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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Re: Maybe Dan Hoort Should Spend Time on His Job

"He has too much time on his hands. He acts as if he is the town
manager. I have this idea, then another. and oh by the way, here is another
idea."



How do you know about his time/  Are you snooping?  Do you have people stalking
him?

How is he acting like the town manager?  Do you mean the one that left, or the jhn
acting one, or the one that got away?

Remind me to be sure to never have an idea  ideas seem to be be bad things
around here.
10:26 pm est 

Re: You Know When Someone Knows and Respects the Town

The problem is not the past and who knows Provincetown history best
and how we got to where we are. The true issue is, collectively most don't give
a rats .... what happens to its future. No children no future. You ruined it
through greed and instant gratification because most don't care what kind of
town you're passing on to future generations.
11:05 am est 

You Know When Someone Knows and Respects the Town

You know how much they know and how they value the various aspects of the town.
You see it in their actions and their judgments.
10:10 am est 

Obviously Dan Hoort Needs a Full Time Job

He has too much time on his hands. He acts as if he is the town manager. I have
this idea, then another. and oh by the way, here is another idea.

Forget it Dan. You need to stick to your job and hope you can fulfill the
demands. It is doubtful but you can fool many people but not all the people all
of the time.

Hope you follow Sharon soon. She needs you. We don't.
9:36 am est 

Re: It's Important to Know the Town

"You don't have to be born here but you should know the town. You
should know its history and value its past."


Great idea.  Now, who decides on the questions in the "konow the town" test. How
will we decide on who values "its past".  Interviews?  Written tests?  On-nine
maybe.  Interviews before a committee?  Sort of like Joe Mccarthy and the house
un-american activities committee. Maybe the best idea is to have  you decide
much like god with the left and right side stuff.
9:33 am est 

Re: It's Important to Know the Town

"Here is My Sense: an Outsider is Someone Who does not Know the Town"


Not too bad, but who defines knowing the town?  You?  No, cuz I don't trust your
judgement.  Not me. cuz you don't agree with me.  So who?
9:30 am est 

Re: Maybe Dan Hoort Should Spend Time on His Job

"Get back to work and do what you should be doing."


And, what is that?  First you bash because he has ideas then you say get back to
work, but fail to tell us your idea for what she should be doing.  Any real
thinking going on here?
9:28 am est 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Maybe Dan Hoort should Spend Time on His Job

Instead of deciding he is leading the town. I have this idea.. then I have this
other idea...then guess what, friends, through my brilliance, I have another
idea.

Get back to work and do what you should be doing. even that is suspect.
12:56 pm est 

Re: It's Important to Know the Town

Here is My Sense: an Outsider is Someone Who does not Know the Town

Know the town and you are part of it. Know its history and you carry the past
with you. It is a welcoming town but don't take it for granted. Know it. Care
about it. Love it.

That is what makes anyone a part of this town and an insider.
12:54 pm est 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to All

I can only hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Being here in
Provincetown is great and having Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends
just so wonderful.

To one and all: Happy Thanksgiving!
9:06 pm est 

It's Important to Know the Town

You don't have to be born here but you should know the town. You should know its
history and value its past.

I find too many who are here know little of the past and sadly care little. they
know almost nothing of the artists who lived here, where they lived and what
they painted and wrote.

They come in, too arrogantly, and believe history begins when they arrive. that
is a problem and it separates and divides the town.

It seems like a purposeful amnesia and ahistorical if not anti-historical
approach. this is a small town with so much history that needs understanding and
respect.
9:05 pm est 

Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!  ".......And the Greatest of these is LOVE"
10:20 am est 

Gardner The Charter and Our "Laws"

We have a charter and we have laws, local laws and state laws that we must abide
by but do we? Are they saying  inside they make their own laws and disregard the
laws that must be upheld. Wasnt there talk on this blog about an employee
shirking ethics laws. Don't we hold seminars or training on certain things for
our towm employees. We don't just go out and hire people to be cops without
first having them trained do we.i would like to think and know as a taxpayer
that the people that work for us are doing the right things and are above board.
10:18 am est 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Re: They May Be Running This Town---But Who Are They?

"Outsiders. People who were never born here. Others who live here but
hardly know this town."



In your opinion the only way to know the town is to be born here,eh?  What if
someone came here at 1 year old? how about 7?  Would twelve work?   How about 30
but really smart and with lots of energy?

Your attitude defies belief.  Where one is born has absolutely nothing to do
with ambition, ability, work ethic or anything else that is required to know and
understand a place, its people and its problems.  Granted that a person who
shows up on Monday and by friday wants us to believe that they really know us
and the town, is full of it.
10:25 am est 

Re: Shellfish Warden

What Tony did will take at least two people to do but isn't that always the way
when a long time employee leaves and someone new is hired. Dedication and
dedication and dedication is what Tony has. Truro is very lucky to get him. Let
me guess, Truro offered more money than we did so he's going to Truro? What's
wrong with us that we would let a very dedicated long time employee go who knows
his job very well. We will end up paying two people what we had in one. NICE!
10:24 am est 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Post Away on the Blogs

Show how sad you are. How unhappy with his death.

Do you think they care?

Do you think they even know who you are sad for? Who this wonderful man really
was?

I doubt it. Write on, my friend, but you write for a non-audience.
9:20 pm est 

They May Be Running This Town---But Who Are They?

Outsiders. People who were never born here. Others who live here but hardly know
this town. And then the others, yes the others who want what they want
regardless of what rules they break.

Sad to see who is now running this town.
9:18 pm est 

Re: David Gardner - Appointment of Assistant Town Manger

"What an utterly ignorant remark! It is amazing that one can find fault with
quoting the law. The Charter defines the rules and procedures by which
employment is implemented.

Your remarks define your contempt for due process and label you as
devoid of wit!"


I don't get it at all.  Too many people here on any side of an issue
have a real problem with fact.  For example,  there is a post that seems to
quote the law about hiring employees for the town.  I read it several times but
for some reason it gives no information about te source.  Then we have a couple
of posters who start a cat fight over te charter.  Well, I went to the town
website and can't find anything in the charter about hiring employees.  So I
went to the by-laws and bingo,there it is.

So folks the lesson is:  do a little research on easily obtainable info before
spouting off
9:05 pm est 

Re: David Gardner - Appointment of Assistant Town Manger

So Few really Know the Charter

and yet quote it, write it, reframe it. Yet they hardly know the law.
6:51 pm est 

Re: David Gardner - Appointment of Assistant Town Manger


"Here is the law about employment. It states very clearly that all positions
must be advertised in the newspaper. But, it allows an appointment for short
duration while the advertising is ongoing. I wonder if the TM job was ever
advertised locally and has the ATM job been advertised. Too often the BOS does
not know the charter and by-laws and acts as they feel is ok. Not maliciously
or conspiratorially , but ignorantly."


""Oh, right! Quote Us the Charter
give us a break. so unintellectual. Keep on quoting, kid. Keep right on.""


What an utterly ignorant remark! It is amazing that one can find fault with
quoting the law. The Charter defines the rules and procedures by which
employment is implemented.

Your remarks define your contempt for due process and label you as
devoid of wit!

6:25 pm est 

Re: David Gardner - Appointment of Assistant Town Manger

"Town Charter

"6-2. Employment.

6-2-1. Solicitation of candidates.
No employee shall be hired by any agency of the town without there first being
solicitation of candidates for the position in a newspaper of general circulation
in the town at least two consecutive weeks.

6-2-2. Temporary appointment to continue essential function. This bylaw is not
applicable to temporary appointments of not more than six weeks duration, made
for the purpose of continuing an essential function while the
solicitation-selection process proceeds under this bylaw."

"Here is the law about employment. It states very clearly that all positions
must be advertised in the newspaper. But, it allows an appointment for short
duration while the advertising is ongoing. I wonder if the TM job was ever
advertised locally and has the ATM job been advertised. Too often the BOS does
not know the charter and by-laws and acts as they feel is ok. Not maliciously
or conspiratorially , but ignorantly."



Oh, right! Quote Us  the Charter

give us a break. so unintellectual. Keep on quoting, kid. Keep right on.
5:33 pm est 

Re: Shellfish Warden

Why Not a Part-time shellfish Warden?

Half time with Tony Jackette is full time for anyone else. Why don't we hire him
half time?
1:27 pm est 

Re: David Gardner - Appointment of Assistant Town Manger

Town Charter

"6-2. Employment.

6-2-1. Solicitation of candidates.
No employee shall be hired by any agency of the town without there first being
solicitation of candidates for the position in a newspaper of general circulation
in the town at least two consecutive weeks.

6-2-2. Temporary appointment to continue essential function. This bylaw is not
applicable to temporary appointments of not more than six weeks duration, made
for the purpose of continuing an essential function while the
solicitation-selection process proceeds under this bylaw."

Here is the law about employment.  It states very clearly that all positions
must be advertised in the newspaper.  But, it allows an appointment for short
duration while the advertising is ongoing. I wonder if the TM job was ever
advertised locally and has the ATM job been advertised.  Too often the BOS does
not know the charter and by-laws and acts as they feel is ok.  Not maliciously
or conspiratorially , but ignorantly.
12:03 pm est 

Re: Shellfish Warden

Tony Jackett will be sorely missed as the Warden for Provincetown. He is
even-tempered with a level head on his shoulders and is always there to listen
and help and he knows his job more than very well. Let's hope we don't end up
with some pompous full of him or herself looking for power and to make a name
for themselves. Maybe we need to clam in Truro once in a while just to pay a
visit to Tony to let him know how much we will miss him.
12:15 am est 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Executive Director of HOW

Has anyone heard that the newly hired Executive Director of HOW is no
longer with the organization, her last day was Friday.

What happened?
8:12 pm est 

Re: Shellfish Warden

Anyone Who Loves clamming Has Much Respect for Mr. Jackette

He is always there and present. He takes his job seriously and has for many
years. He is knowledgeable. a great guy and a great harbormaster. Part-time with
him appears to be full-time anyways.
2:02 pm est 

Re: Shellfish Warden

Tony Jackett is the Best

I think he is doing part-time work here in Provincetown and full time in Truro.
I would hate to lose him. He is always there on the flats and is so
conscientious. tony is a great asset and a wonderful shellfish warden.

He can do it all!
12:19 pm est 

Re: Shellfish Warden

You can do one of two things or even both, ask tony or get the job description
from the Town Hall. Don't rely on someone else who thinks they might know,
instead go directly to the source.
10:01 am est 

Shellfish Warden

Does anyone know what a Shellfish warden does 5 days a week, 52 weeks
a year?  Is it really a full-time year-round position?


I WANT TO KNOW HOW CAN HE BE THE SHELLFISH WARDEN FOR BOTH OTOWN AND TRURO?

How dies that work?
9:59 am est 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Speaking of the Charter

For all the hullabulou about the changes in the charter and the Ad Hoc committee
to Revise the Charter and the present Charter Commission, well nothing changed.
All that hoopla, all the many meetings, and official revisions proposed,
nothing.

Such is the state here and the no change, in this case, was the right decision.

Another Candyland [et al] fantasy that went kaput!
12:18 pm est 

Shellfish Warden

Does anyone know what a Shellfish warden does 5 days a week, 52 weeks
a year?  Is it really a full-time year-round position?
12:17 pm est 

Town Positions Have to Be Posted

This David Gardner did not do. He is quilty of personal picking--that is
patronage--and people land in jail for doing this. These are public positions
and the job description and qualifications need to be legally advertised. and
then, from the list, Gardner can select. But he cannot simply pick anyone on the
street for any position. Poor management here, that is for sure.



Mr. Gardner may appoint someone to a temporary 'acting' position and no posting
is required.  Should he want to hire a permanent assistant town manager he is
required to post the position.
12:16 pm est 

Re: Brian Carlson

Community Development Department

Was Mr. Carlson the head of Community Development and the regulatory boards?
That's news to my ears because when going before  the regulatory boards we
always worked with the former Permit Coordinator Ms. Notaro (who by the way we
miss very much) and now the present one who is Mr. Hamnquest. The only times I
was told to speak with Mr. Carlson is if I had any septic or conservation
involved in my applications because Mr. Carlson handled health and conservation.
12:14 pm est 

Banner Cover Page - Is the Big News Here the white Fox?

Is this what the Banner now has to offer? Is this news analysis? Headlines and
"analysis"? We are down to this. No news. No interpretive analysis. No grasp of
what is actually happening.

We may not need the Banner. Too little, too late.
12:13 pm est 

Re: Duarte's Parking Lot

"Second, who the heck are you to decide that the life's work of a
family should not be sold at whatever price they can get for it."



An appraiser told me that in eminent domain cases the owner always gets more han
the property is worth on the open market.
12:10 pm est 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Brian Carlson - Wellfleet assistant Town Manager

Given What Brian Carlson Presents as His Responsibilities in
Provincetown

Why didn't David Gardner appoint HIM acting town manager? He says he ran and
managed the community Development Department and then he has done even more--he
ran and handled all regulatory boards. Who knew? Amazing!

why didn't most of us know this? He must have been running around so fast and
furiously, we missed his leadership and management of everything down there.
Wow!
10:47 am est 

Assistant Town Manager

Town Positions Have to Be Posted

This David Gardner did not do. He is quilty of personal picking--that is
patronage--and people land in jail for doing this. These are public positions
and the job description and qualifications need to be legally advertised. and
then, from the list, Gardner can select. But he cannot simply pick anyone on the
street for any position. Poor management here, that is for sure.
10:44 am est 

Town Charter and Bylaws

Before people post they should do their research and read what the charter and
bylaws of our town have in writing and adopted. If you are not sure of something
check with our Town Clerk who is very knowledgeable of our laws including things
such as State Ethics and the Open Meeting Laws.
10:43 am est 

Re: They Come, They Go! Nov. 16th

"What's this mean. Is Mr. Carlson leaving to take a job in Wellfleet.
He's not the only one that had protection by Sharon Lynn. There were others of which a
few have left with a couple more that should go. We taxpayers have been paying
decent salaries to some with not much productivity."



Agree, like the         Administrator
10:39 am est 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Brian Carlson

Brian Surely Will Be Over Hid Head

Good luck Wellfleet! maybe Carlson should have taken Gloria with him!
10:57 pm est 

Housing Informational

50 people attended the desperate housing informational

Yowza. Year after year we hear these stories of housing desperation. Experts are
brought here--and from The attendance from Town Hall, the powers that be in town
and the staff associated with housing and the public comes to a total of 59
people.

People from Town hall and housing groups have more people than that all told.

Sheesh..the taxpayers are being sold a bill of goods.
10:55 pm est 

Re: 100 E-Mails

Have they received any answer on the 100 emails?
Thought they were supposed to be provided, OR an detailed explanation given as
to why not.
10:54 pm est 

Jaran's Arbitration

Oh please oh please let the rumor be true that Donegan is going to be
nailed for the town losing to Jaran's arbitration. How awesome would that be!
10:52 pm est 

Duarte's Parking Lot

So all of the super smart people on fb are now trying to figure out a
way to take Duarte's Parking lot by eminent domain. WTF. First, I won't vote at
town meeting to spend  2,3, 4 or whatever million dollars needed to buy the lot.
Second, who the heck are you to decide that the life's work of a family should
not be sold at whatever price they can get for it. Why not just take the Harbor
Hotel, demolish it and build a police station there say for a million dollars.
Why not take the Ted Malone's property of of Race Point Road, say for 200
thousand. Come on. Put a parking lot where the VFW is and move on.
10:51 pm est 

Re: David Gardner

"Respect Goes With Respectful Actions

They are linked. Act aggressively and authoritarian, and you lose respect"


Personally I kinda like it when someone can act with deliberate speed.  You can
call it aggressive.  Others might call it assertive.  As far as being
authoritarian, what does that mean in this context?  I suspect it means that you
don't like what Gardner did.  Oh, weel, there is a solution.  Apply for the TM
job.  Then you can be on the receiving end of all this BS.

It sure does, and your opinion counts as much as Gardiner's (but really a lot
less since you don't work at town hall). I thought that the BOS had to approve
the hire.  is it safe to say that they did or is it up for a vote at some future
agenda?
10:48 pm est 

Re: David Gardner

David Gardner please take the Town Manager's position. This nonsense
with the BOS search committee and lack of a new police chief has to stop. Please
take the position because you are better than anyone at town hall when it comes
to ignoring the crazies.
10:45 pm est 

Re: Cheryl Andrews

It has become painfully obvious that Cheryl Andrews thinks she would
be a better Chairman of the Board of Selectmen than the Chair elected by the
Board majority.
She is constantly making faces, looking disgusted with the Chair, and trying to
either discredit or challenge his effort to make meetings productive.
Maybe if she supported this Board, and I am not saying agree with everything,
but SUPPORT the efforts and not try to discredit any idea that is not her own,
maybe we could move forward with an agenda.
Ms. Andrews, we challenge you to be the person you said you would be during your
campaign. You have become the "Austin Knight" of this new Board, and you are
slowing progress with your selfish, self-centered behavior. Many of us who voted
for you are rethinking our votes.
It isn't to late to change.
10:43 pm est 

Re: David Gardner

"Until now. This act of personally appointing--without any public
posting of the position--without anyone else being able to apply--changes my
attitude of him. what is he going to do next? Appoint a new police chief?
Appoint a new Health Director--and all in a patronage manner? This is bad policy
and poor decision making."

"all in a patronage manner"? What does that mean?


From what has been posted here it seems that Gardiner has both the right and
duty to appoint certain employees.  Where do see any laws or rules that say that
he can't do this or that it must be done according to a certain guideline?

From what has been shown, he is just doing what the charter says that he can and
should do.  So maybe he deserves praise for doing his job according to the rules
instead of damning him for not following your made-up stuff.
10:40 pm est 

Re: Cheryl Andrews Has Our Back!

At the Board of Selectmen meeting the Residential Tax Exemption was rejected in
a 4-1.   Selectwoman Andrews cast the only vote to support the exemption.  What
was Cheryl Andrews' explanation for this vote.  As a part time resident, I'd
like to hear her justification.  I heard that she reads this blog daily, so
maybe she could respond and make her position clear.
10:38 pm est 

Re: David Gardner

To whoever thinks that Gardiner did something wrong or will do
something wrong in hiring people, please remember to read and think not just
vent with un-thoughtout rants.

This was posted earlier;
"The town manager shall hire the following
town employees with
the approval of the
board of selectmen:
(a) accountant;
(b) assessor;
(c) assistant town manager;
(d) clerk;
(e) licensing agent;
(f) police chief;
(g) tax collector;
(h) town counsel; and
(i) treasurer."

NB the part that says "with the approval of the BOS".

Like it or not this is our law.  No where does it say that you must approve.  No
where does it state the details of process.  Sorry.  Accept our laws or work the
system legally to change them.  Don't just try to make up your own set of rules
for us.  We have our rules under existing law.
10:36 pm est 

Re: They Come, They Go! Nov. 16th

What's this mean. Is Mr. Carlson leaving to take a job in Wellfleet. He's not
the only one that had protection by Sharon Lynn. There were others of which a
few have left with a couple more that should go. We taxpayers have been paying
decent salaries to some with not much productivity.
10:34 pm est 

Re: David Gardner

"David Gardner has been doing a pretty good job until now"

Why would he appoint a health director if we already have Mr. Carlson. How many
people do we need in health? The majority of the towm is on the sewer system
now. When I looked into hooking in I was told I needed to do it through the DPW
so why do we need more health people. Don't we already have a health director
and a health inspector.
10:31 pm est 

Re: Building Department

Look at November 12 @ 8:11 pm under "What Next"

If you didn't say the building department was so screwed up then someone did.
10:29 pm est 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Housing Meeting

QUESTION: WHO NOT ASSOCIATED WITH HOUSING (MEANING PRIVATE CITIZENS)
ATTENDED THE MEETING?

We know that the interested developers, the housing staff from the various
Affordable housing organizations and the town staff would be there--what about
regular people?

With all of the non-stop-year-round-press about housing--how many of the
"renters" were in attendance and spoke up?

Or is like the public-empty housing summits?
10:01 pm est 

Re: Town Manager/Assistant Town Manager

Respect Goes With Respectful Actions

They are linked. Act aggressively and authoritarian, and you lose respect
9:59 pm est 

Re: Affordable Housing

HOUSEMATE FINDERS

The taxpayers are now paying the three women pictured on the Front Page of the
Banner two weeks ago a salary to find housemates for people while one of them
recently made disparaging remarks about landlords.

What landlord will rent to the people who rail against them on electronic media
as well as on the pages of the local paper?

What landlord will allow extra people to inhabit one of their apartments or
rental houses?

I'll tell you about housemates: coming home and seeing food strewn around on the
kitchen walls. Seeing a scarred counter top where a person pulled the broiler
pan out of the oven and put it on the counter instead of on a bread board of
something so the heat didn't ruin the counter top.

Burnt pans, hair products that block up the bathtub drain each week, dark stains
on a handmade rug even though they aren't supposed to eat in the living room etc
etc etc

What a twisted world this affordable housing issue has ushered into this town.

And is the town Hall overflowing with rents bemoaning the lack of rentals in
this town? No, they are home counting up their money from their unemployment
check.
9:57 pm est 

Re: Affordable Housing

Y0! HEY, LANDLORDS GET CONDOING

Don't get left behind and be stuck with regulations limiting your options
because you didn't go and condo your property.

Just read the letters and the rallying cry to ban condos--wake up or no one will
buy your property when you go to sell it.

Why? There will be all kinds of rules and regulations and possibly the passage
of a no new condos law.

Who will buy your property then? Who is going to buy your apartments if you have
to keep some units at an affordable housing price?

Even the selectmen are on the anti-landlord bandwagon of what is yours will be
managed by US! Wake up and get thee to a condo lawyer.
9:55 pm est 

David Gardner Has Been Doing a Pretty Good Job

Until now. This act of personally appointing--without any public posting of the
position--without anyone else being able to apply--changes my attitude of him.
what is he going to do next? Appoint a new police chief? Appoint a new Health
Director--and all in a patronage manner? This is bad policy and poor decision
making.

9:53 pm est 

Re: Cheryl Andrews Has Our Back!!!

Not...  She is only looking out for herself.  Maybe it is time she took another
break from service.  You will be doing the town a favor.
9:51 pm est 

Town Manager/Assistant Town Manager

People should show some respect for the job the (previouly assistant ) town
manager is doing. Stop bad mouthing everything that is being done and
concentrate on the things that need to be done .
10:22 am est 

They Come, They Go

Brian Carlson was always in a better position with Sharon Lynn. she had his back
and always protected and promoted him. but now--what is life like downstairs?
Not the same.

So Wellfleet. such is life. Eat a few oysters along the way.
11:17 pm est 

Re: Cheryl Andrews Has Our Back!

Just not the backs of all tax payers... just the voters that can keep her in
office.  I have supported her in the past, but no more.  Ms. Andrews has made it
clear where her allegiance is and glad I know where I stand.
11:16 pm est 

Re: Acting Assistant Town Manager

"What a mess. This is so crazy it is a nightmare. David Gardner cannot
legally such hire anyone at anytime for any reason. It is  not legal. and worse,
she is unqualified. time for her to retire and say goodbye."



