As we have often stated here, one of the best reasons for attending Town Council meetings in person is for the entertainment value. You just never know what’s going to happen, no matter what’s on the agenda. This was proven again in spades at last evening’s meeting (11-15-2017).
The drama occurred very early in the proceedings as Michael Doyle was using his allotted three minutes of “public comment.” For those who aren’t familiar with this part of Council meetings, it’s an opportunity for any citizen to spend three minutes speaking on any topic under the sun. In Mr. Doyle’s case, he had just concluded comments on Scarborough’s bid for the second Amazon headquarters and was moving on to some comments about Town Manager Hall.
As he was making those comments, Council Chair Babine, animatedly assisted by Councilor Donovan, attempted to silence Mr. Doyle. (For the youtube video of Mr. Doyle’s comments, see this link.)
When Mr. Doyle refused to be silenced, he was arrested by one of Scarborough’s finest and later charged, we believe, with criminal trespass. (For the video of his arrest, use this link.)
Mr. Doyle, the editor of FalmouthToday.me, is a frequent commenter at Town Council meetings and obviously has a soft spot in his heart for the Town and its leaders. [Editor’s note: The website’s content is at times incendiary and we are not endorsing any of its contents.] You may have seen him at a table after the November 7 election plugging his website and new book.
The Town Council episode played out in front of an audience that was swelled from the usual handful of attendees by a group of several Boy Scouts (and their parents) who were there to make a presentation to the Council. And what a memorable civics lesson they got! Speak at your own peril!
The official video of this meeting should be available on the Town website in a couple of days; go to https://sctv.viebit.com and look for the November 15 Town Council meeting. We expect it will be in very high demand. Let’s just hope the Town doesn’t hire the Rose Mary Woods Audiovisual Processing Company to upload the video to the website.
Well, just in case the local news media doesn’t think an arrest at a Town Council meeting is newsworthy, we thought it best to keep you informed. We’ll also try to keep a running tab on the costs of the lawsuit that is sure to follow.
And the beat goes on.
Stay tuned for the next blog update — how much the tax assessment mess is costing you and more.