I see that even in times of peril this "site" is still a safe harbor for rubes....
City Hall Insider(Saturday, March 28 20 05:46 pm EDT)
Scuttlebutt at City Hall is that Mayor Lovett is pressing hard for full on virtual meetings that will be completely online with no members of the council present in the Council Chambers. There is also a big push from several councilors for immediate passage of a nine-year moratorium on property assessment increases for the New England Family Housing property at 143 Main Street to begin after the attached property is knocked down and 143 Main St. is renovated with public funds. There is also rumblings about passing local welcoming community legislation by the council during one of these virtual meetings also pushed by the same councilors.
Sandi(Friday, March 27 20 03:43 pm EDT)
There was a good article on the bottom of the front page of the Eagle Times today. It was about government meetings held with the public barred from attending because of the virus. It was an Associated Press article that stated many of the concerns that Jim and AJ already stated on the Sullivan Report several days ago. The concern is that unscrupulous government officials will use the virus and the social distancing orders as an opportunity to pass legislation and other decisions away from the gaze of the public. I believe it is already happening with the County government when they admit that other County government business might be discussed and acted upon during these virtual meetings that are basically closed off from the public and held pretty much in secrecy. The minute taker can write anything and how would any of us know. These are dangerous times for the taxpayers.
Todd(Friday, March 27 20 02:19 pm EDT)
I watched Slick Nick's four-minute video rant about poor me I've worked for umpteen years and I've never filed for an unemployment claim before and now I'm denied and other business owners have been denied oh boo-hoo woe is me. For those of you folks who haven't watched this pathetic video you get the idea. Here's the thing. Self-employed business owners do not qualify for unemployment benefits, they never have. Try applying for something you don't qualify for and see how far you get. Apparently Slick Nick thinks his Claremont City Council status will put some green in his jean's pockets by contacting Gov. Sununu, Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Hassan and anyone else he can think of to complain about his predicament. In the text responses underneath the video Slick Nick mentions two bills that he is worried about business insurance and workers comp. Isn't workers comp one of the things he had liens placed against the business on before? I know we had a lot of liens but I can't remember what they were all for. Anyway, the walls appear to be closing in around Slick Nick and he doesn't seem to be handling it well. Oh, I forgot one other interesting complaint. He complained about government officials speaking about disaster assistance from the small business administration. Slick Nick says he reached out and was dismayed to find out that it is alone with 3.45% interest that has to be paid back. That must've crushed Slick Nick because we all know how much he hates paying for anything. All those liens filed against his business remember? It just irritates me that he feels that he is any different than anyone else and is entitled to anything he wants. He has a real warped sense of reality it has been perpetuated by a city government led by several city managers who have catered to his whims and needs for far too long.
NoSympathy(Friday, March 27 20 08:20 am EDT)
Aww, Nicky is on his Facebook page literally in tears, crying that his unemployment application was denied, and he can't navigate the system, so he tagged everyone from the Governor, The state senators, and everyone else to hear his plight and feel sorry for him. Perhaps if he didn't have so many liens on his businesses from not paying rooms & meals taxes over and over, the state would be more apt to help.
Karma is a sweet bitch sometimes. I hope this ruins him and he never reopens his crappy restaurant.
Let's see how long until "someone" starts a GoFundMe for Time-Out, probably one of the same "someones" who anonymously send him money, a.k.a. himself.
Simply dont know how to navigate the bullshit(Friday, March 27 20 06:48 am EDT)
Linda no person with talent would want to lower there selves to run for any of the offices a few people couldn't make a dent in how fucked up our local county and city govt officials are these idiots think they know what they are doing just because they were chosen to take these seats look at each one and really see they could never make anything happen they plain and simply do NOT KNOW HOW to they might even want to do the right thing but can't figure it out no skills in making shit happen or the drive to finish it thru. Really kinda sad alot of the good ideas fall wayside to politics and the gridlock of stupidity all around any one topic
Linda(Thursday, March 26 20 04:10 pm EDT)
I think it's just terrible that County leaders are taking advantage of this health crisis to push their own political agendas in secrecy. Holding discussions and making decisions in virtual meetings without even telling the people in public notices what they will be discussing and deciding on is a complete abuse of their authority. If they have actually done this earlier today or have intend to do so in the future before this health crisis is over then they should be repudiated by the public and voted out of office at our first opportunity.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, March 26 20 12:53 pm EDT)
Sullivan County Board of Commissioners hold virtual meeting today, public not allowed to attend in person. Phone option was made available. The meeting notice states that other County business may have been discussed and decided upon. That other County business (if any transpired) was never publicly noticed.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, March 26 20 12:49 pm EDT)
Al, in my opinion it needs to be a balancing act between seeing the buildings renovated and overall public good and cost to the Claremont taxpayers. Make no mistake, mostly public funds were used to renovate that building. Now the building owner will have five years of frozen property taxes where no real estate assessed valuation will be added to the building. Now there will be at least 10 tenants and their families qualifying for Section 8 Vouchers. Because of privacy laws we will never know how many of those 10 families will be collecting Welfare Benefits from the City of Claremont at an added cost to the Claremont taxpayers. Then there may be more tenants qualifying for Mobile Section 8 Vouchers and they may consume more Welfare Benefits all of which is paid for by Claremont taxpayers as well. Then you have presumably children living within the building that may have not been attending Claremont's School District prior to moving into the Goddard Building. If so then the cost to educate these new students will be added to the Claremont local school property tax rate. It is a vicious circle and the public keeps paying and paying no matter what. Also, will there may be a need for increased Police presence due to domestic disputes, etc. and that of course also comes at a cost to the Claremont taxpayers. There are also probably other hidden costs that will have to be absorbed by the Claremont taxpayers that I didn't think of. So now you have to ask yourself how much cost to the taxpayers is too much just to have one or more of these buildings renovated?
Al(Thursday, March 26 20 07:51 am EDT)
Phil, enough with potty mouth.
Jim, aside from that, does he have a point? What are your thoughts?
I don't like section 8 housing but is it the lesser of two evils? Otherwise it's an empty hulk waiting to be demolished at taxpayer expense.
Who else is going to invest? There are plenty other empty buildings.
Phil(Thursday, March 26 20 06:46 am EDT)
Chad, you are a complete f**ktard. You had a chance to buy that building
and fix it up. mr. dealmaker. more like mr. f**kstick. WHy didnt you?
You can shit on lacass all you want but you should face facts. like a
shithole building with bed bugs and an owner who didn't give a shit and
wasn't going to spend shit on it. what you think it was worth before?
You f**king morons think you have all answers and everybody out to f**k
you over and your too goddamn stupid to face reality. this shithole
building would have been a pile of bricks some day just like the pile of
shit on main street. but goodard bldg won't end up like that now bedause
lacass spent a shitload of money to fix it up. duh. F**king f**ktards.
Oh, boohoo, so he gets a tax break for a few years. big f**king deal.
who the f**k else is going to spend that kind of money in this town? You?
Jim? Who? maybe easter bunny it;s almost easter. you should be shaking
his hand and kissing his ass and telling him thanks for being only
f**ker crazy enough to try. F**king f**ktards think itll ruin pleasant
street. open your f**king eyes. F**king dummies.
Andy(Wednesday, March 25 20 02:49 pm EDT)
I just know they are going to use secret meetings to approve sanctuary city! Jim please be on guard and protect us. I dont trust them.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 25 20 01:48 pm EDT)
Chad, if you are referring to the Goddard Building the Council of 2018 with the exception of Councilors Kier & Zullo who were absent for that meeting unanimously granted the owners of the Goddard Building a five-year property tax assessment freeze to begin upon renovation completion. Meaning that the present property assessment of $443,700 will stay the same for the next five years even though the property assessed value should now be considerably higher because of the multi-million dollar renovation. In regards to their 147 Main St. property that is still awaiting approval of the $500,000 CDBG Grant to fix up that property using public funds to create seven low income apartments at a cost far more than the building will ever be worth. City Officials had agreed at one time to give the owners a similar property assessment freeze on that property of up to nine years. Presently the assessed value on that property is $194,500. However the Council never did vote on that measure because as of yet the project is not moving forward as funding is not secured. However that can change at any time.
Chad(Wednesday, March 25 20 01:00 pm EDT)
Councilors gave 10 years no taxes to kevin lacrosse wtf is that fucking morons trump says it best our leaders are STUPID really really STUPID not a one know how to make a deal and so a deal good for him and is to get a project done not pull your pants down and take it what a fucking disgrace
Brad(Wednesday, March 25 20 11:46 am EDT)
Kevin Lacasse and his partners have certainly done well for themselves with all the public funds they received and it looks like the special VIP treatment will not be stopping anytime soon.
Dan(Wednesday, March 25 20 11:41 am EDT)
It certainly seems that if you are a friend of the city then the sky’s the limit for what you can get on the taxpayer’s dime.
Trish(Wednesday, March 25 20 09:58 am EDT)
I’m surprised that Nick Koloski doesn’t have his hotdog cart out selling hot dogs and taking advantage of the cheap electricity that the city is providing to certain outdoor vendors. Nick sure loves his freebies.
Adam Smith(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:44 am EDT)
Richard, you make good points. Can you run for school board or mayor please? Let's get rid of these tax & spenders!
secret agent man(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:42 am EDT)
Jim, LOL...wrong. I'm a concerned citizen. Under 40. Own a home in Claremont. can walk to downtown. And happen to think you are full of shit 99% of the time. I care about the city and think you are nothing but a troll. you stir up shit and get your idiotic minions fired up for what? any jackass can sit on sidelines and criticize. that's what you do best. go back and read what you wrote. there's always a conspiracy angle. get a life!
Jennifer(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:30 am EDT)
It will be interesting to watch tonight’s meeting on CCTV and see how the Council handles virtual meetings. I still don’t trust them and it would be an easy matter for them to claim increased worry about spreading the virus and make the transition to a completely virtual meeting using computers as was stated in the Sullivan Report article. Particularly if one of the many controversial decisions coming up must be made and our public officials would feel more comfortable doing that under a cloak of secrecy.
Chris(Tuesday, March 24 20 07:25 pm EDT)
No way do the public employees ever take a hit. Teachers and other employees just got raises and the new city manager got the councilors to all get on board to hire a consultant to justify big raises for all city workers. It's practically a done deal. Of course roads will never get paved and the seniors will never get a fair shake on tax exemptions because the councilors and city administrators only care about their people and not the general public.
Charles(Tuesday, March 24 20 05:50 pm EDT)
Are the taxpayers of Claremont going to get a rebate or reduction in our taxes since both the schools and most of the city is shut down? I think that both the school and city side of the tax bills should at least be cut in half.Many of us have lost a great deal of income because of this virus.
Shouldn't city workers and teachers lose too?
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 05:43 pm EDT)
Secret Agent Man you are more like Inspector Clouseau because you entirely missed the point. I never said in my previous Public Forum posting or even in my article that this was some kind of conspiracy. All of these new measures are clearly being done to comply with reasonable guidelines to deal with the COVID-19 Virus to prevent its further spread among the populace. In regards to my article the entire point of it is that the public needs to remain vigilant that liberties are not taken in regards to government transparency for any government entity. How can you possibly be against that? Are you really that thin-skinned or are you secretly a public official that doesn't like having the public spotlight shined upon them?
Big Dick(Tuesday, March 24 20 04:58 pm EDT)
RIchard lets see you point out stuff Mcnutt and Goodwin did. maybe you haven't noticed but they are gone? How many votes did you get when you ran for council? Oh you didn't? maybe you should shut your pie hole then. Or were you another disgraced one term looser like your boy Jimmie? we all now what a bangup job he did when he was on council. and why ar you posting shit in middle of day? Are you sitting at home waiting for your government handout.
Secret Agent Man(Tuesday, March 24 20 04:47 pm EDT)
Jim, or maybe its a clear attempt to comply with gov sununu executive order? only a complete jackass would try and twist this into yet another conspiracy by the city. Wait--I think I just anssered my own question
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 02:22 pm EDT)
After our article was published this morning a notice appeared on the Council page on the City website reiterating the notice at the bottom of the revised meeting agenda requesting that members of the public call in during the Council meeting if they wish to participate and stating the phone number to use (1-800-875-3456 and request City Council Meeting). A clear attempt to limit the number of people in the Council Chambers because under the new guidelines it cannot exceed 10. This new notice also states that the Council meeting will be televised live on CCTV.
Richard(Tuesday, March 24 20 12:45 pm EDT)
There are two types of lies there are lies of omission and then there are bald-faced lies. The city government is the most nefarious when it comes to lying to the public but lately the county government is coming in as a close second. The Topstone building bailout with the back taxes of nearly one-quarter of $1 million forgiven and the large property assessment abatement and all of the government freebies that the owners have received such as free environmental studies and then there is the hands-off policy by city leaders to not enforce an environmental cleanup at the owner’s cost and refusing to shut down the building by condemning it because of public safety. Despite Councilor Koloski’s repeated denials does anyone honestly believe that his being the largest tenant in the building doesn’t have anything to do with the special treatment that has been given by more than one administration and the city council? Then there is the sham paving plan and the pending water and sewer rate increases for residential users only while commercial and apartment owner users will all receive a reduction in their water and sewer bills. Thank goodness the Sullivan Report delved into the proposals and revealed the truth. The County has been less than forthcoming with the nursing home renovation and the sober house project. The schools under the previous administration hid many things from the public such as settlement agreements and the fact that their finance officer was working two jobs and not doing the Claremont and SAU #6 job well at all costing Claremont taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paperwork was not filed on time which almost cost us even more money. Then there is the issue of the Steven High School Principal’s failure to properly deal with a sexually charged incident that has now led to criminal charges being filed. The Principle should have been fired for not adequately protecting that special needs student when staff members reported a prior incident to her that if handled properly at that time would have prevented the subsequent incident. Administrators and the School Board have refused to take appropriate action against the Principal rewarding failure and ambivalence which I find to be highly disgusting. Then there was the debacle regarding the proposed grammar school reorganization that would have turned the entire school district on its head. Once again the Sullivan Report did a wonderful public service by informing the public about the plan and all of its deficiencies. A public uproar occurred and school officials quickly backed off at least for now. These are just a few examples of why I do not trust our government officials, they are inept and they have a political agenda that is not conducive to Claremont’s best needs and interests.
Scott(Tuesday, March 24 20 11:03 am EDT)
Richard what lies are you talking about?
Richard(Tuesday, March 24 20 10:19 am EDT)
Jim and AJ raise a very good point. Our local officials can certainly take advantage of the temporary squelching of government transparency laws because of this medical emergency. Speaking only for myself I do not trust our government officials because they have lied to us on more than one occasion and this would be a great way to slide things through that fit their political agenda. Much like the Democrats are trying to do with their political agenda and trying to tie it to the aid package to United States families and businesses. It is truly reprehensible what the Washington Democrats are doing holding all Americans hostage because of politics. Many of our local officials are Democrats and they act the same spoiled way. I think someday real soon the voters will rue the day that they elected these officials.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 08:11 am EDT)
Council to hold virtual meetings. Will government transparency be cast aside?
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Monday, March 23 20 12:05 pm EDT)
Can't wait until the roving gangs of diversity start breaking in and stealing everything in sight.The police aren't even holding thieves.They're processing them,and sending them on their way.Claremont is going to look like Mad Max in a minute and we all know who is responsible.Tar and feathers,or being run out on a rail comes to mind.
IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT THAT JEANIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE ONCE THEY ARE LET INTO OUR COMMUNITY.
I bet you get free electricity from welfare(Sunday, March 22 20 08:41 pm EDT)
Another scumbag bernie lover or just a faggit either way same thing
In Jim We Trust(Sunday, March 22 20 08:31 pm EDT)
LMAO. It won't be china virus that kills this town it'll be the fucking morons on this page bitching about $1 a day in electricity. LOL. Bunch of retards. worry about stupid shit like that. DOnt worry you dumb shits will be dead soon anyway. LMFAO. Just make sure you inahle deep when someone sneezes on you. WHy is everybody so pissed off about claremont being a sanctuary city? ITs the best hope ole jimmy boy has of getting laid!!!!!!!!!! That is if he ever comes out of his moms basement long enough. Anybody dumb enough to read this page should be castrated. Now THAT would give claremont a brighter future. Maybe I'll run it by the mayor. LMFAO!!!
Terri(Sunday, March 22 20 05:26 pm EDT)
Councilor Koloski said one time at a televised council meeting that he owned a hot dog wagon. Could the cheap electricity be for his benefit? Maybe this summer? Is this the plan? Another gift for him?
Jeff(Sunday, March 22 20 05:10 pm EDT)
Newport doesn't want them unity can't take them no police but sheriff part time or state police maybe we can control them in claremont 1 guy will be watching them and they can get around in Claremont and get to all the services easily as most dont have licenses or any way to do it so claremont is the really only choice
Thank you(Sunday, March 22 20 04:58 pm EDT)
Free electricity no shit and just fyi a ex convict is a friggin convict the ex is if you got divorced or separated lol we are screwed neck tattoo having scumbags everywhere thank you ignorant representation of claremont and this dump of a county representatives free needles for all soon gonna need it to want to live with these loosers that think they run this place
Skip(Sunday, March 22 20 03:52 pm EDT)
It is illegal for a private business to tap into the city electricity but let’s remember how this permit process was corrupt from the start.
Councilor Koloski spearheaded the effort and what a coincidence, one of his former employees benefits from his actions.
So why is it a surprise that the city is also providing electricity. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are providing the food also.
Dennis(Sunday, March 22 20 11:52 am EDT)
I just looked up online the new city fee for food trucks to use city electricity. It’s only $25 per month. Cheap taxpayer subsidized electricity for any food trucks that are using city power. Once again friends of councilors and city employees get a sweet deal and the taxpayers paying for that electricity get taken advantage of again.
Lisa(Sunday, March 22 20 07:54 am EDT)
Don’t worry Claremont is on the move. Just ask Mayor Lovett she will tell you so. Of course the direction we are heading in is that we are sinking to the bottom of the murky depths because the good ship Claremont has sprung too many leaks and is taking on water fast and our city is unable to remain afloat. But the good news is we are making great time sinking. Glug, glug, glug.
David(Sunday, March 22 20 06:13 am EDT)
Downtown Claremont is going to be a shitwhole very shortly. Once the sober house opens up with 50 ex-convicts recovering from drug addiction and the Goddard building fills up with Section 8 recipients many of them probably needing welfare benefits that we will all pay for the downtown will be fixed up just fine. Then there is the question of how many of the restaurants will survive the current pandemic situation. Right now many of them have furloughed their workers and are hardly thriving on take-out and/or delivery alone. They still have bills to pay and depending on how long the pandemic situation lasts they may not be able to reopen their doors to the public because of lack of funds or inability to rehire their former workers. Empty storefronts will be disastrous for downtown building owners because a large part of their revenue comes from the bottom floor leaseholders. The virus may end soon but the repercussions will last for a very long time.
Rent cheap(Saturday, March 21 20 03:46 pm EDT)
I can't wait either to get free welfare power in broad street park for my food truck to plug into
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, March 21 20 03:40 pm EDT)
Claremont Firefighters seem to be okay. Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Kevin(Saturday, March 21 20 01:49 pm EDT)
Why does the Mayor and city council have such raw hatred for our senior population? They refuse to increase the senior exemption and raise the income and asset limits to a reasonable level so more low-income seniors can qualify. But they had no problem doing an early citywide revaluation of all properties that raised the property assessments on many residential properties that severely increased tax bills for many people including senior homeowners while others including one former city councilor received very large property tax bill reductions. Now the plan is to raise water and sewer rates on residential customers while greatly reducing water & sewer bills for commercial property owners and property investors, many of whom do not reside in Claremont. This will also adversely affect senior homeowners. The city’s priorities are all out of whack and our public officials do not seem to care one bit.
Donk(Saturday, March 21 20 12:26 pm EDT)
I hope that the firefighters other FULL TIME JOBS are understanding of the situation.
It's not many people in this country that can work 2 Full Time Jobs.Hope they're saving because civil servant pensions are probably going to be 50 cents on the dollar after the dust settles.
City power(Saturday, March 21 20 09:18 am EDT)
Epic food truck plugging in broad street park new program we have I need long extension cords to get some for my business too
Abby(Saturday, March 21 20 09:14 am EDT)
Patrick Adrian never reported about the water and sewer rate presentation and the follow-up proposal to raise rates on residential customers and decrease rates on commercial customers to include residential apartment buildings. Adrian probably does not want to pull the curtain back on the very real hidden political agenda to increase the financial burden on senior citizen property owners to reduce their number in Claremont and to give cost breaks to those with close political connections to city officials. This is government at its worst and the press is suppressing the news. As far as the Eagle Times is concerned I would say good riddance.True professional journalism does not seem to be the newspaper's priority.
Richard(Saturday, March 21 20 08:22 am EDT)
The Eagle Times reporting for Claremont is especially lame. Patrick Adrian has a conflict of interest because his wife works for the city. Nothing bad has ever reported about the city. That cannot be a coincidence.
Tom(Saturday, March 21 20 07:41 am EDT)
The Eagle Times announced today that they are suspending the printing of their newspaper with the exception of Saturday's for at least two weeks. They state the reasons as the Covid – 19 virus and deep reductions in their revenue. Monday through Friday editions will be online versions only. In my humble opinion this is a trial period for the Eagle Times to transfer to an online edition only on a permanent basis as they are suffering from deep financial troubles and in my humble opinion management is trying to forestall closure. I know one thing the reporting is terrible as it only looks at the surface and not at anything else. I look at the reporting staff and see that they are not what anyone would call seasoned journalists. For example the Union Leader released important limited information late yesterday regarding three of Claremont's firefighters. The Sullivan Report professionally crediting the source as the Union Leader published in news on their website to inform Claremont's populace. Not a word about it published in today's edition of the Eagle Times. Professional journalists should have their finger on the pulse of the communities they cover. This is major news and yet the reporting staff is oblivious to what is going on around. So is the Eagle Times relevant anymore?
Jim Sullivan(Friday, March 20 20 06:27 pm EDT)
Three Claremont firefighters exposed to CORVID–19. See News Flashes page for details.
Todd(Friday, March 20 20 11:16 am EDT)
The Union Leader says that Nick Koloski has three employees. It was co-written by reporter Damien Fisher, a close personal friend of Koloski, who takes every opportunity to prop his friend’s ego up in the press. .
Rebecca(Friday, March 20 20 10:40 am EDT)
I think it’s terrible what our city leaders are planning on doing to the residential users of water and sewer services by raising their already high rates to give the businesses and apartment building owners more money in their pockets. They want to do the same thing to all the city staff members but they won’t do the one thing that all the people of Claremont want which is safer roads. This crack fill and skim coat plan is not viable because it will not do much for the roads besides make them cosmetically look good for a very short time at the cost of over $15 million in 20 years. All the schemes of theirs do nothing for the general populace because they only benefit a certain few. It’s like the council is creating two classes of people, an elite class that reap all the rewards and the rest of us who pay for it all.
Donk(Friday, March 20 20 10:05 am EDT)
With all these services stopped we can stop paying property taxes at least.
Marie(Friday, March 20 20 09:00 am EDT)
With the income requirements set so low it will probably have most residents on some type of public assistance. Welcome to the new Claremont courtesy of Mayor Lovett and her team of councilors.
John O’Connor(Friday, March 20 20 08:48 am EDT)
Let’s be honest, did anyone think the Goddard Building would be high end housing ?
During the entire discussion the buzz word was “workforce housing”. You would think that would mean that housing is for people with jobs.
Only time will tell if being gainfully employed will be a requirement for placement or will collecting welfare be enough to obtain one of those newly refurbished apartments.
Rick(Friday, March 20 20 07:07 am EDT)
John, if you watched the last council meeting you would have seen Mayor Lovett tried to implore City Manager Morris to appoint her to the Claremont Housing Authority. That board is in charge of the Section 8 Vouchers. When they had the conversation about giving the Goddard building and essentially Kevin LaCasse and his business partners 10 of those vouchers Mayor Lovett asked what the process was to receive more vouchers for Claremont. It looks like this process is already in the works behind the scenes.
Carl(Friday, March 20 20 07:03 am EDT)
Many of the senior homeowners probably saw increases in their property assessments that will further drive up there yearly property tax bill. Mark my words, Claremont’s leadership is intentionally practicing the gentrification of the senior population to force them out of Claremont because they are not entering the grave fast enough to suit city officials. Instead they would rather have the refugee population although that makes absolutely no sense at all it is precisely what these moronic leaders are doing.
John O’Connor(Friday, March 20 20 06:47 am EDT)
Only a complete moron would think the Goddard building would not be a section 8 building. A couple of years ago a housing expert spoke about the buildings on Water St.
He stated that those buildings would have to be 90% section 8 just for the owner to break even.
The reason for section 8 is because of the waiting list, with section 8 tenets, they are guaranteed 100% occupancy.
I have to assume the same must be same for the Goddard Building, within 6 months a request will be made to increase the section 8 allotment so that building can be solvent.
Let the games begin....
Leadership lack entire city(Friday, March 20 20 06:38 am EDT)
Leadership????? Joke no department has real leadership they dont even understand what that really means they all are so weak lazy and quite frankly a joke they couldn't make it in non govt work and as for koloski look at his payroll he doesn't have employees you ignorant people it's all fake he employs no one at all hasn't for years. Sad state of our city administration never been so bad across every dept the top full of incompetence a few nice people but that doesn't get the job done !
Dennis(Thursday, March 19 20 04:36 pm EDT)
I doubt that qualifying seniors will ever see an increase in their exemptions. But they will see a serious increase in their water and sewer rates that may just drive them out of their homes. Claremont’s leadership sucks.