7-2-5
The town manager shall hire the following
town employees with
the approval of the
board of selectmen:
(a) accountant;
(b) assessor;
(c) assistant town manager;
(d) clerk;
(e) licensing agent;
(f) police chief;
(g) tax collector;
(h) town counsel; and
(i) treasurer.


Section 4: The Acting Town Manager

7-4-1
If the office of the town manager shall
become vacant, then the assistant town
manager shall become the acting town manager, and if there is no assistant town
manager then the town clerk shall become the acting town manager.

7-4-2
The acting town manager shall have all of the powers and duties of the town
manager and shall be the recipient of the funds voted by the town meeting to pay
the town manager.

7-4-3
No member of the board of selectmen shall be an acting town
manager

So here you have it folks another ignorant hater shown for what he/she is. The
town manager has the responsibility to hire thee assistant town manager.  The
acting town manager ha all the authority of the town manager.

More stupid poppycock from the            that post here.  We live under our
laws not your hateful ignorant prattle

11:04 pm est 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Re: To: Webmaster

I'm glad the Webmaster is Posting my Opposition to Michelle J

She was not selected for town  manager neither here nor in Truro. Obviously, she
was not the best candidate and fell short of expectations. So why would you
appoint such a candidate for assistant town  manager? Most people would not.
Let's get someone with energy and brains and vision. I don't think that is
asking too much for an assistant town manager.
5:02 pm est 

With Much Sympathies

Yes, sadly Joe Duarte has passed away. He left us yesterday morning and he is
missed. He was so humble, so kind, and so much fun to be with. He cared about
people and leaves a wonderful legacy.

He filled the parking lot with his presence, his smile, his being. It is so
empty without him.

To his wonderful wife, Peggy, much sympathies.
4:48 pm est 

PTV

Watching PTV is so frustrating. It has been mentioned so many times
that the volume is so low that even turning up the volume all the way on my
remote makes it still barely audible. Sometimes the camera isn't even on the
person speaking. Why not get another company to document our meetings. They have
made no effort in improving the quality. They just don't care.
4:43 pm est 

Re: To: Webmaster

"In defense of Clarence..."

Well then, let me be more direct. Your continuous, repetitive, mean-spirited and
wholly unsubstantiated screed in regard to Michelle J is obnoxious, and
shouldn't be given a further platform.
3:01 pm est 

Is it True That Joe Duarte Has Died?

I am so saddened. I can only hope this is not true. He was such a gentle man, so
sweet and such a hard working man.

I loved talking with him. so kind, so understanding and such a gentleman.

I can only hope that this news is not true.
12:06 am est 

Acting Assistant Town Manager

How do You Take the bottom and then Hire This One?

What a mess. This is so crazy it is a nightmare. David Gardner cannot legally
such hire anyone at anytime for any reason. It is  not legal. and worse, she is
unqualified. time for her to retire and say goodbye.
12:04 am est 

11:59 pm est 

She is a Long term Employee Who Doesn't Deserve This Position

She is not qualified. Michelle J is a poor candidate for
town manager and unqualified for assistant town manager. Did the position go out
for candidates? Did anyone else apply? I doubt it and that is the only reason
this poor woman was hired. Unqualified and a loser. What other town would
upgrade such a lower to assistant town manager?

This is such a sick decision and a sick joke for this town.

We deserve better.
11:59 pm est 

Re: Building Department

"So, if it's the Inspector of Buildings that is the zoning officer
then why do you say the building department is so screwed up. Ms. Howard is
probably the only one in that department that knows zoning inside and out. So
where's the problem?"



There might not be a problem except in the minds of those that think that
everybody is perfect (or should be). Actually I never said that the building
dept. is screwed up. Government is far from perfect and you will die of
frustration waiting for it to be as great as you would like.
11:53 pm est 

Re: To: Webmaster

In defense of Clarence,he posts the passIon that other bloggers
experience in living here and are subjected to our Town Gov't such as it is! The
state of things here now warrants a Pro in Public Administration! We can't have
an "on the job trainee" now! Michelle J.,like a lot of others could be acting or
asst. Town Mgrs. 20 years ago! The system has changed dramatically! Michelle J.
Is too connected to affordable housing,(that turned out to be not so
affordable)!We need AFFORDABLE housing & a lot of other needs to which she is
out of touch! No need to name call someone who's not stupid! She's just not able
to meet our needs now! We need new ideas from someone not connected in any way!
Stop the old buddy's game! Pure & simple!
11:51 pm est 

Need For Seasonal Units

A recent post on FB is a rental in Provincetown for $1,430.00/month.
The owner is willing to make it available for 2 years. Nobody wants it. Why,
probably because there is no real year-round rental crisis. The crisis is that
people move here with unrealistic ideas of what Provincetown is like in the off
season and want housing given to them at the tax payers expense. We do not need
to build more year round units. We need the town to build or help build seasonal
units that can sustain the economy that exists now.
11:50 pm est 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Building Department

So, if it's the Inspector of Buildings that is the zoning officer then why do
you say the building department is so screwed up. Ms. Howard is probably the
only one in that department that knows zoning inside and out. So where's the
problem?
8:27 am est 

Condo Conversions

It is the denigration of landlords and the continued call for affordable housing
and the ban on condos that is making landlords run to do a condo conversion of
their property.

we did it and others are doing it..It is a very simple process. You have the
peace of mind knowing that your biggest financial investment is secure if go
condo now and grandfather your property.
8:26 am est 

To: Webmaster

Clarence: What's to be gained by posting the constant yammering of a
depressed person calling Michele J names and degrading her?

Don't you see that this reflects on you, as you are the moderator? Not a noble
legacy.
8:24 am est 

Re: Town Manager

"Let's be truthful here.  Our town is not very desirable as a managers
opportunity.  Our pay is low.  Our political climate (just read the crap here)is
hateful. Real estate prices are through the roof.  The schools are a major
concern.  The geography is great for only a few."



Exactly. And now the town is spending upwards to $44,000 to start a new search,
with most likely paltry results. Some here feel that Provincetown has a blinding
chimera, like everyone in the world would just be thrilled/honored/dying to live
here.

While this town is place of extraordinary beauty, it's simply easier to just
visit.

It was a mistake to lower the TM salary.
8:23 am est 

Get Off Michelle's Back!

Whoever you are... knock it off. Michelle is a long term town employee and
doesn't deserve your denigrating and disrespectful comments. You're entitled to
your opinion but that doesn't give you the right to be mean and nasty towards
others. It's no wonder that we can't attract first rate candidates with your ilk
around.

Signed,
Another long term Town employee, taxpayer, and concerned citizen
8:21 am est 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Re: Town Manager

"And here's where YOUR ignorance shows. qualified consultants may use
standard sites and magazines like ICMA, but they
will actively recruit outside that.  they cultivate mailing lists, prepare
attractive informational brochures to distribute, have a national network of
colleagues who recommend potential candidates, and DO THEIR JOB better.
so, yay, the consultant was the best in MA. but there are 50 states, and he's
certainly not even in the running for mediocrity nationally."


Before I retired to our paradise I was on search committees in NY and MA Both
times for the equivalent of Town manager.  Different places have different names
for the same function.  I can assure you that you have no idea of the process. 
There are no magic ways to find candidates.  There is one and it does not work
like executive searches for accounting executives or advertising managers. 
Every city/town manager/executive belongs to the organization and most are
always looking for better opportunities.  Search consultants mostly help to
define the job opening in the best possible light.  They then post it on the
organizations web site and Journal.  They will then sort out responses and hone
the list to about twenty to forty depending on the job.  This list will be
handed to the search committee which will then winnow it about ten or less. 
They may conduct interviews by phone or skype or in person.  The final list is
usually three or four and is given to the city counsel o!
r BOS etc. for final consideration.  It is not magic and there are no mailing
lists.  This is a very specialized business and many of the managers are in
regular contact with each other at regional meetings and national meetings or
state meetings such as the mass Municipal Association meeting.

This is how it really works and no matter how much you would like it to be
different, it is not going to change except for adopting to newer means of
communication.
1:57 pm est 

The Woman is a Loser

And here we go appointing a loser to a new position. This is a most stupid move.
What was David Gardner thinking? Or was he?
11:15 am est 

Provincetown Electric Rates

Nstar has requested the state to approve huge increases in electric generation
rates starting in January.  January to June fixed rate would be 14.97 cents per
KWH and variable rate in January would be 22.79 cents.

These compare to 9.4 cents in Nstar's current July to December 2014 fixed rate.

Under Mass. deregulation, you can pick an alternative electric generation
supplier, but most people don't bother.  Here is a list of the possible
alternatives:

http://www.nstar.com/ss3/residential/competitive_supply/suppliers.asp

I have checked most of the ones on the list and the lowest seems to be Gulf at
11.9 cents fixed for all of 2015.  If anyone finds a lower rate, please post it.

The state already approved huge increases for western Mass. and will likely
approved most if not all of the Nstar increases. The $ jump in your bill will be
big, just when you have heating costs to contend with, too.  Switching electric
generation suppliers is easy online.
11:14 am est 

Re: Town Manager

"Oh, yes, you searched and fund the right candidates. After so much
deliberation, so much study, you found what--a bunch of losers. and Michelle J
is part of the loser group.

Oh, thanks for your careful study, but at the end you and your committee came up
with so many losers. And there she is--head honcho loser herself, the Michelle "


Please post again and tell us why you can just insult people and never make any
effort to explain why you think that people are "losers".  Can you be civil in
anything, or is everything to you just another opportunity to be nasty and
negative.
11:12 am est 

Re: Town Manager

And here's where YOUR ignorance shows.
qualified consultants may use standard sites and magazines like ICMA, but they
will actively recruit outside that.  they cultivate mailing lists, prepare
attractive informational brochures to distribute, have a national network of
colleagues who recommend potential candidates, and DO THEIR JOB better.
so, yay, the consultant was the best in MA. but there are 50 states, and he's
certainly not even in the running for mediocrity nationally.
it would have cost more $$ up front,but a good consultant would have cast a wide
enough net that we would have had a better pool.
and yes, there are many things wrong with the town that make the TM a less than
appealing position, but it's not an unfillable position, and there are qualified
candidates who would have applied if the search was better conducted.
11:09 am est 

Oh, Really Rob Tosner

Oh, you are so objective. Oh, yes, you searched and fund the right candidates.
After so much deliberation, so much study, you found what--a bunch of losers.
and Michelle J is part of the loser group.

Oh, thanks for your careful study, but at the end you and your committee came up
with so many losers. And there she is--head honcho loser herself, the Michelle
J.
12:24 am est 

Town Manager

"Most important, we need a qualified headhunter who specializes in
executive searches, not some local hack who was hired because he was cheap. If
we get that, we will get a strong applicant pool."


The opening for town manager in Ptown is not like an executives in marketing or
IT.  Municipal management is a rather narrow field odf expertise.  The MMA is
the go to organization for this work.  Getting people to apply reqires too
things:  have an attractive job (we don't) and then tell the very closed world
od municiapl managers that it exists.  Decent jobs that pay well in towns like
Needham or New Castle(armonk, NY) will get hundreds of applications in no time
at all.  Ptown will never get a "strong applicant pool" because we don't have a
job in which strong applicants are interested.  We can get a decent, not top,
manager, that is it.
12:14 am est 

Re: Acting Asst Town Manager

"Most important, the BOS hired a 3rd rate consultant. When he was
asked if he would conduct a national search he said no. He placed an ad in the
ICMA publication and said he would call people in MA who he knew and try to
interest them in the position. Because he didn't do a thorough search, the
candidate pool was small and weak."



Once again we have  poster who would lke us to believe that he/she has a clue
about the process.  This post proves otherwise.  The Consultant we used is the
most widely used experienced in the state.  EVERY and I truly mean EVERY job
opening is listed in the ICMA journal.  This is THE reference book for people
who want manager jobs in municipalities in the USA.  There is NO other place to
do it and I defy the poster to tell us otherwise. Just google the organization
and see the job listings.

