Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 14 19 11:56 pm EST)
Bob, good question. Sorry that I do not know the answer to that one. Since a plan is not fully formulated the County Government may not have an answer to that one either.
Ticked more(Thursday, November 14 19 07:10 pm EST)
Real people won't run because frankly the incompetence is too deep and they have better things to do then to try to convince these ignorant people to do anything that makes sense
Ticked(Thursday, November 14 19 06:07 pm EST)
Elections Have Consequences! Your county delegation and commissioners can be voted out!
Bob(Thursday, November 14 19 06:01 pm EST)
@ Jim Sullivan Thank you for the response. I am curious though if there has been any clean up of the building from when the paper was there. If people are going to be living there you would think the County would get a clean bill of health from the State DES
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 14 19 04:11 pm EST)
Bob, unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. Because the County is a government entity and local Planning rules do not apply to them as they are exempt. Another example is when the City of Claremont built the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center with inadequate parking space. The reason why that happened is because the City of Claremont is exempt from local Planning rules because they are a government entity. The only requirement that the County has to meet is to go before the Claremont Planning Board and show them an informational only presentation of their plan. The Planning Board and residents can ask questions but neither the Planning Board nor the Citizens will have any say in the matter. Essentially the County Government can and is shoving this project down the throats of all Claremont citizens whether we like it or not and they are using our tax dollars to do it. Your government at work!
wishing(Thursday, November 14 19 03:20 pm EST)
Please Help this City
Bob(Wednesday, November 13 19 09:57 pm EST)
Jim Sullivan: Does the county have absolute rule over the sober Housing..Can't the planning board make them follow the rules of the State and city and require them to satisfy their requests before granting approval for their application or do they not even have to fill out an application???
Charles(Wednesday, November 13 19 03:20 pm EST)
Is nobody shell shocked at $1.5 million dollars in merely designing this sober living facility?
My first question is who's spouse,kid,or brother/sister works for Warren street Architects is connected to the county government? We all know somebody is enriching themselves through connections.
Why are the people of Sullivan County responsible to pay for the housing of alcoholics and drug addicts? I know that we have plenty of churches and non-profits that should shoulder this responsibility,considering the fact that they enjoy tax free status.How are these organizations contributing? Should we be reconsidering non-profit tax free status of those doing nothing?
Has the county received alternative bids for the design of this boondoggle?
How about a halfway house for the seniors pushed out of their homes due to exorbitant tax burden?
Can the people of Sullivan County say no we cannot afford this?
How about an added tax to drinks and alcohol purchased in Sullivan County's bars and stores to pay for it?
On the other hand that would just create another tax lien situation for Koloski's dive bar.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 13 19 06:14 am EST)
The real story about the Sullivan County Nursing Home Rehab Project and the Sober House Project, both of which are moving forward.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tony(Tuesday, November 12 19 05:01 pm EST)
Which facts? That the republicans invited a hate for profit author and speaker? That Nick got the most votes of any of the candidates? That Jon S got a majority running unopposed?
Bob(Sunday, November 10 19 08:40 pm EST)
@Tony spoken like a true DemocRAT. Can't handle facts!
tony(Saturday, November 09 19 10:03 am EST)
in a county where the main stream republicans invite a 'Hate for Profit' speaker to an event, Jon Stone getting elected is no surprise. But this site claims to represent some silent majority. Actually it represents a fringe of disenchanted reactionaries and a few sore losers.
Low Numbers(Thursday, November 07 19 11:05 am EST)
John O’, Numbers numbers don’t seem to demand respect in my book
Numbers(Thursday, November 07 19 10:54 am EST)
Tony. 15% of the registered voter put nick back in. That is not a major accomplishment. 64% of those that voted voted for him. 68% of those that voted voted for Jon Stone. I guess numbers don’t count.
Charles(Thursday, November 07 19 10:48 am EST)
At this point it doesn't really matter who gets elected.
The mill rate is the highest in the state.The property values are rising at a snails pace,certainly not enough to justify the expense of revaluation every 2 years.What were these people thinking?
The most important aspect of taxing and spending is who are the people that pay? Do they have the ability and income to pay more?
The answer in Claremont is a resounding no.They have reached the taxing ceiling in Claremont.It doesn't matter what they vote for.You can either afford it,or you can't.I don't see Claremont even affording it's most basic infrastructure maintenance.
John J.O’Connor(Thursday, November 07 19 10:14 am EST)
I think there is some truth to that. As a member of the “Anyone but Koloski” club, I am extremely disappointed in the election results and since then I have been questioning as to why I dislike Nick.
In a perfect world no one would question Nicks motives when he gets involved in charitable endeavors.
In a perfect world, people would think it’s just a coincidence that a local paper is always there for a photo op to document his good deeds.
In a perfect world, people would think Nick is just victim of circumstances in regards to the Topsail building.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.
The voters have spoken and Nick now enters his second decade on the Council, respects must be given for his dedication to the City of Claremont.
Tony(Thursday, November 07 19 09:29 am EST)
Great to see how effective the Sullivan report is with smearing Nick. He was only the highest vote catcher for the at large. You are really out of touch and unaware of just how small a group you are.
Telling(Wednesday, November 06 19 01:19 pm EST)
Telling 2.0 In some elections if a candidate does not receive 50% of the vote there must be a revote. Not good for an incumbent. Just a thought.
Rick(Wednesday, November 06 19 07:14 am EST)
Well the Claremont voters did it again. 75% of them stayed home and most of the 25% that voted elected tax-and-spend liberals who will destroy the city within a few years by spending unrestrained and raising taxes, water and sewer rates and all other sort of fees that they can so that the taxpayers can pay for all the new spending. Expect the push on the downtown region with a multimillion-dollar infrastructure improvement-spending plan that will include a new multitier-parking garage. More low income housing that maybe the company that new Councilor Deborah Matteau works for can oversee in some capacity. Let us not forget Councilor Koloski now that he has won again I wonder what he wants. He just got the food-licensing thing for his weenie wagon so it cannot be that. Maybe a free environmental cleanup of the Topstone building on the public’s dime? Maybe something else who knows? We all know what Councilor Kier and Mayor Lovett and other members of the Council want for Christmas and that is sanctuary city status for Claremont. Oh right we are supposed to be calling it a welcoming community so no one will really know that it really means a sanctuary city. My bad. LOL. Of course all of the unionized municipal workers will reap big rewards to because there bought and paid for city councilors will make sure that they get bigger paychecks and expanded benefits that the taxpayers will have no choice but to pay for. The councilors will gladly do it because they must keep their constituency who elects them happy. When the big tax bills begin to come in a year or so from now and the public will then become angry, it will be too late to do anything about it because the damage has already been done. In Claremont staying home and not voting is not a good option because putting trust in the 25% of the voting age public that votes is not a good strategy. Look at what happened yesterday. Claremont voters you only have yourself to blame.
Telling2.0(Wednesday, November 06 19 07:08 am EST)
Stone got 68% of the vote in an uncontested race. Also a message.
Telling(Tuesday, November 05 19 10:19 pm EST)
Abigail Kier an incumbent candidate that has a track record recurved 708 votes. 816 voters did not vote for her. That sends a message.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 05 19 09:46 pm EST)
Claremont Election Results can be found on the News Flashes page of this website.
Blah B. Blah III(Tuesday, November 05 19 09:16 pm EST)
Cue the fake haters. Damn its almost like no one gives a shit what Jim, AJ and Gauthier have to say.
Bob(Tuesday, November 05 19 08:24 pm EST)
Colonskipi, Matteu, Keir, Contois, this city is screwed, you think taxes are bad now just wait, you get what you vote for and this city just voted to screw it's self!!!!
Slick(Tuesday, November 05 19 07:51 pm EST)
Hang onto your wallet. Another Topstone deal is in the works.
Libtard(Tuesday, November 05 19 07:51 pm EST)
Just here for the post election conservative meltdown.
Beat Down(Tuesday, November 05 19 07:46 pm EST)
Looks like the conservatives sat on their hands again. Only themselves to blame.
Don(Tuesday, November 05 19 01:46 pm EST)
The high school principal in Concord resigned and the superintendent was fired by the school board over there alleged sexual assault case. In Claremont absolutely nothing has happened because school officials have failed to act at every turn. What is wrong with our school officials? Have they no decency or morals or ethics? Do they condone what allegedly happened? Or do they simply not give a you know what in regards to the students and their safety?
Charles(Tuesday, November 05 19 11:49 am EST)
Has anyone considered that this inappropriate sexual contact with Claremont's student population may be more wide spread than this one individual?
These cover-ups just may be to protect a large group of teachers or administrators sexual proclivity toward children.
Within the Catholic Church did anyone believe 20 years ago that the organization would be paying out $2 Billion to settle damages by
the acts of pedophile homosexual priests numbering in the hundreds,if not thousands?
Epstein just died awaiting trial for running an island dedicated to serving forbidden fruits,catering to the deviant desires of the world's elites.Bill Clinton himself was known to have taken several island trips himself.
I think that this investigation needs to delve deeper into the doings of school personnel.It's obvious that they were(are) not doing the jobs that they are paid to do.So what are they doing with their(our) time?
Remember that Michael Jackson never served a day for his deviant behavior with children.Now the children are grown and have proclaimed that Jackson was having intercourse with all of them.
Craig(Tuesday, November 05 19 11:00 am EST)
No accountability equals chaos. The prior SAU management was shamefully run by chaos under incompetent interim superintendent Cory LeClair and the previous equally incompetent superintendent Middleton McGoodwin. A pathetically incompetent finance director was allowed to hold two similar jobs in two different SAU’s. The same finance director failed to file IRS paperwork almost costing the taxpayers a significant amount of money in fines and penalties. The same finance director failed to file lunch program paperwork on time and that did cost taxpayers a very large sum of money in lost revenues for two years straight. Audit reports were not conducted each year for many years. An interim superintendent is literally pushed out the door and secretly paid a cash settlement courtesy of the taxpayers presumably because he was finding out the dirty little secrets of all these incompetent administrators and they teamed up to cover-up their sins against the taxpayers by ousting him quickly. Now we see that school administrators looked the other way and became enablers that set the stage for an alleged sexual assault to presumably occur. Absolutely no one has been held accountable except for any of this with the one exception of the termination of the former finance director. Why is that? What kind of message is the sending the taxpaying public and the students of Claremont?
Richard(Tuesday, November 05 19 10:03 am EST)
Pat Barry should have been placed on administrative leave as soon as the story about Mr. Caccavaro became public knowledge. At least one School board member said that she did not learn until about this until just before the new stories began to come out. Administrators most definitely knew and they did nothing presumably because they were all compromised and wanted to cover things up to protect themselves. We do not know when the new superintendent found out about this matter so we should all give him the benefit of the doubt at least for now. It is the only fair thing to do. That being said nothing is being done to hold accountable either Pat Barry or the special education director who also must have known and did nothing. The longer school officials take to act the more their credibility will suffer. This will hurt their efforts at budget time and at election time when they will need public support
Fair and Balanced(Tuesday, November 05 19 09:06 am EST)
Dennis, will you be big enough to admit you were 100% wrong when Goddard fills up with non section 8 renters? will any of the self professed economic development geniuses on this site admit they were full of crap? that would be refreshing. and i'm guessing you all preferred the previous Goddard situation--bed bugs, falling down building, empty store fronts...lol. 7 or 8 million invested to make it better and its just bitchbitchbitchbitchbitch glass always half empty. Yawn.
Dennis(Tuesday, November 05 19 08:35 am EST)
Ray your comments remind me about the Goddard building and there is something I have been meaning to say about that on the forum. This new guy Morris who the Council hired for city manager is either a numbskull or a liar. The Goddard building is very obviously going to cater to low-level income residents who earn Section 8 income levels as Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville clearly pointed out in the article they published not too long ago. I watched that Council meeting they wrote about and it was like watching an infomercial for the Goddard building. Just whom is this Morris person really representing? To me it does not seem to be the Claremont taxpayers who are paying his salary.
Ray(Monday, November 04 19 02:30 pm EST)
Speaking about Frank Sprague, I would like to know more about what is going on with the city contract for the building where school board chair Frank Sprague runs his health club. Is the city even supposed to be doing that kind of work or is Mr. Sprague getting some sort of backroom sweetheart deal on the taxpayer’s dime? I do not like the fact that it was not a real bid situation so we do not know if the taxpayers are getting a good deal or not or if the city is supposed to be doing that kind of work or not.
Jeremy(Monday, November 04 19 02:16 pm EST)
I have no faith in school board chair Frank Sprague doing the right thing. He is a former school principal and retired school employees always back current school employees in regards to generous pay raises, increases in benefits and covering up wrongdoing.
Charles(Monday, November 04 19 10:35 am EST)
It would really be in Claremont's best interest to get rid of Steven's principal,as well as the director for special education.
Not only have these people bungled the protection of the most vulnerable,but they are also way up there in the payout for pensions.Getting new people with better structured benefits pkgs. more in line with the income level of Claremont would be beneficial.These people are walking as kings and queens among the poorest population of the state.While I believe educating should be a decent paying job,defined benefit pkgs. exceed taxpayer Social Security by far too much.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, November 04 19 09:52 am EST)
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Laura(Monday, November 04 19 08:42 am EST)
Principal Pat Barry must be fired. She admits by her own statements to the police that when allegations of Mr. Caccavaro kissing a special needs student surfaced that she did absolutely nothing to protect the student from further contact. Kissing a student should be grounds for immediate dismissal. Instead Principal Barry issued some advice and did not take any measures to guarantee that Mr. Caccavaro and the student would not ever be together again. Mr. Caccavaro then began having weekly outings with the student and another special-needs student on Principal Barry’s watch yet Principal Barry pleaded ignorance to the outings. Who is running things at Stevens High School? If Principal Barry is an absentee administrator then that is sufficient grounds for her termination. Her laissez-faire managerial approach to this issue led to an alleged sexual assault. That should be grounds for her termination. However the Claremont School Board and the new Superintendent have failed to act so far. Do they condone this type of management that does not protect the students attending our schools? Perhaps it is time to start replacing them as well.
Dave(Monday, November 04 19 07:58 am EST)
If you looking for the city councilors to do anything for you then you are deluding yourselves. With the exception of Stone and O’Hearne, all of these councilors support sanctuary city policies that they call welcoming community policies to make it sound better. They want to spend millions of Claremont tax dollars to turn the downtown into a haven for illegal aliens who will swell the school system with lots of kids most of them can even speak English and it will increase the crime rate with drugs and prostitution. This is not even counting the people that will be living in the sober houses and in the transitional housing, that leading liberal Mayor Charlene Lovett is advocating for along with her councilor cronies. Kier and Koloski are bad news it’s time to clean house on the council starting with ousting them on Tuesday.
Chris(Sunday, November 03 19 01:44 pm EST)
If Principal Barry is not fired than the next person who should be fired is Superintendent Tempesta.
Matt(Sunday, November 03 19 12:56 pm EST)
The city’s spending priorities have been off kilter for a very long time. Purchasing new firetrucks when the useful life of the old one has not really expired yet, failing to properly care and maintain for the city’s roadway infrastructure and being more concerned about giving raises to the highest paid city employees when the retirement fund is woefully and inadequately funded seems to be par for the course with these buffoons on the city council and those working in the city administration. The voters have a chance to vote out two incumbents. Hopefully they won’t blow that opportunity.
Gary(Sunday, November 03 19 11:57 am EST)
If enough fiscal conservatives win seats on the Council then this bullshit spending will end and maybe we can get some new pavement on the roads while we still have some left.
Ryan(Sunday, November 03 19 10:58 am EST)
This will be Tempesta’s baptism of fire. Will he do the right thing and conduct an internal investigation and put the high school principal and the special education department head on leave pending the investigation outcome. If the outcome is that not enough was done to protect the student then Tempesta should do the right thing and terminate either one or both. Given the media account of what happened, I do not see Principal Barry surviving any scrutiny because of her ambivalence to the situation and her gross negligence regarding her duty to protect all students. She should be fired.
Ted(Sunday, November 03 19 09:48 am EST)
This Hamilton character sure finagled the figures around to try to keep the payouts for veterans tax credit and elderly exemptions lowballed as much as possible. Then you have the property assessments that are all over the place. Anyone who manipulates figures that much cannot be trusted as a city assessor.
Sharon(Sunday, November 03 19 07:48 am EST)
It’s a shame that the new superintendent inherited this mess about the alleged sexual assault involving a student. It is problems like this that he is handsomely paid to solve. If he does nothing then everyone will know that he is morally bankrupt and not someone who should be running our school districts.
Lynn(Sunday, November 03 19 05:08 am EST)
Pat Barry should be put on leave and ultimately fired for failing to protect that special education student from that alleged sexual assault.The system failed because the Principal looked the other way and did not take steps to protect that girl from harm. How can that be overlooked and forgiven by the school board of the new superintendent? What is wrong with these people?
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, November 02 19 08:54 pm EDT)
Two new articles.
1) Where is the accountability?
2) Claremont's 2019 MS-1 document reveals several surprises!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Wake Up(Friday, November 01 19 09:28 am EDT)
THE COUNCIL NEEDS TO LOOK BEYOND INCREASING THE POPULATION OF CLAREMONT. HOW MANY ARE THEY PUTTING IN THE WAGON V HOW MANY ARE PULLING THE WAGON. Can they really be that STUPID.
VOTE OUT AT LARGE INCUMBENTS.
Robert(Friday, November 01 19 06:55 am EDT)
It looks like the assessing office is in complete disarray. Can’t hire a permanent assessor presumably because the pay is too low to hire anyone even reasonably competent. Then the city hires overpriced consultants who totally screw things up. First, we have MRI and then we get the Topstone scandal that helps Nick Koloski and his landlord out immensely with the big almost quarter million-dollar property tax forgiveness break and then a property assessment reduction of over seventy percent. The old manager and the MRI guy that was doing the assessing hire a utility assessor and they use a scare tactic to keep away any pesky bidders with a stiff late fee clause in the bid proposal advertisement that is intentionally kept out of the contract. Then the assessor they hire as a consultant doesn’t turn into his work until over a month and a half late and because there’s no penalty fee nothing happens to him and he continues keeping the contract like nothing happened. This utility assessor that the last city manager hired looks like he’s in big trouble all over the place and he goes and raises the utility assessments way out of proportion and now we have two utilities taking us to court. Then the utility assessor will make more money being paid a high hourly fee to testify in court trying to convince a judge to believe his outrageous property assessments. Undoubtedly, the city will lose the case having spent not only fees for this utility assessor to testify but also big legal fees to lawyers and then we will have to pay back all the extra money that utilities paid in plus interest because they were overtaxed in 2018. God knows with this assessor consultant stuck the utilities with for property assessments in 2019? Will we be back in court next year facing more big expenses? The new city manager’s plan really sucks. Have a low-level employee go to school to become an assessor on the taxpayers dime and then become the new city assessor if he or she decides to stay and not move on to greener pastures once they become a full-fledged assessor. In the meantime, keep the current high paid consultant that seems lackadaisical when it comes to the property assessments. The same guy who oversaw the revaluation that raised a whole bunch of people’s property assessments while giving city councilors like Scott Pope a huge property tax break. Yet we need this jerk around for three more years. If this is the best that this new city manager has to offer and then maybe it’s time we get another new city manager once we install a new city council in January. Don’t vote for any of the incumbents running at large and then we will have a big change on the council perhaps enough to make a good difference going forward.
Linda(Wednesday, October 30 19 09:04 pm EDT)
It seems that Erica Rae Sweetser, AJ Maranville and Jim Sullivan are making the folks who want to keep the status quo at city hall really nervous. Good. Keep it up you three and Erica you have my vote.
A.J. ISA Moron(Wednesday, October 30 19 06:44 pm EDT)
Delusional would be crafting the same attacks against a people under different names on a fake site with a fake name. Boring. I really like it when Jim and AJ aka Linus and the Fake Sheriff sing themselves praise. Good job guys.
Katherine(Wednesday, October 30 19 05:11 pm EDT)
I read Nick Koloski’s comments to his Eagle Times interview in today’s newspaper and boy does this city councilor have deep psychological issues. First, he is a first-class narcissist who thinks he is the Savior of Claremont, which is a load of BS. Then he comes up with this cockamamie story that a huge outpouring of citizens convinced him to run for Council because he is the only one that can save us. One word adequately describes him and that word is delusional. Then Nick Koloski sidesteps every important question asked of him. Typical sleazy Nick Koloski styled actions. Make no mistake Nick Koloski is only there as a councilor to gain more political favors for himself and friends from the city administration in exchange for his constant city administration friendly rubberstamp vote. Vote for Nick Koloski if you want more of the same such as not enough road repairs, high taxes and more big raises for the city staff. If you want positive change then vote for anyone else but Nick Koloski and Abigail Kier.
Gloria(Wednesday, October 30 19 11:23 am EDT)
There was an interesting article in the Eagle Times about the Concord high school principal that was put on administrative leave pending investigation because of his poor handling of sexual assault allegations against a teacher. There is a similar case in Claremont and the Stevens high school principal totally mishandled the situation, allowed the alleged perpetrator to continue working in the school system and that person began to take the special education student that he was fixated with on weekly excursions for a few months when eventually an alleged sexual assault occured. Quite frankly this principle should have been fired on the spot but at the very least placed on immediate administrative leave pending a thorough investigation of her lack of action and how that jeopardized the safety of the special education student. Why has the Claremont school board and the new superintendent failed to act? Covering up for one of their own is wrong. The Stevens high school principal should be held accountable for her actions. Isn't the safety of the student population more important than the career of a misguided, inept high school principal?
Rick(Wednesday, October 30 19 10:38 am EDT)
I agree with Jim and AJ that there should be increases with the exemptions and with the tax credit for veterans. I am glad Councilor Stone increased the veteran’s credit to at least $500. The Council should do more for the seniors and hopefully they will once the two committees give their recommendations to the Council.
Charles(Wednesday, October 30 19 08:33 am EDT)
This community,or at least it's homeowners paying taxes are all so elderly that the shift that you advocate would be more drastic than in the communities you wish to be compared to.They have far more "new blood".Claremont is the old elephant bone yard with a smather of intellectually incapable young welfare recipients.
The levels of exeptions that you are looking for would have a much deeper impact on the bottom line.Sad but true
Katie(Wednesday, October 30 19 06:00 am EDT)
I noticed that no televised city councilor candidates forum is scheduled on CCTV. So much for transparent government.
Jeremy(Wednesday, October 30 19 05:28 am EDT)
It is clear to me that Mr. Hamilton the assessor consultant is working very hard to keep the amount of the exemptions and the tax credits that are paid to qualifying citizens down to an absolute minimum. Since he does not have a dog in this fight, I am sure that he is getting his marching orders to keep the payouts down from the new city manager Mr. Morris.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 29 19 03:43 pm EDT)
October 23 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
John J. O’Connor(Tuesday, October 29 19 03:32 pm EDT)
If you want to debate political issues her, I’m sure you can do it without going so low as to being up frivolous allegations, only mentioned to influence the voters.
It’s obvious who you are against, but who are you supporting?
You crossed the line, you embarrassed yourself and your family.
Joe(Tuesday, October 29 19 08:43 am EDT)
Sounds like y'all are just one person having an argument with themself
Phillip(Tuesday, October 29 19 07:05 am EDT)
John O'Connor - if anyone knows about low blowing it is you. You watch the lies and attacks cast against some just flow by like an autistic fisherman without a pole or a hook or the ability to tell a frog from a trout and mumbles , "It must be the bait's fault".
Sweetser has personal and psychological issues that make her unfit for the position she is running for, that is evident. It is reflected in her ego-driven statement below, "I think the general public would agree with that. .."
She slurred a Claremont Citizen (while asking for their vote) using a word we generally attribute to those who have no message and is used to attack the messenger. In this case, as in most others, she comes off as juvenile and unhinged. She's not Council material.
And, like many here, you lack reading comprehension skills. Sweetser started all this speculation with her rambling, disconnected postings. Then she went after a Mr. Curry and then Sam Porter-Bridges called her out for her display, yet you attack me?
A quick review of your previous posts shows you to be more than just a casual poster John. You have an agenda. So, when it come to me, I'll act like Miss Priss Erica.
You no longer have my attention so STFU.
John J. O’Connor(Monday, October 28 19 07:19 pm EDT)
Low blow Phil... you crossed the line.
Shame on you.
Rigged Maybe(Monday, October 28 19 07:03 pm EDT)
Why is Nick listed first on the ballot? Shouldn’t it be alphabetical? Looks like the fix is in.
Phillip(Monday, October 28 19 05:12 pm EDT)
To Sam Porter-Bridges,
I heard similar things about Erica Rae Sweetser caused by what I am told is/was a weakness for certain substances. My brother tells me of a time when he was in a restaurant where she worked when her boyfriend/spouse or whatever came in and caused quite a scene concerning custody and money and such. He said people at that restaurant later told him this wasn't the first time. I am guessing I'll pass on voting for this one.
Do you have anymore info on her that would help a voter to decide? Seems she has decided not to give you any attention either. Seems you have hit a sore spot with her. Pretty soon there will be no one left for her to pay attention to, lol.
Charles(Saturday, October 26 19 09:05 am EDT)
TEAR IT DOWN
TEAR IT DOWN
TEAR IT DOWN
Roland(Friday, October 25 19 06:41 pm EDT)
So this is the place you go to falsely post about others behind a fake screen name. I normally look at this garbage and laugh it off but really some stuff is way over the top.
So when I lost everything I had one of the first people who came forward to help me is one being talked badly about on this page. After we saw help from this community member and others my wife and I decided we would take the opportunity to pay kindness forward and help when we can. We will continue to do so. I recall reading a article when a general store in Vermont was broken in to and all of the Toys for Tots toys were stolen a local person called to find out how many toys were taken. That individual not only replaced all of the toys for tots toys but nearly tripled the loss. My wife worked at Walmart at the time and her coworker was a toys for tots marine. This individual met the marine out front after making arrangements with toys for tots to accept. Store employees helped unload. Walmart agree to house the toys in safe keeping with the help of my wifes coworker until they could be transfered to toys for tots. This is the same person being trashed talk with false information on here meant to hurt someone. I personally have helped out around the holidays and to see the lengths people will go to outright post lies about something in your community is mind blowing. After seeing this I went to find the post referenced. You may want to learn how to read. No where is any credit taken from anyone. I know for a fact what this person has done for toys to tots not only on this one occasion. You state used stuffed animals. When you learn how to read and let the hatred not cloud your vision you would see the request for delivery help is for brand new stuffed animals. I saw another post where its pointed out he will only take new ones with tags. A friend of mine helped box these last year. Credit is always given and you'd know that if you gave of your time to help and not trash. Get over yourself.
