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Monday, October 22, 2018
WHAT IS GOING ON?
Over the weekend, I had the
misfortune to review the Town Council meeting of October 16, 2018.The meeting lasted two hours and twelve
minutes.It should have taken an hour.Instead we have two Councilors trying to
outdo each other in stupidity.
Councilors LaRochelle and
Albert continued to make comments that we already explained.This is my personal opinion:(1) LaRochelle just likes to hear himself
talk because it makes his ego get bigger and (2) Albert talks to make people
believe that he is as smart as All Ward, which will never happen.
There was a lengthy
discussion between these two on what the towns’ marijuana policy is going to
discussion should have been held during the workshop but apparently was not.The Council should be united on each item before it is added to
the agenda so that the Public can express their concerns.
This marijuana policy is
being pushed through so very fast.I
believe that Councilor Brunelle is the one doing the pushing.This is because Brunelle want to corner the market when he opens
his marijuana retail store in Lisbon Center. He
is pushing this so he can open before Christmas.As it is going, I believe, that Lisbon will
be the pot capital of Maine.
Also, during the meeting it
was brought out there will be an environment inspection of the Worumbo Mill
property.The Town Manager acknowledged that the last
environmental inspection was done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
several years ago was on file.If I
remember correctly the report found coal ash and other toxics underground on
the property. Councilor
LaRochelle was quick to point out this is a different kind of environmental
inspection.I hope this is
performed prior to the town purchasing the property for $30,000.00 as agreed by
If you remember a few years
past when LaRochelle was last time on the Council, he pushed for the town to
purchase the Worumbo Mill from the Millers.This is when the EPA did their inspection and the people turned it
down.I believe that LaRochelle is back
on the Council to purchase the property now.
It was also brought out that the Lisbon Communication
Center will no longer be dispatching for Durham effective January 1, 2019.Durham, like
everyone else, is having Androscoggin Country Dispatch perform this task.If Lisbon chose to take advantage of Androscoggin Country
Dispatch, it would save the taxpayers over $200,000.00 yearly.This
will never happen because the Town Council is not interested in saving
taxpayers money instead spend, spend, spend and raise taxes.Lisbon has the second highest tax
rate in Androscoggin Country.We passed
Auburn this year and will be pushing to pass Lewiston in the years to come.
Also, it came out that the
town has now loaded the Accounts Payable module of MUNIS.This
has taken close to three years to accomplish load the first module.I predict that at the current rate, MUNIS
will not be fully functional by the end of the seven year contract.I personally believe this was major blunder,
that the Town Manager and Ryan Leighton, forced the Town Council to do.Now it will cost the people a large amount of
tax dollars to correct this mistake but putting this task on the Finance
Director is insane. I
have performed several conversion and they are extremely hard for a team of
professionals to do but impossible for someone to perform alone.