Ashburnham panel recommends former school be razed

There are 13 comments on the Jan 16, 2013, Sentinel & Enterprise story titled Ashburnham panel recommends former school be razed. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The Veterans Memorial School Building Use Committee voted 4-2 to recommend tearing the old building down at Tuesday night's meeting.

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meredith

Townsend, MA

#1 Jan 16, 2013
I have never been to a committee meeting where after a deadlock twice, two members were allow to go speak outside privately about the others vote. As a committee member and for public record for the taxpayers of Ashburnham, I believe all comments and discussions should take place in the public and I am very concerned that the Chairman allowed this private meeting between two Parks and Rec committee members to take place and ending with a switch of position.
Wickedguy

Gardner, MA

#2 Jan 16, 2013
meredith wrote:
I have never been to a committee meeting where after a deadlock twice, two members were allow to go speak outside privately about the others vote. As a committee member and for public record for the taxpayers of Ashburnham, I believe all comments and discussions should take place in the public and I am very concerned that the Chairman allowed this private meeting between two Parks and Rec committee members to take place and ending with a switch of position.
It is possible they broke the law. This one might be a tough call though because their private meeting was held during an open meeting with a Chairman presiding.

http://www.mass.gov/ago/government-resources/...
drama

United States

#3 Jan 22, 2013
No laws were broken. There was still a quorem... It happens all the time. Is it safe to assume it didn't go your way...
meredith

Townsend, MA

#4 Jan 22, 2013
Regardless if it goes my way or not- deliberations took place outside the meeting and meeting minutes should have been taken during those deliberations. Check out the law on open minutes- which strongly recommend that this type of behavior doe not exist.I don't care if the vote goes 4-2 but it needs to go fairly and ethically. When a member comes back in to vote and changes her vote because she said her other committee- the Parks and Rec-- wants to demolish the building and she needs to vote this way- a red flag should go up. I don't care that I was in the minority- I care about the fact that this is an issue of lack of transparency and bottom line is minutes should have been taken during that private deliberation since we were still in a open meeting that had not been adjourned. keep up the drama and next time use your real name- stand up for what you believe in!!
Didnt go your way

Somerville, NJ

#5 Jan 22, 2013
Um, hopefully someday the town will change and go a positive direction, not the way it has "always been" so therefor its fine. Downtown is a basic indicator of town health. for those in power - that is the benchmark - when you say - it happens all the time - well - that is why this town has no biz, no nothing. Good for you 'Drama' for thinking its ok? I am sure - Drama - that you have lived here you whole live and this is your world. Have you ever seen the ocean? Ever been to Paris? Look outside the box - think differently, unless ofcourse, you are status quo - go along to get along - so in that case, downtown is a success for you. Wow - great job.
Joe

Worcester, MA

#7 Jan 28, 2013
As long as the town doesn't come looking for money to put up another building, fine. If they need space - they had better use what they have.
DRAMA

United States

#8 Feb 11, 2013
I know how to pick my battles. Some people like and live for battling and I think that holds true in this case. I would rather spend my time making a difference and live in a positive way and not waste my time LOOKING for issues and targeting people just because. From what I gather you weren't involved in this "deliberation" so how do you know a deliberation took place. Whatever it was, it didn't take place in the meeting so therefore has no place being included in the meeting minutes. I agree this practice shouldn't be encouraged but crap happens. Learn to roll with the punches sometimes. Not everything has to be a fight. And also from what I see in the papers it seems that the Parks & Rec. people are doing a lot of great things in the town. Why Meredith are you bashing people that are trying to make a positive difference in your community? Shouldn't you be supporting them instead of publicly attacking them? I'm curious What have YOU done for your town Meredith besides bring negative publicity?
Jessie

Fitchburg, MA

#10 Feb 11, 2013
Drama, Small towns will always have to live with and deal with negative and argumentative people like Meredith. Maybe her personal life is so boring she needs to make an issue to ruffle some feathers to get some excitement. The committee voted, it has gone before the BOS for review and the towns voters will ultimately make the final decision. Don't waste your time on people like Meredith, she obviously is not worth it. Sometimes ignoring the troublemakers makes them go away.
Wow

