Police Chief and Selectboard no longer recognize volunteer Patrol of Reservoir.

Good afternoon,
I hope this note finds you well.
I have news, which although we may not like, does communicate the town’s position with respect the Volunteer Boat Patrol (formerly Harbormaster).
To the point, the town does not recognize, nor support, a volunteer patrol of the reservoir. The Police Chief will not allow the appointment of a citizen appointee, as has been done in the past. The Board of Selectmen concurs with the Chief, as follows.
The Police Department has designated a reserve officer whose duty it will be to patrol the reservoir, providing law enforcement and public awareness information. Therefore, there is no longer the need for a volunteer patrol, especially with the liabilities exposed in today’s litigious society.
This is a departure from the past and our expectations. I ask for your patience as we move forward with this new role within the Police Department. If so moved, you may express your concerns in one of a few ways. You may contact me via phone or e-mail, the Board of Selectmen, the Chief of Police, or the Lake Oversight Committee.
Please continue to be the caring and vigilant neighbors that you are. For those of you who have volunteered, thank you for your service and your willingness to serve. Certainly, the reservoir has been safer because of you.
Cheers!
Jim (President of the Hamilton Reservoir Association)

Posted on 14 Jul 2012, 13:55 - Category: The Town Common
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Costly Appeal initiated by the Holland Selectboard under James Wettlaufer against the LaMountain’s adjudicated.

The town’s repeated attempt to deny the LaMountain’s, farmer status failed for the third time when Honorable Justice Cornelius Mortiarty II rejected the town’s request again back on April 21, 2010.
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You would think that the Board of Selectmen under James Wettlaufer got the message after the third time, but they didn’t. Wettlaufer and the rest of the selectboard appealed the ruling of Justice Mortiarty to the Appeals Court of the Commonwealth which issued its ruling in the matter on June 26, 2012,
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Posted on 6 Jul 2012, 00:18 - Category: Ongoing And Past Litigation
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Speak out Holland! (no.30)

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As every 6th of the month everybody is invited to go of topic here. Do you have any questions or suggestions? Comment about anything that is amusing you or about anything that is bothering you, but do it in a civilized manner! I will delete obvious lies and offensive comments. To read previous comments under this category, click on “Speak Out Holland” on the left of this blog under the heading “Categories.”

Peter Frei

Posted on 6 Jun 2012, 23:59 - Category: Speak Out Holland
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Senior Workoff Program

Seniors, over 60, interested in the property tax work-off program need to apply or re-apply for jobs available after July 1. Forms are available at the Senior Center or the Selectmen's office. Click here, to read the list of the jobs available. (Those who have worked in the program before must apply again.)

Posted on 1 Jun 2012, 7:51 - Category: Announcements
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Tornado Alley Relay to benefit Tornado victims.

On Saturday June 2nd 2012 Back of The Pack Productions (www.botpp.org) will host the first annual Tornado Alley Relay from Monson Ma to Charlton Ma, following the path of June 1st 201 Tornado. Teams of 6 runners will rotate running the 7 mile course to benefit communities devastated by the tornado. All race proceeds will be equally divided among the affected towns. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Deb Williams, BOTPP President and Race Director: dwilliams@botpp.org or call 413-427-1492.
Friday June 1, 2012, Back of The Pack is hosting a pasta dinner at Sturbridge Coffee House form 5-7pm for $5.00. All proceeds will be added to the Tornado Relay proceeds.
Deb

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 21:13 - Category: The Town Common
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CJ Bunn on the THC Show.

CJ Bunn a guest on the THC Show on UNregularradio.com discusses the Easthampton Drug Task Force raids and Town of Holland, MA, harassment of his family as well the corruption related to local police and Police Confidential Informant and convicted pedophile, Gerald Battistoni, who is the chief suspect in the murders of Molly Bish and Holly Kristen Piirainen.

Listen to “A heinous injustice against Bunn family by Easthampton Drug Task Force, Massachusetts.”

