Thanks for L@@kin' out Jim.
You do this community a great service and all without the ridiculous paychecks we pay our civil servants.
I wonder if they all see the great reckoning that's coming,concerning their benefits?
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, August 13 20 10:59 am EDT)
Donk, in regards to the notches I have no idea. I sent Ed Morris a request for information regarding this issue just now and I will publish his response once I receive it.
Donk(Thursday, August 13 20 07:53 am EDT)
Laying off city,state,or federal employees anymore is a big taboo.The only shrinkage we will ever see is city employees retiring.
Giant notches cut into Sugar River Drive and it appears no work to be done.It is beginning to damage people's tires and rims on their cars.
Do you know anything about this Mr. Sullivan?
John J. O'Connor(Wednesday, August 12 20 03:47 pm EDT)
Great insight Chris, failure to answer is an answer.
I'm not sure why Claremont would want to do this? The cost would never be split down the middle because Claremont would be using more of the services.
Maybe some thought should be given to a Regional High School instead of a dispatch center.
Chris(Wednesday, August 12 20 09:40 am EDT)
Morris avoided Sullivan’s question about layoffs in the 911 dispatch office. Common sense dictates that if a new separate government entity manages a new facility then new employees will be hired. Depending how many dispatch offices are affected like Claremont and Newport for example it will be a free-for-all as to who is hired to work in the new dispatch office. It will be a game of musical chairs where some employees may be from Claremont do not end up with a job anymore. The layoffs will occur in Claremont that will be for sure and the fact that Mr. Morris would not answer the question really answered the question as that layoffs are a certainty if Claremont’s forward with the regional dispatch project.
Tom(Tuesday, August 11 20 02:38 pm EDT)
Reader is assuming honesty from dishonest public officials. I am sure that any incriminating emails were deleted once Sullivan asked Morris for copies of any correspondence. I think that Morris is covering for Kier to save her Council seat because he needs every Councilor on that board who will favorably vote for everything he wants every time no questions asked. Kier is such a Councilor.
Scott(Tuesday, August 11 20 01:06 pm EDT)
I am not comfortable with the $250,000 contingency because that money could be better spent on roads. The quilt patch design on Broad Street and in the municipal lot is, excuse my French, butt ugly and a disgraceful blemish on our fair city. How will we ever generate any real economic development that will create well-paying jobs instead of just more residential housing if Claremont’s city government will not professionally and properly maintained the main thoroughfares of our great city. The terrible leadership is turning Claremont into the laughing stock of the Upper Valley.
Laura(Tuesday, August 11 20 12:19 pm EDT)
I found it highly insulting that city manager Morris does not believe that the average Claremont citizen possesses the intellect to know the difference between a municipal bond and a municipal note. I found that very condescending and arrogant. I have thought that he was acting very aloof with the public and I thoroughly disliked his routine behavior of answering questions with vague answers and his predilection to keep the public in the dark. I presume he does the same thing with most if not all of the city councilors. I do understand from friends that work with the city that Mayor Lovett and Assistant Mayor Damren are constantly inserting themselves with city affairs. It seems that it has not come to the level of interfering per se raising it to the level of a violation of the city charter but it is extremely close. They were called on the carpet about it once before but they seem to have not learned their lesson, just hide their clandestine actions a little better. It seems most of the city councilors do not adhere to rules and regulations very well as they arrogantly seem to feel that they are all above the law.
Gail(Tuesday, August 11 20 11:05 am EDT)
Not being sure if there will be enough teachers, janitors or bus drivers to operate the schools and transport the students to and from the schools on the four days of operation is one of the most stupid things that I have ever heard. That is not a fully formed plan that a majority of the school board members blindly rubberstamped, while bowing at the feet of Mr. Tempesta. Claremont’s sorry excuse for leadership rears its ugly head again.
William(Tuesday, August 11 20 10:32 am EDT)
I thought Mr. Tempesta was a top shelf administrator. He is clearly of the bottom shelf variety. Recommending a plan without an inkling about the school district’s ability to achieve the staffing levels necessary to bring the reopening plan to fruition is indicative of gross incompetence. It is the very definition of insanity, yet it is business as usual here in Claremont and the school board members who voted for this unfinished plan and just as stupid as the administrators presented it for passage. Mr. Morris is doing the same thing with the Rethink Pleasant Street Downtown Renovation Plan by not nailing down the public parking spaces prior to proceeding with the passage of a $4.8 million municipal bond. The revised truck route is also insane because it diverts the truck traffic right past the schools, which was the reason for the original change many years ago because education was important to our community and the truck traffic noise was distracting students. I have no illusions that city councilors will any raise objections to all of the incredibly obvious flaws of that plan. It seems that the die is cast and the $4.8 million municipal bond will gain councilor approval with little or no discussion. Claremont’s brigade of imbecilic leaders is selling the taxpayers down the river once again.
Reader(Tuesday, August 11 20 08:23 am EDT)
May want to look into why Keir was not using her official council “gmail” address for correspondence. May just do a 91a for all Emails to and from firstname.lastname@example.org between the first and last that you already have.
Richard(Tuesday, August 11 20 07:45 am EDT)
There is nothing about George Caccavaro's sentencing in the Eagle Times today. Boy oh boy, those newshounds are right on the ball aren't they? Are they quaking in their shoes about the controversial two-month sentence that was nothing more than a slap on the wrist? Or the Judge's outrageous comments about what a pillar of the community Mr. Caccavaro is? Perhaps that was true at one time but it does not excuse his actions with this young woman and the sentence does not fit the deed. Is the Eagle Times afraid of printing the truth?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 10 20 06:40 pm EDT)
Ex-Claremont Mayor George Caccavaro sentenced to a two-month jail term!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Allison(Monday, August 10 20 03:39 pm EDT)
How are parents going to be able to hold down a job and pay the exorbitant property taxes in Claremont when at least one parent has to stay home three days per week so their children can remote learn? What are all the single parents of Claremont going to do?
Mike(Monday, August 10 20 12:34 pm EDT)
I think Jim and AJ raised an excellent point about no email responses. I do not believe that Ed Morris released all of the correspondence and I am of the opinion that shredding and deletions may have occurred. Of course, we will never know the truth but all of the non-responses is frankly unbelievable. I have two teenagers and everything is done with electronic messaging. The same is true in business and government day-to-day communication. I believe the missing emails or text messages contain compromising or contradictory information from the well-crafted narrative Mr. Morris is releasing to Jim Sullivan and to the public. My opinion.
Alex(Monday, August 10 20 11:34 am EDT)
One thing that struck me about the property abatements is the high percentage of approvals. I am a retired mathematics teacher so numbers are my thing. Here is some very simple math that will not make anyone’s eyes glaze over. There were 82 property assessment abatement applications filed with the city assessor’s office. Of those 82 filings, 45 of those applications were approved and another 18 were granted cash payments, which is also an approval of a sort. Adding 45 to 18 equals 63, which rounded upwards is 77% of 82. I do not know about you but I think a 77% property assessment abatement application approval rate is extraordinarily high. The high approval rate is quite encouraging and strongly suggests that property assessments throughout Claremont are overstated. I concur with Sarah that all property owners should file for a property assessment abatement during the first quarter of next year. I know I certainly intend to do so.
Sarah(Monday, August 10 20 10:02 am EDT)
Some pretty significant property owner savings on the Sullivan Report’s property assessment abatement chart. Jim and AJ also made a very sobering subtle point that the city leaders are not operating in our best interests concerning property assessments. The property assessments can be wrong and if they are wrong, they are usually overstated to the benefit of the city. As we can all see from this list as property owners we may all benefit from filing property assessment abatements during the first quarter of next year.
Yawn(Monday, August 10 20 09:28 am EDT)
Craig, you do realize that a lot of the "leaders" are not Claremont natives, nor their parents. So how are they a product of Claremont inbreeding? And Guy, when you make a comment about intelligence spell correctly.
Craig(Monday, August 10 20 09:12 am EDT)
I am not pleased with the hybrid approach that the school board passed. Once again, brain-dead rubberstamp elected officials ruled the day as it is easier for them to approve whatever is laid out before them by the school administrators then it is to come up with something themselves. That requires brainpower and there is not a lot of that on the school board. I remember when that Mr. Zimmerman character representing a consulting firm made an inflammatory public statement that enraged our little community. Mr. Zimmerman essentially stated that Claremont’s population was the product of inbreeding as the children possessed less intelligence than those in other communities. I am not so sure about that but Mr. Zimmerman’s conclusion certainly seems to have merit in regards to Claremont’s elected leadership on the school board, city council and county delegation as well as with the administrators of all three government entities.
Yawn(Monday, August 10 20 08:24 am EDT)
Are you guys a bunch of grumpy old men? You realize the only time there's chatter here is after a news release comes out. What the fuck do y'all do inbetween? Watch Wheel of Fortune and wish for Viagra?
Guy(Monday, August 10 20 07:55 am EDT)
Councilor Sweetzer is AOC without the looks of intelligence.
Marie(Monday, August 10 20 07:32 am EDT)
I do not believe for an instant that the city manager ever gave Councilwoman Abigail Kier permission to work hand-in-hand with a city employee to write that resolution about the Police Department. Councilwoman Kier has shown on CCTV in vivid living color that she is rabidly obsessed with national causes like Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ community, etc. I find it extremely unlikely that she showed one ounce of restraint or a monochrome of common sense when she sought out help for writing her resolution so she could once again bask in the public limelight. Councilwoman Kier seems to have the same psychological malady of extreme narcissism and a desire to be in the public limelight as her city council colleagues Charlene Lovett, James Contois and Nicholas Koloski. I am also beginning to believe that Erica Sweetser should perhaps be added to that list of narcissists. There elected positions have clearly gone to their heads and they all seem to believe that laws and rules of conduct do not apply to them. I am of the opinion that Mr. Morris requested an extra week’s time before providing Mr. Sullivan with any documentation or reply to his politically charged question so he could contemplate any consequences before taking any revocable action and he decided to take the path of action that we see before us. I am not convinced that what we see in this documentation is the truth.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 10 20 05:40 am EDT)
Four new articles published today.
1) Claremont School Board approves hybrid approach teaching method!
2) City response does not pass the smell test!
3) Morris Administration releases information regarding 45 Abatements.
4) City Manager answers questions about the proposed $5.8 million municipal bond.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Guy(Thursday, August 06 20 06:49 am EDT)
The reason everyone picks on St.Nick is because we know him better then you do. You only see “politician” Nick, we know the real Nick.
The real Nick never does anything for nothing, free publicity is his payment. Taking credit for the hard work of others is his drug.
And this my real name.
Seamus(Wednesday, August 05 20 08:36 pm EDT)
When your hate of someone clouds all your logic you are plainly a simpleton. If you read any of Kolosky posts it states thank you all no credit taken over and over. Medical equipment included. I deliver produced that he purchases. so pardon me if I call bullshit on your attack. Which fake farm do you think donates goods? Its cute you think that is a real thing. No overhead, no time, no organization all just free from some magical non existent giving farm and the rest just does itself. You must be so pissy that media picks up good stories and passes on the garbage posted here. I have volunteered and been on the end of good deeds by everyone that helps out. I found these people based on purchases made. Those that take action are not bothered by your cowardly posts. If you had the balls you would state your issues with a real name. Own those words. Take off the hate blinders. The same person writes about the endorsement being blasted all over commenting on a shirt. How dare someone wear a t-shirt. The nerve of this guy. Well as always your many attacks on this page over the years just makes him cooler to all of us that voted for him and help out. Keep on hating its so cute. He helps the homeless so you attack and characterize him. Very mature.
Guy(Wednesday, August 05 20 04:37 pm EDT)
How dare you criticize St. Nick!!!!
St. Nick takes in all the charitable contributions, calls the local newspaper and lets everyone believe it all comes from him.
St. Nick takes in food from the farms and vendors and redistributes it through the community taking credit for it all.
How dare you criticize someone that has taken the good actions of others as his own.
St. Nick scorns you!!!!!!!
Rick(Wednesday, August 05 20 11:25 am EDT)
Susan Prentiss for Senate(Wednesday, August 05 20 10:43 am EDT)
"he looks like a homeless person wearing a wrinkled T-shirt and a look of unintelligent bewilderment on his face"
How is this different from the other 364 days of the year?
Rick(Wednesday, August 05 20 09:55 am EDT)
I just saw the Nick Koloski endorsement of Sue Prentiss for Senate. Yikes! For a City Councilman representing Claremont, he looks like a homeless person wearing a wrinkled T-shirt and a look of unintelligent bewilderment on his face. They might as well have wrote Morons for Prentice for the caption. This Democrat candidate must really be desperate for endorsements.
Susan Prentiss for Senate(Wednesday, August 05 20 09:14 am EDT)
Have you seen the new Sue Prentiss "endorsement" from Nick Koloski that he, of course is sharing all over social media? I suggest you change your stock photo of him to this new one. He looks even more stupid in this one.
Donk(Tuesday, August 04 20 01:04 pm EDT)
FLOATING A $5 MILLION BOND IN TIMES LIKE THIS IS BEYOND FUCKING INSANE!
HEELLLOO, EVERYBODS GOIN' BROKE AND YOU FUCKERS WANNA STILL SPEND?
Jeanette(Tuesday, August 04 20 12:52 pm EDT)
I am deeply concerned about the school reopening plan. I have two granddaughters and one grandson in the elementary school system and I think this corona virus has not gone away yet if you watch the news reports on television. You also see that all the cases of corona virus deaths seem to occur in closed spaces with many people inside. For example, nursing homes, prisons and hospitals. Schools will be the next in that category once the children arrive and interact with each other. Trying to get the very young ones to social distance and wear masks will be like herding cats, an impossible task. Teachers many of whom are older and more susceptible to the corona virus will be at high risk to catch the virus. This is an incredibly bad idea that will yield only one thing disaster. Fortunately, my daughter has decided to quit her job and homeschool our grandchildren to keep them safe. My son-in-law has a good job and my husband, my daughter’s in-laws, and I will be helping them financially through this crisis as we all come together as one family keep our grandchildren safe. We are doing what is best for our family but I know that other families do not have the wherewithal to do what we are doing and for them I truly fear for the health and safety of their children. The world is simply opening up too soon due to inpatient politicians seeking reelection and the calming of everyone’s nerves. It is a temporary gesture just before the elections and it will produce a greater pandemic crisis down the road.
Charles(Tuesday, August 04 20 11:04 am EDT)
I tend to agree that Councilors Abby Kier and Jim Contois are intentionally diverting attention away from exacerbating city financial problems with all of these national social issues and the personal vendetta they both have with Councilor Jonathan Stone. That is a gross misuse of their political office. Mrs. Kier’s haunty nature and inconsiderate attitude in regards to the following of rules and regulations such as the code of conduct and the city charter are not qualities for anyone supposedly serving the public good of the city council. I do not believe Mr. Morris’s unverifiable statement of him giving permission for Mrs. Kier to work with the city employee as he could easily have done that after the fact to answer Mr. Sullivan’s query and save his boss Mrs. Kier from further public scrutiny and embarrassment for her increasingly out-of-control bazaar behavior. Mr. Contois seems to be Mrs. Kier’s lackey and willing to ignore rules, regulations and all reason to keep his colleague out of trouble but he has no problem acting the hypocrite holding Councilor Stone to a standard higher than any other Councilor has ever been held in the history of our fair city. All in the name of hatred and vengeance. Mrs. Kier and Mr. Contois are truly deplorable people.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, August 04 20 07:49 am EDT)
Tom, I listened to Mr. Morris’ radio interview as well and on July 31 I submitted a request for information to Ed Morris asking that same question (it’s actually a $250,000 difference) and a few other questions as well that I will state here for full transparency.
The City Manager said that $340,000 worth of municipal bonds will be retired and he had previously stated that three municipal bonds were being retired. I examined the Debt Retirement section of the Claremont Municipal Budget Book, a PowerPoint presentation given a few years ago by Finance Director Mary Walter on the City’s debt and the most recent City of Claremont Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2019. I only found two municipal bonds being retired at the end of Fiscal Year 2021 with an annual savings of $285,620. The Audit Report has a schedule of debt reduction for future years and between Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 (through municipal bond retirement and the reduction of annual payments in regards to the remaining bonds) the savings only totals $318,870. Still well short of the $340,000 that Mr. Morris is publicly stating. I asked for an explanation and for him to state what the third municipal bond is because it may be possible that I may have missed it with the limited information stated in these documents. We will see.
Ed Morris stated during his interview that the annual cost on the tax rate for the Rethink Pleasant Street Downtown Project is now $302,000. However he stated to me in a letter dated June 9, 2020 that the annual payment on a $4.8 million bond at 2.1% interest for 20 years for the General Fund would be $253,168.79 – Water Enterprise Fund $24,699.39 – Sewer Enterprise Fund $18,524.79. I asked for an explanation regarding the large differential.
In regards to the proposed $1 million Claremont 911 Dispatch upgrade, I asked why the City of Claremont is moving forward with this project, if as the City Manager stated during his interview on the radio that he and other municipal officials from more than one Sullivan County community are looking at other facilities to locate a Regional Dispatch Center. It obviously seems to be a colossal waste of $1 million worth of taxpayer’s money that could be better spent on road paving if the Claremont 911 Dispatch Center is going to be upgraded now and then closed in the very near future.
Ed Morris stated during the podcast that it was going to cost Claremont $800,000-$1 million to upgrade the radios and it was going to cost Newport $800,000-$1 million to update their radios and that there was a potential $500,000 savings if Claremont & Newport purchased the radios together. I asked him to verify that comment. I also asked if these radios are only for Police or if they were for other municipal departments as well.
I also asked Ed Morris another question regarding the proposed Regional Dispatch Center. Based on the several vague comments made so far, this new plan will require a new facility, a separate government administrative bureaucracy, staff to work under this new bureaucracy, etc. I asked the City Manager, how much is the City of Claremont expected to save annually if the City goes along with this regional dispatch plan? I also asked Ed Morris if some of those savings would come from Claremont Municipal Employee layoffs and if so how many jobs will be eliminated to achieve those savings? I will publish Morris’ answers to those questions once I receive them.
Tom(Tuesday, August 04 20 06:31 am EDT)
I listened to Mr. Morris’s radio interview and I heard that he is still pushing for $4.8 million for the downtown renovation project when the presentation during the televised city council meeting stated the cost at roughly $4.5 million. Mr. Morris is now requesting nearly $300,000 more than what is necessary for the project. So where is this money going? Pay raises for the city staff perhaps because Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville exposed the truth about Mr. Morris’s budget, that it came with a property tax rate increase instead of a decrease as Mr. Morris and Mrs. Walter were saying. Then in response, Mr. Morris and Mrs. Walter added back in meals and rooms tax revenue they had grossly understated and purpose to give them a slush fund of about the same amount. Just me speculating but the nearly $300,000 difference is very real and it does need to be explained.
Brenda(Monday, August 03 20 01:00 pm EDT)
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville thank you very much for all the information about the school administration's intentions for reopening for the new school year. Personally I want to keep my two children home and remote learning full-time until this corona virus burns itself out and is no longer a danger to anyone. It does not seem that I am being given that option and I intend to address that with school administrators. Publishing the PowerPoint slides was really a wonderful public service because he gives us the information we need as parents without having to go through and read 99 pages of what is probably useless information in regards to most of it. Thank you once again.
Kevin(Monday, August 03 20 11:47 am EDT)
I read an article about Windsor not doing the budget allegiance no more during the select board meetings. I thought how incredibly unpatriotic and I also thought that the brain addled snowflakes on the Claremont city council would jump on that in a heartbeat to create more division amongst the councilors when they should be working together to help our city. These children on the council just cannot get along so at the next election will be up to us voters to give all of them a well deserved permanent timeout by voting in other candidates if hopefully any run. For those of you who do not know what a snowflake is it is a person, that has an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, is overly-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions. Sound familiar in regards to any of the councilors?
Kaitlyn(Monday, August 03 20 11:40 am EDT)
I noticed that the Eagle Times posted an article about the school reopening plan after the Sullivan Report published earlier this morning. The Eagle Times article did not make the morning online edition and it says it was posted three hours ago. I read the Sullivan Report article with all the PowerPoint slides little after 6 AM. I guess this article gave Patrick the kick in the butt that he needed to get is article in as many families are quite interested in this particular story. Although Patrick wrote a pretty fair article about opinions the Sullivan Report article offers far more facts and details and useful information to families with young children that will be affected by this plan if adopted by the school board. So much for our hometown paper.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 03 20 11:20 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Windsor Select Board ceases Pledge of Allegiance; will Claremont be next?
2) Claremont School District announces Hybrid School Reopening Plan.
Articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
Steve(Sunday, August 02 20 03:27 pm EDT)
It is time to kick Morris, Lovett, Damren, Koloski, and Kier to the curb. The longer they stay in charge on the council the worst it is going to be for the taxpayers.
Chris(Sunday, August 02 20 12:05 pm EDT)
Mr. St. Pierre may be gone but Mr. Clay remains and he is the face and the driving force behind this terrible roadway plan that is turning Claremont into a ugly community because roadways are always the first impression to outsiders because that is the first thing that they see. Do you see any business or family wanting to move to a community that takes a little care to maintain their main roadways? The condition of Broad Street is disgraceful and Mr. Clay and Mr. Morris should be terminated posthaste. The city councilors should also be removed from public office for authorizing this new plan would make mostly rubberstamped Mr. Morris’ municipal budget proposal for the current fiscal year.
Ethan(Sunday, August 02 20 11:19 am EDT)
Talk about low standards, there are no standards when it comes to the local press. You have to go a little further away from Claremont to the Valley News or the NH Union Leader for somewhat accurate news as their reporters are far away and only see Claremont through binoculars as their reporters are not part of the community and they do not see the real Claremont as so many of us do. If my public interactions are any indication, and I encounter local people every workday, more and more people are becoming dissatisfied with the city council and the city manager and many attribute their dissatisfaction to articles they have read in the Sullivan Report. Some have commented that local officials say the Sullivan Report is fake news but these citizens are not taken in by those comments because they have read the public documents the Sullivan Report published to improve the accuracy of their articles. Claremont’s leadership needs a complete makeover. Mr. St. Pierre’s departure should be the first of a long list of ousters.
Bill(Sunday, August 02 20 09:57 am EDT)
I read Lovett’s column and having just watched a John Wayne Western I will say it in that vernacular, is nothing but a pack of lies beginning with her title progress on many fronts right down to the final word of her op-ed piece of crap. The Eagle Times and presumably the E- Ticker News that also prints her weekly op-ed pieces have no journalistic ethics to allow something like that to be published for their customers to read. Many people will believe the half-truths and deceptive content. This is a betrayal to their publication’s readership.
Denise(Sunday, August 02 20 07:10 am EDT)
I cannot believe that anyone would honestly think that Ed Morris is at best anything more than a mediocre city manager. He has had the job about a year and the only thing he is accomplishing is brainstorming or agreeing to terrible plans for our roadways and for the downtown business district. The roadways look dreadful and Broad Street is a blot on the beautiful historic Claremont landscape. The downtown plan for $4.8 million is a travesty. The public parking plan is undefined, as the Sullivan Report has shown us that over half of the purported new parking spaces are located on private property with no plans from the city as to how they are definitely going to change them from public parking to private parking. That is a key element in this $4.8 million plan, it remains undefined, and our city councilors are all thrusting their heads in the sand and ignoring the deficiencies of this plan. They will not give senior citizens are realistic property tax abatement exemption and they will not give all the veterans who served our country a small token of our appreciation for their service with the tax credit but they will support increasing salary levels for mediocre city employees. They will gladly devote public funds to developers of public housing and to non-profits who cater to those populations that add to our tax burden and attract more to come to Claremont. Mayor Lovett, Assistant Mayor Damren and Councilors Contois, Kier and Koloski have all made their views crystal-clear with their support for more public housing and an eventual change to Claremont becoming a welcoming community, which is better known as a sanctuary city. I do not know Councilor Matteau’s views but she may support this never as well since she has many apartments she needs to keep filled in regards to her day job. I also have no faith in Councilor Sweetser as she is fully supporting a $4.8 million plan that is not really a completely thought-out plan at all. None of these nine councilors is saying anything critical about this $4.8 million plan or the terrible roadway plan that has already destroying the look of our fine community. These nine councilors are not representing us, the average hard-working citizens of Claremont, in any way, shape or form.
Randy(Saturday, August 01 20 05:24 pm EDT)
Good riddance to St. Pierre. If Ed Morris is serious about changing the old guard in the city administration he needs to terminate all the weak links. The directors who are just so much dead wood, they take up space in jobs that exceed their competence level. Mary Walter and Nancy Merrill should both be at the top of that list. I would add Rebecca Vindeska too because she and Merrill are not bringing any economic development into Claremont that is creating new good paying jobs. I would also add Jeremy Clay for pushing this new stupid paving plan that does not pave any streets at all. It just spends millions of wasted tax dollars to patch and skim coat our streets. Lame-o thinking like that is not welcome here, especially in any management position with the city.
Don(Saturday, August 01 20 04:29 pm EDT)
The patchwork effect might look nice in a quilt but it certainly does not look nice on city streets and municipal parking lots. I am afraid that all of Claremont’s roadways and parking lots will look like this eventually because of our inept city manager and the nine morons on the city council that allowed this to happen.
Tony(Saturday, August 01 20 02:19 pm EDT)
Donk, why are you pissing all over the fantastic economic development plan dreamed up by Ed Morris and Nancy Merrill? You're supposed to drive over the road, wreck the shit out of your car and go to your local garage to have it fixed. Great for the car repair and body shops but not so great for your wallet. That's economic development in Claremont folks. Crappy services for more money every year.
Donk(Saturday, August 01 20 01:56 pm EDT)
They cut notches in the road on Sugar River Drive 2 mos. ago.
When the fuck are you going to do something? It's destroying people's cars.
John J.O’Connor(Saturday, August 01 20 01:53 pm EDT)
I’m sure Vic did just enough to justify his hefty salary but even you can admit he did the City a disservice is how he paved the roads. If you’re going to claim he did all he could with the limited cash available, then why are we even considering the Pleasant Street project when we don’t have enough money to properly maintain our roads?
The next DPW Director can learn a lesson about doing more with less from Mark Beslin. Every year he has to beg for pennies, doesn’t get them but still manages to run a top flight Community Center and Fitness club.
Ken(Saturday, August 01 20 12:24 pm EDT)
Councilwoman Erica Sweetser has her heart in the right place I think but it is where her head is that I am worried about. She seems to have join the cult of tax-and-spend liberals led by Mayor Charlene Lovett and Assistant Mayor Allen Damren. I thought Erica would be a strong, solid voice of the people instead; she became a voice of the misguided leaders of Claremont who represent the special interests over the best interest of the average hard-working citizens of Claremont.
Katie(Saturday, August 01 20 10:38 am EDT)
I am happy the public works director is leaving regardless of the circumstances. My husband has a friend who works for the highway division, told him that it was a quit or be fired situation based on a number of things that Mr. Morris was unhappy with regarding Mr. St. Pierre’s job performance. I hope that Mr. Morris will continue cleaning house because there are other directors that need termination. For instance, Mary Walter, Nancy Merrill and Mark Brislin immediately pop to mind.
Mike(Saturday, August 01 20 10:33 am EDT)
The public works director is on his way out and the assistant public works director should both be fired along with that nincompoop Ed Morris that the councilors hired to be a city manager wannabe. Morris is no Guy Santagate by any stretch of the imagination no matter what that moron U.R. Anidiot might think.
Erik(Saturday, August 01 20 09:43 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot strikes again praising the outgoing DPW Director that led the change to skim coat and crackfill our roads turning our beautiful city into an eyesore. it is painfully obvious that U.R. Anidiot is in bed with the city administration and city council. I suspect that he or she is one of the councilors with lots of time on their hands. I think the Sullivan Report is bringing too much heat for them to stand because they cannot stand the scrutiny of true journalism with real news that is undeniably true because the documents are posted with the article instead of fake news which seems to be business as usual for the local press these days.
