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Here’s The Scoop..#6…9/12/08 Commission Meeting…Just Talk

25% OFF…………FEEL THEIR PAIN?…………

VIEWS FROM….the Vice Mayor and the Town Manager….

The Vice Mayor must have learned his political pandering from his time in Buffalo…in the law enforcement arena….but it doesn’t pass the smell test here……unfortunately his pal Silverstone once again rode his coat tails on this one… WHY?…

(Silverstone made the statement that he himself was a boyscout….and then he goes along with this….just does not make sense…for a guy who is committed to kids…and helping others….)

McIntee proposed at the 5 pm Special Meeting on the budget that we should cut down on all non-profit donations…already “earmarked” in the new budget…with or without… a 5% increase…by $25% to show some sort of solidarity with our LBTS employees who have had their hours cut…HUH?…..

The LBTS General Fund Donations…2008/09….comparisons from 2004-2008/09….

2004/05….$12,537….2005/06…..$8,408.00……2006/07…..$12,319.00.

…2007/08….$12,934…

2008/09…. the same…. $12,934….or 5% increase… …$13,934.00

JUST FOR FUN…

The Commission….2008/09….comparisons…2004-2008/09….

2004/05….$59,559….2005/06…..$62,735….2006/07….$65,763

…..2007/08…..$74,098.00…..

2008/09…$89,471.00…..an increase of….$15,374.00….20.75%……

includes the health insurance….. at an increase of $9000

not included the other McIntee “perks”…for the dais…cellphones and an ill-fated attempt….to compensate those who do not partake in the insurance program…like the Vice Mayor….this will surely come into play in the future…if he is re-elected….or before….

So as Mr Thompson brought up at the budget meeting….to the Commissioner’s attention …they could always forgo their 5% yearly increase……any bets?….

BCbythesea…guess the commission “perks” are off the table too?…….

Whose employee hours were cut …oh please don’t go there…that takes away from the crescendo of Vice Mayor McIntee’s standing up for the “little guys”…….

But the woman to his right…Town Manager Colon…did go there…. when she talked parking revenues and the parking meter hoods……why…because we now have the “McIntee/Silverstone” covers (hoods) on the parking meters…which cut down on the need for parking enforcement personnel and cut down on the hours of those who take care of the meters themselves…while cutting drastically into the revenue…that pays their salaries….OOPS!…

BCbythesea…for those keeping up with agenda items continuously put on…and continuously tabled…the meter bags (hoods) were on this evening’s agenda…item 14 a. by Vice Mayor McIntee after it was tabled from 3/25 by McIntee…as it has been umpteenth times before… tonight he would table it once again….until the second meeting in November….HMMM…..

Now a quick look at the 2008-2009 budget for parking enforcement…total number of parking enforcement personnel…showing the years leading up…for comparison…2004- to present…

2004/05…4……2005/06….3….2006/07……3….

…..2007/08…..2…..2008/09…2.25….

The parking enforcement budget….personnel services…salaries/overtime/FICA/retirement/group Ins….

2004/05….$145,38600….2005/06….$160,981.00…..2006/07….$152.360.00

…..2007/08….$125.721.00….

2008/09….$134.200.00

parking revenues…

2004/05….$387,030.00…..2005/06….$469.611,00….

2006/07…..$657.331.00…..2007/08…..773.745.00…

2008/09…..$552.543.00……..

A funny aside….in this year’s budget…under Major Accomplishments….presented by the Manager….the infamous….”Parking meter hoods were purchased for use when fees are waived which indicate this Town is offering complimentary parking”…YIKES!…

CUTTING THE TOWN EMPLOYEES…. THE HOURS……..The NUMBERS………THE “HEADERS”….

The Town Manager has also informed us that staff hours have been cut down to 30 hours …but what about the details…those pesky details that seem buried in the numbers…and the columns the are included in….as well as contractual…….

Population/ employees per 1000…. FY 08/09…and comparisons 04-08…

# of full time and contractual employees….

2004/05….135….2005/06…..134.5…..2006/07….154.5….

….2007/08….91.5….2008/09….159 …..

(decrease in 2007/08…VFD termination)

LBTS…positions….

Administration….

2004/05…10…..2005/06…10….2006/07….10….

….2007/08….8….2008/09…8.5

(office worker to be hired)

Public Works….

2004/05…..17.5……2005/06….17.5…..2006/07….10…..

….2007/08….9….2008/09…8

(maintenance worker to be hired)…

Community Standards …added on in 2006/07…to offset numbers of public works positions…some of the same positions previously listed in the 2004/2005 count of public works positions…..providing almost equal …the number of employees…HMMM…

2004/05…0….2005/06….0…2006.07….6….

….2007/08….7…2008/09….7

Developmental Services….

2004/05…6….2005/06….6….2006/07….6…

….2007/08…6….2008/09….6

(code enforcement officer…Development Director to be hired)

Parking Enforcement…see above….

BCbythesea…2008/09…lists positions 2.25 employees….see Parking Fund position….below….

Sewer Fund positions….

2004/0-.5…2005/06-.5…2006/07….1….

….2007/08…1….2008/09…1.25

Parking Fund positions…

2004/05…1….2005/06….1….2006/07….1…..

…..2007/08….2…..2008/09….2

Parking enforcement officer…listed as .75 for employed position…divided between these 2 entries….

Population….

2004/05….6,278….2005/06….6,278…..2006/07….6,278

…..2007/08….6,278…2008/09….6,196

employees per 1000 population….

2004/05….21.50…2005/06…..21.42…..2006/07…..24.61

…..2007/08….14.58…..2008/09…25.6

A look at the job board in the hall shows hiring of more personnel is in process….not replacing staff ( except for Director of Development)….but increasing staff…in the office…maintenance and code enforcement…(more on this when I address the Ordinances…and the real fees….and what this additional code officer might mean….)…some are being paid equal to other municipalities working 40 hours…

The employees according to the budget receive a 5.5% cost of living allowance…

Contractual services include… Fire-VFD/EMS-AMR….raking Town’s beaches…landscaping and street sweeping service….Town Atty./Town Planner/Town Engineer…Police…and funding is provided for conceptual plans for grant proposal,planning, and municipal studies and administrative support services…

Now just as the commission gets its “perks” so does the Town Manager…a salary equal to her predecessor Bob Baldwin … a car…benefits….retirement package….the works….the only thing left out as this writer recalls was the extensive paid “leave” he had….

No….. I’m not asking for her to take a cut…but she is paid very well for a town of this size….

(Previous news reports have talked of other towns reconsidering automobiles for Town employees though….)

I disagree though with the “wearing many hats”….used to describe a way to compensate for tightening our belts…. for that is a management style…that she seems to prefer….and not a necessarily a required necessity…due to lack of funds….or personnel….although it may be needed to compensate for heads of departments not fully qualified….and to accurately describe certain employees divide their time under different position “headers” within parking…maintenance etc….shown in the budget’s position titles….

Manager Colon’s stated choice …to give 0…zilch…nothing…. to the non- profits….was alarming and strange to say the least… but certainly would never really be entertained by the commission……without an extraordinary amount of bad press and backlash for such a move….

So feel their pain?…….NAHHHH?……….look for the commission to go ahead with the same amount given last year…

Non-profits….can rest assured….the status quo will prevail!….AHH….POLITICS!…..

more to come

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