Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It's all part of the same strategy (if that's what you want to call it) that lead them to take the public meetings off the air for six months. It started with folks questioning the double standards with which the Village Code is applied. Why DID Building Superintendent Whalen issue a permit for an illegal fence to a contractor when he routinely denies other fence applications for corner properties? (This is even more questionable considering he fined that contractor for having placed a "For Sale" sign on the same property. Fences are big and permanent. "For Sale" signs are not.) Why did Mr. Whalen allow an already non-conforming house on Wellington Road to be expanded without requiring a variance hearing? Why did he permit another behemoth of a house to be erected on Horton Highway in violation of the height restriction without calling for a variance hearing?
Ask for an intelligent explanation from this village official and you won't get one. Because there is none. And instead of having Mr. Whalen stand up and explain his decisions for himself at a January 2009 Work Session, the Mayor tapped the Village Attorney to cover Whalen's derrierre - at taxpayer expense of course. Why are we paying Dan Whalen $100,000 a year to sit like a potted plant at a work session while we simultaneously pay John Spellman hefty consultant fees to spin tall tales about the way the building regulations are interpreted and enforced?
Ask the mayor if he's ever received complaints about a relationship between a Village official and a secretary who reports to that official, and first the mayor denies he ever received ANY complaints, then two weeks later he says he never received any "formal" complaints. Then the Board votes to stop broadcasting the public meetings using the rationale that these employees were being slandered (they weren't - in order for something to be slanderous it must be false). Then they blame it on people talking too long about things that aren't village related. Then they go back to the slander defense. And while the mayor avers that the board "agonized" over their decision to pull the plug, his second-in-command Larry Werther states that they didn't need to think about it at all. (In other words, for Larry it was a "no-brainer!")
Wow! Either the right hand is completely ignorant of what the left hand is doing, or these guys are trying to play some serious brain games with the taxpayers. Maybe they're in cahoots with some alien space invaders to take control of our minds. Or maybe, just maybe, they ARE the alien space invaders hoping to turn us all into obedient pod people. Or perhaps the spirits of the spooky season are getting the better of me. But in any case, it may just be time for us all to break out the Reynolds and put our tinfoil hats on. After all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste: http://eclectech.co.uk/mindcontrol.php
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