The Sullivan Report

    OTHER ISSUES                      

                                      

                            7/21/09

Claremont City Council meeting minutes regarding Upton's "investigation".

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                        2/11/09                 

                  Ordinance # 504

    Infill & Inclusionary Development

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                        9/2/08

    Copy of Guy Santagate's Contract.

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                     8/19/08

Open Space Ordinance written by Citizen's Committee & endorsed by the Claremont Planning Board that the Santagate Administration doesn't like.

 City's Original Open Space Ordinance

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                      7/1/08

E-mails between Leslie Ellis & City Solicitor Jane Taylor regarding the City of Claremont charging a $295.30 "research fee" for 7.25 hours work Claremont Officials allege it took City Staff to find public documents that 66 other communities had readily available.

Bernie Folta's request for information that City Officials needlessly charged him $40.00 for.

        Response from City Solicitor.

                  Note item # 2.

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                      1/5/08

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                      9/28/07

      WHEELABRATOR WINDFALL AT

  THE PUBLIC'S EXPENSE!  WAS THIS

       DELIBERATELY SABOTAGED?

Letter from City Solicitor Jane Taylor.

                  Note: Item # 3

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                      9/20/07

BLATANT SABOTAGE HAS COST THE  TAXPAYERS THOUSANDS!

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                      9/12/07

 

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                    8/23/07

         Claremont Zoning Board

       Meeting Minutes Sanitized!

Claremont Zoning Board of Adjustment August 6, 2007 Meeting Minutes Draft

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                     8/10/07

              The Snelling Case

The City's Motion for Reconsideration

   Plaintiff's Objection to that Motion

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                    THE BROWN BLOCK DEAL

                ORIGINAL LOAN AGREEMENT

1) THE CLAREMONT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

     BORROWS $450,000 FROM THE BUSINESS

     FINANCE AUTHORITY.

2) THE CLAREMONT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

     THEN LOANS THE $450,000 TO JACK DUGAN'S

     NEW LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CALLED THE

     BROWN BLOCK CORPORATION. THIS IS A

     7 YEAR LOAN WITH A 7.5% INTEREST RATE.

     THE BROWN BLOCK CORPORATION WOULD ONLY

     BE MAKING INTEREST PAYMENTS DURING

     THOSE 7 YEARS.

3) THE BROWN BLOCK WOULD BE USED AS

     COLLATERAL FOR THE $450,000 CLAREMONT

     DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY LOAN.

4) THE BUSINESS FINANCE AUTHORITY WOULD

     BUY BACK THE LOAN FROM THE CLAREMONT

     DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AT THE CLOSING.

         TERMS OF LOAN DEAL IS CHANGED!

NOW IT WILL BE DECIDED AFTER "THE LOAN IS

DONE"  WHETHER OR NOT THE BUSINESS FINANCE

AUTHORITY WILL BUY BACK THE LOAN FROM THE

CLAREMONT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

CLAREMONT CITY COUNCIL VOTES IN FAVOR OF

BROWN BLOCK LOAN PLAN. CITY MANAGER GUY

SANTAGATE TELLS THE COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC

THAT THE CITY WILL HOLD A FIRST MORTGAGE ON

THE BUILDING.

THE CLAREMONT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY VOTES

  IN FAVOR OF THE MODIFIED LOAN AGREEMENT!

TERMS OF LOAN AGREEMENT CHANGED AGAIN!

CLAREMONT BUSINESS COORDINATOR NANCY

MERRILL ANNOUNCES MAJOR CHANGES IN THE

NOW TWICE REVISED LOAN AGREEMENT.

1) THE INTEREST RATE THAT WILL BE CHARGED

     HAS BEEN DROPPED FROM 7.5% DOWN TO

     7.25%

2) THE $450,000 C.D.A. LOAN WILL NOT BE

     COLLATERALIZED!!! INSTEAD THE CLAREMONT

     DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WILL RECEIVE A

     WRITTEN PLEDGE AGREEMENT INSTEAD.

THE CLAREMONT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

BOARD APPROVES THE LOAN AGREEMENT

CHANGES.

  COPY OF MY LETTER THAT WAS PUBLISHED

                   IN THE EAGLE TIMES

 

 

EXCERPT FROM SEPTEMBER 14, 2005 CLAREMONT

CITY COUNCIL MINUTES PROVING EXACTLY WHAT

                 THE CITY MANAGER SAID.

             MY RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUEST.

 

          THE ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE.

 

     CORPORATE WELFARE UPDATE!

