Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Where is Templeton? Where is sparky the fire chief?

Orange Fire Department getting $561K FEMA grant;

ORANGE — The Orange Fire Department received a $561,906 grant for a pumper truck and an air compressor refill system from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
It was announced Friday by the Massachusetts congregational delegation that FEMA awarded 18 Massachusetts fire departments with about $4.8 million in federal grants.
According to the FEMA website, the primary goal of the AFG program is to “enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations and state fire training academies.”
Orange Fire Chief James Young and Town Administrator Gabriele Voelker did not return phone calls for comment.
Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, spoke about Orange firefighters and the commitment first responders make to helping their communities.
“Every single day, courageous firefighters in cities and towns across our Commonwealth put their lives on the line to protect us,” McGovern said. “Keeping our communities safe starts with making strong investments in our first responders, and I’m proud that this new funding for firefighting equipment in Orange and Shrewsbury will help us protect them.”
Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat, said firefighters helped ensure the safety of towns and the money will help them to do so.
“These heroes deserve the best equipment and resources available to them so they can continue to assist residents in their time of need. I commend all of the local leaders for their persistence in obtaining these critical federal funds,” Markey said.
What you do if you feel the pay or working conditions, etc., are that bad:

Police department in western Mass. town resigns en masse.


The entire police department in Blandford, a small town in western Massachusetts, resigned Monday, leaving instructions for residents on what to do in the event of an emergency on its Facebook page.
“Attention Blandford residents: If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, please continue to call 911 as you normally would,” the post read. “The entire Blandford Police Department resigned this evening, effective immediately.”
The chair of the town’s board of selectmen, Cara Letendre, confirmed Monday night that the town’s three officers and interim police chief, Roberta Sarnacki, had resigned earlier in the day
“Fortunately the sheriff’s office and State Police have reached out to make sure our town has coverage,” she said, noting that the “vast majority of calls are routed to State Police anyway.”

“They’re a small, part-time police department,” said State Police Sergeant George Beautre of the barracks in nearby Russell. “That they referred calls to us is not the least bit unusual.”

Letendre said the board of selectmen also reached out to surrounding communities for assistance.
“I’m disappointed, to say the least, but I have no concerns about the safety of our residents because we’re covered, as we always are,” she said.
In a statement Monday, Letendre praised Sarnacki’s work over the past two months, but said she was dismayed that the interim chief had led the walkout.
“It is unfortunate that she led this officer walkout as she would have been considered as one of our candidates for [the] acting chief position as we pursue the future opportunities with our police force,” Letendre wrote.
According to WWLP 22 News, Sarnacki and the three police officers resigned “after multiple complaints to the town about unsafe working conditions.”
Sarnacki said that Blandford officers “have been working with cruisers that don’t work, bulletproof vests that are not fitted to them or might be expired, poor radio communications, inadequate staffing and improper wages,” the news outlet reported.
Sarnacki could not be reached for comment Monday.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Annual Town Meeting - May 2, 1994

article 48:
To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 44, section 53F 1/2, to establish a Sewer Department Enterprise Fund beginning with Fiscal Year 1996, or to take any other action relative thereto.

On a motion duly made and seconded the Town voted to adopt the provisions Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 44, section 53F 1/2, to establish a Sewer Enterprise Fund beginning with Fiscal Year 1996.
Annual Town Meeting - May 14, 1996
Article 46:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money to operate the Sewer Department; or to take any other action thereto.
On a motion duly made and seconded the Town voted that the following sums be appropriated to the Sewer Enterprise Fund to be expended under the direction of the Sewer Commissioners:
(Note; the SEWER COMMISSIONERS, NOT the Town Coordinator or Town Administrator and NOT the board of Selectmen)
. . . . and that $182,508.49 be raised as follows: $120,000.00 be raised from Sewer receipts and $62,508.49 be raised from taxation.
So, I wonder if the selectmen and T/A still  think that Sewer Commissioners only have a say so on policy with regards to Sewer Department?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Posted on: July 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
Beginning Monday, July 30, 2018, the new hours for the Selectmen's Office are Monday-Thursday from 7;30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The other Town Hall offices (except Veterans Services) will remain on their current hours Monday 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m
By Mina Corpuz, mcorpuz@sentinelandenterprise.com
Updated:   07/28/2018 12:32:48 PM EDT

