To The Daily Sun,
I want to thank the local voters who voted for me on January 21st during the Special Election Primary for Executive Council District 1. A particular thank you to my family, friends and supporters who made it possible.
I also want to thank Christopher Boothby of Meredith and Mark Aldrich of Lebanon for running a very competitive race and were nothing but gentlemen throughout this process.
This primary enabled our campaign to sharpen our message of local control, being a strong watchdog on spending and expressed the value of state government experience. I am the only candidate left who wants to make the Executive Council District 1 a full-time position, not a part-time position. I look forward to earning your Special General Election vote on March 11th.
Joseph D. Kenney
Republican Nominee for Executive Council District 1
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
More on my quest to have my court fees returned to me for the mistake made by the City of Laconia in the September 10, 2013 Laconia Ward 5 Primary without having to fill out an IRS W-9 Form. City Clerk Mary Reynolds and the City Attorney Laura Spector-Morgan claim in their Motion for Reconsideration as follow, "By order dated November 19, 2013, this Court (Smukler, J.) granted petitioner his costs in this matter. This decision was made following a hearing on November 19, 2013 of which undersigned counsel never received notice. As the Court is aware, undersigned counsel is not in the habit of failing to attend scheduled hearings and, in fact, to her memory, has never in 15 years failed to appear at a hearing of which she had notice. The Laconia City Clerk therefore ass that the Court reconsider its Order in part."
In an article in The Laconia Daily Sun on October 4, 2013 by Michael Kitch titled, "Gammon Feels Vindicated by Ward 5 Vote Recount": "Gammon had also asked the court to order the city to reimburse his $278 in court costs. A hearing on the issue is scheduled in Merrimack County Superior Court on November 19, but in the meantime city attorney Laura Spector-Morgan offered to approach City Manager Scott Myers about footing the bill to spare the city further legal costs."
In an article in the Laconia Citizen by Amanda Newman, "Error Confirmed Through Primary Election Recount": "A hearing on the costs, which amount to a total of $278, has been set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Merrimack Superior Court in Concord."
At the Court Hearing on January 21, 2014, Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds again did not appear but Laconia City Attorney Laura Spector-Morgan was there to argue why I am required to fill out an IRS W-9 Form. The City Attorney claims that I am required to because the City of Laconia's Internal Control Policy, page 5, states, "A W9 should be on file for all payments before a check is released. At least annually, the clerk processing the AP vouchers should self audit their records to be sure a W9 is in place for each Vendor."
On the IRS W-9 Form, "Purpose of Form": "A person who is required to file an information return with the IRS must obtain your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) to report, for example, income paid to you, payments made to you in settlement of payments card and third party network transactions, real estate transactions, mortgage interest you paid, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, or contributions you made to an IRA."
I am not a vendor, employee, sub contractor ect. of the City of Laconia. Return of Courts Fees is not income. Why should I have to go through this just to have our 3 votes count.
What is it costing the taxpayers of Laconia to pay Attroney Laura Spector-Morgan to fight for this $280.76? In order to force me to perjury myself by filling out a W-9 form.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 09:50
To the Daily Sun,
Dear Mr. Godbout,
First Let me thank you for your service in USAF, I respect that, now I can't say I served in the armed forces, my calling in life was to serve as a minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, which I have spent over fifty years doing so from Ireland to New England to California.
As a Born Again Christian we are to love all people, but not love what they say, or do, or speak, but have the right to respond to what he says, he insults the fellow Americans, also Christians. As a Christian, I believe God's holy word tells us how to live. Mr. Veverka is not uplifting in what he says, God's word is.
Our nation is under attack, but listen, the United States of America Federal Reserve Note, which is legal, says "In God we Trust," I believe that and so does Tilton, Northfield, Belmont and Laconia.
To mock Americans faith in God, is anti-American, that is why I say, Mr. Veverka's letters are shameful, but he has the right to express his views.