Bob(Thursday, March 19 20 04:05 pm EDT)
I said it before and I'll say it again you GOT who you voted for!!!! Maybe next time people will learn but I doubt it!!
Ken(Thursday, March 19 20 12:52 pm EDT)
So far this new council isn’t much better than the old one from last year. And looking at all of the spending proposals and the rate increases coming down the pike I think the taxpayers are going to get screwed pretty badly so that the city staffers and the business community and the apartment building owners can all prosper on our combined misery.
Laura(Thursday, March 19 20 12:12 pm EDT)
I see Claremont inching closer and closer to a sanctuary city and I see City Manager Morris leading the charge with Mayor Lovett and her sidekick Damren. Mayor Lovett's desire to become a member of the Claremont Housing Authority and then request more welfare vouchers for Claremont should be a frightening notion for everyone. The Sullivan Report has done a marvelous job apprising the general public about the Welfare Department's ongoing budget deficit that seems to be growing as the number of clients also seems to be growing. Mayor Lovett wishes to be oblivious to the obvious as she continues to be Claremont's cheerleader spouting half-truths and untruths about Claremont's financial vitality. As long as Mayor Lovett is in power she will always be a threat to Claremont's future. Claremont voters sure know how to pick their leaders don’t they.
Erik(Thursday, March 19 20 11:58 am EDT)
It’s unbelievable how councilors are acting like it’s some big shock that the Goddard building is going to be a haven for welfare receiving Section 8 voucher holders. The council has lied to us right from the start as did a few city managers and Nancy Merrill. They never tell us the truth because they want public buy-in for projects that no sane person would ever support. The one person that really makes me want to vomit is Nick Koloski. That little pipsqueak voted yes on all of the measures to help this project go forward and now all of a sudden he is somehow all surprised about the Section 8 vouchers and the obvious fact that most of the apartments will qualify for these vouchers whether they be from Claremont or elsewhere. I’m sorry but no one is that stupid not even Nick Koloski. He knew what he was doing all along and now he’s trying to sidestep any responsibility for his past actions that have really hurt Claremont. The public needs to wake up and see Nick Koloski for who he really is.
Tom(Thursday, March 19 20 10:06 am EDT)
Glenn you called our city government a trifecta of terrible leadership. Well what I like to call them is the league of lunatics because that is exactly how they all act like a bunch of lunatics. The entire lot of them is intellectually damaged people and God help us they’re in charge.
Glenn(Thursday, March 19 20 09:11 am EDT)
The part about the water and sewer rates was really interesting. The scumbags running the city tried to pull the wool over our eyes with a phony baloney paving scheme and now they are pulling the same crap with the water and sewer rates. They want to hose all of the residential customers so they can give price breaks to the business community and their favorite real estate developer. Add in all the salary increases that will be forthcoming for all the city staff members and the taxpayers are going to get it right in the shorts. We have a bad city manager, bad directors and a god-awful city council. A trifecta of terrible leadership.
Steve(Wednesday, March 18 20 11:00 am EDT)
That darn Mayor Lovett sure is one heck of a Sneaky Pete. She won’t quit when it comes to this sanctuary city business. She wants to fill Claremont up with all kind of illegal aliens and turn downtown Claremont into some kind of urban ghetto. I don’t know what the heck she is thinking. She is some type of mental case that should not be on the city council. I hope Mr. Morris does not put her on the Claremont Housing Authority so she can get her hooks on the Section 8 vouchers. She said she wants more of them for Claremont and she wants to asked the federal government to hand a bunch over. Just what we need more welfare recipients to support. The problem is that Mayor Lovett is not the only lunatic on the council. Kier, Damren and Koloski and Contois are all snowflake liberals too. I’m also not too sure about O’Hearne and Sweetser. What worries me is they do not need a public vote to turn Claremont into a sanctuary city. Mr. Morris will just roll over and play dead because he’s got the best job he will ever have earning way more money than he will ever make anywhere else because he’s not qualified for anything. He won’t do anything to jeopardize this job so he will do what ever the councilors tell him to do. I think Claremont is in big trouble.
Todd(Wednesday, March 18 20 09:20 am EDT)
I see on Facebook that Councilman Nick Koloski is playing the martyr once again to make himself look good to the public. When Gov. Sununu shut down all the restaurants to take out and delivery only to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus it must’ve sent Slick Nick for a loop. Reading his long explanation contrived to make him look like St. Nick he makes the decision to close his restaurant until the shutdown order has expired. He said it would cost thousands of dollars to stay open and maybe make only a little money. I think there is some truth in that but I think he over exaggerated the cost. At least his employees can earn some unemployment money in the meantime. Nick would’ve laid most of them off anyway if they were just doing a takeout business so this is not an altruistic action by any means although Nick hopes the public is dumb enough to believe that. Nick just couldn’t afford to stay open without in-house trade. He just did not want to publicly admit it and this is just about him saving face and trying to gain some points with a very gullible electorate by trying to make himself look like he is a great humanitarian. Don’t fall for it.
William(Wednesday, March 18 20 07:15 am EDT)
I am really disappointed in Mayor Charlene Lovett. I voted for her as a state representative when she said she was a Republican fiscal conservative. I voted for her election to the school board. I voted for her election to the city council and for her initial spot as Mayor. Since she has now firmly embedded herself in the Mayor’s position she is beginning to show her true colors. She is a liberal tax-and-spend snowflake through and through. She cannot stand criticism or contrary views. She is pushing hard for changing Claremont into a sanctuary city. Of course she uses the slang term welcoming community just like she used the deceptive term workforce housing for the 27 new Section 8 qualifying apartments in the Goddard building. I read yesterday in the E- Ticker News the Mayor’s weekly article and the topic is about the Goddard building and according to Mayor Snowflake what a wonderful asset it is to downtown Claremont. It is full of hype as she gushes over Kevin Lacasse and his company for bringing more low income housing to Claremont. She somehow sees this as a huge step forward for Claremont. I see it as a potential nightmare that can cause large increases in our taxes when it comes to more students in the schools, possibly more welfare benefits paid out, increased police presence possibly needed if crime increases and a further deterioration to the downtown. Many years ago councilors took the very brave stand to clean out the downtown. Snowflake Lovett and her crew of moronic followers are reversing all those decisions and bringing back the very problems those previous decisions solved and they are raising our taxes in the process by giving tax breaks to the developers, looking to raise all of the salaries for city employees, raising our water and sewer rates and paying for the spending increases by dodging their responsibility to pave our roads with a cockamamie goofball plan that only cosmetically covers the roads and nothing else. The roads will be a disaster in just a few years but by then Morris will probably be on to his next job with Claremont firmly in his rearview mirror. The seniors that still own their homes will get it worse because the taxes keep going up and now the water and sewer rates will go up on residential users to give business owners and apartment building owners a break on their water and sewer bills and the seniors can forget about ever getting an exemption increase on their homes because the Scrooges on the council will never do it. This is because they don’t care about the general public at all despite the disingenuous lipservice they keep giving us.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 17 20 04:38 pm EDT)
Two articles today.
1) City Manager & City Council shut down some government services.
2) March 11 City Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Andy(Monday, March 16 20 05:18 pm EDT)
I am a bit baffled as to why they closed the Community Center?
That place is disgusting and full of unexplained bacteria.
Now I think we can see the importance of a professional cleaning service.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, March 15 20 07:24 pm EDT)
City Manager announces closure of Fiske Free Library & Claremont Savings Bank Community Center.
Special Council meeting announced for Monday night.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, March 15 20 04:54 pm EDT)
Governor Sununu orders all NH Public Schools closed between March 23 through April 3!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 11 20 05:32 pm EDT)
Bob, what he was referring to was the Planning Board actually increasing funding of the CIP themselves. They do not have the authority to do that. Their authority is to review and recommend the CIP to the Council each year. Suggesting funding the CIP with it's own budget allocation is OK because nobody needs authority to suggest anything to the Council.
Bob(Wednesday, March 11 20 05:07 pm EDT)
I watched the planning board meeting and saw someone raise the issue about the improvement plan. It was the younger guy on the end. He actually said he questioned the planning board authority to do so. Maybe you missed that. Watch again.
Alicia(Wednesday, March 11 20 03:24 pm EDT)
I think Morris the Cat would have been a better choice for city manager. He would have done the job only for his favorite brand of cat food instead of for the highest salary and compensation package that Claremont has ever paid in its entire history. The city manager is clearly a loser and not deserving of the compensation that he is receiving.
Bob(Wednesday, March 11 20 03:17 pm EDT)
Jim: Thank You, keep up the good work you are an asset to this city!!!
Richard(Wednesday, March 11 20 01:53 pm EDT)
Boy city officials sure love to lie to the public with every opportunity they get. Mixing the water and sewer rates together to get a lower percentage of rate increase is really low and despicable. Nevertheless, folks like St. Pierre have no problem manipulating numbers to get what they want and Morris the new city manager must condone it because he allows it to happen all the time. No one is that inept or out of touch. Morris keeps saying he wants to give big increases to city employees now he wants to fund the CIP plan, who knows what else he wants to spend money on, and usually it is for things that do not really add any value to our city services. All Morris does is come up with new ways to spend more and more of the taxpayers money. He is going to be a really bad city manager.
Randy(Wednesday, March 11 20 12:15 pm EDT)
Now the city wants to increase water and sewer rates because I guess the new inexperienced city manager and the councilors are not satisfied with only raising our property tax rates and our property assessments, which create hidden property tax increases all their own. Whenever I watch the council meeting I think what they need is good theme music playing in the background to set the proper mood as the councilors move forward their political agenda. I am torn between two appropriate musical choices. The theme from the Three Stooges or the Sonny & Cher song Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.
Kevin(Wednesday, March 11 20 09:59 am EDT)
Mary Walter needs to go. She is a lousy finance director and she has no problem raising taxes that she never has to pay. Of course you can justify any spending but when you keep justifying money for this that and the other thing that adds up. The CIP plan has always been a wish list of mostly pie-in-the-sky spending schemes. Our idiot city leaders first have to purge the wish list of foolish spending and only put on the list things that are really needed and then figure out how to pay for it in a responsible way. I am not sure the fools in charge now are capable of doing that.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 11 20 09:40 am EDT)
Bob, I did a little checking for you. The school budget for Fiscal Year 2011 totaled $31,246,542. The school budget just passed for Fiscal Year 2021 totaled $38,202,690. This is a difference (increase) of $6,956,148 in 10 years.
Todd(Wednesday, March 11 20 09:35 am EDT)
So now the planning board is getting into the act of recommending property tax rate increases for everybody. Most NH communities have a property tax rate that is six dollars or less than Claremont. Isn’t that high enough? What exactly do we get for our money? Hell they don’t even pave the roads and now they want to do practically nothing and call it done so they don’t have to spend the money on the roads. We have a bunch of doofuses running the city now.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 11 20 06:58 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) Voting Results.
2) George Caccavaro receives plea deal.
3) Claremont Planning Board to recommend property tax rate increase for Capital Improvement Plan!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Monday, March 09 20 04:51 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan: here in an interesting idea compare school budgets from 10 to 20 years ago and see how much the budget has increased over the course of this time. Bet you will find the school budget goes u approximately 1 million a year.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, March 09 20 07:00 am EDT)
New article published today.
Teacher's Union mails out deceptive postcard to voting public.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Manipulation(Friday, March 06 20 06:32 am EST)
Edith go vote for Bernie work he hasn't worked in years if you work you can pay market rent or your rooms and meals tax or your nh BET tax and not get liens put on you for non payment of those things he is a scum getting rent at the lowest ever dollar amount that why it's so important the building didnt get taken so he had to get taxes forgiven he is no business owner the guy owns some chairs tables and glasses forks knives wake up you stupid keep living in a sand box playing make believe like he does he just smarter than you at how to manipulate idiots like you
Catherine(Wednesday, March 04 20 11:51 pm EST)
Koloski has been using and abusing the Claremont political system for years ever since he was elected to the city council. He is a huckster who has many of the citizens believing that he is a great humanitarian. He is a scammer who collects donations from others and just redistributes those donations to the needy while taking all the credit. He has done it with clothes, toys and other things. Little of the donations come from him. I believe that he really is a part owner of the topstone bld. because that would make sense why these property owners were treated like some kind of royalty receiving so many generous tributes. Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in tax forgiveness. A large property tax abatement. Free environmental studies. A hands off approach regarding the condition of the building and the hazardous environmental dangers present that should have condemned the building based on public safety long ago. Only someone with political influence could have pulled that off.
Ken(Wednesday, March 04 20 09:10 pm EST)
Koloski can say whatever he wants now that he has been caught with his pants down. He is not anyone I would ever believe. He specifically said that he has a property on Mulberry Street not that he has a business on Mulberry Street. Big difference. Nice try Edith, please say hi to Archie for me.
Edith Marie(Wednesday, March 04 20 08:41 pm EST)
Im sure none of you will ask so I did. He took my phone call while at work mind you. The property he refers to is his families restaurant. They have had it for 11 years. No he does not own the topstone bld. He leases the restaurant space. Anything else I should have asked I forgot to so we can carry on now. That was hard.
Chris(Wednesday, March 04 20 08:24 pm EST)
David, I saw that clip too and it sure looks like and admission from Koloski that he co-owns the Topstone building. It would explain a lot about the special treatment the owners of the building have received from several city managers and the city council. It makes me sick to see how much this has cost the taxpayers.
David(Wednesday, March 04 20 08:21 pm EST)
There is a video clip on Facebook that shows Nick Koloski admit that he "has a property on Mulberry St.". It has to be the Topstone property that received the big tax forgiveness break and the big property assessment abatement and the city refused to take the building for back taxes and they got free hazardous waste studies and the building is in worse shape than the Main Street building that the city is about to tear down that the taxpayers will pay for. It must be nice to be a city councilor.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 04 20 10:45 am EST)
Steven, I do watch the meetings very closely and quite frankly I have no idea what you're going on about.
In regards to Damren's resignation from the Planning Board, both Sullivan Report articles that have addressed that issue clearly state that Damren's resignation is from the Planning Board and not the City Council.
In regards to Councilor Contois, yesterday's article clearly states that he has the right to speak at the ZBA meeting. The point that we were making is that Councilor Nick Koloski is a hypocrite because he also spoke at that ZBA meeting and he raised concerns about noise, truck traffic and storage of C & D in train cars on the spur. Our point is that Koloski did say during the Council meeting that he would recuse himself if the recycling company site plan came before the Planning Board because now Koloski has made public comments about this application. Councilor Contois also said that he would be willing to recuse himself if he was serving on the Planning Board and the Recycling Services site plan came before the board. Yet Koloski did not accept Contois' statement that he would recuse himself as adequate suggesting that the fact that Contois has an opinion precludes him from serving on the Planning Board not only for the Recycling Services site plan but for other business applications going forward. If that is the bar that Councilor Koloski is setting then shouldn't that standard apply to Koloski as well? The answer is yes it should and Koloski should resign from the Planning Board although Koloski is on such a power trip it is unlikely that he will ever do so. This is what makes Koloski a hypocrite.
Steven, thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify our position on this matter. I appreciate it.
Steven(Wednesday, March 04 20 10:08 am EST)
Do you even watch the meetings Jim? Every meeting you mistate what was said. From my living room I figured out Damrens resignation was from the Planning Board seat as that was the topic of conversation and was discussed again under board appointments yet you go on a rant spreading lies. Again watching from home I watched Kolski publicly state during the Contois discussion as previously hightlighted if the project was to go before either board he would have to excuse himself as he had a previous conflict with the railyard. At the last meeting he started it again. Maybe you should actaully watch the meetings and take real notes. If you want to pretend for a second its not just personal attacks and you were not aware I read one of your rants covering Damren and Kolski excusing themsleves as a matter of conflict of interest the first time this project was presented. You trashed them then. Why would Contois or Kolski not speak one not appointed and one identified as not gonna be seated. The zoning board member also excused himself for a conflict and spoke as a citizen against it. He owns Pine Hill construction. You can't win with you. They are all damned if they do or don't. If you watch the zoning meeting Contois flips out and Kolski doesn't speak in opposition he asked questions. Oh my. If you want to share information try actually watching the meetings or attend them.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 03 20 05:51 pm EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) ZBA Board continues Recycling Services Inc.'s hearings until April 6.
2) February 26 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Tuesday, March 03 20 05:08 pm EST)
John:...Instead of being a negative Nancy, why don't you go and promote the news and information this page delivers, maybe JUST maybe you can change some peoples minds and bring about change. BUT I know that is a lot to ask.....
John(Friday, February 28 20 09:59 am EST)
Chris... nice try. I have been a faithful reader of this site since it’s inception and every election it’s the same old shite.
Jim and AJ make compelling arguments for change, for focal restraint, for new blood on the council.
As far as reporting news worthy events in Claremont, they do an excellent job but fail in interrupting the pulse of the people.
This is what it is.
Chris(Friday, February 28 20 08:46 am EST)
John, that is a very harsh and unfair accusation. The Sullivan Report is a news source that reports local news. The website does not endorse candidates or functions as a political action committee. There are many reason why Claremont is in the sorry state it is in today. Most of the eligible voters do not vote. Voter apathy runs high in Claremont. Good candidates seldom run. The tax and spend crowd that represent the local unions organize and run their own candidates for the own personal self benefit. They are the ones who are elected. You cannot blame this website for that.
John(Thursday, February 27 20 06:29 pm EST)
Here is a news flash, the people that follow the Sullivan reports are and have been the minority in Claremont.
Election after election the Sullivan report produces article after article that should be enough information to turn an election, but it never happens.
The voters continuously elect tax and spend individuals and then complain.
It’s time to face reality, this site is meaningless.
Bob(Wednesday, February 26 20 05:12 pm EST)
William: The people of this city had a chance to vote conservatives on the council, people who wanted change, but they voted the same ol same ol tax and spend idiots. some of the idiots in this town shouldn't be allowed to vote
William(Wednesday, February 26 20 06:31 am EST)
I saw on the council agenda for tonight’s meeting that the welfare director will be addressing the councilors. Curious I looked at the councilor information packet for tonight’s meeting and while she did not offer any new information about Claremont’s situation, she did remark that the homeless situation is exacerbating and affecting the welfare department presumably the budget. I recall reading on the Sullivan Report that the welfare budget is over budget and will run a deficit before the end of the fiscal year end of June. For her to come before the councilors so soon and for her to call the situation a crisis does not bode well for the taxpayers. It seems Claremont is already a sanctuary city for the homeless or is soon to become one. Add on top of that the ex-convicts with drug addiction problems that will soon be living in the downtown. Anywhere between 20 and 50 of these ex-convicts living right in the middle of downtown Claremont depending on whatever number county manager Derek Ferland happens to say on any given day. Then let us not forget the teen runaway mothers and their offspring that will eventually be living down on Main Street near the bridge at Elm Street. Then there is all the section 8 income qualifying housing being created with the city’s help in partnership with their favorite developer both on Pleasant Street and soon to be on Main Street. The Claremont Development Authority, an agency of the city is creating more space for an expanded dental clinic for the poor, the project spearheaded by a former city councilor who works there. Then there are other social services that have been expanded in Claremont over recent years including the needle exchange program at Valley Regional Hospital. A place where both Mayor Lovett & Assistant Mayor Damren have served as a member of their board of trustees. All of this is part of a master plan led by Mayor Lovett and other members of the council and presumably the new city manager and others to change Claremont into a welcoming community, which is political slang for a sanctuary city for refugees and illegal aliens. Many of whom have criminal records if other communities who have made the mistake of becoming sanctuary cities are any indication. It is obvious that Mayor Lovett and her cronies have other agendas as well such as lining the pockets of all city employees while refusing to increase senior exemptions and expand veteran tax credits to deserving city residents. Now they are trying to pull a fast one on the taxpayers by implementing a new paving plan that will not maintain the roads at all. Nothing but cosmetic crack so and skim coat that will not add any long-term useful life to any of our roadways. You cannot even really call this a Band-Aid approach because at least a Band-Aid offers some protection where this plan is nothing more than smoke and mirrors as city officials the favor funds from necessary expenditures to fund their various insidious political agendas. The citizens of Claremont need to wake up and see what is going on because they are putting their trust in the wrong people. They are voting in the wrong people at least those who actually go out and vote. The people who stay home on voting day are equally responsible for the pathetic excuses Claremont has for leadership and I am not only talking about the city government but also the county and school governments as well. We reap what we sow, the citizens of Claremont planted a bad crop of leaders in the county, school and city governments, and now we will be paying the price for those bad decisions.
Todd(Wednesday, February 26 20 03:59 am EST)
Morris is ill suited for the job. Could it be because he’s unqualified using practically every skill set measurement that’s available? Lovett and company wanted a city manager that they could have under their thumb so they could push forward their sanctuary city agenda. Well they certainly got what they wanted and he’ll be a good little boy and give them exactly what they want so he can keep his job and live on his little house on Grove Street and be happy. The Claremont taxpayers get it in the shorts again.
Keith(Tuesday, February 25 20 06:01 pm EST)
We are screwed people dying of overdose in bathrooms at convenience stores and we only worried how to be sanctuary city and welcome sober housing to down town wait till that happens gonna be so nice the cancer will spread wider than it already is and more dirtbags than ever we are paying the price for the Santagate policies now and just new idiots dont know which way is up trying to take over
Bill(Tuesday, February 25 20 03:42 pm EST)
Anyone following the news knows that the stock market is tumbling. Huge losses for senior retirement funds and other investors. How will people pay for their high property tax bills when they have suffered huge losses with their investments? Of course the idiots on the city council doesn't care about that because the only thing that they are interested about spending more money and they have successfully hired the city manager more than willing to give them one new spending plan after another. Big raises for all the city staff members paid for by a con job road paving plan and no increases in senior exemptions or giving veteran's tax credits to all of Claremont's veterans. The Council wants to give all kind of money to real estate developers who want to bring in attendance who qualify for section 8 housing or illegal aliens or refugees to accommodate Mayor Lovett's grandiose sanctuary city plans for Claremont along with her snowflake political allies Damren, Koloski and Kier. They also support big property tax breaks in property tax bill write-offs for landlords who do not pay their taxes or fix up their properties. The entire city government is corrupt and it will not end for at least two more years because a majority of the councilors are on board with the sanctuary city plan and all that goes with it.
Rick(Tuesday, February 25 20 12:06 pm EST)
The local reporters also did a disservice to their readers by simply reporting what was said in accepting it at face value without checking any of the facts for themselves to determine the veracity of what Ed Morris said. Unfortunately this is a mistake that are local reporters make time and time again. I attribute the Eagle Times reporter for doing this because his wife works for the city’s planning office. In regards to the Valley News and the E- Ticker News reporters I attribute they are unprofessional reporting to either laziness or the desire to publish fake news that mirrors their political slant.
Kevin(Tuesday, February 25 20 10:15 am EST)
Ed Morris is a terrible city manager. An ex-fireman who has let his loyalties to firefighters bias his actions to give the Claremont firefighters everything they have ever wanted for a paltry token gesture in return. That is not how the union contract negotiation process is supposed to work. Naturally none of these facts stated in the Sullivan Report’s article were ever said during the brief discussion at the city council meeting before all of the city councilors gleefully approved the pay raises for the firefighters. Not one of the councilors asked any insightful questions because none of them were interested in revealing any of the details to the taxpaying public. They all simply wanted to approve the very generous pay raises and move on to other business. It is very obvious that the taxpayers do not have good representation on the city council.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, February 25 20 08:23 am EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) Recycling Services Inc. return seeking several special considerations from the Claremont Zoning Board in order to open a Construction & Demolition Transfer Station.
2) The new firefighter union contract – the rest of the story.
Full details of the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Monday, February 24 20 02:07 pm EST)
Matt- It doesn't matter if this paving plan doesn't work.Just as long as the big pay raises are already in place,then paving can be revisited,on a limited budget of course.
Matt(Saturday, February 22 20 03:08 pm EST)
How can anyone think that this bullshit paving plan will actually work? These imbeciles are going to spend millions of our tax dollars to do a Band-Aid method on the roads and a few years in the future the roads are going to be pulverized and many unpassable. Of course, Morris will probably be long gone by then because I do not see him staying here long as people are already figuring out that he is ill suited for the job.
Fools council(Friday, February 21 20 09:28 am EST)
He supports crack pave plan because he doesn't know better weathersfield roads mostly dirt state roads paved lol what a bunch of fools for hiring this nozzle
Tom(Thursday, February 20 20 08:09 pm EST)
Ed Morris is a disaster as a city manager. All he wants to do is spend more tax dollars to raise up the property tax rate. More pay raises for all the city employees. He already gave the firefighters a pay raise and now the consultant he hired will recommend another raise for the firefighters on top of that. Morris has already said that he will ask the council to give pay raises to all the employees once the consultant's report is turned in. Signed contracts will be nullified and amended to take into consideration the new pay raises. Then he does the exact opposite with the seniors and the veterans of Claremont. Only modest increases in income and asset limitations and no increase in the exemption itself and no expansion of veteran tax credits to all veterans like other communities do. He supports the paving plan that will only crack seal and skim coat the roads for the next twenty years and turn Claremont's roads back into what they probably looked like during the middle ages. Saving money for his hair brained spending initiatives like pay raises for all city staffers and money for non-profits and connected Section 8 apartment developers/owners. Heck he can't even get the signal lights at Draper's Corners fixed and it's been at least three months or more. What the heck good is he? What is even more sickening is that we the taxpayers are paying him more than we paid Santagate, who was a far better city manager than Morris the inexperienced nincompoop will ever be.
