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Sally Bouchard

Who Gets the Money in Millinocket
By Sally Bouchard
Dec 9, 2005 - 2:45:00 PM

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At last nightís town meeting, it was brought up that the lawsuit against the town cost the taxpayers five thousand dollars.

It was not brought up that the reason the suit was filed was that the majority of the council voted to ignore a vote by the people to cap Magic at twenty-five thousand.

After two referendums and an opinion by the MMA that the petition was invalid, a suit was filed to stop the council from giving Magic 80 thousand dollar in this years budget.

Magic was formed by three people; an ex president of Bowater, who retired before the bankruptcy; a member of the town council and a town attorney.

With three members of the council on the board of Magic, giving money to Magic or to people who were friends of Magic was not hard.

A fifteen thousand dollar loan to a group to form a new paper; the editor of that paper had her father on the town council and who is also a member of the board of Magic. No collateral was asked for.

Said paper is very pro Magic and now that it is the only paper in the area, any news or questions about Magic that isnít for Magic will not be asked or reported in that paper. Bias in the press is here in Millinocket.

Fifty thousand dollars to fix an elevator in a building that Magic was leasing, without any accountability. Many of the citizens of Millinocket did not want to spend money on a building that was leased but the council voted against the people.

How many people renting will spend that kind of money on the building they are leasing, Magic would, and if they hadnít been asked to move and the money was spent on the elevator before they had moved, Millinocket would of been stuck for fifty thousand dollars.

Thirty thousand on a community or cultural center that is a LLC. Said cultural center was going to give the town museum a space to show items at the cost to the museum of 600 dollars a month rent. The council votes to give 30 thousand dollars and, since the museum doesnít have the money to pay 600 dollars a month rent, would the town end up paying said rent? The director of cultural center is also a friend of the Magic bloc.

Five thousand dollars for the town attorney, who was also a founding member of Magic; he did resign from his position on Magic's executive board but he remains a member of Magic, and also is pro Magic. The town council should itemize his bill but Millinocket used to pay the town attorney for attending the meetings in case someone wanted to ask him a question; that was very easy money for that attorney as not too many questions were asked of him.

Millinocket needs a new town attorney without any ties to Magic. The town should have a workshop to go over the town charter and make any changes that are needed, and the people should have a voice in these changes.

The men that ran Tammany Hall would of liked Millinocket. Give money to your cronies, with no questions asked. The question is: would the town attorney have called Teddy Roosevelt a kook for going after the men of Tammany Hall? As police commissioner of New York, Teddy did go after Tammany Hall and was called many names and some people did think he was a kook.

Millinocket needs a Teddy Roosevelt.

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