Council OK's Settlement With Rejected...

Council OK's Settlement With Rejected Town Manager

There are 55 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jan 9, 2008, titled Council OK's Settlement With Rejected Town Manager. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The town council has voted to settle its contract dispute with James Thomas, the Maine administrator removed from the town manager position before he was to formally begin work here.

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EHCT8821

Pembroke, MA

#41 Jan 14, 2008
Honorable wrote:
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Give us all a break...I did do research about Mr. Thomas and he has never been sued nor has it cost the communities any money, Here are the facts: Sterling, CO, judge ordered the plainitiff to pay damages to the city and Mr. Thomas for taking up the courts time. This was verified my the Mayor from Sterling. Fact #2 Old Orchard Beach paid nothing to a group of criminals who were selling sex on the pier. In fact according to The Town Council Chairman from the time this issue was raised by the Pier and the joint statement released by all parties it took 21 days. Before you start shooting your mouth off get the facts. Call the Mayors or Town Officials. the press is known to be lazy and sometimes the facts are dull and not sexy. This hatchet job by the Gang of 5 from East Hampton was to hide past performances of town appointed employees and elected officials. Mr. Thomas has the ability to root out corruption just see what he did in Old Orchard Beach.
Sounds like reasonable steps - too bad the search comittee dodn't take those steps - they could have put us all at ease. Word is they never even went to OOB or spoke to anyone in Colorado??? Gee, I wonder why - they didn't have time!!!!
Tell me, if the Co. thing was nothing, why'd he get canned after 4 mos? And if his abilities are so noble in OOB, why aren't they keeping him??
nancy prescott

Newington, CT

#42 Jan 14, 2008
It seems that most of you posters are familiar with east hampton even if you do not live here. As a newcomer I'm wondering what the deal is with "Jim Morris"? He writes so many nasty letters to the local publication - and they print them all! True, I come from a larger town so perhaps I'm used to letter limits and such, but really, what is this guys story? I picture him as a bitter, sad, lonely old man - a widower? Life-long bachelor? Does anyone know?
EH_Taxpayer

Newington, CT

#43 Jan 14, 2008
Chatham Jerks wrote:
Get Lost! Do you know who started the Salmon River State Forrest? Bought 1500 acres in the Depression?
Melissa Engel Grandfather! Again you "Chatham Jerks" Get Lost!
The only reason to mention relatives would be if who your parents were held weight in our government. Fortunately we won the war against hereditary succession in government more then 200 years ago.

In any case this cost a lot less then it could have. Under the contract as described in the local paper, it appears to me that Thomas was entitled to 30% more then he settled for.

To those who say that those who have been complaining should get involved, I agree, elected officials should be under public oversight and thatís what town meetings and public records are for. But when we elect people to stand in our place to represent our interest in our absence, we are entitled and should expect nothing less then faithful representation. This includes including those with whom you disagree with. This does not appear to be the case when the rival Chatham Party was uninvited in the search committee that has Democrat as well as Republican representation. This I will remember come the next election season.
EH_Taxpayer

Newington, CT

#44 Jan 14, 2008
Chatham Jerks wrote:
Get Lost! Do you know who started the Salmon River State Forrest? Bought 1500 acres in the Depression?
Melissa Engel Grandfather! Again you "Chatham Jerks" Get Lost!
Chatham Jerks,

I came off half cocked with that last comment, As I didn't read what you were responding to. So please excuse my comment.
Norm

Rocky Hill, CT

#45 Jan 14, 2008
EH taypayer - is that you Kyle?
EH_Taxpayer

Newington, CT

#46 Jan 14, 2008
Norm wrote:
EH taypayer - is that you Kyle?
Nope
nancy prescott

Newington, CT

#47 Jan 15, 2008
OK, so no one seems to know anything about the nasty-letter-writer going by the name of "Jim Morris". Perhaps he does not exist. I just hope he does not live near me.
Luquicia

New Ipswich, NH

#48 Jan 15, 2008
Rumor has it that the "Jim Morris" moniker is really Queen Melissa's alter ego.

Now who would believe something as outrageous as that!

Come to think of it..... she's managed to arm twist... I mean persuade, the other democrats over to her way of thinking. Maybe she is just as convincing with Mr. Morris.
Concerned

AOL

#49 Jan 16, 2008
Iíve been reading all the comments and most of them seem to be from concerned and very upset citizens and rightly so. I have attended many Town Council as well as other board meetings for a few years now. And while I have been upset with decisions that have been made, I do not believe I have ever seen such an atrocity as to what lead up to the ousting of Mr. Thomas. I honestly feel that his contract should have been revamped changing it from 5 to 3 years and he should have been allowed to start; it appeared as if he entered the contract in good faith. If he was as bad as some believe, Iím sure the town would have been able to dismiss him at a later date with due cause.

There are many things that happened that I do not like, the first being that Ms. Engel took it upon herself to try and successfully find a loop hole in Jim Thomasí contract. Secondly, Iím not happy that my tax dollars not only paid for the legal expenses it took to do this, but also the $60,000 it cost to break the contract. That money could have been used in other ways that would have improved our town. Thirdly, Iím not happy that Bob Drewry will be holding down two full time positions which are both time consuming and critical to this town. How well can one person divide his time and still do what is best for the town? The last thing that upsets me is the fact that no one from the Chatham Party is going to be on the new search committee. Like it or not, the Chatham Party holds as many seats as the Democrats and they should be involved in the search.

Letís face it, things are back to the way they were 21/2 years ago. In fact, itís worse than before.
Jumbo Morris

New York, NY

#50 Jan 16, 2008
Things aren't worse.. they are far better! We get to follow in the example of our illustrious leader and we can ignore state laws, we can build whatever we want to build with no hassles from PNZ. Personally, I'm going to build a new extension on my house since nobody cares about zoning and to save costs Ill just have my new bathroom run right into the lake. Yeah!! Freedom in East Hampton again!! If only we can get rid of the last two Chatham people on the board we can really turn East Hampton into a pirates paradise.
Another quarterback

Cromwell, CT

#51 Jan 16, 2008
Jumbo, do you realize what you said is a great idea, but one that you have the power to do yourself? Elected officials are not responsible for creating neighborhood groups, we are! So, that's one great idea ... where are everyone else's? You all have plenty of info about what our town needs - let's hear them.
Another quarterback

Cromwell, CT

#52 Jan 16, 2008
that was in reference to neighborhood watches.
I don't care for your version of home improvements.
Jumbo Morris

New York, NY

#53 Jan 16, 2008
Another quarterback wrote:
that was in reference to neighborhood watches.
I don't care for your version of home improvements.
Welcome Aboard... we will raise the jolly roger over East Hampton once Minnick and Weintraub have been replaced by jumbo morris clones!
EH Atrocity

Hudson, NH

#54 Jan 19, 2008
nancy prescott wrote:
It seems that most of you posters are familiar with east hampton even if you do not live here. As a newcomer I'm wondering what the deal is with "Jim Morris"? He writes so many nasty letters to the local publication - and they print them all! True, I come from a larger town so perhaps I'm used to letter limits and such, but really, what is this guys story? I picture him as a bitter, sad, lonely old man - a widower? Life-long bachelor? Does anyone know?
Jim Morris is an embarassment. He/she has single handidly made East Hampton the laughing stock of the local paper. They print his tirades and each one simply makes EH look a little more like a backwards hick town who can't get it's act together. I honestly wish he would stop, or take the time to start being constructive and stop being destructive. I had hopes that this three party council could do some good...based on the results so far Ill be voting for new folks next go around.
Concerned

AOL

#55 Jan 21, 2008
nancy prescott wrote:
OK, so no one seems to know anything about the nasty-letter-writer going by the name of "Jim Morris". Perhaps he does not exist. I just hope he does not live near me.
Yes, he exists. I think most just try to ignore his nasty attitude; heís evil.

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