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Alton, NH, $18.6 Million School ‘Renovation’ Bond Fails To Pass. Just 48.4% ‘Yes’. So What Is The ‘Plan B’ Now?

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> They MUST Have The Votes In The Bag! — Feb. 3, 2013.


The vote for the $18.6 M bond failed to get even 50% of the vote.

No = 731, Yes = 685.

Total votes cast = 1,416.

Yes % = 48.38%.

So not even 50%.

So what now, mad cow? What is ‘Plan B’. Prior to the deliberative session I advocated the need for a ‘Plan B’. But, people thought they knew better. Well … what now, mad cow?

Everybody agrees, vehemently, that something has to be done to fix the issues at the school. I have yet to meet anybody who disagrees with the need for some renovation. The issue has been the price tag.

That is why I was an open supporter of Steve Miller’s $7 Million bond proposal.

Those that zeroed it down. What now, mad cow?

I have already heard that the new ‘Plan B’ is to try again for the $18 M bond next year. Tell me that that is a joke.

Already we are close to the definition for insanity. Repeatedly doing the same thing HOPING for a different outcome.

Well we know who put the school and kids in this sorry situation. Those that just could not see in them a way to compromise. I hope some have the decency to resign from the various boards and let some new folks come up with some new proposals that can get the votes. Our kids deserve better.

Steve Miller said it so well. They were going on
ONE ROLL OF THE DICE

The dice as it did last year did not come up the way they wanted.

Time for a realistic proposal that can get the votes.

For Alton Selectmen:
Lawerence Tilly  468
Robert Loring Carr   600
Robert W. Daniels   690
Stephen P. Miller   480

School Board:
Krista A. Argiropolis  672
Carlos Martinez  660
Christine Michaud-Tilly  643
(Write-in) Mary Doherty Murphy   97

Alton, NH, $18.6 Million School ‘Renovation’ Bond In March: They MUST Have The Votes In The Bag!

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Baysider … — Feb. 1, 2013.
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

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To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>> Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


I attended today’s deliberative session at Prospect Mountain High School kind of against my own better judgement because I know how these things drag out, pan out and I really am very short on time. But, I am glad I went. According to my friend, Bob Longabaugh, the keeper of Alton’s voting statistics, only 172 of the 4,022 registered voters (4.28%) attended this session.

Well, it appears that the backers of the full $18.6 Million bond have the requisite 60%(+) votes in the bag already and that today’s session was just a formality to let people have a say in public. Bravo.

I am NOT surprised. Last year I was told that they had the votes to pass the warrant, even with the faulty wording, and even force the necessary hearing by a judge. I heard this from multiple informed sources, without equivocation. So, I was kind of baffled when it didn’t pass. But, I worked it out. They held their fire [i.e., vote] realizing that the faulty wording required the uncertainty of a judge’s intervention.

So, this year, with the warrant in place, without encumbrances, they will pull the voters out of the hat to get it to pass.

OK. That is good. As school board member Steve Miller, who was as ever eloquent and impressive, noted, we will just have to pay the higher taxes. C’est la vie. Fait accompli.

That they have the votes already and the deal is done is good for the kids. They will now get the $17 Million school upgrade that they have been clamoring for so long. You have to congratulate them on their tenacity, persistence, doggedness and ultimately their SUCCESS. I tip my hat to them.

The reason I am now 120% sure that they already have the necessary votes pledged, in the bag and locked-up is that they made sure that there was NO OTHER choice. No ‘Plan B’, no contingency plan. If this, for some reason, doesn’t get the votes …

Steve Millers $7 Million proposal to zeroed down to $1 — something Steve expected from the start.

An alternate amendment to change the $18.8 M to $4.x Million also failed.

So, there is no contingency plan, of any sort.

That is never my way. I am Mr. Contingency. I don’t even sneeze without having a contingency plan! I am not joking. Yes, I can think fast. Before I sneeze I have a contingency plan to recover from what could go wrong. When I was in high tech, those that knew me well used to joke that I had contingency plans for my contingency plans. In the 600 or so seminars I have done around the world you would never have seen me struggle like they did earlier in the meeting with their PowerPoint presentation. Even when we used 35mm slides and projectors, not only would I have two projectors, but 3 bulbs in my trousers. That debacle with the PowerPoint alone should have been an object lesson, am omen, as to why you always need contingency plans. But, that is me. [Plus, I have never done a PowerPoint that didn’t have a single graphic! A renovation presentation with no pictures! Screen placement and zooming such that it could only be read by 40% of the audience. It was the 1970s when we typed presentations onto foils. Never mind the mike that didn’t work.]

Contingency plans give you flexibility.

I have rarely seen unanimity as I saw today at the session. Everybody was in violent agreement that SOMETHING had to be done to fix the manifold problems at ACS. All the discussion was about how much should be spent.

It reminded me of the joke of a man propositioning this lady of dubious character at a bar and the conversation going: ‘we have already established that you would do it; all we are doing now is trying to agree on a price’.

The price has been agreed $18.6 Million.

No other alternatives. No other options. No other choices.

So there can be NO POSSIBILITY of this failing. If so our poor kids are screwed, totally. That is not acceptable and nobody wanted that.

ONE ROLL OF THE DICE
— but luckily for us, the dice are already loaded,
right?

This is a sure thing? Right?

The Baysider might as well already write the story that the $18.6 Million bond passed with 65% of the vote. They might as well start work now.