Blow Hard(Friday, October 25 19 04:39 pm EDT)
I just saw Nick is blowing his own horn looking for someone to donate a truck to deliver used stuffed animals that were given to him to local hospitals. Just heard that the last time he did this one location rightfully tossed them because used stuffed toys are major germ carriers. When will people see right through this guy. The least he could do is give credit where credit is due. Ask him about the time Toys for Tots kicked him out because of his actions.
Sam Porter-Bridges(Friday, October 25 19 03:02 pm EDT)
Erica, is it true you don't have custody of a child? Why is that? I think it important to explain since you espouse to be a great parent and give opinions on how others should raised their kids.
Charles(Friday, October 25 19 01:59 pm EDT)
Someone create a petition to demo Topstone,I'll sign.The place is a danger to the public and is just inviting lawsuits against the city for negligent code enforcement.Between the asbestos,the lead,ground water contamination,and the general decay this thing would be best bulldozed.The owners can't even afford to put on a roof.So why own something you can't afford to maintain?
Insider(Friday, October 25 19 07:48 am EDT)
Erica Sweetser, welcome to the dark side of Claremont. There are posters on here that are on a mission to destroy Claremont. Some whom it will blow you away when they are exposed. You will be an asset on the council. Non Public meetings will expose the negative side of one councilor that is freeloading off tax dollars. Does Topstone ring a bell?
You use this site as a mechanism of your political campaign.
You are running for public office. You called a poster here an "ASSHOLE" - one of your constituents. You seem to follow the Jon Stone philosophy of public relations.
You brought me into the drama of your life - now I am here and you can not nor will not silence me by your of ignorance the facts.
The public can easily see in your discourse here that you do not have the capacity to serve any of us - and are assuredly not deserving of a tip but here's one - "You are messing with the wrong person"
How's that for a tip hash slinger....????
Your "No I'm not, you are" line of defense is sophomoric and would be laughable but for what is at stake.
My name showed up in a post signed by and attributed to you and claimed by you - I have never written or uttered your name until then.
You are delusional - all one has to do is scroll down and read your posts here. I can only imagine what you post on other social media.
You wrote "You do not get any more of my attention"
HEY VOTERS - DON'T EXPECT MS RAE TO PAY ANY HEED TO ISSUES YOU BRING BEFORE HER AS SHE SEEMS TO TIRE EASILY WHICH WOULD PRECLUDE HER FROM BEING AN EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE FOR AND OF OUR CITY.
Ask yourselves, do we want another loose canon (and one with no experience or solid ideas) on the council at this crucial moment when the city needs soberness and stability in its leadership?
How's that Ms Sweetser?
Erica Rae Sweetser(Friday, October 25 19 06:40 am EDT)
Mr. Curry, perhaps you need lessons in comprehension. You wrote "...you walk the walk the walk and talk the talk of a Koloski hater..." Aimed at me. I did not say you disparaged him. I responded to your comment aimed at me. You do not get any more of my attention. Have a good day.
Erica Rae please take a class in reading comprehension.
Where did i disparage Nick?
I DIDN'T YOU ILLITERATE RUBE!
If you did the research I suggested that you do so you wouldn't look so foolish you would have seen that a few months ago I came to Nick's defense here (without knowing him) because folks at this site were continuously gay bashing him etc.
Did you know that?
No you didn't, because you have a problem with facts.
So I ask AGAIN - provide the quote where I say anything negative about Mr Koloski - better yet - ask him about it.
So... now add another false claim to the list you are amassing about me - cross the line and get sued.
You already have shown the City what a fool you are and are undeserving of our trust.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 07:09 pm EDT)
Mr. Curry, I called whomever impersonated me an asshole. I think the general public would agree with that. You should also check your "evidence". I have known Nick for over 20 years and worked for him recently. Without any complaints about him or his character.
Angela(Thursday, October 24 19 05:17 pm EDT)
Apparently Deb Matteau was on the board at Lakeview condos in Enfield. Residents speak of poorly handled funds for the 131 unit condo complex, and she killed the reserve fund almost single-handedly on unneeded expenses. Not someone I would want on my city council, and my vote will reflect that. Yours should too.
I was recently made aware that you mentioned my name and made an unsubstantiated allegation against me on a local Claremont website called "The Sullivan Report". This site.
I am forced to wonder why a candidate for Claremont City Council would do so. It reminds me of a few months back when everyone was convinced that I was Nick Koloski. They all wound up looking foolish and now you join their ranks.
Go back in the Sullivan Forum archives and educate yourself. You seem to need educating in a number of areas which preclude you from being qualified to represent the City of Claremont.
If you can't handle yourself without referring to someone as an "asshole" at the slightest provocation, then the voters should view you as a walking lawsuit if elected and reject you out of hand.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I could easily be convinced (with the evidence at hand) that you are a plant meant to dilute the vote...you walk the walk and talk the talk of a Koloski hater - a Stoner.
I just think you are naive, but to others to whom I have spoken, you come across as unstable.
This very unprofessional exchange you chose to drag me into doesn't help your case.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 01:21 pm EDT)
You also made up a fictitious customer named Mr. Curry lol....Lemuel might be his first name?
Erica's Nemesis(Thursday, October 24 19 12:57 pm EDT)
Erica - You are disqualified from being a City Councilor . How can we be sure you will read the laws and motions and reports etc. brought before you to consider? You responded here without reading thoroughly.
The law is about details and you lack the experience and knowledge to tell the difference between fact and fiction.
You just showed how incompetent you would be as a representative of the people.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:54 pm EDT)
And you didn't even get my phone number right.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:47 pm EDT)
I apologize, I had not read that in its entirety. It seems some asshole spliced together different things I have written to make some statement, with my name attached. My accurate letter to the Eagle Times can be seen on their website. And it was written by me after filing for city council, long before this teacher story.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:44 pm EDT)
While I did write the below to the Eagle Times, I did not publish it here 40 minutes ago. I thank whomever shared it here, however please use your own name, not mine.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Thursday, October 24 19 12:04 pm EDT)
I was born in Claremont, but have lived in other areas, both as a child and an adult. I have been trying to live by this personal motto of "putting your body where your mouth is". This brings me to the issue of the molestation of that poor girl by an elder from our community. I find it incredible that Pat Barry, the school principal, witnessed some of these sickening actions, yet did nothing. I know the prep school environment that Mrs. Barry and her family originate from are adept at keeping family secrets. Like stories of that uncle, that one nobody talks about any more since "that day". As she stated, Mrs. Barry saw a few examples of a day like that and did nothing. This woman who is responsible for our children. She did nothing and this girl suffered.I have spent my adult life in jobs like waitressing that have me in front of the public every day. I get to see every social class, every religion, every age group, and I would have noticed and immediately reported what Mrs. Barry observed. IT TAKES A VILLAGE. Schools have a responsibility to keep children safe when they are at school and it is the parent’s responsibility to keep them safe athome, what about in between? Isn’t it up to the community to model good behavior then? Where is our day care center? Pre-school is crucial for working mothers and fathers. We have a deeply rooted problem with our school system and the way it is administered. I will look into that when elected.Yesterday I was told by a few people that Mrs. Barry has a daughter in the Claremont Police Department who is viewed in the community as a bit off, professionally. It was said that she was considered for this position partially due to her family connections. It was also said that she has made a number of questionable decisions due to her inability to seperate her private and professional lives and focus on either. I recall that last month it was mentioned to me by Mr.Curry (one of our regular customers) during a discussion at The Pleasant that many officers do not like to be paired with her because they consider her dangerous from a tactical point of view and a bit of a loose canon who acts entitled. One of my friends who has a cousin who is in the department says she observed Officer Barry make decisions and act differently when dealing with certain families. These are the families, the ones who have taken control of Claremont, that I want to replace. I humbly ask for your vote for council and I assure you I will act to make sure we select a unimpeachable Police Commission and root out the issues I have been approached about. I ask Claremont to give me a chance to listen and be able to act.
Erica Rae Sweetser
Candidate for Claremont City Councilor At-Large
I told everybody about that Humane Society on Tremont St. Those women there seem disconnected from reality. Read the Yelp review where they state that Cheryl Bromley acted like a "mad woman". They even ran out of food recently and had to beg. No wonder the pervert was able to use that location to molest this girl. As is usual with "animal lovers", they lack people skills and live in a "la la land" of unicorns and neutered cats.
Let Me Repeat: You can register to vote on Election Day with only your signature on a City-supplied affidavit stating that you are “qualified” to vote.
John O’Connor(Tuesday, October 22 19 09:02 am EDT)
Let’s all remember, we are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Let the Court of Law determine his guilt or innocence and not the court of public opinion.
Brian(Tuesday, October 22 19 08:02 am EDT)
I am so surprised to hear the news about George Caccavaro. I’ve always known that he’s been a hard-nosed curmudgeon but I’m having a hard time believing that the allegations about him are true. I hope for his family’s sake they are not.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 21 19 09:42 pm EDT)
Ex-Mayor of Claremont George Caccavaro is charged on one count of sexual assault!
For more information go to the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 21 19 11:15 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) MS-1 Update.
2)Claremont's Municipal Government is far from transparent!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
One of the concerns for local citizens should be the fact that Jeremy Herrell resides in our community and functions as a central communications hub, often hosting militants at his residence and helping maintain a network of "safe houses" in the area provided by like-minded individuals.
A months-long investigation revealed that dozens of first responders, detention officers, police and enlisted military personnel joined or were added to a Facebook group where administrators and members shared content promoting violence against Muslims, undocumented immigrants, abortion doctors and Democratic politicians.
I read an article today on Granite Grok about why some New Hampshire communities are always property tax poor. The author made a very good point that poor decision-making by local leaders is often the cause. Claremont was specifically named as one of those communities with bad leadership. The author states that taxpayers living in other communities should not be paying for those bad decisions. He writes, "After all, their voters put those into office that made the bad decisions (sometimes multiple times) – they are complicit but still have their hands out". I am a Claremont resident but I have to admit that the author is not wrong. Look at the elected leadership on the city council, the local school board and the county delegation. Look at the administrators of those three government entities over the past decade. These imbeciles have made one bad decision after another that has cost Claremont taxpayers dearly. The new city manager and the new superintendent both get a pass. It is time for new leadership all around and the Claremont voters can start by electing new city councilors and throwing out of office every incumbent that we can. Then on to the school board and the county delegation. If we want change then we have to first change the terrible leadership that we presently have.
Rachel(Wednesday, October 16 19 02:14 pm EDT)
I like the suggestion of Claremont having their own solar energy farm. The Council should ask for a consulting report from a professional in the business qualified to make such a cost-benefit analysis. This could really benefit Claremont. Just like Jim and AJ’s other suggestions such as turning the special education program into a moneymaking venture by creating a facility that keeps the out of district placement kids in Claremont and has room to bring in on a tuition basis other kids from other communities so special education would be a profit center instead of a giant money drain. They also had an idea about online classes for the high school to expand class offerings and possibly lower the cost of teachers by having computer labs where only a monitor would be required instead of an higher paid teacher. In addition, their idea about outsourcing municipal and school services for large cost savings is also a great idea. Provides needed services at a lower cost to the citizens and that lowers the tax rate and that increases Claremont’s opportunities for economic development. Now that is sound leadership from two former city councilors. The only way that will ever happen is to vote out all the municipal and school union loving elected officials who are there just to maintain the status quo and keep our taxes as high as possible with more and more spending initiatives. Who’s got your back? It’s certainly not the people that you’ve elected lately.
Tony(Wednesday, October 16 19 10:26 am EDT)
Nick Koloski is bad news for Claremont. He is a whiny little brat who needs to grow up. It is time for him to be removed from the Claremont City Council. The voters of Claremont have a big opportunity here hopefully they will not squander it.
“Teflon “ Nick will have no problem winning his election. He has instilled himself as the “Saint of Claremont “ by making his establishment a drop off point for food and clothing.
All of you prospective candidates can learn a very valuable political lesson from “St.Nick”, take credit for the good deeds of others and in time people will believe it was all your idea.
Tom(Tuesday, October 15 19 12:05 pm EDT)
I think Nick Koloski has big problems with this new election. The scandal with the Topstone furniture building has really hurt what little credibility he had left with the public. He continues to get political favor after political favor whether it is the weenie wagon ordinance or the Keno legislation for Claremont or free environmental testing for his landlord’s property the Topstone building. The very hush hush big property assessment reductions and almost a quarter of $1 million in tax forgiveness for his landlord also at the Topstone building that of course Nick claims he had nothing to do with, etc. It is time for this kind of shameful local politics to vanish forever. The only way to do that is to get rid of the local politicians who continue to benefit at taxpayer’s expense. When it comes to whom to vote for at-large, my suggestion is going to be anyone but Nick Koloski.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 15 19 10:28 am EDT)
Proposed Speedway Campground receive some pushback from neighbors.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work Miracles with the Limitless Power of Psychoatomic Energy
It was written by a man who called himself Walter Delaney, published in 1975. The book's premise, its basic premise, is that just as objects are composed of atoms, thoughts are composed of psychic atoms, or what Delaney calls psychons, ultrons, and egons.
I am actively searching for another copy of this book to send to Jonathan Stone before the Christmas season to keep him occupied and silent over the next two years if anyone come across one there is a crisp $20 in it for you.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Tuesday, October 15 19 08:25 am EDT)
Mr. Lovett, I have to first say that on more than a few occasions I've seen you post on here and on WUC basically speaking for your wife. I can understand if she doesn't want to have an online presense, but I find it odd that the public is supposed to take her husband's comments as her own. Second, the poster Lisa, did not write that she ran into your wife recently. She wrote that she ran into her after a Sullivan Report article about the Goddard Block. The Report has done several articles about the building over a period of time. I can understand the public's confusion over the project. To me section 8 means that the renter is only responsible for a portion of the rent and the rest is paid through a voucher. So the landlord still gets the full amount of rent, the tenant pays no more than 30 % of their income, and the rest comes from HUD. ( Please contradict me if I'm wrong). When we read that a certain amount of the units will be for people under certain income limits it looks as though they would basically be getting a section 8 voucher and that HUD would pay some of their rent. There is also housing where renters have to be below a certain income but still pay the same amount of rent. Then HUD isn't picking up the rest. It basically gives lower income renters the opportunity to have "affordable" housing that won't cost the tax payers, because none of the rent is publicly funded. I have done a little reading about section 8 vouchers and have read that the state only has a certain number of vouchers that they give. This covers the state. So I have been confused as to whether the state is increasing their number of vouchers. That would be the only answer unless the state took Section 8 vouchers from 1 town to give to Claremont. If this building is accepting vouchers. Or if this building is a low income property like Sugar River Mills, in which the renters don't have private section 8 vouchers, but they still only pay a portion of rent and HUD picks up the rest. Am I making sense. Types of housing 1. Private section 8 voucher for private apartment. 2. Low income public housing where HUD pays portion of rent. 3. Low income housing where tenant pays all of rent. If there could be clarification around the tenants' financial obligations to live there it may help the public understand. Will the tenants be paying differing amounts of rent based on their income? Will HUD be paying any of the rent? I thank you in advance if you respond.
Robert Lovett(Monday, October 14 19 09:48 pm EDT)
Lisa - I asked my wife about your claim of running in to her and she does not remember anyone asking her about the Goddard Bld expansion for many months. Since you’re implying that this meeting was recent, please provide when, where, and what date this occurred since you are claiming she lied to you. Would be interesting to reconcile facts since you are claiming an event occurred that she has no memory of happening
Dave(Monday, October 14 19 02:25 pm EDT)
I watched that meeting too and Nicholas Koloski was acting like the proverbial long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs in regards to the councilor's election. Mr. Koloski usually runs unopposed or when running at large there are usually not more candidates than there are available seats. Now he has to play a game of musical chairs and the poor clumsy boy he has two left feet. I'm hoping when the music stops and the election is over that both he and Abigail Kier are the two left standing without a council seat anymore. Wouldn't that be a great early Christmas present for the taxpayers?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 14 19 01:01 pm EDT)
October 9 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 12 19 01:04 pm EDT)
Here is that Russian translation for those who are interested. Someone is clearly screwing around with way too much time on their hands.
Welcome to Clermont citizens! We have a lot in common. You have corrupt elected officials, and we too! There is a difference. We have agents and operatives in your city. You have no operatives here in Russia. We are wreaking havoc so that Trump can win.
Приветствую граждан Клермонта! У нас много общего. У вас коррумпированные выборные чиновники, и мы тоже! Есть разница. У нас есть агенты и оперативники в вашем городе. У вас нет оперативников здесь, в России. Мы создаем хаос, чтобы Трамп мог победить
Jean(Wednesday, October 09 19 09:32 pm EDT)
Robbin, using the figures you provided a single person would earn $30,391 after federal income taxes are paid. That's $584.44 per week and is very little money to live on these days. That is the maximum they can earn to live in the Goddard building.
A couple the maximum after federal taxes totals $34,848 or $670.15 per week. Again not much to live off of.
These residents will be at best classified as the working poor.
Robbin Hood(Wednesday, October 09 19 05:20 pm EDT)
I don't know what the ET reporter used as source for median family income but this link says it is $73,600. see page 3.
the % income amount changes depending on # of people in family. the majority of units are for 60% rate. if they are single person, that person would be making about $17/hr. That doesn't sound like section 8 to me. the 50% and 30% income levels are pretty low--but they are only 8 apts out of 36--only 20% of the total units. so 80% of the apts are def not section 8. Compared to the previous conditoin the bguilding was in i'd say this is an improvement.
Gail(Wednesday, October 09 19 02:18 pm EDT)
I see that the Eagle Times is advertising for a new editor. When that staff change occurs, maybe things will get better there. One can hope.
Brad(Wednesday, October 09 19 01:16 pm EDT)
Considering the fact that the City Council is putting a tight lid upon this Arrowhead expansion, I’m very impressed how Jim and AJ was able to gather so much irrefutable information about this internalized secret that our city leaders are trying to hide from the taxpaying public. These so-called city leaders must be livid that the cat’s out of the bag. Although I do not feel too bad about it because they are a bunch of slime balls. LOL!
Mike(Wednesday, October 09 19 11:33 am EDT)
Catching up on my reading I like how Jim and AJ got ahold of the meeting minutes that left just a clue they needed to break this secret Arrowhead expansion wide open so now we know about it. Other journalist could have done the same thing but that would have taken initiative, intelligence, and journalistic integrity, which seems to be in very short supply when it comes to the folks at the Valley News, the Union Leader, the E- Ticker News and the Eagle Times.
Lisa(Wednesday, October 09 19 07:28 am EDT)
I read the Eagle Times article about the make-up of the apartments in the Goddard building. The article said.
“When finished, the Goddard building will have a mix of 36 apartments for individuals and families. Nine of the apartments will be market-rate and the other 27 will be “affordable” rental units. Three units will be for tenants earning up to 80% of the area median income; 16 units for tenants earning up to 60% of the median income; two units for tenants earning up to 50% of the median income; and six units for tenants earning up to 30% of the median income. The median family income in Sullivan County is $59,419.”
That is the very definition of Section 8 low-income housing. Not long after the Sullivan Report exposed this to everyone with the funding requirements for the government money that Mr. LaCasse accepted for the project that required the residents be low income I ran into Mayor Charlene Lovett and asked her about it. She said that Jim was wrong and this was definitely not a Section 8 low-income apartment project for the downtown. She lied to me right to my face. I will never forgive her and I wish I had someone else to vote for as mayor. I will just leave that part of the ballot blank. I will do the same for the assistant mayor seat.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Tuesday, October 08 19 09:13 am EDT)
The idea of putting sober housing downtown was completely contradictory to the goal of revitalizing downtown. Thankfully it's stopped for now.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 08 19 08:11 am EDT)
County Officials pull plug on sober housing project. At least for now!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Roman(Monday, October 07 19 05:44 pm EDT)
Dick Seaman,what a name.Perhaps Dick Brown would be more fitting,considering the way he's been giving it to taxpayers.
We cannot continue with the highest rate in the state.I'm sick of Arrowhead and the community center gobbling up money that I work hard for.I don't even go to these places.I don't mind paying a reasonable tax to support schools,despite not having any children.These recreational places should charge for the memberships and support themselves.
Ron(Monday, October 07 19 03:10 pm EDT)
Dick Seaman is one of the reasons why our tax rate and Claremont is the highest in the state. Now he is the assistant superintendent in charge of the money. God help us all.
Laura(Monday, October 07 19 01:51 pm EDT)
The problem is Mayor Lovett and Allen Damren is still going to be there come January. The only hope the taxpayers have is that they have no support from the other seven councilors. The only way to do that is to vote Nick Koloski and Abigail Kier out of office and stop any of their supporters such as Debbie Matteau from gaining seats on the city council.
Tim(Monday, October 07 19 12:55 pm EDT)
I figure they are trying to fast track this land purchase at Arrowhead before the next Council takes office in January. Because they will not have tax and spenders like Pope and Lessard and if the taxpayers get lucky, they may not have Koloski and Kier on the Council anymore either. The special interests are all trying to move fast to grab up as many tax dollars as they can get their greedy little mitts on before January just in case their access to public money dries up.
Todd(Monday, October 07 19 10:58 am EDT)
Jeff I’ll tell you, it’s sucking up to any group that can bring in a lot of votes to the polls so these imbeciles on the Council can get reelected and continue screwing up Claremont.
Greg(Monday, October 07 19 10:57 am EDT)
That’s true; Dick Seaman never saw a tax increase he didn’t like. He always seemed disappointed that the school board would not spend even more than they already were.
Keith(Monday, October 07 19 10:42 am EDT)
Alice, while Richard Seaman does come to SAU #6 with lots of bad baggage, I’m more worried about Seaman’s cavalier tax-and-spend attitude. Mr. Tempesta will be relying on Seaman for financial advice and I believe that every suggestion out of Richard's mouth will involve higher and higher spending. spending more money was always Richards go to while he was on the school board. I believe Mr. Tempesta made a terrible mistake hiring Richard Seaman.
Alice(Monday, October 07 19 10:26 am EDT)
I do not doubt that Dick Seaman is qualified; it is just that after the debacle with Mike O’Neill do we need a replacement that comes with such historic baggage?
Bob(Monday, October 07 19 09:38 am EDT)
You will never get change until you change those on the council. By now it should be very clear who should not be elected this November.
Jeff(Monday, October 07 19 09:25 am EDT)
The park and rec crowd are out of control. With Jim and AJ pointing out in their article about the Council not coming anywhere near where the budget allocation should be for street paving is very alarming. Where the hell are the Council’s priorities?
Jill(Monday, October 07 19 08:45 am EDT)
An expansion of Arrowhead? Seriously? Jim and AJ are right we need roadwork not more ski area.
Tom(Monday, October 07 19 07:20 am EDT)
I cannot believe they hired Richard Seaman to be an assistant superintendent. After the shenanigans, he was involved with in regards to Johnson Controls. Remember that nasty piece of business? That is the problem with hiring top staff from out of town when they have no historic knowledge.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 07 19 05:14 am EDT)
Two new articles today.
1) Richard Seaman named one of two Assistant Superintendents for SAU #6.
2) Is secret Arrowhead expansion underway?
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Sunday, October 06 19 10:54 am EDT)
What is this shit posted all over this board?
There's only 1 mission Claremont needs to accomplish.Claremont needs to get it's mill rate to the middle of the pack while maintaining realistic property valuations that don't keep us eternally in court enriching lawyers.
I'm ok with laying off overpriced personnel and farming those duties out to the best bid.I'm ok with laying off some teachers and administrators.I'm ok with privatizing school lunches to a reputable vendor that is capable of collecting the money due them when serving meals.I'm ok with privatizing snow removal to local companies just as garbage collection is.We seem to manage just fine without city garbage collection.We would do just fine with the other services being done privately as well.
We have plenty of nonprofit churches in the area that can handle the halfway house/unwed mothers situation.Isn't this why charities even exist?
Justin(Saturday, October 05 19 06:56 pm EDT)
I haven't believed the truth about myself I haven’t believed I am loved I haven’t believed I am forgiven. it’s a hard thing for me to wrap my head around. I hang my head in shame and I wallow in sadness about the the people who have betrayed me. I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun night and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys. Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird. I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks .. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on. PEACE
The City can't seem to work towards a common goal. A goal as clear-cut as civility within government and respect between our government and our Citizens seems unattainable at this juncture. This lack of civility and the undercurrent of fear from intimidation has, I am afraid, irreversibly tainted our community.
Initiated and continued by the likes of Councilman Jon Stone and his henchmen, this atmosphere shows no sign of clearing.
Ignore Lemmy (the train wreck) and he will go away.
Barry(Thursday, October 03 19 06:21 pm EDT)
@Lemuel reading your comments gives me plenty of reason to believe you don’t live in Claremont or you live in your mother’s basement. Most of your comments are obviously inaccurate. My dad used to tell my it is better for an ignorant man to keep his mouth shut and be thought to be ignorant that to open it and take all doubt away.
WHY ARE SO MANY POSITIONS GOING UNCONTESTED OR UNFILLED? INTIMIDATION...
"Chief Chase and Jon Stone are major contributors to the lack of participation in City affairs by Claremont Citizens. Both use intimidation (subtle and overt) and each uses his own unique methodology to achieve their goal".
Abigail Kier and her cohort Nick Koloski both must go. Abby wants a sanctuary city located in Claremont although she is calling it the bureaucratic whitewashed name of a welcoming community. Little boy Nicky likes the idea too and supports it while he continues to benefit from special favor after special favor granted to him by the city administrators.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, October 02 19 09:50 am EDT)
I just came back from the Assessing Office at Claremont City Hall and I had a brief conversation with Interim City Assessor Stephan Hamilton. According to Mr. Hamilton, the City of Claremont's 2019 MS-1 Report is still unavailable because Mr. Sansoucy, the utility appraiser consultant hired by the City of Claremont, still has not submitted his utility property assessments to the Assessing Office. The MS-1 Report is what the NH Department of Revenue Administration uses to set Claremont's property tax rates so the City Administration can send out the final tax bill of the current tax year in November. Contractually Mr. Sansoucy had a deadline of September 1. Mr. Hamilton has absolutely no idea when the utility property assessments will be submitted. The City's extension with the NH Department of Revenue Administration expired yesterday and Mr. Hamilton has submitted a second extension request, this time for 15 days. He is hoping that the extension is approved. So the waiting for everyone continues! Because the contract with Sansoucy is missing the late penalty language it was supposed to have the City really has practically zero leverage in regards to this matter. This contract should be terminated moving forward for non-performance and if it involves the City Lawyers then so be it. Hell of a way to run an Assessing Office!
