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!

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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