Let's be truthful here.  Our town is not very desirable as a managers
opportunity.  Our pay is low.  Our political climate (just read the crap here)
is hateful. Real estate prices are through the roof.  The schools are a major
concern.  The geography is great for only a few. The town s tiny with few
solvable challenges.  Fishing is history.  boston and New York are too far away. 
There are no top drawer higher education institutions close by.  The lure of the
art colony is rapidly declining.  tourism is at most 5 months per year.  So what
do we have that a top tier manager would want?  Any answers.  As usual there
will be nothing concrete offered.
12:05 am est 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Building Commissioner

It Helps if the building commissioner Knows the town's zoning Laws

and it also helps if he has balls! Both are in question.
4:36 pm est 

Re: This is a Riddle Looking For an Answer

"Maybe...but now we have a rejected candidate who is trying to be
poised to be the new town manager. We already said no and there she is--the
losing candidate in this key position."

Other than repeatedly being hateful towards MJ by repeating the words "rejected"
and "loser", is there anything concrete that can be said?  Who is the "we" that
you refer to?  What board are you on the "rejected" her?  The BOS thought that
they had a candidate that was MORE qualified.  They NEVER said that MJ was
unqualified.  Get it?  Also, she was appointed to be the Assistant TM, a job for
which she was never rejected. And, on top of the rest of this illogical and
hateful screed, you claim to know the intentions of the BOS and MJ, by dreaming
up the claim that she " is trying to be poised to be the new town manager".  Can
you ever separate your fantasies from fact? We know that you can't live without
conjuring up more conspiracies, but please try.
4:31 pm est 

Building Commissioner

"You're kidding, right? The building commissioner IS the zoning
enforcement officer also, no?

Maybe THIS is why the building department is so screwed up."



This was answered earlier.  Look at the By-laws.  The Building COMMISSIONER is
NOT the enforcement officer. By the law it is Ms. Howard the Inspector of
Buildings.

Again posters here seem to think that they can say as they please about the
charter and By-laws without really knowing them and that we will blindly believe
them.
4:29 pm est 

Re: And so Goes the Drama

"What's taking so long to hire a town manager. Let's hire someone so
we can move forward and make progress.  Status quo is getting us nowhere. Things
are becoming stale except for the usual gossip. It's been quite some time now
that we have been operating with an assistant town manager.  If we can't seem to
move forward then let the assistant town manager go back to his office as
assistant town manager position and the selectmen do the town manager
responsibilities. After all, isn't that how it works, the town manager works for
the selectmen. Clet them take turns sitting in the office doing the day to day
work."


Would that life was that simple and we could all do as we pleased regardless of
the law. In many cases we would be better off, but regardless we still live
under our charter and by-laws.  So, what seems to be common sense is not allowed
under our laws.

By the way, exactly what do you mean by "moving forward"?  The BOS still sets
policy and the Acting Town Manager executes that policy working with all the
various department heads.  Nothing will really change by hiring a permanent TM. 
We can move forward with what we have, that is, if we know what "moving forward"
means.
4:26 pm est 

Building Commissioner

"The Building Commissioner is our zoning enforcement officer and if
he's not then he should or is supposed to be."


In fact the By-law states that the "inspector of Buildings" is the enforcement
officer.  I believe that the Inspector of Buildings reports to the Building
Commissioner.  So that would be Ann Howard.
4:24 pm est 

Affordable Rentals

EQUATION????? IT SEEMS THAT NON BUSINESS PROPERTY OWNERS ARE BEING
ASKED  TO SUPPORT PROVIDING HOUSING FOR BUSINESS SEASONAL WORKERS.
HOWEVER LETS TAKE A MOMENT AND MAKE A LIST OF THE MANY BUSINESS THAT ARE
CLOSING. GRANTED THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BUSINESS FOR MOST OF THEM TO STAY OPEN 
DURING THE OFF SEASON. SO ARE THESE WORKERS GOING TO STAY IN THEIR PROVIDED
HOUSING, OR GO SOUTH TO MAKE MONEY.   EACH YEAR THE TAXES GO UP, WE SEE SENIORS
HAVING TO SELL THEIR HOUSES. THESE SENIORS HAVE SUPPORTED THE TOWN ALL THEIR 
LIFE AND WOULD RATHER STAY IN THEIR HOMES.
   THE  SEASONAL BUSINESS SHOULD BE PROVIDING HOUSING FOR THEIR STAFF. NOT THE
NON BUSINESS PROPERTY HOMEOWNERS.
   ANYONE AGREE????? LETS HEAR FROM  YOU.
4:23 pm est 

Re: Acting Asst Town Manager

When David Gardner took on the position of Acting Town Manager everyone believed
it would be for a fairly short time, 6-9 months at most.
Many things went wrong:
Most important, the BOS hired a 3rd rate consultant. When he was asked if he
would conduct a national search he said no. He placed an ad in the ICMA
publication and said he would call people in MA who he knew and try to interest
them in the position. Because he didn't do a thorough search, the candidate pool
was small and weak.

Second, the town-appointed Search Committee was not competent. They were not
qualified to interview people, and certainly couldn't close the deal.
Finally, the man who was selected didn't want the job. He used the offer as
leverage to get a salary increase at his old job.
Candidates should have been vetted better, and the search committee should have
been sure they knew about housing prices, lack of career options for spouses,
and other issues with the position before the candidates were brought here.

So, it's 11 months since Sharon left. David has been doing all the work go the
TM, but he didn't lose any responsibilities for his job as Asst. TM.
It makes perfect sense to hire a temp to fill David's old job. Michelle served
in that position when Keith was TM. She has an understanding of the job and
because she's already on staff, she can jump in until a new TM is chosen and
David can return to his permanent job. Then Michelle will just move back to her
old office.
This isn't a conspiracy,just an attempt to keep David from burning out.

Most important, we need a qualified headhunter who specializes in executive
searches, not some local hack who was hired because he was cheap. If we get
that, we will get a strong applicant pool.

Finally we need a search committee that isn't dysfunctional and can get the job
done. Until then I support whatever David has to do to keep healthy and keep the
4:19 pm est 

Building and Zoning

The Building Commissioner is our zoning enforcement officer and if he's not then
he should or is supposed to be.
11:37 pm est 

And so Goes the Drama

What's taking so long to hire a town manager. Let's hire someone so we can move
forward and make progress.  Status quo is getting us nowhere. Things are
becoming stale except for the usual gossip. It's been quite some time now that
we have been operating with an assistant town manager.  If we can't seem to move
forward then let the assistant town manager go back to his office as assistant
town manager position and the selectmen do the town manager responsibilities. 
After all, isn't that how it works, the town manager works for the selectmen.
Clet them take turns sitting in the office doing the day to day work.
11:36 pm est 

Re: This is a Riddle Looking For an Answer

She Was and is a Reject

and yet here in Provincetown, losers are promoted. Salaries increase, positions
get better and the rejected candidate ends up---being our Assistant Town
Manager.

Sorry, but are we just stupid? Is this town stuck in doo-doo land? I hate to
raise this but the level of stupidity is overwhelming.

What is it we--those who do think once in a while-- want? The worse? The bottom?
What is it that makes us happy?

Obviously, this is a complex question for Provincetown.

But I am starting to believe, to my distress, that stupidity reigns here and no
new learning is possible.

Case in point: Michelle Jaruwiciwicky as assistant town manager.
11:29 pm est 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This is a Riddle Looking For an Answer

Semantics but Michelle J was Rejected

She was not chosen. She lost. She was rejected as town manager.

And now this rejected person is "chosen" for acting Assistant Town Manager.

You have to be kidding all of us. So her salary goes up and up and for what?
This is a riddle looking for an answer.
9:13 pm est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

"MJ was not rejected; she was not accepted. They really are
different."

"A Difference without distinction"


Not quite.  Several people apply for a job.  Possibly all are qualified. Only
one can be chosen.  The Choice is made based on who would be the best.  There is
no actual rejection.  That would imply that a person is unqualified.  No
one,repeat no one, said that MJ was unqualified.  It is only the haters on this
site that say that.
8:22 pm est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

Same old same old.  Employees still working half day Friday, long term
employees promoted, pension plan  medical the same.
Good work all
8:20 pm est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

"What a cluster fu............" indeed, when you squeeze every last drop
of money and influence from the town, leave, get another job and live fat from
the havoc you have wrought.

Thank you; the many who have come and gone in the last 5 years.
8:15 pm est 

Generous. Thoughtful & Considerate

Motion to move taxi stands (from in front of Town Hall) to Ryder St.
Ext.

Love how the proponent does not even comprehend the current regulation, but is
eager to move the taxi stand to another spot (in front of other businesses).

Generous. Thoughtful. Considerate, unless you fail to realize the potential
hazard for vehicles exiting the MPL and Fisherman's Pier.
8:13 pm est 

Re: What Next


"The building commissioner is mostly concerned with issuing
building permits and assuring that all codes have been followed. He does not
have to be a zoning expert."


You're kidding, right? The building commissioner IS the zoning enforcement
officer also, no?

Maybe THIS is why the building department is so screwed up.
8:11 pm est 

Acting Assistant Town Manager

Was There a Posting of the Acting assistant town Manager's Position?

Maybe some really qualified individuals would have applied. Maybe we would have
had a great temporary replacement. Maybe...but now we have a rejected candidate
who is trying to be poised to be the new town manager. We already said no and
there she is--the losing candidate in this key position.

If David is tired, then let him leave. He can sleep a lot when he is no longer
acting town manager.
8:10 pm est 

Traffic Hearing

I can't wait until next year's hearing. I suspect the BOS might try and close
the Pilgrim Monument.

8:07 pm est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

"MJ was not rejected; she was not accepted. They really are different."

A Difference without distinction
4:46 pm est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

"Michelle J was rejected as town manager and she is not qualified to
be assistant town  manager."


I read a post recently discussing rhw random townspeople who are motivated by
envy and meanness. The above quote is a shining example of this type of screed.

I'm growing weary of the deification and expectations surrounding the hire of a
town manager. They will not be king/queen of the world (bet you a male will be
hired, but I digress).

The main skill required of TM will be the ability to navigate through the dark
waters of criticism, hatefulness and conflict that radiate from a certain
segment of the population.

Who wants to take that on?
4:43 pm est 

Re: What Next

"I doubt Gloria is controlling the newly appointed Building
Commissioner. True, he is not that familiar with our zoning but neither is she."



The building commissioner is mostly concerned with issusing building permits and
assuring that all codes have been followed.  In Mass the state has an extensive
code for most building trades and the towns follow that code.  in some cases
there are exceptions but not many.  He does not have to be a zoning expert.  I'm
sure that he knows the building codes.
4:20 pm est 

Re: Cheryl Andrews Has Our Back!

"We need to collect more revenue and the most logically way is to make
part time residents take on the burden as they
can afford it more than most who live here year round."



I just gave my neighbor a call at his work number.  I read him the above and he
just chuckled. As he said, he and his partner live in a small apartment so that
they can afford to have a small piece of Ptown even part-time. They are both mid
level government workers and don't really make a ton of money.

He agreed that to some it would seem logical to after him for more money because
he has no say in the matter.  Might makes right is what he said.

He wanted to know how you can possibly know what they can or cannot afford. 
Makes me think too.  Any answer to his thoughts.
4:18 pm est 

What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

"Looks Like any Long Term Town Employee is Capable of Being Assistant
Town Manager Working here long term is not enough of a criteria. Michelle J was
rejected as town manager and she is not qualified to be assistant town  manager.
the town has changed and it is not the same it was ten years ago. what a mess. she is not
what we need. Gardner's character deserves rethinking after this fiasco. And a
fiasco it is!"



