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Radar units not mentioned in county's JAG grant application

To The Daily Sun,

At the Belknap County's Executive Committee (EC) meeting of March 9, an agenda item forthe transfer of $4,000 from a $350,000 grant line item in the 2016 county budget for the Sheriff's Department budget was necessary for the purchase of two radar detectors.

When this item was put forth, the commission chair stated he did not believe a transfer was necessary, which gave rise to deliberations between the members of the committee with the commission and Sheriff Wiggin regarding this 2015 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program award. Not one document was available that supported the source of revenues specifically related to the JAG grant. However, as the deliberations occurred, it was revealed that the actual award amount was $3,000. The amount was summarily corrected absent a recorded vote to do so. There were no questions, and no justification given as to why or how such an error could have taken place.

During ongoing deliberations, Representative Tilton alluded to the fact that some time in the past the specific appropriation problem had been sufficiently corrected to make the money available for transfer. He offered no meeting date. (Note: Representative G. Hurt, on September 28,2015 states; "Moreover, the delegation has not, that I am aware of, given any authority to acquire additional equipment with the line items of the department's budget."

Sheriff Wiggin's was consulted several times.

When the chairman solicited public comment, I was the only member of the public to address the issues with supportive information and the lack thereof.

When I questioned the lack of any documentation re: memorandum of understanding (MOU), the county administrator left the commission and returned with an unsigned MOU. Following my public comments, Sheriff Wiggin spoke again, stating "the grant application was handled "in complete and full compliance with law" and has been approved by federal auditors. The sheriff did not offer one record to support his statement or personal attack regarding JAG grants.

After the Executive Committee meeting was adjourned, I had a factual discussion with Mr. DeVoy, commission chairman about this particular JAG Grant. He produce the unsigned MOU and I pointed out the GMS Application number (2015-H3078- NH-DJ) was incorrect. I presented the actual JAG Gant, 2015-DJ- BX-0691 in the amount of $14,641, which was verifiable by the letter of Sept. 1, 2015.

Additionally, I pointed out that the signatories have no authority to sign this document. The authority to appropriate resides with the City Council and the Belknap County Delegation regarding disparate grants. I reminded the commission that the Superior Court (14-CV- 141,9/24/2014) made clear that the county commission was the administrator of the delegation's approved annual budget —  the power to tax and appropriate. The same applies to the City of Laconia. The Council appropriates and the city manager administer the annual budget. Also, no department head of the county or city is a local governmental body with appropriation powers and therefore cannot sign a JAG application. Additionally, the Laconia Police Commission is not able to authenticate an MOU for an appropriation or supplemental appropriation.

List of JAG MOUs for Belknap County Radar Units

GMS APPLICATION NUMBER 2013-H5791- NH-DJ $2,000 hand-held radar units

GMS APPLICATION NUMBER 2014-H1852- NH-DJ $2,000 hand-held radars and cruise radars

GMS APPLICATION NUMBER 2015-H3078- NH-GJ $3,000 speed enforcement radar project

GMS APPLICATION NUMBER 2015-DJ- BX-0691 $3,000 speed enforcement radar project

Sheriff Wiggin, in response to a representative's question, said he estimated that 200 speeding tickets issued by deputy sheriffs are incidental. The obvious question is, how is using a hand-held radar unit incidental?

Voters should be asking city councilors and state representatives how they vote on items where they have no required supporting documents in hand.

Thomas A. Tardif


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Plymouth Selectboard's support of Northern Pass would be oath violation

To The Daily Sun,

Greetings Plymouth Selectboard:

The New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) is a non-profit, grassroots organization that advocates for empowering local communities within New Hampshire with the authority to enact local laws that elevate their rights over corporate claimed "rights," and to protect themselves from harmful corporate activities. NHCRN educates communities and elected officials in New Hampshire about the civil and political right of people to collectively govern where they live.

Residents of Plymouth passed a Right to a Sustainable Energy Future and Community Self-Government Ordinance in 2012, which established a Community Bill of Rights recognizing and securing the right of Plymouth residents to a sustainable energy future in which energy decisions are made by the community. The ordinance then prohibits the land acquisition necessary for the construction, or siting of any structure to be used in the operation of an unsustainable energy system, because such actions would violate the right of Plymouth residents to a sustainable energy future. Hydroelectric power when it is not locally or municipally owned and operated is defined as an "unsustainable energy system" under Definitions, Section 2(e) of the Community Bill of Rights.

When you were elected by your fellow residents to the Selectboard of Plymouth, they expected you to protect their best interests, not corporate interests at the expense of the health, safety and welfare of the people, your community, and your local ecosystems. If you, as elected officials put the value of dollars above the expressed will and instruction of your constituents, you are not representing those that elected you, you are representing the corporate-state for a price.

Eversource's decision to move forward with the Northern Pass project reveals the corporation's determination to exercise its claimed "right" to profit at the cost of your community's right to protect your health, safety and welfare, economic sustainability, and natural environment. Eversource plans to use Plymouth as a resource colony for profit against the expressed will of residents.

Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution, Article 8. (Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public Right to Know) explains that all power resides originally in and is derived from, the people, and all the magistrates and officers of government are at all times accountable to them. Our state Constitution holds the Selectboard of Plymouth accountable to the people of Plymouth.

Should the Selectboard of Plymouth act in any way contrary to the instruction or expressed will of the people of Plymouth, you are not only violating the oath you took to uphold the state Constitution, but you are violating the rights of the people from which your power is derived. You would be acting in concert with Eversource to violate the expressed will and instruction of the Right to a Sustainable Energy Future and Community Self-Government Ordinance adopted by the people of Plymouth in 2012. NHCRN encourages you to fulfill your moral, ethical, and constitutional duty to represent the will of the people of Plymouth.

NHCRN Board of Directors

Michelle Sanborn, Alexandria

Gail Mills, Nottingham

Alexis Eynon, Thornton

Cilia Bannenberg, Barrington

Diane St. Germain, Barnstead

Campbell McLaren, Easton

Pam Martin, Plymouth

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