Alton, NH, Upcoming Deliberative Sessions — They Should Start With This, Straight After The Pledge.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Baysider … — Feb. 1, 2013.
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

>>
To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>> Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


I could, as ever, be wrong, but it might NOT be a bad idea to play this little clip before each of the deliberative sessions, just to set the right pitch for the proceedings.


AltonThemeSong

Click to access ‘YouTube’ clip. Many more to chose from. I will even lend you Devanee’s DVD.


Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Jan. 31, 2013, Baysider, About The Alton Central $18 Million Plan (Again).

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

>>
To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>>
Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


Click to access 'The Baysider' article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.

Click to access ‘The Baysider’ article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.


I do not know this gentleman, or at least I think I don’t know him. I am very bad with names and faces. So he could be a parent that I chatted with, but never knew his name.

As with Steve Miller’s letter two weeks ago, I liked this letter. I liked it a lot. It hit a chord.

A few of the points mentioned have been discussed on this blog, relative to my post endorsing Steve Miller’s letter.

I am not sure if all of the points are accurate. I had thought that the infamous survey was conducted using grant money. If it was not, I would be distressed. As far as I know, there are ‘x’ kids in ACS right now, who are technically homeless, that ‘x’, as far as I remember, in the ‘6’ range. Plus there are over a dozen kids who are considered at risk for not getting a proper meal during the weekend. ACS packs backpacks for them with food. Sod a survey. If we have that kind of money to burn the board should be using it to feed these poor kids or get them housing.

The issue of the ‘one architect’ that I griped about comes up. I have an e-mail, from an interested party, that implies that the architect was paid — albeit, not the $750,000. Having just one firm, with so much to gain, bothers me. Mr. Daniels, as did I, mentions LOCAL experts. He also talks about cost per square feet. Yes, in the past, when I lived in Meredith and Gilford I explored adding extensions. Had binders of builders giving me estimates. I remember them always talking about $1xx per square foot. I had also heard that when I was buying property (and I have bought and sold quite a few) and especially when I was having them appraised. So, that had crossed my mind. Asking some of OUR parent builders what they would estimate per Square Foot. Some of them have built mansions. They would know.

My background is all in corporate. In the corporate world some of the words that we had to always contend with were: due diligence, full disclosure, conflict of interest. Well, as the comments have loved to point out I am not an expert in this matter — and do not plan to be. I don’t keep a dog and bark myself. I totally trust people like Steve Miller and I know that he, also with a solid corporate background, knows his stuff.

Alton Central School Superintendent, William Lander Estimates That Proposed $18.6 Million Request For School Renovations Will Cost Taxpayers $1 per $1,000 Assessed Value.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>>
Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


Lander1per1000The Alton Central School (ACS) proposed funding, in light of this Saturday’s Deliberative Session, appeared in the Thursday, January 31, 2013, ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘, as a front page story. Since there had been some discussion on this blog on this thorny issue, I was somewhat familiar with what was being said. This statement from Mr. Lander caught my eye and attention.

He said it would be: ‘less than $1 per $1,000‘. Less than is a BIG phrase in this context. How much less? A couple of cents, 25 cents, 50 cents or was he being cute and saying that it would be just around $1 per $1,000. Mr. Lander, as he should be, is no doubt a man of means and rich. I am glad for him. For me, $1 per $1,000 is not chump change, though we own one of the more modest houses in Alton.

I know it is not a requirement, but I was curious whether Mr. Lander owns property in Alton. I couldn’t find any, but I might not have looked properly. Plus, he doesn’t have to even live in Alton.

Per the database I don’t own any property either because the property ownership does not end with my last name. So, while I was on the database I checked on who else on the Board has real skin in the game. I, having been to his place, knew that Mr. Miller had a big stake. $1 per $1,000 adds up for Mr. Miller. So, I am glad that Steve is really taking a stand on this.

Yes, I know that there are many that don’t pay taxes. But, if you do pay Alton property taxes you may want to refresh your memory that the tax rate went up 4% last year.

Lakes Region (NH) Economy Booming Per Local Builders.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


The economy around here, i.e., Lakes Region, NH,
must be booming per what I heard from
three local builders yesterday.

No wonder it is Romney country. The folks around here, us being the exceptions, must be making so much money that their taxes must be through the roof. And there was poor me (with the emphasis on ‘poor’) thinking that folks around here, especially those in the building industry, were not doing that well. Silly me. What doesn’t add up, per what Bill Clinton would say is ‘arithmetic‘, is how come all these people thrash President Obama and what he has done to the economy WHEN they are doing so well — better than they have ever done from what I can see, and I have had a place up here since 1991.

I am still agitating to get Old Railway Semaphore signals in Alton Bay painted — per this post in early August 2012. I happened to meet the young lady in charge of this at Alton Central School (ACS) yesterday and she said that she intends to get some estimates for the painting job from local builders/painters. Since I know a few, I decided to push things along a bit by approaching them and telling them to submit bids. I personally met with two yesterday afternoon and spoke with the third by phone. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

They laughed at me. They basically said that they MIGHT be able to get around to providing an estimate this time NEXT YEAR! That is how busy they are. One of them, who specializes in constructing crème de la crème waterfront houses said he was fully booked for the next few years! And they say that we have had a downturn in construction. The other two, both well known local contractors, said they were booked well into June of 2013!

I am delighted for them. They were all very chuffed themselves. Couldn’t stop going on about how good life was. That is great. So how come people claim that things are bad under poor President Obama?

Very confusing. I am still trying to find people to submit estimates. So, if you are interested contact me or Alton Parks and Rec.