March 22 20 11:52 am EDT)
I just looked up online the new city fee for food trucks to use city electricity. It’s only $25 per month. Cheap taxpayer subsidized electricity for any food trucks that are using city power. Once again friends of councilors and city employees get a sweet deal and the taxpayers paying for that electricity get taken advantage of again.
Lisa(Sunday, March 22 20 07:54 am EDT)
Don’t worry Claremont is on the move. Just ask Mayor Lovett she will tell you so. Of course the direction we are heading in is that we are sinking to the bottom of the murky depths because the good ship Claremont has sprung too many leaks and is taking on water fast and our city is unable to remain afloat. But the good news is we are making great time sinking. Glug, glug, glug.
David(Sunday, March 22 20 06:13 am EDT)
Downtown Claremont is going to be a shitwhole very shortly. Once the sober house opens up with 50 ex-convicts recovering from drug addiction and the Goddard building fills up with Section 8 recipients many of them probably needing welfare benefits that we will all pay for the downtown will be fixed up just fine. Then there is the question of how many of the restaurants will survive the current pandemic situation. Right now many of them have furloughed their workers and are hardly thriving on take-out and/or delivery alone. They still have bills to pay and depending on how long the pandemic situation lasts they may not be able to reopen their doors to the public because of lack of funds or inability to rehire their former workers. Empty storefronts will be disastrous for downtown building owners because a large part of their revenue comes from the bottom floor leaseholders. The virus may end soon but the repercussions will last for a very long time.
Rent cheap(Saturday, March 21 20 03:46 pm EDT)
I can't wait either to get free welfare power in broad street park for my food truck to plug into
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, March 21 20 03:40 pm EDT)
Claremont Firefighters seem to be okay. Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Kevin(Saturday, March 21 20 01:49 pm EDT)
Why does the Mayor and city council have such raw hatred for our senior population? They refuse to increase the senior exemption and raise the income and asset limits to a reasonable level so more low-income seniors can qualify. But they had no problem doing an early citywide revaluation of all properties that raised the property assessments on many residential properties that severely increased tax bills for many people including senior homeowners while others including one former city councilor received very large property tax bill reductions. Now the plan is to raise water and sewer rates on residential customers while greatly reducing water & sewer bills for commercial property owners and property investors, many of whom do not reside in Claremont. This will also adversely affect senior homeowners. The city’s priorities are all out of whack and our public officials do not seem to care one bit.
Donk(Saturday, March 21 20 12:26 pm EDT)
I hope that the firefighters other FULL TIME JOBS are understanding of the situation.
It's not many people in this country that can work 2 Full Time Jobs.Hope they're saving because civil servant pensions are probably going to be 50 cents on the dollar after the dust settles.
City power(Saturday, March 21 20 09:18 am EDT)
Epic food truck plugging in broad street park new program we have I need long extension cords to get some for my business too
Abby(Saturday, March 21 20 09:14 am EDT)
Patrick Adrian never reported about the water and sewer rate presentation and the follow-up proposal to raise rates on residential customers and decrease rates on commercial customers to include residential apartment buildings. Adrian probably does not want to pull the curtain back on the very real hidden political agenda to increase the financial burden on senior citizen property owners to reduce their number in Claremont and to give cost breaks to those with close political connections to city officials. This is government at its worst and the press is suppressing the news. As far as the Eagle Times is concerned I would say good riddance.True professional journalism does not seem to be the newspaper's priority.
Richard(Saturday, March 21 20 08:22 am EDT)
The Eagle Times reporting for Claremont is especially lame. Patrick Adrian has a conflict of interest because his wife works for the city. Nothing bad has ever reported about the city. That cannot be a coincidence.
Tom(Saturday, March 21 20 07:41 am EDT)
The Eagle Times announced today that they are suspending the printing of their newspaper with the exception of Saturday's for at least two weeks. They state the reasons as the Covid – 19 virus and deep reductions in their revenue. Monday through Friday editions will be online versions only. In my humble opinion this is a trial period for the Eagle Times to transfer to an online edition only on a permanent basis as they are suffering from deep financial troubles and in my humble opinion management is trying to forestall closure. I know one thing the reporting is terrible as it only looks at the surface and not at anything else. I look at the reporting staff and see that they are not what anyone would call seasoned journalists. For example the Union Leader released important limited information late yesterday regarding three of Claremont's firefighters. The Sullivan Report professionally crediting the source as the Union Leader published in news on their website to inform Claremont's populace. Not a word about it published in today's edition of the Eagle Times. Professional journalists should have their finger on the pulse of the communities they cover. This is major news and yet the reporting staff is oblivious to what is going on around. So is the Eagle Times relevant anymore?
Jim Sullivan(Friday, March 20 20 06:27 pm EDT)
Three Claremont firefighters exposed to CORVID–19. See News Flashes page for details.
Todd(Friday, March 20 20 11:16 am EDT)
The Union Leader says that Nick Koloski has three employees. It was co-written by reporter Damien Fisher, a close personal friend of Koloski, who takes every opportunity to prop his friend’s ego up in the press. .
Rebecca(Friday, March 20 20 10:40 am EDT)
I think it’s terrible what our city leaders are planning on doing to the residential users of water and sewer services by raising their already high rates to give the businesses and apartment building owners more money in their pockets. They want to do the same thing to all the city staff members but they won’t do the one thing that all the people of Claremont want which is safer roads. This crack fill and skim coat plan is not viable because it will not do much for the roads besides make them cosmetically look good for a very short time at the cost of over $15 million in 20 years. All the schemes of theirs do nothing for the general populace because they only benefit a certain few. It’s like the council is creating two classes of people, an elite class that reap all the rewards and the rest of us who pay for it all.
Donk(Friday, March 20 20 10:05 am EDT)
With all these services stopped we can stop paying property taxes at least.
Marie(Friday, March 20 20 09:00 am EDT)
With the income requirements set so low it will probably have most residents on some type of public assistance. Welcome to the new Claremont courtesy of Mayor Lovett and her team of councilors.
John O’Connor(Friday, March 20 20 08:48 am EDT)
Let’s be honest, did anyone think the Goddard Building would be high end housing ?
During the entire discussion the buzz word was “workforce housing”. You would think that would mean that housing is for people with jobs.
Only time will tell if being gainfully employed will be a requirement for placement or will collecting welfare be enough to obtain one of those newly refurbished apartments.
Rick(Friday, March 20 20 07:07 am EDT)
John, if you watched the last council meeting you would have seen Mayor Lovett tried to implore City Manager Morris to appoint her to the Claremont Housing Authority. That board is in charge of the Section 8 Vouchers. When they had the conversation about giving the Goddard building and essentially Kevin LaCasse and his business partners 10 of those vouchers Mayor Lovett asked what the process was to receive more vouchers for Claremont. It looks like this process is already in the works behind the scenes.
Carl(Friday, March 20 20 07:03 am EDT)
Many of the senior homeowners probably saw increases in their property assessments that will further drive up there yearly property tax bill. Mark my words, Claremont’s leadership is intentionally practicing the gentrification of the senior population to force them out of Claremont because they are not entering the grave fast enough to suit city officials. Instead they would rather have the refugee population although that makes absolutely no sense at all it is precisely what these moronic leaders are doing.
John O’Connor(Friday, March 20 20 06:47 am EDT)
Only a complete moron would think the Goddard building would not be a section 8 building. A couple of years ago a housing expert spoke about the buildings on Water St.
He stated that those buildings would have to be 90% section 8 just for the owner to break even.
The reason for section 8 is because of the waiting list, with section 8 tenets, they are guaranteed 100% occupancy.
I have to assume the same must be same for the Goddard Building, within 6 months a request will be made to increase the section 8 allotment so that building can be solvent.
Let the games begin....
Leadership lack entire city(Friday, March 20 20 06:38 am EDT)
Leadership????? Joke no department has real leadership they dont even understand what that really means they all are so weak lazy and quite frankly a joke they couldn't make it in non govt work and as for koloski look at his payroll he doesn't have employees you ignorant people it's all fake he employs no one at all hasn't for years. Sad state of our city administration never been so bad across every dept the top full of incompetence a few nice people but that doesn't get the job done !
Dennis(Thursday, March 19 20 04:36 pm EDT)
I doubt that qualifying seniors will ever see an increase in their exemptions. But they will see a serious increase in their water and sewer rates that may just drive them out of their homes. Claremont’s leadership sucks.
Bob(Thursday, March 19 20 04:05 pm EDT)
I said it before and I'll say it again you GOT who you voted for!!!! Maybe next time people will learn but I doubt it!!
Ken(Thursday, March 19 20 12:52 pm EDT)
So far this new council isn’t much better than the old one from last year. And looking at all of the spending proposals and the rate increases coming down the pike I think the taxpayers are going to get screwed pretty badly so that the city staffers and the business community and the apartment building owners can all prosper on our combined misery.
Laura(Thursday, March 19 20 12:12 pm EDT)
I see Claremont inching closer and closer to a sanctuary city and I see City Manager Morris leading the charge with Mayor Lovett and her sidekick Damren. Mayor Lovett's desire to become a member of the Claremont Housing Authority and then request more welfare vouchers for Claremont should be a frightening notion for everyone. The Sullivan Report has done a marvelous job apprising the general public about the Welfare Department's ongoing budget deficit that seems to be growing as the number of clients also seems to be growing. Mayor Lovett wishes to be oblivious to the obvious as she continues to be Claremont's cheerleader spouting half-truths and untruths about Claremont's financial vitality. As long as Mayor Lovett is in power she will always be a threat to Claremont's future. Claremont voters sure know how to pick their leaders don’t they.
Erik(Thursday, March 19 20 11:58 am EDT)
It’s unbelievable how councilors are acting like it’s some big shock that the Goddard building is going to be a haven for welfare receiving Section 8 voucher holders. The council has lied to us right from the start as did a few city managers and Nancy Merrill. They never tell us the truth because they want public buy-in for projects that no sane person would ever support. The one person that really makes me want to vomit is Nick Koloski. That little pipsqueak voted yes on all of the measures to help this project go forward and now all of a sudden he is somehow all surprised about the Section 8 vouchers and the obvious fact that most of the apartments will qualify for these vouchers whether they be from Claremont or elsewhere. I’m sorry but no one is that stupid not even Nick Koloski. He knew what he was doing all along and now he’s trying to sidestep any responsibility for his past actions that have really hurt Claremont. The public needs to wake up and see Nick Koloski for who he really is.
Tom(Thursday, March 19 20 10:06 am EDT)
Glenn you called our city government a trifecta of terrible leadership. Well what I like to call them is the league of lunatics because that is exactly how they all act like a bunch of lunatics. The entire lot of them is intellectually damaged people and God help us they’re in charge.
Glenn(Thursday, March 19 20 09:11 am EDT)
The part about the water and sewer rates was really interesting. The scumbags running the city tried to pull the wool over our eyes with a phony baloney paving scheme and now they are pulling the same crap with the water and sewer rates. They want to hose all of the residential customers so they can give price breaks to the business community and their favorite real estate developer. Add in all the salary increases that will be forthcoming for all the city staff members and the taxpayers are going to get it right in the shorts. We have a bad city manager, bad directors and a god-awful city council. A trifecta of terrible leadership.
Steve(Wednesday, March 18 20 11:00 am EDT)
That darn Mayor Lovett sure is one heck of a Sneaky Pete. She won’t quit when it comes to this sanctuary city business. She wants to fill Claremont up with all kind of illegal aliens and turn downtown Claremont into some kind of urban ghetto. I don’t know what the heck she is thinking. She is some type of mental case that should not be on the city council. I hope Mr. Morris does not put her on the Claremont Housing Authority so she can get her hooks on the Section 8 vouchers. She said she wants more of them for Claremont and she wants to asked the federal government to hand a bunch over. Just what we need more welfare recipients to support. The problem is that Mayor Lovett is not the only lunatic on the council. Kier, Damren and Koloski and Contois are all snowflake liberals too. I’m also not too sure about O’Hearne and Sweetser. What worries me is they do not need a public vote to turn Claremont into a sanctuary city. Mr. Morris will just roll over and play dead because he’s got the best job he will ever have earning way more money than he will ever make anywhere else because he’s not qualified for anything. He won’t do anything to jeopardize this job so he will do what ever the councilors tell him to do. I think Claremont is in big trouble.
Todd(Wednesday, March 18 20 09:20 am EDT)
I see on Facebook that Councilman Nick Koloski is playing the martyr once again to make himself look good to the public. When Gov. Sununu shut down all the restaurants to take out and delivery only to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus it must’ve sent Slick Nick for a loop. Reading his long explanation contrived to make him look like St. Nick he makes the decision to close his restaurant until the shutdown order has expired. He said it would cost thousands of dollars to stay open and maybe make only a little money. I think there is some truth in that but I think he over exaggerated the cost. At least his employees can earn some unemployment money in the meantime. Nick would’ve laid most of them off anyway if they were just doing a takeout business so this is not an altruistic action by any means although Nick hopes the public is dumb enough to believe that. Nick just couldn’t afford to stay open without in-house trade. He just did not want to publicly admit it and this is just about him saving face and trying to gain some points with a very gullible electorate by trying to make himself look like he is a great humanitarian. Don’t fall for it.
William(Wednesday, March 18 20 07:15 am EDT)
I am really disappointed in Mayor Charlene Lovett. I voted for her as a state representative when she said she was a Republican fiscal conservative. I voted for her election to the school board. I voted for her election to the city council and for her initial spot as Mayor. Since she has now firmly embedded herself in the Mayor’s position she is beginning to show her true colors. She is a liberal tax-and-spend snowflake through and through. She cannot stand criticism or contrary views. She is pushing hard for changing Claremont into a sanctuary city. Of course she uses the slang term welcoming community just like she used the deceptive term workforce housing for the 27 new Section 8 qualifying apartments in the Goddard building. I read yesterday in the E- Ticker News the Mayor’s weekly article and the topic is about the Goddard building and according to Mayor Snowflake what a wonderful asset it is to downtown Claremont. It is full of hype as she gushes over Kevin Lacasse and his company for bringing more low income housing to Claremont. She somehow sees this as a huge step forward for Claremont. I see it as a potential nightmare that can cause large increases in our taxes when it comes to more students in the schools, possibly more welfare benefits paid out, increased police presence possibly needed if crime increases and a further deterioration to the downtown. Many years ago councilors took the very brave stand to clean out the downtown. Snowflake Lovett and her crew of moronic followers are reversing all those decisions and bringing back the very problems those previous decisions solved and they are raising our taxes in the process by giving tax breaks to the developers, looking to raise all of the salaries for city employees, raising our water and sewer rates and paying for the spending increases by dodging their responsibility to pave our roads with a cockamamie goofball plan that only cosmetically covers the roads and nothing else. The roads will be a disaster in just a few years but by then Morris will probably be on to his next job with Claremont firmly in his rearview mirror. The seniors that still own their homes will get it worse because the taxes keep going up and now the water and sewer rates will go up on residential users to give business owners and apartment building owners a break on their water and sewer bills and the seniors can forget about ever getting an exemption increase on their homes because the Scrooges on the council will never do it. This is because they don’t care about the general public at all despite the disingenuous lipservice they keep giving us.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 17 20 04:38 pm EDT)
Two articles today.
1) City Manager & City Council shut down some government services.
2) March 11 City Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Andy(Monday, March 16 20 05:18 pm EDT)
I am a bit baffled as to why they closed the Community Center?
That place is disgusting and full of unexplained bacteria.
Now I think we can see the importance of a professional cleaning service.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, March 15 20 07:24 pm EDT)
City Manager announces closure of Fiske Free Library & Claremont Savings Bank Community Center.
Special Council meeting announced for Monday night.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, March 15 20 04:54 pm EDT)
Governor Sununu orders all NH Public Schools closed between March 23 through April 3!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 11 20 05:32 pm EDT)
Bob, what he was referring to was the Planning Board actually increasing funding of the CIP themselves. They do not have the authority to do that. Their authority is to review and recommend the CIP to the Council each year. Suggesting funding the CIP with it's own budget allocation is OK because nobody needs authority to suggest anything to the Council.
Bob(Wednesday, March 11 20 05:07 pm EDT)
I watched the planning board meeting and saw someone raise the issue about the improvement plan. It was the younger guy on the end. He actually said he questioned the planning board authority to do so. Maybe you missed that. Watch again.
Alicia(Wednesday, March 11 20 03:24 pm EDT)
I think Morris the Cat would have been a better choice for city manager. He would have done the job only for his favorite brand of cat food instead of for the highest salary and compensation package that Claremont has ever paid in its entire history. The city manager is clearly a loser and not deserving of the compensation that he is receiving.
