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That’s all well and fine Mr Bennett and I always watch the meetings and try to keep up with pending town projects. The information you posted above is correct however it does not address your (as self discribed even), rude and discourteous and I will add irrelevant comments about our neighbor to the west, and south of Templeton. What your comments show is a frustration with the town and misdirecred anger that serves no one.
OK, so if I read this correct its a catch 22. Either we violated 44a1/2 or we dont have funding.Nobody in their right mind should think a $975,000 project that gets funded and balloons into a 2.133 million dollar project was approved by anyone. So is it coming out of the Chiefs salary if he hires the OPM and we dont approve the station. If we dont approve this massive adjustment who pays????We might need a Police station, but we need to do thing logically and rationally.
I may be frustrated with skynet but not with Phillipston and I believe it is very relevant to point out and talk about what Phillipston gets from Templeton and what Phillipston pays or does not pay for those things. When there is talk of cutting service to Templeton residents, all things that involve cost to Templeton is very much relevant. It must be a new concept; pointing out facts is now discourteous and rude. I would also opine you did not like my metaphor concerning Phillipston regarding Templeton services. Lastly, I am not concerned with yours or any one else's "feelings", I will leave that to others. Now, if I get some one upset, angered, mad, etc. with my comments and that gets them to Town Meeting, I would consider that a good thing. Good evening and this will end further back and forth with you. Thanks for reading this blog.
FEB 14, 2014 Eryn Dion News Staff Writer Gardner News “ Templeton Police Chief David Whitaker was present at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting and said he was both surprised by the decision and concerned. He explained that Templeton’s dispatch center was one of the premier systems in the area and wouldn’t need to regionalize for better service. “Templeton runs a very efficient and very effective dispatch center,” he said. “It’s a dispatch center that’s been used as a model for other centers that are regionalizing.”Templeton’s dispatch center, which is already regionalized with Phillipston, receives a considerable amount of funding each year through grants, which helps offset the cost of running such an advanced operation. The department averages about $119,000 in regional incentive grants yearly, as well as somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000 in training grants, and an additional $54,000 a year in reimbursement revenue from the town of Phillipston. The fiscal year 2015 budget has the center running at a cost of $210,503, however, after subtracting the grant funding and reimbursements, that number is lowered to $36,896.“That’s not even the price of one employee for top-notch, A-plus service,” Chief Whitaker said. “I don’t understand why we want to outsource this to another community when we’re bringing in all these recourses.”
OK, so I just read Chapter 44 Section 7. It appears this only authorizes borrowing up to 30 years. Maybe I missed something, but I think the present idea was a 40 year loan through USDA.I just dont feel we should be spending money on this project unless the voters agree to the doubling of the costs.If this is allowed it seems to set a horrible precedent for future projects.............Get approval at a lowball number and then after you spend money based on the lowball you double the price and stick it to taxpayers..........
It does seem the BOS will spend as much as they can get away with, so long as no one says anything. I do not think spending more than asked for is stretching the truth. It may be down right illegal. Maybe a call to the Inspector General is needed. Make that absolutely needed.