LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Perplexed Over the Town I Live In

Resident Bob Stein says the way some town and school officials act is questionable.

(Disclosure: Bob Stein is a member of the Finance Committee but is speaking as a resident and taxpayer only.)

I'm perplexed by Mark Kablack's letter. He says he supports goals but his buddy, Larry O'Brien, has developed zero town goals for the last two years.  He says he supports swimming pools but he shut down the Northwoods Pool so he could build and sell two 3-bedroom family townhouses on top of it.  

I'm perplexed why O'Brien and (John) Drobinski rejected (Bob) Haarde's goal to solve the 40B problem. I'm perplexed why Larry O'Brien said he was neutral on Johnson Farm. I'm perplexed why Jody Kablack was allowed to hire such a pro-40B attorney to represent the town versus Johnson Farm.  

I'm perplexed that Mark Kablack is allowed to wield so much unchecked power in the town where his wife serves as the Town Planner, like getting on the Selectmen's agenda whenever he wants while regular taxpayers have been waiting months. 

I'm perplexed how many things have gone wrong in Sudbury under current leadership. 

I'm perplexed how we passed all those overrides based on budgets being cut to the bone but then we find over $400,000 in postage meters and dormant funds. 

I'm perplexed that all of a sudden we have an education staff worthy of all these unexplained 51A reports. I'm perplexed why a school committee member votes against allowing Sudbury parents to ask questions for 15 minutes but eagerly agrees to answer a question from a blogger from Wellesley. 

I'm perplexed as to why Jody Kablack, our town planner, is allowed to use her office and town resources to create and distribute pro-40B campaign propaganda during business hours while being paid as our Town Planner.  I'm perplexed as to why, after 25 years as Town Planner, Jody Kablack files our Housing Production Plan one day after the Johnson Farm 40B permit application was filed. 

I'm perplexed how Larry O'Brien could negotiate sweetheart contracts for the town manager and town counsel in secret with no surviving records or minutes of the negotiations and sign it in secret just three days before Bob Haarde was elected. 

I'm perplexed how Haarde's suggestion for developing a long-term use plan for the Faibanks building was ignored by O'Brien and Drobinski. 

I'm perplexed as to how the Board of Selectmen could approve changing the town's healthcare coverage to include the 26-year-old adult children of town employees (such as Kablack and Town Manager Maureen Valente) without even mentioning that vote would be on the agenda.

Bob Stein

Thompson Drive

Ralph Furley November 13, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Fincom isn't really powerful - they don't control anything. They are very influential though and their opinions hold a lot of weight. The real individual power positions in town (besides the BOS members) are the superintendents, the town manager and the director of planning and community development, and all of those positions are appointed. It is the opinion of many that Anne Wilson, Maureen Valente and Jody Kablack all need to be replaced. But the BOS appoints the town manager who appoints the town planner, so to replace Kablack we need to replace Valente which means replacing or expanding the BOS. Replacing Anne Wilson is harder because the current SPSC fully supports her. We would have to vote in new committee members, but since their terms are all staggered it will take years to turn over enough members who will send her packing when her contract comes up. Of course we can get that process started by voting Lisa Gutch out when she is up for re-election in March.
JJoseph November 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Are you referring to the incident where Rami as the teacher union rep declared in a public meeting that he received a $200 raise when in fact it was closer to $3,000 Sorry, the baloney has to stop and Rami should have been called out. The public is not that stupid.
sudburycitizentoo November 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Perplexed. What an original word. Sudbury Patch is nothing more than a playground for residents to bully and abuse freedom of speech.
Robert Fucci November 15, 2012 at 03:02 AM
To say Patch is the only online publication where this happens is just not true. And if you are so against bullying and freedom of speech, why not be an example and use your real name?
sudburycitizentoo November 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Defending the defenseless. When a town leader uses another person's name to make waves an example is set.


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