But I will contend with his views, why? Because God tells us, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph 6: 11-13)
The United States gives me freedom of speech, but greater than any nation or person, God gives me freedom, that allows me to proclaim Jesus Christ, as savior, and Lord, of the whole earth.
I thank the Daily Sun for allowing my letters to be printed, not only Mr. Veverka, but mine also, also yours Mr. Godbout, God Bless you, have a happy new year.
William "Liam" McCoy
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 January 2014 12:35
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Gilmanton residents:
It's budget time once again for fiscal year 2014-2015. Last year the School Board presented us with a budget that they said was absolutely necessary to run the school, and the town voted to approved it. That resulted in a surplus of over $1.1 million of your tax dollars.
As a result of their ever increasing surpluses each year ($900,000, approximately, last year), I have submitted two petitions to the School Board, signed by folks from our town, that will become Warrant Articles for you to vote for at our March 11, 2014 Town Election.
One article will be to revoke the Gilford High School Tuition Expendable Trust Fund. By continuing this fund, you are essentially being taxed twice — once for the actual students who attend Gilford High School and a second time for "phantom students" who may or may not move into town during the school year. We have a contract (AREA Agreement) with Gilford which covers all tuition needs for our high school students. If the School Board reads the contract and follows it, they would see that there is no need to double tax us.
The second Warrant Article is to apply a Tax Cap upon the school's operational budget for a period of three years. That simply means their budget for the next three years will be based upon the previous year's approved budget, with adjustments for contractual obligations, debt service, and one-time items.
This has been successfully applied to other school districts in New Hampshire and has reduced their budgets without depriving the students of the essentials necessary for a comprehensive education. Since our School Board chairman has stated openly in school board meetings over the years that the Gilmanton School Board produces the budget for the school, so they don't accept the recommendations from the Town Budget Committee or the people of Gilmanton, we must do something to make this School Budget Committee responsible to the taxpayers.
By reducing the operational budget, we do not reduce the contractual salaries of the teachers, reduce the ability of the school to give our children the best education available, or take away any programs in the curriculum. It will merely require the School Board's Budget Committee to find line items in the budget where they have over reached or included funding for something that "might happen", but usually doesn't. This will reduce the budget to a more reasonable amount and, in turn, reduce our taxes. Our town selectmen have done this with the town's budget over the years and still manage to run the town without cutting services to the people.
We have a system within the School Board's Budget Committee that is broken. Over the years we the people have tried to work with them by using simple methods to make the budget manageable. Sadly, the common response from the School Board or superintendent is to say that reducing the budget will only mean making painful cuts to the ongoing operation of the school. Clearly, if you end up with a surplus in excess of $1.1million, we are not being told the whole truth.
So, please come out to vote at the Town Election on March 11 and vote "YES" for both of these Warrant Articles and "NO" to the school budget. It takes a 3/5 majority to pass each of these Warrant Articles so every single vote counts. If you cannot come to the polls, contact our Town Clerk's office and ask for an absentee ballot. Your voice cannot be heard if you don't speak out. And always remember, IT'S YOUR MONEY!
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 January 2014 12:30
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Mark and Ruth Mooney:
I want to thank you for changing your mind about selling Briarcrest Estates to an out-of-state entity and selling to the Lakemont Cooperative, a resident-lead initiative. You have been truly amazing owners of Briarcrest Estates for many years and amazing teachers on how to run a manufactured home park. Everywhere I go I get compliments about the park when I say I live here, one of the best parks in New Hampshire! But now, your "students" (residents of Briarcrest) want to show you how much we have learned from you and are planning for the big event. We are doing our "due diligence" in preparation for being able to run Briarcrest in much the same fashion as you have for the last 25+ years.
To the residents of Briarcrest Estates who are not yet on board with the idea of a cooperative yet: Mr. Mooney, by signing the Purchase and Sales Agreement with the Lakemont Cooperative, has agreed to sell Briarcrest Estates to Lakemont Cooperative and all is moving along quickly and diligently to make the sale happen, hopefully in April of this year. We of the cooperative, owe a huge debt to ROC-NH (Resident Owned Communities — New Hampshire) and its staff, especially Angela Romeo, cooperative conversion specialist at ROC-NH, for heading us in the right direction every step of the way, as they will even after the transfer of ownership.
