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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LETTER: "KATZ DIVIDING TIVERTON WITH HIS DUBIOUS DATA"


I normally try to ignore Justin Katz’s writings as they are usually filled with opinions not supported by data and fail to persuade.  However, the statements made by Mr. Katz in his recent Letter to the Editor (“Council to Divide Tiverton Over Budget Committee Appointment, EastBayRI.com, November 18, 2014) are too egregious to ignore.  

Rather than accept that the political action committee he formed, Clean Up Tiverton, failed to resonate with the voters, he resorts to the same tactics of labeling and attacking others with no facts to support his statements. One would hope that this would have ended after the people of Tiverton made their choices in the election. Unfortunately, this is not the case so I wish to provide some fact checking to correct the statements that Mr. Katz so haphazardly presents.  

Mr. Katz suggests that the new Town Council members who were supported by the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) will be “dividing the town” if they fill a now vacant budget committee position in a manner other than the one which he deems fair.  Since they have yet to be sworn in, he bases this not on any votes they have taken or discussion they have held in public meetings, but only on statements attributed to them in the Sakonnet Times.  

Mr. Katz insists that “past practice” be followed in appointing the next top vote getter from the election.  This individual, John Martin, is affiliated with Clean Up Tiverton and failed to garner enough votes to be elected to one of the five open positions on the ballot.  Mr. Katz  recognizes that the voters changed the Charter to grant the Town Council the authority to fill such vacancies yet warns that it will set a divisive precedent if his identified “past practice” is not followed.

However, his facts are incorrect and this is not past practice. A simple review of Town Council minutes will show past Councils have taken varying approaches to appointing vacant positions, including those members with which Mr. Katz aligns himself. Katz-aligned Council members Coulter, Nelson and Chabot in 2011 twice passed over the next-highest voter getter for budget committee. In fact, the April 2011 minutes will show that they specifically voted against a motion to appoint the next-top vote getter and instead appointed a resident who voters had rejected in that election for a Town Council seat.

Just months later, to fill a second unanticipated vacancy, these same Councilors again ignored the next-highest vote getter and instead put in place a process to ask for people to apply and then be interviewed. In November 2011, they ultimately appointed another resident aligned with their past positions. As elected officials, that was their right and prerogative to choose an appointee who they felt would support their values and beliefs in regard to town governance. 

Mr. Katz also suggests that not appointing the next highest vote getter thwarts the will of the voters.  It seems to me that the voters clearly chose five individuals to fill the five vacant Budget positions – they did not vote on a potential sixth candidate should a vacancy happen to occur in the future.  In fact, I would argue that the voters knowingly changed the Charter to allow the Council to appoint to vacant positions in recognition that those candidates who voters reject in an election should not automatically be appointed to fill vacancies.

Mr. Katz ends by saying “Watch what they do, not what they say.”  I suggest you do both and you will realize that you need to always question Mr. Katz’s data and his logic.  He has been very clear that he does not believe that government should play a role in the lives of its citizens and simply twists data to support his beliefs, regardless of whether what he presents is factual.  He relies heavily on hoping that voters will not question his logic and his “facts” and will simply take his statements at face value.  Please question him at every step and you will find that the emperor has no clothes.

Mike Burk
Chairman, Tiverton Democratic Town Committee

LETTER FROM MIKE BURK: KATZ DIVIDING TIVERTON

Great factual response (link below) to another desperate attempt to deceive the people of Tiverton and create a phony controversy by self-appointed TCC/CUT propagandist Justin Katz.


http://www.eastbayri.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-katz-dividing-tiverton-with-his-dubious-data/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

TOWN LOOKING TO SELL OUTDATED COMMUNITY CENTER BUILDING

The town is looking to sell the outdated Community Center building (link below), part of the ongoing effort to make town operations more cost-effective.


http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20141114/NEWS/141117441

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

THANK YOU TO TIVERTON'S DEPARTING TOWN COUNCILORS

The final meeting of the current Town Council was Monday (link below). 

Thank you to outgoing Town Councilors Ed Roderick, Bill Gerlach, and Jim Arruda for your service to Tiverton, and for helping to move our community forward.

http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20141112/NEWS/141118969

Monday, November 10, 2014

FINAL ELECTION RESULTS FOR TIVERTON TOWN COUNCIL

FINAL ELECTION RESULTS FOR TIVERTON TOWN COUNCIL *
* (pending a possible recount)

elected:
Joan B. CHABOT - 2469
Brett N. PELLETIER - 2270
Denise M. deMEDEIROS - 2231
David PERRY - 2047
Jay J. LAMBERT - 2027
Peter A. MELLO - 1999
Joseph R. SOUSA - 1985

not elected
Randy J. LEBEAU - 1972
Michael S. BURK - 1961
James J. ARRUDA - 1954
James S. O'DELL - 1853
Craig A. LEBEAU - 1654
WRITE-IN - 75

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HERALD NEWS UPDATE: WITH RECOUNT POSSIBLE, TOWN COUNCIL WON'T BE SWORN IN UNTIL NOV.24

Fall River Herald News update on election results. Because the deadline to call for a recount is next Wednesday, the new Town Council most likely won't be sworn in until the November 24 Council meeting.

http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20141106/NEWS/141107622

THANK YOU TIVERTON!

THANK YOU TIVERTON! Thank you to all who made this election's very positive outcome possible: everyone who voted, and encouraged friends and family to get informed and vote; all who volunteered at the polls; all who contributed so that we could print and mail voter-cards; to the TDTC for all their efforts in support of community-minded candidates; and especially to all the candidates who made the commitment to run for office and serve the people of Tiverton. It took a community to bring this effort together, and as a community we now look forward to working together to preserve and improve the town we love and call home.

Brian Medeiros
Tiverton, RI