We were there to proudly witness the re-organization of our County Council, only to feel somewhat embarrassed.
Sadly there was no organization to the re-organizational meeting, which took all of 10 minutes to complete.
First - present were: John Cusick, Tom Dietrick, Lamont McClure, and Scott Parson...on the phone (supposedly paying $2.50 per minute) was Peg Ferraro.
There certainly was a question of legality when it came down to the vote, and there really was no clear answer as to the legality of the action about to take place. While County solicitor Phil Lauer stated that all was in order, it didn't seem clear to us that all was in order. Mr. McClure also felt differently and voiced his objection.
In our opinion, these are the times when instead of rushing things through, County Council should hesitate a moment to consider matters appropriately, which at the very least would present the appearance that they have their act together. And that they are about serving the people instead of serving themselves.
It was definitely an ugly meeting which gave rise to some of the comedy acts of yester-year, you know...Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, the Tree Stooges.
Now please note, we're not making fun of the meeting or any of our Council members - we want to see our local government succeed...but they do themselves (as well as their electors) a disservice when they don't take a minute to think rationally. And we have to say that because it is true. There was absolutely no need to act if there was any question about the legality of the situation. But by acting anyway they opened the door to the mockery that comes with the territory.
We hope this is not an indicator of how the rest of the year will go.
Watch The ten minute meeting here: