The group of Cohasset Governance committee members and others lobbying for Selectmen to appoint William Quigley as permanent chief has fostered not a little ill will on the campaign trail. After several days of the group’s lobbying at football games and other places, APPOINT QUIGLEY signs started showing up Thursday morning, many of them on public property. You might think a citizens group which is composed of many members of the Cohasset Governance committee and other town officials might know it isn’t legal to place signs on public property. But so what? The building commissioner isn’t going out of his way to take the signs down.
Last night Cohasset School Supt. Barbara Cataldo reportedly apologized to the school committee and the community for having permitted the APPOINT QUIGLEY petitioners’ group, largely composed of current and former town officials, to gather signatures at a recent football game where some fans told her they had felt harassed by the group. (We were not at the meeting and others gave the report of Cataldo’s statement to us. Supt. Cataldo did not return our call Thursday. Nor were we at the football game.)
Football fans reported that APPOINT QUIGLEY canvassers were not well behaved. The Committee for Good Governance in Cohasset also lobbied citizens to sign the petition at the sanitary landfill where they were asked to leave by staff, having not gotten permission to get signatures inside the fence. Petitioners can always stand outside the fence at the dump. They also showed up at a recent meeting of seniors, where some seniors reported canvassers were obnoxious.
Thursday, Sept. 12, APPOINT QUIGLEY signs started showing up in Cohasset, many of them on public property. At the bottom of the sign: Paid for by the Committee for Good Governance in Cohasset.
The following individuals, many of whom are involved in interlocking directorships, signed a recent press release issued by this group: former Selectmen Paul Carlson and Ralph Dormitzer. Dormitzer is also a member of the Cohasset Governance committee. Peter DeCaprio is an elected water commissioner and an appointed member of the capital budget committee. Jack Keniley, the man who we are told had the signs printed, is a member of these appointed committees: chairman of capital budget, member of governance and budget planning committee. George Chamillard, advisory committee and former illegal member of the governance committee; and citizens Thomas Killilea and Bill Burnett. The governance committee’s new co-chair, Kevin McCarthy, has been emailing the petition to residences. These people are virtually a quorum of the governance committee that was established to study government, not take it over.
Still other citizens have reported getting calls from conservation committee chair Jack Creighton (a member-elect to the governance committee) to sign the APPOINT QUIGLEY petition. We learned today that governance member Trish Morse wrote a letter to selectmen asking the board to put its personal agenda aside and appoint Quigley.
Is it time the governance committee formed a PAC? It’s very name sounds like entire Governance committee is behind this effort, and maybe it is: Paid for by the Committee for Good Governance in Cohasset.
When we spoke to Cohasset Building Commissioner Bob Egan about removing the signs from public property, he said he would clip his business card to the signs on public property and then put the sign on the private property in front of which it was placed. But added he was in no rush to do this and would take care of it as he happened upon the signs during his normal business activities. Initially, Egan said he would just move the signs back, upright, to the private property. After we pointed out that if the property owner had not approved the sign placement, then Egan might be accused of placing APPOINT QUIGLEY signs on private property, to which the property owner had not agreed. Egan laughed and agreed he would lay the signs down flat.
When he gets aroundtoit.
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