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stash - Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 11:02 P
Election
I guess not making it back to town to vote didn't make a difference. Winners are announced and I'll bet our votes aren't included.
 
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mdover - Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 9:56 A
Help Needed For Comerford Montague Tuesday
Hi Jo voters,
Jo’s campaign needs people to hold signs and hand out write-in information at several polling places in Montague, including Turners Falls, and Millers Falls. If you have an hour or two to help, please consider signing up for a shift. Filling all of these poll slots could really make this campaign successful. People can sign up directly here: www.signupgenius.com...DB03AECEEE2-montague. And please share this with friends!

Thanks
Michael
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, May 22, 2018, 9:24 A
Election
Kudos to Deb and Maddie for getting election results up so quickly. Nice job! :-)
 
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Rob - Tue, May 22, 2018, 7:03 A
Election
this morning the town has posted on their website unofficial results:

To Build a New Public Works Facility:
Yes: 688

No: 649
 
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newbie - Mon, May 21, 2018, 11:21 P
Election
Boy the old ballot boxes are niece but getting results suck. Any info yet? Ed
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, May 19, 2018, 10:26 P
Wow
Hee hee :-)
 
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stash - Sat, May 19, 2018, 9:24 A
Wow
Wonder if the new Mascot logo will be a Thunder Mug. :-) :-)
 
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stash - Wed, Mar 21, 2018, 3:03 P
Question
It was in the minutes near the end. The 2/12 ones as I stated in the first words of my post. They could have corrected it. I haven't been back to it.
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Mar 21, 2018, 2:35 P
Question
Stash, where do you see a reference to Chief Morgan?

https://www.montague...electmen_Minutes.pdf
 
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stash - Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 11:16 P
Question
I just read the 2/12 exec. session minutes. Who is Chief Morgan? Should it be Dodge? Is it a legal document with the mistake? Just wondering.. Hope the weather on the Montague site is right. Only 1-3 inches of global warming. :-0 Stash
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Mar 8, 2018, 7:50 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
The independent investigator's report was dated Dec. 15, 2017.
 
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Rob - Thu, Mar 8, 2018, 9:35 A
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
from my understanding the long drawn out process was the independent review panel
 
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Clark - Thu, Mar 8, 2018, 12:16 A
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
Rob: I am very aware of which you commented on since I served as selectman in Montague for twenty years and retired from being in a human resources environment for over 30 years and I fully realize the confidential part of the particulars BUT that all being said , the taxpayers don't APPEAR to being well served by the LONG drawn out process , say nothing about the morale with in the department. Situations like this are always painful BUT the PEOPLE of Montague don't deserve this !
 
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Rob - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 9:28 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
contracts the town makes with positions like police chief can be involved. It is not employment at will like most people. The cost of firing him might have ended up costing more than the severance pay if he contested the firing. The newer thinking is that drug addiction is more of a disease that needs to be treated instead of punished. We elected our select board to represent us and to make hopefully the best informed decisions for us. I hope the board takes the time to explain why they made the decision they did.
 
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jmr - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 6:11 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...

 
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Clark - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 5:52 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
Very disappointing --- why not termination much sooner ?
 
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jmr - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 1:09 A
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
as punishment they're letting him resign and giving him an extra year's salary. makes sense to me!

http://www.masslive....chief_charles_1.html
http://www.recorder....-violations-16026998
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 8:51 P
Holiday
Hey, ED, I answered your question about the trash schedule. Sorry you got all huffy this time around when I suggested you could find out the answer yourself. Hope you and the old dude survived the storm okay.
 
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newbie - Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 11:38 A
Holiday
Asking a question sure as heck isn't sticking your hand in my wallet. I suppose it is a case of WHO asks a question. ED
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 6:00 P
Holiday
Gee, sorry newbie -- I thought that _was_ helpful. I had you pegged as a "people should do for themselves and not always be expecting a handout from somebody else" type guy, so I figured you might appreciate knowing that there's a much easier way to get an answer to your question than posting on this corkboard. My apologies if I figured wrong. I have no idea whether town hall is open today.
 
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newbie - Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 5:16 P
Holiday
Nobody likes a smarta$$. Far from cute. Most folks on here are helpful, what happened to you?????????????????
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 1:10 P
Holiday
If only they had a telephone or something, so you could call them and find out . . . . :-)
 
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newbie - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 10:37 P
Holiday
Was the Montague Town shut down again today? My old Dude called me to have me run him over to pay his tax bill. I said we would wait til Wed. because they probably have another 2 day work week. Must be nice. Never knew that Christmas was a 2 day holiday. Oh well. ED
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 8:18 P
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
Thanks, Michael!
 
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elffle - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 9:14 A
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
High St and Crocker Ave still have garbage out as well.
 
