Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Still Confused on School Board Reorganization

The draft minutes of the School Board April 8th 2014 meeting are posted here on the district website.
I don't intend to beat this same drum over and over, but the minutes ( albeit still in draft form) do not reflect what actually happened at the meeting. The video clearly shows superintendent Noyes stating that in non-public, a new Chair and Vice Chair were chosen. The minutes say that the organizational meeting occurred at 07:04 and Susan Noyes announced who the chair and vice chair would be. No mention of votes or when they were taken. Especially interesting is that the minutes of the non public session do not indicate any discussion of the board reorganization. Just sayin...

More on Carroll County Commissioner's

(The following is from Ed Comeau of Government Oversite. Based upon what is compiled, it would appear that the issue of the county credit card use by the Chair was resolved in June 2012. )

Published on Apr 12, 2014
Carroll County Commissioner Asha Kenney submitted a letter to the editor. In it she alleged that Commissioner Sorensen improperly used the County credit card. The first clip is taken from the April 9, 2014 meeting where Commissioner Babson demands that Kenney produce proof of her allegations. The next clip comes from June 13, 2012 where Kenney reports that while reviewing the credit card invoices, she noticed an(sic) charge by Sorensen, that she wanted clarified. The next clip is of the next weeks Commissioners meeting where Sorensen presents his check book and states he will pay the County back.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Please join us in recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April), and supporting the efforts of the Child Advocacy of Carroll County.

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April 17th, 2014 5P-7P
Appetizer Buffet / Cash Bar
$20.00 Donation

The Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing services to child victims, their families, the NH Division of Children, Youth and Families and law enforcement throughout Carroll County

Thanks to the sponsorship of Jim, Patty & Jamie Gray of Buckey’s Restaurant, and Maroun Family Trust, the entire proceeds go to benefit the Child Advocacy Center.

Tickets are available at Buckey’s Restaurant and Moultonborough PD Dispatch. Come help us support this worthy cause, learn about the work of the Child Advocacy Center and share in good food, community and conversation.
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Carroll County

Protecting Children, Promoting Justice”

Monday, April 14, 2014

Moultonboro Selectmen Meeting April 10th, 2014

The April 10th BoS meeting can be found here on the Town website. I'm not sure if it is just my PC and connection or an issue with EZStream, but I can only get to about 10 minutes or so into the video and then it freezes and starts again at the beginning. I would be interested to hear from others if you experience this or any other viewing problems.

Moultonboro Conservation Commission April 7th, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Moultonboro Planning Board April 9th 2014

The Planning Board is off and running and it is almost a brand new board. They have a lot of work to do and will have to deal with some potentially contentious applications so being able to work collaboratively will be critical. I feel confident that Chair Josh Bartlett will carry this board forward in a positive and productive manner despite the upheaval.
Additional alternates are still needed so if you have and interest, please go to this link on the town website.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Carroll County Commissioners "recess" until Commissioner Kenney provides documentation of chair's fraudulence.

Just go ahead and fast forward to 56:11. That's when the fun starts.
Commissioner Kenney wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the Conway Daily Sun on Wednesday April 9th, the same day as the commissioner's meeting. The letter was an attempt on her part to proclaim her innocence in recent Right to Know concerns regarding her actions with some county minutes by attacking her fellow commissioners and accusing them of a witch hunt.
The letter takes on a very serious overtone with the following paragraph: "It is the incompetent leadership of Commissioner David Sorenson that causes them to continue to go down this unproductive path again and again launching failed political attacks against me over nonsense. While he ignores real issues such as his own misuse of county credit card when his personal credit card was not working he attempts to distract the public with pathetic name calling and smear tactics that are empty of any truth or real evidence."
When the April 9th meeting gets to the work session, Commissioner Babson demands proof of the accusation that Commissioner Sorrensen fraudulently used a county credit card. He eventually makes a motion to go into recess until such time as Commissioner Kenney provides documentation to support her charges. Ultimately, Commissioner Sorrensen seconds the motion and it is approved by a 2-1 vote. The Commissioners all get up and leave and there is no word as when they will be coming back.
The story continues with a blistering letter to the editor in today's Conway Daily Sun from Commissioner Babson wherein he takes issue with the news paper for printing Commissioner Kenney's letter in the first place as he believes that the paper should have known that Commissioner Kenney's accusations were untrue. 
When will they come back? Will Aisha provide the documentation? Will the Conway Daily Sun stop printing letters to the editor? 
I have just one other question: While the commissioner's recess, who is running the county?


Village Vision Committee April 8th 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Moultonboro Planning Board elects new chair, appoints new members

After a somewhat tense kickoff meeting two weeks ago, the Planning Board tonight in a cordial and cooperative meeting, elected Josh Bartlett as it's chair. Prior to that, former Selectman and former Planning Board member Ed Charest and former Planning Board Chair Tom Howard had sent letter so application to the PB for appointment as either alternates or full members. Both were approved as alternates and after a brief discussion, Ed Charest was then appointed as regular member for one year.
There were three nominations for chair. Joanne Farnham nominated Josh Bartlett, Scott Bartlett nominated Richard Kumpf and Russ Wakefield nominated Ed Charest. Josh Bartlett received three votes , one more than Richard Kumpf. Mr. Kumpf was unanimously selected as Vice chair/Secretary.
In other appointment, Josh Bartlett will represent the PB on the CIPC, Joanne Farnham was appointed to the MPIC and finally, Scott Bartlett was appointed to the Conservation Commission.

School Board Right to Know misstep?

Unless there has been a major change in the Right To Know law, last night's Moultonboro School Board meeting contained a fairly serious violation. Here is a link to the video on the Town website.
As the meeting opened , Superintendent Noyes mentioned that in non-public session, the School Board discussed "positions" and that Kathy Garry was elected Chair and Gary Beuteau was elected Vice Chair. The RTK law is clear that the reasons for non-public meetings are very specific and limited. Board re-organization is never allowed in non-public.
In addition, the move from public to non-public along with the very specific reasons for the non-public meeting, must be done in open session: "No public body may enter nonpublic session, except pursuant to a motion properly made and seconded. (b) Any motion to enter nonpublic session shall state on its face the specific exemption under paragraph II which is relied upon as foundation for the nonpublic session. The vote on any such motion shall be by roll call, and shall require the affirmative vote of the majority of members present" The meetig was advertised to begin at 7pm yet the non-public session is held prior to that.
I would hope that the School Board rectify these missteps as soon as possible and perhaps seek advice from the School District counsel to provide training on the RTK law.
As it stands, the meeting of April 8th could be invalidated as the chair and vice chair were not legally seated.