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Here’s The Scoop…LBTS Commission Meeting 4/14/09…Continuation …4/20/09 …#2…Don’t Bite…

LET’S SINK HIM….

If Commissioner Dodd wants it…the new majority on the dais does not…

Yesterday Commissioner Dodd encountered yet another round….starting with his item 16 b.  for funding of the beach patrol…giving them additional monies..

To this writer it looked  “orchestrated”…by 3 Commissioners on the dais…Can’t pin anything on them…but the free flowing “baiting” among the Mc-Gang did not look “kosher”…

Comm. Dodd had previously heard from the VFD Chief that the hours spent on the beach ATVs were underpaid because of the allocated monies…turning in 100 reported hours on the ATVs…but being paid for 40…HMMM….And from what we hear the Chief was all for additional funding…so it seems Comm. Dodd did just as the “2-Hats” repeatedly said he should do, he went to the Chief before he made a motion…Well the Chief wasn’t there and the VM  said maybe Comm. Dodd wanted to “defer”  (The word of the day…rather than table) this item until he was present…Dodd thought that wasn’t necessary and went ahead adding that the VM could jump in as Deputy Chief is need be …at the podium…( he did, but stayed in his chair)…Dodd offered up his reasoning…wanting additional funding in the amount of $3600 for the beach patrol to be able to spend more time patrolling the beach…extolling the benefits of having them on the beach…he asked for a second …The other Commissioners virtually sat on their hands…although Comm. Clottey had a question…The Mayor said she would pass the gavel to second it herself…The Vice Mayor then took the gavel to repeat the motion…and Clottey said “I’ll second it”….The Mayor said that’s why she handed the gavel over…but if the Com. was going to second…she would remove her second and take the gavel back…WHEW!… Comm. Clottey talked about these men primarily being volunteers and not paid…asking for monies to go into a way to pay for “courses” to take to further their education…and training on machinery such as on the new “Sea Doos”…Guess the Comm. doesn’t read the Mc-Furth Times…because the VFD Chief in their customary VFD full page color ad on the the back cover states that all future operators are presently in specialized training…OOPS!… And as far as the beach patrol doing it for the community and volunteering…the Vice Mayor as Deputy Chief…when asked point blank by Comm. Dodd how much the they are paid said…$10 an hour…$200 a week maximum…$800 a month…… not bad, with the monies paid for showing up to the fire station for 100 calls each month the number of calls stated by the Vice Mayor in the recent Hi-Riser interview…(previous scoop post)…Suddenly the VFD on the ATV’s according to the VM are required to take a 4 hour course through the State Wildlife Commission….and the VM said still wearing his VFD Deputy Chief hat that at their monthly meeting the volunteers decided they do not need any additional money because they don’t want the town to think they are doing it for anything but “giving back to the town”…”They don’t want people to think that they are paid”…($800 a month + monies for calls…isn’t that paid?)…Comm. Silverstone told a story about a little “miracle”…two elderly women in a Cadillac who parked in front of the firehouse this day and gave an envelope to him for the VFD…He says he gave it to the Chief and the Chief opened it to find a check for $2000…Comm. Silverstone wanted to thank them whomever they were…(No name on the check?)…More discussion over the $3600 dollars…the training…the type of “fund” it could be put in…and the Mayor asking for the Town Attorney for input on how this worked with the contract already in place between the Town and the VFD…The Attorney said they could pass it with it being subject to the finding…The Vice Mayor did not want to pay the fee involved for that finding……saying the Town Manager could do it and be assured the VFD would use it appropriately…Silverstone suddenly said he would vote against this…for this reason…and Dodd then withdrew the motion saying the Deputy Chief said the VFD has adequate money for the Sea Doo training ….

Next time Commissioner Dodd…use reverse psychology…say you do not want something…and let’s see how that goes!…

more to come…

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