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- "Hard Times Demand New Thinking", a proposal read by Jane Wingate to the Board of Selectmen at their June 9, 2008 meeting. The CCC welcomes any comments or further suggestions about how we might accommodate the police department short of building an expensive new building.
- A letter from Jane Wingate to the Rochester Times, correcting a misleading report about the July 9 meeting of the selectmen. On June 25, 2007, Jane Wingate read a statement to the Board of Selectmen.
A letter of thanks from Norman
and Margaret Russell to those who supported them in the case of
Russell et al. v. Town of Farmington, and
a response to letters from Charles Wibel and JoAnn Doke, who took issue with that letter of thanks.
- Election 2007. Letters about candidates running for selectman.
- Another dose of Heckles and Shprekels!—Shprekels for Bill Tsiros and Heckles for Arthur Capello.
- Heckles! to Marty Gilman for holding up the appointment of a new town administrator.
- Two Responses to Joan Funk's letter, "Counsel said ZBA decision was legal", in the Rochester Times of February 1, 2007.
- Jane Wingate read a statement defending Paula Proulx to the Board of Selectmen on January 22, 2007.
Three rebuttals to Charles Wibel's "Farmington—a year in review" (Rochester Times, December 28, 2006), and a comment on the censorship practiced by the Times and Foster's. The rebuttals to Wibel's opinion piece can be fully appreciated only if you have his rant to refer to.
- Rebuttal by John and Jane Wingate
- Rebuttal by Norman Russell
(A shorter version appeared in the Times on January 18, 2007.)
Rebuttal by Margaret Russell
(This also appeared in the Times on February 1, 2007.)
- Comment by Margaret Russell
NOTE: The CCC always welcomes letters (anonymous or onymous) and rebuttals (or buttals) of any length. In accordance with our policy, we give contributors the final say over all content and expression of content.
There are some acronyms in these rebuttals. Their expanded versions can be seen here.
- A letter about the School Board.
- The Black Hats waged a determined attack on Chairman Proulx on November 6, 2006, detailed in the latest Off-Color Paper from the CCC, I'm Sorry, Stevie, along with transcripts of dialog between Steve Dean and the selectmen and between Joan Funk and the selectmen.
- A couple of recent Letters, one from Alicia Sprague, "Farmington will survive without Meyer" (also appearing in the Rochester Times), and one from Norman Russell, "Norm slams biased reporting" (also sent to Foster's Daily Democrat and the Times).
- "Loose Lips", by Margaret Russell, expanding on her statement to the selectmen at their August 14, 2006 meeting.
- "The Press and the Rabble Fail to Intimidate the Selectmen". The CCC comments on the departure of Town Administrator Paul Weston and the antics of a noisy clique at the August 14, 2006 meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
- E-mail message from Paul Weston on July 24, 2006, telling how the decision to defend the town in the case of Russell et al. v. Town of Farmington was made.
- NOTE from Jane Wingate, writer, photographer, and editor for the CCC.
- Meyer/EquiVise project. EquiVise LLC's proposed development on land owned by the Meyers is a divisive issue in Farmington. See also the timeline of events in the history of this project.
- A Heap o' Heckles and Shprekels, spawned by the April 10, 2006 selectmen's meeting and Meyer's conflict of interest.
- Votes for the candidates for the two seats for Selectman at
the March 2006 election.
Jerry McCarthy 466 Marty Gilman 436 Joan Funk 403 (Bye bye, Joan!) Charlie King 291
2006 Town Meeting.
- The Meet-the-Candidates Forum held on March 1 will be rebroadcast on Cable Channel 26 periodically until March 14.
- The town website has posted the 2006 Town Warrant, listing the articles to be considered on the ballot on March 14 and at Town Meeting on March 15. Channel 26 is running interviews (repeated frequently) with town officials and department heads discussing the articles. Be prepared when you go to vote, and take part in Town Meeting.
- Foster's Daily Democrat on February 27 ran Jane Wingate's commentary "Spending Run Amok in Farmington".
- Charlie King is a fourth contender for Selectman, running as a write-in candidate. Power to the People!!!
- Letters about candidates and issues.
- A letter to the CCC about the CCC, and a response from the CCC.
- George Meyer and Joan Funk, eager for the town to bond big bucks for things like The Town Hall Project (approaching a third of a million bucks) a new Safety Building (rumored to cost a half million), and an expansion of the highway garages on Baldwin Way (another third of a million), spent considerable time at the January 12, 2006 selectmen's meeting quibbling over spending $15,000 to support the Community Projects Director and the Explore adult education program, which, by all accounts, has been highly successful. Read the appalling saga here.
- Controversy over how the project to renovate the Town Hall is proceeding inspired the CCC's latest batch of Heckles and Shprekels.
