Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Spataro Apparently Reveals a Town Breach of The IGA
First go to http://nemasket.net/media/audio/BOS/Selectmen-2009-03-30-PinnacleHotelStudy.mp3.
This is where Spataro lauds a consultant report on the potential for hospitality businesses coming to Middleborough. He then states that Middleborough used casino planning money for the study. He then finishes that it is a concept that is not part of the casino project.
Which is it Steve? The report is part of the Pre-Opening Mitigation or it is not? You say it is not but you used the money anyway. Is this what you really mean, or do you, once again, not know what it is the Town signed? I suspect you just don't know what you are saying, and that the consulting report actually is being paid for by casino planning money because the casino will potentially bring hospitality business.
If you really mean what you have said (and I sure hope that you are not that careless a Selectman), then the Town has breached the IGA, Section 5(A), entitled "Pre-Opening Mitigation-Planning." Did you read it? If not, let me help you out. The key language states that the annual $250K/year shall be for the "purpose of mitigating the Town's staff and outside consulting costs for supporting the planning, development, and coordination of the Project...." But you say "its not tied to that"--meaning the Resort Casino, or the Project.
So, as I said, Mr. Spataro either did not know what he was saying in response to Mr. Giavanoni's question, or he is revealing that the Town has improperly used funds from the Tribe to pay for non-Project oriented consulting. I'll bet on Steve being ignorant before I would ever accuse him of being dishonest.
I am just glad to see this BEFORE the Saturday election.
Posted by AMB at 8:21 PM