Thursday, June 14, 2018

True Mission Of CNN Exposed

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DISCUSSION by Larry Fillmore

During the June 5, 2018 Town Council meeting, there was a discussion on MUNIS. MUNIS is the computer software used by the town to control the majority of its business. This software package cost the taxpayers $680,000.00 for a period of 7 years.

Apparently, the town was sold a bill of goods because it is not working out the way it was advertised. This is not surprising to me, because I remember the initial discussion about getting rid of TRIO. The Town Manager made two mistakes with this purchase:

The first mistake was taking advise from someone who had absolutely no credentials or certifications in the Information Technology field. She never thought to professional advice first.

The second mistake is pushing the Town Council into entering into a 7 year contract without first having the software installed and seeing how it would work for the town.

This is yet another example of the Town Manager duping the Town Council into getting her way. On June 5th at the meeting, she did it again and no one realized it. Instead of providing all the options and information, she left off a very important fact, “What is the cost of termination this contract?” To me and the Council because they asked, this information would be critical to making a sound decision but neither the Finance Director nor the Town Manager had that information. This is how she has always manipulated the Town Council.

The Town Council voted to spend $5,000.00 tax dollars on an assessment verses terminating this contract and going with another software package. Having the information on the penalty to terminate the contract early may have had an impact on the decision by the Town Council.

Chairman Ward should have tabled any further discussion until the Town Manager was able to provide ALL information needed for the Council to make a sound and logical decision. It should be a rule that if all the information is not available at the time of the discussion, the item will be tabled until all information is available to the Council. Information needed to make decisions by the Town Council is conveniently not available. This is how our Town Council is being forced to make decisions that the Town Manager wants.

The Town Manager is being paid over $90,000.00 yearly and should be providing better recommendations to our Town Council.

Larry Fillmore

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Letter from Lisbon resident: GENERAL ASSISTANCE IN LISBON


At the Lisbon Town Office, there is a door with the wording "General Assistance".This morning, needing to contact someone at General Assistance, I went to the town's website, clicked on "Departments", looking for the phone number so I could leave a message. I clicked on "Departments". No General Assistance listed under Departments. I went to Boards and Committees", no General Assistance listed there either.

I then called the Town Clerk's office asked how to find General Assistance.No one there knew that General Assistance was not listed under Departments. I was told that General Assistance could be found under the Department of Community Development. I tried that, and guess what? General Assistance is not listed there either!!!!!.

My question is; how does anyone in town, needing General Assistance, contact General Assistance?

General Assistance in Lisbon is a part-time, part-time position.
I asked Town Manager, Diane Barnes, why we do not have at least a part-time person in General Assistance? She said that the only time anyone is in need of general assistance is in the winter.
This from a person making $95,000+ per year plus benefits.

Judy Goddard, the Town of Lisbon's General Assistance director also works for the town of Brunswick. She also works for the City of Bath. Is it any wonder she is not available for the citizens of the Town of Lisbon?

Our Town Council and Town Manager recently hired 2 additional police officers. They also approved a full-time position, part-time for the front counter, part-time for the Finance Department.
But they do not see any need to help those in town most in need of assistance.

Perhaps it is time to stop wasting money on someone not available for assistance and hire an in-house part-time person to assist those in need any time of the year.


A Lisbon Concerned Citizen

Editors note from Larry Fillmore: 
  According to the latest proposed budget, under General Assistance 05-500 there is a line item 5211 Cell Phone which has a proposed budget of $363.00.  If this is the case, why is the cell phone NOT listed on the town web site.  When is the Town Council going to force the Town Manager to do her job? 



Monday, June 11, 2018

The Lisbon Reporter: RESIDENT IGNORED BY LISBON TOWN COUNCIL

The Lisbon Reporter: RESIDENT IGNORED BY LISBON TOWN COUNCIL:   After reviewing the Town Council meeting of June 5, 2018, I remembered why I no longer attend the Town Council meetings.   For years, I ...