A few comments:

MJ was not rejected; she was not accepted.  They really are different.

What, in your mind, are the qualifications for being our assistant town manager 
Specifics are better than broad-brush accusations.

Fiasco?  As the say, "Kidding, right?"  How about we leave the drama to the
stage and use a little thinking here.  Maybe she is not the best, but "fiasco? 
C'mon.
12:05 pm est 

What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

Looks Like any Long Term Town Employee is Capable of Being Assistant
Town Manager

Working here long term is not enough of a criteria. Michelle J was rejected as
town manager and she is not qualified to be assistant town  manager. the town
has changed and it is not the same it was ten years ago. what a mess. she is not
what we need. Gardner's character deserves rethinking after this fiasco. And a
fiasco it is!
10:35 am est 

Cheryl Andrews has our back!

At the Board of Selectmen meeting the Residential Tax Exemption was rejected in
a 4-1.   Selectwoman Andrews cast the only vote to support the exemption!  The
voters appreciate her courage and support.  We need to collect more revenue and
the most logically way is to make part time residents take on the burden as they
can afford it more than most who live here year round.
9:54 am est 

What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

Truly amazing is the ability of some in here to attack in every different
direction! Many in here wanted Gardener to be the new town manager. Now that he
is, (acting), and hasn't made the "right" decision according to some, he's to be
considered to be no good and not worthy of the position. Now he's appointed MJ
to the position of acting asst. TM. This tells me he's not capable of doing the
top job and all that is involved with it in the first place as many in here
thought he could but do respect the decision he made to appoint MJ. Keep in
mind, years ago, while Gardener was off in some distant place, MJ was acting TM,
not asst. TM and handled the situation well, ALONE. Don't tell me she's not
capable of the asst. position if she was able to do the TM and asst. positions
together! Nothing against him but Gardener is and always will be an asst. TM,
that's his limit.
9:44 am est 

Michelle Jarusiewicz

How dramatic to read all the hate stuff about MJ. But, then this is
Ptown where drama has been so very important for so many years.  She has been
made ACTING assistant TM.  The TM has the authority whether he is Acting or not.

The sky is not falling.  The end is not nigh.  She is not satanic.  She deserves
support not scorn.  Why do you people want to make this place so undesirable for
anybody that you don't love.  Why is it so important to carry on these
personalized attacks?
9:40 am est 

Michelle Jarusiewicz -

If you have bad stuff to say about her then you
don't know much about town. She has been an employee of the town for quite some
time. Always willing to lend her extensive talents and brains to do efficient
and meaningful work for the people of Ptown. Sorry, no drama with her. She's not
a grand stander or attention seeker. Just someone who gets stuff done well.
Sounds like a brilliant plan to bring her in and move stuff forward. She should
have been hired as TM.
9:35 am est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

"What is Next? David Gardner appointing a New Police Chief?"


What Next

I doubt Gloria is controlling the newly appointed Building Commissioner. True,
he is not that familiar with our zoning but neither is she. We are doing really
great! What a mess. David is wearing down and we need to hire a new town manager
soon!
9:30 am est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

Is This true?

Or is someone making this up. A new Assistant town Manager? and it is Michelle
J? why do we need this position filled? Gee, did they advertise? Don't you have
to advertise an opening for a town position? Otherwise, isn't this like
appointing your cousin or friend or lover to a town position?

but please tell me this is just bad gossip!
12:13 am est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

What is wrong with  these town governors (BOS)? We worked our asses off
to right a listing ship and what do they  do? They put us  right back
on the  path we just fought  to get off.

How is it that the Board of Selectmen could come to the decision 
to let the Acting  Town Manager place Ms. Jarusiewicz in the position
of Acting  Assistant Town Manager?

Now we have the Acting Town Manager acting like a permanent Town
Manager. What a cluster Fu.....

We recognize the fact that there is a  body of people in town who will be
comfortable with this action, but I dear say they do not represent the majority.

Cheryl Andrews has led the charge to solidify this position and in doing  so
reveals her desire to not only seize the reigns of  government at any expense,
but is also willing to reopen the gates to the old Huns, if that is what it takes. 

Cheryl you are a disappointment and David, be careful you have entered dangerous
grounds. The pendulum swings both ways. 
12:09 am est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

What is Next? David Gardner appointing a New Police Chief?

Now he is into appointing people to key town positions? really? Now he is the
one wielding the power, even as hides behind the pretense that he does not
really want to be town manager. If that is true, then don't appoint until we
have our town manager. But no. He appoints the new building commissioner who
seems to be nice but weak and not to knowledgeable about our zoning Rules. so he
doesn't enforce, empowering some " downstairs" to make key decision.

Now he has appointed Michelle J as Assistant town manager and who was supporting
her? Cheryl Andrews, big time, for one. Gloria McPherson for a second. Now
Gloria can control both the Building Commissioner, the Assistant town Manager,
the chair of Planning and and maybe one selectman or two.

So maybe our acting town Manager is not acting at all!
11:39 pm est 

Re: What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

Oh, Please! she Never Even Opened Her Mouth at town Meeting

And now she is our acting Assistant Town Manager. disgusting! votes count and she lost.
Who is dragging this one back here? How can this town ever move forward. We are
pulled back to the dark ages with her as assistant town manager.
11:37 pm est 

What the........Michelle Jarusiewicz?

What a Joke! Michelle Jarusiewicz as Acting Acting town Manager

Just a plain joke. she is not qualified for this position and she should go back
to housing. So what if David is overwhelmed. Hire a competent person with a
future. she is a loser--a loser here in Provincetown and  loser in Truro.

And what do we do? Elevate a loser to this key position. It is a joke on the
entire town.

We should have appointed          instead!
11:35 pm est 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Are Losing the Horse Barn!

After many decades, Nelson's stables is closing down.  Unfortunately, it is due
to misinformation.  Prior to moving in, Ken, the rabbit guy, called Ted Malone
and said he wanted to pay to keep his rabbits at the barn.  Ted replied that it
was fine and he should call the barn manager, Kerry.  Ken moved his rabbits in.

The rabbits were always well cared for.  When "Rabbitgate" happened, the state
humane society came to the barn and they said the rabbits were healthy and well
cared for.

Ted Malone did not like the negative publicity of "Rabbitgate".  He evicts the
rabbits which were helping to financially keep the barn going.  Therefore, the
horses are leaving and Ted Malone is removing the barn for his business
interests
4:54 pm est 

Re: Could This be a Comedy of Fools?

"The town has gone condo due to the fear put into landlords by the
affordable housing tsunami that has hit the town and all of the talk from
Catherine Russo about taking over property and demanding affordable housing apts
etc. that we all ran to condo conversion."


Would it not be logical to assume that the town has become condoized because
owners want to get the most for their property?  There were condos being set up
for years and years and this was far prior to the current drive for affordable
housing.  It is only natural for people to want to maximize their income.  This
is what was done.
4:50 pm est 

Re: Could This be a Comedy of Fools?

THE RECENT POST OF THE PRESENT V.F.W. PROPERTY  STATUS AND IDEA TO
PURCHASE  ADJOINING  PROPERTY IS VERY INTERESTING. I AM TOTALLY AGAINST
SPENDING ANY MONIES TO PURCHASE LAND FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. ALL THIS
TALK ABOUT PROVIDING HOUSING FOR OUR WORKERS THAT ARE EMPLOYED IN
BUSINESS. WELL WHAT ABOUT THE THREE FOOD BUSINESS JUST CLOSED FOR WINTER
IN TOWN CENTER.
THE                                                                                                              ,
AND OTHERS. SO ARE WE TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR WORKERS THAT
HAVE NO PLACE TO WORK. ???
INCREASES IN TAXES IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LONG TIME PROPERTY OWNERS TO HAVE TO
SELL THEIR  HOUSES. SOME WITH YEAROUND RENTALS THAT ARE LOST. FINANCE COMMITTEE
PLEASE SAY NO MORE SPENDING.
3:17 pm est 

Provincetown

Once again, people that no longer live in Provincetown should find
ways to be destructive in their own communities.Please leave us alone            
and           .
3:13 pm est 

Board of Selectmen

BOARD OF SELECTMEN--JUST REGULAR CITIZENS

Wake up people, our board of selectmen are just regular people. They are on the
board--some for personal agendas and some out of civic duty.

This isn't Tammany Hall. I've stepped away from all of this town stuff.

The town has gone condo due to the fear put into landlords by the affordable
housing tsunami that has hit the town and all of the talk from Catherine Russo
about taking over property and demanding affordable housing apts etc. that we
all ran to condo conversion.

No one talks about the individual business owners who reign supreme over their
fiefdoms and their multi-businesses and don't provide a living wage as they buy
up guest houses and  more and more business, have staff use multiple time cards
so that there is no over time and don't pay a living wage.

There are different groups in town, the whole Kristine Hatch group that rings
there hands decade after decade about no affordable housing and the money hungry
landlords and the other folks who are living life, being creative. productive
and life enhancing.

There are the entrenched mal-contents in this town and i just give them a nod
and a smile and spend time with people with a grand, broad, embracing and all
consuming total dive into life, friends, loving understanding and a will to
grow, accomplish and achieve.
3:10 pm est 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Could This be a Comedy of Fools?

The previous Board of Selectmen, including two current members, recommend to
annual town meeting to buy the VFW lot for the police station and affordable
housing.

The property is appraised, and as with all town appraisals for land bank
purchases, comes in magically at the purchase price of the seller.

Voters trust their selectmen and approve the purchase.

Separately, the adjacent land owner proposing condo development on his parcel
appears before the Planning Board and pleads with them to a have a connecting
street with the town's purchase. Developer is told NO WAY, costing him an
additional $10,000 in development costs.

Now, the Board of Selectmen is meeting tonight on bended knee to purchase some
of this land from the developer or an easement in executive session so that a
second means of egress can be created for the land purchased by the town in
order to maximize the build out for affordable housing.

Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing in town government? Who is
responsible for connecting the dots? Where does the buck begin and stop?

Bottom line, it's an elusive bureaucracy of regulations and personalities.

What really happened here?

(1) Did the appraiser acknowledge verbally or in writing the required second
means of egress or was it intentionally deleted at someone's request?

(2) Where was the previous Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, an expert in
construction, in guiding his board?

(3) Where was the previous town manager, and more importantly, current acting
town manager who was in charge of Regulatory Management on informing the Board
of Selectmen of the limitation of this land?

(4) Where was the town planner's leadership with the Planning Board in
advocating for a thru-put street? Talk about defective comprehensive planning at
a basic level!

It seems to me that voters deserve transparency and answers on how all this
happened?

Stupidity? Negligence? Hoodwinked? Deceit?

Voters should be outraged at having been presented one half of a loaf with great
risk which could prove to be costly if not corrected at a reasonable price.

How can we ever trust town government?
4:24 pm est 

Provincetown Public Library

"The Provincetown Public Library has been ranked first in the United
States by Library Journal 's recently released 2014 LJ Index."



This article that generated this quote is proudly posted on the Shout Out page.
Part of the reason that the library has received such wonderful recognition must
be due to the work of former director Cheryl Napshaw (sp)over the past few
years. Such recognition doesn't happen in a vacuum, it takes professional know
how.

But, as many of you have read, a local discontent(s) constantly posted damaging
and hurtful comments about Cheryl on Shout Out. And the hammering didn't cease
until she resigned. This is how we treat Town employees. With disdain,
hatefulness and most likely envy.

Oh Provincetown, why do you allow a few nasty screamers to chart the course of
this town? No wonder why people are leaving in droves.