C.J. Bunn

Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 09:42 - Category: The Town Common
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TOWN OFFICIALS ARE UP TO NO GOOD!!!!!

The Planning Board is holding a hearing for bylaw changes on Tuesday February 28th at 7pm. A notice was mailed to everyone in Holland. Sending out a postcard of the meeting is all the town officials are required by law to do. If you want to know what the proposed bylaw changes are, you have to go to the town hall and ask for them. It is about 20 pages....OF VERY SCARY CHANGES THEY WANT TO MAKE!!! Many of the proposed changes GO AGAINST MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAW!!!! For example, the Planning Board wants to extend the time they have to make a decision about permits.... in short, they have created a way to delay making a decision by keeping their time clock from ticking down simply be keeping the meeting on a topic open (tabling it until next month... then the month after that....and the month after that too....) MGL says 60 days, and the clock starts ticking when YOU (the taxpayer) files your request! DON'T LET THEM CHANGE THIS!! There is a change they want to make about the requirement to list abutters.... In some cases they want to WAVE the requirement to list all the abutters! WHAT? And keep secrets? Or keep thing HUSH HUSH for your friends??? Come on.... the law needs to apply to EVERYONE, not everyone EXCEPT YOUR FRIENDS! Another proposed change is to make MANY of the currently ELECTED positions into APPOINTED POSITIONS!!! YOU MUST BE KIDDING ME!!??? If people don't show up for this meeting the town government that you have, which is SUPPOSED to be a DEMOCRACY is going to become a DICTATORSHIP overnight!! It doesn't even make sense to change elected positions into appointed positions, all that does is give the Select Board ABSOLUTE POWER. What if the Select Board is CORRUPT? We as voters SHOULD NOT, under any circumstances< give up our power to choose as many officials as we can!!! In addition there is also a bylaw change that wants to make it even easier for the same people to serve on multiple boards. BAD IDEA!!! Nepotism is rampant enough here in Holland. This idea is a DISASTER! Let me say that again... A DISASTER!!!! You would be eliminating the little bit of of a oversight that exists!! If the tax collector is on the assessors board too..... think about how easy it would be to send yourself a tax bill for a mere $100.... and then you pay (to yourself, because you are tax collector too) your mere $100. Really..... there are a myriad of horrors that the Planning Board is trying to PULL on this community.... WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY! PLEASE COME TO THE MEETING ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28th at 7pm IN THE TOWN HALL AND VOTE!!! ASK QUESTIONS AND VOTE!!!!! DON'T LET THIS TOWN TAKE EQUITY AWAY AND BULLDOZE YOUR RIGHTS!!
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Posted on 26 Feb 2012, 16:41 - Category: Town Politics
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Speak out Holland! (no.29)

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As every 6th of the month everybody is invited to go of topic here. Do you have any questions or suggestions? Comment about anything that is amusing you or about anything that is bothering you, but do it in a civilized manner! I will delete obvious lies and offensive comments. To read previous comments under this category, click on “Speak Out Holland” on the left of this blog under the heading “Categories.”

Peter Frei

Posted on 7 Jan 2012: , 08:48 - Category: Speak Out Holland
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FY2012 TAX BILLS REMAILED

THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 TAX RATE IS $15.18 PER THOUSAND DOLLARS IN VALUATION. Fiscal Year 2012 tax bills will be reprinted and mailed to all taxpayers. The bills are calculated correctly, but there is a typo in the Tax Rate reported on the bills.

Posted on 5 Jan 2012, 11:12 - Category: Announcements
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What was YOUR best Christmas Present ever?

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Did you ever get a Christmas present that you still remember to this day? Please share your experience here with our community; folks would just love to read about it...
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Posted on 25 Dec 2011, 12:00 - Category: Editorial
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Holland Grinch Day.

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Today, Holland’s residents observe “Holland Grinch Day” to remember an event that took place 31 years ago.
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Posted on 22 Dec 2011, 24:25 - Category: The Town Common
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