Saturday, March 31, 2012

We Don’t Need No Stinking Rules

Ken O’Brien

As we are all well aware, the town manager has appointed former Southbridge Evening News Editor Walter Bird as Director of the town’s Recreation Committee.

It was formally announced in the Southbridge Evening News of February 16, 2012.

The O’Zone had reported that this appointment was in the offing on two occasions prior to the official announcement.

In both of those articles I raised the question why this appointment could be made when the current town bylaws read as follows: 

Section 3-215 Recreation Committee

However, I was somewhat confused by this.

I seemed to remember that Mr. Bird had previously been appointed to this position.

I also seemed to remember that he had to resign the position after he moved to Brimfield because the bylaws provided that one had to be a town resident to hold that position.

After a lengthy search of my files, I came up with this:

This raises a number of questions.

When was the bylaw changed?

If the town manager had to accept Mr. Bird’s resignation in the past because he was not a town resident, why is it okay now?

I really think that there are some serious questions that have to be asked --- and answered.


  1. It's unfathomable that this has not been formally addressed. Also, it is questionable that Clark says he can't serve because he no longer lives in town, but it was fine for him to serve in an interim capacity... So it is ok for carpetbaggers to serve the town, albeit interim. What is Clark's infatuation with this guy?

    If there is no record of the bylaw being changed then I would ask if there has not been a criminal conspiracy not only by the town manager but also the town clerk who is responsible for the accurate keeping of those records. I think that this calls for a criminal investigation by the district attorney and maybe the state attorney general. This seems to be the smoking gun for a serious investigation.

    1. The DA and AG care less about their activity than the average person living in town. That's the sad part.

  3. aka Jester

    "One flew east, one flew west,
    One flew over the cuckoo's nest.
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

    (Children's folk rhyme, quoted in front pages of novel,
    from which it gets its title).

    Perhaps the little "Birdie", while flying over the Cuckoo's Nest, either heard, saw or read something it shouldn't have.


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