Flawed search(Thursday, February 20 20 04:57 pm EST)
Oh of course with the bullshit search committee that never even had a say this has looser damren looser lovett all over hiring this guy with no credentials the committee which any committee in this city is a waste by the way never even recommended there was a Cadillac and a escort wagon and lovett damren riding around in a rotted out escort wagon cause they know how to drive it these ignorant fools couldn't lead a thing hope it doesn't snow with all these snowflakes the escort wagon can't take much more road salt
Shawn(Thursday, February 20 20 03:43 pm EST)
Speaking of snowflakes, it seems that this Ed Morris guy that’s our new city manager is the biggest snowflake of them all. In fact he has so many snowflakes on him he looks like a damn snowman.
Dennis(Thursday, February 20 20 02:46 pm EST)
Well I never had any illusions about Nick Koloski or Allen Damren or Abigail Kier or Charlene Lovett. They’re all bad news and they are still bad news but the idiots in Claremont still keep voting them back in. Claremont gets the representation they deserve and the dumb will lead us right down the shitter with their dangerous snowflake welcoming committee agenda. God help us all.
County delegation doing the same(Thursday, February 20 20 06:16 am EST)
Look at our county delegation doing the same sending sober scumbags to the middle of our pajama wearing part of town with all there SSDI handouts non working scum can't wait to see the flowers in tremont square and the needles next to them this town of ignorant officials is FU%!ED
Gary(Thursday, February 20 20 02:12 am EST)
The city manager made it very clear that he intends to recommend that the city council approve large pay raises to all city employees. He is hiring a consultant to write a report that will justify his recommendation. This will cost money that will raise the property tax rate with the next budget. To keep the property tax rate from going up too high other costs must be kept down. This paving plan will do that by keeping the increase down to a minimum. The city manager and his assessing consultant are doing the same thing with the elderly exemptions and the veteran tax credits. In my own personal opinion it is very unethical what our city leaders are doing but then ethics seem in very short supply these days when it comes to Claremont city administrators and elected representatives.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, February 20 20 12:36 am EST)
Assistant Public Works Director Jeremy Clay told the Council that the paving plan that Bob Betsold, the person giving the Powerpoint Presentation, was recommending would be the new approach to paving that the City of Claremont would be doing. After the presentation was over not one of the eight City Councilors present (Allen Damren was absent) raised any concerns or objections. Their combined silence strongly suggested acceptance and approval. Despite the fact that this so called plan, that will cost millions of dollars to implement, is obviously flawed. This is the reason why I wrote the article and focused much of it on this sorry excuse for a paving plan in order to raise public awareness on how millions of your tax dollars will be wasted if this plan is implemented. Hopefully the public will reach out to their Councilors representatives and talk some sense into them before it is too late.
Les(Wednesday, February 19 20 08:11 pm EST)
Did this council get sold that plan for roads that was presented if so we really screwed up putting them in office
Mark(Wednesday, February 19 20 03:46 pm EST)
I voted for Erica Sweetser because I thought she would be a little spitfire on the Council. A true voice of the people. It seems to me all she’s doing right now is going along to get along and that makes me sick to my stomach. I think I may have wasted my vote on her by buying her line of bullshit.
Don(Wednesday, February 19 20 01:03 pm EST)
I always thought that Debora Matteau was really smart. I also thought that Andrew O’Hearne and Jon Stone were both relatively smart too. Their silent acceptance of this piss poor paving plan has me rethinking their level of intelligence.
Charles(Wednesday, February 19 20 10:45 am EST)
Just to be clear,these people DO NOT DO ANY PAVING.
These are Huckster crack fillers that have concocted a presentation to people that do not understand the mechanics of road maintenance.Should these councilors sign a contract with these people,Claremont will be on the hook again for a big NOTHINGBURGER.
Nothing for your money(Wednesday, February 19 20 10:27 am EST)
Spend money and get nothing for it maybe they should try that slogan when they run again I'm sure they will get elected !
Greg(Wednesday, February 19 20 10:18 am EST)
What is up with the Council? Anyone can see that this BS paving plan is nothing more than a con job that will waste millions of dollars of our tax money. Of course we know that Koloski is moron and that he, Lovett, Damren and Kier are all liberal tax-and-spend snowflakes but come on. I am very disappointed with Stone, O'Hearne, Matteau, Sweetser and Contois because I thought they had at least some limited intelligence and some common sense to be able a see through this cock and bull plan. Their combined silent approval was deafening. The taxpayers of Claremont deserve better leadership than what we have.
Bob(Wednesday, February 19 20 09:13 am EST)
Any idiot can see that this paving plan won’t work. Any idiot that is except for the idiots that are sitting on the city council.
Kevin(Tuesday, February 18 20 03:30 pm EST)
The one thing that taxpayers want is better roads. The Council and the administration are so incredibly out of touch because they are consumed with their own political agenda of transforming Claremont into a sanctuary city. Yes I know they are calling it a welcoming community but it’s the same damn thing they are just playing word games. They are shipping in ex-convicts all with drug addictions and low income people whose income does not exceed the extremely low Section 8 income standards. These people are a drain on our community and many will be a drain on the Claremont school system with the addition of more kids. I have no idea what city officials, county officials and school officials are thinking but they are certainly leading us all in the wrong direction and raising our tax burden in the process.
William(Tuesday, February 18 20 02:16 pm EST)
I just finished reading the Sullivan Report article about this paving plan. I did not watch the Council meeting but having the access to the PowerPoint slides is extremely helpful. I read Patrick Adrian’s article first and it sure sounded like a worthwhile plan. Then I read this article in the Sullivan Report, see the PowerPoint slides and realize that from the information on the slides that this plan is a scam through and through. Crack sealing most of the roads is only a temporary measure not a 20 year plan. It sounds like the city officials who dreamed up this nightmare of a plan are all on crack themselves.
Richard(Tuesday, February 18 20 01:55 pm EST)
Did anyone read Patrick Adrian's article in today's Eagle Times about this sham paving plan? Boy, Patrick has sure drunken the city administration's Kool-Aid hasn't he? Patrick made this new paving plan sound like the best thing since sliced bread but then I guess that's to be expected because his wife works for the city planning office. Patrick is compromised and it is unlikely that he will ever write a contrary word against the city administration so long as his wife derives a paycheck from the city. Presumably a much larger paycheck than what he receives from the Eagle Times.
Charles(Tuesday, February 18 20 10:24 am EST)
These road people are glorified gypsies.They don't do any actual paving.St Pierre will tell you what these people are about,HUCKSTERS
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, February 18 20 09:53 am EST)
New article just published regarding the February 12 Council meeting.
Wait until you read the City's new paving plan!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Board(Saturday, February 15 20 07:18 am EST)
We couldn't be so lucky and blessed he resigned just from planning board
Mindy(Saturday, February 15 20 07:05 am EST)
I can’t believe Mr.Dameran has resigned from the City Council.
I want to wish him the best of luck in the future.
Waste(Thursday, February 13 20 09:09 am EST)
Damren was a waste on all levels hopefully Lovette follows she just has no skill at anything but trying to make people happy
Joe(Thursday, February 13 20 08:17 am EST)
As I was watching last nights meeting, I was surprised to hear Allen Dameran had resigned.
Thank you for your time on the council but in all honesty you were a huge disappointment.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, February 12 20 08:37 am EST)
Claremont election results on the News Flashes page of this website.
Merry Christmas(Tuesday, February 11 20 05:30 pm EST)
$10,000 for council paid to some overpaid little weasel that gives advice to a bunch of idiots what a deal that is just the beginning of our ignorant officials bad decisions on a fuc%/# decoration for a display in the park because they dont have the balls to make a decision let's make everyone happy next year I'm getting a decoration too I can't wait !!!!!!!!!! Good luck with these incompetant people we put in office no idea how to do anything
William(Tuesday, February 11 20 07:48 am EST)
I believe there is a large group of government officials with the county and the school and the municipal governments in concert with local developers and certain nonprofit agencies are covertly colluding together to transform Claremont into a sanctuary city. If you follow the projects as the Sullivan Report pointed out it seems clear that this is going on one step at a time.
Drool(Tuesday, February 11 20 06:12 am EST)
Cloutier drools the guy is a mess doesn't have a clue and we vote him in years of this tell you anyone can be elected it's just sad let the drooler set policy for anything wow
WatchingCity GoDown(Monday, February 10 20 01:45 pm EST)
As long as Claremont sends Democrat house members to Concord you can plan On Claremont continuing to fail. They lock step with the social agenda. Is O’Hearne on another no show term or was he really excused? At least it was one less vote for them Dems but he could have voted with the honorable Walter Stapleton and do Claremont some good. 10g on lawyers fees for one dipsticks complaint. People should remember that when they see Killay on the street.
Mike(Monday, February 10 20 01:23 pm EST)
The worst thing that could happen to Claremont would be to become a sanctuary city. Liberal wing nuts John Cloutier and Gary Merchant are bad news for Claremont. Maybe this vote will wake some people up and create the opportunity for new leadership when these two are up for reelection.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, February 10 20 10:12 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) City Officials waste large sums of taxpayer's money on legal fees for holiday display issue.
2) Mayor Lovett does it again!
3) It is important to remember our history.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
This is an interesting idea but I feel that the problem with these kinds of things is that there is always going to be people who are looking for a job at the startup in question because they have their first name and most of the things they do to become successful are pretty obvious to them because there have been lots of them already in the last decade. This is especially true when the founders are going to be successful if a startup starts to raise money in order to be successful. A good <a href="https://propertyappraisers.us/orange-county-property-appraiser">Orange County appraiser</a> might not get an offer from a bad company if a company started to raise money for a startup, then it's all going to be an unavoidable problem - but for now there would be little reason to pay them.
Educator(Friday, February 07 20 07:25 am EST)
I'm not for completely banning plastic grocery bags,but I believe a 50 cent charge per bag is in order.
Those participation trophys have to be paid for somehow.
I do like the idea of free breakfast and lunch at the schools for students and staff.Whoever said there's no free lunch?
Educator smokes Bernie weed(Thursday, February 06 20 06:55 pm EST)
Go figure AOC Bernie obama lover get a real job you looser
Bob(Thursday, February 06 20 05:18 pm EST)
Hey Educator I don't know what you're smoking but I suggest you quit. Everything you just said is the complete opposite of reality. Good God you're probly on the plastic bag ban- band wagon too...God help us!!
Educator(Thursday, February 06 20 04:58 pm EST)
Jeremy, what people fail to understand is that the city employees are the ones keeping businesses alive in Claremont.I even had a conversation with the manager at the Chevy dealership that he implied that were it not for teachers,cops,and firemen his dealership would probably go under.
Mr. Morris is trying to get us as much as possible so that we spend locally.We're the ones that keep the restaurants going as well.
A larger student body made up from immigrant families,and even the sober living facility,not to mention the Sullivan Co. Home ensures plenty of well paying administrative jobs in many areas and fields.The Green New Deal may also bring enforcement jobs to Claremont.They will be tasked with investigating and fining CO2 emmiters that are not making the necessary investments.Oil burners will be made illegal in the not too far off future.Installing solar panels and alternative heat sources will bring in many more jobs.The future looks very bright if we can show Claremont as a shining example.We are already educating the children in schools about the dangers of climate change.Many of the children already want to report their own parents for polluting activities.
Jeremy(Thursday, February 06 20 03:54 pm EST)
I’m not happy with Morris as he seems to want to give big raises to all the city employees and he never talks about holding the line on spending. I am worried what the next budget is going to hold because he is going to be making the budget.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, February 06 20 11:19 am EST)
Taxpayer we already did. See the January 16 article on the News Archives # 28 page of this website.
Tax Payer(Thursday, February 06 20 10:18 am EST)
Jim, just checking. Are you going to analyze the budget options and give a report or is this all you are offering?
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, February 06 20 09:31 am EST)
Nothing changes at the Deliberative Session.
Details on News Flashes page.
Educator(Wednesday, February 05 20 08:44 pm EST)
I have no issue helping someone when down but all these scum suckers career welfare recipients need to go with southwest right behind them oh educator you can go with them to take ferland lovett damren you can all have your own little dump to live in
Bob(Wednesday, February 05 20 06:03 pm EST)
@Educator : I don't know what alternate reality you're living in but we don't need more people in this city on welfare and Immigrants come here with no jobs and no way to support themselves so they sit home with 6 kids and blee the welfare dry, AS for the student population, we don't need more students , they can't properly educate the ones we have, The school budget has gone up a million dollars a year for the last ten years and the student population is declining WTF are they spending the money on. You're a bleeding heart liberal go to someone else's town and spend their money and not mine!!!!
Kevin(Wednesday, February 05 20 03:19 pm EST)
I’m concerned about the monitoring situation at the sober house. I remember Derek Ferland and Dave Berry promising that the home would be monitored with Department of Corrections staff. Now it’s only 40 hours a week with the rest of the time nobody there and everybody living there is trusted to be on their best behavior. If these residents could be trusted to be on their best behavior and make good choices they would not be in the situation that they are currently in. Seriously, what are these idiots who are running the County government thinking?
Educator(Wednesday, February 05 20 03:03 pm EST)
I'm tired of people putting down the development of low income housing to help out new immigrants to our country.
Our student population is continuing it's downward trajectory.We need more new students to protect the local jobs of teachers and administrators.These are good paying important jobs that must be preserved at all cost.
Ken(Wednesday, February 05 20 12:38 pm EST)
I’m not surprised at all the ducks are not even close to being lined up in a row for the sober house project. The County Leaders are deaf, dumb and blind to everything. The nursing home project is just as badly managed and both are gonna end up costing the taxpayers oodles of money. The bailout will be coming.
David(Wednesday, February 05 20 10:55 am EST)
Shrinking Claremont is a tribute to Claremont’s dysfunctional city, school and county governments and the moronic voters who keep voting snowflake Democrats into local public office.
Todd(Wednesday, February 05 20 08:35 am EST)
Can Claremont impeach their Mayor and her little toady the Assistant Mayor too?
Dan(Wednesday, February 05 20 05:53 am EST)
Shrinking Claremont is no surprise as the high taxes and the out-of-control spending habits of our elected officials continue to make matters worse instead of better. Anyone who can escape Claremont is smart to do so.
You dont matter(Tuesday, February 04 20 07:14 pm EST)
Contois the liberal scum black lives matter idiot on Glenwood just offensive hope he sells and moves so I dont need to drive by and get pissed trying to go home
Marie(Tuesday, February 04 20 05:06 pm EST)
I am glad to see Lovett and Damren finally get their comeuppance by losing their seats on the planning board and Lovett on the policy committee. However, I am concerned about the bold political moves led by Councilwoman Matteau during the first two meetings that she has been a member of the council. She worries me but right now it is only a feeling I do not have anything concrete to offer. I sincerely hope I am wrong but at the minute, I think that she like Councilman Contois bears watching.
Peter(Tuesday, February 04 20 03:24 pm EST)
I’m not surprised about the Section 8 vouchers for the Goddard building. I see that Patrick Adrian did his usual piss poor journalism by not asking the tough questions. Instead of 10 vouchers the Goddard building will probably get much more. I’m sure this deal has been clandestinely in the works for months as the City Manager makes all the appointments of all the members on the Claremont Housing Authority. That is a lot of influence for one person to have.
Shawn(Tuesday, February 04 20 01:41 pm EST)
I know this is a little late as I was away in the hospital for a few weeks but I do want to say this. Boy this Contois character on the council is a real buffoon. This imbecile wanted to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to have citywide property reassessments every single year because his tax bill went up. Oh boo-hoo for poor Councilor Contois. Hell, this moron cannot even add or he is one hell of an exaggerator like that nincompoop Councilor Koloski. He said his tax bill went up $1000 but Jim and AJ showed that his tax bill really only went up by $563 and change. Now this turkey is going to be on the planning board unless assistant mayor Damren reneges on his promise, oh joy. Since the vote is not on the agenda for the next council meeting thanks to mayor Lovett maybe Contois will be robbed of his planning board seat again for a second time. Hee hee! Did anyone happen to watch the zoning board meeting last night? It seems Contois and his wife were all bent out of shape because a local business was allegedly selling dildos. I won’t go for the obvious envy joke or maybe I just did. Who the heck is Councilor Contois to preach morality to the populace? Contois needs to be watched very closely because the mayor and the assistant mayor might not be the only ones overstepping their bounds. Hubris thy title is councilor.
Donk(Tuesday, February 04 20 12:50 pm EST)
Is ther gonna be housing for peeple that dont wanna quit drinkin or druggin?
Strong Leader(Tuesday, February 04 20 11:51 am EST)
@George we should have gone with a strong mayor!! The people would pay more attention to thins if they really had control. During elections the candidates would have the opportunity to sell their policies and let the people decide.
Ralph&Steve(Tuesday, February 04 20 11:44 am EST)
Ralph and Steve!!! You forgot to mention the money trees they are planting for an out of area landlord with our tax dollars!
George(Tuesday, February 04 20 11:39 am EST)
Ed Morris seems to be a tax and spender and he does not seem to be much of anything else as a city manager. He just sits there and does a whole lot of nothing while collecting the highest paycheck a city manager has ever received in Claremont. The Claremont taxpayers are certainly not getting their bang for the buck with Morris at the helm.
Ralph(Tuesday, February 04 20 10:45 am EST)
This is a long-term scheme to turn Claremont into a dumping ground for the undesirable population that no other communities in their right minds would ever want. I hear Lovett is vying for a position in Gov. Sununu’s administration. Is there a quid pro quo deal in place here?
Steve(Tuesday, February 04 20 09:35 am EST)
I always knew that Nancy Merrill and Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren and Abigail Kier and Nick Koloski were lying to all of us about the Goddard building being workforce housing when it really is a Section 8 tenement building. These fools on the Council and in the city government are turning the downtown into the projects. Look at all the social service agency amenities, the sober housing project, the female unwed mother teen housing project and the low-income housing projects on Pleasant Street and now on Main Street by the same development company with over $1 million in federal grants and other public monies. Let’s not forget the push to change Claremont into a sanctuary city for the undocumented illegal aliens. What next a leper colony?
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, February 04 20 06:11 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) County Officials present Sober House Project to Claremont Planning Board.
2) Mayor Lovett abruptly makes several changes to already advertised / publicly noticed February 12 Claremont City Council meeting agenda.
3) News Briefs regarding Claremont.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Rum(Monday, February 03 20 11:18 am EST)
Ya because our elite leaders we hire really fire a bunch of the morons they hire we see that alot drink some more rum you idiot
At Ted(Saturday, February 01 20 07:36 am EST)
@Ted. You are quite right. Snowflake is likely full of cool aid. After years of going backward academically and financially it will require drastic measures to fix this mess. Seeman works for the new supper and go as fast as he came if he does not perform to the suppers standards. I only can hope the new guy can regroup. The community will to come to grips that change will require sacrifice. And it to believe that in the end it will be for the better.
Snowflake ted(Friday, January 31 20 05:40 pm EST)
If he was so innovative and smart he would not hire seeman as his finance master old teddy let me guess that's mean and now you are bullied snowflake
Ted(Friday, January 31 20 04:04 pm EST)
It is pathetic that the School Superintendent withdrew his play to reconfigure the elementary schools.
Whether you agree or disagree with this proposal, this person was hired because of “innovative” ideas to teaching and if he feels this will help the children of Claremont, it’s a shame he was bullied into eliminating the proposal.
The Citizens are paying this person a large sum of money to help turn around a failing school system, he should he given the respect and support to do this without the fear of being bullied.
The Click(Friday, January 31 20 08:53 am EST)
Consultants are people who couldn’t make in the real world work force or got thrown out of the public sector for spending to much money. As a last resort they become a “Consultant” to help those in the public sector explain why they need to spend more of other people’s money.
Todd(Wednesday, January 29 20 12:57 pm EST)
Angela what makes you think that the current Fire Department contract will be the pay levels that stick? This consultant will probably recommend higher pay for the firefighters too. Morris said he wishes to reopen all negotiated contracts to give higher raises to everyone so that probably means the firefighters too. Remember he negotiated with the consulting company so you had better believe that he made it very clear as to the outcome that he wants with this so-called independent study.
Angela(Wednesday, January 29 20 10:31 am EST)
I see city manager Ed Morris was very generous with the taxpayer’s money when he gave all of the Claremont Firefighters a nice fat 6% raise that practically nobody in the real world of the private sector is getting around here. According to Morris, the firefighters are all very happy with their new contract that Morris convinced the tax-and-spend crowd on the council to rubberstamp on Wednesday evening. It will presumably set the bar for the other contracts after the consultant hands in their report on pay scales and compensation levels for all city employees.
Smoke show(Wednesday, January 29 20 09:08 am EST)
Maybe the council will grow and root out damren lovette and then oust morris and do a real hiring process not like the smoke and mirrors we used to hire that idiot but who knows
Charles(Wednesday, January 29 20 07:50 am EST)
Would somebody tell Morris he gets his paycheck from us,not the public employees trying to take more money from us.
I just can't believe this guy
Chris(Wednesday, January 29 20 07:34 am EST)
Looks like the Mayor is finally being put in her place. She has no more power or authority then any other elected Councilor and now the rest of the Council knows it too.
I previously felt the Assistant Mayor was going to be the taxpayers savior, I was wrong .
Allen has proven to be nothing more then a puppet for the Mayor and the administration.
I would like to publicly thank Councilors Stone & O’Hearn for constantly being the voice of reason and common sense.
Spending yo money!!!(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:54 pm EST)
We should be happy Damren out of our school system how come these beauracrats dont just leave with his retirement he wants to make sure he can continue to spend other people's money wastefully like he has for years I guess addicting maybe ??????
Haircut(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:45 pm EST)
Damren needs a haircut another liberal squirrel I hear he really losing his mind or whatever he has had left of it
Vote in another libtard(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:39 pm EST)
Contois is a looser black lives matter signs and Bernie signs all over that idiots lawn libtard
Bob(Tuesday, January 28 20 08:35 pm EST)
Thank god Damren and the Mayor are off the planning board, but only to be replaced with the air head Contois and Morris is no help either...shit back to square 1 god help us
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, January 28 20 12:09 pm EST)
Two articles today.
1) Claremont School Officials do an abrupt about-face on Grammar School Restructuring.
2) Political maneuvering – squabbling continues at the January 22, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, January 22 20 11:17 pm EST)
Bob, Cottage Courts might be a good thing but I am concerned that it will set a legal precedent to allow a larger more expansive open space ordinance to follow. That could cause a large influx of school age students into the school district forcing expansion of facilities and staffing and the tax revenue increase will not come anywhere close to what it will cost to place and educate all the new students. Large property tax increases is not what Claremont needs now. Bob, as far as your other question I have no knowledge about it.
Bob(Wednesday, January 22 20 04:36 pm EST)
SAU6retiree@clarrmont.com CAN you give all the details about Semans wife and what her business is and when she tried to implement it in Claremont. and I need all the details because I know there is someone on the forum that will confront them and call them out at a SB meeting in the future. thank you
Bob(Wednesday, January 22 20 04:00 pm EST)
Jim Sullivan: what is your take on the cottage courts it seems if done right could be a good thing. I am very interested in your opinion.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, January 22 20 06:26 am EST)
County Officials to present Sober Housing Project to the Planning Board.
New zoning changes and housing initiatives proposed.
Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
My throat hurts(Wednesday, January 22 20 04:42 am EST)
This county commissioner group along with FERLAND needs to all be sent packing like without Jobs just keep shoving junk down the throats of claremont most if the population that actually work and pay Bill's dont wish to keep hearing your bullshit we dont want your beds for junkies and shitbag convicts in claremont keep it at the county complex if your program is so great
Bob(Tuesday, January 21 20 12:12 pm EST)
The problem is our elected officials are compromised. Whether they are with the County, the School District or the corrupt City government it does not seem to matter. All but a few all seem to be on the same page of spend lots of tax dollars on big projects to expand the size of government and create more public jobs for the taxpayers to fund. Reducing the size of government or the size of government budgets is never part of the thought process. Until that changes the taxpayers will continue to be taken advantage of by those they elect.
Charles(Tuesday, January 21 20 11:06 am EST)
Liz, the new car dealers,the travel agencies,and the restaurants depend on the bloated administrative government hierarchy.
The halfway house,or the disability or Social Security check people don't buy new cars or go on vacation.
Liz(Tuesday, January 21 20 10:44 am EST)
I never realized how heavily burdened the Claremont taxpayers are relative to an overabundance of school administrators with their inflated salaries and much too generous benefits packages. Our school board members are doing a terrible job representing the best interests of the public and the students. All of these wasted tax dollars on useless and unnecessary administrators could be reinvested into the school district and used to reduce the much too heavy property tax burden in Claremont. A lower property tax rate could ignite economic development. It certainly would not hurt.
Jason(Tuesday, January 21 20 07:33 am EST)
Charlene Lovett has a soft spot in her twisted heart for the farmers market. She used to run the thing for God sakes until she began taking over the city government. She has never seen a government program that she does not like or tax dollars that she does not like to spend. She supports turning Claremont into a sanctuary city and she has been supporting project after project to get all of the pieces into place. More low-rent housing for Kevin Lacasse’s company to the tune of $1 million in federal taxpayer money for just two projects in Claremont to bring in those low-rent apartments. All kind of government benefits for social service programs for local nonprofit agencies to create more social services for the refugees when they arrive. An expanded dental clinic for the refugees. A music center for them to entertain themselves in. Transitional housing for teenage runaways with children and the County’s transitional housing for at least 50 drug-addicted ex-convicts. A needle exchange program and other rehab programs to care for the population that she is trying to migrate to Claremont. Mayor Lovett is out of her mind but then so many others on the city council are as demented as well because they all seem to be lining up right behind her with their rubberstamp vote of yes ever at the ready for everything that will eventually destroy our wonderful way of life here.
