I am on pins and needles waiting for the update of last evening’s Board of Supervisors Meeting in West Vincent where they were discussing controlling the public voice as far as public participation. Or was he there and just really, really tiny wearing his Super Politician Cloak of Invisibility?
What I heard thus far is King of all Goats Supervisor Ken Miller was a no-show? Now some of my farmer friends are starting to see their mama goats drop new kids on the block, so was he playing midwife? Or merely playing possum?
And was the Township Manager James Wendelgass really out sick? Does he need chicken soup from Chickenman? I seem to recall reading/hearing about absences like this when eminent domain was heating up to try to be the Christmas gift that keeps on giving? So is this a small government tactic to make sure there are no quorums, etc when decisions have to be made?
My largest amusement factor of meeting tidbits thus far is Supervisor David Brown having an apparent case of selective male Alzheimer’s and having zero recall on how meetings, etc go in Lower Merion Township? Where he spent many years, as in decades before becoming a reinvented country gent? REALLY?
Ok so if he can’t remember, wow, if I were him I would worry about being effective as a West Vincent Supervisor. Here are some choice activities from his own political resume posted on his own website (one will asume the website will stay up of course?) He posted this info, to show you the good people of West Vincent his qualifications. So pardon me if I do not believe he doesn’t know anything about “how Lower Merion does things, and that’s where I’m from”. See (partial posting):
- Gladwyne Fire Company Director 1982 – 2005 Member Executive Committee 1990 – 2005 Solicitor 1980 – present
- Gladwyne Civic Association Former Director
- Republican Committee of Lower Merion & Narberth Committeeman 1976 – 1990
- Counsel to Committee 1990 – 2004
- Member Executive Committee 1990 – 2004
- Former Solicitor to Montgomery County Controller
Mr. Brown, with all due respect to your many years of service in Lower Merion, but in my humble opinion, you know exactly how things are done now and were done then in Lower Merion.
As an outsider looking in, I do not get any of this. Why so many issues that skirt transparency and sunshine let alone public participation in the government residents are paying for? They want public participation, but only if they control it? Welcome to Pravda or what? How is West Vincent supposed to know and listen to its citizens if it muzzles them?
Is it true when it got around to this public participation on the agenda that Supervisor Brown said there was nothing to the issue other than to tell people that it was “still being worked on”? Magna Carta anyone?
Maybe as a helpful outsider I can remind Mr. Brown of his own words from when he was a candidate?
Thus far West Vincent has left me alone. I do feel, however, that they need to be reminded of freedom of speech and opinion….and that political satire is as old as dirt.