I have two dogs. One is a six year old Pekingnese named Max. He is a model citizen. The other is a three year old terrier named T-bone (aka “T”). He is not quite a model citizen. “T” is territorial and possessive. He has made it his business to control everything within sight, hearing, or smell. If Max has one of the many available bones “T” will snatch it away. If Max goes for another bone T will snatch it too. If Max has a squeaky toy “T” will snatch it. Given half a chance “T” will eat the cats’ food. If the cats go near his food he pounces.
It has come to the point where we keep most of the pet toys put away for fear that “T” will give himself a heart attack making sure nobody has any of HIS stuff. And we have come up with a little ditty about him that goes something like this, “MINE. MINE. MINE. MINE. MINE. MINE. MINE. Everything is mine. Nothing is yours. The bone is mine. The toy is mine. The couch is mine. The lap is mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Everything is mine. Nothing is yours. Mine. Mine. Mine. Everything is mine. Except you can have the dog crate and the tub”.
Watching “T” in action is a lot like watching our current First Selectwoman in action…. Hers. Hers. Hers. Everything is hers. I have however noted a couple of fundamental differences between our First Selectwoman and “T”. One difference is: even through all of his mischief and “mineness,” ” T” manages to retains a certain irresistible charm. The same cannot be said of his counterpart.
Make no mistake. This is Katetown. What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Anyone who dares to voice an opinion against her policies, or point out the law, statute, ordinance, custom or tradition she happens to be ignoring at the moment, had better be ready to have a stick poked in their eye. Anyone who thinks the current make-up of the Board of Selectman is somehow preserving the democratic process in Katetown, hasn’t seen the BOS in operation:
The First Selectwoman proposes “X”.
The second Selectman seconds the motion, and offers to donate his salary to the cause.
The third Selectman votes Nay. And the motion is passed.
So much for checks and balances, or the preservation of the democratic process.
In Katetown, the First Selectwoman’s ardent supporters have assaulted citizens from the opposition both openly in public meetings, and sorta oopsey like, outside of public meetings.
In Katetown, the Youth Sports Committee Chairwoman has called the police, threatened to call the police, and made bogus reports to DCF, on citizens who failed to render proper obeisance, presumed to challenged her absolute authority, or dared to breath air in the same room as she. The horror of it. She could actually be inhaling carbon dioxide exhaled by one of the icky people.
What else makes Katetown, Katetown.
Although prohibited by ordinance she has apparently appointed herself as is a voting member ona number commissions and committees, including:
- The Ordanance Commission
- Green Energy Committee
- AgVocate Committee
Without bothering to explain how the Youth Sports program would be better served by being separated from the Recreation Commission, where it had thrived for the past 20 years, she separated it. In so doing she made youth sports a political football.
When challenged on the issue of insurance at no cost to select employees and elected officials she attempted to absolve herself — to wash her hands — by placing responsibility on predecessors. Precedent didn’t stop her form splitting youth sports from the Recreation Commission.
When the voters rejected her proposal for a 20% pay increase for one elected official — an ardent Kate supporter – she petulantly struck all raises from the town budget, including those for the public works employees who are not only expected to keep the posted hours, but are otherwise available when needed.
Trailwoods, the Library, and the Recreation Commission are heavily supported by voices of opposition. . She still won’t unequivocally concede that the librarian is a town employee. She, eliminated all support for the Recreation Commission, and blocked access for Trailwoods to a STEAP grant. That wouldn’t have anything to do with her being denied a personal community center in the town hall, would it?
The most recent budget meeting (June 30th) was an exercise in pointlessness . Although citizens were afforded an opportunity to express any issues or concerns they have with the budget, their input has zero effect on the budget. The First Selectwoman made her changes to the budget and intended to change nothing — unless the budget is rejected again. She claims the latest changes she made to the budget reflect input from citizen not in attendance. I suppose she is referring to some sort of anonymous group of supporters. When asked what the reasoning was for reducing funding for open space , she replied “she can’t speak for other people.” This statement is in direct contradiction to the her what she had said about the budget about 60 seconds prior. It is however totally consistent with the stonewalling, vindictive and spiteful mode of operation that has been her trademark since taking office.
Isn’t the whole purpose of representative democracy, “speaking for the people.”
Sharing in her contempt for the public voice is the town clerk who can be seen and on a number of on a number of occasions overheard making condescending remarks about various citizens who voice opposition to the Selectwoman’s arbitrary and vindictive approach to governance. This comes as no surprise given that on a previous when required to have the town office open early for people to get absentee ballots she had someone drop her off so there were no cars in the lot, kept the front doors locked and put a sign on the side door.
The First selectwoman is also more than happy to disenfranchise people whom she thinks might voter against her. To that end the voter registrars were told if they wanted to get absentee ballots to people in time for their vote to count then they would have to deliver them at their own expense. She would not authorize reimbursement for expenses.
And the beat goes on.
A second fundamental difference I have noted between ” T” and our current First Selectwoman is whereas T tends to ignore and forget the voices of opposition, our First Selectwoman tends to ignore and never forget the voices of opposition.
I’m not exactly sure how Hampton evolved into Katetown, but I sure wish it was Hampton again.