Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Tiverton Town Council determined its town clerk acted appropriately when dealing with recent charter violation complaints.
The Tiverton Town Council upheld the town clerk's actions in recent charter violation complaint during its meeting on Monday. In a hearing that lasted for nearly four hours, resident Justin Katz presented a case to the Charter Monitoring and Complaint Review Board - which is composed solely of Town Council members. Katz accused Town Clerk Nancy Mello of violating the town's charter in her handling of an October complaint that accused a School Department employee of displaying political paraphernalia on school property. In his complaint Katz claimed that Mello violated the town's charter because - in his opinion - she didn't have the authority to either dismiss or recommend a hearing to the Town Council for that original complaint. Mello …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tiverton 1st will hold a fundraiser at Sandywoods on Friday March 1 from 7-9 p.m. to help defray the costs of "Celebrate Tiverton!" events scheduled for this summer.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Tiverton Town Council upheld Town Clerk Nancy Mello's dismissal of a complaint filed by a resident against at school employee who had political pins on her desk.
The Tiverton Town Council took no action on a citizen complaint filed against a Fort Barton Elementary secretary who had political pins on her desk, upholding the town clerk's dismissal earlier this week. Town Clerk Nancy Mello conducted an investigation into an Oct. 29 complaint by resident Donna Cook that alleged that the positioning of three Tiverton 1st pins on the secretary's desk violated the Town Charter's restriction on using town resources or employes to influence voting contests. Mello ruled on Nov. 19 that the isolated incident did not violate the charter. When Mello visited the Fort Barton School to investigate the claim on Oct. 31, she found one of the Tiverton 1st pins on the secretary's desk, reportedly buried under papers…
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Tiverton Town Clerk dismissed a complaint leveled against a Fort Barton Elementary School secretary for having political paraphernalia on her desk.
After investigating claims that a Fort Barton School secretary was displaying political paraphernalia, the Tiverton Town Clerk dismissed the complaint last week. The complaint, levied by Hilton Street resident Donna Cook alleged that on Oct. 25, a Fort Barton Elementary School employee had three Tiverton 1st pins on a desk. "I was not happy to see a town school building being used to distribute campaign material from a [political action committee]," said Cook in her formal complaint. "There should be no campaign activity in our schools. The school department is in violation of the Tiverton Town Charter." Citing Sec. 1218 of the town charter that states no town employee shall attempt to influence the outcome of an election, Cook requested a…
Monday, November 5, 2012
A resident levied a complaint against a school employee after seeing pins purporting a local political organization on a desk in the building.
The Tiverton Town Clerk launched an investigation last week into a single claim that one of its elementary school secretaries displayed political pins on a desk in the building. Tiverton town employees and officers, including those in the school department, are expressly prohibited from influencing the outcome of voting contests through the distribution or publication of election materials, according to Sec. 1218 of the Tiverton Town Charter. This section was added during the last charter update in 2011. Hilton Road resident Donna Cook submitted a formal complaint to the clerk's office on Monday, Oct. 29 at 10:16 a.m. stating that she saw three Tiverton 1st pins displayed on the desk of a Fort Barton Elementary School secretary - what …
Tiverton First leader Brian Medeiros writes a letter to the editor.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tiverton 1st advocate Brian Medeiros writes a letter to the editor.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tiverton 1st-endorsed candidates write a letter to dispel misinformation about their views on the Financial Town Referendum.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
In recent days, there have been allegations made by Tiverton Citizens for Change (TCC) and candidates endorsed by this group that non-TCC-endorsed individuals are trying to over-turn the Financial Town Referendum (FTR). Such actions are, as purported, an attempt to undermine the will of the voters. For the record, we, the undersigned, are candidates for Tiverton Town Council (though not endorsed by the TCC) and in no way, shape or form has any of us ever made any statement or claim regarding eliminating the Financial Town Referendum (FTR). The voters put it in place and so it is. Let’s move on. This is really a non-issue in our opinion and a distraction from addressing the real issues facing Tiverton. It's a false rally cry meant to divide…
Tiverton 1st will hold a second candidate forum on Oct. 26.
Tiverton 1st, a recently formed community action group, will hold its second candidate forum of the season on Friday, Oct. 26 at Countryview Estates. Candidates will be given the opportunity to provide a brief introduction however, the majority of the evening will be dedicated to questions and answers. What specific issues or topics would you like to have your candidates address? Please forward your comments or suggestions to Tiverton1st@cox.net, or bring your questions with you on Oct. 26. We look forward to providing you with another opportunity to get to know the Tiverton 1st Candidates that you will be voting for this November. Refreshments will be served and this event is open to the public. Tiverton 1st - Tiverton Proud!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Linda Larsen, of Tiverton 1st, writes a letter to the editor.
Monday, October 22, 2012
To the Editor: When you think of the newly formed organization Tiverton 1st, the first thing that may come to mind is our recent presence in the local political arena. However, Tiverton 1st was formed to be much more than a political group. One of our major goals is to seek additional ways in which our organization and its members can build and support community efforts and promote volunteerism. While planning our initial fundraiser, one of our candidates suggested the idea of incorporating a food drive that same evening to benefit the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP). We sent out the request, along with our invitations, and we were amazed at the generosity of those that came forward. We were able to deliver over 100 canned …