Montville Town Council Chair Seeks To Prohibit Employees From Speaking With Patch, Other Media

Town Council Chair Candy Buebendorf's resolution would 'require' employees to direct 'all' media inquiries to Mayor. The Town Council is also looking to possibly audit, monitor school finance accounts.


The resoultion, which features Town Council Chair Candy Buebendorf's name following it, will "require town employees to direct all media inquiries to the Mayor's office." There must be a majority vote for the resolution to pass.

Additionally, the council will discuss and possibly vote on two measures related to school finance:

  • Require the Board of Education to provide a monthly object report (spending by category) and a monthly checkbook run to the Finance Director.
  • To consider and act on a motion to discuss hiring an independent contractor to audit the 2011-2012 Town of Montville Board of Education budget and encumbrances. 

Both of these are being brought forward by Councilor Gary Murphy. 

The Montville Town Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of Town Hall. 

Should Town Hall employees be prohbited from speaking with Patch and other media? Tell us in the comments!

Julie Keller August 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
There should be no need to censor any information unless you have something to hide!
Dana McFee August 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Buebendorf's hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me!!!!! Recently she voted against prohibiting Boards and Commissions as a whole from endorsing political candidates citing first amendment rights now she wants to take away first amendment rights from individual town employees? I hope union reps are present for this meeting!!!!
J. Arrington August 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
This must mean that employees won't be able to speak at Council meeting anymore unless they have Mayor Ron's permission. Let's remember Councilor Caron's famous words about freedom of speech in March - “As I look at that eagle right there, I do think of the first amendment. Free speech to me means a lot I think it’s wrong that as councilors we can say – don’t do that, but I can do that.”
Mike z. August 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Let's see if billy eats his words tonight.
Jennifer Johnson August 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Ellyn, you will learn real fast how corrupt this current council is. They may pass an ordnance prohibiting any resident in town from speaking to the media before they are out if office. There is a lot for them to hide.
theinformant August 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I read a letter to the editor in patch that says the Board of Ed. has been doing the same thing with their left over money for 17 years. If that’s true, then why all of a sudden does Mr. Murphy and the some Council members want to start monitoring what the Board of Ed. Is spending its money on now? Some of the Councils members have been on the Council for 3 terms or more, that includes Mr. Murphy who was Chairman of the Finance Committee a couple of terms. He didn’t seem to be bothered then the way the Board of Ed. was spending their money. To me this looks like another Political move on behalf of the Democrats against the Board of Ed. Now they want to hurt the children. If they say they’re not, their wrong. Whatever they do to the Board of Ed. will reflect onto the children. Now they want to put a gag order onto Town Employees. What is next? What happen to the First Amendment that allows Freedom of Speech? I hope the people remember all this come Election Time.
Lynda J. Jean August 13, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Candy: I believe you have just stepped over the line.. Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
montvillejive August 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Sounds to me like Buebendorf is just acting as a front for the Mayor. The dynamic duo came up with a plan to shut up employees. Buebendorf puts in on the agenda instead of the Mayor, but he will enforce the censorship. What's next, the thought police?
Lisa Przybyl August 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Where will it end???
Kris Perez August 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
If anyone should have a gag order it should be the council chairwoman. She is rude, interrupts people and don't allow the public to speak in detail at town meetings. She forgets who she works for. Stop this stupidity first amendments people don't violate them.
J. Arrington August 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I agree with montvillejive, employees have the right to speak without being subjected to censorship. They are not like students in a classroom that Councilor Buebendorf can send to the Principal oops, Mayor's office when they voice an opinion.
Helen r August 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Ditto J arrington ... Hopefully they can speak without retaliation too. But that would be a perfect world
michelle santos August 13, 2012 at 09:11 PM
This council is so corrupt! They have no clue how to run a town. By the time next election comes around montville will be erased from the map.
Cynthia Kozaczensky August 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Censorship of town employees is ridiculous. As for the second item, why shouldn't the Board of Ed open it's books? For years the end of year spending has been a free-for-all so that no money would EVER go back to the town. As far as hurting the kids, they always want it to look that way.
Lynda J. Jean August 14, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Were you there tonight at the Town Council Mtg? "require town employees to direct all media inquiries to the Mayor's office." Boy quite a different story when #16 letter g was brought to the table..wondering if anyone else that was there heard this; it was never the intent to quiet anyone and the first amendment rights; Wow that is a spin on the the proposed resolution that was part of the opening statement of this story. Here's my spin, It WAS and is the intent to silence Town Employees from speaking to the press or newspapers or put things on line in the PATCH. It makes me ask these questions, was it all the responses on the Patch that turned this resolution about something different then what it was meant for? Why was Ms. Buebendorf's resolution soley placed on "Town Employees" and lastly, Why wasn't the reason for this resolution included as to why? She didn't make it clear on the resolution in question that it was to prevent false statements that were tweeted, put on facebook, email etc when MHS went into lockdown. and other incidents that have occurred in this town? So I ask was this something that some of the members thought would just get passed without people voices their first amendment rights? To "montvillejive" I must say, after what I saw this evening, you maybe right...He even said that he had spoke to her about this.
Sandy Hinze August 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Lynda is absolutely right. If needed to be brought up to remind people of our freedoms. Thanks


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