Resident, officials get into dispute

By CAMERON CASHMAN

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 05-17-2024 12:03 PM

Interactions at the Dublin transfer station between the facility’s new director John McManus and resident Steve Baldwin, which brought Baldwin in front of the town’s select board last Monday evening, ended in multiple police reports being filed after a heated exchange broke out in between Baldwin and the select board.

The initial incident occurred after Baldwin brought two loads of brush to the transfer station, and McManus informed him that only one load of brush could be dropped off at the transfer station per day. According to a police report filed by McManus, this angered Baldwin, and he began making loud, disparaging remarks about select board chair Chris Raymond and town administrator Kate Fuller. McManus said that he did not feel threatened by the encounter, but felt that the interaction was worth reporting to the police.

After this incident, Baldwin told the select board on Monday night that he returned to the transfer station the following weekend, where McManus approached Baldwin and told him about negative comments allegedly made about Baldwin by Fuller to McManus.

Baldwin went to the select board to voice his concern about these comments. In particular, Baldwin said he was bothered that the statements were made between two town officials during working hours, which he said constituted defamation.

In response, Raymond brought up the police report about the previous transfer station incident. Baldwin denied having made the disparaging comments about Raymond and Fuller, and insisted that his interactions with the transfer station director were cordial. After a brief argument over the accuracy of the reports, the select board chair dismissed the resident, who went up to the town administrator and told her to “never speak about him again.” In response, Raymond told the resident not to threaten the town administrator, and the resident left. After the exchange, Fuller expressed her wish that a police report be filed.

The exchange led to a second incident that occurred after the meeting had concluded, which ended in charges by the select board against a second resident. According to the report filed by the town officials, the resident yelled at the board for mentioning his name, and physically prevented the members from exiting the select board office.

Despite the incidents, the select board also fielded several regular reports from town departments about their ongoing projects. Road agent Roger Tempe told the board he has bid out a project to repair the Dublin lake spillway, and the Fire Department has recently hired a new, fully-certified EMT.

Dublin police chief Tim Suokko told the board they collected nine pounds of drugs during their annual drug take-back day. 

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Finally, residents Lucy Shonk and Paul Tuller came to the board to talk about putting together an ad-hoc citizens committee to  look into expanding the capacity on the top floor of the town hall, which was reduced after a fire safety evaluation. Shonk and Tuller hope to eventually make repai rs to facilitate a larger crowd in the space.