Put up or shut up(Thursday, September 23 21 08:00 pm EDT)
If Jim and AJ run for City Council we can find out how many followers they have on this page.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 23 21 05:05 pm EDT)
I'm a little shit stirrer short and stout, here is my handle here is my spout, when you get all worked up and scream an shout, Ill stir some more shit and call you out.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 23 21 05:50 am EDT)
The majority of people feel that Morris is doing a great job. It is only a handful of conspiracy theorists that always think the sky is falling. Thanks Joe B.
John J.O’Connor(Wednesday, September 22 21 08:02 am EDT)
Mulligan is a fool but I do appreciate his “shit stirring “ techniques, he loves playing “count-counterpoint “.
Anyone that feels the City Manager is doing an good job is not someone living in reality. Even the members of the City Council realizes he is over his head and needs professional help.
Changing Claremont’s form of Government to a Town form of government would allow the Citizens to choose their next Mayor/City manager instead of the same small group that selected Mr.Morris and Mr.McNutt.
It’s obvious what we are doing isn’t working.
Keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what your getting and for Claremont that means inferior leadership.
Joe B.(Wednesday, September 22 21 05:28 am EDT)
You know I’ve been reading this for a long time and this guy Mulligan is the first person that actually makes sense to me. What is there like 5 people in Claremont that post here, the same thing over and over again?
Tim M(Tuesday, September 21 21 10:19 am EDT)
“Let the uninformed mob rule, that will fix everything”
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, September 21 21 09:18 am EDT)
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the City Managers neighborhood went to the top of the paving list the moment he moved into the area.
I’m sure it was a good managerial decision to empty the City Mangers entire E-mail box for an unnecessary legal review at taxpayers expense just because he can.
I’m sure the City Council hired a babysitter/ tutor because the City Manager is doing a great job running the city.
Maybe it’s time for a new Charter Commission to review the City Charter and look into going to a new form of City government.
Having a strong Mayoral form of government would give the PEOPLE the opportunity to give the a say in the hiring and firing through the election process.
It’s obvious with the recent hirings and firings, our current system isn’t working.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 21 21 08:50 am EDT)
I can’t believe they paved a densely populated neighborhood with a school when the roads were in terrible condition and hadn’t been paved for 50 years.
I can’t believe the administration was doing its job in having a massive request for information reviewed to make sure there were no legal issues, what a tragedy.
We should spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to replace this manager, again. It will be good to create some more stability and positive press in Claremont. Who knows, it might even attract some amazing talent. (Sigh)
Guy(Tuesday, September 21 21 08:37 am EDT)
Jim gathers information, A.J gathers dust.
Jen(Tuesday, September 21 21 07:32 am EDT)
Bernadette, yes they, as in Jim, and AJ.
They both gather information.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, September 21 21 07:28 am EDT)
“E-mail Gate” turned out pretty much as everyone expected, no damaging reports and a excessive legal bill.
Please explain to me why documents that are in the City’s website were redacted? How much did that cost the city or was that the reason for the “Good customer “ discount?
Now that you his is finally over, only thing left to find out in this debacle is the final cost to the taxpayers.
The over/under $25k….
Bernadette Deaver(Tuesday, September 21 21 06:28 am EDT)
William(Tuesday, September 21 21 06:11 am EDT)
As a taxpayer I am angry about the legal review of emails ordered by Mr. Morris at an outrageous cost to the taxpayers. He even had his spam file legally reviewed before it's release. Mr. Morris is a moron who has no concern when it comes to squandering tax dollars and he is certainly taking care of number one himself. Beautiful paving for his neighborhood only, free water line replacements for all of his neighbors and presumably himself when other Claremont residents had to pay thousands of dollars all out of pocket. The city council is also letting all of us down the longer they delay the decision to terminate Mr. Morris and hire a competent replacement. Hiring a consultant to observe and make recommendations in the hopes that Mr. Morris will suddenly become a competent city manager is a pipe dream. It is just more tax dollars wasted.
Bruce(Tuesday, September 21 21 12:31 am EDT)
I agree Joseph, I used to go to Mostly uncensored almost everyday.
Jen(Tuesday, September 21 21 12:28 am EDT)
Bernadette, I think they have been there, done that, and now wish to bring transparency to city goverment.
Bernadette Deaver(Monday, September 20 21 07:43 pm EDT)
Does anyone know why Jim doesn’t run for council or mayor?
Joseph(Monday, September 20 21 05:11 pm EDT)
Loved the city political cartoon in Mostly uncensored.
Wish that page would go back to to the way it was, with many posts that made you think, see, and even chuckle about Claremont politics.
Not a big fan of the site lately, but still enjoy some of the posts.
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 20 21 08:09 am EDT)
I don’t assume to know the job. From the outside looking in it looks incredibly difficult and I think Mr. Morris is doing a great job.
Dennis(Monday, September 20 21 06:16 am EDT)
I could ask the same question of you Tim. Are you really Ed Morris writing under an assumed name?
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 20 21 05:44 am EDT)
Dennis, when is the last time you managed a City?
Dennis(Sunday, September 19 21 07:45 pm EDT)
Tim, you are as out of touch with the real world as Joshua Lambert is. Ed Morris is a sorry excuse for a city manager, so much so that the city council is hiring a tutor for him to try to teach him how to do the job he is overly paid to do so the city councilors can avoid a messy termination just before the election. The councilors are deluding themselves if they think a consultant spending a few hours observing Mr. Morris and writing a report to the councilors with recommendations will change anything.
Tim Mulligan(Sunday, September 19 21 06:36 pm EDT)
I am glad that the emails have been released. It looks like Mr. Morris is being proactive to make sure taxpayer money is used wisely as these large 91-A requests pour in that require extensive legal review. Kudos to the Claremont local government, again showing professionalism and responsibility for the tax money of these hard working Claremonters. Keep up the good work.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, September 19 21 02:30 pm EDT)
Three new articles & one item published today.
1) The Claremont School Board deep sixes Fishtank!
2) The Morris Administration finally releases the municipal emails after nearly 4 months!
3) City Councilors begin to publicly announce their intentions regarding November's election.
4) Editorial Cartoon from Claremont's Mostly Uncensored Page.
All four items are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
The Messenger(Saturday, September 18 21 05:21 am EDT)
Repent and confess Jesus Christ is Lord. Do it today, you don’t have any time left.
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 17 21 07:31 pm EDT)
You should respect your elders. I’m going nowhere. What has you so convinced that I’m a phony? I would meet anyone here for a cup of coffee to discuss any of these issues. You have any free time this coming week?
John J O’Connor(Friday, September 17 21 05:17 pm EDT)
I just try and keep it real, unlike you. You know what the City Manager is doing is wrong but you just walk the company line.
It’s ok to admit when someone does something wrong .
You’re a phony, with your name and comments.
I am done with you, next you will start crying about being bullied and have to find a safe space.
Best of luck .
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 17 21 02:20 pm EDT)
It doesn’t hurt to be friendly and kind which are two qualities I’ve noticed you don’t seem interested in. I get it, the internet tough guy know it all thing is so fun.
John J O’Connor(Friday, September 17 21 11:18 am EDT)
You don’t know “Jack “ either!!!
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 17 21 10:52 am EDT)
I don’t know Frank.
John J O’Connor(Friday, September 17 21 10:34 am EDT)
I will defend your right to voice your opinion, no matter how wrong it might be.
I served in Concord with Frank, I know him as well I need to.
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 17 21 09:58 am EDT)
John, you assume that I am assuming. I actually know Francis and it’s not Mr. Gauthier. We had coffee this week. How many times will you pretend you know when you just don’t? Me and Francis go way back. He is a good good person we just disagree and that’s ok. You and I disagree sometimes, and that’s OK too. Are we not allowed to have differing opinions on the forum? How unAmerican.
John J O’Connor(Friday, September 17 21 07:49 am EDT)
I see you are “assuming “ Francis is Frank Guathier, you know what they say about people that assume.
I know Frank Guathier, he doesn’t post on this site. This “Francis” is like you, using a phony name.
I know who you are “Tim”, I’ll let you play your game but I won’t let you drag the Honorable Francis Guathier threw the gutter.
Come clean “Tim” it will might help you in your bid for re-election!!!!
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 17 21 05:34 am EDT)
If your neighborhood has been neglected for 50 years and has a school, you might see some paving in your future Francis. As a matter of fact, some of the roads down in your neighborhood did get paved very recently. Not to mention the main thoroughfare, close to your neighborhood, is being completely redone as we speak.
Francis(Thursday, September 16 21 08:19 pm EDT)
I hope the next City Manager moves to my neighborhood, maybe my road will finally get paved.
Roger Moule(Thursday, September 16 21 07:23 pm EDT)
The Bluff neighborhood is looking great. No paving for 50 years…it’s about time!! Very happy citizens in this neighborhood!
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 16 21 06:13 pm EDT)
Let’s get real here BOB. You clearly don’t understand how burdensome it would be to do something like that. You like paying high taxes and adding staff and more layers of government don’t ya?
Bob(Thursday, September 16 21 04:48 pm EDT)
This is not the first time some one has requested documents. All public documents should be in their appropriate place so when some one requests these documents the can be pulled up and delivered. emails should be screened and separated and put on the cities website for the public to see. Councilors have requested this more than once BEFORE Gauthier sent in his request, so yeah it is a waste of taxpayers money because if the city manager had done what was requested of him in the first place we would not be in this mess
John J. O’Connor(Thursday, September 16 21 01:23 pm EDT)
So only the “rich” can have access to tax payer funded, public documents ?
That is the attitude of someone with “privilege “.
The City Council has determined by hiring a “tutor “ that the City Manager has poor decision making skills. Sending out 8,000 E-mails at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars,for a unnecessary legal review is a perfect example of a poor decision.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 16 21 12:35 pm EDT)
The law should reflect reality. You have to pay to get paper copies and you have to pay for research of paper copies. It is ridiculous that anyone can tie up that much staff time, including legal review, and all they have to do is provide a flash drive. The City should charge for information and not fund these individuals.
John J. O’Connor(Thursday, September 16 21 07:34 am EDT)
Unfortunately for you, there is this little thing called the “law.”
Frank Guathier is following the law and should not be penalize or discouraged from doing what he is legally allowed to do.
I do agree on the reimbursement for all costs associated with this request. The money should be deducted from Mr. Morris’s bloated paycheck.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 16 21 05:17 am EDT)
Any person with common sense would understand that when you request an obscene amount of information it’s going to take a long time to process the request. The amount of work needed is directly proportional to the request. All of the blame goes to the men that make the requests and none to the people doing their job. It’s called cause and effect. Get over it! In my opinion they should be reimbursing the people of Claremont. It’s ridiculous.
John J. O’Connor(Wednesday, September 15 21 08:09 pm EDT)
I wish, I was an only child.I just have a problem letting something, that common sense tells me is wrong, go.
Like this E-mail debacle. I am certain, when everything is said and done, there will be nothing criminal but there could be something embarrassing.
Only time will tell.
I also feel this was totally unnecessary and extremely costly with the sole intention of discouraging Frank Guathier from ever requesting anything ever again.
As far as the City Managers tutor, they did the same thing to McNutt and he was gone within 6 months with a golden parachute. This time, this Council is passing the buck, passing the decision to keep or fire the City Manager to the next elected council.
Doesn’t seem right, this Council should clean up their own mess.
Raymond Trussell(Wednesday, September 15 21 05:06 pm EDT)
John, I bet you are the first born aren’t ya? The ever present antagonistic older brother. You just can’t leave anything alone can you?
John J. O’Connor(Wednesday, September 15 21 07:00 am EDT)
Let me see if I understand this, the present Council has put the City Manager on “double secret probation “ with a tutor. This tutor will be given “progress reports “ to a newly elected City Council.
So it seems the decision to keep or fire Mr.Morris will be the “next” council’s decision.
Do I understand this correctly?
Still no E-mails… tick, tick tick, the legal meter is still running and not one word about it at the last council meeting.
Remember that come Election Day!!!!!
Keith Roberts(Wednesday, September 15 21 05:59 am EDT)
A friend of mine told me Jim Sullivan doesn’t own property in Claremont. That can’t be true right? Maybe it’s a rumor being circulated by his critics.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 14 21 06:36 pm EDT)
Actually, the next time the City Manager position comes available she should take the job.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 14 21 06:34 pm EDT)
BOB, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. But I guarantee you that is not the way it actually works around here, I mean let’s get real. If anyone doesn’t think Mayor Lovett is running the whole city they are kidding themselves.
BOB(Tuesday, September 14 21 05:51 pm EDT)
Hey Mulligan the mayor is only a figure head and runs the council meetings the position has 0 power over the council. What we need is more conservatives on the council not liberal tax and spend
Tony(Tuesday, September 14 21 02:10 pm EDT)
That’s disgusting. Use your real name.
Donk(Tuesday, September 14 21 02:01 pm EDT)
I got the name in the boys shower many years ago.
It came from having a big one and stuck.
Haha haha(Tuesday, September 14 21 12:28 pm EDT)
Haha haha haha
Francis(Tuesday, September 14 21 07:28 am EDT)
Francis Guathier would make a great Mayor.
Tony(Tuesday, September 14 21 04:45 am EDT)
I can’t wait to see who will run for mayor. Sullivan? Gauthier? Who’s going to put their money where their mouth is?
What kind of name is Donk anyways?
Donk(Monday, September 13 21 12:03 pm EDT)
It's completely ridiculous that we have the highest paid manager in Claremont's history yet we have to pay a Regent to advise the child king.
Shouldn't he pay for this out of his own money?
I paid for a tutor for my own child, shouldn't he?
John J O’Connor(Monday, September 13 21 06:40 am EDT)
If I was the City Manager, I’d be looking at the “ Help Wanted” ads, this is the same “M.O.” that did in the last City Manager.
Having a “babysitter “ for our current City Manager will eventually lead to his down fall.
Another deadline and no E-Mails, I wonder what the excuse will be this time ?
“Tick, tick, tick,” the legal meter is still running.
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 13 21 06:27 am EDT)
Looks like now is my chance to run for mayor. This council is out of control and needs to back off from Mr. Morris and let him do his job. Elected officials are quite often just winners of a popularity contest or even run as uncontested candidates who get the job regardless of their “qualifications”. What percentage of voters actually know who they are voting for when they check that box for a name they may have heard before. Let’s face it, no one even goes to the majority of council meetings, not many really cares except to whine about high tax rates.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, September 12 21 04:36 pm EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Latest deadline regarding Francis Gauthier's municipal email request passes without a response from either the Morris Administration or the Attorney!
2) The September 8, 2021 Claremont City Council meeting was full of surprises!
Both articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
Momma(Saturday, September 11 21 09:29 pm EDT)
Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
John J O’Connor(Thursday, September 09 21 07:09 am EDT)
I’m right at least twice a day.
Weak(Wednesday, September 08 21 09:02 pm EDT)
Legal because our council is spinless scared of there own shadow weak people who don't have a real clue
BOB(Wednesday, September 08 21 08:20 pm EDT)
John, you give yourself a lot of credit.
John J O’Connor(Wednesday, September 08 21 12:38 pm EDT)
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
BOB(Wednesday, September 08 21 10:56 am EDT)
Wow, John agreeing with Mulligan…I never thought I’d see the day.
John J O’Connor(Wednesday, September 08 21 08:56 am EDT)
A City Solicitor is desperately needed.
The City Council is constantly asking for either a legal review or opinion at almost every council meeting.
Sully… your next 91a should be for all legal bills for past fiscal year, I have a feeling it will be very interesting.
Donk(Wednesday, September 08 21 07:13 am EDT)
Ahh the days the city had a solicitor on staff, those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end...
So rather than hire another the citizens of Claremont pay 6 times maybe 10 times the salary of a solicitor to lawyers.
It seems somebody isn't managing very good.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 07 21 05:52 pm EDT)
This isn’t the first time a legal review has happened in government and it won’t be the last. Because people bring lawsuit, all the time, especially against the government. The funny thing is if Morris let something out and got sued for it you’d be laughing at him like he was a fool and saying he should have had legal review. Everything in life has a consequence, get over it. When there was a City Solicitor on staff you didn’t know the cost of all of these requests because most of them were reviewed by her. I would suggest before throwing around all these accusations you get the actual facts. Maybe do a thorough review of how these requests are processed and have been processed in the past and then form an opinion.
John J. O’CONNOR(Tuesday, September 07 21 11:13 am EDT)
I got one…. I’m positive the City Manager is wasting tens of thousands of dollars unnecessarily conducting E-mail legal reviews.
Here’s another one.. I’m positive the money being wasted on this E-mail legal review could be better spent within the city.
My last one… I’m positive, things will get worse before they get better if we keep electing the same people over and over again.
We need Frank Guathier on the City Council.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 07 21 09:23 am EDT)
I challenge everyone here to think of something positive in Claremont, which could something a Claremont municipal employee has done for you, and post it up here. Prove that you are here to make Claremont better and not just focus on everything you perceive to be negative.
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 06 21 08:23 pm EDT)
William, this is a republic.
John J O’CONNOR(Monday, September 06 21 08:22 pm EDT)
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I agree with you. The city has limited resources, they shouldn’t be wasted by a City Manager trying to teach a taxpayer a lesson.
Is the City Manager working under the direction of the City Council, was he directed by the council to get a legal review ?
I have to assume members of the Council couldn’t have been too happy the last time the City Manager released E-mails under 91-A, turning over embarrassing information to this site.
Is it too far fetched to think the City Manager is only doing what he has been instructed to do?
That would explain why there is very little discussion about the absurd costs involved in this abuse of power at a Council level.
Donk(Monday, September 06 21 03:29 pm EDT)
Let's be honest here, this isn't Jersey or New York.They cannot tax to the moon because the people of Claremont only have so much.
This guy may be spending like a drunken sailor now but a reckoning is just over the horizon.These people won't be worried about raises.They will be lucky to hold on to the jobs they have.If you give these giant raises it will only bring layoff that much closer.The people of Claremont don't enjoy free health insurance or pensions,they barely scrape by as it is.
You can't get blood from a turnip Mr. Morris.
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 06 21 03:25 pm EDT)
It’s true that my opinions are not always that of the people on this website. That’s ok. It just seems to me that no matter what any of our city managers do, this place on the internet vilifies them. Always. So you start to scratch your head ya know…and say something “doesn’t pass the smell test” here. Nothing here is objective, it’s filled with opinion and insult.
Dennis(Monday, September 06 21 02:53 pm EDT)
Ed Morris is the type of employee that cannot be trusted to work with autonomy of any sort and that is exactly what he has as city manager. It is extremely unfortunately that a majority of our elected officials on the city council are far too willing to cast a blind eye to all of Ed Morris’s character flaws and inadequacies in regards to his job performance. With the new election comes the opportunity to cast off the deadwood on the city council. Specifically Charlene Lovett, Allen Damren and James Contois, who lack leadership ability. Andrew O’Hearne and Jonathan Stone seem to talk a good game but that is all it appears to be nothing but talk with zero action. Ed Morris and these councilors, who are incapable of making difficult decisions that does not line up with their personal political agenda, are the reasons why Claremont is in its current precarious predicament.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 06 21 10:55 am EDT)
John, there are many far better things that those wasted tax dollars could have been spent on. Road infrastructure of course but that is not the only area within the municipal budget that City Officials have intentionally ignored due to poor prioritization of the use of public funds. Municipal buildings are being allowed to rot without repairs. City Hall and the Visitor Center are at the top of the list. Then there is the complete lack of funding for Other Post Employment Expenses, which the municipal government has intentionally zero funded for many years. City Officials will tell you that there is insufficient funds to deal with these problems yet they have bundles of cash lying around within the municipal budget to pay tens of thousands of dollars in frivolous, unnecessary, wasteful legal fees to keep government documents out of the public's hands. The same public that pays to support the municipal government and pays the City Manager's salary, the highest salary ever paid in the history of Claremont. I doubt there are many in this community who honestly believe that Ed Morris is worth the large salary that the taxpayers are paying him.
John J O’CONNOR(Monday, September 06 21 08:16 am EDT)
Another month of legal bills for “innocent” e-mails and you’re ok with it ?
The final bill will be between $20-30k of taxpayer money, will this be happening every time a 91-A request is made ?
If not, why not ? The City Manager has created a precedent for all future 91-A requests. All future requests will have to be handled this way or it will show just how unfair this has all been to Frank Guathier.
I wonder how many roads could be paved with this wasteful spending.
Mike(Monday, September 06 21 08:11 am EDT)
With all the higher priorities for taxpayer funds throughout the city, spending $20,000-$30,000 for a childish legal review of emails because Ed Morris is a spoiled brat having a temper tantrum because someone wants to read what he may have foolishly wrote is beyond the pale of stupidity, arrogance and abuse of authority. The councilors are looking like a bunch of fools with each passing day that they fail to take appropriate action and that is to fire the city manager because they certainly have just cause to do so.
William(Monday, September 06 21 07:34 am EDT)
So Tim you are saying that everyone including city councilors should just shut up and pay their exorbitantly high property taxes and leave the running of the city to the city manager, who is running the city government into the ground, and further impoverish Claremont citizenry with his tax and spend plan. Ed Morris’s master plan includes letting the condition of all of the streets in Claremont to go to hell with the exception of a few cosmetic touches with the fog sealing and half ass patchwork, except for his neighborhood, which is receiving the road treatment of new pipes and top shelf paving work. Ed Morris’s master plan also includes giving large pay raises to all city employees, which will presumably include himself once all the other pay scales are greatly increased, as he will undoubtedly demand more money for his so-called efforts. How is any of this benefiting the average citizens of Claremont, who are paying the highest property tax rate in the state of New Hampshire in a community that has one of the lowest median incomes anywhere in the area? Sorry Tim, this is a democracy not a monarchy.
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 06 21 06:47 am EDT)
A true leader will not bend to every whim of the crowd but will make the tough decisions and stick to the path. The last thing we need is a week City Manager that reacts to the vocal minority. I am glad we have a manager with a plan, and a backbone, who is forging ahead and making this city a better place every single day. Does he make mistakes sometimes? Sure, everyone does. Big deal! The wise seek to understand, not to express an opinion.
Donk(Sunday, September 05 21 04:06 pm EDT)
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.With all this low income housing being discussed the tax impact is not.Remember that Afghans or even migrants from south of the border have many children.You will need bi-lingual teachers and bigger schools and you will complain about the astronomical rise in the education side of your tax bills.
We want to attract quality business with quality pay and educated people.This town is already on the bottom for New Hampshire for trash bags and drug addicts, let's not add to the problem.
Kevin(Sunday, September 05 21 02:09 pm EDT)
Mr. Morris is the one who should be bringing forward the ideas that Mr. Sullivan is recommending to deal with the housing issue. I do not believe Mr. Morris has the job experience to perform the duties of a professional city manager let alone a half***one like he is. I did my own editing in that last sentence but I am sure that you all know what I mean. We need a true leader in the city manager’s office not an inexperience wannabe as we have now. If the councilors are not willing to make a necessary change of personnel then it will be up to the voters in November to make the necessary change of councilors.