Thanks Hank. Here's an article to show how Stone is covered with "stank".
"With Jeremy Herrell The White Separatist In Our City – It’s Time Claremont Gets Educated"
With An Influx Of Outside Agitators Planned For The Election And The Holiday Protests, How Many Locals Know What a “Proud Boy” Or A “Patriot Prayer” Is? What about the QAnon conspiracy flooding Trump supporter websites and chat-rooms and inspiring them to violence? If you doubt this is possible than you forget the Pizzagate conspiracy…
Thanks for the IM Lemmy. I missed the Osgood one so I appreciate the cover. I always get a good laugh when you slay "the rubes". I don't think Osgood has any special connection with "the guy with the beard upstairs", so don't worry about lightning bolts. Folks like him are so wrapped up in their mythology they can't even see the underlying satire. I bet he prayed over transmissions and differentials to get divine intervention when repairing cars.
I WASN'T WRITING AT YOU. KEEP YOUR NOSE WHERE IT BELONGS - UP STONE'S A$$.
BUT SINCE YOU TRIED SO HARD - HAVE A DOSE OF LEMMY.
I BET YOU BELIEVE "THE MOOSLIMS" ARE TRYING TO INSTITUTE SHARI'A LAW HERE TOO.
NO ONE WANTS TO READ YOUR POMPOUS PONTIFICATIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU INVOKE A MYTH AND A MYTHICAL BEING AND TRY TO IMPOSE IT ON OTHERS.
I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR REACTIONS WHEN CLAREMONT GET SUED FOR SCREWING UP THE RELIGIOUS DISPLAY ISSUE BECAUSE MANY OF Y'ALL WOULD BE WAVING A WAND IF HARRY POTTER HAD COME OUT BEFORE THE BIBLE.
MOST OF YOUR KIDS CAN QUOTE HARRY POTTER VERBATIM, BUT NOT YOUR SACRED BOOK.
IT IS YOUR FAULT, RAISING CHILDREN ON A FANTASY THAT MOST, ONCE THEY CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES, REJECT.
METHINKS THE EARTH HAS BEEN HERE FOR LONGER THAN 6,000 YEARS.
I was shouting above because it is windy here on the mount and the sermon required volume.
Now, go out and have a nice day and take that grimace off your face I always see you wear around town....and plan a vacation in Florida and get a real tan instead of welder's flash - since you appear on CCTV at every chance perhaps you should get a makeup artist.
And when you get back get your sloppy a$$ed son to clean up his lot over on Grissom.
Industrial Property Owner(Wednesday, October 02 19 07:06 am EDT)
Mr. Sansoucy’s career history is frightening. How anyone could legitimately hire this man and his firm with this kind of history is unbelievable. Granted Mr. McNutt and Mr. Lessard both have tarnished reputations here in Claremont. The Sullivan Report’s exposure of their secret dealings with the owners of the Topstone building and the large property tax waiver and property assessment reduction was in my view the death knell for both of their careers here in Claremont. Their snarky attitudes did not help either. To hear that they both played a role in hiring a utility appraiser with such a terrible work-related history is mind blowing. It certainly does make you wonder if the outcome of over $20 million added to the utility property assessments was the goal. Unfortunately, the benefits were short-lived as at least one utility is dragging the city into court to regain some taxpayer justice for themselves. Personally I do not think we have a leg to stand on in court as the state only assesses the property had a little over $11,000 Claremont’s $2.1 million property assessment simply does not hold water. The appraiser also seems to have no more credibility anywhere so I do not see Claremont faring well in court. I think a quick settlement is in order to limit the loss to the Claremont taxpayers. I also think there should be a moratorium on hiring MRI ever again.
Laura(Wednesday, October 02 19 06:54 am EDT)
I completely agree that this is the Claremont voter's golden opportunity to regain control of the Council for the people of Claremont and not the special interests who have been ruling the roost for far too many years. With Scott Pope and Claire Lessard stepping down and Abigail Kier and Nicholas Koloski actually facing challengers this time the taxpayers have an opportunity to transform the City Council into a representative body for the people, which it has not been for well over a decade. Personally I will not be voting for Debora Matteau because she is a strong supporter of Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren and we the voters need to weaken that political coalition not strengthen it. Just my opinion.
Vote(Wednesday, October 02 19 06:14 am EDT)
@Jessica.. This is an opportunity to fix most of this problem. Get and vote for anyone but Koloski or Kier. This move will go a long way at fixing things.
Jessica(Wednesday, October 02 19 05:29 am EDT)
Thank you Councilor O’Hearne for having the good sense to create a placeholder LSR and derail Lovett’s and possibly Damen’s interference to hit the pause button once again on this necessary change to police commissioner appointments. Lovett and Damren are bad news for the city and they have been for many years. While it is true that Lovett works hard she is pushing an agenda that many in our community do not support and many others would not support if they were aware of it. Lovett has the local press wrapped around her little finger much like Koloski. Her propaganda articles grace their pages and the news articles are devoid of real news. The Sullivan Report seems to have little trouble continually bringing new content to their readers about the seamier side of our local governments. This is what real journalists do. The so-called reporters of the Valley News, Union Leader, Eagle Times and the E- Ticker News are nothing more than propaganda dissemination tools for the city, school and county government officials because these publications only print what government officials tell them to print. This is why many local government officials and the special interest groups that support them because they all reap great benefits at the taxpayer’s expense revile the Sullivan Report is because they can’t control them and keep them silent. Thank you Jim, AJ, and keep doing what you do so very well.
Joe Osgood(Tuesday, October 01 19 08:33 pm EDT)
Henry Hill. To set the record straight. Christianity is worldly people trying to reach out to the will of God through the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. Being worldly people with flesh desires we regularly get it wrong. Only some Christians call homosexuality an abomination and they are correct when it comes to the Word of God. God does in His Word declare homosexuality an abomination, BUT that is not the only action of the human race condemned by God. We all fail in our actions. Now to expand on that the Spiritual unchangeable Law of God also says while on the earth we are to hate the sin but to love the sinner. That is not meant to condone sin. Now that I have introduced worldly (fleshly) law and Spiritual Law. As just stated one comes from the world and is often tailored to sin nature fleshly desires. Spiritual Law is rock solid and not changeable. Sadly many people are loosing the ability to believe in the Supernatural and the only compass they have is fleshly desires. Thus all the multiple opinions of the worldly laws. Without Spiritual Laws we are destined to fail as a society and it is beginning to show. Jesus is the Way and the Truth to eternal life.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 01 19 04:30 pm EDT)
Two new items published today.
1) Atty. Gen.'s Office amends finding of 2016 police shooting in Claremont.
Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, announce that the Attorney General’s Office has amended its conclusion regarding the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred in Claremont, New Hampshire, that resulted in the death of Cody Lafont.
Todd, You are absolutely correct. Something fishy is going in that PD and there seems to be a number of conflicts of interest as well as a move to stack the City Council and other boards with former police officers. A lot of jockeying for position and alliances being formed.One thing I can tell you, make sure you know which officers and sergeants are union reps, they will pretend to have your interests in mind, but their Union role supersedes what you and I might call "ethical behavior" due to their primary function, which is to represent and protect other officers. Chase has "entitlement syndrome" that is generational and those four stars on his collar have less impact than a Boy Scout kerchief. I have many stories told to me about him over the years by reliable sources - witness intimidation being one of his forte's.
I am going to give his fat ass just a little longer to drop from a heart attack before I dredge up them stories and rent the Opera House for an evening of tales from within the force...
Todd(Tuesday, October 01 19 02:15 pm EDT)
I am happy to see that that LSR change for the police commission went through. No board or commission should be self-appointing because that is when shenanigans happen. I am suspicious of the police chief since he wants this old boy network appointment system to remain. Why would he want citizen oversight without at least one commissioner who has police background? Could it be because he is ineptly running the police department and the citizen police commission is too ignorant to see it?
Rick(Tuesday, October 01 19 11:32 am EDT)
Adding over $22 million to the property assessments of the utilities to increase the property value of Claremont and lower the city’s highest in the state property tax rate was a risky gamble that I do not believe will pay off. We are already going to court with one utility and probably others will follow. Thanks to Jim and AJ, we now know that it will cost taxpayers a pretty penny to have the person who raised all of the property assessments and who probably can’t defend them appear in court while the attorney for the other side shellacs us. The appraiser’s appearance fees, the attorney fees and any other fees will all come out of the taxpayers as well as a big fat settlement so this is going to be a big loss for the city. Moreover, nothing will happen because the city employees are neither blamed nor suffer consequences for anything they do because we have a weak city council that will only protect these incompetent employees, many who do not choose to live in Claremont. Most of the councilors think to hell with the citizens who elected them and to hell with the taxpayers whose money they are spending large sums of.
Tom(Tuesday, October 01 19 09:59 am EDT)
The assessing mess seems to get worse and worse with each new revelation from the Sullivan Report. If it were up to the local press, we would know nothing about anything and believe that everything is hunky-dory when it clearly is not. Thank you Jim and AJ for looking out for us as so few of our elected officials do.
William(Tuesday, October 01 19 08:47 am EDT)
I think this Ed Morris character is going to be a loser. Power-hungry control freaks Lovett and Damren run the current city council. They call the shots with the majority of the losers on the council, Lessard, Koloski, Pope and Kier. McNutt was not working out for Lovett and Damren because he called them out on their city charter violating interference in public. I have no doubt that the above named city councilors all chose Morris because he would be an inexperienced, ignorant, good little puppet and know his place, which is to collect the new fat paycheck and benefits he is being paid on the Claremont taxpayer’s dime. Lovett and Damren should both have been removed from the city council for their numerous city charter violations but instead they remained and they are now unopposed in the next election and we will be stuck with them and their wacky political agendas for another two years. The only chance Claremont has to avoid this fate is to vote Koloski and Kier out of public office and not elect any of the cronies of Lovett and Damren who are seeking seats on the council. I for one do not want Claremont turned into a sanctuary city because I have seen the news and I have seen how sanctuary cities destroy communities. Lovett and Damren have done enough damage to our community is time to put an end to this insane farce for the last time.
Henry Hill(Tuesday, October 01 19 08:33 am EDT)
HEY JOHN O'CONNOR - DON'T YOU REALIZE THAT YOUR CHRISTIANITY CONSIDERS HOMOSEXUALITY AN "ABOMINATION" - SO EITHER YOU ARE A FAKE CHRISTIAN, A LIAR OR HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS YOU CLAIM TO ADHERE TO...
Or maybe you are just a simple hypocrite.
I'll pray for you and ask God to forgive this low information poster whose attempts at wit preclude his attention to facts and details and who claims the name John O'Connor.
Topstone(Tuesday, October 01 19 05:07 am EDT)
@ Inside Topstone Employee I was curious how long it would take for the Topstone wound to come up. 750k and many other giveaways hit this community hard and it is never coming back. What’s surprising is that Topstone has employees. I have been under the impression Topstone is a literal tax shelterd low rent LLC for the benefit of many and controlled by Helene
John(Monday, September 30 19 07:25 pm EDT)
Best of luck.
I’m certain you will fit right in with the WUP site
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 30 19 04:12 pm EDT)
Three new articles today.
1) Some surprises in Council race!
2) Lawsuit filed against Claremont!
3) September 25 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
HEY JOHN O'CONNOR - You are not only lacking in neurons, but you are illiterate and act like Mr. Sullivan's doppelganger - but I don't care.
Why would you "welcome" me to this place when I made it clear below about feelings? I guess you border on illiteracy or you skim read so here it is again:
"This place is a waste of time and my nephew is coming over today to set up The Facebook for me because he informed me who is behind THIS site and I no longer wish to be associated with it."
And drop the phony piety - it doesn't suit you. Have a nice life, whoever you are...I'm joining "What's Up Claremont", they actually talk about more than Topstone and Jon Stone over there.
Inside Topstone Employee(Sunday, September 29 19 09:33 pm EDT)
At least he pays his taxes—-Helene aka Nick
John O’Connor(Sunday, September 29 19 04:16 pm EDT)
I am very happy you have become a member of “Sullivan Nation”.
I look forward to your witty and thought provoking comments.
I think we all win as a community when dedicated people are elected to local office.
As far as homophobic comments are concerned, you must have me confused with someone else, I could careless about someone’s sexual preferences. I’m a Christian, I don’t judge people. I’ll let God do that.S8
Stan(Sunday, September 29 19 09:06 am EDT)
Helene.. now that is the kettle call the pot black.
"Jim.. you are great about non censorship."
Stan then wrote,
"I would not allow any forwarding to another site."
STAN....Stan...oh Stan....ignorance is bliss so you must be ecstatic. Similar logic is how the Nazis justified their actions during WWII. There sure seem to be quite a few who hang around here and also support Stone who have NAZI tendencies.
John O'Connor. I do not know you or your background and I am relatively new to posting here but have been reading for sometime. You seem very juvenile in your posts, and as a teacher I recognize when a child is "acting out". I find it disgusting that you make a joke about a problem as bad as the one we are now experiencing with those nasty chemicals. Don't pretend to care for Claremont, you don't - unless it affects your assessment or when you feel others got a better deal than you. Waaaaaaaa!
And your obsession with Lem/Nick and you past homophobic statements shows that, while you may be able to pick a "winner" - you are far from being one. Let me assure you, I have a vagina and it functioned well enough to produce three children, all under 13 years-old, who have more on the ball than you and most of the contributors here.
And Winners? WINNERS? Happy you chose WINNERS? This is not a horse race or a lottery. This place is a waste of time and my nephew is coming over today to set up The Facebook for me because he informed me who is behind THIS site and I no longer wish to be associated with it.
Sorry Jim. Your explanation is lacking and your excuse carries no legal weight.You are violating FEC and NH State election regulations by campaigning for a specific candidate - allowing the posting of political campaign advertisements with no attribution. Since you don't take to suggestions I am afraid that I have chosen to take a screen shot of your partisan advertisement that violates at least two State and one Federal regulations. This info will be forwarded to the proper authorities (the Secretary of State)and a complaint is also being filed with your registrar - Go Daddy!
And any confusion is caused by you, Mr. Sullivan. Your only skills appear to be cutting and pasting from government documents accessible to anyone and blindly supporting Mr. Jon Stone. So in the future, your BS will not pass as fact - you are not impartial and you are not a journalist and you can barely write and you require 24 point, all bold text to make yous posts "look" important. A sampling of your "contributors" and their "contributions" shows you attract an audience of very-low information citizens. So no one would ever advertise with you anyway - the association would be devastating for their business
Stan(Saturday, September 28 19 06:44 pm EDT)
Let the asswhole Sullivan Report highjackers begin. Like Kipp Damien and Nick.
Jim.. you are great about non censorship. Thanks. I would not allow any forwarding to another site. That is over the line
John O’Connor(Saturday, September 28 19 04:06 pm EDT)
You crack me up, keep smoking those bath salts.
Councilor Stone is a proven winner, not one person in Ward 3 had the guts to run against him.
Considering less that a year ago people were screaming for him to resign and now he runs unopposed.
Sounds like I backed 2 winners.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, September 28 19 02:54 pm EDT)
Helene, it has always been our policy to neither sell nor accept ads of any kind for this website. The candidate list that we received from Claremont City Clerk Gwen Melcher was as of approximately Friday September 20, 2019 at 11 AM. Councilor Jonathan Stone had signed up later that day so he had not made that list. Since he publicly announced on Facebook, we wanted to give our readers the most up-to-date information possible, which is why I took a screenshot of his announcement and included it within the article to provide documented proof that Councilor Stone had actually filed for reelection. Publishing that screenshot is not to be considered an endorsement of any candidate, as it is also our policy not to endorse any candidates. Hopefully this clears up any confusion that you or anyone else may have.
Dear Mr Sullivan,
I was looking at your News Flashes for today and noticed a very large advertisement for Councilor Stone's re-election to the City Council. It really appeared to be a political ad to me, however I did not see any of the required information printed on the ad. You also realize that if you did not charge Mr Stone for that ad then it is a contribution "in-kind" and needs to be reported to the State. Perhaps a call to the State on Monday will clear this all up for me - I hope they can determine if you are a for-profit or non-profit entity on the same call and if you have registered with the State as part of a political campaign. You can keep us all from wondering all weekend and answer, but, from what I see below, you seldom reply to any hint of criticism and seem to be in bed with a certain faction.
Thanks for your time,
Erica Rae Sweetser(Saturday, September 28 19 11:04 am EDT)
Annie Robinson, perhaps you should check and see how that event actually turned out.
Erica Rae Sweetser - Perennial failed candidate (loser) and purveyor of really bad ideas had this one:
In the private Facebook group "What’s Up, Claremont?", resident Erica Rae Sweetser posted a statement about bullying, saying it was on the rise as of late and that there has been “a lot of passing the buck” with parents asking schools to do more to stop bullying.
Sweetser said she wanted to set up a “chain of Claremont citizens” who can serve as a role model for students. She asked people to stand on Broad or Pleasant Street from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today with “no bullying” signs and to let students sign them as a pledge against bullying.
At Wednesday night’s School Board meeting, Principal Pat Barry told the board that those planning the event, which was announced in a Facebook post on a private Claremont-centric group page, did not consult with school officials.
Barry said, the results may prove harmful.
“It is not coming from a students-centered place and I would urge adults to think about the students,” Barry said. “Seeing strangers and potential police and media presence, for many students, will not be a positive experience.”
ERICA RAE - becoming a representative of the people requires the ability to think things through and determine all the ramifications of one's actions ...
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Charles(Friday, September 27 19 02:26 pm EDT)
With all due respect Erica,a super power isn't a super power if you don't make things(in mills).If we all had our noses in our phones all the time we'd miss a lot,like young people are missing today.Those mills could run again if Tariffs were in place to protect blue collar jobs.A race to the bottom for the cheapest labor got Johnny on mom's couch.Johnny,like a lot of Amercans is not smart enough for college.If everyone went to college what would stop a "Real" super power from walking right in and slapping that phone right out of our face? Yes we need chiefs,but without injuns we're all done.
Exposed(Friday, September 27 19 01:48 pm EDT)
Lemuel Curry / Nick Koloski is getting dumber by the minuet. And the should read me the people.
John O'Connor - adds a dated analogy and phrased it incorrectly - but what is one to expect from the likes of you.
Whose kingdom is this? Evidently you perceive it to be your domain since you post edicts. Funny how you must answer for others - seems to be a very low limit to the amount of folks over there that can respond to questions or debate an issue. If you want some examples - check my blog that outed your rube audience.
Additionally, I noted you took all your time to come at me (like you rubes are wont to do), with missives and insults and a quick review of the thread here shows you make no appreciable contribution.
I suggest if you don't like my posts, ignore them - and surely do not respond to them unless you like looking foolish.
Oh, and John O'Connor - there is a dictionary site online for your assistance. See how many words you can find for a$$-kisser. You are Stone's official one.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Friday, September 27 19 12:44 pm EDT)
Charles, analogies are not to be taken literally. The point is that a hand up while someone is trying to become productive is different than a never ending hand out. The mills left, period. If you want to keep trying to make Claremont a mill town go out and find some mill that will come here. It's not going to happen again. So, we keep wining about it or embrace and encourage productivity of other sorts. You don't need to go to Yale or Harvard to be a functioning and productive person. There are trades, community colleges, online school, so many options now that were not around 30 years ago or 100 years ago. And perhaps the guy on mom's couch could be a productive member of society if he wasn't enabled and there was a more attractive option than crashing with mom.
Chales(Friday, September 27 19 10:32 am EDT)
Job Jobs Jobs
Those 30 year olds on mom's couch aren't college material.The box stores pay $10/hr part time.
Do you see all these old mill buildings? The had good paying jobs one time,lots of 'em
It's too far to commute to a decent college from here.Once graduated,why would anyone come or stay in Claremont? No Jobs No money except the usual expensive civil servant class.
A carbon tax would empty this place for good.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Friday, September 27 19 09:43 am EDT)
I would like too see more options for homes in Claremont. We have a changing and more diverse population now. Not everyone wants a house with a big yard in a quiet neighborhood. Personally, I am a single parent with 2 jobs and I'm a college student. If I had the option of buying a condo it would be more appealing than a house with a yard. Older folks who may not be able to maintain their now empty family home but aren't needing assisted living could benefit from home variety here. The newly graduated college student who hasn't started a family yet could benefit from home variety. Meanwhile being productive tax payers. But how many new homes are being built? Is it the tax bill detering new homes from being built?
Erica Rae Sweetser(Friday, September 27 19 09:26 am EDT)
You cannot help anyone while weakening yourself. You simply cannot take your rent money to pay for your neighbor's groceries. That is what I see happen here. And then the tax payers pick up the burden of paying the rent. Hopefully my analogy makes sense.
Erica Rae Sweetser(Friday, September 27 19 09:21 am EDT)
Charles, I do not want additional services. A few years ago I was set on going to grad school for non-profit management. And then I realized that while we absolutely need some services, the abundance of them hurts private business and enterprise, and in some cases just enables some people to remain unproductive. Some, not all. We do have some wonderful and much needed services in town, but we need to focus on improving them, not adding more. Downtown should not be the place we keep adding services. Downtown is the heart of the city. Do you know any older parents with 30 year old kids and the 30 year old is still crashing at home. Mom and Dad don't charge him rent, pay his speeding tickets, pay his phone bill, give him gas money to take a date to the movies? All the while they are taking out a second mortgage, not contributing to a 401k, not going to the movies themselves? Because they keep paying for their 30 year old? That is what I see happening. Now Mom and Dad could let their 22 year old live at home, rent free, while they go to college, work part time and save for their first apartment. They are offering a service (free rent) that helps them become productive in the future. That is the situation I see in town. Services with the goal of helping people become productive, so that they no longer need that service, are needed. Homes should be assets, investments. A home where the tax bill is higher than the mortgage is not an asset. It has become a liability when you cannot sell your house because the tax bill deters buyers. I won't burden myself with a liability just because buying a home is what I'm "supposed" to do. I will do whatever I can to change the situation so that buying a home would be an asset to me.
Charles(Friday, September 27 19 08:35 am EDT)
"I decided I didn't want to pay the high tax bill"
Where do you think River Walks and countless social programs with high paid administrators money comes from?
Hint) not the tooth fairy (can you still say fairy?)
Erica Rae Sweetser(Friday, September 27 19 08:03 am EDT)
I wrote this to the Eagle Times yesterday and would like to share here. I am sorry Jim if I am hijacking your page! "I have been trying to live by this personal motto of "putting your body where your mouth is". To criticize without action is useless.
I was born in Claremont, but have lived in other areas, both as a child and an adult, but Claremont is always home. Almost 10 years ago I moved away for a year and I can remember the feeling of unfamiliar brick under my feet as I walked, and thinking of how well I knew the feel of Claremont under those same feet. We seem to see a number of the same faces in Claremont stepping up to fill seats and boards. I would ask you to ask yourself "how is that working for you?".
I am remarkably average. I spent a year looking at houses to buy in town and ultimately decided to keep renting because I didn't want to pay the high tax bill, and I know many of you feel the same. I work at two businesses on Pleasant St. and feel that downtown is the heart of our city. While I have not been a career politician I have been involved in a number of area including serving on the Board of Directors for TLC Family Resource center, was involved in the YRBS study committee, been involved with Green Dot, been involved with issues around bullying and domestic violence, have attended meetings regarding early childhood education, I've tried to personally contribute to the city however I was able, including painting in downtown businesses, cleaning up graffiti, etc.
I truly believe that Claremont needs to be a livable community, not just a place to survive while paying your tax bills. The proposed downtown renovation and river walk would be positive additions to our city. I believe in critical thinking and think that with every decision that is made for Claremont we need to ask ourselves if that one decision fits the bigger picture or are we making a decision that contradicts our vision. I have spent my adult life in jobs that have me in front of the public every day. I get to see every social class, every religion, every age group, and I listen. Isn't that what the an elected official should do, listen to the people, know the people, know the city? I ask Claremont to give me a chance to listen and be able act.
Erica Rae Sweetser
Candidate for Claremont City Councilor At-Large "
Starski(Friday, September 27 19 07:24 am EDT)
And we need people that will look at the whole picture when making decisions instead of looking at a sole picture. Or worse yet looking out for themselves and we all know that happens. Topstone comes to mind.
Liz(Wednesday, September 25 19 12:43 pm EDT)
I’m glad to see new people filing for Council seats because we really need a turn over of leadership.
Charles(Wednesday, September 25 19 07:01 am EDT)
@Richard - They're going to have to expand even more than planned.The elderly indigent are the hottest commodity in this county.The close second is teen pregnancies.You need those babies to get that section 8 and an income.
Richard(Tuesday, September 24 19 02:40 pm EDT)
What the hell is going on in Newport in the Sullivan County offices? Our elected officials are going over the deep end if they think spending over $2.5 million for just a set of plans is okay just to make a big healthcare complex even bigger so they further add to the bureaucracy.
Laura(Tuesday, September 24 19 02:14 pm EDT)
I’m not really sold on this municipal leader coalition. The net metering stance by all the Mayors was the wrong one for the public. This put a bitter taste in my mouth and Jim and AJ are right we are talking about the same people again in a bigger organization trying to expand their political influence throughout the state. Who is backing the real agenda here and what is the agenda does anyone really know besides those were calling the shots? I’m glad that Jim and AJ will be looking out for Claremont by keeping eyes on this group.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 24 19 01:14 pm EDT)
An update to today's Sullivan Report article about Sullivan County has just been published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Dennis(Tuesday, September 24 19 11:48 am EDT)
This is in regards to the municipal leader coalition. Charlene is right in the thick of it just like she was right in the thick of the net metering debacle. Thank God, Chris Sununu saved the day with his veto power. I say that and I’m a Democrat but I cannot support a very bad idea that fills the pockets of politically connected utility owners with the money from overcharged electric ratepayers so that municipalities can get a little more property tax money in for them to spend. Charlene Lovett is a power grabber, just ask Ryan McNutt who she and her fellow councilors thought they could control and when they found out they couldn’t they kicked him to the curb. Now these same councilors hired someone with even less real-world experience because in my view they believe that they can control this person because he will be so grateful to get a job that pays so well when he has zero qualifications for the job that he will do whatever these councilors tell him to do. We’ll see how that all works out.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 24 19 07:50 am EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1) Sullivan County Officials continue their unrestrained spending spree!