We (members of the Lakemont Cooperative) chose to do this because we believe in being in control of our own destiny as a manufactured home park. The Cooperative will control and stabilize the lot rents, with the "profits" going back into the park — Lakemont Cooperative is a legally registered non-profit corporation in the State of New Hampshire. Also, when a cooperative owns a park, residents never again have to worry about the park being sold or closed. Cooperative members have control over what repairs and improvements are made to the park, how they are made, when they are made and how they are paid for — with money set aside every month from the lot rents into a capital reserve fund and a "rainy day" fund.
As for park rules, when a cooperative owns a park, the members develop and vote on their own rules. (The Rules Committee of Lakemont Cooperative would like your input on this matter now because we want the Park Rules and Bylaws in place for Day #1. Contact Joe McCarthy, secretary, at
or call him at 527-8943 for information on how to connect with the people on the Rules Committee or any committee.]
And, last but not least, when a cooperative owns a park, fair and fixed-rate home purchase, equity and repair loans are available through the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund's Welcome Home Loans. Imagine refinancing your home or getting those big repairs done at a reasonable percentage rate! Up till now, traditional banks would not even talk to you because you had a manufactured home. In addition, fixed-rate conventional financing is available for homes in Fannie Mae approved cooperatives, which we plan to be (it takes a couple of years and many rules to abide by). Grants are also available for upgrades that make a home EnergyStar certified. Grants will be awarded to income-qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. I know I could use one of those grants to get my roof re-shingled!
Come join us for this great adventure on Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m., at the Laconia Public Library for a Lakemont Cooperative Board Meeting — the last meeting at an outside-the-park location. All future meetings, starting February 1st, will be held at our own Briarcrest Community Center and we will be meeting every Saturday morning until the closing. This Saturday's meeting is very important because we are interviewing the two management companies selected by the board to operate the park after the purchase. Informational sheets will be passed out so you can compare them to each other while you listen to the board perform the interviews and ask any questions you may also have for them. Remember, this a board meeting and general questions will be handled at the end of the meeting.
Finally, we are wrapping up a mass mailing of two surveys to all residents. Everyone will receive two, one-page surveys to fill out, and a separate return envelope for each. Please return the surveys, one each per envelope. Do not put them in one envelope even though they both have the same address. This will ensure that each survey is correctly processed. Thanks for taking the time to complete the forms. The survey asking some personal questions is a "double-blind" survey meaning neither side (ROC-NH or LC) will know which survey belongs to who. Both surveys are very important, especially since they will be used for our Fannie Mae status.
Did you know? ...... There is a $25 membership joining fee for the cooperative and a $500 per household deposit fee (actually $475 after subtracting the $25) which can be paid in installments as arranged with the Board of Directors? There is an open membership policy — homeowners can join the cooperative at any time during the purchase process? Lakemont Cooperative and ROC-NH have developed a purchase and operating budget that shows rents can stay within the limits of your lease? All leases now in effect will be continued? Residents will buy the park as a corporation (the Lakemont Cooperative) with no personal liability when the co-op borrows the funds needed to purchase the park? There are two local banks vying for our business? We will be one of over 100 resident-owned parks in New Hampshire? And there are so many more good reasons to join with us, including keeping the name Briarcrest?
So, I invite you, again, to this Saturday's meeting and all subsequent Cooperative meetings and use your energy to work with us to make Briarcrest the best manufactured home park in, not just New Hampshire, but the United States! Can you manage two hours per week to help us?
P.S.: We have permission from Mr. Mooney to place Co-op notices in the community center so please don't keep throwing them away — it's a childish waste of time and energy, energy that can be put to better use making the "new" Briarcrest" as good as, if not better, than the "old" Briarcrest.
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 January 2014 12:25