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Mr. Heinrich, asked some very good questions about the Taylor property, during the Public Hearing, in the beginning of part one. Seems I've seen this movie before. It was called the Lion's Club.The selectmen still have not learned their lesson. They have put the cart before the horse, again.Too many unanswered questions. The elephant in the room, as Mr. Heinrich puts it is a gym that could cost upwards of 3.5 million. This movie is a bit too scary for me!
Did we buy the taylor property? It sounds like the selectmen already made a deal in private. More bad advice from town counsel and the TA.Deja Vu all over again. "It's the last best piece of land in town"Cartert tells us its available now and may not be in the future. Who would buy that run down mess especially now that we know it has contaminated water. We are doing the trust a big favor if we buy it.Maybe the taylor trust should just donate the property to the Historical Society and money can be raised with a public and private partnership to restore it. They could rent it out as shops or even a bakery.
Early in the first video, Crter reminded the BOS that they have 7 to 14 days to make a reccomendation on the Taylor purchase. They MUST wait until the new town reassessment is released next week. If it is a 6 1/2% drop like in Meredith, then we are looking at a tax increase. If the value of the town goes down, then the mill rate must go up. If lakefront homes, which are not selling, decrease in value, it will pass a larger tax burden onto the homes off the lake. The BOS needs this information before it rules on the Taylor property.
In the last video, the Town Administrator was asked about an agenda item..posted on town website...but later removed.....what is the result of the town re- evaluation? After nearly choking on his water bottle ( don't drink the water at town hall ). He stammered that he had it, but wanted to see if it was accurate.. Will be released next week. Earlier he predicted a 1 % downturn. Realistically, 10% down would better reflect our declining property values. Tip of the week: Buy stock in Revlon. They will sell a lot of lipstick for this pig. With the CIPC budget reflecting a great jump after 2014, for necessities - not the wish list, there is a tax increase in our future..
In the final scenario, Russ, talking about PB Gate, said he was sorry we did not go further. I was hoping he was talking about zoning code, and building inspections, and enforcement... Nope, just beating the same mules..If I was town building inspector, I would have the contractor take it down, to put it back together right. There are so many design and construction flaws in the tower, the town can not be responsible for any degree of approval.
Re-assessment Shock, you can not hold the T A and BOS responsible for the real estate and economic downturn. In some areas housing is off 1/3. HOWEVER, they are guilty of not pulling in the wish list for a cutback. Land and sidewalks come to mind as wish list items that should be deferred. The School Board has a surprise for us also...the cost involved if we go ahead with Common Core. Time to get a cost estimate for that, for the CIPC. To factor in.
Is Russ Wakefield hallucinating, or was I at a different Public Hearing?Mr. Wakefield made a statement near the end of the tape that at least 30 people at the Public hearing did not agree with the BoS's finding. He said they felt the BoS did not go far enough. Where were these people and why didn't they speak up if they didn't agree with the decision? I sat near the back of the room that day. Everyone I obscured was very happy when the BoS dropped all charges against both PB members.
Here is a scenario that troubles me because it could definitely happen: the owners of Bear's Nest Trail are here seasonally, and in their absence, trespassers (kids?) could gather there to party, "hang out", etc. In the case of an accidental injury or death, could not the Town be held responsible because the tower was allowed to stay instead of being torn down?
In response to Reality Check: I was also present at the hearing, and the people were there IN SUPPORT OF Josh and Judy. I didn't hear or see anything that hinted at dissatisfaction that the BoS didn't take things far enough. I think Mr. Wakefield enjoys keeping things stirred up....not an adult trait.
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