4:09 pm est 

Re: Ah, How Interesting

Just Ask Brian: It's easy

Get the answer to your question. Just ask Brian what he did and what Ethics
ruled on his property. Just ask!
4:06 pm est 

Re: Aspen Effect

The Aspen effect has begun.... Ask any employee who  lives in
Town.
On one block in the east end ,there are 3 houses for sale,
Take your pick at $3,$1.75 or $3.45 million,all bargains.
4:05 pm est 

Re: Affordable Housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAMS KEEP A SEGMENT OF TOWN ADULTS ACTING LIKE
NEEDY INFANTS.

When are you going to stand on your own two feet all of you people who need
taxpayers money to pay the salaries of people in these housing programs who now
are there to be the adult to your acting like a baby.

Now we pay the taxpayers pay the salaries of people you can go to in order to
find you a roommate.

You work year round, can't manage your money because you spend it needlessly so
the taxpayers have to pay $80,000.00 for people to tell you every week what to
buy and what to put in the bank.

No wonder you can't manage to live here without taxpayer subsidies--you want
everyone to do everything for you and you want a middle class life working part
time in the summer.

These people have always been here--and they will, but now they have the ear and
purse of the powers-that-be and the taxpayers will just be doing that-paying and
paying and paying and subsidizing, subsidizing and subsidizing, people who
simply see themselves as victims because they chose to live in a summer resort
with only a short season work period. what a waste of human potential--and, how
sad that these affordable housing programs continue to infantize this group of
people living here in Provicetown.
4:03 pm est 

Board of Ethics

Is it board of ethics or State ethics? are these not confidential topics FinCom
and Mr Carlson
4:00 pm est 

Chill Out

I hope the polar vortex will help us all chill..........what about the
art in the front of PAAM?
11:17 pm est 

Re: Ah, How Interesting

"Total unmitigated BS! The Town Moderator was notified by the Board of
Ethics that they ruled.....in favor of FinCom.


Additionally, a complaint was raised against Brian Carlson regarding his
involvement with his own property, and he was found to to be in conflict."


Ok, i'll buy into this BS.  Let's see a copy of the Board of ethics ruling. 
Board of ethics?  No such name in any government in mass.

Who accused Carlson of what"  Who found him to be in conflict?  Proof please. 
Copy of proof rather than your say so.

this is more of the same stuff that some think s effective to win their point. 
We are still waiting to hear on the several requests to tell us about the laws
regarding the planning board and jurisdiction
11:14 pm est 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Re: Ah, How Interesting

"Brian was found guilty? Of what and by whom? The FinCom was not
found "innocent" but rather nothing was done"


Total unmitigated BS! The Town Moderator was notified by the Board of Ethics 
that they ruled......"in favor of FinCom.

Additionally, a complaint was raised against Brian Carlson regarding his involvement with
his own property, and he was found to to be in conflict.

Ask Brian!
6:41 pm est 

Re: Ah, How Interesting

Brian was found guilty?  Of what and by whom?  The FinCom was not
found "innocent" but rather nothing was done"


True that, and the blog master continues to libel town employees.  Not sure why
that is OK.
6:30 pm est 

Re: BOS - Get a Grip

"I'd like to see some long-term thinking and some sound direction as
they direct this town in its future steps."


My thoughts also.  Have you any suggestions?
6:02 pm est 

Re: Ah, How Interesting

"Brian Carlson was found guilty of his own indiscretion and FinCom was
found innocent of his claimed violation."



Brian was found guilty?  Of what and by whom?  The FinCom was not found
"innocent" but rather nothing was done"
6:00 pm est 

Re: BOS - Get a Grip

"We just told you at town meeting that the answer is no to any land
purchase at this time. Chill out and hire a town manager to take care of the
town because right now you guys are all over the place."



What article was voted on that said no more land purchases?

The Town Manager works under the BOS according to their policies.  SO sorry, a
new TM cannot take care of the town if it involves anything other than what the
BOS wants.
5:56 pm est 

Re: The Aspen Effect

"If your not happy, just get out."


Great. And the town will melt down into the toxic pool you finally be able to
swim in.  Also, learn to spell.
5:54 pm est 

Re: The Aspen Effect

I can't wait until we are more like Aspen, then the whinny beggars will finally
leave and move out where they can afford to live instead. Of wanting people to
subsidize them.  They apparently are not happy here, but they continue to linger
waiting for hand outs.  If your not happy, just get out.
1:07 pm est 

Re: "The Aspen Effect"

I Agree with the Disney-fication of This Town

And just look at the attempted changes to Zoning proposed by the Planning
Board--all stemming from what Washington is doing! Regulate for the rich. change
lighting--without even knowing the consequences--control the nature of the
lamps--oh, you can pick from five historically-correct options--and make this
town look like any rich town in the states.

The quaintness that attracts money soon turns each quaint structure into a
mega-structure, a mansion--so that riche lives can be lived. It's not the money
that's the problem but the wishes of those who come and want to alter, destroy,
elevate, and triple the space they have, thus soon destroying the historic
streetscape of this town.

That is what is happening and the 1% have their power, their desires, and the
money to fight for the Disney-like changes they want and demand.
11:41 am est 

Re: Ah, How Interesting

Brian Carlson Had conflict of Interest on His Own Actions

and he was not cleared of his questionable actions as Health Agent or Director
of Health and the questionable actions he took concerning his own property. Look
a little further into Carlson's actions and you'll see something more than his
complaint--false as it turned out--against
FinCom.

People who live in glass houses---as they say---!
11:35 am est 

"The Aspen Effect"

QUESTIONS-Is "THE ASPEN EFFECT" now Provincetown's reality?

Cornell University Economics Professor Robert H. Frank calls The Aspen Effect 
his term for traffic and other challenges resulting from that small Colorado
resort towns transformation into a playground for the wealthy.

The low-wage service workers needed by Aspens new spas, restaurants and hotels
have little chance of buying or renting a home there and often must commute from
distant and more affordable bedroom communities. As a result, Frank observed all
roads into Aspen are clogged morning and night with commuters. Sound familiar?

An over-arching angst that I hear and read is that is that Napa County is
undergoing a Disney-fication, becoming a simulacrum of a once-rural area that is
quaint for tourists but not livable for locals or the people who work here.

On the other hand, different voices are saying that Napa could do worse than
comparisons to upscale destinations such as Aspen. The rationale goes that most
of the things that once made working-class life predominant in Napa are gone and
not likely to return, and that the principle thing that we have to trade on 
besides (or perhaps tangential to) wine grapes  is a bucolic setting and an
iconic name.

Im curious then what the blogosphere thinks. Can a middle-class economy be
preserved in a region that is primarily dependent on upscale tourism?

Will our local jobs market continue to striate between low wage service workers
and wealthy owners, with only a small professional and middle-wage class pinched
in between? What, if any manufacturing and trades jobs could be promoted in Napa
County to secure a viable working-class here?
11:06 pm est 

Hope For Housing - What a Crock

Anyone who wants a housemate simply needs to put an ad on craiglist or
Provincetown for rent and do a thorough security check.

Taxpayer money going to pay the salaries of people to find other people
housemates is absurd.

First we pay $80,000.00 for someone to tell people who have year round jobs how
to spend their money judiciously.

Now we are spending money and paying people's salaries to hold someone's hand
while they search for a housemate.

And you want a serious business person to come here and hire people who need
help in the simplest of matters?

You sad, sad grown ups in your 30's and 40's who need help with your spending
patterns, getting a roommate or functioning in this town. How sad for you. What
a pathetic group you represent that the taxpayers now have money going to pay
this program too.
11:02 pm est 

BOS - Get a Grip

So the town has now entered into an agreement to buy a parcel of land
behind the VFW on Winslow Street. When does this crap stop? Come on BOS just
maintain our buildings and streets, protect us and pay down the debt. We just
told you at town meeting that the answer is no to any land purchase at this
time. Chill out and hire a town manager to take care of the town because right
now you guys are all over the place.
11:00 pm est 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Art's Dune Tours

Actually, if you read the regulations, taxis don't get to bid for
those spaces.  They are specifically reserved for sight-seeing vehicles.
10:58 pm est 

Board of Selectmen

Let's Hope that the BOS Gain Leadership and Strategic Thinking

they seem wallowing and a b it rudderless. where are they going? where are they
taking us? I'd like to see some long-term thinking and some sound direction as
they direct this town in its future steps.

It is possible and I hope it happens soon.
10:57 pm est 

Re: Ah, How Interesting

"And why not? Was it illegal, or just because you are one of the character
assassins that hates him? The same screaming hysterical voices went after Brian
when he had the temerity to question the FinCom's meeting at Georges."



Brian Carlson was found guilty of his own indiscretion and FinCom was found
innocent of his claimed violation.
10:55 pm est 

Re: Ah, How Interesting

Maybe they'll Even give Dan Hoort a Plaque

such honorable work. such dedication to a committee he was not legally allowed
to be on since it was a conflict of interest with his position.

but now, so much thanks, so much hypocrisy.
10:51 pm est 

Ah, How Interesting

"A Letter of thanks to Dan Hoort from the BOS. And why? He is or has
resigned from the Charter Enforcement Commission--a group he should never have
joined and has been a member for how many  months?"



And why not?  Was it illegal, or just because you are one of the character
assassins that hates him?  The same screaming hysterical voices went after Brian
when he had the temerity to question the FinCom's meeting at Georges.

I love the constructive attitude.  Never differ over facts, attack the person
and attempt to destroy them totally.
10:48 pm est 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Art's Dune tours

The Changes are to Eliminate Art's dunes Rides from the regulations
and then open this up to a bid

Then the highest bidder gets the spaces and for five years only. I see taxis
bidding easily for these spaces and then there is no place for tourists to take
dune rides. Taxis can come and go but dune rides are different. And the proposal
is to cut this out of the rules and open up the bidding.

Again, let well enough alone. Why would the BOs do this now? Is there is
conflict of interest and a swaying of the selectmen to give taxis more business
and the advantage over the dune tours? Seems so but it is not right.
11:58 pm est 

Standish Street Spaces

I do know the process only too well  but if no one else is looking to occupy
those spaces then what's your point?
11:33 pm est 

Ah, How Interesting

A Letter of thanks to Dan Hoort from the BOS. And why? He is or has resigned
from the Charter Enforcement Commission--a group he should never have joined and
has been a member for how many  months? Six months, if that, and yet we thank,
with a formal BOS letter, the town's appreciation for his "service."

Oh, really? Oh, the games we play and the acts we carry out.
11:31 pm est 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Regarding Halloween

I recall nasty weather on most of the recent Halloween weekends. It is what it
is.

As far as nothing to do, there are dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs,
certainly enough to entertain tourists. And most tourists have no problem
entertaining themselves, in my experience.

And to those who complain about the Beaux Arts Ball:  several years ago Robert
Duffy kicked in $100,000 to underwrite the ball, with tickets then costing the
public only $25. The food and drinks were lavish and it was an outstanding
evening.

And what did he get for thanks? Relentless attacks here and on other social
media sites with people crying, 'how dare he hold back tickets for his NY
friends?' (Because he paid for it, that's why). Or, 'we heard the town staff got
tickets. That's not fair.'
Lesson learned. Duffy now avoids this town, and subsequent Balls have had ticket
prices of $100 or more, with ticket holders getting meager refreshments.

Do we have to destroy everything good?
6:24 pm est 

Halloween Was Great Fun!

Plenty of nice, friendly guys from all over, who packed the clubs and had a good
time, I have not been in years and will come back for it.

It was great!
4:59 pm est 

Re: Art's Dune Tours

"Whose idea was this to now try and grab those spaces.  Those buggies
have been in that location since the 1950's if not longer.  Is this one of those
brain storming ideas to get certain cab companies spots more visible for
business."