AT THE JANUARY 10TH CLAREMONT CITY COUNCIL

MEETING CITY MANAGER GUY SANTAGATE STATED

THAT THE $9.7 MILLION BOND TO BE USED TO

CREATE PARKING FOR THE MILL PROJECT WOULD

ANNUALLY COST $770,000 FOR 20 YEARS TO

REPAY. ON SEPTEMBER 14TH 2005 THE CITY

MANAGER SET THE ESTIMATED INCREASED

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT FOR THE MILL PROJECT

WHEN COMPLETED AT $14 MILLION, WHICH AT THE

2006 PROPERTY TAX RATE (MINUS THE STATE

EDUCATION TAX) WILL ONLY GENERATE $408,800

PER YEAR CREATING AN ANNUAL DEFICIT OF

$361,200 ($7,224,000 DEFICIT OVER THE LIFE OF

THE BOND). THE PROPERTY ASSESSED VALUES IN

THE T.I.F. DISTRICT WOULD HAVE TO INCREASE BY

AN ADDITIONAL $12,369,863 IN ORDER TO RAISE

ENOUGH IN PROPERTY TAXES TO MAKE THE

$770,000 ANNUAL BOND PAYMENT.

  CLAREMONT TAXPAYERS (& RENTERS) NOW

        PAYING FOR CORPORATE WELFARE 

                         E-MAIL DEBATE

                   HERE ARE THE E-MAILS IN QUESTION

                      HANGAR HANG-UP

THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION IS

INVESTIGATING THE CITY OF CLAREMONT'S

HANDLING OF ASSIGNING HANGAR SPACE LEASES

TO THE NEW FEDERALLY FUNDED 6 UNIT HANGAR

BUILDING AT THE CLAREMONT MUNICIPAL

AIRPORT. (THE CITY RECEIVED $474,050 FROM

THE F.A.A. & $12,475 FROM THE NH DEPARTMENT

OF TRANSPORTATION) . ACCORDING TO THE F.A.A.

INQUIRY, CLAREMONT OFFICIALS APPEAR TO HAVE

VIOLATED THE F.A.A. FUNDING AGREEMENT

PROHIBITING ANY DISCRIMINATION REGARDING

CERTAIN TYPES OF AIRCRAFT.

WILL CLAREMONT TAXPAYERS HAVE TO REFUND

    THE $486,525 BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT?

  IS FUTURE AIRPORT FUNDING IN JEOPARDY?

        USE THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION!

     THE CARPETBAGGERS ARE AT IT AGAIN!

CITY OF CLAREMONT'S R.F.Q. TO CHANGE ZONING MAP

                      CITY OF CLAREMONT

                                   VS.

      NH INSURANCE GUARANTY ASSOCIATION

ON JULY 10, 2006 GOVENOR JOHN LYNCH SIGNED

INTO LAW HOUSE BILL 0657 CREATING A

"COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION TAX RELIEF

INCENTIVE". OWNERS OF BUILDINGS LOCATED IN

A "DOWNTOWN, TOWN CENTER, CENTRAL

BUSINESS DISTRICT OR VILLAGE CENTER" WHO

INTEND TO SUBSTANTIALLY REHABILITATE THEIR

BUILDING CAN NOW QUALIFY FOR TAX RELIEF FOR

A SET PERIOD OF TIME. PROPERTY TAXES ON

QUALIFYING STRUCTURES WOULD NOT BE

INCREASED FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS. 

ADDITIONAL YEARS OF TAX RELIEF CAN BE ADDED

FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF PROPERTIES. IF NEW

RESIDENTIAL UNITS ARE CREATED 2 MORE YEARS

OF TAX RELIEF CAN BE ADDED, 4 MORE YEARS IF

THOSE RESIDENTIAL UNITS ARE CLASSIFIED AS

AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

IF THE BUILDING IS IN A HISTORIC DISTRICT 4

MORE YEARS OF TAX RELIEF CAN BE ADDED. ALL

THIS IS TOTALLY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE

LOCAL GOVERNING BODY, WHICH IN CLAREMONT'S

CASE WOULD BE THE CITY COUNCIL.

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION

BECAUSE IT GIVES NEEDED INCENTIVES FOR

BUILDING OWNERS TO REHAB THEIR BUILDINGS,

BEAUTIFY THE COMMUNITY AND EXPAND THE TAX

BASE. EVERYBODY WINS!

HOPEFULLY EITHER STATE SENATOR BOB O'DELL

OR ONE OF CLAREMONT'S REPRESENTATIVES IN

THE HOUSE WILL SPONSER A BILL THAT WILL

ALLOW THE SAME TYPE OF INCENTIVES FOR

INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY, WHICH WOULD HELP

CLAREMONT COMPETE WITH SOUTHERN STATES

WHO OFFER HUGE TAX INCENTIVES TO

INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES LOOKING TO RELOCATE.

THE MAJORITY OF MANUFACTURING AND OTHER

COMPANIES HAVE MOVED FROM CLAREMONT TO

THE SOUTH DUE TO THE FACT THAT OUR STATE

LAW FORBIDS TAX INCENTIVES.  

