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Lisbon Campground director opposes Town Council purchase of new registration system

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LISBON — Lisbon Beach and Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil said town councilors went back on their word when they authorized the purchase of an online registration system for the campground.

At the August meeting, “they said they were going to leave things the way they were for another year,” Mr. O’Neil said.

At that meeting, the Town Council was presented with a petition signed by 316 people who did not want to see an automated online registration system put into use at the campground.

“If I’m running a campground I need to be hands on with the people,” Mr. O’Neil said.

He now uses a hard copy of registrations that he keeps in a binder. “As for online registrations,” he said, “I don’t believe in it.”

Town Councilor Susan M. Duffy said, “We were never going to put it off for a year.”

Ms. Duffy said that she has talked with Mr. O’Neil about the software for almost a year now, including sending him emails with information detailing the exact product under consideration, and that he has never been against it in their discussions.

Mr. O’Neil said he has “never been OK with it.”

In addition, Mr. O’Neil said, he has never seen any emails about the new software, called Campground Master. “I’ve never seen any emails from her,” he said.

“They haven’t even discussed it with me as far as what the program is going to be,” Mr. O’Neil said of the Town Council. “They’re just going to up and do whatever they please anyway.”

Ms. Duffy said the campground needs to be modernized.

“It’s the board’s decision,” she said. “We’re looking to bring the beach into the 21st century; that’s the bottom line.”

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