It seems my last posting got a response from the township! I'll quote:
"It has come to the Township’s attention that you may have
been sent another anonymous email regarding Township business. That
email claims that the author was “told” by another anonymous source"
Actually it was sources, plural.
"that two Township Supervisors met in executive session on a
No I did not say that. I said "if it was a meeting". I asked "were
they having a meeting?"and I said "it could have just been
coincidence." If anyone misunderstood all that and thought I was
saying that they definitely did have a meeting then I apologise. I
thought I was being clear enough.
"and that the meeting was “not legally allowed”.
Unfortunately, like the information which was distributed in a number
of prior emails, the contents of this message are just plain wrong."
Ah. I wonder by prior emails with contents "just plain wrong" if they
are referring to the links to newspaper reports I have quoted? Or
maybe the various legal judgements I have quoted? Or possibly they are
thinking of the photo of the backhoe sitting in Brachwitz's front yard
when he said it wasn't there? Or the questions I asked about the snow
removal contract? I can't think of anything else I have written about.
Where was I "just plain wrong" ?
"First, the Township Supervisors can meet in executive
session at any time and the only requirement is that the meeting and
its purpose be announced at a regular Supervisors’ meeting. "
Ah, that's not quite the full story. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Sunshine Act (Open Meeting Act) requires an announcement of the
executive session BEFORE it takes place. The PURPOSE of the meeting
may be announced at the subsequent open meeting but the announcement of
the meeting itself must be made previously. Except in an emergency.
If - and I stress if - if there was a meeting then it was not legally
allowed, since there was no prior public notification. Certainly it was
not an emergency, and was not so declared afterwards.
"The Township has and continues to follow this practice.
Second, the anonymous source was just wrong: no such meeting ever
happened at the Township Building or anywhere else on that Sunday.
Moreover, no Supervisor visited the Township Building that day."
Well, they would say that wouldn't they.
I stand by what I said, no more, no less. Sadly, I don't have photos.
On my other point, I have not received one single correction to my note
legal costs for WV and the neighbouring townships, showing WVT legal
costs were some 10 times higher per head than the neighboring
townships, although in their mail the Township did seem to be, somewhat
obliquely, trying to discredit it when they said "the contents of this
message are just plain wrong." Are they suggesting my figures are
wrong? They could be wrong. I did ask, "somebody correct me if I'm
I will make one sort of correction, myself. Since 2000 all the
townships have shown large increases in population, exact numbers will
not be known until the 2010 census reports are published, but my guess
would be that all the townships will have shown a somewhat similar
increase. So that the net effect will be to reduce the cost per head
for each township by shall we say 30%. Or whatever.
You may notice that
(possibly) I am
sending from a different address. Somebody (I wonder
who?) blocked my account claiming I was sending out spam. Whoever it
was, I guess they are afraid of the truth.
As usual, if you want
to be added to my mailing list, or if you know
someone who should be on my mailing list, or if you want to be taken
off the list, please tell me, it will be done. I've added Tammy
Swavely to the list myself (Hi Tammy) so that she can see first hand
what I write, and maybe not get it wrong next time.
I must stress. If you want to be taken off this list it is ABSOLUTELY
NO PROBLEM! Just ask!
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