When at their March 12 meeting Cohasset Selectmen asked acting town manager Milanoski how the information about The Red Lion Inn’s cease and desist order over an unpaid bill was made public, Milanoski told them the Tinytown Gazette did it.
A little light investigative reporting proved what we knew all along, and I would like it to be noted by Cohasset Selectmen, that Milanoski lied about the Tinytown Gazette. He pulled us out of thin air and blamed us for something he knew that he himself had done.
The facts are that Milanoski himself handed a copy of the Inn’s cease and desist order to the Mariner at 10am on Monday, March 4 – just hours after he and his health agent had closed the place down. The Mariner was not looking for the information, it was not aware that the Inn had been given the order.
What shouldn’t be lost here is that the town’s reaction was disproportionate to the ‘crime’. The issue: The Red Lion didn’t get a bill, then did get a late bill, thought the late bill was the same bill it has just paid, didn’t pay it.
Instead of the health agent giving The Red Lion Inn a call and saying why didn’t you pay your bill, the health agent arrived with a cop and shut them down. After hearing discussion of the issue at the March 12th meeting, the Selectmen appeared to agree that the town had dealt the Inn a heavy hand. Selectman chair Paul Carlson said: “Hopefully, this won’t happen again.”
Selectman Leland Jenkins and vice chair Diane Kennedy said a certified letter should be sent before closing down someone’s business.
Milanoski said the health agent wanted to close down The Red Lion Inn on Friday, March 1. But Milanoski said that would not be fair, and advised him to wait to close the place down until Monday. It seems the acting town manager and the health agent had plenty of time to warn The Red Lion Inn of their intentions. The point is, it was not fair to close the Red Lion Inn down at all. Milanoski passes by the Red Lion Inn 10 times a day on way to and from Town Hall, a 5 minute drive without traffic.
The following is a timeline of the events as they occurred:
One constable showed up at The Red Lion Inn with the health agent at 7:30 a.m. March 4th. Later in the morning fire trucks showed up regarding an unrelated matter. According to Elke Ordelheide the fire trucks had nothing to do with the cease and desist order.
Before the Mariner’s on-line story ran on this issue on March 4, around 4 or 5 p.m., a teaser of the story to come was tweeted by the Mariner, which is where a Patriot Ledger editor first picked up the info, according to Patriot Ledger Reporter Patrick Rowan.
Elke Ordelheide said by early Monday afternoon on March 4, The Red Lion Inn was getting calls from brides and news organizations. Milanoski was getting calls from distraught brides, too. Milanoski said: “We had brides calling here, too and they were appreciative of the quick review we did.” Amazing how this man tries to turn his shortcomings into something for which he should be lauded.
On Wednesday, March 6 Gerd Ordelheide called the Tinytown Gazette. We posted our blog based entirely on Gerd’s observations. He was upset and felt the town had harassed him.
The Boston Globe saw the first Ledger stories online on Tuesday, March 5th. On Thursday, March 7 the first Boston Globe story appeared.
© Copyright 2013 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed