Elected officials are the flora and fauna of local municipalities. But sometimes they say stuff which, well, they should re-think.
One of those people is West Vincent Supervisor Clare Quinn – you know the one the West Vincent taxpeyers pay health benefits for? You know the one who in her public capacity voted for eminent domain for private gain, yet saw no conflict with her then private sector capacity at French and Pickering Conservation Trust?
She has a website, where her phobia of chickens is well in evidence. She devotes a whole segment to bashing both whomever Chickenman is and a rather nice guy named Barry. She calls it “Clare Clucks Back” and, well if I was her publicist I wouldn’t have it out there that a female elected official clucked, but who am I but a mere mortal and a female?
So I guess a week ago give or take, a nice guy named Brian who is part pf a group concerned about Birchrunville sent Chickenwoman (well if Clare says she clucks, she must be a chicken, right? ) an e-mail. He sent out her response so people could see he got one. Someone sent it to me, so I hope he doesn’t mind me posting it?
The reason I am posting it is because even when she responds to someone in a purportedly professional capacity, she still kinda takes pot shots. Gotta tell you if the taxpayers I was supposed to represent fairly were paying my health benefits, I so wouldn’t do that. But hey, she’s just working her own version of Obamacare, right? Can we call it Clarecare?
Clare, as an outsider looking in, I gotta tell you, you have an obligation to respond to your constituency. In a perfect world, everyone signs their name, sometimes people forget. And sometimes people are so tired of being harassed in their own community they are afraid to. It still doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to respond, or direct someone else to do so in a timely fashion.
So Clare, I don’t want a patronizing pat on the back for reading your e-mail. Also as re: your comment about cell phones and supervisors, that doesn’t fly – I know several elected officials in several communities who pay for their own cell phones and unless they have a “burner” (reference the HBO show The Wire), most cell phone plans are fairly inclusive and if you are with a major company unless you have a gijillion family members on the same plan you won’t use all your minutes assigned.
I also know plenty of elected officials in various municipalities who have fairly big deal job and businesses who manage to return all phone calls. And yes, some people don’t have voice mail, but most people have caller ID.
And if Supervisor Miller is being reimbursed for cell phone calls, that is something residents could get a hold of under a Right to Know Request, right? As in bills submitted where itemized items being reimbursed can be clearly seen and then corresponding copies of township reimbursement checks? I mean if he is so worried about his bills, maybe someone could suggest a better plan?
And FYI Radnor Township puts their checkbook online, basically. If you go to their website and check their meeting agendas you will find reports on a monthly basis showing monies in and out. With great detail, I might add. Lower Merion does it too, though not as detailed or consistently current.
Also, there is nothing that outrages residents more than inadequate notice.
So Clare, if you have read this entire post, good for you Chickenwoman, and here is a virtual pat on the back and big juicy kisses. (eyes rolling)
Here is her e-mail:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Clare Quinn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM Subject: brian curry’s email
Many thanks to Brian for signing his email so someone could respond to it and many thanks also to the person who forwarded it to me.
It is truly unfortunate that Brian felt intimidated and inconvenienced by the signage on his road last week, but I believe the fear he experienced was unwarranted. The sign Brian was referring to said Road Closed Ahead. The section of the road where Brian lives was not closed and he would not have been ticketed for going by a Road Closed Ahead sign.
If township staff said it was okay to go around a Road Closed sign, it meant there was to be no local police enforcement (of the new state law regarding road closed signs) for that sign so there was no danger that Brian or anyone else would have been ticketed. It is a shame the new state law has caused Brian, and no doubt many others, such confusion. It should be remembered, however, that it allows police to use discretion in enforcement.
With regard to notification of residents: In addition to the website notification on Friday for work to start on Monday, signs were posted on the road on Friday informing residents and all passersby that the road would be closed Monday through Thursday the following week. In the end, the road was closed fairly briefly on Monday, not at all on Tuesday, and from midday to end of work on Wednesday and all day Thursday till end of work.
With regard to Brian’s effort to reach Ken Miller: As some of you know, Birchrun Hills Farm is Ken Miller’s home. Ken Miller tried several times to return Brian’s call but Brian had no voicemail so he could not know Ken had tried to reach him.
No supervisor has a township cell phone. The Road Master is reimbursed for calls he makes on his personal cell phone to members of the road crew and staff pertaining to road issues.
Finally, the second number Brian posted for me is no longer my number.
If you have read through this entire thing, please give yourself a well-earned pat on the back!