- The North American Training Lodge, whose application for a special exception to build a military training facility was denied unanimously by the ZBA on October 6, 2005, filed a request for reconsideration. The ZBA, at the December 1, 2005 meeting, unanimously denied the request, on the grounds that nothing new was presented to justify another hearing. Also see the article by John Quinn in Foster's Daily Democrat.
- A letter to the CCC with a poem for Halloween.
- Latest attempt to pave the Meaderboro Road.
- At the June 27, 2005 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Paul Sprague read a letter about speeding on Meaderboro Road and the effect of paving, and John Wingate read a letter asking where our tax money would be better spent: on paving rural roads, or—in light of the recent E. coli contamination of town water—on fixing problems with the water and sewer infrastructure.
Events at the May 23, 2005 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, at
which Chairman Joan Funk twice read a statement criticizing Selectmen Proulx and
Parker for participating in a suit against the town, and lack of
access to records from that meeting prompted several citizens
to make public comment at the next meeting, on June 6, 2005
(listed here in the order of speaking).
- Comment by Margaret Russell on the right to photograph meetings.
- Comment by John Wingate on the right of access to Funk's statement in town records.
- Comment by JoAnn Doke on the right to photograph meetings.
- Comment by Joyce White on Funk's statement.
- Meyer mutters, "Town takes precedence." Or does it?
- Nolan nods. According to her own words, Funk did not intend to let Parker and Proulx respond: here is what Funk said in response to Scruton's comments.
- And, on the lighter side, a new No laffin matter . . . , "Where's a Woman to Wee-wee?", by Jane Wingate.
- A couple of letters, from Brad Anderson and Joyce White, about property rights, wetlands, and the effect of development on the environment.
- The Black Hats Ride Again! This HECKLES is long, but worth reading, because it is a record of the attempt by Jim Horgan, Hiram Watson, and Don MacVane (and who knows who else finagling behind the scenes) to "disestablish" the ZAMPS committee just as they are finishing up their work that the town wanted them to do. Those following the progress of the ZAMPS will recall that the voters were behind this work so strongly that they authorized spending $85,000 for two professional consultants, Applied Economic Research and Jeff Taylor Associates to help the all-volunteer ZAMPS do the difficult work of revising the Master Plan and our zoning ordinances while the Interim Growth Ordinance (the year-long moratorium on large developments) was in effect. So the Black Hat Trio—in their attempts to kill the ZAMPS as they near the end of their work—reveal just how determined they are to undermine the will of the majority in our town.
- Four items of interest:
- J of Exeter speaks out on fat cats, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the destruction of the country.
- "Community should be wary of ROTC in our schools", a commentary appearing in Foster's Daily Democrat on January 29, 2005.
- "Bush doesn't know the needy", a letter appearing in Foster's Daily Democrat on February 1, 2005.
- And now, if you're all fired up and feeling feisty, put one of these on your car.
- A letter from Leslie Kelly (also in Foster's Daily Democrat, March 11, 2005).
- A Clear Choice. On February 26, at the "Meet the Candidates" forum (broadcast live on Channel 26) the two leading candidates for the one selectmen's seat, incumbent Jerry McCarthy (yay Jerry!) and George Meyer (hiss! boo!) indicated in the answers they gave to questions their clear differences. Here is a summary of that forum that illustrates what some of those differences are.
- Recent letters:
- Three letters about Jerry McCarthy, candidate for reelection as selectman: "Gerry Backed for Selectman" (also in Foster's Daily Democrat, February 19, 2005), "A Big Up for Jerry" (also in the Rochester Times, February 24, 2005), and "Anderson for McCarthy" (also in the Rochester Times, February 24, 2005).
- Election Day, 2004.
There was a huge turnout for the November 2 election. At the busiest
times, lines stretched all the way out the doors of the old town hall down
the sidewalk to Cumberland Farms. Though the state went for Kerry,
Farmington didn't. For those of us who lament the outcome of the election,
and what the next four years are going to be like under the continuing
Reign of the Shrub, there is always the
See some photos of Election Day in Farmington.
- Special Town Vote.
On November 18, at a special town meeting, the voters of Farmington
approved all three of the ordinances on the ballot. Turnout was light, but
in casting their YES votes for the ordinances, the majority of voters
validated the year's work of the ZAMPS committee. Other towns are watching
how Farmington is attempting to guide the onslaught of growth that
threatens to make our town more urban than rural, and we can be proud that
we are doing what we can to have at least some say in the future of our
town. The votes on the three ordinances went this way:
Ballot item Yes No S.O.B. (Sexually Oriented Business ordinance) 162 26 Open Space Residential Cluster Ordinance 118 68 Phased Development Ordinance 147 37
- Selectmen's Workshop:
To Pave or Not to Pave Our Rural Roads.