2) Goddard Building Renovation Project seeks one year extension.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
John O’Connor(Tuesday, September 24 19 07:35 am EDT)
You act like your the person with one eye and this is your blind kingdom.
It wasn’t a shock to hear Mayor Lovette is running for re-election, her passion and pride for the community is obvious. She is a continuous presence down in Concord fighting for the citizens of Claremont.
Councilor Stone also shows his passion and pride and more importantly, he is not afraid to voice his opinions.
I find Councilor Stones diligence, straightforwardness and common sense extremely refreshing.
Whether you like them or not, you can not deny that these two Councilor’s are the hardest working members of the council. They have done the job the voters have elected them to do.
They deserve to be re-elected.
Tony - Sounds like the definition of Democracy
David - The ultimate narcissist is in the White House and his mini-me sits on the City Council and his name is Stone.
Surrender power? Is she a dictator? Did she stage a coup? NO - She got ELECTED.
Sorry that inconvenient truth puts your panties in a wad, perhaps you should try Duluth Brand underwear.
Gail - You know you don't have to vote for her, right?
David(Monday, September 23 19 11:23 am EDT)
That’s true, Charlene is a narcissist and narcissists never surrender power.
Tony(Monday, September 23 19 09:55 am EDT)
The only way Charlene Lovett will ever stop being Mayor is if someone runs against her and defeats her in an election.
Bob(Monday, September 23 19 09:13 am EDT)
My family and I were having dinner at a local eatery over the weekend and I overheard two couples at the next table talking about the Riverwalk project for Claremont. How much do you want to bet that this Riverwalk project is going to cost the taxpayers millions of dollars and these moronic city councilors Lovett, Damren, Pope, Kier and Koloski will all rubberstamp them if they get the chance but they won’t spend any money for road repairs that are needed much more than their BS pie-in-the-sky dream spending. I hope the November election gets rid of at least most if not all of this liberal tax-and-spend mob.
Gail(Monday, September 23 19 08:37 am EDT)
I am not happy to see Charlene Lovett running for Mayor again. She should really give someone else a chance since she has bungled her opportunity.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 23 19 04:57 am EDT)
1) So far three Councilors file for reelection.
2) NH Mayors & City Managers form coalition.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Robert(Wednesday, September 18 19 11:30 am EDT)
Just look at one property assessment change and you can see how the property assessments are completely unreliable. The NH Department of Revenue Administration assessed Great River Hydro LLC’s property in Claremont for $11,296. Claremont on the other hand hired a company that was supposed to provide professional utility appraisal services and this consulting company set the property assessment at $2,100,000. Great River Hydro LLC also qualifies for a pilot agreement because the city council opened the door for that when they approved a similar measure for Sugar River Power LLC. It is little wonder that Great River Hydro LLC is taking the City of Claremont to court. I see in today’s Valley News that the residents of Hanover New Hampshire could receive a do over on their property assessments. I believe Claremont taxpayers deserve that same consideration considering the present circumstances with the property assessments.
Dennis(Wednesday, September 18 19 07:17 am EDT)
I am tired of all the giveaways to municipal employees and special interests that Claremont’s councilors are prone to grant with our tax dollars. The pilot agreement approved several years ago by present-day councilors Lovett, Damren, Pope and Koloski a liberal tax-and-spend formidable force for the destruction of our city has placed Claremont in a precarious position with at least one of the other two hydroelectric dam owners. This will cost the taxpayers dearly in legal fees and in what I believe will end up resulting with a very large cash settlement. All of the special downtown housing rule changes and other favors granted to the owners of the Goddard Building, who also owns the property on Main Street that is getting a free fix up from the taxpayers because their common wall is part of the building next door that is being demolished. The taxpayers will be spending over $100,000 for this project (don’t forget the approximately $10,000 that will be paid directly to Kevin LaCasse and his firm, thank you Sullivan Report for publishing the agreement so the public would know the truth about these backroom deals). A nine-year tax break for the Main Street building owned by Mr. Laccase’s firm will soon be granted by councilors too. Bailing out real estate developers in trouble is not the taxpayers responsibility but our city staff and councilors have little problem justifying these large expenditures while the roads continue to deteriorate from lack of proper investment. City staff receives raises and now the highest-paid directors will be receiving raises thanks to a very generous city council. Speaking of generosity, Ed Morris must be delighted to be receiving such a lucrative and generous contract when he has practically no experience or educational background in regards to being the city manager. Then of course, there was the Topstone building scandal and the councilors did nothing. They created a board of assessors to appease an outraged public but then they create such huge hurdles for anyone to be on the board and then limit the candidate pool to make it virtually impossible for the board of assessors to ever be formed. I am so glad that the Sullivan Report outed these political shenanigans by showing the difference between Claremont’s requirements and Lebanon’s, which only requires residency. Then there are the problems with the bid contract awards when relationships with family members and past municipal employees seem to be influencing bid awards and costing the taxpayers a pretty penny in the balance because it seems we are not getting the best bang for our buck as the purchasing policy is being either ignored or manipulated for a predetermined outcome. I could go on but you get the idea that our municipal management needs a complete overhaul if Claremont is ever going to become the community we all know that it can be. The taxpayers should be outraged and show their displeasure at the polls on election day by voting out all of the incumbents.
Amy(Wednesday, September 18 19 06:56 am EDT)
I am pleased that the public will have an opportunity to meet the new city manager. My husband and I intend to take the opportunity to meet this gentleman. I am less pleased with the choice made by this council. Mr. Morris does not have an educational or career resume befitting an established city manager and this is what Claremont truly needs. My husband and I are wary of the motives of this city council. Mr. McNutt complained of interference from the city council and in particular from Charlene Lovett and Allen Damren if memory serves. Mr. Damren headed the search committee. Mr. Damren stated in the press that he was pleased that the candidate chosen was already in our backyard. Proximity does not equal competence, skill level or experience. My husband and I suspect that the city council valued inexperience, which would require the new city manager to heavily relying on the mayor and the assistant mayor and possibly other councilors for guidance rather than hiring a well seasoned city manager. I fear politics and a thirst for power by certain councilors motivated this decision.
youknowme(Tuesday, September 17 19 04:13 pm EDT)
You people on this site really know how to show the hate.We on the council volunteer our time to serve this community.We don't get paid anything to serve.Yes we might have some discussions with the current assessment team,even concerning our own properties.They know if they hammer us on the council they will never be contracted again.Also,so what if we encourage certain companies to perform projects throughout Claremont.Of course we going to favor the companies our family and friends work for,that's the American way.
Don't like it,run for a seat
Steve(Tuesday, September 17 19 03:44 pm EDT)
I am wondering what the Community Center / Parks and Recreation Gang are up to in regards to Real Estate. Are we buying or selling this time? How badly will the taxpayers get screwed with this deal? When these tax-and-spend liberals meet secretly behind closed doors, I get nervous. All the other taxpayers should get nervous too.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 17 19 02:40 pm EDT)
Meet and greet to be held for new City Manager. Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Dan(Tuesday, September 17 19 02:22 pm EDT)
Yeah I am very skeptical about that solar project. I am sure the taxpayers will be screwed on that lease but Lovett and her cronies will tell us it is the best deal that Claremont ever negotiated. I sure do not trust her, Damren, or any of the other administration ass kissing councilors namely Koloski and Pope and Kier.
Aaron(Tuesday, September 17 19 01:17 pm EDT)
With all the property abatement cases coming forward with the NH BTLA and the Superior Court I’m wondering how much money it is going to cost the taxpayers in legal fees to fight these cases that never should have happened in the first place. The city will probably lose most if not all of the cases and then that will end up costing the taxpayers big cash settlements as well. It sure seems like the property assessments are being used as a political and economic development tool instead of simply assessing properties in Claremont fairly. Because our city officials are so unethical, it is costing the taxpayers bundles of money to make up for their proclivities. It is time to get rid of these do-nothing city councilors.
Shawn(Tuesday, September 17 19 11:54 am EDT)
I think Sullivan and Maranville hit the nail right on the head with the Assessing Board. The political rhetoric from the administration and the city councilors is just that. They made the hurdles far too high and the candidate pool far too shallow to ever find enough people to ever get the board off the ground with enough appointees. This whole thing was a sham, a rigged game to appease the people who are outraged with the big tax breaks that Koloski’s landlord’s received in a secret City Hall backroom deal that the Sullivan Report exposed. If city officials had their way, no one would have ever known a darn thing about anything.
Charles(Tuesday, September 17 19 11:51 am EDT)
I see that people are complaining about the new manager's $122k salary.
You would probably all be surprised at the net yearly pay of cops,firemen,and DPW when overtime is revealed.They just love holidays and Sundays!
Hell,even teachers are making bank considering that they're off for 25% of the year and I think they only pay 2% of their health insurance premiums.
Why even bother for the 2%?
Who serves who?
Keith(Tuesday, September 17 19 10:22 am EDT)
Don’t forget Kevin LaCasse is going to be asking for tax breaks next for that Main Street property. This Council keeps screwing the taxpayers by bending over backwards and catering to the desires of the special interests at the taxpayer's expense. Remember that when you go to the polls in November.
Lynn(Tuesday, September 17 19 09:57 am EDT)
I still don’t like the idea of spending almost $100,000 knocking down the building on Main Street to help the developer that owns the Goddard Building to save their attached building next door to the building the taxpayers are now paying to demolish. It smacks of cronyism.
Todd(Tuesday, September 17 19 09:39 am EDT)
Nice, four of the councilors that approved that pilot agreement are still at work screwing Claremont up. The voters need to work together to oust Lovett, Damren, Pope and Koloski. They should also remove Abigail Kier just for good measure. Then that would also kill any chance of Claremont becoming a sanctuary city because they are the proponents of that idiotic measure.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 17 19 08:39 am EDT)
Certainly Katherine, this information was easy to find since it is a matter of public record. The approval of the PILOT Agreement for Sugar River Power was a unanimous vote of the Council that took place on December 28, 2016. The Council of 2016 consisted of Mayor Charlene Lovett, Assistant Mayor Victor Bergeron and Councilors Carolyn Towle, Scott Pope, Keith Raymond, Allen Damren, Bruce Temple, Nicholas Koloski & John Simonds.
Katherine(Tuesday, September 17 19 08:29 am EDT)
The city councilors who gave out the hydroelectric dam pilot agreement sure set Claremont up for disaster. Now all the hydroelectric dam owners can get a big tax break. Jim and AJ could you tell us who the city councilors were who approved that pilot agreement and did this dirty deed to the general public taxpayers please.
Dick(Tuesday, September 17 19 06:40 am EDT)
I wonder if Morris will even last as long as McNutt did.
William(Tuesday, September 17 19 06:02 am EDT)
Richard you are absolutely right about the pay for this new wildly inexperienced city manager being disproportionate with his limited background and absence of real credentials. I have no idea what the councilors were thinking choosing the applicant they hired. Another bad decision from a city council prone to making bad decisions.
Richard(Monday, September 16 19 03:06 pm EDT)
Thank you for publishing the contract for the new city manager. Wow that is one amazingly generous contract. The city councilors are sure frivolous with our tax dollars when it comes to paying staff but they won't pave the roads and take care of of the infrastructure problems that Claremont has. The taxpayers have never paid a city manager $122,000 a year before and this guy has virtually no credentials. Guy Santagate was well-qualified but Ryan McNutt had far less qualifications and he washed out and Ed Morris has less credentials then Ryan McNutt. What I mean by credentials is educational background and career experience. A 16 year firefighter doesn't cut it. A three-year managerial stint at Wethersfield Vermont that has a very small populace and a tiny budget compared the Claremont and few municipal departments unlike Claremont also doesn't cut it. I don't know what the heck the city councilors saw in this man that made him stand out from the field of about 50 applicants. The councilors sure weren't chintzy when it came to springing for the benefits. A 13% retirement benefit, life insurance equal to a year's pay, a cell phone and what seems to be an unlimited expense account plus regular perks like health insurance, etc. This Morris guy must be pinching himself because it is beyond belief that he landed this cushy job with his sparse resume. I wonder if the Council hired him because they thought he was the most qualified but I can't see that in a field of nearly 50 candidates or if they hired someone that they figure they can all hold and control under their collective thumb. Something stinks here.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 16 19 09:35 am EDT)
Three new items today.
1) Council elections.
2) September 11 Council meeting synopsis.
3) Ed Morris' contract.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Martha, are you here for the sanctuary?
or are you a product of the Claremont educational system?
martha212(Thursday, September 12 19 11:38 am EDT)
An old parking fine came back to bite me I forgotten, council wouldn't take the debt back so bailiffs sent me a threat of a visit or pay MORE. My sons possessions at mine for safe keeping and his work stuff and tools. I am not into material wealth or money so son didn't have things at home I would let them in..I am stress and up set as loads more things that are testing..
Reply: I am sorry to hear this. If you have no money to pay them then unless your son can prove the goods are his and with you for safekeeping they are going to be at risk if the bailiffs (or enforcement agents as they should be called now) do get in.
John O’Connor(Thursday, September 12 19 11:11 am EDT)
You must be striking a nerve with some of your recent reports.
Today, I was approached by a local food truck operator who accused me, in the middle of Market Basket , of posting comments about Nick Koloski and his boyfriend ( his words, not mine) under an alias.
Those that know me, know I have been a follower of the Sullivan Report since it’s inception. I have frequently commented on this site and those that know me, know I use my God given name.
There is no shame to my game.
Jim, I would appreciate if you could do something with your site that could prevent people from using fake names so this mistake does not happen to one of your loyal readers again.
I will not mention the gentleman’s name, he embarrassed himself enough ranting and raving in the middle of Market Basket , all I would like to say, knowing he is a loyal reader is this;
You are WRONG and when you find out who actually wrote it, I will not accept your apology.
Charles(Wednesday, September 11 19 05:59 pm EDT)
A more positive way to look at the new manager's lack of experience is to be glad that he isn't some recycled retread.The man hasn't been spoiled by public unions or most favored local family connected businesses.
I think it's important for local taxpayers let him know how they feel.We don't want sanctuary city bullshit,and we don't want to turn this into some welfare paradise.We don't need anymore goddamn firetrucks and the cops don't need new cars every 2 years.We care about more about fixing the roads than merit based pay raise for department heads.You don't like the pay,move on.Next?
There's an article in the Union Leader about the new city manager hire. It says that our tax-and-spend city councilors agreed to pay the new guide Morris 12,000 more than the old guy McNutt. Here's the thing, McNutt did not have a lot of experience like Santagate had but he was paid more and eventually fired. This Morris guy has even less experience than McNutt but he gets paid more than either Santagate or McNutt. What the hell are these city councilors thinking? Reading comments on Facebook I see that many locals have had it with the current councilors and say it's time for regime change. I certainly agree and I intend to vote out all the incumbents that I can in November. Hopefully you will all join me and do the same. It is also time for the people who normally choose not to vote to get up off their couches and go to the polls in November because it's time for us to take back our city from these tax and spend morons who have a political agenda that is going to destroy our community by eventually turning it into a sanctuary city. To save Claremont we have to save ourselves by throwing out of office the city councilors that we have today before it's too late.
Industrial Property Owner(Tuesday, September 10 19 02:31 pm EDT)
Gentrification is being practiced in Claremont using the property assessments as its primary tool.
Brent(Tuesday, September 10 19 01:33 pm EDT)
Lovett and her cronies want the working class to pay for their political agenda to turn Claremont into a sanctuary city. Lovett and her friends want to pay less in taxes and it looks like that is exactly what happened. That is too much to be a coincidence it certainly looks intentional.
Todd(Tuesday, September 10 19 12:29 pm EDT)
I think it sucks that Scott Pope gets one hell of a deal with a nearly $2000 property tax break while so many others will get screwed with higher property tax bills to pay for his tax break and tax breaks for wealthier Claremont residents who live in high-class Claremont neighborhoods. This whole thing smacks of class warfare and this may be the intentional reason why the city officials wanted the property assessments done earlier than necessary.
Have you seen this/ Someone needs to look into what is going on over at the Humane Society Shelter on Tremont St. Seems to be a lack of inventory management and personnel skills. Saw a few things on the Facebook about them yesterday and it looks like the place is falling apart.
The local press would never touch this story or most any story the Sullivan Report does with a ten foot pole because they are all gutless, scared wimps all posing like journalists when they are nothing more than propaganda messengers for the government officials.
Tom(Monday, September 09 19 02:21 pm EDT)
I think the key is the utilities. I privately contacted Jim this morning and asked him who did the 2018 MS-1 report. He said that MRI prepared the report Joseph Lessard signed it but it was prepared by Scott Marsh who also works for MRI. Someone in the assessing office made big changes to the utility values after this 2018 MS-1 report was sent to the DRA. The fact that five of the eight utilities are no longer listed on the Vision website also looks fishy. This smells of a secret backroom deal similar to the Topstone building, because two utility companies got big tax breaks because their property assessments greatly dropped. New England power $3,230,500 and PSNH $16,579,100. That totals $19,809,600 of property valuation lost and the tax revenues generated from that property valuation will have to be made up by the rest of us. Other utility companies in Claremont may have gotten similar deals that we just don’t know about yet. Jim said we would not know until he is able to get a copy of the MS-1 report for 2019, which could take a few more weeks because the city has until October 1 to submit the report to the DRA. Fortunately, Jim is on top of this and he will get a copy and report what it says to us as soon as possible.
Kevin(Monday, September 09 19 10:28 am EDT)
Today’s Sullivan Report article has me shaking my head. The fools on the city council agreed to spend over $325,000 that the public really does not have to do a property revaluation three years early. They did this to try to squeeze higher property assessments out of the taxpayers to lower the property tax rate to make it look like the fools on the council and on the school board are not really spending as much of the taxpayers money as they really are. Then the property assessments do not go the way they wanted and it looks like it is only going to increase by about $20 million if they are lucky and that will drop the tax rate only about $1.14 maybe. Big whoop de doo! Looks like the taxpayers are screwed again by the people that we elected to look out for us. It is time for the councilors to be stripped of their jobs if any of them are fool enough to run again in November.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 09 19 08:54 am EDT)
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Ralph(Tuesday, September 03 19 03:16 pm EDT)
An assessing board was created to give some much-needed public oversight and transparency to property assessments. Yet the councilors have not appointed anyone to this board. I don’t know what’s going on there but there may be some pushback from the administration to quash the creation of this board. I also think they need another board of maybe just citizens on it to look over certain large financial transactions in the city especially when it comes to contract awards and bids to make sure that everything is done properly because it sure doesn’t look like city officials can be trusted with our tax dollars. I’m sure Allen Damren and Charlene Lovett will be adamantly opposed to this as probably Nick Koloski and Scott Pope because they all seem to kiss the administration staff member’s butts on a regular basis. They must all like the smell of ass.
Gary(Tuesday, September 03 19 08:57 am EDT)
It is a smoke screen that the council cannot interfere with day to day operations of the city. Santigate and his cronies put the fear of god into previous councils and it has carried through. A councilor has no right to interfere in day to day operations and we all know that has been happening at a great cost to the tax payer. But the council collectively can and should through council directives continue to guide the manager on a path that is the wish of the council and transparent to the public. The council could vote on and issue directives at every meeting if they so choose. This is a long overdue fix. Unfortunately it will not happen under some of these brainwashed councilors that have to involve a lawyer in every move they make short of a commendation.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, September 03 19 06:31 am EDT)
Councilors who are blindly loyal to and protective of Administration Employees as recently shown during their complete overreaction to only a discussion about the possibility of conducting a forensic audit of the City’s financial records, will probably do the same in regards to the issue of how large municipal goods and services contracts are being awarded. That is assuming that the Councilors even address this important issue during one of their meetings. Since we published the Sullivan Report article that exposed this issue, many of our readers have privately contacted us. They stated their concerns that certain Councilors will immediately publicly state that their hands are tied because they are not allowed to get involved in the day-to-day affairs of the municipal government per the City Charter and use that as an excuse to sweep this all under the rug. While it is true that the Council cannot dictate directly to any Municipal Department Director or any other City Employee, there are however other options available to the Councilors. The Council can demand that the Municipal Department Directors involved appear at a future Council meeting. At that time, the Councilors certainly have the right to ask questions of these Directors and have them explain their actions on camera. The Council can and should hold the Interim City Manager responsible for all occurrences during his watch and give the Interim City Manager a directive to immediately put an end to these unprofessional practices that violate the purchasing policy. The Council should also issue another directive requesting that they receive all bid tabulation summary reports on a regular basis going forward to ensure proper oversight and public transparency. This is what the Claremont City Council should do to protect the best interests of their constituents, the taxpayers of Claremont; however, a majority of the membership of the current City Council is comprised of weak-willed blind followers of Municipal Administrators. So the question is will they?
Industrial Property Owner(Monday, September 02 19 05:01 pm EDT)
I just finished reading today’s Sullivan Report article and it is an incredible exposé of poor fiscal management dating back as far as the Ryan McNutt Administration. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Maranville have done their usual due diligence obtaining hard-hitting unassailable facts that the prior city manager, whom the city council terminated and the current interim city manager, a consultant hired from Municipal Resources Incorporated either cast a blind eye or willfully engaged in poor managerial practices that violated established purchasing policies. The intent of these purchasing policies is to protect the sacrosanct public trust by preventing the very thing that seems to be occurring namely nepotism and favoritism in the conveyance of lucrative municipal contracts for goods and services totaling thousands or hundreds of thousands of precious taxpayer’s dollars. The evidence the Sullivan Report uncovered conveys the incontrovertible impression of a municipal government operating without any checks and balances. The previous and current city managers are not the only two municipal authorities involved. The finance director, the public works director, presumably the assistant public works director, the planning and development director and the parks and recreation director all seem to be involved in allowing public funds to be recklessly wasted by not following the formally established purchasing policies that instituted appropriate safeguards to protect public funds from being squandered. This is devastatingly catastrophic news and as has been stated by prior contributors to this public forum, the current city council has repeatedly represented themselves as weak and ineffective. As we saw with the mere suggestion of a forensic audit to ensure the veracity of the city’s financial accounting records, I suspect that the majority of the councilors who wish to ignore this revelation. I am specifically referring to Mayor Charlene Lovett, Assistant Mayor Allen Damren and City Councilors Scott Pope, Nicholas Koloski, Abigail Kier and Claire Lessard, whom in my opinion will intentionally ignore the truth to protect the administrative staff at all costs, no matter what they have done. Not one of the city councilors are good representatives of the populace whom they were elected to represent. I make this judgment based on their past actions including their voting record, which usually follows the wishes of administrative staff and the desires of certain special interests while many times ignoring what is best for the public at large. I am giving Kristin Kenniston the benefit of the doubt as she is newly appointed and does not have an extensive voting record at this time. I fully expect the aforementioned city councilors to ignore this damning information uncovered by the Sullivan Report. If Councilmen Andrew O’Hearne and Jonathan Stone show the moral fortitude to raise this issue during a council meeting, then I expect a replay of what transpired with the suggestion of the forensic audit and the Topstone tax debt relief and property tax assessment abatement scandal. In short, glowing support from the aforementioned councilors and vague doubletalk from any of the administration officials who should be facing termination if Claremont’s municipal government were managed by ethically honest public administrative and elected officials.
Ron(Monday, September 02 19 04:19 pm EDT)
What I would like to know is why Victor St. Pierre did not file the report with the NH DES like he was legally required to do or why he did not inform the US Army Corps of Engineers either? Sure sounds like he may be hiding more than large contract awards to companies with family ties.
Jake(Monday, September 02 19 04:18 pm EDT)
I have no intentions of taking away from the good work that the SR does but my recollection of watching the council meetings goes like this. Councilor Stone was asking for answers about the Topstone building regularly and how to go about taking it for tax leans. Week after week Councilor Koloski would have a line of to reasons why this would not be a good idea. His story would change meeting to meeting depending on comments made from the public. One time it’s air quality next time it’s not but contamination in the ground. Back and forth depending on public outcry. Councilor Stone kept pressing for answers and getting constant pushback from McNut and Councilor Koloski. Then out of the clear blue and to the credit of the SR the big tax relief story breaks and all hell breaks loose. The public was in an uproar and Koloski tried without success to wash his hands of the subject but the public had already made up their mind. Now the public wanted McNut to answer for this and he continued to give pushback. The council not knowing their authority was being walked all over and were sitting on their hands. Councilor Stone and O’Hearne did try without success to look into this obvious wrongdoing. The SR kept up reporting on this and the public was not letting up. Then Joe Osgood came into the picture and would not let the assault on the taxpayer go until the council finally admitted in a way they dropped the ball. Joe did a great job but I think he should have kept going when he came to the council and the interim manager agreed that McNut did a poor job of handling the tax forgiveness. The council let us down on this one. Big Time.
Jennifer(Monday, September 02 19 02:00 pm EDT)
Today's article strongly indicates that there is nepotism and more going on with the big city projects and large contract awards that are paid for with our tax dollars and the water and sewer rates that those of us are on the system pay to the city. To me this borders on possible corruption and should be looked into by an independent third-party because the city administration and many of the city councilors cannot be trusted.
Brad(Monday, September 02 19 01:57 pm EDT)
Actually Jake it was the Sullivan Report that exposed the Topstone fiasco with the secret property tax debt forgiveness and large property assessment abatement. Councilors Stone and O'Hearne took action afterwards. Besides that you are right about everything.
Jake(Monday, September 02 19 01:31 pm EDT)
Shortly after Ryan McNut arrived in Claremont it was going around that his goal was to increase the population of Claremont drastically. That excited many until it became apparent that his increase would consist manly of low or no income people. This is when New England Family Housing came into the picture. On the surface it looks like right from the start back room dealings were tapping federal, state and city resources. I believe city heads and some on the council are very aware of this. Councilor Koloski,s fiasco of the Topstone building exposed by actions taken by councilors Stone and O’Hearne and explained by the Sullivan Report put an end to McNut but the HEFH scam was in motion. I also believe city personnel began to see this mess and didn’t know how to handle it. That is why some people left. Now an obviously weak council can’t fix it so they are not doing anything about. Just like they did nothing with the Topstone fiasco till they were backed into a corner. Yup we need some new blood on the council.
John(Monday, September 02 19 01:23 pm EDT)
Congratulations, great article.
Extremely informative and eye opening.
As our former City Manager use to say, “ this doesn’t pass the smell test”. I’m not sure if this is an area a Forensic Accounting can shed any light on. It seems this is a violation of policy along with a strong case of nepotism.
Hopefully, this will be discussed in greater detail at the next council meeting.
