Live Blog from the Keene City Council Meeting

The full Keene City Council is meeting tonight to vote on whether to reconsider the previous vote to accept the federal grant for a LENCO Bearcat.

6:55 The room is filling up with people, signs and news crews. WMUR channel 9 out of Manchester is here as well as several radio and newspaper outlets.

6:56 Singing has broken out. Thanks but no tanks is sung by some. It seems reasonably well received.

7:00 The meeting begins with standing room only in the gallery. The city councilors appeared well dressed, likely a result of such a high profile event. It is a shame there can’t be this kind of scrutiny for all the other items that the city council discusses and decides.

7:01 Roll call is conducted and only June M Donegan is not present. The pledge of alligence to the flag is conducted and most stand and participate.

First item involves 2012-2018 capital improvement program.

7:05 The capital improvement project is discussed. The Keene “Master Plan” is mentioned. This is how the city workers see themselves, as Masters.

7:10 Airport projects and funding are discussed. Some repairs are being done with Federal grant money. The city is hooked on that federal cash.

7:12 Fire department projects include a new ambulance for 200K and a new fire Pumper for 410K.

7:14 Funding and expenditures for city IT improvements. Mr. Sutherland speaks about cloud computing for city networking needs.

7:16 Police department wants 6 portable radar signs. Mr. Freeman speaks and asked for the department to be defunded until they stop hurting peaceful people. Some members of the gallery clap in applause.

7:20 Mr. Ian Freeman asked for no granite curbs and then is backed up by Mr. Bob Sutherland speaking to the fact that the curbs add as much as 10% to the costs of street upgrades.

7:24 Frank Mazolla representing Keene State College speaks to the street and sidewalk considerations for student and pedestrian foot traffic.

7:27 Frank Murphy speaks against curbs as a danger for icey conditions.

7:30 Parking infrastructure is discussed. Politicians seem to be very smooth when they talk about spending other people’s money.

7:35 Mr. Sutherland asks about where the new parking garage is going to go.

7:36 Solid waste facility improvements discussed. Next the sewer fund is the largest single expenditure for the city this year.

7:41 The short story is that a lot of money is needed to maintain the waste water treatment plant. Mr. Craig Rice speaks about treating human waste and how the current waste treatment is unsustainable.

7:45 Now discussing the Water Fund, Dam repairs and valve replacements around the city.

7:50 Pete Eyre speaks that the councilors think about how the free market could provide peaceful solutions to the same items taken care of by the city.

7:52 Moving on to other matters. No Bearcat yet.

7:58 Licenses for sidewalk cafes to sell alcohol on the sidewalk. Votes are conducted and licenses are granted to all requests save for Railroad Tavern which was placed on more time.

8:05 more streetlights will be installed near the former YMCA and on Marlboro Street near Main Street.

8:11 Bearcat aquistion now being discussed.

8:12 Councilor Mitch Greenwald speaks about the overall scenario.

8:15 Terry Clark speaks about the overwhelming outcry against the bearcat.

Terry Clark moves to amend the committee report to reject the bearcat.

Mr. Clark mentions a comment made by the LENCO sales Rep. Mayor Lane takes an issue something he says and the audience wanted asked to let him talk.

He mentions how the LENCO Rep says that opposition to the bearcat means you do not support the safety of the police. He mentiones how people who have no arguement use fear and shame tactics.

Mr. Clark mentions the LENCO ad that seems like a Hollywood blockbuster. Saying no to the bearcat will be saying no to war.

8:25 Mr. Clark wraps up talking about how this vehicle may turn Keene into the regional police. He mentions dispatch protocols. He says think about how you feel about it.

8:26 Councilor Bettina Chadbourne speaks about getting 80 calls about the bearcat and only ten percent of the calls were for the bearcat. She mentions how the media has spun the idea of opponents begin “free staters ” or anti-government when in-fact many callers just wanted to call to say they were not.

8:30 Mrs. Chadbourne asked the city councilors to vote to reconsider.

Councilor Janis Manwaring speaks to the council about having faith in the police and fire department. She mentioned that there is a lot of fear out there and how if the money could go to food or shelter she would prefer it. She will vote against reconsideration.

8:35 Councilor Carl Jacobs will vote for reconsideration. He can’t support hypothetical needs when there are so many real needs to be met.

8:37 Councilor Kris Roberts will vote against reconsideration.

He mentions that some communities have bought a Bearcat with drug confiscation moneys.

8:40 Councilor Dale Pregent speaks about a folder he has that contains news clippings that support the need for a bearcat as well as some letters against the vehicle.

Councilor Greenwald agrees with everything that everyone has said. He feels the bearcat is right for Keene.

He mentions 9/11 and the gallery disagrees.

The vote is taken as 4 votes for reconsideration and 9 opposed. The bearcat will be coming to Keene.

8:49 Councilor James Duffy asks that a report is made about the usage of the vehicle every six months. Mayor Lane asks for a yearly report, Mr. Duffy says that the majority of the city is against and transparency is necessary.

The gallery is upset with the results.

8:55 Councilor James Duffy speaks to people being afraid of the vehicle, cops and modern policing.

  • Anonymous

    Anton Lee, you leave a very poor impression. Please leave civil and intelligent comments.

  • Anton Lee

    I find my impression to be just fine, thanks.

  • Pyotr

    Considering the vast majority of Free Keeners are drug addicts, his comment is the most related for them.

