Wow our illustrious Mayor Charlene Lovett sure can politically spin with the best of them. I watched the Council meeting from the comfort of my home and I was amazed by her version of events that placed a positive government friendly spin on every item she touched upon inside her weekly article. The woman clearly has her head somewhere up in the clouds and she wants to bring everyone else up to a similar altitude where the air is thin and one cannot think clearly. I look forward to reading the Sullivan Report’s more down-to-earth realistic version of events that transpired during the city council meeting.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, January 15 21 12:06 pm EST)
Remote Learning extended within the Claremont School District.
Published on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, January 12 21 08:31 am EST)
Great article Jim, the SAU should be sending you a W2 for doing their job.
Travis(Tuesday, January 12 21 08:18 am EST)
What is up with the Eagle Times not reporting the right news by reporting a property tax rate reduction of $.60 without explaining that $.10 of that reduction is from the state government and has nothing to do with the Claremont school board or Mr. Tempesta or anyone on his administrative staff. That is shoddy reporting and it is deceptive as hell. It sucks that people have to pay to read the Eagle Times and folks cannot trust what is printed in the newspaper. What it amounts to is fake news. The so-called journalist should be ashamed.
William(Monday, January 11 21 04:05 pm EST)
I read an article that sparked my attention on Granite Grok. That article was entitled, the proper use of per-student cost. I suggest everyone finds and reads it. The gist is that the present day cost per student is stacked with a lot of add-ons that are not really necessary. The author suggests taking the student costs from 1995, pre-Claremont lawsuit, and multiply that with the cost of living since then and you will come with a total of about $8000 per student. Then have school administrators and school boards live within those means and deduct from the budget all the other wasteful spending. It would certainly drop the property tax rate a whole bunch and with so many people financially hurting because of the Covid crisis, it sounds like an idea worth investigating. I know we talk about city officials showing some leadership I think it’s time for school officials to show the same thing.
Craig(Monday, January 11 21 01:43 pm EST)
I just wanted to say that I always appreciate reading the Sullivan Report articles. The articles always well researched and I like how we are shown the documents so we can see where they pulled their facts from. If the Eagle Times and E-Ticker did that with the articles they publish then most of the time they would be showing pictures or drawings of the anuses of government officials because that’s where many of the so-called facts for their fake news seem to come from.
Todd(Monday, January 11 21 12:00 pm EST)
I think the city, the schools and the county are all being run right into the ground by a large group of imbeciles that were either elected or hired by the imbeciles the voters elected. It is too bad that Moe, Larry and Curly are deceased because as incompetent as they were on screen they would be a step up from whom we have running the show today.
Ron(Monday, January 11 21 10:39 am EST)
I wonder what the folks in the SAU office do all day long? They are certainly not doing their jobs because they are not paying attention to what they are supposed to be doing. It wasn’t too long ago that there were a lot of school staffers not paying attention on the lunch program collections or getting paperwork into certain government agencies on time and that cost the taxpayers a lot of money. We have school principals and staffers at the high school not doing their jobs and their negligence now has the school district in court. Now state aid is cut more than our local school big shots thought it would be and nobody at the SAU office seems to have a clue about a thing. Mr. Sullivan finds out about it and is once again ahead of the curve in front of everyone else. If the schools were managed by professional administrators then things like this would never happen.
Christine(Monday, January 11 21 10:11 am EST)
I just saw this on Facebook and I had to check the article out. I am new to Claremont but I have to tell you I glanced at several of the articles on this website and I really like what I see and I will be a regular reader from now on. I subscribed to the Eagle Times but in just a few short weeks I see that they do not put much effort into reporting the news and they recycle news articles for several days to fill their daily editions. I also have looked at the e- ticker news and I am not all that impressed with that publication either. It looks slick but the content is heavily slanted towards pro-government views. The biases are obvious and unpalatable and I will never read their publication again because I am not into fake news.
Bob(Monday, January 11 21 09:50 am EST)
I appreciate seeing the handout from Mr. Seaman. I found it very interesting reading. I think shenanigans may be afoot with the special ed trust fund money and I sure am glad to see that Mr. Sullivan is looking into this matter because the school board members are sure not doing the jobs they were elected to do and that is to represent we the people’s best interest. I noticed that the budget expenses are over $1.5 million less but the dollar amount needed to be raised by property taxes is going up by over $500,000. Not exactly a great showing for our school leaders.
Gail(Monday, January 11 21 08:43 am EST)
When rigid Richard Seaman was the chairman of the school board he was very good at glossing over facts and trying to quickly pass spending motions without any real review of anything. In my opinion that is just his work habit style and he is doing the same thing as the school’s finance director. I’m not surprised he left things out. What I am surprised about is how he and the superintendent missed the big October change of state aid. I find it hard to believe that the state would do that without sending notifications to each school district. Is the SAU office in such disarray that mail is lost or important emails are not read? Under the previous superintendent, the SAU office was in a shambles. Is the same thing happening now?
Brad(Monday, January 11 21 08:32 am EST)
A deficit of over $365,000 is a heck of a lot of money. How the heck did Richard Seaman miss this? I hope you are all paying attention and realizing that if Jim Sullivan hadn’t noticed a problem with the numbers that this deficit never would have been noticed until much later in the school year and then school leaders would have an even worse problem on their hands. I think the superintendent bears some responsibility too. He is supposed to be staying on top of things too. This is the problem with the school district nobody ever takes responsibility for anything and nobody is ever held responsible for anything. We still have a principal and other staff members at the high school that turned a blind eye when a special education student was in trouble and they are both still employed with the school district. That situation did not change when the family filed a lawsuit against the school district. With no one being held responsible for their actions there is no professionalism and there is no protection for our students. Heads should be rolling but all our school board members are doing is burying their heads in the sand and doing nothing. They are not showing any leadership at all.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, January 11 21 06:29 am EST)
Unexpectedly State Aid for the Claremont School District significantly drops for 2021 & 2022! Creating big deficit for FY 2021 and possibly FY 22 as well.
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, January 10 21 09:20 am EST)
Sorry, I do not know which School Board Members are up for reelection this year. Their elected terms are not stated on the SAU #6 website. I suggest that you call the SAU #6 office tomorrow and I am sure they will tell you.
Wondering(Sunday, January 10 21 07:59 am EST)
Jim, do you know which school board members are up for reelection right now?
Dr Paul(Friday, January 08 21 10:10 pm EST)
Pam has Koloski’s DNA all over it.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, January 07 21 02:05 pm EST)
SAU #6 Officials issued a public notice regarding remote learning that will begin tomorrow. The notice is published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob(Thursday, January 07 21 11:19 am EST)
Pam: typical you name call, it is the only thing you have, I could care less about your original post and since the only thing you understand is name calling and degrading of people I would have to say you are one of those Liberal left wing nut jobs who never take responsibility for their own words and actions play the victim and blame all their problems on some one else, if you want to see a real idiot look in the mirror!!
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, January 07 21 09:06 am EST)
Two COVID-19 reported within Claremont School District.
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Robert(Tuesday, January 05 21 03:54 pm EST)
Since when does Mark Limoges sit on the police commission? Sounds like you are clearly uneducated and have an ax to grind. Maybe you should try posting factual information if you want to sound credible.
John J, O’CONNOR(Tuesday, January 05 21 01:41 pm EST)
Pam... if you had any balls you would post your real complete name so Mr.Stone , Mr. Belisle, and Mr. Limoges could sue you for slander and libel.
But since your a coward, I wouldn’t expect you to do that.
Remember, free speech isn’t always free, there is a cost for everything.
Please explain to me the topic of my original post - which is now gone or shut up.
Since Sullivan is your God tell me, exactly what document are you referring to that Sullivan has that disputes my post and proves that this site is very, heavily anti-Koloski - posts which he NEVER deletes
Also, please tell me the original topic which was deleted or shut up because you are ignorant.
BTW NOT A PRIVATE PAGE - NO SUCH THING WHEN THERE IS NO PASSWORD REQUIRED lol rube
Bob(Tuesday, January 05 21 11:37 am EST)
Pam: "WEAK" and if you don't like this site so much and it's owner may I suggest you start your own site and collect all the facts and refute any evidence posted here with proof. Oh and by the way this is a private page and all the name calling and degrading of the owner of this page does not make you virtuous or grant you any special rights to post what ever you want and then call it censorship when it is removed. Get your own page so you can write whatever you want. Nobody listens to buthurt people ranting like a child who can't get their way.
Steve(Tuesday, January 05 21 11:30 am EST)
Pam, give it up. Jim never writes anything that he can't back up. Read his articles, they are all sourced with documents. Let it go.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, January 05 21 11:09 am EST)
Pam or whoever you really are that is a very simple question to answer.
Claremont 4 Real published an article on August 20, 2019 entitled "The “Sullivan Report” Slurs Claremont4Real -Due To A Forum Full Of Stoopid Rubes" with a picture directly underneath of what appears to be two hillbillies. I kept a copy of the article. The entire article was about poor Nick Koloski being blamed for the "City's woes" and how great his restaurant is. The article also credited me for deleting the comments that went too far making allegations that could not be verified. Essentially doing the same thing that I'm doing to you "Pam" as has been always our policy from the very beginning. Fortunately this is something I rarely have to do as most people who comment do not cross the line. Hopefully you will see this as a learning experience because I do not like to delete anyone's comments.
The Claremont 4 which doesn't have a single "pro-Kolosky" article as you wrote just below.
Prove me wrong and post the link.
You can't. You are projecting.
What you run is an "incredibly supportive website" of all things anti-Kolosky.
Projection is an early sign of dementia - I suggest you get a proof reader/fact checker...
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, January 05 21 09:49 am EST)
To Pam or whatever your name is since according to your email information (that is never shown on the website) you are somehow affiliated with the apparently defunct Claremont 4 Real website that was incredibly supportive of Councilor Nick Koloski. The reason why I deleted both of your comments is because there is no proof that anything you're claiming is the truth. However to be perfectly clear I am not calling you a liar because what you state may be true, I simply don't know and there is no way to verify it. Since you state that your intent is to contact Councilor Nick Koloski, my advice is for you to reach out to him directly either by his City Councilor Councilor email address found on the City of Claremont website or call him at his restaurant when it's open later today. You could also contact the Claremont Police Department with your concerns. Those are the proper channels to use. Please with all due respect,do not post those unfounded accusations here again because I will only have to delete them again. Thank you.
The Mayor Knows(Tuesday, January 05 21 08:27 am EST)
The entire City Council is either too stupid to see the problem or they are the problem.
The Mayor is extremely involved in the day to day operations of the City, she has been seen in City Hall on an almost daily basis.
I want to know what she knows and when did she know it because there is no way she was not aware of this 300k slush fund, her silence on this issue is an indicator that she knows a lot more then she is letting on.
I’m sure she will plead ignorance but no one will believe it because of what a control freak she is.
My only hope is maybe one of the newer Councilors will step up and DEMAND action be taken but I won’t hold me breath.
Seems they all share the same brain.
Nathan(Monday, January 04 21 11:01 pm EST)
I think it is time for a forensic audit of the two TIF Districts as Mr. Sullivan suggested. I also think it is time for the councilors to show some leadership, transfer that $300,000 and change into the city’s general fund accounts, and spend the money on road paving. I know $300,000 will not go to to far but it will be better than what we have put aside in the budget now, which is practically nothing because of bad councilor leadership.
William(Monday, January 04 21 05:23 pm EST)
Read an article from the Center Square about a report done by the Tax Foundation that they entitled, Where State Unemployment Compensation Trust Funds stand in December. The source data for the report comes from the US Department of Labor. The report lists all the states in the union and New Hampshire is not looking too good. The net trust fund balance is $123,072,715 as of December 17, 2020. Through the week ending December 12, 2020 there were 20,743 beneficiaries receiving an average weekly benefit of $346. I did the math and the fund will run dry into deficit spending in 17 weeks. I know that will be some money replenishing that trust fund but let’s be realistic just how much do you think New Hampshire brings in each week when they are paying out on average $7,177,070 each week. Things are not looking good.
Don(Monday, January 04 21 05:02 pm EST)
As long as you have folks like Nick Koloski and Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren on the city council, it will be nearly impossible to make any good changes because they are there to only support the wishes, the desires and the greed of special interests with political influence. No one else to them matters. We are beneath their notice except when they want our vote at election time then afterwards they forget all about us again for two more years.
Teri(Monday, January 04 21 03:28 pm EST)
I would like to see the councilors transfer that $300,000 out of the Downtown TIF accounts and put that money towards road paving for this spring. Forget about the low traffic roads such as Franklin Street and fix up the higher traffic roads for the taxpayers who are paying a very high tax bill every year to support a city with a very small population.
Tom(Monday, January 04 21 02:35 pm EST)
It looks to me as if our city leaders created an off the books slush fund for themselves that already has over $300,000 in it. I wonder if the money is still there or if the loot was embezzled and split up between one or more shady characters.
Gary(Monday, January 04 21 12:21 pm EST)
Claremont city government has always been shady but it has gotten much worse over recent years. Mr. Morris does not like government transparency and the city councilors are aiding and abetting by not holding Mr. Morris's feet to the fire and making him act as a professional city manager. Pathetic leadership leads to pathetic and unsatisfactory results. I do not see anything changing for the better until maybe next year and that depends on the November election results for the city council.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, January 04 21 10:04 am EST)
To Just Asking: The Council packet for the January 13 meeting is not available yet. It will not appear on the City website until sometime on Monday, January 11 at the earliest and then it will only be available for a very short timeframe. If you want to read it I suggest you download it onto your computer before it disappears. You will also notice that the PDF will say reduced, suggesting that certain documents are not made available to the public. More of the Morris Administration's "public transparency".
To John O'Connor: Thank you for the kind words they are greatly appreciated. I agree that a focused forensic audit is in order not only for the Downtown TIF District but for the River Road TIF District as well. Millions of dollars passed through those accounts and in my opinion, several questionable accounting practices took place such as the River Road TIF District collecting more money than it needed to meet expenses for several years and then lending those funds totaling $2,979,745 to the Downtown TIF District, which was never repaid. I have found no state legislation that allows that practice. Based on my research of the state legislation TIF funds collected must be spent on expenses for that TIF District only not some other one. Yet the municipal government did it anyway.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, January 04 21 08:52 am EST)
Good work Jim.
All this time I thought you were slacking or in semi- retirement, little did I know how in-depth you were getting with the city finances.
As our former City Manager was fond of saying, “ this doesn’t pass the smell test.” It might also explain why during an extensive nationwide search for a new City Manager, the best and brightest candidates turned down the position. Leaving Claremont no choice but to select the runner up, twice!
It’s time for the City Council to listen to Councilor Stone and hire a Forensic accountant to finally get to the bottom of all this.
If you know a felony has been committed and you don’t report that felony, you have committed a felony.
Words of wisdom for all our elected Officials.
Just Asking(Monday, January 04 21 07:21 am EST)
Anyone want to share how one gets the Council Packet off the new and improved city website.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, January 04 21 06:54 am EST)
Finally some answers regarding Claremont's Downtown TIF District.
The article is on the News Flashes page of this website.
Steve(Thursday, December 31 20 05:02 pm EST)
Mostly Uncensored used to be cutting edge with truth reporting and editorial cartoons that showed our government leaders and their actions for what they really are. Lately except for the Sullivan Report articles that are posted there it is a wasteland of mediocrity. I've been very disappointed with page for some time as it seems to be taking a pro-government direction. Maybe some of the government leaders are influencing this new direction.
Jen(Thursday, December 31 20 03:31 pm EST)
Maybe Mostly uncensored has drank the same Kool Aid as Eagle Times, and E Ticker news, and is getting kick backs for not exposing all that's wrong with Claremont.
Come on Mostly uncensored, and not follow the pays of the other Claremont news sources.
Rick(Thursday, December 31 20 02:13 pm EST)
I see that NASA is looking to the New Hampshire business community for help with their next moon mission. Maybe we could send the entire City Council and Mr. Morris to the moon and call it an exploratory economic development fact-finding trip but make it a one-way voyage only. That would certainly be a boon for Claremont. Cheers everyone and have a Happy New Year.
William(Wednesday, December 30 20 11:56 am EST)
Something else that has been missing on Mostly Uncensored is more about the new unqualified director of public works. The man has no credentials or work experience at all in regards to the position he was hired for. Managing buildings for a public works department is a far cry from managing the largest department in our fair city. What does this new director know about street maintenance, cemeteries, recycling and the operation of water and wastewater treatment facilities? Absolutely nothing but he seems to be an unemployed friend of the city manager so it's okay for Mr. Morris to hire an ignorant candidate to this high paid position and the councilors do absolutely nothing about it. Amazing. We have the worst management in New Hampshire for our city and county governments and the school administration is not all that stellar either. I remember years ago when Mr. Santagate said he would hire the best of the best for Claremont's municipal government. Today we seem to have hired and elected the worst of the worst.
Bob(Wednesday, December 30 20 11:30 am EST)
That's why I'm a fan of Mostly uncensored. The one who runs that page isn't affraid to post anything. Very surprised that Mostly uncensored has'nt been posting more on this Morris character, and the current City Council.
Janice(Wednesday, December 30 20 10:01 am EST)
I am appalled by the behavior of the city councilors. Mr. Morris is out of control with his unprofessional behavior and actions. His willingness to give special treatment to certain individuals at taxpayers expense and connive and manipulate to give city employees enormous salary raises to the detriment of all other city services is in my view more than sufficient grounds for his termination. However I do not see this group of councilors working up the nerve or the energy to fire Mr. Morris. City services will continue to deteriorate in quality while our tax burden increases until a change of leadership is made. I believe next November is when the entire city council is up for reelection, I suggest we as voters make a New Year's Resolution to replace all of them.
Joe(Tuesday, December 29 20 07:53 pm EST)
Everyone is looking but only a few, a very small few, too few to make a difference, care.
Tom(Tuesday, December 29 20 01:32 pm EST)
It sickens me to see how Ed Morris conducts business at City Hall when nobody is looking. Back room deal after deal benefiting friends and colleagues seems to be Mr. Morris’s modus operandi. A quick review of recent events all reported in the Sullivan Report is all that is necessary to create an unassailable case that even the most gung ho, diehard, true believer city councilor such as Nicholas Koloski for example could not shake the confidence of with lies or half-truths or innuendo. The selling of the Junior Sports League Building with the large property assessment reduction dramatically lowering the annual property tax bill presumably requested by the interested buyer and the low $5,000 bid price handed in by that buyer, the only bidder. The corrupted municipal employee compensation study with unrealistic municipal community comparators preapproved by high-level municipal employees with a conflict of interest, culminating with an outrageous set of conclusions and recommendations. Manipulation of data to reach predetermined conclusions regarding senior citizen exemptions and veterans tax credits to maintain current income and asset levels not changed in I believe the article reported for 12 years to contain increased expenditures to divert taxpayer funds to increase municipal employee compensation. Manipulation of data to reach predetermined conclusions regarding a dramatically revised and obviously unrealistic road-paving plan that cuts costs in half to divert taxpayer funds to increase municipal employee compensation. Funds spent to demolish a downtown building directly benefiting a local developer of low-income housing. This same developer received millions of dollars of public funds with assistance from the city of Claremont’s municipal government. Sullivan County officials announce their intention to purchase the former Eagle Times building and subsequently receive a very large property assessment reduction, and an extremely generous three-year term payment in lieu of taxes agreement with a one-year deferral and apparently free infrastructure upgrades courtesy of Mr. Morris and the taxpayers of Claremont. Mr. Morris also hired a new public works director that seemingly has no practical job experience and possibly a friend of Mr. Morris from his days working as town administrator for Wethersfield Vermont. All the while, our nine elected city councilors meekly sit and say or do nothing. One can only imagine what will happen next and what those actions will cost Claremont taxpayers.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 29 20 07:41 am EST)
Some sobering news regarding Sullivan County Sober House.
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Steven(Monday, December 28 20 08:57 pm EST)
Dale Girard would be an excellent choice but let’s be honest, if he is chosen, his wife would be pulling his strings.
Seat(Monday, December 28 20 08:51 pm EST)
I hear Dale girard was putting his name in the hat for kiers at large council seat but being a business owner who has obligations of keeping people employed and figuring out budgets im sure that we will push him aside and get this fuck stick mooshian who is a looser
Richard(Sunday, December 27 20 09:20 am EST)
Guy, it is not a rumor, the e-ticker news announced that Matt Mooshian placed his name in for consideration for the open city councilor seat. It also announced a list of 20 citizens endorsing his appointment. There were a few familiar names on that endorsement list resigning councilmember Abigail Kier, former school board chair, firefighter Brian Rapp, state representatives Gary Merchant and John Cloutier, former state representative Ray Gagnon, from the chamber director Shelley Hudson and his close friends Sam & Trish Killay. The others I am not acquainted with. I do not trust this particular collection of councilors and I believe Mr. Mooshian is their fair-haired golden boy so to speak and will receive the nod of approval from the majority of councilors. It would not surprise me if this succession were prearranged before Abigail Kier announced her resignation because I doubt the Kier’s decision to move to Washington DC was on the spur of the moment.
Guy(Sunday, December 27 20 08:24 am EST)
Patrick Adrian is a moron and a puppet for the city and county administrations.
His articles are barely readable, he can hardly string together coherent sentence’s and this is what passes for a journalist.
Rumor has it that Matt Moonshine has submitted his name for considering to be the next At-large City Councilor, wouldn’t it be nice to have a councilor without a personal agenda?
Matt Moonshine is a local community activist, who if appointed, will waste the city’s and Councils time with a national agenda that has no bearing on the day to day activities in Claremont.
Hopefully there will be other candidates to choose from.
Mike(Saturday, December 26 20 10:01 am EST)
I don't know if you caught the latest from reporter Patrick Adrian in the Eagle Times. He praises county officials for keeping tax increases low and starting new programs at the same time. The truth is county officials, the delegation and county manager, spent millions of dollars in cash reserves built up by previous county managers and delegations who were all wiser and more professional than the nincompoops we have today. Now the cash reserve is at bare-bones minimum where it needs to stay to maintain county policy of cash reserves so future increases in spending will now all go on the property tax rate. This is not leadership it is sheer lunacy thanks to the imbeciles we have in power today. Their inapt leadership has put the county government in a precarious financial position with no way out except to increase taxation.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, December 24 20 11:06 pm EST)
Happy Holidays to all of our loyal readers.
Mike(Thursday, December 24 20 05:17 pm EST)
something else to consider is the unemployment rate in Claremont. For October it was 3.6% and while it is true that it is dropping the last time it was at 3.6% was way back in 2015. This is not the time for government officials to be footloose and fancy free with taxpayers money. It's a shame that our public officials do not feel that way as they continue to spend like there is no tomorrow on things that really add no value to the populaces general well-being and quality of life.
Erik(Thursday, December 24 20 03:05 pm EST)
Claremont's population for 2020 is stated at 12,945, a small uptick of 13 citizens over last year. That is still a 1,002 decline of population since 1990. That is still a 7.2% drop in population. There is no way to sugarcoat this, Claremont has been in a steady overall decline. I do not know why Caroline did not use the 2020 population number instead of the number from 2019 but it does not change the overall truth of the matter. Claremont is in a state of decline and the property tax burden is in all probability the primary cause. Claremont's tax-and-spend government leaders, county, city and school are destroying this community with their liberal spending policies that seem to do nothing to improve the quality of life in our community but instead seems to be geared toward enriching the lives of a selected few special interests instead. These fools running our local government branches into the ground make the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge look like pikers.
Duh(Thursday, December 24 20 01:28 pm EST)
Caroline, how do you look at numbers in 2020 and presume Claremont didn't gain population while looking at Claremont numbers from before that?
Caroline(Thursday, December 24 20 11:39 am EST)
A fresh research report published by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire found that New Hampshire’s population grew by 5,500 people between the months of July 2019 & July 2020, the largest population increase in New England. Claremont New Hampshire did not benefit one iota from this population upsurge. United States Census Bureau data clearly illustrates Claremont’s dwindling population from 13,947 in 1992 only 12,932 and 2019. A decline of 1,015 citizens or declared as a percentile over 7.2%. I postulate that Claremont’s exorbitantly high property tax rate, which is the highest throughout the State of New Hampshire, and the corresponding tax burden as the driving force for Claremont’s continuing diminishing populace.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, December 23 20 06:20 am EST)
Goshen Tuition Agreement Update.
Published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Tuesday, December 22 20 03:25 pm EST)
Perhaps the new owner of the JSL Building could take the time to shovel his sidewalk.People are having to walk in the street,including women with baby carriages.If the city is so short on revenue perhaps they could impose fines for unshoveled properties not done after 3 days?
Owning a house,building,or business carries with it responsibilities like cutting grass and shoveling sidewalks.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 22 20 09:15 am EST)
New article. Synopsis of December 16 Claremont School Board meeting.
Goshen Tuition Agreement may not be as lucrative as it seems.
Remote Learning Students receive over 75% less interaction time with their Teachers.
The article is on the News Flashes page of this website.
Janice(Monday, December 21 20 11:35 am EST)
I agree with Mr. O'Connor. The taxpayers of our fair community pay a fairly hefty price for property taxes when you compare Claremont's per capita income to its property tax rate and the burden that places on the taxpayers. It is not a matter of enough money as Claremont's budget is well over $17 million. I believe it is a matter of priorities that are improperly set by the city manager and the city council. I did a little quick research and see that the city leaders only allocated $650,000 for the paving of our city streets. An amount far too small to maintain Claremont's roadways with any measure of success. The day after the snowstorm my husband and I had to run some errands and Mr. O'Connor is accurate with his assessment of the condition of Claremont's roadways. The state plow drivers did a magnificent job whereas the city plow drivers to the horrible job. I had to drop something off at my brother's house off of Maple Avenue and Maple Avenue was in tragic condition. I have lived in Claremont by an entire life and have never seen the roadways so poorly plowed. The sidestreets were even worse. I do not know if this is because of a weak, inexperienced management team, insufficient funding or both but if this is any indication of this management team's work product then this does not bode well for our future.
John J. O’CONNOR(Monday, December 21 20 09:54 am EST)
And another thing.....
You mentioned the DPW budget. Claremont has the highest tax rate in the state, is having clean, plowed roads too much to ask for ?
Residents are constant told there isn’t enough money in the budget for road construction or repair but it’s a crime if there is not enough money to plow the streets in an acceptable manner based on the taxes being paid by its citizens.
John J.O’Connor(Monday, December 21 20 09:41 am EST)
Duh (great name),
My upper valley and lake region travels took me all over , including Danbury (46inches).
The state roads were impeccable, fantastic job, plowed down to the pavement. Local roads had snow on them but you can see they had been plowed multiple times.
There are roads in the Maple Ave. and Bluff areas that look like a plow has never been down the street.
Duh, I suggest you drive around and see for yourself, pick up some cheese and we can “whine” together.
I’m just saying what a majority of Claremont’s residents are thinking .
Duh(Monday, December 21 20 08:49 am EST)
Well John, I do believe Claremont got considerably more snow than anyone, except Croydon. If you look on the upper valley FB page people are hitching about Lebanon's roads, which have a considerably higher road budget than Claremont does. But sure, we'll go with your whining.
John J. O’Connor(Sunday, December 20 20 08:44 pm EST)
It’s award season and in the spirit of giving I would like to give Claremont’s DPW the award for having the “worst” roads in the upper valley.
They also received recognition for having the “worst” secondary roads, not only in the upper valley but the lakes region also.
I spenta considerable amount of time this weekend driving through these areas , I am very satisfied with the decision to give Claremont’s DPW these awards since I drove these roads extensively and witnessed the conditions first had.
Claremont’s roads were deplorable.
Great start for the new DPW Director, hope you learned something from this disaster.
Tony(Saturday, December 19 20 05:55 pm EST)
I see Councilman James Contois is up to his favorite pastime again of kissing asses. This time the recipient is Councilwoman Abigail Kier as she is moving to the Washington DC area. Contois is constantly kissing the asses of everyone with praise whether it is deserved or not. It is so sickening to watch on TV and if I see his name on a letter I will not read it. My wife did and told me what was in it. I hope he doesn't win reelection next time round.
Bob(Friday, December 18 20 04:31 pm EST)
Just so everyone knows the JSL is full of Asbestos and Lead and needs to be cleaned our before the good ole boy can produce food in it. I think an email to NH DES is in order.
Henry(Friday, December 18 20 11:38 am EST)
It does not surprise me that Nick Koloski would support censorship because he is so pro-administration that he wants everything controlled. It greases the wheels for when Nick will want another big favor from the municipal government. When I read the part about when Nick flip-flopped on his position repeatedly sounds about right because Nick needs everyone to love him because of his warped fragile ego.
Shawn(Thursday, December 17 20 03:16 pm EST)
Jeff Barrette placed a short video tour of the JSL building on Facebook. I expected to see a very rundown building but instead I saw a building in remarkably good condition. I remember when the city administration swore up and down that the building was about to fall in on itself and needed to be closed down for public safety reasons. That does not look to have been the case. The same excuses were given when the outdoor pool was permanently closed. I remember Councilor Nick Koloski swearing that the physical condition of the JSL building was dire and he supported the administration’s position to close the property down. It seems that was a lie. I have never had much faith in Nick Koloski, as I believe he has sold his soul to the city administration in exchange for large favors every now and again. I am pleased that Mr. Barrett’s businesses are thriving but I am displeased with the knowledge that the city administration and the city council gave away an asset in such good condition so cheaply. An asset that was not as much in disrepair as we were led on to believe. In my estimation the public was lied to once again by people we have misplaced our trust into.
Christina(Thursday, December 17 20 01:30 pm EST)
It is atrocious how the city councilors are treating the elderly by maintaining an exemption income limit set 12 years ago. Prioritizing pay raises for city employees by ignoring everything else is not a proper plan of action to move our city forward. Mr. Morris seems to have motives that are not in the best interests of Claremont’s citizenry. Our city councilors elected by the people need to represent the people but they are failing to do that as well. Road conditions are not what they should be and failing to allocate proper funding each year is not a solution. The hiring of an unqualified public works director compounded with the earlier hiring of an unqualified assistant public works director is not a situation that will create good outcomes. Mayor Lovett and the other members of the city council are failing their constituents by continuing to listen to an unqualified city manager, who is setting the wrong priorities for Claremont.
Hugh(Thursday, December 17 20 12:35 pm EST)
No need to pull the gender card.
People listened to Mr. Feelen because he is an educated attorney and you’re not.
It has nothing to do with your gender. You belittle all women when you act so petty.
If you want to be treated like an equal, act like it and not a petulant child.
Patricia(Thursday, December 17 20 12:14 pm EST)
It is dreadful that the school board has not terminated the employment of Stevens High School Principal Patricia Barry and other school officials named in the civil suit. It is painfully obvious that all of them failed in their duty to protect this special education student. Their ambivalence to the entire matter should not go unpunished. I also think it is pointless for the school administration to hire expensive attorneys to convince a judge to grant them an immunity they do not deserve. I know the taxpayers are going to have to pay a settlement but it is not because of the student but because of the poor decisions made by school officials interested only with covering up matters instead of addressing them head-on. I am beginning to doubt school official’s judgment and their dedication to student safety. Fighting a losing battle in court at a high cost to the taxpayers in legal fees does nothing to assuage that doubt.
Katie(Thursday, December 17 20 11:01 am EST)
I wonder if the new owner of the Oscar Brown Block will raise the rent on Tavern on the Square to pull extra revenue out of the building. I understood that the last owner was not into long-term leases.
Deb M(Thursday, December 17 20 09:46 am EST)
Just for the record, one of the nine city councilors did in fact bring this very issue up at the previous city council meeting when this rail trail issue was first brought to the council. I made the exact same points as Mr. Feleen made, but they fell on deaf ears. I guess when a man says the same thing, it lends more credence Go figure. But, yes, thank you to Mr. Feleen for doing this. At least it was heard this time.
David(Thursday, December 17 20 09:36 am EST)
James Feleen did an amazing job giving every city councilor and the city manager a firm proverbial kick in the butt to stop them from making a tragic mistake that could have cost Claremont taxpayers nearly a quarter of one million dollars. Further proof that Ed Morris is unqualified to be the city manager of Claremont. His inexperience is really showing, as is the stupidity of Claremont’s nine city councilors.
Jennifer(Wednesday, December 16 20 01:46 pm EST)
I just read an interesting article from the NH Business Review entitled the coronavirus and property tax abatements. The article explains how property assessments work, the three methods used to assess property value and why property owners should consider filing for a property tax abatement in the coming year. I think every property owner should read the article.
I wish our elected councilors would pull their heads out of the sand and set proper priorities instead of wasting time on foolishness like citizen’s letters, mask ordinances and social causes. The Sullivan Report article made an excellent point about the big issues all being ignored by the Claremont councilors. If they have no idea what to do then maybe, they should resign to give someone else a shot at getting it right.
Trish(Wednesday, December 16 20 08:29 am EST)
I agree with everything you expressed Guy, but I do think the real test will come with his budget proposal in regards to long-overdue road paving and other infrastructure improvements. Will Mr. Gleeson propose a legitimate budget or will he do the bidding of his boss Mr. Morris, the man who we owes his high paid job to when he is obviously unqualified for the position. What I mean by that is will Mr. Gleeson propose a budget with little or no paving and other infrastructure improvement work to make room in the budget for extraordinarily large pay raises for all city employees. I do not have any faith in this management team or the councilors who are sitting back and allowing this to happen.
Guy(Wednesday, December 16 20 07:18 am EST)
Mr. Morris isn’t going anyplace. He could burn down the city and still keep his job because firing him would make Claremont look like a bunch of fools after hiring and firing their last City Manager.
Hiring a DPW Director, with no real DPW experience is not a good sign. It shows he is trying to surround himself with “friendly” faces, probably to lessen the fact that neither one deserves the position they hold.
With the first major snow storm about to hit the region, it will be interesting to see how well the roads are plowed with such an inexperienced director.
Carolyn(Wednesday, December 16 20 06:00 am EST)
I cannot believe that the city councilors have not put Mr. Morris in his place. Mr. Morris continues to never have a firm answer to any question. He is always evasive with his answers and the information he gives is at best ambiguous. Mr. Morris does not possess a lot of professionalism and that in all likelihood stems from his vast inexperience and ignorance.
William(Tuesday, December 15 20 07:06 pm EST)
I appreciated the Sullivan Report’s expose about the elderly exemptions; I am appalled at how Mr. Morris and the consultants who work for him are manipulating numbers and information to defend their position to maintain 12-year-old income limits. This seems to be a part of a greater plan to crush those in Claremont with low incomes. Those who live in manufactured housing hit with a 150% or more property assessment increase this year is probably another component of this plan. This is the very good example of gentrification. Then Mr. Morris is scheming to put more dollars into the pockets of all municipal employees while making life harder for everyone else and at least some of the councilors all seem to be on board with this. Our city government seems broken beyond repair.
Craig(Tuesday, December 15 20 05:33 pm EST)
The property assessments are a mess. The roadways are a disgrace and the city manager and the councilors refuse to put aside enough money to maintain them the right way. We have a city manager obsessed with humongous pay raises for all the employees at the cost of everything else and now he is hiring someone who may be a friend to run the public works department and this guy has no experience at all. Managing buildings for a DPW department is not the same as managing the whole department. That pretty much qualifies him to be a property manager that’s about it.
Rick(Tuesday, December 15 20 05:11 pm EST)
The DPW manages the biggest slice of the municipal budget pie and Morris just put it in the hands of someone who has no real experience in public works. I also remember the article about Jeremy Clay and his background and if I remember right, he only worked for a oil company as a dispatcher before coming to Claremont. The Council is letting Morris run amok and F everything up in the process. From the top down the Claremont municipal leadership sucks.
Steve(Tuesday, December 15 20 03:55 pm EST)
It sounds like the city manager may have hired an out of work friend to be the public works director instead of hiring someone experienced and qualified. I remember reading an earlier Sullivan Report article about the assistant public works director and I did not see any career and education background that would fit a public works position for that guy either. I do not see great things coming from the new public works management team when you add in an inexperienced city manager like Mr. Morris.
To3posts@jims(Tuesday, December 15 20 03:38 pm EST)
Tom be careful clicking on links. You could be forwarding your IP address.
Donk the council should have taken the hiring committees recommendation for a manager. They have past up some good ones in order to keep the dark side covered up
Nick is Teflon full of sh** and it don’t stick.
Donk(Tuesday, December 15 20 03:06 pm EST)
Forget Koloski,he's nearly harmless compared to this guy Morris.The IRS will probably get Koloski in the end.
Morris hires his bud from Weathersfield with no experience and wants to give him an immediate raise.He wants raises all around and doesn't give a shit if the streets revert back to dirt.
More Money! More Money! Never enough
Todd(Tuesday, December 15 20 01:57 pm EST)
Koloski is such a snake changing the minutes like that. It is too bad none of the councilors had the guts to stand up to Koloski and say hey that is not what happened. Ethics and courage do not seem to be this council’s strong suit.
Tom(Tuesday, December 15 20 01:54 pm EST)
I think Councilor Nick Koloski is leaving comments on the public forum under assumed names or having someone else do it for him.
Today is a good example. One of the comments from Pam was edited by Mr. Sullivan by his removing one of the paragraphs. The other comment left by Pam also today has her name colored in purple and that suggested to me that it might be a link. When I clicked her name I was transferred to the Claremont4real website where the person or persons behind that website should their identity or identities and rally hard to reelect Nick Koloski back to the city Council.
As far as the most current comment on this public forum, I believe the writer is all wet. I watch the meeting on CCTV and I have read the article recalling that meeting on the Sullivan Report and I have to say that I did not see anything in the article that was contrary to what occurred during the meeting. I also appreciate the in-depth research and extracted truth because our elected leaders on the council are either extremely ignorant or collaborating with the administration to keep the taxpaying public in the dark about as much that is going on as possible. I see no political spin in the Sullivan Report articles, what I read is a factual account of what occurred, documented proof that is mostly hidden from the public and yes there is their opinion but that is not hidden from anyone. Reading the opinion does not mean you have to agree with it. The Sullivan Report does the best job informing the public about government events in Claremont.
Poor Jimmy(Tuesday, December 15 20 01:20 pm EST)
Poor Jimmy. Nicky got you all worked up. The irony of a guy who runs a fake news website named after himself who was a 1 term Councilor that was voted out as citizens though you were a joke talking about someone wanting to be in the limelight is so very laughable. Your counterpart AJ the self proclaimed professor, green beret assasin, fake police officer is also not missed in the hilarity. Thank you as always for spinning each meeting for those who don't watch.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 15 20 10:59 am EST)
Three new articles published today. Get your favorite beverage and sit down and relax because there is a lot of interesting information here today.
1) Claremont School District seeks dismissal of civil case.
2) Brown Block sold.
3) December 9 Council meeting synopsis.
Articles published on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, December 15 20 08:46 am EST)
I’m shocked at the school districts position on this issue, it was my understanding they have a “zero tolerance “ policy in regards to sexual abuse between a teacher and student.
How dare they attempt to manipulate the court system.
When the former Mayor was caught smooching, he was reprimanded, so the powers that be were well aware that an act of sexual misconduct had occurred between a student and teacher and their course of discipline was to “reprimand” instead of termination or at the very least change his daily assignment.
The school district knew there was a problem and the problem escalated.
Shame on all those involved!
Pam(Tuesday, December 15 20 08:13 am EST)
In November, Angela H. Leslie, the plaintiff, filed a civil suit in District Court alleging that numerous school officials, including Stevens High School principal Patricia Barry and Stevens High School Life Skills program instructor Kelly Fontaine, were aware of former Claremont mayor George Caccavaro’s sexual misconduct with a female student when she had attended Stevens.
The suit names, in total, George Caccavaro, Patricia Barry, Kelly Fontaine, the Claremont School District, SAU #6, and 10 others presently unidentified as defendants.
Editors Note. For the first time in a very long time I had to remove the original comments and repost an edited version. I deleted the last short paragraph because it made an unsubstantiated reputation ruining claim.
Barry took inadequate measures when notified of a separate incident involving Caccavaro before the Christmas break in 2019, when Stevens High School teacher Fred HIll allegedly witnessed Caccavaro lean over K.L. and kiss her forehead. According to the police affidavit...
Watch your children around those Barrys
John J.O’Connor(Monday, December 14 20 04:30 pm EST)
Thanks Jimmy.. I’m sure this was a very well kept secret considering the recent mask ordinance she had just proposed.
I wouldn’t expect you to make any recommendations or endorsements but I’m sure that won’t stop your many loyal followers from voicing their 2 cents( that’s about all it’s worth).
I look forward to the article.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 14 20 04:02 pm EST)
John, none of our excellent inside sources had any idea that Councilor Kier was going to resign. It seems even many of the Councilors did not know before she announced it that evening. It seems only a few people knew. It will be part of the article published tomorrow regarding the recent Council meeting. We will not be making any suggestions regarding who should be appointed.
John J.O’Connor(Monday, December 14 20 02:20 pm EST)
The Sullivan Report and their minions must be on vacation, not one comment about Councilor Keir quitting or suggestions about a replacement.
Jimmy, you’re losing your edge, back in the day you would have reported it before it was announced.
Any suggestions for her replacement?
Spot on(Tuesday, December 08 20 01:52 pm EST)
Terri couldn't agree more the council has real issues they could work on but seem to choose busy work talking about masks and xmas displays and censorship please deal with real stuff I think the problem is they just don't really know how not trying to be rude they just don't know how
Ray(Tuesday, December 08 20 01:52 pm EST)
This whole assessment thing has the stink of government corruption.
Terri(Tuesday, December 08 20 10:18 am EST)
I am against a mask mandate with fines. I am pleased that this topic is off the city council’s meeting agenda. I think the city council should leave things just as they are because the governor’s mask mandate is enough. We do not need our elected city councilors acting as if they are big brother or big sister and fining citizens.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 08 20 08:13 am EST)
Good question Andy. We reported on October 6, that the Peterson Building was sold to the developer under the business name of Monadnock Mills LLC for $1,200,000. The City Manager states in his report to the Council for Wednesday’s meeting that these agenda items are now scheduled for the Council’s January meeting.
Andy(Tuesday, December 08 20 05:29 am EST)
I wonder why they pulled the plug on the two agenda items about the big apartment project at 29 Water St.? Is the project off the rails already?
Lynn(Monday, December 07 20 05:43 pm EST)
I wonder what the heck this fund transfer for compensation is about. Will the city staff get raises somehow without us knowing about it?
Ned(Monday, December 07 20 02:35 pm EST)
Is the Department of Ed having problems budgeting or projecting future budgets with valuations that look like someone just threw a dart at a board full of random numbers?
Make sure you tell the Feds or the state people not to drink in the Topstone building,unless they'd like a side of asbestos dust in their drinks.The locals may not mind but I bet they would.
Charles(Monday, December 07 20 01:26 pm EST)
Shenanigans are definitely being played with the property assessments. All Claremont property owners should file a property abatement request in January and inundate the assessing office in a blizzard of paperwork. If the city has to hire more consultants to process all of the abatement requests and go hat in hand the Council asking for more money to pay for it then maybe we can get a fair reassessment of all the properties in Claremont without any political influence.
Jeremy(Monday, December 07 20 11:21 am EST)
The number that struck me was the CDA’s industrial land portfolio devalued by 55% at the same time as industrial land values are increasing across Claremont. Whom the hell does Morris and his minions think they are kidding?
Steve(Monday, December 07 20 10:42 am EST)
How can anyone think that the property assessments are legit? Manufactured housing up 169% since last year and utilities assessments way up too as it has been every year since the city hired the utility assessment consultant. The city should be using the DRA utility assessments instead for they seem to be a lot fairer because unlike the ethically challenged city administrators the DRA does not have a political agenda they simply have one goal in mind and that is setting the property assessments fairly.
Diane(Monday, December 07 20 09:41 am EST)
I think the CDA land values are seriously out of whack and were reduced to save the CDA money on their property tax bill because they went so deeply into hock to pay for the Farwell and Pleasant Street Restaurant Building remodels. That little gem came from an earlier Sullivan Report article if you remember. In my humble opinion, the Morris Administration is extremely unethical in their business dealings and the city councilors are enablers for allowing these things to happen.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, December 07 20 08:08 am EST)
New articles published today.
1) COVID-19 case reported at Claremont Middle School.
2) Masking the truth – the hidden proposed fees!
3) Several changes made to December 9 Council meeting agenda.
4) Claremont 2020 Property Assessments – Part #3.
For details go to the News Flashes page of this website.
Robert(Sunday, December 06 20 02:58 pm EST)
It sure seems that the property assessments in Claremont are intentionally manipulated at least in some cases. Fair property assessments does not seem to be the goal of the city manager’s business model for Claremont’s municipal government, the sharp property assessment changes to manufactured housing and utilities tells you that. The city councilors have a sworn duty to oversee the actions of the city manager and indirectly his staff as they rate the city manager’s job performance. They are monumentally failing in that duty as the administration is running rampant with no real oversight except for what is reported here on the Sullivan Report. The absence of legitimate checks and balances is also an absence of realistic accountability and government transparency and is a recipe for disaster. Sadly, that is the current state of affairs for Claremont’s municipal government.
Tom(Sunday, December 06 20 11:41 am EST)
The city councilors do not speak for or represent all of the people of Claremont. These days it seems they use public funds and their elected powers to feed their selfish needs and desires as well as those of the greedy special interests whom they serve.
Dan(Sunday, December 06 20 10:20 am EST)
I thought Mr. Morris would be a good city manager but it seems with every new city manager the quality of the hire is worse than the previous hire.
Marie(Sunday, December 06 20 08:59 am EST)
We all know that the voters have a very bad habit of not electing the sharpest minds in Claremont. The four members of the school board who voted against the recommendation for remote learning for two weeks are in my view self-absorbed, self-centered, extremists. When the voters elect terrible leaders they should expect terrible decisions and terrible consequences. The Devil is now collecting his due.
Keith(Sunday, December 06 20 07:20 am EST)
I think of all the scandalous things that have happened over the last few years and I cannot help but wonder if our city officials are accepting bribes. Impossible to prove I know but it sure would explain all of these unexplainable decisions that are made.
Libtard(Saturday, December 05 20 04:01 pm EST)
Craig is a snowflake bitch
Craig(Saturday, December 05 20 09:38 am EST)
The school board made the wrong call by not following the Superintendent’s wise advice of remote learning for two weeks after the Christmas vacation. Lots of families will not act in a safe manner because it is Christmas, this will be worse than Thanksgiving or any of the holiday because it is Christmas. It is just not students that I am referring to but staff members as well. I think many of us are going stir crazy and we want to see our relatives face-to-face and a lot of hard choices will be made this holiday. I happen to agree with the Superintendent that this was a very prudent suggestion given the extraordinary circumstances of this widespread illness that is surging. I hope the school board will reconsider.