Todd(Monday, September 02 19 01:02 pm EDT)
Without a formal bid process there is no guarantee that the taxpayers are getting the best bang for their buck. The taxpayers are being ripped off by that decisions made by directors and city managers who do not live or pay taxes in Claremont. All the while the city councilors sit on their f***ing asses and do nothing to protect us from being raped by the city administrators. The same city councilors will then run for reelection because in their miniscule pea-brains these entitled false actually believe that they are doing a spectacular job. It is time to do in the insanity by ending the careers of these moronic, snowflake city councilors.
Shawn(Monday, September 02 19 12:34 pm EDT)
The Claremont School District and SAU 6 was a disaster area, the Superintendent was fired, and the other incompetent boobs that were running the show either left on their own or were probably fired too. The new Superintendent is coming on board and he will hopefully rebuild the team with competent people that will actually pay attention to the business at hand and stop the embarrassing foolishness. It seems to me that we the taxpayers now have the same problem with the Claremont municipal government and it might actually be worse there because they are just not only incompetent they may be acting in a shady manner. I think it’s time we clean house on the city side as the City Manager was already fired and a new City Manager is coming on board. In my humble opinion the DPW Director, the Assistant DPW Director, the Finance Director and the Director of Planning and Development have all got to go. The same goes for many elected officials beginning with the Mayor, the Assistant Mayor and City Councilors Kier, Pope and that numbskull Koloski. The taxpayers of Claremont are paying too high a price for their gross incompetence and it is time to put an end to this foolishness once and for all.
Brent(Monday, September 02 19 12:18 pm EDT)
What about the Assistant DPW Director Jeremy Clay? How could he not know what’s going on? Does anyone honestly think that he is uninvolved in all this?
Builder Bob(Monday, September 02 19 11:40 am EDT)
The irony is that Daniels is far superior company to St.Pierre.
David(Monday, September 02 19 10:46 am EDT)
There were no bids received for the 139 Main St.’s demolition contract so will that constitute another cock up reason to throw out the purchasing policy and award a high price contract to a company that has family ties to the city? That seems to be what is going on these days with the DPW contracts, the past city manager, the current interim city manager, and the finance director all seem to not give a damn that this is going on. I am extremely irritated at the city councilors who sit up on the councilor’s stage all striking their pose to look oh so important for the cameras yet they do nothing to protect the citizens and taxpayers from these unprofessional practices that are ending up costing the taxpayers more money than necessary. Look at the rail trail project that Michal Lemieux should have received. Look at all the rules and regulations that they ignored and out and out broke to give that contract to Daniels Construction. Where was the professionalism there? How would the best interests of the public served with this project that cost the taxpayers $32,900 more than necessary? That $32,900 would have been better spent elsewhere for the good of our community instead of improving Daniels Construction’s annual profits. I do not think it was a coincidence that the ex-DPW director is a vice president of the company.
Craig(Monday, September 02 19 09:34 am EDT)
That’s right; Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville are showing Councilman Stone and Councilman O’Hearne the right places to perform a forensic audit and possibly uncover municipal corruption at the same time.
Donna(Monday, September 02 19 09:10 am EDT)
DPW contract awards is where you can specifically target a forensic audit Councilor Stone.
Barbara(Monday, September 02 19 08:24 am EDT)
Something certainly smells doesn’t it.
Mike(Monday, September 02 19 07:34 am EDT)
No bid contracts from the DPW for companies that are owned either by relatives of the DPW Director or the employer of a relative of the DPW Director sure looks bad no matter how you look at it. There is no positive political spin for that. I do not know how Ryan McNutt, John MacLean, Mary Walter and Nancy Merrill could even begin to justify any of this. Of course, the councilors such as Charlene Lovett, Allen Damren, Abigail Kier, Claire Lessard, Nick Koloski and Scott Pope will all say that the councilors cannot get involved in the day-to-day affairs of the city and say they put their full faith and trust in the city staffers. Of course, it is a lot of bureaucratic political BS because they all have no scruples like apparently the city administration leaders do not. This is why the next election will be so important in November. The voters have to get out and throw out these morally and ethically challenged city councilors who do not represent the morality and the values of the voters who elected them.
Dennis(Monday, September 02 19 07:23 am EDT)
I don’t understand why the purchasing policy has to be waived so many times. It looks intentional.
Tom(Monday, September 02 19 06:18 am EDT)
It seems like there is a real cozy relationship between our DPW Director Victor St. Pierre and several local companies that he seems to favor for the awarding of lucrative city service contracts. It looks like these companies are awarded the contracts because city administration officials do not follow the rules of the purchasing policy. Where is the city council oversight? Why do two former city councilors have to do the council’s job for them?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 02 19 05:16 am EDT)
Claremont’s purchasing policy not being used to the public’s benefit!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Sunday, September 01 19 10:42 am EDT)
Any bets on the 9 apartments going at "Market Rate" go un-rented?
When I was a child of 7 my parents moved into a brand new building in Stamford Connecticut that was structured for income levels like the Goddard apts. It was called Saint John's Towers,there were 3 buildings.These were originally supposed to be primarily for middle class working families with a small number slated to be low income.
My family moved out 1 year later.The crime and drinking and drugs in the building made it a dangerous place to live.As it turned out,many more apartments became low income section 8 because minorities were screaming for more housing.The buildings are now all low income and in complete decay.The roaches and rats are throughout.The drug dealers are all through the halls and stairways.The police are being called there every night now.The buildings were a new design in 1971,they were round in shape.As I got older and went to high school in Stamford the buildings were known as "The N***er Barrels" because they were predominantly black by demographic.The place now is a dangerous hub from which crime throughout the area emminates from.
It appears that Claremont is creating this very same scenario.I can't warn you enough about the things to come.There will be rape and there will be violence and drugs that Claremont has never seen.
Rae(Sunday, September 01 19 07:36 am EDT)
This was written by Mayor Lovett herself...not sure how her husband can not know? But here is that proof you asked for Mr. Lovett "While the quality of the apartments will not differ from one unit to another, the number of apartments available to renters of varying income levels will. Nine of the 36 apartments will be rented at market rates, while the majority will be rented according to a percentage of the area median income (AMI) as defined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Sullivan County.Nineteen of the apartments will be reserved for renters who earn 60% of the AMI. For one person this equates to $34,320 and increases by approximately $4,000 for each additional person. Another four apartments will be available to renters who earn 50% of the AMI. For one person, this is $28,600 and also increases about $4,000 for each additional person. The remaining four apartments will be set aside for individuals with disabilities. " https://www.eagletimes.com/news/community/goddard-block-project-on-schedule-for-december-completion/article_6e5be556-2152-5061-bb5f-b2d1cae0d28d.html
Rae(Sunday, September 01 19 07:33 am EDT)
"The Goddard Block Apartments, when finished (the estimated completion date is February 2020), will have 36 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments for low to moderate income families. Nine of the apartments will be market-rate and the other 27 will be “affordable.” The ground floor of the building will continue to be commercial space. " https://www.eagletimes.com/news/breaking-ground-at-goddard-block/article_7296d098-1ba0-11e9-b578-bb0bf9177250.html
Rae(Sunday, September 01 19 07:30 am EDT)
"Next spring, the Goddard Building in Claremont will open its doors as a completely renovated structure containing commercial space and 36 apartments (9 market rate, 27 affordable units).
Since the winter, the site has been the scene of intense activity overseen by the general contractor, Trumbull-Nelson Construction of Hanover, NH, and carried out by numerous sub- as well as sub-sub-contractors."
David(Saturday, August 31 19 11:58 am EDT)
@Robert Lovett : Go to News Archives 1 of this page and there you will see documented proof that 61% of the apartments for the Goddard block will be for low to moderate income families (Section 8) 22 of the 36 apartments. A far cry more than 8. If this has changed please provide proof.
John J. O’Connor(Saturday, August 31 19 07:42 am EDT)
Great points. Next summer will determine who is right.
Why the name change from Low income housing to Workforce housing , can anyone explain the difference?
As far as Claremont being a Sanctuary city, isn’t it already ?
The City has become extremely diversified in the last decade. The Social service rolls have continued to expand and crime has consistently risen in this time.
So what would be so different?
Next summer, between “Workforce housing” and the “Halfway House”, Pleasant St. will be a hotbed of police activity.
Only time will tell.
Ps. This is my real name. No shame to my game.
Joe Mcgee from Kankakee(Saturday, August 31 19 07:33 am EDT)
"the going wage rate for Claremont"
So,it's the sky is the limits for teachers,cops,and fire,with wage raises every year.But everybody else is supposed to work for Chinese cooley wages and we'll give you some cheap housing,supported by people that worked and saved to buy their own homes.That's right,have all kinds of kids,free lunch,free school,free housing,don't worry the taxpayers will pay.More kids means more teachers! That's great for the union.Whata ya hate unions?! It's for the kids damn it!
Robert Lovett(Friday, August 30 19 09:52 pm EDT)
Steve....if that is even your real name...where is the facts hat support your claim that incited councilors are advocating for Claremont to become a sanctuary city? I have seen nothing to support this accusation and every councilor has denied they support doing so, so where do you draw this conclusion from? Likewise why do you believe my wife, Allen, Abby, Scott, Nick, and Claire are obstacles to Claremont’s economic growth? It seems you missed naming John and Andy in your scathing comments....why so? Please inform us why they are the only two who are economically moving Claremont forward? BTW there are only 8 of the apartments designated as Section 8 so where is the “greatly increased figure” your citing coming from? Also why are you so negative about blue collar workers seeking affordable housing? work force housing does not equate to low income housing...it equates to affordable housing for real people working long hours and are paid the going wage rate for Claremont. Please provide facts instead of vague Innuendos professing “the sky is falling “ when in fact it is not.
Alice(Friday, August 30 19 11:47 am EDT)
While it is good news about the IRS forgiving the penalties and fines for the unfiled paperwork for 2016 it still should have never happened. That is the fault of McGoodwin, LeClair and O'Neil for not doing their jobs and the fault of the members of the Claremont and Unity School Boards for not doing their due diligence to take swift action once this problem and the problem with the lunch program was revealed. Bad management all around. I hope the new superintendent can turn things around with better management.
Steve(Friday, August 30 19 08:49 am EDT)
For the benefit of those who do not read the Argus Champion an interesting article appeared this week. Kevin Lacasse appeared before the Newport Selectman because he and his company are stepping in as a new developer for the Newport Mills project in our sister community of Newport. Lacasse is seeking a CDBG grant for the project through Sullivan County. As he did with the Claremont project with the Goddard building, he is changing the scope of the project so instead of 47 market-rate apartments it will now be 68 workforce-housing units instead. In other words mostly low-income housing. The difference is the Newport Selectman are far smarter and very protective of their constituents unlike their Claremont counterparts. Newport Selectman Todd Fratzel is quoted in the paper as saying “I don’t see any benefit to this community”, he says it will put more stress on the schools and that the Newport Selectman needed to do what was good for the community. Four of the Newport Selectman are hesitant about the project unlike Claremont City Councilors who accepted the project with open arms and city officials even went so far as to downgrade zoning regulations to cheapen the project for Mr. Lacasse and his company. Of course, these are the same folks on the City Council who want to change Claremont into a Sanctuary City. Charlene Lovett, Allen Damren, Scott Pope, Abigail Kier, Nick Koloski and Claire Lessard are Claremont’s biggest obstacle to economic development and growth that goes in the right direction. Enabling more social programs and nonprofit entities to buy property and greatly increasing the number of low income/section 8 housing is not the answer because it will only increase the property tax burden because the individuals that are served with these programs do not create property tax revenue for the community they just drain our community’s limited resources. Newport Selectman seem to understand that whereas Claremont City Councilors either do not understand that or they do not care because they have a political agenda that does not represent the best interests of their constituents. This is why November’s election is crucial because we need to oust the six Councilors I named earlier.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, August 30 19 04:35 am EDT)
IRS waives school fines.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Felix(Thursday, August 29 19 05:01 pm EDT)
If these reductions are the norm for the city, it means the tax rate will go up.
The City of Claremont will never do with less. If -7% is going to be city wide, the overall tax rate will have to increase or the budget will have to decrease by 7%, just for the tax rate to remain as it is.
Fat chance of that happening.
Sarah(Thursday, August 29 19 01:07 pm EDT)
Tony, if Claremont is in such a shambles and the top value properties are reducing in property valuation then should not all the properties in Claremont see a reduction in their property valuation? It's not fair for top value properties to come down in value and other lesser valued properties go up in value. That's the very definition of unfair taxation.
Tony(Thursday, August 29 19 12:37 pm EDT)
Well the property values on Nelmar had to come down. the poor condition of the schools, roads and properties in the city will also reduce the values at the top. Being a high price property in a failed city is not a great place to be. If the rest of you would get off the dole and deliver then the values would go back up.
Barbara(Thursday, August 29 19 11:52 am EDT)
Charles, thank you for explaining. Your comments were very educational.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, August 29 19 10:04 am EDT)
Nel Mar Heights Neighborhood’s overall property assessments drop by 7.54%! Several properties see property assessment reduction of approximately 20%!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Charles(Thursday, August 29 19 07:21 am EDT)
Municipal and state governments have been underfunding civil servant pension contributions for many years now.As with your 401k you need to put money in to earn interest and stock earnings.When you don't contribute as local governments have done,you will drain pension funds completely,leaving nothing for current employees to retire on.Some pensions are only 20% funded,and will probably dry up within 3 years.This leaves pension checks and health insurance bills in the laps of property taxpayers.Harvey,IL. didn't pay their city hall phone bill this last month because most all of the property taxes collected went to paychecks,pension checks,and health insurance premiums for local cops,fire,and DPW.City services there have all but ended.This is just the first to break down,many more will follow.I'm not sure where Claremont is on their pension funding.You should be very freightened about school pension funding,considering the lack of good stewardship school leaders have shown as of late.
Bottom line is that a lot of these union civil servants think they're going to ride off into the sunset with big monthly pension checks.The truth is many of those checks may be cut in half when all is said and done.
Barbara(Wednesday, August 28 19 06:41 pm EDT)
What pension Tsunami are you talking about Charles?
Charles(Wednesday, August 28 19 05:50 pm EDT)
@ John ok,so why are the souses of Teachers,fire,cops,and misc. gov. service permitted to hold seats? If they're married it's thge same thing.
I just can't wait to see the great coming pension Tsunami that public employees from sea to shining sea are just about to experience.
John(Wednesday, August 28 19 04:39 pm EDT)
Charles: Every one on a board, council, committee are volunteers no one gets paid. Only the city manager and city staff are paid, and I do believe city employees are not allowed to run for city council. American recycling will be back when they have all thier ducks in a row.
Joanne(Tuesday, August 27 19 02:31 pm EDT)
I'm certainly happy about American Recycling's decision to not pursue a transfer station in Claremont that specializes in construction and demolition materials. This would not have been a good fit for Claremont.
Charles(Tuesday, August 27 19 12:56 pm EDT)
When the people running the council and the boards get their paychecks and pension checks from the local taxpayers,it's only a matter of time before it's a ghost town.
Ron(Tuesday, August 27 19 10:58 am EDT)
I think it stinks that so many city officials are getting property tax breaks while the rest of us are all being screwed with higher property taxes and those of us on water and sewer will soon be getting higher rates there as well. I have a few friends who work at the DPW and say that higher rates are a sure thing because they are going to be passed by our current batch of councilors before the next election.
Katherine(Tuesday, August 27 19 09:41 am EDT)
I was shocked to read about Claremont’s changing demographics. I attend many of the same functions as our Mayor Charlene Lovett, she always puts Claremont’s best face forward so to speak, and that is to be expected. Now that I am aware of these terrible demographics in the continued direction that they are going, I look at her actions quite differently. Charlene is not just acting as Claremont’s cheerleader but as Claremont’s Queen of Propaganda. Claremont’s declining population is nothing new but the shrinking labor force and growing population of high-cost residents requiring an abnormally high amount of local government and social services is quite disturbing. Particularly as this change in demographic is being perpetuated by Charlene and several of her colleagues on the city council. If these councilors succeed in their quest for transforming Claremont into a welcoming community, a.k.a. sanctuary, the city of Claremont is doomed to forever be a community that will never reach its fullest potential. November elections will be critical to oust Charlene and her like-minded colleagues from public office.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, August 27 19 04:05 am EDT)
American Recycling withdraws application!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
William(Monday, August 26 19 03:37 pm EDT)
Because of the high statistical improbability that almost all of the city councilors would get tax assessment cuts when so many other residential property owners are seeing significantly increased property assessments, it certainly looks like deliberate manipulation of the property assessments. Thank you Sullivan Report for revealing these facts to us.
Dennis(Monday, August 26 19 01:17 pm EDT)
Look at what happened with the Topstone property and Nick Koloski’s involvement even though he says he’s not involved. Nobody with half a brain believed it and now all the councilors are getting either property tax cuts or small tax increases when everyone else will be paying a whole lot more. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 26 19 12:55 pm EDT)
Gary, I loved your throwing darts analogy, it was right on point! Presently no one has been appointed to the Board of Assessors, the City is still advertising for the three open vacant seats and for the one alternate seat. You gave me an idea to send a right to know inquiry to see if anyone has applied for any of the three open seats. It will be interesting to know if anyone has applied or if City Officials are intentionally sitting on the applications so that no one will be appointed to prevent the Board of Assessors from ever being formed to provide oversight.
Gary(Monday, August 26 19 12:35 pm EDT)
I was thinking how could a new evaluation done by an outside company be that far off. So I took one neighborhood in question and looked at all the evaluations in that one alone. Now I am thinking. Is there a map of Claremont in the assessors office and a bunch of darts. There in no other way to calculate these increases and decreases. Comparable houses side by side one goes way up the other goes way down. Claremont is in trouble. Is the assessor board up and running yet? They are going to be busy.
Tom(Monday, August 26 19 11:42 am EDT)
I think it sucks that almost every city councilor got a property tax break or only a small increase when the rest of us are getting kicked in the rear with big property assessment increases and in all likelihood higher property tax bills. Of course, the councilors will say they had nothing to do with their property assessments but it still has the looks and feel of corruption.
Lisa(Monday, August 26 19 10:37 am EDT)
Sullivan and Maranville are plenty sly. The Citizens Bank property sale was a sneaky way to show yet another erroneous property assessment. It seems that VIP’s of Claremont are all getting property tax breaks, as they are not paying their fair share while the rest of us pay our share and theirs too. These property assessments are not set fairly at all.
Brian(Monday, August 26 19 09:29 am EDT)
I think I am right and Claremont 4 Real is running out of content. Their latest is a first of a multiple part article about the website owner’s excursion with friends in the search of a marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts. It reads like the new adventures of Cheech and Chong. What the heck does that have to do with Claremont? The Sullivan Report seems to have no problem at all finding new content that is least is relevant to Claremont. So why can’t the person or folks behind Claremont 4 Real do the same thing? Or is it that they do not want to because they do not want to expose or embarrass there close friends and allies in the county, city and school governments? Whom we all think is behind that website is already part of the system that is wrecking the city’s economy and infrastructure and quality of life.
Mike(Monday, August 26 19 08:25 am EDT)
My retired parent’s home received a property assessment increase of $26,800 and my sister’s home received a property assessment increase of $19,200. My house was hit for a $32,600 increase and I have done no improvements on the property except for routine maintenance for several years. My neighbor who did some renovation work a little over a year ago had his property assessment drop by $9,100. Another neighbor saw no change at all and another neighbor only saw a $300 increase. To top it all off the city councilors, the police chief in some city board members all get property tax breaks. These property assessments just do not make sense. By the way, my parents are now considering putting their house up for sale because they are not sure they can afford the property taxes on their fixed income. So much for the Claremont dream.
Brad(Monday, August 26 19 07:46 am EDT)
Unbelievable! I get a property assessment increase in the neighborhood of $34,000 and that SOB Scott Pope, who has his summers off and gets one hell of a health insurance and pension plan gets a $41,300 abatement on his property assessment. It looks like all the property assessments are all over the place so the overall citywide property assessment and the city’s property tax rate may not change all that much with some property owners paying more while others paying less. If the $42.08 property tax rate were to stay the same, I will be paying over $1,500 more a year in property taxes while Councilman Scott Pope will end up with $1,738 more in his pocket at the end of the year. He and his buddies on the city council spend lots of money, raise our property tax burden while most of theirs goes down. Is this why they spent money to do a new property reevaluation before they had to so they could get this tax break for themselves? How the hell is that fair?
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Brian(Sunday, August 25 19 01:12 am EDT)
Claremont 4 Real must be running out of content ideas. Their last article was about microplastics of all things. Who gives a damn about that? I thought that was supposed to be a website about Claremont news. Next they will be writing articles about why the sky is blue or grass is green. Riveting stuff.
Jake(Saturday, August 24 19 08:26 am EDT)
Rae you make my case! Thanks. Would be nice to see how much we are pumping out of the city weekly because of mismanagement and favoritism in city hall with a council that can’t see it.
Rae(Saturday, August 24 19 05:15 am EDT)
Jake, city employees can live wherever they want. It would be smart of them to live outside Claremont, lower property taxes.
Jake(Friday, August 23 19 04:03 pm EDT)
Just curious how many city employs that make better than 12,000.00 per year part and full time live outside of Claremont and how much taxpayer money that adds up to.
John(Thursday, August 22 19 12:02 pm EDT)
John Stone and Andy O’Hearn are the only Councilor’s on the Council that are doing their job.
Whether you agree with them or not, they are doing their homework and making the City Manager accountable.
A part of that accountability is to determine if there have been any improprieties with the City finances.
I am a bit concerned with reaction by city staff. Councilor Stone never accused any person or department of any wrong doing so why the highly dramatic response?
I hope these fine gentleman decide to run for City Council in the fall, with a new City Manager the city needs experienced Councilor’s. Councilors willing to ask the tough questions and vote with the best interests of the citizens in mind and not Councilors only out for themselves.
Archie(Wednesday, August 21 19 01:50 pm EDT)
Hey Luke. Jon Stone has been doing that for two years. I guess he needs help. Hope he gets it.
Luke(Wednesday, August 21 19 01:45 pm EDT)
It is time to start calling out capable people with knowledge enough and guts enough to call out the administration on issues that are raising the tax rate above what the lower income and elderly can afford to run for the council. If you can find any residence like that anymore in Claremont. A good start would be to adjust user fees at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center to put it in the black. The place is already showing heavy wear and tear.
Travis(Wednesday, August 21 19 01:25 pm EDT)
It seems the councilors are still in negotiations with this Morris character. Maybe he is holding out for more money because he smells the desperation of this council. They are offering him the job and top pay when he is a rank amateur with little experience.
Mary(Wednesday, August 21 19 12:14 pm EDT)
Is Ed Morris taking the manager’s job or not?
Matt(Wednesday, August 21 19 11:01 am EDT)
Well said Jennifer. You make perfect sense about a smaller audit with a specific target in mind. I do not know what that target should be but there must be certain aspects of the city’s books that could show if any shenanigans or errors exist within the books. I do not trust our government officials because their actions do not warrant it. They routinely lie to the public and hide things from the public, which is why the Sullivan Report is so hated by local government officials. It is because they do not have Jim and AJ under their control as they do with what accounts for the local press. Jim and AJ routinely data mine government documents and publish the interesting ones that prove the topic of their expose articles. They are like the 60 Minutes of Claremont and that must worry local government officials who are not walking the straight and narrow.
Jennifer(Wednesday, August 21 19 10:11 am EDT)
I think we should do at least a targeted audit: a forensic audit or call it whatever you want to make sure that the books are in order. I do not usually watch council meetings but I did see the portion of the meeting about the audit report on the CCTV website. I agree with everyone else that the city leaders sure acted like they had something to hide and Councilors Lovett, Damren, Koloski and Pope all worked together to put the brakes on not doing a forensic audit not only now but never while they are on the city council. Further evidence that these four councilors are not working in our best interests. If they, Lessard and Kier are stupid enough to run for reelection then it is time for the voters to send a message that we have had enough of their political agenda and it is time for Claremont to go in a new and better direction.
Shawn(Wednesday, August 21 19 08:40 am EDT)
Ole Nicky boy is also there to feed his insatiable narcissistic need to be the center of attention. In all his years on the Council, he has not accomplished anything of value for the people of Claremont. Unless you count increased taxation on a relatively poor community an accomplishment.
Amy(Wednesday, August 21 19 08:27 am EDT)
Nick Koloski is obviously there for his own profit.
Henry(Wednesday, August 21 19 07:09 am EDT)
Failure is the sum total of the Claremont municipal government for the past 19 years. The remnants of that failure are still within the city administration and sitting on the city council.
Don(Wednesday, August 21 19 06:56 am EDT)
The Jewel Transport closing is another failure for the River Road TIF District.
Gail(Wednesday, August 21 19 06:28 am EDT)
It’s true these councilors are not representing the people they are there to represent the administration directors and any special interest people or groups that are pulling the strings. Some of them are there to represent their own best interests as well.
You sure wonder a lot. Perhaps you should do some studying and then you can be sure. Love the fake Marlboro Man name - Brock....I bet you smell like Old Spice or more likely like Wheelabrator exhaust.
You folks just wreak with hatred for this Koloski dude. It amazing that the stinky smell of jealousy drips from your lips, evidently the results of a life misled.
And what's a little asbestos when one has spent a few years in the Tanx building - friable asbestos everywhere - perhaps you should look up the word "friable" and note that building inspectors concentrate on asbestos in that state. Do you have factual documentation of the friable asbestos contamination levels?
You think it is more dangerous than the sand the City uses to coat the roads during snow events with the sodium Chloride or mica chips or whatever those small shiny objects that float on the breeze and onto your shoes and into your house - have you noticed those tiny, shiny specs?
Well that means there are even more of those specks that you can't see and you are breathing them into your lungs where they lodge, damage tissue and don't break down.
Blame that on Koloski too if it makes you feel better.
So in closing, you are not fit to judge who should be called a moron or a rube.
Jeremy(Tuesday, August 20 19 03:59 pm EDT)
It is a shame that Jewel Transport is having difficulties. This was one of the few legitimate accomplishments of the Santagate Administration.
Richard(Tuesday, August 20 19 03:46 pm EDT)
The annual audits are worthless if the auditors are only looking at 40 transactions out of thousands of transactions conducted each year. To say the books are fine with a half-ass audit that cost the taxpayers about 40 grand is ludicrous. But then that’s to be expected from the likes of Allen Damren and his cohorts on the Council Lovett, Pope and Koloski who all usually vote the same way all the time exactly how the administration leaders want them to vote, or act, etc.
