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Here’s The Scoop….”New Broom Sweeps Like The Old One”…

“NEW BROOM SWEEPS LIKE THE OLD ONE”…..

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This writer heard this was a quote in a N.Y. Times Washington story about the “backing” being done…the “excuses” being made for those nominees President Obama wants…despite their bad acts…of tax evasion….

The double standard being used by the majority party in “mistakes” being made…but are not to be addressed…”There is important work to be done…time to move on”…

HMMM…where have we heard this before…closer to home perhaps…AHHHH…that’s it…right here in LBTS…we have the new majority that came into power almost 1 year ago and ….

we find…the “new broom sweeps like the old one”….

Behind the scenes decisions…are swept aside…so what if “mistakes” were made…”Move on”…say the “Broom Boys”….

Look the other way ….so what if flag poles came about…without a vote for them…they are up…move on…

The bases below…passed on the consent agenda…you know that pesky agenda item…where “sweeping” passed items are made…unless taken “off for discussion”…those left..passed…usually 5-0… never to be seen again…unless you watch the video…”swept” from the minutes…never to be seen again …unless that is some sort of explanation is finally made for how we ended up with something no one remembers voting for…and even then the votes…were on items not fully disclosed…”move on”…

The bases were blank…with a sprucing up called for…the consent agenda item was indeed discussed…but the result…caught at least 2 Commissioners by surprise…not what they thought was directed…and even though they were offered no final look before installed…never mind…..”move on”….

Flag poles at entryways north and south…when did that come up?…Don’t recall…”move on”….

Sweeps of code enforcement…from north to south…finding no input on the revisions..the staff forged ahead…..although a few do not recall ever being asked for direction…then getting the codes  for revision just a few days before…lacking backup…lacking reason…bringing forth a few days of intense “catch up”..still hearing …”move on”…don’t” micro manage”… definitions of duties legislative VS administrative……just  asking for “courtesy” from staff to better have an opportunity to serve constituents…is asking too much…”move on”….

Some on the dais get the info…if they are lucky to be everyday “visitors’ within the Town Manager’s sanctum…others are left in the dark…too many questions…”move on”…

Look at the awards…the financial awards…the books look good…never mind what is lost in the reality of running the town… if the books look good…”move on”….

Wearing “hats” is something the administration and staff do as well as  their “ardent 2-Hats” supporters….we have an Assistant to the Town Manager…who morphed into a “full-fledged” Assistant Town Manager…who acts as the Development Director…over the Code Enforcement  long time employee who was “elevated” to that role…neither meet the criteria for heading that department…separately or together…but…”move on”…and we saved money on placing ads in the right venues……”move on”….

We have loopholes being used for Jarvis Hall use…after changing the original intent of that hall……but …”move on”…

We have a fire department…with no oversight…no accountability….with the Town Manager…turning a blind eye….to repeated “red flags”…”move on”…

The pavilion…may look great in the end…but that’s not the problem…the pavilion changed …and the Administration knows when it did…they made the change without going back to the Commission to show it to them……to ask for any input…….but we’re told “if mistakes were made”…”so what”…”move on”….

This writer hears one of those “Broom Boys”…now recalls stubbing out for plumbing…but never mind…”move on”…

The Public Safety Complex is open…was it necessary to do …many are not so sure…it’s still an old hotel…The reasons for it…don’t quite add up…For AMR…a look yesterday at 2 small rooms and a bathroom…temporary accommodations could have been found for the first year…The VFD could have gone back to their old digs…for at least a year…The BSO…still needs much additional work…and could have been kept the status quo…..For housing Town records… ..$2 million to move the records closer…(another excuse used for the purchase)…why?…they are never produced anyway…and the development office in the trailer…if we knew we were going to be running it under the Assistant Town Manager…why not use Town Hall?…but as the Mc-gang group says…”move on”…

Dear readers…..in the recent past….with that different majority…with that Manager named Baldwin…that Clerk named Alina…if the above was going  on… all those who are now calling these acts “mistakes”…saying to “move on”…would instead  be calling it all a golden opportunity for a “platform” to run against…in the next election…” a clean sweep”…for change!….ARGHHHH….

We hear the CIC met last night…a “cheer leading” of sorts…of all the great things that have come about over the last year in charge…the room was full with  a smattering of old die- hards…3 commission members…those in the “cycle” of “us vs them”…..unaware of the truth…some who remain to still be on the inside…and new members of which half were VFD ….

We also hear letters and responses to re-up calls have given the CIC leadership quite  an earful…of what has happened since last February…..and decisions to not remain members…

So perhaps a new tact will be used…a “wolves in sheep clothing”…to try and make amends…..with election 2010 “looming”….

But alas keep your eyes on the issues…not the personalities…for it should not matter who is in charge the rules still need to apply….accountability is required…

more to come…for this writer…is not easily “swept away”….

“if it walks like a duck…..” or now we might say….

“a broom is a broom is a broom!”…….

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