William Robertson, chairman of the Planning Board, “I have checked all the versions of the Bylaws that I have and I could not find any of the language there ... ”

The language Robertson refers to is the definition of “Special Conservancy.” This utterance by Robertson proves that he never consulted the version of the Zoning Bylaws the Board goes by; the version which is posted on the town’s website, the “BIBLE” for everything we do. According to Robertson, he was at the Planning Board office since 2 or 3 PM before the meeting and could not find anything!
The meeting was slated to begin at 6 PM; by that time he was already at the town hall for three hours. What Robertson and the other three members present were unable to find was the definition of “Special Conservancy.” Eventually they called Andrew Harhay (at 30:50) who owned one of the properties zoned “Special Conservancy.” read more »

Posted on 06 Mar 2024, 23:17 - Category: Town Politics
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Notes to the Panning Board Meeting of January 24, 2024, and my New Role on the Planning Board.

I said it before, I’m not a member of the Planning Board to look for new friends or out of the need to “belong”; I serve on the Board to ensure that applicants who are entitled to a benefit will get it, and applicants with applications outside the law will not get their way, regardless whether they are popular in Town or not. If I make friends doing this, I would like that, but I will not compromise my integrity just to please others or to “belong.”
My role or function on the Board will be from now on more that of an advocate for the applicant if his/her application is in conformance with MGL and the Town’s bylaws, or that of an adversary if an application is outside the laws.

Going forward, I will also focus on providing information to the public as minutes of the Board are only sparingly provided, and if provided, they are none descriptive.
William Robertson failed to produce minutes for his entire time he served as the secretary; there are no minutes for the entire year of 2022 and 2023. The only minutes posted for the year 2023, I wrote; the minutes to the meetings of May 23, 2022, and June 7, 2023. I did so because William Robertson was absent.
I just checked the website and there is still nothing posted with his signature for the entire year of 2022 and 2023; a clear violation of the Open Meeting Law.
I will also post the videos of every meeting so interested parties are able to see what is going on. The Board voted twice to request the password of the town’s website to clean up the Planning Board’s part of the website, and to be able to post agendas, minutes, videos, and provide other information without te help of Stacey.
Stacy Stout, the town administrator, refused to give the Board the password. I’m also done with that effort.

Back to making friends ... lately the climate got frosty and two of the other members of the Board are very angry and hostile towards me. What happened?
CannaMoumtain”s Special Permit application for Site Plan approval only, was to much for these two members to bear, William Robertson and Robert Perron. While Robertson is ignorant about the procedure involved and the laws, Perron feels that I “shoved the decision down his throat,” and worse; read more »

Posted on 28 Jan 2024, 22:11 - Category: Town Politics
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The CannaMountain Project; is William Robertson, Chair of the Planning Board, up to the Task?

Not-ready-to-be-edifyed CannaMountain LLC applied for site plan approval on a project on the scale the town probably never faced before.
It is obvious that a multi million Dollar project presents different issues as an application for a Special Permit for a double garage on a private parcel as an accessory building to a private dwelling.
Not everybody knows everything all the time. Sometimes it is necessary to listen.
Robertson has a hard time with that reality and created a big mess; to a reporter he stated, “the bylaw process is not clear.”
The issue of approving CannaMountain’s application for a Special Permit for site plan approval involves reading up on the bylaw which he obviously failed to do. You can lead a horse to the water, but ...
To bring light and edification to Robertson, and others who like to know what is going on, please read this memo and comment; read more>>

Posted on 22 Jan 2024, 12:37 - Category: Town Politics
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Kate Landers for Select Board

Kate Landers has my full support. There is really no other choice. Kate-Landers-for-Select-Board Vote Kate Landers!
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Please don't forget to vote!
Peter Frei

Posted on 09 Jun 2023, 20:37 - Category: Town Politics
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Register Here For The MVP Workshop!

To register for the Municipality Vunerability Workshop at the Holland Community Center, at 40 Brimfield Road, Holland, MA 01511, on September 10, from 9:00Am till 5:00Pm, click here! click here!
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Posted on 22 Aug 2022, 16:43 - Category: Town Politics
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Our community Has a Once In a Lifetime Opportunity To Fix The Problems The Causeway Presents Without Spending Any Taxpayer's Money.

What ever your interest may be, whether you live in one of the dwellings on the south-basin of Hamilton Reservoir which was flooded during the flood of 2005, whether you realize that both causeways could be flooded and impassable during another extrem weather situation again, or whether you simply would like to have an opportunity to cruse from one basin to the other side of the cause-way with your boat or canoe, all this could be accomplished if the community gets behind a proposal unanimously endorsed by the Planning Board.
And again ... no funding by the town is necessary to achieve all this!
To read this extensive proposal explaining everything, click here!
As part of the MVP grant process, the community is mandated to hold a workshop in conformance to the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Core Principles. Paragraph 5. provides:
Conducting robust community engagement:
All Action Grant projects are required to submit a Public Involvement and Community Engagement Plan as part of the application. More guidance on these requirements can be found here. Tips for conducting virtual and remote engagement can be found here. The Town already received a Planning Grant to work towards the Action Grant. This process requires a workshop with community involvement.