Lynn(Tuesday, January 21 20 07:19 am EST)
If the Claremont farmers market cannot survive on its own, it should die the death of all failed businesses. The Claremont taxpayers do not need to support another failed program with our tax dollars.
Decisions(Monday, January 20 20 04:06 pm EST)
Lovett was a admin nothing in the military and is an admin nothing as our mayor self serving idiot and then she in control of idk what she couldn't make a decision on anything without legal counsel. bunch of idiots !!!!!! I'm sure all these opinions from these legal geniuses is cheap
Bob(Monday, January 20 20 03:13 pm EST)
Claremont Voter's really dropped the ball on the last municipal election. "You reap what you sow" for the next two years. Enjoy Mayor Lovett's "Progressive" Agenda and the price tag that will come with it!
Charles(Monday, January 20 20 02:44 pm EST)
Can Am is in all likelihood closing.The new trade agreement will allow the bridge components to be fabricated in Canada.
The labor cost savings will more than justify the move.Health Insurance in Canada is provided by National health care.Canada is also importing thousands from the middle east.Many of these newly minted immigrants have experience in metal work,and they have youth and numbers on their side.
I'm sure that the Quebec based firm is also working on Canadian grants for immigrant jobs,as well as big tax breaks for the relocation.
It's too bad that Claremont squanders tax breaks,tax forgiveness,and contruction grants to slum lords and low life bar owners.You snooze,you loose,and Claremont is downright narcoleptic!
Tom(Monday, January 20 20 02:11 pm EST)
The Sullivan Report scoops everyone else again. Great job on the Canam story get guys.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, January 20 20 12:39 pm EST)
Canam Bridges sold!
Article is on the News Flashes page of this website.
Scott(Monday, January 20 20 11:08 am EST)
They all sound like a bunch of DemocRATS to me!
Todd(Sunday, January 19 20 04:48 pm EST)
In regards to hiring Morris and McNutt before him, what do you expect from Lovett and her misfit band of loonies?
Bridge to nothing(Sunday, January 19 20 04:44 pm EST)
Our police dept has been in shambles since Alex Scott took over. The Santagate regime of liberals hire that spineless no experience in leadership of anything to ruin a dept our city is what it is from the hiring practices and liberal policys for 10 plus years let's name another bridge for him he loved the incompetant dept heads so he could micro manage pretty smart actually if you can get away with it which same thing our council just did in hiring Morris
Jeremy(Sunday, January 19 20 02:51 pm EST)
I was on vacation last week so I’m just catching up with the news on the Sullivan Report. I know this comment is a little dated but I need to get this off my chest. I cannot believe how dumb our city council is. Who in their right mind allows an employee to make up the criteria that they will be rated on for their job performance review? The job performance review is the process that decides if the city manager will get a pay raise or a termination. This is the tail wagging the dog. Why doesn’t the city councilors understand that?
Rick(Sunday, January 19 20 01:11 pm EST)
It used to be that you could trust a cop. Now you sometimes cannot tell the honest cops from the dishonest ones. I used to have great respect for Mark Chase but no more. Andy O’Hearne was right about how Mark used the turnover numbers to his own advantage without qualifying what they mean. Mark is using those numbers to justify bigger salaries and greater compensation for his police officers, who are doing a terrible job keeping the crime rate down. Mark seems to be hiding the crime statistics from everyone. Mark is definitely not on the side of the taxpayers so why should we support him as chief?
Charles(Sunday, January 19 20 11:23 am EST)
Why is a city with the lowest income in the state paying the highest wages in the state to it's employees?
Sad Times(Sunday, January 19 20 11:13 am EST)
Just read your article on Claremont's view buy outsiders and I am not one bit surprised. As an insider I can see this too. Claremont is run by passive leaders in every department. I have trouble believing some of our leaders claim to be conservative. Conservatives would recognize that Claremont’s size does not justify the pay scales for tax payer funded employees. Unions are running the city and don’t you forget that. City, Police, and School leaders are backboneless when it comes to negotiations. Hard to turn back now. City government is a giveaway at tax payer expense without weighing the cost group. Since the retirement of Chief Prozzo the Claremont PD has become a passive lack of enforcement department and the downtown district is living proof of that and it is bleeding into the school system. The school leadership is so top heavy that it has fallen under its own weight. Between that and the union control of the education system it will take generations to fix it. Admitting that an era is over and not saving old buildings at government expense would be a great start. Outsourcing or Bankruptcy is in our future.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, January 19 20 09:37 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) Local government meetings galore this week in Claremont.
2) Claremont Farmer's Market fails to cultivate public's interest.
3) How outsiders are viewing Claremont.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, January 19 20 09:35 am EST)
The answer to your question is that the $500,000 CDBG grant paid for with public tax dollars to renovate a building that is not even worth half that amount will create seven low-income apartments.
No sanctuary city(Saturday, January 18 20 09:17 pm EST)
Educator it would seem that plans have begun with revising the schools so students are not all sent to one school but by the grade and more teachers staff and busing will be needed. Also the city seems to be doing there part with the new apts on pleasant street and all the fed grants coming in. How many apts will be in Main Street after all that grant money and city help is given
Educator(Friday, January 17 20 11:33 am EST)
If we are to become a sanctuary city,we will have to budget all of the expansion that thin entails.We will need additional classrooms and possibly even an additional school.We will need bi-lingual teachers and support staff,and that costs money.
On the city's responsibility front,additional monies will be required to house our newly minted Claremont residents.I always remember what Hillary said,"It takes a village."
Liberal loser Richard seeman(Friday, January 17 20 06:33 am EST)
Retiree is referring to Richard seeman they are bleeding heart liberals he is a ego driven snowflake who have done nothing but suck money out of this town and pushing there ideas they are implants go back to your town you came from and push your agenda we don't need you idiots the guy is the biggest idiot actually she pretty stupid herself Bernie Hillary loving libtards
SAU6retiree@clarrmont.com(Thursday, January 16 20 10:10 pm EST)
The realignment isn’t the only change coming. Please remember, the mastermind behind Johnson Controls and the big savings is the SAU CFO. Watch for an increase in ancillary educational spending as the district begins moving outside “education” into the schools. For example, the CFO’s spouse runs an outside agency and she has tried for years to bring her curriculum into Claremont but has been rebuffed because it’s not age appropriate for younger kids. With only grades 4-5 in a building, her target audience will be ripe for the picking. Or fleecing of tax dollars. Look at the sheer number of teachers on the payroll that do not teach in a class but instead have the word “specialist” in the title.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, January 16 20 06:53 pm EST)
FY 21 School Budget – Elementary School Restructuring.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Thursday, January 16 20 03:01 pm EST)
You know,I was thinking about this city manager wanting to do a compensation study beyond administrators to encompass cops and firemen too.Who the hell does this guy think he works for? Why would we want anyone that works for us try to remove more money from OUR POCKETS?
We have contracts already in place.They have benefits far beyond the average Claremonter,but it's never enough.It's always about what some other town is paying their help.Has anyone shown our manager what the per capita income is for Claremont? Since we have the lowest income,shouldn't our help be the lowest paid as a consequence?
I don't need anyone working for me that has nothing better to do than devise ways of taking more of my hard earned money.
Bill(Thursday, January 16 20 09:52 am EST)
Lovett’s membership in that mayors club is not a good thing for Claremont. All she is doing is pandering to the liberals and Claremont is suffering because of it.
Morons(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:46 pm EST)
Imagine having a doctorate degree and not knowing how to collect lunch money help these morons please please please
Sau no confidence(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:42 pm EST)
Exactly right these are the most incompetant people ever old Richard seemans and Benware I'm sure those two stroke there egos spending our money with there liberal principals
Jill(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:31 pm EST)
No faith in the school board, they can't handle a lunch program and they want to make massive changes? Time for the SAU to be disbanded!
Benware please go with Bernie(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:24 pm EST)
Benware fix stuff that you should be able like getting lunch money you dumb asses can't do that proven fact now you want to change the world just like Bernie will I hope you end up in Vermont with him after he fails too problem is we can't afford your ignorance in claremont so if you want to head to Vermont now and wait for him more power to you
Keep paying the taxes(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:58 pm EST)
Good thing we are all paying the Bill's for these morons because if it was run like a business they would be gone thank God for idiots in local government that would never make it in the real world
Smarts(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:51 pm EST)
These overly educated people can't figure out how to collect lunch money lol. How are they to implement changing the entire systems transport and staffing of the schools I really don't know
Liberal idiots another excellent plan(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:32 pm EST)
K 1 will be Maple ave 2 3 will be Disnard 4 5 will be Bluff so that will be great maybe that will help these idiots learn how to collect school lunch money oh that's right Benware the bleeding heart is giving lunch and breakfast to everyone go vote Bernie we will all be at the schools eating so good thing they will have all this food liberal idiots
School mess no more walking to school(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:19 pm EST)
Let's see the new plan for the restructuring of the schools so if you were to buy a house in maple district because you didn't want your kids to go to disnard or bluff wait till you see the proposal from another round of idiots that because there mommy and daddy bought them a college piece of paper they can change the world what a joke and the ignorant school board is right into it if you bring anything to our elected dubs they would think it's great keep letting these idiots on our council and boards
Matt(Wednesday, January 15 20 07:21 pm EST)
Why does the city keep bending over for Kevin Lacasse of New England Family Housing? Seems like he has someone or some people in his pocket.
Mcnutts and Eddie(Wednesday, January 15 20 06:45 pm EST)
Good luck if we were to get him out like the last idiot with lovett damren in place we will get the same result have a fake smoke and mirrors search committee research and waste there time for them to put the best guy forward and never even give him a chance hire a bumbling idiot that knows nothing from vt
Charles(Wednesday, January 15 20 01:40 pm EST)
With managers like this one.who needs enemas?
Peter(Wednesday, January 15 20 01:23 pm EST)
Boy Eddie our new city manager is a tax-and-spender isn’t he. The firefighters are very happy with his contract offer. Of course they are he is an old firefighter from out west and he wants to remain true to the firefighter’s brotherhood and he doesn’t give a damn about the Claremont taxpayers. Now he picked a company without doing a competitive bid to do a compensation study and then he expanded it to not only do it for the directors but to do it for all the city employees too. Then Eddie the big spender wants to give everybody big pay raises all at once, even if it means changing contracts early that are still in effect. This moron has to go. So does Lovett and all the other liberal snowflake lunatics on the Council.
Tom(Wednesday, January 15 20 11:09 am EST)
It looks like the Farwell project will be another half ass project done by the city and I have no doubt that the pleasant restaurant project will end at the same way. The CDA is nothing more than a country club for political cronies and it looks like games are being played with these projects to cheapen up the finished product. Once again, the public is getting the wool pulled over their eyes. Thank goodness, Jim and AJ are looking out for us and getting the proof about their lies and deception.
Gloria(Wednesday, January 15 20 10:05 am EST)
Sullivan and Maranville made a very good point about the inconsistency of the planning office’s enforcement of the building codes and protecting the safety of the public. The property on Main Street that Ed Morris is saying must come down is in much better shape than the Topstone property if you look at the tax cards from the assessing office. I think the only reason why the Topstone property is still up and operational and open to the public is because a city councilor is the biggest tenant in the building. Political influence is trumping public safety. Folks like to say there is no corruption at City Hall but those that say it are kidding themselves. Corruption and political favoritism is all around if you open your eyes to see it.
feeling ill !!!!!!(Wednesday, January 15 20 10:04 am EST)
southwest and these organizations actually tell people to call in sick to there job if they were to need a little help so they fall into the criteria of there lame agency and come back and see them
reality time to change our policys(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:48 am EST)
We still need to pay equal to other towns to our employees it is necessary to keep good employees the problem in claremont is the lack of working people paying the bills we are full of welfare and ssdi recipients thanks to the like of southwest community services and west central all these organizations which do good for some people but others become dependent on the services we need to make it more difficult to just sit home and walk around claremont in your jammies there are alot of these people that could work and be functional people in the community instead of sit in there crap apartment and look at there phones or big screen all day that could be the beginnings of a fix stop the welfare dept for years giving our tax money to the same people maybe give them a plan to get better and work with them instead of just spit a check off a computer which fixes a problem for 2 seconds not long term
Megan(Wednesday, January 15 20 09:18 am EST)
I think it is terrible what the Council is doing regarding the elderly exemptions. They should not even be considering cutting the number of recipients they should be increasing the asset and income levels even more and increase the exemption itself a lot more. They are the ones that are causing the tax rate to be so high and it is creating a hell of a burden for everyone including the elderly who want to remain in their homes after years of paying the high taxes. They deserve the consideration instead of the wealthy developers that do not live in Claremont and the city employees who are already well paid.
Roger(Wednesday, January 15 20 08:30 am EST)
I’m not so keen about that wind farm project even though I’m on the right side of it so it will not block my view of Mount Ascutney. The property owners are from out of state so they don’t give a damn about blocked views or how anyone may think about having to look at the monstrosity of a wind farm. I think it is safe to assume they are simply looking at the profits that this lease will earn for them. I’m glad Jim informed the Valley News about this turn of events so that we now all know about it. If Jim told the Eagle Times instead the story would probably never have saw print. Their coverage of Claremont happenings is virtually nonexistent these days. The new editor is a young kid and not to sound as if I have a problem with someone’s age because I don’t because there are many qualified and accomplished young persons in the world but this news editor isn’t one of them. I believe he will drag this newspaper down even deeper and it is just a matter of time for the Eagle Times to fold up for the second and presumably final time. The funny thing is I don’t think anyone will miss it this time.
Jennifer(Tuesday, January 14 20 09:03 pm EST)
Todd, you want to know who Jason Benware is? Well he's a pompous narcissist, who's arrogance is quite nauseating. If your ever around him you'll realize immediately he likes to hear himself talk, basically a know it all which is hilarious considering all the mishaps that has taken place while he's
been on the school board.
Get REAL we have a problem houston(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:22 pm EST)
Benware should run for county commissioner be with Barrette and Ferland maybe get 100 beds for people to get drunk and sleep in on our dime we could buy them food at mexican or the Pleasant maybe get them cash cards oh maybe they already get from the state im sure we can get them some county cash cards too refill them every month while they are in the program or have them get the cards with there clean needles perfect then they can sit next to you at dinner after you worked all day maybe even watch them pass out or get a narcan treatment that is fun to watch !!!!!!!!
Bob(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:12 pm EST)
Contois got what he deserved. He did not educate himself on anything and got schooled. he wanted to be on the city council,he got it... be careful what you wish for. Now you are starting to see who's who and what's what with these people. To bad we have to wait another 2 years to try and get out the idiots that people voted in.
little boy on the board(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:11 pm EST)
dave if you only knew what a piece of work and how nasty dirty he is the self serving do nothing but give free crap that was donated it goes so deep the average person would never believe it to be true!!!!!! stiffs everyone i guess that is the liberal way for likes of him that cant make it in life on there own
Dave(Tuesday, January 14 20 05:34 pm EST)
What Nick Koloski did to Mr. Contois was low down and dirty. Sticking him on the conservation commission was a very low blow after Mr. Contois lost the opportunity to serve on the one board that he wanted to serve on the most. I never knew Nick had such an evil streak and I am now sorry that I voted for him. The fact that Nick cannot remember votes that he cast just a few months before is also not in his favor. That suggests to me that he really does not vote his conscience but he votes how the administration tells him to vote. Probably the price for all the favors he and his landlord received. I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to prove the quid pro quo dealings of Trump but I think it would be very easy to prove Nick’s quid pro quo deals with the administration. I will never make the mistake of ever voting for him again.
Matt(Tuesday, January 14 20 04:00 pm EST)
I agree that the council screwed Contois over but I believe he only has himself to blame because he is so ignorant about how the seats work on a board that he has been serving on as a citizen in an alternate position. The other thing that really turned me off about him is his constant repeating of I don’t know about this or I don’t know about that. If you don’t know a damn thing then why the hell did you run for council? I am beginning to think that Contois is on a power trip or he is the type that he constantly needs his ego massaged. Maybe he will get better with time but right now he is not a serious player just another doofus city councilor.
Jessica(Tuesday, January 14 20 02:21 pm EST)
I think it is absolutely shameful what the councilors did to poor Mr. Contois. He is such a wonderful man who has worked tirelessly for Claremont behind the scenes. He was instrumental in stopping the recycling company from performing dangerous activities that would have hurt the health of so many Claremont residents including the kids attending the Maple Avenue Grammar School. Mr. Contois wanted one thing to be on the planning board and with three seats available, they could not even give him one because they wanted their cronies in those seats. To these unethical councilors, the end justifies the means and their political agenda is the God that they follow.
Todd(Tuesday, January 14 20 02:08 pm EST)
Who the hell is this Jason Benware clod on the school board? Free meals for all the kids for both breakfast and lunch? At a cost of almost $1,500,000 a year no less! Is he out of his cotton picking mind? This dunderhead is dangerous and when you look at what the fools on the city council are doing it is obvious that Claremont is in very big trouble because these fools are going to tax-and-spend all of us right into the poor house.
Tom(Tuesday, January 14 20 01:01 pm EST)
I think it was a terrible idea for the Council to approve the $500,000 application for New England Family Housing. These developers have sucked up way too much public funds for their projects. Look at what they are doing, they are creating low income housing that qualifies for Section 8 vouchers. They call it workforce housing but that is a crock. It is just like Mayor Lovett calling her plan to bring in refugees as turning Claremont into a welcoming community when it really is a sanctuary city. She is not really representing Claremont instead she is trying to push forward the political agenda shared with her cronies in that New Hampshire Association of Mayors that Jim and AJ told us all about because they are the only two who are really paying attention to what the hell is going on. I have heard rumors that Lovett is trying to get a paid position in the governor’s administration, I don’t doubt it for a second since she is a social climber. All of these political agendas at play are contrary to what is best for Claremont.
Gail(Tuesday, January 14 20 11:16 am EST)
The placement of the sober house in Downtown Claremont will be the death knell for Claremont. What business is going to want to locate either in the Downtown region or anywhere in proximity to a community that welcomes with open arms ex-convicts with a history of drug abuse, runaway teens who also may have drug abuse issues and illegal immigrants and refugees? This is not the demographic of a vibrant community and Claremont already has terrible demographics in regards to the highest property tax rate in the entire state of New Hampshire and one of the lowest per capita income numbers in the whole state also. Crime is on the rise and Claremont is becoming a community that law-abiding citizens and their families will want to stay clear of and for good reason. Mayor Lovett, Allen Damren, Nick Koloski and Abigail Kier do not seem to understand that and I’m not so sure that Claremont’s very inexperienced city manager Ed Morris does either. Claremont is definitely going in the wrong direction and the voters are electing the wrong people to lead us.
James Contois and company !!!!!!(Tuesday, January 14 20 09:09 am EST)
james contois where are we on the sober housing and our elite planning board all on board i see we write articles to the valley news about a business and SEX TOYS but silent on the scumbag housing i mean sober housing just another liberal policy from our elected or hired ignorant representation !!!!!! how about our Planner or city police chief or some leader anywhere just cower to the county lets see how this goes !
Wake the f@!k up Claremont(Tuesday, January 14 20 07:06 am EST)
If we let the ignorant liberal barrette and ferland push this county sober house down Claremonts throat we can kiss claremont goodnight once and for all. Where is the city leadership or lack there of on this issue just silent allowing these idiots do what they want with our city
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, January 14 20 06:16 am EST)
Five new articles published today.
1) Another Sober House Public Forum scheduled.
2) Filing Period for Claremont School Board seats, other School District positions.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jill(Saturday, January 11 20 03:15 am EST)
Most likely the school leaders will do the same ploy they always do and back load the pay raises for the teachers. Small increase for year one that appears on the ballot and much larger increases for later years of the multi-year contract. The idiot voters fall for it every time.
Part of the system(Friday, January 10 20 08:47 pm EST)
Teacher raises coming too! Negotiations are under way that would bring our teacher salaries in line with Lebanon; allowing Claremont to retain talent instead of being a training ground.
3rd world sh@@hole(Wednesday, January 08 20 08:06 pm EST)
Paul not sure but any idiot in last 15 years that is proud they served on city council oh my they dont get it but they have helped turn us into a 3rd world sh@&hole with there ignorant policys and rubber stamping they have done for the crooked bureaucrats that we hire not a brain in the bunch when you really look at any of them what have they ever accomplished I could answer that but we will let you all answer for yourselves I guess maybe time to get active encourage real people to run against these morons and help !!!!!!!!!!! Gonna take alot to weed these morons out!!!@ drive around and look really look at this city wow not how it was before santagate and the liberal bunch took over I can tell anyone that
Paul(Wednesday, January 08 20 04:28 pm EST)
What's going on in Claremont is unfortunately eerily similar to what took place in Rutland Vermont. A few years ago Rutland's mayor Christopher Louras bamboozled the public by preaching diversity and inclusiveness, saying migrants
will bring economic prosperity under the guise of being called a welcoming city, shortly after Rutland had workforce housing built( sound familiar Claremont) over
a hundred migrants were bussed in overnight and when local tax payers found out they were the ones paying for it , they wanted a investigation so In October 2016, Judicial Watch made public 128 pages of documents it obtained from the mayor of Rutland, Vermont, showing a concerted effort by the mayor and a number of private organizations to conceal from the public their plans to resettle 100 Syrian refugees into the small southern Vermont town. The mayor and resettlement organizations shrouded the plan in such secrecy that not even the town’s aldermen were informed of what was taking place behind closed doors. The aldermen eventually wrote to the U.S. Department of State protesting the plan and opened an investigation into the mayor’s actions. Add
insult to injury it was found that Vermont Board of Health
was hiding the fact that 35 percent of refugees in
Vermont tested positive for LATENT TUBERCULOSIS!!!!!
unfortunately our mayor is a wolf in sheep's clothing that hides behind a smile, she works for the elites who are pushing the globalist agenda
not the citizens of Claremont, and when Claremont turns into
a 3rd world socialist S**tHOLE
it will be mission accomplished, and she will conveniently move on to greener pastures. There seems to be a incentive like a
higher political position or it could be financial maybe that's why she was opposed to
a forensic audit. - makes one wonder. Remember terms like
refugees and welcoming city is designed to pull on the heart strings of the ill-informed, there not refugees they economic migrants, It's
time to investigate our local
Charles(Wednesday, January 08 20 02:08 pm EST)
Is it true that 50 families are being brought here that are from Congo and Sudan?
Why? How much will this cost over time? More cops,more teachers,most certainly more administrators,more school breakfast and lunches,free housing,and more...
April(Wednesday, January 08 20 12:46 pm EST)
I think Morris is a big time loser that Lovett and Damren convinced the dolts on the council to hire because Morris is ignorant and easily manipulated so Lovett and Damren can secretly control Claremont. It’s all one big power trip.
Todd(Wednesday, January 08 20 11:40 am EST)
Ed Morris is a failure as a city manager and he has burned his bridge as his replacement was just hired in Wethersfield.
Educator(Wednesday, January 08 20 11:35 am EST)
What are you people complaining about? You're making more money than ever and your stock portfolios and 401k's are prospering.
Linda(Wednesday, January 08 20 10:28 am EST)
Do not forget the special vendors that certain directors like to line their corporate pockets with our tax dollars.
Tom(Wednesday, January 08 20 10:13 am EST)
What do we get for our taxes? Not a heck of a lot unless you are a city worker or a special interest.
Travis(Wednesday, January 08 20 09:29 am EST)
Most of the councilors are the scum of the earth. Yet the stupid voters keep reelecting them so they must like paying higher taxes so their tax money can go into the pockets of friends and special interests and being screwed at every turn. As Forrest Gump said stupid is as stupid does and Claremont is the homeland of stupid people.
Lisa(Wednesday, January 08 20 08:16 am EST)
I watched a Geico commercial today regarding Pinocchio and his growing wooden nose. It’s too bad the councilors don’t come with that feature then we know when they were lying which is probably every time their lips are moving.
Keith(Wednesday, January 08 20 06:21 am EST)
Don’t forget all the special interests these councilors represent. Look at all of the public money that is given to them through the Claremont City Council when the public cannot even get their roads paved. You want corruption, there’s corruption.
William(Tuesday, January 07 20 06:09 pm EST)
Mayor Lovett is a real piece of work. She wants to bring in refugees by the truckload and give huge raises to all city employees but she will not give elderly residents who have lived here and paid taxes for years a fair elderly exemption. She and her cohort Assistant Mayor Damren are working diligently behind the scenes to undermine the entire process and screw all the elderly people who should qualify for a legitimate elderly exemption program. Lovett, Damren and their other cohorts on the Council are all despicable people. Only worthy of our contempt.
Mike(Tuesday, January 07 20 04:39 pm EST)
Claremont has always been a corrupt community and the sorted saga of the Topstone building is a prime example. City Hall has been rotten to the core for quite a while. The players may change but the corruption never seems to stop.
ted got that right!!!!!!!(Tuesday, January 07 20 04:10 pm EST)
Ted hit that right on the head that is the way it is the stupid leaders of this city who hire the mcnutts of the world are to blame for allowing this crap in a town that cant afford it get real people
Conman(Tuesday, January 07 20 03:13 pm EST)
Many people can see Mr Koloski is a Con-Artist. The rest see him as a saint. Con-Artist is my guess.
Gary(Tuesday, January 07 20 03:02 pm EST)
I’m more concerned about the hazardous nature of the building. It sounds to me that the building is unsafe yet a restaurant and bar is allowed to do business there. If a City Councilman who kowtows to the administration did not own the establishment, I believe it would have been closed long ago.