    "some members of the gallery" = those of you who were there. I love the play on words you guys use.

  • http://abbiecod.es Abbie

    Live blogs are supposed to be written in newest to oldest order. the reverse of this….

  • Anonymous

    I love Terry Clark.

  • Anonymous

    I support police being peace officers, like in Micheal Moore's Sicko movie, where the Norway police walk around the city on foot and stop to talk with people and so on. America is so far gone from Norway's peace officers.

  • http://www.cheshirecountymilitia.org/ PupSter

    They will vote to keep it, it's not their money and they care more about protecting themselves and the police then the people…

  • Anonymous

    PupSter, you are not welcome to post here with violent intentions.

  • Anonymous

    For others' information, Cheshire TV video tapes city council meetings and the videos are placed on the city's website, along with the council's agenda for each meeting.

    http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/sites/default/files/201

    http://ci.keene.nh.us/government/meeting-videos

  • Anonymous

    Now, on to naming a park …

    Do councilor's know the meaning of representation of people's opinions that elected them so that they can vote for those interests?

    Shame on Councilor Greenwald, Councilor, Manwaring, Councilor Roberts, Councilor Pregent and the others who voted to end reconsideration of the people's opinions in Keene. They planned to do that all along, I am sure. Very shameful behavior.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like Eisenhower's warning was shoved aside by many councilor's tonight at City Hall. A warrant article, after legal consultation, perhaps could be placed on the ballot in 2013 to remove the truck from the city. I wonder what other options are going forward.

    Congratulations on Councilor Terry Clark, Councilor Bettina Chadbourne, Councilor Carl Jacobs and Councilor James Duffy on voting to reconsider.

  • Rampantcorruption

    apparently 9 city councelors beleive they are way smarter than the people they represent … They went out of their way to express their opinion instead of those who voted for them . No more by the people for the people till next election !

  • fearkills

    Don't forget that people with families and bill are behind the badge and the titles of the men and women who police this city and who vote. I find it funny that everyone who is complaining about this truck is silent when the city is considering spending CITY MONEY in an $84 MILLION city budget. You people are paranoid, you are fearful, you cast shame on people who are only trying to do whats right by YOU and the city. Not everyone who disagrees with you is a crook. You should be shunning the federal reps, those who are the ones FUNDING the DHS, which in turn is FUNDING this town to purchase the vehicle. And, i will say, has anyone ever tried knocking on the door of someone who has lots of cocaine and money, with the intention of arresting them? Well, i dont think a friendly smile and good intentions are going to make it any easier to get the job done.

  • matt

    Another victory for Free Keene! No. Wait. lol

    Congratulations to Councilor Greenwald, Councilor Manwaring, Councilor Roberts, Councilor Pregent and the others who voted to end reconsideration of Ian and friends' opinions in Keene.

    Shame on Councilor Terry Clark, Councilor Bettina Chadbourne, Councilor Carl Jacobs and Councilor James Duffy on voting to reconsider. Very shameful behavior.

    Roses are red. The BearCat is black. It's coming to Keene – as a matter of fact.

  • name

    Free Keene. Another Fail.

  • Lenco BearCat

    BOO-YAH! THE CAT IS BACK…

    Once again, the self-deluded idiots of (un)FreeKeene have greatly exaggerated their importance, and influence….

    I TOLD YOU GUYS the Council would still vote to accept me…

    And, funny how nobody "free" wants to discuss the concepts of

    "mob rule", and "tyranny of the majority".

    Just because an issue has the most number of loudest voices,

    that doesn't mean it's the wisest decision.

    With all the guns, alcohol, drugs, and general craziness the cops have to deal with,

    thank GOD we got that Lenco Bearcat…

    Lenco BearCat, "Defending America's Defenders…

    .eat shit, freekeene, eat shit…

  • name

    pupster,

    You are a fucking moron. Learn the difference between 'then' and 'than'.

    Dumbshit.

  • david

    4 people voted inline with jesus :chadbourn,clark,bettencourt, and meader :-)

  • enslave keene

    And the other 9 in line with their master, mr enslave keene…

    buuhahahahah

  • enslave keene

    Now that bearcat is a reality, anyone wishing to beg for mercy can do so via this blog. As I am ordering the bearcat to begin rounding up immediately.

  • Old man

    Kudos and thanks for the run down on what happened at the council meeting.

    I am not from New Hampshire, and wanted to ask, are you guys going to campaign to "recall" the councilors that supported Keene getting tanks?

  • enslave keene

    Old man,

    No they will not. I have spoken!

  • name

    old man,

    Keene did not get a tank.

    We got a truck.

  • david

    we got a TANK

  • name

    That's not the only reason people think you are a moron, david. But it's one. Of many. Many.

  • Pyotr

    It's not a tank.

  • theKINGofKEENE

    *I never noticed it until some guy – ok, maybe I'll look it up and credit you by name later – said "JJ" – James Schlessinger, jr., looks like he should be in the engine room of Das Boot….

    JAWOHL, mein Herr!… lol…..

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““`

    LENCO*BEARCAT, "DEFENDING AMERICA'S DEFENDERS"….

    Bwa Ha Ha…

    ~tKoK.

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    JJ, OH, JJwhydyoubetraymebrotherafterall idideforryouandthosetimeswespenttogetherwhenthingswerejustgettinggoodbetweenus-nowitsalloveranddoneoveranddoneoveranddonew

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