This workshop will be taking place on Saturday September 10, (*) at 9:00 AM at the Community Center at 40 Brimfield Rd, Holland MA.
PLEASE ATTEND !


*Originally the workshop was scheduled for August 13th but the date was changed and I was not informed by the town administrator Stacy Stout even so I´m one of the “core members” of this program. Stacy Stout was also suppose to get a “landing-website” up on the town´s website beginning of July as discussed during the last meeting on June 29th by the core members informing the people. As of now (August 5.) there is nothing up on the town´s website ... Serving on the Planning Board for more than two years by now, I do get insight of the horrendous disfunction at the town hall. The worst town official in recent history, Jennifer Mott, the former twon clerk, is gone, thank god! And with her Bettina Schmidt, one of the former member's of the Board of Selectmen, I thank good here too! I will write more about my experience being part of the town administration from now on ...

There will be individuals who do not see that having safe shelter without the constant fear of being flooded is an imperative. Compashion is running lower and lower in our society. I heard voices calling for more sand-traps/catch-basins around the reservoir; the once we already have just need to be emptied once they are filled up and more would not be needed. If there are locations where there are none, the town (Highway Department) should be able to take care of that need.
Fixing the causeway needs to be a priority.

Shelter, a Basic Human Need; the Flood of 2005.
Holland Homes and Business´s Taken and Flooded by the Government; the Flood of 1955.

Posted on 19 Jul 2022, 16:43 - Category: Town Politics
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Wales Fish & Game Club 2016 Annual Pork Roast.

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Once again as every fall, the Wales Fish & Game Club celebrated the beginning of fall with their annual Pork Roast.

An already perfect event is getting even better each year, read more»


Posted on 29 Sep 2016, 22:12 - Category: Things To Do
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Hamilton Reservoir Residents Pay Tribute to 9-11

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Some folks living on South Basin of Hamilton Reservoir in Holland, MA got together on Sunday 9/11 to pay tribute to those lives lost on 9/11 .. 15 years ago.
Although the weather was iffy and the winds were high, they decorated their boats and paraded around the lake to the causeway on Mashapaug Rd where they released Red, White & Blue balloons into the sky, with a moment of silence ...
remembering those lost and families left behind ... Some kids on the shore line waved their flags and others stood up to salute our American Flag. “Never forget and remember USA Free and Home of the Brave“ read more»


Posted on 12 Sep 2016, 21:47 - Category: Town Common
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We do have a new Member of the Board of Selectmen

After the tie vote between the incumbent member of the Board of Selectmen Andrew Harhay and challenger Bettina Schmidt during the annual town election of June 13th, Bettina Schmidt requested timely a re-count.
This re-count took place last night at the town hall and the re-count was in favor of Bettina Schmidt who won by one vote!

Posted on 1 Jul 2016, 9:14 - Category: Town Politics
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Not so fast, says Andrew Harhay; the final vote count shows a TIE!

Tonight, June 14th, at 18:30 hours, the Board of Selectmen conducted an emergency meeting. The reason, we failed to elect a new member for the Board of Selectmen.
Attending the emergency meeting was Larry Mandel, chairman of the Board of Selectmen (“BOS”), Andrew Harhay, incumbent member of the BOS, Bettina Schmidt, who was announced as the winner of the election for the seat on the BOS last night by two votes, and Sharon Ashleigh, the town clerk.
During the emergency meeting, Sharon Ashleigh explained how it came to be that there is now a tie where there was a winner last might. Sharon explained that five individuals voted on a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are created by individuals who's name does not appear on the cross-off list (list of all the registered voters) but which insist that they are registered voters. Such provisional ballots are not run thorough the voting machine as their claim to be registered voter first needs to be verified by the town clerk. Hence, these votes were not included in the count published last night.
Sharon, “Paula wanted to set up tables and I needed to get out of there (the Community Center) last night,” and, “at eight o´clock I had other things on my mind and forgot about the provisional votes..”
Early today, Sharon checked the five individuals voting status and determined that one was not a registered voter, two had registered too late, and the last two were registered voters but had moved within the town. This the reason why the two names were missing on the list of registered voters. She apologized for this oversight to the two candidates.
The question was then what to do about the tie. There are not many options:
  • Either candidate or both could ask for a recount;
  • either one could withdraw their candidacy; or
  • the town will have to organize another caucus followed by a special election.
Either candidate has 10 days to request a recount. Depending on the outcome, the recount will establish a winner, or, the town will organize a special election.
Peter Frei.

Posted on 14 Jun 2016, 19:51 - Category: Town Politics
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2016 Annual Town Election Results, Congratulations Mrs. Bettina Schmidt!

A total of 311 voters made the annual trip to the Holland Community Center to exercise their constitutional right to participate in forming the government of their community. (Last year the count was 465.)
The annual town election took place at the Community Center for the second time, read moreĽ

Posted on 13 Jun 2016, 22:53 - Category: Town Politics
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