Bob(Wednesday, March 11 20 03:17 pm EDT)
Jim: Thank You, keep up the good work you are an asset to this city!!!
Richard(Wednesday, March 11 20 01:53 pm EDT)
Boy city officials sure love to lie to the public with every opportunity they get. Mixing the water and sewer rates together to get a lower percentage of rate increase is really low and despicable. Nevertheless, folks like St. Pierre have no problem manipulating numbers to get what they want and Morris the new city manager must condone it because he allows it to happen all the time. No one is that inept or out of touch. Morris keeps saying he wants to give big increases to city employees now he wants to fund the CIP plan, who knows what else he wants to spend money on, and usually it is for things that do not really add any value to our city services. All Morris does is come up with new ways to spend more and more of the taxpayers money. He is going to be a really bad city manager.
Randy(Wednesday, March 11 20 12:15 pm EDT)
Now the city wants to increase water and sewer rates because I guess the new inexperienced city manager and the councilors are not satisfied with only raising our property tax rates and our property assessments, which create hidden property tax increases all their own. Whenever I watch the council meeting I think what they need is good theme music playing in the background to set the proper mood as the councilors move forward their political agenda. I am torn between two appropriate musical choices. The theme from the Three Stooges or the Sonny & Cher song Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.
Kevin(Wednesday, March 11 20 09:59 am EDT)
Mary Walter needs to go. She is a lousy finance director and she has no problem raising taxes that she never has to pay. Of course you can justify any spending but when you keep justifying money for this that and the other thing that adds up. The CIP plan has always been a wish list of mostly pie-in-the-sky spending schemes. Our idiot city leaders first have to purge the wish list of foolish spending and only put on the list things that are really needed and then figure out how to pay for it in a responsible way. I am not sure the fools in charge now are capable of doing that.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 11 20 09:40 am EDT)
Bob, I did a little checking for you. The school budget for Fiscal Year 2011 totaled $31,246,542. The school budget just passed for Fiscal Year 2021 totaled $38,202,690. This is a difference (increase) of $6,956,148 in 10 years.
Todd(Wednesday, March 11 20 09:35 am EDT)
So now the planning board is getting into the act of recommending property tax rate increases for everybody. Most NH communities have a property tax rate that is six dollars or less than Claremont. Isn’t that high enough? What exactly do we get for our money? Hell they don’t even pave the roads and now they want to do practically nothing and call it done so they don’t have to spend the money on the roads. We have a bunch of doofuses running the city now.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 11 20 06:58 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) Voting Results.
2) George Caccavaro receives plea deal.
3) Claremont Planning Board to recommend property tax rate increase for Capital Improvement Plan!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Monday, March 09 20 04:51 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan: here in an interesting idea compare school budgets from 10 to 20 years ago and see how much the budget has increased over the course of this time. Bet you will find the school budget goes u approximately 1 million a year.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, March 09 20 07:00 am EDT)
New article published today.
Teacher's Union mails out deceptive postcard to voting public.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Manipulation(Friday, March 06 20 06:32 am EST)
Edith go vote for Bernie work he hasn't worked in years if you work you can pay market rent or your rooms and meals tax or your nh BET tax and not get liens put on you for non payment of those things he is a scum getting rent at the lowest ever dollar amount that why it's so important the building didnt get taken so he had to get taxes forgiven he is no business owner the guy owns some chairs tables and glasses forks knives wake up you stupid keep living in a sand box playing make believe like he does he just smarter than you at how to manipulate idiots like you
Catherine(Wednesday, March 04 20 11:51 pm EST)
Koloski has been using and abusing the Claremont political system for years ever since he was elected to the city council. He is a huckster who has many of the citizens believing that he is a great humanitarian. He is a scammer who collects donations from others and just redistributes those donations to the needy while taking all the credit. He has done it with clothes, toys and other things. Little of the donations come from him. I believe that he really is a part owner of the topstone bld. because that would make sense why these property owners were treated like some kind of royalty receiving so many generous tributes. Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in tax forgiveness. A large property tax abatement. Free environmental studies. A hands off approach regarding the condition of the building and the hazardous environmental dangers present that should have condemned the building based on public safety long ago. Only someone with political influence could have pulled that off.
Ken(Wednesday, March 04 20 09:10 pm EST)
Koloski can say whatever he wants now that he has been caught with his pants down. He is not anyone I would ever believe. He specifically said that he has a property on Mulberry Street not that he has a business on Mulberry Street. Big difference. Nice try Edith, please say hi to Archie for me.
Edith Marie(Wednesday, March 04 20 08:41 pm EST)
Im sure none of you will ask so I did. He took my phone call while at work mind you. The property he refers to is his families restaurant. They have had it for 11 years. No he does not own the topstone bld. He leases the restaurant space. Anything else I should have asked I forgot to so we can carry on now. That was hard.
Chris(Wednesday, March 04 20 08:24 pm EST)
David, I saw that clip too and it sure looks like and admission from Koloski that he co-owns the Topstone building. It would explain a lot about the special treatment the owners of the building have received from several city managers and the city council. It makes me sick to see how much this has cost the taxpayers.
David(Wednesday, March 04 20 08:21 pm EST)
There is a video clip on Facebook that shows Nick Koloski admit that he "has a property on Mulberry St.". It has to be the Topstone property that received the big tax forgiveness break and the big property assessment abatement and the city refused to take the building for back taxes and they got free hazardous waste studies and the building is in worse shape than the Main Street building that the city is about to tear down that the taxpayers will pay for. It must be nice to be a city councilor.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 04 20 10:45 am EST)
Steven, I do watch the meetings very closely and quite frankly I have no idea what you're going on about.
In regards to Damren's resignation from the Planning Board, both Sullivan Report articles that have addressed that issue clearly state that Damren's resignation is from the Planning Board and not the City Council.
In regards to Councilor Contois, yesterday's article clearly states that he has the right to speak at the ZBA meeting. The point that we were making is that Councilor Nick Koloski is a hypocrite because he also spoke at that ZBA meeting and he raised concerns about noise, truck traffic and storage of C & D in train cars on the spur. Our point is that Koloski did say during the Council meeting that he would recuse himself if the recycling company site plan came before the Planning Board because now Koloski has made public comments about this application. Councilor Contois also said that he would be willing to recuse himself if he was serving on the Planning Board and the Recycling Services site plan came before the board. Yet Koloski did not accept Contois' statement that he would recuse himself as adequate suggesting that the fact that Contois has an opinion precludes him from serving on the Planning Board not only for the Recycling Services site plan but for other business applications going forward. If that is the bar that Councilor Koloski is setting then shouldn't that standard apply to Koloski as well? The answer is yes it should and Koloski should resign from the Planning Board although Koloski is on such a power trip it is unlikely that he will ever do so. This is what makes Koloski a hypocrite.
Steven, thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify our position on this matter. I appreciate it.
Steven(Wednesday, March 04 20 10:08 am EST)
Do you even watch the meetings Jim? Every meeting you mistate what was said. From my living room I figured out Damrens resignation was from the Planning Board seat as that was the topic of conversation and was discussed again under board appointments yet you go on a rant spreading lies. Again watching from home I watched Kolski publicly state during the Contois discussion as previously hightlighted if the project was to go before either board he would have to excuse himself as he had a previous conflict with the railyard. At the last meeting he started it again. Maybe you should actaully watch the meetings and take real notes. If you want to pretend for a second its not just personal attacks and you were not aware I read one of your rants covering Damren and Kolski excusing themsleves as a matter of conflict of interest the first time this project was presented. You trashed them then. Why would Contois or Kolski not speak one not appointed and one identified as not gonna be seated. The zoning board member also excused himself for a conflict and spoke as a citizen against it. He owns Pine Hill construction. You can't win with you. They are all damned if they do or don't. If you watch the zoning meeting Contois flips out and Kolski doesn't speak in opposition he asked questions. Oh my. If you want to share information try actually watching the meetings or attend them.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 03 20 05:51 pm EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) ZBA Board continues Recycling Services Inc.'s hearings until April 6.
2) February 26 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Tuesday, March 03 20 05:08 pm EST)
John:...Instead of being a negative Nancy, why don't you go and promote the news and information this page delivers, maybe JUST maybe you can change some peoples minds and bring about change. BUT I know that is a lot to ask.....
John(Friday, February 28 20 09:59 am EST)
Chris... nice try. I have been a faithful reader of this site since it’s inception and every election it’s the same old shite.
Jim and AJ make compelling arguments for change, for focal restraint, for new blood on the council.
As far as reporting news worthy events in Claremont, they do an excellent job but fail in interrupting the pulse of the people.
This is what it is.
Chris(Friday, February 28 20 08:46 am EST)
John, that is a very harsh and unfair accusation. The Sullivan Report is a news source that reports local news. The website does not endorse candidates or functions as a political action committee. There are many reason why Claremont is in the sorry state it is in today. Most of the eligible voters do not vote. Voter apathy runs high in Claremont. Good candidates seldom run. The tax and spend crowd that represent the local unions organize and run their own candidates for the own personal self benefit. They are the ones who are elected. You cannot blame this website for that.
John(Thursday, February 27 20 06:29 pm EST)
Here is a news flash, the people that follow the Sullivan reports are and have been the minority in Claremont.
Election after election the Sullivan report produces article after article that should be enough information to turn an election, but it never happens.
The voters continuously elect tax and spend individuals and then complain.
It’s time to face reality, this site is meaningless.
Bob(Wednesday, February 26 20 05:12 pm EST)
William: The people of this city had a chance to vote conservatives on the council, people who wanted change, but they voted the same ol same ol tax and spend idiots. some of the idiots in this town shouldn't be allowed to vote
William(Wednesday, February 26 20 06:31 am EST)
I saw on the council agenda for tonight’s meeting that the welfare director will be addressing the councilors. Curious I looked at the councilor information packet for tonight’s meeting and while she did not offer any new information about Claremont’s situation, she did remark that the homeless situation is exacerbating and affecting the welfare department presumably the budget. I recall reading on the Sullivan Report that the welfare budget is over budget and will run a deficit before the end of the fiscal year end of June. For her to come before the councilors so soon and for her to call the situation a crisis does not bode well for the taxpayers. It seems Claremont is already a sanctuary city for the homeless or is soon to become one. Add on top of that the ex-convicts with drug addiction problems that will soon be living in the downtown. Anywhere between 20 and 50 of these ex-convicts living right in the middle of downtown Claremont depending on whatever number county manager Derek Ferland happens to say on any given day. Then let us not forget the teen runaway mothers and their offspring that will eventually be living down on Main Street near the bridge at Elm Street. Then there is all the section 8 income qualifying housing being created with the city’s help in partnership with their favorite developer both on Pleasant Street and soon to be on Main Street. The Claremont Development Authority, an agency of the city is creating more space for an expanded dental clinic for the poor, the project spearheaded by a former city councilor who works there. Then there are other social services that have been expanded in Claremont over recent years including the needle exchange program at Valley Regional Hospital. A place where both Mayor Lovett & Assistant Mayor Damren have served as a member of their board of trustees. All of this is part of a master plan led by Mayor Lovett and other members of the council and presumably the new city manager and others to change Claremont into a welcoming community, which is political slang for a sanctuary city for refugees and illegal aliens. Many of whom have criminal records if other communities who have made the mistake of becoming sanctuary cities are any indication. It is obvious that Mayor Lovett and her cronies have other agendas as well such as lining the pockets of all city employees while refusing to increase senior exemptions and expand veteran tax credits to deserving city residents. Now they are trying to pull a fast one on the taxpayers by implementing a new paving plan that will not maintain the roads at all. Nothing but cosmetic crack so and skim coat that will not add any long-term useful life to any of our roadways. You cannot even really call this a Band-Aid approach because at least a Band-Aid offers some protection where this plan is nothing more than smoke and mirrors as city officials the favor funds from necessary expenditures to fund their various insidious political agendas. The citizens of Claremont need to wake up and see what is going on because they are putting their trust in the wrong people. They are voting in the wrong people at least those who actually go out and vote. The people who stay home on voting day are equally responsible for the pathetic excuses Claremont has for leadership and I am not only talking about the city government but also the county and school governments as well. We reap what we sow, the citizens of Claremont planted a bad crop of leaders in the county, school and city governments, and now we will be paying the price for those bad decisions.
Todd(Wednesday, February 26 20 03:59 am EST)
Morris is ill suited for the job. Could it be because he’s unqualified using practically every skill set measurement that’s available? Lovett and company wanted a city manager that they could have under their thumb so they could push forward their sanctuary city agenda. Well they certainly got what they wanted and he’ll be a good little boy and give them exactly what they want so he can keep his job and live on his little house on Grove Street and be happy. The Claremont taxpayers get it in the shorts again.
Keith(Tuesday, February 25 20 06:01 pm EST)
We are screwed people dying of overdose in bathrooms at convenience stores and we only worried how to be sanctuary city and welcome sober housing to down town wait till that happens gonna be so nice the cancer will spread wider than it already is and more dirtbags than ever we are paying the price for the Santagate policies now and just new idiots dont know which way is up trying to take over
Bill(Tuesday, February 25 20 03:42 pm EST)
Anyone following the news knows that the stock market is tumbling. Huge losses for senior retirement funds and other investors. How will people pay for their high property tax bills when they have suffered huge losses with their investments? Of course the idiots on the city council doesn't care about that because the only thing that they are interested about spending more money and they have successfully hired the city manager more than willing to give them one new spending plan after another. Big raises for all the city staff members paid for by a con job road paving plan and no increases in senior exemptions or giving veteran's tax credits to all of Claremont's veterans. The Council wants to give all kind of money to real estate developers who want to bring in attendance who qualify for section 8 housing or illegal aliens or refugees to accommodate Mayor Lovett's grandiose sanctuary city plans for Claremont along with her snowflake political allies Damren, Koloski and Kier. They also support big property tax breaks in property tax bill write-offs for landlords who do not pay their taxes or fix up their properties. The entire city government is corrupt and it will not end for at least two more years because a majority of the councilors are on board with the sanctuary city plan and all that goes with it.
Rick(Tuesday, February 25 20 12:06 pm EST)
The local reporters also did a disservice to their readers by simply reporting what was said in accepting it at face value without checking any of the facts for themselves to determine the veracity of what Ed Morris said. Unfortunately this is a mistake that are local reporters make time and time again. I attribute the Eagle Times reporter for doing this because his wife works for the city’s planning office. In regards to the Valley News and the E- Ticker News reporters I attribute they are unprofessional reporting to either laziness or the desire to publish fake news that mirrors their political slant.
Kevin(Tuesday, February 25 20 10:15 am EST)
Ed Morris is a terrible city manager. An ex-fireman who has let his loyalties to firefighters bias his actions to give the Claremont firefighters everything they have ever wanted for a paltry token gesture in return. That is not how the union contract negotiation process is supposed to work. Naturally none of these facts stated in the Sullivan Report’s article were ever said during the brief discussion at the city council meeting before all of the city councilors gleefully approved the pay raises for the firefighters. Not one of the councilors asked any insightful questions because none of them were interested in revealing any of the details to the taxpaying public. They all simply wanted to approve the very generous pay raises and move on to other business. It is very obvious that the taxpayers do not have good representation on the city council.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, February 25 20 08:23 am EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) Recycling Services Inc. return seeking several special considerations from the Claremont Zoning Board in order to open a Construction & Demolition Transfer Station.
2) The new firefighter union contract – the rest of the story.
Full details of the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Monday, February 24 20 02:07 pm EST)
Matt- It doesn't matter if this paving plan doesn't work.Just as long as the big pay raises are already in place,then paving can be revisited,on a limited budget of course.
Matt(Saturday, February 22 20 03:08 pm EST)
How can anyone think that this bullshit paving plan will actually work? These imbeciles are going to spend millions of our tax dollars to do a Band-Aid method on the roads and a few years in the future the roads are going to be pulverized and many unpassable. Of course, Morris will probably be long gone by then because I do not see him staying here long as people are already figuring out that he is ill suited for the job.
Fools council(Friday, February 21 20 09:28 am EST)
He supports crack pave plan because he doesn't know better weathersfield roads mostly dirt state roads paved lol what a bunch of fools for hiring this nozzle
Tom(Thursday, February 20 20 08:09 pm EST)
Ed Morris is a disaster as a city manager. All he wants to do is spend more tax dollars to raise up the property tax rate. More pay raises for all the city employees. He already gave the firefighters a pay raise and now the consultant he hired will recommend another raise for the firefighters on top of that. Morris has already said that he will ask the council to give pay raises to all the employees once the consultant's report is turned in. Signed contracts will be nullified and amended to take into consideration the new pay raises. Then he does the exact opposite with the seniors and the veterans of Claremont. Only modest increases in income and asset limitations and no increase in the exemption itself and no expansion of veteran tax credits to all veterans like other communities do. He supports the paving plan that will only crack seal and skim coat the roads for the next twenty years and turn Claremont's roads back into what they probably looked like during the middle ages. Saving money for his hair brained spending initiatives like pay raises for all city staffers and money for non-profits and connected Section 8 apartment developers/owners. Heck he can't even get the signal lights at Draper's Corners fixed and it's been at least three months or more. What the heck good is he? What is even more sickening is that we the taxpayers are paying him more than we paid Santagate, who was a far better city manager than Morris the inexperienced nincompoop will ever be.
Flawed search(Thursday, February 20 20 04:57 pm EST)
Oh of course with the bullshit search committee that never even had a say this has looser damren looser lovett all over hiring this guy with no credentials the committee which any committee in this city is a waste by the way never even recommended there was a Cadillac and a escort wagon and lovett damren riding around in a rotted out escort wagon cause they know how to drive it these ignorant fools couldn't lead a thing hope it doesn't snow with all these snowflakes the escort wagon can't take much more road salt
Shawn(Thursday, February 20 20 03:43 pm EST)
Speaking of snowflakes, it seems that this Ed Morris guy that’s our new city manager is the biggest snowflake of them all. In fact he has so many snowflakes on him he looks like a damn snowman.
Dennis(Thursday, February 20 20 02:46 pm EST)
Well I never had any illusions about Nick Koloski or Allen Damren or Abigail Kier or Charlene Lovett. They’re all bad news and they are still bad news but the idiots in Claremont still keep voting them back in. Claremont gets the representation they deserve and the dumb will lead us right down the shitter with their dangerous snowflake welcoming committee agenda. God help us all.
County delegation doing the same(Thursday, February 20 20 06:16 am EST)
Look at our county delegation doing the same sending sober scumbags to the middle of our pajama wearing part of town with all there SSDI handouts non working scum can't wait to see the flowers in tremont square and the needles next to them this town of ignorant officials is FU%!ED
Gary(Thursday, February 20 20 02:12 am EST)
The city manager made it very clear that he intends to recommend that the city council approve large pay raises to all city employees. He is hiring a consultant to write a report that will justify his recommendation. This will cost money that will raise the property tax rate with the next budget. To keep the property tax rate from going up too high other costs must be kept down. This paving plan will do that by keeping the increase down to a minimum. The city manager and his assessing consultant are doing the same thing with the elderly exemptions and the veteran tax credits. In my own personal opinion it is very unethical what our city leaders are doing but then ethics seem in very short supply these days when it comes to Claremont city administrators and elected representatives.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, February 20 20 12:36 am EST)
Assistant Public Works Director Jeremy Clay told the Council that the paving plan that Bob Betsold, the person giving the Powerpoint Presentation, was recommending would be the new approach to paving that the City of Claremont would be doing. After the presentation was over not one of the eight City Councilors present (Allen Damren was absent) raised any concerns or objections. Their combined silence strongly suggested acceptance and approval. Despite the fact that this so called plan, that will cost millions of dollars to implement, is obviously flawed. This is the reason why I wrote the article and focused much of it on this sorry excuse for a paving plan in order to raise public awareness on how millions of your tax dollars will be wasted if this plan is implemented. Hopefully the public will reach out to their Councilors representatives and talk some sense into them before it is too late.
Les(Wednesday, February 19 20 08:11 pm EST)
Did this council get sold that plan for roads that was presented if so we really screwed up putting them in office
Mark(Wednesday, February 19 20 03:46 pm EST)
I voted for Erica Sweetser because I thought she would be a little spitfire on the Council. A true voice of the people. It seems to me all she’s doing right now is going along to get along and that makes me sick to my stomach. I think I may have wasted my vote on her by buying her line of bullshit.
Don(Wednesday, February 19 20 01:03 pm EST)
I always thought that Debora Matteau was really smart. I also thought that Andrew O’Hearne and Jon Stone were both relatively smart too. Their silent acceptance of this piss poor paving plan has me rethinking their level of intelligence.
Charles(Wednesday, February 19 20 10:45 am EST)
Just to be clear,these people DO NOT DO ANY PAVING.
These are Huckster crack fillers that have concocted a presentation to people that do not understand the mechanics of road maintenance.Should these councilors sign a contract with these people,Claremont will be on the hook again for a big NOTHINGBURGER.
Nothing for your money(Wednesday, February 19 20 10:27 am EST)
Spend money and get nothing for it maybe they should try that slogan when they run again I'm sure they will get elected !
Greg(Wednesday, February 19 20 10:18 am EST)
What is up with the Council? Anyone can see that this BS paving plan is nothing more than a con job that will waste millions of dollars of our tax money. Of course we know that Koloski is moron and that he, Lovett, Damren and Kier are all liberal tax-and-spend snowflakes but come on. I am very disappointed with Stone, O'Hearne, Matteau, Sweetser and Contois because I thought they had at least some limited intelligence and some common sense to be able a see through this cock and bull plan. Their combined silent approval was deafening. The taxpayers of Claremont deserve better leadership than what we have.
Bob(Wednesday, February 19 20 09:13 am EST)
Any idiot can see that this paving plan won’t work. Any idiot that is except for the idiots that are sitting on the city council.
Kevin(Tuesday, February 18 20 03:30 pm EST)
The one thing that taxpayers want is better roads. The Council and the administration are so incredibly out of touch because they are consumed with their own political agenda of transforming Claremont into a sanctuary city. Yes I know they are calling it a welcoming community but it’s the same damn thing they are just playing word games. They are shipping in ex-convicts all with drug addictions and low income people whose income does not exceed the extremely low Section 8 income standards. These people are a drain on our community and many will be a drain on the Claremont school system with the addition of more kids. I have no idea what city officials, county officials and school officials are thinking but they are certainly leading us all in the wrong direction and raising our tax burden in the process.
William(Tuesday, February 18 20 02:16 pm EST)
I just finished reading the Sullivan Report article about this paving plan. I did not watch the Council meeting but having the access to the PowerPoint slides is extremely helpful. I read Patrick Adrian’s article first and it sure sounded like a worthwhile plan. Then I read this article in the Sullivan Report, see the PowerPoint slides and realize that from the information on the slides that this plan is a scam through and through. Crack sealing most of the roads is only a temporary measure not a 20 year plan. It sounds like the city officials who dreamed up this nightmare of a plan are all on crack themselves.
Richard(Tuesday, February 18 20 01:55 pm EST)
Did anyone read Patrick Adrian's article in today's Eagle Times about this sham paving plan? Boy, Patrick has sure drunken the city administration's Kool-Aid hasn't he? Patrick made this new paving plan sound like the best thing since sliced bread but then I guess that's to be expected because his wife works for the city planning office. Patrick is compromised and it is unlikely that he will ever write a contrary word against the city administration so long as his wife derives a paycheck from the city. Presumably a much larger paycheck than what he receives from the Eagle Times.
Charles(Tuesday, February 18 20 10:24 am EST)
These road people are glorified gypsies.They don't do any actual paving.St Pierre will tell you what these people are about,HUCKSTERS
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, February 18 20 09:53 am EST)
New article just published regarding the February 12 Council meeting.
Wait until you read the City's new paving plan!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Board(Saturday, February 15 20 07:18 am EST)
We couldn't be so lucky and blessed he resigned just from planning board
Mindy(Saturday, February 15 20 07:05 am EST)
I can’t believe Mr.Dameran has resigned from the City Council.
I want to wish him the best of luck in the future.
Waste(Thursday, February 13 20 09:09 am EST)
Damren was a waste on all levels hopefully Lovette follows she just has no skill at anything but trying to make people happy
Joe(Thursday, February 13 20 08:17 am EST)
As I was watching last nights meeting, I was surprised to hear Allen Dameran had resigned.
Thank you for your time on the council but in all honesty you were a huge disappointment.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, February 12 20 08:37 am EST)
Claremont election results on the News Flashes page of this website.
Merry Christmas(Tuesday, February 11 20 05:30 pm EST)
$10,000 for council paid to some overpaid little weasel that gives advice to a bunch of idiots what a deal that is just the beginning of our ignorant officials bad decisions on a fuc%/# decoration for a display in the park because they dont have the balls to make a decision let's make everyone happy next year I'm getting a decoration too I can't wait !!!!!!!!!! Good luck with these incompetant people we put in office no idea how to do anything
William(Tuesday, February 11 20 07:48 am EST)
I believe there is a large group of government officials with the county and the school and the municipal governments in concert with local developers and certain nonprofit agencies are covertly colluding together to transform Claremont into a sanctuary city. If you follow the projects as the Sullivan Report pointed out it seems clear that this is going on one step at a time.
Drool(Tuesday, February 11 20 06:12 am EST)
Cloutier drools the guy is a mess doesn't have a clue and we vote him in years of this tell you anyone can be elected it's just sad let the drooler set policy for anything wow
WatchingCity GoDown(Monday, February 10 20 01:45 pm EST)
As long as Claremont sends Democrat house members to Concord you can plan On Claremont continuing to fail. They lock step with the social agenda. Is O’Hearne on another no show term or was he really excused? At least it was one less vote for them Dems but he could have voted with the honorable Walter Stapleton and do Claremont some good. 10g on lawyers fees for one dipsticks complaint. People should remember that when they see Killay on the street.
Mike(Monday, February 10 20 01:23 pm EST)
The worst thing that could happen to Claremont would be to become a sanctuary city. Liberal wing nuts John Cloutier and Gary Merchant are bad news for Claremont. Maybe this vote will wake some people up and create the opportunity for new leadership when these two are up for reelection.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, February 10 20 10:12 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) City Officials waste large sums of taxpayer's money on legal fees for holiday display issue.
2) Mayor Lovett does it again!
3) It is important to remember our history.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
This is an interesting idea but I feel that the problem with these kinds of things is that there is always going to be people who are looking for a job at the startup in question because they have their first name and most of the things they do to become successful are pretty obvious to them because there have been lots of them already in the last decade. This is especially true when the founders are going to be successful if a startup starts to raise money in order to be successful. A good <a href="https://propertyappraisers.us/orange-county-property-appraiser">Orange County appraiser</a> might not get an offer from a bad company if a company started to raise money for a startup, then it's all going to be an unavoidable problem - but for now there would be little reason to pay them.
Educator(Friday, February 07 20 07:25 am EST)
I'm not for completely banning plastic grocery bags,but I believe a 50 cent charge per bag is in order.
Those participation trophys have to be paid for somehow.
I do like the idea of free breakfast and lunch at the schools for students and staff.Whoever said there's no free lunch?
Educator smokes Bernie weed(Thursday, February 06 20 06:55 pm EST)
Go figure AOC Bernie obama lover get a real job you looser
Bob(Thursday, February 06 20 05:18 pm EST)
Hey Educator I don't know what you're smoking but I suggest you quit. Everything you just said is the complete opposite of reality. Good God you're probly on the plastic bag ban- band wagon too...God help us!!
Educator(Thursday, February 06 20 04:58 pm EST)
Jeremy, what people fail to understand is that the city employees are the ones keeping businesses alive in Claremont.I even had a conversation with the manager at the Chevy dealership that he implied that were it not for teachers,cops,and firemen his dealership would probably go under.
Mr. Morris is trying to get us as much as possible so that we spend locally.We're the ones that keep the restaurants going as well.
A larger student body made up from immigrant families,and even the sober living facility,not to mention the Sullivan Co. Home ensures plenty of well paying administrative jobs in many areas and fields.The Green New Deal may also bring enforcement jobs to Claremont.They will be tasked with investigating and fining CO2 emmiters that are not making the necessary investments.Oil burners will be made illegal in the not too far off future.Installing solar panels and alternative heat sources will bring in many more jobs.The future looks very bright if we can show Claremont as a shining example.We are already educating the children in schools about the dangers of climate change.Many of the children already want to report their own parents for polluting activities.
Jeremy(Thursday, February 06 20 03:54 pm EST)
I’m not happy with Morris as he seems to want to give big raises to all the city employees and he never talks about holding the line on spending. I am worried what the next budget is going to hold because he is going to be making the budget.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, February 06 20 11:19 am EST)
Taxpayer we already did. See the January 16 article on the News Archives # 28 page of this website.
Tax Payer(Thursday, February 06 20 10:18 am EST)
Jim, just checking. Are you going to analyze the budget options and give a report or is this all you are offering?
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, February 06 20 09:31 am EST)
Nothing changes at the Deliberative Session.
Details on News Flashes page.
Educator(Wednesday, February 05 20 08:44 pm EST)
I have no issue helping someone when down but all these scum suckers career welfare recipients need to go with southwest right behind them oh educator you can go with them to take ferland lovett damren you can all have your own little dump to live in
Bob(Wednesday, February 05 20 06:03 pm EST)
@Educator : I don't know what alternate reality you're living in but we don't need more people in this city on welfare and Immigrants come here with no jobs and no way to support themselves so they sit home with 6 kids and blee the welfare dry, AS for the student population, we don't need more students , they can't properly educate the ones we have, The school budget has gone up a million dollars a year for the last ten years and the student population is declining WTF are they spending the money on. You're a bleeding heart liberal go to someone else's town and spend their money and not mine!!!!
Kevin(Wednesday, February 05 20 03:19 pm EST)
I’m concerned about the monitoring situation at the sober house. I remember Derek Ferland and Dave Berry promising that the home would be monitored with Department of Corrections staff. Now it’s only 40 hours a week with the rest of the time nobody there and everybody living there is trusted to be on their best behavior. If these residents could be trusted to be on their best behavior and make good choices they would not be in the situation that they are currently in. Seriously, what are these idiots who are running the County government thinking?
Educator(Wednesday, February 05 20 03:03 pm EST)
I'm tired of people putting down the development of low income housing to help out new immigrants to our country.
Our student population is continuing it's downward trajectory.We need more new students to protect the local jobs of teachers and administrators.These are good paying important jobs that must be preserved at all cost.
Ken(Wednesday, February 05 20 12:38 pm EST)
I’m not surprised at all the ducks are not even close to being lined up in a row for the sober house project. The County Leaders are deaf, dumb and blind to everything. The nursing home project is just as badly managed and both are gonna end up costing the taxpayers oodles of money. The bailout will be coming.
David(Wednesday, February 05 20 10:55 am EST)
Shrinking Claremont is a tribute to Claremont’s dysfunctional city, school and county governments and the moronic voters who keep voting snowflake Democrats into local public office.
Todd(Wednesday, February 05 20 08:35 am EST)
Can Claremont impeach their Mayor and her little toady the Assistant Mayor too?
Dan(Wednesday, February 05 20 05:53 am EST)
Shrinking Claremont is no surprise as the high taxes and the out-of-control spending habits of our elected officials continue to make matters worse instead of better. Anyone who can escape Claremont is smart to do so.
You dont matter(Tuesday, February 04 20 07:14 pm EST)
Contois the liberal scum black lives matter idiot on Glenwood just offensive hope he sells and moves so I dont need to drive by and get pissed trying to go home
Marie(Tuesday, February 04 20 05:06 pm EST)
I am glad to see Lovett and Damren finally get their comeuppance by losing their seats on the planning board and Lovett on the policy committee. However, I am concerned about the bold political moves led by Councilwoman Matteau during the first two meetings that she has been a member of the council. She worries me but right now it is only a feeling I do not have anything concrete to offer. I sincerely hope I am wrong but at the minute, I think that she like Councilman Contois bears watching.
Peter(Tuesday, February 04 20 03:24 pm EST)
I’m not surprised about the Section 8 vouchers for the Goddard building. I see that Patrick Adrian did his usual piss poor journalism by not asking the tough questions. Instead of 10 vouchers the Goddard building will probably get much more. I’m sure this deal has been clandestinely in the works for months as the City Manager makes all the appointments of all the members on the Claremont Housing Authority. That is a lot of influence for one person to have.
Shawn(Tuesday, February 04 20 01:41 pm EST)
I know this is a little late as I was away in the hospital for a few weeks but I do want to say this. Boy this Contois character on the council is a real buffoon. This imbecile wanted to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to have citywide property reassessments every single year because his tax bill went up. Oh boo-hoo for poor Councilor Contois. Hell, this moron cannot even add or he is one hell of an exaggerator like that nincompoop Councilor Koloski. He said his tax bill went up $1000 but Jim and AJ showed that his tax bill really only went up by $563 and change. Now this turkey is going to be on the planning board unless assistant mayor Damren reneges on his promise, oh joy. Since the vote is not on the agenda for the next council meeting thanks to mayor Lovett maybe Contois will be robbed of his planning board seat again for a second time. Hee hee! Did anyone happen to watch the zoning board meeting last night? It seems Contois and his wife were all bent out of shape because a local business was allegedly selling dildos. I won’t go for the obvious envy joke or maybe I just did. Who the heck is Councilor Contois to preach morality to the populace? Contois needs to be watched very closely because the mayor and the assistant mayor might not be the only ones overstepping their bounds. Hubris thy title is councilor.