Matt(Saturday, August 01 20 09:38 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot seems to really believe that Ed Morris, the nine councilors and the department heads and the most intelligent leaders that Claremont has ever had. Wow U.R. Anidiot really is mentally challenged. U.R. Anidiot says that Claremont is on the brink, I agree but it is not the brink of success it is the brink of financial disaster with the out-of-control spending and the coming financial crisis because of the pandemic if financial director Mary Walter's is correct with her cost and loss calculations. U.R. Anidiot is parsing words supporting raising document costs for right to know request information to a height that it will be cost prohibitive to buy many documents. Then saying the intent is not to create a financial barrier for citizens. What a load of crap. You can't have it both ways and that is what he or she is trying to do. It is pretty clear that this is a city official writing these posts and he or she is trying to stop the Sullivan Report from reporting the real news so only the fake news of how wonderful all these morons are has ever seen in print written either by Mayor Lovett or a compromised local press that never writes a contrary word about any public official who was presumably told to do so.
Jennifer(Saturday, August 01 20 09:30 am EDT)
Mayor Lovett’s puff piece column also appeared in today’s edition of the Eagle Times and she pulled out all the stoops to break out the rose-colored glasses, the political spin and the whitewash. The Sullivan Report’s in depth investigative journalism that is exposing the truth instead of the fake news reported by the local press must be getting to her. She starts with the Goddard Block with praises for the 36 new apartments as the largest investment in the city center since 2009. She omits the reality that it was all public money that paid for the property rehabilitation and that tax breaks were given to the owners as an inducement. Mayor Lovett also did not include in her article that most of the apartments qualify for Section 8 low-income housing residents or that she presumably pressured the city manager to appoint her to the local housing board so she can achieve her goal of increasing the number of Section 8 housing vouchers for Claremont. She mentions the Arrowhead Ski Lodge renovations she says that unanticipated revenues received by the city paid for the renovations. That’s true, but she leaves out that the property belongs to the city not the nonprofit operating the ski lodge. Some of that money could have been used for property tax rate reduction but that was never a consideration with the nine councilors we have elected who would rather spend money instead of giving it back to the taxpayers to give them a much-needed break during this financially crushing pandemic. The Farwell Block owned by the CDA, a city offshoot agency, is also under renovation. Of course, Mayor Lovett never mentioned the facts about how this project is paid for with public money and the CDA going into debt up to their eyeballs. If a bailout occurs the taxpayers will be the ones doing the bailing when our hard-earned money is our tax rate goes up to pay for any follow-ups. She never mentioned the pleasant restaurant project, but then maybe she’s a little smarter than I give her credit for because in my opinion that project will be a disaster and a future financial bailout just as the Downtown TIF District and the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center is presently. I know this because I read the Sullivan Report, which keeps me well informed about the wasting of my hard-earned tax dollars. Mayor Lovett’s head is set so high and the clouds she even praises the city’s supposed efforts in regards to road improvements. The patch and skim coat plan is already in action and all you need to do is drive down Broad Street to see what it looks like. It makes me ill just to think about it. She calls it “actions to protect the longevity of roads recently paved and address those that have needed attention for quite some time”. I call it a terrible plan that will eventually destroy what little quality road infrastructure we have left. Her weekly column supposed to inform the public about the truth but all she has created is a column of fake news to lull the public into compliance as their wallets and purses continue to be drained more than more to enrich public employees and certain non-profit agencies and developers. Local corruption at its finest.
U.R. Anidiot(Saturday, August 01 20 09:09 am EDT)
This is what I mean by twisting the facts with a narrative to trash someone JOHN. Shame on you! Vic St. Pierre has done a superb job saving tax payer. Using solar power, different lights throughout the city, running DPW like a business and getting things done and on schedule with limited resources. I doubt you could do that? This is not good and is hardly more than a personnel issue and of course the normal progression would be for the Asst Director is going to fillin, Jim!
And John, regarding your comment, Vic brainwashes the City Council into agreeing to only pave half the road, turns the city into a laughingstock and leaves... priceless. Mr. St. Pierre did what he could do with the resources available to answer the issues people have identified. He didn't brainwash anyone, he didn' t get the council to agree to 1/2 a road> as jimmy, the experienced should be doing here, I'll bring in the Assist! The City Manager is the boss and the discussion would be with him not t he Council, the City Manager would bring this to the Council , please get the facts right and try to refrain from negativity. Vic is leaving why shoot at his departure
Lynette(Saturday, August 01 20 09:08 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot is a rude and crude individual and has the audacity to call us knuckle draggers. I personally have a college degree and there are many others in the community even with a high school education that have more intelligence, manners and class than you. You call us a laughingstock but you are the real laughingstock. Please continue to write in your rantings are fun to read. I wonder how drunk or high you get before you start pounding away on the keyboard. Must cost you a bundle.
Todd(Saturday, August 01 20 09:03 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot is really guzzling the City Hall Kool-Aid isn't he or she? Probably getting it straight into the old veins with an IV, works faster that way and the high is so much better I hear.
Great job guys on the DPW Director change. I called a few of my friends who work at the DPW and they said he was pushed out by Morris. If they know why they're not telling.
U.R. Anidiot(Saturday, August 01 20 08:41 am EDT)
Thank you Deborah!
Please don't be upset with me I did "Jimmy's" experience as a Councilor who was extremely ended up getting kicked off the Council twenty years ago is like as I said, trying to use a cell phone from the 90s today . Things have changed. procedures, regulations, needs, and more!
Yes, I think the fee should be raised and have suggested it for consideration. Not to make unattainable but to make people to
that waste inside man hours have to think twice if it is truly newsworthy and needed to be shredded apart so that a particular narrative to prove a point is needed.
Jimmy and AJ, and the rest of the knuckle dragging primates, spew nothing but what I am targeting here. Tammany Hall is actually nothing like the Govt or quality of people running Claremont. The irony in your statement and historical reference is that tit is very much how most residents in Claremnt feel the Council was run when Jimmy was on the council. Words like Integrity, Honor, Honestywere nor know to the majority then. They act for Claremont not themselves or associates like then. Been a long time coming. Claremont is on the brink of success and this page and Jimmy have nothing to do with that! I am very happy that he wont back down. It means our relationship will continue to build as I do not as well.
And once again, the point is missed and twisted here, I am not a bully and only demonstrate the mean spirit constantly demonstrated on this page. Doesn't feel good to receive or be the target of a rant or point you don't agree with and be beat down constantly. Want to really help Claremont move forward, pick up a tool, start a volunteer group to HELP, Go clean up trash, do something constructive instead of tearing people down. Morris,the Council. Dept. heads are the most educated and experienced we have ever had. Hiring the right people in the beginning is a huge step in the right direction. Like changing the mind set here. Be part of t he solution not part of the problem.
John J.O’Connor(Saturday, August 01 20 08:33 am EDT)
Talk about timing.
Vic brainwashes the City Council into agreeing to only pave half the road, turns the city into a laughingstock and leaves... priceless.
Gary(Saturday, August 01 20 08:10 am EDT)
Boy, the folks at the Eagle Times are sure right on top of things. Today’s edition has an advertisement for a new Public Works Director in a big display ad. You would think that some knucklehead in the sales department would have mentioned this to the news reporting division if anyone were actually in the building. COVID and all you know. The advertisement had to be placed no later than yesterday, plenty of time to scribble a few words down and write at least a news blurb about Mr. St. Pierre’s departure. But oh no that is by far too much work for the Eagle Times newshounds and it is a negative news story and the Eagle Times does not do those because it might upset someone’s delicate sensibilities at City Hall or perhaps one or more of our elected leaders on the city council and we cannot have that. Oh my. Heavens no. This is what the Claremont local press has sunk itself to; it is really sad and pathetic.
Deborah(Saturday, August 01 20 04:03 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot you need to take a class in remedial reading. Jim never said that he had all the answers, he merely expressed that his past experience as a city councilor gives him an inside perspective as to how the municipal government information is gathered so he knows what to ask for with right to know requests for public information. This is information that our new city manager is trying desperately to sweep under the very lumpy rug so as to hide things from the taxpaying public and the lazy press in Claremont. Jim and AJ, whom I have never met, may not be professional journalists but they sure act like it with their fact gathering and reporting with the documents strewn in the article, which is a higher standard of reporting than anything offered elsewhere about Claremont news. You hinted that you want the fees for public documents raised. I assume by that you want the price to be a financial barrier to the public to keep us in the dark, while you and your cronies run the city like a corrupt version of Tammany Hall from history. Make no mistake Mr. or Mrs. or Miss U.R. Anidiot you are most definitely acting the part of a bully but you picked the wrong targets. I went to high school with Jim Sullivan and I remember his years on the city council. Jimmy is not someone who backs down from a confrontation and he is the type of human being who helps others whenever he can. I may not always agree with his commentary but I do know that his heart is in the right place when it comes to our hometown Claremont.
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 31 20 09:02 pm EDT)
Pamela! This is what we need are people like you Pam saying what really happened, actually was said and without spinning it. Thank you! Ill bet Pamela is your real name too!
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 31 20 08:59 pm EDT)
So Steve, I'm not Nick. You are clearly guessing again and clearly so full of bullshit its affected your brain. Im really impressed at your skills of writing analysis and the compare. BUT..... you are totally wrong, my fingerprints don't match Nick's and trying to start a narrative of negativity. Lot's of people care about Erica. Way more than you ever did. Calling her names is not proper and I am surprised you didn't come and and say that you are pissed your letter you wanted read which was in the packets given to the council, Jim, I'm getting to you I promise, blaming councilor Sweetser.Sounds like jealousy. SHitty Council has gotten more done in hte last 5 years than any other Council. Having to clean up so much, ordinances, rules and regulations of the governing body, so much while running the city still..
Now Jim, thank you from coming out to engage me directly, First, lets be clear, I am not a bully nor want to be one. If you feel bullied I want to apologize for doing to you what you and this page do every frikkin day to the City Council who do not break and do follow the rules. Everyone knows you know 91A and everyone knows there is a fee. Apparently it isn't high enough!
If you are saying that your Council experience qualifies you now to know how Council works or that you want the best for Claremont then you should run again. Pretty certain we all know the answer to that! Even you must realize what have been trying to do here is get you morons to see that what you do and say has consequences and it isn't much fun being on the receiving end, IS IT? Clean your page up. You are not a councilor you are a private something. Citizen, isn't the word I would use. Instigator spinning everything to you very negative narrative that fits your thought process I suppose. If you think sitting on the council twenty + years ago and the needs of Claremont, the opportunities of Claremont, are the same, they are not. The world isn't. Its like trying to use a cell phone from twenty+ years ago now. It ain't gonna be the same at all! You are not a councilor and weren't much of one back then. This page is nothing more than swill. Always running people down. Good people that are willing to make a difference. Have you thought of working with instead of finding falt with absolutely everything and monitoring this page for assholes. Hey, I know you are all about the first amendment and freedom of speech but even that has limits. You need to realize when you send in the 91A Dore'e or someone take up valuable time from doing their job to get these documents that are available. I know a bit about the Council Robert's Rule and history too! You are not the know all end all! Stop the bullshit and stop finding fault. If a mistake was actually made go for it let it be known to dont make shit up! and the editorials are total conjecture and simply guessing, Pick up the frikken phone. Ive written quite a bit the last two weeks here and there is plenty to look at, If not I am going to continue to give it back. If you really want folks to know what their tax dollars are being spent out first make sure they have to pay taxes, Next help them to get their own information if they want it. You aren't bringing anything to the table here big guy except entertainment presently! So much more Id like to say but, I need my beauty sleep.
Pamela(Friday, July 31 20 08:51 pm EDT)
Did you actually read Koloskis posts? I mean how bothered are you that you have to rush to the Sullivan Report to trash talk free wheelchairs? Imagine. I did ask him if he ever read this page last week when I saw him at Home Depot. I also shared screenshots. He really didn't seem to care either way even with his name trashed over and over on here. He remembered Sullivan from Council days and didn't say a negative word. I asked about AJ and he recalled him as a shop owner when he was a kid. Also not a negative word.
OMG, I'M USING A FAKE NAME!(Friday, July 31 20 06:49 pm EDT)
It's funny. U. R. Anidiot has stopped posting, right around the same time Little Nicky is sharing his "look at me, look how amazing I think I am" posts on every page within a 50 mile radius.
It must be really tiring to be such a narcissist and work constantly to get so much attention.
Every time he posts, he mentions that he's been "doing this quietly" whether it's passing out toys to the hospital, or collecting wheelchairs, but yet has to draw attention to himself by sharing his own posts EVERYWHERE.
Just a sad human, who can't survive more than a day or two without someone giving him an Atta Boy!"
You can tell us that U.R. Anidiot is NOT Nick Koloski, and I'll call you a liar until the end of time.
Nick's past posts on here, and this "persons" writing style are exactly the same. The terrible spell check is the same, the vitriol is the same, it's almost like a fingerprint.
Tell us again you're not Nick, and I'll call you a liar.
And who really gives a fuck where that loser Erica Sweetser works? Whether it's Taverne or Common Man, she's trash, just like the other eight members of the "shitty" council.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, July 31 20 06:38 pm EDT)
Victor St. Pierre out as DPW Director.
Article appears on News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, July 31 20 02:42 pm EDT)
My turn. U.R. Anidiot (aptly named) I will try to explain this in itty-bitty words for you to understand. The documents I buy are not available within the City Council information portable document format (PDF) files or anywhere else on the City of Claremont website. Nor is this information provided to the public during the City Council Meetings or any of the meetings televised on Claremont Community Television. The information I purchase is then usually cross-referenced with other information either available on the Internet or other government documents that I purchased previously or other government documents that may have been available on the City Website at one time that I saved when it was available. Most people do not have time to go to City Hall and review paperwork there. I certainly don't, which is why I purchase the documents via right to know requests. Having been on the City Council at one time, I am very familiar with how the information is gathered and what is available utilizing the Right to Know Law. Unlike certain Councilors, I am not violating any rules or regulations, I am merely asserting my right as a private citizen and I am paying for every single document that I receive. What seems to irk you and many other public officials is that the Sullivan Report provides the scrutiny that the fourth estate (the conventional news media) is supposed to provide and has in most instances woefully failed. You can most certainly continue posting here as much as you want, it's a free country. But if you think for one second that it will either bully, pressure or deter us from continuing to inform the public of what is really going on and how their tax dollars are being spent, then you are sadly mistaken to the point of hallucination. You clearly do not know us very well for we have never backed down and we never will back down. We both love the city and we will continue informing the public of the truth.
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 31 20 01:55 pm EDT)
Gail, I call bullshit. All of the documents the papers don't print are readily available if anyone wants to see them. without a 91A being filed. Hey here's an idea, Send in a 91A form, can download from the SOS page and send it in to the City Manager's office, ask for a copy of the bill showing the money logged to 91A Its an amount that I am certain would be surprising. to all you thrifty fellow idiots. I'm smarter cuz I already know the answer and then publish that. So much time is wasted and spent shagging this already available information for Jim's Lazy fat ass and the rest of you, it is a travesty. That number is way larger than you think!
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 31 20 01:45 pm EDT)
My Buddy Bob,
Thank you for seeing my strategy, and understanding I am entertaining. "Most of us" you mean the 5-8 individuals using 10 names apiece to make it seem like your ranks are far more vast than anyone on the outside would again Now you all know how you are seen and read. Pretty ridiculous bullshit! Right? You are all of the rails and say dangerous, hurtful and generally incorrect stuff. So that feeling of amusement and entertainment you are trying to convey is exactly how this page, you, Jimbo, Aj(who ever that is, and the bitching, griping, and whiners are seen. Get a life, Be part of the solution not part of the problem. As long as this page continues so will I so get used to it and trust me, I have the time and love to fuck with you all as much as you like to whine.
Liz(Friday, July 31 20 01:10 pm EDT)
My comments were about the conditions of the roads and the ugly patchwork look to them. Broad Street is the first road that will receive this patchwork treatment and if I understand correctly other Claremont streets will follow. I am just imagining how terribly ugly and how embarrassing it will be as this will represent our city to those who see it. This is a administration and city council responsibility to budget money for road paving and spend it responsibly. Right now they are doing neither and paving on Broad Street was taxpayer's money wasted.
Gail(Friday, July 31 20 01:05 pm EDT)
U.R. Anidiot, you gave yourself the perfect pen name because it suits you to a T. The Sullivan Report does something that the press does not do, they publish the documents mostly from the city government that prove beyond a reasonable doubt that what they are printing is the truth. It must drive you and your ilk at City Hall right up the wall to have your own information exposed to the general public and used against you to show everyone the scoundrels you all truly are. I suspect that is the reason for all of these mindless attacks.
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 31 20 01:00 pm EDT)
If you are expecting them to go out and pick up trash or garbage or something they do allow folks to do it themselves if it really bothers you. You need to be aware that all of them do , infact go out and pick up trash, cigarette buts, sweep, pick up trash, plant flowers. and help several groups n town . You should join in and invite your friends and neighbors to take care f their neighborhoods. Many mornings. mornings our Mayor Charlene Lovett whos actually, I would suppose, has a real life and family, is out cleaning, planting, weeding, etc. Don't see any of that on here EVER!
Pick up a tool or just say thank you. Its not the City Admin sor City Councils job to clean up your shit! They make the rules, the Admin runs the City and it you have a complaint call the Deprtment in charge of t he issue. Get done a lot faster that NOTHING will come of it here!
Bob(Friday, July 31 20 12:58 pm EDT)
Hey IDIOT are you playing the victim here, that is HILARIOUS. Attacking you HAHAHA!!! You come on here fake name, bashing this page and everyone on it. Calling everyone names, calling everyone out, and then when they do the same to you, you cry foul. SMH.....keep posting your garbage, everyone here thinks you are a joke and your post's are merely entertainment. So please keep posting we are all having a good laugh. I hope you have a wonderful day.
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 31 20 12:48 pm EDT)
Another name caller admiring the attention I'm getting! Brent and everyone on here should invite at least one more person not on this page, to join in the fun here. Oh wait, that's right this is a very small and trivial page with nothing but non information, dribble about the HORRIBLE City and its leaders in the community. Be a risky move to invite people who are even of your like mind as you would out yourself and them. Sorry bad Idea. Maybe there are people here that simply check in for the laughs to see how ridiculous you all sound or what poor bastard is the subject of this next attack. Ive already proven beyond reproach that Jimbo is spewing conflicting and outright wrong information with help from his trolls!
Liz(Friday, July 31 20 12:41 pm EDT)
Every time I drive down Broad Street, it makes me sick to see my city so badly abused by city administrators and local residents elected to the council who have no sense of community pride or professionalism or sense of accomplishment for a job well done.
Brent(Friday, July 31 20 09:40 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot what you are is a nut. A real screwball.
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 31 20 08:06 am EDT)
Now Bob there you go again and this time you didn't even put your fake name. But one thing is for sure you qualify as the caliber of person that is on this page and a definite requirement to be on this waste of time and worthless page, you have to use name calling and guesses. Be careful what you guess it might be wrong AGAIN. Could be just the opposite of what you envision. You are assuming I'm a guy! Second, maybe, Im stupid and liberal, I have PTSD and on SSDI. You might want to rethink all that But hey, I understand its all you have here. Guesses, misinformation, nothing based in fact and attacking me. I am hurt!
How that feel sorry snowflake(Thursday, July 30 20 10:25 pm EDT)
This guy definitely has been ass fucked but truly nothing new for another stupid liberal man only a liberal because of his ass gaping that happened now he has ptsd and social security disability
U.R. Anidiot(Thursday, July 30 20 04:25 pm EDT)
Why Bob I asked yo first, twice! I will if you will! Besides I don't want to spoil the game. I am getting lots of press for the page I accept your redneck challenge. By the way," thats a real pretty mouth you got there boy!" Do you talk to your mother with that mouth? You come, I will! and get the rest of these lowlife scum suckers to do it too. Besides everyone, and I think you actually started it Bob-L-head, Everyone here thinks I'm Nick! Write to Nick and see if I (he) answers back you very severely mentally handicapped authority of real news and Scum, I mean cum! Such colorful language my friend. Hey Stephanie, Karen and other "ladies" here I apologize for my colorfully speaking friend. Bob-L- licious, my pet name for Bob, isn't minding his manners because he is obviously escalating in the big word category because of his anger issues. I still think he needs a hug But alas, he wont tell me his address or who he is!
U.R. Anidiot(Thursday, July 30 20 04:08 pm EDT)
Did I mention that someone is using the name SCATTER. Wow that brings back memories to when Jim Sullivan and AJ were on the Council. Remember those days? when the City was a real shit show NUTHIN got done! SCTTR group was made up of Sullivan, Maranville, A Whipple, Chapman, Belisle were some of the members, maybe Jimmy got screwed by the group somehow and this page is his answer, I DO NOT KNOW this. I will only say what I know. I wont speculate This page is a waste of everyone's time It represents nothing but negativity, bile, and each of its members puking on someone and I truly think each other!
Bob(Thursday, July 30 20 03:56 pm EDT)
HEY IDIOT take your own advice and post your real name, you gutless POS stop running your cum dumpster and step out of the shadows
U.R. Anidiot(Thursday, July 30 20 03:20 pm EDT)
Rick and Kevin are late to the party. But no matter. Two more meatballs to the troll meeting to add their 2 cents in the only way they know how. Jim and AJ are not, Btw, how do I get notariety here like this AJ. This guy is like a phantom?Must be a Ninja always lurking in the shadow of a well rounded Jim Sullivan who seems to be the only one without a job cuz no way Jimbo couldn't work and put all this garbage together. How does he pay bills, how does he afford this fiasco and how does he keep suckering you assholes in. Oh guys, guys, Im not angry I just don't seem to get through to you dumb goat humpers unless I seem angry. You see I'm actually an abhorition of your true subconscious. You are actually reading your own words, feelings and inner beliefs. You know this is a joke and you've all been. The only brave soul I know here is
John O'Connor who actually has a pair. I like him for that.
But I Digress.......
Rick and Kevin, or whatever your real names are, please don't be get too concerned, I know I am perfectly sane and I wish everyone would stop calling me Nick. I'm truly not him or a disciple of his. Rick, Kevin, you need to get a real name and a set of balls to use your real names and email addresses.
But I digress...........
Do you much of mental midgets want to continue insulting the City Council, City Manager, Dept heads, business owners and other good people in Claremont and gossip about any good thing that happens, twisting it to fit what ever bullshit line you all are trying to collectively sell. There is a lot of great stuff coming soon to Claremont. Stay tuned. By the Way, any you know it all assholes see where I might be confused that Big Jim is or isn't starting another web site like before but different. Also did you boneheads finally figure out that Erica Sweetser does work at Common Man and not Taverne. Just so you idiots don't miss any real news, and are talking about restaurants, Revolution Cantina is supposed to open in another 1-2 months once they get there build out, new equipment and try to get some of their employees back!
Remember, when out in public where your masks, use gloves and wash your hands bunch of filthy bastards...
Rick(Thursday, July 30 20 11:58 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot sounds really angry. Jim and AJ must be squeezing his boys pretty tight. LOL! Jim and AJ are Claremont's answer to 60 Minutes and other investigative reporting type journalism. Don't think the Eagle Times is going to do it, the reporter has to keep wifey gainfully employed with the city so there won't be any rocking of the boat there and the ticker POS rag won't rock the boat either because then they would lose what few advertises they have left and column contributors too. Because this bunch of local government officials are mean vindictive bunch much like the snowflake liberal Democrats which is what I think they all are.
Kevin(Thursday, July 30 20 10:57 am EDT)
U.R. Anidiot sure does sound like Councilman Nick Koloski and it seems that he is very much in need of some anger management therapy. I worry for his psychological well-being. Maybe these posts on the Sullivan Report is his cry for help.
John J. O'Connor(Thursday, July 30 20 07:31 am EDT)
Great one liners. Keep it coming, I feel so much smarter every time you post something.
Unlike you, I'm not afraid to use my name.
Please don't stop Nick, you're hilarious.
U.R. Anidiot(Wednesday, July 29 20 08:01 pm EDT)
Not that its important to point out conflicting information here but di I just read below Your fearless leader is NOT starting a new web site or closing this one down? Right that what I thought too> I hates saying this but I actually agree with you dumbasses, BUT in Jimmy's thorough and completely fact based (NOT) report in News Flashes, he clearly states he is starting a new website. So Jimbo, is it yes or no. Enquiring minds need to know so we know how to twist this to our advantage. Oh and your math still sucks apparently you didn't go back and edit! If I send you a 91-A will I get better results from you on accuracy and grammar? Moreover, would you for the love of all holy do the world a favor and shut this shit show down, I would be eternally grateful. If not come on down to Time Out and bring all your tribe down. Be sure to bring your EBT cards and we can shoot a game of pool and have a quality meal and cold beer. Please call and make a reservation at Time Out! That way Nick, I mean my mom knows were gonna be busy helping out a bunch of dumbasses Who can't take what the have been dishing out for too long!
U.R. Anidiot(Wednesday, July 29 20 07:23 pm EDT)
Has anyone considered .You all better keep your day jobs as serious deranged trouble makers, psychopaths without a future and wanna be Citizens of a community instead of a day care for challenges individuals; cuz your futures in investigation and verifying information sucks! I just called Common Man and guess who works there. Then I called Taverne and spoke to Paige the manager. Guess who doesn't work there fucking self absorbed idiots. This page is very amusing and thank you all for the vote of confidence here. Maybe Jimmy will rename the page Im excited for a new age and calling every one of you morons out on your bullshit and misinformation. Of course you could just all come down to Time out and we could have a grand time watching you fucking idiots try as a team to get out of one of the escape Room. Not one of you could find your ass with both hands tied behind our back!
SCATTER(Wednesday, July 29 20 02:38 pm EDT)
The Taverne website has a picture of Paige, the manager.
Bob(Wednesday, July 29 20 02:23 pm EDT)
HEY IDIOT: Sweetster publicly stated she worked at Tavern and their website has pictures of the staff and hers is front and center. your name definitely suits you
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, July 29 20 12:10 pm EDT)
I have people privately inquiring if I am either starting a new website or closing down the Sullivan Report, because of baseless comments made by one individual on this Public Forum. The answer to both questions is No.
Lisa(Wednesday, July 29 20 11:41 am EDT)
Ms. Sweetser says she is working at Tavern on the Square on her Facebook page.
SCATTER(Wednesday, July 29 20 11:39 am EDT)
Haven't y'all gotten old enough to SCATTER by now?
U.R. Anidiot(Wednesday, July 29 20 09:39 am EDT)
I forgot to ask, Jim Sullivan, savior and prophet of Claremont this next website you are going to, will it be anonymous also. I hope so! will allow us all to hide and say whatever we want about anyone, especially anyone that at least tries to do something right, say something good or be positive for Claremont!
U.R. Anidiot(Wednesday, July 29 20 09:17 am EDT)
And now the trolls come out from under the bridge. Listen you synapse challenge neanderthal primates, I said it nice, I wont say it again, I'm not Nick K. Its a riot that you are convinced I am, giving him that much credit. Your leader has some issues in his News Flash. It seems you all follow like were Sun Su's The Art of War. His math is off in several places, Counselor Sweetser doesn't work at the Taverne she works at Common Man, and Sullivan is spinning in his cave the words to embellish and make colorful some really dull news. So, here is a question for you genius's the new agenda has Water Street property on it. What is that about?
I fully expect U.R. Indeedanidiot, Anidiot fuck and Karen to all be on the ballot next year for Council as it would seem that Sullivan and the rest of these degenerate knuckle dragging dumb bastards who wont use real names or email addresses because they fear Nick Koloski calling them up for donations too much? Maybe because they don't want to give up there space under the bridge?
The job on Washington St/Bowen, did anyone bother to call DPW and find out what is going on and why it isnt finished on your bitchy time line. Christ you whine more than a 5 year old spoiled brat.
U.R. Indeedanodiot(Tuesday, July 28 20 08:06 pm EDT)
U.R. Anidiot must be mad that everyone knows he only got $16,977 for his shit restaurant.
Apparently that's not enough to buy wheelchairs and veggies to make himself look good.
Anidiot fuck(Tuesday, July 28 20 07:54 pm EDT)
Fuckface it doesn't take 2 years to tear down a shithole not like you would know you have never done anything but get free handouts from the govt fucking loosers we have libtards get a clue oh maybe you have only worked for the government get a real job where you have to get shit done and yes if you had people working for us that when you put a job as washington bowen out you expect it done in a timely fashion but there again you are a fuckface never had to work maybe trust fund 😉 and being little college boy makes you liberal idk you tell us looser
Karen(Tuesday, July 28 20 06:41 pm EDT)
I think U.R. Anidiot needs to lay off the caffeine and seek serious psychiatric therapy. Don't you?
