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LIVE VIDEO STREAM: Bethel Board of Finance meeting

Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Time: 2:40 PM



Sorry for the problems with the stream but I was unable to get a stable 3G connection. Luckily, I recorded the video and I'll post the footage later today.

Tonight at 7:00 PM, I will be providing a live video stream of the much anticipated Bethel's board of Finance meeting.

For those who are unaware, accusations of obstruction is being directed towards BOF chairman Phillip Gallagher in regards to a plan to repair badly damaged roads in the town. This
recent News-Times letter to the editor from Bethel resident Steven Brill gives the details:
Bethel citizens who are fed up with the terrible condition of our local roads need to show up at the next Finance Committee meeting, which is Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

As folks may know, for the last few months the Board of Finance -- otherwise known in Bethel as the Board of Obstruction, has taken every opportunity to slow down, obstruct, destruct, confuse and consciously turn a deaf ear to the best interests and best plans of Bethel to deal with the terrible local road conditions.

Unanimously, the Board of Selectmen and other town officials have supported and promoted a plan that would revitalize virtually every road in Bethel. Throughout this process, the board of obstruction has said things like: The dead-end streets should stay the way they are and their taxpayers should just tough it out; or statements like: We can't afford it -- when the financial plan takes into account the lowest interest rates of modern times.

The plan put forward is extremely affordable, due to the low interest rates, some of which are well below 1 percent. The latest round of delays brings this plan, that was initially well received in June of last year, to the Nov. 9 meeting.

The chairman of the board of obstruction is telling the selectmen it will be brought up at that meeting, even though it is not even on the agenda. Are we in for another round of delays and obstruction? Can Geico save you 15 percent on your car insurance?

It's time for the obstructionists and political players to hear from the public! Playing politics with essentials such as roads is dangerous.

If past reporting on Bethel politics is any indication of things to come, tonight's meeting should be rather interesting.

The video stream will start aprox. around 6:50 PM and will be simulcasted on my piece of real estate over at the News-Times website.

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