INCOMPETENCE IN GOVERNMENT – PART 1
It is amazing that the Town Manager and the Town Council are working extremely hard to increase the operating cost of the town. This is why our taxes continue to go up.
The Town Manager and the four members (Ward, Brunelle, Crafts and Albert) of the Town Council refuse to try and lower the operating cost of the town. These individuals are devising ways to increase spending instead of looking for ways to lower our taxes.
There are so many examples of this it is not funny. The first example is the Lisbon Communication Center. These people had a chance to save every year approximately $200,000.00 tax dollars a YEAR and did not. Another example is we have a Department Head who has NO credentials. He also has NO managerial skills or common sense. I am talking about E. Ryan Leighton our Public Works Director and Superintendent of Sewer.
There are so many examples of how very incompetent he truly is but I will so in a three part explanation. The first one is his excessive spending and how the taxpayers are force to pay for his lack training.
Remember when he had to have a 4-ton Asphalt Reclaimer (Hot Box). So the taxpayers purchased the equipment so that the town could improve our roads. How is that worked out for us? Our roads are a total disaster including the access way at the Public Works Garage. I do not remember having these kinds of problems when Button Beale was in charge of Public Works.
Another example is the chipper we purchased. During the last Town Council meeting the Town Council voted to approve a contract for an outside company to come in and do the trimming and chipping. The reason give is the volume was too much for Public Works to do and Public Works did not have the manpower to do it themselves. Why did we purchase it if we did not have the manpower? The same as the “Hot Box” required a Class A license and Public Works does not have enough Class A licensed individuals to operate the Hot Box”.
These are just two pieces of equipment sitting in the Public Works garage area the taxpayers purchased that are not being utilized as needed because Mr. Leighton has no managerial skills.
Also, since the Town Manager, Diane Barnes, arrived she has been covering for him. She encourages him to purchase more equipment and supports him with the Council. Mrs. Barnes has absolutely no desire to make Mr. Leighton get training or stop him from wasting our tax dollars.