U.R. Anidiot(Tuesday, July 28 20 05:56 pm EDT)
What is your statement or real question you dumbass. If your question is a stalled project, what does that have to do with 139 Main? That job is out for bid and waiting. That information was given by City Manager at last weeks public meeting--LISTENOr maybe your real motivation is a stupid attempt to make a statement diparaging our City its leaders and the projects... Or maybe its a statement that common sense and me don't get along so I'm throwing this shit out here to see if anyone else is as dumb as I am? Ever thank to call DPW dept. for your answers dumbass???Why don't you take one out of the Sullivan play book and file a 91-A for information that is public and out there already and waster more of our precious tax paid dollarsso resources have to be spent in hours of labor by various depts, to look all this fucking useless information up for you fucking idiots, everyone of you.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 28 20 05:46 pm EDT)
July 22, 2020 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Construction Stalled(Tuesday, July 28 20 12:35 pm EDT)
So, is the Washington St/Bowen St. project stall too? Much like the 139 Main St. debacle, are we going to be driving around comes for the next year here as well?
This city, it's leaders and it's projects are an absolute joke.
U.R. Anidiot(Tuesday, July 28 20 09:40 am EDT)
"The last bastion of Free Press"?
Don't forget you often get what you pay for. This page is nothing but venom and buckets of bullshit of twisted, spun and inaccurate information to feed the narrative of people that hide behind a blanket of anonymity. Trying to guess who I am is amusing in and of itself...
Yes Jim, savior of Claremont, remind us again why you aren't on the City Council? Please continue to waste our tax dollars forcing resources to go get you everything you ask for under the cloak of Right to Know 91A. Crock of bullshit! Everything you ask for is public record anyway numb nuts! Stop wasting the tax dollars you and these idiots think you are saving I assure you Glenn, I am not Nick Koloski. I am afforded the same guise as the rest of you baboons who do not use your real names and use fake email addresses. You all crack me up and amuse me very much. How can a group of people collectively, be this stupid and misled. Get real people, get a job jim sullivan
TRUMP 2020(Monday, July 27 20 08:26 pm EDT)
Agreed the liberals have nothing else to do go TRUMP 2020 !!!!!!!
Glenn(Monday, July 27 20 06:45 pm EDT)
Wow Jim sure got U.R. Anidiot's goat. Nothing but nonstop venom. I'm guessing it's Nick Koloski but it could also be one of the small group of council groupies who want to constantly embarrass Jonathan Stone and push a liberal agenda without any resistance from a free press. The Sullivan Report is the last bastion of a free press for Claremont. Jim please keep doing your right to know requests as you seem to be getting too close for their comfort. Time to hide under the bed Nicholas.
U.R. Anidiot(Monday, July 27 20 03:15 pm EDT)
YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS! For as long as this bullshit page has been around and," exposes the corruption" you are you saying that people since late 90s or early 2000 are all corrupt, that all of these folks are corrupt? self serving? That is just total bullshit? So the sign reads, RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL Get What JIM SULLIVAN GOT!
Do you read the garbage you write and the others write here? It exposes nothing and never has? Nothing but a puddle of muddy water with blood sucking insects feeding off each other. Haven't seen so much quackery, disinformation, and self serving bullshit in my life as here. You should be ashamed of yourself for the venom and shit you spread. Our City leaders that were elected in a fair election beat out those that the majority believe in. Election after election. Every single Council and Counselor according to your bullshit way of thinking is corrupt and a bad person who does not want the best for Claremont. Time to get off that ride darling. This page is an insult to intelligence and real progress.
Stephanie(Monday, July 27 20 12:24 pm EDT)
U.R. Anidiot must be the spokesperson for the tax-and-spend Morris administration bureaucrats and the liberal councilor rubber stampers that never saw a spending initiative or tax increase that they did not like. The Sullivan Report is the only source of local news that has not been compromised. It is very hard to say that the articles are lies when documents are either published in full or excerpts are provided showing the truth and most of those documents are created in the Claremont City Hall or one of the city departments. The problem is our city leaders love to keep secrets and use an abuse their power not for the greater good but for the good of the special interests that they represent as they are the only people that the city leaders truly represent. The Sullivan Report exposes the corruption of the city government on a regular basis because there is just so much happening at any given time. Most of the councilors are in the know and they lie to the public all the time and seemed quite comfortable doing it. These people are contemptible and shameless and not deserving of our trust or support.
Bob(Monday, July 27 20 12:11 pm EDT)
IDIOT: Thank You, you just proved my point.
U.R. Anidiot(Monday, July 27 20 12:02 pm EDT)
That is Mr. Anidiot to you. This page is a great place for people with no brains, actions and names to be. all hiding behind false names, hiding like trolls under the bridge and having non answers for everything. Makes it easy to say what is really on enquiring minds. Jim Sullivan is a grown ass man that has nothing better to do but thinks he is actually contributing to something when in fact he isnt! the rest of you morons are no better. Nothing to say that is constructive of positive, just tearing the City down and the real people that make a difference and actually do A real sesspool of whiney little girls that contribute nothing but gossip, negativity and gloom/doom. Egging each other on to trash someone or something. Sullivan thinks his best friend is a 91-A wasting the tax payers money by tying up resources having to answer his every beckoned call for useless information that is AVAILABLE. Always spinning everything to make himself look intelligent. Why was he booted of the Council, what has he contributed to Claremont, what has he really brought to t he table? Seriously, i thing that has made a difference to this City ???? Bunch of putzs... This page should be shut down!
welcome to the party "Really" More "like minded folks" should join in the fun to shut this shit show down.
really(Monday, July 27 20 06:50 am EDT)
Racial injustice my ass you fucking loosers need to have meetings about how to push our city forward i know you have no idea as most of you have nothing and know nothing but fuck get it together stop meetings that are meaningless and get to work already on real stuff
Bob(Sunday, July 26 20 04:10 pm EDT)
Hey IDIOT just as I thought you have nothing to offer this city. all you have is name calling, you are a do nothing mouthpiece. Just like that IDIOT Mooshan go back into your mom's basement and play video games
John J. O'Connor(Saturday, July 25 20 07:48 am EDT)
Let the voters decide on the 4.5 million dollar Pleasant street project.
Put it on the ballot in November.
John J. O'Connor(Friday, July 24 20 06:56 pm EDT)
It is definitely an abuse of power and makes me wonder why they won't comply?
Keep up the good fight, I think you're on to something.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, July 24 20 04:23 pm EDT)
John, unfortunately there is nothing we can go to court on regarding right to know requests submitted to the City of Claremont because the Morris Administration is technically acting within the law as it currently written. The City government is allowed to ask for a "reasonable delay" provided they give a reason for the delay no matter how lame that reason may be. They do that every time to cover their butts legally. The law does not specify the maximum length of the "reasonable delay". Does the Morris Administration use this clause within the law far too often whenever I ask for anything controversial? Absolutely! However at the present time there does not seem to be anything that we can do about it because eventually they do provide the information although I sometimes have to make several requests because things sometimes tend to seem be "missing" from my requests despite the fact that I clearly requested certain information. Another delaying tactic. The Morris Administration always eventually complies, I simply want the public to be cognizant of the childish political games that are being played by public officials in regards to the release of public records to citizens of Claremont. I consider it an abuse of power, I'm sure they consider it business as usual because the Council will never say or do anything to make the abuses of power stop.
U.R. Anidiot(Friday, July 24 20 02:26 pm EDT)
Bob-bin for dicks,
Dont get your panties wound up, I said, because you apparently missed it and can't readEnglish,"Wow, 1 minute of reading and I am convinced that this page and its ringleader are nothing more than a bunch of whiney babies with not one good thing to say. Not about there City Council City Manager, not about anything positive happening. Nothin but negativity, fault finding never offering solutions. Hey all you true losers and dumbasses, why are you here? What do you offer, what do you truly bring to the table? Open a business, offer solutions, get on a board or Council or Board. You all from what I see very quickly are a very negative stop pointing fingers and butt fucking each other. Do something constructive. You are driving anything and everyone positive away from this anything good!" Say something positive , supportive. I do watch the meetings and appreciate the these people who volunteer their time for dumbasses like you and the rest of your whiny cronies here. You are obviously having issues and defensive. Tell me who you and everyone here who you really are and your address and I'll come give you a hug!
Bob(Friday, July 24 20 10:35 am EDT)
U.R. ANIDIOT or what ever your name is. After 1 minute of reading I am convinced you are just as bad as the people you bitch about. Why don't you run for city council or a board OH wait you wont because your to busy bitching. Take your own advice. Oh and by the way emails have been sent to the entire city council on issues and ways to solve problems but as you have seen because I know you watch every city council meeting right NEVER has the council or the Mayor even talked about it, so yeah people have provided solutions to problems but the mayor and most of the council don't give a shit. So if you are so convinced about this page do your own research and prove everything wrong BUT you wont because you're a keyboard warrior. your name suits you IDIOT
U.R. ANIDIOT(Friday, July 24 20 08:58 am EDT)
This is what I mean you people make it all up as you go to fit your degradating narratives about anything positive. The numbers that Linda's neighbor rightly points out is based on sales if anyone bothered to check as I did. His business doesn't do what anywhere near the other two
Lindas Neighbor(Thursday, July 23 20 06:00 pm EDT)
All that money Linda? Are you daft? Tavern 80k, Revolution 80k. All those Claremont business and one guy at 16k is "lining pockets". Least amount of funds for a Claremont restaurant. The balls on this guy eh'. Try again.
Donk(Thursday, July 23 20 03:58 pm EDT)
Why would anyone open a business when they can work for government? Good pay,good vacation time,good health insurance with low deductible,guaranteed pension,and never miss a paycheck or get laid off no matter how bad anything ever gets.
Not so sure the pension thing is going to work out though.Everybody that pays taxes are starting to circle the drain.The disability/section 8 crowd ain't gonna pull your wagon,that's for sure.
U.R. Anidiot(Thursday, July 23 20 03:34 pm EDT)
Wow, 1 minute of reading and I am convinced that this page and its ringleader are nothing more than a bunch of whiney babies with not one good thing to say. Not about there City Council City Manager, not about anything positive happening. Nothin but negativity, fault finding never offering solutions. Hey all you true losers and dumbasses, why are you here? What do you offer, what do you truly bring to the table? Open a business, offer solutions, get on a board or Council or Board. You all from what I see very quickly are a very negative stop pointing fingers and butt fucking each other. Do something constructive. You are driving anything and everyone positive away from this anything good!
U.R. Anidiot(Thursday, July 23 20 03:03 pm EDT)
Bob, or whatever your name is. I think its closer to watch my head bob of Jim and the rest of these people are idiots
Bob(Thursday, July 23 20 01:01 pm EDT)
Doesn't Erica Sweetster work for Tavern on the square? if so she needs to recuse herself from any discussions on the pleasant st project because she works for a business that would directly benefit from this project and so would she. So her decisions would be biased just like the presentation she gave
John J. O'Connor(Thursday, July 23 20 07:21 am EDT)
Jimmy and AJ.,
When are you going to grow a set and bring Morris to court ?
You guys are typical Claremonters, you complain, complain and complain only get violated and then you just complain some more.
There is a provision in the " Right to know" law that allows you to sue the city of they do not provide the material requested in a timely manner. If they dont, as you know, you can go to court.
GO TO COURT.
Stop being a b***h.
council of loosers(Wednesday, July 22 20 09:49 pm EDT)
These retards meeting about covid and supporting blm and resolutions against police brutality get a clue you loosers deal with issues our city has not bullshit that doesn't matter fucking disgraceful slugs
Linda(Wednesday, July 22 20 10:09 am EDT)
I think Little Nicky is mad because the Sullivan Report exposed how much corona money Nicky got from the federal government for his restaurant. Nicky has been whining to folks about how bad things are when he secretly lined his pocket pretty damn good with our tax dollars.
Todd(Wednesday, July 22 20 09:27 am EDT)
I'm guessing Miller is Nick Koloski because Miller is a brand of beer and Nick owns a dive bar. Besides whoever wrote Miller's statements were really angry and Nick is very vindictive and he has always had an ax to grind with Maranville and Sullivan. The hatred runs deep and it got worse after they publicly exposed the Topstone scandal.
Keith(Wednesday, July 22 20 09:24 am EDT)
Miller you are wrong about the dispatch center. I watched the meetings at home too and the city manager said the dispatch center would be a standalone facility. He also said that the $1 million bond to upgrade the city's dispatch center might be up in the air if the regional dispatch plan moves forward.
Bud(Wednesday, July 22 20 09:18 am EDT)
Wow Jim and AJ are sure putting a crimp in someone's shorts. Miller has to be someone in the city government to be that mad. Nice job guys keep up the good work. It seems the City Hall mob can't handle the truth or worse yet have it exposed to the general public.
Miller(Wednesday, July 22 20 08:58 am EDT)
I love as soon as a "news" flash hits Sullivan and AJ then begin writing themselves support "public" forum posts. They always read the same over and over. Sullivan maybe leave your basement once in a while. Seems that a delay in documents might be the 2 people you want information from publicly stated at 2 meetings they were on vacation. Sucks actually paying attention to meetings I know. You also question what takes so long. A fulltime city staff member is needed just to respond to all of your witch hunt requests. Someone should 91a request how much staff time meaning our tax dollars go in to your hobby. What's interesting is you are fully aware of that but need to spin a web of bullshit. Your web of bs on the regional dispatch center supposed bond is rich. Having watched the meetings from the comfort of my home they state they would move ahead potentially and set it up to be the Regional center. Whats absolutely stupid as you say is your inability to listen to words as you are clouded with fake gotchas and that axe you grind of being once a somebody. Nothing but a few keyboard basement dwellers who couldn't run for local dog catcher. Whatever you say people do the opposite so keep up the good work. You are lucky you found your bff AJ and his lack of being allowed to be involved in his other hobby, pulling over women and pretending to have authority. Came to and end. Not by his choice. Surprise he has the time for you still though will all his supposed accomplishments. Is it green beret, surgeon, scientist, business owner, general, special forces still or just local asshole?
William(Wednesday, July 22 20 06:57 am EDT)
I can see it all now. Mayor Lovett leading the charge to save their little lamb Abby, the oh so naughty City Councilor. That little scamp Abby is always in the something. Breaking the code of conduct and hiding it from everyone until the Sullivan Report exposed her. When the Council spoke about it Abby’s comrade Councilor James Contois immediately leapt into action, once he figured out how to use the mute button, to silence all discussion by tabling a motion that was never made in the first place. Contois seems to live in his own little world far, far away from reality. Then Councilor Debbie Matteau through in her two cents to try to save Abby’s hash by saying the infraction was no big deal implying that the rules do not matter when you are a city councilor and you have a majority of councilors who will always have your back no matter what heinous thing you might do. On the other hand, if your names happen to be Johnson Stone or Andrew O’Hearne than the wrath of city council will fall upon you for the most trivial of infractions because you are not part of our clique and that is how we roll. If Mayor Lovett even allows sweet, dear Abby’s city charter infraction onto the council agenda the city government’s frequently used big broom will be ready to sweep it all under the rug. Of course, Ed Morris will gladly help because he likes his city manager’s job and he does not want to lose it because he’s never been paid so much to do so little all of which is clearly beyond his extremely limited capabilities. The councilors hired a toady and that is exactly what they got. I predicted Abby will get off scott free again and will continue to do so no matter how many times she breaks the rules. It is a sad commentary on the present day state of Claremont’s municipal government. It as corrupt as Tammany Hall and they were Democrats too!
Richard(Wednesday, July 22 20 06:40 am EDT)
Well it’s beginning to look like a cover-up at City Hall pertaining to Abigail Kier’s crystal clear violation of the city charter. Giving orders to city employees is the one cardinal sin that has removed councilors in the past and Kier should not get a pardon because she is a member of the mob that has taken over Claremont. There does not seem to be a lot of scruples and ethics on this City Council. The cast of characters are a bunch of a narcissists with a very dangerous political agenda that closely mirrors the Democrat national political agenda. There is no valid reason why it is taking another week from Mr. Morris to answer a simple yes or no question and run off a few photocopies of emails. He has plenty of staff members who could do this easily within 15 minutes so why is it taking so long? I think it’s because coming up with plausible lies is not an easy task especially when you’re dealing with the likes of Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville, who will see through any BS right away and then report the BS on their website for all of us to see. Exposure is a wonderful thing and these government officials need to be publicly exposed for what they truly are.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 21 20 05:16 pm EDT)
Morris Administration stalling for more time once again!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Abby(Tuesday, July 21 20 10:09 am EDT)
Stipends are being paid to essential workers in the healthcare profession so the argument should easily be made for teachers as essential workers. The case needs to be made to Gov. Sununu and not to the local taxpayers. Have your union leaders contact the Gov.'s office. Organize with other unions throughout the state to increase your effectiveness and chances for success. I wish you well with this endeavor. I wish you would've used another Internet platform as I truly hate this disgusting website and I only read it for personal self-interest reasons.
Educator(Tuesday, July 21 20 09:54 am EDT)
With schools opening up shortly I think that hazard pay for teachers and administrators is in order.Nost of the teachers that I have been in contact with agree that an extra $300 per week is reasonable.We wanted to put feelers out to see how the citizens of Claremont feel on the matter.I figured that this site may give us an idea how the public feels.
Keith(Tuesday, July 21 20 09:30 am EDT)
The Claremont taxpayers are getting screwed left and right by the latest batch of councilors and city manager Ed Morris and his band of ne’er-do-well no goods working at City Hall. Claremont has the worst government right now in the history of the city and the taxpayers are paying a heavy price for it.
Paul(Tuesday, July 21 20 08:37 am EDT)
Morris might be a big fat zero but he is getting a big fat paycheck with lots of zeros behind the first digit. He is being paid far more than Guy Santagate was and Ed Morris is no Guy Santagate by any stretch of the imagination.
Cheryl(Tuesday, July 21 20 07:59 am EDT)
On a scale of one to five I would give city manager Ed Morris a one presuming that one is the worst score possible. I would give him a zero if I could because that’s what he is a big fat zero.
Pam(Monday, July 20 20 01:21 pm EDT)
Councilwoman Sweetser is one if the biggest sell outs of them all. Read her Facebook postings she is so pro-downtown development that will bring more parking for the welfare recipients living in the new Section 8 qualifying apartments because it will help the restaurants including the one where she works as a server. It is all about self-interest with the city councilors we have now.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, July 20 20 09:41 am EDT)
John, I have to agree with everything you stated but we have to deal with the reality of the City Charter, a government document that certain Councilors do not like to follow for they seem to arrogantly feel that rules and regulations do not apply to them. Simply put the City Council cannot order the firing of the Finance Director or any other City Employee for that matter, the Council can only fire the City Manager. However, the Council can hold the City Manager responsible for anything bad that any of his subordinates do that he does not properly address. That is within their purview, however considering the fact that the Council of 2020 is reticent to hold even members of the Council accountable for their actions such as in the case with Councilor Abigail Kier and the infractions that have recently come to light, it seems highly unlikely that this Council will even consider doing the right thing about anything. My opinion based solely on their past actions and I would love for them to prove me wrong.
John J. O'Connor(Monday, July 20 20 08:53 am EDT)
Looks like the Claremont administration got caught again . I understand why the City would try and inflate their Covid loss numbers, it's what any person would do but don't ask for an amount you can't come close to substantiating.
A person's word is their bond and after this does anyone think the powers that be in Concord will ever believe anything that comes out of the City Managers mouth again.
To be off by over a million dollars is unacceptable. Someone should be held accountable and since they can't fire another City Manager, they must fire the Financial Director.
Mr. Morris seems like a nice , humble man and I thank him for his service as a firefighter but let's be honest, he is not a Mensa member.
It is obvious he is being majorly influenced by the Financial Director. A mistake of this magnitude can not be brushed under the rug.
Someone MUST to be held accountable.
Peter(Monday, July 20 20 08:53 am EDT)
I am wondering about the property abatements and how much it is going to lower the city’s overall property valuation and how that will affect the property tax rate for all of us. It will certainly go up. There are so many things that our city leaders purposefully keep us in the dark about that if it was not for the Sullivan Report and all the fine work our two ex-city councilors do to keep us informed we would be totally lost. This is because the pathetic excuse we have for a local press will not report the real news because they are too afraid to ruffle any feathers.
Chris(Monday, July 20 20 07:35 am EDT)
Big takeaway from today’s Sullivan Report headline article is a potential impending $1,300,607 municipal budget deficit hitting home later this fiscal year that will add $1.74 to Claremont’s Property Tax Rate that is already the highest in New Hampshire. Councilors and Mr. Morris are ignoring the situation to push through large spending programs before the crisis hits to appease / pander to their true constituents, city employees with pay raises and certain non-profits, developers of Section 8 housing and the Downtown business community. The rest of us taxpayers get it right in the shorts as per usual. No reasonable senior property assessment exemptions, no tax credits for all veterans, no professionally maintained roadways, only the patch and skim-coat monstrosity on Broad St. that will soon be the look of other thoroughfares in Claremont as well. Our city leaders have sold out the average taxpayers.
Ted(Monday, July 20 20 06:02 am EDT)
Watching the councilor meetings is like watching the stupidest thing ever. Every meaning is like a Seinfeld episode, fans will remember that Seinfeld was the show about nothing, because these imbeciles accomplish nothing and argue about nothing. The Three Stooges were certainly smarter than these nine clods. That’s no joke.
Greg(Monday, July 20 20 02:48 am EDT)
The quality of city government management is at an all-time low. We have an imbecile for a city manager who is working way above his competency level and we have a city council comprised of nine buffoons who strut during the meetings to show off their imagined self-importance while all acting like either Nero and letting Claremont burn or Caligula completely delusional regarding everything that is going on around them. The Claremont voters need to pick better leaders if this community has any hope of surviving.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, July 19 20 06:51 pm EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Covid-19 financial crisis looming!
2) Ex-City Manager Ryan McNutt receives good job performance review from new bosses.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
thats why(Friday, July 17 20 11:06 am EDT)
Because people suck and are lazy scumbags
John J. O'Connor(Friday, July 17 20 08:46 am EDT)
I just saw there are 7 active cases of Covid in Sullivan County with 1-4 active in Claremont, with only 1-4 active cases why is a split school schedule even being considered ?
The Governor has left it up to each district to decide what will be the appropriate action in school reopenings, shouldnt the number of active cases be taken into serious consideration?
Maintenance on a budget(Thursday, July 16 20 09:15 pm EDT)
Wow city workers weedwack the sidewalks finally 👏 what great job spraying roads if you like living in ghetto lol
Craziness(Thursday, July 16 20 08:15 am EDT)
I meant defund not defend lol but ya send them back to school your right 60 people who are educators lol never get a decision that makes sense
John J. O'Connor(Thursday, July 16 20 07:33 am EDT)
It takes 60 people to figure out this problem ? No one the school system ranks near the bottom for education in the state.I
The one thing we learned during this pandemic is school is more about childcare than it is education.
I haven't heard one parent complain about the lack of learning their child received during this time, what I have heard is how hard it is to balance home schooling/ childcare with the ability to go to work.
It's a scientific fact that grade school students are the least likely to die from this virus but all you hear is concern for the students when the real concern is for the teachers and staff.
If the teachers and staff wear masks and practice social distancing they should be able to survived just like out grocery store workers.
Are teachers lives more valuable then the lives of our essential workers ?
Kids need to go back to add school full time.
Defend the school educated idiots(Thursday, July 16 20 06:33 am EDT)
Our schools squander our tax money and these idiots are thinking about a hybrid model but not reopening fucking time to really cut there funds these kids in our community need school alot of them are safer there then home they need interaction the issues these ignorant educators are creating are going to be catastrophic
Deb(Tuesday, July 14 20 04:27 pm EDT)
It seems that with the exception of Councilors Andrew O’Hearne and Jonathan Stone that none of the city councilors actually wants to serve the people of Claremont. It is the system that allows people like them to rise that have no talent and no desire for good clean governance, nor do they care for anyone but themselves. This city deserves better leadership than them.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 14 20 03:14 pm EDT)
Superintendent of Schools responds regarding Claremont School District reopening.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Kaitlyn(Tuesday, July 14 20 01:48 pm EDT)
I'd suggest everyone boycott Nick Koloski's businesses but that would be stupid because most people won't patron the place anyway. Would you? They are all located in a dirty old building that is building rated lower than the Main Street building that is about to be demolished for being a public safety hazard. Besides that there is all the environmental hazards plaguing the building and surrounding property. Who in their right minds would go and have a bite to eat or hang out and drink with friends or do anything else there? Who would subject their significant other and children to that kind of environment? I certainly would not. I doubt most responsible and loving people would.
Brian(Tuesday, July 14 20 01:02 pm EDT)
Contois is a real piece of shit. I just read in today's NH Union Leader another article about Councilor Stone and Councilman Contois is quoted in the article pleading that citizens boycott Mr. Stone's business. Now that is vindictive and totally out of line just because someone happens to disagree with you. Contois and his cronies on the Council are a bunch of real wackos.
John J. O'Connor(Tuesday, July 14 20 11:36 am EDT)
Your statements would be hilarious if it wasn't so true but I have to disagree on one point, it's not all 9.
Councilor Stone and O'hearn have tried. They are the voices of reason on this council, they are without a national agenda.
Jon Stone will do more for the citizens of Claremont in 2 years then John Cloutier has done in 25 years.
Can anyone tell me about one piece of legislation that John Cloutier sponsored that directly benefited Claremont ?
Good luck trying to find any.
Charles(Tuesday, July 14 20 11:15 am EDT)
Boy, that James Contois is a real moron to the point that a new word must be created to fully express the extremely high level of buffoonery he has reached. Contois cannot even figure out how to operate the mute on/mute off button on his laptop computer. This f-ing certifiable nut job is so dimwitted that he thinks he is actually a genius. All he seems to be interested in is social justice and national issues and he is wasting the city council’s time with this political bullshit along with his obsessed cohorts Lovett, Damren, Matteau and Kier. Alternatively, as I like to call them dumb, dumber, even dumber and dumbest of them all. What a crew of losers on this council, the voters blew it big time.
Steve(Tuesday, July 14 20 10:08 am EDT)
Thank you Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville for opening up our eyes to the extremely high dollar amounts that several local businesses received from the government for the Main Street Relief Funds. Many of these business owners are crying poverty especially Councilor Nick Koloski who according to this information received $16,977. That is not exactly chump change. Based on what I found online these are grants that do not have to be repaid.
Kevin(Tuesday, July 14 20 09:13 am EDT)
I cannot believe how unprofessional Ed Morris and his administrative staff is. The City Hall roof project has a decade’s old price quote from only one source that was supposedly re-asked over the telephone about five years ago and that is enough to quote a project that is almost $1 million in price according to Mr. Morris and his cohorts today. There is no proof that the price tag is that much and I am wondering if it is inflated so city officials can get their hooks into extra money from the taxpayers for God knows what purpose. Then there is the $4.5 million downtown project that has flashy pictures but no solid financials and about half of the parking spaces that are categorized as public spaces are on private property and those partnerships as the present has called it have not even been agreed upon yet. Don’t get me started on the condition of Broad Street in this new program that will make all the streets look like incredibly ugly patchwork quilts and a big waste of our tax dollars. I could go on but you get the idea of how many things that are going wrong with our city. So what do our nine elected councilors do? They just sit there deaf, mute and blind to everything because they do not want to rock the boat. Of course, there are councilors who have been recipients of special favors, etc. in the past who want to keep their access to the public trust or city official influence open. The corruption in this city is running rampant.