Donk(Tuesday, February 04 20 12:50 pm EST)
Is ther gonna be housing for peeple that dont wanna quit drinkin or druggin?
Strong Leader(Tuesday, February 04 20 11:51 am EST)
@George we should have gone with a strong mayor!! The people would pay more attention to thins if they really had control. During elections the candidates would have the opportunity to sell their policies and let the people decide.
Ralph&Steve(Tuesday, February 04 20 11:44 am EST)
Ralph and Steve!!! You forgot to mention the money trees they are planting for an out of area landlord with our tax dollars!
George(Tuesday, February 04 20 11:39 am EST)
Ed Morris seems to be a tax and spender and he does not seem to be much of anything else as a city manager. He just sits there and does a whole lot of nothing while collecting the highest paycheck a city manager has ever received in Claremont. The Claremont taxpayers are certainly not getting their bang for the buck with Morris at the helm.
Ralph(Tuesday, February 04 20 10:45 am EST)
This is a long-term scheme to turn Claremont into a dumping ground for the undesirable population that no other communities in their right minds would ever want. I hear Lovett is vying for a position in Gov. Sununu’s administration. Is there a quid pro quo deal in place here?
Steve(Tuesday, February 04 20 09:35 am EST)
I always knew that Nancy Merrill and Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren and Abigail Kier and Nick Koloski were lying to all of us about the Goddard building being workforce housing when it really is a Section 8 tenement building. These fools on the Council and in the city government are turning the downtown into the projects. Look at all the social service agency amenities, the sober housing project, the female unwed mother teen housing project and the low-income housing projects on Pleasant Street and now on Main Street by the same development company with over $1 million in federal grants and other public monies. Let’s not forget the push to change Claremont into a sanctuary city for the undocumented illegal aliens. What next a leper colony?
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, February 04 20 06:11 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) County Officials present Sober House Project to Claremont Planning Board.
2) Mayor Lovett abruptly makes several changes to already advertised / publicly noticed February 12 Claremont City Council meeting agenda.
3) News Briefs regarding Claremont.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Rum(Monday, February 03 20 11:18 am EST)
Ya because our elite leaders we hire really fire a bunch of the morons they hire we see that alot drink some more rum you idiot
At Ted(Saturday, February 01 20 07:36 am EST)
@Ted. You are quite right. Snowflake is likely full of cool aid. After years of going backward academically and financially it will require drastic measures to fix this mess. Seeman works for the new supper and go as fast as he came if he does not perform to the suppers standards. I only can hope the new guy can regroup. The community will to come to grips that change will require sacrifice. And it to believe that in the end it will be for the better.
Snowflake ted(Friday, January 31 20 05:40 pm EST)
If he was so innovative and smart he would not hire seeman as his finance master old teddy let me guess that's mean and now you are bullied snowflake
Ted(Friday, January 31 20 04:04 pm EST)
It is pathetic that the School Superintendent withdrew his play to reconfigure the elementary schools.
Whether you agree or disagree with this proposal, this person was hired because of “innovative” ideas to teaching and if he feels this will help the children of Claremont, it’s a shame he was bullied into eliminating the proposal.
The Citizens are paying this person a large sum of money to help turn around a failing school system, he should he given the respect and support to do this without the fear of being bullied.
The Click(Friday, January 31 20 08:53 am EST)
Consultants are people who couldn’t make in the real world work force or got thrown out of the public sector for spending to much money. As a last resort they become a “Consultant” to help those in the public sector explain why they need to spend more of other people’s money.
Todd(Wednesday, January 29 20 12:57 pm EST)
Angela what makes you think that the current Fire Department contract will be the pay levels that stick? This consultant will probably recommend higher pay for the firefighters too. Morris said he wishes to reopen all negotiated contracts to give higher raises to everyone so that probably means the firefighters too. Remember he negotiated with the consulting company so you had better believe that he made it very clear as to the outcome that he wants with this so-called independent study.
Angela(Wednesday, January 29 20 10:31 am EST)
I see city manager Ed Morris was very generous with the taxpayer’s money when he gave all of the Claremont Firefighters a nice fat 6% raise that practically nobody in the real world of the private sector is getting around here. According to Morris, the firefighters are all very happy with their new contract that Morris convinced the tax-and-spend crowd on the council to rubberstamp on Wednesday evening. It will presumably set the bar for the other contracts after the consultant hands in their report on pay scales and compensation levels for all city employees.
Smoke show(Wednesday, January 29 20 09:08 am EST)
Maybe the council will grow and root out damren lovette and then oust morris and do a real hiring process not like the smoke and mirrors we used to hire that idiot but who knows
Charles(Wednesday, January 29 20 07:50 am EST)
Would somebody tell Morris he gets his paycheck from us,not the public employees trying to take more money from us.
I just can't believe this guy
Chris(Wednesday, January 29 20 07:34 am EST)
Looks like the Mayor is finally being put in her place. She has no more power or authority then any other elected Councilor and now the rest of the Council knows it too.
I previously felt the Assistant Mayor was going to be the taxpayers savior, I was wrong .
Allen has proven to be nothing more then a puppet for the Mayor and the administration.
I would like to publicly thank Councilors Stone & O’Hearn for constantly being the voice of reason and common sense.
Spending yo money!!!(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:54 pm EST)
We should be happy Damren out of our school system how come these beauracrats dont just leave with his retirement he wants to make sure he can continue to spend other people's money wastefully like he has for years I guess addicting maybe ??????
Haircut(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:45 pm EST)
Damren needs a haircut another liberal squirrel I hear he really losing his mind or whatever he has had left of it
Vote in another libtard(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:39 pm EST)
Contois is a looser black lives matter signs and Bernie signs all over that idiots lawn libtard
Bob(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:35 pm EST)
Thank god Damren and the Mayor are off the planning board, but only to be replaced with the air head Contois and Morris is no help either...shit back to square 1 god help us
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, January 28 20 12:09 pm EST)
Two articles today.
1) Claremont School Officials do an abrupt about-face on Grammar School Restructuring.
2) Political maneuvering – squabbling continues at the January 22, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, January 22 20 11:17 pm EST)
Bob, Cottage Courts might be a good thing but I am concerned that it will set a legal precedent to allow a larger more expansive open space ordinance to follow. That could cause a large influx of school age students into the school district forcing expansion of facilities and staffing and the tax revenue increase will not come anywhere close to what it will cost to place and educate all the new students. Large property tax increases is not what Claremont needs now. Bob, as far as your other question I have no knowledge about it.
Bob(Wednesday, January 22 20 04:36 pm EST)
SAU6retiree@clarrmont.com CAN you give all the details about Semans wife and what her business is and when she tried to implement it in Claremont. and I need all the details because I know there is someone on the forum that will confront them and call them out at a SB meeting in the future. thank you
Bob(Wednesday, January 22 20 04:00 pm EST)
Jim Sullivan: what is your take on the cottage courts it seems if done right could be a good thing. I am very interested in your opinion.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, January 22 20 06:26 am EST)
County Officials to present Sober Housing Project to the Planning Board.
New zoning changes and housing initiatives proposed.
Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
My throat hurts(Wednesday, January 22 20 04:42 am EST)
This county commissioner group along with FERLAND needs to all be sent packing like without Jobs just keep shoving junk down the throats of claremont most if the population that actually work and pay Bill's dont wish to keep hearing your bullshit we dont want your beds for junkies and shitbag convicts in claremont keep it at the county complex if your program is so great
Bob(Tuesday, January 21 20 12:12 pm EST)
The problem is our elected officials are compromised. Whether they are with the County, the School District or the corrupt City government it does not seem to matter. All but a few all seem to be on the same page of spend lots of tax dollars on big projects to expand the size of government and create more public jobs for the taxpayers to fund. Reducing the size of government or the size of government budgets is never part of the thought process. Until that changes the taxpayers will continue to be taken advantage of by those they elect.
Charles(Tuesday, January 21 20 11:06 am EST)
Liz, the new car dealers,the travel agencies,and the restaurants depend on the bloated administrative government hierarchy.
The halfway house,or the disability or Social Security check people don't buy new cars or go on vacation.
Liz(Tuesday, January 21 20 10:44 am EST)
I never realized how heavily burdened the Claremont taxpayers are relative to an overabundance of school administrators with their inflated salaries and much too generous benefits packages. Our school board members are doing a terrible job representing the best interests of the public and the students. All of these wasted tax dollars on useless and unnecessary administrators could be reinvested into the school district and used to reduce the much too heavy property tax burden in Claremont. A lower property tax rate could ignite economic development. It certainly would not hurt.
Jason(Tuesday, January 21 20 07:33 am EST)
Charlene Lovett has a soft spot in her twisted heart for the farmers market. She used to run the thing for God sakes until she began taking over the city government. She has never seen a government program that she does not like or tax dollars that she does not like to spend. She supports turning Claremont into a sanctuary city and she has been supporting project after project to get all of the pieces into place. More low-rent housing for Kevin Lacasse’s company to the tune of $1 million in federal taxpayer money for just two projects in Claremont to bring in those low-rent apartments. All kind of government benefits for social service programs for local nonprofit agencies to create more social services for the refugees when they arrive. An expanded dental clinic for the refugees. A music center for them to entertain themselves in. Transitional housing for teenage runaways with children and the County’s transitional housing for at least 50 drug-addicted ex-convicts. A needle exchange program and other rehab programs to care for the population that she is trying to migrate to Claremont. Mayor Lovett is out of her mind but then so many others on the city council are as demented as well because they all seem to be lining up right behind her with their rubberstamp vote of yes ever at the ready for everything that will eventually destroy our wonderful way of life here.
Lynn(Tuesday, January 21 20 07:19 am EST)
If the Claremont farmers market cannot survive on its own, it should die the death of all failed businesses. The Claremont taxpayers do not need to support another failed program with our tax dollars.
Decisions(Monday, January 20 20 04:06 pm EST)
Lovett was a admin nothing in the military and is an admin nothing as our mayor self serving idiot and then she in control of idk what she couldn't make a decision on anything without legal counsel. bunch of idiots !!!!!! I'm sure all these opinions from these legal geniuses is cheap
Bob(Monday, January 20 20 03:13 pm EST)
Claremont Voter's really dropped the ball on the last municipal election. "You reap what you sow" for the next two years. Enjoy Mayor Lovett's "Progressive" Agenda and the price tag that will come with it!
Charles(Monday, January 20 20 02:44 pm EST)
Can Am is in all likelihood closing.The new trade agreement will allow the bridge components to be fabricated in Canada.
The labor cost savings will more than justify the move.Health Insurance in Canada is provided by National health care.Canada is also importing thousands from the middle east.Many of these newly minted immigrants have experience in metal work,and they have youth and numbers on their side.
I'm sure that the Quebec based firm is also working on Canadian grants for immigrant jobs,as well as big tax breaks for the relocation.
It's too bad that Claremont squanders tax breaks,tax forgiveness,and contruction grants to slum lords and low life bar owners.You snooze,you loose,and Claremont is downright narcoleptic!
Tom(Monday, January 20 20 02:11 pm EST)
The Sullivan Report scoops everyone else again. Great job on the Canam story get guys.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, January 20 20 12:39 pm EST)
Canam Bridges sold!
Article is on the News Flashes page of this website.
Scott(Monday, January 20 20 11:08 am EST)
They all sound like a bunch of DemocRATS to me!
Todd(Sunday, January 19 20 04:48 pm EST)
In regards to hiring Morris and McNutt before him, what do you expect from Lovett and her misfit band of loonies?
Bridge to nothing(Sunday, January 19 20 04:44 pm EST)
Our police dept has been in shambles since Alex Scott took over. The Santagate regime of liberals hire that spineless no experience in leadership of anything to ruin a dept our city is what it is from the hiring practices and liberal policys for 10 plus years let's name another bridge for him he loved the incompetant dept heads so he could micro manage pretty smart actually if you can get away with it which same thing our council just did in hiring Morris
Jeremy(Sunday, January 19 20 02:51 pm EST)
I was on vacation last week so I’m just catching up with the news on the Sullivan Report. I know this comment is a little dated but I need to get this off my chest. I cannot believe how dumb our city council is. Who in their right mind allows an employee to make up the criteria that they will be rated on for their job performance review? The job performance review is the process that decides if the city manager will get a pay raise or a termination. This is the tail wagging the dog. Why doesn’t the city councilors understand that?
Rick(Sunday, January 19 20 01:11 pm EST)
It used to be that you could trust a cop. Now you sometimes cannot tell the honest cops from the dishonest ones. I used to have great respect for Mark Chase but no more. Andy O’Hearne was right about how Mark used the turnover numbers to his own advantage without qualifying what they mean. Mark is using those numbers to justify bigger salaries and greater compensation for his police officers, who are doing a terrible job keeping the crime rate down. Mark seems to be hiding the crime statistics from everyone. Mark is definitely not on the side of the taxpayers so why should we support him as chief?
Charles(Sunday, January 19 20 11:23 am EST)
Why is a city with the lowest income in the state paying the highest wages in the state to it's employees?
Sad Times(Sunday, January 19 20 11:13 am EST)
Just read your article on Claremont's view buy outsiders and I am not one bit surprised. As an insider I can see this too. Claremont is run by passive leaders in every department. I have trouble believing some of our leaders claim to be conservative. Conservatives would recognize that Claremont’s size does not justify the pay scales for tax payer funded employees. Unions are running the city and don’t you forget that. City, Police, and School leaders are backboneless when it comes to negotiations. Hard to turn back now. City government is a giveaway at tax payer expense without weighing the cost group. Since the retirement of Chief Prozzo the Claremont PD has become a passive lack of enforcement department and the downtown district is living proof of that and it is bleeding into the school system. The school leadership is so top heavy that it has fallen under its own weight. Between that and the union control of the education system it will take generations to fix it. Admitting that an era is over and not saving old buildings at government expense would be a great start. Outsourcing or Bankruptcy is in our future.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, January 19 20 09:37 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) Local government meetings galore this week in Claremont.
2) Claremont Farmer's Market fails to cultivate public's interest.
3) How outsiders are viewing Claremont.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, January 19 20 09:35 am EST)
The answer to your question is that the $500,000 CDBG grant paid for with public tax dollars to renovate a building that is not even worth half that amount will create seven low-income apartments.
No sanctuary city(Saturday, January 18 20 09:17 pm EST)
Educator it would seem that plans have begun with revising the schools so students are not all sent to one school but by the grade and more teachers staff and busing will be needed. Also the city seems to be doing there part with the new apts on pleasant street and all the fed grants coming in. How many apts will be in Main Street after all that grant money and city help is given
Educator(Friday, January 17 20 11:33 am EST)
If we are to become a sanctuary city,we will have to budget all of the expansion that thin entails.We will need additional classrooms and possibly even an additional school.We will need bi-lingual teachers and support staff,and that costs money.
On the city's responsibility front,additional monies will be required to house our newly minted Claremont residents.I always remember what Hillary said,"It takes a village."
Liberal loser Richard seeman(Friday, January 17 20 06:33 am EST)
Retiree is referring to Richard seeman they are bleeding heart liberals he is a ego driven snowflake who have done nothing but suck money out of this town and pushing there ideas they are implants go back to your town you came from and push your agenda we don't need you idiots the guy is the biggest idiot actually she pretty stupid herself Bernie Hillary loving libtards
SAU6retiree@clarrmont.com(Thursday, January 16 20 10:10 pm EST)
The realignment isn’t the only change coming. Please remember, the mastermind behind Johnson Controls and the big savings is the SAU CFO. Watch for an increase in ancillary educational spending as the district begins moving outside “education” into the schools. For example, the CFO’s spouse runs an outside agency and she has tried for years to bring her curriculum into Claremont but has been rebuffed because it’s not age appropriate for younger kids. With only grades 4-5 in a building, her target audience will be ripe for the picking. Or fleecing of tax dollars. Look at the sheer number of teachers on the payroll that do not teach in a class but instead have the word “specialist” in the title.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, January 16 20 06:53 pm EST)
FY 21 School Budget – Elementary School Restructuring.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Thursday, January 16 20 03:01 pm EST)
You know,I was thinking about this city manager wanting to do a compensation study beyond administrators to encompass cops and firemen too.Who the hell does this guy think he works for? Why would we want anyone that works for us try to remove more money from OUR POCKETS?