Ok, please take a deep breath while your mouth is still open.  Do you know
anything about the process?  Who (besides you) said anything about grabbing
those spaces?  Yes, Art's has been there forever, and I hope will be there long
after we are all gone.  But, it is public property so certain laws must be
followed.  You would be screaming if any public property was simply handed over
to a particular private profit making firm.  The same is true for the trolley. 
Both are good for us, but since it is public property that they use, it is good
that certain procedures must be followed to protect us from collusion and
favoritism.

The awarding of the rights to use these very valuable public spaces must by open
and transparent.  Would you have it any other way?
1:41 pm est 

Art's Dune Tours

I surely support Art's dune Tours

and will be there at the traffic meeting November 12th. why now? why him? why
the Cabral trolleys? We need to stand and support the businesses that are here
and do so much for our tourists.

Enough of these anti-business propositions!
10:13 am est 

Art's Dune Tours

Whose idea was this to now try and grab those spaces.  Those buggies have been
in that location since the 1950's if not longer.  Is this one of those brain
storming ideas to get certain cab companies spots more visible for business.

This meeting should be interesting since it can only be three of the selectmen
in discussion since Mr. Richter and Mr. Yingling will need to step down. And,
can an impartial decision be made by a third BoS member.

Mr. Costa has a great deal of respect from this community and does the woman who
operates the trolley. Why not leave well enough alone.

You people won't be happy until you ruin this town and its businesses.
9:25 am est 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

They May Not be Back Next Year

People keep pointing out the fact that the bars and guesthouses were
filled this Halloween and how happy all the business owners were (it always
comes down to money, doesn't it?) but they seem to be missing the point of
several other posts: tourists, many of them, were complaining about the lack of
things to do this year. The Winthrop St haunted house didn't happen, David
Flower's haunted house in the aquarium didn't happen, the Beaux Arts Ball was
cancelled and Space Pussy was cancelled. That's 4 major events. People came here
to celebrate Halloween, not just to patronize the bars and guesthouses.

Of course the bars and restaurants were filled - it was raining and there was
NOTHING ELSE TO DO!

Maybe YOU shouldn't fault people for pointing out negatives when you'd prefer to
put a positive spin on things because YOU raked in the cash. If you give them
nothing to do this year, they may not be back next year...
9:16 pm est 

Halloween 2014

I don't know what planet you are on but all the bars were PACKED on Thursday
thru Saturday , there were lines out the door at many of them. The restaurants
were FULL and you couldn't get reservations at many of them. Most if not all the
hotels were sold out for the weekend. Maybe the jet set didn't fly in from
Miami, LA or Manhattan for the Ball but the locals and the Spooky Bear guys
looked like they filled up the town. Maybe you can ask Shawn N how his weekend
was he was at Squealing Pig on Saturday and Red Inn on Sunday!
1:47 pm est 

Re: Art's Dune Tours

ROB COSTA, we have your back!  You are worth supporting.
1:45 pm est 

Art's Dune Tours & Provincetown Trolley

Move the Trolley parking to the Chamber of Commerce! Good job BOS. The
Trolley is very disruptive to the traffic on Commercial Street. Leave Art's Dune
Tours alone but double the fee for the space.
1:18 pm est 

From: Vernon Porter - Art's Dune Tours & Provincetown Trolley


Dear Friends and fellow colleagues - this email is of high importance and needs your immediate attention.

I write to you this event asking your support for Art’s Dune Tours and the Provincetown Trolley. Art’s Dune Tours and Provincetown Trolley and their locations are very much of our history and should remain where they are.

Please read Art’s note below and email a note in their support to the Board of Selectmen - even if it is just one line it will help tremendously.

Art’s and the Trolley have given back to this community 10 fold and you know I wouldn’t ask for your support just for the sake of supporting a business .. but I will ask you to drop a note to keep these two historic businesses and their locations status quo .. they are icon’s in Provincetown.


Thank you,

Vernon & Lady Di

From: Robert Costa, Art's Dune Tours
Subject:Art's Dune tours Needs Help

To All Friends and Fellow Colleagues,

I am writing you to ask for any support you may lend in an upcoming traffic hearing the Board of Selectmen of Provincetown will conduct on November 12, 2014 at 5pm in the Judge Welsh Room.

The premise of the hearing is to alter current parking spots of two of Provincetown’s long standing businesses, Art’s Dune Tours and Provincetown Trolley. Art’s has been at the same parking spots for 68 years and the Provincetown Trolley for 26 years.

We do understand that legally we are lessees on town owned property, but we are not sure why the Town would suddenly want to disrupt long standing reputable businesses that bring value to the town and its residents and visitors.

The competitive bid process appears not to be pro-business since it would not only uproot existing business but also limit where and how the losing bidder would operate.

Some points I’d like to share on this are below and I ask you if time allows to submit support that you feel would help in the Town of Provincetown not changing the way we have been doing business for almost 100 years collectively.

· Art’s Dune Tours creates business in Provincetown. People from all over the world come to town to do a dune tour with Art’s. I personally attend several motorcoach shows to promote new and existing companies and groups to come spend time in Provincetown to shop, eat, stay and of course do a dune tour.

· We attract approximately 18,000 visitors in addition to 150+ motorcoaches annually.

· Standish Street has been designated the place to pick up a dune tour and has been since we have been in operation. We have shared those very spots with close to 13 other competing dune tour companies.

· The two existing businesses that could possibly lose a competitive bid have made a lifetime commitment to build business and stay in business for the long term. Having a 5-year term would make it uneasy for any company, new or old to put any substantial capital investment fearing that that investment may not continue on past the 5 years.

We ask support in asking the Town to help protect a long-term, long-standing company to stay strong in business and not potentially have the threat of destroying any resident’s livelihood.

Please if you can, submit an email to ldougherty@provincetown-ma.gov,

Attention The Provincetown Board of Selectmen. PLEASE SUBMIT BY 5PM NOVEMBER 5 BY 5PM. Sorry for the late notice as we were only made aware of this a week ago.

Or please come to the hearing at 5pm on Wednesday - November 12th. . If you write a note, please cc me if you can.

 

Robert Costa

Art's Dune Tours, Inc.
9 Washington Ave.
Provincetown, MA 02657
800-894-1951
rcosta1963@mac.com
rob@artsdunetours.com

 

1:12 pm est 

Re: Land Use - Cemetery

It's inconceivable that anyone would even think,let alone write
it,that the cemetery land should be used to build housing on - unless they are
mentally unbalanced,in which case they need help! Cemeteries are hallowed
ground! Firstly,the Town doesn't own St. Peter's Cemetery & neither do the
families of the people in it! It's all owned by the Catholic Diocese of Fall
River and families have life tenancy! Secondly,the Town Cemetery families have
deeds of ownership for their lots!  Lots of luck,trying to untangle all that
legally to build homes on,but if you should,hopefully,the spirits of the bodies
that were resting there will all haunt you forever so there'll be no peace for
you!
1:04 pm est 

It Was a Good Weekend For Businesses

Many people were here for Halloween. They came in Thursday and Friday and longer
and spent. Many business owners I spoke to said it was just like august. They
were thrilled. Yes, it rained and was blustery on Saturday and Sunday but
businesses still did well.

Don't attack someone for seeing reality differently than you do. You saw the
weather and they saw businesses doing well. A little more tolerance would be
good for all of us. None of us are perfect or always right.
12:48 pm est 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween 2014

I agree with the person who posted that Halloween weekend "sucked"
this year. The weather was horrible and I heard many tourists talking about how
unfortunate it was that several Halloween events were cancelled including the
Beaux Arts Ball. Whoever wrote in saying how wonderful the weekend was must work
for the town in some capacity and is now trying to downplay how disappointed
many tourists were with the meager offerings. If we want tourists to come here
in the shoulder season, we need to give them some reasons to come. This years
festivities were absolutely dismal!
6:06 pm est 

Re: Land Use

"Well, those "Few" happen to be the majority of registered voters in
town
."

Not arguing with the location of the station just with your numbers.

There are about 2800 registered voters in town and just 243 at town meeting. 
That is not quite a majority.
6:03 pm est 

Art's Dune Tours

Art's Dune Tours have been located at the present site for many years (even when
ther were several, other competing dune tour companies). Art's is a family
owned, local, well run business that has become an institution in town at the
present location (similar to the "Dancing Cop" eliminated by Sharon Lynn and
Jeff Juran).  Why the push to change things now? Possibly so additional taxi
stand spaces can be created this location? Come on BOS members! Look at some
meaningful issues such as the excessive man power staffing of several (if not
all) town departments, and the overtime levels of town departments.
2:33 pm est 

Re: Land Use

Some one posted that "only a few people in town " did not want the police
department located at the foemer VFW site. Well, those "Few" happen to be the
majority of registered voters in town. The VFW option for the police department
facility was voted down at town meeting, and funds were approved to up grade the
current police station. Voters do not (rightfully) want the police station
relocated to the former VFW site!
2:15 pm est 

Rob Costa Should be Supported
 
I surely support all that he has done for this town and I love what tourists
love when they are taken through the dunes. He needs our support and the rules
that provide him with paid spaces should remain as written in our rules and
regulations. do not change them!
12:01 pm est 

Re: On Target

Planning does Not Oversee the Historic District commission

The Historic district Commission is a regulatory board and the enforcer of their
rules is the building Commissioner. Planning does not have much to do with the
historic district commission eve n though they tried at this town meeting to
control historic lighting! It is not in their purview.
11:58 am est 

How About Patience

If someone posts and they are incorrect, it is not because they know nothing.
Take a breath. People know somethings and don't know other things. If you know
more, then add your information. but you don't need to attack someone simply
because they wrote what you consider wrong. Ever thought that you, yourself.
could be wrong and uninformed? Ma

11:56 am est 

Re: Land Use

"A Poster here recently stated that residents made it known to B.O.S.
that the VFW Property is not acceptable for a Police Station! That was a few
people! That didn't include the voice of the Town! Most that I know think it's
an ideal place to put the Station on VFW property,so stop misleading people!"


This has been voted on and the voters have spoken so many times, we want
community housing to be the priority hands down! And fortunately the voters are
the people who retain the power to block a police station on that VFW property.
Put the question straight up on the ballot once and for all, and see how the
vote goes. The vote from the people who live and work and vote here will not be
to build a new police station on the VFW property, when will doubters absorb
what the VOTERS of Provincetown want, not the second homeowners and greedy
investment property owners who don't care enough about the future of the town to
understand what this community means.
11:54 am est 

Halloween 2014

"What a great weekend in Provincetown for Halloween!!"


Where were you?  The weather sucked and no one was going out!  Most people left
early and the overall impression was the weekend was a bust.  Do you work for
the town's PR department?  I had a lousy weekend!
9:57 am est 

Re: Land Use

I think it is a good idea to do away with the cemetery.  We need land to build
on and affordable housing should be a priority.  Prime real-estate should not be
allocated to the deceased.  We should be thinking how we can take care of the
living, not pandering to the dead.  Think about all the homes that could be
built on the existing cemetery.
9:50 am est 

Re: Art's Dune Tours

Dune Tour and Taxi spaces were always bid in Provincetown! Then it was
changed to be issued by assignment from B.O.S. Not supposed to!! Fed Gov't puts
private business out to bid on their land also! Farland got the bid last year at
Herring Cove. Dune Tour Companies had to bid to use the Seashore! Costa has a
monopoly because no one else wants to do it! there used to be at least 6 Dune
Tour Companies operating simultaneously in Provincetown years ago!
8:55 am est 

Re: Land Use

You are really intelligent and thinking out of the box alright! So, Einstein
where do you suggest the cemetery and the deceased be relocated to? Oh, I know
why not line the gravestones up all in the median strip of Route 6 between the
eastbound and westbound lanes or would you prefer the stones get crushed into
gravel and any remains be thrown to the wind or dumped at sea. How insensitive
and cold you are. We are talking about someone's family members here and if no
family members remain then it is archival history. You don't touch the deceased
especially historic cemeteries.
8:54 am est 

Re: Roger Greene

A Poster here recently stated that residents made it known to B.O.S.
that the VFW Property is not acceptable for a Police Station! That was a few
people! That didn't include the voice of the Town! Most that I know think it's
an ideal place to put the Station on VFW property,so stop misleading people!
8:51 am est 

Re: On Target

Planning Board isn't in place just to  plan for Historic District as
someone on this blog said! Planning Board was here years before we had a
Historic District for Town Planning entirely!  Someone doesn't know how and what
Regulatory Boards are for apparently!
8:48 am est 

Art's Dune Tours

A fine business, a credit to the town, let's be grateful instead of obstructive. 
Honestly, could they be any better?
8:47 am est 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Re: Why the Attack on Art's Dune Rides?