Somerville, NJ

#12 Feb 12, 2013
Wow - I wonder who Drama and Jesse are??? Not to hard to guess. The one thing people like you miss - is dialog and the importance of seeing both sides - which you clearly lack - as I have seen before. The only ones making a negative fuss is you and your gossip and your accusations and attempts to divide people. You are haters and negative, etc. nothing better to do. But it is a small town and you are simple. Just because someone disagrees – you don’t shy away – you appreciate diverse points of view. In the case of the VMS – most of Ashburnaham is for keeping it – as they were not promised a P&R office in the soccer field. You see – when you trade off with the Town admin – vote my way and you get office space – that is corrupt thinking. But ofcourse you are used to it. Same deal with South Station – corrupt way of thinking. Oh – and Merediths home live is not boring at all – but thanks for being curious. She is doing just fine thank you. And finally – in closing – it is cowards like you that “go along to get along.” That doesn’t change anything – that creates a corrupt and paranoid environment – which clearly you are creating. Good luck with your life.
Meredith wrote:
Gee....wonder who Drama is????? LOL-
DRAMA

United States

#13 Feb 12, 2013
Wow wrote:
Wow - I wonder who Drama and Jesse are??? Not to hard to guess. The one thing people like you miss - is dialog and the importance of seeing both sides - which you clearly lack - as I have seen before. The only ones making a negative fuss is you and your gossip and your accusations and attempts to divide people. You are haters and negative, etc. nothing better to do. But it is a small town and you are simple. Just because someone disagrees – you don’t shy away – you appreciate diverse points of view. In the case of the VMS – most of Ashburnaham is for keeping it – as they were not promised a P&R office in the soccer field. You see – when you trade off with the Town admin – vote my way and you get office space – that is corrupt thinking. But ofcourse you are used to it. Same deal with South Station – corrupt way of thinking. Oh – and Merediths home live is not boring at all – but thanks for being curious. She is doing just fine thank you. And finally – in closing – it is cowards like you that “go along to get along.” That doesn’t change anything – that creates a corrupt and paranoid environment – which clearly you are creating. Good luck with your life.
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I have no clue who any of you are, so you know nothing about me. The fact that you think you do is sorta funny... a bit cocky don't ya think but very telling that you've made some enemies along the way. With your attacking, contradicting and very hostile attitude its no surprise. This seemed like an interesting subject so I thought I'd comment but clearly its gotten way off track and not really interesting anymore. It really just reminds me of my high school days.. haha.
WOW you write...Just because someone disagrees – you don’t shy away – you appreciate diverse points of view. I totally agree but your a hypocrite! You have not appreciated my point of view at all. I simply stated facts and asked Meredith how she would want this situation rectified, what would be her ideal solution but in turn have been attacked personally by say I'm simple, a hater and negative. Clearly this is a case of Adult Tantrums. How old are you? Are you in High school still? I think you must be. Your picking fights. Why would anyone start this forum and then maliciously attack anyone who has a difference of opinion. I'll tell you why ADULT TANTRUM with a very serious issue! Seriously seek some help for that or it will put you in your grave pre-maturely.
South Station, P&R (I assume that's Parks & Rec)... I have not followed either except for the parks and rec people doing events for the community which sounds good to me but I guess that makes me nuts and simple again.. oh well. IN CLOSING It's clear no deals should be worked behind the scenes... that's just obvious. Do you have any proof? Perhaps you could address that in a different blog in a more mature NON-HOSTILE manner.
Meredith

Townsend, MA

#15 Feb 13, 2013
DRAMA wrote:
I know how to pick my battles. Some people like and live for battling and I think that holds true in this case. I would rather spend my time making a difference and live in a positive way and not waste my time LOOKING for issues and targeting people just because. From what I gather you weren't involved in this "deliberation" so how do you know a deliberation took place. Whatever it was, it didn't take place in the meeting so therefore has no place being included in the meeting minutes. I agree this practice shouldn't be encouraged but crap happens. Learn to roll with the punches sometimes. Not everything has to be a fight. And also from what I see in the papers it seems that the Parks & Rec. people are doing a lot of great things in the town. Why Meredith are you bashing people that are trying to make a positive difference in your community? Shouldn't you be supporting them instead of publicly attacking them? I'm curious What have YOU done for your town Meredith besides bring negative publicity?
FYI- stating the facts of what went down at a meeting does not equal bashing people- where is this coming from? Not sure how I have brought negative publicity to the town by voting a certain way and calling out "questionable" behavior???? who knows - who cares..looks like I have one supporter..
DRAMA

United States

#16 Feb 13, 2013
re-read I didn't say that.
Over in out
Meredith

Townsend, MA

#17 Feb 13, 2013
Why Meredith are you bashing people that are trying to make a positive difference in your community? Shouldn't you be supporting them instead of publicly attacking them? I'm curious What have YOU done for your town Meredith besides bring negative publicity? ummm... looksy like you did?

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