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Friday, October 12, 2018
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!
By now everyone has received
the information sheet published by the town pertaining to the bonds everyone
will be voting on November 6, 2018.Naturally, this information sheet was sent
out after some absentee ballots were issued.Kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think.
This is yet another example
of the town spending money.They have
absolutely no problems spending our tax dollars but you never see any councilor
trying to save our tax dollars by reducing the town’s operating cost.
If one was to pay attention
to documents associated with the Town Council agenda for October 16, 2018, they
would have noticed that the last paragraph of the Police Department’s report states that come January 2019, the Lisbon
Communication Center will no longer be performing dispatching for Durham.If I remember correctly, that leaves only
Lisbon performing dispatching for Lisbon.This
means the taxpayers have to pay for the entire Lisbon Communication Center
which was budgeted for $345,246.00.
Several years ago, Councilors Garrison and Pesce
conducted a survey and determined that by joining the Androscoggin County
Dispatch, the town could save at least $200,000.00 per year.However, the
Town Council voted 4-3 not to join Androscoggin County Dispatch and again the
following year the Town Council voted 4-3 not to join Androscoggin County
The reason provided was that the Town Council did not
want to give up control to Androscoggin County Dispatch.This effort both
times was spearheaded by Fern LaRochelle who neglected to inform everyone that
he was and is a subcontractor of the town who works directly with the Lisbon
Communication Center. In
my eyes, this was then and still is a conflict of interest that he should have
revealed at the time.Now that he is once again a Councilor, he
should recuse himself from any vote on this issue, if it ever came up again.
This is an excellent way for the town to save at least
$200,000.00 tax dollars and no one is willing to look into saving taxpayers any
money, just spending.It has been proven that letting Androscoggin County Dispatch
perform our 911 calls if a much more efficient and at a cost savings to
I can almost guarantee you
that this will never happen because it makes sense and it is the right thing to
one, from the Town Manager or the Town Council wants to do away with Chief
David Brooks’ legacy.This has nothing
to do with logic; it is strictly a political decision.Well, political decisions do not pay the
bills or provide for taxpayers’ family.
So tell me again, why is our Councilors NOT looking for
way to save our money?