Monday, December 10, 2012

Renewable energy tax breaks bylaw passes

On Dec. 6th 2012, Article 12 was approved at town meeting. One amendment passed before the final vote. In order to qualify for any tax breaks/relief, the project will need a simple majority approval from town meeting. As originally written, the bylaw required two thirds majority.

We consider this to be a victory for the residents/taxpayers of Carver.

Here is the transcript from my speech at town meeting, in support of this bylaw:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Carver welcomes array, with propaganda

It appears that some of the folks working at the Town Hall in Carver, Massachusetts are committed to making Carver into "the solar capital of New England". I'm going to demonstrate how they have used propaganda to help move this effort forward. 






Friday, November 2, 2012

Renewable Energy "Tax Breaks" Bylaw

A group of Carver residents worked together at the grass roots level, and designed a bylaw concerning tax breaks for large renewable energy projects. Phil, of the Watchdogs of Carver, was part of that effort.

This bylaw is not "for" or "against" renewable energy, it only ensures that residents will get a fair shot at deciding if a project deserves a local tax break from Carver. This won't give residents the power to decide which renewable energy projects can be built in town, as it only deals with the tax breaks.

Our bylaw (called Article 12) will require that project proponents get two thirds approval from town meeting, in order to qualify for any local tax breaks. Right now Town Hall could make that decision (and has), and we want the people to have this power. After all, it's much easier to convince 3 or 4 people at Town Hall that a project is good for the town, than to convince two thirds (or more) of the residents at Town Meeting. Who better to decide what tax rate is fair for the town, than the residents/taxpayers?

We need you to come out to town meeting on Dec 6th 2012, and vote YES for ARTICLE 12. We were able to get close to 200 signatures from Carver residents, in less than a week. We got residents from all sides of the political spectrum to join us, because this effort is non partisan.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ribbon cutting ceremony for rt 44 array


PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATES CARVER ARRA-FUNDED SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION

“We’re proud to help communities like Carver find ways to increase renewable energy generation and decrease energy costs,” said Commissioner Sylvia. “Investing in projects like this will bring us closer to our aggressive renewable energy goals and create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for the Commonwealth.”

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The Watchdogs of Carver will be reporting soon with more details on this solar array.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Crony Capitalism in Health Care

Health law benefits some Massachusetts hospitals, penalizes others
08/15/2012 7:35 AM
By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff
Steward Health Care System, which ­includes struggling Carney Hospital, will not qualify for millions of dollars in special payments under the new Massachusetts health care law

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I wonder why Steward is being treated differently by our government, than the other hospitals, even though they treat a high percentage of poor?
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Steward Health Care faces labor board complaint
Posted Jan 06, 2012 @ 12:14 AM
Taunton —
The parent company of Taunton’s Morton Hospital will face a hearing next month before the National Labor Relations Board — on charges that it fired a nurse at another hospital last summer in retaliation for her having organized a union drive.

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Birds of a feather, they protect the unions together. Always putting special interests before basic fairness.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The rt 44 Solar Project

 We have received updated information on the rt. 44 solar project recently, via a request for public information. We aren't here to break any news but can report that the 1st $75k of stimulus funds (from the ARRA) that we have documentation for at this time, we believe this money was spent responsibly. And the project is said to have started construction and is moving forward. This project involved 300+ solar panels to be places along the side of rt 44 in Carver.


 We can also report that after our first review, it appears that all hardware is made in the USA, a key requirement for the ARRA projects. 

 So from all that we know at this time, we approve of the project. The key factor will be the PPA, and if it will save us money over the long term, or if the computer model it might be based on will not work out.

Hopefully the town will be making all information related to this project available online to the public. And we would expect to see some reports in the local papers on this project soon. Stay tuned.

As always, sunlight is the best disinfectent.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Carver election day 2012

The Watchdogs of Carver are proud to support the following candidates in todays town election

Board of Selectmen: Helen Marrone & John Cotter

Planning Board: Ed James

School Committee: James O'Brien

We won't vote for any incumbents (this year), or people running unopposed. Here is why:

We don't mind subsidizing the farmers. But in 2011 everything changed. I guess the insiders think that not only should we continue to subsidize all farms, but now we should also just sit back and keep quiet, and let the farmers put solar farms wherever they feel like putting them. Including in your back yard.

Clearly certain boards in this town have been taken over by these special interests, and some of them no longer work for everybody in town, especially the taxpayers. The ones who don't get any tax breaks.

It's time for some spring cleaning at Town Hall. It's time to hit the reset button. Our government needs to start working for all of the town again, and not only for the special interests.

Please consider voting for our candidates. Together we "Hope" for "Change"! Together we can take an important first step today, in getting the town working on behalf of all residents of town again.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Green jobs are magical

It's gotta be magic!







How else do you explain that the state of Massachusetts went from having 11,000 green jobs, to 64,000 green jobs, all within 11 months? In 2011,less than 10,000 jobs were created in the entire state!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cape Wind & NStar, it's "Legalized extortion"

This is how the BGM (big green mafia) works. The BGM is the coalition between politicians (usually democrats), & ENGO's like the CLF. They are usually fighting for things that hurt the middle class taxpayers, and destroy jobs. Adding billions of dollars in extra energy costs via extortion, these additional costs get passed down to local businesses and consumers, which destroys jobs.


Nowhere will you find a better example of this than with the Cape Wind scam. Gov. Deval Patrick has acted as a radical occult member while pushing his expensive green agenda. As if he is on a mission to save the planet, and the residents of Massachusetts are going to be footing the bill.



Here are some key quotes concerning Patrick's extortion of NStar on the Cape Wind scam, and links to the articles they come from.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Solar Bylaw protects local farmland

On Feb 27th 2012 at 7pm (at the Carver Middle High School), we have an opportunity to vote for a residents' solar bylaw that protects the unique farmland of Carver. I believe that it's important to protect local farmland, because if we don't, who will? 

Worth Protecting? Heck yes!

It seems that some elected officials at Town Hall don't want to protect our bogs. Of the two solar projects that have successfully completed the Carver Planning board’s site plan review process, one would be sited on land permitted as a cranberry bog, the other on an active cranberry bog. Both of these solar arrays would be larger than 1 acre.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Raise a toast

On Feb 4th, the Watchdogs of Carver wrote a letter exposing several laws that were broken with the 0 Wade Street purchase and sale agreement.

Three days later, we find out (via the Carver Reporter) that AD Makepeace has allegedly pulled out of what was probably the best deal they've ever signed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The 0 Wade Street fiasco

In our opinion, here are some of the mistakes made by Carver, with the 0 Wade Street property. 


1.) Improper use of Carver Redevelopment Authority. According to Article 40 of the 2006 Carver Town Meeting, the Redevelopment Authority was established to handle the following situations:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Giving it away

A 6.32-acre lot was taken a few years ago on back taxes.  The (Carver Redevelopment) Authority started talking with the A.D. Makepeace Company in August about purchasing the land. After a price dispute, both parties agreed on $19,000 for the parcel and signed a purchase and sale agreement in October 2011.


To be of use to Makepeace, the designation on the land would have to be changed from recreational to agricultural. A hearing before the planning board is scheduled for Feb 7th 2012


If this happens, the value of the land could increase significantly depending on the value of the resources on this lot. The Redevelopment Authority knew all along what AD Makepeace has planned for this lot (sand and gravel mining). The sale price of $19,000 is an insult to the residents of Carver. The Planning Board needs to do the right thing on Feb 7th and vote no! Otherwise they are practically giving this 6+ acres away.


This lot is surrounded by cranberry bogs, homes, and a golf course. AD Makepeace is making out like bandits here. Why?

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Drain kept a rolling...

And the "economic drain" has just gained momentum in Carver.

As reported in the Carver Reporter:

During its Dec 27 meeting, the Board of Selectmen approved Entero Energy’s contract for the Paduch bog solar array

According to the Executive Summary of MA Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020

the economic drain represented by Massachusetts dollars flowing out of the state for energy resources is significant

How will sending our energy dollars to Entero Energy (based in Texas) help to reach the goal of reducing this economic drain out of MA?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sites best suited for clean energy projects

Common sense as well as the real energy experts agree, agricultural land is not considered within the category of  "sites best suited for clean energy projects". In addition to not being located in a properly zoned site, there are several other reasons to oppose the Paduch Bog Solar Array in Carver.

According to The Commonwealth's Sustainable Development Principles, the town of Carver has failed to uphold Principle #4 in approving this project. The Paduch Bog project involves solar panels to be built on top of a cranberry bog, located in an agricultural zone.

Principle #4: Protect Land and Ecosystems- Protect and restore environmentally sensitive lands, natural resources, agricultural lands, critical habitats, wetlands and water resources, and cultural and historic landscapes.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Paduch bog solar array has been approved

The Watchdogs of Carver believe that we should do all that we can to help protect local wetlands and cranberry bogs. We support fiscally responsible renewable energy projects, but only those in properly zoned locations, and sites recommended for renewable energy projects (by the state). The town boards should be using better discretion, they should represent the rights of all of the residents of Carver, not just the insiders and bog owners.

This particular project was approved on Dec 27th, 2011 and involves a large solar installation which will be built on top of a cranberry bog. The land is owned by Mike Paduch. There is an elected official in the town of Carver named Michael Paduch. As a member of the Board of Assessors, he has an obvious insider connection to Town Hall, and inside access to the various town boards.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kingston gets it

The need for transparency for renewable energy projects. Kingston gets it. Carver? Not so much.
There are many good reasons to support renewable energy projects locally. Private projects in the proper locations are often a "no brainer". As always, special over-site should be provided for projects when grants, or long term power purchase agreements are involved. Many renewable energy projects are private-public partnerships. The more sunlight and public access to the project details, the better.
Whether or not you support the wind turbines that were recently installed in Kingston, there is no doubt if the town has provided the necessary sunlight to the projects. The Town of Kingston provides a publicly available and simple web based document library:
the Kingston Wind Turbine Project