Diane(Sunday, September 05 21 01:07 pm EDT)
I am an avid reader of this website and I appreciate Mr. Sullivan’s efforts to keep us well informed of local government affairs. I further appreciate Mr. Sullivan’s occasional articles of well-thought-out suggestions to help our city move forward. His article from today with suggestions of how to make forward progress to alleviate the housing crisis in our fair community is extremely helpful and I do hope that the city councilors take the suggestions to heart and turn them into a reality. By working together, we can carry Claremont forward so that the city achieves its fullest potential.
Laura(Sunday, September 05 21 12:11 pm EDT)
Ed Morris is the type of employee that needs to be watched like a hawk at all times. The man just cannot be trusted and he should be terminated posthaste. The milquetoast city council that we are all stuck with seems to be nothing but bad news. Together they just cannot make the decisions that need to be made and bad management is the last thing Claremont needs at any time but especially now with all of the challenges that are facing our wonderful community. I think there are a few good city councilors and it would be unfair to tar them with the same brush as the others. In my opinion, Debora Matteau, Michael Demars and Dale Girard are all worth reelecting if they decide to run for office in November. The rest I am not so sure about.
Henry(Sunday, September 05 21 11:58 am EDT)
Ed Morris’s email tomfoolery is making my blood boil because it is costing us taxpayers thousands of dollars. If it were not for the big discounts from the law firm, the price would already be about $20,000 just for the months of June and July. Work performed in the months of August and September look as if it will cost the same as it did in June and July if not more. Somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000, it will cost the taxpayers before this madness is all said and done. I also do not like all of the redaction that the lawyers seem to be doing. There seems to be far too many secrets that Ed Morris is keeping from the public and probably the councilors too and they are his bosses. Why the city councilors have not put a stop to this foolishness is beyond me. I just think the city councilors are not up to the job of making the tough choices that automatically comes with their elected office. We need new city councilors in those elected seats pronto.
Rick(Sunday, September 05 21 10:16 am EDT)
Ed Morris is out of his freaking mind. He is spending obscene amounts of our tax dollars to keep certain public documents out of Mr. Gauthier’s hands, which in turn would end up in Jim Sullivan’s hands and possibly posted on the Sullivan Report for all to see. I remember when the finance committee scandal broke when Mr. Morris colluded with the Mayor and Assistant Mayor to keep inconvenient facts away from other city councilors and the public about the true cost of Morris’s merit plan pay increase proposal and certain details about the information skewed $45,000 compensation study. Those meetings were filmed but never released to the public until councilman Jon Stone spilled the beans by making the video public and then Jim Sullivan made it even more public with this website. After the news broke, Ed Morris made a public vow to the city councilors and the public to be more forthcoming and transparent in the future. In my opinion, Ed Morris never followed through on that promise and what he is doing right now to Mr. Gauthier is indicative of his true nature of being secretive as to what he really does at City Hall when no one is looking. The city councilors are not doing their job as Ed Morris’s secretive nature is out of control and costing taxpayers a lot of money that should never have been spent. Ed Morris should be fired and if he is not by election day then the city councilors should be fired by the voters.
Brad(Sunday, September 05 21 09:58 am EDT)
Jim, when you listed some of Ed Morris's screw ups you should have added the downtown roadway construction that is going on. Broad Street is a horrendous mess with the unnecessary two lanes and the traffic lights. I predict lots of accidents in that area going forward once school gets underway. Morris and his DPW management staff are a bunch of morons and the city councilors are just sitting back allowing all of his bad decisions to reap huge terrible consequences for everyone here in Claremont. All I see is that Ed Morris is wasting oodles of taxpayers money and the city councilors are acting like a cheerleading squad instead of referees calling a flag on these stupid plays. The city councilors are definitely not treating Ed Morris as their employee and that tells me that they are not up to the job they were elected to perform.
John J.O’Connor(Sunday, September 05 21 09:13 am EDT)
The meter keeps ticking and the Claremont taxpayers keep paying, when will this madness end ?
As prestigious as the City’s law firm might be, they know a “sucker” when they see one and Ed Morris, with his Midwest “aww sucks” attitude is a sucker.
The City Manager is not in possession of National secrets or nuclear codes or the identities of Afgan nationals. He is manager of a 15,000 person city but he acts like he as information, that if illegally released will cause injuries and the loss of life.
This is a perfect example of “privilege”and abuse of power against a tax paying citizen.
Shame on the City Council for allowing this to happen.
The meter is still running…….
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, September 05 21 08:06 am EDT)
Seven news items published today.
1) Claremont School Board changes its mask wearing policy in a split vote.
2) Your tax dollars at work!
3) The municipal email saga continues with yet another costly delay!
4) The City of Claremont should jumpstart housing development before it's too late!
5) Filing period set for open Claremont City Council seats!
6) Drug Bust.
7) Attempted Robbery.
All of these news items appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
The Messenger(Saturday, September 04 21 06:16 pm EDT)
There’s an ancient proverb that says “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” And another that says “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 03 21 09:19 pm EDT)
John J. O’Connor(Friday, September 03 21 07:19 pm EDT)
I did win the argument,you never explained or defended the City Managers actions. Your wait and see attitude is costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars, unnecessarily.
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 03 21 05:45 pm EDT)
The easiest way to attempt to win an argument when you don’t have real facts is to try to discredit the other person. By shifting the focus from the actual discussion to the idea that I am not a real person is showing that I am correct and that we should wait to see all the facts. (The real facts, not pontification)
John J. O’CONNOR(Friday, September 03 21 05:14 pm EDT)
Sully….I know there is no shame to your game. You never have a problem using your God given name
I have a feeling Tim is not a Tim but a Jim… I’ll play along..
Sorry for the confusion.
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 03 21 04:59 pm EDT)
John, I do disagree with that assumption, for the record. I do not know you are right and neither do you.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, September 03 21 12:33 pm EDT)
John, I hope that you or anyone else does not think that I am "Tim Mulligan". I only post comments on this Public Forum under my actual name just as you do.
John J. O’CONNOR(Friday, September 03 21 11:36 am EDT)
No Jim, I mean “Tim”, you didn’t disagree with my assumption that the City Managers intent is to punish Mr.Guathier.
You know I’m right…..
Why you do what you do is entirely up to you.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 02 21 01:29 pm EDT)
John, look again. I did disagree with your assumptions. The City manager is serving the people and a select few decide to find fault in everything he does. Just like they did with every other City Manager.
It’s strange how people just read what they want to see.
John J.OConnor(Thursday, September 02 21 01:07 pm EDT)
Take your head out of the books and look at the real world and you will see the forest beyond the trees.
I noticed you didn’t disagree with my assumption.
Bottom line, the City Manager is abusing his authority and costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars unnecessarily.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 02 21 10:00 am EDT)
John, you are even making assumptions about me now? You are incorrect.
I do have a different perspective, it’s true. You should read chapter 1 of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. There are some great insights on paradigm.
John J O’Connor(Thursday, September 02 21 08:44 am EDT)
You can try and spin this any way you like but what the City Manager is doing is fundamentally wrong.
I worked in “Government “, I’ve been involved in situations when it was felt the public was overstepping and the recourse was to do everything “by the book”, to inconveniencing the public with the intent to discourage them.
That is exactly what is happening here.
Mr. Morris is going “by the book” in his dealings with Frank Guaither.
This is the second E-mail request by Frank. The City Manager had no problem releasing that information without a legal review the first time, why does he have a problem now ?
He doesn’t, he is just trying to teach Frank a lesson by publicly embarrassing him. It’s obvious he doesn’t know Frank.
Former Representative Guathier will not be intimidated by the City Manger, I am certain he will continue to be a strong advocate for the citizens of Claremont.
Tim, it’s obvious you’re a City Hall insider, tell Ed to stop playing games with taxpayer money.
Tim Mulligan(Wednesday, September 01 21 05:25 pm EDT)
Do any of you work for the government?
Steve(Wednesday, September 01 21 01:24 pm EDT)
We may never know the facts of what Morris is hiding because he hired a team of attorneys to redact what seems to be a large number of emails at the cost to the taxpayers of hundreds of dollars per hour. An obscene amount of money wastefully spent for something that city staff should have been able to handle on their own. Another example of Morris's virtually nonexistent leadership abilities and his lack of concern for the overtaxed population of Claremont.
Tim Mulligan(Wednesday, September 01 21 09:59 am EDT)
No Donk. I will reserve judgement until I know the facts.
Donk(Wednesday, September 01 21 08:45 am EDT)
Tim, isn't it obvious to you that within that time frame of the e-mails Morris fucked up in a big way and is trying to conceal it?
I certainly don't want to know about every aspect of an employees life, but I do want to know what they are doing while on the clock.Somewhere along the way these people forgot who was the boss.The public is equally guilty for not paying attention to the people that work for them.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 31 21 05:19 pm EDT)
I couldn’t imagine working for an employer that didn’t trust me and scrutinized my every move. Morris is a better man than I ever will be for putting up with all he puts up with. You want to talk about wasting money, firing a City manager every time the wind blows creates an unstable city with lower morale and higher subordinate turnover rate. Not to mention the high cost of recruiting every year or so. Mob rule is not good for anyone, so let’s step back and give Morris the benefit of the doubt and see how everything works out. He is a good man.
Donk(Tuesday, August 31 21 02:44 pm EDT)
Everybody seems to forget that the city manager works for us.
As the employer I expect transparency as to any and all business an employee is up to while in my employ representing my best wishes.This guy does not represent the best wishes of Claremont taxpayers, quite the contrary he's trying to take more of our hard earned tax money to enrich the public employee class.I would suppose if he gets them more money they will support him in getting more money for himself.I personally would fire this guy purely on the money wasted on Sugar River Drive which is still a mess.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 31 21 01:45 pm EDT)
John, that is your limited perspective. If you were the city manager your paradigm would shift.
John J. O’CONNOR(Tuesday, August 31 21 08:19 am EDT)
Let’s be honest here, This debacle has nothing to do with the legal process, this is case of “ball busting.”
It’s obvious Mr. Morris is extremely annoyed with Frank Guathier, how dare he request public information.
The City Manager has taken a stand. He sent, what will probably end up being innocent E-mails, for extensive and expensive legal review to shame and embarrass Frank with the intention of stopping his requests.
I recently spoke with a former City Manager with decades of experience with 91-A requests. He told me he NEVER went to this extreme, even though it was within his right to do so . He further stated there was no need for legal review, he just used his COMMON SENSE !
Public information was requested, information was delivered and no lawsuits followed.
Amazing the money that could be saved just by using a little common sense.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 31 21 06:39 am EDT)
William, do you know what is in those emails? Assuming the answer is no, then you have no idea whether or not they require legal review. Period.
Work for the government, and your paradigm will shift. Let the process work. Give the guy a break.
William(Tuesday, August 31 21 06:25 am EDT)
Mr. Morris may be the city executive with the authority but that does not mean he is competent at his job. I agree with you that some documents may require a legal review but not over eight thousand emails. That is excessive abuse of his authority and frankly absurd. Councilor Matteau is onto something with creating a city policy to realistically deal with right to know requests for public information. City staff members should be competent at their jobs and qualified to sort through those emails and eliminate all of the duplications, then look through the rest and determine which are subject for public release and those that are not. Mr. Sullivan published the list of exceptions to the rule and they are straightforward. Then any emails left in question should be passed on to the lawyers for their review for just a few emails and not over eight thousand. A city policy was never necessary before because Claremont has never had a city manager as inept and as afraid of government transparency as Mr. Morris.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 31 21 06:01 am EDT)
John, 91-A requests often require legal review. Where did you get the idea that there has never been a legal review in the last 40 years? Perhaps the extent of the bill is due to the extent of the request. The amount of work required varies directly to the amount of information requested. In other words, the more info you request the longer and more expensive it will be to the taxpayer. You cannot blame Mr. Morris for doing his job and making sure nothing is released that shouldn’t legitimately be released, thus creating a much larger problem. If Mr. Morris deems it appropriate to have this request reviewed, he is the executive, and they have given him that authority by hiring him.
John J O’Connor(Monday, August 30 21 10:44 pm EDT)
What I do understand is when something does seem right.
For 40 years there was no need for a legal review for 91-A requests but now, asking for 3 weeks of E-mails requires 3 months of investigation.
I’m really trying to understand, what could be so questionable that City staff couldn’t figure out what could be released and what couldn’t ?
I could be wrong but I’m certain the City Manager does not have the nuclear codes so what is he hiding ?
Tim Mulligan(Monday, August 30 21 04:54 pm EDT)
So many people here saying “I don’t understand”. That’s right, you don’t. Let the process work and trust those who have been hired or elected to do their job. The more you speculate the more worked up you get for no reason.
BOB(Monday, August 30 21 01:44 pm EDT)
Maybe we should request all emails from every city employee and counselor every month be placed on a thumb drive and uploaded to this website for accountability purposes.
Donk(Monday, August 30 21 01:17 pm EDT)
I don't understand why no counselor will put these e-mails and the expenses that they are costing on next months agenda.
Why do they have the ability to redact information that the public should be just as much privy to these e-mails as they are?
Sarah(Monday, August 30 21 08:10 am EDT)
I am just trying to wrap my head around the fact that Mr. Morris is so cavalier about tossing around taxpayer’s dollars as if it was play Monopoly money. Mr. Morris really spent nearly $17,000 for the month of July on needless legal fees to review emails presumably written by him that are allowed for release under the right to know law. Emails that he seems to want to keep hidden from the public eye. Mr. Morris is just somewhat fortunate that the law firm is miraculously offering such a large discount for these services. Granted a few of the emails may require redaction and perhaps a lawyer would need to perform that task but sending over 8000 emails for legal review is absurd. Why the city council members are all sitting idly by and letting this outrageous abuse of authority and waste of city financial resources to continue is beyond me. Are they all so afraid of Mr. Morris that they cannot stand up to him and tell him to stop and release those emails to Mr. Gauthier? If Mr. Morris is still holding the office of city manager after this week’s private meeting of the city councilors then my voting decision in November will be clear, vote out all of the incumbents whenever possible.
Katherine(Sunday, August 29 21 06:47 pm EDT)
I have been reading the Sullivan Report for years and Jim Sullivan has included in his articles copies of the documents he purchases from the city government. Many of them are answers to important questions that our elected officials never seem to ask. Others are documents that can be easily accessed and photocopied. Hardly a monumental task for city employees as you would have us believe Jonas. Jim Sullivan is a fine reporter, who keeps us informed of what our government officials are doing in secret and hiding from all of us. Just look at recent articles about the county government's overtaxation policy that has been operating in secret for quite a few years or the article about how county officials spent all of the county's cash reserves, millions of dollars in just a few years and there is now practically nothing left. The settlement agreement with that poor family who suffered so greatly because school officials did not adequately protect a student. Then there is the city manager and his staff's actions with outrageous utility property assessments, the truck purchases with the highway department and this stupid legal review of emails to hide the truth from all of us that will cost the taxpayers a bundle. None of this would have been revealed to the public if government officials had their way. Jim Sullivan is constantly revealing the truth and it is making government officials very nervous and I say good. The public needs to know the truth and the Sullivan Report shares that truth with the public.
Jonas(Sunday, August 29 21 06:04 pm EDT)
Every single information request requires staff time which costs the taxpayer money when the staff could be doing what they were hired to do. Some requests require copious amounts of staff time and can be very superfluous. The cost of this is currently unknown. Many requests require multiple departments to drop what they are doing to fulfill the request in an acceptable response time. Many requests also require additional legal review, you just weren’t aware of how much it was costing until now. If anything else, this episode is teaching us us how much money is spent on fulfilling any and all requests given to the government. Sometimes for no reason at all. You can’t always point the blame at the government, if you are ok with the cost, own it…and keep charging the taxpayer.
John J. O’Connor(Sunday, August 29 21 05:04 pm EDT)
$ 10,000+….. let that sink in …
What is so important, so sensitive, so damning that it needs a $10,000 dollar legal review, what is he trying to hide ?
If Mr.Morris is trying to teach Frank and Jim a lesson, to publicly shame them so they will stop requesting information, he doesn’t know Jim or Frank very well. I’m certain they will continue .
The City Council should make the City Manager show cause. Let him explain to the Council why this request was different from the past 40 years of requests .
If his answer don’t pass the smell test, Mr. Morris should reimburse the city all legal fees created by his attempt to teach two grown men a lesson.
Donk(Sunday, August 29 21 04:55 pm EDT)
Will these right to know requests be in 3 month blocks from now on so the public may know what their government are doing?
Should we just hire a legal team?
Richard(Sunday, August 29 21 04:25 pm EDT)
Mr. Morris is out of control spending so much tax money on a team of lawyers to keep certain emails out of Mr. Gauthier's hands. It seems obvious that Mr. Morris is trying to hide something big from the public and maybe even the councilors too. Mr. Sullivan is right about Mr. Morris constantly giving the middle finger to the councilors because I watch most of the meetings and see it for myself. If any other employee did that in the real world their boss would fire them in a New York minute. The councilors should take this as a wake up call and fire Mr. Morris at their meeting on the 31st. If not then the voters should fire the councilors in November on election day. Changes must be made in our municipal government leadership for the betterment of our city.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, August 29 21 04:15 pm EDT)
Jonas you need to get your facts straight before jumping to false assumptions. In the nearly 40 years that I have requested and purchased public documents from the City of Claremont, none of these public documents has ever required a legal review such as what is going on now with Mr. Gauthier's request. That being said, Mr. Gauthier only sought emails from Public Officials, which are subject to the Right to Know Law. It is not Mr. Gauthier's fault that in my opinion, Mr. Morris seems to despise public transparency so much that he is willing to go to any lengths including wasting thousands of Taxpayer's dollars to delay the release of these public documents. Jonas, while you are entitled to your opinion, you are clearly pointing the finger of blame in the wrong direction.
Jonas(Sunday, August 29 21 03:00 pm EDT)
This article shows the true cost of just one incident in the years and years of right to know requests. Imagine the cost generated by this website alone to the Claremont taxpayers!! Someone needs to bring some sanity to the process. The administration has no choice but to have these things reviewed due to the nature of their jobs, and everyone plotting against them.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, August 29 21 12:49 pm EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) City Manager Ed Morris is racking up huge legal bills for Claremont Taxpayers with his continuing stonewalling tactics regarding the release of public records!
2) August 25 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Both articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
The Messenger(Sunday, August 29 21 11:22 am EDT)
“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV
Tim Mulligan(Friday, August 27 21 06:21 pm EDT)
For the record, I think Mr. Sullivan has an incredible talent for journalism. I just wish this website wasn’t so darn negative and the speculation gets way out of control.
BOB(Friday, August 27 21 05:26 pm EDT)
TIM There is more than one Bob on this site, For the record I did not say O'Doyle rules that was another Bob
John J. O’Connor(Friday, August 27 21 07:40 am EDT)
I’m willing to give the City Manager the benefit of doubt, but……..let’s say you’re right and reply all is the cause for a large majority of those e-mails. Wouldn’t that make it easier for his staff to separate the sensitive ones from the ones that can be provided to the public?
You’re right, I have no idea what is in those in mails but as time goes by I can speculate and there lies the problem. As time goes on and no e-mails are produced it makes you wonder “why”?
What could be so sensitive it needs a 3+ month legal review?
Janice(Friday, August 27 21 05:57 am EDT)
Mr. Mulligan you say you invest in Claremont, then why does the Vision website have no record of a Tim Mulligan owning any property or the City of Claremont has no property tax account for a Tim Mulligan? Care to answer what exactly you own in Claremont as your investment?
Tim Mulligan(Friday, August 27 21 05:46 am EDT)
John, first off you have no idea if legal review was necessary or not because you have no idea what is in those emails. Second, 8000 emails could easily happen when you ‘reply all’. Speculation just provides entertainment for the masses. The guilty until proven innocent and mob mentality of this website is very concerning. Think for yourself Claremont. Mr. Morris is a good man, give him time.
John J. O’Connor(Thursday, August 26 21 09:12 pm EDT)
Tim… again I have to agree, I’m sure those 8,000 e-mails are as pure as the driven snow.
My point is, legal review was completely unnecessary. If your staff can not figure out what is sensitive and what’s not, maybe you need a different staff.
My problem is with the optics. Speculation can sometimes become reality and these are the optics of someone trying to hide something.
Another thing….. is it me or does 8,000 e-mails in a 3 week period seem a bit excessive?
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, August 26 21 07:57 pm EDT)
Brenda, cats and raccoons can be friends, but they can also be enemies.
Brenda Hill(Thursday, August 26 21 07:37 pm EDT)
Can cats and raccoons be friends?
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, August 26 21 07:35 pm EDT)
John et al, you have no idea what is in those emails, if anything. Trust that the City manager is doing the right thing by having them reviewed and you will see them when they are finished. Good grief. A law firm like Drummond Woodsum would not put their reputation on the line if this delay were not legitimate. They just wouldn’t. BOB, you don’t even use your real name and you quoted Billy Madison…I mean, come on.
BOB(Thursday, August 26 21 05:45 pm EDT)
Hey ADAM you're full of shit, any one with half a brain that google's Claremont will see the cities web site and go to it. I call BS. TIM: QUESTION EVERYTHING!!! you call it dragging people through the mud and constant negativity, It is really called the truth!!! And the people telling the truth are painted as the BAD GUY, There are good and bad things about this city, praise the good but don't turn your back on the bad and pretend it's not there!!
John J.O’CONNOR(Thursday, August 26 21 03:32 pm EDT)
I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately that’s a perfect world, which Claremont is not.
“E-mail Gate” is the makings of the City Manager. I’m sure his job is tough enough, why go out of your way to make it harder.
Release the e-mails and it’s one less problem he will have to deal with.
What is he hiding?
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, August 26 21 02:59 pm EDT)
John, Mr. Sullivan questioned the integrity and honesty of Mr. Santagate in nearly every article he published. This isn’t about one single incident, it’s about decades of feeding the negativity that seethes through the veins of Claremont. It’s time to break out of this and turn a corner. Let’s make something better, and stop dragging every single person that serves the people of Claremont through the mud as sport. Imagine the talent we could attract to the City if it weren’t so intrenched in negativity. I’m putting my money where my mouth is and investing in this beautiful part of the country and hope others do the same as well.
Adam(Thursday, August 26 21 11:47 am EDT)
What is the value of the Sullivan report? Well for ten years Claremont has enjoyed the advantage of this report being one of the first hits in a search for Claremont NH. That way they can get all the conspiracies created by this site and the negative comments to make the decision not to locate in Claremont.
Guy Santagate(Thursday, August 26 21 08:26 am EDT)
Miss me yet ?
John J.O’Connor(Thursday, August 26 21 07:07 am EDT)
I agree, all City Managers have their own style, but that doesn’t mean they are allowed to violate the law.
Frank Guathier make a legal request under RSA 91-A for E-mails generated by the City Manager and members of the City Council for a certain period of time ( @3weeks). For some reason, the City Manger felt those E-mails were so sensitive and private, they had to be approved by a law firm, at considerable cost to the taxpayers.
What is in those E-mails that the City administration doesn’t want the public to see ?