We have contracts already in place.They have benefits far beyond the average Claremonter,but it's never enough.It's always about what some other town is paying their help.Has anyone shown our manager what the per capita income is for Claremont? Since we have the lowest income,shouldn't our help be the lowest paid as a consequence?
I don't need anyone working for me that has nothing better to do than devise ways of taking more of my hard earned money.
Bill(Thursday, January 16 20 09:52 am EST)
Lovett’s membership in that mayors club is not a good thing for Claremont. All she is doing is pandering to the liberals and Claremont is suffering because of it.
Morons(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:46 pm EST)
Imagine having a doctorate degree and not knowing how to collect lunch money help these morons please please please
Sau no confidence(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:42 pm EST)
Exactly right these are the most incompetant people ever old Richard seemans and Benware I'm sure those two stroke there egos spending our money with there liberal principals
Jill(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:31 pm EST)
No faith in the school board, they can't handle a lunch program and they want to make massive changes? Time for the SAU to be disbanded!
Benware please go with Bernie(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:24 pm EST)
Benware fix stuff that you should be able like getting lunch money you dumb asses can't do that proven fact now you want to change the world just like Bernie will I hope you end up in Vermont with him after he fails too problem is we can't afford your ignorance in claremont so if you want to head to Vermont now and wait for him more power to you
Keep paying the taxes(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:58 pm EST)
Good thing we are all paying the Bill's for these morons because if it was run like a business they would be gone thank God for idiots in local government that would never make it in the real world
Smarts(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:51 pm EST)
These overly educated people can't figure out how to collect lunch money lol. How are they to implement changing the entire systems transport and staffing of the schools I really don't know
Liberal idiots another excellent plan(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:32 pm EST)
K 1 will be Maple ave 2 3 will be Disnard 4 5 will be Bluff so that will be great maybe that will help these idiots learn how to collect school lunch money oh that's right Benware the bleeding heart is giving lunch and breakfast to everyone go vote Bernie we will all be at the schools eating so good thing they will have all this food liberal idiots
School mess no more walking to school(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:19 pm EST)
Let's see the new plan for the restructuring of the schools so if you were to buy a house in maple district because you didn't want your kids to go to disnard or bluff wait till you see the proposal from another round of idiots that because there mommy and daddy bought them a college piece of paper they can change the world what a joke and the ignorant school board is right into it if you bring anything to our elected dubs they would think it's great keep letting these idiots on our council and boards
Matt(Wednesday, January 15 20 07:21 pm EST)
Why does the city keep bending over for Kevin Lacasse of New England Family Housing? Seems like he has someone or some people in his pocket.
Mcnutts and Eddie(Wednesday, January 15 20 06:45 pm EST)
Good luck if we were to get him out like the last idiot with lovett damren in place we will get the same result have a fake smoke and mirrors search committee research and waste there time for them to put the best guy forward and never even give him a chance hire a bumbling idiot that knows nothing from vt
Charles(Wednesday, January 15 20 01:40 pm EST)
With managers like this one.who needs enemas?
Peter(Wednesday, January 15 20 01:23 pm EST)
Boy Eddie our new city manager is a tax-and-spender isn’t he. The firefighters are very happy with his contract offer. Of course they are he is an old firefighter from out west and he wants to remain true to the firefighter’s brotherhood and he doesn’t give a damn about the Claremont taxpayers. Now he picked a company without doing a competitive bid to do a compensation study and then he expanded it to not only do it for the directors but to do it for all the city employees too. Then Eddie the big spender wants to give everybody big pay raises all at once, even if it means changing contracts early that are still in effect. This moron has to go. So does Lovett and all the other liberal snowflake lunatics on the Council.
Tom(Wednesday, January 15 20 11:09 am EST)
It looks like the Farwell project will be another half ass project done by the city and I have no doubt that the pleasant restaurant project will end at the same way. The CDA is nothing more than a country club for political cronies and it looks like games are being played with these projects to cheapen up the finished product. Once again, the public is getting the wool pulled over their eyes. Thank goodness, Jim and AJ are looking out for us and getting the proof about their lies and deception.
Gloria(Wednesday, January 15 20 10:05 am EST)
Sullivan and Maranville made a very good point about the inconsistency of the planning office’s enforcement of the building codes and protecting the safety of the public. The property on Main Street that Ed Morris is saying must come down is in much better shape than the Topstone property if you look at the tax cards from the assessing office. I think the only reason why the Topstone property is still up and operational and open to the public is because a city councilor is the biggest tenant in the building. Political influence is trumping public safety. Folks like to say there is no corruption at City Hall but those that say it are kidding themselves. Corruption and political favoritism is all around if you open your eyes to see it.
feeling ill !!!!!!(Wednesday, January 15 20 10:04 am EST)
southwest and these organizations actually tell people to call in sick to there job if they were to need a little help so they fall into the criteria of there lame agency and come back and see them
reality time to change our policys(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:48 am EST)
We still need to pay equal to other towns to our employees it is necessary to keep good employees the problem in claremont is the lack of working people paying the bills we are full of welfare and ssdi recipients thanks to the like of southwest community services and west central all these organizations which do good for some people but others become dependent on the services we need to make it more difficult to just sit home and walk around claremont in your jammies there are alot of these people that could work and be functional people in the community instead of sit in there crap apartment and look at there phones or big screen all day that could be the beginnings of a fix stop the welfare dept for years giving our tax money to the same people maybe give them a plan to get better and work with them instead of just spit a check off a computer which fixes a problem for 2 seconds not long term
Megan(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:18 am EST)
I think it is terrible what the Council is doing regarding the elderly exemptions. They should not even be considering cutting the number of recipients they should be increasing the asset and income levels even more and increase the exemption itself a lot more. They are the ones that are causing the tax rate to be so high and it is creating a hell of a burden for everyone including the elderly who want to remain in their homes after years of paying the high taxes. They deserve the consideration instead of the wealthy developers that do not live in Claremont and the city employees who are already well paid.
Roger(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:30 am EST)
I’m not so keen about that wind farm project even though I’m on the right side of it so it will not block my view of Mount Ascutney. The property owners are from out of state so they don’t give a damn about blocked views or how anyone may think about having to look at the monstrosity of a wind farm. I think it is safe to assume they are simply looking at the profits that this lease will earn for them. I’m glad Jim informed the Valley News about this turn of events so that we now all know about it. If Jim told the Eagle Times instead the story would probably never have saw print. Their coverage of Claremont happenings is virtually nonexistent these days. The new editor is a young kid and not to sound as if I have a problem with someone’s age because I don’t because there are many qualified and accomplished young persons in the world but this news editor isn’t one of them. I believe he will drag this newspaper down even deeper and it is just a matter of time for the Eagle Times to fold up for the second and presumably final time. The funny thing is I don’t think anyone will miss it this time.
Jennifer(Tuesday, January 14 20 09:03 pm EST)
Todd, you want to know who Jason Benware is? Well he's a pompous narcissist, who's arrogance is quite nauseating. If your ever around him you'll realize immediately he likes to hear himself talk, basically a know it all which is hilarious considering all the mishaps that has taken place while he's
been on the school board.
Get REAL we have a problem houston(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:22 pm EST)
Benware should run for county commissioner be with Barrette and Ferland maybe get 100 beds for people to get drunk and sleep in on our dime we could buy them food at mexican or the Pleasant maybe get them cash cards oh maybe they already get from the state im sure we can get them some county cash cards too refill them every month while they are in the program or have them get the cards with there clean needles perfect then they can sit next to you at dinner after you worked all day maybe even watch them pass out or get a narcan treatment that is fun to watch !!!!!!!!
Bob(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:12 pm EST)
Contois got what he deserved. He did not educate himself on anything and got schooled. he wanted to be on the city council,he got it... be careful what you wish for. Now you are starting to see who's who and what's what with these people. To bad we have to wait another 2 years to try and get out the idiots that people voted in.
little boy on the board(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:11 pm EST)
dave if you only knew what a piece of work and how nasty dirty he is the self serving do nothing but give free crap that was donated it goes so deep the average person would never believe it to be true!!!!!! stiffs everyone i guess that is the liberal way for likes of him that cant make it in life on there own
Dave(Tuesday, January 14 20 05:34 pm EST)
What Nick Koloski did to Mr. Contois was low down and dirty. Sticking him on the conservation commission was a very low blow after Mr. Contois lost the opportunity to serve on the one board that he wanted to serve on the most. I never knew Nick had such an evil streak and I am now sorry that I voted for him. The fact that Nick cannot remember votes that he cast just a few months before is also not in his favor. That suggests to me that he really does not vote his conscience but he votes how the administration tells him to vote. Probably the price for all the favors he and his landlord received. I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to prove the quid pro quo dealings of Trump but I think it would be very easy to prove Nick’s quid pro quo deals with the administration. I will never make the mistake of ever voting for him again.
Matt(Tuesday, January 14 20 04:00 pm EST)
I agree that the council screwed Contois over but I believe he only has himself to blame because he is so ignorant about how the seats work on a board that he has been serving on as a citizen in an alternate position. The other thing that really turned me off about him is his constant repeating of I don’t know about this or I don’t know about that. If you don’t know a damn thing then why the hell did you run for council? I am beginning to think that Contois is on a power trip or he is the type that he constantly needs his ego massaged. Maybe he will get better with time but right now he is not a serious player just another doofus city councilor.
Jessica(Tuesday, January 14 20 02:21 pm EST)
I think it is absolutely shameful what the councilors did to poor Mr. Contois. He is such a wonderful man who has worked tirelessly for Claremont behind the scenes. He was instrumental in stopping the recycling company from performing dangerous activities that would have hurt the health of so many Claremont residents including the kids attending the Maple Avenue Grammar School. Mr. Contois wanted one thing to be on the planning board and with three seats available, they could not even give him one because they wanted their cronies in those seats. To these unethical councilors, the end justifies the means and their political agenda is the God that they follow.
Todd(Tuesday, January 14 20 02:08 pm EST)
Who the hell is this Jason Benware clod on the school board? Free meals for all the kids for both breakfast and lunch? At a cost of almost $1,500,000 a year no less! Is he out of his cotton picking mind? This dunderhead is dangerous and when you look at what the fools on the city council are doing it is obvious that Claremont is in very big trouble because these fools are going to tax-and-spend all of us right into the poor house.
Tom(Tuesday, January 14 20 01:01 pm EST)
I think it was a terrible idea for the Council to approve the $500,000 application for New England Family Housing. These developers have sucked up way too much public funds for their projects. Look at what they are doing, they are creating low income housing that qualifies for Section 8 vouchers. They call it workforce housing but that is a crock. It is just like Mayor Lovett calling her plan to bring in refugees as turning Claremont into a welcoming community when it really is a sanctuary city. She is not really representing Claremont instead she is trying to push forward the political agenda shared with her cronies in that New Hampshire Association of Mayors that Jim and AJ told us all about because they are the only two who are really paying attention to what the hell is going on. I have heard rumors that Lovett is trying to get a paid position in the governor’s administration, I don’t doubt it for a second since she is a social climber. All of these political agendas at play are contrary to what is best for Claremont.
Gail(Tuesday, January 14 20 11:16 am EST)
The placement of the sober house in Downtown Claremont will be the death knell for Claremont. What business is going to want to locate either in the Downtown region or anywhere in proximity to a community that welcomes with open arms ex-convicts with a history of drug abuse, runaway teens who also may have drug abuse issues and illegal immigrants and refugees? This is not the demographic of a vibrant community and Claremont already has terrible demographics in regards to the highest property tax rate in the entire state of New Hampshire and one of the lowest per capita income numbers in the whole state also. Crime is on the rise and Claremont is becoming a community that law-abiding citizens and their families will want to stay clear of and for good reason. Mayor Lovett, Allen Damren, Nick Koloski and Abigail Kier do not seem to understand that and I’m not so sure that Claremont’s very inexperienced city manager Ed Morris does either. Claremont is definitely going in the wrong direction and the voters are electing the wrong people to lead us.
James Contois and company !!!!!!(Tuesday, January 14 20 09:09 am EST)
james contois where are we on the sober housing and our elite planning board all on board i see we write articles to the valley news about a business and SEX TOYS but silent on the scumbag housing i mean sober housing just another liberal policy from our elected or hired ignorant representation !!!!!! how about our Planner or city police chief or some leader anywhere just cower to the county lets see how this goes !
Wake the f@!k up Claremont(Tuesday, January 14 20 07:06 am EST)
If we let the ignorant liberal barrette and ferland push this county sober house down Claremonts throat we can kiss claremont goodnight once and for all. Where is the city leadership or lack there of on this issue just silent allowing these idiots do what they want with our city
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:16 am EST)
Five new articles published today.
1) Another Sober House Public Forum scheduled.
2) Filing Period for Claremont School Board seats, other School District positions.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jill(Saturday, January 11 20 03:15 am EST)
Most likely the school leaders will do the same ploy they always do and back load the pay raises for the teachers. Small increase for year one that appears on the ballot and much larger increases for later years of the multi-year contract. The idiot voters fall for it every time.
Part of the system(Friday, January 10 20 08:47 pm EST)
Teacher raises coming too! Negotiations are under way that would bring our teacher salaries in line with Lebanon; allowing Claremont to retain talent instead of being a training ground.
3rd world sh@@hole(Wednesday, January 08 20 08:06 pm EST)
Paul not sure but any idiot in last 15 years that is proud they served on city council oh my they dont get it but they have helped turn us into a 3rd world sh@&hole with there ignorant policys and rubber stamping they have done for the crooked bureaucrats that we hire not a brain in the bunch when you really look at any of them what have they ever accomplished I could answer that but we will let you all answer for yourselves I guess maybe time to get active encourage real people to run against these morons and help !!!!!!!!!!! Gonna take alot to weed these morons out!!!@ drive around and look really look at this city wow not how it was before santagate and the liberal bunch took over I can tell anyone that
Paul(Wednesday, January 08 20 04:28 pm EST)
What's going on in Claremont is unfortunately eerily similar to what took place in Rutland Vermont. A few years ago Rutland's mayor Christopher Louras bamboozled the public by preaching diversity and inclusiveness, saying migrants
will bring economic prosperity under the guise of being called a welcoming city, shortly after Rutland had workforce housing built( sound familiar Claremont) over
a hundred migrants were bussed in overnight and when local tax payers found out they were the ones paying for it , they wanted a investigation so In October 2016, Judicial Watch made public 128 pages of documents it obtained from the mayor of Rutland, Vermont, showing a concerted effort by the mayor and a number of private organizations to conceal from the public their plans to resettle 100 Syrian refugees into the small southern Vermont town. The mayor and resettlement organizations shrouded the plan in such secrecy that not even the town’s aldermen were informed of what was taking place behind closed doors. The aldermen eventually wrote to the U.S. Department of State protesting the plan and opened an investigation into the mayor’s actions. Add
insult to injury it was found that Vermont Board of Health
was hiding the fact that 35 percent of refugees in
Vermont tested positive for LATENT TUBERCULOSIS!!!!!
unfortunately our mayor is a wolf in sheep's clothing that hides behind a smile, she works for the elites who are pushing the globalist agenda
not the citizens of Claremont, and when Claremont turns into
a 3rd world socialist S**tHOLE
it will be mission accomplished, and she will conveniently move on to greener pastures. There seems to be a incentive like a
higher political position or it could be financial maybe that's why she was opposed to
a forensic audit. - makes one wonder. Remember terms like
refugees and welcoming city is designed to pull on the heart strings of the ill-informed, there not refugees they economic migrants, It's
time to investigate our local
Charles(Wednesday, January 08 20 02:08 pm EST)
Is it true that 50 families are being brought here that are from Congo and Sudan?
Why? How much will this cost over time? More cops,more teachers,most certainly more administrators,more school breakfast and lunches,free housing,and more...
April(Wednesday, January 08 20 12:46 pm EST)
I think Morris is a big time loser that Lovett and Damren convinced the dolts on the council to hire because Morris is ignorant and easily manipulated so Lovett and Damren can secretly control Claremont. It’s all one big power trip.
Todd(Wednesday, January 08 20 11:40 am EST)
Ed Morris is a failure as a city manager and he has burned his bridge as his replacement was just hired in Wethersfield.
Educator(Wednesday, January 08 20 11:35 am EST)
What are you people complaining about? You're making more money than ever and your stock portfolios and 401k's are prospering.
