Comments for: Veazie trustee quits at emergency meeting concerning resignations

Posted Nov. 08, 2012, at 10:15 p.m.

VEAZIE | Maybe there’s something in the water. An emergency meeting of the Veazie Sewer District board of trustees called to address a personnel shortage in the wake of two staff resignations resulted in the abrupt resignation of one of the three trustees Thursday night. “Right now, I don’t …

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  • Anonymous

    Sounds like quite a cesspool. I’m surprised Bangor hasn’t offered to take it over> Bangor already does their Assessing and routinely provdes fire and police back up.

    • Anonymous

      Bangor provides assessing services but does not routinely provide fire or police back up.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Mr. Parker is the man with the plan. He wanted to keep expenses low so the citizens of Veazie didn’t have an increase. I think I like this guy.

    • Anonymous

       According to the website, there is a rate increase being planned for January 1. Mr. Parker even said that employees “may be replaced by someone that is more expensive.” That doesn’t sound like my kind of plan.

      • Anonymous

         Do you think Parker has some friends who need work? Guess the cost wouldn’t matter then.

  • Anonymous

    So if the Sewer District has been in financial trouble for the last 4-5 years why was the previous superintendent given raises during that time then?  Something does not smell right in Veazie.

  • Anonymous

    Operating expenses increasing and Parker refuses to look at revenue increases to offset them.  People leaving because they can’t make it run with the limited revenue.  So now they hire an outside engineering firm for even more money.  What’s Parker’s connection to the engineers?  Or is he just pennywise and pound foolish?  Either way the people served by the sewer  should think about replacing him.

    • Anonymous

      They have looked at revenue but if the salaries had not risen so high the district would not be in this position.  You can not excpect a rate payer to pay higher then neccesary in order to pad the pockects of the district employees.  It is reported by Tomilson that conctracted services will save well over $100k which will help to keep the rates down.  Since 2002 the only operating cost that has significantly  risen is payroll.

      • Anonymous

        “It is reported by Tomilson that conctracted services will save well over $100k”

        This is great news! The last BDN article reported that the sewer district budget was $50k higher than its revenue. Since these changes will save “well over $100k,” that will result in a surplus of “well over” $50k. Not only should there NOT be a rate increase for several years, the trustees should actually be looking at a rate reduction.

      • Anonymous

        “Since 2002 the only operating cost that has significantly risen is payroll. ”

         It would be interesting to know how you know this. I have checked the website and I found no budgets or audits. And from what I have heard, Freedom of Access Act requests are not being fulfilled. Does this comment mean that they are fulfilling some requests but not others?

  • Anonymous

    Actually according to Chairman Tomilson contracted services should be cheaper in the long run.  Woodard and Curran are the ones being contracted and they say they can do it with one and a half employees and since they designed the upgrade a few years ago they should know.  And I believe they are a competetor of Parkers former company in which he has sold and retired from. 

    • Anonymous

      “Actually according to Chairman Tomilson contracted services should be
      cheaper in the long run.  Woodard and Curran are the ones being
      contracted and they say they can do it with one and a half employees…”

       How do you know this? None of this was discussed publicly, including the cost of the contracted services. Mr. Parker said the plant could “run efficiently with a staff of 1½ employees,” but it does not say that the information came from Woodard and Curran. This comment seems to be more evidence of what should be public business being conducted behind closed doors.

      “…and since they designed the upgrade a few years ago they should know. 
      And I believe they are a competetor of Parkers former company in which
      he has sold and retired from.”

      Check with CES on these. They might be a little upset to find out that their Senior Advisor is no longer affiliated with them, and that they are not getting credit for the upgrade they — not Woodard and Curran — designed.

    • Anonymous

       I hear that Woodard & Curran are not offering any bargain. Oddly they would not disclose the actual contract amount to the public. More people should ask for the info since Mr. Parker was calling for transparency before his election.

      • Looking Out

         I thought contracts were public information?

  • Anonymous

    When 3 employees of long standing and one trustee of 9 years resigns, then you know something smells at the Veazie Sewer District other than the end product.
    Mr. Parker and Mr. Tomilson are mismanaging the district by their misguided approach. Veazie residents should take notice in what is happening. 
    This is more than about an increase in rates which is going to happen under Mr. Tomilson and Mr. Parker anyhow, it is about their desire for control.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, the smell was the ones that did us all a favor & quit or retired—they ran the well dry.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I can understand the frustration, if this is the same James Parker who was defeated for the legislature; after hearing James Parker state that he didn’t agree with the “clean election”law, and he would vote against it next time, but he was participating in it this election, it seemed for sure that he would lose this time!
    What a strange set of “beliefs.”

  • jeff williams

    Those 2 fools need to go.  Their families are despised by every member of the community and eevryone is sick of them.  Resign and let the town start over. 

    • Anonymous

      You cant be refering to Parker & Tomilson since they are verywell respected in this town—good people, smart businessmen & very well respected families..

      • Anonymous

        Parker is so well respected that even his own town didn’t vote for him in the election…

    • Anonymous

       Now that the townspeople voted to withdraw from the RSU, watch what happens when Tomilson uses his tea party budget ax on the school. We will see then how “well respected” he is. I think we have already heard from the people about Parker who got kicked to the curb by voters this week – including in Veazie.

  • Anonymous

    The Veazie Sewer District will be experimenting with the first Drone operated sewer system since they don’t have any employees.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, now that the same ones who had a positive balance three yrs ago (but a large amout I will add) and now have a negative balance are gone, maybe the VZ Sewer District can be run correctly–finally they have some smart business individuals (Mr Tomilson, Mr. Parker) vs the ones who ran the well dry–Bye Bye, Brooks, Brown & Olson…maybe now we shall reap your benefits.

  • Anonymous

    Guess we should just rename the town Tomilson Parker.

  • Anonymous

    Guess we should just change the towns name to Tomilson Parker:(

  • Anonymous

    Guess we should just rename the town Tomilson Parker:(

  • Looking Out

    My question is: Why is Mr. Parker talking to the news instead of the Chair? Is it because Mr. Parker has so much more free time because the whales are not swimming and he is no longer wanted in Augusta, or is it because Mr. Parker is controlling the Chair?

    • Anonymous

       Parker has an agenda, as always. Maybe Veazie should kick him off the sewer district like the voters in District 18 did in the election. I think people have his number.

  • Milbridge Mama

     I heard that upgrade that was done by CES cost $1.7 million dollars. I also heard it won’t take long for Woodard & Curran to run up a bill that big either.  One has to wonder why everyone at the sewer district has resigned.  Sounds like Parker and Tomilson have an agenda. Could it be that this was the goal all along? Maybe they aren’t as concerned with saving money for the district as they are with taking control! Why was it that they would not let the third trustee add to the agenda on the November 8th meeting? Channel 5 showed it on the news.  Do they have something to hide?  Shouldn’t one of the trustees be able to add to the agenda?  What is going on with the sewer district? 

  • Milbridge Mama

    Well respected where?  Not in Milbridge.  And apparently not in his legislative district either!

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