Donk(Friday, December 04 20 04:08 pm EST)
Isn't it about time we buy some new fire engines?
The ones we have must have over 10,000 miles on them and the new models have smart phone features.
Kevin(Friday, December 04 20 03:48 pm EST)
It’s interesting that Sunapee’s share of the county’s expenses goes down while Claremont’s goes up. I think it has to do with the shenanigans played with the property assessments and by having Claremont’s property value rise it causes Claremont taxpayers to pay an unfair share of the county’s expenses. This way we pay our fair share and subsidize other communities. Merry Christmas to them, bah humbug for us taxpayers in Claremont. Morris and his cronies really are the Grinch’s that stole Claremont’s Christmas and sucked out the happiness for the other 364 days in a year too. You’re a mean one Mr. Morris etc., etc.
Matt(Friday, December 04 20 02:02 pm EST)
I hadn’t thought about it that way Cody but you’re right. I’m surprised Mayor Lovett, a veteran herself, is standing for this. Or is this something else that she’s going to cast a blind eye to because it does not fit in with her political agenda.
Cody(Friday, December 04 20 12:02 pm EST)
I think there was a cheap shot by city manager Ed Morris against the veterans blaming them for the property tax rate increase or at least the city’s portion of it. Jim and AJ did a great job showing there were plenty of other expense increases to pick from if the finger of blame needed to be pointed at a target, which it really did not. Ed Morris just showed his inexperience and some juvenile behavior by targeting veterans and publicly casting shame upon them.
Travis(Friday, December 04 20 11:44 am EST)
Reading the article about the property tax rate reminds me of the old adage figures lie and liars figure. It seems to be the case with the city and the county governments. The schools used to be that way but it seems to have gotten better under new management.
Caitlin(Friday, December 04 20 09:58 am EST)
In my opinion, the e- ticker news is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the local governments. Fact checking and balanced reporting do not seem to be part of their business model. One-sided pro-government, pro-liberal agenda reporting is there niche and the reason why I never read it anymore. There is enough fake news in the media without intentionally looking for it by reading that publication.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, December 04 20 06:38 am EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) Claremont's 2020 Property Tax Rate set.
2) Claremont School Board nixes two week remote learning proposal.
Both articles are running the News Flashes page of this website.
Todd(Thursday, December 03 20 10:51 am EST)
Donk, it would not surprise me if this alleged accountant who wrote that creative fiction about Nick Koloski wasn't really Nick Koloski himself. With his ego, he seems to be the likely author.
Donk(Thursday, December 03 20 10:11 am EST)
Some accountant,you don't even know how unemployment insurance works.You have to have paid in for 2 quarters in last year to be eligible.
I guess the liens and the ground water tests are fiction as well.I don't have any particular beef with Koloski,I just don't like people that game the system for their own gain.
I pay taxes and I pay them in full.Meanwhile Topstone gets this free ride and I have no idea why.Topstone building is undervalued by a mile as far as assessment and to me that is corruption plain and simple.
In the end Koloski will die poor anyway.He has paid very little if anything into Social Security and has no pension.Old age gets us all in the end.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, December 03 20 07:01 am EST)
Two more COVID-19 cases reported in Claremont School District.
Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk is a fool(Wednesday, December 02 20 05:38 pm EST)
Donk, not sure who you are but your constant attack on Koloski is unfounded. You sound like a spoiled brat that didn't get their way. I know the family and your information is simply bullshit. They owe no taxes that have not been paid. If one doesnt pay employee or state tax they get shut down. Oh damn, guess you are wrong again. If they did they would not be open as no goverment agency allows that. By the way I am in accounting. How would you have any idea what anyone collected for unemployment? Did you cash or write the checks? On top of that if they did collect that is what the Governors order and law allows for any NH small business. You try to spin it like its Koloski exclusive. So you are saying Koloski has never worked for any employer besides himself his entire life and payed in? Again false bullshit. Additionally the building they are in is not toxic despite your claims of such. Sweet fire Bbq according to EPA reports is. Of course we don't speak of that as its not Nicks. Learn to read. I have worked at the annual holiday meals and distributed food. You don't know a 1/2 of what they do and those that are actually involved are not tarnishing his name. They reap praise. Credit for all they do is given to those that give. Its in every post online but of course pointing that out would go against your painted fake picture. You clearly just have some personal issue Mr. J. Honestly you just look like an asshole.
Robert(Wednesday, December 02 20 01:48 pm EST)
I think Mr. Morris’s employment with the city needs to be terminated for sure. All he seems interested in is giving pay raises out to all the city employees that will probably lead to a big pay raise for himself. All of this to the detriment of our roads, the growing retirement fund deficit, our deteriorating city buildings and to the taxpayers who will have to pay more money in taxation because of Mr. Morris’s bad management that seems to have the full support of a majority of brain-dead city councilors.
Keith(Wednesday, December 02 20 09:36 am EST)
I think property tax rates are going to go way up after PSNH wins their court case. I am guessing the court case was delayed because of the COVID-19 issue. I think this is a lost case for Claremont and the only unknown thing is how much the taxpayers will pay with increased taxes to pay back PSNH what the city administrators overcharged them. I think Mr. Morris and Mr. Hamilton should both be fired and the utility appraiser’s consulting contract be canceled
Cheryl(Wednesday, December 02 20 08:02 am EST)
I think city leaders want to swap out mobile home parks with housing developments and they are using the inflated property assessments done this year on the mobile homes to tax people out of their mobile homes. It is really dirty pool but it has to be expected with whom the voters have placed in power.
Donk(Tuesday, December 01 20 03:33 pm EST)
Is there a way to have the state investigate these gigantic disparities in assessments and actual worth?
These aren't small misses.Do any watchdogs exist in New Hampshire?
Dave(Tuesday, December 01 20 02:43 pm EST)
I’m just sickened by the sweetheart deals given to the hydroelectric property owners. Charlene Lovett, Allen Damren and Nicholas Koloski are bad news for Claremont. They and the others who set the legal precedent to do this should have listened to Attorney Taylor and never have done it. Now a few special interests are reaping big profits at Claremont taxpayers expense. That is all most of our Claremont representatives on the city council are good for, help the special interests to the detriment of the taxpayers. They do not care about us.
Jennifer(Tuesday, December 01 20 01:13 pm EST)
Donk, as I see it the problem stems from the Claremont voters and who they continue to elect to public office. Many of whom are shady characters who have their own private agendas that are contrary to the public good. Claremont has always been somewhat corrupt in my personal opinion. Also in my opinion, it has become far worse with the current leadership both in the administration and on the city council. Secret deals quietly negotiated behind closed doors, giving away city property for a song, big property assessment reductions for those who are politically well-connected, tax breaks for owners of hydroelectric facilities, pay raises for the entire city staff, steadily increasing the public subsidy for the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center and a steady stream of public funds for certain local developers seems to be the order of the day. The same leaders all intentionally cast a blind eye to the accelerated deterioration of our local thoroughfares, public buildings and they also ignore other problems like the retirement funding deficit and the large disparity of property assessments for several of the local utilities that will cost local taxpayers considerable dollars in the future.
Donk(Tuesday, December 01 20 12:27 pm EST)
I just can't help but wonder if the State has investigators that can/will examine the huge disparities in the DRA assessments and that of this consultant?
This one man,through either incompetence or direction of city management can cost all of us millions.
All this money and nothing to maintain the roads.What can the people do to get done what we need done? All this while you speak of huge raises for everyone.You people are insane!
Chris(Tuesday, December 01 20 10:53 am EST)
Terrific article guys. Anybody who thinks the property assessments in Claremont are accurate is certifiably nuts. These utility assessments are way off. I was thinking the other day about residential property devaluation and it just does not make sense when the residential real estate prices are holding steady or going up and selling like hotcakes. Something is up. We all know how shady the city leaders are so maybe there is one of more real estate developers out in the wings somewhere waiting to snatch up some land cheap for housing developments.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, December 01 20 08:53 am EST)
2020 Property Assessments – Part #2.
This article is published on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, December 01 20 07:57 am EST)
You sure there are enough conservatives in Claremont to actually make a difference and if so, why haven’t they come out to vote before ?
Bob(Monday, November 30 20 07:13 pm EST)
You get what you voted for...there were several conservatives running for council last election BUT the conservatives did not get out and vote and the dem's voted in the left wingers , if you want change in this city GET THE CONSERVATIVES OUT TO VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!
John J O’Connor(Monday, November 30 20 05:35 pm EST)
I have been an outspoken supporter of the Sullivan Report and I do appreciate the knowledge and information it provides.
People constantly complain here about our elected officials, they repeatedly state that new blood is needed, yet they are always re-elected.
I firmly believe new blood is needed and richly deserved on the council but unfortunately that is not the case.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 30 20 03:45 pm EST)
I have received several private emails from readers asking when the second part of the assessing article will be published. Since I courteously replied to all of them, I thought it was only fair that I would let everyone know that the article will be published tomorrow morning.
Mike(Monday, November 30 20 02:33 pm EST)
Ladies, in Mr. O’Connor’s defense, he did say that he appreciates the public information. Where I strongly disagree with him is his cheap shot about this website not being a political catalyst. As it has already been pointed out, the goal of this website is public transparency and public education, which it has always done an amazing job with for many years. Mr. O'Connor's latest statements strike me as that he is speaking to the comments made by readers of the Sullivan Report about their distaste, dislike or distrust of city officials and how the elections do not seem to oust too many of them out of office. That I happen to agree with but there is two overarching reasons for that. Public apathy combined with low voter turnout for local elections and few realistically viable candidates choosing to run for public office greasing the way for incumbent reelection.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, November 30 20 02:16 pm EST)
I am certain they have achieved what they set out to do, but that is not the point.
The point is, year after year, election after election, all you see on this site are comments denouncing the current City Councilors and demanding change, only to come election time and the same people get re-elected.
This site does not hold the political pulse of the city, never has, never will.
Barbara(Monday, November 30 20 01:16 pm EST)
I agree. The Sullivan Report is a great news source for local government goings-on. I enjoy reading their exposes because they are the only journalists who dig into the facts and show the actual proof in their articles. No fake news here. The other reporters working the beat in this area are in my opinion very lazy and simply fill space in their publications with whatever they are told from officials from the local government agencies and accepting what they are told on blind faith alone. Hardly the work ethic of true journalists.
Lisa(Monday, November 30 20 12:11 pm EST)
Mr. O’Connor, I never thought of the Sullivan Report as a political activist website. If you look at the Sullivan Report’s mission statement on their homepage, you will read that the goal of former councilors Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville is to inform the public, nothing more. In my humble opinion, they have achieved that goal many times over.
Karen(Monday, November 30 20 10:57 am EST)
I see that senior exemptions are back on the agenda for the city councilors December meeting. I have a few friends who work for the city and they tell me that it was because of the Sullivan Report article from last week about the property assessments and the senior exemptions that this issue is to be revisited. It is my understanding that the slap in the face from the article that motivated this action was the part informing the public that our elected representatives on the city council have not increased senior exemptions for 12 years, when the veterans received a substantial increase last September it was I believe. Mr. Shaw’s comments encourage me to write in today because he is correct that the actions of Mr. Morris and many members of the city council is shameful and not representative of the many fine people of Claremont.
Alan Shaw(Monday, November 30 20 09:47 am EST)
The property assessments just do not make sense. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to how the property assessments are set and there does indeed seem to be a political agenda with many of these property assessments. City government officials seem to be helping some friends and colleagues and attempting to force out through higher, unjustifiable property taxation low-income citizens living in mobile homes. It is shameful. Mr. Morris only seems interested in granting huge raises for city staff members and himself and he is willing to hurt anyone else in the financial sense to pay for these large raises. Mr. Morris seems nice enough but he looks like it is a facade as he acts like Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch all rolled up into one and the city councilors who support Mr. Morris in these unspeakable endeavors are acting like his evil elves.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, November 30 20 07:56 am EST)
“Replace them”.... I’ve have heard that tired line ever since this website began and nothing ever happens.
Let’s be honest, every election I keep hearing the same thing and every election incumbents keep getting re-elected in record numbers.
I appreciate the city wide information this site provides but being a political catalyst, this page is not.
When Socialists and sanctuary city enthusiasts keep getting re-elected it’s further proof this page has become obsolete to the voting public.
Todd(Friday, November 27 20 01:53 pm EST)
Stupid is as stupid does and boy oh boy is this City Council populated with stupid. The only way to fix this stupid bunch is to replace them.
Greg(Friday, November 27 20 10:45 am EST)
I agree with you Karen about the secret gentrification plan going on with some of the city leaders. Heard the poor downtown and in other low-income apartments while freeing up land where mobile homes presently are for housing developments. There is probably even one or more developers waiting in the wings for the land to open up. Our shortsighted leaders will see new housing as more income for the city but what it really does is increase the cost for schools and for the city too. Depending how many kids are in the home to how much of a lawsuit will be for the community. More people does not lower the property tax burden it does the exact opposite.
Dave(Friday, November 27 20 07:52 am EST)
Nice try Guy but I do not think your diversionary tactic will work. Nick nor anyone else is untouchable and the only way to remove him from public office is through educating the public to the truth about Nick Koloski. I don’t doubt for a minute that we will be seeing his goofy face in the newspaper about his taking credit for donating toys that other people donated to him and he only distributed them or maybe his annual thank you meal at his restaurant for city employees and volunteers on boards and stuff. If it wasn’t for his close friendship with Damien Fisher most of his BS would never land in the press. Facebook yes, press no.
Guy(Thursday, November 26 20 08:47 pm EST)
Well said but no one cares. Nick has consistently been re-elected overwhelmingly and he will continue to do so as long as he wants.
So stop wasting your time, Nick untouchable and we are going into his biggest media, holiday season, expect to see his picture in the paper .
So Donk, spend your time attaching the socialists on the council, they don’t have nearly the support Nick does.
Donk(Thursday, November 26 20 01:07 pm EST)
When customers at Nick's restaurant/bar pay the rooms and meals tax of New Hampshire Nick is just putting it in his own pocket.Why did you think he has all these liens against him?
He also runs his business that didn't pay any taxes for 8 years.Then he managed to get those taxes wiped clean.Meanwhile you will kick some poor person out of their trailer for $2 grand.Then you'll spend $3 grand in taxpayer money just to have the trailer hauled off and junked.You want to talk about mean,it doesn't get any meaner than that.
Nick is a business owner.Business owners don't receive unemployment benefits when business sours or is shut down.This isn't the case with Nick.He's managed to collect unemployment checks since this all began,including the $600/wk. Federal supplement.He gets these checks despite never having contributed one red cent to the unemployment insurance fund.
He continues to sell food and drink out of a place that has been found to be full of toxic carcinogenic pollutants.In a building that is full of asbestos.I won't even go into the fire code laws that are not even enforced on this building.
You are surprised that people are angered that the laws only apply to them? Certain people skate tax free and regulation free forever,never being subject to any of the laws that protect the public.This guy sitting on the council is one big middle finger to all of us little guys.How the rest of the council isn't apawled at this behavior and insisting that sitting councilors adhere to laws and taxes is beyond me.
Deb M(Wednesday, November 25 20 04:52 pm EST)
Donk, are you speaking of Nic? He owns a home in Claremont, so he certainly does pay taxes.
Donk(Wednesday, November 25 20 03:32 pm EST)
Deb, I have no idea who you are talking about.It's Polish fella that I speak of.He's a little lite in the loafers but I don't think he identifies as female.With 87 possible gender identities these days who knows?
I don't want to be mean to anyone anyway.I just don't have any more money for the delusional civil servant blue blood class.How much have I paid as an individual taxpayer for the so-called community center? I haven't even stepped foot in it,because I can't afford it.I would say making people pay for something they cannot use sounds just a tad bit unconstitutional.
Cheryl(Wednesday, November 25 20 02:57 pm EST)
Deb M, when I read Donk's comments I thought that he was referring to another councilor of the opposite gender than the councilor to whom you were referring to. Am I right Donk? Please set the record straight.
Deb M(Wednesday, November 25 20 02:49 pm EST)
Donk, just for clarification, that particular councilor does in fact pay property taxes through her rent. Every renter does, so its not exactly fair to be making that comment. Its also not fair, and frankly, down right mean spirited, to knock her profession. She's a hard working single mom who is supporting herself, and not relying on public assistance, so I find it bullying behavior for you to make such comments. Stick to the issues, and not personal attacks. Its not becoming.
Karen(Wednesday, November 25 20 02:48 pm EST)
Simple Mark, it is called GENTRIFICATION! Gentrification usually leads to negative impacts such as forced displacement, a fostering of discriminatory behavior by people in power, and a focus on spaces that exclude low-income individuals and people of color. Claremont's elite, snooty city leaders want to push these people into the low-income apartments they are creating by working hand in hand with certain developers they throw stacks and stacks of public funds at. Do not forget many of the councilors support sanctuary city status for Claremont.
Donk(Wednesday, November 25 20 02:25 pm EST)
Just look at the condition of the streets of Claremont.Compare the incomes of local taxpayers to that of Claremont civil servants.We have a sitting councilor that doesn't pay taxes and serves food and drink on top of a toxic waste dump site,nobody does a thing.
It sure looks like third world to me already.
You tell me to clean up my property.You must be one of the ones from the city that told me that I need a permit because I have 22 cars on my property that are part of my salvage auto parts business.They also have a problem with the 4 families that I have living in camper trailers on the property without being hooked up to water or septic/sewage.You come on down to try to get rid of us.You know my address 232 Sugar River Drive.You kick us out you better have 4 apartments waiting for us.Just take the cost out of your raise money.
LIVE FREE OR DIE- RIGHT
Mark(Wednesday, November 25 20 12:21 pm EST)
I was taken aback with the 170% increase in trailer property assessments from last year till now. What the hell is up with that?
Barbara(Wednesday, November 25 20 10:51 am EST)
I cannot get over how out of whack the property assessments seem to be. I think games are being played at city hall.
Matt(Wednesday, November 25 20 09:13 am EST)
The Lebanon city manager and their city council have the right idea regarding cutting back on expenses during this pandemic. Morris and his cronies on the council do not care about any of us citizens who are struggling just to get by until things turn around. All they want to do is cement their political futures with government handouts to city employees, developers and anyone else within their political circle.
Todd(Wednesday, November 25 20 04:49 am EST)
Jim Contois did a fantastic job explaining why the city staffers are already well paid and they do not need the big raises that Mr. Morris is asking for with the bullshit study that he manipulated the data for with the towns that were picked to compare Claremont to. Maybe some of the paid positions are too low but not all of them. No way is that true. Tony are you or one of your relatives a city staffer?
tony(Tuesday, November 24 20 12:34 pm EST)
Well Donk you go ahead and set the pay scales in the basement and when the positions are open and services are suspended you will have your wish. A true third world city to live in.
Donk is a dipshit(Tuesday, November 24 20 11:32 am EST)
Donk, you pull this shit out of your ass bud. Clean up some of your property and stop spreading ramblings online.
Deb M(Monday, November 23 20 02:33 pm EST)
Just for clarification, this last poster, "Deb", is a different poster than me. From now on, I'll post under Deb M.
Mike(Monday, November 23 20 02:00 pm EST)
Anybody noticing that any building that local government or local government officials is interested in all gets a big reduction in their property assessment? The JSL building, the old Eagle Times building, the Odd Fellows building owned by the Goodfellas. Just like the Topstone building a few years ago. How can anyone look at this and say that the property assessments are on the up and up?
Deb(Monday, November 23 20 12:45 pm EST)
Wow what a great article today. The property assessments in Claremont are totally screwed up. Anyone who reads this article will come to that conclusion unless they have a pro-city bias like many of the city councilors do who are blind to everything that's going on in front of them. Look at manufactured housing, mobile home trailers and the overall property assessment valuation for those properties goes up almost 170% in 12 months when the rest of the residential buildings and land all went down in value during a real estate boom. These property assessments are total bullshit. What is the Morris administration up to?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 23 20 07:13 am EST)
Claremont's MS-1 Document reveals several surprises. Part #1.
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Saturday, November 21 20 10:24 am EST)
I just want to say this.Who is the boss here,and who is the employee?
If the city workers don't like what we pay they are free to move on to any one of that list of cities on our comparison and beyond.We set the pay scale,not them!
Jim Sullivan(Friday, November 20 20 09:50 pm EST)
Another COVID-19 case reported at Stevens High School.
More information published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Deb(Friday, November 20 20 03:03 pm EST)
Also, regarding your point about elderly losing their homes since they can't pay taxes, there is a deferrment program available that does not get much attention, however, it is available. Basically, if qualified, seniors have their taxes deferred until they pass away, then the estate pays back the taxes.
Deb(Friday, November 20 20 02:59 pm EST)
Donk, I agree with your point about the comparator towns not being fair, and I mentioned that at our last meeting. I also agree that we have infrastructure needs, particularly paving, that are a priority of mine. I do believe anyone can do a 91-A to request any public document, and emails between the city manager and consultant are indeed available to the public. The council has just begun the process of discussing the compensation study. We have a long way to go before anything is actually implemented. I would suggest anyone who wants to weigh in do it at a council meeting, and not just on this site. you can also email me directly too, or the entire council. our emails are on city's website.
Donk(Friday, November 20 20 02:51 pm EST)
Thank you for your service Deb,and thank you for communicating with us,it shows you care when it's not election time.
Please let Mr. Morris know that we never requested he spend $48,000 on a pay study skewed toward the high side by selecting richer towns for comparison.
Please let him know that if he doesn't have the money to properly pave and maintain Claremont streets,we certainly don't have additional millions of dollars for pay and retirement pensions.
Tax deeding struggling elderly homeowners to enhance pay pkgs. certainly is not the will of Claremont taxpayers.We would prefer less services to making people homeless.
I do know that the consultant must have asked Mr. Morris which direction he wished the pay for employees to reflect.Selective towns and accounting gimmickry make any desired outcome possible.
I was wondering if a right to know request could be made with inquiry pertaining to email or any other form of communication between Mr. Morris and this consultant?
I was thinking of taking up a collection to hire this consultant once again by local taxpayers.This time we would wish the findings to reflect that we are over paying our manager and public workers.At the very least I would like to make any and all future comparisons be based on Claremont's per capita income at it's core.This seems the fairest measure to me.I'm sure councilor Koloski would agree considering he is unable to pay taxes of any kind,including property tax,rooms and meals tax,unemployment insurance coverage,and possibly FICA and workmans comp insurance for his own employees.
John J. O’Connor(Friday, November 20 20 07:59 am EST)
Thank you for responding to numerous posts. It has been known for years that members of the City Council are loyal Sullivan Report followers, it’s refreshing to see a Councilor respond to their constituents.
Hopefully some of your fellow Councilors, in the future, will have the guts to respond to the taxpayers on the Sullivan Report, where all opinions are respected and no ones statements are blocked.
Donk(Friday, November 20 20 07:54 am EST)
Pajama Patrol, by welfare do you mean that restaurant/bar that screamed for unemployment benefits without contributing anything into the fund?
Do you mean the restaurant/bar that has a lien for not paying the rooms and meals tax?
Or do you mean the restaurant/bar that doesn't pay property taxes,so doesn't care how much we pay our employees?
