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Bill Boland is taking credit for things he did not do! At the recent Candidates Night Forum sponsored by the Southborough Public Library Trustees and in a campaign flier that he has been distributing to Southborough Town residents he touted his “accomplishments” as selectman. Unfortunately, Mr. Boland accepted credit for things he did not do.
More Specifically I would like to point out:
Mr. Boland says he “worked with Private Schools to secure almost $400,000.00 in donations for the ($1,1million) Fire Truck” that a Southborough Special Town Meeting approved in September 2009.
FACT: Mr. Boland is not responsible for the Town obtaining a badly needed Fire Ladder Truck. For many months prior to town meeting he openly opposed the purchase of the truck, discouraged the private schools donating to the truck (telling them it is unacceptable to specify when they wanted to contribute and that he and the BOS expected donations to made to the general fund where he could determine the distribution). He also discouraged the efforts of the two committees (I sat on both and chaired one) The Ladder Truck Committee whose purpose was to study the needs of the community and present them to the Board of Selectman (Mr. Sal Girolandio sat on this committee as BOS representative) and The Fire Ball Committee (I formed with an amazing group of Southborough residents and I could not have had the event without them) whose purpose was to create awareness of our community’s needs and have a fund raiser to bring the community together in support of this new apparatus.
Mr. Boland told the Ladder Truck Committee that we were not to make any presentations to the Private donors. Yet, we were asked by the donors to make the presentation and did so anyway. This helped one of the private donors choose to make a full commitment to the truck. It was not Mr. Boland’s efforts. As for the Fire Ball he never supported the event and only went to save face under the pressure of the community rallying and committing to the event. We had over 350 people attend including the State Representatives and we raised over $95k and donated over $80K to the truck once expenses were paid out.
I am sharing this information because I am tired of watching someone try to take credit for something they never supported and I will not sit back and watch him take claim for something he was determined to get tabled. He even removed the warrant article from the original town meeting and in a public selectman meeting blamed me personally for one of the private schools changing their donations from the general town fund to specify the Ladder Truck Fund (BTW they increased what they had currently been committing to the community by 4 times the amount).
SO Mr. Boland I would appreciate you not taking claim anymore for this project. There are many other deserving town residents (and a few others from out of town) who spent countless hours on devoting their time to helping our community, I being one of them.
Update 9:15 pm: It was brought to my attention that Rebecca Waterfall is Leo Bartolini Jr’s campaign manager. Bartolini is running against incumbent Bill Boland for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. I’m sharing that information here in the interest of transparency.