If you’re wondering why the posts seem to be trickling out it’s because after the town meeting and election it slows down for the summer. I wanted to wait for the finance committee to meet before I posted because the BoS, and more specifically Charlie Flynn, had a lot to say about the fact that the town voted to fund an independent audit of the water company. You will see in the YouTube video that the BoS can’t hide it’s distain for the people who had the audacity to ask for a second opinion. The FC did not meet last night so I’ll just report on some of my impressions of the BoS meeting.
Words have meaning so I have to wonder if I heard Mary correctly. It is on video and I listened to it several times so it is what she said. I’m so glad that I recorded the BoS meeting. Mary said that the reason that the auditor put off our audit for so long is because he is not coming here by himself; thanks to information that has been put out to the public. According to Mary he said he is now coming here with “EXPERIENCED STAFF MEMBERS”. I have to wonder; does this mean that if the information she is talking about wasn’t put out to the public that we would not be getting experienced auditors to do our books? And they don’t understand why the town would want a second opinion.
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It seems that Charlie Flynn doesn’t get the fact that the town doesn’t want his input in regard to the water company audit. Mary understood and said that the town “took it out of our hands”, meaning the BoS’s hands. Bruce stated that it is not the BoS’s problem anymore; it is the FC’s problem. But Charlie wants to micromanage the FC’s audit and he had a litany of demands. Sorry Charlie, the town has told you very clearly that they don’t trust the BoS to do the job. Mary and Bruce understood; but apparently you just don’t get it. I just hope Chairman Turner can keep you in your place. Although in the past it seems he has been reluctant to do so.
One of the most revealing things I heard at the meeting was Charlie venting about Laura’s work on the FC. I’ve posted the video on YouTube so everyone can judge for themselves. But as for me I got the strong impression that Charlie is out to get Laura off of the finance committee and we all know what happens when Charlie wants someone removed. My suspicion is that he will do anything in his power to stop her from being reappointed. As you can see in the video he’s already started to lay the groundwork.
It’s obvious that Charlie wants to install a new chairman for the FC; someone more malleable, someone who thinks like Charlie, A puppet if you will. A person who gives the appearance of being independent but can be controlled. Since Bruce and Mary are going to be the Selectmen on the appointing committee. It’s unlikely they will go against Charlie’s wishes. As for the FC he can’t use Mike because Mike has to be reappointed as well. Their only hope is to convince Tom Gage to vote her off. It will be a truly sad day for Egremont if Charlie can prevent the reappointment of Laura Allen to the Finance Committee.