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_32037377/fitchburg-lands-500g-firetruck#ixzz5MfQfpU5q

   FITCHBURG -- The city will receive nearly $500,000 in federal funding to buy a new fire pumper truck. "The new pumper truck will continue to enable our Fire Department to further strengthen our commitment to providing the most proficient and state of the art fire protection to the residents of Fitchburg," said Mayor Stephen DiNatale in a statement Friday. The money will be used to replace Engine 2 at Fitchburg's Oak Hill fire station, he said. Lowell will also receive about $920,000 in federal funding to buy protective gear, firefighter breathing apparatus and an air compressor with a refill system. "Every year, we are discovering more and more the dangers that firefighters face not only in fighting fires, but throughout the course of their duties," said Lowell Mayor William Samaras in the statement. The grants are through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Together Fitchburg and Lowell received more than $1.4 million from the grant. U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, who represents the 3rd District, said given local and state budget constraints, grant money can help maintain public safety and provide resources to first responders. "Our volunteer and career firefighters sacrifice a great deal to protect our communities," she said in a statement, "and it is our duty to provide them with equipment, staffing and training they need to keep their departments running safely and efficiently."

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_32037377/fitchburg-lands-500g-firetruck#ixzz5MfQRMUfH

Where is Templeton regarding these grant funds and process? Same thing could happen with highway department through state surplus.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Annual Town Meeting May 2016

A substitute motion was duly made and seconded that Article 1 Report of Town Offices, Reports of Town Committees and the Revolving Funds be split into parts as follows:
1A-Reports of Tow Officers
1B-Reports of Town Committees
1C-Revovling Funds and voted individually

A motion was duly made and seconded to move the substitute motion. Passed Unanimously/May 14th @ 9:18am

On the substitute motion to separate Article 1 Passed/May 14th @ 9:19am

1A. A motion was duly made and seconded to have the Town Report accepted as is but to have the Board of Selectmen be authorized to add an addendum to report at a later date.
A motion was duly made and seconded to move the question.
Passed Unanimously/May 14th @ 9:41am
On the 1A motion. Defeated/May 14th @ 9:42am
So, since Town Meeting voted to not accept the Town Report of FY 2015, why is it posted on Templeton Town website as is? Did the selectmen not understand the question or the vote?

There was and has not been since, town employee salaries included in the annual town report (as in all employees) That was one of the issues with the report.

Selectmen had a financial addendum printed anyways.

Templeton general Town by-laws:

Article I
Section 4. Whoever violates any of the provisions of these by-laws whereby any act or thing is enjoyed or prohibited, shall, unless other provisions are expressly made, forfeit and pay a fine not exceeding twenty dollars for each offense.
Sections 1-4 Passed 3-5-51

Section 17. The most current issue of TOWN MEETING TIME is to be considered the general guideline for all procedures of town meetings, except those procedures already provided for by the by-laws.
Amended 10-15-82

(no where in Town Meeting times does it state a moderator controls what cab be brought into Town Meeting)

Article VIII
Section 2. All officers, boards, standing committees, and special committees of the town having charge of the expenditure of town money shall annually report thereon in writing in such manner as to give the citizens a fair and full understanding of the objects and methods of such expenditures, referring, however, to the report of the Town Accountant for statements in detail of receipts and payments, and may make therein such recommendations as they deem proper. Such reports shall be submitted to the Selectmen for inclusion in the Annual Town Report on or before the thirty-first (31) day of January of each year.

Where is the listing of Town employee salaries by the Treasurer, as a full accounting of the spending of public monies - what are the taxpayers paying their employees, since they are told said employees are under paid or under market etc.

Doing or ensuring things such as these are done or not done will cause the questions to cease. Otherwise, it will just continue, like it or not. I believe it is called free speech and questioning your government, it is the democratic process.

It is like the politicians saying the money needs to be removed or controlled from politics. If they would stop taking the bribes and stop accepting the money and doing things for the money, that "problem" would go away. They will not stop taking it and they will not stop pandering to those who give it.

