Letter: Roof Leaking, Pipes Bursting, More Money

from Don C. Hayward of Bourne

Letter to the editor:

    The most recent example of what happens when government abdicates it's obligatory role as stewards of the taxpayer's dime, is the Veteran's Memorial Building shutdown.

    I suspect that most residents are well aware of the fact that this building has had a history of defective construction issues since day one. Lack of adequate insulation and/or poor plumbing practices along with overall poor quality construction practices are certainly ongoing issues with this building.

    Rather than provide any due diligence on why this public building constructed with public money continues it's journey toward being unusable, the official word is that ""other buildings" have suffered the same fate from temperature extremes. Really?

    Of those buildings mentioned by the executive of this town as exculpatory rationalization, how many suffer the same history as the Veteran's Memorial Building and how many were constructed with public money?

    Since the Veterans Memorial Building was constructed under the Home Rule Charter form of governance debacle, I suggest that the quality of construction of this building serves as a mirror image of the quality of the form of governance that the Home Rule Charter has provided the residents of Bourne since it's adoption.

    When the entirety of the governmental structure provides zero accountability as the Home Rule Charter does, assistants to the assistants just keep on multiplying with perfect cover for gross incompetence in both budgeting money and in any contracted construction projects oversight. 

    The uninhabitable Veterans Memorial Building 

​as of today​

provides the perfect mirror for the question why that will never be asked of people making six figures and responsible for my money and yours.

    Dump this cover for incompetence known as the Home Rule Charter before it bankrupts the town of Bourne.

                              Don C. Hayward

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