Tuesday, September 4, 2012

COUNCIL MEETING

I figured that my Son-in-law and Daughter were able to amuse themselves so off to the Council meeting I went.

Obviously their presence for this week will cut into blogging time; so don’t expect too much in the way of meeting reports. Other attention grabbers include the Giants/Cowboys’ game, the Democrat Convention, college football etc.

However, since the Council meeting being held on an unusual night, Tuesday was over before 9PM; I can dash off this brief note.

At 7:55 the meeting convened with 3 bloggers, 3 citizens, and 3 Councilors physically present and Councilwoman present by speakerphone making the quorum. Council President Mapp’s new position required him to be at that community’s regularly scheduled Tuesday night Council meeting

There were no items for discussion to prolong this meeting.

In the Public comment session in response to a question by Bernice Paglia on Resolution G for a request for a $37,500.00 grant from Recreation; it was learned that this was for painting lines and repairs of outdoor asphalt courts. The $37,500.00 is to be matched by the City. The County will have to approve the vendor. One proposal was over $100,000.00 with additional cost for asphalt repairs.

Director of Public Works; Eric Jackson who was sitting in for City Administrator Berry remarked that the city’s liability could not be for more than equal to the Grant.

As expected, three Councilors voted not to place item C on the agenda. This was to seek a collection agency to attempt to recoup some $700,000.00 in outstanding Court fines and fees. The Councilors feared that such an agency would harass those that owed money.

Their motives are admirable since collection agencies are notorious for such practices. However, they ignore that these are individuals who most likely are flouting their transgressions against the law; in fact some are likely multiple offenders.

Also disregarded that even given the collection agency’s fee of about 20%; if all funds were recovered the City would be $560,000.00 richer. That is an overstatement since some of those fees/fines are earmark for Court costs, but whatever is recovered lessens the load on the taxpayer.

There was time to tune in the Democrats. I was impressed by the Governor of Massachusetts and of course by Michelle Obama who is a gifted public political speaker. Unfortunately I catnapped during the Keynote Address so I can’t comment.

6 comments:

  1. As expected, three Councilors voted not to place item C on the agenda. This was to seek a collection agency to attempt to recoup some $700,000.00 in outstanding Court fines and fees. The Councilors feared that such an agency would harass those that owed money.

    --- Well of course...that'd be like going to the McDonald's drive through and being expected to pay for your order. How gauche !!

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  2. I wonder why Mr. Hellwig or our Constables can't handle this. Our mayor is not as pro-active as she needs to be and our law enforcement should have been on this all along. After all, these people have flaunted court orders. I don't care if they get harrassed, they owe us, so pay up!

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  3. I seem to recall that a few years back the City was touting the court administrator's ability to collect fines. Did that person leave?

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  4. Greaves and Reid voted no because they may be subject to the harrassment. Neither of them paid their last quarter taxes, and are probably afraid that they will be the subject of the calls.

    Sad state of affairs when our city elders can't even set a good example. I think it is disgraceful. And, they both, I am sure are Christian people. I thought Christians were supposed to be ethical.

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  5. I wonder if it would be effective to publish the names of the outstanding offenders? I't a matter of public records and seems to work for property tax and PMUA charges.

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  6. to anonymous at 11:13: You have to say "GOOD" Christian for it to really burn your ass.. Self Proclaimed "Good Christians" ( The Mayor is one for example ) are usually the shadiest ones on the market.

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