The last posted meeting with an agenda:

Town:Templeton, MA 
Board:Community Veteran's Oversight Board
Time:Tuesday February 20, 2018 6:30 PM EST
Location:American Legion Post 373, 3 Central Street Templeton, MA 01468
1. Meet and Greet the New Committee
 Chair-MAJ Michael Currie
 Co-Chair Hal Bourgeois
 Secretary SGT Christine Caplis
 Treasurer Ted Furr
2. Approving Calendar FY14
3. Budget FY15
4. Director’s Operation Report (John Caplis).
5. New Business
 a. Look at Bylaws
6. Set next quarters meeting dates.
7. Executive Session, if desired.

Optics are important, appearances matter, so who is on the Veterans Oversight Board? Does Templeton even have one? Are the selectmen aware? What are the plans for this board, if any?

Massachusetts General Law, chapter 39

Section 16: Appropriation, advisory or finance committees; appointment; tenure; powers and duties

Section 16. Every town whose valuation for the purpose of apportioning the state tax exceeds one million dollars shall, and any other town may, by by-law provide for the election or the appointment and duties of appropriation, advisory or finance committees, who shall consider any or all municipal questions for the purpose of making reports or recommendations to the town; and such by-laws may provide that committees so appointed or elected may continue in office for terms not exceeding three years from the date of appointment or election.
In every town having a committee appointed under authority of this section, such committee, or the selectmen if authorized by a by-law of the town, and, in any town not having such a committee, the selectmen, shall submit a budget at the annual town meeting.

What does submit mean? - present (a proposal, application, or other document) to a person or body for consideration or judgment.

So, there is a Massachusetts General Law that states the Finance or Advisory Committee shall present a budget to Town Meeting, not create one.

Templeton Town General by-laws:

Article III - Town Officers: Section 4. “It shall be duty of the Town Administrator in conjunction with the BOS to consider expenditures and develop a budget for the ensuing fiscal year of the several boards, officers and committees of the town, as prepared by them in such form and detail as prescribed by the Town Administrator.”
Passed 5-16-13, Approved by A/G 8-22-13. Amended 5-19-14, Approved by
A/G 7-2-14

What does develop mean? - to invent something or bring something into existence.:

Article IV - Advisory Committee - Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Advisory Committee annually to consider the expenditures in previous years and the estimated requirements for the ensuing year of the several boards, officers and committees of the town, as prepared by them in such form and detail as may be prescribed by said committee. The said committee shall add to such statement of expenditures and estimates another column, giving the amounts which in its opinion should be appropriated for the ensuing year, and shall further add thereto such explanations and suggestions relating to the proposed appropriations as it may deem expedient, and report thereon as provided in section five of Article II.

So, clear as mud, as it may be, there is a law that states who should be submitting a budget to Town Meeting and since we (Templeton) does not have a by-law that clearly states who shall present a budget to Town Meeting, it seems the selectmen / Town Administrator shall prepare or create a budget, but Advisory Committee shall present a budget to Town Meeting. Looks like another interesting year.

Friday, July 27, 2018

There are two ways we treat the roads during winter called anti-icing and de-icing.

Before a storm, we anti-ice the roads by applying a liquid solution to them. This solution prevents snow and ice from binding to the pavement and lowers the temperature that water freezes. The reason we apply a liquid and not solid salt is that the dry salt is blown away or bounces off the roads when applied before precipitation moistens them. Once precipitation begins, we begin to apply rock salt which requires moisture to be effective.

During and after a storm, we work to de-ice the roads. We remove the ice and snow from the surface of the road by plowing and applying additional materials to the surface of the roads. This helps to loosen the ice and snow from the pavement, while also lowering the freezing point of water.
You may also see some materials spread along a cleared highway after a snowstorm. This post-storm treatment is applied to the roads to prevent them from re-freezing during nighttime.
There are 5 types of materials we use to treat the roads for snow and ice,

  • Rock salt breaks up ice and prevents it from sticking to the pavement.
  • It is widely available, effective, and inexpensive compared to other de-icing/anti-icing materials.
  • However, it is corrosive and can harm the environment if over-applied. It also does not work well at lower temperatures,

  • Liquid magnesium chloride prevents snow and ice from sticking to the roads.
  • It works in lower temperatures, and is less harmful to both the environment and snow plows.
  • However, it is expensive and must be applied at specific times.