Donk(Tuesday, July 14 20 08:35 am EDT)
PUBLIC UNION LIVES MATTER
We should paint that on Pleasant Street.
lawns look good weeds look better in the sidewalks(Monday, July 13 20 10:40 pm EDT)
We can't get our lawnmowers out to mow the wheels broke pushing it on the sidewalk then i hit a pothole going to tractor supply and my tire popped and wheel bent and ball joint fell off so now I so tired from working extra to pay for those things my lawn can't get mowed oh and my taxes went up and the needles on the street washed onto my lawn and stuck in my foot good job morris and council thanks for all the hard work you fucking asswipes
Dennis(Monday, July 13 20 09:25 pm EDT)
Wow the manager and the council certainly have brought the city to near bankruptcy and they still want to keep on spending more and more. The amount of money left in the city’s rainy day fund is down to a trickle or a dried-up puddle depending on which method you choose to figure things do not out. I know when they passed the cash reserve policy about a year or so ago that it was totally fubar because I trust Allen Damren as far as I can throw him. In my humble opinion he surely knows how to work a pencil and misleading the public with fancy math and lies of omission is just his speed. The other councilors I read that too dumb to notice, too lazy to care or they are co-conspirators of the deception. Either way Claremont has the worst leadership it ever has had in our city government.
Todd(Monday, July 13 20 05:07 pm EDT)
I can see Kier and Koloski going around Claremont with a yardstick measuring every lawn for grass height and writing up everyone who violates the new grass height rule. Talk about the height of hypocrisy. Koloski indirectly profited from the Topstone building scandal and I don’t doubt for a minute that is because he is a city councilor that this even happened. I say that Koloski indirectly profited because the Topstone building owners received nearly a quarter of $1 million property tax break from the taxpayers with the tax forgiveness deal that took place in some back room at City Hall. The owners saved on future taxes with the 70% plus property assessment reduction and they got to keep their building instead of the city repossessing it for back unpaid property taxes. The city also did not condemned the building even though it has a lower building safety rating than the Main Street building that the city is about to knock down and all city leaders and employees are looking the other way regarding all the environmental hazards on the property. All of these things let Koloski keep his businesses where they are. Kier broke the nepotism rule in the city code of conduct and she told everyone to go to hell because she will do as she damn pleases. Now it looks like she broke the city charter with giving orders to a city employee. Councilman Dietz resigned when the councilors said that he broke the rules by giving DPW chief Bruce Temple a suggestion on an intersection. What Kier did is far worse so she should get the heave ho too. I imagine that Kier will give everyone the middle finger regarding that violation too.
John J. O'Connor(Monday, July 13 20 02:41 pm EDT)
I need a second to calm down......at first , I was somewhat sympathetic to Councilor Keirs resolution and then I read the last paragraph.
Angela Davis is a communist educated, cop hating piece of shit racist, who benefited greatly by the freedom of America only to preach hate.
It is obvious by using Angela Davis as your role model, Councilor Keir is only looking to divide this community and she should be removed from office immediately.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, July 13 20 01:16 pm EDT)
Four articles published today.
1) Lawsuit withdrawn!
2) City petitions Sullivan County Superior Court in regards to Councilor Stone!
3) Claremont businesses receive Main Street Relief Funds.
4) July 8 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, July 13 20 08:06 am EDT)
Friend, I am actually addressing that very issue within today's article, which I'm still writing in regards to the Council meeting of July 8. I thought of that very issue while watching the meeting. That article will be published later today. I do appreciate the heads up, many of our readers help AJ and I keep on top of things.
Friend(Monday, July 13 20 06:51 am EDT)
Jim, you left one thing out in the charter. Didn’t the council remove a councilor for something like telling highway what to do. Which begs the question of Kier involving a city employee by her own admission to help her draft a resolution? Asking for a friend.
Get a job(Friday, July 10 20 08:30 pm EDT)
I saw some of the looser protesters were out harassing people this afternoon because the dont have fucking jobs im sure our leadership of pussies will coddle them again go hold hands with the scum maybe walk our waste of tax money comfort dog down from the pd and hang with them
John J. O'Connor(Friday, July 10 20 08:31 am EDT)
Don't waste your time, your message reaches the same group of people that continuously complains about our elected officials and come election time vote for the same people they come here and complain about.
I travel so over that state and Claremont is ahead of the curve as far as road repair is concerned. I have seen miles and miles of freshly paved roads and no other town or city is paving just half the street, these fools are actually paving curb to curb.
It is a rare occurrence when Claremont is a trend setter but we are. Paving half a street is the future, regardless of how ridiculous it looks. Regardless that it makes Claremont look like a 3rd world nation, the rest of the state is not reaping the savings .
During my time at the Statehouse, I became painfully away of Claremont's reputation throughout the state, unfortunately with our current paving projects, we are living up to that reputation.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, July 10 20 02:17 am EDT)
There is no recall provision in the Claremont City Charter. A petition to could be circulated to demand a City Councilor to resign and used to try to pressure the elected official to maybe resign but that is all. The only way to remove any elected official in Claremont's municipal government is through the ballot box during election day.
Recall(Thursday, July 09 20 07:25 pm EDT)
Kier is an at large councilor. It will take allot of signatures to recall her. Let me know when and where to sign. She is bad for the city.
Bob(Thursday, July 09 20 03:50 pm EDT)
So who is going to start a petition to remove councilor Keir, I will sign it
Donk(Thursday, July 09 20 03:44 pm EDT)
WATCH THIS ONE
Donk(Thursday, July 09 20 03:38 pm EDT)
You all may appreciate this video
John J. O'Connor(Thursday, July 09 20 02:52 pm EDT)
You are correct, there are a small number of police officers that take injuries just so they can receive a disability pension but a far larger number of Police Officers that retire early do so because they were injured in the line of duty.
There should be major scrutiny in regards to ALL disability claims, including Social Security and those claims that are false should go to jail.
Donk(Thursday, July 09 20 02:07 pm EDT)
The bigger problem with cops is the sheer number of them going out on disability claims with their trick backs.The union shields them from true scrutiny.The disability payments are tax free.Many have been caught red handed doing extreme sports and the like.Should they be caught I think forfeiture of pension and health benefits are in order.I also believe that when cops are found to have wronged people in a bad way the lawsuits that the families bring should be paid from police pension funds.Why are taxpayers responsible for bad behavior? When good cops shield bad cops with this so-called wall of blue,they then become just as bad as the perpetrators of the wrong doing.Conspiracy carries the same penalty as the act itself.Start prosecuting the bad apples.The relationship between prosecutors and cops is a little too incestuous for the American public to put up with any longer.Be honest,and do the right thing and all will be well for all.The storm trooper equipment has to go.You should feel ashamed gearing up with all this shit while nurses don't even have enough masks.I'm all for a 20% cut in police pay,while at the same time increasing traveling nurses assistants should be given state vehicles for use,as well as a 40% pay raise.Paying these poor women $10-$12 per hour in this day and age is disgusting.
Joe(Thursday, July 09 20 11:38 am EDT)
This is an email I sent to the entire council this morning.
To: Mayor Lovett, Assistant Mayor Damren, and the council, I am expressing dissatisfaction of an incident that happened during the July 8th council meeting. During the discussion on the police brutality item I as a citizen on the zoom app hit the “raise hand” button and it turned blue. I was not recognized. I had a prepared statement as to my feelings and did not have a chance to give it.
It is my opinion that a resolution regarding police brutality is purely political at this time. I am not denying brutality happened recently. The number of cases are open for debate. Looking at the whole picture is reason enough to see this as political. The actions of Black Lives Matter in retaliation and their brutal murders of innocent police officers and citizens young and old as well as the burning of houses and businesses not being addressed in a resolution such as this is purely political at best. There are more than 800,000 police officers in the United States. Any group of people will have bad apples. Sadly the population of African American people in the United States experiences the same problem and it should not go unnoticed in this time of political uprising. What further upsets me is the clear position Councilor Keir has taken on this matter. Although it is perfectly within her rights to post on her front lawn a Black Lives Matter sign I find her enthusiastic comments on her Face Book page shows a clear political bias to this subject. I will try to forward a screen shot of both. In my eyes and many others this is talking out of both side of your mouth to condemn the police brutality and not the resulting brutality against the far majority of good police and innocent people. Again this is political!
I would like this e-mail in its entirerty included on the minutes of the next council meeting
Thanks Joe Osgood.
Jason(Thursday, July 09 20 09:31 am EDT)
John this mayor is a weak human pandering to the crazy left wing loosers lets face it she couldnt make a right decision on anything write another article to the non existent eagle slim but not know how to run a meeting let alone a city as we see with there paving and there breck ave sidewalk job being led by morris who is a flea just straight up a joke
John J. O'Connor(Thursday, July 09 20 09:17 am EDT)
Why must the City Council make a resolution condemning Police brutality and inequality ?
I have not met anyone that supports Police brutality or inequality so what is the purpose other than self promotion by Councilor Keir.
Councilor Stone seems to be the only voice of reason, this so called resolution is supposed to be a feel good moment but it actually is a poor attempt capitalize on a national issue.
Councilor Keir should be more concern with her own actiona, her blatant disregard for the City Charter should be addressed and her constant harassment by her and her cronies of Councilor Stone MUST stop.
Shame on the Mayor for turning a blind eye to Councilor Keir's total lack of respect.
Donk(Wednesday, July 08 20 05:57 pm EDT)
Do you think the city council would approve the residents of Sugar River Drive using 1 year of tax payments to get the paving done professionally?
I know some professional that would do a very good job.The city would just have to let us use our own money.
Keith(Wednesday, July 08 20 05:50 pm EDT)
Donk, you are right about Sugar River Drive. It is another prime example of Morris's bad management combined with nine city councilors who don't give a damn about Claremont.
Donk(Wednesday, July 08 20 04:48 pm EDT)
Sugar River Drive is like Mad Max at this point.They compacted some shit that's supposed to act like pavement,it doesn't.Just wait until the plow trucks start being destroyed by these giant ruts.
Craig(Wednesday, July 08 20 10:10 am EDT)
Broad Street is a disaster area. It is horribly ugly with its Frankenstein-ish patchwork design it is a disgrace and an embarrassment to everyone in Claremont. Where are our elected leaders? Why are the nine elected members of the city council saying nothing about this to their employee Ed Morris? Are they afraid of him? Are they getting something out of this we, the general public are not aware of or is it just the ambivalence of nine individuals with no civic pride? I can only imagine what Claremont will look like when other roads receive the Morris patchwork treatment.
Jon(Wednesday, July 08 20 08:30 am EDT)
Ed Morris is a dimwitted city manager. He is definitely no Guy Santagate that is for sure.
Phil(Wednesday, July 08 20 06:39 am EDT)
This is what the voters deserve for not paying attention as to who is elected and for staying home on voting day and not giving a crap. When the tax bills sharply increase which they will then maybe they will give a crap but that will be far too late to fix it. Karma is a you know what.
Jeff(Tuesday, July 07 20 03:51 pm EDT)
This downtown project is beginning to look like a taxpayer boondoggle. I wonder which favorite contractors will get the project go ahead so they can pocket as much of the taxpayers $4.8 million as they can. I also wonder how much of that money will find its way back into certain pockets under the table so to speak.
Marie(Tuesday, July 07 20 01:42 pm EDT)
It’s really dirty pool to have one set of assessing rules for the special interests and then another set of assessing rules that squeezes every tax dollar they can out of the rest of us. Welcome to Claremont.
Brad(Tuesday, July 07 20 11:46 am EDT)
What happens when the property abatements come in and it is time to pay the Piper? I am concerned about those utility companies that were socked very hard over the last couple of years with higher property assessments that seem outrageous. What happens when the tax money the utilities paid in that was overpaid has to be paid back because two of the utilities are fighting back according to what was written in the Sullivan Report. Then it will really hit the fan and the city might not have the money to pay it back. Whoopsie! Guess the taxpayers will have to open up their wallets again to pay for another fine mess that our city leaders got us into because the voters picked the wrong representatives to lead them. The voters and the taxpayers have to wake up and get rid of these morons before things become worse. Although it may be too late already
Donk(Tuesday, July 07 20 11:13 am EDT)
Mr Morris isn't concerned with any of you.He doesn't count on your vote.He does and is creating an incestuous relationship with our local public unions.This is a page out of Chicago styled politics.He know with their support he is protected in his job,no matter his performance to you and me(the ones that pay him).
Alex(Tuesday, July 07 20 09:34 am EDT)
His evasiveness to things that should be public knowledge is the reason why you cannot trust Morris or any of his subordinates and that includes the dolts on the council, who continuously let him get away with this crap.
Todd(Tuesday, July 07 20 08:31 am EDT)
I see that changing the road pattern for Downtown Claremont making it one way on Pleasant Street. What I would like to know is which way the truck route is going to go? Nancy Merrill and Ed Morris hemmed and hawed about it every time they were asked that question. Morris is a real piss poor city manager with a staff of directors that are mediocre at best.
Sara(Tuesday, July 07 20 08:14 am EDT)
Do we really need another park in Claremont? Just saying. It sure sounds like more taxpayer’s money is being wasted.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, July 07 20 07:41 am EDT)
My, my a rare occurrence happened today. An article appeared in the Eagle Times this morning that was actually about Claremont. Succinctly the article was in regards to the local real estate market; the economic reality of supply and demand is in full gear as there is a low supply of residential property for sale and a higher supply of potential buyers causing bidding wars over available properties driving the selling prices up. I remember when the previous City Manager Ryan McNutt was under the false impression that Claremont’s property was undervalued and he easily convinced greedy city councilors with thoughts of driving up property assessment values, lowering the property tax rate to create the opportunity for city officials to spend more of the taxpayer’s money while maintaining the current property tax rate. Essentially a hidden property tax increase on practically every property owner in Claremont. Of course, the plan failed because property values did not rise as much as anticipated. Then there is the problem of the utility property assessments that will in my humble opinion be impossible to justify in a court of law when the two utility cases currently filed against the city are finally heard. This will cause a significant financial crisis for the city government and ultimately the taxpayers who will have to pay for the mistakes of their inept city government leaders. My justifiable mistrust of City Manager Ed Morris, in regards to his reticence to be forthcoming regarding explaining his actions and releasing information about his administration’s spending of public funds, has me doubting his ethics and integrity. I am wondering if Mr. Morris, after reading today’s article in the Eagle Times, intends to follow Mr. McNutt’s footsteps and request another citywide property assessment to justify raising property values again for the same reasons Mr. McNutt had. I see this property valuation increase as nothing more than a temporary price inflation bubble because of the current COVID-19 crisis and nothing more. An honest property assessor would also realize that and not include those property sales within their property assessment calculations, as they are not truly reflective of Claremont’s real estate market. However the Sullivan Report has proven without a shadow of a doubt that our local city government and particularly the assessing office, under Mr. Morris’s management, is still continuing the unfair property valuation practices that benefit a select few to the detriment of all of the property owners. These unfair practices also effect tenants who have to pay higher rent or lease prices if they wish to either live or conduct business in Claremont. A vicious circle orchestrated and executed by vicious, unethical people. While all the while, our nine elected representatives on the city council cast a blind eye to all of it.
incompetant nothings in control(Monday, July 06 20 08:29 pm EDT)
Gotta love new sidewalks entire on breck Ave where there are 14 people that live and the half ass shit job of paving main roads are you kidding me fucktards put in sidewalks on a road 10 cars drive on and has never had a sidewalk oh and good job weeding and mowing new community center building
Patricia(Monday, July 06 20 05:47 pm EDT)
The attitudes of Abigail Kier and Nicholas Koloski are way over the top, as neither of them believe that rules and regulations apply to them. Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren are equally as guilty as they continue to involve themselves in to the day-to-day affairs of the municipal government in violation of the city charter. No one cares and only a few of the Councilors dare to stand up to them. It is unfortunate that Andrew O’Hearne and Jonathan Stone are pale imitations of the likes of Alan Whipple, Sharon King, AJ Maranville, James Sullivan, Paul LaCasse and Robert Picard, to name a few of the Councilors who well represented the public and had the courage and the intelligence to stand up to those who did not.
Bob(Monday, July 06 20 03:51 pm EDT)
CODE OF CONDUCT: VIOLATIONS/ This policy shall be enforced by a court of competent jurisdiction with regard to members of the city council or other elected officials. THIS IS DIRECTLY FROM THE CITY OF CLAREMONT CODE OF CONDUCT, this matter is out of the hands of the city council and some one needs to tell them. This CAN NOT be swept under the rug Kier must answer for her actions to a Court of Competent Jurisdiction !!!!!!!
Steve(Monday, July 06 20 03:34 pm EDT)
If this company is so professional then why didn't they submit a written price quote for the roof repair with an exact dollar amount?
Questions Answers(Monday, July 06 20 03:10 pm EDT)
I have had experience with Rodd Roofing. No way they would jump an estimate like that without a site visit. Reputable people in my eyes. More questions than answers.
Richard(Monday, July 06 20 02:11 pm EDT)
I like the comparison about a week ago between Lebanon and Claremont in regards to leadership. While Lebanon might be making some controversial decisions, at least they are making drastic steps to cut the budget because they realize that the unemployment rate is so high and that their constituents are hurting financially. Claremont’s dumbass leaders on the other hand have bending over backwards to find new ways to spend more money starting with a $4.8 million boondoggle in downtown Claremont to make more parking for illegal aliens and welfare deadbeats and then large pay increases for city staffers or should I say city loafers. Then they want to hire more city loafers to help the city loafers we have already got on staff. While they allow buildings like the JSL and City Hall rot and sell the public a bill of goods on this new road-paving plan that really does not do any paving at all so they can pay for their political plans to put lots of taxpayer’s money directly into the pockets of the special-interests. Claremont is no Lebanon that’s for sure.
Dave(Monday, July 06 20 01:16 pm EDT)
Don’t forget the lies and the cover-ups. Allen Damren and Nick Koloski and Charlene Lovett seem to be taking the lead on that score. Damren and Koloski want to bury the growing community center losses that are increasing the public subsidy every year by combining the community center budget with the parks budget to make it impossible for anyone to see the public subsidy grow and grow more and more with each passing year. Lovett publishes her rhetoric every week in the Eagle Times and e- ticker news to keep the masses uninformed and uneducated about the truth. Then let’s not forget the Eagle Times reporter who’s an ex-school board member and married to a city employee in the planning office that does his best to whitewash all the so-called news he writes about. Claremont is a corrupt community you just can’t get past it if you look objectively.
Greg(Monday, July 06 20 09:40 am EDT)
I think all the commercial property owners who have vacancies in their buildings should demand to be assessed using the income method to lower their property tax bill. If the property owners do not get that consideration, all they have to do is use the CDA example to prove disparity and win a case with either the courts or the BTLA. If enough property owners file a case then maybe the state will come in and clean up this rat’s nest.
Shawn(Monday, July 06 20 09:27 am EDT)
With the Councilors about to rewrite the code of conduct rules there will be no more ethics rules that will apply to them once they are done with the rewrite. Of course, they were not following the rules in the first place so I guess none of this really matters. There is no integrity or honesty on this Council. We have had dishonest Councilors before but this is clearly the worst collection of miscreants ever in the history of Claremont.
John J. O'Connor(Monday, July 06 20 08:22 am EDT)
The Right to Know law is a law and it seems the Morris administration is taking niceness for weakness.
Take him to court.
Industrial Property Owner(Monday, July 06 20 08:09 am EDT)
Three great exposés. I was hoping that Ed Morris would rise above his limited experience and shine as a city manager. I am sad to say that I have no more faith in his abilities as a leader. The City Hall roof, the $4.8 million Downtown Pleasant Street Project and the grossly unfair commercial property assessing policy that secretly rewards property owners with close ties to those within Claremont’s municipal government highlights not only the high level of corruption within our city government but it also shows the absence of character and integrity of those who have been entrusted to manage the public’s affairs. I am referring to both members of the administration and the city council. Still to come is the Sullivan Report’s exposé in regards to the Downtown TIF District and the millions of dollars that were allegedly repaid to the city coffers that should be a complete impossibility. I believe the books are clearly being cooked which adds another layer of corruption performed by the current and previous municipal administrations.
Bert(Monday, July 06 20 07:50 am EDT)
I am using the name Bert as someone else is already using the name Robert. I am the first time contributor to the forum. I read today’s three articles and my blood is just boiling as I have finally had enough. Mr. Morris, Mayor Lovett Assistant Mayor Damren and the rest of the folks on the Council have brought corruption to a new disgustingly distasteful level. This does not mean that anyone is illegally lining their pockets although they might be for all we know. What I mean by corruption is that they are perverting and manipulating the system for their own ends. A political agenda that is contrary to what I believe is best for the overall populace of Claremont. All they seem interested in doing is spending money foolishly to create more low income housing to presumably benefit on a more developers of such properties as well as certain non-profit agencies such as the dental clinic, Sullivan County’s new ex-convict drug addict residential home, and other social service agencies. We also must not forget the municipal employees as they will all be the beneficiaries of bigger pay raises and possibly improved employee benefits as well all on the taxpayer’s dime. I do not believe for a minute that Councilor Nicholas Koloski had nothing to do with the Topstone scandal. I do believe his Councilor cronies protected him and his businesses from any harm by letting the $222,725.09 tax break slide when the Council had full authority to countermand that action. Just as I believe Councilor Abigail Kier’s Councilor cronies protected her from censure for her violation of the code of conduct. I was appalled at her attitude and commentary that she did not need to follow the code of conduct because nobody could do anything to her about it anyway. Someone with that bad attitude should not be in public office ever. The Claremont taxpayers need to rise up and vote this entire corrupt City Council out of public office at their first opportunity.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, July 06 20 06:33 am EDT)
Three articles published today.
1) City Hall roof estimate cloudy!
2) Pleasant Street Project parking availability numbers are significantly erroneous!
3) Claremont Municipal Government continues unfair assessing practices!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Gone Now(Friday, July 03 20 03:11 pm EDT)
No matter what is spent on Pleasant it will only be mostly junk stores. Only wealthy communities have flourishing old downtowns. This city is fast tracking the population into poverty with totally ridiculous spending.
Guy(Thursday, July 02 20 09:40 am EDT)
Thank you Nick (Drooler, you can change your name but not your IP address) for your insight.
Drooler(Wednesday, July 01 20 10:48 pm EDT)
Libtard douchbags all of you drooling pajama wearing fucks
Deserving loosers(Wednesday, July 01 20 10:40 pm EDT)
We have such deservant libtards in this city i bet if you added up there credit scores all of them they might equal 650 maybe even a 700 to bad they couldn't add them all up and as a group they could actually buy something scumbags they are they still wouldn't know what to do if they got anything nevermind
Sullivan Isadouchebag(Wednesday, July 01 20 06:41 pm EDT)
Sullivan I watch the meetings. Your rundown is garbage. You might want to rewatch meetings and try to follow along. Your statements are bullshit that tries to spin statements to whatever suits your need. Perhaps that is why you and AJ didn't make it past a term. You can't comprehend. Councilors were dialed in by telephone by the way not zoom. This is the smallest of details you just don't understand. You are a douchebag.
big paving project(Wednesday, July 01 20 05:13 pm EDT)
No councilor has the brainpower to do any project all delinquents in there own life cant run a checkbook themselves but give them the city checkbook and add there ignorance to work and holy fuck we are screwed lets close this place and be done with these idiots trying to spend our money
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, July 01 20 11:11 am EDT)
Unfortunately John that's just the beginning as this is only the first project under the Morris Administration's new 20 year skim coat & patch road maintenance plan that was rubberstamped by the Council of 2020. Eventually the roads throughout the entire City will look like Broad Street. That will elevate Claremont from having a few embarrassing looking roads to becoming the laughingstock of the entire area!
John J. O'Connor(Wednesday, July 01 20 11:02 am EDT)
Funny you mentioned 4 feet of paving, I was wondering how much it would have cost to quasi-pave the entire street?
I doubt it would have cost the tax payers as much as the downtown TIF.
I see the city manager wants to use the current money being spent on bonds and pour that money into some half ass Pleasant St. project, my advice, hold back. Use that expired bond money for road repair.
Fix every road that needs fixing before you do something that has significant odds of fail.
I agree with Guy, the current completed paving is an embarrassment.
cuddle time with the police dogs(Wednesday, July 01 20 10:36 am EDT)
I could really use a comfort dog right now with all this maybe we could sell him for $500 and get more another 4 feet of paving on the 34 feet they did go to the edge maybe What a joke
Roberts Rule(Tuesday, June 30 20 07:10 pm EDT)
So a motion to table and voted to pass passed. A suggestion to consult legal council but not voted on it to get approval leaves no council authority to be doing anything. Am I wrong but doesn’t a motion need to be made to remove a tabled item from the table and a two thirds vote required to take it off the table? Asking for a friend. Oh wait, never mind, this is the Claremont. They do as they please.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 30 20 11:45 am EDT)
Council meets for their June 24 meeting with their rubberstamps at the ready!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Guy(Monday, June 29 20 01:41 pm EDT)
I have this feeling the roads of the entire city are going to look like a senior center patch work quilt.
Donk(Monday, June 29 20 01:41 pm EDT)
William, those big raises and paychecks and low deductible health insurance costs big money!
MAGA doesn't entail going back to dirt roads to pay the pensions I hope.
William(Monday, June 29 20 12:36 pm EDT)
Wow! Broad Street at the intersection of Broad & Water Streets is butt ugly! It looks like an horrendous patchwork paving job where the entire road is not done. All around the islands is bare of new paving. A real half ass job if you ask me. As a taxpayer I am really displeased and I am wondering if this is what we have to look forward to with many more roads in Claremont looking like streets in a third world country with Mr. Morris's handy-dandy skim coat paving and patchwork plan. Mr. Morris should be fired for this travesty and if the councilors won't do it we should fire them at the next election.
Joyce(Monday, June 29 20 08:30 am EDT)
The Eagle Times really isn't the price of their subscription anymore. Whoever is putting the paper together continues to recycle old articles as new articles to fill the paper up and the number of pages in each edition are far less than they used to be. People pay for new reporting not recycled news that appears multiple times in multiple editions.
Joel(Monday, June 29 20 07:12 am EDT)
Boy oh boy are the folks at the Eagle Times really stupid. On their website subscribers have to read online editions every day of the week except Saturday. Today's edition is really Friday's edition put up for the second time. Do the turkeys of the Eagle office think their readers about stupid that they would realize a repeat edition instead of a new one? I know the paper has changed from a class act to a pale shadow of its past especially when you look at the caliber of reporters these days. But now they are not even trying to fake being real newshounds. This paper really has gone to the dogs.
Joe(Thursday, June 25 20 04:21 pm EDT)
the tiny "city" of Claremont is as corrupt as it gets. they get away with it because there are so many people living there who pay no attention and don't bother voting, they're too busy finding their next drug fix.
when I lived there they doubled my property taxes in one bill and defended it saying they had to come into state compliance, that was a lie, they had two years to do so.
when I lived there after one election, at the first meeting of the city council they got 2 elected members to resign along with the mayor and they then proceeded to install their own people. that was YEARS ago but nothing has changed.
ignorance and self absorption breeds corruption and Claremont is a good example, on the small scale, of what's happened to this country.
Bob(Thursday, June 25 20 03:35 pm EDT)
Look at Erica Sweetster's posts on FB she says some pretty awful things about her constituents calling them assholes and condemning their way of life when she was working at Cumbies. Some of the garbage she has posted is far worse than Stone. Where is the outcry for her removal. What about Kier she BLATANTLY violated the Code of Conduct and you can't tell me she did not know, ignorance of the law is no excuse where is the DEMAND FOR HER REMOVAL don't let this get swept under the rug DEMAND something be done about her
Local Liberals Want to Squash Claremont’s Conservative Voice(Wednesday, June 24 20 10:34 am EDT)
The four Claremont musketeers (Councilor Abigail Kier, Patrick Adrian, Sam Killay, and Matt Mooshian) are banding together to stoke public anger against Councilor Jon Stone for the personal opinions he has expressed on Facebook. Their current charge is just the latest in a long-standing personal battle against Councilor Stone. The four of them, like all liberal progressives, claim to support every person’s “right to free speech” – but only as long as those personal opinions agree with the liberal progressive ideology. Anyone who dares to openly disagree with them, or the groups they support, will be publicly shamed, scolded, and censured. Basically, the liberal progressive party are hypocrites.
Matt Mooshian, as reported by Patrick Adrian in the Eagle Times, accuses Stone of using “language that incites further violence” and of causing harm and sowing discord. Exactly what do he and the other three Claremont musketeers think the BLM and Antifa movements (which liberal progressives support) are doing?! Both BLM and Antifa are openly promoting violence. These groups are nothing more than domestic terrorists! Are Kier, Killay, Mooshian, and Adrian also in favor of people tearing down statues, looting and vandalizing property, and taking and occupying other people’s land?! The real story here is that Kier, Killay, Mooshian, and Adrian, along with other local supporters of domestic terrorism, want to squash the conservative voice in Claremont.
