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                      9/22/08

The City Council Minutes regarding the new purchasing policy & the Aquarion Contract Deal can be found on the Documents Page of this website.

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                      9/19/08

Letter submitted to the Eagle Times.

Amount raised by taxes 2001 vs 2008

      Payroll expenses 2001 vs 2008

    City Debt Increase 2001 - 2008

NH Ranking Highest Property Tax Rate

                      Total Rate

                   Municipal Rate

      Claremont Assessed Property  

          Valuations 2002 vs 2007

What a Claremont Taxpayer with a home assessed at $100,000 in 2002 paid in 2007, factoring a 23% increase in land assessed value & a 80% rise in building assessed value.

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                      9/16/08

                3 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                     Posting # 2

According to inside information Claremont's incremental City Manager has not lost sight of his desire to hire an Assistant City Manager. Mr. Goff seems to be trying out for the position.

                     Posting # 3

According to inside sources City Officials are considering whether or not to hire an "information coordinator" (translation: a press agent). Why would City Officials even bother wasting taxpayer's money on a new position when they are already getting the services of a press agent for free? He works at the Eagle Times and has been spinning all the stories about the Santagate Administration and the City Council that are published and burying what he can't spin for years.

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                      9/15/08

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                      9/11/08

Letter submitted to Eagle Times.

Chart depicting Claremont City Manager Guy Santagate's current and future pay increases that the 2008 City Council permanently locked in.

Copy of letter signed by Claremont City Solicitor Jane Taylor stating that she is selling me a copy of the August 28, 2008 non-public Claremont City Council Meeting minutes for a quarter.

Copy of the August 28, 2008 Claremont City Council non-public meeting minutes that have not yet been unsealed by the City Council.

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                      9/10/08

Minutes of the Non-Public Claremont City Council Meeting when the City Council (except for Councilors Paul LaCasse & Robert Picard) decided to give City Manager Guy Santagate a huge retirement benefit.

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                       9/9/08

Letter sent to Claremont City Council.

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                       9/8/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

As you may have noticed on the front page of Sunday's Eagle Times the City's Assessing Staff will be reassessing properties in certain sections of Claremont.

   So beware the tax man commeth!

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                       9/5/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

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                       9/3/08

According to Claremont City Solicitor Jane Taylor (see letter posted below) the recent Workforce Housing Forum cost Claremont Taxpayers $990.74 of which $600.00 was paid to Peter Francese, who spoke at the Forum.

No wonder Francese could afford to spend $60.00 locally on wine & cheese, he wanted to make a toast to City Manager Guy Santagate for agreeing to pay his inflated speaking fee!

It's funny that not one City Official thought to mention that Francese was being paid to speak on behalf of the Santagate Administration. Does this mean that Francese was told what to say as well to try and justify bringing workforce housing into Claremont when the real facts prove that it will be a disaster for local taxpayers & residents?

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                       9/2/08

A copy of Santagate's Contract is posted on the Other Issues Page of this website.

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                      8/30/08

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                      8/27/08

Letter written by me that was published in today's Eagle Times.

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                      8/25/08

        REMINDER!

A special City Council meeting is being held on Tuesday August 26th at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall regarding the Open Space Ordinance. The Santagate Administration wants to significantly increase housing density to pave the way for workforce housing which will greatly increase property taxes in the process. There will be a public forum for citizens to voice their concerns and views. It will also be aired live on Claremont Community Television (Channel 8).

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                      8/23/08

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                      8/21/08

                2 postings today! 

                     Posting # 1

                     Posting # 2

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                      8/20/08

Claremont's Director of Planning & Development Allan Britton is no longer working for the City of Claremont. This raises the question as to whether or not Mr. Britton's predecessor Planning Consultant Gerald Coogan will return since Mr. Coogan very recently accepted the position of Vice President and Chief of Planning with TFMoran Inc. of Bedford NH.

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                      8/19/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

  PEMBROKE PLANNING BOARD MINUTES

   DEERFIELD ORDINANCE GO TO PG. 47

    SANDOWN ORDINANCE GO TO PG. 35

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Claremont City Councilor Jeff Goff requested that the following be posted. It's a copy of the speach that he intended to give at the Sullivan County Delegation's August 14, 2008 meeting but the Delegation refused to allow him to speak. The Delegation voted in favor of expanding the County Jail and creating the Drug Clinic. Representative Beverly Rodeschin was the only official who voted against this spending proposal.

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                       8/15/08

Letter I submitted to the Eagle Times.