Our former City Manager, Guy Santagate was a polarizing figure, you either loved him or hated him but no one ever questioned his integrity or honesty. Guy use to always says when something didn’t sound right that it didn’t “pass the smell test”, and this certainly doesn’t.
In Government’s, optics are important, sending Council generated E-mails for legal review and approval makes the city look like it’s hiding something from the public.
My prediction, eventually Frank will receive a redacted version of what he requested. I am also certain a hefty legal bill will follow.
That expense will be blamed on Frank Guathier but in reality it’s all on the City Manger for playing games with the legal system instead of just doing his job.
Tim Mulligan(Wednesday, August 25 21 05:34 pm EDT)
A handful of City Managers from all over the vast country with very different leadership styles and they all get treated the same. There is a common denominator and it is the author of this website. It’s all in how you want to see the world and this particular author never has anything good to say about anyone in the government, because it doesn’t fit his narrative. Sewing seeds of distrust and discontent is the name of the game and all it brings is more negativity. Build something better by teaming up with those who serve the public instead of constantly trying to find wrongdoing and tying up valuable staff resources.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, August 25 21 09:01 am EDT)
John, thank you for the kind words, they are very much appreciated.
John J.O’Connor(Wednesday, August 25 21 07:31 am EDT)
Jim’s value to this city is in not what he does but what he makes other people “not” do.
I’ve been a loyal reader since it’s inception, in that time the public has seen Jim’s influence. Anytime there is a “news flash “ you can see the reaction it receives at the next council meeting. I have seen councilor’s demeanors change knowing they are being watched by Jim
City Mangers now have to think twice about what they say and do because they know Jim is out there keeping them accountable.
The service “Sully” brings to this community is invaluable, each and every citizen of Claremont owes Jim a huge “Thank you “ for trying to keep our public officials honest.
Next time you are out and about and see Jim, take the time to thank him for protecting us.
Investigator(Tuesday, August 24 21 07:32 pm EDT)
How much has the Sullivan report cost the Claremont tax payers over the years? Does the author own property in Claremont?
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 24 21 07:24 pm EDT)
No need to be negative BOB. Let’s all work together and build a better Claremont instead of continuing with this constant complaining. Oh and I agree, O’Doyle does rule…whatever that means.
BOB(Tuesday, August 24 21 01:34 am EDT)
BOB(Monday, August 23 21 08:15 pm EDT)
HEY TIM please enlighten everyone how wrong they are. Shed some light on this O omnipotent one. Since your wright about everything and know everything please tell us. You're just a SHIT STIRRER and that's all you will ever be!
Tim Mulligan(Monday, August 23 21 07:19 pm EDT)
Seeing people pontificate about things they have no clue about is hilarious. If only you all knew how often you were wrong you might give up and do something more productive than complain on the internet. Maybe join together and build something better with the City Manager than constantly working against the administration and tying up their valuable time with ridiculous witch hunt information requests.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, August 23 21 05:31 am EDT)
Why does Morris think he is above the law ?
It’s time for Frank Guathier to bring him to court !!!!!!!
No one is asking Mr. Morris to anything extraordinary, just asking him to do his job . Apart of his job is abiding by the laws established by state, he is refusing to do.
There are consequences for everyone’s actions , it’s time the City Manager to pay for his illegal actions.
It’s also time for the City Council to hold the Mr. Morris responsible for his false and misleading comments in regards to this issue, as well as past indiscretions.
The ball is now in the hands of the City Council.
Tom(Sunday, August 22 21 07:04 pm EDT)
After the Finance Committee scandal Mr. Morris promised all of the councilors and the public that he would be more forthcoming and more transparent in the future. It is beginning to look like he lied to everyone because he is so evasive with questions that are asked of him by the councilors and look what he is doing to Mr. Gauthier and how much tax dollars he is wasting to keep public information away from the public. Mr. Morris is bad news and the city councilors should fire him.
Richard(Sunday, August 22 21 04:29 pm EDT)
The music center project in the old Pleasant Restaurant building is woefully underfunded by over $1.8 million. What the heck was Mr. Morris and his staff and the CDA board members thinking when they agreed to this project with no money to actually do the project? I looked over the tables that Mr. Sullivan made with the high-end of the pay scale for the city staff members and damn they are getting paid well for living around here so what the heck are they complaining about? Why is Mr. Morris saying they're all underpaid along with the Assistant Mayor and some of the councilors? If they do not like the pay they are receiving then what is stopping them from going and getting another job elsewhere? I am also very curious to see what Mr. Morris is hiding as he seems willing to break the law by telling Mr. Gauthier they had no information when they really did. If Mr. Sullivan had not asked for similar documents I doubt that Mr. Gauthier ever would have known that the documents were at City Hall all this time. Mr. Morris is doing his damnedest to stop Mr. Gauthier from receiving those emails. I remember reading that Mr. Gauthier asked for Mr. Morris's emails too and not just those that went to the city councilors. There must be something in them that Mr. Morris does not want anyone to see. Did he write something nasty about one or more of the councilors to one of the staff members or about a private citizen they could get the city sued? Is there something that he did or one of more of his staff members did that he is trying to cover up? It must be something big for him to waste thousands of dollars of taxpayers money on purpose just to keep emails out of Mr. Gauthier's hands. With all these screw ups, bad decisions and bad management why are the councilors still keeping Mr. Morris in the job? He is paid more than any other city manager ever in Claremont and he is without a doubt one of the worst city manager's Claremont has ever had. What the heck is wrong with our city councilors? Don't they see that this man is a disaster?
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, August 22 21 11:50 am EDT)
Three new articles published today
1) City Manager Morris continues to obstruct Right to Know Law inquiries. What exactly is he hiding?
2) Council discusses Compensation Study, Municipal Employee Pay Scales and potential significant pay raises for City Staff.
3) Northern Border Regional Commission denies two Claremont grant proposals.
These articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J O’Connor(Saturday, August 21 21 06:59 am EDT)
There is only one solution.
The residents of Claremont will never agree to a Volunteer Fire department or farming out DPW work to private companies. They will not accept diminishing services ( SOS- save our services) as they stated in a recent election.
The only solution, RAISE TAXES.
Tony(Friday, August 20 21 05:18 pm EDT)
Bob. I have not seen any solution offered by you. I have seen outsourcing offered as a replacement but they will take a profit of 20% or more. The real solution is if you don’t want taxes to pay for service, increase all government fees and reduce office hours. Reduce fire and police. If you won’t pay for it, then do without.
BOB(Friday, August 20 21 05:09 pm EDT)
Tony If you think you can do better take over the city managers job. How about we cut the top salaries and bring up the bottom ones or is that not fair to those making 70 to 130k a year either provide a solution to the situation or stfu and stop being the problem
tony(Friday, August 20 21 02:19 pm EDT)
Not sure how seventy five percent of the budget is personal, but if you mean personnel, of course it is. Government provides services and maintain infrastructure which means people helping people or building things. The people are not the problem, if you can't pay for the labor, then stop providing the service. Make central collections open for two hours a week. Close the rec center. Cut the fire coverage and rely on mutual aid. Do we really need Police? if you can't afford the people, then do without the services. Don't try to get labor to sacrifice unfairly for the cities shortcomings.
tom luther(Friday, August 20 21 01:12 pm EDT)
I am curious if the trust funds held by the city for education scholarships might be used to pay for charter/religious/home school?
John J. O’Connor(Friday, August 20 21 09:22 am EDT)
I’m all for people making as much money as they can possibly earn… but….
Claremont has the highest tax rate in the state. Seventy-five percent of the City budget is in regards to personal.
How much more can the taxpayers afford?
Adam(Friday, August 20 21 08:55 am EDT)
BOB, Funny how you expect City Employees to live with low wages. How would you feel if your pay was exclusively tied to the income of a group of other people not working in the same position or type of work? What would You do if you found your income restricted by the income of others? So you would leave, or join a union to try and protect your interests. Soon the City will have no Non Union employees.
adam(Thursday, August 19 21 10:41 pm EDT)
Oh and by the way, Claremonts' median income is a great advertisement for our youth to move anywhere but here.
tony(Thursday, August 19 21 07:08 pm EDT)
Bob the myth of most making over 40 K is easily disproved by the published survey data.
BOB(Thursday, August 19 21 05:37 pm EDT)
There aren't very many city employees working FT that make less than 40k a year plus the cady bennies they get, hell Jeremy Clay makes over 80k a year the city planner makes 70 k a year, Claremonts pay scale is just fine, you want more money work your way up the ladder. OH and by the way Claremonts median income is 40k
tony(Thursday, August 19 21 09:48 am EDT)
Claremont is underpaying city employees but the problem is more complex than that. the union staff has been able to negotiate and is generally less behind the local pay scales. The Merit plan fell behind as the city council flat funded departments for many years and as a result, denied the Merit Plan a raise in years that the Union got something. After many years of this, many Merit Plan employees are in the 10th percentile. As to why they stay when they are paid so poorly, I can't imagine, but when they leave, the positions are difficult to fill, and as soon as the new employee has some experience on the resume they are gone.
Also Claremont has a much higher ratio of part time employees than any of the other surveyed towns. Is that the strategy of the council to reduce the benefits cost? On this page you will rant about the city employees fantastic benefits, but next time you accost a city employee, remember almost half get the low wages and NO Benefits as Part Time employees.
John J.O’Connor(Thursday, August 19 21 07:36 am EDT)
After watching last night’s Council meeting, I was left with the impression that Claremont has been seriously underpaying it’s workers .
My question, how many job openings does the city currently have open ?
It seems most departments are filled (except P.D.), so where are all the positions that are currently empty because of the low salaries offered ?
I heard the City Manager say hiring qualified personnel at the wages offered is extremely difficult. He also stated that we are losing qualified applicants once the compensation figures are presented.
That is probably true, that’s how we got our current City Manager.
If a better qualified candidate didn’t turn down the City Mangers job, our current City Manager would still be in Weathersfield VT.
Ryan(Wednesday, August 18 21 08:55 am EDT)
It did not take long for the Eagle Times to break their promise about more local news in their newspaper. Most of the news is not local and there are less pages in the publication. They still have not reported the $300,000 cash settlement paid by the Claremont school districts insurance company. The E- Ticker News has also noticeably ignored that story too. Other newspaper publications have done their job and the Sullivan Report published two articles and they even published the settlement agreement itself for the public to read. The Eagle Times and the E- Ticker News are both a disgrace to journalism.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 16 21 07:16 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) Morris Administration screws up again.
2) Claremont School District Settlement Agreement update.
3) August 11, 2021 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
These articles are all published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Steven(Saturday, August 14 21 08:44 am EDT)
"Jessica B" why don't you just use your real name, Francis Gauthier? Writing style, video links and excessive use of the word marxist. It is not lost on me that the rant about education is full of spelling mistakes.
Critical Race Theory comes to Claremont. At the July 21 school meetng
the school board voted to have Fish Tank Learning in your school district.
I would like to thank the two school board members who voted against it.
If you go to https://www.fishtanklearning.org/about/our-approach/
under Standards-Aligned Materials you will see "Our curriculum is aligned to
the COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS and the MASSACHUSETTS CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS.
First of all this is Claremont (NEW HAMPSHIRE) NOT Massachusetts.
Why the hell is my children learning crap that's used in a socalist state like Massachusetts.
I was horrified to find out that they will be pushing this marxist agenda on to our children.
The 7/21/21 school board meeting link is https://reflect-claremont.cablecast.tv/CablecastPublicSite/show/11776?channel=1
At the 1:10:40 mark, I found very concerning to any parent in the school district. The fact that we have two educators that fear being blacklisted, if they speak out against it , say's everything you need to know. Watch school board member
Heather Whitney stating the concerns of people about this Fish Tank Learning, and let's just say her body language say's it all. She went on to explain The Kindergarten level curriculum will be using words such as BOYCOTT, SEGREGATION , VISCIOUS , RACISM and that this was the theme through out K through 5th grade levels.The tax payer should not be funding the indoctrination of children in this community, marxism has no place in Claremont!!!
Tom(Wednesday, August 11 21 06:00 am EDT)
Forgot to mention one thing. You would think the $300K settlement with the school district would rate headline news in the Eagle Times instead of no mention at all.
Tom(Wednesday, August 11 21 05:57 am EDT)
The so called new and improved Eagle Times with a focus on more local news is a big joke. It supposedly started on Aug. 3 but nothing really changed. Today for example no local news at all. My subscription will soon expire and I have no intention of renewing it because it is not worth the money for news I can easily get on the internet for free.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 10 21 10:07 pm EDT)
I think I will stick around for a while. Diversity of opinion is the essence of America.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, August 10 21 06:11 pm EDT)
New article published today.
Claremont School District settles lawsuit with out-of-court settlement.
Article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
BOB(Tuesday, August 10 21 05:03 pm EDT)
HEY TIM. If you want to look the other way and say "oh well" he is a nice guy and his job is hard and I wont question anything he does because I am not that bright. That's fine go ahead but some people question everything and if you don't like it to bad. This web site is not for you so gtfo. Take your sheeple mentality and go sit at the bar at Tavern and cry in your beer.
Tim M.(Tuesday, August 10 21 10:59 am EDT)
Dave, tell us all about your perfect record. Please.
Dave(Tuesday, August 10 21 10:18 am EDT)
Tim get real. Morris got caught and that's why he apologized but he did not mend his ways as he promised. That is the problem and it is still a problem no matter how you try to sugarcoat it.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 10 21 09:39 am EDT)
Mountains from mole hills. People make mistakes. Forgiveness is lost on this generation that loves to see people torn down. Have you never made a mistake Dave? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Move on. It was apologized for and the issue was fixed. We learn…we grow…we get better every day.
Dave(Tuesday, August 10 21 08:37 am EDT)
Tim thinking Morris is hiding something is an assumption solidly grounded on a foundation of his past bad actions. At the top of the list would be when he conspired with the Mayor and Asst. Mayor to hide pertinent inconvenient facts about the employee compensation study and the true cost of the merit plan raises from the other councilors and the entire public. It was all caught on video and Councilor Jon Stone saw to it that the video that was never supposed to be publicly viewed was released to the public for everyone to see. The actions of the city manager should have caused his immediate termination but nothing happened because we have a do nothing city council.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 10 21 08:04 am EDT)
John, it’s called “reply all”. And you are assuming he is trying to hide something, which may not be the case. It could be as simple as there are in fact many instances of emails that are exempt from 91-A and it takes time to make sure nothing is released. This website brings out the conspiracy theorist in everyone. It’s fun to think everyone is colluding against the citizens, but it just isn’t the case.
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, August 10 21 07:30 am EDT)
Tim, the real question is, what is Morris saying in those 8,000 emails and why doesn’t he want the public to see them ?
Doesn’t 8,000 emails seems like a lot in the span of month ?
That’s over 250 a day … seems a bit too much . That’s 25 an hour based on a 10 hour day .
I can’t imagine the City Manager having much time to conduct city business producing that large number of correspondences.
How much time and money is being wasted producing 250 emails a day would be a much better question that needs to be answered.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, August 10 21 07:12 am EDT)
Craig, how many hours of valuable City staff time should be consumed by information requests? And how many have been consumed over the past 20 years? For what? Let’s face it, there will never be a CM good enough for this group of people who would rather snicker while tearing someone down along with the City they live in than help to build something great. Leave the constant negativity and suspicion behind and do something productive, all of you.
Travis(Monday, August 09 21 10:43 am EDT)
While November is coming, so hopefully new people will run for Council seats. I understand the Mayor and the Assistant Mayor will not be seeking reelection and that is a good start in cleaning out the deadwood on the Council. I would also like to see James Contois go because he cannot even bother to go to the meetings as he hides at home all the time.
Craig(Monday, August 09 21 08:22 am EDT)
Tim, if city staff had closely read those emails before releasing them to Mr. Gauthier then those leaked emails never would have been leaked. If I recall correctly they were about ongoing union negotiations. The same is true this time. Mr. Sullivan explained quite well that the volume of emails could be whittled down significantly because there are nine city councilors and many of those emails are in all likelihood duplicate copies of the same email. City staff could have easily eliminated the duplicates and read the remaining emails to determine if any of them qualify for an exception to the right to know law, as there are only a short list of exceptions. If there are a few emails that are questionable then have those emails reviewed by the city attorney consultant instead of all 8,000 emails. What Mr. Morris is doing is excessive to the nth degree. Having over 8,000 emails with many probably duplicates reviewed by either lawyers or interns will easily create legal fees totaling thousands of dollars that the taxpayers will need to pick up the cost of and all of it is quite unnecessary. It seems obvious that Mr. Morris has something to hide within those emails and he is desperately hoping that the lawyers will choose to categorize those emails as an exception to the right to know law or redact the heck out of them so they are unreadable. At the very least Mr. Morris is stalling, several months to be exact and he does not care how much of the taxpayer’s money that he wastes to do it. Then we have a complacent group of nine councilors who all passively ignore every unprofessional action Mr. Morris and his staff does because they are too spineless to take appropriate action against the city manager.
Tim Mulligan(Monday, August 09 21 07:50 am EDT)
Michael, you’re on to something. The true costs are the incalculable lost staff hours and lost productivity due to these superfluous and incessant requests. Public accountability is of major importance but some folks have made a career of binding up the system. The only public service I see here is ensuring the staff and lawyers have adequate work to fulfill these requests.
Michael Winters(Monday, August 09 21 07:28 am EDT)
Imagine if someone submitted a right to know request for every communication with Jim Sullivan for the last 20 years including all available legal costs associated with his right to know requests. I wonder how much this website has cost the taxpayers, people that actually own property here in Claremont?
Tim Mulligan(Monday, August 09 21 07:18 am EDT)
Last time the administration released some emails they shouldn’t have and we’re made to look like fools by Mr Perfect Jim Sullivan. This time they are being careful and treated like criminals by Sullivan and gang. Maybe you should just sit back and wait for the sometimes slow gears of government to work and stop with the circus. Jumping to conclusions is never a good idea. You are wrong way more than you even know.
Gail(Monday, August 09 21 06:50 am EDT)
I noticed that when Mr. Sullivan made an error he immediately corrected it, publicly acknowledged it and graciously thanked the person who pointed it out. Rep. Merchant on the other hand arrogantly ignored his error. It seems that Rep. Merchant is more interested in politics than the truth or with treating his constituents with respect.
John J.O’Connor(Monday, August 09 21 06:05 am EDT)
The Jets will win the Super Bowl before this City Council fired the City Manager.
The hiring pool the last time the council searched was so depleted it was barely a puddle. Firing 2 City Managers, back to back , is piss poor optics and would only bring shame upon me his City with little to no hope of finding a suitable replacement.
So suck it up buttercup and enjoy the ride on the “Morris express “ because he knows he has job protection.
In regards to The Honorable Frank Guathier’s 91-A request, I am reminded of something out former City Manager was quite fond of saying , “ this doesn’t pass the smell test”.
If city administrators are not hiding something, they are acting like they are.
William(Monday, August 09 21 05:11 am EDT)
Mr. Gauthier must have unwittingly requested highly sensitive emails not excluded from the right to know law that city manager Ed Morris is desperate to hide from everyone including perhaps the city councilors whom he treats disrespectfully. Blatantly wasting thousands of dollars of taxpayer’s money on legal bills as a multi-month long delaying tactic is an obvious abuse of his authority and the city councilors are not holding Mr. Morris accountable for his outrageous actions. I am very curious as to what Mr. Morris is hiding and it is apparent that our city government is hopelessly broken. Electing new city councilors who are willing to fire the current city manager and hire an experienced, competent replacement should be the top priority of all voters in Claremont.
Rick(Sunday, August 08 21 09:44 pm EDT)
Somebody has been drinking the Morris Kool-Aid.
The Truth(Sunday, August 08 21 07:20 pm EDT)
None of you could do the job that Morris does, period. He is a true professional and a good man. Y’all are jealous arm chair quarterbacks with no clue what you are spracking off about. Get a job, ya bums.
Renee(Sunday, August 08 21 06:29 pm EDT)
I hope the Opera House receives that money for the fire sprinklers. I am glad Mr. Sullivan reported this to us because it does not seem that folks running the Eagle Times and the E- Ticker News seems to care about stuff like that. I thought the job of journalists was to inform the public not suppress news they do not care about.
Keith(Sunday, August 08 21 04:06 pm EDT)
I know many people are hoping that the council will fire Morris at the next non-public meeting later this month that Councilor Jon Stone asked for. I am not convinced that the majority of five councilors will have the guts to fire the city manager even though he very much deserves to be terminated. Of course if they do not then it makes it very clear what the voters must do vote everyone off the council that they can.
Todd(Sunday, August 08 21 02:49 pm EDT)
That is very true Gary. Using a Game of Thrones reference, most of the council members bend the knee to Ed Morris the city manager and he rules the roost at City Hall. The only way to fix this is to elect new council members.
Gary(Sunday, August 08 21 02:42 pm EDT)
The councilors should all be wearing matching t-shirts saying no bark and no bite. Truth in advertising.
Dan(Sunday, August 08 21 01:37 pm EDT)
Walter, the councilors talk a good game but it is only talk and Morris knows it that is why he does what he does he knows there will never be any consequences.
Tom(Sunday, August 08 21 12:13 pm EDT)
I know that legally there is no options to stop parking on the street but to write there are no parking concerns is absurd. I wonder if Mark Chase was told by the city administration to write that B.S. and go along with the cult-like mentality of the city government. He seems the type of person who would do that.
Lorraine(Sunday, August 08 21 11:39 am EDT)
Helping Worries Thrift Shop that is located in Claremont's downtown business district shared on What's Up Claremont their financial plight caused by the downtown Claremont project. It seems foot traffic is down significantly because of the construction project that will continue for most of the rest of this year. Our city manager Mr. Morris and Mayor Lovett have continued beating the drum that this project would revitalize downtown Claremont's business environment. They fail to realize that by closing down the few businesses that remain this construction project will achieve the exact opposite of what was promised. Claremont's government leadership leaves much to be desired.
Dennis(Sunday, August 08 21 11:22 am EDT)
I am very disappointed with our Police Chief Mark Chase. How can he not say there were any issues with cars parking on that narrow road? Isn’t the police motto to protect and serve? Mark Chase did not do that here.
Cindy(Sunday, August 08 21 10:42 am EDT)
I hope the neighbors are correct with their information and a solar farm is placed near the defunct incinerator because the alternative of the incinerator reopening is not a good one for Claremont.
Walter(Sunday, August 08 21 09:33 am EDT)
I am glad that Mr. Gauthier is trying to find out how much Mr. Morris’s antics of running up unnecessary legal fees to keeping those emails out of the hands of Mr. Gauthier and Mr. Sullivan will cost us taxpayers. The city council is so pathetically weak they cannot work up the courage to fire Mr. Morris after all the things he has done like the finance committee collusion to keep information from the councilors and the public and all the manipulation with the salary study and the merit plan changes and so many other things that would easily get anyone else fired.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, August 08 21 09:30 am EDT)
You are absolutely right about my including the wrong document (map) in my article. I have corrected the article and I thank you for pointing it out.
Map(Sunday, August 08 21 09:03 am EDT)
The property map in Article 4 is not 59 old church road, that is a map with 408 Sullivan street highlighted in red.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, August 08 21 08:01 am EDT)
Four new articles published today.