Steve(Wednesday, June 24 20 10:16 am EDT)
Two weeks ago, someone named Joshua Lambert started an online petition requesting the removal of Jonathan Stone from the Claremont City Council. Only 26 people signed the petition one week ago and no one has signed the petition since. Out of a population of 12,967 only 26 signatures is not a lot. In fact, it is incredibly pathetic and it shows that only a small group of people led by a few citizens including Councilor Abigail Kier are trying to remove a City Councilor by any means necessary simply because he disagrees with them on many issues. This suggests to me that many people support Mr. Stone’s presence on the City Council. I also disagree with this small group of hatred-filled rabble-rousers so I guess from their warped perspective I would never be qualified to be on the City Council either.
Mike(Wednesday, June 24 20 09:33 am EDT)
Boy this Morris character sure is a sneaky SOB. Withholding money from the revenue column of the budget so it can show up later in the year to be spent on enormous pay raises for municipal staff using the old chestnut it won’t raise taxes to justify the move, which is a crock of shit.
City Hall Insider(Wednesday, June 24 20 05:57 am EDT)
Mr. Morris planned to use that $200,000 of room and meal tax revenue that he intentionally left out of the budget to fund employee pay raises with the $90,000 presently allocated within his budget. The plan was to call the $200,000 unanticipated revenue and the $290,000 salary increase for FY 2021 would not have affected the property tax rate and that is how it would have been sold to the public and given the councilors the political cover they would have wanted to satisfy the employees who support them at the polls and keep the taxpayers relatively silent. The Sullivan Report's exposure of the property tax rate error, which I am not so sure really was an error on the part of the administrators, forced Mr. Morris's hand to use that $200,000 now to save his skin. Where will he find another $200,000 for the pay raises now?
Richard(Wednesday, June 24 20 04:10 am EDT)
I see in the latest eagle times edition that Patrick Adrian is at it again. He is in my opinion abusing his position as a reporter to incite anger against one city councilor while protecting another city council who is in hot water herself and actually violated the code of conduct. Calling Mr. Adrian a reporter is using a term very loosely. This time a front page article about the continuing personal battle between Mr. Killay and a few of his close friends and Councilor Stone about personal comments Councilor Stone has made on Facebook during his own personal time. Free speech and personal opinions are now under siege by a few individuals who believe that anyone who happen to disagree with them is anti everything. Mr. Adrian, whose wife is the business specialist for the City of Claremont, conveniently left out Councilor Abigial Kier's involvement in this whole political driven affair. Mr. Adrian also did not do an article about Councilor Kier's code of conduct violation the day of the council meeting as he did for Councilor Stone for posting comments that some people disagree with on Facebook of all places. The Eagle Times has become a political rag not worthy of purchase.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 23 20 03:33 pm EDT)
City Manager explains FY 2021 municipal budget property tax rate impact discrepancy.
Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 23 20 12:38 pm EDT)
Mayor Lovett responds to my inquiry regarding FY 2021 municipal budget property tax rate impact discrepancies.
Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Andy(Tuesday, June 23 20 10:06 am EDT)
When people act as if they have something to hide they cannot be trusted and Mr. Morris is acting like someone with many somethings to hide.
Marie(Tuesday, June 23 20 09:22 am EDT)
How can anybody trust this person Morris judging by the way he is acting with the relaying of public information to the public?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, June 22 20 07:01 pm EDT)
The upcoming June 24 Council meeting offers a few surprises.
For details go to the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Monday, June 22 20 04:09 pm EDT)
We need to get the AG involved and these people investigated. This is BS we should all email the AG's office and tell them what is going on and we need help with our crooked city Govt.
Dennis(Monday, June 22 20 02:03 pm EDT)
I am upset that they are not taking care of the JSL building by at least heating it during the winter and not one member of the nines councilors had the guts to ask why Morris was doing that. This current batch of city councilors is the worst Claremont has ever had.
Gary(Monday, June 22 20 11:48 am EDT)
What the hell is wrong with Abby Kier? Dear Abby are you a nut job or what? The tax rate and Claremont is the highest in the whole state and all you want to do is spend more and more money and were talking thousands and millions of dollars and you don’t care spend spend spend until the cows come home. Then you break the code of conduct rules and hide it from everyone. You are not the type of Rep. Claremont needs on the Council.
Richard(Monday, June 22 20 10:06 am EDT)
Ed Morris, Claremont’s latest and definitely not greatest city manager as I would rank him as one of the worst, is acting more and more like a sleazy bureaucrat because he keeps hiding the truth from the councilors, Mr. Sullivan and the public at large.
Tom(Monday, June 22 20 09:38 am EDT)
Looks like the cops will soon be getting another big raise and then once the consultant submits their predetermined report that the employees are woefully underpaid which is a total lie then another big raise will be given to all the city employees. Then more city employees will be hired after that, how many will be friends and relatives of city councilors and other city officials? This keeps the city employees in the pockets of the city manager and the councilors when they need votes for reelection from the employees and their families and friends. Claremont sure has a corrupt political system here that rewards those that have been deemed entitled and penalizes the rest of us who simply pay in pay and pay more in property taxes to keep the gravy train flowing.
Depressed, Unrepresented Claremont Taxpayer(Monday, June 22 20 09:11 am EDT)
It has become evident that every time a council rule, municipal law, or contradictory fact gets in their way, Mayor Lovett and most of the City Council conveniently choose to ignore it. Recent case in point is the questionable nine cents city tax rate decrease, as determined by the Morris Administration and published by Mayor Lovett in her Mayoral Notes column. The Sullivan Report has shown the accounting used to produce this figure to be confusing, at the very least, and possibly downright false. This is a tale of two cities: One city is factual; the other is a sanctuary utopian fantasy.
Dan(Monday, June 22 20 07:18 am EDT)
Claire Lessard is definitely a city employee, how could she not be? Just like with Councilor Kier’s serious violation of the code of conduct, Morris city officials and the councilors will just sweep this under the rug because they are arrogant and in power so they do not care about rules or whether if any are broken.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, June 21 20 05:52 pm EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) Council decides not to decide about FY 21 budget spending initiatives until later!
2) Morris Administration continues stonewalling and delaying tactics.
3) Morris Administration issues opinion.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Saturday, June 20 20 11:40 am EDT)
Erica Sweetster needs to be ware the things she posts on FB are not that of an elected official. Even though it is her own personal account she still represents the city with it and the things she posts are that of a narrow minded individual and can not see other peoples opinions or ideals if they are not the same as hers. Check out some of her post's and you will see what I mean" Erica Rae"
John J. O'Connor(Friday, June 19 20 08:22 am EDT)
I'm not surprised by the city's current situation, look at who we elect.
Every election the voices here all all screaming for change and then we elect the same people over and over again.
This last election, three new councilors were elected and there was genuine hope their would be actual progress in the re-building of the city.
Deb, Jim, and Erica seem to mean well. It is obvious that Deb and Jim have personal agendas but that's ok because it is also obvious they do their research and homework on the important issues the city faces.
It is also obvious that being on the city council is above Erica's intelligence level. I am sure she means we'll but the requirements to be on the council should be more then drawing pictures on store windows.
Hopefully she will start doing her homework so she can finally engage in meaningful council discusses instead of just being a person in an empty seat.
Bob(Thursday, June 18 20 04:24 pm EDT)
Jim: Good luck with that ..the state is not just going to change a truck route at the behest of a municipality for aesthetic reasons, and where are the trucks going to go everywhere in the city is residential. this should be fun to watch. I can see a lot of " I don't know" answers from dept heads this will be another fiasco ...SNAFU
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, June 17 20 04:43 pm EDT)
Yes it is and City Officials are looking to change the truck route for this project. Since our article was published this morning the Council meeting agenda for June 24 was changed to include a presentation of the project and the truck route. Curious to see if any relevant details will be revealed or if it will be another rambling presentation devoid of facts and figures. Time will tell.
Bob(Wednesday, June 17 20 03:59 pm EDT)
Is Pleasant St.a truck route and don't they need approval from the state before they can change a truck route??????
Bob(Wednesday, June 17 20 03:56 pm EDT)
Kier needs to RESIGN she violated the code of conduct which is a removable offense, GET OUT!!!. I say get the AG's office involved and tell the state to investigate, provide all evidence and let the people of Claremont see what is going on!!!!
Brian(Wednesday, June 17 20 12:30 pm EDT)
Don't be so sure Morris. I watched the Council meeting the other day and all of them seem to be totally on board with spending the $5.8 million for the municipal bond. A total of $4.8 million of that bond will go for this wet dream project to create more parking for the illegal immigrants and welfare recipients living in section 8 apartments with the other $1 million going to the cops for their radio system and whatnot. It's a done deal if you ask me. The same goes with the extra raises for all the city staffers, hiring four more firefighters and a children's librarian, while ignoring all the other problems in Claremont like the City Hall roof that leaks like a sieve, unfunded post-employment costs, defunded capital projects for the streets and roads, water and sewer. The patch and thin coat plan by the DPW is a freaking joke. Political spin control by Morris and his stooges to trick the public into shutting the hell up and keep paying higher taxes. I believe the councilors will spend more money with these new proposals and rubberstamp Morris's budget and call it a day. We need all new leaders at City Hall.
Morris the cat(Wednesday, June 17 20 10:49 am EDT)
Pipe dreams, nothing to get your panties in a bunch about, it will never happen.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, June 17 20 10:45 am EDT)
Kyle Messier was part owner of the building. We could never find any documentation on the Registry of Deeds website stating that Messier was no longer a partial owner of the building when the new owner came around. It is unclear whether the new owner and maybe other partners bought the entire building or simply bought a partial ownership of the building making Messier still a partial owner because when that new owner came around Messier remained as the buildings manager. Don't know if she still is or not.
Rick(Wednesday, June 17 20 10:34 am EDT)
Doesn't Kyle Messier the former councilor own a piece of the Goodfellas property?
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, June 17 20 09:01 am EDT)
Does the Morris Administration intend to use taxpayer's dollars to either buy or lease property for the $4.8 million Downtown Project?
Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Les(Tuesday, June 16 20 10:09 pm EDT)
She is a liberal anyway good for her these do nothing councilors all should resign no vision for city except the liberal agenda sure FAIL policys
City Employee(Tuesday, June 16 20 12:00 pm EDT)
Rumor has it amongst the city employees that some citizens are pressuring City Councilor Abby Kier to resign her elected position. It seems she is terribly distraught about her code of conduct violation and what it will do to her public reputation. Oh boo-hoo, poor Abby.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 16 20 10:28 am EDT)
The auditors only look at a very small number of financial transactions each year. I cannot remember the exact number the auditor said during this year’s presentation but it was more than 40 but less than 50, that is not many considering the number of transactions conducted by city staff each year. The auditor’s only spot check to see if the right numbers are placed within the right boxes so to speak. The auditors are not performing any type of sophisticated financial analyses and therein lies the problem. Things fall through the cracks like what is happening with the Downtown TIF District. This is why a forensic audit of the Downtown TIF District dating back to its very inception is necessary because of the discrepancies that total millions of dollars of taxpayer's money!
Roger(Tuesday, June 16 20 10:15 am EDT)
How did the auditors miss this $1.7 million screw up?
Shawn(Tuesday, June 16 20 08:10 am EDT)
I agree that the Kier code of conduct violation scandal will be quickly swept under the rug because that’s what Claremont’s corrupt city councilors do. I’ll bet there was no intention of dealing with this issue once the Sullivan Report revealed it until Councilor Stone got angry and shot back at Councilor Kier doing tit-for-tat on the censure votes.
Charles(Monday, June 15 20 02:27 pm EDT)
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville are doing an excellent job as amateur investigative journalists for they are putting all of the so-called professionals to shame that report on this local beat. As long as Patrick Adrian is on the payroll for the Eagle Times and assigned to cover Claremont local news the readers of that newspaper will never read about the truth because Mr. Adrian’s wife works for the city government so he has a tremendous conflict of interest that he seems to let get in the way of true journalism. The e-ticker is a waste of time as it panders to the whims of local government entities and the Valley News and Union Leader are both too geographically distant to adequately report about Claremont news. Local officials take advantage of the absence of the fourth estate. Which is why they must all despise the Sullivan Report for it is the only true representative of the fourth estate in Claremont.
Tom(Monday, June 15 20 12:19 pm EDT)
Jim and AJ must be getting too close to the truth about things that the city manager and others in the administration must want to keep buried real deep. I don’t like this new city manager I think he needs to go.
Ted(Monday, June 15 20 10:33 am EDT)
The secret Pleasant Restaurant tax break is the Topstone scandal all over again just with less money. Different city manager and assessor, same staff and similar result. Corruption in Claremont’s local government is rampant.
Linda(Monday, June 15 20 09:04 am EDT)
Typical Claremont city government. Give a former city councilor a job because she’s part of the clique. Now the doofuses have appointed her to the city board overseeing the rights of city employees when she herself as an employee of the city. Only in Claremont where corruption, ethical violations and dishonesty are standard business practices.
William(Monday, June 15 20 08:01 am EDT)
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville certainly have dredged up several interesting angles for news articles of late. The surreptitious property tax waiver endowed to the Claremont Development Authority by the Morris Administration that property owners in similar situations such as Mr. and Mrs. Illick have not received, strongly suggests a predisposition for dishonesty and unethical behavior by members of this tarnished municipal administration. The unexplainable $1.7 million that the Downtown TIF District allegedly repaid to the City’s General Fund between the fiscal years of 2015 and 2019 that is according to data distinctly stated in consecutive municipal audit reports, when there was no apparent money to accomplish that repayment strongly suggests that fraud of some kind was committed. Presumptively this $1.7 million of debt was illegally written off in smaller amounts each year seemingly indicating corrupt behavior within the city’s municipal administration spanning the leadership of several City Managers. Mr. Sullivan stated that the $1.7 million was a drop in the bucket so presumably more revelations are forthcoming. Then there is the street paving plan that is an obvious sham. The unaccountable dollar amounts totaling $250,000 for two different projects, the City Hall roof project and the Downtown project. Are they coincidence or potential intentional diversion of funds? How many scandals need to be exposed before strong action is taken in regards to the Morris Administration? Or has a majority of our elected city councilors been corrupted to the point that they no longer represent the citizenry of Claremont?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, June 15 20 06:11 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Morris Administration continues policy of stonewalling & delaying tactics regarding the release of public information.
2) June 10 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
For full details go to the News Flashes page of this website.
Not Nick Koloski(Friday, June 12 20 07:20 am EDT)
I agree with Charlie, stop hating Nick.
Nick has never received special treatment from the city, also the picture that is used for me, I mean Nick is not very flattering.
Charles(Thursday, June 11 20 03:09 pm EDT)
Gloria you should probably read a facebook for dummies book. Businesses are not listed. Facebook suggests area business based on your location. Take the tinfoil hat off sweetie. Get a hobby besides spreading hate.
Gloria(Wednesday, June 10 20 03:11 pm EDT)
I looked at the city's Facebook page today and I noticed that Councilman Nick Koloski's restaurant is listed as a related page with other city Facebook pages. No other local restaurants are listed only Councilman Koloski's. The only other non-city business listed is the E-Ticker News, another close friendly business supported by the city leaders. Where Mayor Lovett gets free space each week to spread her rhetoric filtered through her rose-colored glasses prism. This is highly improper and yet our unethical city officials are doing it anyway. Nothing is sacred anymore.
Tony(Wednesday, June 10 20 11:39 am EDT)
The city administration and the councilors use the ignorance of the common man and woman in regards to how municipal government works and finances like what an audit review really is against all of us. We are lucky to have Jim and AJ, two former very intelligent and knowledgeable city councilors on the public’s side looking into these terrible things that our city leaders do with millions of dollars of our money.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, June 10 20 08:49 am EDT)
John, AJ and I are thinking along the same lines as you are regarding this issue. Depending on what City Manager Morris' explanation is regarding the miraculous $1,729,992 that has been incrementally written off in Downtown TIF District debt to the City's General Fund over a four-year period, we intended to recommend a forensic audit of the Downtown TIF District finances dating back to its creation because there were other significant discrepancies prior to Fiscal Year 2015 regarding the Downtown TIF District's borrowing of funds from the River Road TIF District and alleged repayments of that separate debt that we do not believe ever occurred. We believe the $1.7 million discrepancy is a drop in the bucket. If you remember, the owner of the auditing firm said that the company could do the forensic audit but in order to make the cost reasonable you would need a narrow scope to examine instead of the entire volume of the city's books. The Downtown TIF District would precisely be that narrow scope. Especially when millions of dollars of public funds are involved.
John J. O'Connor(Wednesday, June 10 20 08:22 am EDT)
Councilor Stone was right, the City needs a financial autopsy and it needs it NOW.
Don't let Mary scare you with the cost, it couldn't cost as much as the downtown TIF is costing the taxpayers.
Keith(Wednesday, June 10 20 06:20 am EDT)
Illegal tax breaks, nearly two million dollars either missing or illegally written off without council approval. Bid practices either bent or broken and the big loser is the taxpayers. Letting the city buildings, streets and underground infrastructure rot to give pay raises to over paid and under worked city employees. The city government is a hot mess and the city councilors are not doing anything about it. They are just enablers. They are not worthy of our trust.
Steve(Wednesday, June 10 20 05:53 am EDT)
Something else the Morris Gang is doing is not posting the agenda to board meetings anymore. The energy committee and the conservation commission are meeting and there is no agenda for either meeting. More of CM Morris's government transparency.
Gail(Wednesday, June 10 20 05:44 am EDT)
The councilors thought that McNutt was a terrible city manager but Morris is a thousand times worse. He is a man not in control of his people and he is fixated on pay raises for all city employees at the cost of everything else that needs to be addressed in the city. He does not care about the people of this fine community and it seems neither do our elected city leaders.
William(Wednesday, June 10 20 05:05 am EDT)
Claremont’s municipal government is corrupt through and through, forging ahead with political agendas that are contrary to the average citizenry’s best interests. Manipulating budgets by stripping funding from necessary repairs to city hall and other municipal buildings, devising a pathetic patchwork scheme for the roadways in Claremont that will deteriorate them even more to avoid proper fund allocation of paving and other roadway infrastructure work and defunding the water and sewer capital projects to divert funds for sizeable salary raises for municipal staff. The CDA pulling the city deeper into debt and mortgaging all of their real estate assets to renovate building space to give non-profits large space at rock bottom rental prices. I am talking about the dental clinic and the music center. Supporting the county’s dumping of ex-convicts all of whom are recovering drug addicts on downtown Claremont to live crammed into the old Eagle Times building. The mayor’s efforts with the council to support the creation of more low-income housing for section 8 tenants. The mayor’s efforts to land a position on the housing board and her desire to gain more section 8 vouchers to bring more of those tenants to Claremont. Maybe illegals because of her plan to turn Claremont into a sanctuary city and she has several council votes in her pocket for that it seems. A city councilor breaking the code of conduct and city officials all looking the other way. The bidding process that is tremendously flawed, Mr. Morris does not seem to believe in employee oversight and some of his directors are running amok especially at the DPW. A director diverting business to his family should raise eyebrows and initiate an investigation. Anywhere that is but in corrupt Claremont’s municipal government. Mr. Morris is preventing Jim Sullivan from getting access to public documents in a timely fashion, pulling every shady trick in the book; he is also giving the CDA special privilege with what appears to be an illegal property tax break while other property owners in similar situations are required to pay full property taxes. Now a new revelation from the Sullivan Report, the only true journalists in the entire area who are performing a valuable free service to the citizenry of Claremont, over $1.7 million dollars of our tax money may be missing, embezzled, or maybe the administrative staff is secretly writing off the Downtown TIF’s growing debt off. Whichever it is the taxpayers are being taken advantage of right under the nose of the city councilors the voters put their faith into to look out for their best interests. The voter’s trust is obviously misplaced. Jim Sullivan is trying to get answers from these less than honorable city officials. I hope he succeeds because he and AJ Maranville are trying to fight for taxpayer justice for all of us. We owe them our support and heartfelt thanks and appreciation.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 09 20 07:15 pm EDT)
City auditing reports suggest that Downtown TIF District repaid City of Claremont's General Fund $1,729,992 sometime over the past five years! So where did the money come from?
For more details go to the News Flashes page of this website.
Back At Ya(Tuesday, June 09 20 04:59 pm EDT)
William, The last I knew the NH constitution state that it is not permitted to tax one class of people different than another. If this is the case the city can’t let the CDA off on taxes.
Matt(Tuesday, June 09 20 11:23 am EDT)
Do not forget about the $5.8 million bond. $1 million goes to the cops for a new communication system and $4.8 million goes to the downtown to create all of the infrastructure amenities necessary for the supposedly recovering drug addicts, ex-convicts, and presumably welfare recipients that will be living in all the new living spaces downtown. All of them must be properly pampered at taxpayers’ expense. Be forewarned, Mayor Lovett will not let the city manager stop her from bringing in more section 8 vouchers to Claremont. Mayor Lovett seems hell-bent on importing illegal immigrants to come and live in Claremont and by then she may have a majority of votes from the councilors to turn Claremont into a welcoming community, which we all know means a sanctuary city. These buffoons are destroying Claremont’s wonderful way of life to achieve some dubious liberal political agenda that is not right for Claremont.
Todd(Tuesday, June 09 20 11:00 am EDT)
Look at what Morris did with the budget. Decimated all of the capital infrastructure improvement projects and all of the building maintenance projects by either reducing their funding by a lot or not funding those budget lines at all. Ignoring the extra employee costs that the city will not be funding for another year. Letting all the roads turn to shit with a half-ass patch and super-thin skim coat scheme that will not do crap to protect the roads and keep them maintained. Just so, the city employees can get a big fat raise using all of the money stolen from the budget line items that should be properly funded to cover the very necessary infrastructure maintenance of the city. It is not right but I think it is a done deal because Morris seems to have the support of the councilors who have all turned their backs on the citizens who elected them. Dirty rotten slimeballs the entire lot of them.
Craig(Tuesday, June 09 20 08:44 am EDT)
I think Morris is a pretty damn shady character too. Look what he and his people did with the documents Jim tried to get. Morris and his crew delayed the request through BS bureaucracy for almost a month, when all city staffers needed to do was make a few photocopies and answer a couple of easy questions. What is up with that? Then to add insult to injury Morris and his crew left out half of the pages of the CDA’s financials. These sleaze bags must be hiding something. Crooked stuff if you ask me.
William(Tuesday, June 09 20 07:35 am EDT)
There is just so much corruption in Claremont’s city government. The city administrators are giving sweetheart property tax breaks to the CDA letting them not pay any taxes on the pleasant restaurant until they get a tenant. Jim and AJ make a very strong case why this is not kosher by any stretch of the imagination. Property assessments must be handled fairly and everyone treated equally. If the CDA does not have to pay taxes on an empty building, then neither should the Illicks, who are paying over thirty grand a year in property taxes to Claremont. There are many other empty buildings all around Claremont and I will bet all of those property owners are paying property taxes, the full amount without any tax breaks. If the CDA does not have to pay property taxes on their empty building then why are they? Where is the fairness and taxpayer justice? Of course, this would be devastating to the Claremont taxpayer because the property tax rate will go sky high to make up for the difference in property tax revenue that would be permanently lost. Of course, Claremont city officials could go against their true nature and actually do something honest and ethical for a change and make the CDA live up to their responsibilities and make them start paying property taxes as of April 1 of this year. I think this Morris follow is a shady bureaucrat and I think the city councilors made another bad choice when they hired him.
Tom(Monday, June 08 20 09:40 pm EDT)
City Manager Morris is turning out to be no different than Ex-City Manager McNutt. Doing dirty tricks behind the closed doors of City Hall and playing with the property assessments and property tax collection for special interests. Morris should be fired.
Ken(Monday, June 08 20 09:29 pm EDT)
Yeah, Jason in Lebanon. Claremont's city leaders suck.
jason(Monday, June 08 20 08:16 pm EDT)
I haven't read the articles yet but is there good leadership somewhere finally !!!!!!!!
Guy(Monday, June 08 20 05:05 pm EDT)
As the great Guy Santagate use to proudly state, " this doesn't pass the smell text"
Jim Sullivan(Monday, June 08 20 11:02 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) CDA's public financial documents are proving very difficult to obtain. Do City Officials have something to hide?
2) What a difference good leadership makes!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, June 06 20 03:03 pm EDT)
I do not know what is going on at the old Rite Aid property on Washington Street. Sorry.
Just Curious(Thursday, June 04 20 05:28 pm EDT)
Hay Jimmy. What’s going on at the old RiteAid on Washington Street? The just redid the parking lot and striped it for parking. Put arrows in the drive up. Looks to good to remain abandoned.
Carl(Wednesday, June 03 20 04:52 pm EDT)
I think spending $350,000 a year for additional services for the water and sewer plants is absurd. Nevertheless, our tax-and-spend administrators and councilors do not bat an eye when it comes to spending that amount of money. Democrat snowflakes have taken over Claremont and now the taxpayers are going to be paying excessively for years to come. For those idiots who stayed home on Election Day I hope you pay more than anyone else does. I hope your property assessments went sky-high and your tax bills along with it. You deserve it for being lazy morons.
William(Wednesday, June 03 20 02:48 pm EDT)
Mr. Morris has shut down virtually all capital projects for the DPW highway, water and sewer divisions in exchange for pay raises for all personnel. Mr. Morris’s political agenda really is detrimental to Claremont’s financial health. Combine that with Mayor Charlene Lovett’s sanctuary city political agenda that is shared with Councilors Allen Damren, Abigail Kier and Nicholas Koloski and you see how badly off Claremont really is.
Todd(Wednesday, June 03 20 01:13 pm EDT)
After reading all the recent Sullivan Report articles, I do not think anyone will support a water and sewer rate increase. It is just not needed. I also think it was pretty slimy that Morris and St. Pierre said that they are not asking for a water rate increase for this year when there is already one in place. Lying sacks of shit both of them.
Brian(Wednesday, June 03 20 12:00 pm EDT)
I appreciate Jim and AJ explaining how the taxpayer subsidy for the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center is nearing $1 million and how city officials are cooking the books to make it look like the taxpayer subsidy is only about half that amount. I think liars, thieves and cheats run the city. Then there is Councilor Nick Koloski making the push to cover everything up by combining the parks and community center budgets so that no one will ever know ever again, how much the taxpayer subsidy is going up each year. Koloski is just as corrupt as the rest of them.
Sarah(Wednesday, June 03 20 10:40 am EDT)
I am peeved about the JSL building receiving no funding to maintain the building as it sits empty. I am also concerned that practically nothing was spent this year when money was put aside. I think Morris is doing this on purpose so that the city will have to pay to knock the building down and create another open city lot. Similar to what previous city managers did with the Goodwin Community Center so a new facility would have to be erected. Is the plan to sell the property for one dollar to another welfare apartment developer and then give that developer all sorts of government freebies, tons of money and Section 8 vouchers for the building if Mayor Lovett can convince the federal government to give Claremont more of them?
Laura(Wednesday, June 03 20 09:07 am EDT)
I was shocked to find out about the GASB OPEB Liability of over $12 million and Morris’s answer is to ignore it and do nothing just like his predecessors did. Four years in a row and no funding for any of the past or present liability. Morris wants to continue to zero appropriate for this liability so he can fund the large pay raises for the municipal employees many of whom do not live in Claremont or pay property taxes here. When this increased property tax bill comes due, it will destroy the personal finances of many Claremont taxpayers who are struggling to make ends meet now. What is most sickening is that the nine city councilors the voters elected are perpetrating this injustice on the entire populace without a shred of shame or regret.
Bill(Wednesday, June 03 20 08:25 am EDT)
Morris will never agree to increasing senior exemptions and veterans tax credits because none of them works for the city. All Morris cares about is expanding the size of the bureaucracy and greatly increasing the compensation levels of all the employees within it. He also is working hand-in-hand with Mayor Lovett to increase the spread of low-income housing in downtown Claremont. They can live next to the ex-convicts who are all former drug addicts who may or may not stay off the wagon.
Joanne(Wednesday, June 03 20 07:37 am EDT)
We do not need a $4.8 million municipal bond to set the stage to make more apartments for welfare recipients and illegal immigrants to move to Claremont. What we need is a municipal bond for road paving and other road construction work so we can drive around Claremont without wrecking our cars.
