Now going back to the minutes of that meeting, some excerpts:
Chief Phillips would like to take $10,000.00 from the budget, and the rest to come out of the Outside Activities Fund.
Chief Phillips explains that the Warrant Article from March’s Town Meeting, asking the people to place $10,000.00 in the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund, was voted down by a small margin.
Selectman Tedford makes a motion to buy a new police cruiser by taking $12,000.00 from the operating budget ..
Selectman Berthiaume seconds the motion and it passes 5-0.
Despite the law being very clear on what they can and can not do, once again reading the minutes of the BOS workshop meeting of August 26th, 2009 you will see that this is still an ongoing situation and that our selectmen have very little regard for how you may vote and how they may spend our tax money ..
Board of Selectmen Work Session Minutes 08/26/2009
6th Order of Business: Update on Summer Projects
Highway Superintendent Dale Gray would like to give the Board an update on summer projects. They have used 1,650 of the approved purchase of 1,850 tons. All the work has been done except Bolton Road, which should happen next week. Dale would like to chip seal Ashuelot Street, Burt Hill Road and Forest Lake next spring, not this fall. Dale fears the chip seal may fail again if they do not give it 6 weeks of hot, dry weather. Dale spoke with All States and they will guarantee this work for next year. Dale explains he has a total of $209,000 with Highway Block Grant, the tarring account, and sand & gravel account funds. Selectman Berthiaume read from a Legislative Update that towns would lose a lot of grant money, such as Highway Block Grant funds, to which Dale was told that the town would not suffer a decrease in funds. The Board would like to have this information available before budget time and to get the State Reps involved. Dale would like to shim Bolton Road, the first part of Scotland Road, Piney Woods Road around the sandbank, and a bad spot on Old Chesterfield Road with a 600-ton mix. Dale says if he does not chip seal, and does the shim work he will carry over roughly $50,000.00. Dale will propose a warrant article to chip seal everything that has been shimmed in the last two years at an estimated cost of $250,000.00 to take care of 10 miles of road. These roads were shimmed within the last two years and would guarantee their durability for another 8-10 years. It takes money to upkeep roads and this would give the people an opportunity to participate. If you don’t chip seal what you put down, then it won’t hold up. Selectman Fraser makes a motion to continue shimming with the 600 ton of blacktop. If the warrant article fails, use Highway Block Grant and tarring money, and in the spring do the chip seal. Selectman Gardner seconds the motion and it passes 4-0.
So what do we do? How do we get them to follow the wishes of the townspeople and the law? It's very clear, under the law, "No" means "No" .. except it seems in Winchester.