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Showing posts with label Town Meeting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Town Meeting. Show all posts

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LOWER THAN DIRT

 
Last Tuesday night, I attended the sub-committee meeting hosted by Councilor Norman Albert and Councilor Mark Lunt pertaining to the situation with Lisbon Emergency Services.  The purpose of the meeting was to update the members of the sub-committee on the changes Lisbon Emergency had made to their By-Laws.  The meeting was conducted with no microphones or handouts so the members of the audience could not heard a lot of what was said and without a handout could not follow along.

I have been complaining about this situation for years but our Town leadership treats citizens as second class citizens.  What I mean is they do not care if the Public hear what is going on during these Public meetings.  I listen to Councilors complain that not many citizens take an interest in what is going on in town.  Well, when you are treated in this manner it is hard to maintain an interest when you cannot hear and no one cares.  Also, I have attended numerous briefing during my forty years working for the government and I never sat through a briefing that I could not hear everything said and I always had a handout in which to follow along.  At the end of classified briefings, the handouts were gathers back up and destroyed.
 
I have complained to our leadership on numerous occasions and they really do not care if they are professional or not.  This is just one of several reasons; I do not attend Town Council meetings.  If our leadership is not interested in what I have to say, then I am wasting my time attending.  Most of every Town Council meeting has been decided the outcome before the meeting so it is only a formality any ways.
 
Now, some can say that the By-Laws of Lisbon Emergency belong to Lisbon Emergency’s.  However, if the Town of Lisbon is hosting the meeting and Lisbon Emergency is asking for the taxpayers to supplement Lisbon Emergency; the taxpayers have a right to see the documents being discussed.  Just call me old fashion!  It is my personal opinion, that if you conduct a meeting in the town office and invite the Public; they should have handouts available to follow along.  If you do not want the people to attend and if you do not care if they hear or know what is going on; then stay out of our pockets to.  In other words, the citizens of Lisbon are being asked to pay for something but do not have a right to see and know what they are being forced pay for.
 
When is our leadership going to start treating its citizens like people, again?
 
Larry Fillmore

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

TRANSPARENCY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT


It sure would be nice in here in Lisbon we had transparency in our local government as promised by the current Administration.  Even the Home page of the town website states there is transparency in Lisbon.  I would like for the Administration to define their definition of “transparency” to the people of Lisbon.

I have been laid up for a while and wanted to review what was going on while I was not feeling so well.  I followed the instructions on the town website to review the Town Council meetings to catch-up.  However, when I did so, the Town Council meetings come up just fine but there is NO Sound.  I had to go back to June 27th to find a meeting with sound so you could hear them.  At this point, I must apologize for not being able to read lips.  So please tell me again how this is “Transparency in Local Government”?  The people cannot hear what being said at these meetings, is it still “Transparency”?

Now, I can explain the problem to you.  The problem is that once the town sends the meetings to Clerkbase; who updates the town website no one follows through to ensure it is posted right.  This is the problem with our current Administration.  They believe that once they send it to ClerkBase their responsibility is finished.

It is also amazing that every one of the School Board videos come out crystal clear and never has a problem.  It is only the Town Council meetings that have all the issues.  It has been that way for several years and no one can correct the situation. 

Can we still call this “Transparency in Local Government”?

Larry Fillmore

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LSJ: Lisbon candidates see need to collaborate

  

LISBON — Controversy between the Town Council and the School Committee over the proposed school budget for 2015-16 has townspeople feeling the need to get more involved, candidates at Tuesday night's Meet the Candidates forum said.

TO READ MORE: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2015/10/21/lisbon-candidates-see-need-collaborate/1804809

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

TIMES RECORD: Fourth school budget comes up

Public hearing slated for tonight
BY DARCIE MOORE
Times Record Staff
LISBON
The Lisbon Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight on the fourth proposed school spending plan proposed by the school committee for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the town office.

This year, the council amended and reduced three earlier proposed budgets by the Lisbon School Committee, all of which have been rejected by voters in budget validation referendums since June. A majority of voters in each referendum indicated the opposition to the budget was because education spending proposed by the council was too low.

The school committee has proposed a $15,441,270 spending plan, including adult education, and would reduce taxes by $93,889.


TO READ MORE: http://www.timesrecord.com/news/2015-10-20/Front_Page/Fourth_school_budget_comes_up.html

Monday, April 15, 2013

Town Council Agenda Tuesday April 16, 2013

Don't Forget to be there 1/2 hour early to discuss issues with your favorite councilor, cause  you can't do it during the meeting!!!!!


AGENDA TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
7:00 P.M. 
1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG 2. ROLL CALL
___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Larochelle
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Mason
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward

Town Clerk reading of meeting rules

 3. PUBLIC HEARING

 4. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

 5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE 

6. CONSENT AGENDA
2013-57 ORDER 
A. Minutes of March 25, 2013
B. Minutes of April 2, 2013
C. Renewal Mobile Home Parks

7. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDIANCES

2013-58 ORDER 
Sewer Department Vacuum Truck Bids

2013-59 ORDER 
Sewer Main Lining – Rt. 196 & East Ave.

2013-60 ORDER 
Sewer Back-up Consent Agreement

2013-61 ORDER
Special Municipal Referendum Warrant

2013-62 ORDER
School Budget Validation Referendum Warrant

8. OTHER BUSINESS

A. Public Works Update
B. Finance Director’s Report
C. Town Manager’s Report

9. APPOINTMENTS 

10. COUNCILOR COMMUNICATIONS

 11. EXECUTIVE SESSION
2013-63 ORDER 
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (D) Labor Negotiations

12. ADJOURNMENT 

2013-64 ORDER 
To Adjourn
13. WORKSHOP