Tom(Wednesday, June 03 20 06:38 am EDT)
Now the City Hall roof repair is gonna cost over $1 million and Morris has not put a single penny towards paying to fix it. He wants to let the roof deteriorate for another year or more just as he is doing with the roads and everything else. Worst city manager ever. Worst city council ever as they will look the other way and do nothing but rubberstamp whatever Morris wants or add more spending to the budget on top of his spending.
Patti(Wednesday, June 03 20 04:10 am EDT)
I have no faith in any of the city councilors or the new, vastly inexperienced city manager. Their priorities do not match the priorities and values of most of the citizens of Claremont.
Keith(Wednesday, June 03 20 03:56 am EDT)
It’s disappointing when city leaders break the rules without any sense of shame or regret. It shows their true nature and their true personality.
Dan(Tuesday, June 02 20 09:13 pm EDT)
I think Councilor Kier broke the code of ethics and I doubt she cares about it at all. I also doubt that any of the other councilors care either or Mr. Morris and the administrators because none of them seem to have a whole lot of ethics between them. Claremont has a corrupt municipal government.
Gail(Tuesday, June 02 20 07:51 pm EDT)
Mayor Charlene Lovett just wants Claremont to become a sanctuary city using the Section 8 voucher program to do it by getting more vouchers for Claremont and giving developers lots of money to build more welfare apartments. The other councilors are just sitting back and allowing it to happen. None of them deserves to be there. The people of Claremont deserve much better leadership.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, June 02 20 01:39 pm EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) Did Councilor Abigail Kier violate the City’s Code of Conduct?
2) Claremont City Council’s budget review goes about as expected.
3) May 27 City Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Tuesday, June 02 20 01:33 pm EDT)
Why is Claremont charging extra fees for renewing registrations online?
Don't we already pay them,the internet connection,the web design,and everything else associated with this?
These people are really unreal.Guess I'll just pay for a stamp.
Larry(Monday, June 01 20 09:27 pm EDT)
Since when does some looser mayor have anything to do with police action just wondering if it was when law enforcement was taken over by weak people and looser lawyers as we have seen in the last decade or so
jason(Wednesday, May 27 20 08:07 pm EDT)
The day that group of idiots tell me what to do lol weak humans 🤣
Government regulation council(Wednesday, May 27 20 07:57 pm EDT)
Bunch of loosers we have on council couldn't regulate there bowels let alone run this city or really there personal lives they are in charge of nothing but destroying the city but hey they are in charge they think
mask that(Wednesday, May 27 20 07:49 pm EDT)
This council is so fucked try to send your elite police dept or your health inspectors oh ya they not hired yet to police your mask rule and do a PowerPoint on how you idiots have mismanaged our city and not try to tell people what to do just FYI you are leaders of nothing at all
Donk(Wednesday, May 27 20 12:45 pm EDT)
Should we be looking at the lifestyle of Mary Walters?
William(Wednesday, May 27 20 10:34 am EDT)
I can understand why Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville are looking into the surplus funds for the Downtown TIF District. Assuming a low $30,000 per year average surplus it would total $420,000 in 14 years. If the average surplus is $40,000 per year then the 14 year total would be $560,000. Both gentlemen have effectively proven that the surplus money must still be within the Downtown TIF District accounts somewhere unless illegal fund transfers occurred. Where are those funds and how much have they accrued to become are very interesting questions.
Joe(Wednesday, May 27 20 06:47 am EDT)
Deb Matteau was the leading voice in the City Manager search committee, she wanted Morris "the cat".
Does Morris the cat live in Claremont?
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, May 27 20 06:09 am EDT)
Yes Diane I did. I submitted that exact information request yesterday morning. It will take about a week for an answer and then I may have to do one or more subsequent requests depending on what answers we receive. Excess funds for the Downtown TIF District must go somewhere and at the present time, we do not know where that is, so that is what we are inquiring to determine that important answer through documentation. For example, within the FY 2021 budget proposal, the FY 2020 Downtown TIF District expense budget states that for Marketing $20,000 was allocated but as of March 2020, only $895 was spent. Environmental Cleanup of the Sawtooth Property had an allocation of $5,000 and as of March 2020, nothing has been spent. Maintenance and Repairs of the Parking Garage $30,000 allocated and as of March 2020 only $10,882 was spent. Legal Services $2,000 allocated and zero spent through March. Just those budget line items alone totals $45,223 in potential excess funds during only one fiscal year. Looking back at FY 2019 there was only $2,535 in excess funds for those same budget line items through March; however, in FY 2018 there was $50,890 in excess funds for those same budge line items. Nearly $100K in just three years. Since the municipal bonds for the TIF District were taken out in 2007, the District has been in financial operation for at least 14 years. That is a lot of potential excess Claremont taxpayer dollars. For the General Fund Budget any excess funds are deposited into the General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance Account. Think of it as the City’s Cash Reserve. For the Water and Sewer Enterprise Funds, excess funds are deposited into their separate Retained Earnings Accounts, their Cash Reserve Accounts. To move money from one municipal budget to another requires a Public Hearing and a majority affirmative vote of the Claremont City Council and that has never happened once. There is a NH Public Deposit Investment Pool Account for the Downtown TIF District but it only has a balance of $214.21. It is probably a placeholder amount to keep the investment account open. Municipal budgets are never 100% spent every year, there is usually always surplus funds left over. In the past three years there’s nearly $100,000 left over as of March each year and is highly unlikely that all of that was spent with only three months remaining in each of the fiscal years. Multiply that by 14 years and it is highly unlikely to the point of virtually impossible that only $214.21 is left over. So, where does all the excess funds of the stand-alone Downtown TIF District go? That is the question! If we cannot get the answers that we are seeking as to what is being done with those excess dollars that rightfully belongs to the Claremont Taxpayers, then perhaps a forensic audit of the Downtown TIF District’s finances from day one is in order.
Diane(Wednesday, May 27 20 02:04 am EDT)
Jim is any of this true? Did you file this request with the city manager as City Hall Insider asserts that you did?
Phil(Wednesday, May 27 20 01:01 am EDT)
Just wait for that compensation study to finish up. That $90,000 put aside will look like a drop in the bucket because I think Morris will end up wanting to increase payroll by at least 1 million bucks. He does not care if he has to burn down the rest of Claremont to do it. At the very least, I think he intends to let Claremont rot just so long as all the city workers have lots more money in their pockets.
Michael(Tuesday, May 26 20 07:00 pm EDT)
Enough is enough. How many times is the public going to get robbed by city officials before the public steps up and takes action? The cowards on the Council certainly will not. This downtown TIF district thing with the leftover money has potential fraud and embezzlement written all over it. The district has been active for many years, lots of money could have been gobbled up into a slush fund account, and who knows what officials did with that money. This would be perfect for a forensic audit to see if any criminal activity has occurred. If any is found then maybe, some of these city officials will spend some time in jail.
City Hall Insider(Tuesday, May 26 20 05:42 pm EDT)
One other thing I forgot to mention. Jim asked for a five-year printout of transactions for any surplus account for the Downtown TIF District. Five years spans several municipal administrations but they all have the same city staff except for the city manager. Maybe this is what has so many people so excited at City Hall?
City Hall Insider(Tuesday, May 26 20 05:38 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan caused quite a stir at City Hall today with a right to know request that seems innocent enough. He wants to know what happens to left over money that is not spent at the end of the year in the Downtown TIF District budget. It is a great question because the money is not held over until next year for the budget and as far as anybody knows at City Hall, rank-and-file not finance department personnel who are not talking, there is no surplus account for that budget. It is a separate fund like the water and sewer enterprise funds so the money should not be automatically transferred back to the general fund budget. So where does all the money go? Has it built up over many years placed in a hidden account somewhere or was it used for something that nobody knows about? I am glad Jim is looking into this and I imagine AJ is involved too. Upper management is in a bit of a tizzy about it. It makes me wonder why.
Dave(Tuesday, May 26 20 04:50 pm EDT)
I do not think Morris is a crackpot. I think on the other hand he has an extremely devious mind and he has one thing and only one thing in mind. Pay raises for all and maybe even a raise for himself too. I think he plays dumb like Columbo on purpose to lower expectations and he uses his presumed ignorance about everything to effectively dodge questions that he does not want to answer from the council or the public. Put another way, I think he is smarter than the average bear.
Donk(Tuesday, May 26 20 04:22 pm EDT)
The pot holes are so deep on my road someone is gong to get hurt badly or killed.Deep as shit and gettin' deeper
Ken(Tuesday, May 26 20 03:16 pm EDT)
Morris doesn’t even fund this ill-conceived street maintenance plan that doesn’t live up to its name. Morris funds $100,000 short of the full $750,000 that this f-ed up plan supposedly needs. Skim coating and crack fill isn’t a solution. It’s not even a half-baked plan. I think Morris is a crackpot and the councilors are too if they go along with it.
Teri(Tuesday, May 26 20 02:40 pm EDT)
Jim and AJ found many discrepancies with our tax dollars. There is the TIF District money transfer, what Morris claims he is spending on legal services, which is $11,000 off what the budget says. Morris says he is using $341,000 in state grant money received for paving when it is only $173,000 more being spent so there is no telling what the rest of that money went. This whole budget stinks to high heaven. As Guy Santagate, a real city manager, used to say this doesn’t pass the smell test.
Brian(Tuesday, May 26 20 01:17 pm EDT)
I don’t like the way Morris is using our city cash reserves to pay for more of the operation expenses. $530,000 for the next year an increase of 40% according to Jim and AJ. That’s nuts.
George(Tuesday, May 26 20 12:53 pm EDT)
I do not like all of the TIF District shenanigans with the finances. The money transfer does not match, parking garage revenues are down and the city administrators budget $20,000 for marketing and then do not spend it. They also lowballed the tax money they are going to collect. Somebody does not know how to balance the books or money is being funneled somewhere else. Either way something stinks.
Tony(Tuesday, May 26 20 11:12 am EDT)
The councilors will never admit they made a mistake twice. Once with Ryan McNutt and twice with Ed Morris. Remember, with the exception of Sweetser, Matteau and Contois the rest of the councilors all hired McNutt. We need to face it, we have incredibly stupid leaders who only know how to tax and spend us to the poor house. Now we have a city manager just as moronic.
Ryan(Tuesday, May 26 20 09:39 am EDT)
Morris is pond scum. I wonder if he will be getting a pay raise too from the Council after all the city employees get huge raises so to keep the current spread in pay between the directors and himself the same.
Dennis(Tuesday, May 26 20 08:28 am EDT)
Ed Morris is destroying Claremont with his budget. The infrastructure and buildings are going to all rot while he is loading up the pockets of city employees with our money. Morris does not care about the taxpayers or anyone else but himself because he is buying employee loyalty with our tax dollars to try to secure his future as city manager.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, May 25 20 04:10 pm EDT)
New article published today.
Morris' proposed FY 2021 municipal budget is detrimental to Claremont's future!
Full details on the FY 2021 Municipal Budget page of this website.
lost cause pay to get him gone(Wednesday, May 20 20 08:08 pm EDT)
The mayor and asst mayor have never had jobs that weren't govt so no idea how to have to WORK for a living enough said on that now the search was fine its when you get to the end the guy they had from Texas was so much better than anyone but the idiots that we have in place to lead are just that IDIOTS that have zero experience at anything real and couldn't function on there own
Bob(Wednesday, May 20 20 04:13 pm EDT)
John O'Connor I call BS the whole search committee was a joke Damren is a bumbling idiot> If he wasn't the right man for the job than don't hire him Period. BUT they screwed up and waited to long and they were out of time. The city got what the Mayor and ASS mayor wanted. This was a shit show from the start and they should have hired some one to do it but no so here we are paying for it again. really getting tired of being bent over by the city Govt. for their stupidity!!!!
John J. O'Connor(Wednesday, May 20 20 08:03 am EDT)
Give Morris a break, he wasn't the City Councils first choice.
The Councils first candidate , refused the position so they were left with no choice but to offer him the job.
The search committee must have seen his short comings for the position or he would have been their number 1.
He wasn't and now the citizens of Claremont are now seeing why.
Katherine(Tuesday, May 19 20 05:15 pm EDT)
I watched the Council meeting and I did not learn anything about anything until I read the two Sullivan report articles today. Mr. Morris is a conniving so-and-so. Mme. Mayor the Queen Bee and her chief lackey shaky Allen Damren and her pet councilor minions do not give a flying fig about us normal folk who have to pay the high taxes in this city. All they care about is their political agenda, their social climbing ways and the special interests they represent who keep them in political power. Selfish individuals who care only about themselves perpetuate this vicious circle.
Travis(Tuesday, May 19 20 01:15 pm EDT)
The city workers who come out of the smelling like a rose because they will get more money to pay the higher taxes while the rest of us will just be paying higher taxes with no extra money. Then of course, there are most of the city employees who do not live here at all who will really make out like bandits. Morris is making damn sure that all of the city employee’s pockets are very well lined with our tax dollars. Bureaucratic scum tends to do that sort of thing.
Rick(Tuesday, May 19 20 01:05 pm EDT)
Don’t forget anyone who doesn’t pay property taxes in Claremont but lives here in an apartment or rental situation will also be paying more money once this pandemic goes bye-bye. No one is safe from the taxman especially in Claremont.
Chad(Tuesday, May 19 20 11:35 am EDT)
Claremont voters have elected really bad council representatives who hired an inept city manager and this vicious circle of bad upon bad has created a vacuum of intelligent leadership that is now going to bite us all in the butt.
Marie(Tuesday, May 19 20 10:29 am EDT)
I am afraid that our tax-and-spend city councilors and city manager will resort to higher taxes to pay off the $1 million plus deficit. It is the only thing they seem to know how to do.
Tom(Tuesday, May 19 20 09:14 am EDT)
I do not like the way Morris is operating as Claremont’s City Manager. He seems shady as hell. I do not like all the elusive talk that comes out of his mouth every time he’s asked a question which is not often from the imbeciles we have on the council. Jim Sullivan is doing a good job asking questions that the councilors should be asking. It helps when he and AJ were councilors and they actually did the job while there so they know what questions need to be asked and neither of them are afraid to ask those questions or to hold everyone in the city government accountable to the public. I also do not like the way Morris is hiding information from everyone. This deficit with both the revenue and expenses that he claims is about $1.4 million is quite significant and none of the councilors seems to be taking this very seriously. It looks like the budget is going to be increasing the tax burden for everyone but it is well hidden because the overall property value grew about $26 million to cover the cost. Morris is taking credit for the nine cent property tax rate reduction for the city part of the entire tax rate when he really spend more money and had nothing to do with the tax rate cut. The man is a fraud and the councilors are too stupid to realize it or they are conspiring with the city manager to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Well that is not going to happen with Jim and AJ on the job. The Sullivan Report is performing an amazing service of educating the public about what is really going on at City Hall because our local press is woefully inadequate at the job. Jim and AJ may not be professional journalists but they certainly are acting the part in doing the job quite well. Kudos to both of you and please keep up the good work.
2) May 13 Claremont City Councill meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Morris(Wednesday, May 13 20 08:00 pm EDT)
16 years as a nozzle says it all real great qualifications oh yes he ran weathersfields 4 people for 10 minutes too
Bill(Wednesday, May 13 20 01:15 pm EDT)
Morris is a schmuck. Nuff said.
Gail(Wednesday, May 13 20 11:45 am EDT)
If you want honest and ethical people running our city government then the voters are going to have to start from scratch by electing all new people into the Council, who will promise to fire the city manager and clean house throughout the municipal administration.
Ken(Wednesday, May 13 20 10:01 am EDT)
The Sullivan Report has uncovered so many disturbing things about our city government. Of course, city councilors are ignoring it all because they will never investigate themselves or their cronies. It is quid pro quo, you scratch my back I will scratch yours all the way at City Hall with the municipal administration and city council. Claremont City Hall is Tammany Hall reborn.
City Hall Insider(Wednesday, May 13 20 09:35 am EDT)
With the finance director clandestinely meeting with the mayor and assistant mayor behind the backs of the other city councilors it raises the question of the city manager's knowledge of these meetings. Is he part of this secret political agenda or not? No one at City Hall is really sure.
Tony(Wednesday, May 13 20 09:02 am EDT)
That $200,000 in lost Utility revenue will be just the excuse this money hungry Council and City Manager needs to raise our water and sewer rates Bang Zoom to the Moon. The corruption is almost palatable.
Chris(Wednesday, May 13 20 07:11 am EDT)
Claremont City Hall is sure beginning to look like Tammany Hall more and more each day. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tammany Hall I suggest you Google it and think of it as an online learning experience. I hear it is all the rage these days with the youngsters.
Bob(Wednesday, May 13 20 06:12 am EDT)
Sure does look like Mary Walter is keeping two sets of city books. It reminds me of the three sets of books that Jim and AJ discovered with the community center a few years back. The administration flunkies blamed that one on a computer glitch. I wonder what the excuse will be this time. This Council will probably swallow whatever lame excuse is given just like that old Council did. Don’t ask and don’t tell to maintain the quid pro quo that is the lifeblood of the good ole boy network, which is alive and well in Claremont. In case you were wondering, the mother’s milk of this self- entitled crowd is the public funds that the councilors keep sliding into their pockets.
scumgate(Tuesday, May 12 20 06:26 pm EDT)
Mary was trained by honest scumgate then our ignorant city council we had named a bridge after the low life because they were so stupid the looser ran the city into the ground our new guys just finishing it off
Laura(Tuesday, May 12 20 04:59 pm EDT)
I would like to know how on one hand the furloughed municipal employees are costing the taxpayers $121,000 so far with possibly more to come while on the other hand they are supposedly saving the taxpayers $35,000 a month. That just doesn’t make sense, but it is exactly what Mary Walter is saying in the survey and what the city manager is telling Mr. Sullivan. While this craziness is going on the city councilors are just wallowing in their constant state of cluelessness and ambivalence.
Glenn(Tuesday, May 12 20 03:30 pm EDT)
Sarah, maybe you answered your own question? You seem to be looking at this with the predisposition that municipal officials are honest. Maybe you need to rethink that it might make things a little clearer.
Sarah(Tuesday, May 12 20 02:48 pm EDT)
I could not believe all of the inconsistencies in Mary Walter’s finances of the city that the Sullivan Report exposed. It makes you distrust everything she puts out. How is it that she has been able to work for the city for nearly 20 years?
Mike(Tuesday, May 12 20 02:00 pm EDT)
In regards to the auditing survey, I think there was a conspiracy to continue the record of clean audits for the city. Heck Damren puts down that that the city does not comply with the laws, etc. and the city still gets a clean audit. How the heck does that happen? Now this auditing firm that hires auditors that never find anything and present glowing reports to the city council every year that intentionally overlooks anything negative no matter how obvious the negative facts are, will be auditing the books for the next five years. Who knows what the heck these public officials in Claremont will be doing with the city’s funds during that time? Rest assured shenanigans are afoot.
Teri(Tuesday, May 12 20 01:44 pm EDT)
Ed Morris is an incompetent boob and he certainly is no Guy Santagate.
Kevin(Tuesday, May 12 20 12:50 pm EDT)
I also think that the city books were cooked and Assistant Mayor Damren is the Cover Upper in Chief. Look at what he did with the survey with his co-conspirator Charlene Lovett and I do not buy the BS story told by Mary Walter that she only deals with Lovett and Damren. She’s been around nearly 20 years and be in a finance director she should be able to count up the nine councilors even if she has to take off her shoes to do it. Also, does anyone honestly think that Ed Morris is so out of touch as to what is going on within his administration that he is just oblivious to everything that is going on at City Hall? If so, he should be shown the door.
Kathy(Tuesday, May 12 20 12:31 pm EDT)
It looks like the city’s books were cooked to overstate expenses to turn overstated revenue losses into overstated expenses. I know what we have seen so far appeared only on a survey, but if those same numbers were used to collect money from the federal government then it sounds like fraud, to me. Don’t people go to jail for that sort of thing?
Tom(Tuesday, May 12 20 10:10 am EDT)
Morris is hiding information from the public and from the councilors. I see with the new agenda for Wednesday that Councilor O’Hearne requested a nonpublic meeting with the city manager under personnel. I hope he and other councilors will address Mr. Morris’ challenges with telling the truth and being forthcoming with information. Without mutual trust, Mr. Morris will need to be terminated. It will simply be no other choice except to languish with an untrustworthy city manager.
William(Tuesday, May 12 20 07:46 am EDT)
Mr. Morris was trying to hide public documents from Mr. Sullivan. The first time he said nothing was there when Mr. Sullivan asked for a list of COVID expenditures and losses when all the time there was documentation. I also think that Mr. Morris did not want to turn over to Mr. Sullivan a copy of $313,638 claim form to the government so he turned over the municipal survey instead to try to appease Mr. Sullivan. Now Mr. Morris has been caught with his pants down. I think he is hiding something and I am hoping Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville can uncover it.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, May 12 20 06:36 am EDT)
I am simply stunned as to what I read today on the Sullivan Report. Two marvelous exposés effectively illustrating the deepening corruption of our municipal government. It is painstakingly obvious that Mr. Morris’s arrival in Claremont was not a Godsend, but a calculated step in an ongoing political agenda designed to separate as much money as possible from the public at the federal, state and local taxation levels to benefit an anointed few with political connections with local officials. It appears that local municipal officials have decided to use the COVID 19 emergency as political cover to do a myriad of things, none of which is good for Claremont. It will be very interesting to see what Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville find in the government document used to justify collecting $313,638 from the federal government. I will be most interested to see if any of the Morris Administration’s expense claims are fraudulent. The Sullivan Report made a very compelling case that many of these so-called COVID 19 expenses are nothing of the kind. It was a stroke of genius to use the city’s own conflicting financial documentation, most of which was apparently written by the Finance Director herself to completely undermine this financial house of cards, seemingly created to collect large sums of free money from the government. The saga of the survey from the auditing firm is also indicative of a cover-up. Assistant Mayor Damren is up to his neck in this scandal. There is definitely something screwy going on at City Hall and our elected leaders on the city council are doing absolutely nothing about it. Has the lure of free money using whatever means necessary to obtain those funds compromised the nine councilor’s common sense and ethics as well?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, May 11 20 10:45 pm EDT)
Four new articles published today!
1) Damren's auditing company's questionnaire is an interesting read!
3) May 4 Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting synopsis.
4) May 11 Planning Board meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Time-In(Monday, May 11 20 10:33 am EDT)
I see "Look at me" Koloski is attempting to reopen his sorry excuse for a restaurant by having an outside seating area.
I cannot think of anything more unappetizing than his awful food, from his contaminated restaurant, being served in a dirty, contaminated mill parking lot.
Looks like he has at least 4 tables ready to go, which is three more than he needs for his busiest night.
Hang it up already. No one in their right mind is going to patronize this dump.
Sarah(Wednesday, May 06 20 10:49 am EDT)
I do not like the idea of Mayor Lovett being on the local housing commission. She already said she wants to bring more welfare vouches the Claremont and she supports turning Claremont into a welcoming community, which we all know is political slang for a sanctuary city. I do not know what she is thinking but she will destroy Claremont to she gets her way. What is even scarier is that she has Damren and other cronies on the Council backing her all the way. I also think that the CDA organization should be dissolved. They are acting recklessly with our tax dollars and other public property.
Gail(Wednesday, May 06 20 08:48 am EDT)
The roads are a terrible mess and it looks like the not going to be fixed so the city staffers can get big raises thanks to all of the city councilors they have in their pockets. Wealthy real estate investors get more taxpayer-funded grants and Section 8 vouchers so they have guaranteed rent even in vacant apartments. Senior Citizens cannot get a reasonable property exemption and the Veterans are not treated fairly either as other communities give a larger tax credit to not only certain Veterans but to all Veterans. The CDA is running amok tying up all of our city land for a project that seems to be running up costs out of control. Claremont has a growing budget deficit. And I'm sure there are other problems that I am forgetting. My point is that our city leaders are not leading instead they are focusing on helping special interests gain access to higher sums of public funds and creating an environment of higher taxation to those who can least afford it. Mayor Lovett and all of her cronies have got to go.
Katherine(Wednesday, May 06 20 07:34 am EDT)
The local press has really falling down on the job. Local government is still functioning with some things being done and no reporting about it at all. The Sullivan Report is Claremont's only new source not losing sight of what is going on. Public officials cannot be trusted. Look at what the CDA has done with our city assets by mortgaging them to the max to only raise a small amount of dollars for a project at the Farwell building that seems to be sucking up more and more money. Borrowing $350,000 more than what the CDA board of directors told Gov. Sununu and the Executive Council that they needed for the project is very suspicious. There is no government oversight whatsoever. We have a city council of nine morons who are completely clueless as to what is going on or they are colluding and hiding what is going on from the taxpaying public. We have administrators who are acting recklessly with public funds and no one is being held accountable. Heck until the Sullivan Report released this investigative article no one in the public had any idea this was going on. It is truly scandalous. Our public officials cannot be trusted.
Bob(Wednesday, May 06 20 03:49 am EDT)
Most communities are worrying about the corona virus. We have another virus that has been attacking Claremont for a very long time and it is the old self-serving, entitled SOS crowd retreads and the public officials that they support on the city council, school board and county delegation. They are a deadly a virus that is really is destroying Claremont right down to its very fabric.
Todd(Tuesday, May 05 20 09:47 pm EDT)
It's the new $750,000 per year paving plan that flaming imbecile Ed Morris the new city manager came up with in collusion with his dumb and dumber minions Victor St. Pierre the DPW director and Jeremy Clay, Victor's bumbling assistant director sidekick AKA Dirtboy. It's going to cost the taxpayers over $15 million over the next 20 years for nothng more than crack fill and a light layer of skim coat one time on each road for those 20 years. To anyone with a half of a brain the flaws with this plan are obvious. That is unless you are one of the many dimwits on the city council, who are all applauding this plan as if it is some kind of genius idea. Of course they're doing that because they think the public is stupid and they want to transfer money away from paving so they can pay all the city employees more money and give them even better benefits than what they are already getting. Make no mistake the taxpayers are being screwed here and our elected councilors are the ones doing the screwing without any mercy.
One Giant hole(Tuesday, May 05 20 09:11 pm EDT)
Drive down west terrace street summer street the bluff what a damn joke no wonder no one takes care of there houses its called broken window theory read about it you idiots who think your managing something
Donk(Tuesday, May 05 20 04:56 pm EDT)
WHAT THE F**K IS UP WITH THE GIANT HOLES IN ROADS NOT BEING FIXED?
and don't give me no corona virus bullshit!
Kevin(Tuesday, May 05 20 03:12 pm EDT)
The CDA is nothing more than a secret society of Claremont snobs that use Claremont’s assets and the taxpayer’s dollars like Monopoly money and game board pieces. The outcome really does not mean much to them because there is no punishment or any penalty for any of the board members if they fail. The only loser in all of this is the Claremont taxpayers, who have put their trust in the wrong people.
Brian(Tuesday, May 05 20 01:59 pm EDT)
I know many of the political players and they all wear false faces. What I mean by that is when you meet them in person they come off as very nice and altruistic. They seem to have their hearts in the right place and a great love for our city. If you watch them closely and pay attention to their actions when they are acting within their elected or appointed power they are completely different people as they wheedle their way into more power and use that power against the people of our community who placed their trust within them. The paid staff of the worst as they have no loyalty to Claremont whatsoever and they also have their own agendas that have little or nothing to do with the betterment of Claremont. Until the voters of Claremont rise up and throw out everyone on the City Council then absolutely nothing will change for the better.
David(Tuesday, May 05 20 10:33 am EDT)
I know most of the members on the CDA board of directors and they are arrogant, Type A personalities who think they know it all. Judging from all of the dumb financial decisions they have made with the public's money and assets seems to prove that they are all obviously incompetent managers of the public's possessions. I agree with the notion of disbanding the CDA permanently and placing the assets and the responsibility for managing those assets with the planning office. It may not be a perfect solution but it is better than the present situation.