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                      8/13/08

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                      8/12/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                      The CDA's

Corporate & Political Welfare Program!

                      Posting # 2

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                        8/8/08

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                        8/6/08

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                        8/6/08

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           8/4/08

    SPECIAL REPORT!

Optimum Manufacturing Corporation headquartered in Charlestown NH with a facility in Claremont NH has been sold to a subsidiary of Corning Corporation. Optimum President Tim Donovan will join Corning's Aerospace and Defense Division.

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                        8/4/08

                 2 postings today!

                      Posting # 1

                      Posting # 2

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                        8/1/08

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                     7/30/08

              2 postings today!

                   Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

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                     7/28/08

               2 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency Website on July 25, 2008 the City of Claremont Fire Department was awarded an $82,747 grant to modify their facilities.

                    Posting # 2

A thought provoking letter written by Claremont Resident Cynthia Coolidge Howard is posted on the Letters Page of this website.

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                     7/25/08

               2 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

           Happy with Comcast?

   If not call City Hall at 542-7002.

They are negotiating a new contract!

                     Posting # 2

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                      7/23/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

 LINK TO PETER FRANCESE'S INTERVIEW

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                     7/20/08

               2 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

                Guy Santagate's

          Workforce Housing Plan

                     Posting # 2

                       Our Plan!

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                       7/18/08

Excerpt from PowerPoint Presentation

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                      7/16/08

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                    7/14/08

Correction: We've noticed one typographical error in the workforce housing posting below. Claremont's median income should have been listed as $42,849.

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                      7/13/08

Note: This posting has been sent to the City Council, Planning Board, Open Space Committee, School Board, School Reinvestment Committee, Senior Center and the Eagle Times.

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                      7/10/08

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                       7/9/08

                3 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

Kudos to the Claremont Highway Department work crews that did road repairs at the Claremont Junction and Roosevelt Road. Well done!

                    Posting # 2

Has the City of Claremont followed the Claremont School District's lead and joined a heating oil purchasing consortium to save money or does the Administration's silence mean that they're ignoring this problem as well?

                    Posting # 3

Remember it's only 482 days until the Claremont City Council Elections!

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                       7/6/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                      Posting # 2

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                       7/1/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

According to Claremont Finance Director Mary Walter the 2 applicants for the open Ward 1 City Council Seat are Christopher Lewis & Levi Sanders. The City Council will make their choice when they meet on Thursday July 3rd at 5:30 PM which will be televised live on CCTV.

                     Posting # 2

The E-mails between Ms. Ellis & City Solicitor Jane Taylor are posted on the Other Issues Page of this website.

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                       6/29/08

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                      6/27/08

Instead of spending the $288,472 of unanticipated revenues on sidewalks the money should be used for a legitimate full-scale audit of the City's books for the past 5 years. The Professional Auditors may find enough money to fix even more sidewalks and do other infrastructure projects also.

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                      6/25/08

                       UPDATE!

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                    6/25/08

The Sullivan County Convention regarding the proposed budget that includes a 32% increase will be held at the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center on South Street in Claremont on Monday June 30th at 9:00 AM.

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                      6/23/08

               2 Postings today!

                    Posting # 1

Excerpt from May 27, 2008 Claremont 

   Planning Board Meeting Minutes

                    Posting # 2

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                     6/19/08

   SPECIAL REPORT!

The Claremont School District is facing a budget crisis. For full details go to the School News Page of this Website!

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                     6/19/08

    LINK TO CITY'S 2006 AUDIT REPORT.

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                     6/16/08

Claremont City Assessor Ed Tinker's interview in the June 15th edition of the Eagle Times was very misleading because the numbers used misrepresented Claremont's current property values. For full details go to the Assessing Page on this website.

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                     6/14/08

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                      6/13/08

               3 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

                     Posting # 2

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To learn how the Administration's city-wide property reassessment plan will financially hurt you, go to the Assessing Page of this website.

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                      6/11/08

  Election Day is only 510 days away!

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                      6/9/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

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                      6/6/08

                4 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

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                      6/4/08

                3 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

According to the agenda for the June 11th Claremont City Council meeting that was recently publicly noticed the resignation of Ward 1 City Councilor David Roark won't be addressed despite the fact that Article 16 of the City Charter clearly states that a replacement needs to be appointed by the Council's July 9th meeting at the latest. In order for that to happen the Council needs to set a date for the interviews, devise questions to be asked, etc. at their June meeting but it's not on the agenda. Are City Officials delaying the appointment because they can't find a ringer that lives in Ward 1?