Ted(Tuesday, January 07 20 01:41 pm EST)
I am not so sure that the building may be as bad as Mr. Lessard the MRI assessor said it was or as bad as he rated the property on the tax card to justify the large property assessment reduction. Because it does not match up with the absence of lots of code infractions of both varieties fire and building. I think the whole thing was a well thought out scam to save the building from tax seizure that is owned by Councilman Nick Koloski’s absentee out-of-state property landlord investors. The result of this scam was came at a huge cost to the taxpayers with the nearly quarter of a million dollars in property tax waivers that no other property owner ever received ever. Councilor Nick Koloski’s involvement in the building certainly had something to do with this special treatment no matter how much he tries to deny it.
Ken(Tuesday, January 07 20 12:48 pm EST)
I think the Topstone building should be condemned and it would have been long ago if Councilman Koloski were not a tenant of the building. I suspect that Nicholas Koloski has used whatever political influence he has available to stop any actions taking on the building whether it be code enforcement, property assessment increases or tax seizure. I believe Nicholas Koloski to be the biggest obstacle to closure of that building.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, January 06 20 11:31 am EST)
Two articles published today.
1) Is the City's political agenda moving full speed ahead now that the election is over?
2) Topstone property environmental study report released.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tom(Wednesday, January 01 20 10:03 am EST)
Anyone who thinks that the Claremont city government is conducting city business honestly, ethically and professionally is out of their minds. Look at what Victor St. Pierre and Mary Walter are doing with all the waivers of the bid purchasing process. Look at all the public money flowing to the nonprofits and to wealthy developers with close political connections to the city. Look at the out of whack property assessments where councilors and associates of councilors are rewarded while others with no political connections get extensively higher property tax bills to pay for all the tax breaks that are quietly given out without the public’s knowledge if it wasn’t for the Sullivan Report. How can anyone look at the Claremont government and not see it as corrupt?
Good choice(Tuesday, December 31 19 07:26 pm EST)
Morris is only in the job because Lovett and damren can control the idiot they were afraid to get a real manager like the one there search committee actually wanted but of course we get this idiot !
Dennis(Tuesday, December 31 19 05:40 pm EST)
I have heard that Mr. Morris’s isolates himself in his office a lot and redirects phone calls and people seeking a meeting with him to other city employees so he can avoid dealing with the public and the day-to-day dilemmas of the job. If this is how he is going to manage the city then do we really need a city manager?
Greg(Tuesday, December 31 19 02:29 pm EST)
Kenneth is right. No one is going to file a property assessment abatement claim for you. If you do not step up for yourself and your family who will. I am going to file a property assessment abatement claim in January because my property assessment went up nearly $26,000 and I have not done anything to my property in the past year except a few small routine maintenance repair items inside the home that did not change the value. Then Councilman Scott Pope gets a $2,000 tax break on his beautiful home. How the heck is that fair?
Ray(Tuesday, December 31 19 12:56 pm EST)
I have many friends who work for the city and all of them tell me that Mr. Morris is very slow to come to a decision on anything and he tries to delegate the decisions to his directors and staff workers. Everyone seems to think that Mr. Morris has no idea of what he is doing and it is beginning to show.
Kenneth(Tuesday, December 31 19 10:39 am EST)
The property assessments are all screwy. City Councilors and their landlords collect phenomenal property assessment reductions and property tax breaks while many others receive much higher property assessments and greatly higher property tax bills. How is that fair! Then the councilors balk at increasing elderly exemptions because they want to keep the money in the city’s treasury and to hell with the public elderly or otherwise. The system seems rigged and I urge everyone who thinks they are being overcharged on their property assessment to file an abatement form with the city assessing office in January.
Kevin(Tuesday, December 31 19 10:11 am EST)
Mr. Morris is a complete failure as a city manager. If the job is still open he should go back to Weathersfield, where he might be better suited to managing a very small town because is incapable of running a small city the size of Claremont.
Todd(Tuesday, December 31 19 08:06 am EST)
New City Manager Ed Morris is not doing anything to move the city forward. Morris has not dealt with Victor St. Pierre’s cavalier approach to spending the taxpayer’s money with large contract awards many times without a bid at all. Morris also seems to be ignoring the fact that a lot more of our tax dollars is going to St. Pierre Inc. since Victor St. Pierre became the DPW Director. Morris seems to be looking the other way in regards to Mary Walter’s constant waving of policy requirements so that no price comparisons are done before thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars that belongs to the taxpayers has spent on big-ticket purchases. Morris has also not initiating any new policies to bring about the betterment of Claremont. All he seems to be doing is collecting a very sizable paycheck for doing absolutely nothing. Is this what the city council wanted? It is certainly not what the taxpaying public wants or needs.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 31 19 07:34 am EST)
Claremont's tax rate set– the full story.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Sunday, December 29 19 01:40 pm EST)
The people of this city keep voting in these types of people tax and spend and the good ol boys. We had a chance to get people on the council that would look out for the tax payers but again they voted for the same thing...you reap what you sew
John J. O’Connor(Sunday, December 29 19 07:58 am EST)
Jeri... I’m not sure any reason that the city give will be sufficient. It seems instead of doing what is right for the city , the city is now doing what they feel is right for the individual.
I would like to know how much residential and commercial property New England Housing owns in Claremont?
Common sense tells you if the repairs cost more then the actual building, you take down the building.
Is the building they are trying to save, worth saving ?
In my opinion, it is not.
Take the both down to the ground.
sorry jeri(Friday, December 27 19 05:02 pm EST)
the explanation to this jeri is the incompetent leaders of this city!!!!! rooted in the city for years people that are bureaucrats or just don't know how to run a checkbook themselves or even worse a combination of both which fits most of them. . we are never going to get anywhere with this manager whom was not even the pick of the people in the search committee then add the new list of incoming council oh lord not good !!!!!!! Morris has done nothing and is not capable to do anything are we kidding ourselves!!!!!!
jeri kangas(Friday, December 27 19 02:35 pm EST)
I cannot believe that the city is going to help pay for 147 main street. New England Housing knew when they bought that building that it had a shared wall. He gambled on that building and lost money. Why should taxpayers be held responsible for the repair, and now to find out he may get help in remodeling the building and a tax freeze. Talk about corruption. I would love to hear the reason behind this give away.
Ken(Wednesday, December 25 19 01:35 pm EST)
I am really angry about the $33,000 that was literally thrown away with the rail trail project. That money could have repaired and upgraded a lot of the city’s rail trail system. Better that than increase the profits of a construction company, whose employees have ties to certain city administrators. It is not right and I cannot believe that the city councilors are just sitting back and doing nothing about this. They are all taxpayers for heaven sake but I guess their true loyalties lie elsewhere.
Tom(Wednesday, December 25 19 12:34 pm EST)
Everyone knows that the condition of the roads in Claremont are atrocious. Mr. St. Pierre and Mr. Clay informed the city councilors that over $1.5 million was the necessary amount to budget every year to repair and maintain Claremont’s roadways. Our imbecilic city councilors blocked their ears and unwisely chose to allocate only $434,000. Instead of squeezing every penny out of the $434,000 as possible Mr. St. Pierre awards $324,335 of those funds to a Newport NH based company in a private award where only one price quote was collected. How can anyone honestly know that the price charged was a good deal if only one price was collected? In my humble opinion, Mr. St. Pierre is giving one sweetheart deal after another to a small group of friends and colleagues and squandering our limited tax dollar resources in the process. The shame of it all is not only Mr. St. Pierre’s callous actions but with the actions of the city manager and the finance director and the city councilors who together allow Mr. St. Pierre to do whatever he pleases with the public’s money.
Liz(Wednesday, December 25 19 11:38 am EST)
Perhaps Ed Morris is over his head since he does not have much experience with city administration.
Lynn(Wednesday, December 25 19 10:28 am EST)
I also want to see the forensic audit completed just like Jimmy and AJ laid out. It’s a short enough timeframe and it only concerns a few municipal departments so the price tag should not be that high but with all the shenanigans going on at the DPW I do not see how our elected leaders can cast a blind eye about this. If they do then they do not have an ethical bone in their body. Do we really want elected representation like that?
Gary(Wednesday, December 25 19 09:33 am EST)
Victor St. Pierre seems to be running the DPW like his own little kingdom doing whatever he wants with millions of dollars of our tax dollars and rate fees. No one at City Hall seems to be paying attention or they are acting as willing accessories to these unprofessional actions. It is appalling and very upsetting to see our tax dollars treated with such a disrespectful manner. I agree that a forensic audit is in order that I also think that sterner measures need to be taken such as the termination of the DPW Director.
Shawn(Wednesday, December 25 19 08:44 am EST)
St. Pierre seems to be choosing certain companies and entering into sweet deals with them that seem to benefit the vendors over the city. A 555% increase in billing revenue for his family’s company? Come on! What vendor gets free parts from the DPW garage anywhere else but Claremont? If Jim did not send in right to know requests, I am willing to bet that the city would have paid for those parts. I am wondering how much of the labor the DPW crew did? Sweet deal for the vendor crappy deal for the taxpayers. I wonder what is going on with the airport project since the same company is working there. I am glad Jim and AJ are looking into it because our city officials that we elect do not give a crap about the wasted money or the taxpayers.
Amy(Wednesday, December 25 19 07:18 am EST)
I can understand waiving certain aspects of the purchasing policy when it benefits the taxpayers but not when it benefits vendors who seem to have cozy relationships with those making the decisions to award profitable local government contracts.
Henry(Wednesday, December 25 19 06:57 am EST)
St. Pierre Inc. certainly had a Merry Christmas this year. Before Victor St. Pierre became the DPW Director St. Pierre Inc. collected less than $19,000 from the City of Claremont in 13 months’ time. Once Victor became the DPW Director St. Pierre Inc. raked in nearly $105,000 in 11 months’ time from the City of Claremont. Talk about a nice fat Christmas stocking full of money. Taxpayer’s money to boot. What do I say to that? Bah, humbug! Why has Mary Walter the Finance Director and Ed Morris the City Manager allowed this to happen? Are they asleep at their desks with sugarplums dancing in their heads or what? Is Victor spiking their eggnog? On the other hand, is it that they simply do not care?
Brenda(Wednesday, December 25 19 03:46 am EST)
It looks like the goods and service contracts for the public works department are handed out to friends and family instead of the low bidder. This is not right. I believe our tax dollars are being wasted by Mr. St. Pierre and Mrs. Walter and the latest string of city managers are all allowing it to happen. The city councilors just approve the money to be spent and then they no longer care how that money is spent. Ignorance is no excuse. Our city management needs an extreme makeover.
William(Tuesday, December 24 19 07:32 pm EST)
I don't understand how Mr. St. Pierre can do things like give so many orders to his families company and give parts and maybe manpower all belonging to the city and the taxpayers to a company that was hired to provide the labor and parts for the job themselves. What did they do with the $26 K they were paid? All of this stinks to high heaven.
Laura(Tuesday, December 24 19 06:26 pm EST)
Why are there no checks and balances with the city's finances? Not everyone is an angel and if they have access to large sums of money with no one looking over their shoulder then the opportunities for graft and corruption become exponentially higher. It is common sense and sadly human nature. If the City Councilors decide to just sit on their hands and do nothing about this then it will show all of us their lack of good character. A new purchasing policy with stronger controls and improved transparency and oversight is needed right away. The City Manager should also have his feet held to the fire because he is not overseeing his help the way he should be. So far I am not pleased with his performance.
Joel(Tuesday, December 24 19 04:27 pm EST)
Ed Morris seems to be a failure as a city manager. Jim and AJ know more about what is going on in the city government than anyone else. How is that possible when they have not been on the city council for well over a decade? It is because they pay attention and they care about the public unlike the self-entitled slime balls the voters keep reelecting.
Keith(Tuesday, December 24 19 03:10 pm EST)
It seems obvious that Ed Morris is going to be a do-nothing caretaker that just sits back and collects his fat paycheck from the taxpayers. I think the firefighters and the department directors are going to get sweet deals on their contracts and those pay increases and over-the-top benefits will spread to the other municipal union contracts as well. Tax-and-spend will be the order of the day every day at City Hall.
Steve(Tuesday, December 24 19 02:29 pm EST)
I am so sick and tired of our public funds going to wealthy contractors and real estate developers. Mayor Charlene Lovett and her councilor comrades cannot help themselves when it comes to wasting tax dollars whether it be from Claremont or the federal government and use those dollars to line the pockets of close friends and associates. Anyone who thinks Mayor Charlene Lovett and friends are looking out for the public is sadly mistaken.
Ryan(Tuesday, December 24 19 01:02 pm EST)
I cannot believe how unprofessional our city administrators are with the handling of our tax dollars. Victor St. Pierre the Department of Public Works Director seems to be doing whatever he wants without any supervision. Mary Walter the Finance Director is practically waiving the purchasing policy with every major purchase. How will city directors purchase products for the best price if they do not collect price quotes from many vendors? Laziness seems to be the common thread. I am hoping it is not more than that. Ed Morris has not been the City Manager for very along but he is not doing his job overseeing his staff and scrutinizing their work when necessary. I am not convinced that he is the right man for the job.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, December 24 19 10:30 am EST)
Amazing exposé about the city’s purchasing policy deficiencies. You can tell they were written by a power-grabbing bureaucrat, who wanted no city council or public oversight with respect to the awarding of thousands or millions of dollars of public funds that belong to the taxpayers of Claremont. I remember the council of 2003, I seem to recall that Scott Pope was a member of that council that consistently approved everything placed before them by city administrators with little thought or debate. Unfortunately, little has changed except that the debate lasts a little longer perhaps for the sake of keeping up with phony appearances but the outcome is usually the same. I was astounded to see the incredible increase in billing for St. Pierre Inc. in regards to the City of Claremont since Victor St. Pierre became the DPW Director a little more than a year ago. There are clearly too many one-quote contract awards. The paving contract award is definitely a red flag. In the business world this mishandling of funds would never do. Heads would roll and the excuse of I did not know would not be accepted because this is a clear case of dereliction of duty for those who should be providing oversight in regards to the spending of public dollars. I suspect the councilors will try to avoid this issue by throwing up their hands and claiming there is nothing they can do, as they are not allowed to involve themselves in day-to-day affairs regarding the running of the city government. While that may be true, they are responsible to the voters and taxpayers of Claremont. They do control one employee the city manager and the councilors can certainly hang this mess around his neck like a millstone and order him to fix this and if he is unable to then the councilors should begin searching for a new city manager. The council’s policy committee should immediately begin rewriting the purchasing policy and tightening up the language to prevent these abuses from ever happening again. Oversight by the city councilors on large purchases must be included in language. The taxpayers deserve better representation that they have received so far. Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville are two former city councilors, they know how the job of city councilors should work and they have intimate knowledge of the running of Claremont’s city government. I would presume to say that they know more about what is going on within Claremont city government then the very administrators themselves as proven by their multitude of exposés. I firmly agree with their recommendation in regards to a forensic audit of the Department of Public Works during Mr. St. Pierre’s time as its Director. The scope and the timeframe would be limited as Auditor Robert Vachon suggested and given the damning evidence published by the Sullivan Report in today’s exposé I would say that a forensic audit of the specific data is in order.
Charles(Tuesday, December 24 19 10:05 am EST)
Both new articles were shocking. I did notice a common theme of funneling public monies to the pockets of developers and vendors with close connections to city personnel and city councilors who do not give a care in the world about the overtaxed citizens of Claremont. Jim and AJ are correct that Claremont’s municipal officials both administrative and elected are more interested in helping special interests than they are the common folk. It’s a shame but the voters elected ethical representation so I guess it should be expected.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 24 19 08:50 am EST)
1 ) City Officials find "Funding Mechanism" to bailout 147 Main St.project for private developer. This article can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
2) City's pathetically weak Purchasing Policy is not protecting the taxpayers! This article can be found on the Purchasing Policy page of this website.
Art(Monday, December 23 19 05:49 pm EST)
So the Killay group against the religious display on town square has a new display that further diversifies the number of items on the common. I kinda like it. As in all art it is what you make it. To me this display connects the founding fathers to their strong Christian convictions connecting them to the Bill of Rights. This is an indication that would lend credibility to the argument that the founders clearly meant to keep the government out of the church and not the church out of the government.
Tom(Saturday, December 21 19 10:44 pm EST)
The Eagle Times really sucks. Some of the lame reporting may have to do with one of the local reporters being Patrick Adrian, a former member of the school board for Claremont. His wife works for the city in the planning office as a business coordinator of some sort. Patrick is very biased and very pro-government and pro-tax and spend liberal. Nuff said.
Steve(Saturday, December 21 19 02:14 pm EST)
@Gloria EAGLE TIMES DISAPPOINTING AS OF LATE lol ya like the last 10years. Half or no truth is more like it. Poorest reporting ever.
Gloria(Thursday, December 19 19 08:43 am EST)
The Eagle Times is very disappointing of late. It contains far less news than before. The last few editions have contained no Claremont local news at all. This new editor must not be a real journalist because he does not seem to fathom what a local newspaper should contain and that is mostly local news. I am cancelling my subscription. The Sullivan Report may have limited scope but at least they focus on local government news that is insightful and informative. They are also not afraid to upset the applecart by refusing to publish only government sanctioned politically correct fake news as the other local news media routinely does.
Kathy(Wednesday, December 18 19 02:36 pm EST)
It should be no surprise that the new city manager is calling the shots in regards to his job performance review criteria. The problem with the city councilors is that they all act like ignorant lemmings jumping off a cliff because they blindly follow whatever the city administration tells them to do. Because they are trained to do so through their orientation/brainwashing they are incapable of independent thought and because of this the public suffers. This is why the seniors will not be receiving more than a small increase in the elderly exemptions if there is even an increase at all regarding the exemption itself. I believe Alan Damren is going to use his math acumen to create a complicated system that will end up lessening the number of annual beneficiaries and greatly reduce the annual cash payout for the city in regards to elderly exemptions. These funds will be transferred to salary increases for presently well-paid department directors and other city employees. The roads are not being done and citizens are not being well represented. The same cannot be said for municipal employees, certain nonprofits, and certain developers that have close personal relationships with members of the city council and administrative staff. Claremont’s municipal government system is clearly broken.
Carolyn(Wednesday, December 18 19 01:01 pm EST)
I am stunned to see that Mr. Morris can dictate what he will be judged on in regards to his job appointments. It seems like showing up for work and looking spiffy is about all he needs to do with the councilors we have. Give big raises to the staff and keep pampering the special interests that the councilors have special relations with and everything will be hunky-dory. Mr. Morris can just sit in his chair put his feet up on the desk and take a nap if he wants and collect that very large paycheck, which is more than Guy Santagate ever received. The Claremont taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners once again by the very people they foolishly elected.
Lynn(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:42 am EST)
The Scrooges on the Council are truly evil people. It only costs $.15 on the property tax rate to support this valuable program for our senior neighbors. This should be a no-brainer. I would like to see the income and asset limits raised a little higher and the benefit amount raised up higher. Even if this cost $.25 on the property tax rate it would be worth it. I am not interested in having my tax dollars going to the greedy city employees in the form of higher raises when they already receive benefits that far exceed anything any of us received from our employers in the real world. I just do not have any empathy for the city employees because they are well paid. We also need more money invested in roads to meet that $1.5 million figure each year that the DPW heads calculated out as what we need to keep the roads where they should be. The councilors have their priorities all wrong and the voters do as well. The voters that stay home need to stop staying home and start voting to change things around.
Charles(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:28 am EST)
I meant the building next door to the 1 being demolished.
An edit button would help a lot on this site
Charles(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:25 am EST)
If $200,000 is going to be used to shore up the building scheduled to be demolished,will that $200,000 be worked into the assessment?
Is that building even worth $200,000? I don't think so.
Why not just tear down both if the adjoining building can't stand on it's own,should it even exist?
Mike(Wednesday, December 18 19 11:14 am EST)
Welfare expenses are going up through the roof. A clear indication of the true state of the local economy. Increase social services for a growing population of poor. The councilors choose to ignore these facts as they pushed forward to turn Claremont into a welcoming community for refugees and illegal aliens and ex-convicts with a drug habit. These councilors must secretly hate Claremont to do this to our wonderful community.
Peter(Wednesday, December 18 19 10:21 am EST)
I am concerned that the city manager and the councilors will secretly use the public’s tax dollars to pay for the repair of that common wall on Main St. for wealthy developers, Mr. LaCasse and his company at the cost of over $200K. I think most of our leaders are shady and the few that are somewhat honest are too afraid to stand up to the others. We really have no true representation on the council. The new batch of councilors coming in will not be any different.
Kevin(Wednesday, December 18 19 09:44 am EST)
Thank you Jim and AJ for educating the public about the true cost of the elderly exemption. I am only in my forties but I believe that our seniors deserve a tax break so they can remain in their homes during their golden years. It is shameful that our elected leaders are willing to dissemble so casually to lessen the number of recipients and to destroy this humanitarian program at Christmastime to raise more money for they unionized friends who work for the city. If you watched the last meeting or read the current Sullivan Report article then you know that a majority of councilors want as their top priorities to give the unionized and merit plan city employees large raises. Our councilors are really representing these people. These councilors do not represent the citizens of Claremont who do not work for the local government but pay extremely high taxes to support the government’s spending. Scrooge and the Grinch are pikers compared to the Claremont councilors.
Robert(Wednesday, December 18 19 09:29 am EST)
Since we are talking about stupid councilor tricks, the Burlington Vermont city council approved 9-1 a ballot item asking whether Burlington residents who are not citizens but who resides in the United States on a permanent or indefinite basis in compliance with federal immigration laws should be allowed to vote in municipal elections. Since our councilors want to change Claremont into a welcoming community and will probably follow Lebanon’s lead, will Claremont be the next community to decide about non-citizen voting? What worries me is the voting records of the 24% of the registered voters who go to the polls and vote. They approve practically every spending measure, tax increase and elect candidates who support increased taxation and increased government spending. Scary stuff.
Dennis(Wednesday, December 18 19 09:16 am EST)
Keene is looking to solve their housing problems by greatly lowering zoning standards to allow developers to do whatever they want. The liberals have taken over there and I fear the same will happen in Claremont with our liberal leadership.
Travis(Wednesday, December 18 19 07:54 am EST)
Happy to see Claire Lessard and Scott Pope retire from the city council. Neither of them did anything of benefit for our community. They simply voted to raise our taxes and maintain our unstainable status quo. Good riddance I say.
Greg(Wednesday, December 18 19 06:37 am EST)
I see that Lebanon is considering welcoming refugees to their community to try to get their hooks into some of the public funds available. I hope Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren and Abigail Kier and Nick Koloski are not planning the same for Claremont. Legal or Illegal we do not need any more poor residents in need of massive amounts of social services and Welfare to move to our community. Our taxes are high enough.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 17 19 10:42 am EST)
Three new articles published today.
1) Voters approve spending for education programs for the second time.
2) County Manager clarifies actual ProShare Fund receipts. Another public forum regarding the Sober House Project tentatively scheduled.
3) December 11 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
last thing derek!!!!!!(Saturday, December 14 19 09:17 am EST)
thats a fact give it to newport where you rent and own complexes for courts and offices we get nothing from the state or the county dmv leaves goes to town next door we get to keep welfare great thanks state of NH and county
John J.O’Connor(Saturday, December 14 19 08:51 am EST)
Use your common sense, the last thing Claremont needs downtown is a Halfway house.
Derek Ferland(Thursday, December 12 19 12:58 pm EST)
I'm happy to listen to your concerns about what's happening in the County and answer any questions you have.
My office number is 863-2560.
If you wish to contact the County Commissioners with concerns about my performance, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Sullivan County Manager
An insider(Wednesday, December 11 19 09:04 pm EST)
More bad news coming: if we think things are bad now...the 2 largest employers in the area are getting ready for big time layoffs...both the VA in White River and DHMC are going to be letting a sizable number of people go...the VA needs almost 500 fewer people thanks to the MISSION ACT, which allows Veterans get care in the community and DHMC is going to contract out all ancillary services like housekeeping, HVAC, grounds, etc. This side of the state will never recover.
Beezelbub(Wednesday, December 11 19 01:53 pm EST)
Where exactly are 50 druggie felons that have F***ed up so bad their families won't even have them going to find work in downtown Claremont?
I know the payroll for the Dept.of Education is forever expanding,like the Universe,depite falling numbers of students,but like the City payroll you need family connections for employment.Perhaps our fat,too old for manual labor workforce(that's a laugh)can sub out their own jobs for snow clearing? They get paid $25/hr. and in turn pay their replacements $10/hr.
Perhaps you could couple it with Special Ed work training as well? Have someone with a Masters Degree show them which end of a shovel picks it up.Mock up cart gathering comes to mind too.
Gary(Wednesday, December 11 19 01:30 pm EST)
Mr. Ferland seems like a dud. He cannot keep his story straight as he consistently changes the cost of projects, always in the upward direction and he consistently changes other important aspects of projects such as number of residents in the sober house, originally 30 now 50 and budget numbers are constantly moving up higher. I do not understand how the commissioners and the delegates can trust anything Mr. Ferland says because nothing stays the same with him. I think it is time that county officials begin looking for a new county manager.
Mike(Wednesday, December 11 19 11:05 am EST)
My niece works for the city and she told her mother who told me that the firefighter’s union contract has been agreed upon awaiting Council approval. As I understand it this contract was stalemated under the leadership of Mr. McNutt and Mr. MacLean because the firefighters were too greedy in regards to their demands for salary and benefits. Mr. Morris a former career firefighter reached a settlement agreement rather quickly making the highly suspect of what has been agreed upon. I noticed that the councilor’s information packet for tonight’s meeting had zero information within it about this contract. What is Mr. Morris hiding? How generous is he with the Claremont taxpayer’s money? I hope the Jim and AJ will eventually find out and report that to us because I have little hope that neither the Council nor the local press will have any interest in revealing the true cost to the taxpayers for this contract if the Council approves it tonight as I suspect it will be.
