[Ed note: My Southborough accepts signed letters to the editor submitted by Southborough residents. Letters may be emailed to email@example.com. In this case, David Parry asked me to publish his open letter to the Police Chief (and copied to the State Offices of Inspector General and Attorney General) plus his attached document. I have linked the attachments at the bottom of the letter.]
Welcome aboard. I look forward to working with you.
I was previously a Selectman in the 1990’s, and have been on most other town committees in that past 40 years.
In terms of fighting corruption, I do have some qualifications:
I was previously Director of Programming.
Division of Capital Planning and Operations, State of Mass.
This agency, DCPO, was established by the State Legislature in 1982.
Its purpose was to combat corruption in State construction projects.
This resulted from the Ward Commission report, in 1980.
The report detailed numerous episodes of corruption in State projects
(eg state courts, prisons, offices, university campus buildings, etc).
The recommendations included a radical reform of the design and construction operations of the State.
You can search for: Ward Commission report, for more information.
I am including(as a component part of this letter), a two page description of the corruption on this project.
This handout was distributed to the Selectboard at a meeting on Dec 20, 2022.
Just as I expected, I was given only 3 minutes, no more, to present this complex matter.
So I came prepared, with a two page handout, describing it in more detail.
The Selectboard is not taking this matter seriously. Unfortunately, that is a fact.
At the Dec 20 meeting, they have brushed me off, just as they have repeatedly swept aside accusations from other residents.
Incredibly, later in the same meeting, Chair Kathy Cook had the gall to heap praise on the former DPW Superintendent, Karen Galligan, even though the Selectboard had recently refused to renew her employment contract because of deep unhappiness with Galligan’s performance. It is common knowledge throughout Town, because of the notoriety of several DPW cases, that the non-renewal of contract is really a polite way of being fired, for cause.
[Editor’s Note: I added a comment clarifying that Karen Galligan’s contract was renewed this summer.]*
This has placed Galligan is in an intentionally difficult position, preventing her from telling the truth about corruption. This is because she is utterly dependent on maintaining good relations with the Selectboard, and especially with the Town Administrator, Mark Purple, because she needs good letters of recommendation in order to get a new job.
Furthermore, Chief Newell, I bring to your attention a previous meeting, held during “Selectboard Office Hours” on Wednesday Dec 14, at Town Hall, with Chair Kathy Cook and Selectboard member Lisa Braccio. I was given about 20 to 30 minutes to describe a complex web of corruption in this town: This corruption includes:
1. Two cases of conflict of interest, with serious ethics violations.
2. Several instances of fraudulent lying and false claims about the need for a government project, to be funded by tax receipts, in an effort to cover up the conflicts of interest.
3. Illegal expenditure of state grant money on inelegible items, to such a notorious extent that the State has actually demanded return of the grant money, and our town has been banned from receiving any more state grants.
4. Deliberate efforts to conceal the wishes of the State Funding Agency, about the State’s preferred location of a pocket park to be built with State funds.
5. Deliberate efforts by the Town Administrator, Mark Purple, to obfuscate and make incredibly time-consuming, the discovery of official documents (particularly their Attachments) concerning his participation in this project, which has been even deeper than the DPW..(Ironically — and conveniently for him, at his urging some years ago — this Town of Southborough is almost UNIQUE in placing the Town Administrator in charge of Official Documents. Normally that function is handled by the Town Clerk’s Office).
That is a very brief summary of the hidden scandals of this project.
I think it would be helpful for you, Chief Newell, to start your understanding of the complex corruption as follows — start by reading two new articles that were published on Dec 20, 2022, in MySouthborough, the local blog. Search under MySouthborough.com, for these terms:
“St Marks Road Project”
On Dec 20, there was one letter is from Michael Weishan, headlined “Corruption”.
That is followed by a comment from me, David Parry.
That is followed by another comment from another person.
I am sure there will be many more, new comments from other residents to follow.
You will begin to understand the growing fury which the residents of this town have for this scandalous behavior of our officials.
I can imagine that this project and its scandals may be a surprise to you, but it has been simmering here, for three years, with deep anger.
Two Town Meetings have resoundingly defeated this project by overwhelming margins.
Yet it continues to be rammed ahead by certain Town Officials, for unclear reasons.
Very few want this project. Nobody needs it.
This town should NEVER have offered a “free” parking lot to St Marks School.
But to do so with false, fake “justification of need” makes it worse.
St Marks School did not ask for this project, and now they are embarrassed to learn of the seamy underbelly.
Why they haven’t withdrawn already, is a mystery.
They could certainly avoid the coming wrath of Town Meeting, if they pulled the plug now.
Town Meeting is scheduled for March 24, for a vote on a “land swap”.
This has ZERO chance of being approved.
It has already been slammed shut twice, by overwhelming margins.
Yet our Selectboard, for some reason, continues to ram it through. Why?
This project should never have been started, and it was corrupted from the very start. See the Handout.
Now there is a cover-up going on, to cover the initial misdeeds.
Yet our Selectboard is doing absolutely nothing about — SO FAR.
Chief Newell, please read and study the 2 pages below, which summarize the corruption.
The material in these two pages come from many different sources.
I have taken a great deal of trouble to carefully edit the pages for accuracy.
Please read, study and think — about what you can do, how, and whose help you will need, because it is obvious you are going to be caught in a political and administrative nightmare. Because the Selectboard is your boss, and they are now involved in the corruption and cover up.
Then call me. I will fill you in on more details. My Telephone number is below.
And there is one other very serious, past matter, that I also want to examine with you, in depth — a matter of denial of Constitutional Rights, which I want to brief you on, so that you can take appropriate action. I have already reviewed this matter with the Attorney General’s Office, as a preliminary step. The next step requires you participation and research. More on that later … the priority issue right now is the corruption on the St Marks Road project.
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*Updated (9/29/22 12:25 pm): As I noted above and clarify in the comments, Mr. Parry’s statement than Ms. Galligan’s contract was not renewed is inaccurate.