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October 28, 2016
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Turmoil in Tusten

Lang took the issue further, saying that Clemente should not advise the town. He listed what he sees as the inadequacies of Clemente and made accusations against him. He said, “I have issues with Mr. Clemente… He has left this town in a very precarious position.” Ultimately, four voted in favor and Wingert against the hiring of a second attorney.

After the meeting, Wingert wrote in an email that Lang “cannot vote on the appointment of an alternate attorney as he would be voting on a person who would possibly represent the town in litigation with Ned Lang himself, since he has already filed a Notice of Claim against the town.” Lang replied, “Umm, am I missing something? Is there another person in the town of Tusten with the name of Ned Lang? There must be according to Carol Wingert. This Ned Lang has not yet sued the town of Tusten, elected officials, or employees of the town. I have put the town on notice….” In a long email, he ended with, “I will be involved in the selection and voting for the hiring of the alternative attorney whether you like it or not.”

During the public comment period, Tusten resident Bernie Creamer reminded the board members that they work for the taxpayers, and that the taxpayers supply their salaries. He said, “We don’t even get to the points that really count; it’s all about you guys up there and we listen to you arguing all the time; and you’re our employees, one must not forget that.”

Artist J. Morgan Puett said, “I’m just appalled by the bullying… I would like to stand up with Bernie and say this is ridiculous, and there shouldn’t be this counterproductive rhetoric by a town bully.” Some people in attendance cheered and clapped to Puett and Creamer’s comments. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.