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MichaelNelson - Mon, Jan 1, 2018, 9:01 P
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
Republic has given the town a less than satisfactory explanation for the lack of pickup last week on several streets. We have been told that they will do pickup for all the homes they missed tomorrow (tuesday 1/2) - although most people probably won't know this. The Selectboard is discussing this underperformace with Republic (I believe next monday).
Roads we know they missed and are supposedly doing tomorrow are:
Stevens St.
Charon St
Davis St.
Dunton St.
Bulkey St
Willmark
Linda Ln
George St
Keith St
Maple St
Grove St
Hillside Ave
Wrightson Ave
Madison Ave.
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Jan 1, 2018, 9:57 A
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
I think calling Republic Services is your best bet . . . .
 
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elffle - Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 3:29 P
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
Except it is now 12/31 and garbage has not been picked up on the hill. They should have picked it up on the morning of Friday, 12/29, and no one came. Do we call the DPW or the new garbage people for an explanation?
 
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newbie - Sun, Dec 24, 2017, 9:28 A
Holiday
Thanks for the info Mr. Mike. Have a super Christmas and even better New Year. ED
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, Dec 23, 2017, 8:57 P
Holiday
Hi Newbie,

Town hall has a two day holiday, but it looks like the folks who pick up the trash do not. Since they do not pick up on Mondays (because of all the Monday holidays), and Christmas day is on a Monday this year, the schedule for the rest of the week will not change, and your old dude's stuff will be picked up on the regular day (assuming all else goes well :-) ).

For future reference, there's a link on the DPW page of the town web site to "Trash/Recycling Schedule": http://montague-ma.g...ule_800-367-7778.pdf

Since New Year's Day is also on a Monday, I think it would be safe to assume that the pickup schedule will be the same for that week, too, but if you want more reassurance you might try calling the DPW sometime next week . . . .
 
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newbie - Sat, Dec 23, 2017, 12:22 A
Holiday
Seeing that Montague Town hall has a 2 day CHRISTMAS holiday, does that change the trash pick up for the week?? I put my old Dudes trash and cans/paper out every couple weeks and they have trash barrels raiders once in whiles so I don't like to put it out if they are doing a different day. His normal pick up day is Wed. Thanks and Merry CHRISTMAS to all... ED........ P.S. Did a quick search on the new town page and didn't see a notice. Site is real nice compared to the old one...
 
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Maureclaire - Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 7:59 A
Repub Health Plan
Note: "Medicare for All" is health insurance...
 
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Maureclaire - Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 7:57 A
Repub Health Plan
Is there any way to edit or delete a post/comment here ? Above, in the second line, I meant to write "health professionals", not "health insurance"... arrrggghhh...
 
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Maureclaire - Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 7:53 A
Repub Health Plan
Neither the AHA or the ACA are healthcare. They are health insurance. We need a National Health Service like the UK and Cuba, where all doctors and other health insurance work for the government, NOT the insurance companies... squash the health insurance companies. Neither Canada, Sweden or any other country has actual healthcare; only the UK and Cuba do.
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 7:50 P
Repub Health Plan
Well said, Rob.
 
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Rob - Wed, Jun 21, 2017, 7:56 P
Repub Health Plan
the hub bub is that the Affordable Healthcare Act went through committee and the Republicans made over 100 amendments before it was passed. There was a lot to it and there was a lot that the impacts could not be reliably predicted. The Republicans did get to see it and some of their changes were accepted. Once it was passed the head Republicans decided that it had to be axed instead of trying to make any changes to fix items that were not working.
The current discussions behind close doors with no input from the people and businesses that it would affect or anyone from the Democratic party is no way a responsible representative government should perform.
 
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stash - Wed, Jun 21, 2017, 6:37 P
Repub Health Plan
I don't see all the hub bub.. Pelosi said about the ACA, we have to pass it, then we'll read it. I suppose it was ok for the Dems but not the Pubs.. Gotta love the good old US government.
 
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MikeNaughton - Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 12:24 P
School Comm.
We're getting some rotten trim boards replaced, before getting it painted. Been putting it off for years, patching here and there, but decided it's finally time to get it done right. Not cheap, but we think worth it in the long run.
 
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newbie - Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 11:44 A
School Comm.
Like I said, I don't live in Montague. If I did you could bet the farm I would be the biggest PITA all the town comm's. have ever seen. Including Mrs. G. Still holding my ground on my statements. What's going on in you digs?? Looks expensive.. Ed
 
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MikeNaughton - Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 10:40 A
School Comm.
Rob - agreed. I think the proper way to view that election is that there were three good candidates for two slots, so one didn't make it. I think you could make a case that the voters were looking for a change, but let's face it: if no one who had been voted off the committee in the past had come forward now, there would be no candidates at all for the empty seat.It would be nice if there were more Cassie Damkoehlers (i.e. interested, involved newcomers) out there -- where are they? What do you think, newbie?
 
