Falmouth Town Manager Search Hits New...

Falmouth Town Manager Search Hits New Snag

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Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Sep 10, 2011

Town manager search hits new
By Sean teehan
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September 10, 2011FALMOUTH The months-long town manager selection process will drag on longer as finalist interviews have been postponed again.

The interviews, which were scheduled for 9 a.m. today, were postponed Friday afternoon until a later date, an employee in the selectmen's and town manager's office said. A new date for the interviews and reason for the postponement were unclear, the employee said.

The delay marks the second time in two weeks that Selectman Mary Pat Flynn, chairman of the board, postponed interviews of finalists James Boudreau, Norwell's town administrator, and Julian Suso, Framingham's town manager.

The finalists were originally scheduled to interview Sept. 1, but Flynn postponed them Aug. 30.

Flynn did not respond to messages from the Times inquiring about the delay.

Selectmen chose Boudreau and Suso as the two finalists after interviewing them last month along with Williamstown Town Manager Peter Fohlin and Bonnie Therrien, town manager of Hebron, Conn.

The position opened in November, when former Town Manager Robert Whritenour resigned. Since then, Heather Harper, formerly the town's assistant town manager, has served as acting town manager.

Problems with the search committee charged with selecting eligible candidates for the position held up the hiring process for about two months.

Selectmen dissolved a nine-member town manager screening committee in May after the chairman and a consultant on the panel left amid infighting and a lack of progress. A second search panel was set to include all five selectmen and four people from the original screening committee, but that turned into an eight-member panel when selectmen could not agree on the fourth member to draw from the first screening committee.

The three-member panel that ultimately picked the four finalists was formed after Falmouth's town counsel informed the selectmen that a committee on which a majority of selectmen sit is required to hold all preliminary interviews in public to avoid violating the Open Meeting Law.

A discussion about the town manager search is still on the agenda for Monday's regularly scheduled selectmen's meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Sep 10, 2011
The Town of Falmouth and the residents of Falmouth are in the National Lime Light over the two turbines they purchased from the semi quasi state agency the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.The MTC is the state's economic development agency for renewable energy.

How in 2009 did the Town of Falmouth buy two Vestas V 82 commercial wind turbines that had been purchased by the MTC in 2004 and held in a warehouse at $3300.00 per month until they were installed in Falmouth using stimulus funds ? The turbines were in the US long before any stimulus plan was even on the books .

The MTC acted as the brokers selling the Town of Falmouth these two wind turbine and provded the resources to pay for wind studies to install the turbines from a pool of their wind contractors. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative was stuck with these two old politically embarrassing wind turbines.

In Mattapoisett and Fairhaven the MTC tried to hold a contest between those two towns to see which town would win the contest and get the two turbines before 2009 and the stimulus plan. The problem was two citizens groups fought off the two turbines with local zoning and bylaws because of conflicts with residential and commercial zones !

Gov Patrick upset with the two citizens groups in Mattapoisett and Fairhaven has proposed the WESRA ,Wind Energy Siting Reform Act . This act is not a reform act but a means to bypass local zoning bylaws in order to install commercial wind turbines in our backyards -

Why else would you propose the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act ? If not to bypass our zoning laws .

The bottom line here is the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative new full well what happened in Mattapoisett and Fairhaven over the proposed installation of these two turbines and the legal issues raised by citizens groups but went ahead and sold Falmouth snake oil and two turbines they got off their books !

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