1) Former Representative Francis Gauthier seeks answers.
2) Solar Farm may be coming to 19.8 acre parcel that abuts Former Wheelabrator Incinerator site.
3) Claremont Opera House may receive infrastructure funding.
4) Claremont Zoning Board of Adjustment denies Special Exception for Riverbank Church.
These articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tim Mulligan(Friday, August 06 21 01:41 pm EDT)
“Laura” and “William” are pseudonyms or pen names. Anyone can do it.
William(Friday, August 06 21 06:10 am EDT)
Jim Sullivan does an excellent job reporting important news about Claremont. Current articles about the Sullivan County leader’s colluding to create a secret over taxation policy that has overtaxed Sullivan County taxpayers by millions of dollars for several years and how the county leaders then spent all of that money and all of the money in the county’s cash reserve were shocking revelations that have only appeared on the Sullivan Report. Local press publications the Eagle Times and the E-Ticker News have proven time and time again how compromised they are as they refuse to report any factual news that can possibly shine a negative light on any local government official except for those who do not share their liberal point of view. An excellent example is Rep. Merchant’s article that appeared in the E-Ticker News about a phony property tax increase of over two million dollars. Jim Sullivan knew it was false, contacted the Superintendent of Schools and the Finance Director set the record straight at a school board meeting. The editor of the E-Ticker News and Rep. Merchant did not have the ethics or the decency to issue a retraction or an apology. Rep. Stapleton did write a scathing article about Rep Merchant about this phony two million dollar tax increase and other misinformation spread by Rep. Merchant, which was published in the E-Ticker News but in my opinion that does not take the editor of the publication off the hook for not issuing a retraction and an apology.
Laura(Thursday, August 05 21 09:41 pm EDT)
Tim or whatever your real name is you must be a government official trying to discredit this website. The Sullivan Report breaks more factual local news than any local mainstream news publication. Jim Sullivan includes documented proof with every article so your assertion that he only gets things right 15% of the time on a good day is a baseless accusation and nothing more. Public officials see the Sullivan Report website as a threat to their political careers because unlike the local media local governments can't control or stop Jim Sullivan from researching and writing investigative journalism to keep the public informed about the truth. Tim, you may as well give up we see right through you.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, August 05 21 06:38 pm EDT)
A voice of reason in a sea of chaos. Considering Sullivan gets about 15% right on a good day, some of his followers don’t seem too bad. No one takes this website seriously…do they?
John J. O’Connor(Thursday, August 05 21 11:04 am EDT)
Tim, I completely agree.
There are times I feel like the “one eyed” man living in a blind kingdom….
Calling some of these nameless cowards weirdo’s is an understatement!
Tim Mulligan(Wednesday, August 04 21 06:31 pm EDT)
I don’t get this website. Bunch of weirdos if you ask me.
Tony Track Suit For Mayor(Wednesday, August 04 21 06:16 pm EDT)
The quality of housing hasn’t been the same since I went into hiding. Luckily for Claremont I am planning my comeback.
The Real Me(Wednesday, August 04 21 06:12 pm EDT)
I hope they open they start a development on that property. There are some big construction outfits in town that could use the work.
Mayor McCheese(Wednesday, August 04 21 06:10 pm EDT)
I am told that the incinerator will be starting a farm.
Marie(Wednesday, August 04 21 09:02 am EDT)
I hope the incinerator is not opening up again.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, August 03 21 06:04 pm EDT)
Power Investment LLC (the owner of the shuttered former Wheelabrator Incinerator in Claremont) purchases 19.8 acres of abutting property.
Article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
Brad(Monday, August 02 21 06:37 pm EDT)
I am pleased that county leaders are taking a step back in trying to scale back the costs of the County Home renovation project. I am not pleased that they are overtaxing us year after year and spending the money as quickly as they collect so that the county no longer has any cash surplus to fall back on.
Gail(Monday, August 02 21 09:41 am EDT)
I think it is terrible what Mr. Morris is doing to Mr. Gauthier. There must be something hidden in those emails that Mr. Morris does not want us to see. The councilors should order Mr. Morris to turn over the emails to Mr. Gauthier right away.
Marie(Monday, August 02 21 08:26 am EDT)
I’m glad to see that the councilors are reconsidering the planning grant for the Topstone apartment plan. Claremont needs more housing and shame on Councilor Stone for voting against more housing with the Topstone building and with Councilor Koloski’s home.
John J.O’CONNOR(Monday, August 02 21 07:33 am EDT)
Miss Vicki, I’m sure the City Manager isn’t the only person living on that street. According to those that have lived there their entire lives paving that street is long overdue, but I’m sure you can say that about a lot of streets in Claremont.
My point was, you can’t make everyone happy, someone will always feel slighted.
Ryan(Monday, August 02 21 07:06 am EDT)
The Eagle Times has a big ad in their edition today announcing that beginning on August 3 newsprint editions will be mailed to customers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with a focus on local news. There is a new general manager by the name of Debra Collier so maybe she was brought in to give the Eagle Times a complete makeover. It is certainly long-overdue. I wonder if the company will hire new reporters to cover local news as the one currently doing it in Claremont is just not up to par in my opinion. His wife working for the city in a semi-high level position is an obvious conflict of interest that seems to be ignored at the Eagle Times at least so far.
Vicki(Monday, August 02 21 06:58 am EDT)
Mr. O'Connor, I think the reason why more people are upset about the roads chosen this year to be paved is because the city manager chose his road and his neighborhood to be given the best paving in the city for this year. This neighborhood is also where the assistant mayor lives. Mayor Lovett is obsessed with the optics of everything yet she does not say a word about how bad this all looks. In my humble opinion Mr. Morris took advantage of his authority as city manager to do for himself at the expense of everyone else. This is inexcusable but it seems to be acceptable behavior to the city councilors and that puts into question their character.
John J.O’Connor(Sunday, August 01 21 07:21 pm EDT)
It doesn’t matter what road gets paved, people will be angry if it’s not their road.
Jim… why isn’t Frank taking legal action? It’s clear the city is violating the law by not providing the public documents in a timely manner.
Wayne McElreavy(Sunday, August 01 21 04:40 pm EDT)
I can't explain why Old High Bridge Road was or wasn't on any paving lists, but out of curiosity, I took a ride on it today. If Old High Bridge Road isn't the worst road in Claremont, I'd like to know what is.
Donk(Sunday, August 01 21 03:55 pm EDT)
So why did they cut the notches on Sugar River Drive last year?
It's not even on the list for paving so why were thousands spent cutting and then refilling if the intention is to let Sugar River go to pot.The gravel hard curve makes me think I'm living in Guatemala or Columbia.It's really shameful to waste work and money and time on a half assed patch that's already a hazard.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, August 01 21 12:24 pm EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) City Manager Ed Morris and his Administration continues to stall regarding the release of municipal emails!
2) July 28 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
3) County Officials form Ad Hoc Committee for County Home Renovation Project.
These articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
The Messenger(Sunday, August 01 21 10:43 am EDT)
“ This is the Lord’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at my word.”
Isaiah 66:2 CSB
Bruce(Wednesday, July 28 21 04:18 pm EDT)
Relating to a comment recently posted in Mostly uncensored.
Mostly uncensored, are u trying to make the Mayor uncomfortable ? lol.
Me(Wednesday, July 28 21 12:58 pm EDT)
Understand that Section 8 Vouchers are not the same as subsidized housing. Subsidized housing for , say, low-income tenants are units whose rents are adjusted specifically for people earning 30% or less of the median income. Some units may be designated for incomes of 30% , some for 20%, some for 10%.
Section 8 are vouchers. They are distributed through Federal Housing programs, like the Claremont Housing Authority.
Now, the CHA is moving away from tenant-based vouchers, where the money follows the tenant, to housing-based vouchers. "Housing-based vouchers" attach to the apartment unit, so it benefits whoever lives there. This also keeps tenants from leaving a community with a voucher.
Anyway, the CHA has attached every apartment in Marion Phillips to a Secion 8 housing voucher.. BUT CHA has a few more that it wanted to attach to other units in Claremont (to convert all its vouchers to housing-based ones).
CHA wanted to attach these to, I recall, around 8-10 units in the Goddard block. The City Council blocked this.
In short, Secion 8 vouchers are really a separate conversation from affordable housing projects.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, July 28 21 08:49 am EDT)
Catalytic Converter theft disables entire Southwestern Community Services Bus fleet.
Police Press Release posted on the News Flashes page of this website..
The Messenger(Tuesday, July 27 21 07:57 pm EDT)
Woke cancel culture mob mentality
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, July 27 21 05:17 pm EDT)
Ron, it’s my understanding that the money was used to level fund the budget.
I have not heard anyone allege any criminal behavior so yes, I’d classify that as another mistake.
All mistakes can be rectified at the ballot box.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 27 21 04:33 pm EDT)
Topstone Building CDBG Planning Grant Application Update.
Article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
Ron(Tuesday, July 27 21 01:13 pm EDT)
John, when Gary Merchant looked the other way when the over taxation policy was created a few years ago or when all the surplus cash was spent was those honest mistakes too?
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, July 27 21 08:38 am EDT)
Everyone is entitled to make a mistake.
Let’s give Rep. Merchant a chance to correct the record. I’ve had a few conversations with Mr. Merchant and he seems to be stand up guy who would never state information he knowingly knew was false or misleading.
In today’s society, it’s so easy to cancel someone without ever giving them an opportunity to explain.
Let’s give Rep.Merchant the respect he deserves and let his explain his position on the issue before he is “cancelled “.
Alex(Tuesday, July 27 21 08:28 am EDT)
If Gary Merchant had any integrity whatsoever he would resign his House seat. All of the things he has done is inexcusable.
Shawn(Tuesday, July 27 21 06:57 am EDT)
The four councilors who voted against the application needs to pull their head out of their asses and start voting for what is best for Claremont and one of those things is new housing. They can start by reversing their vote on the Topstone CDBG application.
The Messenger(Monday, July 26 21 09:04 am EDT)
All of you, vote, run for office, and/or get involved. Complaining on the internet is pointless.
Mark(Monday, July 26 21 08:33 am EDT)
I know the owners of the Topstone property got one hell of a tax break but that is in the past and we need to look to Claremont’s future and Claremont will not have a future if we do not create workforce housing fast.
Dave(Monday, July 26 21 07:33 am EDT)
I hope the councilors reconsider and approve the application for the Topstone apartment project because Claremont needs workforce housing and 48 apartments would be a great start. The four councilors who voted against this application need to put aside their personal feelings and do the right thing for Claremont.
The Messenger(Monday, July 26 21 06:37 am EDT)
““Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 ESV
Jeanette(Monday, July 26 21 06:18 am EDT)
Mr. Merchant, playing politics with our lives is not ethical! You do not deserve to hold public office.
Donna(Sunday, July 25 21 08:51 pm EDT)
I can’t believe a state representative would scare people like that and not care about the consequences. Is Rep. Merchant really so dumb that he did not think that anyone would notice that his $2.1 million tax hike was a work of fiction?
Brad(Sunday, July 25 21 06:25 pm EDT)
The Topstone thing is a hot mess and it will probably land Claremont in court again with another case we can’t win. Great job councilors!
Ryan(Sunday, July 25 21 04:38 pm EDT)
I wonder what the asst. superintendent did to get the bums rush out the door? The high school principal still has her job after the incident with the special education student and the upcoming court case. So what gives?
Keith(Sunday, July 25 21 02:43 pm EDT)
Representative Merchant and his cronies have taken advantage of Sullivan County residents for several years. Mr. Sullivan did a fantastic job exposing their secret policy of overtaxing citizens to create a political war chest for themselves, which they in turn spent along with all the rest of the cash surplus at the county’s disposal. So what do Sullivan County residents have to show after millions of dollars was spent? Not a damn thing! Merchant and his cronies have to go!
William(Sunday, July 25 21 02:34 pm EDT)
There are so many things wrong with the City of Claremont. Unless you are the city manager and the assistant mayor, you can forget about getting your residential neighborhood well paved anytime soon. Now city councilors O’Hearne, Demars, Contois & Stone are joining forces to crush any potential economic development in Claremont by stopping affordable housing projects so we can keep the businesses we have here and hopefully attract more to bring in jobs to our community. It seems bad leadership is not just in the county government but it is also in the city and the school governments as well and it is time for the voters to be more vigilant and selective as to whom they pick to represent them.
Kate(Sunday, July 25 21 01:10 pm EDT)
I did not reach out to Mr. Sullivan when I read Representative Merchant’s shocking article in the E-Ticker News about a forthcoming property tax increase of over $2.1 million. My husband does not read the E-Ticker News but he did read the article when I told him about the $2.1 million property tax increase. We have a young family and we are struggling to get by with the growing tax burdens in Claremont. It is such a beautiful community to live in but we are beginning to wonder how much longer we can afford to stay here. Representative Merchant’s article caused us to worry over this past week about how we were going to meet future expenses and my husband was all excited this morning when he read in today’s Sullivan Report article that there would be no tax increase of over $2.1 million. What a relief, thank you Mr. Sullivan for looking into the matter and seeing to it that the matter was set straight and informing the public with the truth and not the political rhetoric of a misguided politician. Representative Merchant you should be deeply ashamed of yourself.
Todd(Sunday, July 25 21 12:13 pm EDT)
Richard, you are right, those four councilors are letting their personal biases cloud their minds and they are making poor decisions that will negatively affect our community. This may even end up in court as the owners of the Topstone building have obviously been discriminated against by these four councilors with a personal bias, who are preventing the property owners from receiving a CDBG grant that is available to everyone else who qualifies as they do. Mr. Sullivan proved that in his in-depth article last week.
Richard(Sunday, July 25 21 10:28 am EDT)
What a mess with the Topstone building. I understand that some of the councilors are upset with past events, but they need to stop letting their personal feelings get in the way of good decisions. Mr. Sullivan’s article last week was very informative and thought inspiring because he maturely separated the past emotional upheaval of the inexcusable tax breaks and property assessment reductions of the past municipal administration from what is important today, which is Claremont’s desperate need for new affordable housing. I watched on WMUR Channel 9 this morning a business interview about the statewide housing shortage that has developed into a statewide crisis. Vacancies in 2011 were just a hair under 4% and today they are less than 1% and rental prices are rising because of supply and demand that are pricing out of the rental market average working families making for a very tight rental market. 48 new affordable housing units in Claremont would be a wonderful thing. Cleaning up a hazardous, toxic, run down property to create those 48 new affordable housing units is a big win-win outcome. Mr. Morris and Mrs. Merrill both said that local employers are struggling to find new employees because the potential new employees cannot find affordable housing in Claremont. We may lose businesses currently located in Claremont because of this employee shortage that is compounded by the affordable housing shortage. Councilor Debora Matteau is in the local real estate rental business and she said that there is virtually no apartment vacancies in Claremont. So how can Councilors Andrew O’Hearne, Michael Demars, James Contois and Jonathan Stone be so inflexible about creating 48 new affordable housing units because they hold some sort of grudge against the property owner of the Topstone building? These four Councilors are not representing Claremont’s best interests in regards to this important matter.
Gail(Sunday, July 25 21 09:45 am EDT)
I read Patrick Adrian’s account of events and then I read Jim Sullivan’s much more comprehensive account of the three high-level school officials leaving the SAU #6 employee roster and the Assistant Superintendent’s sudden resignation is very disconcerting. I know that the two school principals are a married couple, so perhaps they are just leaving to earn more money elsewhere. The Assistant Superintendent seems to be another matter. As she told Patrick Adrian that she could not talk about her reasons for leaving, it suggests that this is a personnel issue, and possibly another imminent lawsuit against the Claremont School District. The Assistant Superintendent also said that she does not want to leave and she hopes her absence is only temporarily. Patrick Adrian missed the important piece of information that Donna Magoon’s new Assistant Superintendent job at the Milford school district is a temporary interim position. This seems to suggest that something has happened and that she needs to make yourself scarce from SAU #6, at least for a while. There is definitely more to this story.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, July 25 21 07:27 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) With a Representative like Gary Merchant who needs enemies?
2) The Assistant Superintendent of SAU #6 resigns!
3) Will the Council reconsider the Topstone Building CDBG planning grant study application?
These articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Buddy Horn(Saturday, July 24 21 12:02 pm EDT)
The only person McNutt drove out of town was himself.
Wyatt Earp(Friday, July 23 21 07:13 pm EDT)
There’s a new Sheriff in town.
John Donahue(Thursday, July 22 21 04:43 pm EDT)
Tony S, speak for yourself. McNutt drove out all the slumlords.
Tony S(Thursday, July 22 21 05:46 am EDT)
Jim needs to do a full investigation of the slum lords in town. It’s our biggest issue.
Editor in Chief(Thursday, July 22 21 05:40 am EDT)
Who is Mr. Sullivan? The readers are demanding to know.
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, July 20 21 09:09 pm EDT)
Listen to the message, not the messenger.
Johnny Claremont AKA insider(Tuesday, July 20 21 07:44 pm EDT)
What is Sullivan’s motivation? Does he have a full time job? Does he own property in Claremont? No one knows. It’s a mystery.
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, July 20 21 04:03 pm EDT)
Interesting perspective Jim. It pains me to say this, but I think you’re right and the city could be liable.
Some councilors used past history to make their decision, besides showing bias towards wealthy investors they failed to take the emotion out of a business decision.
No housing would ever be built in the Topstone building if there is a dangerous contamination problem, that I am certain.
As I see it, it would not have hurt the city to cooperate with the landlord but now it might hurt the city financially in the long run.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 20 21 08:40 am EDT)
July 14 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Guy(Monday, July 19 21 09:09 am EDT)
Leave Jim alone, he’s on vacation!!
Question everything(Sunday, July 18 21 08:49 am EDT)
Is the author of this website a property owner in the City/County?
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, July 13 21 07:56 am EDT)
I wasn’t aware there was any controversy with the COH?
I thought in 2019, they did a great job in bringing entertaining shows to Claremont.
Hopefully that will continue in 2021.
Richard(Tuesday, July 13 21 06:45 am EDT)
Looking at the paving schedule Mr. Sullivan published in his paving matrix article I noticed that only the left side of Maple Ave. will be paved in 2024/2025. Is Maple Ave. like a Twix candy bar? Does only the left side matter? Just think how horrible it will be to have the left half appear nice and the right side look rotten. Hell of a statement to show community pride. This is what we pay high taxes for? When are the city councilors going to wake up and fire this moron of a city manager?
Phaedra Laushance(Monday, July 12 21 04:33 pm EDT)
I am inviting anyone, especially Mr. Sullivan, to the annual Claremont Opera House meeting July 20, 2021 from 6 to 9pm. Seating will be in the audience.
There are some very interesting things that will be brought forward that the public should know, and weigh in on whether aspects of what are covered should go forward or not. I have no hesitation in responding to any questions asked beforehand, as I currently reside in the board for the rest of the 2020-2021 season.
I believe the tax papers and the patrons should know and be involved in what happens at COH.
I have been asked to resign, but I feel the public should know what is going on there.
Donk(Monday, July 12 21 02:16 pm EDT)
The Topstone Bldg. becoming section 8 apartments would be nearly impossible.
It needs a $100,000 roof
It would need $100,000 for lead and asbestos abatement.
It would probably cost $50,000 to dispose of the lead and asbestos debris removed .
You would have to strip 10-15' deep the surrounding soil containing heavy metals and arsenic,and God knows what else.Who would accept this tainted soil to be dumped in their neighborhood?
Then you would need to truck in thousands of yards of clean material to replace the poison stuff.
The plumbing is more than likely lead throughout the building and you would need massive changes in the plumbing structure to accommodate proper plumbing and waste for 48? apartments- cost $100-$150,000 which would not include larger waste pipes to street,electric and internet lines which should be underground in this and age
Does the Topstone have 2 modern elevators?
sprinkler system throughout another $100,000.
ADA compliant everything from street to roof.Additional fire egress would be quite expensive because yo would need 2-3 fire escapes for every single floor.Giant air conditioning units for the safety of elderly and handicapped persons, especially on the upper floors.In the summer the brick and stone contains the heat even overnight.You would have to beef up the infrastructure to support large a/c units.
On the city side you would need larger delivery pipes for water and larger waste pipes.I'm not familiar with the capacity of Claremont's wastewater treatment facilities.I do know that nothing was expanded when the apartments on Pleasant Street went in.They may be already over capacity far safe water treatment.
You would need more police,more firemen,more waste and water personnel
The jail is already built to handle the added capacity,although juvenile facilities as well as mental breakdown care is non-existent in Claremont or the surrounding area.The price we we pay for no income tax state.
Also because this is a no income tax state any and all grants are pretty much a joke and many require matching funds that we do not have.
The school situation would absolutly explode, especially considering the social distancing.We would need to actually build more schools to accomodate the additional students as well as bi-lingual teachers in every subject in every grade.
This is for a building that I would bet a dollar to a doughnut that is delinquent once again after the huge bailout thanks to our room temperature previous City Manager.
This idea of turning the Topstone into apartments is beyond retarded.We can't even pave the roads that we have in the correct way.
Paul(Sunday, July 11 21 09:27 pm EDT)
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
Romans 13:1 ESV
William(Sunday, July 11 21 04:23 pm EDT)
The problem is that our elected leaders marginalize their constituency by looking at us as nothing more than cash cows to be used to pursue their political agenda at our expense through taxation. At least with the city council here in Claremont it appears we have a few representatives that want to do what is best for the community at large but it is unfortunate that we still do not appear to have a majority of councilors that feel that way. With the county representation even though there are two political factions they seem to come together as one when it comes to keeping the over taxation policy that has been in place for the last three going on four years a secret from their entire constituency. They also colluded to hide the depletion of the county's cash surplus from the entire citizenry. All of the county leadership have proven themselves unworthy of our faith, trust and continued support.
Ryan(Sunday, July 11 21 02:55 pm EDT)
I cannot believe that the city councilors are such mindless sheep that they would think that the matrix for paving was legit. We need new leaders in the city and with the county.
Dennis(Sunday, July 11 21 01:36 pm EDT)
Ferland's refusal to answer the question proves that Sullivan has been right all along about the over taxation and the county's cash savings account being flat broke. Morris is hiding things too about how his road got chosen to be paved when so many others did not and I am very curious to find out what's so secret about these emails that he's trying to get a lawyer to say they cannot be released to the public. Both Morris and Ferland should be fired.
Kevin(Sunday, July 11 21 12:02 pm EDT)
Morris doesn't want Gauthier and Sullivan to have those emails. I wonder what's in them that has him so worried? Ferland doesn't want Sullivan to have the right number for the FY 21 cash withdrawal from the cash surplus account so we will all know what's left in the county's piggy bank. Morris doesn't want the councilors to know how they matrix formula for paving really works. I don't think it works at all and it is something that Morris and his stooges came up with after Councilor Matteau made a public stink about it. What these things show all of us is that Ferland and Morris have a lot of secrets they do not want the public to know about and it probably stems from their inability to manage anything without screwing it up. Ferland seems to be protecting the commissioners and the delegates but I do not think Morris is doing the same thing for the councilors but who knows.