Laura(Wednesday, December 11 19 10:52 am EST)
Thank you Jim and AJ for keeping track of the state of finances for the County, City & Claremont School District. I know that takes a lot of work and effort and I know many of us citizens really appreciate it. I am very disappointed with the Eagle Times. I was hoping with the new Publisher Mike Gonyaw and the new Editor Jordan Phelan that positive changes would be forthcoming. Instead, the paper is publishing more national and international news and less and less local news. Many days there is nothing about Claremont in the new section of the paper except for possibly the obituaries. It is disheartening because Claremont in the surrounding communities that the Eagle Times serves needs a solid local newspaper and it seems with every new management change the newspaper moves further and further away from that objective. Patrick Adrian is incredibly pro-government biased as a former Claremont school board member, who supported everything the school administration wanted and his wife works for the City of Claremont in the Planning Office and as I recall she did not have the credentials for the position, which made her hiring seen more as a political favor than anything else. It is unlikely that Patrick Adrian would ever say a contrary thing about Claremont’s City Government as presumably a large portion of his family income is derived from the taxpayers creating a conflict of interest. The Sullivan Report is the only source of local news that is not compromised by conflicts of interest, pro-government bias or generally lazy and ignorant reporters.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, December 11 19 09:42 am EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) George Caccavaro pleads not guilty.
2) County Manager reveals new information about County finances.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Derek Ferland(Thursday, December 05 19 02:09 pm EST)
In reference to your comments on November 29th, please feel free to call me if you want to talk about your concerns.
I will make time to respond to concerns from you or any other citizen of Sullivan County.
My office number is 863-2560. Hope to hear from you soon.
If you'd rather email, you can reach me directly at email@example.com.
Sullivan County Manager
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, December 04 19 07:26 am EST)
School do over.
Full details on News Flashes page of this website.
Patricia(Tuesday, December 03 19 02:36 pm EST)
I know Jim and AJ are giving both Mr. Morris and Mr. Tempesta the benefit of the doubt because they are new to their jobs. That is admirable, but I think their faith might be misplaced in Mr. Morris. Look at the difference between the two men. Mr. Tempesta has hit the ground running and has already put forth a cost saving program that will provide a better education program for these special education students and eliminate their long commute to school. What has Mr. Morris proposed or accomplished? The answer is absolutely nothing. See the difference?
Jon(Tuesday, December 03 19 11:32 am EST)
I left Claremont two years ago and I do not miss having to pay the high taxes for one minute. I am now living in of all places Duluth Minnesota but I still have family and friends who still live in Claremont and are trapped by the high taxes. Let’s face it, lunatics run Claremont. Mayor Lovett is leading the revolution to change Claremont into a safe harbor for illegal aliens by calling it a welcoming community when it is really a sanctuary city that she is trying to create with other members of Claremont’s misguided and extremely liberal city council. Allen Damren, Nicholas Koloski and Abigail Kier were all reelected to their seats and they are proponents of changing Claremont into a sanctuary city. AJ and Jim are right on the money with their conclusion that public apathy is destroying Claremont. Think about it, only 24% of the voters are controlling 100% of the vote in determining who is elected and what spending initiatives are approved apropos to school matters. This voting block does not even represent one quarter of our city’s registered voters but they are controlling things and it is not even the full 24% fiscal conservatives and liberal minded folks. It is just unfortunate that of that 24% majority of these voters are in the liberal category. This is what is destroying Claremont and one of the reasons why my family and I left.
Bill(Tuesday, December 03 19 09:00 am EST)
Interesting premise Pete. I think you might be onto something. I have another premise I would like to spring on everyone. I now live in Claremont but I originally come from Keene and I still subscribe to the Sentinel. I read an article this morning in the Sentinel about how Monadnock Economic Development Corp. is spearheading the proposed project to bring in an arts and culture corridor spanning from Gilbo Avenue, across Main Street and down Railroad Street. The plan includes artist residences, a visitor center, performance spaces, a skate park and a pedestrian plaza. The cost is $30 million minimum and the hope is that grants and tax credits will pay for most of it. Is this what is subtly happening in Downtown Claremont? The old Pleasant Restaurant is now owned by the super secretive Claremont Development Authority after they bought at for one dollar from the City Council and the property will be leased out to a local non-profit W. Claremont Ctr. for Music and the Arts that is operated by Melissa Richmond a former Director of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, who was in tight with the folks running the Claremont municipal government. Then in Downtown Claremont at their 31 Pleasant St., location is Amplified Arts operated by Shelley Hudson another former Director of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Will some of the Goddard building’s apartments be reserved for artists? Will more city funds generated by the taxpayers be going into the arts and other nonprofit endeavors instead of where it should be going into repairing our embarrassingly deplorable streets and roadways? The priorities set by our leaders regards to spending our tax dollars are all skewed in the wrong direction.
Pete(Tuesday, December 03 19 08:39 am EST)
I read a few things online today and putting two and two together I am not sure I like the answer equation that is forming here in Claremont. Bear with me a moment and this will all make scary sense. I read in the latest edition of the E- Ticker News that Gov. Sununu is agreeing to accept immigrants into New Hampshire and any city can take part if they want to have them migrate to their community. Then I read in today’s edition of the Eagle Times about the completion of the construction project for the Goddard property on Pleasant Street, Downtown Claremont and that applications are being accepted for residency. Most of the apartments are below average income standards or simply put very low-income housing. Then I remember how Mayor Charlene Lovett and others that will remain on the city council in 2020 namely Abigail Kier, Nicholas Koloski and Allen Damren were all super supportive of the notion of transforming Claremont into a welcoming community. A pseudonym for a sanctuary city. There is also plans in the works within the city government to spend over $5.5 million on changing the Downtown to accommodate more parking and more apartment dwellers. I think you can all see what I am going with this and I cannot help but wonder if this is been the plan all along. Will Claremont becoming a welcoming community for an unknown amount of immigrants and possibly illegal aliens as well not to mention the 50 DX-druggie ex-convicts that will be living in the Downtown too. I think Claremont’s elected officials are playing us. It is time we all wake up and tell them hell no.
Charles(Tuesday, December 03 19 07:43 am EST)
Public unions reflect workers in near monopoly situations. Public schools are practically the only option for loads of folks. So wages go up even when worker performance is atrocious as it is in our school districts, when compared to private schools within the same general area. More fundamentally, it's the taxpayer--often himself or herself a competitor in ruthlessly competitive markets who's asked to pick up the tab for overpaid government workers who face no negative consequences for failing to deliver at par with private company results. The old saw, "good enough for government work," just isn't good enough in global markets with growing automation.
Kevin(Monday, December 02 19 08:44 pm EST)
Excellent articles today guys. I especially like the second article that offered an insightful look at our three local governments, separate but similar because of bad management and bad elected leadership. I love your solutions and I agree with your conclusion that most of these ideas will never be implemented because our current elected leadership is compromised as they have sold their souls and thrown away their ethics if they ever had any to begin with to the unionized employees and the special interests. That will only change when ethical leaders are elected to replace them. Until then Claremont taxpayers are just gonna have to grin and bear it.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 02 19 06:26 pm EST)
Bob, thank you for the compliment it is greatly appreciated. The article you inspired was published today (Article # 2).
Bob(Monday, December 02 19 05:36 pm EST)
Jim: no worries I was just checking in. I see that you have been busy. Keep up the good work.
Alfred(Monday, December 02 19 03:10 pm EST)
I've heard that the school wants another $1 Million to cover free school breakfast and lunch for all students and staff.Tey say it's particularly important because of the new influx of children of color.They say there's a problem with children strong arming local children for their lunches because they don't have any money.So pony up people.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 02 19 02:44 pm EST)
Dennis, great question and yes we do have a simple workaround. All the Council has to do is make and pass one standing motion ordering the City Manager to see to it that the appropriate Department Directors are present for any meeting that there is an agenda item and has anything to do with their respective Municipal Department. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Credentials ????(Monday, December 02 19 01:41 pm EST)
how would he wow us with putting out a fire maybe!!!! he is a puppet for a select few and no one has the balls to say it he cant have a plan the plan in weathersfield is the 2 highway guys need to take friday off how do we do that and where are we gonna plant those 4 trees that were given to us by ms. treehugger get real we are doomed this guy is a useless mess and status quo fat mary is running the city with her financial antics Morris probably has no idea where to start that is the beginning start looking at the money but no the idiot buying new fire car 1 nice black tahoe agrresive tires to hammer there way to big fire Chiefs in Unity to his residence perfect. Good luck fixing this city with these bumbling boobs !!!!!!!! Morris cant count that high the budget in weathersfield a little different they need to buy a bulb for there one traffic light all us in claremont go by to get to the interstate to get to work
Dennis(Monday, December 02 19 01:33 pm EST)
Jim, does this mean that the Council will have to pass a vote every time they want to have a director talk to them? That seems to me to be very unproductive and the case where the city administration and the city council and not working together. You were on the Council with AJ so do either of you guys have any idea how to work around that situation?
Anthony(Monday, December 02 19 11:18 am EST)
I saw in the news today that the Mayors of Manchester and Concord are both agreeing to bring in even more refugees into their respective communities. Hopefully that liberal numbskull Mayor of ours Charlene Lovett and her sanctuary city loving followers on the council don't join together in the side to join the sanctuary city bandwagon and rope Claremont into bringing in illegal aliens here. The taxpayers cannot afford more higher taxes to support people who probably don't even pay taxes.
Industrial Property Owner(Monday, December 02 19 09:41 am EST)
I am not very impressed with Mr. Morris. He does not engage in the meeting as past managers Guy Santagate and Ryan McNutt did. It is as if he has very little interest in Claremont affairs and he is just sitting there doing as little as possible to collect a nice fat paycheck and nothing more. I am also displeased with his high-handed methods of trying to control information leaving City Hall via the airwaves on CCTV during televised city council meetings. Requiring a city council vote every time one or more of the councilors wish to ask questions to one or more municipal directors of departments is an unnecessary bureaucratic obstacle. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville are correct that this is a devious and unethical way to abuse authority. If the city manager has a controlling number of councilors in his or her pocket that will block access to any director for any reason. So far, Mr. Morris has done nothing to wow us. No plan of action know anything he is just going through the motions and producing nothing of benefit to the public although he is receiving compensation that exceeds the compensation of Mr. Santagate and Mr. McNutt. Is this really taxpayers money well spent? I think not.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 02 19 07:55 am EST)
Two new articles.
1) Is a power struggle brewing?
2) The heavy price of apathy!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Greg(Friday, November 29 19 11:01 am EST)
Typical Claremont. Hire friends for big paycheck positions no matter what their credentials, background, or history with the community is because it is insiders first and taxpayers last every time. Seaman is just the latest in a very long line.
Randy(Friday, November 29 19 09:36 am EST)
I agree that Derek Ferland is bad news but this Richard Seaman character is no prize either. I cannot believe that new Superintendent Tempesta hired Seaman to be the head bookkeeper as well as something to do with human resources. Seaman is a big-time liberal tax-and-spend bureaucrat and he is proving it with this cockamamie idea of his giving free breakfasts and lunches to all the students so the school administrators can do less work and the taxpayers will foot at least part of the bill for all these free meals. How much you ask? Damn good question but Seaman has no idea but he wants the School Board to move forward with the idea anyway because hey it’s only taxpayer’s money that would be spent, so in Seaman’s twisted mind it really doesn’t matter.
Tom(Friday, November 29 19 08:31 am EST)
That Derek Ferland certainly is a piece of work. A true bureaucrat through and through. In his mind, everyone in the public is stupid except for him of course and he deflects all of Jim Sullivan’s questions because Jim is asking the hard questions that our elected officials and local news reporters should be asking and are not. It seems to me that based on all of the documented evidence that Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville exposed and published on the Sullivan Report website, that the Sullivan County Government is in a complete shambles and nearly in financial ruins. Sadly, the only solution that this buffoon of a County Manager along with all of the imbeciles on the County Delegation and the three dimwits on the County Commissioner Board seem to have is to spend millions of dollars more of the taxpayer’s money. Millions of dollars that the taxpayers cannot afford on a County Nursing Home renovation and a new Sober House property in Claremont’s downtown merchant and restaurant business district that nobody here in Claremont wants located there. Mr. Ferland claims that neither multimillion-dollar project will add anything to the County property tax rate but that appears to be one gigantic lie. The biggest chunk of money that tax-and-spend Ferland is saying that he will use to keep the nursing home project debt off the County property tax rate is money that he has already spent in this year’s budget to the tune of over $1.3 million. If tax-and-spend Ferland uses that money for the nursing home project, that will leave a $1.3 million deficit in the budget for next year. Then here is the kicker, that ProShare money may not even be available next year or ever again. Nevertheless, that is okay, bureaucratic wisdom, an oxymoron if I ever heard one, tells these country bumpkin clods running our County government to move forward anyway and get the County fall even further into debt. Then for his next stupid County Manager act, tax-and-spend Ferland wants to move forward with the Sober House project claiming that the $100 per week rent money collected from the ex-convict residents will cover all of the Sober House’s expenses including the debt service to repay the loans that the County government will borrow. Then tax-and-spend Ferland pulls a classic bait and switch and changes things up again by saying that he will allow the ex-inmates living in the Sober House to perform volunteer work so they do not have to pay the full rent. If that is the case then the County government will not collect enough money to repay the millions of dollars of debt that the County officials borrowed to buy and renovate the old Eagle Times building, so it looks like the taxpayers will be stuck again with higher property taxes to make up the difference. What are our elected officials doing letting this County Manager keep pulling the wool over the taxpayer’s eyes. If it wasn’t for Jim and AJ we would never know the truth because our elected officials seem to be colluding with this County Manager to separate us from even more of our hard-earned money for them to spend on their harebrained bureaucratic expansion building programs. It looks like the City of Claremont and the School Board are not the only places where we need all new leadership.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 28 19 05:51 am EST)
Apologies Bob, the week before Thanksgiving is usually a very slow local news week. This year that did not turn out to be the case as I posted four articles yesterday. The article you refer to is presently half written and will be published the beginning of next week. Sorry for the delay. Happy Thanksgiving.
Bob(Wednesday, November 27 19 10:17 pm EST)
Jim Sullivan: How is the article coming???
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 27 19 06:30 am EST)
Four new articles today.
1) Traffic alert.
2) Voters approve spending for education programs.
3) School meals debt grows again.
4) County Manager responds, sort of.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
News Flash(Sunday, November 24 19 07:40 am EST)
The Eagle Times has two new leaders. Hope they are better than the last two. Could start by hiring an unbiased reporter. Then start reporting the whole story. They should hire Jim lol. There is a reason why so many people tune in to The Sullivan Report. No other NEWS reports out there. AND ITS FREE
Watching(Saturday, November 23 19 09:29 pm EST)
It appears that the group that did not want an in house manager search tried to set us up for failure and that group included many insider council members. They are now in a loose loose situation. My hope would be that Mr Morris would step up fix the runaway spending and right the sinking ship. Those insiders fail. Or should Mr Morris turns out not to be a fit and the insiders fail because they did not take the advise of the hard work the hiring committee did.
Great JOB Claremont(Saturday, November 23 19 05:19 pm EST)
how would a councilor be on the search committee and come out and not vote for the overwhelming majority person they already chose because its a sham and we let these ignorant s continue to get away with it just sick group of stupid people with agendas that cant make the right decision in anything so we (ignorant Council) take the weak candidate that way they can continue to feel like they arent ignorant themselves and can control him more than someone who has experience in the field and in the real world not Weathersfield and Claremont what a joke !!!!!!! Unfortunately we will pay and are paying everyday with this lack of real LEADERSHIP most dont understand what that means
WOW(Saturday, November 23 19 04:42 pm EST)
To: Great JOB Claremont, So if the search committee voted 10-1 for a different manager who gets blamed if this doesn’t work out. There were several councilors on that committee, what changed their mind? Morris was one of a final three out of over fifty applicants. That say something. Does make one wonder how the 10-1 candidate would have done. Maybe he would have exposed some of the back room deals. Isn’t Koloski a fireman in Weathersfield? Hum what’s the next benefit pack coming down the road.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, November 23 19 02:06 pm EST)
We do not presume to speak for our readers as they are perfectly capable of deciding on issues on their own. However as far as ourselves we supported Mr. Tempesta's plan for the diverted funds. If you bothered to read our article about this issue you would have known that.
Another thing, we do not try to tell anyone how to vote or how to think. We simply report the news that the conventional local news media are either too lazy, ignorant or cowardly to investigate and publish to enlighten the public about the truth. We may not be professional journalists but we do our very best to try to fill that necessary void.
tony(Saturday, November 23 19 09:54 am EST)
Well it is great to see that the overwhelming majority of 70 was able to divert $ 650,000 to the schools without the Sullivan Silent majority taking any action. You know when your great opposition to progress can't muster out to beat 70 voters, you really are a fringe.
Great JOB claremont(Wednesday, November 20 19 04:59 pm EST)
well Mr. Morris wasn't even the first pick for the search committee so that begs the question why the first pick who the search committee voted 10-1 wanted over Mr Morris wasn't even really in the running with this incompetent council because they already had Mr Morris picked and the search committee was just a sham like normal the other guy was levels above Mr Morris. Great Pick Councilors!!! Manager of a town 1/4 the size of Claremont with no real infrastructure, he having no real experience in managing anything
Keith(Wednesday, November 20 19 03:30 pm EST)
I am not very impressed with Mr. Morris. He does not seem to do a hell of a lot and he is commanding more money than Santagate or McNutt ever received. Frankly, I do not think he is worth the money. Maybe they should hire Morris the Cat instead because he would work for just a few cans of Nine Lives Tuna a week and probably get a hell of a lot more done than our new city manager is accomplishing.
Steve(Wednesday, November 20 19 01:21 pm EST)
I never did trust Lovett. I am not surprised that she deceived everyone regarding the taxpayer subsidy for the community center. Anyone who flashes his or her teeth and smiles so insincerely to everyone as often as she does just cannot be trusted. She is like an unscrupulous used car salesperson.
Dennis(Wednesday, November 20 19 11:23 am EST)
Yeah, and on the Council it is not looking so good either. It looks like Ward 2 chose another out-of-control tax and spender in the form of Jim Contois. He wants big pay raises for all the merit plan employees at the bottom of the pay scale. He wants to pay them all a living wage including the lifeguards and other entry-level positions. I guess to Jimbo money is no object especially when the money being spent belongs to the taxpayers. I thought he was going to be a reasonable representative for the people so like an idiot I voted for him. I spoke with him and I thought he was going to be a conservative voice on the Council but I guess I was wrong. I feel like I was conned but then con is in his last name so I guess I should not be surprised by this turn of events. Truth in advertising and all at.
Tom(Wednesday, November 20 19 10:17 am EST)
Wow! The County finances are all frigged up and Claremont might be looking at a $2.6 million tax bill in another year or so because of all the spending our state reps are doing over at the County. What the hell is wrong with O’Hearne and Stapleton? I thought they at least were on the taxpayer’s side but I guess I was wrong and they are tax-and-spend liberals like the rest of those clods on the County Delegation. Bad times ahead for Sullivan County.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 20 19 06:26 am EST)
Bob, not to my knowledge. Unfortunately, we are stuck with the officials the voters elected and the top administrators that they hired. However, I would like to thank you for giving me an idea for a story angle that I will write over the course of this week and publish next week.
Bob(Tuesday, November 19 19 05:02 pm EST)
How do we get an injunction against these idiots to stop them from doing these things. We MUST have some recourse to stop them?????
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 19 19 03:07 pm EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) Special vote scheduled for November 21.
2) November 13 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 14 19 11:56 pm EST)
Bob, good question. Sorry that I do not know the answer to that one. Since a plan is not fully formulated the County Government may not have an answer to that one either.
Ticked more(Thursday, November 14 19 07:10 pm EST)
Real people won't run because frankly the incompetence is too deep and they have better things to do then to try to convince these ignorant people to do anything that makes sense
Ticked(Thursday, November 14 19 06:07 pm EST)
Elections Have Consequences! Your county delegation and commissioners can be voted out!
Bob(Thursday, November 14 19 06:01 pm EST)
@ Jim Sullivan Thank you for the response. I am curious though if there has been any clean up of the building from when the paper was there. If people are going to be living there you would think the County would get a clean bill of health from the State DES
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 14 19 04:11 pm EST)
Bob, unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. Because the County is a government entity and local Planning rules do not apply to them as they are exempt. Another example is when the City of Claremont built the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center with inadequate parking space. The reason why that happened is because the City of Claremont is exempt from local Planning rules because they are a government entity. The only requirement that the County has to meet is to go before the Claremont Planning Board and show them an informational only presentation of their plan. The Planning Board and residents can ask questions but neither the Planning Board nor the Citizens will have any say in the matter. Essentially the County Government can and is shoving this project down the throats of all Claremont citizens whether we like it or not and they are using our tax dollars to do it. Your government at work!
wishing(Thursday, November 14 19 03:20 pm EST)
Please Help this City
Bob(Wednesday, November 13 19 09:57 pm EST)
Jim Sullivan: Does the county have absolute rule over the sober Housing..Can't the planning board make them follow the rules of the State and city and require them to satisfy their requests before granting approval for their application or do they not even have to fill out an application???
Charles(Wednesday, November 13 19 03:20 pm EST)
Is nobody shell shocked at $1.5 million dollars in merely designing this sober living facility?
My first question is who's spouse,kid,or brother/sister works for Warren street Architects is connected to the county government? We all know somebody is enriching themselves through connections.
Why are the people of Sullivan County responsible to pay for the housing of alcoholics and drug addicts? I know that we have plenty of churches and non-profits that should shoulder this responsibility,considering the fact that they enjoy tax free status.How are these organizations contributing? Should we be reconsidering non-profit tax free status of those doing nothing?
Has the county received alternative bids for the design of this boondoggle?
How about a halfway house for the seniors pushed out of their homes due to exorbitant tax burden?
Can the people of Sullivan County say no we cannot afford this?
How about an added tax to drinks and alcohol purchased in Sullivan County's bars and stores to pay for it?
On the other hand that would just create another tax lien situation for Koloski's dive bar.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 13 19 06:14 am EST)
The real story about the Sullivan County Nursing Home Rehab Project and the Sober House Project, both of which are moving forward.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tony(Tuesday, November 12 19 05:01 pm EST)
Which facts? That the republicans invited a hate for profit author and speaker? That Nick got the most votes of any of the candidates? That Jon S got a majority running unopposed?
Bob(Sunday, November 10 19 08:40 pm EST)
@Tony spoken like a true DemocRAT. Can't handle facts!
tony(Saturday, November 09 19 10:03 am EST)
in a county where the main stream republicans invite a 'Hate for Profit' speaker to an event, Jon Stone getting elected is no surprise. But this site claims to represent some silent majority. Actually it represents a fringe of disenchanted reactionaries and a few sore losers.
Low Numbers(Thursday, November 07 19 11:05 am EST)
John O’, Numbers numbers don’t seem to demand respect in my book
Numbers(Thursday, November 07 19 10:54 am EST)
Tony. 15% of the registered voter put nick back in. That is not a major accomplishment. 64% of those that voted voted for him. 68% of those that voted voted for Jon Stone. I guess numbers don’t count.
Charles(Thursday, November 07 19 10:48 am EST)
At this point it doesn't really matter who gets elected.
The mill rate is the highest in the state.The property values are rising at a snails pace,certainly not enough to justify the expense of revaluation every 2 years.What were these people thinking?
The most important aspect of taxing and spending is who are the people that pay? Do they have the ability and income to pay more?
The answer in Claremont is a resounding no.They have reached the taxing ceiling in Claremont.It doesn't matter what they vote for.You can either afford it,or you can't.I don't see Claremont even affording it's most basic infrastructure maintenance.
John J.O’Connor(Thursday, November 07 19 10:14 am EST)
I think there is some truth to that. As a member of the “Anyone but Koloski” club, I am extremely disappointed in the election results and since then I have been questioning as to why I dislike Nick.
In a perfect world no one would question Nicks motives when he gets involved in charitable endeavors.
In a perfect world, people would think it’s just a coincidence that a local paper is always there for a photo op to document his good deeds.
In a perfect world, people would think Nick is just victim of circumstances in regards to the Topsail building.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.
The voters have spoken and Nick now enters his second decade on the Council, respects must be given for his dedication to the City of Claremont.
Tony(Thursday, November 07 19 09:29 am EST)
Great to see how effective the Sullivan report is with smearing Nick. He was only the highest vote catcher for the at large. You are really out of touch and unaware of just how small a group you are.
Telling(Wednesday, November 06 19 01:19 pm EST)
Telling 2.0 In some elections if a candidate does not receive 50% of the vote there must be a revote. Not good for an incumbent. Just a thought.
Rick(Wednesday, November 06 19 07:14 am EST)
Well the Claremont voters did it again. 75% of them stayed home and most of the 25% that voted elected tax-and-spend liberals who will destroy the city within a few years by spending unrestrained and raising taxes, water and sewer rates and all other sort of fees that they can so that the taxpayers can pay for all the new spending. Expect the push on the downtown region with a multimillion-dollar infrastructure improvement-spending plan that will include a new multitier-parking garage. More low income housing that maybe the company that new Councilor Deborah Matteau works for can oversee in some capacity. Let us not forget Councilor Koloski now that he has won again I wonder what he wants. He just got the food-licensing thing for his weenie wagon so it cannot be that. Maybe a free environmental cleanup of the Topstone building on the public’s dime? Maybe something else who knows? We all know what Councilor Kier and Mayor Lovett and other members of the Council want for Christmas and that is sanctuary city status for Claremont. Oh right we are supposed to be calling it a welcoming community so no one will really know that it really means a sanctuary city. My bad. LOL. Of course all of the unionized municipal workers will reap big rewards to because there bought and paid for city councilors will make sure that they get bigger paychecks and expanded benefits that the taxpayers will have no choice but to pay for. The councilors will gladly do it because they must keep their constituency who elects them happy. When the big tax bills begin to come in a year or so from now and the public will then become angry, it will be too late to do anything about it because the damage has already been done. In Claremont staying home and not voting is not a good option because putting trust in the 25% of the voting age public that votes is not a good strategy. Look at what happened yesterday. Claremont voters you only have yourself to blame.
