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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT (WE ALL WON)!!!" :
TEWKSBURY COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNERS ARE NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE !!!:
If you don't believe that Commercial/Industrial/Personal (CIP) Property owners have not paid their fair share of local property taxes lately, check out the following graph. Instead of a yearly tax levy increase of at least 2.5% (plus new growth, plus overrides), the levy for all Commercial/Industrial/Personal (CIP) Properties decreased by 3.5% in FY2004, and decreased by 3.1% in FY2005. Since this appears to be not enough of a decrease in their tax bill, at least 22 CIP Property owners have gotten their FY2005 abatement requests rubber stamped for fear of them suing. Residential and Open Space (RO) Property owners have paid their fair share (and more!) for long enough.
Selectman John Ryan Once Again Castigating Volunteers Simply for Doing Their Jobs!:
Once again, Selectman John Ryan runs his mouth afoul to come down on members of the Selectman-sponsored Sidewalks Committee.
Ryan seems to have the need to verbally abuse volunteers on a regular basis simply because the chairman of the Sidewalk Committee thought out loud that 230,000 dollars was a small price to pay to save a life and of course Ryan was backed up with Simian-like aplomb by Joe Gill continuing the castigation.
This happened all before with the Land Use Committee when John Ryan went "nasty ape" on the Chairman of that committee, Mrs. Walsh, for proposing that some town-owned land be used for developing a small-scale affordable housing project. A plan that the Selectmen have been aware of for a while. There were many people in attendance from the abutting neighborhoods at that meeting therefore John Ryan had an audience (and voters) so decided to verbally abuse the Chairwoman of the Land Use committee and completely shutdown the proposed project and prevented the land from serving any future use beneficial to the town toward it's 40B affordable housing goals!
And the result of this last time was that most of the Land Use committee resigned!
The type of people that get elected to some of these boards is indicitive of the type of people that vote in this town. These are imbeciles that run this town and the voters that continue to vote for them are imbeciles too.
There are more incidences of course just like this. We think that John Ryan should pre-medicate before sitting at another Selectmen's meeting.
From the "Thank God No
One Listens to My Politically Motivated Predictions" and the "You Still
Think Tewksbury State Hospital Should Close It's Clean Wells and Switch to
Tewksbury Municipal Water" Departments:
Obvious Reason 1: Years ago at a rather contentious Selectmen's meeting focusing on the State Hospital's use of it's own well water for supplying its patients with water, Joe Gill and most of the Selectmen (yes, the usual ones) wondered strongly out loud why the State Hospital was still using it's own wells for water? The Selectmen in fact insisted over and over again that the well water was contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Joe "Nostradamus" Gill, in an incredible feat of precognitive prediction, stated the following:
"Let me make a prediction, that by next year the State Hospital will no longer be using its own wells and will be on Tewksbury's municipal water supply."
Need we say more:
(Photo of one of the State Hospital signs pointing out one of the two locations that the State Hospital has graciously made available to the public for water due to the recent discovery of perchlorate salts in the Tewksbury municipal water supply. We are very fortunate that the State Hospital did NOT shut down their wells as certain Tewksbury Selectmen insisted they wanted them to do. Why would they insist so last year? There are a few politically motivated reasons. Click on photo to discuss)
Another example of Joe Gill's lack of precognitive skills ?? or just more proof of the lack of vision that most of our leaders have??:
Obvious Reason 2: This is the Town Of Tewksbury's water inlet station where the entire town gets it's supply of water, from the Merrimack River, the normal river banks of which are just past the trees. The Water Department workers need this boat (outboard motor of boat visible in bottom right of this photo), to get to the Inlet Station due to the river overflowing it's banks after a rather lengthy storm in May of 2006. Tewksbury used to have the best water in Merrimack Valley when we ran our own Town Well system, opting later instead to retrieve our water now from the Merrimack River and all of the inherent problems an open water source has like perchlorate contamination, gasoline and other chemical spills from roadways, and raw sewage dumping that happens during freak storms like this. During this latest storm, millions of gallons of raw sewage was dumped into the Merrimack River downstream from us, in Haverhill. Tewksbury was spared this time, but in the past, Lowell, which is upstream from us, has dumped raw sewage directly into the river.
Yet despite all this, some of our Selectmen have almost demanded, in the very recent past, that the Tewksbury State Hospital shutdown it's comparatively clean wells so that they join into Tewksbury's Town Water Supply. Fortunately they have not done this as last year, due to perchlorate contamination, the Tewksbury State Hospital graciously opened it's outside taps for use by gracious Tewksbury residents since the town's water supply was unsafe to drink for a few months. Remember that??
Do you think the State Hospital should shut it's wells down? Why would some Selectmen want such a ridiculous thing? Maybe these Selectmen and the Town Manager want the State Hospital to shut it's wells down so that the town would then take over the million gallon water storage tanks on the State Land and also to lift the Ground Water protection area around the State Hospital (which would no longer be needed) all for the purposes of fostering more development for revenue (and their friends pockets), because as the Town Manager has said, his yearly budget expects five percent revenue growth per year. Of course, this is just our opinion.
Want to Know Where Your Tax Dollars are Going? We Want to Know Why Town Employees Supposedly Can't Live in Tewksbury Due to High Housing Costs. Have you Seen these Salaries?? Employee Earnings -- Source -- FY2002 Annual Report Town of Tewksbury Massachusetts:
We Here is a list of the top 50 earners under town employment:
A BIG Welcome to Tewksbury State Hospital's own "East Street Farm Stand"!!!:
Products currently available: Local dairy Shaw's Farm fresh Ice Cream (sold out on the first day), Homemade Pies, Fresh fruits, vegetables. Bread products from Piantedosi's Bakery, Organic Dog Treats, Crafts, Candies, Fresh-Brewed Armeno's Coffees, and of course the Freshest Corn and Pumpkins (when in-season)!!!! Many more products will soon be added as the Farm Stand grows! (pun intended!) Help support the Tewksbury State Hospital, it's patients, and the protection of our community. Visit the Farm Stand often!
Many years ago, the state
hospitals were pretty much self-sufficient entities that were communities in
their own right. Able-bodied patients were put to work as part of a program
to "keep their minds sharp" and to teach many new skills. In this same vane,
Governor Romney had asked what the current day hospitals could do to help
them be more self-sufficient and in that to help them protect more of their
land from sell-offs. Tewksbury State Hospital has certainly stepped up to
the plate with many new and superlative ideas.
T.H.E Farm which is an equestrian-based patient training program which allows
patients to develop or maintain their current motor skills, and help balance
their emotional well being. For a small fee, local residents are also able
to enjoy the wonderful world of horse riding. Now, to be followed by the launch of the latest
project, the East Street Farm Stand. Already visited by
hundreds in it's first week of operation, promises to be a big success not
just for the Tewksbury State Hospital and it's patients, but also for the
local community that has embraced it with open arms! Welcome!
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