Cohasset Annual TM tonight at 7 – Sullivan Gym CHS

Annual Town Meeting always saves the best for last....the citizen petitions. We were told that Carver Town Administrator Mike Milanoski had withdrawn his two citizen petitions, but now we have been told that the Milanoski petitions are back with modified language that will be handled in the motion

A lot of words and meetings have been generated over 27 fun-packed articles Annual Town Meeting articles adding up to $44.058 million. Town Manager Chris Senior has been working on the budget since he officially stepped on Cohasset soil in early January to bring this budget, accompanied by myriad political minefields, to fruition. We will see what happens tonight.

It is thought the FY 15 $37.1 million budget will pass town meeting easily. The Advisory committee voted against the budget this year. It is thought advisors will scold the town to not, in the future, put free cash into the operating budget thereby expanding the tax base.

It is not known if advisors will attempt to motion the money out of the school budget and place it elsewhere, for safekeeping. If they do, this will be very exciting. In our memory, only F. Roy Fitzsimmons (to audible gasps) has ever tried to remove money from the school budget.

Annual Town Meeting always saves the best for last….the citizen petitions. We were told that Carver Town Administrator Mike Milanoski had withdrawn his two citizen petitions, but now we have been told that the Milanoski petitions are back with modified language that will be handled in the motion. Both of Milanoski’s articles revolve around his former board of selectmen with regard to influence pedaling and campaign finance reporting. It is anybody’s guess what his motion says. We are sure it will be confusing.

Self-styled Citizens (composed largely of governance members and their spouses) have withdrawn their Bylaw Change article and will likely try to amend selectmen’s article on the same. The main subject of contention is that “citizens” want the search committee for a town manager to be comprised of citizens only. Citizens will mostly likely try to amend the article to preclude the selectmen from ever hiring a professional recruiter as a search committee. The Collins Center at UMass Boston was the search committee selectmen hired to find Town Manager Chris Senior.

In 2011 governance members Ralph Dormitzer, Jack Keniley and Merle Brown all sat on the citizens’ search committee chaired by Mike Milanoski that hired Mike Coughlin.

We think Dormitzer and Brown were also on the search committee that hired former town manager Bill Griffin whom Dormitzer and others later reviled. This either doesn’t speak well for citizen search committees or maybe the message is: Dormitzer, Keniley and Brown shouldn’t be appointed to them.

We are told the Citizen’s article asking to make the Governance committee a standing committee will be amended to make it more palatable to town meeting. It will no longer demand that its articles be place on the warrant, and it will be appointed by the Troika and report to the board of selectmen. In previous renditions it reported directly to town meeting.

In spite of the changes, Governance is still sounding very much like a shadow board of selectmen. A committee with no term limits and the power to look into anything it wishes, could and has stirred up some real trouble.

Three boards of selectmen have attempted to sunset the Governance committee. Governance sunsets tonight unless this article passes.

 

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