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shelley amari April 30, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Graham represents the democratic party did you expect anything different. This is the behavior ofRead Moreth e democratic party in our great nation. Sneaky, underhanded, secretive, and self-destructive. As to you getting a written letter of apology don't hold your breath. Logical responsible thinking is not in a democrats mind.
Cindy April 17, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Make no mistake about it Old Timer (aka BB), my husband is NOT leaving because of Jim O'Mara! JimRead Moreis a good leader whose hands have been cuffed by the BOS and meddlers like you.
Bruce Bowler April 18, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Cindy I hate to tell you and Mark and others (Overholt), but Old Timer and Taxpayer isn't me. IRead Morewoul d have no problem putting my name to any comment if I make one on Patch. Enjoy Townsend and all their issues. Bruce
Bill Overholt April 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Bruce - I apologize for suspecting you, and am happy Old Timer and Taxpayer are not you. An I hope Read Moreyou will comment more on these pages.
Bill Overholt March 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM
I don't think this comment from "old timer" is worthy of a response. If the "oldRead Moretim er" really had something useful and relevant to say, he should say it using his own name. He is a coward. BTW - are you a BB?
M Foley March 31, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Couldn't agree more Bill. It should also be pointed out that Old Timer and his friends (Dump Talk,Read MoreT ax Payer, Etc) have been completely wrong in their previous attempts to discredit that the BOS and the TA. No late Right To Know requests, no lawsuits, no icebergs, nothing. They should take their own advice and kick themselves down the road.
Terri Behm March 28, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Roger, our current recreation director is retiring today. I suspect the only thing you would see on Read Morea ballet is a proposal to remove a position rather than filling an existing one. Nancy has worked very hard to provide a wide range of activities and services for the people of Amherst. I don't think the average citizen realizes how much work goes into having a well-run program. Thank you for years of dedication, Nancy!
Roger13 March 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Terri,This isn't about Nancy, I don't know her. Since she is retiring, this would be a good time to Read Moreeliminate the position. This town must stop their tax and spend policy. A 1300 square foot condo tax bill for this fiscal year is in excess of $7000. Roger
Katie Button April 01, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Roger13, Recreation Departments actually increase property values. If you want to see people runRead Moreev en faster away from Amherst, eliminating the Recreation Department would be a first step in that direction.
Bill Overholt April 05, 2014 at 11:31 AM
George (whoever you are)... With all due respect, some information on catch basins and drainage: Read MoreT he reason for the increase in catch basins in the village is two fold. 1) Even though the village has lots of sand that does drain, it also has a lot of impervious surfaces - roads, sidewalks, house foundations, etc. 2) the village is also very flat or level, so that there is little surface drainage. The result is that the top few feet of soil become saturated and the water runs under the pavement. Then, when winter comes, it causes frost heaves and cracks the pavement, allowing more water to infiltrate. If you look at some of the failed roads in the village you will see "alligator cracking" where the roads have deteriorated beyond repair. The purpose of the catch basins is to take the water away from the pavement and bring it to a lower level. If you drive through the village after a heavy rain, you will find huge puddles in the streets and in adjacent driveways and lawns. Courthouse road was one of the worst before it was rebuilt - it is now a model of a good road. When the work is done right, it will never have to be done again.
George April 05, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Bill, with all due respect, you're repeating what someone told you and they were in error. IRead Moreagree you must get the water away from the road; this is why ditching is so important. Where ditching was not done the roads failed. I'm, sure you can see that. The amount of impervious material in the village is not the issue. Proper drainage is. I would point to the pond that used to occupy the ground in front of Mike's Auto. A catch basin was there, but it was installed improperly and the pond developed. When it was redone correctly the problem was solved. Courthouse Rd failed because the land on either side of the road built up over the years. If you keep apply sand and salt all winter, the sand remains in the spring. It was never removed thus confining all the water to the road way. The original plans called for that road to be raised but the citizens along the road rejected that. Had the roadway been "ditched" every spring there would not have been such a problem. Your last statement is a hoot. You'll not live long enough to see the issues, but you can't make a permanent road in NH without maintenance, and from time to time it will have to be redone. Rte 13 to Mont Vernon is an example. It has been done twice in my lifetime. The issue here is cost. Amherst is not making I93, it is making rural and suburban roads, but the specifications for Boston Post and Foundry St read like I93. No reason to spend that much on a road. 20 years from now it will still have to be redone and we'll never finish paying off the line of credit. Note, line of credit not bond. Seems people in charge of the books failed to due audits in a timely fashion so all we could get is a line of credit. Fortunately this has been corrected, no thanks to the Town Treasurer.
Bill Overholt April 05, 2014 at 05:26 PM
George (why don't you use your real, full name?) I don't know where you get your information, but Read Moreyou're dead wrong. 1) I never said the roads don't have to be maintained. I said that if done correctly, they will never have to be rebuilt. Maintenance must be done; the cost of resurfacing a good two lane road is on the order of $50K to $125K per mile, and should be done every 5 to 7 years. The cost of rebuilding is on the order of $400K to $800K per mile. If properly maintained, a properly built road will last many many years and will probably never have to be rebuilt barring unforeseen circumstances like a major flood. 2) The problem with most roads in the town is that the were never built for today's traffic or even with consideration of what is below the surface. There is ledge, loam, sand, and even the old corduroy road logs. Additional courses of asphalt over the years, sometimes used as shimming to build up low spots, have cause the paving to vary from 2 to 12". These various substrates have different coefficients of expansion when frozen causing the roads to heave and break the surface. 3) There is no ditching in the village, there shouldn't be. As I mentioned before, the slopes in the village would not allow for sufficient runoff. 4) Courthouse and the other village roads were never planned to be raised. In fact, some have been lowered in places in the past because of the flooding of properties adjacent to the roads. A number of years ago, the water even ran into Moulton's store before the road was lowered and catch basins installed. 4) You're correct - the catch basin in front on Mikes was put in badly a number of years ago. 5) I don't know what you mean line of credit not bond. We have a line of credit up to $#15M at the bank so that we can take out bonds as needed. That was approved at town meeting on a warrant article in 2011. 6) Your remark about the town treasurer is uncalled for. The previous town administrator and the previous finance director are responsible for the audits not being done on time, not the treasurer. I also have no idea why you bring the audit issue up in a discussion on the roads. If you would like to discuss this further, I am in the phone book.
steve forte March 21, 2014 at 01:21 PM
How about unions? Do you intend to get union money out of politics too?