Huh, I was thinking of the same business on all accounts.How could anyone get away with so many wrongs? I wonder...
Pajama patrol(Thursday, November 19 20 09:30 pm EST)
Don't pick on the scumbags in pajamas they have feelings just because they have no fucking jobs and live on our dime with our excellent welfare system we probably bought the Jammies for these scum
Deb(Thursday, November 19 20 04:26 pm EST)
Donk, I understand all your points, and I try very hard to keep the burden on taxpayers in mind when making my decisions.
Donk(Thursday, November 19 20 04:18 pm EST)
It doesn't matter who you vote for Deb,Claremont is poor,in fact among the poorest cities in the state.
Aside from that I have to drive over an aborted street repair that couldn't get done because we gave the money to a consultant to look at why we don't pay as much as much richer towns.woops
The fact is,we don't have any more money to give the people that already make more money than we do.
speaking of a moot point...
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 19 20 03:48 pm EST)
Agreed, an Ordinance in Claremont is now irrelevant. Governor Sununu's Statewide mask mandate will apply to all indoor public spaces as well as outdoors when social distancing isn't possible.
Deb(Thursday, November 19 20 03:36 pm EST)
Sanunu just announced a statewide mask mandate! So, maybe our ordinance will be a moot point.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 19 20 03:09 pm EST)
Council Rule Number 52 clearly states, "Any member of the Council who might be shown to have clearly prejudged an issue or have a conflict of interest on an issue before the Council, places that issue in doubt and the City at great legal risk, therefore he or she should not take part in discussion or voting on the issue". That is a statement of undeniable fact!
This is a rule that the Claremont City Council enacted and a rule that all Claremont City Councilors are duty bound to uphold. If the Councilors do not like the rule then they need to change it and suffered the political consequences of doing so.
The Claremont City Council is Claremont's legislative body and a majority of the body has the right to make rules and regulations that are stricter than NH State law.
So Deb, your assertion does not hold water. All Councilors will have to abide by that rule or show the public their contempt for the Council Rules and for the public.
No matter how you try to wordsmith or politically spin this to your liking, Council Rule Number 52 is crystal-clear and there is no wiggle room!
Deb(Thursday, November 19 20 02:57 pm EST)
Well, Donk, just to clarify, there have been zero votes on implementation of the compensation study yet. So, again, before you go trashing us, wait till there is an actual decision made. And, just for the record, when you say "we" you should clarify that "we" in your case are the folks who follow and support this site, and they are, at best about 25% of the voters (who show up to vote) in Claremont. The majority of voters in Claremont support the city council, who were elected by "the people". Your candidates rarely win, and there's a reason for that. The majority of Claremont voters don't agree with you.
Donk(Thursday, November 19 20 02:44 pm EST)
Taking OUR MONEY to give it to underworked and overpaid already employees are NOT the volunteers we want.
I want a volunteer that can talk layoffs not raises.
Deb(Thursday, November 19 20 02:33 pm EST)
Read this article: https://www.nhmunicipal.org/town-city-article/local-officials-making-decisions-understanding-conflicts-interest-and
It fully explains the legal application for "prejudgment". Clearly, Mr. Sullivan has misinterpreted how this practice would be applied to the mask ordinance discussion. Prejudgement does not apply in legislative issues, only on quasi-judicial issues where "juror standards" are applied. It's unfortunate that he does not take the time to really understand issues before he writes his "exposes" and tries to trash citizens who volunteer their time to try to improve this community.
Jean(Thursday, November 19 20 12:35 pm EST)
If the councilors follow their own rules then they will not be able to vote on the mask ordinance.
Craig(Thursday, November 19 20 10:27 am EST)
Excellent article with a great twist. I did not know about the prejudgement rule and now that I do I completely agree that several of the councilors must refrain from voting on the mask ordinance. So many I believe that there is not enough councilors remaining to have a vote at all. The only way the councilors can now hold a vote on this mask ordinance is if they break their own rules. What a conundrum.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 19 20 08:58 am EST)
Mask Up Claremont Campaign underway.
Articlepublished on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J. O’Connor(Thursday, November 19 20 07:48 am EST)
Since we’re at it, let’s enact an Ordinance that forbids people from wearing pajamas in public.
That would do more for the image of Claremont then mandatory mask wearing.
Bob(Wednesday, November 18 20 03:39 pm EST)
You would think that slick Nick Koloski would have been the one interviewed by WCAX. Because according to ole Nicky he is the mastermind behind the whole mandatory mask wearing plot. But oh wait; he does not have a position on this at all. Yeah right.
Tom(Wednesday, November 18 20 02:35 pm EST)
I saw an interesting news clip on WCAX about Claremont and how the city council was going to soon decide on a mask mandate. I thought it was interesting that the only interview from a local official was that of Councilor Amanda Kier, one of the people who has been pushing this mask mandate for a long time. I wonder how she knew to be at the right place at the right times so she could get her face on TV?
Gary(Wednesday, November 18 20 10:20 am EST)
The Newport school district sure has a mess of their hands and it is going to cost the taxpayers in Newport $3.90 more on their property tax rate. Yikes! I hope the folks running things in Claremont with both the city and the schools do a better job with their budgeting. I do not have a whole lot of faith in our elected officials so fingers crossed.
Pam(Wednesday, November 18 20 08:08 am EST)
When I watched the meeting, it sure looked to me like Debora Matteau wanted to impose stiff cost penalties for anyone who does not wear a mask. It sounds like she is hunkered up in her home all the time afraid to go out in public so why the hell does she care. Just because she is terrified, it doesn’t mean everyone else is. Life goes on.
Matt(Tuesday, November 17 20 10:29 am EST)
I think the masks should be left up to the private businesses. If they require a mask then wear one or go somewhere else. It is as simple as that.
Chris(Tuesday, November 17 20 08:34 am EST)
If any of the councilors support the salary increase they should never be elected to any public office ever again. The people need to let the likes of Lovett, Damren and Kier and any other councilors who support this salary increase know that we can no longer afford their tax-and-spend, sanctuary city, represent only the special interests, socialist political agenda.
Todd(Monday, November 16 20 04:24 pm EST)
They don’t call him slick Nick for nothing.
Julie(Monday, November 16 20 02:43 pm EST)
Nick’s actions during that November meeting speak volumes about his lack of character.
Henry(Monday, November 16 20 01:26 pm EST)
Nick Koloski showed cowardice twice in one evening. He recused himself from the salary raise for the city employees controversy with a specious reason that the Sullivan Report shot full of holes. Later in the same meeting, Nick Koloski pulled a similar cowardly stunt with the mask mandate by apparently falsely claiming to be the mastermind behind it and then claiming that he does not have a position on the issue because he only wants to have the discussion with the council. Nick Koloski was talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time on both issues. Anyone who would put his or her trust in such a man is an idiot.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 16 20 11:39 am EST)
Nick or whomever you are you need to read the article more closely. It states that City Manager Ed Morris said during the Council meeting that Call Firefighters were neither part of the Consultant's Compensation Study nor Morris' Implementation Plan. That means there are no planned raises for Call Firefighters so there is absolutely no conflict of interest for Councilman Nick Koloski whatsoever. Koloski is just using this lame excuse to avoid having to make a decision on this controversial issue. Make no mistake, Nick is playing politics and as per usual he is doing it quite badly.
Jims Mom(Monday, November 16 20 10:32 am EST)
If Koloski had not recused himself you would have been bitching about that Jimbo. You can't have it both ways. I watched the meeting and a compensation study suggests raises so the charter does not highlight its ok to vote on giving ones self a raise. The charter says its ok for city councilor to be a call fireman. A call fireman is a part time hourly employee. That aside rule of thumb when in doubt step aside. That it ethical regardless of how you want to spin it with your fake news. Budgets and department funding is different.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 16 20 09:12 am EST)
New article published today.
November 12, 2020 Claremont City Council Meeting Synopsis.
Article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
Agenda of the left at work in claremont(Friday, November 13 20 09:12 pm EST)
We are surrounded by idiots police could never conduct enforcement of masks they can't enforce heroin pills cocaine or weed lol what a joke bring it on you ignorant fools trying to push that agenda on us you fucking morons I can't wait for the first cop to try and write a ticket mandated from this ignorant council to me we will generate some Supreme Court case law out of that stop ill guarantee you that much
Donk(Thursday, November 12 20 12:17 pm EST)
They didn't have enough money to pave Sugar River Drive.They probably spent $3000 to cut notches in the street.2 Mos. later they had to fill all of the notches.How much did this cost?
At the same time we had $45,000 to pay a consultant on pay that no employees were complaining about.
Now we need #1.2 million for raises for employees.
SO WHERE DOES THE MONEY TO PAVE SUGAR RIVER DRIVE COME FROM,BAKE SALES?
Greg(Wednesday, November 11 20 11:44 am EST)
The city manager and the city councilors are out of their minds. They support a $4.8 million Muni bond to revitalize a failing downtown, give away city buildings and millions of dollars in public funds to politically connected developers but they cannot spend hardly anything on fixing our crumbling roads. Now the councilors want to spend about $1.3 million to stuff into the pockets of the city employees, who support them at election time if they happen to live in Claremont, while picking the pockets of the Claremont taxpayers to do it. As city governments go, Claremont’s is the worst.
Ron(Wednesday, November 11 20 06:41 am EST)
I watched the council meeting of November fourth because of the Sullivan Report coverage of the pay scale and salary increases. I was glad when Andy O’Hearne stuck to his guns and finally got an answer about how many merit plan employees were only paying 7% of their health insurance premium. Morris said there were only a few and it turned out being 26 top paid employees, a heck of a lot more than a few. This is why city government officials cannot be trusted ever.
Shawn(Wednesday, November 11 20 05:42 am EST)
These pay raises that Mr. Morris wants to pay out are huge. The finance director gets a 23% pay raise. She is not making chump change now. A lot of the others will be given between 12% and 36% in salary increases. Now with this new tier plan cooked up by Mr. Morris and his staff, the beneficiaries, the employees in category one will see a 63% pay raise in 10 years. Mr. Morris seems to be shuffling up the numbers as fast as a pea in a shell game. No one around here in the private sector is receiving anywhere near that amount in pay raises, if they are even getting any pay raises at all. Mr. Morris is out of touch and his spending proposals are out of control. If the city councilors go along with this cockamamie idea then at the next election we as voters must clean house and vote out of elected office all of the city councilors who approve Mr. Morris’s pay raise plan.
Don(Wednesday, November 11 20 01:28 am EST)
Even if Mr. Morris’s alternate plan is put into action, it will still be very expensive for the taxpayers. Just look at Tier 1, those employees will get a 16% raise over two years above and beyond the pay raises they are scheduled to receive with their current employee contract. In 10 years they will see a 63% increase in their salary above and beyond that current contract. Who the heck gets those kind of raises these days anywhere around here? The answer, nobody. With Morris’s master plan, all of the city employees make out great and the taxpayers are screwed again.
Jessica(Tuesday, November 10 20 06:52 pm EST)
Newport has a COVID case in their school district and all schools are shut down for the rest of the week for safety reasons. Claremont has two cases in one week and it is business as usual. Who is protecting our kids?
Sarah(Tuesday, November 10 20 12:59 pm EST)
Great idea. But to fire Ed Morris I believe the public will have to convince at least five city councilors to terminate his contract. If people are as outraged with his spending ideas like I am then they need to call their councilors and strongly complain and remind the councilors that they work for the public and not the special concerns and interests. His salary raise increase plan is so beyond rational thinking. Plus he is hiding the cost by not doing the math or presenting any solid numbers. The Sullivan Report is doing the math and doing a great job informing us about how Mr. Morris wants to take advantage of all of us and raise our taxes at a time when financial restraint should be the order of the day.
Donk(Tuesday, November 10 20 12:36 pm EST)
HOW ABOUT WE FIRE MORRIS!?
Anita(Tuesday, November 10 20 12:33 pm EST)
I remember reading the part in the article about how Mr. Morris picked two cost-of-living yardsticks and averaging them both together so that he could eke out an extra one half of 1% to give to city staff larger annual raises. Talk about greed and a complete disregard for the overtaxed Claremont taxpayers.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 10 20 11:03 am EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) Second COVID-19 case reported within the Claremont School District.
2) Is a Morris Administration bait and switch in the works regarding the implementation plan for city employee salary increases? Wait until you see how much Morris' implementation plan has changed in just a few days! Hint, salary compensation increase percentiles have risen dramatically!
Both articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Kevin(Tuesday, November 10 20 08:07 am EST)
I read in the Valley News today that the city manager of Lebanon is proposing three full-time employee layoffs, not hiring some of their seasonal recreational staff and cutting their city budget by $1.1 million from infrastructure projects to keep the tax increase lower for their FY 2021 city budget. What is the city manager of Claremont doing instead? Proposing a $5.8 million municipal bond for a downtown infrastructure project that many would say is unnecessary except for the water and sewer pipe part of it and proposing a $1.3 million increase in pay salaries for city staff members. The city manager will probably get a pay raise in this deal. Talk about a tale of two different cities. Lebanon is managed fairly well. Claremont is run by a city manager and councilors who are only interested in spending oodles of money to pander to special interests like favored developers and city staff members.
Lisa(Monday, November 09 20 12:46 pm EST)
I noticed on the partial list of positions that were considered underpaid that the farmers market coordinator made the list as being underpaid by 26%. I thought that the farmers market coordinator was grant funded and her salary and any of the compensation that she receives in that none of it was to be funded by the taxpayers. Was that another bait and switch orchestrated by city officials on the unsuspecting taxpayers?
David(Monday, November 09 20 11:23 am EST)
William, very well written commentary. I would just like to piggyback a few thoughts on top of what you wrote. I like statistics, I know how easy it is to skew statistics to a predetermined outcome, and I believe that is exactly what Mr. Morris achieved by the choice he made in regards to the municipal communities used for comparison. Claremont’s median house price is the lowest and our community’s median household income was the lowest except for the community of Franklin, which could be considered an outlier. The other communities are not good comparators but they were used to create a predetermined and I believe erroneous conclusion of 87% of Claremont’s employees being asserted as grossly underpaid. I do not believe that conclusion for a second and neither should any other taxpayer in Claremont.
William(Monday, November 09 20 10:40 am EST)
City manager Morris is one hell of a piece of work. He acts like a moron but I think that is only an act at least somewhat of an act. I do not think he is very knowledgeable about how to be a city manager as one of his predecessors not too long ago, Guy Santagate. I do think he is smart enough to play dumb so that the councilors do not ask him any tough embarrassing questions on camera. The councilors are not playing dumb they just are and I believe Mr. Morris knows it. Mr. Morris wanted pay raises all round to gain the support of the city employees so he could retain his job unlike Mr. McNutt. I also think this is a ploy to pressure the councilors to give Mr. Morris a big pay raises to keep the pay differentials what they are now. Therefore, Mr. Morris convinced the councilors to rubberstamp pass the hiring of consulting for $45,000 to write a study that would guarantee the outcome conclusion to be that almost everyone working for the city is extremely underpaid. Of course, the taxpayers will not swallow that pile of bullshit with the city councilors certainly will at least a voting majority of them will. So now, when looking at nearly $1.3 million added to the payroll costs of the city over two maybe three years so Mr. Morris can appease the masses who work for him and the taxpayers get it in the neck again with even higher property taxes. This is not right but this is how Claremont government business is conducted these days. Well-connected people cleanup at the taxpayer’s expense, while our roads and city buildings continue to rot from intentional neglect.
Donk(Monday, November 09 20 09:21 am EST)
How about a consultant that compares paving plans for city streets?
You took my paving money and paid it to some asshole consultant.It really makes me sick paying taxes at all considering the state that Sugar River Drive is in.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 09 20 08:40 am EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) Confirmed COVID-19 case at Disnard Elementary School.
2) Special Claremont City Council meeting regarding municipal pay & classification study presentation & implementation plan vague on specifics!
Articles published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bill(Sunday, November 08 20 04:24 pm EST)
I always thought if you worked for the city, you made a little less in take home pay but made it up with medical benefits and retirement .
Now, they want it all.
Scott(Sunday, November 08 20 12:21 pm EST)
I do not understand why reasonably intelligent people would even consider paying city staff members these large salary increases ranging between 12% and 35%. Right now we are all living through a horrible pandemic that has devastated the local and national economies. Raising property taxes to pay city staff members, who in my opinion are already fairly well-paid, is insanity. I do not work for the government but I do have a fairly good job but I am not receiving annual pay raises that even closely match with Mr. Morris and his $45,000 consultant is suggesting. I doubt anyone else in the private sector is receiving pay raises at this phenomenal level as well. Remember, the city staff members all received a pay raise with their latest contracts that were all approved over the course of the last year, which coincides with Mr. Morris's first year as city manager. Pay raises are already guaranteed and these phenomenal pay raises will be on top of that. The average Claremont taxpayer cannot afford Mr. Morris's proposal. Claremont already has the stigma of having the highest property tax rate in the entire state. Enactment of this proposal will only make matters worse in that regard. Any city councilor who would vote to enact such a proposal has no business representing the average citizens of Claremont.
Matt(Friday, November 06 20 03:18 pm EST)
Our city councilors and city manager have all of their priorities ass-backwards. Putting more money in employees pockets is not going to do anything for our crumbling roads and municipal buildings that are very much in need of repair. I believe city manager Ed Morris is only thinking of his own pocket because the report says he needs a raise too without revealing how much he is supposedly underpaid. I do not know how much he is receiving pay but I know it significantly more than Guy Santagate received and I think we can all agree that Ed Morris is no Guy Santagate, not even close. To pay so much money for a novice city manager is nuts but our city councilors did it without blinking. Just as they were very quick to authorize a $4.8 million municipal bond to fix up a downtown region to pave the way for more low income housing for Claremont’s future sanctuary city. As I said at the beginning of this commentary our city councilors and city manager have all of their priorities ass-backwards.
Todd(Thursday, November 05 20 10:43 am EST)
Some of the councilors like Debbie Matteau and Nikki Koloski talk a good game but that is all it is talk. They say they understand that we have a pandemic going on, families are hurting, and then with the next breath they vote to spend more money to appease the insatiable appetites of special interest groups with our tax dollars as if money is no object. Most of the people on the council are two-faced hypocrites.
Linda(Thursday, November 05 20 10:03 am EST)
After reading the Sullivan Report, article I watched part of the meeting online about the JSL building and it was nice to see councilors be engaged in an issue for a change. Usually they are just going through the motions of approving everything Mr. Morris wants them to approve without asking too many questions or councilors as for example Jim Contois, who lavishes praise on city employees or others for simply showing up and doing their jobs. I believe in giving credit where credit is due but he is just kissing every tush he can find and he is not the only one. Nick Koloski, Abigail Kier, Charlene Lovett, Allen Damren and Debbie Matteau are all pretty good in the sucking up department as well. It is sickening how they pander to the special interests to the detriment of everyone else and I am referring to the taxpayers who have to pay for all their spending initiatives that seem to benefit only a select few.
Greg(Thursday, November 05 20 09:41 am EST)
This solar company option agreement has all the earmarks of another sweetheart deal just like the JSL building. Both of these are on Morris. The Topstone sweetheart deal was on the former city manager and former city assessor consultant but the rest of the city’s administrative staff is all the same in the planning and finance departments. A few of the faces may change but the shady goings-on continues.
Kevin(Thursday, November 05 20 08:55 am EST)
That is certainly true, the voters are now reaping what they sowed and that is out of control spending with pie-in-the-sky downtown revitalization plans, huge raises for all the city employees, sweetheart deals for public officials, developers, foreign businesses and anyone else with political influence with local government officials. The taxpayers of Claremont are suffering the consequences of higher taxes and a crumbling infrastructure because of the liberal leadership that the voters foolishly elected to the city council.
Charles(Thursday, November 05 20 07:51 am EST)
Oh don’t worry the city staffers and the city manager are all going to get their huge pay raises because the moron voters of Claremont keep electing tax-and-spend liberals to the city councilor seats.
Donk(Wednesday, November 04 20 05:18 pm EST)
Sugar River Drive couldn't get paved this year due to a lack of money.
Finding money to contract a company to tell me that I'm not paying my employees enough wasn't a problem?
Fuck You Morris!
Michelle(Wednesday, November 04 20 03:48 pm EST)
More typical Claremont corruption. Funneling public funds from the public trough to as many special interests as possible and that includes city employees . With the Zoom meetings, there is little or no resistance because most people have no access to the meetings. Covid was a blessing in disguise for these politicians who like to work in the dark unseen. Thank goodness, the Sullivan Report is on the ball acting like our public watchdog.
Donk(Wednesday, November 04 20 02:33 pm EST)
They did the same thing as Claremont in Detroit and Chicago.We can all see what a fantastic template that can work by.2/3 of Detroit population is gone forever.They did however leave the ones that count on public support for their very survival.Illinois,and Chicago in particular is experiencing a mass exodus.Dig into the numbers of who is actually leaving and things look even more dire.It's the people with wealth and high income that are the ones relocating.Retired teachers,firemen,and cops are also all leaving due to taxes being too high.
While the high earners in Claremont left years ago for the most part what's happening is the erosion of home values.This will exacerbate the mill rate and send Claremont's rate into the stratosphere.Why is a consulting company comparing public employee wages without looking at the full picture?
WE HAVE THE LOWEST PER CAPITA INCOME IN THE ENTIRE STATE AND OUR EMPLOYEES REFUSE TO EVEN SEE IT.
Chris(Wednesday, November 04 20 01:57 pm EST)
I did a little homework looking up the FY 21 city budget for this year and I added up all of the salary budget lines for all the city departments and came up with a total of $6,123,812. Then I divided the $1,284,483 consultant recommended salary increases and it totaled 21%. That is how much of an annual increase in just salary that Ed Morris and his prized consultant want to stick the taxpayers with so that his subordinates can get a big raise. I can only imagine how much of a big raise Ed Morris is asking for in his secret sessions with the councilors.
Tom(Wednesday, November 04 20 12:18 pm EST)
City Manager Ed Morris is out of his mind if he thinks the people of Claremont are going to support almost $1.3 million of salary increases to the rank-and-file city municipal staffers. It is unheard of.
Rachel(Wednesday, November 04 20 12:11 pm EST)
City councilors will be meeting tonight to review and decide upon their next steps with the municipal employee compensation study. City Manager Ed Morris, a career firefighter with little management experience, is pushing hard for additional pay raises even though union employee contracts have been signed and are still valid. It seems Mr. Morris just wants to line all of the city employee’s pockets with more money. I also have a sneaky suspicion that once all of the pay levels are increased that he will say that he needs an enormous pay raise too so to maintain the distance between his pay and everyone else’s. This has all the appearance of a large money grab at taxpayer’s expense with absolutely no benefit for us the taxpayers but plenty of benefit for the municipal employees.
Donk(Wednesday, November 04 20 12:04 pm EST)
Morris knows that his true constituency are the employees of the City of Claremont.If he takes care of them he has a job for life.Also,if all of them get pay raises so too shall he.
If the city employees don't like the pay they are free to move on to greener patures.I don't think that we will have a problem attracting replacements at the current pay and benefit structure.I would say we should have a look at the new guys at the sober living facility,they couldn't do any worse than what we already have.
Close and winterize the community center until a vaccine has been delivered to all,probably 2022.
