Petitioners ask Selectmen to rescind ConCom appointments

As of our press time Sunday, approximately 100 petitioners comprised of current and former town officials and citizens planned to protest to Cohasset Selectmen the board’s handling of its recent appointments and disappointments to the conservation commission.

Petitioners will ask the board to:

1.  Reconsider its appointments of Alex Koines, James Marten, James Gilman and associate member Mike Milanoski and/or “call upon those appointees to resign.”

2. Reappoint Deborah Cook, Sarah Charron and Richard Karoff  to the commission. Karoff was fired as a commissioner, than reappointed as an associate member of the ConCom after having served many years as a full commissioner.

3. Establish an independent commission to be appointed by the Troika* to review the actions of the selectmen as they relate to Cat Dam and the jurisdiction of the conservation commission, as well as related actions.
*(The Troika is an appointing board comprised of the chairman of the board of selectmen, the town moderator and the chairman of the advisory committee.)

At press time, Selectmen’s Monday, Aug. 8 meeting was to be rescheduled due to a posting error. Please return to this blog for the latest news on this petition.

Petitioners stated:

The unprecedented and disrespectful action, by which three qualified, experienced and dedicated members of the commission, Sarah Charron, Debbie Cook and Dick Karoff, were replaced, is repugnant to all who have served this town. Our community has always valued the time and talent brought by so many volunteers to a variety of town boards. That tradition of community service is one of the unique qualities that make Cohasset such a wonderful place to live. The three selectmen have not only failed to treat these public servants appropriately, but they have failed to understand the essential independence required between a regulatory board and the selectmen who appoint them. A conservation commission must operate in an impartial and judicious manner, free from political influence, if all residents are to be treated fairly and equitably. The handling of these appointments serves to chill that necessary independence as well as to deter qualified people from serving the town in the future.

Town officials, current and former, who signed:

Ronnie McMorris

89 Doane St.

Recreation Commission; Former Selectman and Conservation Commissioner


Merle Brown

546 Beechwood St.

Former Selectman, Conservation Commissioner, Recycling Committee


Nan Roth

7 Highland Ave.

Advisory Committee; Former Selectman


Ann Brophy

16 Beechwood St.

Former Conservation Commissioner, Osgood School Council


Dr. Edward Woods

231 Jerusalem Rd.

Former Conservation Commissioner


Jeff Waal

36 Old Pasture Rd.

Former Conservation Commissioner, Community Preservation Committee


Tom Callahan

35 Hillside Dr.

Former Selectman, Conservation Commissioner


Karen Quigley

27 Clay Spring Rd.

Former Selectman, Open Space Committee, Harbor Health Committee


Carol Martin

45 No. Main St.

Former Advisory Committee


Debbie Shadd

31 Summer St.

Open Space Committee; Former Advisory Committee


JoAnne Chittick

98 So. Main St.

Former School Committee, School Building Committee


Stuart Ivimey

7 Sankey Rd.

Planning Board

Former Community Preservation Committee


Bill Baird

55 Red Gate Ln.

Former Board of Health


Roger Q. Hill

Former Advisory Committee


Russell Bonetti

20 Parker Ave.

Community Preservation Committee

Former Hagerty Property Committee, Harbor Health Committee, Government Island Study Committee