Brock Lanahan(Tuesday, August 20 19 03:17 pm EDT)
If you would eat Haddock from Koloski's asbestos and heavy metal contaminated property,you should hardly be calling Sullivan a moron.
Wonder if the cooks FICA was paid for the quarter?
Tom(Tuesday, August 20 19 02:04 pm EDT)
With councilors like Nick Koloski, Scott Pope, Allen Damren and Charlene Lovett all desirous of covering up anything that does not look good so they can hide it from the people who are paying the bills how did you expect them to act about this possibility of a forensic audit? There was no doubt they would do whatever it takes no matter how unethical to squash this thing just so nothing would be unearthed.
Hello Sullivan Report. I recently got wind of your missive, or shall I say "screed" that you aimed at Claremont4Real. Well, I guess you were pretty pissed because you were backed into a corner by the behavior of your regular customers.
From reading your archives, I can see you work hard, but that is all for naught if you credibility is destroyed because you become a "one-trick-pony" site. Your choice.
Oh, by the way, check out my response to your post at :
Stephanie(Tuesday, August 20 19 07:35 am EDT)
I still think Nick Koloski is involved somehow with the Claremont 4 Real site. He might be the city official that is in constant contact with the websites webmaster. On the other hand, they may be one in the same. AJ and Jim made a great point, look at whom the website is targeting and they are all nemeses of Nick Koloski. Coincidence? I do not think so.
Archie - you are a fool. I suspect you get DNA all over lotsa' things around you like kleenex and napkins and socks etc. The only thing John Stone has brought to light are stoopid rubes like you.
You along with ole' shucks, homespun Tim just watched Stone be forced to backtrack because he is as stoopid as y'all be because he doesn't (or at least didn't) actually know what a "forensic audit" is. Pretty irresponsible calling for the start of a criminal investigation when no crime was asserted.
And seriously inept of him to not know that a "forensic audit" would cost at least $100,000 and could go as high as $200,000.
And Archie on here calling for even more "forensic audits"...are you all spawn of the same foamy batch of eggs?
Tell me again how fiscally responsible Stone is - I'll crank up my hearing aid so as not to miss a word.
Bob(Monday, August 19 19 09:58 pm EDT)
Why would any City Councilor (Koloski) be opposed to allowing the citizens they represent the ability to vote for themselves in an election for sport gambling ?
Tim(Monday, August 19 19 06:01 pm EDT)
I have watched the part of the meeting when the councilors talk about a forensic audit. It was one heck of an overreaction for what should have been a simple, calm, and uneventful conversation. Having the auditing firm owner come give a PowerPoint presentation and use scare tactics to talk the councilors out of having even a specific forensic audit sure made it look like city officials had something to hide. Most people are not going to think that saying the words forensic audit means criminal wrongdoing. If anybody on the council or on the administration thought that, then why didn’t they say something when Councilor Stone suggested having the conversation at what I presume was the previous meeting? It just doesn’t make sense. I think what is more plausible is that worried city officials decided to use this melodramatic response of wounded pride and alleged damage reputation to shift the conversation away from performing a narrowly focused forensic audit and towards apologizing to Mary Walter and not even entertaining the possibility of authorizing any type of forensic audit either now or in at least the near future. This was nothing more than a ruse to prevent a forensic audit from transpiring. It certainly sounds like the actions of government officials with something or maybe several somethings to hide.
Archie(Monday, August 19 19 05:05 pm EDT)
Marcus Wilson and Lemuel Curry have Nick Koloski’s DNA all over them. The lies in their posts fit right in. An audit of all Topstone transactions is in order. Others that should be looked at are Pleasant and Main Street projects getting the city’s favor. Jon Stone has brought many things to light and management don’t like it. O’Hearne is a help too. He should calm down with policy criticism. Most of our problems are from a week council.
Pam(Monday, August 19 19 03:33 pm EDT)
Councilwoman Kristin Kenniston’s husband is a member of the Fire Department and Nick Koloski is a call firefighter. It would not be much of a stretch to think that Nick reached out to have Kenniston make the ask for sports betting on the ballot instead doing it himself as he did for the Keno. Nick keeps saying he’s not running for reelection but I don’t believe that either and if he is running for reelection he’s going to have a heckuva time because of the Topstone building scandal as practically nobody believes that Nick was not involved in that property tax debt write-off and huge property assessment decrease secret deal at City Hall.
Todd(Monday, August 19 19 01:32 pm EDT)
I don't believe for a second that Koloski is not in favor of sports betting because I am sure he wants it for his Timeout bar establishment. He already has the Keno in his bar so sports betting would tie right in. Maybe Nick is using reverse psychology to get the council to do his dirty work and get in on the ballot.
Erik(Monday, August 19 19 01:14 pm EDT)
I watched that Council meeting and I agree with Jim and AJ that the city's response was overkill and I do not trust Mary Walter as far as I can throw her. It sure looked like the city had something to hide when all Councilor stone wanted to do was have a discussion about maybe doing a forensic audit and the city leaders go postal and do a full-court press to quash the idea before it even has a chance to be given a fair public airing. I remember when Jim and AJ went to a Council meeting and disclosed that community center books were a mess and that Mary Walter was putting out three different sets of financial numbers. She called it a computer glitch in the dumb dumbs on the Council all believed it saying there was nothing wrong and they spent all kind of money on new software to supposedly fix the problem. The current dumb dumbs on the Council are not much better I mean just look at them Pope is a dope. Koloski doesn't dare go against the administration because they may take him off the gravy train of public favors that he seems to keep receiving presumably in exchange for his consistent administration recommended rubberstamp votes. Claire Lessard is a moron. Damren & Lovett our administration flunkies and Kier is not much better. Kenniston may be a bit of a wildcard but because her husband is a lieutenant with the fire department I don't think she will stray too far from the city administration fold because of her husband's position with the city. The citizens of Claremont do not have many true and legitimate Council representatives at present. I sincerely hope that changes in November.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 19 19 11:31 am EDT)
Three articles published today.
1) Public Statement.
2) Claremont Savings Bank forecloses on Jewel Transport Inc. property.
3) August 14 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
State law requires that your property be assessed at market value.
One definition of market value is, "the estimated amount for which a property should exchange on the date of valuation between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm’s-length transaction after proper marketing wherein the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently, and without compulsion."
This generally means the amount a typical, well-informed purchaser would be willing to pay for a property.
For a sale to be an indication of market value, the seller and buyer must be unrelated and willing parties (not under
pressure) to sell or buy; the property must be on the market for a reasonable length of time; the payment must be made in cash or its equivalent; and the financing must be typical for that type of property.
RSA 75:1 further defines market value as: “…the property’s full and true value as the same would be appraised in payment of a just debt due from a solvent debtor.”
Except for properties assessed under special conditions, RSA 79-A through H, 75:1-a, 75:11, 72-B, 72:8-c, and 72:74 properties are assessed on the basis of their highest and best use.
Soooooo.......does a police stand-off with hundreds of rounds fired on your street (Burns), or a drug lab discovered two streets over (Yaqoob and Santaw) or dozens of used needles found almost daily at the closest public park (pick one), or another OD in a nearby parking lot (which occurs nightly in town) lower one's market value sufficiently to create enough loss to encourage economic behaviors to counter these forces and their underlying causes?
In other words, are you all willing to pony-up the amounts needed NOW and direct them to the proper locations (programs, facilities, lighting, cameras, more cops etc. - whatever the City decides), to maintain realistic property values into the future?
And lastly, anyone closely examining the GIS site can easily find dozens and dozens of sales histories with values listed that seem "unrealistic" at best. Cases where Deutsche Bank buys a property for $100k and sells it to someone in the City whose name you likely recognize for half that price just a few months later.
Are we all to pay for the money laundering activities of others?
Are they true reflections of market value or do we need to identify these properties using data mining and force a realistic market value based on a full inspection?
John(Sunday, August 18 19 10:04 am EDT)
Hahaha, that was an extremely important piece of legislation.
I have never and will never use an alias.
The voters have spoken and the made an excellent choice, my replacement is doing a fantastic job representing the citizens of Claremont.
Keep up the good work.
And Marcus... keep posting, it livens up the place.
Kipp just outed John or did John just out himself? John and "Kip' both favor the word "I" in the same frequency and they both used variations on "I appreciate" (unusual for such a small word sample).Lastly, the both with one-line missives in the same tone. Forensically they match on a number of key points.
And John, you're not to swift, so I believe Kipp has you nailed because he IS kinda' swift.
Here is an example of what John did when we sent him to represent us at the State House:
relative to use of amber lights on vehicles.
Introduced Nov 06 2017
Heavy stuff dude! Thanks for all the great legislative work...
John(Sunday, August 18 19 09:50 am EDT)
Just to give my 2 cents on this issue because that’s all it’s worth, censorship is wrong in any form or fashion.
What they do in the WUC site is wrong because they delete opinions they don’t agree with. If you threaten , use profanity or vulgar language, then by all means delete the post, not just because you don’t agree.
I had read the comments about Nick, I just assumed it was common knowledge and not a newsflash.
In today’s society does it really matter ?
Hello all. I am staying out of this fray but just wanted to let Marcus know that while I appreciate that he wants to "advertise" my blog with his login name, he keeps getting the URL wrong. I see that he has used the ACLU website in the past, he should stick with that. Sorry to take up everyone's time with this trite BS but I am in the middle of a battle with Facebook and not my normal charming self today;)
Mr. Sullivan is protecting his franchise from being sued out of existence, as he should.
Perhaps you should wander over to 8chan or StormFront websites if you want to spew hate unchallenged.
I have an idea - start your own website or Facebook group - or are you deficient in skills or just a coward?
The Stone's and their like in our government will be weeded out and the bigoted windbags like the ones who posted here and who's posts were rightly removed and who think it's funny will face the awesome power of the court system, mumbling "I never knew the hate crime laws covered this"...
And to the real Kipp, keep up the good work over at What's Up Claremont.
And to Mr. Sullivan - you did the right thing and you have the support of all thinking people.
John(Saturday, August 17 19 07:05 pm EDT)
Kip, I think you know me well enough to know I use my own name because there is no shame to my game, plus I don’t get involved in such juvenile nonsense.
I appreciate you thinking of me but again, you’re wrong.
Better luck next time.
Kipp Ryan(Saturday, August 17 19 05:13 pm EDT)
If you are going to pretend to be me, at least claim WUC as “mine” not “theirs”...and spell my name right, you idiot O’Connor.
Kip(Saturday, August 17 19 02:31 pm EDT)
Thank you Mr. Sullivan for deleting all the homophobic comments that have been made about Councilor Koloski.
In the past people have told that you never cave in to peer pressure but by you deleting those comments you have proven that you are afraid of the public.
I always appreciated that anyone could post on here and there comments would not be deleted or censored, it’s nice to see you are now like that site, What’s up Claremont. They delete comments all the time, just like your beginning to do.
I am happy you are finally censoring comments, pay no mind to those that think by doing this your a coward.
I am sure people will never think any less of you then they already do.
Keep up the censoring.
I just wanted to pop in and provide a small public service.
Keep an extra sharp eye on your mail.
There have been multiple reports this week of mail thefts along Twistback Rd and the area behind the Claremont Motor Lodge.
Also, mail-boxes are being destroyed along Bible Hill Rd.
Many chores are calling me this weekend - so I wish you all a wonderful day. C'ya
Jake(Friday, August 16 19 07:52 am EDT)
Just read the account of the last council meeting and took extra interest in the request for a forensic audit. Most concerning is the fact that the ones with most to loose spent so much energy trying to avoid one. Including councilor Koloski. There is no better time for a deep look at the city books. No one can argue that public outlook of the city is low and the last two managers contribute heavily to that. Nothing would be better than to open the books to a complete third party analogy of the operations of transactions. It would be a good start for the new manager who is in for an education about insider trading. Jon Stone was spot on with his request. More leaders like him are needed on the council. Hope the next election does this.
I see that John and crew deleted all the gay bashing posts since I notified him and the crew here with a post (now gone also) that y'all were setting yourselves up for litigation under the new hate crime statutes.....seems like Mr Sullivan wants to keep his site out of the courts.
Good job stiffing the bigots John!
Marcus Wilson(Thursday, August 15 19 09:01 am EDT)
Nuck Kolloski Twin(Wednesday, August 14 19 06:53 pm EDT)
Lil Nicky...I’m sure some of his meathead DJ friends have helped him put together his feeble attempt at rhyming. Wonder when he’s due to collect some more toys from other people and then donate them in his name?
Btw: CHAD didn’t exist when he was a kid. Lol
Flaming Hetero(Wednesday, August 14 19 05:44 pm EDT)
Hey Nick,are you paying your employees FICA yet?
Rooms and meals tax?
Can't believe the reassessment of that giant building is only $200k
I would pay extra tax to see it condemned and demolished.
Unlike Topstone, I pay taxes(Wednesday, August 14 19 02:26 pm EDT)
Lmao...the writing posted by Marcus and friends sounds eerily similar to Nick. If you’ve ever listened to him pontificate you will see and “hear” the resemblance.
Mary(Wednesday, August 14 19 12:21 pm EDT)
Liz that would mean that our city leaders would need to be honest, ethical and forthright and I doubt that is ever going to happen with the people we keep electing and the types of people they keep hiring and the incompetent people that they keep on the city’s payroll year after year after year in top key positions.
Steve(Wednesday, August 14 19 11:24 am EDT)
It looks like KFC got it stuffed to them too by the city assessor and for them it wasn’t finger licking good.
Robert(Wednesday, August 14 19 10:27 am EDT)
So some are attacking Councilor Stone for what exactly? Is it his voting on issues ? Holding Councilor Koloski’s boyfriend Ryan McNutt accountable for his backdoor dealings that raped the tax payers? I personally think we would be in a lot worse state of affairs if it was not for Councilor Stone and Councilor O’Hearn sitting on this council. Councilor Zullo was doing a great job and I was very saddened by his unexpected departure from the council. As for his replacement I have heard complaints her husband is on the fire department and she is a clerk who works for Lebanon. Guess time will tell if she is a good choice for the council or not. I wish more councilors were angry over the continued rubber stamping and out of control spending by the rest of this council. I know I sure am!
Liz(Wednesday, August 14 19 09:59 am EDT)
I thought it was interesting that Steel Mill Solar Company, all of a sudden needs money to do their project. They never said anything about that when they gave their presentation. It’s just like the county leaders with their bait and switch methods regarding the County Home renovation and the sober house project. The city leaders pulled the same thing with the community center and the downtown TIF district and so many other things. Can’t anyone ever be honest when they give a presentation to the Council and to the taxpayers?
Marcus Wilson(Wednesday, August 14 19 09:30 am EDT)
Little Tommy is a Stone sucker like most here and now y'all look foolish with your conspiracy theories.
I've watched and posted and watched and noted most of y'all are just Trumpian bootlickers.
Y'all have it out for this Nick fellow. Blinded by the light of your rage for him and missing the real villains - jealous?
What I did notice is that you didn't bother to refute one single thing at Nick's or Lemuel's or whoever runs the Claremont4Real website...
You know why?
You can't (for many, many reasons).
But heck, YOU are anonymous and I bet YOU have never even attempted a blog or even successfully put together ANY argument that consisted of multiple paragraphs that contained any facts.
I have never even been in the same room with Koloski. but I have met Stone and he is a pompous jerk.
Face it pal, you look foolish - which undoubtedly, you are.
TRY and think about it.
Tom(Wednesday, August 14 19 08:59 am EDT)
Lemuel Curry sure does sound like Councilman Nick Koloski. I have checked out his Claremont 4 Real website and the article topics read like a series of personal attacks against individuals that Councilman Koloski has a personal or political grudge against. The journalism quality of the articles is iffy and I do not believe that they are sourced very well in many instances unlike the Sullivan Report that consistently provides their readers with the highest quality of sourcing information and providing either full documents or excerpts from documents that prove what they are saying is absolutely the truth. This new poetry statement placing Nick Koloski as the hero of the piece and Councilman Jonathan Stone as the villain just seems to be the sort of thing that Nick Koloski would do. Imagine how long it took to write that poem to try to make Councilman Koloski look like the hero. Who else but Councilman Koloski would do such a thing? Think about it.
That's because Nick and his cohorts on the city council cannot control the content of this website like they do with the Eagle Times and the Valley News and the E- Ticker News. Mayor Lovett with her weekly column filled with politically spun drivel that always places the municipal government and our community in the most wonderful light that has little to do with reality. Nick has his finger wrapped around the local press as he continually feeds his narcissistic ego with manufactured puff pieces about his alleged philanthropic endeavor, which is nothing more than his taking credit for others' contributions that he merely distributes. Jim and AJ see Nick, Charlene and the rest of their gang on the council as they truly are and report their true activities instead of the balderdash they try to deceive the public with.
Not Nick(Tuesday, August 13 19 07:00 pm EDT)
Nick spends more time on this site than Jim and AJ.
Phil(Tuesday, August 13 19 06:00 pm EDT)
Does anyone else think Marcus, Lemuel Curry and Nick Koloski are one in the same ?
Chris(Tuesday, August 13 19 03:41 pm EDT)
These idiots want to turn Claremont into a sanctuary city for the illegal aliens, unwed mothers and ex-convicts with a drug problem. The citizens of Claremont better wake up and start fighting back before it’s too late.
Charles(Tuesday, August 13 19 02:04 pm EDT)
Hey,those decisions pay the bills.
Rick(Tuesday, August 13 19 01:22 pm EDT)
I agree, it’s time for the likes of Pope and Koloski and Lovett and Damren, etc. to be kicked off the City Council because they are destroying our community with one bad decision at a time.
Marcus(Tuesday, August 13 19 12:39 pm EDT)
You forgot to mention Stone - that embarrassing excuse for a representative with his first inclination towards being a nasty, bloviating pickle-head.
His temperament is better suited back in the business world - oh, wait - he owns a gun shop...maybe the ATF and FBI should inquire as to Mr. Stone's temper and threatening nature and re-examine his suitability to be involved with Black Op Arms....yet alone serve on the council.
I think we are all in agreement that the city needs new blood on the council. In my opinion, Lessard, Kier, Koloski and Pope must go, they have done nothing or created issues that have cost the City money.
I’d like to hear of anyone interested in being a City Councilor or someone you think would make a good city councilor.
I’d like to suggest Ray Gagnon.
I’m sure Ray has absolutely no interest but the city needs him. So if you see Ray out and about, kindly suggest to him he should run.
I’d also hope Frank Guathier decides to run again. He is a strong public advocate who would work tirelessly for the citizens of Claremont.
I’d love to hear some other suggestions....
Dave(Tuesday, August 13 19 10:44 am EDT)
All the councilors are interested in is putting more money into the pockets of the city employees and into the coffers of nonprofits run by friends of theirs. Right now, we have a rigged system because we have dishonest people running the city.
Kevin(Tuesday, August 13 19 09:32 am EDT)
I am so sick and tired of our city leaders wasting our tax dollars when they will not even spend the money to pave the asphalt roads before they turn to dust. To heck with raises for the high pay department heads or artwork for the community center or money for the solar farm company or whatever other cockamamie scheme they are working on these days just pave the darn roads.
I expect each and every one of you to attend the appropriate board meetings and the City Council session, use all the minutes allotted and then get up again and speak when everyone is done to firmly express your concerns.
Bring specific examples.
Also, even if you do not have a spread sheet and an accountant, challenge your assessment on principal.
Call and make that appointment and make THEM ( Vision Government Solutions, Inc explain. You have until Friday to call.
Remember, these are the same folks who screw up administering the current GIS website, so don't expect much.
A Tax Revolt is in order - this "leadership" team is out of control.
There needs top be an independent State-run investigation of the relation ship between GIS and certain City employees and elected/appointed officials.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I don’t want my tax dollars going to buy sculptures or some other kind of foo foo art. Especially when the community center is losing money hand over fist and costing the taxpayers more money to support because the city leaders don’t know how to run a community center or local government for that matter. Hell I doubt they could even run a lemonade stand without screwing it up.
Dennis(Tuesday, August 13 19 05:18 am EDT)
I have a sneaky suspicion that the so-called retreat will be at the Common Man Restaurant with the most expensive things on the menu served up for the councilors and city staff workers to nosh on at the taxpayer’s expense. When are the voters ever going to learn that these councilors are bad news and they are not there to represent what’s best for the general public. I hope some better honest citizens run for the Council seats this year.
Tom(Tuesday, August 13 19 05:03 am EDT)
What amazes me is how the Topstone building can be so decrepit with only a rating of two for how good the property is plus environmental issues up the wahzoo and the building is still open for business. Of course, it is likely because Little Nicky the City Councilor runs his businesses out of the Topstone building so it is hands-off because Little Nicky votes however, the administration workers want him to vote. The you scratch my back and I scratch yours game is in full swing at City Hall and Little Nicky plays to win because he only cares about himself.
Gary(Monday, August 12 19 11:07 pm EDT)
I think there are going to be a lot of property abatements come in at the city’s assessing office. The old Wheelabrator plant is empty and they jammed up that property assessment and John Illick is certainly going to fight his assessment and I do not blame him for doing so. This community has always been run by managers who treat Claremont like their own little fiefdom, friends are rewarded, and enemies are punished. It seems nothing has changed.
Matthew(Monday, August 12 19 08:52 pm EDT)
It looks like some favoritism is being played with the property assessments. Butcher Block and Canam get some pretty damn big property assessment reductions and places like National Field Representatives do all right from themselves as well while Crown Point Cabinetry will have to sell some more cabinets to make up this loss and John Illick gets it up the rear end for not finishing his development. The property assessments seem to be more politically motivated than based on what the true market value says the properties are worth.
Rae(Monday, August 12 19 08:40 pm EDT)
Marcus, the two people in question have children together. They are not father and daughter. I have said absolutely nothing about my opinion of anything. I have merely stated an inaccurate piece of an article. I have not ranted, in fact I think I wrote 3 or 4 sentences. Have a good night.
Le Man U El Currie(Monday, August 12 19 07:37 pm EDT)
Lmao. Funny stuff, Nick.
Charles Wenzel(Monday, August 12 19 06:58 pm EDT)
I have been told by staff at the Zoning and Planning office that the videos on CCTV are just a courtesy and not an official record, nor something that we should expect.
I sent them a letter because I am disable and have trouble getting to the various offices and the rec center where the meeting are held - so the videos are crucial to me to participate in the democratic process - especially the current American Recycling project.
Part of the letter I wrote to them was: I was hoping it would be broadcast live, but that didn't happen. Then, I saw on the CCTV website that Channel 10 had it scheduled for re-broadcast the next night (7/23/19) at 7 pm. I tuned in and there was nothing but a blank screen for two hours. I left the TV like that and turned on NPR.
On Wednesday (7/24/19), I again visited the CCTV website to find some alternate contact method because my e-mails and phone calls to them had gone unanswered. During that visit I discovered that there was now video of the meeting available in the archives.
I was determined to make this work so I adjusted the screen resolution and made the video small. The video only froze twice and I was able to hear (and somewhat see) the entire hearing. I guess the CCTV team is busy and they are doing the best they can with the resources provided.
So I guess the ADA doesn't apply in Claremont.
THE RESPONSE WAS:
The videos are a courtesy only – they are not considered the official record of the meeting.
A COURTESY? Isn't that a kick in the pants. That couple hundred I send them every month is extremely courteous in comparison.
Claremont needs to have Comcast kick in some money for a reliable transmission, recording and archive system or offer the franchise (monopoly) to someone else....
Where's that Lemuel Curry guy when you need him?
HEY YOU - use your skills to shame Claremont into negotiating a better High Speed Internet and cable Contract with that website of yours, you muckraker !!!! :)
Gail(Monday, August 12 19 06:18 pm EDT)
I'm really worried about CCTV. Jim and AJ reported today that the FCC gave the cable companies just what they wanted so Comcast can deduct a bunch of expenses from the franchise fee that they pay Claremont so Claremont may end up with no money at all. All of CCTV's funding comes from this franchise fee. Is CCTV goes belly up and then unless the taxpayers foot the bill there will be no more televised meetings or local sporting events or things like graduation and the parades and other wonderful things that CCTV televises.
Marcus Wilson(Monday, August 12 19 05:35 pm EDT)
I don't know what you keep ranting about. That article is accurate and you are being delusional.
I suggest you get your facts correct.
Here is the link to the article that makes you look foolish and naive...
AGAIN - you seem to like the idea that synthetic drugs are such a scourge here now and is being facilitated by families who don't deserve the time it took for the various people who prepared for Yaqoob's hearing before the planning commission only to have him delay AGAIN.
I don't know about you, but I don't have a box with cash in the cellar to cover the steadily rising taxes. Going up because applicants for permission to appear before various boards in order to start a business appear with no preparation or drawings and specious excuses for delaying until resistance lessens are wasting time and money.
They are trying the same thing with the American Recycling proposed construction and demolition plant at Claremont Jct.
So, if you wish to prioritize your life in such a way that you continue to repeat an easily defeated charge without offering one constructive bit of information - enjoy yourself - but duck when you hear the inevitable gunshots that follow this kind of activity...
Rae(Monday, August 12 19 02:51 pm EDT)
Marcus, I am not a family member of anyone involved. I simply like facts and the facts are that he is her ex husband, not her father. When one piece of information is inaccurate it casts doubt on all of the information. So if the author wants people to take his/her articles seriously do the homework first.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, August 12 19 01:01 pm EDT)
Two new articles published today.
1)Claremont's 2019 Property Assessments Part #2 – Commercial/Industrial Property!
2) John MacLean's premature farewell letter offers interesting insights and revelations regarding Claremont's Municipal Government!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Stewart(Monday, August 12 19 11:32 am EDT)
Bruce!!! Nick is not rent free to his whatever type of friends he has. It is on the tax payers back!
And Lemuel Curry is either CNN witch is highly unlikely or it is Nick and company. But for sure it is fake news. Nick as Mayor? I highly doubt it. After the Top Stone expose not sure he will be a councilor when all the reminders come out. And they will.
Marcus(Monday, August 12 19 11:07 am EDT)
I just read the article that you are calling crap. A member of the family, are you?
I guess you are not concerned with the outbreak of synthetic drug labs and the resulting product infesting Claremont.
Pull your shades and watch your 'reality show" and remain one of the low info "citizens"....
You seem to be wrong as far as I can see the article says ex-wife? And what's the diff? That's not the point.
I, myself, have heard some sketchy things about this Yaqoob character and his relationship with the owner of the last day care on Royce, Ruben Ramirez.
And what's with Yaqoob saying he wants things "expedited" because he has issues that he will not explain tot he public of the Planning Board?
I bet the author of the blog that you attack because apparently, that is all you've got to offer.
You should be concerned with the children
Bruce(Sunday, August 11 19 08:37 am EDT)
Stop all hate.
Councilor Koloski is loud and proud to be gay. You won’t be able to shame him back into the closet.
Can you really blame him for conducting his multiple business’s rent free? I am sure there are a lot of people that would do it but because Nick is a proud gay business man, he is bashed and ridiculed.
Councilor Koloski is gay and here to stay so get use to him, he will be our next Mayor.
Our first Gay Mayor.
Rae(Sunday, August 11 19 08:36 am EDT)
Whomever is writing this Claremont4real crap needs to do their homework. The guy running the daycare is not the father of the drug dealer. He is her ex husband.
Superfund(Sunday, August 11 19 07:13 am EDT)
Boy, those are some nice groundwater monitors that they recently installed around the perimeter of the Topstone building. Wondering what they are monitoring? Perhaps the contamination that Slick Nick insists is only in the back corner of the property, and nowhere near his crap establishment? Then why are they on the Mulberry St. side? Coming soon, new escape room--Escape from the fumes before the cancer kills you.
Donald Trump & Jeffery Epstein Partners In Sex Crime
Donald Trump and Jeffery Epstein have a history, a long one, a sorted one.
Less than 2 1/2 years ago Donald Trump was summoned to appear in New York Southern District Court along with Jeffery Epstein to answer to charges that they facilitated and participated in the rape of a 13 year-old girl...here's the proof:
With only 10 locations to be awarded in the state if Nick gets a sports bar sports betting bar he defiantly has his nose where it don’t belong.
Charles(Friday, August 09 19 02:35 pm EDT)
@ Bill The short answer is NO
There's a Gay waiver,plus he's democrat,so selective prosecution in this state
Bill(Friday, August 09 19 11:53 am EDT)
Will Councilor Koloski have to pay off his 8k tax lien from the State before being able to be approved for sports betting?
Todd(Friday, August 09 19 11:48 am EDT)
Well Gov. Sununu just made it legal for sports betting in NH. Now businesses can apply to the state to become a gambling establishment. So you know what this means! Coming soon to Claremont – DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!! – Nick Koloski's gambling den at the Topstone building, where when you set foot there you gamble that the property's environmental hazards are not deadly or hazardous to your health. Stop and have a burger and a brew while you are there. What could possibly go wrong? LOL!
Bruce(Friday, August 09 19 07:32 am EDT)
Lynn... Councilor Koloski has services this community for years and now, after he comes out, people are criticizing his charitable endeavors.
I will agree, Nick does have the local paper on speed dial. He does take advantage of other people’s ideas and takes credit for the hard work of others but he has been doing this for years but no one was criticizing him until he has male strippers at his establishment and announced to the world he is a female trapped in a feminine mans body.
Give Councilor Koloski the credit he deserves and stop all the hate.
Lynn(Thursday, August 08 19 08:09 pm EDT)
Bruce. Serious question. How is telling the truth about a person's actions regarding his business and his city council activities make a person homophobic? Shouldn't a public official be judged on his or her actions and not their sexual orientation?
Bruce(Thursday, August 08 19 06:59 pm EDT)
Jake... after making such homophonic comments, how can you sleep at night ?
Rae, Nicks partner Lee would seriously disagree with you.
Jake(Thursday, August 08 19 04:41 pm EDT)
Bruce The gay community makes up 4.2% of the population. If Nick is happy catering to those numbers that’s fine. I prefer to see business cater to the total population myself. It is nice to see Nick is thriving in his business. Maybe he can now starting paying enough in rent so his landlord can pay up his taxes. I make good money at my job and I pay my bills. No special tax brakes for me. Not to happy my taxes have to support a building Nick runs multiple businesses out of. All those business are enjoying corporate welfare as well on the tax payers. More people are coming to see through Nick. He does use the free to him free give aways to make friends. I prefer more common ways to build my friendship base. To each his own.
Rae(Thursday, August 08 19 04:40 pm EDT)
Nick is not gay lol
Bruce(Thursday, August 08 19 03:46 pm EDT)
Jake, it is obvious you are a homophobe. It is also obvious that you are jealous of Councilor Koloski’s success.
Ever since Councilor Koloski came out, his business has thrived and been a beacon of hope for the gay community.
Stop your homophobic hating as Charles said , it doesn’t matter where he puts his “dink”.
Jake(Thursday, August 08 19 01:43 pm EDT)
Bruce! Giving back to the community should not include abusing tax dollars with the business that you run. Taking goods from another organization and giving them to the public is a good thing. Not declaring where those goods came from when posting on social media is a bad thing. Taking credit for somebody else’s good measures is a bad thing. Mr. Koloski started many businesses and sold them. None exist today and none existed very long after being sold. If it weren’t for shenanigans and tax dollars paying for Mr. Koloski‘s benefit today the business he is now in most likely would have failed.
Charles(Thursday, August 08 19 01:08 pm EDT)
@Bruce I think Koloski is what you call a scoff law.Whether it's fire supression apparatus,asbestos problems,or a $750,000 building paying little to no taxes.Nobody gives 2 shits where he puts his dink!
Bruce(Thursday, August 08 19 09:32 am EDT)
Where are all these Koloski haters coming from ?
Councilor Koloski is a strong, proud gay man who consistently gives back to his community.
Councilor Koloski is consistently using his establishment as a drop off point for local charity endeavors. You can’t blame him for contacting the local newspapers so he can receive free publicity and taking credit for these charitable contributions.
Councilor Koloski has been a leader by example for the gay community of Claremont and he should be praised, not ridiculed.
I am not sure but it is quite a coincidence that the soup kitchen is giving away vegetables in large quantities. Is Nick Koloski getting free vegetables giving them away and taking credit for it. The least he could do is give credit where credit is due.
Todd(Wednesday, August 07 19 10:06 pm EDT)
Don't you mean Nick "I help myself" Koloski?
Business Neighbor(Wednesday, August 07 19 05:36 pm EDT)
Lemuel Curry...Aka Nick “I help everyone” Koloski. Lol
Farahan Yaqoob has made repeated appearances before various City agencies in order to establish a day care center and pre-school here in Claremont. Quite unusual appearances, fraught with “secrets” and rife with a lack of information on the basics, while glaringly short on documentation and clear answers.
The city councilors spend all kind of money on a bunch of foolish things but they can’t even fix the roads. This just goes to show how terrible the leadership is here in Claremont right now.
Charles(Tuesday, August 06 19 02:10 pm EDT)
Stay away from the county nursing home,unless you're dirt poor and own nothing.I had my dad in there for 3 weeks and it cost the insurance $18,000.This is for walking him up and down the hall twice a day and feeding him hot dogs and mac and cheese.They hounded us night and day for an additional $200 that wasn't covered.I about shit that a department head had so much time to chase $200!
If I had ever done an $18,000 job for anyone I would say piss on $200!
Not these people,stay away!
Ray(Tuesday, August 06 19 01:29 pm EDT)
I am so sick of this bait and switch BS. The County leaders are acting like a bunch of con artists pitching one scam after another. First it was the jail they made bigger with their build it and they will come attitude. So they built it and no prisoners came to fill it up so their running at very low capacity and all the promise savings never materialized. Now we have the sober House on Sullivan Street in Claremont and the original price for the project has now doubled. Now we find out today that the same thing has happened with the County Home reconstruction project. How can we believe our County leaders when they continue to lie to us? We need new leaders that can tell the truth.
Craig(Tuesday, August 06 19 01:17 pm EDT)
The Valley News reported that a court ruling may now offer a partial document released regarding the 2017 near hanging of that young boy in Claremont. The article also says that one of the boys involved was charged with delinquency.
William(Tuesday, August 06 19 01:09 pm EDT)
Does anyone know how that solar panel farm project out near the River Road is going? As per usual there was a lot of hoopla about it and how it was going to mean great things for the city and now several months of gone by and the only thing were hearing is the sound of silence. Typical Claremont city government raise a lot of hopes up and then accomplish nothing.
Steve(Tuesday, August 06 19 12:58 pm EDT)
Does anyone think that Ed Morris is going to suddenly change Claremont into the community that it could be. Claremont has a lot of unused and wasted potential. Primarily because of leaders who lack vision and who are in bed with the greedy municipal unionized employees who want high wages and way too generous benefits in exchange for mediocre work. The same leaders are also in bed with nonprofit organizations and companies with their handout for all the free public dollars they can get in the taxpayers continue to give and give without getting anything of real value in return. Then you that the councilors like Nick Koloski, who constantly manipulate the system for their benefit and they continue to get away with it year after year.
Rebecca(Tuesday, August 06 19 12:51 pm EDT)
Charlene Lovett is one of the worst mayors that Claremont has ever had. All she does is mug for the cameras and creates photo ops for herself to feed her narcissism. As far as leadership goes she doesn’t have any because her answer to everything is to form a committee and talk something to death and then wait for a recommendation from the administration before rubberstamping that recommendation. How the heck is that leadership?
Well if anyone thinks the new city manager they just hired this Ed Morris character is going to get Claremont out of the muck then they are in for a big disappointment. This character does not have the education or the work history experience to do the job yet these idiot city councilors of ours are all wetting themselves in anticipation of his arrival. Claremont has a history of hiring people whose job title exceeds their abilities. The directors of finance, parks & recreation, fire and planning and development are just a few examples. Look at the projects manager that gave Daniels that bid when he didn’t have the authority to do it. His credentials are a little shaky too for the job that he’s doing. Hiring one unqualified person after another makes for a lackluster crew of key employees for any organization and it can lead to very bad consequences. Claremont, highest property tax rate in the entire state of New Hampshire. Claremont, one of the lowest median income levels in the state. Claremont, home to just about every social agency in the County with more to come and moronic city leaders wanting to bring in even more of this type of population into Claremont including illegal aliens and turn Claremont into a sanctuary city. Claremont is in dire shape and our city leaders are making it worse with every dumb decision they make.
Bill(Tuesday, August 06 19 10:11 am EDT)
Tom you inspired me to do a little digging on my own. I don’t know if you know this but you can look up the current tax debt of any property owner in Claremont on the city’s website if you know where to look. The owners of the Topstone building are once again not paying their property taxes. They haven’t for the past two years and presently owe the city $11,812.22. Surprise, surprise.
Joel(Tuesday, August 06 19 08:45 am EDT)
Boy that whole bid process for the rail trail and E St. project sure seems shady to me. Nobody at City Hall seems to know what the hell they are doing and they do not seem to care about the rules that were put in place to protect the taxpayers money from being misspent. This one shady deal cost the taxpayers over $32,000. What will the city council do about it? Not a damn thing. This is why we need a new batch of city councilors. People who are honest citizens without a political agenda.
Tom(Tuesday, August 06 19 08:35 am EDT)
I looked up the new property assessment for the Topstone building and I see that it increased by $35,600. Is Councilor Koloski losing his grip on the control of our city government?
Jeremy(Tuesday, August 06 19 08:25 am EDT)
The city council is responsible for making sure that the property assessments are done correctly. Of course, most of them are complete morons that the voters stupidly elected and they are probably unaware of this responsibility. Then there are those that may know it and simply will not care because they are inherently lazy and have no desire to actually represent the entire citizenry of Claremont in any capacity that represents sound leadership. Make no mistake many of these councilors are there to represent a small constituency of unionized local government employees and/or favorite nonprofit entities seeking vast sums of public funds. The rest of us simply don’t matter to them.
Keith(Tuesday, August 06 19 08:21 am EDT)
Yesterday I read Mr. Sullivan’s article in regards to the property assessments and I needed some time to have those disturbing revelations take root in my mind. Claremont property owners have to look no further than 139 Main St. to realize that the new 2019 property assessments are bogus, absolutely not to be trusted and if necessary fought through the property assessment abatement process. How any assessor could add 44% to the property assessment of the condemned and slated for demolition 139 Main St. structure and increase the building’s structural quality rating by 80% is mind-boggling. This one property assessment alone compromises the entire body of work (i.e. the citywide revaluation property assessments). Apparently there are no checks and balances being performed by high-priced consultant Stephan Hamilton, who was hired by city manager Ryan McNutt, who himself was fired by the city council. George made an excellent point in his comments. I will sum them up as follows, incompetence breeds incompetence and these property assessments are just one of the many examples of the very real results of Claremont’s municipal government’s gross incompetence.
Councilor Stone should be the subject of any audit or investigation conducted.
His strong-arming of the previous owner of Looker's Realty (which was in the same building of his gun emporium) and his "methodology" of greasing the proper palms so he could bypass the rules for re-configuring his building across from McDonald's, moving load-bearing walls without proper testing.
He is also operating illegally because his NAICS category on state paperwork lists Black Op Arms as a seller of firearms, NOT a manufacturer.
Yet, there Stone's business sits on Washington St manufacturing and modifying firearms.
So Todd, perhaps you should add Stone to the "naughty list" and deny him your vote.
His motivation is not what you are being made to think. Check out his partners in crime - Belisle and Limoges...dirty as they come and worthy of a set of prying eyes.
Who thought Limoges was the type of person Claremont should pick to chose our City Manager?
Guess who dominated the City Manager selection meetings?
SEE WHAT HAPPENED?
George(Tuesday, August 06 19 06:17 am EDT)
The scandalous mess of the East Street/Rail Trail contract award shows the gross incompetence of Claremont’s city government. It is endemic throughout Claremont’s municipal organization. It starts with out of touch, inexperienced or hopelessly overwhelmed city managers and continues down with municipal department directors ill equipped to be in a managerial role. Mary Walter, Nancy Merrill, Bryan Burr and Mark Brislin are all prime examples of the bad leadership that is consistently plaguing our community. Until they are excised from the city’s government, nothing will change. I am also unconvinced that Ed Morris was the best choice for city manager as his background does not seem conducive with the management of a municipal government with the size, complexities and challenges of Claremont. That decision to hire Mr. Morris however stemmed from a grossly incompetent city council that needs to be turned out of office in November.
Gail(Tuesday, August 06 19 05:41 am EDT)
Sullivan County officials do it again. They start a project, get at least some public buy-in and then they pull their classic bait and switch tactic of announcing that the price of the project will be double what they originally said. Not too long ago they did the same thing with the sober house transitional housing for drug addicted ex-convicts that will be on Sullivan St., right in Downtown Claremont. I cannot imagine a more worse place to put it but the nitwits managing the County's affairs and the nitwits on the City Council and whom work at City Hall all think the location is a marvelous idea. I agree the leadership in Claremont leaves much to be desired and must be replaced both with the city and school governments but the County government needs a makeover as well because these officials are out of control when it comes to spending our tax dollars.
Don(Monday, August 05 19 07:12 pm EDT)
I believe there will be more property abatement filings than ever before. The Sullivan Report is doing an excellent job educating the public and showing the city officials and the city councilors for the scumbags that they really are. Trust no one at City Hall. Trust yourself and fight for your family by not allowing the scumbags to take a single penny of your money that they do not deserve. It’s your hard-earned money, keep it for yourself and invest in yourself and the care and the futures of your children and grandchildren.
Gloria(Monday, August 05 19 06:02 pm EDT)
Look at what the assessors did for the Main Street property. They raised the condition rating and they raised the property assessment of a condemned building that is falling down all by itself according to city leaders. Jim and AJ raise a very good point about the building miraculously repairing itself and improving its condition if whomever assessed the building is to be believed. The moral to this story is do not believe your new property assessments. Use the Vision website to check out your neighbor’s property assessments and see if you have a case for an abatement. If you do then you are foolish if you do not take advantage of the process.
Charles(Monday, August 05 19 04:42 pm EDT)
I can't wait to see Topstone Bldg.get crucified when their little agreement runs out,although it'll be from out of state.
Perhaps Nick can run his weenie wagon for income.
Kenneth(Monday, August 05 19 04:13 pm EDT)
I think the reasonable conclusions reached by Jim and AJ are right on the money. Mr. Illick will sue the city again for sure and my take is that the city will have no supporting arguments and eventually settle the case as they always do. It will cost us a ton of money and lawyer’s fees and interest and probably lawyer’s fees for the aggrieved property owner. I also believe that Mr. Illick will not be the only property owner that the city will have to go through this process with because others will fight their property assessments too. Where they have us is with the homeowners because most homeowners will simply take it in the backside and do nothing. These shameless city officials know that and take advantage of the homeowners all the time. They do not care about us and neither do our elected city officials who are clueless and have a terminal case of cowardice. Scott Pope and Nicholas Koloski are prime examples of that. Unfortunately, they are not the only councilors afflicted with this condition. It is time to vote in all new councilors.
Alan Shaw(Monday, August 05 19 03:21 pm EDT)
The property assessments look like they are a hot mess and that there is some collusion going on to manipulate the property assessments to come out at a predetermined point. It seems less based on true market value and more about creating more revenue for the city to artificially lower Claremont’s exorbitantly high property tax rate. You know the old saying, figures lie and liars figure. It seems to be the case at City Hall. Inexplicable property value changes at 139 Main St. of increased property value and improved property condition when the building is due for demolition and the 227% property value increase of 29 Water St. because of a termination of a settlement agreement shows the greed, absence of wisdom and decision-making based solely on political expediency practiced by incompetent city administration officials. There also appears to be no oversight by the city council and the impaneling of a viable and legitimate assessing board seems to be stuck in limbo, presumably at the will of the city administrators who continue to use property assessments as a property tax generation tool to contain an enormously high property tax rate created by many years of unrestrained spending and poor financial management.
Todd(Monday, August 05 19 01:35 pm EDT)
Councilor Jon Stone's request for a forensic audit of the city's financial records is scheduled for discussion during the Council's meeting of August 14. I am skeptical of the Council's honesty and integrity. I doubt that a majority of this Council would ever allow a forensic audit because of the many cans of worms it could open. Does anyone honestly see Mayor Lovett, Councilors Pope, Koloski, Kier, Lessard or Assistant Mayor Allen Damren ever allowing such a thing to happen. Don't make up excuses about the cost or say that there is no need for the forensic audit when there really is a very much-needed necessity. Today's Sullivan Report article about how purchasing rules are ignored and large scale bid awards are awarded in violation of the purchasing rules is proof of the need of a forensic audit. If nothing is wrong then the administration staff should not be worried and should welcome the forensic audit to prove that everything is fine. I do not believe everything is fine and I really believe that the city councilors will do anything to protect the administrative staff members even if it is to the detriment of the taxpaying public. This is why in November all of the city councilors that I named except for Councilor stone must be thrown out of office.
Janice(Monday, August 05 19 11:50 am EDT)
It seems like city officials at City Hall broke all the rules to give Daniels that $400,000 plus contract. It stinks to high heaven.
Ryan! So what your saying is it won’t be long before Claremont will be a rat infested dump?
Ryan(Sunday, August 04 19 03:44 pm EDT)
Councilwoman Kristin Kenniston's husband is a Lieut. on the Fire Department. Councilman Nick Koloski is a call fireman. Councilman Andrew O'Hearne and Jonathan Stone are both ex Claremont police officers. Scott Pope is a schoolteacher, who supports any raises or increased benefits for unionized employees everywhere. Plus you have liberal leaning tax-and-spend councilors Claire Lessard, Abigail Kier, Allen Damren and Charlene Lovett. The entire City Council is compromised with union supporting elected leaders who put their needs before those of the taxpayers.
Charles(Sunday, August 04 19 02:03 pm EDT)
@Ryan no firemen or spouses of current or pension receiving persons or spouse on either the council or the school board.
Remember,the school budget is the one that's really been moving over the years,despite a shrinking student population.
Ryan(Sunday, August 04 19 04:24 am EDT)
We need to elect councilors who are not connected to the unionized municipal employees. That would be a good start.
Steve(Saturday, August 03 19 04:48 pm EDT)
Nick Koloski should recused from a vote to hire the new manager. He has recused himself for less reasons. He is setting the guy up for failure. He is mad that Ed went against the fire department to save money in Wethersfield.
John(Saturday, August 03 19 07:32 am EDT)
If the citizens want this City Manager to be successful, a few City Councilor’s must not be re-elected come this November.
Councilor’s Keir, her Council husband Nick Koloski and Scott Pope must go.
These Councilors have proven time and time again that they are a part of the problem, not the solution.
These Councilors have a proven track record of approving tax increases and caving in to the public.
It is time for them to go.
Kathy(Friday, August 02 19 05:03 pm EDT)
Charles, I agree with everything you stated. For me the take away in regards to the Wethersfield accounting irregularities is that Mr. Morris did not do the right thing of his own volition once he was made aware of the situation from the auditing firm. You are right, it was not until public scrutiny and public pressure was put to bear that Mr. Morris chose to take the appropriate actions. In my opinion his behavior and his absence of qualifications does not make him worthy to be the Claremont city manager. I believe our city council has placed our city into jeopardy once again.
Charles(Friday, August 02 19 04:10 pm EDT)
@Kathy The takeaway from the Weathersfield articles is that the newspaper published articles about mistaken or inappropriate accounting methods taking place in Weathersfield.Upon pressure from the public,from the public being well informed,due to the local newspaper Morris and company correcting the accounting techniques.
I wish Claremont had a newspaper that published articles that were more pertinent to informing the public of misdeeds,ineptness,and pure laziness of public officials.I can't believe that the guy fired from Claremont schools for losing $500k while holding 2 full time jobs at the same time wasn't front page news.If I had anything to say,I would have sent a cruiser and had him charged with fraud and recoup as much money back for Claremont through restitution.Selective prosecution,Deception,and omission,not to mention the "Socialization"of Claremont have got my family and me packing our bags for greener and more truthful pastures.I just can't take crooked Claremont that's raping working class taxpayers anymore.Board seats,commissions,councils,all musical chairs passed among the same recycled lot,that derive their income as parasites on working people that work real jobs.Laughing all the way to the bank.It makes my blood boil and I 've had enough.
Kathy(Friday, August 02 19 03:16 pm EDT)
I tend to agree. I do not see Mr. Morris as impressive at all. I did a Google search of Wethersfield and I only saw a few articles. The tension between the volunteer firefighters of which Councilman Koloski numbers among them and other citizens wishing to have a full-time fire department seem to dominate the very limited news emanating from Wethersfield. The second top news story was about serious issues about the town’s financial records and a new auditing firm slapping the town with several deficiencies about how the town staff under Mr. Morris’s leadership is the books. The only thing in Mr. Morris’s favor is that no accusations of any missing money or embezzle money has occurred. It seems it was simply that the proper procedures were not being followed and initially there was some pushback from Mr. Morris and town staff about doing it properly. It seems a little bit of public scrutiny that came out of a few newspaper articles brought Mr. Morris and the town staff around to agree to do it properly under the guidance of the auditing company. Besides that, there is nothing about Wethersfield that has made the press take notice. What is missing is anything worthy of note that Mr. Morris has accomplished. Claremont does not need a caregiver type of city manager who will simply sit on his behind and collect a fat paycheck making sure the day-to-day activities of running the city are accomplished. Claremont needs a doer can turn this mess around. Mr. Morris’s lack of experience and absence of accomplishment does not speak well of his chances to be a doer.
Tom(Friday, August 02 19 01:12 pm EDT)
Eagle Times reported today that Allen Damren would handle contract negotiations with the council’s pick for city manager Ed Morris. The councilors advertised a $135,000 salary but it was supposed to be based on experience. I think Allen Damren is the worst person to be sent out to negotiate anything because he is a tax-and-spend liberal. I have little doubt that the Morris will receive the top end of the scale even though he has practically zero experience as a city manager. His education background as far as municipal management is concerned is practically zero. He was an intern out West for about 10 months and then he spent about three years as the city administrator for teeny tiny Wethersfield Vermont for about three years or so. Big whoop-de-doo! I have no idea what they see in this young man because he seems to have practically no city manager experience at all.
Richard(Thursday, August 01 19 04:03 pm EDT)
Crime seems to be on the rise in Claremont. So how is importing ex-convicts for a halfway house in Downtown Claremont and an influx of several apartments that qualify for Section 8 benefits that will blowup the city's welfare budget and a needle exchange program that enables drug users to continue their habit beneficial to our community? Right now we have a bunch of brain-dead liberal elected officials and hired officials in administrative capacities working within the county, city and school governments and working at cross purposes to what is best for Claremont. It's time the voters make a clean sweep of our elected officials to try to bring back some common sense to our local governments.
I remember Mayor Lovett saying more than once that she expects the property assessments to jump dramatically with this new city revaluation of all the properties. She attributes it to the local real estate economy that she citizens booming. I don’t really see it but she claims it is. Not that I trust Mayor Lovett but I do believe that city leaders will want higher property assessments to lower the property tax rate so they can keep spending without any real political consequences because the property tax rate would be lower. When it comes the Claremont city government and the school government for that matter it’s all snake oil, political correctness and tons and tons of BS shoveled as quickly as they can shovel it. I am a little afraid to see my new property valuation because I fear it will mean a much higher annual tax bill because the property valuation will be higher in the property tax rate may not go down enough to compensate so I will have to shell out more money to keep a roof over my families heads. I have no idea will the extra money will come from because unlike the city officials I can’t just pull money out of some cash reserve account or raise taxes on the public.
David(Wednesday, July 31 19 11:09 am EDT)
While those property assessments were way off for the two properties on Main Street. It makes me think that these property reassessments are going to be miles off the true amount. I haven’t got mine in the mail yet but I am going to look at it really close when I do.
Katherine(Wednesday, July 31 19 09:30 am EDT)
I watched Koloski go after the policy committee members from the City Council and Councilors Kenniston and O’Hearne and I thought that Koloski was grasping at straws just trying to make them look bad. I never thought about the food truck ordinance that the policy committee recommended and the councilors pass that did not follow Koloski’s recommendations to loosen the regulations to make it Koloski’s weenie wagon friendly. Nikki did not want to spend any money on fire suppression equipment or do background checks on his employees. He probably wanted to hire the recovering drug addicts that are going to live at the old Eagle office to work his weenie wagon.
Karen(Tuesday, July 30 19 05:06 pm EDT)
Boy the temporary city manager sure gave a sweet deal to Kevin Lacasse and New England Family Housing. He gets $36,000 in tax breaks for nine years and another $6,000 in their pocket and they probably will get the demolition job and make the profits on that deal too. Only in Claremont do you make a ton of money letting your commercial property go to rot. First the folks at the Topstone building now New England Family Housing. Who’s next in line?