I agree that Rob Costa is a fine person and businessman.  However,
after what Sharin left the town with, regarding Jaran's arbitration clause in
the contract she approved on behalf of our town, we must be vigilant in ensuring
that the language of all contractual obligations benefit our town as well as the
contract applicant/holder.  We can't have another "Sharon fiasco".
10:31 pm est 

Thanks For Bringing This Up

What is being proposed for Art's Dunes? What exactly is the town trying or
proposing to do? I haven't heard about this before but I am upset about what
could happen to this great business and to him, Rob. who is so sweet and
wonderful.

Can someone explain what is happening? I would appreciate knowing this very
much.
9:49 pm est 

Re: On Target

"Shankpainter is not in the Historic district and it remains out of
their purvue. and then in steps the Planning board with triggers for site plan
review, and there they re--unkind to businesses and not knowledgeable about
business--to regulate, enforce and create new rules."



So now the rules have been changed.  By Whom?  Planning Board only has authority
over the Historic district?  Please reference the law change.  As usual too many
poster here have no knowledge of law, only opinions of the way they want it. 
Thank god we are a nation and town of laws not ignorant opinions.
9:46 pm est 

Re: Land Use

Did you mean to say the remains could be cremated and not created. Are you
really serious? You would actually unearth the deceased? How low can you stoop
to want affordable housing that bad.
9:44 pm est 

Re: Arts Dune Toures

The parking spaces that Arts Dune Toures uses have been getting put
out to bid for years. Nobody else bids on them most of the time. A few years ago
one spot went to another company. This proposal does nothing to harm anyone, its
just a better written bylaw. Read it again without reading into it and you will
understand.

A Rat In The Basement
9:42 pm est 

E-VERIFY-Cape Cod Times Editorial

Determines whether job applicants
are legally eligible to work in the U.S. by checking their names against
databases kept by the Social Security administration and the department of
Homeland Security.

Finally, a way to have the work force here evaluated. Workers are here for
years, some can't go back because there is no guarantee that they will be able
to return.

There is a lot that could be said..but it is better to wait and notify the
authorities. My patience is winning out : )
10:43 am est 

Halloween 2014

What a great weekend in Provincetown for Halloween!! The weather didn't
cooperate but all our visitors and locals seemed to have a great time
nonetheless!! Oh and BTW there was a Shawn Nightengale sighting on Sunday at the
Red Inn having brunch, so much for having to be in NYC for Opening Night LOL.
They are selling tickets at half price and the show is still in pre-views.
Kharma!!
10:40 am est 

Why the Attack on Art's Dune Rides?

Whynow why work to eliminate Art's Dune's from where they have been for so many
years? Why put these spots up for bid and then find we have killed a family
business that is so great for tourists and for all of us? and do what? Replace
these spaces with taxi cabs that will not generate tourism as Art's dune Rides
has.

Again, who is proposing this and why now? And then the attempt to do away with
trolleys in front of town hall? Tourists also love these trolley rides and now
Judy Cicero is proposing to eliminate all vehicles in front of town hall. Is
this to help her buildings across from town hall? This is selfish and
wrong-headed. And again, why now?
10:38 am est 

Re: Roger Greene

Residents have made it known to BOS members at Town Meeting, and through
articles in the Banner that the VFW property is not an acceptable location for a
police facility, and that the police should remain billited at the current Shank
Painter road station.
The police department building has needed miscellaneous repairs and updating for
a very long time. However, the building has been neglected, either through poor
building management practice or deliberately to encourage condemnation. Funds
for upgrading the police department building were voted on and appropriated at
last years town meeting.
The Shank Painter road police facility is a town owned piece of real estate that 
should be maintained and its infrastructure updated as required to continue its
usefullness as a police station as well as to maintain its viability in the real
estate market.
Spending money to renovate and maintain the current police station makes more
sense than constructing a new facility in a questionable location.

9:44 am est 

Land Use

Time to think outside the box. Instead of using eminent domain tactics
on Duartes parking lot, why not use it on people that are not here anymore, move
the cemetery. All that land could be used for housing and the plots could be
moved or remains created. Really outside the box!
9:41 am est 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

On Target

I also don't believe that the present Planning board nor many on the OBs
understand what Shankpainter was set up to be. They hardly know the past and
few take the time to know the in's and out's of what was and what should be.

Shankpainter is not in the Historic district and it remains out of their purvue.
and then in steps the Planning board with triggers for site plan review, and
there they are--unkind to businesses and not knowledgeable about business--to
regulate, enforce and create new rules. and these are not Bill Maher's New
Rules. These rules are ridiculous and over-bearing and hardly even address
safety issues and surely fail to analyze any long-term consequences of these
regulations.
10:59 am est 

Re: Affordable Housing

OVER AND OVER AGAIN..AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUESTS.

Again someone asks why the lower-income workers are stuck out at the boondock
edges of town?

Why not,they ask, for diversity's sake, integrate the monies and create
mixed-middle and low income properties?

For example if you buy 10 units in one condo complex, make half middle-income
and half for lower income?

Please tell me where all of this land in established neighborhood exists? First
the taxaperys must pay a million dollars for the land--but the affordable
housing people still aren't happy.

This will never end.
10:57 am est 

The Grand Housing Meeting

Let the Rich business owners gather and use their money to finance housing for
their staff. Don't make the taxpayers foot the bill.

You will draw up the plans, take it town meeting and fill our Town Hall with
disgruntled renters and you won't create one more job or give one more person
stability.

people from other places will come here to live..mark my words. What a fools
paradise you are spinning and believe--it is all a trumpery.
10:51 am est 

Affordable/Community-Rentals

BUSINESS OWNERS WANT TAXPAYERS TO HELP FINANCE 50 CONDOS

The powers that be had a housing meeting. The upshot is that they want the
taxpayers to use their money plus CPA (taxpayer money as well) and other monies
to buy 50 condos that they can rent out cheaply.

They need to ensure a workforce so they want the taxpayers to pony up the money.

People who own the biggest, most lucrative businesses in town from guest houses
to bars--why don't they finance it themselves?

Instead they buy mega guest houses and turn them into Taj Mahals charing $500 a
night.

9:50 am est 

Point of History

Kudos to the person who wrote this. Well put! The planning board and its staff
support should be focusing on a short term plan and a long range plan and as a
previous post mentioned start addressing traffic congestion in certain areas.
How's our well outdated local comprehensive plan coming along?
12:12 am edt 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Re: Affordable Housing

Once again, why do we need to subsidize anyone's housing in
Provincetown? I see hundreds of Jamaicans here now that  seem to be figuring out
housing on there own. I work 50 hours a week in the winter and 7 days a week 5
months out of the year to stay here. Do not ask me for money to help someone pay
there own rent or buy a new home for a fraction of the assessed value. Build a
damn police station, pave the roads and leave my property taxes alone.
8:39 pm edt 

Jobs, Housing and Workforce

People want to work part time and take the winter off. Sweet expressions has had
a help wanted sign up and so does the stop and shop--but people are going to be
lining up for unemployment benefits.

Where is the workforce? How old is our workforce? 35 years old or older?

What computer company will move here to hire people?

The idea of Provincetown as an Internet silicon valley to be is ridiculous.
Where is the land to build a building? Where is the razor sharp work
force--sitting on town hall benched or at the little bar or the Bradford and old
Colony?

If the bottom of the sea wasn't vacuumed clean so the fish would thrive here, if
we had the abundance of fish that  we had when the Pilgrims first
landed--Provincetown would be a different place.

You can't go back to that time; you CAN'T go back to low rents and jobs that
sustain a comfortable and financially stable life style with security and with
the ability to raise a family.

People are moving out of Province landing. This housing development was supposed
to be the panacea that would ease the housing shortage and golden housing that
filled people's dreams for fifteen years--and it is a social disaster with
snipping and gossips and inferior housing without sound proofing or heat that
doesn't cost a fortune.

8:35 pm edt 

A Point of History

The Board of Selectmen in the 1990's declared Shakpainter Road an "Economic
Development Zone" under Massachusets law which provides tax credits to new
businesses choosing to locate there.

The current Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen probably don't even know
about this designation.

Both boards would be well served to understand the purpose of an Economic
Development Zone and cease and desist in interfering with business development
on Shankpainter Road with their punitive planning bylaws and strictures.

We have far more important safety issues with traffic on Conwell Street and
Bradford Street leading to Duarte's parking lot and the MPL lot, as well as
other streets, all of which point to the need for a comprehensive traffic and
safety study before applying an ill-conceived proposal to a targeted area under
the guise of a "catch-all-hostages" whenever possible via a site plan bylaw
which needs to be dialed down sooner than later.

The only thing which needs to come back from the Planning
Board and Board of Selectmen at Annual Town Meeting is a dialed-down site plan
with less stringent thresholds to trigger a review, no further action on the
illumination bylaw which is not a high priority for the Selectmen in terms of
wasting their political capital at this time and only serves as a major
distraction to the important and urgent issue of developing a plan for community
housing targeted to year round employees for immediate implementation.

Congratulations to FinCom for taking the initiative post haste to tackle this
important issue at their meeting yesterday.

They made a lot of progress and the Board of Selectmen might well attend one of
FinCom's meetings on this issue to learn how to make remarkable progress in two
short hours.

Selectman Anthony was the only selectman present at the meeting and he shared
his personal commitment and support to bring an article on year round community
housing to annual town meeting.

Bravo Selectman Anthony!
8:30 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

You must not read the Banner.  The arbitration started this week with additional
hearings scheduled in November and December.  Unfortunately the hearings are
closed to the public.  Would love to be a fly on the wall!
10:51 am edt 

Police Station Vote at Town Mtg

Let me see and count the ways of what I questioned the vote to spend up to $200
thousand dollars on repairs.
(1) Here we have a land and a building to make a new police station in and on,
and money that could go into such instead is spent on a facility that has
multiple problems.
(2) Not too long ago there was a lot of discussion about building a new police
station out by the DPW garage. One of the problems was crossing of the highway
both on foot and of the emergency vehicles. One of the reasons behind that was
because the town owned that land, a huge savings.
(3) So now the VFW which I believe was not in the picture back then comes
available and "is on the other side of the traffic lights" and that took care of
the traffic light problem, right ? Wrong, please read on.
(4) Now before us we have land and a building,aka: VFW.  There was some
discussion about tearing it down which luckily went bye-bye's, and that thought
was  replaced by let's spend money on a building that has multiple problems.
(5) Correct me if I am wrong but isn't purchasing land and building a "new"
building part of the million dollar cost package that many residents (and
rightfully so), were concerned about because of their taxes ? What happened to
that concern ?
(6) The money that could go into the VFW (and maybe lower the costs)and possibly
keep the tax rate concern lower is now going else where until a "better
decision" could be made. After reading what I have stated here, now you see why
I question such a decision.

Roger Green
10:40 am edt 


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