Town Clerk Kristin LaPlante‘s New Schedule.

The Holland Blog received the following message with the heading,
“News and Announcements:”
The Town Clerk will now be available every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 and Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to noon.
Kristin LaPlante found other employment and changed her hours at the beginning of this month. She also resigned from the position of executive secretary as of the end of February.
However, Kristin LaPlante‘s hours as “Town Clerk” are still posted on the town‘s official website as:
Tuesdays: 5:30-8:30 pm; Saturday morning 8:00-12:00
Peter Frei

Posted on 15 Mar 2011, 20:45 - Category: Town Politics
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Nancy A. Talbot leaving the sinking ship?

I learned from Kimberly Counter, Personnel Assistant of Jeanette Berrios, Personnel Administrator of the Personnel Department of the City of Holyoke, that Nancy Talbot is being interviewed on March 7, 2011, at 18:45 hours for the position of tax collector for the City of Holyoke.
Peter Frei Kennedy, Johnson, and Talbot won!
Nancy Talbot running for reelection for the tax collector position to hold four hour seminar at the senior center.
Holland Blog filed complaint with State Ethics Commission against Nancy Talbot, tax collector of Holland.

Posted on 1 Mar 2011, 11:35 - Category: Town Politics
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The Price Our Community Pays to Have Earl Johnson in Office.

Nobody knows the full extent of the damage Earl Johnson has caused to our community through his corrupt actions.

Just one of his blunders will cost our community $21,870.00 every year and will do so indefinitely, even after he is gone!

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Posted on 19 Dec 2010, 23:59 - Category: Town Politics
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I received anonymous mail In connection with the brush dump debacle which I'm publishing here for the readers of the Holland Blog. Read more»

Posted on 20 Sep 2010, 22:27 - Category: Town Politics
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Analysis of Wettlaufer’s August 17th Stunt.

Wettlaufer gave one of his “performances” during the last meeting of the Board of Selectmen. His elaborate scheme to attack his opponent Raymond Korny is disingenuous at best. Wettlaufer did what he does best, misinform the community in an attempt to further his own agenda, read more»

Posted on 30 Aug 2010, 01:34 - Category: Town Politics
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Raymond Korny resigned from the Board of Health.

As of 10 am today August 18, 2010, Ray Korny is no longer a member of the Holland Board of Health.
Ray Korny resigned because the Board of Selectmen refused to issue an exemption which would allow Ray Korny to run the brush dump while serving on the Board of Health. Such exemptions were issued in the past on a regular basis but James Wettlaufer as chairman of the Board of Selectmen refused to issue such an exemption in Ray Korny’s case.
According to Ray, Chairman James Wettlaufer, in a very unprofessional manner, called Korny a liar and an idiot during a phone conversation.
Ray Korny was seeking to be elected for the position of selectman during this years election and will run against James Wettlaufer who’s term will come up next year.
Peter Frei

Posted on 18 Aug 2010, 10:56 - Category: Town Politics
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Another costly stunt by our re-elected Highway Surveyor Brian Johnson.


The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined the Highway Department $12,000.00 for a Wetland Protection Act violation, read more»

Posted on 18 Aug 2010, 00:34 - Category: Town Politics
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New Open Meeting Law Takes Effect July First.

    Changes to the Open Meeting Law Effective July 1, 2010:
  1. New requirements for certifications and other documentation to keep on file. (These requirements will likely pertain to the Town Clerk’s Office.)
  2. 48 hour notice – still required, but now cannot count Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. (Example: Monday night meeting must be posted before Thursday night.)
  3. Notices must (1) include a list of topics the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed (i.e., agenda), and (2) be posted in or on a municipal building to be visible to public at all hours. (Having meetings posted on the Town Website does NOT bring officials into compliance. Town Officials must have a posting board attached to the OUTSIDE of Town Hall!)
  4. Emails are expressly included in definition of “deliberation” (must be in open session), but discussion of agendas, scheduling information or reports to be discussed at next meeting is permitted.
  5. Attendance by a quorum at a location will not constitute a “meeting” if it is not the intention of the board/commission to conduct business and no deliberations occur. (For example, attending a conference, social event or a meeting of another municipal board is acceptable, as long as no discussions ensue regarding board/committee issues.)
  6. Minutes must contain more detailed information in addition to “date, place, time and matters discussed,” they shall include summaries of matters discussed, and a list of documents used, all decisions made/votes taken.
  7. “Minutes” shall also include “documents and other exhibits, such as photographs, recordings or maps used by the body at an open or executive session and along with the minutes, be part of the official record of the session.”
  8. Remote participation (conference call, audio or video conferencing) will likely be allowed by regulation or letter ruling of the Attorney General. (However, a quorum of the body will have to be present and the meeting cannot be chaired via audio or video conferencing).
  9. All persons serving on a public body must receive a copy of the Open Meeting Law and related regulations and must submit receipt of same to the Town Clerk within two weeks of appointment.
  10. Citizens making complaints of Open Meeting Law violations must file written complaints with the governmental body first. The governmental body then submits a reply to the complainant and the Attorney General’s Office.
Peter Frei

Read also:

Open and accountable Government.
Record Keeping at the Planning Board.

Posted on 29 Jun 2010, 22:44 - Category: Town Politics
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Kennedy, Johnson, and Talbot won!

The majority of Holland voters voted for corruption;

Michael P. Kennedy 282; Ray Korny 231,
Brian Johnson 359; George Carling 175,
Nancy Talbot 278; Lynn Arnold 235.

I think nobody can help Holland,

Peter Frei

Posted on 7 Jun 2010, 20:23 - Category: Town Politics
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Please don’t forget to vote today, it is important!

Brian-Johnson-campaign-sign-on-Brimfield-Road I predict that Raymond Korny will defeat Michael Kennedy and that George Carling will defeat Brian Johnson by a narrow margin.

A re-election of Brian Johnson would allow the roadways of Holland to fall further into disrepair.
Brian Johnson’s lack of knowledge how to proper maintain roads will eventually have a devastating effect to the transportation infrastructure of the town.

An interview published in the Southbridge Evening News brought to light that Brian Johnson has nothing to show for other than good intentions for the future.
Do you remember smelling hot tar around town during the summer months more than ten years ago? What happened? Why do we not smell that anymore? Read more»

Posted on 7 Jun 2010, 03:09 - Category: Town Politics
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Meet the two candidates for the seat on the Board of Selectmen.


In case you missed the debate between the two candidates, Michael P. Kennedy and Rayomnd Korny, the Holland Blog was there and offers its readers the video of the most interesting debate; the first one ever in our town’s history as far as I know.

Kennedy surprised with his answer to the question whether he favors or opposes the proposed truck stop, read more»

Posted on 3 Jun 2010, 03:40 - Category: Town Politics
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