  • Brine prevents snow and ice from sticking to the pavement.
  • It is effective for pre-treatment, and easy to apply to the roads.
  • It is less expensive and has fewer restrictions on when it can be applied.
  • However, it does not work well at extremely low temperatures.

  • Sand is inexpensive and effective at increasing traction at lower temperatures.
  • However, it does not melt snow and ice, and loses its angularity, and thus its traction, rapidly.
  • As sand can clog drains, it must be removed from the roadway, roadsides, and storm drains and disposed of.

  • Pre-mix is used in  “reduced salt” areas, and  in areas of lower air temperatures.
  • It is less harmful to the environment than other materials, and effective at lower temperatures.
  • However, it is an expensive material that  has to be stored and kept dry

  • Collins said Wellesley officials began researching carbohydrate-based additives in recent years after attending a national public works conference, where they heard rave reviews from officials using them in other parts of the country.
    The City of Boston uses salt primarily and sometimes will use a mixture of salt and water, said deputy public works commissioner Michael Brohel. But he said carbohydrate-based additives could be in the city’s future.
    “We’re always open to testing out new methods,” Brohel said.
    Interest in, and experimentation with, carbohydrate-based substances has risen in recent years due to positive results from use of one of the older and more well-know additives, beet juice, long popular in the Midwest.
    “With the success of the beet products, people are looking at what else they can use,” said Fay.
    Of course, cost is a major factor driving what public works agencies use to treat roads, so they’re generally on the hunt for substances that are cheap and also local, because transporting the materials over long distances can quickly become too expensive to be worthwhile.
    And that’s why officials said beet products have been popular with public works agencies located around factories in the Midwest that process the plant.
    For much the same reason, cheese brines have been popular in parts of Wisconsin.
    In some cases, the additives are actually substances factories would normally toss out as waste, which allows public works agencies to buy them at low prices.
    Leftover by-products of distilling and brewing processes have also been used as additives in places known for beer and alcohol production, including in Massachusetts.
    Xianming Shi, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Washington State University and a leading expert on the topic, several years ago developed an effective additive from leftover, non-drinkable liquids produced by a vodka distillery in Alaska. He’s also found that other substances, such as apple pomace, work as effective additives to salt.
    Shi said a key benefit of the additives is this: They improve effectiveness of preventing ice buildup on pavement, thus allowing public works crews to buy and use less environmentally-harmful salt.
    There’s no known, cost-effective way to eliminate the need for salt entirely. But, for now, “our goal is to reduce the need for chlorides as much as possible,” said Shi. “Even reducing salt use by 20 percent would do a lot.”
    Road salt eventually gets washed into the surrounding environment and waterways, building up over time. It not only corrodes vehicles, bridges, and other infrastructure, but it also destroys plants, harms animals, and contaminates drinking water.
    But some believe that carbohydrate-based additives come with their own environmental concerns, at least temporary ones, particularly when they seep into waterways. There, they can promote bacteria growth and can also temporarily lower oxygen levels, potentially putting stress on plants and aquatic animals.
    There have been other complaints about some of the additives. They aren’t cost-effective to use in every situation. Some smell funky and feel sticky when stepped on. There have even been reports of additives clogging the equipment that sprays them on roads.
    But experts said refinements have been made over the years to try to reduce, if not eliminate, those negative side effects.
    Collins in Wellesley said he hasn’t had any of those issues with the molasses-based product they began using last winter. He said the town is open to trying other additives.
    Public works agencies “are just starting to get their feet wet with this,” said Collins. “I think you’re going to see more of a spike in people trying these products.”
    Enterprise funds, fees and cost accounting:

    Right from the Selectmen's handbook:

    User Fees and Enterprise Funds
    Property tax revenues derive from a tax rate and property values, with little or no link to the cost of
    specific government services. In contrast, user fees and charges support the provision of a specifi
    municipal service, with the users paying for the service based on the cost of providing it.

    A user fee is simply a charge to the user of a specific government service. Th underlying philosophy
    is that those who use or benefit from a program or service should pay for it. Th direct and indirect
    costs of various services are analyzed, fee mechanisms studied, and fees and rates established to
    recover the full cost of service delivery.