UNFORTUNATELY HOUSE BILL 0657 MAY NOT

APPLY TO CLAREMONT, SINCE CITY OFFICIALS

DECIDED TO CREATE A T.I.F. DISTRICT IN

DOWNTOWN CLAREMONT. ACCORDING TO THE LAW

ALL BUILDINGS WITHIN A T.I.F. DISTRICT ARE 

REASSESSED EACH AND EVERY YEAR AND ANY

EXTRA PROPERTY ASSESSMENT IS HELD ASIDE AS

RETAINED CAPTURED ASSESSED VALUE AND

ALL PROPERTY TAX INCOME FROM THAT ASSESSED

VALUE IS USED TO HELP REPAY THE BONDS THE

CITY WILL FLOAT FOR THE WATER STREET MILL

PROJECT.

WILL CITY OFFICIALS NOW TRY TO DISSOLVE THE

T.I.F. DISTRICT?  OR WILL THEY GIVE OUT THESE

TAX INCENTIVES ANYWAY AND PLACE AN EVEN

HEAVIER BURDEN ON THE CLAREMONT

TAXPAYERS?

NOTE: THIS IS A COPY OF A LETTER FROM THE NH

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

DATED JUNE 24, 2005 REGARDING THE LOWE'S

PROJECT. BETWEEN 12,000 - 13,000 CUBIC YARDS

OF SOIL WAS REMOVED FROM MONADNOCK PARK

BECAUSE OF THE RECENTLY COMPLETED RUNNING

TRACK PROJECT AND BROUGHT TO THE LOWE'S

SITE TO BE USED AS FILL. ACCORDING TO THIS

LETTER BENZO(A)PYRENE WAS FOUND IN THE SOIL

TAKEN FROM MONADNOCK PARK AT A LEVEL OF

CONCENTRATION THAT SLIGHTLY EXCEEDS

THE D.E.S.'S DIRECT CONTACT RISK SAFETY

REGULATIONS. ITEM # 5 AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE

2 STATES "EXCAVATION AND RELOCATION OF THE

URBAN FILL MATERIAL FROM THE MONADNOCK

PARK PROPERTY TO THE LOWE'S PROPERTY WOULD

REDUCE THE POTENTIAL EXPOSURE HAZARD AT

THE MONADNOCK PARK PROPERTY." THE CARBON

COPIES LIST ON PAGE 5 SHOWS THAT THE CITY OF

CLAREMONT RECEIVED A COPY. THE D.E.S. LETTER

ALSO STATES THAT ANY SOIL TAKEN FROM

MONADNOCK PARK MUST BE COVERED BY AT LEAST

2 FEET OF CLEAN FILL. HOW DID THE PARK GET

POLLUTED IN THE FIRST PLACE? SINCE THE SOIL

SHOULDN'T BE TOUCHED AND THIS IS A PARK

WHERE RESIDENTS (MOSTLY CHILDREN) COME IN

CONTACT WITH THE GROUND (ESPECIALLY THOSE

PLAYING SPORTS SUCH AS FOOTBALL) SOIL

SAMPLES AT THE PARK SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN

TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE POLLUTION

AND WHETHER OR NOT ADDITIONAL ACTION IS

NEEDED. DID THE CITY DO THIS?  WHY DID CITY

OFFICIALS KEEP THIS A SECRET? SHOULDN'T

PARENTS HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF THIS?

 

Note: This is a copy of Dr. Ted Schettler's letter regarding waste incineration.

           The British Report can be viewed online at http://www.ecomed.org.uk/pub_waste.php

Note:  City loses appeal in Snelling Case

                    

Note:  Letter from Wheelabrator Attorney to City Manager stating that "there are

                 numerous  procedural and substantive defects in the actions taken by the

                 City Council"  (regarding the eminent domain proceedings).  Wheelabrator contends

                 that besides the land the City must take ownership of the Incinerator as well.

Note:  City of Claremont's easement on Incinerator property never existed.

            Claremont's eminent domain proceedings in jeopardy?

Note:  Original request for easement that was never finalized.

Note:  City of Claremont rehires company that created Tic-Tac-Toe logo for$6,500.00

Note:  Company charges Claremont Taxpayers $125.00 per hour.

Note:  Cost of City of Claremont's "Turtle Ad"  that ran in April issue of the Business NH

                     Magazine $2,170.64  (ad consisted of live turtle attempting to take a step on the

                     ground with a toy rocket strapped to it's back).  City pays consulting firm a 15%

                     commission for placing the ad plus $125.00 per hour for ad creation.

Note:  Turtle Ad can be found at www.ClaremontNH.com   Once there, activate the turtle icon

                at the upper right hand side of the home page to see a better picture.

Note:  Read an entertaining story about 1 man's struggle to build an airplane hanger

            at the Claremont Airport and his encounters with the following Claremont Officials:

            Planning Director Anthony Lyons, Business Coordinator Nancy Merrill, Building

             Inspector Kenneth Walsh, City Planner Gerald Coogan and Fire Chief and Airport

                                  Manager Peter Chase. You'll be glad that you did!

                                   Use this link to go to Brian Meyette's website.

       

Note:  Here is the real reason why the City of Claremont and the Claremont School District  

                 now buy gas and diesel fuel for all their vehicles at a local  gas station.