Linda(Wednesday, January 08 20 10:28 am EST)
Do not forget the special vendors that certain directors like to line their corporate pockets with our tax dollars.
Tom(Wednesday, January 08 20 10:13 am EST)
What do we get for our taxes? Not a heck of a lot unless you are a city worker or a special interest.
Travis(Wednesday, January 08 20 09:29 am EST)
Most of the councilors are the scum of the earth. Yet the stupid voters keep reelecting them so they must like paying higher taxes so their tax money can go into the pockets of friends and special interests and being screwed at every turn. As Forrest Gump said stupid is as stupid does and Claremont is the homeland of stupid people.
Lisa(Wednesday, January 08 20 08:16 am EST)
I watched a Geico commercial today regarding Pinocchio and his growing wooden nose. It’s too bad the councilors don’t come with that feature then we know when they were lying which is probably every time their lips are moving.
Keith(Wednesday, January 08 20 06:21 am EST)
Don’t forget all the special interests these councilors represent. Look at all of the public money that is given to them through the Claremont City Council when the public cannot even get their roads paved. You want corruption, there’s corruption.
William(Tuesday, January 07 20 06:09 pm EST)
Mayor Lovett is a real piece of work. She wants to bring in refugees by the truckload and give huge raises to all city employees but she will not give elderly residents who have lived here and paid taxes for years a fair elderly exemption. She and her cohort Assistant Mayor Damren are working diligently behind the scenes to undermine the entire process and screw all the elderly people who should qualify for a legitimate elderly exemption program. Lovett, Damren and their other cohorts on the Council are all despicable people. Only worthy of our contempt.
Mike(Tuesday, January 07 20 04:39 pm EST)
Claremont has always been a corrupt community and the sorted saga of the Topstone building is a prime example. City Hall has been rotten to the core for quite a while. The players may change but the corruption never seems to stop.
ted got that right!!!!!!!(Tuesday, January 07 20 04:10 pm EST)
Ted hit that right on the head that is the way it is the stupid leaders of this city who hire the mcnutts of the world are to blame for allowing this crap in a town that cant afford it get real people
Conman(Tuesday, January 07 20 03:13 pm EST)
Many people can see Mr Koloski is a Con-Artist. The rest see him as a saint. Con-Artist is my guess.
Gary(Tuesday, January 07 20 03:02 pm EST)
I’m more concerned about the hazardous nature of the building. It sounds to me that the building is unsafe yet a restaurant and bar is allowed to do business there. If a City Councilman who kowtows to the administration did not own the establishment, I believe it would have been closed long ago.
Ted(Tuesday, January 07 20 01:41 pm EST)
I am not so sure that the building may be as bad as Mr. Lessard the MRI assessor said it was or as bad as he rated the property on the tax card to justify the large property assessment reduction. Because it does not match up with the absence of lots of code infractions of both varieties fire and building. I think the whole thing was a well thought out scam to save the building from tax seizure that is owned by Councilman Nick Koloski’s absentee out-of-state property landlord investors. The result of this scam was came at a huge cost to the taxpayers with the nearly quarter of a million dollars in property tax waivers that no other property owner ever received ever. Councilor Nick Koloski’s involvement in the building certainly had something to do with this special treatment no matter how much he tries to deny it.
Ken(Tuesday, January 07 20 12:48 pm EST)
I think the Topstone building should be condemned and it would have been long ago if Councilman Koloski were not a tenant of the building. I suspect that Nicholas Koloski has used whatever political influence he has available to stop any actions taking on the building whether it be code enforcement, property assessment increases or tax seizure. I believe Nicholas Koloski to be the biggest obstacle to closure of that building.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, January 06 20 11:31 am EST)
Two articles published today.
1) Is the City's political agenda moving full speed ahead now that the election is over?
2) Topstone property environmental study report released.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tom(Wednesday, January 01 20 10:03 am EST)
Anyone who thinks that the Claremont city government is conducting city business honestly, ethically and professionally is out of their minds. Look at what Victor St. Pierre and Mary Walter are doing with all the waivers of the bid purchasing process. Look at all the public money flowing to the nonprofits and to wealthy developers with close political connections to the city. Look at the out of whack property assessments where councilors and associates of councilors are rewarded while others with no political connections get extensively higher property tax bills to pay for all the tax breaks that are quietly given out without the public’s knowledge if it wasn’t for the Sullivan Report. How can anyone look at the Claremont government and not see it as corrupt?
Good choice(Tuesday, December 31 19 07:26 pm EST)
Morris is only in the job because Lovett and damren can control the idiot they were afraid to get a real manager like the one there search committee actually wanted but of course we get this idiot !
Dennis(Tuesday, December 31 19 05:40 pm EST)
I have heard that Mr. Morris’s isolates himself in his office a lot and redirects phone calls and people seeking a meeting with him to other city employees so he can avoid dealing with the public and the day-to-day dilemmas of the job. If this is how he is going to manage the city then do we really need a city manager?
Greg(Tuesday, December 31 19 02:29 pm EST)
Kenneth is right. No one is going to file a property assessment abatement claim for you. If you do not step up for yourself and your family who will. I am going to file a property assessment abatement claim in January because my property assessment went up nearly $26,000 and I have not done anything to my property in the past year except a few small routine maintenance repair items inside the home that did not change the value. Then Councilman Scott Pope gets a $2,000 tax break on his beautiful home. How the heck is that fair?
Ray(Tuesday, December 31 19 12:56 pm EST)
I have many friends who work for the city and all of them tell me that Mr. Morris is very slow to come to a decision on anything and he tries to delegate the decisions to his directors and staff workers. Everyone seems to think that Mr. Morris has no idea of what he is doing and it is beginning to show.
Kenneth(Tuesday, December 31 19 10:39 am EST)
The property assessments are all screwy. City Councilors and their landlords collect phenomenal property assessment reductions and property tax breaks while many others receive much higher property assessments and greatly higher property tax bills. How is that fair! Then the councilors balk at increasing elderly exemptions because they want to keep the money in the city’s treasury and to hell with the public elderly or otherwise. The system seems rigged and I urge everyone who thinks they are being overcharged on their property assessment to file an abatement form with the city assessing office in January.
Kevin(Tuesday, December 31 19 10:11 am EST)
Mr. Morris is a complete failure as a city manager. If the job is still open he should go back to Weathersfield, where he might be better suited to managing a very small town because is incapable of running a small city the size of Claremont.
Todd(Tuesday, December 31 19 08:06 am EST)
New City Manager Ed Morris is not doing anything to move the city forward. Morris has not dealt with Victor St. Pierre’s cavalier approach to spending the taxpayer’s money with large contract awards many times without a bid at all. Morris also seems to be ignoring the fact that a lot more of our tax dollars is going to St. Pierre Inc. since Victor St. Pierre became the DPW Director. Morris seems to be looking the other way in regards to Mary Walter’s constant waving of policy requirements so that no price comparisons are done before thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars that belongs to the taxpayers has spent on big-ticket purchases. Morris has also not initiating any new policies to bring about the betterment of Claremont. All he seems to be doing is collecting a very sizable paycheck for doing absolutely nothing. Is this what the city council wanted? It is certainly not what the taxpaying public wants or needs.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 31 19 07:34 am EST)
Claremont's tax rate set– the full story.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Sunday, December 29 19 01:40 pm EST)
The people of this city keep voting in these types of people tax and spend and the good ol boys. We had a chance to get people on the council that would look out for the tax payers but again they voted for the same thing...you reap what you sew
John J. O’Connor(Sunday, December 29 19 07:58 am EST)
Jeri... I’m not sure any reason that the city give will be sufficient. It seems instead of doing what is right for the city , the city is now doing what they feel is right for the individual.
I would like to know how much residential and commercial property New England Housing owns in Claremont?
Common sense tells you if the repairs cost more then the actual building, you take down the building.
Is the building they are trying to save, worth saving ?
In my opinion, it is not.
Take the both down to the ground.
sorry jeri(Friday, December 27 19 05:02 pm EST)
the explanation to this jeri is the incompetent leaders of this city!!!!! rooted in the city for years people that are bureaucrats or just don't know how to run a checkbook themselves or even worse a combination of both which fits most of them. . we are never going to get anywhere with this manager whom was not even the pick of the people in the search committee then add the new list of incoming council oh lord not good !!!!!!! Morris has done nothing and is not capable to do anything are we kidding ourselves!!!!!!
jeri kangas(Friday, December 27 19 02:35 pm EST)
I cannot believe that the city is going to help pay for 147 main street. New England Housing knew when they bought that building that it had a shared wall. He gambled on that building and lost money. Why should taxpayers be held responsible for the repair, and now to find out he may get help in remodeling the building and a tax freeze. Talk about corruption. I would love to hear the reason behind this give away.
Ken(Wednesday, December 25 19 01:35 pm EST)
I am really angry about the $33,000 that was literally thrown away with the rail trail project. That money could have repaired and upgraded a lot of the city’s rail trail system. Better that than increase the profits of a construction company, whose employees have ties to certain city administrators. It is not right and I cannot believe that the city councilors are just sitting back and doing nothing about this. They are all taxpayers for heaven sake but I guess their true loyalties lie elsewhere.
Tom(Wednesday, December 25 19 12:34 pm EST)
Everyone knows that the condition of the roads in Claremont are atrocious. Mr. St. Pierre and Mr. Clay informed the city councilors that over $1.5 million was the necessary amount to budget every year to repair and maintain Claremont’s roadways. Our imbecilic city councilors blocked their ears and unwisely chose to allocate only $434,000. Instead of squeezing every penny out of the $434,000 as possible Mr. St. Pierre awards $324,335 of those funds to a Newport NH based company in a private award where only one price quote was collected. How can anyone honestly know that the price charged was a good deal if only one price was collected? In my humble opinion, Mr. St. Pierre is giving one sweetheart deal after another to a small group of friends and colleagues and squandering our limited tax dollar resources in the process. The shame of it all is not only Mr. St. Pierre’s callous actions but with the actions of the city manager and the finance director and the city councilors who together allow Mr. St. Pierre to do whatever he pleases with the public’s money.
Liz(Wednesday, December 25 19 11:38 am EST)
Perhaps Ed Morris is over his head since he does not have much experience with city administration.
Lynn(Wednesday, December 25 19 10:28 am EST)
I also want to see the forensic audit completed just like Jimmy and AJ laid out. It’s a short enough timeframe and it only concerns a few municipal departments so the price tag should not be that high but with all the shenanigans going on at the DPW I do not see how our elected leaders can cast a blind eye about this. If they do then they do not have an ethical bone in their body. Do we really want elected representation like that?
Gary(Wednesday, December 25 19 09:33 am EST)
Victor St. Pierre seems to be running the DPW like his own little kingdom doing whatever he wants with millions of dollars of our tax dollars and rate fees. No one at City Hall seems to be paying attention or they are acting as willing accessories to these unprofessional actions. It is appalling and very upsetting to see our tax dollars treated with such a disrespectful manner. I agree that a forensic audit is in order that I also think that sterner measures need to be taken such as the termination of the DPW Director.
Shawn(Wednesday, December 25 19 08:44 am EST)
St. Pierre seems to be choosing certain companies and entering into sweet deals with them that seem to benefit the vendors over the city. A 555% increase in billing revenue for his family’s company? Come on! What vendor gets free parts from the DPW garage anywhere else but Claremont? If Jim did not send in right to know requests, I am willing to bet that the city would have paid for those parts. I am wondering how much of the labor the DPW crew did? Sweet deal for the vendor crappy deal for the taxpayers. I wonder what is going on with the airport project since the same company is working there. I am glad Jim and AJ are looking into it because our city officials that we elect do not give a crap about the wasted money or the taxpayers.
Amy(Wednesday, December 25 19 07:18 am EST)
I can understand waiving certain aspects of the purchasing policy when it benefits the taxpayers but not when it benefits vendors who seem to have cozy relationships with those making the decisions to award profitable local government contracts.
Henry(Wednesday, December 25 19 06:57 am EST)
St. Pierre Inc. certainly had a Merry Christmas this year. Before Victor St. Pierre became the DPW Director St. Pierre Inc. collected less than $19,000 from the City of Claremont in 13 months’ time. Once Victor became the DPW Director St. Pierre Inc. raked in nearly $105,000 in 11 months’ time from the City of Claremont. Talk about a nice fat Christmas stocking full of money. Taxpayer’s money to boot. What do I say to that? Bah, humbug! Why has Mary Walter the Finance Director and Ed Morris the City Manager allowed this to happen? Are they asleep at their desks with sugarplums dancing in their heads or what? Is Victor spiking their eggnog? On the other hand, is it that they simply do not care?
Brenda(Wednesday, December 25 19 03:46 am EST)
It looks like the goods and service contracts for the public works department are handed out to friends and family instead of the low bidder. This is not right. I believe our tax dollars are being wasted by Mr. St. Pierre and Mrs. Walter and the latest string of city managers are all allowing it to happen. The city councilors just approve the money to be spent and then they no longer care how that money is spent. Ignorance is no excuse. Our city management needs an extreme makeover.
William(Tuesday, December 24 19 07:32 pm EST)
I don't understand how Mr. St. Pierre can do things like give so many orders to his families company and give parts and maybe manpower all belonging to the city and the taxpayers to a company that was hired to provide the labor and parts for the job themselves. What did they do with the $26 K they were paid? All of this stinks to high heaven.
Laura(Tuesday, December 24 19 06:26 pm EST)
Why are there no checks and balances with the city's finances? Not everyone is an angel and if they have access to large sums of money with no one looking over their shoulder then the opportunities for graft and corruption become exponentially higher. It is common sense and sadly human nature. If the City Councilors decide to just sit on their hands and do nothing about this then it will show all of us their lack of good character. A new purchasing policy with stronger controls and improved transparency and oversight is needed right away. The City Manager should also have his feet held to the fire because he is not overseeing his help the way he should be. So far I am not pleased with his performance.
Joel(Tuesday, December 24 19 04:27 pm EST)
Ed Morris seems to be a failure as a city manager. Jim and AJ know more about what is going on in the city government than anyone else. How is that possible when they have not been on the city council for well over a decade? It is because they pay attention and they care about the public unlike the self-entitled slime balls the voters keep reelecting.
Keith(Tuesday, December 24 19 03:10 pm EST)
It seems obvious that Ed Morris is going to be a do-nothing caretaker that just sits back and collects his fat paycheck from the taxpayers. I think the firefighters and the department directors are going to get sweet deals on their contracts and those pay increases and over-the-top benefits will spread to the other municipal union contracts as well. Tax-and-spend will be the order of the day every day at City Hall.
Steve(Tuesday, December 24 19 02:29 pm EST)
I am so sick and tired of our public funds going to wealthy contractors and real estate developers. Mayor Charlene Lovett and her councilor comrades cannot help themselves when it comes to wasting tax dollars whether it be from Claremont or the federal government and use those dollars to line the pockets of close friends and associates. Anyone who thinks Mayor Charlene Lovett and friends are looking out for the public is sadly mistaken.
Ryan(Tuesday, December 24 19 01:02 pm EST)
I cannot believe how unprofessional our city administrators are with the handling of our tax dollars. Victor St. Pierre the Department of Public Works Director seems to be doing whatever he wants without any supervision. Mary Walter the Finance Director is practically waiving the purchasing policy with every major purchase. How will city directors purchase products for the best price if they do not collect price quotes from many vendors? Laziness seems to be the common thread. I am hoping it is not more than that. Ed Morris has not been the City Manager for very along but he is not doing his job overseeing his staff and scrutinizing their work when necessary. I am not convinced that he is the right man for the job.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, December 24 19 10:30 am EST)
Amazing exposé about the city’s purchasing policy deficiencies. You can tell they were written by a power-grabbing bureaucrat, who wanted no city council or public oversight with respect to the awarding of thousands or millions of dollars of public funds that belong to the taxpayers of Claremont. I remember the council of 2003, I seem to recall that Scott Pope was a member of that council that consistently approved everything placed before them by city administrators with little thought or debate. Unfortunately, little has changed except that the debate lasts a little longer perhaps for the sake of keeping up with phony appearances but the outcome is usually the same. I was astounded to see the incredible increase in billing for St. Pierre Inc. in regards to the City of Claremont since Victor St. Pierre became the DPW Director a little more than a year ago. There are clearly too many one-quote contract awards. The paving contract award is definitely a red flag. In the business world this mishandling of funds would never do. Heads would roll and the excuse of I did not know would not be accepted because this is a clear case of dereliction of duty for those who should be providing oversight in regards to the spending of public dollars. I suspect the councilors will try to avoid this issue by throwing up their hands and claiming there is nothing they can do, as they are not allowed to involve themselves in day-to-day affairs regarding the running of the city government. While that may be true, they are responsible to the voters and taxpayers of Claremont. They do control one employee the city manager and the councilors can certainly hang this mess around his neck like a millstone and order him to fix this and if he is unable to then the councilors should begin searching for a new city manager. The council’s policy committee should immediately begin rewriting the purchasing policy and tightening up the language to prevent these abuses from ever happening again. Oversight by the city councilors on large purchases must be included in language. The taxpayers deserve better representation that they have received so far. Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville are two former city councilors, they know how the job of city councilors should work and they have intimate knowledge of the running of Claremont’s city government. I would presume to say that they know more about what is going on within Claremont city government then the very administrators themselves as proven by their multitude of exposés. I firmly agree with their recommendation in regards to a forensic audit of the Department of Public Works during Mr. St. Pierre’s time as its Director. The scope and the timeframe would be limited as Auditor Robert Vachon suggested and given the damning evidence published by the Sullivan Report in today’s exposé I would say that a forensic audit of the specific data is in order.