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Charlestown Road is one of the main roads into Claremont and heavily traveled. What's surprising is that the City paved a relatively good section of Charlestown Road stopping right at the entrance of Glenwood Drive and ignored the worst section of the road. Glenwood Drive just so happens to be the side street entrance to the neighborhoods where Public Works Director Bruce Temple, Fire Chief Peter Chase & Police Chief Alexander Scott all live. These three men make up the entire Claremont Traffic Committee. Coincidence?

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The City Manager announced today in the Eagle Times his intention to recommend to the City Council that the entire $260,972.29 rebate from the Sullivan County Regional Disposal District plus $27,500 in court costs recouped from the Wheelabrator Incinerator Property Assessment Case all be spent on sidewalks. This comes as no surprise since the City Manager has never saw fit to reduce the municipal property tax rate due to increased property valuation or windfalls such as this as other communities have done, opting instead to simply spend the money.

So whose sidewalks will get done? Since the City Manager contractually bound Claremont taxpayers to foot the entire bill to construct new sidewalks, stairs and platforms for the Downtown Mill Project will all this money be funneled there?

This money should be used to pave the worst section of Charlestown Road that should have been paved in the first place. If other work has to be done on that section of road such as water and sewer upgrades, etc. then the Administration should at least have a top coating put down to smooth out the surface of this main entrance to the City until funds are available to complete the entire job.

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                       6/2/08

                4 postings today!

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                    Posting # 4

The City of Claremont received a refund check for $260,972.29 from the Sullivan County Regional Disposal District as their portion of the cash assets now that the District has offically disbanded. Will City Officials use this money to give Claremont Taxpayers a much needed property tax break or will they funnel the money to the Downtown Mill Project?

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                       5/21/08

                 3 postings today!

                      Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

Bids submitted to the City of Claremont for the Sawtooth Municipal Parking Garage Project. City Officials have not chosen a company to do the project yet.

                    Posting # 3

A letter written by Claremont Resident Cynthia Coolidge Howard can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                      5/19/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                      Posting # 2

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                       5/16/08

                 2 Postings today!

                     Posting # 1

 

                     Posting # 2

Superintendent of Schools Jacqueline Guillette submitted to us a press release for publication regarding the 2008 Adequate Yearly Progress Reports. The press release is posted on the School News Page of this website.

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                       5/12/08

On May 27th the Claremont Planning Board will review 4 applications which include proposed expansions at Mikros Manufacturing, Wheelabrator Incinerator, Valley Regional Hospital and the Pleasant Restaurant.

Hopefully City Officials can quit the petty politics and social climbing and get on with the City's business by taking the steps necessary to appoint applicants to the open seats on the Planning Board so that there will be a quorum present to review these expansion applications.

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                       5/12/08

Is Councilor Picard the next elected official targeted for removal?

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                      5/10/08

    SPECIAL REPORT!

 Snelling Case Settled!

City agrees to pay $750,000 by December 31, 2008 and cuts a $430,000 check as a first installment. Interest will accrue on remainder!

Steven Snelling (left) and his Attorney Jon Meyer hold the $430,000 check the City paid as a first installment.

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                       5/9/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

 LINK TO U.V.L.S.R.P.C. HOUSING REPORT

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The Claremont Zoning Board meeting had to be postponed by 2 weeks until May 19th because of Mayor Cutts' refusal to allow the Council to appoint the applicants who had already applied. At the May 14th Council meeting will knowledgable experienced residents be appointed or will this Council bow to Mayor Cutts' wishes and discriminate by refusing to appoint any applicant who isn't a young recent transplant to Claremont?

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                       5/7/08

   THE DOWNTOWN MILL PROJECT

        WHAT'S THE REAL STORY?

 

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                        5/5/08

E-Mail sent to Claremont City Council.

 

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                        5/2/08

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                       4/29/08

  

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                       4/28/08

 

 

 

       LINK TO EAGLE TIMES ARTICLE  __________________

    SPECIAL REPORT! 

 

  LINK TO NEWS STORY

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             4/25/08

 

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                        4/22/08

 

 

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                      4/21/08

 

 

Note: Second entry from the top.

