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Here’s The Scoop …. LBTS 9/9/09 Commission Meeting ….#2 … QUITE A PERFORMANCE ….

TOWN MANAGER ESTHER COLON … BACK …IN A REPEAT PERFORMANCE ….

Dear Readers, It’s truly stunning the power being wielded from the corner office in Town Hall  and positioned in the off-center seat up on the dais…With a heavy hand and and incredible disregard for how it effects the residents of this small coastal town…the Town Manager has eclipsed even the Vice Mayor in bad acts that will take some time to rectify after the change in March!…

The specifics will be posted …for there is so much that spewed from her “lead role” over the last two nights…She spoke down to a man presenting a potential business coming to the town …She dissed  and tried to diminish the achievements of the former BSO Chief right after he received a proclamation…She brought in a representative from Sun Trust bank to make a presentation that was boring, disjointed and difficult to follow…with no backup provided in the agenda… but did provide her temporary cover for her pre-payment penalty attachments to the promissory notes….She’s making it clear how she want this Town to run……ANY WAY SHE SEES FIT!… Stand back and keep your mouths shut…whether you be a resident/taxpayer, business owner, Commissioner…She wants what she wants when she wants it…she said it…she is the “brow beater”….( her words last night)…don’t like it …FIRE HER…she’s got $250,000 reasons to act as she does…to be calculated in skirting what is “legally” permissible …with an hourly hand-picked law firm  and a Town Attorney (prev.  post) that backs up whatever the Manager “feeds” her….”advising” what is “legal and  allowable”…. while the impact is anything but…If it ain’t broke don’t fix it…she repeated it often from her perch……don’t change vendors…don’t change systems…PIECE MEAL…The Manager made a mockery out of her “payback” over the RFPs…She again spoke down to a businessman who came to our meeting…and proceeded to mislead the commission and the residents when comparing  the RFP bids and what they offered…( post on this to come)…She certainly must have encouraged her subordinate, Asst. Town Manager Olinzock to be insubordinate to Commissioner Dodd…..just like many of  her other subordinates within Town Hall …(prev. post)… The Asst. Town Manager followed the boss’ lead when saying he had no “evaluation”…why because he was fully invested in the ruse and 2nd because changing the RFPs meant the Town was not allowed to evaluate….. It was just so predictable…we’ve seen this “show” before”….His  followup verbage was identical to the Manager’s in saying he would recommend from his “experience”…which is as lacking as his mentors…( not ready for Broadway)…She is counting on her “gang” to put a stop to any further calls from Comm. Dodd for RFPs going out and big time responses to come back…She doesn’t like it…doesn’t want it and made it her mission to quash it…to return to those vendors she is “happy with”… Jimmy-boy totally in the dark to the process actually said the new way was less time consuming…but alas…again, sadly he knows nothing of which speaks on…(I ask you sir, are you a CPA?…No, enough said…a reference to his asking Comm. Dodd if he was an Atty. last night…lame!)…Vice Mayor McIntee who never attended an RFP opening ….. gave his “O J ” glove act….with his ridiculous assertions and laughable questions to the vendors…She took swipes at the Commission…over the drainage problems…she wants to return to a storm water sewer fee, saying it’s not illegal…and wheels so much power nowadays that the “broom boys” now her “lap boys” are happy to comply…just as they were to go back on their stance of moving leftover agenda items to the next meeting….No matter they were against it in their prior incarnations…the minority on the dais!…She spoke with exasperated pettiness about the Mayor “always” bringing her too much information…She took the proverbial “ruler” out time and time again to Commissioner  Dodd …who just will not let her have her way!…She is cunning…when she holds up RFPs and goes in a direction she knows full well had absolutely nothing to do with what takes place….she plays with timelines such as the  The LETF monies .. and the BSO Chief’s letters old and new…The BSO Colonel told it like it was, she led them on…. and the “orchestrated”  letter from the new Chief…that was “ordered” to be produced by the Manager on the very day the Town Atty. said he had already made the request…(suspect timing )…. “Deference” to the Chief…Hmmmm….So if the Commission had gone to the Attorney General for an opinion…as Commissioner Dodd put forth ….the onus now falls on the BSO that the use is legitimate to disperse the funds. for the renovations…..She then went around the bend… by announcing she would not use the LETF for what the purchase manual allows…such as more Town security cameras…She made it clear…on day 2 with a comment after her arrival…after the Round Table to discuss her future performance review..(posts  to come)…she doesn’t care…let em’ fire her…she’s gonna continue on …the same….(she is simply incapable of anything more)…

This blog and “blogger” must be causing her some big time headaches… I put out the facts…I put out the numbers…I put on the behind the scenes information  ……I ask the questions…I go in and read the backup…I read the public/ legal notices…I ask for Public Records ….I attend the meetings….I go to the openings of bids…and newsflash…Madam Manager I will continue to do so… (so get plenty of Excedrin)….read the RFPs aloud…as was done prior to July 29, 2009…or not…I will attend them…I will give my cards out…bids read that day or not, I will give them out…The “act” of giving them out was brought up by Ms. Colon…I do, as is my right…and the contractors give me theirs…They have always been receptive….I make it clear I am a resident who writes about the Town….The feedback from the vendors…over time…longtime vendors said they read my site to see who came and the numbers…At the pre- bid meeting for the BSO renovations…a new vendor said he was going to look at the site to see who else was there…and of course the Parking Citation RFP was expanded bringing forth the opportunity to perhaps move ahead in our way of doing the job …thus provoking her to dig in her heels and stand her ground…to try with all her might to stop progress….it scares her that much!…

It was not a pretty sight to see the woman in the center seat run roughshod over those we elected and to observe how we are represented in her behavior toward those who come into our Town…especially knowing we are paying her big time for this one-act play!…

So unsettling to watch her “performance”…..”critics”  cannot help but shake their heads……With the current majority…in their “supporting roles”…and her iron clad contract this “critic”…this “blogger”…resident, taxpayer will be shaking mine from now until March…when she will know her “starring role”  is over…and the curtain has at last come down….

ESTHER, ESTHER………ESTHER….

more to come…

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