Tinytown Unleashed Editorial
My friend Bob Thomas is running for Mayor of Weymouth and he would be an excellent mayor. He’s smart. He not only knows what’s wrong with Weymouth, he knows how to fix what’s wrong. He’s been knocking on doors for the past 7 months and if he doesn’t win, then people will get another 4 years of Mayor Sue Kay, who threw the Tinytown Gazette out of the Whipple Center last year because she didn’t want senior citizens to become confused over our editorials. Did you see Alice? Do you remember the Queen of Hearts whose solution to everything was “Off with their heads!” That’s Susie. She never did return the Tinytown Gazettes she had destroyed. Nor did she ever apologize.
Tinytown Unleashed Editorial
Many, many questions about what’s happening with Cat Dam. Will the Attorney General return the three fired Cohasset Conservation Commission members to their seats? Only time will tell.
How are the new ConCom members doing? According to our sources, “Vice Chair Jim Marten is top notch. Mike Milanoski has too much time on his hands. Alex Koines and James Gilman are sporadic attenders of meetings. AND None of the newly appointed ConCom members went to the big PowWow that the DEP puts on every fall.”
The last we knew DEP and MEPA (Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency) were waiting for the Cohasset Board of Selectmen to fill out a simple Environmental Notification Form. The latest word is that the Selectmen aren’t going to fill out the form and are going to wait to see what MEPA and the DEP do about that. This is the selectmen’s form of hard ball we guess. What will happen if they don’t fill it out? Something horrible, we hope. If you need to know about this please go to Categories and choose Cat Dam. (eyes right).
Interesting. At its Thursday, Nov. 3rd meeting the ConCom will ask questions of Sewer Commisioner Wayne Sawchuk and Selectman Leland Jenkins regarding wetlands violations.
Street Guy stands
by his Oct. 2 story
David Traub, Press Officer/Director of Communications for Norfolk Distrct Attorney Michael W. Morrisey, E-mailed us to say he received a clip of a strange article in “your paper” stating that the Norfolk DA is related to Mark Cusack and the Mayor of Braintree.
So. I re-read Street Guy. He’s a fantastic read and he has his own style, so I’m re-reading the Oct. 2 story 200 times to see where Street Guy says all these guys are related. But I can’t see it. Street Guy definitely has his own voice and style, but no. I don’t think he said those three people were related other than via the Democrat family.
So I call Street Guy, who is anonymous, because he lives among these people and cannot identify himself.
Street Guy says:
“The Norfolk County District Attorney has taken exception with my last two articles as to who is related to whom in Braintree and how.
“Let’s start with the obvious. Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan is related to Braintree State Representative Mark Cusack.
“Now, the not so obvious. Robert Pecce is a post office employee from Braintree who is related to Mike Morrissey, Norfolk County D.A. Why is this important? When current 10th District Congressman William Keating needed a place to call home in Quincy, up steps the Pecce Family Trust, owners of 12 Adeline Place in Quincy.
“Norfolk County D.A. Michael Morrissey, assisting candidate Keating in his efforts to find a home, had the Pecce family (Morrissey’s relatives) rent the house to Keating. This was a coy move since Braintree is in the 9th District, and by the time anyone figured it out Keating would be elected and the aftermath would have been moot.
“Morrissey helped facilitate a house for Keating in Quincy. He was duping his own constituents into thinking that Keating was a resident of Quincy. Keating lived in Sharon and needed a Quincy address to run.He could have just rented a condo until the election, and then moved his voting address to his summer cottage down on the Cape.
“By exposing the nexus between Morrissey, Pecce.and Keating, he is proving that the Quincy voter is just a lemming voting for the local candidate.
“By using Pecce, he took away any appearance that any local politician was helping Keating find a house in Quincy.
“The connection was a good fit. Pecce lived in Braintree, out of the 10th District.” Amen.
Commissioners go after
non-payers, late payers
Cohasset Water Chair Peter DeCaprio was reluctant to get into details of who owes what, but he said the bulk of the money owed the water department is from business.
DeCaprio said: “The state provides wide latitude for utilities to establish shutoff procedures. You are correct that the board of health is involved, and we have already consulted with them and secured their approval. It is our intention, as we have indicated publicly, to work with people that need some flexibility. We have also indicated that we will start with the largest outstanding bills first, most of which belong to business customers.
“We already lien properties, and have for years. Unfortunately liens don’t help our revenue/cash flow problem, and this relates directly to revenue, and thus cash flow, and ultimately deficits. You have to understand the arcane world of municipal finance to fully appreciate this, but here is the relevant language from the Enterprise Fund manual, my new favorite bed-side read:
Enterprise Fund Manual
“For UMASS and Tax Rate Recap purposes, revenues are recognized when received and expenses when the liabilities are incurred, under a modified accrual basis of accounting. For audited financial statement reporting purposes, revenues are recognized when earned and expenses when the liabilities are incurred, under a full accrual basis of accounting.”
DeCaprio said: “The first sentence speaks to enterprise funds, the second to municipalities. There is a difference. Our revenue needs to be collected before it counts, the town’s don’t because they are formally audited, we are incorporated into their audit.
“As I am sure you knew already, rates have to be approved at Town Meeting, but fees are not rates. Under Section III of our Rules and Regulations: “Water fees are assessed to recover the costs of specific services provided by the Water Department and are established by vote of the Board of Water Commissioners and are in effect upon filing with the Town Clerk.” We have turn on fees (and shut off fees) but they relate mostly to seasonal customers. This is different and it’s not a rumor: If a customer doesn’t pay his or her overdue amount and their water is turned off, they WILL be charged a fee to turn the water back on.
“You may think it’s god awful, we happen to believe it will be extra motivation. What is god awful is the number of people in this town that don’t pay their water bills. The OVERWHELMING volume of calls and comments we’ve gotten is strongly in favor of an aggressive shutoff program..”
Sadly, we messed up
our Doo Wop Quiz
Oct. 15 issue -it never made unleashed
Even though I only got 24 of 25 correct (who knew Paul Anka had an Annette thing. I thought he was into Diana?), I feel it is my responsibility to let you know THE BIG BOOPER IS A BIG BOPPER BLOOPER.
Editor’s Note: Good catch, Ron
Tinytown Unleashed Editorial