This workshop was held at 6:00pm on July 28, 2004 in the Town Offices.
Watch for reruns on Channel 26. Guest speakers were Bernie Waugh,
formerly Chief Legal Counsel of the New Hampshire Municipal
Association, who wrote A Hard Road to Travel, and Paul
Brown, a consultant to UNH's Technology Transfer Center, where they
teach road gangs how to build roads. Of particular interest is
Waugh's Chapter VIII, "27 Potholes
to Avoid on the Route to a Rational Local Road System". See also
- Road Rash? by Brad Anderson,
- Follow Narrow Roads, Not the Narrow-minded, by Brad Anderson,
- Alicia Sprague's letter to the Rochester Times,
- Jane Wingate's letter to the selectmen, which she read at the workshop,
- the CCC's report on the workshop,
- Paul Sprague's letter to the selectmen,
- John Wingate's letter to the selectmen about the traffic count conducted by several residents of Meaderboro Road on August 6, 2004,
- a brief report (with a sprinkling of shprekels) of the August 23, 2004 selectmen's meeting.
- Dover residents fight for Back Road: an article in Foster's Daily Democrat by Hiroko Sato.
- Selectmen discuss landfill options at the June 23, 2004 meeting. Heckles and Shprekels to several there!
- ZAMPS mailed out the final Farmington Master Plan Survey form recently. Here is a look at the questions, so start thinking about them! You too can help guide the future of Farmington.
- Ah, Beautiful Farmington! Photos of the Cocheco.
- Heady Times.
- 2004 TOWN ELECTIONS
It's all good! Parker and Proulx are our new selectmen; Elliott loses reelection bid; Tsiros falters in comeback attempt; Article 2 fails.
- EquiVise hides behind Barry Elliott. Many Farmington voters received a flyer from PO Box 7730, Nashua favoring Warrant Article 2, accompanied by a statement from Barry Elliott. Since Elliott is running for selectman, voters might think that the mailing was his campaign literature. But why would Barry go to Nashua for a PO box? The address is one used by Nashua developer EquiVise which is pushing for this zoning change in order to permit a 200-unit housing project on a particular property in town. The name "EquiVise" appears nowhere in the mailing. Elliott said at the March 8 Selectmen's Meeting that the letter he presented to the Planning Board on January 20, 2004 was part of the public record, so EquiVise could use it. However, EquiVise did not use the verbatim public record. What they mailed differed substantively from that record—they omitted some of Barry's words and added others that he did not read on January 20, as well as adding emphasis. Are they putting words in Barry's mouth? If not, is he in collusion with them?
- Planning Board hijinks at the March 2, 2004 meeting. Brad Anderson asks the PB to be specific in their reasons for booting him from the chairmanship of ZAMPS [see next item], and at the very end of the meeting, Tsiros and Watson do their best to squelch the reading of a letter to the PB from Norman Russell. Consideration of this letter was postponed; it is currently on the agenda for April 6.
- By a 4 to 3 vote at the January 20, 2004 meeting, the Planning Board
approved a motion by Bill Tsiros to remove Brad Anderson from the
chairmanship of ZAMPS. The motion was seconded by Hiram Watson;
voting for the motion were Tsiros, Watson, Elliott, and Horgan (who
cast a tie-breaking vote after the others had voted); voting against
the motion were King, White, and Robidas. For details and reaction, see:
- Corrupt Gang of Four Railroads Anderson, an Off-Color Paper about this latest round of chicanery and dirty tricks
- letter from ZAMPS, read to the Selectmen at their meeting of January 26
- Gang of Four Back-pedals (February 3 Planning Board meeting)
- Marilyn Robicheau (letter, Rochester Times, February 12)
- Good Ole Boys Circle the Wagons (February 17 Planning Board meeting)
- Tsiros slams Anderson (again!), a letter published in the Rochester Times on January 1, 2004, with responses from:
- Property sales in Farmington go up almost 30%! According to the Strafford County Registry Office, as reported in Foster's Daily Democrat in a front-page article, property sales in Farmington increased from 319 in 2002 to 412 in 2003. (This is an increase of 29.2%; the article incorrectly gave the percentage decrease in going backwards in time from 2003 to 2002!) How many of the sales involved new construction was not reported, but surely enough of them were to support the idea that Farmington needs the breathing time provided by the IGO to plan for growth.
- Small Group Comparison by Paul Sprague. Paul compares the Farmington Preservation Guild and the Farmington Planning Board.
- Troika Axes Anderson. How an effective and informed volunteer got sidelined. (This is the first of the CCC's comments on town affairs.)
- Why Norm Russell Quit the Planning Board.
- SaveDover.org, our neighbors to the South.
- Fancy racetracks in the NH wilderness, and other obscenities.