From former County Board member Ersel Schuster:
This is the first COW (Committee of the Whole) meeting of the new county board.
A meeting designed to “discuss” the 12/20/16 meeting agenda items.
No “action/changes” can be made at a COW meeting.
So, everything will go back through the process when they convene tomorrow evening.
If, as taxpayers, we were not sure how this new board and the chairman’s self-imposed new operating process were going to work… this gives us an excellent glimpse of that process.
With the exception of a handful of astute members; you could liken the rest of them to resembling “deer caught in the headlights.”
The unfortunate part is that when this happens, rather than look stupid for asking questions, most will simply go-along with what is placed before them.
Item #13 on the agenda alone, has 48 items for action.
Never mind nearly all these items did not go through the respective committees for thorough vetting.
Further, this agenda consists of over 700 pages of detailed documents, contracts and resolutions for the members to wade through.
As you listen… it will be clear that even returning board members are not up to speed on these items.
What about the new members who have no clue what most of the documents mean?
This dog-and-pony show was a complete disgrace.
People we elect to office are supposed to be our watch-dogs; they oversee actions of county government’s departments; and, they are to be the check and balance of what these bureaucrats are doing and how they’re spending our money.
It was apparent that staff, “some” county board members, and the Chairman have made decisions the full board should have been privy to… prior to being put in the position of having to take action on the agenda items.
I do not blame individual board members for this mess…
I will however hold them accountable if they abdicate their sworn duties and allow this charade to continue and to grow.
If they, the 24 county board members are unwilling to stand up to all the things being shoved down their throats… they really need to resign because they are not representing us.