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Mt. Hope Students Film Last BCWA Meeting

Article on last taping of BCWA meetings by Mt. Hope High School Team.


I wanted to update you on the Mt. Hope High School taping project of the BCWA meetings. Recently, we made our last taping.

We started this project last March and it was fully funded by me personally. The cost was $40 per meeting plus tapes and discs. As the project became more fine-tuned and had been totally integrated into the BCWA website with links to the meeting tapes for ratepayers to use, we approached the BCWA for reimbursement of this project. It was definitely an asset to them for transparency and public relations. Many directors also told me that they enjoyed being able to go back and look at the tape regarding various votes and discussions.

After a stormy meeting in August, reimbursement was approved by a 5-4 vote.  At that time we were told that the BCWA would be looking for another source to tape their meetings but we should continue until they let us know they had found a replacement. That was three months ago.

I don't feel it is fair to Mr. Latessa, the teacher who unselfishly gave of his time to co-ordinate this project, pick up and return the camera lent by Full Channel, edit and compress the tapes, put them onto disk for delivery to Full Channel and Cox, and upload them to our proprietory site (again, for a stipend of $40 a meeting), to keep him dangling with no closure.  We met and decided that last night would be our last taping and advised the board of our decision at the Nov. 28 meeting.

We were happy to get this project started and help the BCWA with transparency on their meetings. Unfortunately, I could not afford to fund it myself in perpetuity.

If you feel that the taping of these meetings is something that you feel should continue I would ask that you contact the BCWA and make that fact known to them. It has been three months since they advised us that they wished to "relieve us of the burden" of the taping and would make their own arrangements. I personally feel it is imperative that they not only be taped, but be taped by an outside source to maintain the integrity of the content.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Their next meeting is Dec. 12 at 5:15 p.m. It will be interesting to see if arrangements are made to have it taped. I will be out of the state that week, but hope that some concerned citizens will attend the meeting and let us know if it was recorded.

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Joe December 10, 2012 at 05:52 AM
But that would be logical Bob. Lets hope they see the light.
marina peterson December 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Just got back from out of town. I have heard that the BCWA is planning on hiring two more executives at $100,000 plus benefits. One will be a project manager (I thought this was in the job description of the Operations Manager) and one will be an MIS person. Guess their salary is built into the rate hike. I know that they are asking for the three towns to approve new legislation which re-allocates the 6.9 million that was for completing the Shad and other projects. I would sincerely hope that the three towns don't even consider approving this legislation until the legislation that Tony Teixiera's ad hoc committee worked so hard on last year is passed. This was the revisions to the BCWA Supply Act that covered terms of office of directors, mandatory bid process for legal and other services every three years, stipulates that both chairman AND vice-chairman are elected (and must be from separate towns), along with six or seven more vital revisions. This legislation somehow got "lost" on an attorney's desk and was never presented last June. When it surfaced this year it had NONE of the vital changes included, save for one minor one. In my opinion, this must be passed before any other legislation is added.
Bob Venice December 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Marina The BCWA wants to hire two more excecutive's at $100,000 apiece plus benifits. This company is a run away freigth train and no one is going to stop it. It just keeps going and going. It would be nice if it dropped $40 on the way.
marina peterson December 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
You're right Bob. I understand that Sue Andrade taped the last meeting. Someone needs to call BCWA and ask HOW you access this meeting on the web. That's the whole point... put it right on the web, with NO editing. We didn't edit out anything!! How they can justify two new executive's when they are acting merely as a distribution point is beyond me. It will be interesting to see how/if the public reacts!
Robert Cloutier September 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM
The BCWA and it's board members need to wake up. There was no need to hire Booth, he is Marchand's "FRIEND" and needed a job to pad his pension before he retires. An engineer to act as project manager is not needed, what does Marchand do as the BCWA engineer??? We need two high priced engineers???

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