Marie(Tuesday, July 30 19 11:13 am EDT)
In regards to Twin State Holdings...my understanding was that the only way the city can get its money back for the cost of demolition was to put a lien on the other Twin State properties. That is different than an IRS lien. That is why the council didn't tax deed the properties. I looked up the law (took me forever) but I think I found it. 155-B:9-a Municipal Lien on Owner's Interest in Property Insurance Proceeds. The City can't put a lien on Twin State if the City owns the property. Looks like it can be spread out across all of their properties.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 30 19 10:13 am EDT)
July 24 Council meeting synopsis.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Tony(Tuesday, July 30 19 09:39 am EDT)
Wow Fran, I didn't realize state schools were Christian Universities. So would this be a Trumpian Woman Grabbing kind of christian? The corruption which has been alleged on this wedsite has had no actual findings in at least 15 years. Most likely due to much of it being the creation of Jim and AJ to explain how they lost an election years ago. Notice that no one bothers to reply to Jim's allegations. They don't want to legitimizes him by responding. As long as it remains on this blog, it is not danger to the real world. You get to safely vent with the lunatic fringe and not harm the rest of us.
It's going to be really great having a Christian conservative in the city manager's position instead of another Marxist/Socialist like Ryan McNutt. I hope all the Marxist/Socialists in Claremont lose their minds over this! To me, the hiring of a Christian city manager along with the forensic audit requested by Jon Stone means the corruption in city hall is about to come to an end. I believe that some people at city hall are going to be shown the door.
MOG(Friday, July 26 19 05:55 pm EDT)
Lemuel Curry thanks for the heads up! Looks like we have a good pick for a manager. Most if not all of the Christian College grads I know are men of high integrity. I look forward to a breath of fresh air in City Hall.
Council hires new City Manager. Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Fran(Friday, July 26 19 10:28 am EDT)
7-26-19 Update on the 139 Main Street Debacle Scandal
In Patrick Adrian’s article in the Eagle about the Claremont City Council’s decision at the July 24 meeting concerning 139 Main Street, Mr. Adrian failed to mention a number of things that would cost the taxpayers more money.
1. In the future, the way Mr. Adrian wrote, it’s a sure thing that the owner of New England Family Housing would get a NH RSA 79-E tax break for 147 Main Street (the same as they received for the Goddard Building). The tax break for 147 Main Street has been prenegotiated to last for 9 years at $4,000 per year for a total cost of $36,000 to the forgotten taxpayers of Claremont. The way Interim City Manager John MacLean put it, the decision regarding the RSA 79-E tax break will be coming back to the City Council for a decision and that New England Family Housing has not even filed yet for the tax break. That part is a bright spot for the forgotten taxpayers of Claremont.
2. The demolition is going to go out for bid, according to Attorney Matthew Decker. What was dropped from the story is the comment from Interim City Manager John MacLean that now there is a new wrinkle: New England Family Housing may be going to put in a bid for the demolition and that may be the city’s favored path in the running. Huh? It’s looking suspicious. Maybe there is something to the fact that New England Family Housing has put up 13 of its Claremont properties to be sold in one block only for $5.5 million, as a negotiating tactic. Perhaps New England Family Housing did win something more from the City after all. The Watchdog will be keeping an eye on that.
If New England Family Housing wins the bid and is formally considered the favored path, then it would have to go to the City Council for final approval. I have an issue with the owner of New England Family Housing being paid by the city to tear down a building that is causing a structural problem and a hazard to his building. When he purchased the property at 147 Main Street, he should have known that the property next door was built with soft brick and had been abandoned for many years, maybe even decades. And now he wants the taxpayers to bail him out of his bad decisions. When he bought 147 Main Street, I would even go as far as to say he bought it at a very low cost, just like any other apartment building in the city of Claremont. The thing of it is, it was this past January that the building had to be vacated. To my knowledge and understanding, he collects about $10,000 per month out of that property. New England Family Housing would have been financially better off if they had gotten on the stick and taken care of that problem way back when, instead of trying to outflank and play negotiating tactics with the forgotten taxpayers of Claremont to get them to pay the cost of having the building removed.
Fran(Thursday, July 25 19 11:21 am EDT)
Councilor Nick Koloski has lately expressed great concern over whether the Policy Committee has overstepped its bounds. And now, because two city councilors happened to sit in the audience at the July 18, 2019, Policy Committee meeting and two other councilors plus the mayor were members of the Committee, they are alleged to have formed a quorum of the council and thus held an unposted and unlawful council meeting in violation of RSA 91-A:2. That is ludicrous!
At last night's Claremont City Council meeting, Councilor Koloski said he was very concerned that these councilors might have weighed in on an item before the Committee. He got no support from anyone on the council. Not even from Councilor Kier, who stated that no consensus was reached, that mostly it was just a matter of clarifying questions. In fact, the other councilors vehemently disagreed with the allegations.
An attorney, who sat on the council to provide legal counsel on this issue at the taxpayers' expense, said that city councilors have every right to attend a public meeting as private citizens. It was determined that it was just by chance that a majority of the council happened to be at a public meeting; no actions were taken by the council, so therefore, there was no violation of RSA 91-A:2. It was only an issue of perception.
It seems to me, and to other conservatives I've spoken with, that for some reason Councilor Koloski is intent on dissuading city councilors from attending, as private citizens, the public meetings of Claremont committees, boards and commissions. Councilor Koloski was visibly unhappy with the determination. All he managed to do was to publicly disgrace himself.
More posts and YouTube clips of the July 24, 2019, City Council meeting will follow in the coming days. Stay tuned!
Tom(Wednesday, July 24 19 01:54 pm EDT)
I am pretty steamed about the shenanigans with the bidding for the public works department. $32,970 is one heck of a lot of money and to give a bid contract to someone who bids $32,970 more than the low better for no apparent reason seems pretty shady to me. Add in the fact that the company is from Vermont when the low bidder is a Claremont native really burns me up. I also don't like the fact that the Vermont company just hired the former public works director who used to be the boss of the current public works director that more than likely made the decision to give the bed to the Vermont company for $32,970 more than what the Claremont company bid. Mike Lemieux has done lots of work for Claremont's city government for many years and has always done top shelf work. So there is no good reason why the bid went to the higher better. I am so sick of this back room you scratch my back I scratch yours BS that goes on all too much with our tax dollars. I hope the new city manager can clean up the bad employees that we have in charge and make some positive changes to turn things around. I hope we just did not inherit another bad city manager after we got rid of the last one. I do not trust the City Council to make good choices.
Amy(Wednesday, July 24 19 12:33 pm EDT)
Most of the city councilors don't care about the taxpayers. They prove it every time they vote against our best interests. Giving money to special interest groups or investing money like the big downtown rehabbed that talking about to help one developer have the proper infrastructure for his tenants most of whom will be welfare/section 8 residents is the sort of thing they are known for. If you are nonprofit without any money and want to do a big project just come to the city councilors and they will fork over as much money as you need because the taxpayers are the city councilors own private ATM machine. It is really disgusting and I hope all of them get voted out of office the next election.
Chris(Wednesday, July 24 19 11:05 am EDT)
I guess we'll see tonight just how generous the city councilors are with our tax dollars. A fat cat real estate property holding/developing company is looking for another government handout and the same developer is trying to cash out most of their properties and move their investments to another community. We never would've known this is a was not the Sullivan Report. The pathetic excuses that we have for local reporters would be hard-pressed to find their own rear end with a map and a guide dog. Mayor Charlene Lovett, Assistant Mayor Allen Damren, Councilor Claire Lessard, Councilor Abigail Kier, Councilor Nick Koloski & Councilor Scott Pope will all be just waiting to drop their rubberstamps to approve whatever amount of money the MRI temporary City Manager tells them to give these fat cat developers before he beats feet out of Claremont at the end of the week counting all of his pricey consulting fees. We can all thank Allen Damren and his connections with MRI for this temporary City Manager coming here. The Claremont taxpayers continue to get fleeced by the people that they entrusted with public office. In November the voters need to get far more choosy with their candidates.
Lisa(Wednesday, July 24 19 09:55 am EDT)
Jim and AJ do a terrific job keeping us informed of what is important. With so much fake news being circulated by what used to be reputable newspaper companies we are very fortunate to have the Sullivan Report doing a wonderful job that they do.
Brent(Wednesday, July 24 19 09:32 am EDT)
The schools are not much better. Look at all of the exposes the Sullivan Report did regarding the truth about the school lunch program lost revenue and the secret settlement agreements that nobody knew about because the local press suppress more news than they print. The Sullivan Report also uncovered the fact that the big IRS fine was for only the year 2016 and the Claremont taxpayers may be on the hook for the years 2017-2019. A fact that the newspapers all either failed to notice or they covered up.
Katherine(Wednesday, July 24 19 08:39 am EDT)
City officials sure have egg on their face this week and most weeks because they all suck at their jobs. Most of them are lying to the public on a regular basis as to how terrific it is here in Claremont when the truth is they are managing the city and all the taxpayers right into bankruptcy.
Michael(Wednesday, July 24 19 07:47 am EDT)
Just read the Eagle Times this morning and I see that two of our illustrious city councilors have both developed a severe case of cowardice. Allen Damren and Nick Koloski have both recused themselves from performing their duties on the Claremont Planning Board. It seems neither of these chickens want to vote on the controversial American Recycling application to place a transfer station down in the Junction in Claremont. Lots of Claremont residents are up in arms about this proposal and whimpering invertebrates Damren and Koloski want no part of that vote. Damren says he prejudged and Koloski cooked up a very lame conflict of interest excuse saying that years ago when he was doing location site finding for a movie that was shot locally that he had business relations if you can believe that with the train company. What a load of horse poop. These two yellow bellies should not be on the City Council.
Gloria(Wednesday, July 24 19 07:40 am EDT)
The City Council is looking like a bunch of idiots. The Sullivan Report keeps churning out article after article, week after week about the ineptitude and sheer stupidity of the city administration and many of the city councilors. The part that I like the best is they have all the proof they need and they show it to all of us readers so that there is no inkling of doubt whatsoever that what the Sullivan Report is reporting is accurate because they show us the proof in black and white.
Keith(Tuesday, July 23 19 06:20 pm EDT)
Michal Lemieux should be livid about losing a bid when he put in the lowest bid by so much money. Mike is a great guy and he has done a lot for the city, he does not deserve this kind of treatment.
Richard(Tuesday, July 23 19 05:19 pm EDT)
Spending $32,970 more to do the same thing makes no sense at all. I am also beginning to think that Scott Sweet being a new VP for the Daniel’s company might have had something to do with the bad decision for the taxpayers that the DPW Director and maybe that the temporary City Manager made. I cannot wait to see what kind of cockamamie excuse Mr. MacLean or one of his cronies at Public Works has to say about this bid choice. Although since Jim Sullivan says that Mr. McLean is all done at the end of the week he may never answer the question and just leave Claremont and leave DPW Director Vic St. Pierre holding the bag on this one.
Tony(Tuesday, July 23 19 03:51 pm EDT)
If the owners of all these rental buildings are cashing out and moving their investments out of Claremont then why do we taxpayers care about helping them profit on the Main Street building. It is time for the City Council to wake the hell up and remember who they really work for and stop trying to enrich private developers with our tax dollars.
Ed(Tuesday, July 23 19 02:57 pm EDT)
Although I do not think this interim city manager is all that great I am more concerned about the new city manager that will be hired. Look who is doing the hiring.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 23 19 12:44 pm EDT)
I cannot answer that question because it was a non-public meeting and presumably the meeting minutes were sealed.
However, this is what I can tell you.
I received today an email from Interim City Manager John MacLean stating that this is his final week working in Claremont.
Also, according to the second revision of the July 24, 2019 Claremont City Council meeting agenda, the Council will hold a non-meeting with the Council's legal representation before the start of tomorrow night's meeting and then the Council is scheduled to meet in non--public session under the reason of hiring after the end of the public session of their meeting.
One can infer from that that the Council has perhaps chosen a new City Manager and will presumably formalize this person's hiring on Wednesday evening.
It also means that there will not be any transition period with the new Manager and the current Interim Manager, which is not a good thing. Generally speaking a transition period lasts anywhere from a few days to two weeks. This prevents the new City Manager from being thrown directly into the piranha pool so to speak without any temporary guidance or support. Not exactly a good business practice to not plan for any smooth transition of any kind! But then this is the Claremont City Council of 2019 that we are talking about! Their pathetic job performance record speaks for itself!
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 23 19 11:43 am EDT)
County Officials reveal sobering details regarding Sober House Project!
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
John Smerty(Tuesday, July 23 19 09:25 am EDT)
Did the City Council meeting to interview City Manager candidates happen on Saturday?
There has been no press coverage.
Gail(Monday, July 22 19 06:20 pm EDT)
I know the city is looking to spend about 5 ½ million dollars at least on the downtown Claremont renovation project which was supposed to benefit the Goddard building project. I need the city should hold back on that now and put the money elsewhere.
Linda(Monday, July 22 19 05:25 pm EDT)
I do not think the Council should give any tax breaks to the owners of that Main Street building. The property owners should be responsible for fixing up their own building instead of leaving it up to the taxpayers to fix up a privately owned building. The owners of this company got enough tax breaks and government money for the Goddard project so enough is enough.
Dan(Monday, July 22 19 04:18 pm EDT)
If this is how the CDA is renovating the Farwell building, I can only imagine how the old Pleasant Restaurant will turn out. From what the Sullivan Report’s real news of the situation is showing us is that the CDA and the non-profit Music Center has even less money to spend on that renovation and the building is in worse shape.
Rick(Monday, July 22 19 03:17 pm EDT)
Wow. The CDA is doing a terrible job managing city buildings and now they own another one. Cheap rent for everyone in the Farwell building and they are running a project to renovate the place and they do not have enough money to do it so they cheapen the project by not reinforcing the floor that will have a bunch of very heavy dental equipment on it when the tenant moves in. Structural reinforcement of the attic area I guess isn't a necessary either anymore even though the engineer originally thought it was and who needs to finish the inside of the building. It is not as if anyone would notice right? Nancy Merrill, the CDA, the city administrators, and the city councilors are all like snake oil salespersons. They sell you a pack of lies and then they change everything around in secret so that the sweet deal that you were sold is not anywhere near the deal that you end up with. It is called bait and switch and it is supposedly illegal but I guess when you are city officials it does not matter how many rules or laws that you break.
Kevin(Monday, July 22 19 10:08 am EDT)
I am sick of these no-bid contract awards. The roof guy may not be giving us such a great deal after all how would we know because no bids were taken. I am also not sure about the electricity contract if the bid was taken or just given out to a special friend of the city. Today we find out that the East Street and rail trail project bid was awarded to the Neil Daniels Company for $32,970 more than Mike Lemieux bid to do the same work. It is beginning to look like games are secretly being played with the awarding of these high-priced contracts. I had no opinion of this interim city manager before but I am really beginning not to like him now. The City Council should be doing their due diligence and oversee these bid awards but they are either too lazy or too stupid to do it. Thank goodness, Former Councilors Jim Sullivan and AJ Maranville are not either lazy or stupid and are willing to continue performing public service long after their elected terms ended. We all owe both of them a debt of gratitude for delving into these matters and for running a free access website to educate the populace about the rotten things that our city officials are doing with the public’s money.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, July 22 19 06:57 am EDT)
Four new articles today.
1) Selling out?
2) Claremont's yellow brick road?
3) CDA cutting corners on Farwell Renovation Project.
4) What lies underneath matters.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
John(Saturday, July 20 19 05:38 pm EDT)
Nick doesn’t care about sports betting, he is more interested in changing the law that would allow him to turn his place into a Strip club.
Todd(Saturday, July 20 19 05:38 am EDT)
Has Nick Koloski started the ball rolling for an ordinance to allow sports betting in Claremont for his establishment? I'll bet he has behind the scenes. Now that he got the food truck ordinance passed for his benefit this will be his next project. It's all about him.
Ben(Friday, July 19 19 05:27 am EDT)
Things won't change until we kick Lovett and her tax and spend cronies on the council out of public office. New councilors with sound financial judgement to change priorities and cut the size of the city budget and tell the local municipal unions that they will not take advantage of the taxpayers anymore is the only way for Claremont to move ahead in a positive direction.
David(Wednesday, July 17 19 10:30 pm EDT)
I think the directors get paid enough and no raises are necessary. If they want to leave let them. The city and the school budgets need to be put on a big diet. Cut the budgets of the fat and give the taxpayers a break.
Rick(Wednesday, July 17 19 03:38 pm EDT)
I see that Mr. McLean is trying to give a big pay raise to all the directors before he departs. Gee, that is very nice of him since he does not pay taxes here. Naturally, Damren, Pope, and Lovett are right on top of this because they constantly pandered to the employees anyway. Koloski and Kier will have their rubberstamps ready at the proper time too. Look at all the mayor declarations Lovett is giving out like candy. I wonder if she prints them in the basement of City Hall because they are as meaningless as counterfeit money. She is just pandering to as many different constituencies as she can to get her and her cronies on the council votes in the ballot box in November. It is obvious and pathetic all at the same time.
Chris(Wednesday, July 17 19 02:03 pm EDT)
The pleasant restaurant property renovation project has me concerned. The Sullivan Report did an excellent job intertwining the Farwell project and the brown block project into the article to give a little bit of history and some excellent advice. This pleasant restaurant project is haphazard as it has no real plan and no real funding but let us move ahead anyway. No one does that in the real world only when there are public funds at hand and tax-and-spend imbeciles in charge does this sort of thing happen because they know there is an inexhaustible supply of taxpayer money to bail them out if needed. The taxpayers should be outraged about this but they will stay at home, do nothing, and complain when the much higher tax bill comes due. In a way, the apathetic citizens of Claremont deserve the abuse that they are receiving.
Jessica(Wednesday, July 17 19 12:36 pm EDT)
I agree with Abby. Anyone who has no respect for rules and regulations has no respect for their elected position or the constituents who put their faith and trust in them. It is time to oust all the incumbents in November.
Abby(Wednesday, July 17 19 10:41 am EDT)
I do not like the councilors who keep breaking the rules to suit their purposes. Lovett, Damren, Kier, Koloski, Pope & Lessard all have no problem breaking rules and ignoring regulations whenever they feel like it. I believe the job has gone to their head and they think they are the rulers of Claremont. It’ time to dissuade themselves of that opinion in November.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, July 17 19 10:05 am EDT)
George, we were wondering if the City Administration had followed the purchasing rules to seek bids regarding this contract award as well. This is why I have requested a copy of the bid tabulation form that will list all of the vendors who submitted a bid and the price that they quoted. I should have it in about a week or so and then I will report the findings.
George(Wednesday, July 17 19 09:25 am EDT)
I’m wondering if the city really did get a good deal on electricity. We only have the word of an interim city manager to go by and he made a deal with a CDA member. Perhaps everything is on the up and up but I’m suspicious. It seems just a little too cozy a deal to me.
Sarah(Wednesday, July 17 19 07:52 am EDT)
I’ve never really trusted Charlene Lovett anyway so it really does not surprise me that she would write misleading statements in her articles. She strikes me as the type who will say or do anything to achieve her goals whatever they may be. She wants the city of Claremont to look like this shining example of success because it reflects directly back on her tenure as Mayor. The reality is the city is a failure trying to turn direction but is unable to because the leadership that created the failure is still in power. The voters can correct that in November and I hope they will.
Simone(Tuesday, July 16 19 03:03 pm EDT)
The Mayor is going to propose changing how we elect out elected officials.
Currently, all 9 are up for re-election every 2 years. The new proposal will be to stagger the elections.
Elect 5 one year, the other 4 the next and continue so you will always have experience members on the council at all times.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 16 19 02:26 pm EDT)
American Recycling Transfer Station Proposal Update. Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 16 19 12:42 pm EDT)
Bob, yes I did see Francis Gauthier’s request for information. In regards to the secret Charter change, I am the one who brought it to the public’s attention by publishing an announcement on this website after I saw it on the first version of the July 24 Council meeting agenda. I have absolutely no idea what it is about and no one is talking at least at the present time. The Council information packet will be published on either Monday or Tuesday of next week on the City of Claremont website, although there is no guarantee that any information regarding this Charter change will be included within it because Administration Officials sometimes “forget” to include documentation about certain agenda items, especially if they are controversial. I do not know if Francis Gauthier had better luck in finding out what this is about than we did, you would have to ask them directly. There is no need to panic because there are proper safeguards in place in regards to making any changes to the City Charter. For an amendment to the City Charter, the Council would have to hold a properly noticed public hearing and then vote to place any proposed amendment changes on the ballot. It would then be up to the voters of Claremont to decide whether or not they want to support this proposed change or not. Despite with the Council may think and no matter how many rules and regulations they want to suspend or outright break they do not have the power to change the City Charter by themselves. No amount of political manipulation by Mayor Lovett or anyone else can change that. You are right that Claremont needs new leadership and hopefully the voters will come out for this next election and make that change a reality.
Barry, currently the Mayor is the one who sets the agenda. The City Manager & the other Councilors all have the right to recommend agenda items but it is the Mayor’s final call as to what is placed on the agenda for any given meeting. This current City Council very stupidly gave Mayor Lovett that extra authority. When I served on the Council, the City Manager & the Mayor had equal authority to place items on the agenda. It always worked well but for some reason Lovett wanted complete control of the agenda and now she has it because we presently have an incredibly weak Council. November’s elections can fix that but only if good people run and the voters then elect them and vote out of office the incumbents who have done a terrible job overseeing city affairs, most of them for many years. In my opinion too many of these Councilors have grown arrogant thinking that they are a power not to be trifled with, which is why the rules are either suspended or broken altogether time and time again. Look how many times that issue came up just this one meeting, Mayor Lovett and company are using the suspend the rules law far too often to push forward their political agenda. It needs to stop and only the November elections and smart choices by the Claremont voters will do that.
Barry(Tuesday, July 16 19 11:11 am EDT)
Jim, does the mayor have the authority to slam non important items on the agenda without bringing it up under future agenda items at a previous meeting? Word around town this was done without the other councilors knowledge at all. Didn’t we just go through this same issue a few months ago? This is not good for Claremont’s image. Looks like the very ones wanting to improve the image are hurting it. Need some new blood with ba**s.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 16 19 10:57 am EDT)
Three new articles.
1) American Recycling Transfer Station Public Hearing rescheduled.
2) July 10 Council meeting synopsis.
3) The local housing market is not as rosy as the Mayor would have us believe.
Full details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Bob Gravel(Tuesday, July 16 19 08:37 am EDT)
Mr. Sullivan, have you seen the latest RSA 91-A request on the New Hampshire Gov.Watchdog page that was directed toward Mayor Lovett? What's up with the secret charter change? The impression I get after reading the request is that Mayor Lovett is again pandering to Sam Killay and his little band of radicals. Only this time she seems to be ashamed of it so she's doing it in secret. The way I understand it, after talking with some people around town, the city councilors haven't been given any information about the charter change so they're also in the dark about this. I also hear that Mayor Lovett has placed this item at the very end of the agenda on July 24, after most of the public have left. That way it could be rammed through without much public oversight. And the city wonders why the citizens don't trust Claremont government! The city doesn't make any effort to develop better relations with the public because they know they already have the union votes and that there will be a very low voter turnout in November. Then there are all the proclamations the Mayor has given out to stroke their egos and assure their votes. But this can be fixed. This can all be turned around if conservative Claremont voters will turn out en masse in November.
Bob Gravel(Tuesday, July 16 19 07:35 am EDT)
Tab, are you out trolling?
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, July 16 19 06:08 am EDT)
Tab, I am not the person who snapped the picture that Nick posed for and then posted on the Internet. Perhaps I'm just not as "sensitive" as you because I am not homophobic but I never saw that photograph as being as you put it "gay". I still don't. However, you are certainly entitled to your opinion and we will simply have to agree to disagree.
Tab(Monday, July 15 19 11:40 pm EDT)
How dare you sit there and tell these people you never thought Nick was gay.
The picture you post of Nick is as gay as it gets.
Shame on you Jim.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, July 14 19 05:59 pm EDT)
Tab, I am not sure if your comments are directed at either Todd or me but I wish to answer for myself in case any readers believe that these baseless accusations are directed to myself.
First of all this is the first time that I ever heard anyone even hint at the fact that Nick Koloski might possibly be gay. Quite frankly, I could care less if he is or he is not because it does not influence in any way his job performance or actions as a City Councilor or as a local businessperson. A person's sexual orientation is irrelevant just so long as no laws are broken. Speaking only for myself, my opinion of Koloski is based solely on his past actions. In regards to Koloski's weenie wagon, Nick publicly stated that he owned one during a Council meeting regarding the food truck ordinance, when this discussion first began many months ago. So if you want to criticize the source, properly point your ire at Nick Koloski.
Tab(Sunday, July 14 19 05:39 pm EDT)
Your criticism of Nick just shows how homophobic you are.
Nick is a gay business man in a straight world and has had to overcome this kind of bias his whole life.
You would think, after the city embraces “ Pride” month, that Nicks lifestyle would no longer be food for fonder.
As far as food trucks are concerned, I am not aware he has one. I am aware his life partner is in that business, but I haven’t seen that truck set up in town.
So I’d like to know how Nick is benefitting from this new ordinance?
Todd(Friday, July 12 19 10:26 pm EDT)
Now that Gov. Sununu made sports betting legal watch how fast Councilor Koloski gets enabling local legislation passed in Claremont for his sports bar just like he did with the Keno and the food trucks. It's all about Nick.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, July 12 19 03:44 pm EDT)
The City Administration published the agenda for the City Council's July 24 meeting and the agenda states that the Council is going to have a discussion about an amendment change to the City Charter. I wonder what they are up to this time?
Rae(Thursday, July 11 19 09:19 pm EDT)
Deb was a "shoe in" to fill the city council seat. There are rules about how many city councilors can be on the city manager search committee. If she had won city council she would have been sworn in last night and taken her seat at the next meeting. Did the meeting on Saturday get canceled after she didn't win?
Scott(Thursday, July 11 19 08:31 pm EDT)
Did the council secretly pick their city manager candidate already? Is this another rigged application process?
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, July 11 19 12:49 pm EDT)
Council hiring session for the next City Manager abruptly canceled. Details on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jack(Thursday, July 11 19 06:20 am EDT)
Sure sounds to me as though sumpin" was left out of the charter.Council seats and school board seats were never meant for self-enrichment.Seat members,spouses,or immediate members of family should hold no office if under the employ of the city,directly or indirectly.
You all should check out Maryland.The property taxes are 1/3-1/2 that of Claremont.The electricity rates are 33% cheaper than those of us(suckers)in New Hampshire.When the carbon cops tell everyone that they can no longer burn oil,pellets,or wood for heat,due to carbon output,places like Claremont may revert back to nature,because they've been abandoned.