Craig(Sunday, July 11 21 11:05 am EDT)
Sullivan County leaders are a bunch of sleazy bureaucrats and politicians. They overtax us and spend all of the money leaving the county broke and broken. The paving matrix is just something that Mr. Morris cooked up to justify his street being paved with top shelf paving first before every other street in Claremont that deserve paving more. Claremont's government is just as corrupt as the government in Sullivan County.
Tom(Sunday, July 11 21 09:45 am EDT)
The county manager definitely has something to hide. He does not want it out there that the county representatives pissed away millions of dollars of cash surplus in only four years. Their combined bad leadership is going to cost taxpayers dearly in the near future. At least now thanks to the Sullivan Report we have a heads up about it. If it was left up to the Eagle Times or the E- Ticker News we never would have known a damn thing about any of it.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, July 11 21 08:16 am EDT)
Four new articles published today.
1) Sullivan County Cover-Up!
2) Morris Administration continues to stall regarding the release of emails!
3) Morris Administration's Paving Matrix is a pathetic joke played on the Citizens of Claremont!
4) Council to vote on a $25,000 Community Development Block Grant for a planning study for 48 potential new housing units in the Topstone Building!
All of these articles can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
Solomon(Saturday, July 10 21 05:37 pm EDT)
“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”
John J.O’Connor(Friday, July 09 21 08:50 am EDT)
I’d like to give a huge shout out and thank you to the Claremont Community Center for the fantastic fireworks display.
I’d also like to thank Director Mark Breslin for the foresight to cancel the display on the 4th and to reschedule for the 5th…. Great call.
On this site, everyone is so quick to criticize the community center, it’s only fair to give people hem credit for making a excellent decision.
Thank you Director Breslin.
Socrates(Wednesday, July 07 21 06:45 am EDT)
In Ancient Greece, Socrates had a great reputation of wisdom. One day, someone came to find the great philosopher and said to him:
- Do you know what I just heard about your friend?
- A moment, replied Socrates. Before you tell me, I would like to test you the three sieves.
- The three sieves?
- Yes, continued Socrates. Before telling anything about the others, it's good to take the time to filter what you mean. I call it the test of the three sieves. The first sieve is the TRUTH. Have you checked if what you're going to tell me is true?
- No, I just heard it.
- Very good! So, you don't know if it's true. We continue with the second sieve, that of KINDNESS. What you want to tell me about my friend, is it good?
- Oh, no! On the contrary.
- So, questioned Socrates, you want to tell me bad things about him and you're not even sure they're true? Maybe you can still pass the test of the third sieve, that of UTILITY. Is it useful that I know what you're going to tell me about this friend?
- No, really.
- So, concluded Socrates, what you were going to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor useful. Why, then, did you want to tell me this?
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, July 06 21 02:44 pm EDT)
Tony… so sorry to disappoint you.
Tony(Tuesday, July 06 21 11:48 am EDT)
Well John, what I really wanted was for you to confront people here waiting for a Judicial process. Oh well, you will find another way to embarrass your self.
Brian(Tuesday, July 06 21 08:31 am EDT)
That over taxation policy printed right on the Ferland's budget recommendation is mind blowing. To say no over taxation is done by the county representatives when they have a policy in place to do that very thing is such a violation of trust. We need new representation because the representatives we have now cannot be trusted.
Dave(Tuesday, July 06 21 08:04 am EDT)
It seems obvious that our elected officials no longer care about the constituents that they are supposed to serve. Perhaps they never did. Their tax and spend political agenda comes first every time and we are simply the means to fund their political agenda.
Jennifer(Tuesday, July 06 21 06:59 am EDT)
I cannot believe that no one in the County delegation tried to put a stop to this over taxation policy or the spending of all of the cash reserves before it was too late and now the money is all gone. Any one of them could have gone public and put this in the public spotlight and that may have pumped the brakes on this disaster. Their silence makes them just as responsible if they voted for the budget spending or not.
Steve(Monday, July 05 21 03:31 pm EDT)
Budget figures are routinely manipulated. Government documents are changed after the fact to frame a new narrative when the old narrative is no longer convenient. There is a hidden disclaimer on the county website that none of the information created by county administrators may be correct. County officials boldly lied to the public about no over-taxation happening when there has been a secret county government policy to purposefully over-tax the public by at least $750,000-$1 million each year for the past several years. County officials have completely cleaned out a surplus cash account that is supposed to retain $3.1 million all the time for emergencies. County officials are now beginning to wipe out other cash reserve accounts until they are all cleaned out. If it was not for the Sullivan Report the public would still be in the dark about what our county government officials are really doing and how their secret actions are hurting all of us. If these people worked for a private company they would all be facing certain job termination and possible jail sentences. Because they work for the county government they may get a pay raise, promoted or as least keep their present positions as if nothing happened. The only people that create a much needed change are the voters.
Paul(Monday, July 05 21 01:49 pm EDT)
This over taxation scheme cooked up and executed by the county manager and his henchmen the county commissioners and his rubberstamp, drone followers on the county delegation is beyond belief. Heads should roll because of this unforgivable breach of ethics and trust but will they since the delegates and the commissioners were all co-conspirators of this over taxation scheme.
Matt(Monday, July 05 21 11:15 am EDT)
I am very disappointed with my county representation here in Claremont. The commissioners and representatives have all failed every man, woman and child in Claremont and Sullivan County. At the end of fiscal year 2017, the county was on a strong financial foundation but since Derek Ferland took over it all turned to shit in just a few years. Jim Sullivan is right about it not being Ferland’s fault because entirely because the elected leaders went along with the secret over taxation policy and all of the spending plans that have pissed away the county’s entire cash surplus in four years. What do we have to show for it? Not a damn thing.
Richard(Monday, July 05 21 10:32 am EDT)
Constantly changing budget numbers, altering a document previously filed with the state of NH, a hidden policy of premeditated over taxation of the Sullivan County citizenry and slapping a disclaimer on a government information website claiming that none of the information on the Sullivan County website can be trusted for accuracy, creates a very disturbing picture of a County Government leadership that cannot be trusted under any circumstances. That leadership includes the county manager and elected leaders alike. The voters of Sullivan County need to elect new leaders at every opportunity. It is our only option.
Janice(Monday, July 05 21 09:12 am EDT)
While at Sunday services, I first heard about how our elected leaders have bankrupted the Sullivan County government over the last 4 years and I was mystified as to how this could have been kept a secret for so long. I thought at least some of our elected representatives were honorable, fine, decent people but it appears that I was wrong. They represent everything that is wrong with government, as they abuse their public office for their own political ends at the taxpayer’s expense. I will never trust or vote for any of our contemporary representatives ever again.
Alex(Monday, July 05 21 07:41 am EDT)
I believe a housecleaning of everyone from the County Manager to the department directors to the Commissioners and Representatives is necessary to retake our county government for the people and try to restore some fiscal restraint to our county government’s operation.
Laura(Monday, July 05 21 05:55 am EDT)
I do not appreciate being lied to and I feel that is exactly what Joe Osgood and Derek Ferland did to everyone when they were denouncing Mr. Sullivan’s article about the overtaxing when Mr. Sullivan supplied more than ample proof including audit documents that the large end of fiscal year budget surpluses did indeed happen. Mr. Osgood and Mr. Ferland must have known about the secret overtaxing policy enacted by the county government and neither of them said a word about it. county leaders were not only using the overtaxing policy to overtax all of us by up to one million dollars every year they greatly exceeded that overtaxing by millions of dollars and they all shut up about it as they took advantage of all of us. I will never trust either one of them or any of the other county leaders ever again and neither should anyone else.
Gail(Monday, July 05 21 05:23 am EDT)
I know Derek Ferland bears responsibility for this mess but I also believe that John Cloutier and his tightknit band of Democrats also bear responsibility. I also blame the Republicans who have sat back and allowed this financial disaster happen and in some instances have played an active role in the rampant, uncheck spending and the institution of this heinous over taxation policy. None of them deserves to be in the positions that they presently hold as they have violated the public’s trust forever.
Dennis(Sunday, July 04 21 06:55 pm EDT)
William is right, Jesse Levine was a terrific County Manager and I believe everyone who read Jim Sullivan’s articles that exposed the disastrous current condition of Sullivan County’s finances will agree that her successor Derek Ferland and all of the Commissioners and the Representatives who all had a hand in creating this financial disaster all need to go. The sooner the better.
John J.O’Connor(Sunday, July 04 21 05:26 pm EDT)
Great article…..Looks like a line drive up the middle for another base hit!
Todd(Sunday, July 04 21 04:34 pm EDT)
To me this article today proves how corrupt our county government have become, so many of our elected officials are looked upon as pillars of their community, and we now can see them for the hypocrites they really are.
BOB(Sunday, July 04 21 03:12 pm EDT)
Maybe a forensic audit of the counties books are in order?
William(Sunday, July 04 21 02:49 pm EDT)
Wow what an incredible expose. It just boggles the mind how devious and conniving the folks are who manage Sullivan County’s finances. Derek Ferland’s predecessor Jesse Levine tragically passed away last week and I was blessed to have known her as an acquaintance during her years as manager of Sullivan County. She was a true treasure, a talented administrator and a warm and genuine people person; you just could not help but like the young lady. Mr. Ferland on the other hand is Jesse’s complete opposite, as he has completely annihilated Sullivan County’s multimillion dollar cash reserve in just four years. Now the cash reserve accounts are being ransacked to the point that all of Sullivan County’s undesignated fund balance and cash reserves will soon be as bare as Mother Hubbard’s empty cupboards. Now that virtually all of the spare cash the County government had was spent by spendthrift politicians the only remaining revenue stream will be greatly increased property taxation to maintain the bloated Sullivan County government as it’s bureaucracy continues to grow and grow with no foreseeable end in sight. This is a financial tsunami of epic proportion.
Tom(Sunday, July 04 21 02:19 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan’s expose of the Sullivan County government’s duplicitous business practices is phenomenal. A terrific example of keen investigative journalism. Previous articles in this series of exposes about the over taxation of our citizens throughout the county was mind blowingly shocking but today’s expose about the county’s website disclaimer, over taxation policy and the complete draining of Sullivan County’s cash reserves by a colluding syndicate of county officials is even more shocking. Sullivan County’s leadership is a disgrace as they have terribly failed all of us.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, July 04 21 01:29 pm EDT)
Linda Ford the Administrator of Claremont’s Mostly Uncensored Page on Facebook did an editorial cartoon regarding today's Sullivan Report exposé about the Sullivan County Government's taxation practices. It is quite funny and spot on and with her permission I posted it on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, July 04 21 11:12 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Sullivan County Official's self-described "Perfect Storm" is really a Financial Tsunami!
2) Claremont City Council approves all municipal budgets.
Both articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J. O’Connor(Sunday, July 04 21 09:36 am EDT)
Tony…. Ohhh I’m sorry, I thought you wanted to have a serious conversation about immigration, now I see all you want to do is play word games.
For the record, all those that illegally crossed the border to seek asylum and were place on buses and sent all around the country are still “ illegal aliens” until they have a hearing and a judge decides if the meet the criteria for asylum.
For the people I have seen, this has not occurred in the State of New Hampshire.
Just sit back and watch the influx but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
tony(Sunday, July 04 21 09:20 am EDT)
OK John, you described the process to seek asylum which would make them here in a legal status? I guess speaking Spanish makes you 'illegal'?
John J.O’Connor(Thursday, July 01 21 08:43 pm EDT)
Tony, I’m certain those I have seen speaking Spanish, locally, in our stores, are here under Biden’s immigration policy.
I recently read an article in the New York Times that reported those that were seeking asylum at our southern border are quickly processed and sent all over the country.
It was also reported that non profit and religious organizations are offering housing for families.
If this is the case in Claremont, the school district needs to know so they can be prepared for the influx of non English speaking students.
tony(Thursday, July 01 21 07:37 pm EDT)
John maybe you need to step up and pull a citizens arrest of these illegals you keep seeing. Apparently no one else can find them.
Perry(Wednesday, June 30 21 07:29 pm EDT)
The Sullivan Report must have hit a nerve, “Jimmy Olsen” is upset.
Adrian(Wednesday, June 30 21 04:01 pm EDT)
The short version of my previous post:
1. I asked questions as a Claremont taxpayer, not a reporter.
2. Even if I had written an article, what difference does it make if a reporter asked the questions in a public meeting or by phone?
3. I did not make a single accusation. I laid out the facts, explained where there could be a potential concern and asked three questions to satisfy any public concern.
If anything I did a public service. We received a promise by the councilor that he will not seek a contract within the next five years if opportunity arises. That should make the public feel more at ease regarding his role in a council discussion
Adrian(Wednesday, June 30 21 03:51 pm EDT)
Dear Mr. Sullivan,
I wish to correct your fallacious claim that I compromised my ethics as a journalist at the meeting last week.
First, I did not write a story on the subject, as it soon became overshadowed in importance by the budget debate.
Second, note that, unlike you, I did not issue a personal speculation. I stated the simple facts and noted that the situation creates “bad optics”. I even acknowledged that it made sense that an IT owner would have a knowledge and experience to lead a review in this budgetary area. My concern was (a) the public perception and (b) ensuring there was no intent for a city councilor to later take advantage of a financial opportunity he or she helped create.
On that last item, explain why I am wrong to be concerned? Does that not concern you as well?
If this had been, say, Nick Koloski, I am certain you would have spun it into the scandal of the century. What difference does the individual counselor make?
I expressed my concern and asked my questions as a citizen. I was satisfied by Councilor Demar’s response. Had I written an article I also would have included his response, rather than paint some speculative sensationalism.
I may return to the story if or when the council starts talking about IT services in earnest.
But don’t you dare say I committed an ethical misstep. I am a Claremont citizen and taxpayer and am in my right to act in that manner outside my job.
Tony(Tuesday, June 29 21 05:27 pm EDT)
Bob what you described is that the city has too many people. That is different than contact service. If you have less work than a full time position then you will out source it. By the way, 40k is too low for IT professionals.
BOB(Tuesday, June 29 21 05:03 pm EDT)
Tony, I disagree If you are Paying 2 people 40k a year plus benefits for IT services, and a company can do the same job and provide the same service for 50k a year I would say we are saving money. People cost money, and benefits and time off and sick pay, and no show for bad weather. When companies loose money what is the first thing they do. LAYOFF's just look at Whelen
Tony(Tuesday, June 29 21 01:04 pm EDT)
The panacea of outsourcing is a fools choice. If you have enough work to hire employees and property train them, your in house costs will be less. Remember the outside company is doing the work for a profit. Typically 20%. If you are offered a low price to outsource, typically it means you are not efficient as an in-house department. Or the contracts are not for all of work you are currently doing. Get the bids. Then take a critical look at your departments performance. That is when you can actually save money and get even lower than the contracts as you don’t need to pay a profit.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, June 28 21 08:47 pm EDT)
Bob… those illegal immigrants I am seeing I’m sure are a part of the Biden’s administration’s immigration policy.
I’m certain those that are here are scheduled for a hearing.
BOB(Monday, June 28 21 06:00 pm EDT)
John O'Connor, I respectfully disagree. If there are Illegals in the school system they need to be removed and reported to ICE. My tax dollars are not paying for Illegals in any way shape or form period!!!!!
Donk(Monday, June 28 21 01:38 pm EDT)
The paving is nearly done?
2 years ago the city cut notches in the road on Sugar River Drive.All that summer the people living on the street complained about how hard going over these notches was on their cars.The city came back and said they didn't have the money to pave Sugar River Dr. that year.Well now,here we are a year later and still no paving.Will we ever have the money to pave Sugar River Drive?
Many potholes were filled this year,and I appreciate that,however the half-assed job on the sharp corner towards the beginning of the street done with gravel is already a disaster.Somebody is going to get hurt or killed coming around that corner.Drivers are trying their best to avoid deep holes in the street,even to the point of crossing the center putting people coming in opposite direction in jeopardy.It is a blind,dangerous corner and must be fixed.The lawsuits that will ensue after an accident will far outweigh the expense of paving this curve correctly.
Francis(Monday, June 28 21 07:12 am EDT)
Morris manipulating public policy to allow the transfer of wealth from the uninformed, unrepresented, forgotten Claremont taxpayers to the Claremont Socialist welfare/sanctuary crusade. This is allowed to happen without the taxpayer’s knowledge or consent due to the lack of transparency by the city bureaucracy, While ignoring RSA 91-A Right to Know Law
91-A:1 Preamble. – Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people.
and the New Hampshire Constitution. [Art.] 8. [Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know.] All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted. The public also has a right to an orderly, lawful, and accountable government.
Mike(Monday, June 28 21 06:17 am EDT)
I'm glad to see some of the councilors finally step up and represent us for a change. Cutting payroll cost would be a great start. Patrick Adrian really hurt his credibility as a reporter. When are councilors going to realize that Morris is bad news and needs to be fired? At least a majority of five seem to want to be leaders but to be leaders you have to make tough choices and follow through, firing Morris should be an easy decision.
Tom(Monday, June 28 21 05:52 am EDT)
It is nice to see that at least some of the city councilors are willing to look at things differently about how city services are provided with our tax dollars. Closing the transfer station, eliminating budget funding for jobs that have not been filled for quite some time and outsourcing all of the municipal services that Claremont's city government can if it creates cost savings for the taxpayers are all ideas that Jim Sullivan suggested to the councilors in writing before this budget process began. I am very happy that so many city councilors agree that they are all good ideas and they have taken those ideas, embraced them and intend to run with the ball and look into it and in time make it happen. That would truly be a wonderful thing for our great community.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, June 27 21 09:25 pm EDT)
Five new articles published today.
1) What is the Morris Administration trying to hide? The sequel.
2) Sparks fly at the June 22 special City Council budget meeting.
3) June 23 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
4) Damren's Facebook rant.
5) City Manager Morris eliminates Zoom City Council meeting access for citizens!
These articles are all published on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J O’Connor(Saturday, June 26 21 09:14 pm EDT)
Miller… I wish it was that simple.
If Church organizations in Claremont are sponsoring illegal immigrants, city and school administrations must be notified so they are not caught off guard come September.
An influx of school age illegal immigrants will pose language issues and the school system will have to provide interrupters and bi-lingual Classes.
That takes time to prepare for.
Miller(Saturday, June 26 21 04:29 pm EDT)
Yeah, the Biden administration.
John J. O’Connor(Saturday, June 26 21 03:33 pm EDT)
A quick question…. Is it me or does it seem there are quite a few non English speaking people newly arrived in Claremont ?
Does anyone know of any organizations sponsoring illegal immigrants?
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, June 23 21 05:56 am EDT)
June 9 Council meeting synopsis.
The article is published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, June 21 21 06:29 am EDT)
Marathon Council budget session yields no decisions.
The article is published on the News Flashes page of this website.
tony(Thursday, June 17 21 05:38 pm EDT)
Rick, the reason this website is ignored is that Jim does not practice journalism, and he allows anonymous users to freely attack politicians, individuals and local businesses with impunity. When he attacks a council member, they have no recourse. When he allows users to spread rumors and lies on the forum, they can't even confront the accusers. In this case, he won't even engage the group he is attacking in actual dialog to learn the truth. This is Jimbo's therapy for having lost an election years ago and revenge against anyone more successful than he is.
BOB(Thursday, June 17 21 05:34 pm EDT)
HEY RICK you hit the nail on the head. If they hated Jim and this site so much why do the come on here. OH right they need the attention and to spew their vile tripe. and they think their opinions carry more weight than any one elses because they have a FB page or a business in Claremont. Don't like this page don't come here!!! Go on FB and spew your crap I am sure your FB followers will happily bend over and kiss your ass for you. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
Rick(Thursday, June 17 21 06:52 am EDT)
You can always tell when Jim Sullivan lands a solid blow against one or more local elected government officials and/or government administrative bureaucrats because the trolls come out of the woodwork to try to discredit either Mr. Sullivan or his website. One hater wrote that this website has a dwindling readership. I do not believe that is true because whenever Mr. Sullivan publishes a controversial article it is the talk of the town. His expose of the overtaxing of everyone in Sullivan County had everyone talking. Mr. Charest, an admitted Sullivan Report hater, even wrote in his last comment that someone came to him and asked if he had been reading the Sullivan Report. If this website has such a limited readership then why is everyone talking about what Jim Sullivan writes? The haters hate the Sullivan Report because it is the only source of local political news that government officials cannot control and they will stoop to anything to try to put it out of commission.
Miller(Wednesday, June 16 21 05:45 pm EDT)
tony(Wednesday, June 16 21 04:13 pm EDT)
Well i think Jimbo is the desperate one here. Story is not gaining traction he expected and it just may turn out he didn't know what the forms were used for. Made some assumptions which might not be valid and pushed them out to his shrinking fan club. Jimbo you have never really managed to make yourself relevant through this site, and maybe ten years of crying over your lost election is enough.
John J.O’Connor(Wednesday, June 16 21 02:26 pm EDT)
Kipp… it’s rare when someone lives up to their reputation but you did it.
Thanks again for not disappointing me.
Best of luck in the future!
Kipp(Wednesday, June 16 21 09:02 am EDT)
Jon, as I said...you were going to go no matter what based on previous actions and a "slip through the cracks" that let you back in. I hope you feel good about taking advantage of my friend who probably didn't know the back story. Enjoy your new A-Rod Jersey though...you certainly earned it.
Steve Neuser(Tuesday, June 15 21 03:45 pm EDT)
It sounds to me that there is a part of the budget process that is being ignored and not being taken into consideration.
I don’t believe for a second that Mr. Ferland is being an obstructionist when he has offered you a face to face to discuss/review your assumptions and educate you on the processes involved with budgeting and spending and you refuse to meet with him.
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, June 15 21 08:51 am EDT)
Bob, Thank you. I very seldom post anything on Facebook. I was having a heated discussion with a good friend of Kip Ryan and I explain how I was banned for posting that in my opinion, anyone that blocks someone because they disagree with them, is a coward.
I was blocked.
So we made a bet, I stated basically they same opinion, I was blocked and won the bet.
Kip never disappoints.
So thank you Bob, I proved my point about cowardice and won a few bucks… win/win
William(Tuesday, June 15 21 05:44 am EDT)
What I see from this county finance scandal is document after document of rock solid proof from Sullivan County records published by the Sullivan Report about multi-million dollar budget surpluses occurring year after year. Grown larger by nearly double under Mr. Ferland's leadership. The county government's response is a wave of new documents showing large supplemental budget increases ever year under Mr. Ferland's leadership, an altered document greatly changing what it originally stated, anger, unprofessional language and denials from the county manager and a county commissioner acting as the county manager's head stooge declaring that the budget surpluses indicated by the auditors in the annual audit reports never happened because the county manager says so and requesting a disclamer on the county website declaring that any information on the website may not be truthful. Wow.
Bob(Tuesday, June 15 21 03:23 am EDT)
John, there's a page that doesn't censor much.
Claremont's mostly uncensored page, rarly censors anyone.
The page sucks lately, but if you want to post something without having your post censored or deleted it is good for that.
Very political though, with to much national politics.
Just wanted to give you a choice of a page that is not full of bias consorship like What's up Claremont is.
