Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Got Rats? Burn your house down

For those of you who didn't catch last night's BOS meeting, please have a look.

Go to the 31 minute mark and listen to what Christeen McKernen has to say about her interaction with the DPW and BOH. This poor women has been spending her own money to safeguard her home. Her statement "ignorance of an issue" when talking about her interaction with the DPW and BOH and her comment that went on to say "it was all lip service" should have caught the attention of the BOS to do something to get to the truth. But.. as you will see and hear, Mr. Smith's mic was not on when he was talking on TV last night, but it's clearer on the web.

Second "rat issue" came (48:10) from Carol and Gregory from Woodland Road. This women was brought to tears explaining to the BOS that her calls to the BOH resulted in an employee telling Carol to "burn your house down" to get rid of the rats. The BOS sat their motionless as Carol told the board of her troubles dealing with the Town.

There is no excuse for such abhorrent customer service in this Town. During the meeting it was revealed that the sanitation department has had a 100% turnover and that th BOH had no idea of that fact. We also found out that Framingham does not have a licensed exterminator on staff and that contractors can be hired with the proper licenses to exterminate the rats.

At the very least, the BOS could have directed the Town Manager to investigate these complaints about the lack luster responses to residents' complaints.... but no, our current BOS keeps their heads in the sand, not wanting to hold any Town employee to any standard of customer service. They could have directed the Town Manger to find out who the employees were that dropped the ball and hold them accountable to the Town's Customer Service Policy.

None of this made the paper of course, as the reporter can't stay out that late and make the deadline. But these 2 residents who clearly have done their job in contacting the Town, only to be ignored and insulted, call into question the complete reporting of the BOS meetings by the paper. Many other residents in different parts of Town may be faced with the same issue in regard to the Town's response to their complaints, both from the employees who are paid to address these complaints and our elected and salaried leaders who are responsible for overseeing those employees.

This non sense has been going on for years and no one at the top wants to hold anyone accountable.
This is why I'm running for Selectman.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chick-fil-A ..... Ending Civil Forfiture ...The U.S. SC on same sex marriage

Some of you may remember the controversy around the attempts by the late Mayor Menino to stop a Chick-fil-A restaurant from opening in Boston over the company's stance against same sex marriage. The gay and lesbian community demonstrated outside some of the restaurants, more in the south and made their point. We now have 4 of these restraunts in our state and they seem to be doing well, as they are locally owned and operated and employ up to 80 MA residents.

Now comes their attempt at opening at Shoppers World. The Planning Board will review the project on Thursday and one would hope, the applicant would not be slowed down by the politics of the conservatives on the board. Once approved by the PB, the company will face the extremely out of touch BOS. Since we have already seen on TV last week, the BOS did not allow the Conigliaro CEO from expanding his recycle business by 1200 sf over what BOS  said were the federal indictments of employe's at NECC. Entrusting this Town's moral compass to our BOS after their response, or lack thereof, to the unlawful killing of Mr. Stamps and the blocking of a medical marijuana facility is just more hypocrisy.

If you had asked me if civil forfeiture would go away in the Drug War, I'd say, never. Since it's inception decades ago now, our tough on drugs attitude from our elected officials created a system where by the assets of anyone charged with a crime can be confiscated. At any given moment, the Government has around 2 billion is assets waiting to be auctioned off. Thanks to Eric Holder who announced last week limits of civil forfeiture without due process, something I and others have railed on for years, now seems to be coming true. Don't look for the Feds and State stopping the procedure altogether, but now, owners of assets have a chance in court. MWDN did a great service to it's readers with:

By June of this year, the  U.S. Supreme Court will once and for all, rule on same sex marriages. I guess it was inevitable with the attitude of some elected officials to play God with the unalienable rights of human beings. I believe, as others do, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor in a unanimous decision.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cape Wind... will they be forced to shut down?

It was reported that Northeast Utilities and National Grid have terminated the contracts with Cape Wind. Without the 2 major players buying electricity from Cape Wind, the financing for the 2.5 billion  dollar project will disappear. This again will be played out in court as the language in the contract is in question now.

While the opposition has waged war with countless litigation over the years, the project had lots of support from the Feds and the State. There's still plenty of debate on how much we would have to pay for that Green Energy, but that same body of water, farther out to sea, is now going to be opened up for other even larger industrial grade wind turbines.

Framingham's request for a new Fuller is denied

Disappointing news from the State Board that hands out money for new school buildings. The funding request or grant proposal was rejected by the State, but the agency does not have to say why.  I'm sure most of you would like to know why and I have asked Chris Walsh to look into it. I suspect a Freedom of Information request will be forthcoming if he can't get an answer.

If, our grant application was written poorly, we should know and so should the school administration.
I'm not sure how long Fuller can be safely used. Yesterday, 3 classrooms were flooded and steam was poring out of a closet. Along with the mold that has been seen in the past, one might think, the health and safety of the kids and teachers is being ignored.