Susan Kent

646 Jerusalem Rd.


Former Advisory Committee


Bill Foley

184 Lamberts Ln.

Former Advisory Committee


Sarah Pease

3 Sankey Rd.

Library Trustee


Agnes McCann

104 Doane St.

Library Trustee


Teresa Polhemus

14 Tad Ln.

Library Trustee


Maureen Jerz

133 No. Main St.

Former School Committee, Advisory Committee


David McMorris

89 Doane St.


Former Community Preservation Committee


Bernadette Faulkner

19 Heather Dr.

Former Advisory Committee


Adrienne MacCarthy

85 Doane St.

Former School Committee, School Building Committee


Betsy Connolly

1 Lily Pond Ln.

Former School Committee


Chartis Tebbetts

9 Jerusalem Rd. Dr.

Former School Committee, Advisory Committee


Jim Hamilton

298 King St.

Cohasset Housing Trust


Diane DeScenza Herth

164 Pond St.

Chair/President Cohasset SEPAC


Bob Benson

172 Forest Ave.

Advisory Committee


Judy Bronstein

24 Sohier St.


Barry Bronstein

24 Sohier St.


Sandra Manzella

19 Border St.


Jim Drysdale

4 Cedar Acres Lane


Diane Benson

172 Forest Ave.


Mary Foley

184 Lamberts Lane


Howie Althotz

5 Woodland Dr.


Darcy Schramm

31 Red Fox Ln.


Jody Doyle

423 So. Main St.


Paul Pattison

104 Elm St.


Deborah Flanagan

21 Aaron River Rd.


Steve Brown

275 Jerusalem Rd.


Margie Brown

275 Jerusalem Rd.


Mimi White

22 Sheldon Rd.


Tom Wolf

27 Clay Spring Rd.


Kathleen Broderick

16 Quonahassit Trail


Cindy Swartwood

348 So. Main St.


Laurie Hamilton

298 King St.


Raina S. Elfner

31 Atlantic Ave.


Joe Coggins

57 Elm St.


Marie T. McCarthy

45 Old Pasture Rd.


Mary L. Snow

317 No. Main St.


Stefenie Thieleman

43 Beechwood St.


Pat Baird

55 Red Gate Ln.


Catherine Mixon

47 Black Rock Rd.


Mary Parker

250 King St.


RJ Casey

29 Nichols Rd.


Cheryl Casey

29 Nichols Rd.


Tanna Kasperowicz

172 So. Main St.


Mary Lou Clark

190 So. Main St.


Barbara Canney

353 So. Main St.


Michael Ronzoni

50 Reservoir Rd.


Irene Ronzoni

50 Reservoir Rd.


Al Stefan

260 Jerusalem Rd.


Barb Stefan

260 Jerusalem Rd.


Cathy Witkos

69 Elm St.


Matt Witkos

69 Elm St.


Nancy Garrison

429 King St.


Jody Butman

17 Spring St.


Robert C. Butman Sr.

17Spring St.


Glenn Ogrodnik

55 Reservoir Rd.


Martha Ogrodnik

55 Reservoir Rd.


Terence McCarthy

45 Old Pasture Rd.


John Hartshorne

115 Border St.


Mary Hartshorrne

115 Border St.


Sue Grant

388 King St.


Tom Asnault

23 Hillside Dr.


Beverly Asnault

23 Hillside Dr.


Ellie Waal

36 Old Pasture Rd.


Karen Oronte

2 Bound Brook Ln.


Stephen Oronte

2 Bound Brook Ln.


Peter Whittemore

47 Elm Ct.


Lucia Woods

231 Jerusalem Rd..


Philip Faulkner

19 Heather Dr.


Joy Nash

227 Forest Ave


Lynne Schwandt

51 Beach St.


Ann Fogerty

20 Parker Ave.


Susan Hoadly

175 Hull St.


Robert Pattison Sr.

19 Parker Ave.


Doris Golden

520 Jerusalem Rd.


Mary Kay Richardson

86 Brewster Rd.


Corina Martinez

175 Hull St.


Cara Foley

184 Lamberts Ln.


Abby Foley

184 Lamberts Ln.


Sarah Morton

66 Margin St.

Cohasset Library Trust


Connie Afshar

141 So. Main St.


Ed Connolly

1 Lily Pond Ln.


Mary Sullivan

14 Rust Way


Genevra O. Higginson

159 Atlantic Ave.

Cohasset Library trust


Joe McElroy

59 Windy Hill Rd.

Director of Veteran’s Services & Cohasset Veteran’s Graves Agent

Former School Committee, Capital Budget Committee, Cohasset Lightkeepers Corp.


Mary McElroy

59 Windy Hill Rd.


Mindy Evans

36 Sohier St.


Chris Evans

36 Sohier St.


John C. Cavanaro

29 Arrowwood St.

Design Review Board


Jane Higgins Norton

49 Norman Todd Rd.


Susan Playfair

249 Jerusalem Rd.


Richard O’Connell

249 Jerusalem Rd.


Jane Tyler

79 No. Main St.


Kathy Crosby

75 Elm St.


Jean White

190  Jerusalem Rd.

Ann  Musto

42 Stevens Ln.


Melissa Browne

32 Linden Dr.


Dr. Paul Musto

42 Stevens Ln.


Rachel McMorris

89 Doane St.


Kelli Calhoun

2 Sheldon Rd.


David Calhoun

2 Sheldon Rd.

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