Brad(Wednesday, November 04 20 11:42 am EST)
It looks like Mr. Morris gave away the candy store with this alleged negotiation with Steel Mill Solar LLC. No favored nation clause to make sure Claremont’s city government and the taxpayers get the best price possible. A 50% property assessment reduction on the largest parcel of land that the solar company wants to lease. All vague noncommittal terms and a total absence of anything resembling solid legal clauses. In case you are wondering how I know I looked the document up on the Registry of Deeds website and read it for myself. Short, sweet and nothing there just about sums it up. The city is required to do all kind of things and it seems that the solar company gets off scot-free. I also don’t like the idea of the solar company being able to pass off the rights of the property to anyone else they decide that is an affiliate of theirs. A secret partnership could be reached at any time with an entity we as a community may not want to do business with and we as a community is stuck because Mr. Morris already signed our rights away. Moreover, for what? Who the heck knows because no dollars and cents or any other type of payment is included in the agreement. I would also like to know what happened to the city generating their own solar power. That was supposed to be part of the deal. Was that just a nonstarter to sweeten the deal to get the Council to break out their rubber stamps, vote yes and not ask any difficult or any potentially controversial questions as they always do? Heck of a way to run the city.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 04 20 07:28 am EST)
Official Claremont local election results are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 03 20 01:36 pm EST)
Hold onto your wallets! Council to consider Municipal Pay & Classification Study Presentation, outrageously expensive recommendations & possibly approve Implementation Plan during their Wednesday, November 4 special meeting!
Article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Chris(Tuesday, November 03 20 08:06 am EST)
Thank you Jim and AJ for reporting about the Steel Mill Solar LLC negotiations going on behind the closed doors of City Hall out of sight and out of mind to everyone it seems but the two of you. You uncovered several disturbing things. Anyone of them by itself might be explained away but together it shows a very disturbing pattern of behavior, especially on the heels of what has now become a controversial sale of the Junior Sports League building to a county official. As with the JSL, there is another situation of a significant property assessment reduction just before the property is put into use by an outside entity. I am wondering if this is going to affect the payment in lieu of taxes price changing it in a downward direction. Then there is the matter of the missing meeting minutes on the city website and important clauses that should have been included in the option to lease agreement that were missing. Needless to say I do not trust Ed Morris and I am beginning to wonder who he is really working for because it does not seem to be the people of Claremont. I am wondering the same thing about the city councilors.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 02 20 01:41 pm EST)
Two new articles published today.
1) City Manager Ed Morris signs vague Memorandum of Option to Lease with Steel Mill Solar LLC.
2) October 28, 2020 Claremont City Council Meeting Synopsis.
Both articles can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
TRUMP 2020(Monday, November 02 20 08:05 am EST)
TRUMP 2020 go vote we can't let the snowflakes win bad enough we have tons in our local government fucking that up
Poor jeff got us taxpayers again(Friday, October 30 20 07:40 pm EDT)
In a position for the county he was paid a annual salary for !!!
Jeff is a sorry excuse
John J O’Connor(Friday, October 30 20 07:55 am EDT)
What people are forgetting is Jeff had a ton more information on the JSL because of his position as a County Commissioner.
Jeff, as a Commissioner, did extensive research into the JSL for the county when the county was considering the JSL for its Sober living house.
He has access that others considering purchasing the building didn’t have. He had access to paperwork others didn’t have and lastly, he had access to city administration that others don’t have and because of this access he was able to request and receive a new evaluation on the JSL.
If have to ask yourself, would the average investor have the same privileges and access ?
Keith(Wednesday, October 28 20 01:53 pm EDT)
In Claremont sweetheart deals like this has become business as usual. Especially since Charlene Lovett became Mayor and her right hand henchman Allen Damren became Assistant Mayor.
William(Wednesday, October 28 20 01:24 pm EDT)
Jeff Barrett can howl at the moon, crying foul until the cows come home. It will not matter. This deal stinks to high heaven and everybody who has read the Sullivan Report articles damn well knows it. I am so sick and tired of this BS happening in Claremont. I thought Mr. Ed Morris would be someone different. Someone honest with some honest-to-goodness ethics. I was wrong and now I think it is time for a new city manager once again. Maybe this time the councilors will for once show some good sense and hire a professional firm to do a nationwide search of qualified ethical candidates.
Todd(Wednesday, October 28 20 12:55 pm EDT)
Don, the way you feel about the Morris Administration is the exact same way that I feel about the city councilors. With all of these disturbing things that the Sullivan Report has uncovered and published the actual proof for is all of us to see and then for the city councilors to ignore the truth and do nothing about it says one thing to me and that is that the city councilors are just as corrupt as the city administrators.
Don(Wednesday, October 28 20 12:44 pm EDT)
Tragically, this is how business is conducted in Claremont these days. It is sad when there is not anyone honest enough on the city council to cry foul and stand up for the hard-working citizens of our fair city. Instead, our local officials have the mindset of which one of our buddies can we help out today with taxpayers money or assets or both and screw over the ignorant taxpayers in the process. Then they all lie about it by cherry picking what they tell the citizenry with their whitewashed version of their actions in the hopes that the citizenry never finds out the truth. If it were not for Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville, two former city councilors, we would never know the truth about any of the dirty rotten things that routinely happen at City Hall and at the school district and in county government that our despicable local government leaders all try to cover up.
Jay(Wednesday, October 28 20 09:59 am EDT)
The city auction article tied right in with the sweetheart Commissioner Jeff Barrette property deal that Ed Morris and Nancy Merrill cooked up. This fact really drove the point home for me. The eight property sold at auction gave the city bid prices ranging between 13% and 81% of the current property assessment value of each of these eight properties. Commissioner Jeff Barrette’s property deal with the city only brought in less than 2% of the current property assessment value that was dropped by 59% before the property transferred hands. It also looks like Barrette made the property assessment drop a demand of purchase and maybe even the variance too. Wow! Until recently I thought the old-fashioned backroom deals at City Hall were a thing in the past. I could not have been more wrong.
Steve(Wednesday, October 28 20 08:39 am EDT)
It didn’t surprise me to find out that it looks like Jeff Barrette was the one who demanded a property assessment change on the JSL building. The way Ed Morris wrote his memo it certainly looks like it and Morris is going out of his way to try to justify those actions. The 59% change downward is one hell of a change. This whole property transfer stinks to high heaven. The bid process was a sham in my opinion because the property assessment was changed and now a big-time variance looks like it’s in the works ready for a quick rubberstamp vote by the zoning board. If other potential buyers knew that these things were a possibility it would have made the property far more valuable in their eyes and I doubt any other bids would have been as skimpy as $5000. This is just like the Topstone scandal where a public official benefited from secret goings-on at City Hall. With the Topstone property Councilor Koloski benefited indirectly because his landlords kept possession of the building. New landlords would have been problematic for Koloski because I understand that the current landlords offer him cheap rent where another landlord would in all likelihood not. With the JSL property the benefit to Sullivan County Commissioner Barrette was direct. I do not like how business is conducted in Claremont at City Hall. I really do not like the fact that the city councilors have become nothing more than enablers to this bad behavior and continued betrayal of the trust placed in them by the citizens of Claremont.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 27 20 05:05 pm EDT)
The JSL Building is not located within the Claremont Historic District, meaning that the Claremont Historic District Commission has no say in the matter. Only the Claremont Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Claremont Planning Board does. If the Barrette's decide to apply for 79-E Property Assessment Tax Relief to freeze their property assessment for at least five years as they did for their Water Street property, then that would be under the purview of the City Council.
Donk(Tuesday, October 27 20 04:45 pm EDT)
Can the people that live in the surrounding neighborhood sue the city for diminishing their home values?
Will the city adjust downward the assessed values of the surrounding homes due to industrial encroachment that greatly diminishes home values?
Historical Society input seems necessary.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 27 20 02:36 pm EDT)
New article published today.
JSL Building sale update.
The article can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Tuesday, October 27 20 01:14 pm EDT)
Restore the JSL Bldg.?
By the time all of the overpriced contracts,awarded to friends and family of city employees,we could probably build 3 JSL Bldgs.
Speaking of which,I remember the historical society being a real thorn in the side for Santagate when he was doing the parking garage,having to preserve the Sawtooth Bldg..Has anybody been in touch with the historical society so they can touch base with Jeff Babette about ensuring that the JSL is preserved properly in it's classic form? Period correct building materials will be paramount in the refurbishing of our beloved,historical community center.Permits and permission must be adhered to in the strictest of policy concerning the family jewels of the citizens of Claremont.
No idea how to manage do nothing government employees(Tuesday, October 27 20 10:16 am EDT)
Exactly right open it as a basketball court practices but our city can't because that's mismanaged our funds for so many years cant afford it time to get real people to run but we would need to organize get all these liberal beauracrats out of our offices its a fucking straight up joke we allow them to run us right in the shitter
Bob(Tuesday, October 27 20 09:34 am EDT)
Just so everyone knows Ole Jeffy is not the great savior, before COVID hit there was plans in the works to restore the JSL building and get it 100% up to code. It was going to be the JSL again. This would have made the property worth it's evaluation and the city could have sold it for a lot more than 5k and gotten more in property tax, and it would have opened up another rec center for the city. But hey who cares about the kids right not our city
Brian(Monday, October 26 20 03:46 pm EDT)
Now it looks like the city’s assessing department under Ed Morris’s stellar management has taken to misleading state officials with property assessments. Telling the state they are going to assess Green Mountain Power’s property assessment for $1,809,300 more than what they really did is pretty sneaky. It makes me wonder if any of the other numbers on that MS-1 document are any more truthful than that false claim was. The more we learned about the Morris Administration the less I like.
Donk(Monday, October 26 20 03:33 pm EDT)
Hey Jeff, why don't you tell 'em how generous you are with the benefits of your employees?
Tell 'em how about the health insurance and the 401k match.The sober house workforce will be making comparable pay of our local firemen,right Jeff?
or are you stiffing VRH with more uncompensated patients?
I hope you aren't greedy with your employees like Koloski is.Did ya buy the JSL Bldg. with your PPP loan?
Mike(Monday, October 26 20 01:10 pm EDT)
Jeff Barrett is upset about how his name is spelled? Come on people what old Jeffrey is really upset about is the fact that everyone knows the truth about this property deal thanks to the investigative journalism of the Sullivan Report. If left up to the sleazy local government officials and the lazy reporters who will never write a negative word against any city official unless the big cheeses tell them to like with all the Councilor Stone drama those of us paying the taxes to operate the local government agencies never would know what damn thing about how our money and assets are being mishandled. Folks it all boils down to this. The JSL is a building that belonged to the public that was sold for a song to a county official after a secret 59% tax break was slapped on the building. If the city advertised the building with its new lower property assessment they probably would’ve received more than just one bid and received a heck of a lot more money than just $5000. That sums this whole deal up in a nutshell.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 26 20 08:35 am EDT)
Jeff, I do sincerely apologize for misspelling your name by dropping the letter e on the end. I suppose you will also be chastising Eagle Times Reporter Patrick Adrian for also misspelling your name the same way since you seem to be so riled up about it. I found it very telling that you did not criticize anything else within the Sullivan Report article regarding the recent property sale of the JSL Building. Putting the building back on the tax rolls is a good thing. However, the government officials involved in this property transfer omitted important information when they revealed the details of the property sale to the public during the televised October 14 Council meeting. Presumably, to frame this property transfer of city-owned property in the most positive light possible by intentionally not revealing certain key facts that would destroy the facade city officials tried to create.
You did mention the revised property assessment of $311,100 during the discussion but you did not mention which direction the property assessment went. What was also not said is the fact that just three weeks before the Council vote to put the building up for bid again that the City Assessing Office reduced the property assessment by 59% for a total of $451,700. You are correct that the City offered the building multiple times before and no one wanted it. It is also true that in 2018 the City Assessing Office increased the property assessment by 9% ($59,900) when city officials have repeatedly stated to the public that the building has allegedly been deteriorating for a number of years. This was the first time that city officials said they had a willing buyer prior to the bid solicitation and the first time that the City Administration had secretly decreased the property value by 59%. Jeff when you say that no one wanted the building during prior attempts to sell it you are once again failing to mention that the property assessment had just been reduced by 59%, which is a huge difference and not a fair comparison to previous attempts to sell the building.
One other thing, your winning bid of $5,000 represents 1.61% of the recently decreased property valuation of $311,100. By comparison, the winning bids for the eight properties recently sold at public auction represent a range of 13.01% to 80.80% of current property assessment value!
As a public official, one would think that you would be happy that we are bringing public transparency to Claremont’s citizenry in regards to city official’s management and disposal of city-owned assets because certain public officials routinely do not.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 26 20 07:17 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) Morris Administration's Assessing Office does it again! Property assessment secretly decreased by $1.8 million!
2) Claremont School Board does not have the authority to double the size of the School District's Contingency Fund!
3) City yields $140,000 from recent tax deeded properties auction!
All three articles can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
Slugs(Sunday, October 25 20 10:31 pm EDT)
Way too many slugs it all comes from democrats get your hands out of the pockets of government little Nicky and now little Jeffrey need help running there business both free buildings in one way or another what happened to get the hell to work and pay your bills if you own a business not do it on the back of local government. Just amazing I bet there mommies are proud of the business men they are
tom(Sunday, October 25 20 06:26 pm EDT)
For the record here's the max allowable commercial for the CR-2 zoning the JSL sits in "Sec. 22-387.12. - Neighborhood commercial.
Neighborhood commercial uses shall contain no more than one thousand five hundred (1,500) gross square feet per store. Notwithstanding the requirements of division 2 of article 5 of this chapter, off-street parking is not required.
(Ord. No. 531, § 1, 4-10-2013)"
Tom(Sunday, October 25 20 06:16 pm EDT)
Looks like maybe jeff is a bit triggered by Mr. Sullivan.....Just wait for the zoning board meeting...should be a hoot.....NOT EVEN BY SPECIAL EXCEPTION IS THE PROPOSED USE ALLOWED.....Interesting times
Donk(Sunday, October 25 20 05:06 pm EDT)
Let's see if ole' Jeff is as free with his own money for remodeling as he is with ours.
New roof going on the sober living farce.Tons of remodeling work going on at the community dental clinic that charges Park Avenue dental prices if you have a bank account and aren't on welfare.Root canals on baby teeth? Why Not? other people's money.I would have preferred just giving each of the so-called reformed druggies a bag of Heroin the size of their fists.The non-relevant losers would disappear quick fast.Perhaps we could get a group rate for cremation, Biomass fuel?
John J O’Connor(Sunday, October 25 20 04:46 pm EDT)
Wow, Jim Sullivan, you were just schooled by Jeff Barrette.
Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Looser all the way(Sunday, October 25 20 08:44 am EDT)
I agree with that Jeff the thought of tax revenue compared to cost to upkeep. We have such stupid people as managers and councilors I guess just give it away and why not to you the guy who loses buildings runs the ones you do have into the ground and gets govt subsidies to get a building to run his tshirt business BIDEN 2020 I guess for the likes of loosers like you I do agree the ignorant people who have run our city who make decisions are a absolute joke on every level but I guess that's not your fault you just did that to our county govt another beauracrat liberal.sorry you feel the backlash from all the decisions of you and your looser friends in our local govt obviously making you feel the need to respond go make some t-shirts
If your research is so good why can,t you spell my name. Barrette.
If you would like to option the jsl building from me please give me a call. I don't really think you want to take on a $12,700 tax bill, but I bet with a bit of lobbying we could get it up 18k for. The facts are that this building has been offered twice before and no one wanted it. The facts are that Claremont is going to see tax revenue instead of maintenance costs
Linda Eckert(Thursday, October 22 20 04:57 pm EDT)
I want to hear more
Chris(Thursday, October 22 20 02:31 pm EDT)
When I read Karen’s remarks, I just wanted to vomit. The part about Councilman Koloski being a local saint and a male version of Mother Teresa especially gave me the urge to wretch. Nicholas Koloski is no saint by any possible definition. He collects donations from other people and then grabs as much news media publicity as he can by taking credit for those donations as he distributes them to the needy. Even Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch would never sink so low. Sainthood? Hardly! As for prosperity, I recall that Nicholas Koloski has many numerous liens filed against his businesses from individuals and several government agencies including the IRS. I recall earlier Sullivan Report articles stating that they were available for public viewing on the website of the Sullivan County Registry of Deeds. I just looked and they are still there with no listings of any change of status in regards to any restitution of any of these debts. Therefore, it seems that all of these liens remain unpaid all of these years later. Karen is this your definition of business prosperity? Karen, to suggest that city managers and municipal assessors routinely change property assessments in secret by 76% with a bonus of delinquent property tax forgiveness of $222,725 for the landlord of a sitting city councilor that routinely endorses with his city councilor vote everything desired by the city administration is ludicrous. The same is true for the current situation of a 59% property assessment reduction for a property owned by the city or should I say the people of Claremont that is soon after handed over to a sitting county commissioner after requesting to purchase the property and then submitting the sole bid for only a paltry five thousand dollars. Karen everything in Claremont is most certainly not fine. We have the highest property tax rate in the entire state, one of the lowest per capita incomes for the population and three local governments all with a spending problem. In addition, to wish two people dead that you happen to disagree with is beyond the pale of human decency. I also do not believe for a second that your real name is Karen. I could be wrong but I believe your real name perfectly rhymes with Nicholas Koloski.
Karen(Thursday, October 22 20 10:47 am EDT)
That Francis Gauthier guy should just learn to shut the hell up. He spews the hatred of all that is Claremont from this travesty of a website all over local pages of Facebook so more people can see the lies spread by the likes of Sullivan and Maranville. Too disgusting old men who should just hurry up and die already so the rest of us in Claremont who want positive growth can continue on unimpeded. There is absolutely nothing to see with the Topstone building or the JSL building property assessment changes. These things happen all the time all over the country. So what? There is no story here. The property owners of both buildings are doing wonderful things for Claremont. Councilman Koloski is a local saint. A male version of Mother Teresa herself. He is a volunteer fireman for two companies one Claremont and one in Wethersfield VT, and he donates toys to needy children at Christmas and he donates tents and necessary living supplies to the local homeless. He is a great man and a fine leader for Claremont. His businesses bring jobs and prosperity the Claremont and the owners of the building have helped Nick realizes his dreams of business prosperity. They should be commended not vilified. The same with Mr. Barrett, who has dedicated his life to public service and is entitled to accolades for his investment in Claremont. So what did he paid $5000 for the building. So what that the property assessment was changed. These things happen all the time. All of you need to grow up and start looking at the good in Claremont and forget about the bad because there isn’t any. Everything is wonderful here why don’t you see that?
Henry(Thursday, October 22 20 09:15 am EDT)
The article I read in the newspaper said that a zoning board exception change would be needed for the JSL building to allow for light manufacturing. If you look who’s on the zoning board Mike Hurd, school board member James Petrin, ex-mayor and ex-city councilor Scott Pope’s wife Tracy and ex-city employee from the planning department, Councilor Abigail Kier and school board member and ex-city councilor Carolyn Towle you would know that the fix is already in. This exception change is already on the zoning board’s November 2 meeting agenda. We all know it’s going to be a quick rubberstamp vote of yes because the Barretts are in the local government clique and all of these local government officials all look out for each other’s best interests and don’t give a fig about the public’s best interests. They never have and they never will. I have lived in Claremont a good many years as I am a born and bred native and I have seen a few things. One thing I have noticed is that government corruption and special favors for those within the ole boy network is at an all-time high at least in my lifetime of 72 years. I am sad to say that this place is becoming just as corrupt as Tammany Hall and there does not seem to be any honest elected leaders for the school, the county or the city that is willing to stand up and do what is right.
tom(Thursday, October 22 20 08:42 am EDT)
According to the zoning code it appears that the use they propose for the JSL is not allowed for a residential neighborhood ? But hey even if its not allowed i am sure they will allow it neighboring property owners be dammed.
Roger(Wednesday, October 21 20 11:19 am EDT)
I personally have no problem with the $5000 bid price from the Barrett’s for the JSL. What I take issue with is the 59% reduction in property assessment that lowers their tax bill by 59%. A secret gift for a county official who is buying the building and taking it off the city’s hands.
Brad(Wednesday, October 21 20 09:55 am EDT)
Tina might be old slick Nick the city councilor. It sure sounds like him. Whoever it is sounds like they're feeling the pressure from public exposure because of your article. Keep up the good work guys. The taxpayers need to know what these scum buckets are doing with our money.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, October 21 20 09:10 am EDT)
“Tina” whomever you are, I can state with 100% certainty that you are pulling poo out of your bum and hoping some of it sticks to the wall. First of all, AJ does not post anything to the Internet whatsoever. Whenever I post something to the Internet I use my real name, I do not post anything anonymously. Your assertion that the Topstone incident, which consisted of a secret $222,725 property tax debt waiver combined with a 76% property assessment reduction and the JSL Building’s secret 59% property tax assessment and property tax burden reduction soon before the property transferred ownership is simply business as usual is quite frankly astounding and disturbing. It puts into question your honesty, integrity and ethics. Your posting does make one thing obviously clear, our reporting is clearly getting to someone or several someone’s in local government.
Tina(Wednesday, October 21 20 08:44 am EDT)
That is so odd. A proper assessment on a property before it sells. Tell me more. Almost sounds like a real estate transaction. So shocking. Almost as shocking as the owners of Topstone exercising their rights to fair taxation which any person can do. Almost as shocking as a "news flash" being posted followed by pats on the back by the same people, Jim and AJ. By the Industrial Property Owner is AJ Maranville.
William(Wednesday, October 21 20 07:23 am EDT)
Not one of the city councilors is worth anything. I thought Stone and O’Hearne were at least going to put up more of a fight but they are just laying back and taking it for the most part so we have no one on the council truly representing the taxpaying public.
Joel(Wednesday, October 21 20 06:57 am EDT)
Just watch the city employees are going to get another big pay raise once this study is finished and on top of that the taxpayers will be paying more retirement benefits for the same employees. Special friends keep getting huge benefits at the expense of the taxpayers and the nine knuckleheads on the council let it all happen, all of them acting like facilitators or fixers for the mob.
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, October 20 20 07:37 pm EDT)
Fred, thank you for the correction.
Fred(Tuesday, October 20 20 06:08 pm EDT)
John O’Connor your comment is incorrect. The GCC building sold for $60,000 to the current owner at auction. I was there. Look it up. I have no issue with the JSL price, however I am a stickler for details and the information you provided as a comparison is incorrect.
Jeanette(Tuesday, October 20 20 01:29 pm EDT)
The ole boy network is alive and well in Claremont. It was always lurking somewhere hidden in the background but boy in 2020 it is loud and proud. Special interests are just as obnoxious as Councilors Kier and Contois and Koloski.
Lisa(Tuesday, October 20 20 11:04 am EDT)
It's true that Jeff Barrett is not running again County Commissioner. Nonetheless he was and still is a County Commissioner during the entire bid process that ended with his obtaining ownership of the JSL building and during that process the assessing Department reduced the tax burden by 59%. I also believe that Mr. Barrett's term ends in January. I find it very disturbing when government officials work amongst themselves secretly and one government official benefits greatly. Whether or not Mr. Barrett had a direct hand in this outcome is really irrelevant because the outcome is the same and the appearances absolutely awful. I say that because no government official admitted to the 59% property assessment reduction. Once again the Sullivan Report, operated by two former city councilors broke the story after government officials and the local press buried it as they do so many things they try to hide.
Duh(Tuesday, October 20 20 10:51 am EDT)
Barrette is not running again. He won't be a county employee after November.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, October 20 20 10:21 am EDT)
Another fantastic Sullivan Report exposé. Mr. Morris has no excuse for the sudden fifty-nne percent reductrion of property assessed value of the Junior Sports League buildng. The timing is just too suspicious to not believe that it was an intentional act. The only excuse that Mr. Morris possibly has is that upon review of the building in anticipaton of the advertisement of bids the assesor found an assessing error and corrected it. However, that excuse does not hold water because the property has undergone several bid processes before and the property assessment never changed for any of those previous bid solicitations. The only difference this time is that by Nancy Merrill’s own public admission there was a potential buyer for the property that was presumably Sullivan County Commissioner Jeff Barrett and that put into motion another bid solicitation that only yielded one measly $5,000 bid. Claremont’s good ole boy network still exists and unfortunately it has never been as strong and active as it is now for the benefit of elected officials and their special interests. The recurring victims are the taxpayers and unfortunately they have no recourse because those elected to protect their interests are the very ones who are taking advantage of them via abuses of elected office or the casting of two blind eyes because friends or close associates are the beneficiaries and these ethically challenged public officials have no intention of rocking the boat so the speak. Going back to Mr. Morris’s possible excuse of a property assessment error of fifty-nne percent, it would be a public admission that property assessments are overstated and in need of another corrective adjustment. Presumably overstated to artificially deflate Claremont’s high property tax rate that is already the highest throughout the entire state of New Hampshire. Overstating property assessments is a hidden property tax as it overcharges residents on the entire range of property tax rates. I’m referring to municipal, school, county and state education. Inflating property assessments overstates Claremont’s county apportionment rate so Claremont taxpayers subsidize county costa for other communities within Sullivan County. It is a very insidious game that is being played, a nefarious game that has been played for many years and Mr. Morris seems to be continuing to play this game at the cruel expense of the taxpayers. It seems through their actions that no one currently in local political power cares about the working-class taxpayer.
Tom(Tuesday, October 20 20 08:51 am EDT)
John I always enjoy reading your comments but with all due respect I believe you are missing the point this time. Is it a good thing that the building will be pressed back into service so a local business can expand and hire new employees? Absolutely, positively yes! What isn't alright is the secret shenanigans that were played once again with property assessments by a city manager and a city assessor to ultimately benefit someone at the taxpayer's expense. There are striking similarities between the JSL and Topstone incidents. The primary beneficiary of the Topstone incident was the property owner of the building where Councilman Nick Koloski has all of his businesses located, making Koloski an indirect beneficiary of that secret backroom deal. The JSL incident is similar because this time a County Official is the direct beneficiary of questionable assessing practices by a different city manager and a different city assessor at a very suspicious time just before the transfer of ownership of the property. This resulted with a 59% decrease in property valuation and property taxation. John how can you honestly say that passes the smell test?
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, October 20 20 07:23 am EDT)
Calm down!!! What did you expect the city to do with the JSL building?
When there were rumors that the Sullivan County sober house was going to go there, people started losing their minds, complaining about how dangerous it would have been having that in a residential neighborhood.
Now, a local business wants to move there, rehab a building that has literally been abandoned and you are upset because the price was 5k?
That’s $4,999.00 more then the city got for the old community center.
Speaking of the old community center, it has become such an eyesore. The dilapidated condition of the building and lack of ground maintenance is embarrassing for the city and something should be done about it.
Be happy someone with pride in the community bought the JSL and not the same person that owns the old community center.
Laura(Monday, October 19 20 06:20 pm EDT)
I think the take away from the JSL article is that corruption seems to be the business model at City Hall no matter who is in charge as city manager. City Hall is just rotten to the core and the city councilors are nothing more than enablers to this corruption.
Todd(Monday, October 19 20 04:04 pm EDT)
This is what you get when you elect citizens willing to screw the taxpayers to push forward personal political agendas and help political leaders get what they want on a personal level.
Diane(Monday, October 19 20 02:49 pm EDT)
This quid pro quo bullshit has got to stop. The only way to do that is to throw out of office all the corrupt politicians that we already have in office. Right now it seems to be pretty much all of them. State representatives and county, city & school officials too. All of it rife with corruption.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 19 20 02:31 pm EDT)
As of now the Barretts will pay full taxes on the now greatly reduced property assessment of $311,100. Whether or not they will apply for 79-E property tax relief to freeze the building's property assessment for however many years they can qualify for is yet to be determined.
Donk(Monday, October 19 20 02:05 pm EDT)
Is the property tax on the JBL Bldg. deferred until the structure is officially occupied?
Rick(Monday, October 19 20 01:38 pm EDT)
Commissioner Barrett certainly got a sweet deal for himself didn’t he?
Chris(Monday, October 19 20 01:09 pm EDT)
It’s amazing how local government leaders and the local reporters seem to collude to keep the taxpaying public in the dark as to how local government officials are taking advantage of the taxpayers time and time again. The widespread corruption in Claremont is sickening.
Tony(Monday, October 19 20 11:32 am EDT)
Public Officials sure get all the breaks don't they?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 19 20 10:21 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) What City Officials and the local press did not tell you about the sale of the JSL Building!
2) October 14, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Both articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Saturday, October 17 20 01:54 pm EDT)
Did you guys see Mark Walters new 2021 Ford Bronco? My friend just go finished working on the 3000 sf addition on her house.Spare no expense,wher'd the money come from?
It’s Time(Saturday, October 17 20 08:22 am EDT)
Message to the city council.
Time for a forensic audit of the entire TIF accounting for the last ten years!
Any council member voting against this is in the kettle.
Now! Who has the integrity to make the motion?
Keith(Wednesday, October 14 20 09:59 am EDT)
I don’t know about the rest of you but I want all of that $2 million of extra school funds to go back to the taxpayers. I think the school board is getting greedy and grabbing money illegally. And I agree with the previous writer that Patrick Adrian covers up more than he reports. Lazy and cowardly press have been one of the best tools in the shall we say ethically challenged government official’s toolbox because it allows them to get away with a whole lot of sneaky stuff. The Sullivan Report is the only source of local news that is performing the function of true journalism for Claremont political news.
Tom(Wednesday, October 14 20 09:12 am EDT)
It sure is beginning to look like City Hall is infested with crooks and several of them may be on the Council because they are all surely looking the other way really really hard. Isn’t the purpose of having elected officials to have honest citizens looking out for the taxpayer’s best interests? Why is it that not one of the nine are doing it? I know that Councilor Stone and Councilor O’Hearne wanted a forensic audit but they were trying to cast too far a net and it would have cost the taxpayers far too much money. Former Councilors Sullivan and Maranville have shown them a better way. Target only the Downtown TIF District and start with that. It looks like millions of dollars may be missing or stolen or both. If nothing is amiss then why is Mr. Sullivan having such a heckuva time getting the financial information that he is requesting? These are rational requests and both he and Mr. Maranville have raised some serious questions that need to be answered. If there is nothing there then that’s fine but I do understand what they are trying to say and that is there is a lot of money sitting there or at least it should be and that money could be used right now to fix our roads. I do not understand why the Council is ignoring this and not taking action to transfer that money into the general fund budget and order some road engineering plans be drawn up so more road work can be done next year. This isn’t rocket science so why are the councilors and the administrators making it look like it is? If I had to take a guess then I would say that the money is missing and that implies theft. Maybe we’ll find out eventually since we are the taxpayers after all and we deserve to know the truth. If we do find out the truth it will not be thanks to our elected officials or those who worik at City Hall.
Mike(Wednesday, October 14 20 07:08 am EDT)
Jim and AJ have got me and many of my family and friends curious as to what became of all this money and I hope they can finally get at the truth. We all seem to think that Mr. Morris is covering up for certain city employees to try to avoid a scandal during his administration. What Mr. Morris needs to understand is that all of these things occurred before his administration began and the last thing he needs is to be involved in a cover-up and have his reputation tarnished with any city employees who may be guilty of financial misappropriation or embezzlement, which seems to be a growing possibility. We all seem to think Mr. Morris has already started covering things up by dragging out Jim’s requests for information and using the auditing firm to help him slow down Jim’s and AJ’s investigation to a slow crawl and now Mr. Morris seems to be trying to stop the investigation entirely by not answering any questions or providing financial numbers but not the ones that Jim is requesting. If Mr. Morris wants to save his career he needs to knock it off with the stall tactics and other games and begin cooperating. Many of us are watching.
Jean(Tuesday, October 13 20 05:38 pm EDT)
I first read about the increase to the school contingency fund in the Eagle Times in an article written by Patrick Adrian, who at one time served on the Claremont school board. Patrick should have caught that himself and did not. So why not?
Joyce(Tuesday, October 13 20 01:40 pm EDT)
I think the reason why Mr. Morris is being so obtuse is not because he is stupid or inexperienced but because he only knows the answer and he is trying to avoid a scandal within his administration. I would hope he would realize that he is not the blame for any of this as it all happened before he was hired to the post of city manager. He would only be to blame if he tried to destroy evidence or cover-up any theft or other wrongdoing.
Jerry(Tuesday, October 13 20 11:36 am EDT)
The way they keep stalling and delaying at City Hall I think they realize that Sullivan and Maranville are onto something bigger than the Topstone building scandal and the roof is about to fall in on one or more longtime city staffers.
Sara(Tuesday, October 13 20 09:27 am EDT)
Ed Morris better be careful because if he does try to cover up millions of dollars of missing public funds that could end his career as city manager not only in Claremont but anywhere else for that matter.
Todd(Tuesday, October 13 20 08:45 am EDT)
It sure looks like a cover up to me with the TIF district. It would not surprise me to soon read on the Sullivan Report that Morris is drawing a line in the sand and refusing to answer any of Sullivan’s questions about the potentially missing $3 million of bond money or provide the revenue and expense numbers for 2007 – 2014 because it might implicate city staff even if it means breaking the right to know law to do it. Even though Morris had nothing to do with this it would not surprise me if he tried to cover it all up just like Nixon tried with Watergate and failed big time. Claremont is very corrupt.
Jason(Tuesday, October 13 20 07:26 am EDT)
I believe Jim and AJ are right about the school board vote about the contingency fund. I don’t think the school board had the authority either but they did it anyway. Maybe Jim hasn’t received an answer yet because they do not have anything in writing that would prove that what they did was legal. I guess we’ll all find out soon enough.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 13 20 05:44 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) The Claremont School Board unanimously doubles the maximum size of the Claremont School District's contingency fund – Is it legal?
2) Downtown TIF District – miscommunication or stall tactics?
Both articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
An idiot who knows nothing(Friday, October 09 20 01:51 pm EDT)
I don't think OP meant it like that but I see where he is coming from. Maybe companies should explore training opportunities to educate their employees how they want them to operate. Happy Friday!
Duh(Thursday, October 08 20 01:21 pm EDT)
Wait.. You think the city should pay for job training at private companies? That's up to companies, not the tax payers!
Christian(Thursday, October 08 20 11:40 am EDT)
Why are we pouring money into low-income housing instead of workshops or perhaps have jobs that actually TRAIN on the job. All these kush micro politicians in this city are trash. Corrupt to the core. I bet there are some good hearted and want to help, but there are so many signs of cover up with local government. City Council should be changed to City Country Club.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, October 07 20 01:27 pm EDT)
In today's Eagle Times there was a public notice stating that Southwest Community Services intends to seek a $1.2 million grant to purchase a building and renovate it to be used for a Transportation Center for Sullivan County transportation services.
Tonight the Claremont City Council will meet in non-public session. One of the topics is real estate.
Next week the City Council will hold a public meeting and one of the agenda items is regarding the sale of the Junior Sports League Building located on School Street.
Jean(Wednesday, October 07 20 12:52 pm EDT)
South Burlington Vermont town officials are online publishing their own news publication biweekly. Talk about crossing lines when public officials report their own press. Much like Charlene Lovett and John Cloutier have been doing for years. Only difference is this is one step more into the realm of fake journalism. Will the city of Claremont now follow suit and use our tax dollars to lie to us with phony news?
Glenn(Wednesday, October 07 20 12:34 pm EDT)
I find Abigail Kier and James Contois to be huge hypocrites. They have no problem rallying for their public causes whether it be on a national or local level and publicly voicing their opinions. However if anyone voices a contrary opinion then that person is evil incarnate and must be crushed under their heel. Sound familiar? I seem to recall someone over in Germany during World War II who thought and acted just like that. Both of them are bullies and the Claremont voters should not allow them to remain in power after this next election.
Back@Molly(Wednesday, October 07 20 11:24 am EDT)
@molly Limited power??!!! Individual councilors have limited power. The council as a body has allot of power. I agree Contois and Kier need to go. If they stay an get more fruit cakes in there it will be bad.
Duh(Wednesday, October 07 20 09:01 am EDT)
"Alleged victim"? He admitted guilt and already plead guilty to at least assault. There is no more "Alleged" about it. The "victim"
Molly(Tuesday, October 06 20 04:33 pm EDT)
James Contois and Abigail Kier are out of control. The limited power of a Councilor has gone to their heads and they need to go at the next election.
William(Tuesday, October 06 20 03:32 pm EDT)
I think it’s time for a good housecleaning over at school system. Starting with the principal, that life skills supervisor, the superintendent and the entire school board. It is disgraceful what has happened and the absence of any real response from the superintendent of the school board is unacceptable.
Rachel(Tuesday, October 06 20 12:16 pm EDT)
Yes there is definitely something rotten in Claremont. This has all the signs of a cover-up and no signs of holding accountable the employees who allegedly failed that poor girl or any remorse from the school administrators who looked the other way. I wonder how many other students are at risk because of these uncaring administrators?
Steve(Tuesday, October 06 20 09:31 am EDT)
It sure looks like there is a cover-up going on at Stevens High School with all the missing records. New paper trail to cover-up the royal screwup of the principal and her subordinates. She and the others involved should all be fired and the fact that the Claremont School Board and the Superintendent of Schools has not done that yet is reprehensible.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 06 20 08:46 am EDT)
Five new articles published today.
1) Lawsuit filed against Claremont School District, SAU #6 & various school officials.
All of these articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 03 20 05:02 pm EDT)
The Chamber of Commerce has not done that for a while now and for several years they devolved into something that bore no resemblance to a real debate, where candidates could actually debate the issues with their opponents. They were simply a few prearranged softball questions distributed to the candidates prior to the "debate" so candidates could look good in a controlled public forum, which gave an advantage to the incumbents. The so-called debates became so politically correct and incredibly boring that they became an exercise in futility.
Steve(Saturday, October 03 20 08:03 am EDT)
I thought the Chamber of Commerce put on local debates ?
John J O’Connor(Wednesday, September 30 20 01:40 pm EDT)
Why are there not any State Representative debates ?
A debate between prospective candidates would be a great way for the voters to get to know where each candidate stands on the issues.
Without a debate, this election is more of a popularity contest then it is a declaration on the issues.
Greg(Wednesday, September 30 20 09:10 am EDT)
There was another article in the Eagle Times about a $1.7 million grant given to Sullivan County for lead paint reduction. With a $400,000 administrative budget, CM Derek Ferland will hire a project manager. Claremont Mayor Charlene Lovett was supposedly instrumental in getting the county the grant. Since friends and political allies usually get these cushy jobs, will Lovett become the project manager and pocket a cushy salary and benefits package? The way things work around here it wouldn't surprise me.
Tom(Wednesday, September 30 20 06:46 am EDT)
The Eagle Times reported today that the Claremont school district had a lawsuit filed against it by the aggrieved family in regards to the incident involving George Caccavaro. The article states that the family is claiming that Stevens high school principal Pat Barry and several other school employees failed to act to protect the victim, a 20-year-old special needs student. Based on what was reported in the press earlier in regards to police reports I would tend to agree with that assessment. I wondered back then why Pat Barry was not immediately terminated along with several other school employees who never took appropriate action to protect this young woman. In today’s article it is now disclosed that there are no school records in regards to this inappropriate behavior. Did they ever exist or were they shredded as a cover-up scheme? Heads should roll. The question is will they?
thank you Joyce(Tuesday, September 29 20 11:32 pm EDT)
Amen Joyce the police dept is a mess weak to no leadership its been a mess for years then handed to a " nice guy " not a leader on any level until that is fixed and you start policing this community with a small level of competence we will continue to be a failed joke of a city and never attract people that could help. On every level all the clowns around now are just a laughing stock
Dick(Tuesday, September 29 20 04:06 pm EDT)
I know the wing nuts on the delegation like John Cloutier will gladly spend all that money to build a new County Home. It is because taxing and spending is what they love to do because it makes them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is what true Democrats do.
Chris(Tuesday, September 29 20 02:18 pm EDT)
I watched the planning board meeting last night because it concerned a friend of mine and that city planner really sucks. I think his name is Scott Osgood and he is never prepared for anything. I watched a few meetings before and it is the same thing every time whether it’s the planning board or the zoning board, the man just never does his homework or the normal due diligence that one expects of a professional. The city manager is a member of the planning board and he watches this idiot bumble around all the time always unprepared to answer simple reasonable questions about whichever matter is before the board but yet city manager never fires him as he is an embarrassment to the city. Zero standards equals zero results and that will be epitaph of what I believe will be a short-lived Morris administration. The city councilors are also equally to blame for this sorry state of affairs.
Don(Tuesday, September 29 20 01:12 pm EDT)
Kudos to Sullivan and Maranville for showing the councilors for the hypocrites that they are. The councilors say how much they feel for the veterans and the elderly and then they shit on them at every meeting when they don’t increase the tax credits and the exemptions to a reasonable level. I can’t wait to see how big the raises will be for the city staffers whom the councilors all kiss the asses of.
Joyce(Tuesday, September 29 20 11:28 am EDT)
I do not think that we need a Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team Coordinator at the Police Department. They need to stop focusing on comfort dogs in this sort of thing and get away from wanting to be social service case managers and start doing the job they were hired to do and that is to stop crime.
Bill(Tuesday, September 29 20 10:45 am EDT)
Rubberstamp fever struck the councilors again with their passing of a leasing plan that spends $459,000 of our tax money without any councilor oversight are all. There are just told to vote for the $459,000 lease plan and they all get out their rubberstamps and say okey-dokey Mr. Manager whatever you say Sir and then it’s a done deal. Claremont has really pathetic leadership and representation. Definitely not the cream of the crop.
Steve(Tuesday, September 29 20 09:39 am EDT)
I don’t know who the lawyer is for the city nowadays but boy they sure know how to screwup on a regular basis. Four screw ups had to be fixed in just one meeting, I think that’s a record. It’s time for a new attorney. One is actually knows what either he or she is doing would be nice.
Rachel(Tuesday, September 29 20 09:29 am EDT)
I am glad to see the County Home project defeated. I am not sure about spending nearly double the $35,500,000 number to build a new County Home somewhere else and then increase the operating expense funded by the taxpayers by about $1 million a year. I think that is a terrible idea.
Donk(Tuesday, September 29 20 09:18 am EDT)
So we have $25,000 for airport runway renovation,but we don't have the money to pave Sugar River Drive properly?
Fuckin' town makes me sick!
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 29 20 07:46 am EDT)
Four new articles published today.
1) Sullivan County Delegates vote thumbs down to Sullivan County Health Care Renovation Project costs.
2) Claremont School Board votes to bring schools back in full session.
3) What were they thinking?
4) September 23, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
These articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Eyes(Friday, September 25 20 08:50 am EDT)
No idea. It's just like how is she paying attention to the actual meeting going on while having a conversation with 5 people in the room with her? That wouldn't fly in council chambers.
John J.O’Connor(Friday, September 25 20 07:46 am EDT)
I have seen the same thing,Councilor Keir chows down like she has been fasting for days .
Has the council gone non public during these zoom sessions?
If they have, wouldn’t Keir be in violation of council rules to have fans in her stands during these meetings?
Eyes(Thursday, September 24 20 02:44 pm EDT)
Anyone else notice all Kier does is eat and talk to people on zoom. Like who the hell invites family over during a zoom council meeting? She's probably been trying to keep zoom meetings going so she can keep having her fun at home during the meetings.
Richard(Wednesday, September 23 20 01:41 pm EDT)
Katie, are you kidding? This is Claremont! The lamebrain councilors will probably name something after the perpetrator for a job well done. Breaking the rules, lying to the public and picking the public’s pockets for every penny they can get to spend the money foolishly on grandiose schemes when they are not using taxpayers money to line the pockets of VIP constituents, city employees and close political friends is business as usual here. It has been that way for years but it has gotten much worse lately.
Katie(Wednesday, September 23 20 11:47 am EDT)
If some or most of the $4.5 million is missing from the city’s books then how will city officials get that money back? Will they prosecute whomever took it?
Henry(Wednesday, September 23 20 11:15 am EDT)
I think Jim is making certain people really nervous at City Hall with the tough and straightforward questions he is asking them. It’s a shame that he and AJ have to do the jobs of the nine city councilors for them. We elected nine city councilors with a giant yellow streak running up all of their backs. Cringing cowards all. A bunch of useless idiots.
Tom(Wednesday, September 23 20 10:13 am EDT)
William, I’ve been thinking the same thing for quite a while now. I think there’s a cover-up going on too. That is presumably why the auditors are involved to try to come up with a plausible excuse to explain away the missing money. So far they have done a terrible job of it because even those of us who are not accounting whizzes can see right through this deception.
William(Wednesday, September 23 20 09:59 am EDT)
Jennifer, I’m guessing those millions of dollars wasn’t lost, it was stolen and the city officials are trying to cover it up with the lame excuse of the money, what money spiel.
Jennifer(Wednesday, September 23 20 09:10 am EDT)
I just want to know where those millions of dollars went. How could anyone in city government lose track of that much money?
Don(Wednesday, September 23 20 06:40 am EDT)
I am not surprised that Morris is asking for more time to accumulate the financial records for Jim.Sullivan. I presume that Morris is utilizing the services of the auditing firm again. Final revenue and expense numbers for the Downtown TIF buidget should be a pretty simple thing to pull out of the computer. Heck, there should be hard copys of that information sitting in a filing cabinent somewhere in City Hall. If Mary Walter or any member of her Finance Office staff is incapable of finding that information then they should not be working for the city. We as taxpayers should not be paying their salaries and for their benefits. It is ironic that Jim and AJ found three different numbers for the amount the city borrowed for the renovation project for the TIF District. The same number of versions they found for the community center budget a couple of years ago. That was blamed on a computer software problem and then swept under the rug as fast as it could be. Will the same thing happen again? I believe that there are city staffers that need to be fired for at the very least incompetence starting with Mary Walter and Nancy Merrill. Will Morris do that? Probably not, he seems rather milquetoast to me. Too cowardly to do anything even remotely appearing to be bold and decisive. Morris does not posess the characeristics of a true leader.
Gail(Wednesday, September 23 20 05:36 am EDT)
What is wrong with the city councilors? They do absolutely nothing to help us citizens they just sit behind their computer screens and pass votes to spend more money on big projects that will benefit companies doing the work and developer friends when they are not voting for pay raises for city staff members, while working on their personal social climbing efforts. They do not seem to be there to represent us. They should be demanding answers about this missing TIF money. Fat chance. These councilors only know how to say, oh no we cannot do that and rock the boat and make it look like Claremont is anything but the perfect place that we always lie about to the press and anyone else dumb enough to believe us.