Charles(Tuesday, December 24 19 10:05 am EST)
Both new articles were shocking. I did notice a common theme of funneling public monies to the pockets of developers and vendors with close connections to city personnel and city councilors who do not give a care in the world about the overtaxed citizens of Claremont. Jim and AJ are correct that Claremont’s municipal officials both administrative and elected are more interested in helping special interests than they are the common folk. It’s a shame but the voters elected ethical representation so I guess it should be expected.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 24 19 08:50 am EST)
1 ) City Officials find "Funding Mechanism" to bailout 147 Main St.project for private developer. This article can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
2) City's pathetically weak Purchasing Policy is not protecting the taxpayers! This article can be found on the Purchasing Policy page of this website.
Art(Monday, December 23 19 05:49 pm EST)
So the Killay group against the religious display on town square has a new display that further diversifies the number of items on the common. I kinda like it. As in all art it is what you make it. To me this display connects the founding fathers to their strong Christian convictions connecting them to the Bill of Rights. This is an indication that would lend credibility to the argument that the founders clearly meant to keep the government out of the church and not the church out of the government.
Tom(Saturday, December 21 19 10:44 pm EST)
The Eagle Times really sucks. Some of the lame reporting may have to do with one of the local reporters being Patrick Adrian, a former member of the school board for Claremont. His wife works for the city in the planning office as a business coordinator of some sort. Patrick is very biased and very pro-government and pro-tax and spend liberal. Nuff said.
Steve(Saturday, December 21 19 02:14 pm EST)
@Gloria EAGLE TIMES DISAPPOINTING AS OF LATE lol ya like the last 10years. Half or no truth is more like it. Poorest reporting ever.
Gloria(Thursday, December 19 19 08:43 am EST)
The Eagle Times is very disappointing of late. It contains far less news than before. The last few editions have contained no Claremont local news at all. This new editor must not be a real journalist because he does not seem to fathom what a local newspaper should contain and that is mostly local news. I am cancelling my subscription. The Sullivan Report may have limited scope but at least they focus on local government news that is insightful and informative. They are also not afraid to upset the applecart by refusing to publish only government sanctioned politically correct fake news as the other local news media routinely does.
Kathy(Wednesday, December 18 19 02:36 pm EST)
It should be no surprise that the new city manager is calling the shots in regards to his job performance review criteria. The problem with the city councilors is that they all act like ignorant lemmings jumping off a cliff because they blindly follow whatever the city administration tells them to do. Because they are trained to do so through their orientation/brainwashing they are incapable of independent thought and because of this the public suffers. This is why the seniors will not be receiving more than a small increase in the elderly exemptions if there is even an increase at all regarding the exemption itself. I believe Alan Damren is going to use his math acumen to create a complicated system that will end up lessening the number of annual beneficiaries and greatly reduce the annual cash payout for the city in regards to elderly exemptions. These funds will be transferred to salary increases for presently well-paid department directors and other city employees. The roads are not being done and citizens are not being well represented. The same cannot be said for municipal employees, certain nonprofits, and certain developers that have close personal relationships with members of the city council and administrative staff. Claremont’s municipal government system is clearly broken.
Carolyn(Wednesday, December 18 19 01:01 pm EST)
I am stunned to see that Mr. Morris can dictate what he will be judged on in regards to his job appointments. It seems like showing up for work and looking spiffy is about all he needs to do with the councilors we have. Give big raises to the staff and keep pampering the special interests that the councilors have special relations with and everything will be hunky-dory. Mr. Morris can just sit in his chair put his feet up on the desk and take a nap if he wants and collect that very large paycheck, which is more than Guy Santagate ever received. The Claremont taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners once again by the very people they foolishly elected.
Lynn(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:42 am EST)
The Scrooges on the Council are truly evil people. It only costs $.15 on the property tax rate to support this valuable program for our senior neighbors. This should be a no-brainer. I would like to see the income and asset limits raised a little higher and the benefit amount raised up higher. Even if this cost $.25 on the property tax rate it would be worth it. I am not interested in having my tax dollars going to the greedy city employees in the form of higher raises when they already receive benefits that far exceed anything any of us received from our employers in the real world. I just do not have any empathy for the city employees because they are well paid. We also need more money invested in roads to meet that $1.5 million figure each year that the DPW heads calculated out as what we need to keep the roads where they should be. The councilors have their priorities all wrong and the voters do as well. The voters that stay home need to stop staying home and start voting to change things around.
Charles(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:28 am EST)
I meant the building next door to the 1 being demolished.
An edit button would help a lot on this site
Charles(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:25 am EST)
If $200,000 is going to be used to shore up the building scheduled to be demolished,will that $200,000 be worked into the assessment?
Is that building even worth $200,000? I don't think so.
Why not just tear down both if the adjoining building can't stand on it's own,should it even exist?
Mike(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:14 am EST)
Welfare expenses are going up through the roof. A clear indication of the true state of the local economy. Increase social services for a growing population of poor. The councilors choose to ignore these facts as they pushed forward to turn Claremont into a welcoming community for refugees and illegal aliens and ex-convicts with a drug habit. These councilors must secretly hate Claremont to do this to our wonderful community.
Peter(Wednesday, December 18 19 10:21 am EST)
I am concerned that the city manager and the councilors will secretly use the public’s tax dollars to pay for the repair of that common wall on Main St. for wealthy developers, Mr. LaCasse and his company at the cost of over $200K. I think most of our leaders are shady and the few that are somewhat honest are too afraid to stand up to the others. We really have no true representation on the council. The new batch of councilors coming in will not be any different.
Kevin(Wednesday, December 18 19 09:44 am EST)
Thank you Jim and AJ for educating the public about the true cost of the elderly exemption. I am only in my forties but I believe that our seniors deserve a tax break so they can remain in their homes during their golden years. It is shameful that our elected leaders are willing to dissemble so casually to lessen the number of recipients and to destroy this humanitarian program at Christmastime to raise more money for they unionized friends who work for the city. If you watched the last meeting or read the current Sullivan Report article then you know that a majority of councilors want as their top priorities to give the unionized and merit plan city employees large raises. Our councilors are really representing these people. These councilors do not represent the citizens of Claremont who do not work for the local government but pay extremely high taxes to support the government’s spending. Scrooge and the Grinch are pikers compared to the Claremont councilors.
Robert(Wednesday, December 18 19 09:29 am EST)
Since we are talking about stupid councilor tricks, the Burlington Vermont city council approved 9-1 a ballot item asking whether Burlington residents who are not citizens but who resides in the United States on a permanent or indefinite basis in compliance with federal immigration laws should be allowed to vote in municipal elections. Since our councilors want to change Claremont into a welcoming community and will probably follow Lebanon’s lead, will Claremont be the next community to decide about non-citizen voting? What worries me is the voting records of the 24% of the registered voters who go to the polls and vote. They approve practically every spending measure, tax increase and elect candidates who support increased taxation and increased government spending. Scary stuff.
Dennis(Wednesday, December 18 19 09:16 am EST)
Keene is looking to solve their housing problems by greatly lowering zoning standards to allow developers to do whatever they want. The liberals have taken over there and I fear the same will happen in Claremont with our liberal leadership.
Travis(Wednesday, December 18 19 07:54 am EST)
Happy to see Claire Lessard and Scott Pope retire from the city council. Neither of them did anything of benefit for our community. They simply voted to raise our taxes and maintain our unstainable status quo. Good riddance I say.
Greg(Wednesday, December 18 19 06:37 am EST)
I see that Lebanon is considering welcoming refugees to their community to try to get their hooks into some of the public funds available. I hope Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren and Abigail Kier and Nick Koloski are not planning the same for Claremont. Legal or Illegal we do not need any more poor residents in need of massive amounts of social services and Welfare to move to our community. Our taxes are high enough.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 17 19 10:42 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) Voters approve spending for education programs for the second time.
2) County Manager clarifies actual ProShare Fund receipts. Another public forum regarding the Sober House Project tentatively scheduled.
3) December 11 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
last thing derek!!!!!!(Saturday, December 14 19 09:17 am EST)
thats a fact give it to newport where you rent and own complexes for courts and offices we get nothing from the state or the county dmv leaves goes to town next door we get to keep welfare great thanks state of NH and county
John J.O’Connor(Saturday, December 14 19 08:51 am EST)
Use your common sense, the last thing Claremont needs downtown is a Halfway house.
Derek Ferland(Thursday, December 12 19 12:58 pm EST)
I'm happy to listen to your concerns about what's happening in the County and answer any questions you have.
My office number is 863-2560.
If you wish to contact the County Commissioners with concerns about my performance, please email them at email@example.com.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Sullivan County Manager
An insider(Wednesday, December 11 19 09:04 pm EST)
More bad news coming: if we think things are bad now...the 2 largest employers in the area are getting ready for big time layoffs...both the VA in White River and DHMC are going to be letting a sizable number of people go...the VA needs almost 500 fewer people thanks to the MISSION ACT, which allows Veterans get care in the community and DHMC is going to contract out all ancillary services like housekeeping, HVAC, grounds, etc. This side of the state will never recover.
Beezelbub(Wednesday, December 11 19 01:53 pm EST)
Where exactly are 50 druggie felons that have F***ed up so bad their families won't even have them going to find work in downtown Claremont?
I know the payroll for the Dept.of Education is forever expanding,like the Universe,depite falling numbers of students,but like the City payroll you need family connections for employment.Perhaps our fat,too old for manual labor workforce(that's a laugh)can sub out their own jobs for snow clearing? They get paid $25/hr. and in turn pay their replacements $10/hr.
Perhaps you could couple it with Special Ed work training as well? Have someone with a Masters Degree show them which end of a shovel picks it up.Mock up cart gathering comes to mind too.
Gary(Wednesday, December 11 19 01:30 pm EST)
Mr. Ferland seems like a dud. He cannot keep his story straight as he consistently changes the cost of projects, always in the upward direction and he consistently changes other important aspects of projects such as number of residents in the sober house, originally 30 now 50 and budget numbers are constantly moving up higher. I do not understand how the commissioners and the delegates can trust anything Mr. Ferland says because nothing stays the same with him. I think it is time that county officials begin looking for a new county manager.
Mike(Wednesday, December 11 19 11:05 am EST)
My niece works for the city and she told her mother who told me that the firefighter’s union contract has been agreed upon awaiting Council approval. As I understand it this contract was stalemated under the leadership of Mr. McNutt and Mr. MacLean because the firefighters were too greedy in regards to their demands for salary and benefits. Mr. Morris a former career firefighter reached a settlement agreement rather quickly making the highly suspect of what has been agreed upon. I noticed that the councilor’s information packet for tonight’s meeting had zero information within it about this contract. What is Mr. Morris hiding? How generous is he with the Claremont taxpayer’s money? I hope the Jim and AJ will eventually find out and report that to us because I have little hope that neither the Council nor the local press will have any interest in revealing the true cost to the taxpayers for this contract if the Council approves it tonight as I suspect it will be.
Laura(Wednesday, December 11 19 10:52 am EST)
Thank you Jim and AJ for keeping track of the state of finances for the County, City & Claremont School District. I know that takes a lot of work and effort and I know many of us citizens really appreciate it. I am very disappointed with the Eagle Times. I was hoping with the new Publisher Mike Gonyaw and the new Editor Jordan Phelan that positive changes would be forthcoming. Instead, the paper is publishing more national and international news and less and less local news. Many days there is nothing about Claremont in the new section of the paper except for possibly the obituaries. It is disheartening because Claremont in the surrounding communities that the Eagle Times serves needs a solid local newspaper and it seems with every new management change the newspaper moves further and further away from that objective. Patrick Adrian is incredibly pro-government biased as a former Claremont school board member, who supported everything the school administration wanted and his wife works for the City of Claremont in the Planning Office and as I recall she did not have the credentials for the position, which made her hiring seen more as a political favor than anything else. It is unlikely that Patrick Adrian would ever say a contrary thing about Claremont’s City Government as presumably a large portion of his family income is derived from the taxpayers creating a conflict of interest. The Sullivan Report is the only source of local news that is not compromised by conflicts of interest, pro-government bias or generally lazy and ignorant reporters.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, December 11 19 09:42 am EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) George Caccavaro pleads not guilty.
2) County Manager reveals new information about County finances.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Derek Ferland(Thursday, December 05 19 02:09 pm EST)
In reference to your comments on November 29th, please feel free to call me if you want to talk about your concerns.
I will make time to respond to concerns from you or any other citizen of Sullivan County.
My office number is 863-2560. Hope to hear from you soon.
If you'd rather email, you can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sullivan County Manager
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, December 04 19 07:26 am EST)
School do over.
Full details on News Flashes page of this website.
Patricia(Tuesday, December 03 19 02:36 pm EST)
I know Jim and AJ are giving both Mr. Morris and Mr. Tempesta the benefit of the doubt because they are new to their jobs. That is admirable, but I think their faith might be misplaced in Mr. Morris. Look at the difference between the two men. Mr. Tempesta has hit the ground running and has already put forth a cost saving program that will provide a better education program for these special education students and eliminate their long commute to school. What has Mr. Morris proposed or accomplished? The answer is absolutely nothing. See the difference?
Jon(Tuesday, December 03 19 11:32 am EST)
I left Claremont two years ago and I do not miss having to pay the high taxes for one minute. I am now living in of all places Duluth Minnesota but I still have family and friends who still live in Claremont and are trapped by the high taxes. Let’s face it, lunatics run Claremont. Mayor Lovett is leading the revolution to change Claremont into a safe harbor for illegal aliens by calling it a welcoming community when it is really a sanctuary city that she is trying to create with other members of Claremont’s misguided and extremely liberal city council. Allen Damren, Nicholas Koloski and Abigail Kier were all reelected to their seats and they are proponents of changing Claremont into a sanctuary city. AJ and Jim are right on the money with their conclusion that public apathy is destroying Claremont. Think about it, only 24% of the voters are controlling 100% of the vote in determining who is elected and what spending initiatives are approved apropos to school matters. This voting block does not even represent one quarter of our city’s registered voters but they are controlling things and it is not even the full 24% fiscal conservatives and liberal minded folks. It is just unfortunate that of that 24% majority of these voters are in the liberal category. This is what is destroying Claremont and one of the reasons why my family and I left.
Bill(Tuesday, December 03 19 09:00 am EST)
Interesting premise Pete. I think you might be onto something. I have another premise I would like to spring on everyone. I now live in Claremont but I originally come from Keene and I still subscribe to the Sentinel. I read an article this morning in the Sentinel about how Monadnock Economic Development Corp. is spearheading the proposed project to bring in an arts and culture corridor spanning from Gilbo Avenue, across Main Street and down Railroad Street. The plan includes artist residences, a visitor center, performance spaces, a skate park and a pedestrian plaza. The cost is $30 million minimum and the hope is that grants and tax credits will pay for most of it. Is this what is subtly happening in Downtown Claremont? The old Pleasant Restaurant is now owned by the super secretive Claremont Development Authority after they bought at for one dollar from the City Council and the property will be leased out to a local non-profit W. Claremont Ctr. for Music and the Arts that is operated by Melissa Richmond a former Director of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, who was in tight with the folks running the Claremont municipal government. Then in Downtown Claremont at their 31 Pleasant St., location is Amplified Arts operated by Shelley Hudson another former Director of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Will some of the Goddard building’s apartments be reserved for artists? Will more city funds generated by the taxpayers be going into the arts and other nonprofit endeavors instead of where it should be going into repairing our embarrassingly deplorable streets and roadways? The priorities set by our leaders regards to spending our tax dollars are all skewed in the wrong direction.