 

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                        4/18/08

 

 

  

 

     LINK TO MAYOR CUTTS' INTERVIEW

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                      4/17/08

 


 

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                        4/14/08

 

 

 

 

 

           MARCH 13, 2008 LETTER

            MARCH 31, 2008 LETTER

 

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                      4/10/08

Point of Clarification: CDA Member Jeff Goff voted to approve the transfer of the $50,000 so the CDA could grant the loan but then voted against granting the loan itself. Mr. Goff also voted with the other 4 CDA Members to seal the non-public meeting minutes into perpetuity. It's been brought to our attention that State Attorney General Kelly Ayotte has assigned a lead attorney to look into the permanent sealing of non-public minutes by this or any agency.

 

 

 

Excerpt from December 6, 2007 Claremont Development Authority Meeting Minutes.

 

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                        4/7/08

 

 

 

         Link to Seacoast Online Article

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                        4/4/08

                 2 Postings today!

                      Posting # 1

 

 

 

 

    LINK TO THE EAGLE TIMES ARTICLE

                      Posting # 2

 

 

 

 

 

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                         4/2/08

                 2 postings today!

                        Posting # 1

 

 

  

                    Posting # 2

 

 

  

 

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                        4/1/08

 

 

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                     3/31/08

Letter submitted today to the Eagle Times for the Readers Forum regarding their March 30th headline news article that was full of erroneous information.

 

 

  

    LINK TO THE EAGLE TIMES ARTICLE

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                     3/28/08

A very well written, thought provoking letter by Judith Moriarty regarding the New Community Center for Claremont Incorporated Board and the Santagate Administration can be found on the Letters Page of this website.  __________________

                       3/26/08

 

 

 

Letter from New Community Center for Claremont Incorporated Chairman John Napsey:

 

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                      3/25/08

The following letter was sent on March 20, 2008 by certified mail to Claremont Mayor Deborah Cutts and according to the U.S. Postal Service was delivered on March 22, 2008.

Will Mayor Cutts practice what she preaches, follow proper protocol and provide the requested information or will she ignore the request and violate the law, her oath of office and a Superior Court Order?

             We'll soon find out!

 

Letter from Claremont City Solicitor Jane Taylor.

Note: Item # 2.

 

Proof of delivery:

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                   3/24/08

A letter written by me regarding yesterdays Eagle Times editorial can be found on the Letters Page of this website along with a direct link to the editorial.

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                      3/20/08

Longtime Claremont School Board Chairman David Putnam was removed from that position last night. For full details go to the School News Page on this website.

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                      3/19/08

 

 

  

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                       3/17/08

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                        3/13/08

   City's Spreadsheet

Letter from Claremont City Solicitor Jane Taylor.

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                        3/10/08

Excerpts from CDA Minutes referenced in the above posting.

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                        3/8/08                 

                 4 postings today!

The posting below is a culmination of opinions from well over a hundred (closer to two hundred) Claremont Residents regarding the removal of Councilor Richard Dietz.

There are also excellently written and thought provoking letters about this same subject from Claremont Residents Arthur Crowe, Judith Moriarity and Jacquelyn Elliott that can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                         3/5/08

                  2 Postings today!

                       Posting # 1

An excellent, powerful letter from Claremont Resident Helen Crowe about tonights City Council Meeting regarding Councilor Richard Dietz can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

                       Posting # 2

A very interesting letter written by Steven Snelling about his case can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                         3/4/08

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                         3/2/08

                Mr. Uptons report

Councilor Dietz's E-Mails to DPW Director Bruce Temple.

Claremont Board & Commissions Coordinator Michelle Aiken's E-Mail to City Solicitor Jane Taylor.

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                       2/27/08

             THE CITY MANAGER'S

RIGHT-TO- KNOW REQUESTS REPORT.

                           2006

                          2007

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                      2/25/07

                3 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

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A letter written by Claremont City Councilor Richard Dietz can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                       2/21/08

Claremont School Officials plan to distribute throughout the City information to educate the public about the upcoming March 11th school budget vote that omits several key aspects of their proposed budget as well as the huge difference between their proposed budget and the default budget. For full details go to the School News Page of this website.

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                       2/19/08

A letter submitted to the Eagle Times Readers Forum, written by me regarding the recent actions of several Claremont City Officials can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                       2/18/08

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                       2/16/08

 

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                       2/8/08

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                       2/7/08

Memo from Claremont City Solicitor Jane Taylor to Mayor Scott Pope Dated December 12, 2007.

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                      2/6/08

                2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                     Posting # 2

New Community Center for Claremont  Inc. Articles of Agreement.

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                        2/4/08

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                     2/2/08

              2 postings today!

                   Posting # 1

Letter written by me regarding the City Council Witch Hunt and submitted to the Eagle Times for publication.