Telling2.0(Wednesday, November 06 19 07:08 am EST)
Stone got 68% of the vote in an uncontested race. Also a message.
Telling(Tuesday, November 05 19 10:19 pm EST)
Abigail Kier an incumbent candidate that has a track record recurved 708 votes. 816 voters did not vote for her. That sends a message.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 05 19 09:46 pm EST)
Claremont Election Results can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
Blah B. Blah III(Tuesday, November 05 19 09:16 pm EST)
Cue the fake haters. Damn its almost like no one gives a shit what Jim, AJ and Gauthier have to say.
Bob(Tuesday, November 05 19 08:24 pm EST)
Colonskipi, Matteu, Keir, Contois, this city is screwed, you think taxes are bad now just wait, you get what you vote for and this city just voted to screw it's self!!!!
Slick(Tuesday, November 05 19 07:51 pm EST)
Hang onto your wallet. Another Topstone deal is in the works.
Libtard(Tuesday, November 05 19 07:51 pm EST)
Just here for the post election conservative meltdown.
Beat Down(Tuesday, November 05 19 07:46 pm EST)
Looks like the conservatives sat on their hands again. Only themselves to blame.
Don(Tuesday, November 05 19 01:46 pm EST)
The high school principal in Concord resigned and the superintendent was fired by the school board over there alleged sexual assault case. In Claremont absolutely nothing has happened because school officials have failed to act at every turn. What is wrong with our school officials? Have they no decency or morals or ethics? Do they condone what allegedly happened? Or do they simply not give a you know what in regards to the students and their safety?
Charles(Tuesday, November 05 19 11:49 am EST)
Has anyone considered that this inappropriate sexual contact with Claremont's student population may be more wide spread than this one individual?
These cover-ups just may be to protect a large group of teachers or administrators sexual proclivity toward children.
Within the Catholic Church did anyone believe 20 years ago that the organization would be paying out $2 Billion to settle damages by
the acts of pedophile homosexual priests numbering in the hundreds,if not thousands?
Epstein just died awaiting trial for running an island dedicated to serving forbidden fruits,catering to the deviant desires of the world's elites.Bill Clinton himself was known to have taken several island trips himself.
I think that this investigation needs to delve deeper into the doings of school personnel.It's obvious that they were(are) not doing the jobs that they are paid to do.So what are they doing with their(our) time?
Remember that Michael Jackson never served a day for his deviant behavior with children.Now the children are grown and have proclaimed that Jackson was having intercourse with all of them.
Craig(Tuesday, November 05 19 11:00 am EST)
No accountability equals chaos. The prior SAU management was shamefully run by chaos under incompetent interim superintendent Cory LeClair and the previous equally incompetent superintendent Middleton McGoodwin. A pathetically incompetent finance director was allowed to hold two similar jobs in two different SAU’s. The same finance director failed to file IRS paperwork almost costing the taxpayers a significant amount of money in fines and penalties. The same finance director failed to file lunch program paperwork on time and that did cost taxpayers a very large sum of money in lost revenues for two years straight. Audit reports were not conducted each year for many years. An interim superintendent is literally pushed out the door and secretly paid a cash settlement courtesy of the taxpayers presumably because he was finding out the dirty little secrets of all these incompetent administrators and they teamed up to cover-up their sins against the taxpayers by ousting him quickly. Now we see that school administrators looked the other way and became enablers that set the stage for an alleged sexual assault to presumably occur. Absolutely no one has been held accountable except for any of this with the one exception of the termination of the former finance director. Why is that? What kind of message is the sending the taxpaying public and the students of Claremont?
Richard(Tuesday, November 05 19 10:03 am EST)
Pat Barry should have been placed on administrative leave as soon as the story about Mr. Caccavaro became public knowledge. At least one School board member said that she did not learn until about this until just before the new stories began to come out. Administrators most definitely knew and they did nothing presumably because they were all compromised and wanted to cover things up to protect themselves. We do not know when the new superintendent found out about this matter so we should all give him the benefit of the doubt at least for now. It is the only fair thing to do. That being said nothing is being done to hold accountable either Pat Barry or the special education director who also must have known and did nothing. The longer school officials take to act the more their credibility will suffer. This will hurt their efforts at budget time and at election time when they will need public support
Fair and Balanced(Tuesday, November 05 19 09:06 am EST)
Dennis, will you be big enough to admit you were 100% wrong when Goddard fills up with non section 8 renters? will any of the self professed economic development geniuses on this site admit they were full of crap? that would be refreshing. and i'm guessing you all preferred the previous Goddard situation--bed bugs, falling down building, empty store fronts...lol. 7 or 8 million invested to make it better and its just bitchbitchbitchbitchbitch glass always half empty. Yawn.
Dennis(Tuesday, November 05 19 08:35 am EST)
Ray your comments remind me about the Goddard building and there is something I have been meaning to say about that on the forum. This new guy Morris who the Council hired for city manager is either a numbskull or a liar. The Goddard building is very obviously going to cater to low-level income residents who earn Section 8 income levels as Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville clearly pointed out in the article they published not too long ago. I watched that Council meeting they wrote about and it was like watching an infomercial for the Goddard building. Just whom is this Morris person really representing? To me it does not seem to be the Claremont taxpayers who are paying his salary.
Ray(Monday, November 04 19 02:30 pm EST)
Speaking about Frank Sprague, I would like to know more about what is going on with the city contract for the building where school board chair Frank Sprague runs his health club. Is the city even supposed to be doing that kind of work or is Mr. Sprague getting some sort of backroom sweetheart deal on the taxpayer’s dime? I do not like the fact that it was not a real bid situation so we do not know if the taxpayers are getting a good deal or not or if the city is supposed to be doing that kind of work or not.
Jeremy(Monday, November 04 19 02:16 pm EST)
I have no faith in school board chair Frank Sprague doing the right thing. He is a former school principal and retired school employees always back current school employees in regards to generous pay raises, increases in benefits and covering up wrongdoing.
Charles(Monday, November 04 19 10:35 am EST)
It would really be in Claremont's best interest to get rid of Steven's principal,as well as the director for special education.
Not only have these people bungled the protection of the most vulnerable,but they are also way up there in the payout for pensions.Getting new people with better structured benefits pkgs. more in line with the income level of Claremont would be beneficial.These people are walking as kings and queens among the poorest population of the state.While I believe educating should be a decent paying job,defined benefit pkgs. exceed taxpayer Social Security by far too much.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 04 19 09:52 am EST)
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Laura(Monday, November 04 19 08:42 am EST)
Principal Pat Barry must be fired. She admits by her own statements to the police that when allegations of Mr. Caccavaro kissing a special needs student surfaced that she did absolutely nothing to protect the student from further contact. Kissing a student should be grounds for immediate dismissal. Instead Principal Barry issued some advice and did not take any measures to guarantee that Mr. Caccavaro and the student would not ever be together again. Mr. Caccavaro then began having weekly outings with the student and another special-needs student on Principal Barry’s watch yet Principal Barry pleaded ignorance to the outings. Who is running things at Stevens High School? If Principal Barry is an absentee administrator then that is sufficient grounds for her termination. Her laissez-faire managerial approach to this issue led to an alleged sexual assault. That should be grounds for her termination. However the Claremont School Board and the new Superintendent have failed to act so far. Do they condone this type of management that does not protect the students attending our schools? Perhaps it is time to start replacing them as well.
Dave(Monday, November 04 19 07:58 am EST)
If you looking for the city councilors to do anything for you then you are deluding yourselves. With the exception of Stone and O’Hearne, all of these councilors support sanctuary city policies that they call welcoming community policies to make it sound better. They want to spend millions of Claremont tax dollars to turn the downtown into a haven for illegal aliens who will swell the school system with lots of kids most of them can even speak English and it will increase the crime rate with drugs and prostitution. This is not even counting the people that will be living in the sober houses and in the transitional housing, that leading liberal Mayor Charlene Lovett is advocating for along with her councilor cronies. Kier and Koloski are bad news it’s time to clean house on the council starting with ousting them on Tuesday.
Chris(Sunday, November 03 19 01:44 pm EST)
If Principal Barry is not fired than the next person who should be fired is Superintendent Tempesta.
Matt(Sunday, November 03 19 12:56 pm EST)
The city’s spending priorities have been off kilter for a very long time. Purchasing new firetrucks when the useful life of the old one has not really expired yet, failing to properly care and maintain for the city’s roadway infrastructure and being more concerned about giving raises to the highest paid city employees when the retirement fund is woefully and inadequately funded seems to be par for the course with these buffoons on the city council and those working in the city administration. The voters have a chance to vote out two incumbents. Hopefully they won’t blow that opportunity.
Gary(Sunday, November 03 19 11:57 am EST)
If enough fiscal conservatives win seats on the Council then this bullshit spending will end and maybe we can get some new pavement on the roads while we still have some left.
Ryan(Sunday, November 03 19 10:58 am EST)
This will be Tempesta’s baptism of fire. Will he do the right thing and conduct an internal investigation and put the high school principal and the special education department head on leave pending the investigation outcome. If the outcome is that not enough was done to protect the student then Tempesta should do the right thing and terminate either one or both. Given the media account of what happened, I do not see Principal Barry surviving any scrutiny because of her ambivalence to the situation and her gross negligence regarding her duty to protect all students. She should be fired.
Ted(Sunday, November 03 19 09:48 am EST)
This Hamilton character sure finagled the figures around to try to keep the payouts for veterans tax credit and elderly exemptions lowballed as much as possible. Then you have the property assessments that are all over the place. Anyone who manipulates figures that much cannot be trusted as a city assessor.
Sharon(Sunday, November 03 19 07:48 am EST)
It’s a shame that the new superintendent inherited this mess about the alleged sexual assault involving a student. It is problems like this that he is handsomely paid to solve. If he does nothing then everyone will know that he is morally bankrupt and not someone who should be running our school districts.
Lynn(Sunday, November 03 19 05:08 am EST)
Pat Barry should be put on leave and ultimately fired for failing to protect that special education student from that alleged sexual assault.The system failed because the Principal looked the other way and did not take steps to protect that girl from harm. How can that be overlooked and forgiven by the school board of the new superintendent? What is wrong with these people?
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, November 02 19 08:54 pm EDT)
Two new articles.
1) Where is the accountability?
2) Claremont's 2019 MS-1 document reveals several surprises!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Wake Up(Friday, November 01 19 09:28 am EDT)
THE COUNCIL NEEDS TO LOOK BEYOND INCREASING THE POPULATION OF CLAREMONT. HOW MANY ARE THEY PUTTING IN THE WAGON V HOW MANY ARE PULLING THE WAGON. Can they really be that STUPID.
VOTE OUT AT LARGE INCUMBENTS.
Robert(Friday, November 01 19 06:55 am EDT)
It looks like the assessing office is in complete disarray. Can’t hire a permanent assessor presumably because the pay is too low to hire anyone even reasonably competent. Then the city hires overpriced consultants who totally screw things up. First, we have MRI and then we get the Topstone scandal that helps Nick Koloski and his landlord out immensely with the big almost quarter million-dollar property tax forgiveness break and then a property assessment reduction of over seventy percent. The old manager and the MRI guy that was doing the assessing hire a utility assessor and they use a scare tactic to keep away any pesky bidders with a stiff late fee clause in the bid proposal advertisement that is intentionally kept out of the contract. Then the assessor they hire as a consultant doesn’t turn into his work until over a month and a half late and because there’s no penalty fee nothing happens to him and he continues keeping the contract like nothing happened. This utility assessor that the last city manager hired looks like he’s in big trouble all over the place and he goes and raises the utility assessments way out of proportion and now we have two utilities taking us to court. Then the utility assessor will make more money being paid a high hourly fee to testify in court trying to convince a judge to believe his outrageous property assessments. Undoubtedly, the city will lose the case having spent not only fees for this utility assessor to testify but also big legal fees to lawyers and then we will have to pay back all the extra money that utilities paid in plus interest because they were overtaxed in 2018. God knows with this assessor consultant stuck the utilities with for property assessments in 2019? Will we be back in court next year facing more big expenses? The new city manager’s plan really sucks. Have a low-level employee go to school to become an assessor on the taxpayers dime and then become the new city assessor if he or she decides to stay and not move on to greener pastures once they become a full-fledged assessor. In the meantime, keep the current high paid consultant that seems lackadaisical when it comes to the property assessments. The same guy who oversaw the revaluation that raised a whole bunch of people’s property assessments while giving city councilors like Scott Pope a huge property tax break. Yet we need this jerk around for three more years. If this is the best that this new city manager has to offer and then maybe it’s time we get another new city manager once we install a new city council in January. Don’t vote for any of the incumbents running at large and then we will have a big change on the council perhaps enough to make a good difference going forward.
Linda(Wednesday, October 30 19 09:04 pm EDT)
It seems that Erica Rae Sweetser, AJ Maranville and Jim Sullivan are making the folks who want to keep the status quo at city hall really nervous. Good. Keep it up you three and Erica you have my vote.
A.J. ISA Moron(Wednesday, October 30 19 06:44 pm EDT)
Delusional would be crafting the same attacks against a people under different names on a fake site with a fake name. Boring. I really like it when Jim and AJ aka Linus and the Fake Sheriff sing themselves praise. Good job guys.
Katherine(Wednesday, October 30 19 05:11 pm EDT)
I read Nick Koloski’s comments to his Eagle Times interview in today’s newspaper and boy does this city councilor have deep psychological issues. First, he is a first-class narcissist who thinks he is the Savior of Claremont, which is a load of BS. Then he comes up with this cockamamie story that a huge outpouring of citizens convinced him to run for Council because he is the only one that can save us. One word adequately describes him and that word is delusional. Then Nick Koloski sidesteps every important question asked of him. Typical sleazy Nick Koloski styled actions. Make no mistake Nick Koloski is only there as a councilor to gain more political favors for himself and friends from the city administration in exchange for his constant city administration friendly rubberstamp vote. Vote for Nick Koloski if you want more of the same such as not enough road repairs, high taxes and more big raises for the city staff. If you want positive change then vote for anyone else but Nick Koloski and Abigail Kier.
Gloria(Wednesday, October 30 19 11:23 am EDT)
There was an interesting article in the Eagle Times about the Concord high school principal that was put on administrative leave pending investigation because of his poor handling of sexual assault allegations against a teacher. There is a similar case in Claremont and the Stevens high school principal totally mishandled the situation, allowed the alleged perpetrator to continue working in the school system and that person began to take the special education student that he was fixated with on weekly excursions for a few months when eventually an alleged sexual assault occured. Quite frankly this principle should have been fired on the spot but at the very least placed on immediate administrative leave pending a thorough investigation of her lack of action and how that jeopardized the safety of the special education student. Why has the Claremont school board and the new superintendent failed to act? Covering up for one of their own is wrong. The Stevens high school principal should be held accountable for her actions. Isn't the safety of the student population more important than the career of a misguided, inept high school principal?
Rick(Wednesday, October 30 19 10:38 am EDT)
I agree with Jim and AJ that there should be increases with the exemptions and with the tax credit for veterans. I am glad Councilor Stone increased the veteran’s credit to at least $500. The Council should do more for the seniors and hopefully they will once the two committees give their recommendations to the Council.
Charles(Wednesday, October 30 19 08:33 am EDT)
This community,or at least it's homeowners paying taxes are all so elderly that the shift that you advocate would be more drastic than in the communities you wish to be compared to.They have far more "new blood".Claremont is the old elephant bone yard with a smather of intellectually incapable young welfare recipients.
The levels of exeptions that you are looking for would have a much deeper impact on the bottom line.Sad but true
Katie(Wednesday, October 30 19 06:00 am EDT)
I noticed that no televised city councilor candidates forum is scheduled on CCTV. So much for transparent government.
Jeremy(Wednesday, October 30 19 05:28 am EDT)
It is clear to me that Mr. Hamilton the assessor consultant is working very hard to keep the amount of the exemptions and the tax credits that are paid to qualifying citizens down to an absolute minimum. Since he does not have a dog in this fight, I am sure that he is getting his marching orders to keep the payouts down from the new city manager Mr. Morris.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 29 19 03:43 pm EDT)
October 23 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, October 29 19 03:32 pm EDT)
If you want to debate political issues her, I’m sure you can do it without going so low as to being up frivolous allegations, only mentioned to influence the voters.
It’s obvious who you are against, but who are you supporting?
You crossed the line, you embarrassed yourself and your family.
Joe(Tuesday, October 29 19 08:43 am EDT)
Sounds like y'all are just one person having an argument with themself
Phillip(Tuesday, October 29 19 07:05 am EDT)
John O'Connor - if anyone knows about low blowing it is you. You watch the lies and attacks cast against some just flow by like an autistic fisherman without a pole or a hook or the ability to tell a frog from a trout and mumbles , "It must be the bait's fault".
Sweetser has personal and psychological issues that make her unfit for the position she is running for, that is evident. It is reflected in her ego-driven statement below, "I think the general public would agree with that. .."
She slurred a Claremont Citizen (while asking for their vote) using a word we generally attribute to those who have no message and is used to attack the messenger. In this case, as in most others, she comes off as juvenile and unhinged. She's not Council material.
And, like many here, you lack reading comprehension skills. Sweetser started all this speculation with her rambling, disconnected postings. Then she went after a Mr. Curry and then Sam Porter-Bridges called her out for her display, yet you attack me?
A quick review of your previous posts shows you to be more than just a casual poster John. You have an agenda. So, when it come to me, I'll act like Miss Priss Erica.
You no longer have my attention so STFU.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, October 28 19 07:19 pm EDT)
Low blow Phil... you crossed the line.
Shame on you.
Rigged Maybe(Monday, October 28 19 07:03 pm EDT)
Why is Nick listed first on the ballot? Shouldn’t it be alphabetical? Looks like the fix is in.
Phillip(Monday, October 28 19 05:12 pm EDT)
To Sam Porter-Bridges,
I heard similar things about Erica Rae Sweetser caused by what I am told is/was a weakness for certain substances. My brother tells me of a time when he was in a restaurant where she worked when her boyfriend/spouse or whatever came in and caused quite a scene concerning custody and money and such. He said people at that restaurant later told him this wasn't the first time. I am guessing I'll pass on voting for this one.
Do you have anymore info on her that would help a voter to decide? Seems she has decided not to give you any attention either. Seems you have hit a sore spot with her. Pretty soon there will be no one left for her to pay attention to, lol.
Charles(Saturday, October 26 19 09:05 am EDT)
TEAR IT DOWN
TEAR IT DOWN
TEAR IT DOWN
Roland(Friday, October 25 19 06:41 pm EDT)
So this is the place you go to falsely post about others behind a fake screen name. I normally look at this garbage and laugh it off but really some stuff is way over the top.
So when I lost everything I had one of the first people who came forward to help me is one being talked badly about on this page. After we saw help from this community member and others my wife and I decided we would take the opportunity to pay kindness forward and help when we can. We will continue to do so. I recall reading a article when a general store in Vermont was broken in to and all of the Toys for Tots toys were stolen a local person called to find out how many toys were taken. That individual not only replaced all of the toys for tots toys but nearly tripled the loss. My wife worked at Walmart at the time and her coworker was a toys for tots marine. This individual met the marine out front after making arrangements with toys for tots to accept. Store employees helped unload. Walmart agree to house the toys in safe keeping with the help of my wifes coworker until they could be transfered to toys for tots. This is the same person being trashed talk with false information on here meant to hurt someone. I personally have helped out around the holidays and to see the lengths people will go to outright post lies about something in your community is mind blowing. After seeing this I went to find the post referenced. You may want to learn how to read. No where is any credit taken from anyone. I know for a fact what this person has done for toys to tots not only on this one occasion. You state used stuffed animals. When you learn how to read and let the hatred not cloud your vision you would see the request for delivery help is for brand new stuffed animals. I saw another post where its pointed out he will only take new ones with tags. A friend of mine helped box these last year. Credit is always given and you'd know that if you gave of your time to help and not trash. Get over yourself.
Blow Hard(Friday, October 25 19 04:39 pm EDT)
I just saw Nick is blowing his own horn looking for someone to donate a truck to deliver used stuffed animals that were given to him to local hospitals. Just heard that the last time he did this one location rightfully tossed them because used stuffed toys are major germ carriers. When will people see right through this guy. The least he could do is give credit where credit is due. Ask him about the time Toys for Tots kicked him out because of his actions.
Sam Porter-Bridges(Friday, October 25 19 03:02 pm EDT)
Erica, is it true you don't have custody of a child? Why is that? I think it important to explain since you espouse to be a great parent and give opinions on how others should raised their kids.
Charles(Friday, October 25 19 01:59 pm EDT)
Someone create a petition to demo Topstone,I'll sign.The place is a danger to the public and is just inviting lawsuits against the city for negligent code enforcement.Between the asbestos,the lead,ground water contamination,and the general decay this thing would be best bulldozed.The owners can't even afford to put on a roof.So why own something you can't afford to maintain?
Insider(Friday, October 25 19 07:48 am EDT)
Erica Sweetser, welcome to the dark side of Claremont. There are posters on here that are on a mission to destroy Claremont. Some whom it will blow you away when they are exposed. You will be an asset on the council. Non Public meetings will expose the negative side of one councilor that is freeloading off tax dollars. Does Topstone ring a bell?
You use this site as a mechanism of your political campaign.
You are running for public office. You called a poster here an "ASSHOLE" - one of your constituents. You seem to follow the Jon Stone philosophy of public relations.
You brought me into the drama of your life - now I am here and you can not nor will not silence me by your of ignorance the facts.
The public can easily see in your discourse here that you do not have the capacity to serve any of us - and are assuredly not deserving of a tip but here's one - "You are messing with the wrong person"
How's that for a tip hash slinger....????
Your "No I'm not, you are" line of defense is sophomoric and would be laughable but for what is at stake.
My name showed up in a post signed by and attributed to you and claimed by you - I have never written or uttered your name until then.
You are delusional - all one has to do is scroll down and read your posts here. I can only imagine what you post on other social media.
You wrote "You do not get any more of my attention"
HEY VOTERS - DON'T EXPECT MS RAE TO PAY ANY HEED TO ISSUES YOU BRING BEFORE HER AS SHE SEEMS TO TIRE EASILY WHICH WOULD PRECLUDE HER FROM BEING AN EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE FOR AND OF OUR CITY.
Ask yourselves, do we want another loose canon (and one with no experience or solid ideas) on the council at this crucial moment when the city needs soberness and stability in its leadership?
How's that Ms Sweetser?
Erica Rae Sweetser(Friday, October 25 19 06:40 am EDT)
Mr. Curry, perhaps you need lessons in comprehension. You wrote "...you walk the walk the walk and talk the talk of a Koloski hater..." Aimed at me. I did not say you disparaged him. I responded to your comment aimed at me. You do not get any more of my attention. Have a good day.
Erica Rae please take a class in reading comprehension.
Where did i disparage Nick?
I DIDN'T YOU ILLITERATE RUBE!
If you did the research I suggested that you do so you wouldn't look so foolish you would have seen that a few months ago I came to Nick's defense here (without knowing him) because folks at this site were continuously gay bashing him etc.
Did you know that?
No you didn't, because you have a problem with facts.
So I ask AGAIN - provide the quote where I say anything negative about Mr Koloski - better yet - ask him about it.
So... now add another false claim to the list you are amassing about me - cross the line and get sued.
You already have shown the City what a fool you are and are undeserving of our trust.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 07:09 pm EDT)
Mr. Curry, I called whomever impersonated me an asshole. I think the general public would agree with that. You should also check your "evidence". I have known Nick for over 20 years and worked for him recently. Without any complaints about him or his character.
Angela(Thursday, October 24 19 05:17 pm EDT)
Apparently Deb Matteau was on the board at Lakeview condos in Enfield. Residents speak of poorly handled funds for the 131 unit condo complex, and she killed the reserve fund almost single-handedly on unneeded expenses. Not someone I would want on my city council, and my vote will reflect that. Yours should too.
I was recently made aware that you mentioned my name and made an unsubstantiated allegation against me on a local Claremont website called "The Sullivan Report". This site.
I am forced to wonder why a candidate for Claremont City Council would do so. It reminds me of a few months back when everyone was convinced that I was Nick Koloski. They all wound up looking foolish and now you join their ranks.
Go back in the Sullivan Forum archives and educate yourself. You seem to need educating in a number of areas which preclude you from being qualified to represent the City of Claremont.
If you can't handle yourself without referring to someone as an "asshole" at the slightest provocation, then the voters should view you as a walking lawsuit if elected and reject you out of hand.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I could easily be convinced (with the evidence at hand) that you are a plant meant to dilute the vote...you walk the walk and talk the talk of a Koloski hater - a Stoner.
I just think you are naive, but to others to whom I have spoken, you come across as unstable.
This very unprofessional exchange you chose to drag me into doesn't help your case.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 01:21 pm EDT)
You also made up a fictitious customer named Mr. Curry lol....Lemuel might be his first name?