    It is essential to distinguish between the types of user fees. User charges are based on the goods
    and services used by an individual, group or business (e.g., sewer and water user charges). Other
    fees, such as licenses and permits, might reflect the costs of the government’s review and regulatory

    User Charges
    User charges introduce a business relationship between the user/customer and the governmental unit
    imposing the charges. The customer has the option of avoiding both the service and the charge, and
    the governmental entity provides only the level and quality of service for which users are willing to

    . . . . Enterprise Funds
    An enterprise fund accounts for the income, expense, assets and liabilities of financing specific
    services to the public, where the governing body intends to recover the costs of providing the services
    through user charges. Governmental units operate and finance these service activities in a manner
    similar to a private business or enterprise. Rates and user charges are established, either as part of
    the budget process or as a separate, formal rate-setting procedure to cover direct and indirect costs,
    including depreciation of assets, expenses, replacement or improvement of assets, and efforts to retain earnings for future capital investments.

    While sound business practices and long-term financial planning might dictate the creation of an
    enterprise fund, municipalities may also do so to achieve some broader public policy objectives.
    Some elected and appointed officials believe that those who benefit from a particular government
    program should pay for the program through user fees. These officials may conclude that an
    enterprise fund is the best mechanism for systematically accounting for all direct and indirect
    operational costs and revenues. Thus, an enterprise fund not only yields the financial data needed
    to periodically determine the required level of revenue, but also responds to public policy goals,
    management control, accountability and other objectives.

    The Templeton Town Administrator and members of the board of selectmen have been making the argument for moving collections of the sewer dept. from the sewer dept. office to the Templeton collector's office, citing past audit management letters and it would save money.

    Selectmen also told voters they needed a certain amount of dollars to pay for an infield groomer and they told voters they need certain dollars for Assessors new software and then told the Assessors the funding was in place. Both turned into to, in my opinion, lies. Did not need the amount of money asked of Town Meeting, the funding source for Vision software was not there, so now you want voters to trust you, the selectmen, on this issue.  Sorry, ah, no, I believe the office of the board of selectmen is built on a foundation of lies! (in my opinion)

    I believe denying a person of a certain department a pay raise for no real good reason, could lead to an MCAD complaint, as that action, or lack of, could be taken as discriminatory, in my opinion, any way.

    Bottom line, I do not believe this board of selectmen can be trusted.

    From: jeff bennett <j_bennett506@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2018 7:11 AM
    To: selectmen.fortes@templeton1.org; Selectman Caplis; Selectwoman, Diane; selectmen.richard@templeton1.org; Doug Morrison, Selectmen
    Subject: resident sees lack of trust
    After watching last evening selectmen meeting this A.M., I am a little concerned. From the Assessors Vision software, now to infield groomer. It seems if one attends Town Meeting, BOS meetings, capital planning meetings or budgetary meetings, it is hard to trust what one hears or is told. Presenting one thing and then doing another does not bode well for this voter anyways. Have a plan, present a plan and follow the plan. Most importantly, budget the plan rather than rely on handouts from another town department.

    On another note, I believe now is the time to begin planning, as in create one, for future snow & ice. Do not wait until next year or what ever point in time it happens, to suddenly have to buy screened sand, it is not cheap! You (highway dept.) does not have the trucks to haul it efficiently. A look at the complete costs of using sand has to be part of the plan, perhaps a task for capital or advisory committee, as it involves the spending of taxpayer money.

    Jeff Bennett
    concerned Town resident
    Chairman of the Board of Selectmen John Caplis asked the State Ethics Commission for advice about the conflict of interest law, MGL, chapter 268A.

    Mr. Caplis has a medical consulting business located in Templeton. The one thing not mentioned in the letter sent to John Caplis from the state Ethics Commission is the fact the John Caplis served as the Templeton Veterans Service officer for a few years.

    Become a Veterans Service officer for the Town, become a selectmen and then use those two positions to develop a client base and start a business to personally benefit oneself. (financially)

    That is the conclusion I come to and that is my personal opinion.

    I am interested in seeing the plan put before the Templeton Planning Board for things such as location, parking and all of those pesky things.

    The letter from Ethics is on file with the Templeton Town Clerk's office.