Pete(Tuesday, December 03 19 08:39 am EST)
I read a few things online today and putting two and two together I am not sure I like the answer equation that is forming here in Claremont. Bear with me a moment and this will all make scary sense. I read in the latest edition of the E- Ticker News that Gov. Sununu is agreeing to accept immigrants into New Hampshire and any city can take part if they want to have them migrate to their community. Then I read in today’s edition of the Eagle Times about the completion of the construction project for the Goddard property on Pleasant Street, Downtown Claremont and that applications are being accepted for residency. Most of the apartments are below average income standards or simply put very low-income housing. Then I remember how Mayor Charlene Lovett and others that will remain on the city council in 2020 namely Abigail Kier, Nicholas Koloski and Allen Damren were all super supportive of the notion of transforming Claremont into a welcoming community. A pseudonym for a sanctuary city. There is also plans in the works within the city government to spend over $5.5 million on changing the Downtown to accommodate more parking and more apartment dwellers. I think you can all see what I am going with this and I cannot help but wonder if this is been the plan all along. Will Claremont becoming a welcoming community for an unknown amount of immigrants and possibly illegal aliens as well not to mention the 50 DX-druggie ex-convicts that will be living in the Downtown too. I think Claremont’s elected officials are playing us. It is time we all wake up and tell them hell no.
Charles(Tuesday, December 03 19 07:43 am EST)
Public unions reflect workers in near monopoly situations. Public schools are practically the only option for loads of folks. So wages go up even when worker performance is atrocious as it is in our school districts, when compared to private schools within the same general area. More fundamentally, it's the taxpayer--often himself or herself a competitor in ruthlessly competitive markets who's asked to pick up the tab for overpaid government workers who face no negative consequences for failing to deliver at par with private company results. The old saw, "good enough for government work," just isn't good enough in global markets with growing automation.
Kevin(Monday, December 02 19 08:44 pm EST)
Excellent articles today guys. I especially like the second article that offered an insightful look at our three local governments, separate but similar because of bad management and bad elected leadership. I love your solutions and I agree with your conclusion that most of these ideas will never be implemented because our current elected leadership is compromised as they have sold their souls and thrown away their ethics if they ever had any to begin with to the unionized employees and the special interests. That will only change when ethical leaders are elected to replace them. Until then Claremont taxpayers are just gonna have to grin and bear it.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 02 19 06:26 pm EST)
Bob, thank you for the compliment it is greatly appreciated. The article you inspired was published today (Article # 2).
Bob(Monday, December 02 19 05:36 pm EST)
Jim: no worries I was just checking in. I see that you have been busy. Keep up the good work.
Alfred(Monday, December 02 19 03:10 pm EST)
I've heard that the school wants another $1 Million to cover free school breakfast and lunch for all students and staff.Tey say it's particularly important because of the new influx of children of color.They say there's a problem with children strong arming local children for their lunches because they don't have any money.So pony up people.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 02 19 02:44 pm EST)
Dennis, great question and yes we do have a simple workaround. All the Council has to do is make and pass one standing motion ordering the City Manager to see to it that the appropriate Department Directors are present for any meeting that there is an agenda item and has anything to do with their respective Municipal Department. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Credentials ????(Monday, December 02 19 01:41 pm EST)
how would he wow us with putting out a fire maybe!!!! he is a puppet for a select few and no one has the balls to say it he cant have a plan the plan in weathersfield is the 2 highway guys need to take friday off how do we do that and where are we gonna plant those 4 trees that were given to us by ms. treehugger get real we are doomed this guy is a useless mess and status quo fat mary is running the city with her financial antics Morris probably has no idea where to start that is the beginning start looking at the money but no the idiot buying new fire car 1 nice black tahoe agrresive tires to hammer there way to big fire Chiefs in Unity to his residence perfect. Good luck fixing this city with these bumbling boobs !!!!!!!! Morris cant count that high the budget in weathersfield a little different they need to buy a bulb for there one traffic light all us in claremont go by to get to the interstate to get to work
Dennis(Monday, December 02 19 01:33 pm EST)
Jim, does this mean that the Council will have to pass a vote every time they want to have a director talk to them? That seems to me to be very unproductive and the case where the city administration and the city council and not working together. You were on the Council with AJ so do either of you guys have any idea how to work around that situation?
Anthony(Monday, December 02 19 11:18 am EST)
I saw in the news today that the Mayors of Manchester and Concord are both agreeing to bring in even more refugees into their respective communities. Hopefully that liberal numbskull Mayor of ours Charlene Lovett and her sanctuary city loving followers on the council don't join together in the side to join the sanctuary city bandwagon and rope Claremont into bringing in illegal aliens here. The taxpayers cannot afford more higher taxes to support people who probably don't even pay taxes.
Industrial Property Owner(Monday, December 02 19 09:41 am EST)
I am not very impressed with Mr. Morris. He does not engage in the meeting as past managers Guy Santagate and Ryan McNutt did. It is as if he has very little interest in Claremont affairs and he is just sitting there doing as little as possible to collect a nice fat paycheck and nothing more. I am also displeased with his high-handed methods of trying to control information leaving City Hall via the airwaves on CCTV during televised city council meetings. Requiring a city council vote every time one or more of the councilors wish to ask questions to one or more municipal directors of departments is an unnecessary bureaucratic obstacle. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville are correct that this is a devious and unethical way to abuse authority. If the city manager has a controlling number of councilors in his or her pocket that will block access to any director for any reason. So far, Mr. Morris has done nothing to wow us. No plan of action know anything he is just going through the motions and producing nothing of benefit to the public although he is receiving compensation that exceeds the compensation of Mr. Santagate and Mr. McNutt. Is this really taxpayers money well spent? I think not.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 02 19 07:55 am EST)
Two new articles.
1) Is a power struggle brewing?
2) The heavy price of apathy!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Greg(Friday, November 29 19 11:01 am EST)
Typical Claremont. Hire friends for big paycheck positions no matter what their credentials, background, or history with the community is because it is insiders first and taxpayers last every time. Seaman is just the latest in a very long line.
Randy(Friday, November 29 19 09:36 am EST)
I agree that Derek Ferland is bad news but this Richard Seaman character is no prize either. I cannot believe that new Superintendent Tempesta hired Seaman to be the head bookkeeper as well as something to do with human resources. Seaman is a big-time liberal tax-and-spend bureaucrat and he is proving it with this cockamamie idea of his giving free breakfasts and lunches to all the students so the school administrators can do less work and the taxpayers will foot at least part of the bill for all these free meals. How much you ask? Damn good question but Seaman has no idea but he wants the School Board to move forward with the idea anyway because hey it’s only taxpayer’s money that would be spent, so in Seaman’s twisted mind it really doesn’t matter.
Tom(Friday, November 29 19 08:31 am EST)
That Derek Ferland certainly is a piece of work. A true bureaucrat through and through. In his mind, everyone in the public is stupid except for him of course and he deflects all of Jim Sullivan’s questions because Jim is asking the hard questions that our elected officials and local news reporters should be asking and are not. It seems to me that based on all of the documented evidence that Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville exposed and published on the Sullivan Report website, that the Sullivan County Government is in a complete shambles and nearly in financial ruins. Sadly, the only solution that this buffoon of a County Manager along with all of the imbeciles on the County Delegation and the three dimwits on the County Commissioner Board seem to have is to spend millions of dollars more of the taxpayer’s money. Millions of dollars that the taxpayers cannot afford on a County Nursing Home renovation and a new Sober House property in Claremont’s downtown merchant and restaurant business district that nobody here in Claremont wants located there. Mr. Ferland claims that neither multimillion-dollar project will add anything to the County property tax rate but that appears to be one gigantic lie. The biggest chunk of money that tax-and-spend Ferland is saying that he will use to keep the nursing home project debt off the County property tax rate is money that he has already spent in this year’s budget to the tune of over $1.3 million. If tax-and-spend Ferland uses that money for the nursing home project, that will leave a $1.3 million deficit in the budget for next year. Then here is the kicker, that ProShare money may not even be available next year or ever again. Nevertheless, that is okay, bureaucratic wisdom, an oxymoron if I ever heard one, tells these country bumpkin clods running our County government to move forward anyway and get the County fall even further into debt. Then for his next stupid County Manager act, tax-and-spend Ferland wants to move forward with the Sober House project claiming that the $100 per week rent money collected from the ex-convict residents will cover all of the Sober House’s expenses including the debt service to repay the loans that the County government will borrow. Then tax-and-spend Ferland pulls a classic bait and switch and changes things up again by saying that he will allow the ex-inmates living in the Sober House to perform volunteer work so they do not have to pay the full rent. If that is the case then the County government will not collect enough money to repay the millions of dollars of debt that the County officials borrowed to buy and renovate the old Eagle Times building, so it looks like the taxpayers will be stuck again with higher property taxes to make up the difference. What are our elected officials doing letting this County Manager keep pulling the wool over the taxpayer’s eyes. If it wasn’t for Jim and AJ we would never know the truth because our elected officials seem to be colluding with this County Manager to separate us from even more of our hard-earned money for them to spend on their harebrained bureaucratic expansion building programs. It looks like the City of Claremont and the School Board are not the only places where we need all new leadership.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 28 19 05:51 am EST)
Apologies Bob, the week before Thanksgiving is usually a very slow local news week. This year that did not turn out to be the case as I posted four articles yesterday. The article you refer to is presently half written and will be published the beginning of next week. Sorry for the delay. Happy Thanksgiving.
Bob(Wednesday, November 27 19 10:17 pm EST)
Jim Sullivan: How is the article coming???
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 27 19 06:30 am EST)
Four new articles today.
1) Traffic alert.
2) Voters approve spending for education programs.
3) School meals debt grows again.
4) County Manager responds, sort of.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
News Flash(Sunday, November 24 19 07:40 am EST)
The Eagle Times has two new leaders. Hope they are better than the last two. Could start by hiring an unbiased reporter. Then start reporting the whole story. They should hire Jim lol. There is a reason why so many people tune in to The Sullivan Report. No other NEWS reports out there. AND ITS FREE
Watching(Saturday, November 23 19 09:29 pm EST)
It appears that the group that did not want an in house manager search tried to set us up for failure and that group included many insider council members. They are now in a loose loose situation. My hope would be that Mr Morris would step up fix the runaway spending and right the sinking ship. Those insiders fail. Or should Mr Morris turns out not to be a fit and the insiders fail because they did not take the advise of the hard work the hiring committee did.
Great JOB Claremont(Saturday, November 23 19 05:19 pm EST)
how would a councilor be on the search committee and come out and not vote for the overwhelming majority person they already chose because its a sham and we let these ignorant s continue to get away with it just sick group of stupid people with agendas that cant make the right decision in anything so we (ignorant Council) take the weak candidate that way they can continue to feel like they arent ignorant themselves and can control him more than someone who has experience in the field and in the real world not Weathersfield and Claremont what a joke !!!!!!! Unfortunately we will pay and are paying everyday with this lack of real LEADERSHIP most dont understand what that means
WOW(Saturday, November 23 19 04:42 pm EST)
To: Great JOB Claremont, So if the search committee voted 10-1 for a different manager who gets blamed if this doesn’t work out. There were several councilors on that committee, what changed their mind? Morris was one of a final three out of over fifty applicants. That say something. Does make one wonder how the 10-1 candidate would have done. Maybe he would have exposed some of the back room deals. Isn’t Koloski a fireman in Weathersfield? Hum what’s the next benefit pack coming down the road.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, November 23 19 02:06 pm EST)
We do not presume to speak for our readers as they are perfectly capable of deciding on issues on their own. However as far as ourselves we supported Mr. Tempesta's plan for the diverted funds. If you bothered to read our article about this issue you would have known that.
Another thing, we do not try to tell anyone how to vote or how to think. We simply report the news that the conventional local news media are either too lazy, ignorant or cowardly to investigate and publish to enlighten the public about the truth. We may not be professional journalists but we do our very best to try to fill that necessary void.
tony(Saturday, November 23 19 09:54 am EST)
Well it is great to see that the overwhelming majority of 70 was able to divert $ 650,000 to the schools without the Sullivan Silent majority taking any action. You know when your great opposition to progress can't muster out to beat 70 voters, you really are a fringe.
Great JOB claremont(Wednesday, November 20 19 04:59 pm EST)
well Mr. Morris wasn't even the first pick for the search committee so that begs the question why the first pick who the search committee voted 10-1 wanted over Mr Morris wasn't even really in the running with this incompetent council because they already had Mr Morris picked and the search committee was just a sham like normal the other guy was levels above Mr Morris. Great Pick Councilors!!! Manager of a town 1/4 the size of Claremont with no real infrastructure, he having no real experience in managing anything
Keith(Wednesday, November 20 19 03:30 pm EST)
I am not very impressed with Mr. Morris. He does not seem to do a hell of a lot and he is commanding more money than Santagate or McNutt ever received. Frankly, I do not think he is worth the money. Maybe they should hire Morris the Cat instead because he would work for just a few cans of Nine Lives Tuna a week and probably get a hell of a lot more done than our new city manager is accomplishing.
Steve(Wednesday, November 20 19 01:21 pm EST)
I never did trust Lovett. I am not surprised that she deceived everyone regarding the taxpayer subsidy for the community center. Anyone who flashes his or her teeth and smiles so insincerely to everyone as often as she does just cannot be trusted. She is like an unscrupulous used car salesperson.
Dennis(Wednesday, November 20 19 11:23 am EST)
Yeah, and on the Council it is not looking so good either. It looks like Ward 2 chose another out-of-control tax and spender in the form of Jim Contois. He wants big pay raises for all the merit plan employees at the bottom of the pay scale. He wants to pay them all a living wage including the lifeguards and other entry-level positions. I guess to Jimbo money is no object especially when the money being spent belongs to the taxpayers. I thought he was going to be a reasonable representative for the people so like an idiot I voted for him. I spoke with him and I thought he was going to be a conservative voice on the Council but I guess I was wrong. I feel like I was conned but then con is in his last name so I guess I should not be surprised by this turn of events. Truth in advertising and all at.
Tom(Wednesday, November 20 19 10:17 am EST)
Wow! The County finances are all frigged up and Claremont might be looking at a $2.6 million tax bill in another year or so because of all the spending our state reps are doing over at the County. What the hell is wrong with O’Hearne and Stapleton? I thought they at least were on the taxpayer’s side but I guess I was wrong and they are tax-and-spend liberals like the rest of those clods on the County Delegation. Bad times ahead for Sullivan County.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 20 19 06:26 am EST)
Bob, not to my knowledge. Unfortunately, we are stuck with the officials the voters elected and the top administrators that they hired. However, I would like to thank you for giving me an idea for a story angle that I will write over the course of this week and publish next week.
Bob(Tuesday, November 19 19 05:02 pm EST)
How do we get an injunction against these idiots to stop them from doing these things. We MUST have some recourse to stop them?????
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 19 19 03:07 pm EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) Special vote scheduled for November 21.
2) November 13 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 14 19 11:56 pm EST)
Bob, good question. Sorry that I do not know the answer to that one. Since a plan is not fully formulated the County Government may not have an answer to that one either.
Ticked more(Thursday, November 14 19 07:10 pm EST)
Real people won't run because frankly the incompetence is too deep and they have better things to do then to try to convince these ignorant people to do anything that makes sense
Ticked(Thursday, November 14 19 06:07 pm EST)
Elections Have Consequences! Your county delegation and commissioners can be voted out!
Bob(Thursday, November 14 19 06:01 pm EST)
@ Jim Sullivan Thank you for the response. I am curious though if there has been any clean up of the building from when the paper was there. If people are going to be living there you would think the County would get a clean bill of health from the State DES
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 14 19 04:11 pm EST)
Bob, unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. Because the County is a government entity and local Planning rules do not apply to them as they are exempt. Another example is when the City of Claremont built the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center with inadequate parking space. The reason why that happened is because the City of Claremont is exempt from local Planning rules because they are a government entity. The only requirement that the County has to meet is to go before the Claremont Planning Board and show them an informational only presentation of their plan. The Planning Board and residents can ask questions but neither the Planning Board nor the Citizens will have any say in the matter. Essentially the County Government can and is shoving this project down the throats of all Claremont citizens whether we like it or not and they are using our tax dollars to do it. Your government at work!
wishing(Thursday, November 14 19 03:20 pm EST)
Please Help this City
Bob(Wednesday, November 13 19 09:57 pm EST)
Jim Sullivan: Does the county have absolute rule over the sober Housing..Can't the planning board make them follow the rules of the State and city and require them to satisfy their requests before granting approval for their application or do they not even have to fill out an application???