John J O’Connor(Monday, June 14 21 02:56 pm EDT)
Mike, I totally agree, I have zero respect for some of these fake name idiots that spew complaints without solutions.
But… you have to admit this is starting to get entertaining. If what Jim says is true, it’s a very serious issue.
If what Jim alleges is false, it strikes a deadly blow to his site. Damage I’m not sure it can ever recover from.
This might actually be the end of the Sullivan Report, can’t wait to see the next installment.
Same Bat time, same bay channel…
Michael Charest(Monday, June 14 21 01:50 pm EDT)
WOW! Just Wow! In a conversation yesterday with a trusted friend, Whose very words were, "do you look at the Sullivan report?" I retorted, Rarely, only for entertainment.
I had to look for the first time in over 6 months.
Not surprisingly, its the same people complaining about the same things. Only thing that has changed is the date on the calendar.
All of you that are hiding behind fake names, and have fake email addresses, save a very small number, spewing your superior intellect and obvious command of the English language and vocabulary need a new hobby! I wonder what it would be if you didn't spend any time here? Could it actually produce something worthwhile.
Glad to see people that actually do something like Derek Ferland, Joe Osgood, Erica Sweetser and others are calling this insanity out.
Wait for it, the following comments on this, my post will now say things that are crazy!
Jim Sullivan(Monday, June 14 21 07:16 am EDT)
Are County Officials getting desperate?
The article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
Derek Ferland(Sunday, June 13 21 06:07 pm EDT)
Jim, this situation reminds me of the time you accused the county of having a $3 million hole in our budget from surplus ProShare we received from nursing home operations.
You were wrong then and you are wrong now.
I don't actually know because I've never done it, but I suspect it would be hard to stash $13 million. Where is it Jim? It doesn't appear in our audit our in our financial statements. So where did it go? Your fascination with DRA forms notwithstanding, at some point, if your allegations are true, that money has be to somewhere, doesn't it? So where is it?
The County has nothing to hide. I have nothing to hide. A couple of years ago I made multiple offers to you to sit down over a cup of coffee and answer any questions you had about how the county manages its finances. You declined.
So I'll make the same offer to anybody on this site who thinks the county is up to no good. If you honestly think your county government officials are ripping our taxpayers off to the tune of $13 million over a 3-year period, then you should be really angry. Angry enough to find out the truth for yourself and not trust the analysis of a person who has made similar false (and sensational) claims in the past that have also proven to be 100% wrong.
Jim, are you still "investigating" the $3 million hole in our revenue budget from ProShare a couple of years ago? How did we ever survive a $3 million hole in our budget? Or maybe there never was one.
Anyway, I will be more than happy to talk on the phone or sit down over coffee with you or anybody else who wants to know how these DRA forms work and what RSA 24:21-a means and the limitations of the DRA web portal. You can call DRA directly and speak to the Municipal Bureau Supervisor, Bruce Kneuer. He'll talk to you about the MS-46 and MS-42.
I will explain how we enter data into DRA's web portal, when our access gets locked out, and how we have to work with DRA to make any changes caused by supplemental appropriations. I'll also explain what RSA 24:21-a is all about and how we try and meet that requirement with the existing MS-46 form. I'll explain the timeline of Jim's first emails which led us to realize there were indeed some errors on the forms and how we worked with DRA to fix them.
Please feel free to call me at 863-2560 or email me at email@example.com.
Sullivan County Manager
laura(Sunday, June 13 21 04:46 pm EDT)
Changing documents and suddenly finding new documents to try to explain Jim’s first article away was a very pathetic move that certainly suggests that a cover-up is underway. Today’s bombshell may send shockwaves throughout the county government. It should, as many seem responsible for this heinous overreach by elected officials and the county manager to overtax the public. It is reprehensible and unforgivable.
Ben(Sunday, June 13 21 03:34 pm EDT)
Today’s article makes me think of another old Kenny Rogers song that is very appropriate. Coward of the County. It seems here the Cowards of the County are the delegates, who are letting the County Commissioners and the County Manager gamble away the futures of all Sullivan County citizens with this tax-and-spend scheme that grossly over taxes the public. I think this is the result of a lot of collusion amongst many county government leaders. It looks like it is time for the voters to clean house and bring back some semblance of honesty and decency to our county government, which is definitely not there today.
Don(Sunday, June 13 21 01:08 pm EDT)
This whole thing stinks to high heaven. It looks like there is a lot of rot in Sullivan County’s government that needs to be excised. The County Manager would be a good place to start.
Rick(Sunday, June 13 21 11:58 am EDT)
Derek Ferland is actively using deflection techniques to avoid being blamed for this scandal. The DRA’s fillable forms and Jim Sullivan’s intellect are not the problem. Derek Ferland, his subordinates and his elected leader cohorts are the problem. The citizens of Sullivan County need to wake up and see what is going on and maybe because of Jim Sullivan’s efforts they may.
Gail(Sunday, June 13 21 11:01 am EDT)
Mr. Sullivan's articles both this week and last week paints a very disturbing picture. It seems pretty clear to me that Mr. Ferland needs to go as he seems to be the mastermind behind this despicable scheme to squeeze more taxes out of all of us than what the county really needs to function. Maybe some if not most of the elected officials need to join him out the door. People have been financially struggling in this area for years but now especially with the Covid virus that practically shut the world down for over the past year. What do our elected representatives decide to do, these heartless people tax us even more so they can have a slush fund of money to play with. Our money. I am furious about this.
Tom(Sunday, June 13 21 10:42 am EDT)
Well played Jim. You suckered though shady government officials real good. You even got some high-ranking county official to sneak into the county offices and secretly change a county document to try to cover their asses with both hands. I'm wondering if that's a crime. If not it should be. Now you drop the bomb today with the audit report stuff that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the county leaders have been overtaxing all of us for years and now even more so with Mr. Ferland at the helm. What a bunch of creeps and I am really disappointed with Joe Osgood for misleading all of us by writing on the forum here that you were completely way off base and just plain wrong, reckless and irresponsible because the overtaxing of all of us in Sullivan County never happened and guess what it really did happen and you damn well proved it. Either Joe knew and tried to hide it to protect himself and his colleagues in the county government or he did not know and he should have since is being well-paid to be a County Commissioner. Great job standing up for all of us citizens in Sullivan County. You are doing more for all of us than all of these elected bozos combined.
John J.O’Connor(Sunday, June 13 21 08:27 am EDT)
Jim, Great in-depth article.
Another base hit up the middle!
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, June 13 21 07:58 am EDT)
New article published today.
Sullivan County's secret policy of over-taxation – the rest of the story!
Or as I like to call it, the dropping of the other shoe.
This article is published on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J O’Connor(Thursday, June 10 21 01:50 pm EDT)
Tony… great question… and the truthful answer is… I don’t know.
I don’t know how many Jim’s articles influenced city hall decisions.
I think it’s safe to say at times he posts thought provoking articles that make people ask questions, do these questions lead to career changes?
Look at the past.
Claremont has gone through a couple of DPW Directors during this sites time, a couple of City Managers. Did Jim’s extensive the investigations and articles lead to them leaving ?… you would have to ask them.
Again 3/10 is in the Hall of Fame.
John J.O’Connor(Thursday, June 10 21 01:40 pm EDT)
Kip… I don’t dislike you, I don’t know you. It would be ignorant of me to dislike someone without knowing them.
Brian, typed words can be misleading but I can assure you I have never threatened anyone, used obscene language or did anything a reasonable person could ever perceive as being intimating or bullying, but I’m m not responsible for what you understand.
The wager was about the level of tolerance Kips site has but I do appreciate his honesty.
I’m certain I am on an island in regards to censorship, I don’t get offended so I’m amazed when others are.
Again Kip, thank you.
tony(Thursday, June 10 21 01:03 pm EDT)
John, you raised the batting average comparison. I have been in and out of this forum for years, Can you name how many of Jim's crazy stories has lead to a firing, reprimand or serious change in a city policy? He has misinterpreted accounting documents several times claiming fraud but it's never panned out. Still waiting on Jim to get it right. Name the times his accusations have been proven? We will wait.
tony(Thursday, June 10 21 10:14 am EDT)
Wow, John, Wagering on yourself being an obnoxious crude bully and winning is something to be proud of. Not just any wind bag could pull that off.
Kipp(Thursday, June 10 21 09:49 am EDT)
You're welcome, Jon! Honestly not sure how you wound up back in the group anyway..an oversight I am sure. Your previous behavior (after several requests to shut up) was a prime example of what I do not tolerate on the page, and I nipped you in the bud before it was surely going to go south. You don't like me, and the feeling is mutual...so how about we move on with our lives and not worry about one another. Enjoy your "winnings"...perhaps another gold chain in your future!
Brian(Thursday, June 10 21 08:18 am EDT)
Everything that comes out of your mouth has some condescending tone, double meaning or is offensive. Your history of online bullying proceeds you tough guy so did you really win?
John J O’Connor(Wednesday, June 09 21 09:00 pm EDT)
I’d like to give a huge thank you to Kip Ryan.
I made a bet with someone who said you were extremely open minded and would never block someone from your “What’s up Claremont “ site, unless they were threatening, obscene or being a bully.
So I set out to win my bet by posting something on his site that was not obscene, threatening or could possibly be perceived as bullying.
I submitted a post about how censorship is cowardly and true to form, I was blocked.
So Kip, thank you for blocking me… it was a sizable wager.
Chicken little(Wednesday, June 09 21 02:20 pm EDT)
William, I completely agree, wait and see .
This isn’t the first time Mr.Sullivan has proclaimed that the sky was falling and last time I looked, the sky was still in the same place.
William(Wednesday, June 09 21 07:15 am EDT)
I think some of you are jumping to conclusions too early about nothing being wrong with the County's financial reporting discrepancies. I think Mr. Sullivan showed more than enough documented information to prove that further investigation is necessary. Apparently he is doing precisely that and Mr. Ferland is being an obstructionist by dragging out the process. Mr. Osgood seems to be trying to cover his own backside because although he is a new County Commissioner he still must have been involved in some way with this year's documents that Mr. Sullivan found discrepancies on that apparently started his investigation. Mr. Osgood seems to disagree with Mr. Sullivan's approach of trusting documents over the words of public officials who may have something to hide. Mr. Sullivan's professional approach is exactly what makes this website such a useful free public service to everyone who wishes to avail themselves of it. I think we should all step back and take a breath and adopt a wait-and-see approach until Mr. Sullivan finishes his investigation. He already stated on this public forum that he would admit he was wrong if and when he obtains proof that it actually happened. He wrote that he has not received any documentation yet that shows that any errors were made. If County administrators made errors on the documents or did not place on the County website revised documents then how is that Mr. Sullivan's fault? It also seems very suspicious to me that when questions are asked new evidence is suddenly found that may exonerate County administrators and elected officials. It seems a little too convenient to me but I will still reserve judgment until Mr. Sullivan's investigation is over any reports what he found on the Sullivan Report.
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, June 08 21 09:06 pm EDT)
Thank you for looking into this, being a former State Representative, I am aware that the county budget goes through multiple levels of scrutiny. If what Jimmy is alleging is true, it would have been detected immediately.
Don’t judge Jimmy by this. A pro baseball player would be considered a superstar if he gets a hit 3 times in every 10 at bats.
Jimmy does better than that on this site.
Paul(Tuesday, June 08 21 07:10 pm EDT)
Oh here come the libtard comments. Oh the mean keyboard warrior hurt my feelings and can't debate with fact so uses ridiculous lables to show dominance. Get real.
To Joe Osgood. Really bro? Now you have to question what Jim writes but never did before? Well, thats just foolery and makes me question your judgement.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 08 21 01:39 pm EDT)
Joe Osgood got some things wrong in his last posting. I have no grudge with County Officials. I reported exactly what County Officials stated on those DRA documents. So far I have not received any information that proves anythng I stated in my article is wrong. If that happens then I will happily admit that I was wrong as I have done a few times in the past. I have no desire for a sit down meeting because I want documented information as that sets a higher standard. I am drilling down for more information, just not in the way that Mr. Osgood wants me to with a sit down meeting. I requested a copy of the new documents with the revised FY 2020 budget numbers that the County Manager alluded to in his recent email addressed to me. I just received a link from Mr. Ferland to fill out a right to know request, which will take more time for me to receive the information, I will do so but if the County Manager wants to drag this out then it is on him. I'm patient, I can wait.
Liberals never stop joey(Tuesday, June 08 21 01:30 pm EDT)
Joey is a libtard you can tell " get back home to serve the people " just another idiot in there mommy's basement deservent loser
Joe Osgood(Tuesday, June 08 21 11:08 am EDT)
Joey from Joe
Let’s start with this: Does anybody really think the county could overtax the county by $13 million and not have it noticed? That is ridiculous. The county is audited every single year. It would have been flagged. But it wasn’t flagged because it didn’t happen. If Jim spent any time thinking about this he would have realized how ridiculous that was. Shame on him for rushing to publish this article just because he has a grudge against county officials for what reason I don’t know.
In the past I have generally had great confidence in Jim’s reporting because he has always put up thorough documentation and usually he admits when he has made a mistake. That said I have never been in the know of what he has been reporting. Jim has been right on in many instances and proven wrong In some. He prides himself in being an investigative reporter.
Till yesterday I took him at his word. But when I found out he missed the boat when investigating this county subject and I advise him to drill down further to connect his financial claim he refused. A simple inquiry to the manager would have saved much drama. This is an attempt to give the County Manager, County Commissioners and the County Delegation a black eye. And Joey by the way this is not a time frame involving my position. Jim has always mentioned his admiration of Perry Mason being his idol because he gathers all of the facts. Well his numbers did not add up and when offered the facts he wanted to be spoon fed them. Investigators investigate. They don’t sit back and expect information to be dropped in their lap. The County Manager has offered clarity that seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
I have gotten more than enough information while on a weeks vacation to be satisfied that the county has not in any way been ripped off. I also attended a two hour biweekly meeting zoom yesterday that will be available on line. To be honest with you I’m am a bit saddened that I will now have to question what Jim posts from now on. Mistakes are made. Own them when you make them. The bottom line, the money is where it is supposed to be.
I would encourage anybody on this forum to call 477-9744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org me directly to find out more. Or contact the county manager directly and get information for yourself and make up your own mind about what is going on. Thank you John for your vote of confidence I really appreciate that. I pride myself in being honest and a straight shooter for the people of this county.
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, June 08 21 08:47 am EDT)
I have complete faith in Joe Osgood. Joe is honest, truthful, old school gentleman, who’s word is his bond.
If he says he will do an in-depth look into, you can take that to the bank because it will be accomplished.
Thank you Joe and enjoy your much deserved vacation.
Joey(Tuesday, June 08 21 08:28 am EDT)
The irony of Joe Osgood having issue with a website he praises only when it goes after something he is looped in on. Have seen several issues Joe raises online and in the public that are not factual and are easily researched. Where are you Joe? Spending more time out of the area? As a County Commissioner I hope you hurry back to serve the people.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 08 21 07:32 am EDT)
Joe, I did read the County Manager’s disturbing email where he states that County Officials made many errors when filling out the forms submitted to the NH DRA, (presumably for multiple years since Mr. Ferland assumed the position of County Manager). The County Manager tried to downplay all of these supposed errors by calling them oversights. He also stated that in regards to FY 2020, (apparently because I showed the vast differences between the Delegation approved and Final budget numbers within my article), there is a another document with an entirely different set of budget numbers that was submitted to the NH DRA but never published on the Sullivan County website. The County Manager attributes that as another “oversight”. I have submitted a request for a copy of this newly surfaced document. I intend to publish the County Manager’s email once I receive this previously unknown document and have had a chance to analyze it. This still does not explain the large differences regarding FY 2018 & 2019. Perhaps new documents will now surface with completely revised budget numbers for those years as well.
Joe Osgood(Monday, June 07 21 09:48 pm EDT)
Jim I just read the email the manager sent you and cc me. It appears that there is a few pieces of documents you are missing and some normal and regular events that took place that line up the dots. As I said before I am out of town but I will finish up my follow up when I get back into town.
Dennis(Monday, June 07 21 01:23 pm EDT)
This is very simple. Our elected leaders of Sullivan County colluded with paid administrators to greatly exaggerate expenses by $27,679,394 in only three years to create a large surplus to maintain their tax-and-spend policies and keep some money in the cash reserve for future spending. These deceptive practices prove that none of them is worthy to be in the positions they currently hold. Their actions have violated the trust of citizens in Sullivan County.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, June 07 21 12:15 pm EDT)
Joe, with all due respect, reading your statement you seem to have prejudged this issue by arriving at the conclusion that the County is right and I am wrong before you have fully looked into the matter. I know that you are a new County Commissioner and I hope that you will look at this with an open, unbiased mind. I do not see in Mr. Ferland’s reply, (which I published as a matter of full transparency), an offer to sit down to any meeting and I would not be interested in that anyway. I am requesting a reply in writing so that I can publish it on my website again as a matter of full transparency so everyone will see the County’s response to these concerns. If the numbers stated on the MS 46 documents are correct as you say, then everything that I wrote about in my article is correct and County Officials generated $13,055,454 in budget surpluses (over-taxation) in regards to Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 & 2020 and budget padding for those three fiscal years total $27,679,394. That is not idle speculation those are hard cold facts, as that is precisely what is stated on those MS-46 documents that County Officials submitted to the NH DRA. I simply created tables that compared two sets of budget numbers for each of those years (originally approved versus closed out final numbers) and did the math to calculate the differences. The results were so stunning that I decided to publish what I found so far to let the unsuspecting citizens of Sullivan County know what I had found. However, I also made it clear that a further inquiry had been made and that I was sending a copy of my article to the entire Sullivan County Delegation and to the County Commissioners, once again for complete public transparency. Apparently, you think I jumped the gun and you are certainly entitled to your opinion, which is one that I respectfully disagree with. If County Officials have a good explanation for this then I look forward to seeing it in writing. Anything you can do to facilitate that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Joe Osgood(Monday, June 07 21 11:12 am EDT)
Jim, I read with great interest your post about the Sullivan County. I have done some research on the MS 45, 46, and 45 forms. As the investigative reporter that you claim to be. In your report you post a copy of an email from the county manager. He clearly offers to sit down and explain where you may have gone wrong. Any investigative person would have taken him up on that. If you report on something and don’t go after all of the facts that are offered to you how can you give a complete analysis of what happened. Currently you are only throwing out opinions without facts. I am going to look into this further but I am out of town and it might take a couple days. Obviously you are reporting on some thing that is before my time as Commissioner. I do have some knowledge of it as a state rep. I would suggest that you do take up the offer that the county manager gave you. I would be glad to sit in on that meeting. Thanks Joe Osgood.
PS. Jim I assure you I am looking into this and I truly believe that in the end the finance end of this will be accurate on the county’s end. I am finding a cumbersome paper trail between the county and the DRA has created your concern and I see changes coming.
Gail(Monday, June 07 21 09:18 am EDT)
I am not sure the County Commissioners know what the heck they are doing. I do not understand how they could miss a $2 million difference between what was reported one year and the next on these documents going to the DRA. These are supposed to be finished numbers that should not be changed by yet they were. I would like to know who changed them. The County Manager? The County Commissioners? Or some other people?
Sarah(Monday, June 07 21 08:19 am EDT)
It looks as if the county commissioners are filling out documents with false information and sending that information to the NH Department of Revenue Administration. Would the state attorney general consider that a crime?
Joel(Sunday, June 06 21 10:19 pm EDT)
Our county representatives are not doing their jobs representing us. They need to stop listening to the manager and start thinking for themselves and start doing what is right for the citizens. If the budget is overestimated by a third then cut the budget a third and tell the county department directors to live within their means like all of us do.
Erik(Sunday, June 06 21 04:06 pm EDT)
What are our elected leaders doing at the county level? Don't they realize how hard a time everyone is having getting by without them surreptitiously taxing us more than what they need to operate the county government just so they can stockpile a war chest of money for future spending schemes. I am thoroughly disgusted with all of them.
William(Sunday, June 06 21 02:03 pm EDT)
My mind is still reeling from the shocking Sullivan Report exposure of the sleazy business practices of government officials of Sullivan County. I have read the article twice and I think it all boils down to a few key points. For at least three years FY 2018, FY 2019 and FY 2020 the brazen expenditure budgets were inflated to the highest degree with a grand total of over-estimation coming close to $28 million, with $10.7 million of that budget inflation occurring in FY 2020 alone. Over-taxation surpassing $13 million during those three fiscal years. All occurrences transpired since Mr. Ferland became the Sullivan County Manager. It is unthinkable that the County Manager and his subordinates who manage each government department with budgets that executed those over-estimations during budget preparation to facilitate those enormous budgetary surpluses all had no idea what they were doing subsequent years in a row. I agree with Mr. Sullivan that it is likely that the FY 2021 budget and the budget for FY 2022 have similar sizable over-estimations for the express purpose of budgetary surplus creation. County Commissioners and members of the Delegation also bear considerable responsibility, as it is their job to scrutinize each budget before its passage and in hindsight to assess how the fiscal year went after the budgets are closed out at the fiscal years’ end. Our elected officials have quite miserably failed every Sullivan County resident. As a taxpayer, I am outraged.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, June 06 21 11:36 am EDT)
Did Sullivan County Officials exceedingly over-tax Sullivan County Taxpayers by $13,054,454 in only three years time and is this over-taxation still continuing?
Article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
adam(Thursday, June 03 21 09:34 am EDT)
Merit Plan Vote was 100% for union. Better put a few more dollars in the budget.
Bob(Wednesday, June 02 21 11:05 am EDT)
Mostly uncensored get poked, or what ?
Was surprised to see a Claremont controversial topic post, posted yesterday.
Wayne McElreavy(Wednesday, June 02 21 10:08 am EDT)
Cerberus. Interesting. The same company that purchased the HB Group, which included the former Holson Company on Twistback Road, and promptly shut it down.
The Shadow(Wednesday, June 02 21 09:24 am EDT)
The story of Cerberus-
Paul(Wednesday, June 02 21 08:40 am EDT)
Donk mow your lawn, fix that trash heap yard and stop worrying about things you can't comprehend. Maybe some reading comprehension classes. Just because you are a Johnson doesn't mean you need to stockpile dilapidated property by the way.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, June 02 21 06:49 am EDT)
Majority stake of Red River Technology sold to Cerebus Capital Management LP.
Press Release published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Tuesday, June 01 21 12:35 pm EDT)
I wonder how long it will take Koloski to apply for and receive these micro loans being awarded to small business.He seems to always be there with his hand out.
After the rain the curve on Sugar River Dr. is getting bad again.I'd say it's a Band-Aid on a Bullet wound.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, May 31 21 03:50 pm EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) May 26 Council meeting synopsis.
2) What is the Morris Administration trying to hide?
Both articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Dave(Wednesday, May 26 21 08:08 am EDT)
I like the idea of privatizing city services to give the taxpayers a break on their property tax burden. Why is it that Sullivan is the only one looking out for us when he is not even on the city council anymore?
Todd(Wednesday, May 26 21 06:55 am EDT)
Does it surprise you that Morris found a way to pervert the board of assessors, as if he has perverted everything else in the city government. The worst thing about this is the city councilors are allowing him to do it.
