Since this was the last meeting of 2010, I thought it would be fitting to give you my thoughts, as to my progress over the past year. I have attended every meeting of the Board of Commissioners, except for one, this past year. Next to Dean Browning, who has not missed a meeting, I have the best attendance record. Of course, that and a dollar will get you on a bus. It took me quite a while to learn, what is really happening at these meetings. I have found. that just going to the General Commissioners meetings, is not where the real meeting is. The real meeting takes place at the committee meetings. This is where bills are started and discussion and questions are asked. In general, when a bill is read, during the regular meeting its fate was already decided. Some bills are sent to the main meeting unresolved. This is when discussion takes place at the general meeting. I have been trying to get the Commissioners to expound on all bills, as to the why,how,when,what for and how much, on each bill at the general meeting. This is to give the public more information on each bill. Very soon the general meetings will be on line for public view. Without this additional information no one would know what is being talked about and why. Over the past year my relationship with the Commissioners has grown. I do believe, I may have gained some respect for my comments. I have often heard that “nothing is accomplished at the microphone” I don't agree with that. If your comments are presented with respect and knowledge as to the subject and if possible a little humor. You can make a difference and give people something to consider. Presenting an intelligent argument, without accusation or belittlement, can win, even at the podium. Now, on to my report.
Bill 2010-115 is for the repair of the water system at the Main Prison.
Bill 2010-119 and 120 Modifications to the memorandum of understanding for PSSU local 668 SEIU and for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania.
Basically this is to hold all increases to “0” for the rest of the contract term.
Yes votes: Creighton,Dougherty,Eckhart,Browning,Hamm,Hansell,Jones,Roman
For more information see: Wages Frozen for 174 Lehigh County Employees - Bethlehem, PA Patch
Bill 2010-121 Amending the Grants Policy to replace the Ex Officio requirements.
This is where each Commissioner is assigned to a Grant recipient, to be on their board, for communications to the Board of Commissioners. This practice could lend itself to a conflict of interest.
The Vote was as follows:
Both Commissioners Dougherty and Hamm like and support, the Grant recipients, that they are assigned to. They attend the meeting and participate in their functions. My suggestion was, perhaps the Commissioners should “play musical chairs” each year with these Grant recipients. This would at least change, who they are representing each year when they come, asking for money. Most of this is for “Quality of life”Grants. Whoever came up with this Quality of Life stuff, should be taken behind the wood shed and be given a good whipping. What a Colossal waste of taxpayer money.
Bill 2010-131 Withdrawing from the Joint County Department of Health.
We have been talking about the “Bi_County Health Department” for quite some time. My hope was that it would be put out of its misery and mine. No such luck. For now, its tabled until after the Jan 10th meeting of the people putting this PROBLEM forward.
My perspective is we “CAN NOT AFFORD THIS PERIOD”.
Bucks County has a County Health Department that started out modestly enough. But, now costs $15,000,000.00 per year. Of which $7,000,000.00 is County tax payer money.
This is not a County Function. Is not part of the County's responsibility.
THIS IS JUST EXPANDING GOVERNMENT. At someone whim. Another “Quality of Life” thing.
I know, we want,we need, we got to have. Its important to the (children) like someone else we know.
I guess you get my point!
In closing this post I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
God Bless !