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How do They Rate

A few months in ……how do they rate?

The commission has settled in…the nameplates are positioned…the computers and business cards are in their possession…..

They have sat on the dais….presented agenda items…made comments….made rulings….appointed the Boards….followed through on campaign promises…. and availed themselves to the residents …. some negatives….some positives….

so how do I think they rate… in my humble opinion…

The Mayor is having a hard time getting her bearings…the notes are more of an obvious hindrance than a help…..and it looks like they are not from her own research….. also reading from them has brought her the wrath of the Town Manager with an insinuation that cast doubt on the Town Manager and her staff…over AMR RFPs…. at times as stated in previous posts she has acted as a strong mayor…but I think she has finally realized that won’t fly….. nominated the former chair of the Master Steering Committee who will bring to the town her vast resources in preparation for when the town is ready to forward without being thwarted by fellow Board members in the past…hopefully…. participated in Easter- By- The- Sea….Sunrise Service….she should take the time to enlist someone like the new chair of P&Z to do some mock meetings….

Commissioner Silverstone has not put anything on the agenda so far and I was sure he would have a myriad of items that he has had on the back burner to bring forth once the Old Guard was removed from office… tried to keep the public from speaking at the EMS workshop….disheartening to say the least…. participated in Easter- By- The- Sea…. Sunrise Service …. I look forward to seeing what comes from him going forth…

Commissioner Clottey… has found her footing over the course of each meeting…she is making her points…having those “Columbo” moments as one reader pointed out…..is keeping her promise to the voters in the north and south to blend them together….. to find out the excess revenue information….she voted in Board members from north and south… new applicants and some that were appointed by her predecessor…. tried to have commission each appoint a member of the Board to be representative of the voters and prevent what occurred last Tuesday…. had the Town Manager give the first figures of the excess revenues last Tuesday….walked to meet the shop owners to see what they think about the bags on the parking meters ….went to both EMS services before she voted on Tuesday…..went to the VFD met with their Chief to ask questions…… she has asked questions that residents themselves wanted the answers to…..listened to constituents about the variance charges and had them reduced even more….tried to get freedom of speech restored…. repealed the land use development on hedges …… met with Minto to see what the 4 lane situation was and updates on their plans…. participated in Easter- By- The – Sea….. co- chairing July 4th….she is doing what she said she would do to those voters who took a leap from her opponent….

Commissioner Dodd…has followed through swiftly on an array of campaign promises…introducing and doing away with all Overlay Districts…. returning the term limits to what voters voted for…went to visit both EMS applicants before voting AMR last Tuesday….visited Minto to get the specifics on the 4 lanes and their park etc…. appointed to the Hillsboro Inlet board and reported back on it…. voted in new and previous members of Boards….who he felt could add diversity and expertize to each one…. turned it around for the public to speak at the EMS workshop when it seemed the incumbents were going to do otherwise… seconded Comm. Clottey in her attempt to return freedom of speech……. introduced new way to deal with Consent agenda….no “blind” items passed in the future….listened to the residents and found a compromise to have one lane on Washingtonia Ave….reimbursed 2 ex- board members for legal expenses incurred due to lack of prompt representation from the town….participated in Easter- By- The- Sea…..co-chair July 4th… he must be going down the list he has kept over the past years…. he is on a roll…..

Vice Mayor McIntee…..his shining moments so far …his questions of BSO …some gotcha moments of misrepresentations in their EMS power point…his questioning of AMR and what he expects from them…. making Marc Furth Official Town photographer….low points….unfortunately many more than I thought there would be and some I could not even fathom….starting with his demeanor on the dais…body language….. his introduction of not letting those who come to the podium address the commissioners by name….trying 2 times to keep people from speaking …1st at the EMS workshop…and again when it resumed last Tuesday…to keep non residents from speaking… introducing cell phone allowance and insurance….too soon as a new commission …. his treatment of the former chair of the Master Steering Committee after she was nominated and seconded…… a move that reenacted all the OG were guilty of… still fighting a fight that is over…steeped in animosity over the past few years….at times he can not seem to let it go…. it is time….. participated in Easter- By- The- Sea…Sunrise Service….. time to reassess and become a statesman …..

EMS is decided…..AMR….

VFD has the opportunity to be the primary fire suppression service by September 30th….

Boards are appointed…and unless someone appointed declines….they are ready to serve at the pleasure of the Commission….with guidance from the Commission…..

The fork is in the road….time to step away from the past……come to the middle and give the voters what they are waiting for….cohesiveness……..forward thinking…. ideas and action…..

how do readers rate them? …contact me….

UPDATE: Comm. Dodd contacted me…he relayed to me that Comm. Silverstone had talked to both newly elected commissioners…before they were sworn- in…pre- sunshine… that he would not be putting anything on the agenda right away in order to allow the new commissioners to put on what they needed to…a courtesy that was not offered to him when he was elected… and one he felt was the right thing to do…

Thanks, Comm. Dodd for the clarification…

Comm. Silverstone…I still look forward to seeing what you bring forth in the future…

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