Gail(Wednesday, May 26 21 05:32 am EDT)
It looks like the board of assessors are nothing more than flunkies for the administration when they are supposed to be representing the general public.
Matt(Tuesday, May 25 21 08:12 am EDT)
I do not think that $970,000 surplus that Mary Walter was talking about really exists at all. The councilors must be really stupid, naive, or both.
Squeaky Wheel(Tuesday, May 25 21 07:20 am EDT)
At Dennis! Donk got his potholes filled. Someone in his house must work for the city. 😁
Travis(Tuesday, May 25 21 05:26 am EDT)
What is the fascination Morris has with red trucks? I know he used to be a firefighter but seriously is time for him to grow up. All he seems to want to do is buy more red vehicles, give big raises to all the city employees, and stick it to the taxpayers as much as he can. The councilors seem okay with that at least most of them.
Dennis(Monday, May 24 21 05:19 pm EDT)
No extra paving money but Morris and Damren get their neighborhoods get the best paving of the year and the rest of us get nothing. This is typical behavior from Claremont’s political machine.
Sarah(Monday, May 24 21 04:32 pm EDT)
The unassigned fund balance is broke and Morris and Walter are using common core styled math to make it look like there is more money in the cash reserve account than there really is in it.
Kathy(Monday, May 24 21 02:58 pm EDT)
The Council should hold off spending any of that American Rescue Plan money until they know how they can spend it without incurring a penalty of having to repay the money. Right now, that money should be removed from the budget.
Bill(Monday, May 24 21 08:34 am EDT)
I heard from a very reliable city hall employee, the reason Mary is leaving is because of this current budget.
Mary has had several loud arguments with the City Manager
about his accounting, she has told him what he is doing is not acceptable accounting practices.
Greg(Monday, May 24 21 07:43 am EDT)
Mr. Morris’s budget is a hodgepodge of accounting tricks to make the numbers come out where the Council wanted them to but they are not based in reality at all. I think Jim is right and there will be many budget deficits next year if the councilors do not fix this now. I just have grave doubts that the councilors will be willing to accept this challenge let alone follow through and make the tough decisions these challenges will require.
Patricia(Monday, May 24 21 06:39 am EDT)
Jim your ideas about cheaper electric rates would be terrific for Claremont if the city could make that happen. These are ideas that should be coming from the city manager and planning and development director but neither of them have the intelligence of the ambition to do something like this. The same goes for the city councilors. We definitely have the wrong people managing city affairs.
Richard(Monday, May 24 21 06:22 am EDT)
The Claremont city council is pitiful. Every time they are faced with a decision no matter how trivial they kick the can down the road to avoid making a decision. How many meetings has it been for the ATV problem? A whole bunch and still no decision. These councilors are wannabe leaders without the skill set just like the city manager they hired. I agree with William that the councilors will vote approval of the city managers budget lickety-split to avoid conflict and dealing with all the problems looming in the near future. Allen Damren announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking another councilor term. He is already planning his escape just like Mary Walter. Rumors are swirling around Claremont that Charlene Lovett will also step down in December when her term expires. It would not surprise me and she is not a leader but a follower of the administration and nothing more. The city finances are a wicked mess and our elected city leaders are not lifting a finger to do anything about it. That is the reality of this tragic situation. I believe it will get far worse before it gets any better because it will take new leaders to try to begin turning this around.
William(Sunday, May 23 21 04:40 pm EDT)
Jim, thank you for giving the councilors ideas on how to improve the city budget. The city manager they hired is a real piece or work and he is inexperienced, out of his league and very foolhardy with the public dollar. I just have no illusions about this city council. The most of them are puppets of the city administration and incapable of independent thought. I see a fast vote of passing the manager's budget without much fanfare. I also am hearing through the grapevine that many of them are not considering running for reelection in the fall. They realize the dire straits the city is in financially, a point that you forcibly drove home to everyone today. They have no desire to be on the council when it all hits the fan very shortly. This is a no guts city council.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, May 23 21 01:26 pm EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) A look at the budget.
2) My recommendations to the City Council regarding the Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Municipal Budget.
Both are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Tuesday, May 18 21 03:34 pm EDT)
That corner needs dug up to the dirt and started over or the $38 in grave and $338 in labor will be washed out in a week.
Why the fuck these asswipes do the job that is supposed to be their profession.I got enpough talent and know on my street that we probably could do the job over a weekend.
Todd(Monday, May 17 21 09:09 pm EDT)
Yeah, you get a token's worth of gravel while City Manager Morris and Assistant Mayor Damren get an all newly paved neighborhood. This is fair? If we are not going to get services anymore does this mean we do not have to pay our property tax bills anymore?
To Donk(Monday, May 17 21 08:04 pm EDT)
Donk - We got $38 worth of gravel on the corner today!!! Yea!!
Gary(Monday, May 17 21 05:58 pm EDT)
It looks like the city's financial books are a red hot mess and city leaders are trying to hide the truth from the public. If it wasn't for the Sullivan Report the public would be in the dark about all of it. Our city councilors were elected to represent us the people but they seem to represent the city administrators and city employees and other special interests instead. Except for the Sullivan Report it doesn't seem like anyone is looking out for us.
Michael Demars(Monday, May 17 21 02:17 pm EDT)
I have a much newer headshot photo if you would like it :)
Donk(Monday, May 17 21 10:51 am EDT)
I think Mary is worried about the pensions and the funding.Don't worry Mary, the pensions are insured.Thousands of truckers are now collecting those insurance payments, in lieu of their pensions.I believe they are receiving around 20 cents on the dollar of what they were supposed to receive.So budget frugally Mary, budget frugally.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, May 17 21 08:11 am EDT)
May 12, 2021 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
Laura(Friday, May 14 21 06:20 am EDT)
Morris is getting away what all this stuff because stupid and incompetent people are drawn to the council seats like a moth to a flame. They are not exactly a bunch of road scholars.
John J O’Connor(Wednesday, May 12 21 09:24 am EDT)
Hopefully, this will all be addressed at tonight’s Council meeting.
If the City Manager did what is alleged, he must be fired IMMEDIATELY.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, May 11 21 04:54 pm EDT)
That is true, however it is stated as estimated because it is subject to the setting of the property tax rate, which is not done until November by the DRA based on the new property valuation for Claremont, which changes every year. Whereas the City of Claremont Municipal Budget is approved the prior June. In 2020, Claremont's property valuation increased which should have decreased the estimated property tax rate, instead the property tax rate increased by $.28 more than what it should have been with the property valuation increase up to the exact dollar amount to the penny that the City of Claremont originally "estimated". What are the odds of that? This doesn't pass the smell test.
Buddy Horn(Tuesday, May 11 21 04:09 pm EDT)
Not to be snarky, but I would like to point out that in your article on the tax rate the city budget documents you copied clearly labeled the tax rate as "Estimated".
Ship Show(Tuesday, May 11 21 12:50 pm EDT)
Could it be that no other bidders want to have their name on a job that is going to cause a traffic problem. This design is ridiculous. Truckers already have trouble navigating the routes through the city. One way traffic on Pleasant Street will go down as one of the biggest bloopers Claremont ever made.
Joanne(Tuesday, May 11 21 11:44 am EDT)
I’m wondering if Morris will negotiate a deal with this sole bidder of the Pleasant Street project to do less of a job than advertised to keep more money in the city’s coffers for Morris to use however he wants?
Peter(Tuesday, May 11 21 10:41 am EDT)
Just for the record 2000 gallons of water is 16,660 lbs. But I do agree with you. Can you imagine how much damage that will do if it slams into a small car at an intersection?
Henry(Tuesday, May 11 21 10:41 am EDT)
I am wondering about the parking situation for downtown. Half of the parking slots on Pleasant Street will be removed and as we can see, the so-called new parking spots are mostly fictitious. The councilors should be demanding to see the parking plan, but that would take effort and a little practicality on their part.
Over Weight(Tuesday, May 11 21 10:32 am EDT)
I still want to know how a hiring committee can recommend a manager after many hours of work and present their findings to the council and twenty minuets later they hire the WRONG one. This disaster is not on the hiring committee. In a city full of fire hydrants we don’t need a front line fire truck carrying 12,000lbs of water on every call. That’s what tankers are for.
Donk(Monday, May 10 21 11:05 am EDT)
GET RID OF 'EM
Colby(Monday, May 10 21 08:18 am EDT)
I’m not a lawyer, but I have stayed at a few Holiday Inn’s in my lifetime,,,,, this is a crime.
Tony(Sunday, May 09 21 03:21 pm EDT)
I’m furious about this hidden property tax. I’m also furious with the city councilors who let this happen. I have no idea who they are representing but they sure as heck are not representing me or my family and I doubt they are representing you and your family either.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, May 09 21 01:02 pm EDT)
In reality, all a clean audit means is that the roughly forty or so transactions that the Auditors checked (along with a few other things) were all done correctly. In other words, the right dollar amounts were put into the right places within the City’s Financial Records for those forty or so transactions that the auditors checked. Forty or so transactions is an extremely small percentile of all the many transactions that the City of Claremont conducts in the course of one fiscal year. If anything what is conducted every year is more of a spot audit and bears no resemblance to an in-depth forensic audit.
Needs Audit(Sunday, May 09 21 11:17 am EDT)
This can’t be!!! We pay a professional audit team to audit our books annually. Anyone want to listen to Jon Stone now. We NEED a forensic audit. NOW
Gail(Sunday, May 09 21 11:04 am EDT)
When I read the long list of insubordinate offenses that Mr. Morris and his employees have committed over the past several months it just drives home the point of how useless and pathetic our current lineup of city councilors are. If Claremont is to survive this financial crisis and prosper in the future then we need new leadership starting with new city councilors and a new city manager. The ones we have now are just not cutting it.
Ray(Sunday, May 09 21 10:29 am EDT)
How much did Walmart or New England Family Housing tax liabilities increase?
Want to help the local business and residents, start by putting a special tax on corporations like those.
Mike(Sunday, May 09 21 09:41 am EDT)
This is just another example of how weak our city councilors are and why we need to elect new representation in November. Jim Sullivan says the budget and the city’s finances are worse than he thought they would be. That has got me very worried because I’ve known Jim for a lot of years and he is not one prone to exaggeration. We know he has the budget and other documents he’s gathered over the years. I know he cross-references those documents when he researches his articles. That is why so many people like reading the Sullivan Report because it is true investigative journalism about Claremont. If Jim’s worried then all of us should be worried too. I guess we’ll all find out on May 23rd just how bad things really are.
Todd(Sunday, May 09 21 09:30 am EDT)
Is it even legal for the city manager and the finance staff to change the city budget after the city council approves it? If this is the case, then why is the city council even approving the budget it in the first place if the administration can do whatever the hell they want with it whenever they want to do something with it? Is this whole budget process just for the sake of keeping up appearances? To make people think that their elected officials matter and that they have say over what happens to the public’s money?
Don(Sunday, May 09 21 09:21 am EDT)
Just when I thought I’ve heard everything I read this morning about the secret $.28 property tax rate increase concocted by Morris and his hench-people in secret behind the closed doors of City Hall. I don’t think it matters why he and his staff did what they did because what is more important is that they kept it a secret from everyone. Jim is right, they had the chance to come clean with the new budget book by jotting down any changes they may have made but Jim says no changes were made. However the proof is in the pudding, the property tax rate increased by $.28 more than what the taxpayers were told and it just so happens to be the same municipal property tax rate of $15.17 that Mr. Morris wanted in the first place. That cannot be a coincidence as the statistical probability is just too high. Mr. Morris has changed City Hall and the rest of the municipal government into a den of unethical administrators of our tax dollars and the city councilors are just sitting there doing nothing and letting everyone here in Claremont be taken advantage of by these unethical people. They all make me sick.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, May 09 21 07:35 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) The Morris Administration's secret property tax rate hike!
These three articles can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
Back at Donk(Saturday, May 08 21 11:56 am EDT)
I live out there. The biggest problem I see is the first corner after getting on off Chestnut St. You would think someone at highway could figure out that that needs more than an overlay. Fix It and Fix It Right!!!!! If they know how.
Donk(Friday, May 07 21 05:46 pm EDT)
PEOPLE BEWARE OF THE POTHOLES ON SUGAR RIVER DRIVE
SOME OF THESE HOLES ARE 10" DEEP AND SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET HURT OR KILLED AND I WILL TESTIFY FOR THE BLATANT NEGLEGENCE
Donk(Friday, May 07 21 02:00 pm EDT)
With all these supposed raises within our local government it will increase the due pensions exponentially.This will be the nail in Claremont's coffin.As it is the roads are so bad I'm thinking of selling and going on walk about, see where things are run better.I'm thinking Tennessee.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, May 06 21 06:48 pm EDT)
Morris Administration's Fiscal Year 2022 Municipal Budget has a huge deficit before it is even publicly presented!
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Wayne McElreavy(Thursday, May 06 21 04:08 pm EDT)
Not sure if this came out of Bruce Temple's list or maybe someone is thinking of this, but this might be helpful --
May 19, 2016 Page 125
Scott Sweet, Public Works Director, presented a PowerPoint showing all the areas that are covered by Public Works including Streets & Roads (Highways), Sanitation, Transfer Station,
Cemeteries, Water and Sewer. He detailed some of the pending and proposed paving projects:
• Pending Paving (bond $1.5 million): Sullivan Street, Edwin Avenue, Central Street (Pearl to Union), Pearl Street (Myrtle
to Central), Pleasant Street (South to East), Walnut Street (School to Myrtle).
• Paving CIP Plan 2016-2017 $750,000 (this is what he asked for): Washington Street,
South Street and Oakwood Drive
• Paving CIP Plan 2017-2018 $750,000: Thrasher Road, Centennial Street, Grissom Lane, Ridge Avenue (upper) Acer Heights, Chellis Street, Orchard Road, Whitcomb Lane
(portion). City is attempting to obtain an additional grant for lower Main Street.
• Paving CIP Plan 2018-2019 $750,000: Durham Avenue, Grove Street Myrtle Street,
Summit Road, Chase Street, Ellery Street, Pappas Road. East Street may be paved with a TAP Grant.
• Paving CIP Plan 2019-2020 $750,000: Paddy Hollow Road, Clay Hill Road, Highland Avenue, McKenzie Drive, Francis Street, Franklin Street, Spofford Street, Spruce Street,
Trinity Street, Parsons Avenue, Richards Court.
• Paving CIP Plan 2020-future $1,739,000: Winter Street Extension, Red Water Brook
Road, Old Newport Road, West Terrace Street, Slab City Road, Twistback Road, Langseth Avenue, Old Church Road
(lower), Hartford Street, Bellevue Avenue, Schmitt Street, Edgewood Street, Osgood Avenue, Benton Avenue.
Chambo(Thursday, May 06 21 12:08 pm EDT)
"Adam" if you haven't noticed no one on here seems to have a bleeding heart over your merit plan posts. So Jim C., I mean Adam. Keep up the good work. Like pissing in the wind in this arena.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, May 06 21 10:53 am EDT)
John, I do remember Bruce Temple making a paving list but I do not remember how extensive it was and I do not have a copy of it.
Adam(Thursday, May 06 21 10:16 am EDT)
I would not be planning too much paving. You will need some of that money to pay the Merit Plan to make up for years of no pay increases.
John J.O’Connor(Wednesday, May 05 21 02:21 pm EDT)
Because of decades of neglect, 99% of the roads in Claremont need to be repaired.
Get in line....
I do remember a list that was made up by Bruce Temple that rated each and every road in Claremont and gave an estimated time when paving would be conducted.
Jim.... am I right about this list ?
Donk(Wednesday, May 05 21 11:09 am EDT)
The streets of Beirut are in better shape than Sugar River Drive.
I pay my taxes regularly,now may I have my street paved?
Enough is enough!!!!!!!(Tuesday, May 04 21 08:16 am EDT)
Where is the Financial Director, shouldn’t she be weighing in on this ?
As far as paving is concerned, I remember a chart made out a few years ago that had prioritize which roads needed to be repaired first. Where was Grove St. on that list ?
Gloria(Monday, May 03 21 03:14 pm EDT)
I cannot believe that Mr. Morris wants more money for the Pleasant Street project and he wants to negotiate a cheaper price when he already has over half of $1 million in excess. I cannot imagine what he wants to do with all that money. I am glad Mr. Sullivan is looking into this because the city councilors, our elected officials are supposed to be looking out for the public’s best interest, but obviously, they are not.
Tyler(Monday, May 03 21 11:07 am EDT)
It is a kick in the face that the taxpayer will be on the hook for over $4M to pay for a Pleasant St pipe dream...when nearly every other road in town desperately needs to be repaved. Surely Washington St is more important than additional street parking, benches, and lighting for the new Section 8 housing tenants?
Richard(Monday, May 03 21 08:32 am EDT)
I think we are all learning that we need to be a little choosier whenever voting for city councilors. The latest batch we have is terrible. They say they love our community but they really do not because if they did Mr. Morris would have been fired long ago. The city councilors that we have today are afraid to make decisions on their own without extensive handholding by Mr. Morris and his staff. Claremont is bereft of real leaders.
Linda(Monday, May 03 21 06:59 am EDT)
I knew that Mr. Morris was not working out as our city manager but I never thought that he was stupid enough to have his own street paved at the expense of everyone else. Did he actually think no one would catch this? Jim Sullivan catches almost everything and then publishes it on his website. The Sullivan Report is the watchdog for local government and thank goodness, they are.
Bob(Monday, May 03 21 06:22 am EDT)
I do not like the idea that the taxpayers will be paying interest on that $500,000 for 20 years when it was not necessary to borrow that much money. I think we all know that Mr. Morris is an imbecile but what does that make the city councilors who all fell for this gimmick?
Todd(Monday, May 03 21 05:49 am EDT)
I do not see Charlene Lovett, Allen Damren or James Contois ever voting to terminate Mr. Morris no matter what he does because for the most part all of them are puppets of the city administration. With Erica Sweetser bailing out, that means there is at least one more holdout in the remaining bunch of councilors consisting of Andrew O’Hearne, Jonathan Stone, Nicholas Koloski, Debora Matteau and Dale Girard. Who do you think are the holdouts?
William(Monday, May 03 21 05:22 am EDT)
Ms. Sweetser, you may be resigning for the reasons you say but that does not change your job performance on the city council. You and your colleagues on the city council have ignored many important issues that Mr. Sullivan has raised on this website and from what I have read he has been routinely informing all nine councilors of these issues and none of you did anything about any of these problems. That is not the definition of leadership. That is the definition of dereliction of duty and cowardice.
Craig(Sunday, May 02 21 09:21 pm EDT)
What the heck is Mr. Morris and Mrs. Merrill thinking about the pleasant restaurant project? This nonprofit agency seems to have zero money and the project is over $2.4 million underfunded but they are spending money to move the project forward anyway. I agree with Mr. Sullivan that the government agencies that authorized the project money so far did so with the understanding that the project would be completed. Will the Claremont taxpayers be footing the $2.4 million bill that remains? Even if this Music Center opens up how is the nonprofit group going to be able to afford to pay the rent and keep the lights on? Will this be another taxpayer subsidy like the community center?
Erica Sweetser(Sunday, May 02 21 09:00 pm EDT)
Jim, everything isn't some sort of conspiracy. Whrn I got elected I had 2 jobs. One of which was at night, evenings. When I got elected I left my evening job because I knew there would be council and board meetings. I took about a 30% pay cut then. But yes I signed up for that when i ran. 3 months later my day job closed because of covid. Only being open at night. So I took another pay decrease only being able to have weekend availability because meetings are during the week. When I got elected I also took a break from my education. The last couple of months I am back in school, working on a degree and certificate program simultaneously and I have found myself back with 2 jobs to make up the income i lost during covid. And I'm homeschooling my 6 year old. In June I will go to an 8 week school term as opposed to the 14 week term I'm doing now. So the same work with less time. I simply did not plan on covid destroying my income and I tried to hold on as long as i could. But now I am just so busy I knew that by June I would have no time beyond work, schoolwork, and homeschooling. The seat deserves someone who can commit time outside of meetings. Yes, I did debate whether to stay until after budget vote. But whomever gets the seat will have to work within the budget set. I did not think it fair for me to stay and vote and then resign in June. Some may not agree with my decision but I simply have to do what's best for my family. But the voters deserve more than someone who could now just show up for meetings and not put work in. However I think Claremont has so much potential and I'll probably be a thorn in someone's side since I now know how things work and don't work. But in ways that I have the time for.
Tom(Sunday, May 02 21 06:04 pm EDT)
It’s amazing how the city officials think. When did fair and equitable become picking the pockets of senior citizens clean to benefit the business community? Will these water and sewer rate increases be another city council rubberstamp?
Ryan(Sunday, May 02 21 04:41 pm EDT)
Good luck Jim. At times I think you're the only one really looking out for the taxpayers and you're not even on the city council anymore. I do see Debora Matteau, Dale Girard and Nicholas Koloski asking questions and trying to get some answers but that just isn't enough when you have a city manager and city employees keeping the councilors in the dark and misleading them at every opportunity. With everything you have exposed on your website the City Manager should be fired and his replacement should be hired with the understanding that he or she will clean house.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, May 02 21 01:58 pm EDT)
Donk, I intend to find out. I have already requested a hard copy of the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Claremont Municipal Budget and since the Council supposedly received their copies this past Friday it is now considered public record. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Morris to release a copy to me. Also, an electronic copy is generally published on the City website, but given this administration's resistance towards public transparency it is anyone's guess when it will finally appear on the City website.
Donk(Sunday, May 02 21 12:09 pm EDT)
I think you are going to see Morris directing a lot of funds from projects,grants,and bonds into the general fund in the near future.He will use this to masque the true costs and financial screw ups and misdirected funds into places that that particular money was never intended to pay for.I think the biggest place to watch are Claremont bank statements and outlays.
There's where he intends to bury the bodies.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, May 02 21 10:46 am EDT)
New article published today.
Several surprises during April 28 Council meeting.
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, May 02 21 10:45 am EDT)
Dave, the Assessing Consulting Firm is supposed to re-assess roughly 1/5 of the properties in Claremont each year. So those property owners may see a property assessment change later this year. If so, they will be notified by mail later this year.
Dave(Saturday, May 01 21 12:20 pm EDT)
I have seen a man with a truck (Vermont tags on it) parked around Maple Ave area going around measuring Houses. Magnetic sign on truck said City Accessor's office. Are we in for another property tax increase?
It’s Time(Saturday, May 01 21 07:49 am EDT)
@ put your efforts into something that matters. Much of what Andy brings is valid. Someone just needs to knock a BIG Chip off his shoulder and give him an Attitude adjustment.
Put your efforts in something that matters(Friday, April 30 21 06:53 pm EDT)
Someone needs to tell Andy to stop trying to be a policeman of the meeting and get something done instead of running his mouth about rules and crap! no one cares if you haven't noticed
Travis(Tuesday, April 27 21 05:55 am EDT)
Ed Morris is incredibly arrogant and the city councilors are weak, which makes a terrible combination. This is why so many of these unbelievable and unacceptable things keep happening because there is no one in charge with a strong sense of ethics and decency. The voters need to turn out in November to elect new people if any run for office.