Steve(Tuesday, September 22 20 06:28 pm EDT)
I really believe if Claremont had a decent press that had journalists with grit and true ethics that most of this crap would not be happening at City Hall. The Eagle Times and the Valley News are both putrid examples of lazy press staffed with chicken-shit reporters that only know how to do sloppy reporting. Their cowardice sets the stage for this type of abuse of power.
Shawn(Tuesday, September 22 20 04:25 pm EDT)
I am thinking that crimes took place at City Hall. I may be wrong but I am heavily leaning towards embezzlement of millions of dollars all belonging to the Claremont taxpayers. At the very least millions of dollars is being squirreled away somewhere that even the auditors cannot seem to find. Ask yourself who would have the ability to do that? To me there is only one and possibly two answers for that question. They should be investigated and prosecuted if necessary. I admire Jim and AJ for looking into this and trying to get the answers to these important questions and trying to find the money. It’s too bad they are not both back on the City Council, at least then we would know we have at least two honest ones there. I can’t say that about any of the folks we have on the Council now. I think they are all damaged each in their own way and most of them are dishonest as hell. At least in my opinion.
Jeremy(Tuesday, September 22 20 02:29 pm EDT)
Or were two sets of books being kept with the Downtown TIF District to hide these huge cash surpluses from the city councilors and the auditors and any snoopy members of the public? It would be a great way to embezzle the money don’t you think?
Jeanette(Tuesday, September 22 20 01:10 pm EDT)
I noticed something with the figures that was not mentioned in the article. The first eight fiscal years of the Downtown TIF District produced a cash surplus averaging $161,456.20 per year. The five fiscal years between 2015 and 2019 averaged considerably less, $43,764.42 per year. Cash surpluses totaling over $161,000 per year for eight years should have raised some eyebrows with the staffers managing the Downtown TIF District within the Santagate Administration. So why didn’t it? Also, where were the auditors? Shouldn’t they have caught this?
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 22 20 11:38 am EDT)
Morris Administration needs more time to provide Downtown TIF District Financials!
Article is published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Yawn(Tuesday, September 22 20 11:26 am EDT)
It's funny how you guys support one guy who abstained through every single vote in a council meeting, instead of doing his job. And another who couldn't even follow the rules at his old cop job. But, ya, those 2 will certainly do the right things for the residents.
Yawn(Tuesday, September 22 20 10:09 am EDT)
You all should really write soap operas.
Kevin(Tuesday, September 22 20 10:00 am EDT)
I just don’t understand how all of this money can be floating around in the budget somewhere without nobody at City Hall noticing. I think some first-class embezzlement has gone on and most of this money was stolen years ago. Isn’t Nancy Merrill supposed to be overseeing the Downtown TIF District in her role as Planning and Development Director? I would think the Finance Director Mary Walter, who has also been here as long if not a little longer than Nancy Merrill as both were hired early in the Santagate Administration years of operation. I believe both were hired before the Downtown TIF District came about. And I think the city managers also bear some responsibility for this because they are supposed to be paying attention to the city’s finances as part of their duties for their high-paying job. I think this is a scandal and I don’t believe that Mayor Charlene Lovett and her like-minded cronies on the Council and the Rookie City Manager Ed Morris have a broom big enough to sweep this all under the rug. Although I do think they’re going to try by saying there is no money which is completely and totally unbelievable. They must think Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Maranville and all of the rest of us living in Claremont are really stupid. Well I’ve got news for all of you bozos, we are not. It’s time you show us the money.
Ethan(Tuesday, September 22 20 09:40 am EDT)
I want the city roads paved. The city councilors need to pull their head out of their asses and order the money found and withdraw the money from the TIF or whereever it is and put it into the city coffers and then use it to do more street paving next year. If they can’t or won’t do that then we need new city councilors. Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville are two former councilors who have found that there is millions of dollars lying around somewhere. They are doing more for the people of Claremont than the entire council combined. Their loyalty to the citizens of Claremont is not in question but I do question the loyalty and the priorities of the present day councilors with the likes of Lovett, Dameren, Koloski, Kier, Matteau, Contois and Sweetseer on it. They are all snakes in my opinion. I am not thrilled with the likes of Stone and O’Hearne either but at least they sometimes try to buck the system and represent the average people in Claremont instead of the special interests.
Matt(Tuesday, September 22 20 08:30 am EDT)
Just look around the city council table or should I say the Brady Bunch like television screen and look at all the faces and you will not see a lot of intelligence, honesty or ethics there. Except for Jon Stone and Andy O’Hearne there is really nobody else on the council that really seems to give a crap about the public. Erica Sweetser has already gone over to the dark side as the Dark Emperor Charlene Lovett has taken Sweetser under her wing and the Mayor has Sweetser pretty much under her control. Sweetser is so dumb she doesn’t even realize it. Morris is just going along for the ride trying to survive because he knows he is in the best job he will ever have because he is not qualified for any of this. He is like the boss in the Dilbert comic strip, promoted way past his abilities. I thinik the last council wanted to hire someone really really dumb so they could control either him of her and they succedded in finding a real moron. Lucky us.
Marie(Tuesday, September 22 20 05:14 am EDT)
It is shameful that the news reporters in our area do not do their jobs very well. The Sullivan Report seems to be doing all the heavy lifting in that regard. Look at the latest story about the TIF district and all the unaccounted for money that is probably either missing or stolen. Will the Eagle Times cover this story? Of course not because the reporter's wife works for the city in the planning office. She has a good job with great benefits and her husband will not jeopardize that family income no way and no how. The Valley News and the Union Leader do not have local reporters and they only do occasional stories about Claremont and usually nothing earthshaking. The E-Ticker News has the look of journalism but it is slanted with pro-government articles that never criticize anything officials do unless it they are part of a minority that the majority wants tarnished in the press. I have been a taxpayer for over 50 years and my husband and I want to know what the city leaders did with our money. Millions of dollars may be missing or stolen and it looks like Mr. Morris and his employees and the high-paid auditing consultant are all trying to sweep this scandal under the rug. The question is why?
Michelle(Monday, September 21 20 05:17 pm EDT)
I think this Downtown TIF District is a scandal of enormous proportion for Claremont. I think Ed Morris and Mayor Lovett and the rest of the clods on the council are all pissing themselves about what Jim and AJ uncovered. Our city officials can lie with the best of them and claim there is nothing to see here and no money to be had but we all know that is total bullshit. Jim and AJ have shown us documented proof that would hold up in any court that the money exists and having the city officials and the auditors say there is no money is a lie and it makes me wonder why they are lying about there being no money. Are they covering up major embezzlement to try to keep people out of jail? Aren’t they all supposed to be protecting the taxpayers who are paying the bills? Shouldn’t they be trying to recover that money for the public good? I knew we had terrible leadership and representation many of them with questionable ethics but I never thought it’d would ever get to be this bad. It’s a shame when two councilors from nearly a quarter of a century ago are the only former city officials who care about the people of Claremont to expose these hidden funds and try to get the money back and gain justice for the taxpayers and citizens of Claremont. It shows how low Claremont has sunk.
Joel(Monday, September 21 20 03:25 pm EDT)
I do not trust this auditing firm. They could not find over $2 million in bonding that the city did to finance the Downtown TIF District project and almost $3 millionof bond debt is not accounted for in the budget for the Downtown TIF District and there are years worth of cash surplus adding up to at least $1.6 million plus and then we have the auditor representatives say there is no money because there was a deficit. What a giant steaming pile of crap. Cach is cash. If you had a business and you took in more than you spent then there is cash left over. Even if you owe tons of money you still have the cash if you don’t pay those bills and spend it. Common sense. The auditor has said that none of the money has been transferred out of the accounts for several years. So that money must be somewhere because it just doesn’t mysteriously vanish. I am wondering why the auditors seem to be trying to cover up for the city. I just don't understand it.
Linda(Monday, September 21 20 02:29 pm EDT)
Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Something is definitely rotten at Claremont City Hall, right to the very core. I believe it has been for a very long time and Jim and AJ are finally getting down to the bare bones truth. Good for you two, you are a big asset to this community. You seem to be the only two who actually care about the taxpayers and the average hard-working citizens of Claremont. But then you always did care for the average Joe and that is what put you both at odds with the rest of the councilors who were there to only represent special interests and no one else. Little has changed since you both served.
Ted(Monday, September 21 20 12:05 pm EDT)
Mr. Morris may not realize it but he’s got two tigers by the tail when it comes to Jim and AJ. They will not quit until they get to the bottom of this mess. Mr. Morris would be wise to just give Jim all the information that he is asking for and let the chips fall where they may. As they wrote in the article Mr. Morris is not responsible for any of this so he should just get the hell out of the way. If Mr. Morris was really smart he would take the bull by the horns and find the money or find out what happened to the money and investigate and prosecute any wrongdoers if there are any. Easy peazy lemon squeezy.
Bob(Monday, September 21 20 11:36 am EDT)
Claremont has always been a corrupt city but the corruption has really gotten out of hand. This really looks like fraud big-time. It also looks like Mr. Morris might be trying to cover it up. If that is the case then he better heed the harsh lesson of Richard Nixon and don’t throw his career away because of a misguided sense of gallantry for people who do not deserve it. Mr. Morris, fall on your sword at your own risk.
Rick(Monday, September 21 20 11:12 am EDT)
Unless the money was stolen or misappropriated their should be $1.6 million or more just parked in some Downtown TIF District account then the council should yank that money out of there, call it a partial repayment of the debt owed to the city and use that money to pave some damn roads. I don’t mean that patch and skim crap they’re doing now but real pavement on a road that will last for a while. I know the director in the DPW has gone but that damn assistant has to go to and the city needs to hire a professional DPW had that actually knows what the hell they are doing.
Industrial Property Owner(Monday, September 21 20 10:00 am EDT)
Another incredible exposé from the Sullivan Report. An undocumented cash surplus of $1,604,471.70 for the beleaguered and often maligned Downtown TIF District that presumably no one except top-level City Hall insiders knew about. The greatest failure of the Santagate Administration as it created an essential Claremont taxpayer bailout of over $6.6 million if I remember correctly. After reading this morning’s article, I am thoroughly convinced that the entire $1,604,471.70 did at least at one time reside within the Downtown TIF District accounts as cash. The multi-million dollar question that Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville are trying to ascertain for the taxpaying public is what became of that astronomical amount of taxpayer’s money. Unless the money was illegally spent or embezzled it certainly begs the question why are the taxpayers still depositing hundreds of thousands of dollars each year into the Downtown TIF District budget to supposedly balance the budget so the district can meet its expenses if a large cash surplus is just sitting there waiting to be used. I am also fascinated with the revelation of three wildly different sets of numbers all allegedly totaling the municipal bond indebtedness the Downtown TIF District. I am reminded of the day when Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville attended a Claremont City Council meeting a few years ago with proof that the Finance Director Mary Walter had been showing three sets of randomly different financial numbers for the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center. That was quickly blamed on a computer glitch and new software was purchased to eradicate the alleged computer glitches. I never bought that argument as I thought it was something dreamed up to cover staff incompetence. Back to the Downtown TIF District. Seeing the documentation always professionally provided by the Sullivan Report that was all by the way generated over the years by the Claremont City Administration, much of it presumably from Finance Director Mary Walter, I believe the true number of indebtedness is $9,906,000. The shocking revelation that the auditing firm could only account for $7,755,000 of that $9,906,000 amount is astounding. As the Sullivan Report summation table shows, that is a substantial $2,151,000 difference. It is also disconcerting that there was a $2,915,317 discrepancy between what the City of Claremont originally borrowed utilizing municipal bonds and the amount of money that was actually deposited into the Downtown TIF District Accounts, with no accounting documentation for that nearly $3 million amount. I am wondering if this will turn out to be a fraud embezzlement investigation dealing with as much as $4,519,789 or more. This money must be found and if any of these funds were spent without proper Claremont City Council authorization then an itemized account of where these funds were deposited and how and when these funds were spent must be generated and made public with a full explanation. If these funds were spent illegally then any current staff members, who took part should be terminated immediately without question. If any of these funds were embezzled than a criminal investigation followed by criminal prosecution of everyone involved including both past and present municipal employees is the only answer. No exceptions no matter who was involved.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 21 20 07:38 am EDT)
Three articles published today.
1) FEMA Reimbursement Reversal.
2) City issues a voluntary water restriction.
3) Morris Administration dodges Downtown TIF District question of – Where is the money?
These articles are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Joel(Friday, September 18 20 04:20 pm EDT)
Mr. Morris sure is quite the character isn’t he? I watch all of the council meetings and seeing him operate gives me the impression that he does not have an affinity with the truth. The COVID reimbursement money is a great example as Jim and AJ showed quite well how Mr. Morris likes to show we say embellish the truth. How anyone can trust this guy is beyond me. His job performance review is coming up and I do not doubt for a minute that he will get a glowing review from this council of fools and probably a big pay raise to seal the deal and assure his continued presence as they financially destroy the city together.
Travis(Thursday, September 17 20 03:08 pm EDT)
I know the veterans and the seniors issues are on the agenda for the next meeting but they have been waiting months and months for this to happen and it has been nothing but continued foot dragging. The councilors we have elected today just do not give a fig about either group of people. They only seem concerned about putting more money in the pockets of city employees at taxpayers’ expense and putting more money into the bank accounts of certain non-profits and certain real estate developers. It seems we have a city government that has been totally corrupted by the special interests.
U.R. Anidiot(Thursday, September 17 20 10:58 am EDT)
CLICK on this link for soemthing you people can't talk about, POSITIVE NEWS!!
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, September 17 20 08:52 am EDT)
Chris, the City sent out an email blast yesterday stating that the paving portion for this current part of the project will be done at night sometime next week. No other specifics were given.
Craig Todd(Wednesday, September 16 20 05:07 pm EDT)
"Todd" "Craig" and the other fuck sticks that are pretending to support each others bullshit. Watch a single story or article where Koloski states each time its not him and gives thanks. You are really are dumb fucks with no comprehension.
U.R. Anidiot(Wednesday, September 16 20 04:47 pm EDT)
You bunch of degenerate idiots, I'm certain you've missed me giving you back your own shit and calling you out on bullshit.
Look at this article just published in NH Business. If Claremont is so bad YOU yes You need to leave. NOW!!! We need the room where assholes and negative people like you, occupy.
Be part of the solution or problem! Pull your heads out of each others asses and do something instead of spin this pages bullshit!
Chris(Wednesday, September 16 20 04:21 pm EDT)
With the mess that is currently on Washington St. due to the construction at the Walmart corner, and the huge traffic backups currently happening, does anyone know why they don't do the work at night? I've seen tons of night construction on the highways in my travels, and wasn't complaining, was just curious.
Craig(Wednesday, September 16 20 12:01 pm EDT)
Nick Koloski organizes trips to casinos. Will city official excursions to casinos with all-expenses-paid of course where they can gamble taxpayer’s money be part of the new investment strategy? Sounds about right with this ethically challenged bunch of miscreants.
Peter(Wednesday, September 16 20 11:28 am EDT)
I thought it was interesting about the abrupt removal of the fund balance policy from the meeting’s agenda and Allen Damren’s desire to rework the city’s investment policy. He reworked the fund balance policy to give the city councilors and administrators more leeway to spend more money while maintaining a phony semblance of adequate cash reserve. Now that that money has been blown, I think they are looking for more wiggle room with a revised policy. I am also concerned than Allen wants to get his hooks on the investment policy and probably make some changes there. God only knows what he and the other councilors will do with that. I am guessing the city will be broke in no time.
Dan(Wednesday, September 16 20 10:21 am EDT)
The veterans and the seniors get it in the shorts again from our illustrious elected officials. They all just sit there like yipping dogs while the meeting is going on just waiting to listen for the city manager to tell them how to think and how to vote on practically everything. It was not as bad when Santagate was in charge because at least he had a brain and knew how to be a city manager. The one they hired now is a total dunce and he makes the one the councilors fired seem brilliant by comparison. What we have are imbeciles calling the shots and it shows. I thought Sullivan County was bad off with their dopey manager but Claremont is worse off.
Marie(Wednesday, September 16 20 09:46 am EDT)
I am very disappointed with Mr. Contois. He is a self-proclaimed local advocate for environmentalism and Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville are correct that he did absolutely nothing by asking no questions about this new sludge project. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville did a fantastic job highlighting the possible problems with the project, all questions that Mr. Contois and the other members of the City Council should have asked. Rubberstamp politics has no place in Claremont but that seems to be the business of the day. Especially with Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren at the helm taking charge and bullying the other councilors into submission. I am very disappointed with Andrew O’Hearne and Jonathan Stone for I thought both of them had a little more spine similar to Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville but Councilors O’Hearne and Stone are pale imitations. I am also very disappointed with Councilor Sweetser. I spoke to her many times at her former place of employment and she always seemed to me to be a sweet young lady with a good heart. I voted for her and now I deeply regret it because she has become a gushing protege of Charlene Lovett and it sickens me to think that I helped elect her to public office. I hope a better presentation comes forward before the city moves forward with a sludge plant in Claremont. I know Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville will find whatever information they can but I also know that is very difficult for them because Mr. Morris likes to hide things from the public and the weak city councilors just sit back and allow him to do that which makes me distrust all of them.
Stipend(Wednesday, September 16 20 08:18 am EDT)
Gee, I wonder how WCAX, all the way in Burlington, heard about Nick's latest round of "look at me! I need to feel important and relevant off the backs of others!"
The entire script of the story sounded like exactly that: A script, one that we;ve heard many times before.
"Had to grow up without"
Almost sounds like Nick sent WCAX a pre-written press release himself!!!!
You know that he is likely writing “lend receipts” which are federally taxable for loaned property and their value - with daily credit. So he’s gonna skate by on paying taxes in his shit little wanna be restaurant.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, September 16 20 07:20 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Current student population levels within the Claremont School District during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
2) September 9, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Both articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
Todd(Tuesday, September 15 20 06:54 pm EDT)
I see that Nick Koloski is at it again grabbing the public spotlight by taking credit for other people's donations. This time used medical equipment. Nick has been collecting and storing them upstairs in the Topstone building and then giving them out to anyone who needs them. WCAX did a report on him showing him as a great humanitarian. I will admit that he is doing some work for this program he created but he is not using any of his money or resources but donations from other people and taking all the credit for himself. Typical Koloski. He has done the same thing before with other donated items. When will the public finally see through him?
They just don't know better(Sunday, September 13 20 09:49 am EDT)
The incompetence in our claremont city council and city managers office is disgusting these people want to spend $5,500,000 on pleasant street not a one has the knowledge to build anything they couldn't build a house but we allow them to spend our tax money like that its just amazing we have such a poor excuse for elected officials and leadership anyone that puts there name in a hat gets a nod because someone has to be there just too bad the talent has gotten this bad
Alex(Wednesday, September 09 20 09:01 am EDT)
I really thought Andrew O’Hearne would be a voice of reason and practicality on the County Delegation. I was wrong. He is simply a younger version of John Cloutier, Mr. Tax-And-Spend himself. You just cannot trust anyone these days.
Bonnie(Wednesday, September 09 20 08:35 am EDT)
If it were not for the Sullivan Report the public would not have any knowledge whatsoever about what is really going on with our tax dollars. What constitutes the local press is a joke as they only report what the apathetic, milquetoast and in some instances compromised reporters are told to report from government officials. I do not know if pressure from advertisers to not create any waves or fear of government officials are contributing factors to the dearth of investigative articles that dig beneath the surface to uncover the truth. What I do know is that the local press is in a very sorry state, as none of these reporters or editors seems to know what the word journalism truly means.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, September 09 20 07:28 am EDT)
Local primary election results are on the News Flashes page of this website.
Rick(Tuesday, September 08 20 09:45 pm EDT)
Ken you are freaking dreaming. Derek Ferland is a government bureaucrat through and through. The only thing he will ever suggest is more spending, government expansion, increased bureaucracy and higher taxes. Mr. Ferland is not the solution he is the problem along with the County Delegation Dunderheads and the County Commissioner Clods all of whom have signed off on spending plan after spending plan wasting millions and millions of our tax dollars to grow and expand the size of Sullivan County's government and create more government jobs. I was very surprised to learn about the jail today as I thought they had a much higher inmate population than that. It is truly sad and pathetic what happened and see how all of your elected officials and the administration employees all colluded together to keep this information from the taxpaying public. Instead of addressing this problem what did they do? They all double down and ignore the dwindling prison population and expand the Department of Corrections with the Sullivan House on Sullivan Street in Downtown Claremont that will house recently released inmates with drug addiction problems. I went to two of the public meetings on the Sullivan House and I do not remember anyone from the County government mentioning the dwindling population at the prisons. What a bunch of lying sacks of crap. I do remember John Cloutier and Walt Stapleton placing their full support behind the Sullivan House project saying how much we needed the program but neither of them ever been said anything about the declining prison population. Politicians lie all the time and unfortunately Claremont has politicians of the lying variety. Who are they really representing? It is not the average taxpayers that is for sure.
Ken(Tuesday, September 08 20 07:49 pm EDT)
Derek Ferland should have been suggesting the closure of the County Jail and finding cost savings for the Sullivan County Nursing Home project. Instead he asked Jim Sullivan for ideas. I have no faith in Mr. Ferland’s ability to do anything but spend scads of money and then systematically wasted before asking for more from the County Delegates, who gladly spend more money at every turn as they do not care a whit about the taxpayers who have to foot the bill. Bad representation and management all around.
Elaine(Tuesday, September 08 20 06:17 pm EDT)
In order to make any realistic changes we would have to start by getting rid of John Cloutier and his ilk on the County Delegation. John has been in elected office far too many years and he has made far too many personal ties with County employees to ever be willing to go along with laying off any of them. He would rather raise taxes and continue to throw good money after bad for a penal colony with virtually no prisoners. If it were not for the Sullivan Report, I would have had no idea about how ludicrous it is to continue operating the County Jail. It is sad when the only people that look out for us is two former city councilors from nearly a quarter of a century ago. It is a shame that the new councilors and other elected officials do not share their ethics and morality or commitment to the community.
Gary(Tuesday, September 08 20 04:47 pm EDT)
I was shocked to find out about the jail. I think Jim is onto something about closing it down and sending the convicted convicts elsewhere. Spending $6.9 million to create a jail for 168 prisoners and then have that jail turn out to be practically empty with only 39 prisoners and have the cost of incarcerating them more than double in price per prisoner in just two years is crazy. Yet our County Delegation and County Commissioners want to keep on doing business as usual and to help with the cost to the taxpayers. Just like, they want to do with the nursing home. There is a big deficit in the budget and they do not care about that either. It is only the taxpayer’s money so who gives a crap seems to be their motto. It is time to clean house and get new representation that will look out for us instead of the special interests.
Amanda(Tuesday, September 08 20 04:06 pm EDT)
What about the capital reserves that Ferland wants to gut and leave only $400,000 left to try to bailout the nursing home project that he totally screwed up with the original estimates forcing a second set of estimates and now he trots out a third set of estimates and the project has doubled in size in that time. Is a fourth set of higher estimates waiting in the wings? I think Mr. Ferland should be shown the door don’t you?
Tom(Tuesday, September 08 20 02:45 pm EDT)
I was shocked to find out that nearly 10% of Sullivan County’s budget is paid for with savings and the money has run out so now it will be put on the property tax rate at some point. A 51% drop in the savings account in only seven years is mind-boggling. John Cloutier and the other idiots on the County Delegation should be ashamed of themselves but instead they are ramping up to spend millions of more dollars on the nursing home as that project keeps rising in price just like the halfway house for the ex-convicts on Sullivan Street. It seems imbeciles are running local governments in Claremont and at the County seat.
