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Here’s The Scoop … With The Stroke Of Her Pen ….

LBTS  IS NOW A MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT!….

Dear Readers….You may recall from a previous post on the July 14,2009 Commission meeting…Comm. Dodd wanted to waive the fees that would require a business to reimburse the town for the time code personnel spent at the event…Somehow it veered away from what the permit said….

” UNLESS WAIVED BY THE TOWN COMMISSION, TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE, TOWN ADMINISTRATION WILL AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL HOURS TO TOWN STAFF AND THE APPLICANT WILL ACCORDINGLY PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT TO THE TOWN FOR THIS PRESENCE” ….

It was voted 3-2 not to waive the fees…The same disconnect carried over to the vote on the actual special permit request from Athena when the Vice Mayor again asked if Mr. Marchelos was ever charged…Mr. Marchelos answered it had only been a month or so and he was told by Town staff he would be billed just as the clause in the permit stated. The only way to not be charged was for the Commission to waive it…

BC- and that just was voted down by the “Gang of 3″….

The line of questioning continued with Comm. Clottey and Mr. Marchelos….

CC- ” Yes, Mr Marchelos um, sometimes when people get excited they don’t hear what a person is saying and I have a feeling this is what I’m hearing from you. The Town Manager has said and we’ve also talked to the police chief and he said that if somebody complains about you the police will come there first and if you do what the police ask you to do whatever it is, there, you will not pay anything. Only if you refuse to do what the police as you will there be any charge for a code enforcement officer. So if you have the Town Manager and you say something publicly in a commission meeting I think that overrides anything else that somebody else has told you.”

Louis Marchelos- ” Um, Commissioner Clottey on the permit we sign every Saturday night there is a line in the middle of that page that says we will be charged for fees UNLESS this commission waives it. That’s what it says, so that’s why I am up here. UNLESS this commission waives it they could charge us!”

CC- ” If you do not abide by the police.”

LM- ” It does not say that! It does not say that! Let’s be factual.”

CC- ” Let’s wait , if you do get charged , come back and this commission will take care of it.because I don’t believe you will be.”

LM- ” I got your word on that?”

CC- ” You have my word.”

LM- ” Thank you.”

BC- This writer is told that the permits received this week after the July 14,2009 Commission meeting and this exchange NO LONGER have the original reimbursement clause…It now reads just as Comm. Clottey said…the business will ONLY be charged if BSO comes and then has to call in code!…

How is it possible for the Town Manager to change a permit passed by the Commission (albeit they did not “catch” the original reimbursement clause and were not informed by the staff)….for a 3 month period? ….There was not a motion made or vote taken to remove the one clause and insert the other….WOW!…

BC- The Manager at the end of her diatribe on New Business item 16 c ended with this…” I DO MY JOB AND YOU’RE THE POLITICIANS, I’M NOT. YOU SET POLICY, I DON’T!”…Hmmmm…This writer thinks otherwise….and the above action is just the latest in a long line of unilateral acts!….

BC- No wonder this Town Manager and The Vice Mayor/Deputy Chief are so simpatico!…They operate like soul-mates in their respective roles of authority!…OUCH!…

more to come…..

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