Don(Monday, April 26 21 01:13 pm EDT)
Peter that’s assuming both are still in the city government next year. Damren says he is quitting at the end of the year and I hear he is moving to Florida just like Victor Bergeron did and I’m not so sure Morris will still be the city manager by then.
@ JJO(Monday, April 26 21 12:23 pm EDT)
John O’Conner I suggest you do your homework. The last city manager search committee recommended a city manager. Presented it to the council. And 20 minutes later the entire Council voted for a different manager.
Peter(Monday, April 26 21 12:07 pm EDT)
Caitlin, except for the homes of Morris and Damren all of the property assessments of the Bluff roads paved will probably all be jacked way up.
Rachel(Monday, April 26 21 10:11 am EDT)
Those councilors appear incompetent to the public at this moment because they refuse to take appropriate action by terminating Mr. Morris's position with the city. If nothing changes by election time these councilors will be the one terminated by the voters. It may still happen the longer they take to do something.
John J.O’CONNOR(Monday, April 26 21 08:28 am EDT)
I completely agree, Mr. Morris is over his head and not qualified for his current position, he still won’t be fired.
There are current members of the council that were on the last 2 City Manager search committees and I’m sure they don’t want to look incompetent by firing another of their choices.
In a perfect world, he would be fired and both positions would filled with qualified people, unfortunately this isn’t a perfect world.
Keith(Monday, April 26 21 08:10 am EDT)
With all due respect Mr. O'Connor, Guy Santagate was hired without a Finance Director, and Assessor and a Public Works Director employed by the city during that time. Mr. Santagate was a quality candidate and a qualified City Manager. I do not see the difference between then and now. Ed Morris is no Guy Santagate and he never will be. He is taking advantage of his authority and the inability of city councilors to make their own decisions. Claremont needs a new City Manager.
John J.O’Connor(Monday, April 26 21 07:46 am EDT)
How stupid can you people possibly be ?
Mr. Morris has job security. The council was reluctant to fire him before Mrs. Walter announced her retirement, they didn’t want to look incompetent by firing a “second” City Manger.
Now, they can’t fire him while searching for a Financial Director, they would look dis-functional to any potential candidate.
Job security isn’t just for Union workers, just ask the City Manager.
Richard(Monday, April 26 21 06:17 am EDT)
Ed Morris and Allen Damren should both immediately resign their respective positions with the city government. Their inexcusable behavior with the salary compensation study that was caught on video and released to the public thanks to City Councilor Jonathan Stone combined with this new paving scandal is beyond unforgivable. They have both tarnished their respective positions within the city government and they have greatly embarrassed the entire community of Claremont. The decent thing would be for them to resign and if they do not then the City Council should terminate Ed Morris's employment and strongly encourage Allen Damren to quickly resign.
Caitlin(Monday, April 26 21 06:09 am EDT)
I wonder if all of the property assessments of all of the bluff houses will go up a lot next year because of the paving done this summer? Is that the next step in Mr. Morris’s plan?
Kevin(Monday, April 26 21 05:36 am EDT)
The quality of leadership in Claremont has certainly sunk to a new low. None of these councilors seem to be paying attention except for only a few but they never seem to do anything armed with this information. Mr. Sullivan keeps giving them more information and they still don’t do a damn thing to help the constituents who elected them in the first place.
Craig(Sunday, April 25 21 05:34 pm EDT)
The special interests get everything the rest of us get nothing except the bill and the city councilors could care less.
Ryan(Sunday, April 25 21 04:11 pm EDT)
I think Mr. Morris is for Mr. Morris as he does not care about the Claremont taxpayers or any of the citizens in our community. Think about it. He commissions a $45,000 salary study that he plays a role in picking the communities to compare Claremont to and he picks communities that are not good comparisons to Claremont because they are wealthier so the outcome of the study is that the city employees are underpaid by a lot. Then he tries to leverage that to a city council approval of large pay increases so then he would have probably asked for a raise himself to keep the distance between the staffs pay and his. I have been told that Mr. Gleason was in Weathersfield or at least he did and that is how he knew Mr. Morris when Mr. Morris was the town administrator for Weathersfield. Mr. Gleason was out of work and I have been told close friend of Mr. Morris so he got a job as our public works director without any real employment experience in that area. Today we find out thanks to the Sullivan Report that the summer paving money has all been diverted to pave Grove Street where Mr. Morris and Assistant Mayor Allen Damren lives when other roads really need the paving. Like all those roads that went from asphalt to gravel. Mr. Morris does not care about anyone else but himself and perhaps a few friends and he is using our tax dollars to take care of himself and those friends like the officials from Sullivan County that will be operating the sober house on Sullivan Street. The city councilors need to wake up and smell the coffee and fire Mr. Morris posthaste.
Greg(Sunday, April 25 21 03:39 pm EDT)
Morris is certainly a busy man. He over borrows for the Pleasant Street project by over $500,000 and he also shifts all of the summer paving money to his neighborhood all right under the noses of the city councilors. It takes former city councilors to point these things out because the new councilors are too stupid to figure things out themselves. How pathetic is that.
Todd(Sunday, April 25 21 03:03 pm EDT)
Well Jean they are lifting one finger and directing that finger to all the taxpayers and that finger is the middle one.
Jean(Sunday, April 25 21 02:57 pm EDT)
I have lost all faith and trust in all nine of our city councilors. They should be doing more to protect us and they do not seem to be lifting a single finger to do it.
Dennis(Sunday, April 25 21 02:06 pm EDT)
I read the document in the paving article where the city describes all the work that will be done in the bluff for the paving plan and those neighborhoods are going to receive a heck of a lot of really great upgrades. What do the rest of us get? Not a damn thing. Just the tax bill to pay for the bluffs property value upgrades. Morris and Damren get the gold mine and the taxpayers get the shaft.
Rick(Sunday, April 25 21 02:04 pm EDT)
Every week I read the Sullivan Report to get an education of what is going on in local government. I have lived here for going on 19 years and I have never seen things as bad as they are today. I voted for Charlene Lovett several times because I thought she was a good leader and her military background was a plus. You cannot get me to vote for her ever again and the same goes for almost every one of the city councilors because they are all a bunch of do-nothing phonies.
William(Sunday, April 25 21 01:27 pm EDT)
The city manager should be fired right away by the city councilors. He colluded with the mayor and the assistant mayor to keep critical information away from the other councilors about the employee compensation report. He oversaw the staff who changed financial records in January to make the city’s finances look better than what it is. He allowed a consultant to practically double the property assessments for utilities over what the DRA says the properties are really worth to greatly overtax the utilities to keep Claremont’s municipal property tax rate lower than what it really should be. He allowed his staff to take old applications for a city board to be changed so they would look like new applications and that is fraud. He allowed the DPW director and the assistant director for the DPW to mislead everyone on water and sewer rates for other communities for example they stated Lebanon’s rates by over 60%. Bid awards are very sketchy as a lot of them seem to be with only one company putting in a bid and it looks like some bidders are given special treatment to guide the bid award to them. Mr. Morris has diverted all of the summer paving taxpayer’s money so that his street and those in the neighborhood around him would be paved with the very best treatment possible while other asphalt streets are becoming gravel roads. I just cannot wrap my head around why the city councilors are just sitting there and doing absolutely nothing about all of these atrocities. I do not get it.
Tony(Sunday, April 25 21 12:29 pm EDT)
Cowardice is not a good leadership quality and there definitely is a yellow streak that runs up the backs of just about everyone on that Council.
Ray(Sunday, April 25 21 11:41 am EDT)
The city councilors are supposed to look out for all citizens but the ones we have now do not care about us they just say they do because they lie as much as the city directors, who show us phony information to justify spending tax dollars on certain stuff they want. Like pay raises, new vehicles, water and sewer rate increases and the financial health of the city government. The city councilors are not doing their job.
Sarah(Sunday, April 25 21 10:52 am EDT)
That sucks, the city manager and the assistant mayor gets terrific roads paid for by the taxpayers while other folks have crappy roads and then other folks have their asphalt roads replaced with gravel roads to divert the money for the paving job for the city manager and the assistant mayor. All the while the city councilors ignore the whole thing. Business as usual here in Claremont. Our councilors should hang their heads in shame.
Gary(Sunday, April 25 21 10:01 am EDT)
I do think there are a few leaders on the city council. Nevertheless, I think there are too few because Mr. Sullivan says they need at least five councilors to fire Mr. Morris. That means we have no more than four real leaders and there may not even be four on this council.
Brad(Sunday, April 25 21 09:45 am EDT)
The city councilors are petrified with fear. They must be or they would have fired Mr. Morris a long time ago.
Teri(Sunday, April 25 21 09:14 am EDT)
I think it is because the councilors do not want to know what is going on. Jim Sullivan is sending them email after email informing the councilors about all these incredible things that Mr. Morris is doing with the help of his staff. These things are not conjecture but the truth because Mr. Sullivan includes the proof usually city documents in his articles so that everyone knows this is not fake news or conspiracy theory but the actual truth. Let’s face it we have terrible leadership and we have to change that in November.
Tom(Sunday, April 25 21 08:00 am EDT)
The problem is Ed Morris. He is the city manager and he runs the day-to-day affairs of our city government. The responsibility and the blame fall on him. I watched the finance committee meeting when he was willing to conspire with the Mayor and Assistant Mayor to withhold certain important information about the municipal employee compensation study with all of the skewed numbers because of unreasonable comparisons with communities that are unlike Claremont. I also watched the city council meeting with the rate increase proposal for water and sewer and then read the Sullivan Report article about all the lies within the presentation. Mr. Morris is doing the same thing by withholding information about what he and his staff members are doing with the utility property assessments that are way out of line with the DRA’s property assessments to deviously lower the property tax rate in Claremont that puts us in a lawsuit situation. They are manipulating the city’s financial records and changing city documents. Then there is the Pleasant Street Project that required a $4.8 million municipal bond that put the taxpayers into debt for over 500 K more than what was needed. He and his people are purchasing many vehicles for the public works department with questionable purchasing tactics that seems to benefit a favorite vendor and Ed Morris is pushing for extremely large pay raises for the entire city staff. Today we learn that Ed Morris diverted all of the summer paving money, our tax dollars, to pave Grove Street where he and the Assistant Mayor live and the surrounding neighborhood when other streets in Claremont are turning from asphalt to gravel or gravel like surfaces and those taxpayers who live at these places in Claremont may never see pavement on those roads ever again. Why are the city councilors letting this happen?
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, April 25 21 06:40 am EDT)
Four new articles published today.
1) Morris Administration seeks delay with second thumb drive request.
2) Looking underneath the surface of the Morris Administration's paving plan we find a shocking discovery!
3) Open letter to the Claremont City Council regarding $4.8 million municipal bond for the Rethink Pleasant Street Construction Project.
4) Merit Plan Case settled!
All four articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Barbara(Friday, April 23 21 01:09 pm EDT)
The quality of reporting at the Eagle Times has really gone downhill as of late. More and more of the paper is devoted to national or international news and less space for local new stories, which is supposed to be the niche of the Eagle Times. I know Mr. Sullivan focuses on local political news offering his valuable website service at no charge to anyone and I happen to appreciate that, as do many of my friends in this community. One of the latest stories about the Claremont School District joining a school funding lawsuit is very important news and the Sullivan Report is the only one that has covered it locally. The Eagle Times and the Valley News have both ignored this important news event. I also found the behind the scenes actions of Mayor Lovett with other Mayors throughout NH to also be quite interesting because she is acting beyond her elected station. It is not a matter of whether I agree or disagree with her actions is that she is taking actions in our community’s good name without any authority. Perhaps she is of a mind that if the city councilors are not going to take any action with the outrageous behavior of Mr. Morris that she has carte blanche prerogative to do whatever she wishes as well. Perhaps she is correct and the inaction of the city councilors is certainly going to give the voters food for thought with the upcoming November elections.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, April 22 21 07:31 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Claremont School District joins School Funding Lawsuit!
2) Mask wearing in Claremont back on the City Council agenda!
Both articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Johnson(Wednesday, April 21 21 05:12 pm EDT)
FYI I do not believe the councilors violated anything. They directed Morris, not the DPW directly.
Nor would sitting on the Interview committee be a violation, IMO. They are not telling Morris who to hire. Those members would have no more authority than any other participant. They would just be sharing their recommendation.
I think you are reading too much into this one. But that is just my perception.
Copy And Paste(Wednesday, April 21 21 05:06 pm EDT)
Picture a fire truck and you are likely to see red — fire engine red. But when it comes to safety, human factors and ergonomics research paints a different picture. Much of what we know about human factors and ergonomics relies upon psychological studies of human visual and auditory perception. This research shows that because the color-transmitting cones in our eyes don't work well in the dark, some colors are easier for us to see at night. We are most sensitive to greenish-yellow colors under dim conditions, making lime shades easiest to see in low lighting. A 2009 study by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), also concluded that fluorescent colors, including yellow-green and orange, are easiest to spot in daylight.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 21 21 03:38 pm EDT)
Johnson, first of all I did not misrepresent the facts regarding the Finance Director Search Committee. Yes, it is true that Councilor Jonathan Stone did offered an opinion that three Councilors should serve on the Committee but that was before any volunteers came forward and it was only an opinion of one Councilor not the majority opinion of the legislative body. After Councilors Debora Matteau, Dale Girard & Andrew O’Hearne volunteered; City Manager Ed Morris reiterated that he only wanted two Councilors to serve on this committee, one on each interview panel. Assistant Mayor Allen Damren then stated that Morris would work with three Councilors (more like a demand than a recommendation) and that is when Morris capitulated very quickly. The Claremont City Charter is very clear that Councilors are not allowed to recommend or order the City Manager to either hire or terminate anyone. Serving on this Committee, these three Councilors would be required to recommend someone be hired for the position of Finance Director to City Manager Morris, which is a direct violation of the Claremont City Charter. Neither Morris nor Damren nor anyone else has the authority to override the Claremont City Charter! Everything I stated in my article regarding the Finance Director Search Committee is factually correct.
In regards to the Councilors who voted in favor of giving City Manager Morris a directive to keep the DPW Vehicles fire yellow were not overstepping their authority and interfering with the day-to-day affairs of the City. If it were simply a matter of the Councilors not liking the color red, then you would be right Johnson. However, the Council has the responsibility and the authority to set policy. That is precisely what these Councilors did with that decision setting a safety policy not only for the sake of the City DPW Employees but also for the general public as well because the color red would simply blend in with other vehicles whereas fire yellow stands out and is easily seen by motorists. That is the original reason why the Santagate Administration changed the Claremont DPW vehicles to fire yellow and that was an excellent decision for all parties concerned back then and it still is today. I wish the Council would set policy more often instead of acquiescing to the wishes of the City Administration most of the time.
Johnson(Wednesday, April 21 21 01:30 pm EDT)
There is nothing wrong with the fire truck’s specs. Chief Burr said he is letting his firefighters familiarize themselves with it, set it up the way they would like (including equipment and settings) and he is not rushing it.
There is nothing wrong with the truck and it will be in use once his crew is ready.
Wrong Truck(Wednesday, April 21 21 10:18 am EDT)
Does the city have an equipment purchase committee? They used to. Check! that committee should have minuets of the meetings that specked out that new fire truck. If there is no committee then who took it upon themself to just order what ever they please. It appears they had little knowledge of what the firefighters feel we need.
Pam(Wednesday, April 21 21 10:16 am EDT)
The pilot's lounge is unfinished. New furniture was supposed to be ordered, and nothing. The FBO, the guys in charge of the airport, have to sit in their cars and be available to pilots coming in because they have no furniture inside. There is no communication with planes coming and going because radio is down. It took a very long time to be able to sell gas. Considering the starting date of this building, it should have been completed long ago.
Bob(Tuesday, April 20 21 07:26 pm EDT)
What a waste...why are they afraid for their jobs? They are union boys!! If they are concerned about the truck being spec’d out improperly and a possible safety concern, get the union brass on it!! Force the city to find out who screwed up and hold them accountable. That’s what unions are all about aren’t they??
Jonny(Tuesday, April 20 21 07:14 pm EDT)
Andy, that firetruck information is concerning!! Anyone remember when we bought fire trucks that wouldn’t even fit in the firehouse?? That has happened more than once!!
Johnson(Tuesday, April 20 21 06:41 pm EDT)
I’m curious Mr. Sullivan that, after citing the Non-Inteference code in the City Charter, you lather praise on four councilors for violating that vey Non-Interference code.
Which is it, Mr. Sullivan? If, as you suggest, that offering your preference of candidates to the city manager - who invited them to join — is grounds for removal, then are you not suggesting these four councilors should be removed for ordering a city department how to operate?
Also, you misrepresented the facts. Jonathan Stone suggested three councilors participate, not Allen Damren. Kind of a big gaffe on your part, given you built an entire conspiracy premise around that misreport.
Laura(Tuesday, April 20 21 08:08 am EDT)
Mr. Morris should not have job security when he should receive his job termination. Our city councilors are failing us.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, April 19 21 08:01 am EDT)
What you people don’t understand is the current City Manager’s job is safe.
With the retirement of Mary Walters, Mr. Morris now has job security.
It would be embarrassing to have to advertise for a new City Manager while interviewing for a new financial director, no one with any credibility would apply for the position, ultimately we would be in the same situation we are now in and that’s having a City Manger that’s over his head.
Marie(Sunday, April 18 21 06:08 pm EDT)
What a rotten trick that the assistant mayor and the city manager tried to play on a whole bunch of councilors. I cannot wait for Mr. Damren to retire from the city council. He is just bad news. I hope the city manager will soon follow the finance director right out of the door. We need better people working at city hall..
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, April 18 21 04:31 pm EDT)
Pam, what exactly are you referring to?
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, April 18 21 11:31 am EDT)
Pressure and temperatures rise at April 14 Claremont City Council meeting!
The article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
What A Waist(Sunday, April 18 21 08:36 am EDT)
Jim, Andy is spot on! You won’t get any firefighter to admit that truck is not spect out for a city. They are all afraid for their job. I can’t believe our new manager has fire service experience and allowed this truck in town.
Pam(Sunday, April 18 21 08:31 am EDT)
While you are checking into the new fire truck issue, see what other problems Brian Burr has caused with the airport building. The new facility is a disaster.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, April 18 21 07:34 am EDT)
This is the first that I have heard about something being wrong with the new fire truck Andy. I promise I will look into it and see what I can find out.
Andy(Sunday, April 18 21 06:00 am EDT)
Maybe if the council did stick their nose into city vehicle purchasing, we wouldn’t own a new 3/4 million dollar fire truck that is currently sitting unused. Word is it was not spec’d out properly. Any insight on that Jim?
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, April 17 21 08:15 am EDT)
This morning I posted the following comments on the Eagle Times website in response to reporter Patrick Adrian's article entitled "A line crossed?" This is in regards to the Council voting to keep the paint color of the Department of Public Works vehicles fire yellow. We will see if the Eagle Times Editor publishes it!
First, the Claremont City Council did not overstep their elected authority when a majority decided to keep the current fire yellow paint color on the Department of Public Works vehicles. The Council’s elected duties include setting policy and that evening the Councilors who voted in the majority set safety policy not only for the Public Works employees but also for the citizens of Claremont because red colored vehicles do not pop and stand out like those painted fire yellow. There are simply too many red colored vehicles on the road so red Public Works vehicles would tend to blend in thus putting Public Works employees at risk. This is why Former City Manager Guy Santagate and Former Public Works Director Paul Fredette made the vehicle paint color change to fire yellow and it was a solid, well thought out decision. Assistant Mayor Damren is merely venting by stating his own personal opinion and nothing more. The Council through their actions regarding the vehicle paint color did not cross any line!
Secondly, Reporter Patrick Adrian stated in his article “custom paint jobs can delay the vehicle acquisition by two to seven months or longer, depending on the dealership or its orders in cue. These delays sometimes trigger additional costs to the city department by having to keep other vehicles in service, which increases their wear or need for repairs”. That in my opinion is a little misleading because Morris Administration Officials were originally claiming a nine-month or more delay in receiving the vehicles if the fire yellow color was chosen. This is actually documented in the August 4, 2020 meeting minutes of the Department of Public Work Safety Committee. During the April 14 Council meeting, Councilor Dale Girard accurately stated that the State of New Hampshire bid for 2021 Public Works vehicles was awarded to McFarland Ford of Exeter New Hampshire and it clearly states for all vehicles “Paint: Specialty Color (other than standard factory color”) Delivery 120 days after receipt of purchase order”. That is only four months not nine months! The Morris Administration more than doubled the actual time it takes to receive a specialty colored vehicle!
Do The Research(Saturday, April 17 21 07:24 am EDT)
Hats Off to the Claremont City Council for taking charge. If the council makes a motion and votes on it it becomes a directive. Perfectly within their authority. Something they don’t do often enough! Their decision to keep the highway vehicles highly visible in low light conditions is admirable. Let’s keep our personnel safe. Thanks.
Ryan(Thursday, April 15 21 06:47 am EDT)
The story that appeared in yesterday’s Eagle Times about Mary Walter’s retirement and how Mr. Morris’s city government is contesting the employees of the merit plan forming a union just made me shake my head in disgust. The Sullivan Report wrote about these incidents a while ago and Eagle Times Reporter Patrick Adrian is supposed to be covering events in Claremont. Mary Walter’s retirement was announced two weeks ago and regarding the merit plan employees unionization efforts, the Sullivan Report published confidential emails about that, which were not supposed to be released to the public but were to Francis Gauthier, who passed them on to Jim Sullivan. The Sullivan Report also revealed to the public about the case in front of the labor board because the city does not want to deal with another employee union. This just shows how terrible a reporter Mr. Adrian is because Mrs. Walter’s retirement was announced live on CCTV and simultaneously streamed on Facebook but it takes him two weeks to find out about it, it is as if he is oblivious to everything going on around him. Mr. Adrian’s wife works for the city of Claremont, she is one of the merit plan employees seeking to join the union, and apparently, Mr. Adrian does not have a clue about any of it until two weeks later. This might not be fake news but it might be considered biased news because Mr. Adrian’s bias regarding the merit plan union was obviously slanted toward the city employees getting large raises, as his wife is one of those employees, which is a conflict of interest for the reporter, who did not report his conflict. This is how low mainstream journalism has sunk in Claremont.
Gary(Monday, April 12 21 08:45 am EDT)
Let’s face it we have imbeciles running our city government starting with Ed Morris. The city councilors just sit there oblivious. Jim Sullivan is at least trying to educate the councilors and I applaud his efforts. Nevertheless, I keep remembering famous saying by comedian Ron White “you can’t fix stupid”. Jim might be trying to do that with this council of ignoramuses.
Tom(Monday, April 12 21 07:48 am EDT)
This consultant added nearly $28 million to the property assessment of PSNH/Eversource in three years. There is no attorney or property appraiser on this planet that can justify that. Jim Sullivan is right the city government is going to lose this case.
Richard(Monday, April 12 21 06:38 am EDT)
The problem with our city councilors is that they never get past the asking questions stage. They all seem terrified about the doing something stage. That is why none of them are good leaders.