Erica's Nemesis(Thursday, October 24 19 12:57 pm EDT)
Erica - You are disqualified from being a City Councilor . How can we be sure you will read the laws and motions and reports etc. brought before you to consider? You responded here without reading thoroughly.
The law is about details and you lack the experience and knowledge to tell the difference between fact and fiction.
You just showed how incompetent you would be as a representative of the people.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:54 pm EDT)
And you didn't even get my phone number right.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:47 pm EDT)
I apologize, I had not read that in its entirety. It seems some asshole spliced together different things I have written to make some statement, with my name attached. My accurate letter to the Eagle Times can be seen on their website. And it was written by me after filing for city council, long before this teacher story.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:44 pm EDT)
While I did write the below to the Eagle Times, I did not publish it here 40 minutes ago. I thank whomever shared it here, however please use your own name, not mine.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:04 pm EDT)
I was born in Claremont, but have lived in other areas, both as a child and an adult. I have been trying to live by this personal motto of "putting your body where your mouth is". This brings me to the issue of the molestation of that poor girl by an elder from our community. I find it incredible that Pat Barry, the school principal, witnessed some of these sickening actions, yet did nothing. I know the prep school environment that Mrs. Barry and her family originate from are adept at keeping family secrets. Like stories of that uncle, that one nobody talks about any more since "that day". As she stated, Mrs. Barry saw a few examples of a day like that and did nothing. This woman who is responsible for our children. She did nothing and this girl suffered.I have spent my adult life in jobs like waitressing that have me in front of the public every day. I get to see every social class, every religion, every age group, and I would have noticed and immediately reported what Mrs. Barry observed. IT TAKES A VILLAGE. Schools have a responsibility to keep children safe when they are at school and it is the parent’s responsibility to keep them safe athome, what about in between? Isn’t it up to the community to model good behavior then? Where is our day care center? Pre-school is crucial for working mothers and fathers. We have a deeply rooted problem with our school system and the way it is administered. I will look into that when elected.Yesterday I was told by a few people that Mrs. Barry has a daughter in the Claremont Police Department who is viewed in the community as a bit off, professionally. It was said that she was considered for this position partially due to her family connections. It was also said that she has made a number of questionable decisions due to her inability to seperate her private and professional lives and focus on either. I recall that last month it was mentioned to me by Mr.Curry (one of our regular customers) during a discussion at The Pleasant that many officers do not like to be paired with her because they consider her dangerous from a tactical point of view and a bit of a loose canon who acts entitled. One of my friends who has a cousin who is in the department says she observed Officer Barry make decisions and act differently when dealing with certain families. These are the families, the ones who have taken control of Claremont, that I want to replace. I humbly ask for your vote for council and I assure you I will act to make sure we select a unimpeachable Police Commission and root out the issues I have been approached about. I ask Claremont to give me a chance to listen and be able to act.
Erica Rae Sweetser
Candidate for Claremont City Councilor At-Large
I told everybody about that Humane Society on Tremont St. Those women there seem disconnected from reality. Read the Yelp review where they state that Cheryl Bromley acted like a "mad woman". They even ran out of food recently and had to beg. No wonder the pervert was able to use that location to molest this girl. As is usual with "animal lovers", they lack people skills and live in a "la la land" of unicorns and neutered cats.
Let Me Repeat: You can register to vote on Election Day with only your signature on a City-supplied affidavit stating that you are “qualified” to vote.
John O’Connor(Tuesday, October 22 19 09:02 am EDT)
Let’s all remember, we are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Let the Court of Law determine his guilt or innocence and not the court of public opinion.
Brian(Tuesday, October 22 19 08:02 am EDT)
I am so surprised to hear the news about George Caccavaro. I’ve always known that he’s been a hard-nosed curmudgeon but I’m having a hard time believing that the allegations about him are true. I hope for his family’s sake they are not.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 21 19 09:42 pm EDT)
Ex-Mayor of Claremont George Caccavaro is charged on one count of sexual assault!
For more information go to the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 21 19 11:15 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) MS-1 Update.
2)Claremont's Municipal Government is far from transparent!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
One of the concerns for local citizens should be the fact that Jeremy Herrell resides in our community and functions as a central communications hub, often hosting militants at his residence and helping maintain a network of "safe houses" in the area provided by like-minded individuals.
A months-long investigation revealed that dozens of first responders, detention officers, police and enlisted military personnel joined or were added to a Facebook group where administrators and members shared content promoting violence against Muslims, undocumented immigrants, abortion doctors and Democratic politicians.
I read an article today on Granite Grok about why some New Hampshire communities are always property tax poor. The author made a very good point that poor decision-making by local leaders is often the cause. Claremont was specifically named as one of those communities with bad leadership. The author states that taxpayers living in other communities should not be paying for those bad decisions. He writes, "After all, their voters put those into office that made the bad decisions (sometimes multiple times) – they are complicit but still have their hands out". I am a Claremont resident but I have to admit that the author is not wrong. Look at the elected leadership on the city council, the local school board and the county delegation. Look at the administrators of those three government entities over the past decade. These imbeciles have made one bad decision after another that has cost Claremont taxpayers dearly. The new city manager and the new superintendent both get a pass. It is time for new leadership all around and the Claremont voters can start by electing new city councilors and throwing out of office every incumbent that we can. Then on to the school board and the county delegation. If we want change then we have to first change the terrible leadership that we presently have.
Rachel(Wednesday, October 16 19 02:14 pm EDT)
I like the suggestion of Claremont having their own solar energy farm. The Council should ask for a consulting report from a professional in the business qualified to make such a cost-benefit analysis. This could really benefit Claremont. Just like Jim and AJ’s other suggestions such as turning the special education program into a moneymaking venture by creating a facility that keeps the out of district placement kids in Claremont and has room to bring in on a tuition basis other kids from other communities so special education would be a profit center instead of a giant money drain. They also had an idea about online classes for the high school to expand class offerings and possibly lower the cost of teachers by having computer labs where only a monitor would be required instead of an higher paid teacher. In addition, their idea about outsourcing municipal and school services for large cost savings is also a great idea. Provides needed services at a lower cost to the citizens and that lowers the tax rate and that increases Claremont’s opportunities for economic development. Now that is sound leadership from two former city councilors. The only way that will ever happen is to vote out all the municipal and school union loving elected officials who are there just to maintain the status quo and keep our taxes as high as possible with more and more spending initiatives. Who’s got your back? It’s certainly not the people that you’ve elected lately.
Tony(Wednesday, October 16 19 10:26 am EDT)
Nick Koloski is bad news for Claremont. He is a whiny little brat who needs to grow up. It is time for him to be removed from the Claremont City Council. The voters of Claremont have a big opportunity here hopefully they will not squander it.
“Teflon “ Nick will have no problem winning his election. He has instilled himself as the “Saint of Claremont “ by making his establishment a drop off point for food and clothing.
All of you prospective candidates can learn a very valuable political lesson from “St.Nick”, take credit for the good deeds of others and in time people will believe it was all your idea.
Tom(Tuesday, October 15 19 12:05 pm EDT)
I think Nick Koloski has big problems with this new election. The scandal with the Topstone furniture building has really hurt what little credibility he had left with the public. He continues to get political favor after political favor whether it is the weenie wagon ordinance or the Keno legislation for Claremont or free environmental testing for his landlord’s property the Topstone building. The very hush hush big property assessment reductions and almost a quarter of $1 million in tax forgiveness for his landlord also at the Topstone building that of course Nick claims he had nothing to do with, etc. It is time for this kind of shameful local politics to vanish forever. The only way to do that is to get rid of the local politicians who continue to benefit at taxpayer’s expense. When it comes to whom to vote for at-large, my suggestion is going to be anyone but Nick Koloski.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 15 19 10:28 am EDT)
Proposed Speedway Campground receive some pushback from neighbors.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work Miracles with the Limitless Power of Psychoatomic Energy
It was written by a man who called himself Walter Delaney, published in 1975. The book's premise, its basic premise, is that just as objects are composed of atoms, thoughts are composed of psychic atoms, or what Delaney calls psychons, ultrons, and egons.
I am actively searching for another copy of this book to send to Jonathan Stone before the Christmas season to keep him occupied and silent over the next two years if anyone come across one there is a crisp $20 in it for you.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Tuesday, October 15 19 08:25 am EDT)
Mr. Lovett, I have to first say that on more than a few occasions I've seen you post on here and on WUC basically speaking for your wife. I can understand if she doesn't want to have an online presense, but I find it odd that the public is supposed to take her husband's comments as her own. Second, the poster Lisa, did not write that she ran into your wife recently. She wrote that she ran into her after a Sullivan Report article about the Goddard Block. The Report has done several articles about the building over a period of time. I can understand the public's confusion over the project. To me section 8 means that the renter is only responsible for a portion of the rent and the rest is paid through a voucher. So the landlord still gets the full amount of rent, the tenant pays no more than 30 % of their income, and the rest comes from HUD. ( Please contradict me if I'm wrong). When we read that a certain amount of the units will be for people under certain income limits it looks as though they would basically be getting a section 8 voucher and that HUD would pay some of their rent. There is also housing where renters have to be below a certain income but still pay the same amount of rent. Then HUD isn't picking up the rest. It basically gives lower income renters the opportunity to have "affordable" housing that won't cost the tax payers, because none of the rent is publicly funded. I have done a little reading about section 8 vouchers and have read that the state only has a certain number of vouchers that they give. This covers the state. So I have been confused as to whether the state is increasing their number of vouchers. That would be the only answer unless the state took Section 8 vouchers from 1 town to give to Claremont. If this building is accepting vouchers. Or if this building is a low income property like Sugar River Mills, in which the renters don't have private section 8 vouchers, but they still only pay a portion of rent and HUD picks up the rest. Am I making sense. Types of housing 1. Private section 8 voucher for private apartment. 2. Low income public housing where HUD pays portion of rent. 3. Low income housing where tenant pays all of rent. If there could be clarification around the tenants' financial obligations to live there it may help the public understand. Will the tenants be paying differing amounts of rent based on their income? Will HUD be paying any of the rent? I thank you in advance if you respond.
Robert Lovett(Monday, October 14 19 09:48 pm EDT)
Lisa - I asked my wife about your claim of running in to her and she does not remember anyone asking her about the Goddard Bld expansion for many months. Since you’re implying that this meeting was recent, please provide when, where, and what date this occurred since you are claiming she lied to you. Would be interesting to reconcile facts since you are claiming an event occurred that she has no memory of happening
Dave(Monday, October 14 19 02:25 pm EDT)
I watched that meeting too and Nicholas Koloski was acting like the proverbial long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs in regards to the councilor's election. Mr. Koloski usually runs unopposed or when running at large there are usually not more candidates than there are available seats. Now he has to play a game of musical chairs and the poor clumsy boy he has two left feet. I'm hoping when the music stops and the election is over that both he and Abigail Kier are the two left standing without a council seat anymore. Wouldn't that be a great early Christmas present for the taxpayers?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 14 19 01:01 pm EDT)
October 9 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 12 19 01:04 pm EDT)
Here is that Russian translation for those who are interested. Someone is clearly screwing around with way too much time on their hands.
Welcome to Clermont citizens! We have a lot in common. You have corrupt elected officials, and we too! There is a difference. We have agents and operatives in your city. You have no operatives here in Russia. We are wreaking havoc so that Trump can win.
Приветствую граждан Клермонта! У нас много общего. У вас коррумпированные выборные чиновники, и мы тоже! Есть разница. У нас есть агенты и оперативники в вашем городе. У вас нет оперативников здесь, в России. Мы создаем хаос, чтобы Трамп мог победить
Jean(Wednesday, October 09 19 09:32 pm EDT)
Robbin, using the figures you provided a single person would earn $30,391 after federal income taxes are paid. That's $584.44 per week and is very little money to live on these days. That is the maximum they can earn to live in the Goddard building.
A couple the maximum after federal taxes totals $34,848 or $670.15 per week. Again not much to live off of.
These residents will be at best classified as the working poor.
Robbin Hood(Wednesday, October 09 19 05:20 pm EDT)
I don't know what the ET reporter used as source for median family income but this link says it is $73,600. see page 3.
the % income amount changes depending on # of people in family. the majority of units are for 60% rate. if they are single person, that person would be making about $17/hr. That doesn't sound like section 8 to me. the 50% and 30% income levels are pretty low--but they are only 8 apts out of 36--only 20% of the total units. so 80% of the apts are def not section 8. Compared to the previous conditoin the bguilding was in i'd say this is an improvement.
Gail(Wednesday, October 09 19 02:18 pm EDT)
I see that the Eagle Times is advertising for a new editor. When that staff change occurs, maybe things will get better there. One can hope.
Brad(Wednesday, October 09 19 01:16 pm EDT)
Considering the fact that the City Council is putting a tight lid upon this Arrowhead expansion, I’m very impressed how Jim and AJ was able to gather so much irrefutable information about this internalized secret that our city leaders are trying to hide from the taxpaying public. These so-called city leaders must be livid that the cat’s out of the bag. Although I do not feel too bad about it because they are a bunch of slime balls. LOL!
Mike(Wednesday, October 09 19 11:33 am EDT)
Catching up on my reading I like how Jim and AJ got ahold of the meeting minutes that left just a clue they needed to break this secret Arrowhead expansion wide open so now we know about it. Other journalist could have done the same thing but that would have taken initiative, intelligence, and journalistic integrity, which seems to be in very short supply when it comes to the folks at the Valley News, the Union Leader, the E- Ticker News and the Eagle Times.
Lisa(Wednesday, October 09 19 07:28 am EDT)
I read the Eagle Times article about the make-up of the apartments in the Goddard building. The article said.
“When finished, the Goddard building will have a mix of 36 apartments for individuals and families. Nine of the apartments will be market-rate and the other 27 will be “affordable” rental units. Three units will be for tenants earning up to 80% of the area median income; 16 units for tenants earning up to 60% of the median income; two units for tenants earning up to 50% of the median income; and six units for tenants earning up to 30% of the median income. The median family income in Sullivan County is $59,419.”
That is the very definition of Section 8 low-income housing. Not long after the Sullivan Report exposed this to everyone with the funding requirements for the government money that Mr. LaCasse accepted for the project that required the residents be low income I ran into Mayor Charlene Lovett and asked her about it. She said that Jim was wrong and this was definitely not a Section 8 low-income apartment project for the downtown. She lied to me right to my face. I will never forgive her and I wish I had someone else to vote for as mayor. I will just leave that part of the ballot blank. I will do the same for the assistant mayor seat.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Tuesday, October 08 19 09:13 am EDT)
The idea of putting sober housing downtown was completely contradictory to the goal of revitalizing downtown. Thankfully it's stopped for now.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 08 19 08:11 am EDT)
County Officials pull plug on sober housing project. At least for now!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Roman(Monday, October 07 19 05:44 pm EDT)
Dick Seaman,what a name.Perhaps Dick Brown would be more fitting,considering the way he's been giving it to taxpayers.
We cannot continue with the highest rate in the state.I'm sick of Arrowhead and the community center gobbling up money that I work hard for.I don't even go to these places.I don't mind paying a reasonable tax to support schools,despite not having any children.These recreational places should charge for the memberships and support themselves.
Ron(Monday, October 07 19 03:10 pm EDT)
Dick Seaman is one of the reasons why our tax rate and Claremont is the highest in the state. Now he is the assistant superintendent in charge of the money. God help us all.
Laura(Monday, October 07 19 01:51 pm EDT)
The problem is Mayor Lovett and Allen Damren is still going to be there come January. The only hope the taxpayers have is that they have no support from the other seven councilors. The only way to do that is to vote Nick Koloski and Abigail Kier out of office and stop any of their supporters such as Debbie Matteau from gaining seats on the city council.
Tim(Monday, October 07 19 12:55 pm EDT)
I figure they are trying to fast track this land purchase at Arrowhead before the next Council takes office in January. Because they will not have tax and spenders like Pope and Lessard and if the taxpayers get lucky, they may not have Koloski and Kier on the Council anymore either. The special interests are all trying to move fast to grab up as many tax dollars as they can get their greedy little mitts on before January just in case their access to public money dries up.
Todd(Monday, October 07 19 10:58 am EDT)
Jeff I’ll tell you, it’s sucking up to any group that can bring in a lot of votes to the polls so these imbeciles on the Council can get reelected and continue screwing up Claremont.
Greg(Monday, October 07 19 10:57 am EDT)
That’s true; Dick Seaman never saw a tax increase he didn’t like. He always seemed disappointed that the school board would not spend even more than they already were.
Keith(Monday, October 07 19 10:42 am EDT)
Alice, while Richard Seaman does come to SAU #6 with lots of bad baggage, I’m more worried about Seaman’s cavalier tax-and-spend attitude. Mr. Tempesta will be relying on Seaman for financial advice and I believe that every suggestion out of Richard's mouth will involve higher and higher spending. spending more money was always Richards go to while he was on the school board. I believe Mr. Tempesta made a terrible mistake hiring Richard Seaman.
Alice(Monday, October 07 19 10:26 am EDT)
I do not doubt that Dick Seaman is qualified; it is just that after the debacle with Mike O’Neill do we need a replacement that comes with such historic baggage?
Bob(Monday, October 07 19 09:38 am EDT)
You will never get change until you change those on the council. By now it should be very clear who should not be elected this November.
Jeff(Monday, October 07 19 09:25 am EDT)
The park and rec crowd are out of control. With Jim and AJ pointing out in their article about the Council not coming anywhere near where the budget allocation should be for street paving is very alarming. Where the hell are the Council’s priorities?
Jill(Monday, October 07 19 08:45 am EDT)
An expansion of Arrowhead? Seriously? Jim and AJ are right we need roadwork not more ski area.
Tom(Monday, October 07 19 07:20 am EDT)
I cannot believe they hired Richard Seaman to be an assistant superintendent. After the shenanigans, he was involved with in regards to Johnson Controls. Remember that nasty piece of business? That is the problem with hiring top staff from out of town when they have no historic knowledge.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 07 19 05:14 am EDT)
Two new articles today.
1) Richard Seaman named one of two Assistant Superintendents for SAU #6.
2) Is secret Arrowhead expansion underway?
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Sunday, October 06 19 10:54 am EDT)
What is this shit posted all over this board?
There's only 1 mission Claremont needs to accomplish.Claremont needs to get it's mill rate to the middle of the pack while maintaining realistic property valuations that don't keep us eternally in court enriching lawyers.
I'm ok with laying off overpriced personnel and farming those duties out to the best bid.I'm ok with laying off some teachers and administrators.I'm ok with privatizing school lunches to a reputable vendor that is capable of collecting the money due them when serving meals.I'm ok with privatizing snow removal to local companies just as garbage collection is.We seem to manage just fine without city garbage collection.We would do just fine with the other services being done privately as well.
We have plenty of nonprofit churches in the area that can handle the halfway house/unwed mothers situation.Isn't this why charities even exist?
Justin(Saturday, October 05 19 06:56 pm EDT)
I haven't believed the truth about myself I haven’t believed I am loved I haven’t believed I am forgiven. it’s a hard thing for me to wrap my head around. I hang my head in shame and I wallow in sadness about the the people who have betrayed me. I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun night and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys. Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird. I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks .. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on. PEACE
The City can't seem to work towards a common goal. A goal as clear-cut as civility within government and respect between our government and our Citizens seems unattainable at this juncture. This lack of civility and the undercurrent of fear from intimidation has, I am afraid, irreversibly tainted our community.
Initiated and continued by the likes of Councilman Jon Stone and his henchmen, this atmosphere shows no sign of clearing.
Ignore Lemmy (the train wreck) and he will go away.
Barry(Thursday, October 03 19 06:21 pm EDT)
@Lemuel reading your comments gives me plenty of reason to believe you don’t live in Claremont or you live in your mother’s basement. Most of your comments are obviously inaccurate. My dad used to tell my it is better for an ignorant man to keep his mouth shut and be thought to be ignorant that to open it and take all doubt away.
WHY ARE SO MANY POSITIONS GOING UNCONTESTED OR UNFILLED? INTIMIDATION...
"Chief Chase and Jon Stone are major contributors to the lack of participation in City affairs by Claremont Citizens. Both use intimidation (subtle and overt) and each uses his own unique methodology to achieve their goal".
Abigail Kier and her cohort Nick Koloski both must go. Abby wants a sanctuary city located in Claremont although she is calling it the bureaucratic whitewashed name of a welcoming community. Little boy Nicky likes the idea too and supports it while he continues to benefit from special favor after special favor granted to him by the city administrators.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, October 02 19 09:50 am EDT)
I just came back from the Assessing Office at Claremont City Hall and I had a brief conversation with Interim City Assessor Stephan Hamilton. According to Mr. Hamilton, the City of Claremont's 2019 MS-1 Report is still unavailable because Mr. Sansoucy, the utility appraiser consultant hired by the City of Claremont, still has not submitted his utility property assessments to the Assessing Office. The MS-1 Report is what the NH Department of Revenue Administration uses to set Claremont's property tax rates so the City Administration can send out the final tax bill of the current tax year in November. Contractually Mr. Sansoucy had a deadline of September 1. Mr. Hamilton has absolutely no idea when the utility property assessments will be submitted. The City's extension with the NH Department of Revenue Administration expired yesterday and Mr. Hamilton has submitted a second extension request, this time for 15 days. He is hoping that the extension is approved. So the waiting for everyone continues! Because the contract with Sansoucy is missing the late penalty language it was supposed to have the City really has practically zero leverage in regards to this matter. This contract should be terminated moving forward for non-performance and if it involves the City Lawyers then so be it. Hell of a way to run an Assessing Office!
Thanks Hank. Here's an article to show how Stone is covered with "stank".
"With Jeremy Herrell The White Separatist In Our City – It’s Time Claremont Gets Educated"
With An Influx Of Outside Agitators Planned For The Election And The Holiday Protests, How Many Locals Know What a “Proud Boy” Or A “Patriot Prayer” Is? What about the QAnon conspiracy flooding Trump supporter websites and chat-rooms and inspiring them to violence? If you doubt this is possible than you forget the Pizzagate conspiracy…
Thanks for the IM Lemmy. I missed the Osgood one so I appreciate the cover. I always get a good laugh when you slay "the rubes". I don't think Osgood has any special connection with "the guy with the beard upstairs", so don't worry about lightning bolts. Folks like him are so wrapped up in their mythology they can't even see the underlying satire. I bet he prayed over transmissions and differentials to get divine intervention when repairing cars.
I WASN'T WRITING AT YOU. KEEP YOUR NOSE WHERE IT BELONGS - UP STONE'S A$$.
BUT SINCE YOU TRIED SO HARD - HAVE A DOSE OF LEMMY.
I BET YOU BELIEVE "THE MOOSLIMS" ARE TRYING TO INSTITUTE SHARI'A LAW HERE TOO.
NO ONE WANTS TO READ YOUR POMPOUS PONTIFICATIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU INVOKE A MYTH AND A MYTHICAL BEING AND TRY TO IMPOSE IT ON OTHERS.
I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR REACTIONS WHEN CLAREMONT GET SUED FOR SCREWING UP THE RELIGIOUS DISPLAY ISSUE BECAUSE MANY OF Y'ALL WOULD BE WAVING A WAND IF HARRY POTTER HAD COME OUT BEFORE THE BIBLE.
MOST OF YOUR KIDS CAN QUOTE HARRY POTTER VERBATIM, BUT NOT YOUR SACRED BOOK.
IT IS YOUR FAULT, RAISING CHILDREN ON A FANTASY THAT MOST, ONCE THEY CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES, REJECT.
METHINKS THE EARTH HAS BEEN HERE FOR LONGER THAN 6,000 YEARS.
I was shouting above because it is windy here on the mount and the sermon required volume.
Now, go out and have a nice day and take that grimace off your face I always see you wear around town....and plan a vacation in Florida and get a real tan instead of welder's flash - since you appear on CCTV at every chance perhaps you should get a makeup artist.
And when you get back get your sloppy a$$ed son to clean up his lot over on Grissom.
Industrial Property Owner(Wednesday, October 02 19 07:06 am EDT)
Mr. Sansoucy’s career history is frightening. How anyone could legitimately hire this man and his firm with this kind of history is unbelievable. Granted Mr. McNutt and Mr. Lessard both have tarnished reputations here in Claremont. The Sullivan Report’s exposure of their secret dealings with the owners of the Topstone building and the large property tax waiver and property assessment reduction was in my view the death knell for both of their careers here in Claremont. Their snarky attitudes did not help either. To hear that they both played a role in hiring a utility appraiser with such a terrible work-related history is mind blowing. It certainly does make you wonder if the outcome of over $20 million added to the utility property assessments was the goal. Unfortunately, the benefits were short-lived as at least one utility is dragging the city into court to regain some taxpayer justice for themselves. Personally I do not think we have a leg to stand on in court as the state only assesses the property had a little over $11,000 Claremont’s $2.1 million property assessment simply does not hold water. The appraiser also seems to have no more credibility anywhere so I do not see Claremont faring well in court. I think a quick settlement is in order to limit the loss to the Claremont taxpayers. I also think there should be a moratorium on hiring MRI ever again.
Laura(Wednesday, October 02 19 06:54 am EDT)
I completely agree that this is the Claremont voter's golden opportunity to regain control of the Council for the people of Claremont and not the special interests who have been ruling the roost for far too many years. With Scott Pope and Claire Lessard stepping down and Abigail Kier and Nicholas Koloski actually facing challengers this time the taxpayers have an opportunity to transform the City Council into a representative body for the people, which it has not been for well over a decade. Personally I will not be voting for Debora Matteau because she is a strong supporter of Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren and we the voters need to weaken that political coalition not strengthen it. Just my opinion.