Bill Overholt March 21, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Yes. We sould get all outside moeny out of politics and move to A system many other democraciesRead Morehav e. Limited campaign time and government-funding only. That way, we would get politician who are not beholden to ANY contributor. Could that happen? I'm not at all optomistic that such a sea change will ever happen without a major scandle
George March 27, 2014 at 05:37 AM
You've forgotten a couple of things. First, this only gets corporate money out, not union. Unions Read Morewould still be free to give as much as they want. Second. this doesn't prevent special interest groups from contributing, think trial lawyers. Third, SCOTUS has already ruled on this and said money = speech, see 1st Amendment. I'm sure we all feel good about passing this resolution, but it is a waste of paper.
Andy rowe March 10, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Again I ask that the trustees agree to sell the fields to the town and use the proceeds to develop Read MoreForestview. Destroying something of value makes no sense. Especially when the town and taxpayers will have to spend significantly more money to recreate these fields in the future. Common sense dictates that there should be a compromise. Nothing like this should be cast in stone. #savecemeteryfields #taxwise
Katie Button March 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM
The master plan is useless. It does not comply with current environmental laws and can never beRead Moreim plemented. Environmental laws trend as more restrictive over time, not less restrictive. The only way to honor the Merrills specific restriction on the property that it not be used for conservation is to subdivide and sell the existing fields to the Town. It's the only use that can be made of the low lands.
pokema23 March 22, 2014 at 03:29 PM
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Citizens Advocate March 10, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Mr. Overholt, we must agree to disagree on the subject of anonymous writings. Tomorrow manyRead More“A mericans” across this great state will exercise a constitutional right to express their feelings and beliefs in the form of "voting day". I don’t recall ever in 31 years, signing my name on any election ballot, yet my message has been heard loud and clear. In many cases even acted upon. Politicians spend huge amounts of money asking us to step behind a closed curtain and pull the lever. You are exactly what our forefathers envisioned when they created the anonymous “secret ballot”.
Bill Overholt March 10, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Dear Anonymous: Your being confident enough to stand behind what you write has nothing to do withRead Morev oting. Too many people make unsubstantiated and inflammatory, and yes, even libelous statements that they would not do if they weren't hiding behind a pseudonym. If people had to stand behind what they say, the discourse and arguments might stay civil. Again - if it's woth saying, you should be proud to have your name attached.
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Paul Martin March 10, 2014 at 06:50 AM
One innocent mistake was made. No if you disagree with Brad's plans for a commercial sports complex Read Morein a residential neighborhood, you're a bully.
pokema23 March 22, 2014 at 03:29 PM
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Jack Conaway March 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Sorry, but the huge influence of unions is urban legend. Unions do contribute to politicalRead Morecampaigns but their contributions are dwarfed by business interest contributions. In the congressional elections of 2010, business interests pumped $972M in soft money versus $10M for labor. In PAC donations, business PACs contributed $333M against $69M from labor according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And in the book by Hedrick Smith, "Who Stole the American Dream", the author , a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, reports that there are 60 times as many lobbyists for business interests in Washington than for labor.
Jack Conaway March 10, 2014 at 05:51 PM
By the way, if you believe that the unions are spending too much money to influence politics, youRead Moresh ould vote to overturn Citizens United because they will also be prevented from using PACs to inject big money into elections.
pokema23 March 22, 2014 at 03:29 PM
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Faby Gagne March 11, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Because I am posting under my true identity, I feel the need to clarify that I never threatened Mr. Read MoreGrassett with a phone call to the zoning department. What you see as a lynching movement, I see as a referendum to give town residents a voice on this important issue. Regarding our parenting philosophies, I think we should just agree to disagree.
Katie Button March 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Mr. Grassetts commercial use is likely grandfathered,by the way. He's a non-conforming existing use Read Moreand in compliance. He is using the existing laws and ordinances as they are written to his favor. Just like the save cemetery fields movement. Again I'm sorry if the Merrill's were misled. But that was 20 years ago and the town has changed a lot during that time. I prefer to focus on the future rather than dwell on the past. Most importantly, let's encourage everyone to get out and vote!
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Sharon Frydlo March 06, 2014 at 06:41 PM
As the former Executive Assistant to the BoS and TA, one of my priorities was to transcribe the BoS Read Moreminutes within the RSA's timeframe and then get them posted on the Town's website. Now that someone has taken notice of this disparity, I found a few minutes ago that minutes have been posted, however, the minutes for 1/6/14 have been changed from 1/6/13 (but they still remain in that year as well as 2014), the minutes for 1/13/14 can't be opened, the minutes for the Public Hearing on 2/5/14 are not included and the minutes for 2/27/14 is just the agenda.
Honest taxpayer March 07, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Really? Surprised? Blame ourselves by continuing to vote for dolts like these. Like lemmings, weRead Morecon tinue to act without thinking. School budgets increase, our school ratings decrease. Look around. Amherst home prices are not recovering at the same rate as neighboring towns. Voters need to step up and think. Could be a challenge.
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