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WELL IT LOOKED GOOD ON PAPER………….

BCbythesea…hears that despite the warm and fuzzy “sucking up” at Commissioner comments last Thursday…from the Mayor to the Manager and her staff……..all is not well behind the scenes….

The Mayor apparently is being “guided” whether by Blackberry….notes… previous politicians … or political advisers to throw out these politically correct….programs for the people….a publicity 101 win-win in their play-book….

Just like she or whomever is advising her …did not do the background homework….on her proposed change of the town-wide zip code a few meetings back….she was caught off guard when the next day when she received the expected flak… from her constituents…. who have long opposed having to change the coveted 33308…for a few streets in the north… previous post…

Her Adopt- A – Street program…is an orphan!…..

Question is to the Mayor….What street did you adopt?…….

The Chair appointed….found out this is not merely a “Bette Midler” type program where each volunteer could be responsible for the road in their little slice of the town….it was an intensive 2 hour required class…. being inundated with info from the organization…. too much….the Chair backed out….the Town staff knew…did the Mayor…and where does it go now?……….

At the 6/12/08 Commission meeting…the Town Manager knocked us off our chairs with the staggering $30 thousand dollar a year price tag for the city to recycle…for just the residents….a program many do not participate in….

The Manager made the eye-opening statement after yet another “politically correct…green” item was put on the agenda by the Mayor to include the downtown areas and local businesses in recycling….alas this one too must have jumped out to the Mayor as a winner in the publics’ eye….

Except…as the Manager also pointed out…with input from Comm. Dodd…the expense is can be exorbitant…

At a time when businesses are already walking a tightrope with less coming in….more going out….adding this requirement…just adds salt to their wounds….and shows how truly out of touch the Mayor must be to their present situation…

Kudos to the Manager on this one though….without much fan-fare….she decided to do a trial for the downtown recycling…to see what residents and tourists will do with recycling bins offered….if the response is using them correctly….the Town will expand and continue….but if the employees are faced with sorting through them to rectify a public use of indifference….it will be canned…pun intended…

What happened yesterday with the Mayor’s Ocean Watch…at Anglin Pier?…Was she there…from start to finish…doing the job…or for a photo-op….as is the case in other community projects…touted in her first 150 days?……..

BCbythesea….It needs to be stated that any elected official…who proposes any program….is “Honorary” Chair…and it is up to them to see the program is a go or a wash!……..

We’re a little town with limited staff and employees….so it should be the required due diligence of the Mayor/Commissioners to be in charge of whatever they initiate …..until it is successfully fully functioning by volunteers….with updates and results presented to the public…. thus preventing further expanded duties for these workers ….

This action should definitely cut back on putting such items on the agenda in the future…….which entails…research by staff…discussion on the dais….votes from the commission…….only for it to be scrubbed ……

BCbythesea….Must be made retro-active….so the staff can walk away from another recently proposed program by the Mayor….requiring them to do her homework….expanding their duties…yet again…

the proposed program….workshops for residents …. informing them…..

“How our local government works!”……….

(if this one is enacted….the Mayor should definitely attend )………..previous post….

more to come

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