?s for Ted Carr & Martha Gjesteby – Cohasset BOS candidates

This is a water question. If you choose to participate, your answers are due at the Gazette on May 11 at 5 p.m. They will be published in both the Tinytown Gazette and Tinytown Unleashed. Mr. Carr may actually vote on this article on Tuesday, May 8th if Cohasset Selectmen choose to do so. If so, he should not have a problem with discussing the issue with voters on my very popular, well-read blog and newspaper, which he really enjoys reading. You can both have as many words as you wish.

Mr. Carr’s question: You’re dealing with a lot of ‘dark-outs,’ these days. After reading a draft of the Annual Town Meeting warrant, we have learned that we are dealing with yet another black-out. Selectmen have approved a question on the Selectmen’s warrant, the Selectmen’s warning to the public, that asks Town Meeting to give up its rights and to turn those rights over to the interim town manager, members of the water commission and other special/secret people who will negotiate Cohasset Water concession terms on our behalf. You have had many discussions regarding the adjournment of Annual Town Meeting to May 21st. But it appears if Annual Town Meeting votes Yea on Article 32 no May 21st meeting needs to take place. You’re on the inside. Please explain what is happening here.

Mrs. Gjesteby’s question:  What should the Selectmen’s role be, here? The Cohasset Water commissioners will not have any bid responses back  until the day of Annual Town Meeting or the Monday following ATM. Should this article even be on the warrant? Should Selectmen be sponsoring an article on THEIR WARRANT asking Town Meeting to give up its rights to see the controversial Water concession? What should the Advisory Committee’s role be in this case?


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  11 comments for “?s for Ted Carr & Martha Gjesteby – Cohasset BOS candidates

  1. Mary A. Parsons
    May 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    It is called a prospectus, it’s the one that peter is selling to his investors – you know Aquarion. it is always a better deal to let his favorite corporation run the water department. What’s their profit going to be? Oh wait! Peter does’t answer questions. I forgot! With sall the smart people in Cohasset, its a shame there isn’t anyone in Cohasset with enough brains to run a water department without a coporation doing it for them. Peter is doing for his investors! the Hingham meeting minutes show that. Unbeleivable!

  2. May 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

    It’s interesting that this is a question for Ted Carr and Martha Gjesteby and everybody but Carr and Gjesteby have responded.

  3. peter decaprio
    May 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

    it’s called a prospectus.

    prospective, hotwiring, come on guys, it’s so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course. Hey! It’s all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads. And I’m gonna need ’bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.

    again, the town manager is the Chief Procurement Officer of the town (you told us so 3,000 times). He has the authority to enter into contracts, as he always has. They are called B-Y-L-A-W-S. Nettlesome for guys like you I know, but bylaws nevertheless.

    Keep your prospective. You’re losing it.

  4. Mike Coughlin
    May 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    While under the procurement laws all that is required is that a Town Meeting grant authorization for a contract longer than three years, many towns opt for the greater transparency afforded by allowing voters to review the proposed contract before voting at Town Meeting.


    Now we see this is not going to be the case. At least in the deals Peter is part of prospective investors are offered a prospective which is prepared under stringent rules and regulations– not so for the investors/ratepayers/taxpayers in Cohasset. In everyday life– you would ever sign a contract without readings its terms– noone but Peter is asking you to with the water rfp– who would sign a mortgage without knowing all of its fine print–no one but Peter is asking you to trust him.

    Ronald Reagan once stated in dealing with the Russians– “Trust but Verify”

    Chairman Carr– How can we trust you when the citizens at Town Meeting will not be afforded an opportunity to verify.

    We can all disagree on the issue- but we need an actual agreement so we know what we are agreeing or disagreeing about

  5. May 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    The Tinytown Unleashed Water Expert says: One more thing to watch out for: as the nominal term of an agreement gets shorter (i.e. the bean under the side-show magician’s cup, Town meeting may end up buying off on a stealth deal. Provisions for renewal of any management contract or concession should be read and scrutinized carefully. It may be possible for Town Meeting to end up holding the reins for only one round of negotiations with the concessionaire/service provider. If a contract has to be initially approved by Town meeting but can be extended or otherwise amended by the Water Commission or BOS without going to Town Meeting then the horse will be out of the barn. Adequate time for circulation and review of proposals in response to the Town’s RFP and any proposed service contract/concession is a must.

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