Richard(Tuesday, May 05 20 09:15 am EDT)
I think the CDA should be disbanded by the city council and their duties passed over to the planning office. The organization is out of control and they have placed Claremont's financial security at high risk as they have mortgaged all of the city's assets under their care to renovate the Farwell building. I am going to be very curious to find out what happened to that extra $350,000 and why the CDA board members are looking for even more money through donations and grants for the Farwell building project. I am also deeply concerned about the pleasant restaurant building project as the CDA will be going into debt over half of one million dollars for a very sketchy tenant that may not be able to come up with their rent let alone $400,000 for interior repairs and their other operational costs. I think Jim and AJ are right on the money that both of these projects will eventually become taxpayer supported in some manner.
Russell(Tuesday, May 05 20 08:13 am EDT)
Allison you really hit the nail on the head with what is going on within our municipal government. Everyone is colluding and plotting to benefit either themselves or special interests and the loser every time is the Claremont taxpayers. It is truly a sickening sight to see. I am 74 years old and I have lived in Claremont all my life and I am so disheartened to see what has become of my hometown. How so many selfish people easily rose to power hell-bent on destroying this community just to achieve some political or personal agenda is simply disgraceful.
Allison(Tuesday, May 05 20 07:57 am EDT)
Latest Sullivan Report article had several main focuses, the property on Main Street, the Goddard building, Section 8 vouchers in the CDA’s to renovation projects in Opera House Square. If you paid attention, you would have noticed that there is one common theme running through all of these seemingly separate issues. Public officials either hired, or elected or appointed, who are all plotting and scheming to further their own political agenda and using public funds to do so. Some of these people are not Claremont residents but all of them seem to have something in common their selfish desires are more important than the best interest of Claremont’s citizenry. Thank you Jim and AJ for taking providing such a wonderful public service by doing the investigative reporting of professional journalists as the conventional press is unwilling or unable to do so. Presumably, as many of them are compromised by their close family or personal ties to those connected to local government.
piss poor(Monday, May 04 20 09:20 pm EDT)
Not morons this city is being run by FUCKING idiots they just have no clue about anything really look at all of them they couldn't figure anything out in life no real life experience whatsoever
Chris(Monday, May 04 20 11:45 am EDT)
The CDA has gone into hock up to their eyeballs to keep the Farwell project going forward and now all of the city-owned property at their disposal is mortgaged to the hilt. Now they are looking at the pleasant restaurant next door and will go into debt by over $500,000 to put in a music center they may not even be able to pay their rent. The county manager and the city manager are both on the CDA Board of Directors and they are both going along with this foolishness. We have a bunch of morons running the city.
Karen(Monday, May 04 20 10:54 am EDT)
Scheming, plotting and possible ethical violations and corruption is beginning to look widespread throughout Claremont’s municipal government. Public officials hiding their actions and lying to the public is becoming commonplace. It is really disheartening.
Industrial Property Owner(Monday, May 04 20 08:34 am EDT)
A sensational exposé today from the Sullivan Report. The history of the 147 Main St. project is indicative of a city government out of control. I believe this issue spanned three city managers yet all of them made the disastrous decision to stay the course, which tells me their mindset is deeply entrenched in a bureaucratic quagmire of spend first think never because it is only tax dollars. This I am sad to write certainly seems to be the work philosophy of Mr. Morris, the latest in a long line of pathetically incompetent city managers. The Section 8 voucher tie-in is also extremely troubling for it will have deep repercussions for the city and the taxpayers. Then there is the saga of the two CDA projects. Reading these uncovered facts that the Sullivan Report brought to light has me wondering about a few things. Does not reporting two sizable loans on a grant application constitute fraud? On the other hand, is not reporting that the CDA is looking for additional funding for the project when stating on the grant application that full funding is achieved with what was stated on the documents that did not include $350,000 in loans also fraud? Is the CDA paying property taxes on the Pleasant Restaurant building as was promised to the public? Will the CDA and the WCCMA have sufficient revenues to meet operational expenses? What will the dramatically increased debt service for the CDA do to their cash flow? Will a taxpayer bailout be necessary? Are the CDA’s finances so dire that it was necessary to collateralize what seems to be their entire real estate portfolio to raise such relatively little money for the Farwell building project? Because of the wall of secrecy erected around the CDA and it seems the WCCMA as well the taxpayers will essentially be giving blank checks to these two organizations and with fingers crossed hope that they manage the public’s money well without any independent oversight. I cannot speak for the WCCMA but I have absolutely no faith or confidence in either the CDA or Mr. Ed Morris. In my humble opinion, neither have shown any competent or professional management acumen whatsoever.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, May 04 20 06:34 am EDT)
New article published today.
Governor and Executive Council to decide on funding for three projects for Claremont.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Please run again(Friday, May 01 20 11:06 am EDT)
Yes Chris we have an abundance of ignorant people that unfortunately vote they do nothing else so I guess its a big deal for them to vote to keep this a shit hole just how they like it. I hope you do run again
Chris Fazio(Friday, May 01 20 09:47 am EDT)
Well, I tried to help, but was outvoted in the election!
Claremont residents must be content with dissatisfaction.
Maybe I'll try again next year!
Gary(Wednesday, April 29 20 08:23 am EDT)
Morris may be a boob but he is a boob with an agenda. For his first act, Morris a former firefighter gave the Claremont firefighters a big raise and now he’s probably doing the same thing with the cops at the next council meeting as all the councilors will have their rubberstamps in hand ready to go. Then don’t forget there is the promise of even bigger raises once that consultant turns in what will be a bullshit report to justify across-the-board pay increases with probably benefit enhancements for good measure. Morris is paying for this in part by destroying Claremont’s infrastructure by not spending enough money on Claremont’s roadway maintenance. Another bullshit plan to only crack seal and apply a thin skim coat to most of Claremont’s roads only once in 20 years. How that will cost over $15 million over the next 20 years I have no idea but that is the lame plan so tax dollars can be diverted to the special interests. I’m wondering if Morris will get a big raise out of this too. Maybe this was all part of the negotiated plan when he was hired since it was all done behind closed doors we will never know what those dirty skunks did.
Don(Wednesday, April 29 20 08:17 am EDT)
That has to be expected when the city council intentionally hired a novice boob to be city manager.
Alice(Wednesday, April 29 20 07:07 am EDT)
Claremont’s city government is rotten to the core. It has been for a long time but it sure got worse under Mayor Lovett’s leadership.
Dennis(Wednesday, April 29 20 06:44 am EDT)
Allen Damren is sure showing his true colors. Taking an active role in misleading the public about the audit report. First by conspiring with Mayor Lovett and Mary Walter and presumably Ed Morris to only submit one presumably glowing survey for the auditors so that they will not look at anything that could spark a larger investigation. Like why the DPW Director is giving much more business to his family than the city ever has before. Alternatively, why he and so many other city officials are violating the city purchasing policy when they give out big contracts to companies.
William(Wednesday, April 29 20 06:00 am EDT)
There is a lot of collusion going on at City Hall. It seems that the City Manager and the Finance Director and the Mayor and the Assistant Mayor are all thick as thieves with their constant plotting. It really is sickening to see how our city government has devolved into what looks like to be a modern-day Tammany Hall.
Mike(Tuesday, April 28 20 03:32 pm EDT)
Since Greg seemed to be trying to do some kind of Limerick and I find myself stuck at home going out of my mind, I thought I would give it a go. I hope you all like my attempt at a little humor. I can’t believe how quickly I threw this one together.
There is a city manager in Claremont named Ed, who from the neck up is quite brain-dead. Whenever Councilors like O’Hearne get into a snit, Morris refuses to answer their questions by acting like a dimwit. Because of Morris’s incompetence and do-nothing job performance like Rome, Claremont is burning, while anxious taxpayers look on in dread with their guts churning. But never fear because Mayor Lovett is here, with her weekly saccharin filled newspaper column of opine, assuring all of us that everything is just fine. As she and the councilors continue to spend higher sums of tax dollars with great glee, Claremont taxpayers will see great rises in their property tax bills, water and sewer rates and other fees. For at least another year and a half the Claremont taxpayers are stuck, as our duly elected representatives continue to run amok.
CORONA VIRUS STAY AT HOME ORDER SUCKS!
Greg(Tuesday, April 28 20 02:51 pm EDT)
Ed Morris is a terrible city manager. He is clearly out of his element. Lovett and her band of mindless followers on the Council hired him so they could control him. Well we now have a financial crisis and everything is turning to poo and Lovett and her crew do not know what to do. Meaning Claremont is in deep doo doo.
Cheryl(Tuesday, April 28 20 02:34 pm EDT)
Thank you Nick Koloski for bringing up the issue of the survey for the auditing process. Mayor Lovett and Assistant Mayor Damren are rotten people who are pushing a personal political agenda in collusion with the city administration. This also has something to do with why your emails and other emails from other councilors are not being distributed. It’s all about control and Lovett and Damren have no intention of stopping their interference with city affairs no matter how many times they break the city charter to do it. They know they can get away with it because the councilors will let them. Nick if you really want to do something that would behoove the city then you need to be pushing for Lovett and Damren’s resignation or termination because of their reoccurring violations of the city charter.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, April 28 20 01:03 pm EDT)
The Sullivan Report exposé regarding the latest audit report was mind blowing. The unprofessionalism of the auditing firm is incredible. Their willingness to carefully contrive a presentation that glosses over the truth while the presenter is essentially telling the truth in regards to what is stated except for the errors of course. There is always some extra funds in any budget but over $1,500.000 is quite excessive when it unnecessarily adds $1.98 to the property tax rate. This is just public official greed pure and simple. Using a methodology to calculate cash surplus funds that includes receivables not collected is irresponsible. There is a $2 million difference between what the city had actual cash in hand on that particular day and what the auditing report is stating. In other circles that would be considered fraud. The water fund decreased in value by over $650,000. Deposits and Investments decline by over $2 million. The investment portfolio for the city is now worse over $2.8 million less than precisely one year earlier. These are all undeniable facts concisely illustrated by the Sullivan Report through the clever use of excerpts from the auditing firm’s own audit reports for the last two fiscal years. In spite of this irrefutable truth, Assistant Mayor Allen Damren continues to try to maintain the illusion of fiscal solvency by focusing on a terribly irrelevant fact. Specifically that the audit report for fiscal year 2019 is considered clean. As the Sullivan Report concisely explained, a clean report is simply stating that the city’s books are filled out correctly at least as far as the few transactions that were checked are concerned. This is not a phenomenal revelation as Mr. Damren, Mrs. Lovett and other city officials would have us believe. They are preying on our ignorance in regards to how audit reports work so to speak. The Claremont City Council seems to be bereft of honest leadership that is representative of the people. Claremont will suffer because of it for as long as the current leadership is in power.
Kevin(Tuesday, April 28 20 11:59 am EDT)
Allen Damren and Charlene Lovett are both sneaky as hell. The dirty trick they played with the audit survey and keeping emails from other councilors shows that they have not learned from past mistakes and that their past promises to never overstep their authority ever again are as empty and hollow as the contents of their heads.
Dave(Tuesday, April 28 20 08:28 am EDT)
Don’t forget about Debbie Matteau. Everyone should have known that she would be an administration girl through and through. Eddie says jump and she says how high. That is about the size of it.
Laura(Tuesday, April 28 20 08:05 am EDT)
I am very disappointed with councilors Erica Sweetser and James Contois. I thought they both would be excellent representatives for the people instead of flunkies for the administrators, who mostly choose not to live in Claremont so they pay no property taxes and have no connection to or investment in our city. These employees are only here for their paycheck and nothing more. It certainly did not take long for Erica and James to become part of the councilor cult mentality that has plagued Claremont for far too long. They should both be deeply ashamed of themselves for their lack of commitment and interest in the public good. The same is true for the rest of the council members.
Fire!!!!...........this guy and the appointers of him(Tuesday, April 28 20 07:47 am EDT)
First thing on this doofs list fire department they are cleaning wow go be a fireman again if you think that that most important thing to report of our city we really screwed the hiring of this knuckle head up time to make his dreams come true
Terry(Tuesday, April 28 20 06:36 am EDT)
Wow! That audit report presentation on the last council meeting was a sham. I watched the meeting and thought that the city’s finances were not too bad because everything sounded pretty wonderful. Now I read the Sullivan Report and actually see the comparisons between the new audit report and the previous year’s audit report and the differences are shocking and it is certainly not good news in many instances. I thought better of Mr. Morris and the city councilors but I guess I was wrong and I see them now for morally bankrupt politicians and nothing more.
dreadful(Tuesday, April 28 20 06:31 am EDT)
Anyone on the council or in the top city elite officials should all be ashamed at how terribly they are running this city into the ground and they don't even really argue about it they think they are doing a stroke of business
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, April 28 20 05:54 am EDT)
New article published today.
April 22, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Craziness(Monday, April 27 20 08:29 pm EDT)
oh ya same as miss piggy "finance " director / book cooker head to Goshen after you collect your check and vacation and goods don't feel the pain you create with your antics and bad policy
wake up(Monday, April 27 20 08:23 pm EDT)
When your economic developer or planner or whatever gets in her junk commuter car to head out of town when the bell rings to get home for 5 you tell me what kind of marketing we are getting good fucking luck these morons don't live here or give two shits how it goes as long as she gets her retirement money and paycheck and benefit package and vacation all to pay her property taxes to who knows where go work for them it obviously isn't working the same idiots been here for years and have done nothing that wasn't going to happen anyway!!!!
Just Curious(Monday, April 27 20 01:57 pm EDT)
Claremont has lot of industrial property rotting away. Is anyone at the city level pushing this property in the market of companies that could be relocating to the US out of China. Now that would be proactive.
Richard(Thursday, April 23 20 10:13 am EDT)
They could sit around and sing koombyaaa and pat the new soothing confort dog the police dept got and talk about how much work needs to be done for this to be a good city again and the mayor can have her remote meetings that amount to nothing and we call all go fucking bankrupt while we watch these fucktards play fantasy land Morris seems to love this
Jason(Thursday, April 23 20 07:27 am EDT)
Anyone on the council should feel ashamed this city daily gets run into the ground more and these idiots just keep blah blah blah talking about nothing in there week state the mayor looks to be in a play or in a fairytale in her little meeting of the stupid talking about nothing once again they don't have a clue what to do on any level to make shit happen just talk like fucking morons really sickening to watch and to continue going to meetings knowing you allow this administration of fuck ups to continue and you say nothing speaks volumes oh how ignorant you people really are
Bob Gravel(Thursday, April 23 20 05:38 am EDT)
The Claremont Taxpayers are in deep trouble if we don’t realize, That City government is a criminal entity controlled by an entrenched elite Ruling Class who are unspeakably evil !
Bob(Wednesday, April 22 20 06:19 pm EDT)
I heard rumor that Topstone was going to be turned into apartments God I hope not
Minions(Wednesday, April 22 20 02:31 pm EDT)
No one in there right mind would build anything unless you got government funding one you get all the minions and there clipboards and codes to attack just not worth it let the buildings fall down
jason(Wednesday, April 22 20 02:06 pm EDT)
We will never be anything let a fire man tell us we need more lifesafety codes to adopt what you have nothing else to do go clean something or mow a lawn or there is plenty to do productive than walk around and dream up adopting new safety codes that no one in there right mind would build or come here and deal with the ignorant rules but hey we got enough great stuff so perfect. just so stupid these people don't get it !! Truly never will life safety fuck you can't drive thru this dump the roads ruin your car
Tom(Wednesday, April 22 20 01:47 pm EDT)
Claremont will never be great again with this bunch running things. We need to clean out the entire Council at the next election and elect people that will fire Ed Morris immediately and just hope that we have a city left to save by then.
Travis(Wednesday, April 22 20 12:45 pm EDT)
Jim and AJ are right about the city council’s ambivalence to the entire financial crisis. They should have issued a spending freeze order at their last meeting. They should be taking charge of the situation a set of sitting back and watching Mr. Morris flounder because most of the councilors hired someone extremely inexperienced whom they thought they could control. Their poor decision-making has now come to bite all of us.
Joel(Wednesday, April 22 20 11:03 am EDT)
I see that the old Goodwin Community Center has a for sale sign in the front of the building. Boy, Santagate and the councilors who sold that building sure screwed that up. Most of the councilors are still on the council continuing to screw things up for the taxpayers left and right. The community center building is now even more dilapidated now I am sure and nothing productive ever came out of it. This is what happens when morons run things.
COMFORT DOGS WOW JUST WHAT WE NEED LIBTARDS(Wednesday, April 22 20 09:34 am EDT)
a fucking comfort dog maybe they can walk it to the sober dirtbag housing on sullivan street and it can stay with them another taxpayer funded deal we have a police department in shambles that hires dogs WOW great leadership run us in the ground even further GOOD JOB MORRIS YOU IDIOT
Steve(Wednesday, April 22 20 08:54 am EDT)
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville have extensive knowledge about the city and its finances because they were very active and involved in city affairs during their terms on the council. While their strong personalities contrasted sharply with city officials different people than today but with the same personality flaws and misguided philosophy about the direction Claremont should be heading in. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville always stood up for the taxpayers and the little guy and the little woman not generally represented by public officials. They are still serving Claremont well with the Sullivan Report by keeping us well-informed about city affairs that Mayor Lovett and City Manager Morris and all of their cronies on the city council and in the municipal administration want to keep buried to hide their collective incompetence and their addiction to nonstop spending.
Laura(Wednesday, April 22 20 07:16 am EDT)
Thank you Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville for bringing out the truth and providing intelligent possible solutions to the problem. While the two of you are no longer city councilors both of you are showing more intelligence and leadership than the entire city administration and city council.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 22 20 06:46 am EDT)
What can be done about this financial crisis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
David(Tuesday, April 21 20 03:48 pm EDT)
What bothers me is the increasing series of bad management decisions coming from Morris and company while the city Council just looks on and claps their hands like trained seals at Sea World. The paving plan is a fricking joke that will destroy our roads in just a few years. Diverting money into payroll for highest salaries and benefits is idiotic especially now with everybody a.k.a. the taxpayers hurting so badly. All these people know how to do is spend money on foolishness like giving grant money to a landlord who was going to put welfare people in the building and the mayor is trying to get more welfare vouchers for Claremont. Of course she's doing this when she's not trying to push for a sanctuary city status for Claremont so that we lose our federal funding on everything because the President just passed an executive order doing just that. The city deficit is gonna blow up and the city leaders don't give a damn. Morris doesn't give a crap about us and neither does any of the nine councilors. The voters really did a number on us this time.
Charles(Tuesday, April 21 20 01:01 pm EDT)
So Morris pulls the old switcheroo.He took Claremont's paving money and applied it to the ever increasing raises,paychecks,and benefit pkgs. to the local civil servant class.You know,the ones that belong to the country club.
So after a year or 2 when people get really fed up with the condition of the roads Morris will pull a paving plan out of his ass in return for an increase in property tax mill rate.
So the taxes go up,a few more of us die off,and half of the promised paving will get done.The other half of the money will go to astronomical Corona virus elevated health insurance premiums for our ever present civil servant class once again.
The song is old and played out,but it remains the same.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, April 20 20 10:47 pm EDT)
Four new articles published today.
1) City losses rising!
2) City DPW starts to administer new "repair & preserve method" on City roads.
3) Halfway Measures – NH DES searches for contamination source of Topstone Property.
4) Council agenda switcheroo.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tom(Monday, April 20 20 02:55 pm EDT)
Anyone have any idea when Caccavaro's sentencing is supposed to happen? I'm wondering if he will actually see the inside of a jail cell because of his age and any health conditions he might have? Will he be given an ankle bracelet and told to stay home? Or if he will be isolated in prison like Weinstein?
Richard(Wednesday, April 15 20 08:42 am EDT)
I am not naive but I was always hopeful that citizens could trust their local officials. I know we had some that were completely untrustworthy but for the most part, even if we disagreed they still love their community. Now I am no longer so sure as it is becoming clearer that we have many public officials who are working at cross-purposes from the good of the people. I do not know what their motivations are nor do I care I simply believe that they are not representing our best interests. Unfortunately, the mediocre reporters that cover our locale are uninspired to act like true journalists and unfortunately, their readers are ignorant of the true goings-on in our area because of the terrible work ethic of these reporters.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, April 14 20 11:17 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) County purchases Former Eagle Times Building for Sober House.
2) County Finances Update.
3) April 8 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
wake the f@!k up Claremont its almost too late(Monday, April 13 20 09:30 am EDT)
Our stupid leaders didn't even know of the sale of the property to the county on Sullivan street by Tremont Square for the scumbag convict beds another Claremont property off the tax roles but hey we didn't need that money anyway just like the topstone money we forgave no biggie let's wake up Claremont
Charles(Thursday, April 09 20 04:55 pm EDT)
Patrick Adrian is not dissimilar to Joe Biden.
Joe Biden originates very little to nothing policy or legislation wise.He is told by public unions and credit card and insurance companies what acceptable policy is.
Medicare for all? You will be lucky if the existing Medicare isn't dramatically cut after the check comes for America's Corona binge.
Howz New Hampshire going to fare when it's bread and butter is rooms and meals taxes that are non-existent and there's no income or sales taxes?
With the army of civil servants making between $60k and $100k with retirement and health insurance the lack of mental health facilities will be the least of the Shire's discrepancies.They'll be lucky to have enough to clear the snow next winter.Not sure if the state picks up anything on the Sullivan County Home overhead,but don't count on anything.I don't know if aging Sullivan county will have the income themselves to even keep it running.Lots of poor folks that are getting very old.Any young talent isn't even looking in their rear view mirror to Claremont.
Spot On(Thursday, April 09 20 10:05 am EDT)
John, I’m not sure Pat pens all that his name is on in the paper. I think they hand it to him and he puts it in the paper. Helps to have a wife on the inside
John J. O'Connor(Thursday, April 09 20 06:02 am EDT)
Are you people joking ?
This covid virus must be the affecting your brain as well as your lungs.
Calling Pat a journalist is absurd. He is nothing more than a "parrot" for the administration who does nothing more then repeat what he is told.
Accept Pat for what he is, whatever that might be,but it certainly is not a journalist.
beds for scum needles for all welcome home(Wednesday, April 08 20 08:52 pm EDT)
We have hired and voted in the most incompetent city leaders in the history they are going to allow this ignorant county delegation and Ferland to fill our city with more shitbags the purchase of the scumbag housing building on Sullivan Street by Tremont square is complete
William(Wednesday, April 08 20 10:55 am EDT)
Peep, why are you so obsessed with exonerating Patrick Adrian of his actions? The last article that was written by Patrick Adrian and published by the Eagle Times regarding the health of the three Claremont Firefighters, who encountered a person infected with the COVID-19 virus had to have been written no earlier than Friday, March 20. The County Commissioner's meeting occurred on March 16. Patrick Adrian had plenty of time to write and file the story before he was laid off. Apparently he did not. Those are the facts. End of story.
Peep(Wednesday, April 08 20 10:11 am EDT)
William, why would he file a story if he had been laid off? Should he provide stories as a charity? I suppose you would continue to work for your employer for free after you were let go? Smart.
Educator(Tuesday, April 07 20 11:23 am EDT)
The local unions and administration support Patrick Adrian,and pray for his fast return.He doesn't make trouble for the people trying to make things better while making a decent income.
William(Tuesday, April 07 20 11:11 am EDT)
Patrick Adrian's current job status does not change the fact that he still worked for the Eagle Times when he covered the County Commissioners meeting on March 16. It also does not change the fact that Mr. Adrian never apparently filed a story about that meeting or the $1.1 million loss of ProShare funds from the federal government. Someone is trying to confuse the issue to help Mr. Adrian, who in my opinion is not deserving of help or forgiveness.
Peep(Tuesday, April 07 20 10:14 am EDT)
Patrick doesn't even work for the Eagle right now. He was laid off a while ago.
William(Tuesday, April 07 20 09:32 am EDT)
Nice try Duh. Patrick Adrian's last published article appeared on March 21. That particular County Commissioner meeting occurred on March 16. A full five days prior to Mr. Adrian's last contribution to the Eagle Times. Plenty of time to file the story.
Duh(Tuesday, April 07 20 09:20 am EDT)
The meeting was the very same day NH issued its first closure orders William. The reporters have no control over who the newspapers keep on and who they let go.
William(Tuesday, April 07 20 07:08 am EDT)
Mr. Patrick Adrian attended this County Commissioner meeting before all government meetings encouraged the public to stay home while officials conducted a variation of a virtual meeting. Mr. Adrian had plenty of time to file that story and break the news of the imminent one million dollar plus budget deficit. A real journalist would have jumped at that chance because in Sullivan County with a relatively low population there is little opportunity for a reporter of any skill level to file a big scoop. The fact that Mr. Adrian buried this important story puts his reporting credentials into question. Did political agenda trump journalistic integrity?
Anita(Tuesday, April 07 20 06:41 am EDT)
County officials certainly counted their chickens before they were hatched. Putting all of their eggs into one basket so to speak by counting on money from the government that they received just over the last two years only that they did not have any guarantee that they would continue seeing. They used these extra funds as an excuse to justify millions of dollars in spending for the County Home renovation project and maybe for the ill-conceived sober house too who knows.
Duh(Monday, April 06 20 07:13 pm EDT)
Newspapers run by getting advertisers to put ads in. With businesses closed there aren't ads. There isn't money. Reporters have been laid off.
Gail(Monday, April 06 20 12:39 pm EDT)
What’s wrong with the Valley News? They have a paper to put out and lately there never is much in there as far as news anymore on the local level. Everything seems to be clip and paste from other news sources these days about COVID 19 or things that are happening out of our local region. This should have been a hot story for the Valley News but they seem to be casting a blind eye to something that will affect a lot of people in Sullivan County. Makes me wonder if they have a political agenda too and if so what the heck could it be.
Chris(Monday, April 06 20 11:40 am EDT)
What the hell is wrong with Patrick Adrian? I know he will never write anything in the newspaper article for the Eagle Times that is either contrary or the least bit controversial about Claremont’s municipal staff because his wife is an employee of the city and mama is the breadwinner of the Adrian family so Patrick would never do anything to screw up her employment. The County though is another animal, so why the hell did Patrick quash the $1.1 million budget deficit that is looming in the near future if it isn’t here already? Is Patrick really that bad of a reporter that he missed the big scoop that was laid out right before him or is he afraid the print anything negative about anyone or was he ordered by higher-ups to make sure it never sees print? Thank goodness the folks at the Sullivan Report doesn’t cave in to political pressure. You guys are doing one hell of a public service and all of us regular Claremont citizens who are not part of the elitist political mob calling the shots and the entitled snobs who are benefiting from public funds owe you all a debt of gratitude.
Tom(Monday, April 06 20 09:52 am EDT)
A last-minute drop in County revenue is a real kick in the shorts. $1.1 million is nothing to sneeze at and the thought that the amount of this revenue decrease could go up even higher is very unsettling. You just know the taxpayers are going to have to dig deeper to pay for these shortages because County leaders will not stop spending no matter what even if it was to stop a budget deficit. That is what you get when you elect Democrats and numbskull Republicans who are really tax-and-spend Democrats in disguise.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, April 06 20 06:36 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Sullivan County finances in crisis!
2) A tale of two applications.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Friday, April 03 20 11:34 am EDT)
Is anybody paying property taxes now?
because we don't have to
It’s Coming(Friday, April 03 20 09:52 am EDT)
Claremont will continue to slide economically until one of two things happens. 1the expenses are unsustainable from the people’s ability to support the irresponsible spending. Not far from now. 2 people wake up and listen to those exposing the irresponsible spending and give them a majority seat on the council. Big positive changes with lots of kicking and screaming from the free for me group.
Steve(Thursday, April 02 20 07:14 pm EDT)
Sanctuary city here we come!
Bob(Thursday, April 02 20 05:29 pm EDT)
with these relaxed rules I hope the city council doesn't pull anything shady and bend the taxpayers over (insert eye roll here)
Rev.Al(Thursday, April 02 20 09:57 am EDT)
Dick, I mean Donk....a marriage license isn't official till there is a ceremony, whether religious or civil.
Donk(Thursday, April 02 20 09:02 am EDT)
Marriage licenses don't expire.Why would they extend them 60 days?
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, April 02 20 08:50 am EDT)
Gov. Sununu issues emergency order regarding how local governments can operate under COVID-19 restrictions.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Wednesday, April 01 20 08:54 pm EDT)
why is Epic food truck allowed to park the WRONG WAY half way up Broad st park that is dangerous that is endangering the public and should be stopped
Dave(Wednesday, April 01 20 03:09 pm EDT)
Jim, thanks for the clarification. I was not trying to "start something" with my last comment about the Epic food truck, I genuinely wanted to know. If I were to plug into the power at the park, I'm sure I'd be on the hook for that, was just curious if they were. If they are paying their "fair" share of $25, then that is great!
Their food is pretty good, for the record.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 01 20 01:58 pm EDT)
Charles, if as you assert, Koloski qualified for unemployment benefits when he initially applied then why was he denied as he clearly stated on his video rant?
Charles(Wednesday, April 01 20 01:46 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan you should be deeply ashamed of yourself. Nice back pedal news flash. There has been no update to the unemployment benefit system for self employment besides the Governors original declaration on March 17th, 2020 which apparently you are trying to pretend just recently occurred. It was published and in news conferences when the emergency declaration was declared. You took it upon yourself to try and claim someone self employed was trying to circumvent the system. I have spoken to many small business owners that fee that a loan from the SBA is perhaps the last thing they need for assistance. I watched the video which was not even how you tried to spin it. You clearly don't report facts on your so called news page. A 30 year loan from the SBA is the max term and based on a businesses ability to repay the debt if qualifying at all. If you were unemployed and still have bills rolling in would you select give me a loan as your option? There are several different programs and not all fit every business. Given your background and past bankruptcy who are you to offer financial wisdom to anyone. You pretend to be some internet sleuth when in fact his video is public and all you have to do is know how to use facebook. I am not friends with him but can see the video. If I was him I was sue you for defamation of character. You friend Francis Gauthier shares your postings like they are gospel and continues to add his own narrative. I see in your rant narration you didn't really watch the meeting where they state volunteers in the community. There was no I or we. It was they. I am one of many volunteers that delivered meals. The irony of you complaining about being blocked by someone where you use a forum made up of fake users and block real facts. The richness in your friend Gauthier sharing your diarrhea when everyone knows as a State Representative he blocks constituents. You may want to do a little research on personal facebook pages and pages that are for public office use.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 01 20 01:23 pm EDT)
Dave, I am not familiar with the Epic Food Truck set up as I have never purchased anything from them. That being said, if you are correct and they are using City electrical power at Broad Street Park then they should be paying the new monthly fee that was recently approved by the Claremont City Council on March 11. Believe it or not, the monthly fee for using municipal electricity is only $25 per month! In my opinion that is wicked cheap and if the food truck is using more than $25 of electricity per month then that would mean that Claremont taxpayers are subsidizing the rest of those costs. This is how Claremont politics works with the current regime, most of whom have been in local political power for many years!
Dave(Wednesday, April 01 20 12:49 pm EDT)
Perhaps I missed something, but why does the "Epic" food truck get to plug into power at broad Street Park? Who ends up paying for that?
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, April 01 20 10:28 am EDT)
Changes to unemployment benefits qualifications. New SBA programs available to businesses. Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob Gravel(Tuesday, March 31 20 09:15 am EDT)
After I read Anita’s comments, I went to the Claremont’s Mostly Uncensored page and I noticed that Mr. Gauthier had included a number of hashtags. A hashtag is basically a file with a lot of other related stories; it’s a depth of history, an archive. A lot of the archived stuff relates to local stories in the Sullivan Report. Sullivan’s website contains an archive of all the articles in the Sullivan Report. Contrast that with the city of Claremont. This city has no archive available to the public. Once business is over, they seem to delete it all because they don’t like history or transparency. And they wonder why the public don’t trust them!
I am impressed at the depth of research done by Mr. Sullivan before he writes an article. He includes his findings with the printed article. Likewise, I’ve noticed that Mr. Gauthier puts up URLs for documents from sources such as, government agencies, government departments, and conservative news blogs and advocacy groups, as factual support for the stories he includes on the New Hampshire Gov. Watchdog Facebook page. He’s also included URLs for NH state statutes and NH Supreme Court cases. It seems to me that he does this whenever possible. When you read through the material printed by either Mr. Sullivan or Mr. Gauthier, you come away well-educated on the subject.
Thank you, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Gauthier. We appreciate all that you do to keep the community informed!
Lee(Tuesday, March 31 20 08:44 am EDT)
Ok, don't let your dislike for "St.Nick" cloud the issue.
"St.Nick" is suffering through these times just like everyone else. Just because he has never paid a dime into the unemployment system is no reason why he can't get some of that government cash, after all he is "St.Nick" damnit !!!!!!!!
You people should bow down and kiss his feet. "St.Nick" is the savior of Claremont, you don't realize how lucky we are to have him living and conducting business in our City.
If you don't believe me, just ask "St.Nick" yourself. He is never at a loss of words when he is talking about himself.
Chad(Tuesday, March 31 20 08:16 am EDT)
The problem with that spineless little boy is the past administration used him as a tool so he was created. they pretended to listen to him and played him as a fiddle to get there agenda he just a mindless fool doesn't know the beginning of how to do anything if a true leader move this city forward you been there for 10 plus years while we fall apart on every level guess what we dont need to do is listen to you you looser
Kolostomy(Tuesday, March 31 20 07:38 am EDT)
Little self serving fuck at it again on facebook gonna save people from a landlord raising people's rent why dont you put your energy into fixing this fucking city or figuring out how to do something you little sneaky looser go be a little fireman play pretend fire in your little fire suit or try figure out how to steal another 250,000 from the city to keep your junk little shitty restaurant open so you can manage a shithole building and get free or almost free rent in it wake up get the squirrel out of our lives claremont
Don(Monday, March 30 20 06:28 pm EDT)
Carolyn I don’t trust them either. I look at what the county leaders are doing and now the city leaders and probably the school leaders will follow suit as well to push forward their political agendas that do not always sync up with what the general public wants. It also usually costs large amounts of money for anything they want to do and that money comes right out of the pockets of the taxpayers.
Donk(Monday, March 30 20 03:46 pm EDT)
Nick Koloski is a crooked,sheisty pig,always looking to game the system.He wants all this bailout money while not paying in for himself.He still has liens on his business and is not paying his fair share in property taxes.I hate to wish ill winds on anyone,but if Nick disappeared the world,or at least Claremont would be better for it.
Anita(Monday, March 30 20 03:10 pm EDT)
On the Claremont's Mostly Uncensored Page on Facebook – Francis Gauthier posted a copy of Councilman Nick Koloski's video message with his complaints about his not qualifying for unemployment benefits and how the SBA is unhelpful to small business. Mr. Gauthier also included a direct link to the Sullivan Report article in regards to Councilman Koloski's recent actions. It's nice to see Claremont citizens taking the lead in getting the word out to everyone about things because our local media is woefully inadequate. Especially when the reporter from the Eagle Times is compromised with a very large conflict of interest because his wife works for the city government. The truth is Councilman Koloski is self-employed so he does not qualify for unemployment benefits because self-employed individuals do not pay into the system and do not qualify if they for whatever reason are suddenly out of work. In regards to the SBA they are offering a loan program in response to the Covid-19 virus that allow small business owners to retain their employees or rehire all of them back and the government will forgive the entirety of the loan principal and interest if the employees are kept employed by the business. This program is for eight weeks of employment and it covers all expenses. I do not know if it will be extended if this virus lingers. With the increase in payments for unemployment benefits and the stimulus checks and the never before seen public-private partnership of the government and many large businesses to create and gather necessary materials for hospitals such as masks and ventilators and provide necessary logistical transportation support to get the products between point A and point B, I think the government has done a phenomenal job trying to take on this monumental task. I think it is very selfish and childish of Councilman Nick Koloski to complain because he cannot receive benefits that he never qualified for or that he cannot receive a taxpayer paid bailout for his business with the unheard-of proviso that he is not required to do anything in exchange for the free money such as reemploy his employees. Councilman Nick Koloski is acting like a selfish spoiled brat who did not get his own way and he is trying to get public sympathy and gain public support to try to change things so they are more to his liking. It is time for the people of Claremont to finally see Councilman Koloski for who he really is.
I C U(Monday, March 30 20 02:02 pm EDT)
Slick Nick could make millions writing a book on his MO but he would be exposing crimes that could put him in jail and he couldn’t spend the money.
Carolyn(Monday, March 30 20 01:42 pm EDT)
I really don’t like the idea of these virtual meetings being completely held on computer with nothing for CCTV to film. This strips away all of the public transparency that is necessary so the public through reading the Sullivan Report and by viewing CCTV can keep tabs on what our city officials are doing with our money. I am very concerned that they are going to approve several controversial things while they have the chance using this contra virus emergency as political cover. I don’t trust these people.
Adam(Monday, March 30 20 12:39 pm EDT)
Nick Koloski trying to pull a fast one again. Applying for benefits that he doesn’t deserve because he has never paid a single penny into the system as a self-employed business owner. Also looking for a public bailout for your failed businesses Nicky? Why am I not surprised?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, March 30 20 10:40 am EDT)
Two new articles.
1) Is Councilman Koloski trying to game the system?
2) City Council holds first virtual meeting.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Todd(Saturday, March 28 20 10:53 pm EDT)
Hello again John Lemuel Curry. Or should I call you by your real name Nick. The only time you ever poke your head out of whatever hold you are hiding in is when Nick Koloski's public image is looking tarnished. Are you going to fire up your defunct Claremont 4 Real website and start attacking Nick's political enemies again now that Nick I mean you seems to be in peril?
I see that even in times of peril this "site" is still a safe harbor for rubes....
City Hall Insider(Saturday, March 28 20 05:46 pm EDT)
Scuttlebutt at City Hall is that Mayor Lovett is pressing hard for full on virtual meetings that will be completely online with no members of the council present in the Council Chambers. There is also a big push from several councilors for immediate passage of a nine-year moratorium on property assessment increases for the New England Family Housing property at 143 Main Street to begin after the attached property is knocked down and 143 Main St. is renovated with public funds. There is also rumblings about passing local welcoming community legislation by the council during one of these virtual meetings also pushed by the same councilors.
Sandi(Friday, March 27 20 03:43 pm EDT)
There was a good article on the bottom of the front page of the Eagle Times today. It was about government meetings held with the public barred from attending because of the virus. It was an Associated Press article that stated many of the concerns that Jim and AJ already stated on the Sullivan Report several days ago. The concern is that unscrupulous government officials will use the virus and the social distancing orders as an opportunity to pass legislation and other decisions away from the gaze of the public. I believe it is already happening with the County government when they admit that other County government business might be discussed and acted upon during these virtual meetings that are basically closed off from the public and held pretty much in secrecy. The minute taker can write anything and how would any of us know. These are dangerous times for the taxpayers.
Todd(Friday, March 27 20 02:19 pm EDT)
I watched Slick Nick's four-minute video rant about poor me I've worked for umpteen years and I've never filed for an unemployment claim before and now I'm denied and other business owners have been denied oh boo-hoo woe is me. For those of you folks who haven't watched this pathetic video you get the idea. Here's the thing. Self-employed business owners do not qualify for unemployment benefits, they never have. Try applying for something you don't qualify for and see how far you get. Apparently Slick Nick thinks his Claremont City Council status will put some green in his jean's pockets by contacting Gov. Sununu, Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Hassan and anyone else he can think of to complain about his predicament. In the text responses underneath the video Slick Nick mentions two bills that he is worried about business insurance and workers comp. Isn't workers comp one of the things he had liens placed against the business on before? I know we had a lot of liens but I can't remember what they were all for. Anyway, the walls appear to be closing in around Slick Nick and he doesn't seem to be handling it well. Oh, I forgot one other interesting complaint. He complained about government officials speaking about disaster assistance from the small business administration. Slick Nick says he reached out and was dismayed to find out that it is alone with 3.45% interest that has to be paid back. That must've crushed Slick Nick because we all know how much he hates paying for anything. All those liens filed against his business remember? It just irritates me that he feels that he is any different than anyone else and is entitled to anything he wants. He has a real warped sense of reality it has been perpetuated by a city government led by several city managers who have catered to his whims and needs for far too long.
NoSympathy(Friday, March 27 20 08:20 am EDT)
Aww, Nicky is on his Facebook page literally in tears, crying that his unemployment application was denied, and he can't navigate the system, so he tagged everyone from the Governor, The state senators, and everyone else to hear his plight and feel sorry for him. Perhaps if he didn't have so many liens on his businesses from not paying rooms & meals taxes over and over, the state would be more apt to help.
Karma is a sweet bitch sometimes. I hope this ruins him and he never reopens his crappy restaurant.
Let's see how long until "someone" starts a GoFundMe for Time-Out, probably one of the same "someones" who anonymously send him money, a.k.a. himself.
Simply dont know how to navigate the bullshit(Friday, March 27 20 06:48 am EDT)
Linda no person with talent would want to lower there selves to run for any of the offices a few people couldn't make a dent in how fucked up our local county and city govt officials are these idiots think they know what they are doing just because they were chosen to take these seats look at each one and really see they could never make anything happen they plain and simply do NOT KNOW HOW to they might even want to do the right thing but can't figure it out no skills in making shit happen or the drive to finish it thru. Really kinda sad alot of the good ideas fall wayside to politics and the gridlock of stupidity all around any one topic
Linda(Thursday, March 26 20 04:10 pm EDT)
I think it's just terrible that County leaders are taking advantage of this health crisis to push their own political agendas in secrecy. Holding discussions and making decisions in virtual meetings without even telling the people in public notices what they will be discussing and deciding on is a complete abuse of their authority. If they have actually done this earlier today or have intend to do so in the future before this health crisis is over then they should be repudiated by the public and voted out of office at our first opportunity.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, March 26 20 12:53 pm EDT)
Sullivan County Board of Commissioners hold virtual meeting today, public not allowed to attend in person. Phone option was made available. The meeting notice states that other County business may have been discussed and decided upon. That other County business (if any transpired) was never publicly noticed.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, March 26 20 12:49 pm EDT)
Al, in my opinion it needs to be a balancing act between seeing the buildings renovated and overall public good and cost to the Claremont taxpayers. Make no mistake, mostly public funds were used to renovate that building. Now the building owner will have five years of frozen property taxes where no real estate assessed valuation will be added to the building. Now there will be at least 10 tenants and their families qualifying for Section 8 Vouchers. Because of privacy laws we will never know how many of those 10 families will be collecting Welfare Benefits from the City of Claremont at an added cost to the Claremont taxpayers. Then there may be more tenants qualifying for Mobile Section 8 Vouchers and they may consume more Welfare Benefits all of which is paid for by Claremont taxpayers as well. Then you have presumably children living within the building that may have not been attending Claremont's School District prior to moving into the Goddard Building. If so then the cost to educate these new students will be added to the Claremont local school property tax rate. It is a vicious circle and the public keeps paying and paying no matter what. Also, will there may be a need for increased Police presence due to domestic disputes, etc. and that of course also comes at a cost to the Claremont taxpayers. There are also probably other hidden costs that will have to be absorbed by the Claremont taxpayers that I didn't think of. So now you have to ask yourself how much cost to the taxpayers is too much just to have one or more of these buildings renovated?
Al(Thursday, March 26 20 07:51 am EDT)
Phil, enough with potty mouth.
Jim, aside from that, does he have a point? What are your thoughts?
I don't like section 8 housing but is it the lesser of two evils? Otherwise it's an empty hulk waiting to be demolished at taxpayer expense.
Who else is going to invest? There are plenty other empty buildings.
Phil(Thursday, March 26 20 06:46 am EDT)
Chad, you are a complete f**ktard. You had a chance to buy that building
and fix it up. mr. dealmaker. more like mr. f**kstick. WHy didnt you?
You can shit on lacass all you want but you should face facts. like a
shithole building with bed bugs and an owner who didn't give a shit and
wasn't going to spend shit on it. what you think it was worth before?
You f**king morons think you have all answers and everybody out to f**k
you over and your too goddamn stupid to face reality. this shithole
building would have been a pile of bricks some day just like the pile of
shit on main street. but goodard bldg won't end up like that now bedause
lacass spent a shitload of money to fix it up. duh. F**king f**ktards.
Oh, boohoo, so he gets a tax break for a few years. big f**king deal.
who the f**k else is going to spend that kind of money in this town? You?
Jim? Who? maybe easter bunny it;s almost easter. you should be shaking
his hand and kissing his ass and telling him thanks for being only
f**ker crazy enough to try. F**king f**ktards think itll ruin pleasant
street. open your f**king eyes. F**king dummies.
Andy(Wednesday, March 25 20 02:49 pm EDT)
I just know they are going to use secret meetings to approve sanctuary city! Jim please be on guard and protect us. I dont trust them.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, March 25 20 01:48 pm EDT)
Chad, if you are referring to the Goddard Building the Council of 2018 with the exception of Councilors Kier & Zullo who were absent for that meeting unanimously granted the owners of the Goddard Building a five-year property tax assessment freeze to begin upon renovation completion. Meaning that the present property assessment of $443,700 will stay the same for the next five years even though the property assessed value should now be considerably higher because of the multi-million dollar renovation. In regards to their 147 Main St. property that is still awaiting approval of the $500,000 CDBG Grant to fix up that property using public funds to create seven low income apartments at a cost far more than the building will ever be worth. City Officials had agreed at one time to give the owners a similar property assessment freeze on that property of up to nine years. Presently the assessed value on that property is $194,500. However the Council never did vote on that measure because as of yet the project is not moving forward as funding is not secured. However that can change at any time.
Chad(Wednesday, March 25 20 01:00 pm EDT)
Councilors gave 10 years no taxes to kevin lacrosse wtf is that fucking morons trump says it best our leaders are STUPID really really STUPID not a one know how to make a deal and so a deal good for him and is to get a project done not pull your pants down and take it what a fucking disgrace
Brad(Wednesday, March 25 20 11:46 am EDT)
Kevin Lacasse and his partners have certainly done well for themselves with all the public funds they received and it looks like the special VIP treatment will not be stopping anytime soon.
Dan(Wednesday, March 25 20 11:41 am EDT)
It certainly seems that if you are a friend of the city then the sky’s the limit for what you can get on the taxpayer’s dime.
Trish(Wednesday, March 25 20 09:58 am EDT)
I’m surprised that Nick Koloski doesn’t have his hotdog cart out selling hot dogs and taking advantage of the cheap electricity that the city is providing to certain outdoor vendors. Nick sure loves his freebies.
Adam Smith(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:44 am EDT)
Richard, you make good points. Can you run for school board or mayor please? Let's get rid of these tax & spenders!
secret agent man(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:42 am EDT)
Jim, LOL...wrong. I'm a concerned citizen. Under 40. Own a home in Claremont. can walk to downtown. And happen to think you are full of shit 99% of the time. I care about the city and think you are nothing but a troll. you stir up shit and get your idiotic minions fired up for what? any jackass can sit on sidelines and criticize. that's what you do best. go back and read what you wrote. there's always a conspiracy angle. get a life!
Jennifer(Wednesday, March 25 20 08:30 am EDT)
It will be interesting to watch tonight’s meeting on CCTV and see how the Council handles virtual meetings. I still don’t trust them and it would be an easy matter for them to claim increased worry about spreading the virus and make the transition to a completely virtual meeting using computers as was stated in the Sullivan Report article. Particularly if one of the many controversial decisions coming up must be made and our public officials would feel more comfortable doing that under a cloak of secrecy.
Chris(Tuesday, March 24 20 07:25 pm EDT)
No way do the public employees ever take a hit. Teachers and other employees just got raises and the new city manager got the councilors to all get on board to hire a consultant to justify big raises for all city workers. It's practically a done deal. Of course roads will never get paved and the seniors will never get a fair shake on tax exemptions because the councilors and city administrators only care about their people and not the general public.
Charles(Tuesday, March 24 20 05:50 pm EDT)
Are the taxpayers of Claremont going to get a rebate or reduction in our taxes since both the schools and most of the city is shut down? I think that both the school and city side of the tax bills should at least be cut in half.Many of us have lost a great deal of income because of this virus.
Shouldn't city workers and teachers lose too?
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 05:43 pm EDT)
Secret Agent Man you are more like Inspector Clouseau because you entirely missed the point. I never said in my previous Public Forum posting or even in my article that this was some kind of conspiracy. All of these new measures are clearly being done to comply with reasonable guidelines to deal with the COVID-19 Virus to prevent its further spread among the populace. In regards to my article the entire point of it is that the public needs to remain vigilant that liberties are not taken in regards to government transparency for any government entity. How can you possibly be against that? Are you really that thin-skinned or are you secretly a public official that doesn't like having the public spotlight shined upon them?
Big Dick(Tuesday, March 24 20 04:58 pm EDT)
RIchard lets see you point out stuff Mcnutt and Goodwin did. maybe you haven't noticed but they are gone? How many votes did you get when you ran for council? Oh you didn't? maybe you should shut your pie hole then. Or were you another disgraced one term looser like your boy Jimmie? we all now what a bangup job he did when he was on council. and why ar you posting shit in middle of day? Are you sitting at home waiting for your government handout.
Secret Agent Man(Tuesday, March 24 20 04:47 pm EDT)
Jim, or maybe its a clear attempt to comply with gov sununu executive order? only a complete jackass would try and twist this into yet another conspiracy by the city. Wait--I think I just anssered my own question
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 02:22 pm EDT)
After our article was published this morning a notice appeared on the Council page on the City website reiterating the notice at the bottom of the revised meeting agenda requesting that members of the public call in during the Council meeting if they wish to participate and stating the phone number to use (1-800-875-3456 and request City Council Meeting). A clear attempt to limit the number of people in the Council Chambers because under the new guidelines it cannot exceed 10. This new notice also states that the Council meeting will be televised live on CCTV.
Richard(Tuesday, March 24 20 12:45 pm EDT)
There are two types of lies there are lies of omission and then there are bald-faced lies. The city government is the most nefarious when it comes to lying to the public but lately the county government is coming in as a close second. The Topstone building bailout with the back taxes of nearly one-quarter of $1 million forgiven and the large property assessment abatement and all of the government freebies that the owners have received such as free environmental studies and then there is the hands-off policy by city leaders to not enforce an environmental cleanup at the owner’s cost and refusing to shut down the building by condemning it because of public safety. Despite Councilor Koloski’s repeated denials does anyone honestly believe that his being the largest tenant in the building doesn’t have anything to do with the special treatment that has been given by more than one administration and the city council? Then there is the sham paving plan and the pending water and sewer rate increases for residential users only while commercial and apartment owner users will all receive a reduction in their water and sewer bills. Thank goodness the Sullivan Report delved into the proposals and revealed the truth. The County has been less than forthcoming with the nursing home renovation and the sober house project. The schools under the previous administration hid many things from the public such as settlement agreements and the fact that their finance officer was working two jobs and not doing the Claremont and SAU #6 job well at all costing Claremont taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paperwork was not filed on time which almost cost us even more money. Then there is the issue of the Steven High School Principal’s failure to properly deal with a sexually charged incident that has now led to criminal charges being filed. The Principle should have been fired for not adequately protecting that special needs student when staff members reported a prior incident to her that if handled properly at that time would have prevented the subsequent incident. Administrators and the School Board have refused to take appropriate action against the Principal rewarding failure and ambivalence which I find to be highly disgusting. Then there was the debacle regarding the proposed grammar school reorganization that would have turned the entire school district on its head. Once again the Sullivan Report did a wonderful public service by informing the public about the plan and all of its deficiencies. A public uproar occurred and school officials quickly backed off at least for now. These are just a few examples of why I do not trust our government officials, they are inept and they have a political agenda that is not conducive to Claremont’s best needs and interests.
Scott(Tuesday, March 24 20 11:03 am EDT)
Richard what lies are you talking about?
Richard(Tuesday, March 24 20 10:19 am EDT)
Jim and AJ raise a very good point. Our local officials can certainly take advantage of the temporary squelching of government transparency laws because of this medical emergency. Speaking only for myself I do not trust our government officials because they have lied to us on more than one occasion and this would be a great way to slide things through that fit their political agenda. Much like the Democrats are trying to do with their political agenda and trying to tie it to the aid package to United States families and businesses. It is truly reprehensible what the Washington Democrats are doing holding all Americans hostage because of politics. Many of our local officials are Democrats and they act the same spoiled way. I think someday real soon the voters will rue the day that they elected these officials.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, March 24 20 08:11 am EDT)
Council to hold virtual meetings. Will government transparency be cast aside?
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Monday, March 23 20 12:05 pm EDT)
Can't wait until the roving gangs of diversity start breaking in and stealing everything in sight.The police aren't even holding thieves.They're processing them,and sending them on their way.Claremont is going to look like Mad Max in a minute and we all know who is responsible.Tar and feathers,or being run out on a rail comes to mind.
IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT THAT JEANIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE ONCE THEY ARE LET INTO OUR COMMUNITY.
I bet you get free electricity from welfare(Sunday, March 22 20 08:41 pm EDT)
Another scumbag bernie lover or just a faggit either way same thing
In Jim We Trust(Sunday, March 22 20 08:31 pm EDT)
LMAO. It won't be china virus that kills this town it'll be the fucking morons on this page bitching about $1 a day in electricity. LOL. Bunch of retards. worry about stupid shit like that. DOnt worry you dumb shits will be dead soon anyway. LMFAO. Just make sure you inahle deep when someone sneezes on you. WHy is everybody so pissed off about claremont being a sanctuary city? ITs the best hope ole jimmy boy has of getting laid!!!!!!!!!! That is if he ever comes out of his moms basement long enough. Anybody dumb enough to read this page should be castrated. Now THAT would give claremont a brighter future. Maybe I'll run it by the mayor. LMFAO!!!
Terri(Sunday, March 22 20 05:26 pm EDT)
Councilor Koloski said one time at a televised council meeting that he owned a hot dog wagon. Could the cheap electricity be for his benefit? Maybe this summer? Is this the plan? Another gift for him?
Jeff(Sunday, March 22 20 05:10 pm EDT)
Newport doesn't want them unity can't take them no police but sheriff part time or state police maybe we can control them in claremont 1 guy will be watching them and they can get around in Claremont and get to all the services easily as most dont have licenses or any way to do it so claremont is the really only choice
Thank you(Sunday, March 22 20 04:58 pm EDT)
Free electricity no shit and just fyi a ex convict is a friggin convict the ex is if you got divorced or separated lol we are screwed neck tattoo having scumbags everywhere thank you ignorant representation of claremont and this dump of a county representatives free needles for all soon gonna need it to want to live with these loosers that think they run this place
Skip(Sunday, March 22 20 03:52 pm EDT)
It is illegal for a private business to tap into the city electricity but let’s remember how this permit process was corrupt from the start.
Councilor Koloski spearheaded the effort and what a coincidence, one of his former employees benefits from his actions.
So why is it a surprise that the city is also providing electricity. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are providing the food also.
Dennis(Sunday, March 22 20 11:52 am EDT)
I just looked up online the new city fee for food trucks to use city electricity. It’s only $25 per month. Cheap taxpayer subsidized electricity for any food trucks that are using city power. Once again friends of councilors and city employees get a sweet deal and the taxpayers paying for that electricity get taken advantage of again.
Lisa(Sunday, March 22 20 07:54 am EDT)
Don’t worry Claremont is on the move. Just ask Mayor Lovett she will tell you so. Of course the direction we are heading in is that we are sinking to the bottom of the murky depths because the good ship Claremont has sprung too many leaks and is taking on water fast and our city is unable to remain afloat. But the good news is we are making great time sinking. Glug, glug, glug.
David(Sunday, March 22 20 06:13 am EDT)
Downtown Claremont is going to be a shitwhole very shortly. Once the sober house opens up with 50 ex-convicts recovering from drug addiction and the Goddard building fills up with Section 8 recipients many of them probably needing welfare benefits that we will all pay for the downtown will be fixed up just fine. Then there is the question of how many of the restaurants will survive the current pandemic situation. Right now many of them have furloughed their workers and are hardly thriving on take-out and/or delivery alone. They still have bills to pay and depending on how long the pandemic situation lasts they may not be able to reopen their doors to the public because of lack of funds or inability to rehire their former workers. Empty storefronts will be disastrous for downtown building owners because a large part of their revenue comes from the bottom floor leaseholders. The virus may end soon but the repercussions will last for a very long time.
Rent cheap(Saturday, March 21 20 03:46 pm EDT)
I can't wait either to get free welfare power in broad street park for my food truck to plug into
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, March 21 20 03:40 pm EDT)
Claremont Firefighters seem to be okay. Details on the News Flashes page of this website.