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T&G's Journalese: Protecting Sen. Brewer & Others?

T&G's Journalese: Protecting Sen. Brewer & Others?

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Published by Craig Shibley
The New York Times-owned Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported how Wonderland, MA 01005's illegal building inspector has been granted another reprieve.

This would mark a SIXTH extension for GEORGE RICKER to become legally certified as a building inspector. The law states a conditional appointee may only receive three!

The New York Times-owned Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported how Wonderland, MA 01005's illegal building inspector has been granted another reprieve.

This would mark a SIXTH extension for GEORGE RICKER to become legally certified as a building inspector. The law states a conditional appointee may only receive three!

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Published by: Craig Shibley on Apr 02, 2013
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 Article published Apr 2, 2013
Barre hires part-timer to help building inspector lacking credentials
BARRE
— Persistent failure of the town’s building inspector
to obtain some
 of the required statelicenses, rendering him
unable to fulfill all aspects of the job
, prompted selectmen Monday toapprove hiring part-time help
to supplement him
.(Wonderland’s acting building inspector hasyet to pass either the Legal & Management or the Technology exams as
required
by law. Thelaw further states no conditional appointee shall receive more than three extensions.Consequently Ricker is unable to
legally
fulfill
any aspect of his job
!) 
 
The board unanimously chose Brianna Skowyra as acting building inspector until
the town’s permanent inspector 
, George Ricker, is fully certified, said Selectman Kathlyn Inman, the board’schairman.(Wonderland’s selectmen are complicitous in this fraud ever since Ricker was deniedan illegal fourth extension back in September 2011 and the Commonwealth’s Board of BuildingRegulations and Standards has played an insidious role in this cover-up.)Ms. Skowyra, the inspector in Athol and Petersham, has had her credentials since 2002. “
She hascertificates that George does not have
,” Mrs. Inman said.(Petersham has only ONE, legal inspector.Selectman Inman is up for re-election. Aye!)State records show that Mr. Ricker was given
at least six extensions
 for one of the licenses — hehas failed the exams.(
IF 
, as this paper reports, Ricker has received a 6
th
extension this wouldmark another illegal vote by the BOCC. As for these exams, records show Ricker has failedthem at least 13 times: http://barrenews.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/i-got-a-note-barres-non-certified-building-inspector/)Barre selectmen appointed him in 2008.(Selectmen failed to submit this conditionalappointment to the BOCC until one year after the fact. The law requires such an appointment tobe submitted immediately.)“I have had recent conversations with the current Building Commissioner George Rickerregarding issues that he has had obtaining his certification,” Ms. Skowyra wrote to Barreselectmen. “I have agreed to serve as the acting commissioner while he completes hiscertification.”
Her letter is dated March 26
.(So exactly when did selectmen vote to solicit “help” for Ricker?And where did the discussion take place? The Yummy Garden? The Barre Mill? Inman’shouse? Attorney James Baird’s office? )
The building inspector’s office is in Town Hall
,(No, James, Ricker’s office is in the Henry WoodsBuilding, not the town hall. Perhaps Ricker should offer you a business card or some of hisstationery that proudly displays his illegal title – aka fraud – and his place of employment.)which has been closed on Fridays for years in an efficiency move. Ms. Skowyra’s letter indicatesshe is available to work on Fridays.(And exactly how is this worthless tidbit relevant to abuilding inspector’s failure to pass two required exams to be legally certified after
more thanfour years and thirteen attempts
??!!)-
 
 James F. Russell
 (This so-called journalist fails to report the law governing suchappointments and how it’s come to pass that the state regulatory board empowered toenforce said law has abrogated its legal responsibility – all at the expense of the public’ssafety. And the ONE question that remains outstanding is WHY did the BOCC flip-flopand WHO put this illegal scheme in motion?!)

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