William(Tuesday, September 08 20 12:59 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan seems to have a knack for getting right to the important aspect with just the asking of a few questions. Today’s article about the County finances is very eye opening and informative. A nice example of local journalism in a desert of actual newsworthy stories. I am well acquainted with Councilor Nick Koloski and he complains about Sullivan all the time. Nick says that Jim is making the city staff worked too hard to answer all of his questions. I say Nick does not like the question that Jim asks, questions that Nick and his fellow councilors should be asking and usually do not because it does not mean their political agenda of screwing the public over at every opportunity. Jim was a different Councilor than Nick as he was trying to help the little man and little woman instead of the politically well-connected or union employees with their hands out for more pay and benefits at the public’s expense. These few questions asked of Mr. Ferland gave a brand-new perspective on the County’s finances and it is not looking good. Our elected leaders within the County Delegation have betrayed the trust of their constituents and none of them are worthy of reelection.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 08 20 07:08 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Staffing levels within the Claremont School District not affected by the pandemic. However, other staffing problems exist!
2) County Manager provides interesting answers to inquiry.
Both articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
Donk(Friday, September 04 20 05:37 pm EDT)
I've been wondering about all the raises that have been handed out to city employees.So as it stands now,there is no money within all the taxes collected to p00ave the streets and keep up normal maintenance schedules.So now we're going to float some big improve Pleasant Street bond and then just let that go to shit too? It seems to me that we can clean up Pleasant Street a little but as far as floating bond,shouldn't float this bond to care for what we already have? I know there's no glamorous ribbon cutting ceremonies for politicians and their cronies in paving our existing streets,but I do think that the neglect of the existing is one sure way out the door for anyone managing the infrastructure on behalf of the Claremont citizenry.
Ted(Thursday, September 03 20 05:04 pm EDT)
Charlene and Allen tried to take more control again and failed big time with their rule changes. Councilors are beginning to smarten up about some things. Too bad it is too little too late. A lot of damage is already done because of their colossal stupidity.
Katie(Wednesday, September 02 20 10:17 am EDT)
I cannot wait to see what Jim Sullivan gets for an answer from Mr. Morris about this Downtown TIF money. This whole thing smells fishy and may blow up into a big scandal like the secret Topstone matter did. Talk about embarrassment the news staff at the Eagle Times, E- Ticker News and the Valley News should be all hanging their heads in shame for being so inept at their jobs.
Pamela(Wednesday, September 02 20 09:31 am EDT)
The Downtown TIF sounds like a great prospect for a forensic audit. Nevertheless, I would use a different auditing firm. This one that the city administration hired is too cliquey with the city leaders and they did not find anything when they looked over the books the past few years. It took two ex-councilors from 20 years ago to find the problem. That is embarrassing and shameful for the auditing firm that the city hired on contract presently. If a new team of auditors find something amiss then they should move on to the River Road TIF and forensically audit those books. If money is missing or money was misappropriated in the Downtown TIF then the same thing probably happened with the River Road TIF too. It just makes sense.
Linda(Wednesday, September 02 20 09:23 am EDT)
I am not convinced that Mr. Morris will wait until the dispatch center question is answered. I mean regional vs. Claremont going its own way. I think he wants a regional facility to take the management duties off of himself because he seems like a lazy cuss. I think that he will spend the $1 million to fix up the dispatch center in the police department and then maybe a few months down the road after that he will say good news an agreement has been reached for a regional dispatch center. I just wonder if the tax and spend dopes on the city council will then say ok how much are we spending on that and then break out their overused rubberstamps for approval. Unfortunately, that sounds about right.
Gary(Wednesday, September 02 20 08:56 am EDT)
You guys really nailed Nick Koloski with his lies about the amount of positive support for the downtown project. Just look what he does with the donation drives he runs. He collects donations from other people and then takes all the credit and all the glory for himself in the press and on social media. This shows what a sleazebag he is. He is an embarrassment to the city council and to all of Claremont.
Norman(Wednesday, September 02 20 06:56 am EDT)
What about Allen Damren? His head is so far up Mayor Lovett’s buttocks I think the fumes are getting to his brain. Praising the highway staff for the grotesque looking paving work is the sign of a demented mind. Jim and AJ are correct that it is not the road crew staff’s fault for the terrible pavement job. They are simply following orders from the lunatics running the asylum. Damren and the other councilors are among that twisted bunch because they allowed this cockamamie plan to go forward when any rational person can plainly see that it is just a thrown together plan to justify spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on what looks like pavement work so the administrators and councilors can divert money for employee raises and projects to help friends. The Topstone secret deal and now the Downtown TIF District money mystery just adds to the public distrust. Quid pro quo and councilors using their political influence to buy votes for themselves at election time with the taxpayers money is the new politically correct way of doing business in Claremont. Tammany Hall had nothing on Claremont City Hall.
Laura(Tuesday, September 01 20 05:23 pm EDT)
What about the Hunter property scandal? Remember that?
Tony(Tuesday, September 01 20 05:21 pm EDT)
This reminds me of the whole DPW vehicle leasing affair that got a director fired. Jim and AJ exposed that debacle too. This was several years ago but for those of you that remember overpayments to the leasing company was made and the money was accumulating in a off the books account somewhere until the person handling the money for the leasing company left their employment and it got caught by the manager and the city administrators wanted to keep overpaying even after they were told it was illegal. This downtown TIF district thing has a lot of the same nasty smell to it.
Marie(Tuesday, September 01 20 05:09 pm EDT)
If the money was moved elsewhere in the city's books and the auditors could not find it then that will open up a whole new can of worms. Like what else are the auditors missing?
Dan(Tuesday, September 01 20 04:50 pm EDT)
I just saw this on Facebook. Holy shit that is one hell of a lot of money to be parked in an account somewhere if it's even still there. The lady auditor says none of the money has been moved in five years so if the money turns up missing that my friends is called embezzlement. I wonder if the councilors will look the other way on this if the money is gone? Will that nitwit Koloski lead the charge to save the administrators by saying these things happen? It would not surprise me if he did.
Kevin(Tuesday, September 01 20 04:43 pm EDT)
Over 600 K is a heck of a lot of money to be kicking around the Downtown TIF District. Why is Mary Walter still throwing money into the district if they have that extra money in their to pay bills? That would stop the yearly bailout for at least two years. Why did prior city managers McNutt, McLean and Santagate allow this to happen? Weren't they all paid a pretty penny to be keeping an eye on things like this? Somebody isn't doing their job.
Helloooo(Tuesday, September 01 20 01:30 pm EDT)
http://indepthnh.org/2020/08/31/claremont-councilor-had-11-sustained-internal-affairs-cases-as-police-officer/ "Former Claremont Police Officer Jon Stone was the subject of 11 internal affairs investigations that found sustained allegations of misconduct, according to a letter from Claremont City Manager Ed Morris.
Stone, who stopped working for the Claremont Police Department some time in either 2005 or 2006, is a current member of the Claremont City Council and a Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives.....“For purposes of clarification, a ‘sustained’ finding occurs when a police officer(s) involved with those investigations are found to be in violation of City of Claremont’s and/or Claremont Police Department’s policy, standard operating procedures, NH Police Standards and Training Council’s rules/regulations or New Hampshire law,” Morris wrote.
All of the 11 sustained allegations involved Stone and his actions while on duty for the Claremont Police Department, Morris wrote. Morris also disclosed in the letter that Stone was the subject of one investigation that was not sustained for lack of evidence, and other investigations that were deemed unfounded because the evidence lacked merit....“For example, the City intends to redact such references to: a) names of minors; b) names of parents/relatives of minors; c) birth dates; d) Social Security numbers; e) telephone numbers f) addresses of individuals and g) other personal information of those names in these records,” Morris wrote...… Stone and Decato have previously objected to the release of much of this information."
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 01 20 01:28 pm EDT)
Where did the money go?
The article appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
Sullivans A Dickbag(Tuesday, September 01 20 12:30 pm EDT)
Guy who gets voted off council along with his fellow cohort in the same boat calling someone a narcissist when they craft fake articles and praise themselves right after publishing them on a site called the Sullivan report. Now thats classic right there. Poor Nicky got Jimmy flustered. AJ can hold you.
Alex(Tuesday, September 01 20 10:54 am EDT)
Nick Koloski is a real piece of work. He is a pathological liar and so many people in Claremont are so F-ing stupid they believe his BS as gospel. Why do you think Slick Nick Facebook blocked Sullivan from calling him out on his lies? When it comes to lying on social media he makes Jonathan Stone look like a Christian Bible thumper. Maranville and Sullivan are right about the Councilor hypocrites Abby Kier and Jimmy the doofus Contois because they will never call their good friend Slick Nick Koloski publicly on the carpet for his many online sins of distorting the truth to the naive and unsuspecting public. These councilors and their cronies like the public clueless and on their side while they pick the taxpayer’s pockets mercilessly for whatever random spending idea they might have. Nothing will change until these skunks are thrown out of public office and the skunks at City Hall are all kicked to the curb.
Todd(Tuesday, September 01 20 09:43 am EDT)
Wow! The PSNH rebate of property taxes that will eventually come will come with a hefty price tag. The city assessor in the city manager are nuts to have this consultant jack up all of the utility property assessments to try to deflate the property tax rate for Claremont because it will blow up in all of our faces sooner or later. While it seems later is coming pretty darn soon and it is gonna be one heck of a deficit in the budget when it does. Doesn’t our city leaders get that? Or are they too stupid? The consultant’s contract should be terminated and perhaps the interim city assessor needs to get the heave ho as well. I’m not too keen on the city manager as he seems like a real mindless drone and a complete imbecile but that is who Queen Charlene and Prince Allen wanted and the rest of the fool councilors bowed and scraped to their wishes and hired this idiot. You reap what you sow and the councilors sowed a bad crop of top city administrators. It’s a shame that the taxpayers are going to pay the price big-time for their incompetence.
August(Monday, August 31 20 08:12 am EDT)
Hmmm. even Jon Stone rubberstamped all those votes?
Donk(Monday, August 31 20 08:05 am EDT)
So Jim, Do you think that if a person of color,or even possibly gender non-specific if asked to move along from these benches,would have a good discrimination case against the city?
If a group of us paint Black Lives Matter on Pleasant Street,could we have it deemed sacred ground?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 31 20 06:34 am EDT)
August 26, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
The article can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
Steve(Sunday, August 30 20 07:34 pm EDT)
I have known John Cloutier most of my life and while he thinks he is doing a lot of good for the public, he really is not. He is ineffectual as a leader and not that swift when it comes to details such as finances. I think he intentionally omitted the first project cost increase to make it easier to politically spin this disaster. His articles in the e- ticker news, Claremont’s answer to the National Enquirer, gives him the political platform to be the local spin doctor for the county and the state representatives. He does a fair job of that as his articles read as if they are heavy on details but they are really skewed toward Democrat ideology and placing a positive face on everything no matter how bad something might be. I wish there was a better candidate running against John Cloutier, as I am not a fan of Jonathan Stone because I think it is time for John Cloutier to be permanently retired from politics so I intend to vote for Stone.
Henry(Sunday, August 30 20 06:46 pm EDT)
The County Home project is out of control with the costs. Another Derek Ferland fiasco. Instead of firing him for gross incompetence for not only this project but for the Sullivan Sober House project too, the imbeciles running the County will probably give him a big fat raise. John Cloutier, the County’s resident whitewasher, will probably make the motion to do it because he is such a doofus.
Tony(Sunday, August 30 20 04:52 pm EDT)
Charlene Lovett is no prize either. It seems that she has a real cozy relationship with the owners of hydroelectric and solar energy plants in Claremont and she will do anything to help them lower their expenses at the expense of the Claremont taxpayers. Yeah she is a real peach of a mayor.
Bob(Sunday, August 30 20 04:06 pm EDT)
Mark Chase needs to retire, he did take over a mess after Santagate’s lackey Alex Scott ran the police department into the ground. Now years later the city has a comfort dog and no working cops? Jim Sullivan needs to look at the real crime numbers in this city and what is actual cost to the tax payers.
Joyce(Sunday, August 30 20 03:29 pm EDT)
Vandalism and trash dumping is really getting out of control. The cops know where these areas are so why aren’t they patrolling them more or placing hidden cameras at these sites to catch the perpetrators? I thought the police were hired to stop crime. Is it just to look pretty in their uniforms?
Ken(Sunday, August 30 20 03:06 pm EDT)
Boy that Ferland character is a real piece of work isn’t he? A true bureaucrat through and through. Promises one thing and then switches it up afterwards with the pilot payments. He never said it would only be for three years and I do not doubt for a minute that it will not go for longer than that. This is just another way to appease the public in the short run because the halfway house ex-convicts is going in no matter what. The Claremont people never had a say in the matter. That is what governments do these days they ram crap down your throat that you would never want. Next we find out that the County Home project is about $14 million over budget or maybe that it was the true budget and the administrators hid that from everyone to get approval from the delegation. I do not trust any of the administrators and I do not trust the delegates to vote in the best interests of the taxpayers.
Rick(Sunday, August 30 20 10:15 am EDT)
I see that Jeff Barrett did not put his hat in the ring for County Commissioner again. Ole Jeffrey must see the writing on the wall for the County finances and how he and his buddies spent the County into the poor house and now he is getting out before it all comes crashing down because he does not want to take any of the political heat. He also probably does not want it affecting his business on Water Street. Atta boy Jeffrey.
Marie(Sunday, August 30 20 08:44 am EDT)
Mayor Charlene Lovett certainly has her head right in the clouds with her weekly articles full of sunshine and politically spun news. This week the CVS pharmacy was robbed and on local Facebook it says that the CVS pharmacy was robbed for a second time in the same week. By the way, for those of you who may not know the CVS pharmacy is located right next door to the Claremont police station. How incredibly embarrassing. Then there are the incredibly unattractive roadways that our public works crews and their subcontracted help are for all intents and purposes vandalizing with their roadway patchwork. Mayor Lovett does not get the idea that she and her colleagues are doing a terrible job managing this fair city. She and her colleagues are so deep in denial I doubt they ever will.
Lack of any leadership what so ever(Thursday, August 27 20 04:58 pm EDT)
let the bath salts prevail and the drugs while you walk your stupid comfort dog in the park what a waste and lack of leadership Wake up Claremont !!!! the "leaders" LOL will never get it
stupidity(Wednesday, August 26 20 02:59 pm EDT)
cloutier drools and ferland wipes it up bunch fucking liberal loosers
Terry(Wednesday, August 26 20 11:26 am EDT)
I was surprised to see that so many councilors have close connections to the school district and how easily they turn their backs on the administrators and the teachers and all the parents and students with this truck traffic plan. Because this truck traffic plan will destroy all of the hard work and all of the investment the taxpayers have paid for to try to turn the schools around. The bad leadership of Claremont is really taking its toll on Claremont.
Tom(Wednesday, August 26 20 09:13 am EDT)
I do not want my tax dollars going to creating infrastructure facilities for low-income housing residents that usually do not contribute anything to the community except higher tax bills to pay for their existence. Where are all the school officials? Why are they not yelling to the rooftops about this insane traffic plan? We just spent a heck of a lot of money on the high school to fix it up and to fix up the middle school to and now it is going to be all screwed up by this traffic plan of the cities. Are all the school officials hiding under their desks cowering in fear from that little pipsqueak Morris? Or is it Charlene Lovett that scares the crap out of them? I just don’t see it.
John J.O’Connor(Tuesday, August 25 20 10:48 pm EDT)
If you get a chance, please read Wayne McElvery’s letter to the editor in the eticker.
It’s a must read for anyone still on the fence about the Pleasant street project.
Donk(Tuesday, August 25 20 12:56 pm EDT)
Thanks for the update on Sugar River Jim.I guess our taxes are only good for paychecks and health benefits.There just isn't enough to do things like paving the streets.
What's next,as insurance premiums rise for public employees? Plowing only after 10" of snow fall?
I think between the over stated assessments by the city which costs in court fees and greatly reduced tax revenue and the county under stating the costs associated with the sober living facility and the county nursing home we here in Claremont are totally Fuggazzed.Grandiose Pleasant Street bonds,911 call center upgrades,extra cops,extra firemen, just how much money do they think Claremont taxpayers have?
Just wait until the pensions blow up.
I suggest you vote for John Stone against the asshole that will spend us into the poor house(Sullivan County Nursing Home).
Larry(Tuesday, August 25 20 11:56 am EDT)
You watch the County leadership will move forward and spend the extra $13-$14 million no questions asked. John Cloutier never saw a tax increase he didn't love in far too many of the other County representatives think the same way as he does.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, August 25 20 09:13 am EDT)
Three new articles published today.
1) Sullivan County Healthcare Renovation Project costs go right through the roof!
2) Morris Administration releases rest of property abatement information.
3) Mystery of Sugar River Drive notches solved.
These articles appear on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, August 22 20 08:23 am EDT)
Mario, it is a Federal Grant from the Dept. of Justice.
Mario(Saturday, August 22 20 06:56 am EDT)
Thank you Mr. Sullivan for the calcification. Is this a State or Federal grant for an extra Officer?
It does seem if the money goes to the state, the state will expect a return on their investment and the taxpayers will be the victim.
Revenue(Friday, August 21 20 07:37 pm EDT)
Local ordinance tickets stay local 100 percent and any state ticket the state funds the police academy and other things with
Jim Sullivan(Friday, August 21 20 04:06 pm EDT)
From my time on the Claremont City Council I seemed to recall that all of the revenues collected from traffic violations and speeding tickets went directly to the State of New Hampshire and the City of Claremont did not keep one single penny of those funds. Seeing this debate on the Public Forum, I sent an email inquiry to Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase and he confirmed my recollection that Claremont does not keep any of those speeding ticket / traffic violation revenues, 100% of those funds goes directly to the State of New Hampshire.
Alex(Friday, August 21 20 09:16 am EDT)
The city gets to keep 100% of all revenue collected through ticket writing.
Chase Elliott(Friday, August 21 20 07:57 am EDT)
Dubba Wallace I think you will find that if checked out the city of Claremont gets NO money from traffic tickets or court judgment on them.
Glenn(Thursday, August 20 20 10:43 pm EDT)
Excellent points Guy, thank you for commenting.
Guy(Thursday, August 20 20 10:24 am EDT)
This new Officer will have to justify their existence but issuing as many tickets as possible. I am certain this Officer would have daily quotas that will have to be met.
Getting an extra Officer is always a good but not at the expense of the driving public in these tough economic times.
Driving in this state , without mass transit, is not a luxury but a necessity. Too many violations or failure to pay the judgements will mean more people having their driving privileges suspended or revoked.
That will cause undo hardships.
Glenn(Thursday, August 20 20 09:14 am EDT)
Chief Chase said traffic stops are not being done that often and that is why he wants a full time traffic cop. So this new cop would not really free up anyone. Also thinking ticket revenue will pay for the new cop is nuts. Enough new revenue would never be raised from speeding and other infraction tickets.
Yawn(Thursday, August 20 20 07:44 am EDT)
Did you guys consider a cop to solely do do traffic stops would leave time for other cops to "walk the beat" Idiots
Bubba Wallace(Wednesday, August 19 20 05:19 pm EDT)
The cost of the cop grant will be off set by the money collected from traffic infractions.
In other words, don’t expect a break if you are pulled over because that officers only job will be to ticket motorists and gather revenue.
This Officer will have to justify his or her their salary by giving out as many tickets as humanly possible.
“Drivers start your engines”
David(Wednesday, August 19 20 02:49 pm EDT)
I cannot believe were doing another cops grant in this time for what amounts to a full-time meter maid. Woo hoo! What we really need is beat cops to patrol the streets at night keep the crime rate low.
Kevin(Wednesday, August 19 20 11:45 am EDT)
Boy that is a heck of a thing having over $1.25 million floating around in the city budget each year as a slush fund. I remember reading about this before and it started with Santagate and went on with the other city managers to build that padded budget bit by bit over the years. Now it is gotten to way too high and Morris is taking advantage of it right to the hilt. He is also doing the same thing to the taxpayer’s right along with all nine-city councilors, who are acting like little puppets nodding yes when told to do so. It is sickening to see our city leaders in action.
Dan(Wednesday, August 19 20 11:18 am EDT)
Typical Allen Damren with the old bait and switch trick. Tell everyone that this cash reserve fund is to chip away at the capital improvement plan when the money is really going to be spent on building new city property or buying new city property or maybe fixing up city property. I think that hundred thousand dollars is going to go to buy some of those property lots that they need for the downtown rethink Pleasant Street project because there really is no parking plan at all it’s just wishful thinking.
Tom(Wednesday, August 19 20 10:22 am EDT)
I think we need to rethink the rethink downtown plan because it is not really a plan at all it is a wish list without any real vision or specifics. The parking plan does not exist because 50% of the public parking spaces do not even belong to the city with no real plan to convert them to public parking spaces. The truck traffic plan is a disaster by adding 332% of truck traffic right by the middle and high schools. Jim and AJ are right the noise and the vibrations will be tremendous and it will impair the learning environment schools. For anyone to say otherwise is naïve and wrongheaded.
Adam(Wednesday, August 19 20 08:54 am EDT)
I know this is about older news but I have been on vacation the last few weeks and I am just catching up and there is something I would really like to get off my chest. I was surprised at the amount of some of the savings on the property assessments and the high percentage of favorable results for those who filed. It was really worth their time and effort to do so and I and other family members intend to do so next year. Anyone who does not file for a property abatement is a fool, I want to thank Jim and AJ for making me realize that I and so many other property owners have been taken advantage of by city officials for far too long. The property assessments are overstated and we are overpaying on our property taxes because of it to support all of the pie-in-the-sky spending initiatives of our city officials. The city staff members do not need pay raises and we do not need to create more parking for Section 8 housing. Yes, we need the water and sewer upgrades for downtown Claremont and the road paving but that’s it. It is time for Claremont officials to focus on actual needs instead of unnecessary pay raises for city staff members and special favors for special interests.
Donk(Tuesday, August 18 20 04:34 pm EDT)
With all these big grandiose ideas that they're floating,I know what I'm going to do.I plan on contracting with local private holders of parking spaces for towing.I will create an impound yard and everything.With all these low income people moving in I'm quite sure they will try parking all over the place,I've seen it before.$100 to unhook 'em once up,no ifs ands or buts and I don't care about your babies or your kids,$100!
I'll probably wind up having to get into the auction game too,since a lot of these people won't have towing and storage fee money for their cars.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, August 18 20 04:28 pm EDT)
I heard the City Manager say the current emergency 9-11 equipment is 20 years old and out lived its usefulness years ago and therefore needs to be replaced.
My problem is doing it with a 20 year bond.
If the equipment is replaced now, it will have to be replaced again before the proposed bond is satisfied. This doesn’t make economic sense.
We once had a City Manager who prided himself on paying as we go. The purchase of this equipment should be made with the 1million dollars they just miraculously found and not a 20 year bond.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, August 18 20 02:55 pm EDT)
New article – August 12, 2020 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis appears on the News Flashes page of this website.
Frances’s Mother(Tuesday, August 18 20 09:10 am EDT)
I have a suggestion, next time you go on an extended vacation, let Frances Guathier post articles in your place.
Frances is the real voice of the people. He deserves to be in politics.
Donk(Thursday, August 13 20 11:53 am EDT)
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 email@example.com 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