Sandra Burgess (left) Vince O'Connor, Mary Wentworth (right) at 2/20/15 Hearing
Forever activists Vince O'Connor and Mary Wentworth used the Select Board Monday night Public Comment period to air their complaint about a challenge they filed with the Town Clerk last year concerning problematic signatures on Phoebe Hazzard's School Committee nomination papers.
Town Clerk Sandra Burgess ruled the complaint was filed a half hour after the deadline, and after two hearings the Board of Registrars agreed, thus dismissing the case.
But in researching deadlines for the Charter revision question which has now made the ballot the Town Clerk discovered she had erred and the deadline was not 48 hours after the Town Clerk's deadline for accepting nomination papers but a full two weeks later after the Board of Registrars had certified them.
This was back in late September early October, soon after Town Manager John Musante suddenly passed away.
After informing Interim Town Manager Dave Ziomek and Select Board Chair Alisa Brewer and discovering there is no provision in state law that covers this, she informed Mr. O'Connor of her mistake. And Vince appeared to take it well.
Mary Wentworth & Vince O'Connor at the 1/11/16 Select Board meeting
But now, two months later, he appeared with Ms. Wentworth at the Select Board meeting to complain about it. Ms. Wentworth was a tad confused saying it was the State Ethics Division who had ruled there was a violation, but that is not the case.
The mistake was discovered by the person who made the mistake and she owned up to it. Now Mr. O'Connor and Ms. Wentworth want a public apology.
Considering what the School Committee will be deciding next week, Phoebe Hazzard probably wishes their challenge last year was successful.