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April 3, 2013

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Mismanaged

I cannot for the life of me understand why almost every process in Methuen seems to be managed by The Three Stooges. We have a police chief who has held us hostage for his ransom for doing a poor job. We have an at-best flawed process for selecting a new solicitor and basically no reason for not keeping the current solicitor. Every time Methuen starts a process, everyone can be assured of a good time. Lots of laughs and no end in sight. What in the world is going on? Do we have a bunch of buffoons running our city? Methinks so.

Paying online

In Methuen, we are encouraged to pay our real estate tax, excise tax, and water bills online instead of by mail or in person. But now they are charging 25 cents for each transaction done online. I see that Haverhill is now offering the same service for free! Methuen should change their online payment vendor so that we will not have to pay the fee.

Faulty hydrants

Once again the City of Lawrence showed how inept it is by not checking and investigating the hydrants that need repair. Our fire chief told the DPW and our mayor three years ago about the problem and nothing was done about it. Now after a fire that destroyed three homes, of which one or two could have been saved, they will look into it. Shame on all of you for not doing your part from the DPW to our city councilors and our mayor. You are all an embarrassment to the city. It’s time for the people of Lawrence to unite an not re-elect the ones who want to be re-elected. We need to clean our house. I hope this is a lesson to our lackadaisical councilors to wake up and do your job!

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