To The Daily Sun,
Dear Gilmanton taxpayers:
When you consider who you wish to serve you as selectman, please consider Marshall Bishop's past year of service. The following is a few of the highlights.
Marshall let the town electrician go. The electrician that helped rebuild the Academy. The one who campaigned for his opponent. Within a few weeks of being elected, he tells the selectmen's administrative assistant she no longer needs to take minutes. Her job was reduced to part-time, and her benefits removed. She is demoted from office manager to clerk. She, feeling sick, leaves. In less than a year , the new selectmen's administrative assistant is made full-time with benefits.
Marshall, you fire the Academy groundskeeper, with 15 years of service, because you feel he was rude to a board member during public input.
You give the town clerk/tax collector the selectmen's meeting room. This motion and approval — 2 to 1 — was made after receiving no positive feedback from board members who use it. How many members did you disregard? Planning, Historical District Commission, ZBA, etc.
Marshall, you have the town administrator write a letter to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission stating you have all the necessary permits to operate. This is simply not true. You tell everyone that the Town of Gilmanton is dysfunctional, because no one from the Planning Board called you to come back. This is after you received a conditional approval for your 24-seat wine tasting room. What happened to completing the conditions and bringing the plan in for approval?
Marshall, you are granted a special exemption from the ZBA to operate a restaurant in a rural zone. You need site plan approval from the Planning Board, for parking, lighting, septic, and you refuse to return to the Planning Board.
On Sept. 23 of last year you write the chairman of the ZBA and ask that a board member be removed. This is the only board member who voted against your special exemption application.
Marshall, you continue with a frivolous lawsuit against the Town of Gilmanton, costing taxpayers to date $4,431. With more expenses to continue.
Marshall, you have done enough harm. You do not represent the people of Gilmanton. You represent yourself.