Happy New Year to all. Me, I'm still around, next operation
booked for early March. I can't run very fast but there you go.
I feel OK.
The new year in West Vincent has started out interestingly
enough. The Township Secretary was not reappointed. There were
some protests and questions about it but the Supervisors are not
allowed to talk about it, due to employment law. Within one
week, the Treasurer was removed rather abruptly. Wow! I have to
suspect there is far more to this than just wanting to get rid
of an employee or two.
These vacancies have left the others in the Administration to
pick up the slack. Even Supervisors Mike Schneider and John
Jacobs are working in the office. Neither can be paid for any of
the time they work for West Vincent Township, other than their
Supervisor salary of $1875/year. Good for everyone for pitching
As a side note, most people in the Township probably do not
realize that John Jacobs has the Township health insurance but
unlike previous Supervisors he pays for it in full out of his
own pocket, reimbursing the township. (Mike Schneider does not
get any insurance from the Township). When Ken Miller received
insurance (as Roadmaster for 20 hours/week) it cost the
taxpayers around $19,000 and when Clare Quinn lost her job after
leading the Eminent Domain attack on the Ludwig's Horse Show and
the Township paid her health insurance.
Much has changed for the better in the two years since Jacobs
and Schneider have been in office. Here is another example.
During the administration of Miller-Perkins-Quinn, the Treasurer
died. How did they advertise for a Treasurer? With his obituary!
That's all. That limited the potential choice effectively to
those who were 'in the know'. I wrote about this on 8 July,
2011. On 19 July, 2011 you can read a reader's letter that talks
about someone at a Township meeting defending the use of the
obituary to find the Treasurer replacement. The world has
changed since the last time a Treasurer was needed. The current
Administration is properly and publicly advertising for the
vacant positions. No friends, no handing out special favors, not
like last time.
For two years, the Supervisors have been trying to clean up the
old ways of the former Administration. Let's hope it keeps going
in the same direction.
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