Friday, June 22, 2018

PURE WASTE OF TIME by Larry Fillmore

riday, June 22, 2018

The Town Council’s agenda for June 26, 2018 is currently out. It is important to note that it has a start time of 6:00 PM instead of 7:00 PM. The early start time is because it includes a Public Hearing on the proposed 2018-2019 Municipal budget. The Town Council wants you to believe that they want the people’s input prior to them voting on the budget. This is only a myth.

Anytime you think this is not true, just go back to the results of the November 2011 election where the residents were asked on the ballot if they wanted to vote on the municipal budget. The results were almost 3 to 1 in favor of voting on the municipal budget. Did this ever happen? The answer is the Town Council then had no intention of listening to the residents and that continues today.

Another more recent example is at the last Town Council meeting on June 5, 2018; Mrs. Dorothy Fitzgerald asked the Council why they are not looking for ways to reduce the operating cost of the town instead of increasing the spending. Mrs. Fitzgerald went so far as to offer ways the town could save taxpayers money but not one councilor responded. It went in one ear and out the other. Watch the video of the meeting at 1:23 minutes into the meeting.

I use to attend every Town Council meeting for numerous years. I offer suggestions on how to improve the community or save the taxpayers money. Not one of the suggestions I offered was considered so I stopped wasting my time. This Town Council, like others before them, is not going to take any suggestions from the people and they only do whatever they want. The current Town Council waste has been wasting over $200,000.00 a year for the past three years and they do not care.z
The idea of holding Public Hearings is a legal requirement but nowhere in the law does it say the Town Council has to do anything but listen. This is why it is important to elect ONLY those individuals to the Town Council that will listen to the people. Once these individuals are elected, they no longer listen to the voice of the people. This is disgraceful!

The Town Council meeting on June 26, 2018 will be the last chance to voice your opinions about the budget not that it will do any good. The Council has already made up their minds to raise your taxes again without considering ways to cut taxes. You will get much more out of staying home and watching “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS”.

I listened too many Councils complain about residents not attending council meetings. These same councilors are the ones that totally ignore residents when they speak up at the council meeting. Why would anyone want to be ignored especially on TV?

Elect Councilors who will listen to the people.

Larry Fillmore

Thursday, June 14, 2018

True Mission Of CNN Exposed


During the June 5, 2018 Town Council meeting, there was a discussion on MUNIS. MUNIS is the computer software used by the town to control the majority of its business. This software package cost the taxpayers $680,000.00 for a period of 7 years.

Apparently, the town was sold a bill of goods because it is not working out the way it was advertised. This is not surprising to me, because I remember the initial discussion about getting rid of TRIO. The Town Manager made two mistakes with this purchase:

The first mistake was taking advise from someone who had absolutely no credentials or certifications in the Information Technology field. She never thought to professional advice first.

The second mistake is pushing the Town Council into entering into a 7 year contract without first having the software installed and seeing how it would work for the town.

This is yet another example of the Town Manager duping the Town Council into getting her way. On June 5th at the meeting, she did it again and no one realized it. Instead of providing all the options and information, she left off a very important fact, “What is the cost of termination this contract?” To me and the Council because they asked, this information would be critical to making a sound decision but neither the Finance Director nor the Town Manager had that information. This is how she has always manipulated the Town Council.

The Town Council voted to spend $5,000.00 tax dollars on an assessment verses terminating this contract and going with another software package. Having the information on the penalty to terminate the contract early may have had an impact on the decision by the Town Council.

Chairman Ward should have tabled any further discussion until the Town Manager was able to provide ALL information needed for the Council to make a sound and logical decision. It should be a rule that if all the information is not available at the time of the discussion, the item will be tabled until all information is available to the Council. Information needed to make decisions by the Town Council is conveniently not available. This is how our Town Council is being forced to make decisions that the Town Manager wants.

The Town Manager is being paid over $90,000.00 yearly and should be providing better recommendations to our Town Council.

Larry Fillmore

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