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Rob - Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 11:33 P
School Comm.
looking at the numbers, more people voted for the other candidates, it was not a landslide.
People voted someone else in does not mean they wanted someone else out just they preferred one person over the other. Plenty of people still voted for the loser so plenty of people think they did a good job.
 
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newbie - Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 10:23 P
School Comm.
Not mud---------- FACT. The town folk voted them out. You would think they would have sense enough to walk away .................Ed
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 9:33 P
School Comm.
Whoa, noob, settle down. The rules are that if there's a vacancy on the school committee, the committee appoints a replacement who will serve until the next annual election. Whomever is selected can be voted out at that time, assuming someone chooses to run against them. The superintendent has no say in the matter -- it's a school committee decision; letters of interest get sent to him because he's a central point of contact for the school committee.

AND, according to this week's Montague Reporter, TWO letters of interest have been submitted: one by Michael Langknecht and one by Joyce Phillips. Both are people who were one the committee but got voted off. BUT at the meeting where the decision will be made (to be held this Tuesday, June 13, school committee members are free to nominate as many other candidates as they like. SO right now there are two choices, but by the time is vote made there may be more.

BUT (as patrick rightly noted), only if other people step forward and express an interest. It looks like a lot of people are all fired up about the school system until it's time to serve on the school committee -- then they've suddenly got something else to do. They may have been voted off, but at least they still have an interest in doing the job. I think they both deserve credit for that, not mudballs thrown by some living in another district.
 
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newbie - Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 7:11 P
School Comm.
Living in Wendell I doubt they would let me be on the board. Also even though (IF ) he was the only one you would think the super would have BRAINS enough to question if he should be on seeing he WAS voted out.. Ed
 
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patrick - Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 4:24 P
School Comm.
I believe there was a period to inform the Superintendent of interest in the available seat. Did you apply for it? Because if you didn't, and only one person did, maybe that's why they're back.
 
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newbie - Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 2:09 P
School Comm.
Wow. The town votes out a member and now he will be back. Oh well the comm. doesn't give a crap about the people who PUT them there. Time for you folks out there to clean house. They seem to go along with OUTSIDE interests (mascot) over the feelings of the town. Why the heck do you folks bother voting at all?? Ed
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, May 19, 2017, 3:41 P
Campaign Sign
If any Cassie Damkoehler supporters are reading this, there's still one of her signs in front of Highland Apartments in Millers Falls. It should have been removed after the election was over . . . .
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, May 17, 2017, 7:49 P
Turners Falls Indians
Election Results Update:

Along with absentee ballots, which apparently are still coming in (and therefore need to be checked out to see if they were mailed before the deadline), Deb Bourbeau also has to deal with all the write-ins. I know that's an issue with Precinct 2 -- we had two empty slots for 3-year town meeting member, and we must have had at least a dozen write-ins. We also had write-ins for other empty slots (library trustee, and trustee of soldiers' memorials (veteran)), and for each one Deb has to verify that the person is qualified and also whether they want to serve, which can be time-consuming. But when all that is done for all the precincts, the results will be posted on the town's web site (http://www.montague-.../ElectionInformation).
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, May 16, 2017, 9:00 P
Turners Falls Indians
Mark - PS:

I suspect that Deb may have wanted to get the school committee and ballot question votes up quickly, figuring that everyone would be interested in them. She may have added the precincts just because they were ready, but nothing, really, is in its final form. Past election results are posted to the link at the bottom of the town's home page, and they are much more complete (for example, they include the blanks).

Of course, the school committee results on the Montague site only show the Montague votes. For a complete breakdown, see here: http://gillmass.org/clerk.php. Interestingly, Sandy Brown won in Gil by one vote, and Mike Langknecht edged out Cassie Damkoehler by nine votes, but Montague's larger numbers made the difference. Seems fair, arguably, for the Montague seat, but I wouldn't blame Gill voters for being upset that Montague gets to pick their school committee representative.
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, May 16, 2017, 8:28 P
Turners Falls Indians
Hi Mark,

No insight whatsoever, except that they may have needed time to finalize the results. I know in my precinct the posted results sometimes differ from the ones I've turned in, which is due to things like their getting mailed-in ballots from service people, etc. (when I get my book back for the next election, there are notations in red indicating what got changed). Also, this time I believe our warden had a problem reconciling the total number of ballots received from town hall with the total number returned to town hall, which would have needed to be worked out. I can tell you that we were done before 11:00 pm, which is earlier than we sometimes are. But even so, it's a long day for the folks down at town hall, so they may have been moving a little slowly today (just a guess).

If I get a chance, I'll stop by town hall tomorrow and see how things are going, and I'll post here whatever I learn.
 
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