The year 2010 started out with the selectboard’s idea to restrict the public’s access to the town hall from currently four days down to three days.
However, the selectboard under James Wettlaufer as chairman had a change of mind and left it as is.
Restricting access to the town hall is an issue everybody understands and it was difficult for the selectboard to make an argument that such a change would be advantageous to our community.
On January 18, I published the piece Upside-down icicles? Winter at Tantiusques. It prompted a prominent reader of the Holland Blog to suggest that I appear as a guest on Dave Worth’s “Upside Down Show,” to introduce the Holland Blog to his audience. Dave’s show is live and interactive. Viewers can call in and ask questions and comment on and about the show.
James Wettlaufer is not a friend of “call-ins” as we all know; he tried to bully the selectboard of Wales to censor Dave’s show and prevent the show from going on air. He accused Dave Worth and other individuals involved in the production of his show to violate FCC rules and to violate the contract with Charter Communications.
Wettlaufer traveled personally to Wales and requested a copy of the contract between Charter Communications and the town of Wales.
Officials and Voters of Wales can’t be bullied as James Wettlaufer found out, the show aired on Friday February 5th. Hell broke loose during the show and Dave commented after the show that he never had as many calls during any of the previous shows.
Some town officials and viewers of the show got a glimpse of the degree the corruption has reached in the town hall here in Holland. Wettlaufer’s attempt to bully Wales’ town officials was not helpful and showed many what life would be like if Wales were to tackle a project like the regionalization of the Elementary School in a partnership with Holland’s officials currently in office, (Earl Johnson was still in office and Kennedy was not yet a member of the BOS).
It came as no surprise, during the annual town meeting on May 19th, Wales voters showed their dismay. Two thirds of attending voters rejected the idea to partner with Holland. The announcement of the vote count, 54 in favor and 101 against the regionalization, inspired loud applause. A widely, throughout Wales distributed flyer in opposition stated among other points:
The response of some members of the Holland Board of Selectmen to the Wales Public Access TV program featuring Peter Frei revealed a lack of respect on their part for the town of Wales. Members of the Holland BOS used their town's time and resources to investigate the way the town of Wales runs our local cable access station.James Wettlaufer, chairman of our Board of Selectmen had his tail between his legs this year more than once.
In a way we all don’t like change; it is understandable that Karen Raymond, abutter to LaMountain’s hillside farm off Mashapaug Road, would have liked to walk her dog to do poops indefinitely on the hillside property behind her house. LaMountain’s necessary deforestation of the 87 plus acre property to turn it into farm land changed also Wettlaufer’s pristine view from his residence across the lake, and of course not to Wettlaufer’s liking.
But it was Northeast Concepts Inc. who bought the 87 plus acre hillside property and not Karen Raymond or James Wettlaufer, and owners have rights, rights Wettlaufer tenaciously tried to deny the LaMountains.
After Wettlaufer’s unjustified previous attempts in different courts to deny the LaMountains their rights to farm failed, he ganged up with Karen Raymond, claiming LaMountain’s burning of brush would constitute a safety hazard for the Raymond residence.
On January 28th, the first episode of the showdown against the LaMountain family was slated in the Hall of Justice on 50 State Street in Springfield. The lawsuit filed by James Wettlaufer’s BOS on September 25 in 2009 was seeking a permanent injunction to enjoin the LaMountains from burning brush; an activity the LaMountains had a protected right to do under the law.
The video I produced demonstrates the frivolous nature of the Wettlaufer/Raymond “safety concern.”
(If you have an Apple plattform, you need the “Windows Media Player” plugg-in for your Apple computer to view the video. Click here, to go to the website where you can download the plugg-in!)
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I recommend to everyone who still takes anything Wettlaufer says serious, to watch the video.
Superior Court Justice Cornelius Moriarty II patiently conducted the trial which was continued twice. Wettlaufer hired Super Lawyer Tani Sapirstein — you the taxpayer paid for it — who was unable to persuade Moriarty to issue the sought injunction against the LaMountains.
I personally followed the case and took pictures of the Johnson-, Wettlaufer-, and Petersen-trio on their way out of the court house in Springfield.
As I was taking James Wettlaufer’s picture shown above, he slammed his rolled up pile of documents over my head and said:
“Keep doing what you are doing and you could get hurt..!”There is not much I fear any more, Wettlaufer is certainly not among those things.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, Superior Court Justice, Honorable Cornelius J. Moriarty II, denied the town’s request for a permanent injunction to enjoin the LaMountains’ from open burning of brush and issued his ruling the following day.
Wettlaufer found himself again with his tail between his legs.
The BOS with James Wettlaufer as chairman proposed to lease
2 acres of town property adjacent to the senior citizen center free of charge for 99 years to HAP Inc. so they could build 20 Low Income Housing apartments for senior citizens under one roof for $5,280,000.00. (Do the math, $264,000.00 for each 600sf apartment! Land is free! No cellars, no garages for cars!).
The project created uproar in the community; HAP Inc. was about to get 16 needed exemptions from the Holland zoning bylaws to squeeze the building into the tight spot. The missing frontage was to be provided by the adjoining 4 acre lot of the Senior Citizen Center.
James Wettlaufer obviously had no interest to attend the public hearing on March 9th as he was not present and must have watched American Idol at home.
To Wettlaufer’s big surprise, informed voters refused to vote in favor of the project and rejected three needed articles on the town warrant during the annual town meeting, including the article which would have allowed the BOS to lease the two acre parcel to HAP Inc.
Wettlaufer again was spotted on his way home that night after the annual town meeting with his tail between his legs.
Wettlaufer, as you may know, is also a member of the Conservation Commission. As such he is in charge to protect our environment and to issue NOIs (Notices of Intent). Right in front of his nose, Brian Johnson’s Highway Department violated the Wetland protection act. Brian Johnson and his men installed a culvert and drainage pipe at PJ’s. While Wettlaufer finds violations were there are none, he overlooks violations right in front of his nose.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a conditional fine of $12,000.00 against Brian Johnson’s Highway Department for violating the Wetland Protection Act.
If I missed anything positive this man did in the past year, please help him out and post a comment. I truly do not remember anything this man has done, besides frivolously wasting our hard earned tax money in the pursuit of his personal agenda. Wettlaufer deserves the title and is herewith declared:
Wettlaufer is up for re-election in 2011. The only brave man who will probably challenge him is Raymond Korny.
Wettlaufer didn’t waste any time; he begun his smear campaign against Korny already accusing him of wrong doing. Korny’s “crime” was running the brush dump while still a member of the Board of Health...
Voters of Holland, I hope Korny or someone else will step up to the plate and will give the community an opportunity to get rid of James Wettlaufer, a corrupt individual who wasted enough TOWN FUNDS on frivolous lawsuits.
Peter Frei, December 31, 2010.