Letter: Driggs, Cook show no interest in ‘moving forward’

Posted 11/6/19

To the editor:

Wow. Was Nancy Driggs at the same meeting she wrote about? First off, as one of the people involved in the successful recall of Katz and Coulter, at no time did Tiverton …

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Letter: Driggs, Cook show no interest in ‘moving forward’

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To the editor:

Wow. Was Nancy Driggs at the same meeting she wrote about? First off, as one of the people involved in the successful recall of Katz and Coulter, at no time did Tiverton Independent PAC work with any outside union. To assume is as the old adage goes. Accusing Councilors Hilton and DeMedeiros of any wrongdoing relating to contract negotiations, especially when the town administrator and the labor lawyer are the chief negotiators, is nonsensical. But consider the source.

As to “gavel gate 2019”, I implore everyone to watch the meeting and see for themselves how out of control and out of order Ms. Cook was. As their own outgoing solicitor said at a recent meeting, a Town Council meeting is no place for accusations against each other. It is against Robert’s Rules of Order. Their behavior is not about “the people’s business” as they claim. Nancy and Donna don’t care about the people’s business rather it is about getting their way.

So what about the executive session minutes? I don’t believe anyone is opposed to releasing the mundane business that occurs in executive sessions, however there are indeed items that require confidentiality. The TTA uses the term “backroom deals” which is an excuse for them having no concept of what or why certain business, per law, goes to executive session. Because they are typically looked at as private sessions, there is currently no RI Law that gives guidance on what can and cannot be released. It certainly is distasteful that Nancy and her TTA decided to take it to the level of attacking the town clerk and essentially saying she has failed at her position. Why is it that they insist on attacking the well respected town clerk, at first over the recall, and now over this issue?

Instead of asking “what are they hiding?” how about the TTA comes clean on exactly what they are searching for? It appears their definition of “moving forward” and “everyone getting along” is to continue to dig up old information to use as an excuse for their agenda to be pushed. Moving forward is not organizing yet another recall as the TTA currently is. The TTA agenda seems to be do as I say not as I do.

If it is the truth you seek, the recorded meetings of record are where you will find it.

David J Paull

Tiverton

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