During David Brown’s campaign, he stated in videos that he
wanted the residents to come to the township meetings, see how
government works, participate. He also stated that people
shouldn't believe what is being said by me, Chickenman. Of
course there is no need to flatly believe everything I say but
if I say anything contentious I attach documentation so that
everyone can check for themselves.
When Supervisor David Brown took office, he immediately tried to
restrict public comment. Look at my website for the year 2012
and read the posts: 26 February Muzzling the people, 4 March
Brown to regulate public comments, and 5 April Length of
meetings. There are some great links to those YouTube videos of
then Candidate Brown and the Daily Local articles.
At the January 27, 2014 Board of Supervisor meeting, the very
FIRST time Mr. Brown has ever run a Township Board of Supervisor
meeting, he attempted to create his own ordinance, as if by
Executive Order. http://westvincenttwp.org/home/images/videos/BOS%20Video%2001-27-14.mp4
During the public comments section, David Brown's announcement
was, (Video start time approximately 3:00)“Tammy, I’m gonna ask
you if you will note any questions that are asked because I’m
not going to answer any questions because I don’t have the
answers. So we will get back to you with answers at the next
meeting or, or in writing”.
Three residents asked questions (Ken Miller arrived during these
questions) answered by Ken Miller, Steve Siana and Jim
Wendelgass respectively, contrary to the newly established
policy. Next, a resident asked about Auditor Annual reports, Ken
Miller deferred to David Brown about this policy which is rather
strange since Ken was not present when David Brown made this
Miller had been called to an emergency prior to the meeting (so
he was absent at the start of the meeting) making Brown the
Chair of the meeting. How did Ken know about this new policy
seemingly just proposed by the acting chair of the BOS? Here is
a transcript of the conversation after the question was asked
starting at the video time of approximately 8:36:
Ken Miller: Uh, David, you had…..
David Brown: I said that if you have a question, we will answer
it if you submit it in writing, we’ll have it for you at the
Unknown person: Why submit it in writing?
Brown: “Because if you want a good answer, we need time to get
all the information to answer.”
Unknown person: OK
Brown: I don’t carry a lot of stuff around in my head
(undetermined) the Township.
Unknown: So that going forward, what your saying is from now on,
if you have a question that needs an answer, it needs to be
submitted in writing.
Brown: We would prefer that.
Maria Holderness: Is there a timeline for that?
Brown: Preferably, by, what do you think, Thursday before the
Ken Miller: I’d say, that would be fine.
Brown: John, what do you think?
John Jacobs: I feel a little blindsided by that, David. We, it
was given to me and we haven’t had any comment so I am going to
defer until we can talk about it.
Brown: I did not mean to blindside you John. This is a statement
of my own personal policy. The Board did not adopt this.
So it seems that Miller and Brown had discussed this question
between themselves but had not included John Jacobs in this
discussion. Is this an indication of how the BOS may operate in
future, private unreported conversations about board policy
between two board members, with the third excluded?
Currently if questions are asked and the answer is not
immediately known and if say Jim Wendelgass doesn't know the
answer, he tells the questioner that he will check and get back
to them at the next meeting. This system seems to
work just fine and most questions are answered immediately.
There is no need for a policy to demand written questions other
than to make it more awkward to ask questions.
So much for David Brown and his “open government”. Remember,
this is the same guy that made false claims about tax issues of
his political opponents during the election. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q8zN_TNnV4
so truth is not his forte. Here is an article of interest about
David Brown continues the
somewhat less than straightforward practices
of the West Vincent Township administration.
finally: News on Dave Monteith. I understand he has been
moved to rehab this week, after 3 weeks in the hospital he
is doing somewhat better after a severe blood infection and
pneumonia. It's a bad time for WVT for Dave to not be
around. Otherwise I know he would have been active in doing
his best to help people with their current problems.
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