                   Posting # 2

A thought provoking letter regarding the January 23rd council meeting, written by Claremont Resident Helen Crowe, can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                     1/29/08

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                     1/28/08

              2 Postings today!

                    Posting # 1

The King is dead and we're now stuck with the Queen, anointed by the Prince - God save Claremont! Will the Court Jester (Councilor Austin) now be knighted as the kingdom's new Assistant Mayor? How many other members of the Royal Court were in on this conspiracy?

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The mystery of the orange note that Mayor Pope was handed just minutes prior to his resignation has been solved. According to Mr. Pope the note said "the building will close in seven minutes, the Custodians are wondering if you will be ending soon or who will pay their overtime".

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   SPECIAL REPORT!

 POPE CAPITULATES!

Mayor Scott Pope has officially resigned his seat on the City Council. Mr. Pope e-mailed a copy of his resignation letter to us (posted below). When contacted Mr. Pope stated that he would NOT be applying for the council seat that will open up once a new Assistant Mayor is choosen.

 

 

 

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                      1/27/08

               3 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

Knowing the way the City of Claremont works (most everything done behind closed doors by a few interconnected officials who have their own agenda), has Mayor Pope been approached about his livelyhood job as Mr. Roark's family may have been?

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Isn't it interesting that City Manager Guy Santagate and Judge Taylor held a meeting with Mayor Pope which Councilor Austin was also present at on Friday afternoon at 4 PM. The public was told at the January 9, 2008 council meeting that the City Manager would no longer meet privately with individual councilors.

              Is he losing his grip? 

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An excellent letter written by Claremont Resident Judith Moriarty regarding Mayor Pope's resignation can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                       1/26/08

                2 Postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                     Posting # 2

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                       1/25/08

                2 Postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

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                      1/24/08

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                      1/21/08

 

          Link to Eagle Times Editorial

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                     1/18/08

               2 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

Open letter to Councilor David Roark.

Mailed to his home earlier in the week.

                     Posting # 2

     Link to NH Business Review Article.

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                    1/17/08

         LEGISLATIVE WARNING!

If Senate Bill 511 is passed, top priority for School Building Aid will be given to reconstruction projects instead of projects that involve the building of new school facilites. This could impact any decisions made by the Claremont School Reinvestment Committee in regards to the building of a new high school. For full details go to the School News Page of this website.

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                     1/15/08

A letter written by Steven Snelling updating developments regarding his wrongful termination lawsuit can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

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                     1/14/08

               2 Postings today!

                    Posting # 1

                    Posting # 2

A letter written by me regarding actions taken by the Administration and the Claremont City Council at their January 9th meeting to limit access to public documents can be found on the Letters Page of this website. 

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                      1/11/08

LINK TO VISION'S CLAREMONT PROPERTY ASSESSMENT DATABASE

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                      1/10/08

               2 postings today!

                    Posting # 1

     Link to committee contact information

                    Posting # 2

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                        1/7/08

 

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                       1/5/08

We've submitted to both the Sullivan County Commissioners & the members of the County Delegation our recommendations, that if implemented would eliminate the entire $2.2 million Sullivan County Budget deficit, reduce resident's tax burden even further and not adversely impact existing County services.  A copy can be found on the Other Issues Page of this website.

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                     12/30/07

   Link to New Community Center Report 

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                     12/27/07

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                      12/20/07

    SPECIAL REPORT!

WMUR-TV reported today that Customized Structures Inc. located on River Road in Claremont has announced plans to lay off 120 of their workers on Christmas Day. According to WMUR-TV this is a violation of Federal law which requires either 60 days notification or severance pay and the NH Attorney General's Office has filed legal papers on behalf of the employees to block the layoff. Where was the City's Economic Development Staff?

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                       12/19/07

                     12/18/07

                 2 postings today!

                     Posting # 1

                     Posting # 2

Excerpt from April 12, 2006 Claremont

     City Council Meeting Minutes

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                    12/17/07

2 new letters can be found on the Letters Page of this website.

The first letter is about a conflict of interest regarding the biggest donation the City has ever received.

The second letter is written by me regarding the Eagle Times' editorial response to Jon Manning's letter which appeared in Sunday's edition. I've submitted a copy to the Eagle Times for their Readers Forum. We'll see if they print it.

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      WE'RE BACK!

A lot has happened in Claremont over the past few weeks that our local newspaper has failed to report to their readers. We will begin to deal with the backlog next week. Below are two brand new postings:

                      12/13/07

                     Posting # 1

                     Posting # 2