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    TO:        Board of Selectmen
    FROM: Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator
    RE:       Administrator’s Weekly Report
    DATE: July 26, 2018
    CC: All Departments

    Town Accountant: Lynn continues to work through the audit of the Sick, Personal and Vacation. She will be out of the office next week, so we plan to wrap that up by the end of the following week. I am still working on finalizing the year end financials. The hope was to present the final quarter & yearend reports at the selectman’s meeting on August 8, but that needs to be pushed off to August 22nd. Luanne will be out of the office that week and I have some appointments that day that can’t be changed and I won’t be back to town in time for the meeting. The auditors are scheduled to come the week of August 27th to do the field work

    Public Works
    Highway Department: The Interim DPW Director had a long-planned family vacation next week so will begin on 08/07. We expect to kick-off the snow and ice study that week as well. I met with the Pavement Managements System study engineer. He has competed his ride-over on all of the streets. He expects to circulate a mapping of the Town next week (private vs accepted vs state, etc) for vetting. Our hope is to have a Draft for review and comment by 09/01 and then be before you on 09/26

    We now have to have a study to get the roads plowed, cannot wait.

    The expenditure report for June will not be ready until the third week of August. Excellent!

    Could have been Templeton:

    Town of Warren to join Rutland dispatch center, with Hubbardston to save about $18,000.00 per year with Warren coming on board. Currently Hubbardston spends about $134,241.00 on dispatch, which will go down to about $116,502.00 per year. Lets head to the bank skipper, we have taxpayer cash saved to deposit. Instead, Templeton builds a jail cell and now locks up people in Athol State police barracks.

    Maybe Templeton will not have to lock any one up, I mean if the roads are not plowed, the police will not be able to get there anyways.
    Capital Plan - what was presented to Town Meeting; what was presented to board of selectmen and what did they vote to present to the Town Meeting?

    Where does that appropriated but not used money go to / for?

    Does the light department get the unspent money back?

    Does this give anyone confidence in any plan going forward?

    I move to appropriate the sum of Fifty Eight Thousand Five Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($58,500.00) toward a program of capital purchases and improvements, as generally illustrated below:
    Infield Groomer                                        $10,000
    Cemetery Garage Roof - 39 Bridge St.    $10,000
    T.C. Fire Training Room AC                     $ 3,500
    Fire Chief's Vehicle F150 Interceptor     $35,000

    and to meet said appropriation by a transfer of Forty Five Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($45,000.00) from certified free cash and a transfer of Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($13,500.00) from overlay surplus

    Why ask for $10,000.00 if you do not need it?

    Capital Planning By-Law:

    Section 2: Committee duties: To facilitate the reasonable acquisition and replacement of capital items (defined as assets and projects with a useful life of five or more years and a cost of more 41 than $10,000.00 but including items with an individual cost of less than $10,000.00 when purchased in bulk at a cost of more than $10,000.00), the Committee shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

    • Annually collect all proposed capital improvements for the coming six years from all departments, on forms designed for that purpose.

    • Consider all requests and the relative need and impact of
    these requests on the Town’s financial position.

    • Establish and annually update a five-year Capital Improvement Plan, based on this information.
    • Annually, prepare a report prioritizing capital needs for the coming fiscal year, and recommend a Capital Improvement Budget for that fiscal year.
    • Submit this annual report and their recommendations for purchases or improvements, to the Board of Selectmen for its consideration and approval as part of the annual budget planning process by January 1 of each year. A copy of said report shall also be filed with the Town Clerk and Advisory Committee.

    If Town Meeting is given bad information, why should they appropriate anything that is "extra"? Assessors Vision software, infield groomer and I wonder how many other items are going to surface over the year? Remember the items to be paid for by meals tax are already $4,000.00 over what was presented to town meeting (it is on video)

    Just another reason why no other town wishes to do business with Templeton.

    On top of this, look at the financial policy of the Town (selectmen) and you will see a goal of certain amount of dollars to be not spent in order to generate a certain amount of "certified free cash" and perhaps to ensure there is enough to back fill fiscal year 2019 and do some other things, the selectmen will do anything to make that happen, including lies or misrepresentation to Town Meeting, the same people who elect them to look out for them.

    Can the board of selectmen be trusted?