Last night, Tuesday, September 4 2012, was a night many of us involved in the LiB Movement will not soon forget. After months of being told that Bellevue Borough is running out of money, after being told numerous times that the borough couldn’t even fund a police officer for our local schools or even fresh pavement for our roads, we were utterly shocked to find numerous members of our council willing to spend $3000 of tax payer money on an unnecessary project that could have been done for free (yes, literally free!!!). For roughly two and a half hours, certain members of this council (namely Jane Braunlich, Linda Woshner, and Jim Viscusi) argued for the absolute necessity that 20 trees be purchased from a certain landscaping company to be planted in a park not located in the borough of Bellevue (admittedly, it is a park owned by the borough but it is geographically separated from the borough). Even after being offered three alternative quotes that reduced the cost of the trees by 20%, 25%, even 100%, Ms. Braunlich, Ms. Woshner, and Mr. Viscusi argued that purchasing the trees from the Steel City Landscaping company was the only option they would accept.
We should be sure to mention that a certain individual by the name of Mark Purcell lives on the street where these trees are slated to be planted. We should also be sure to mention that the company which these members of council were dead set on hiring for the purchase and installation of these trees is owned by Mark Purcell’s son. If you do not know Mark Purcell, we suggest you Google his name and flip through the archives of this page dating back a couple of weeks. Could it be that Mark Purcell, a known mud slinging political activist who has openly stated on this very blog that he would “do anything to ensure his friends get elected,” is getting his back scratched a bit from this decision?
Why else would Jane Braunlich, Linda Woshner, and Jim Viscusi not even entertain quotes from companies that were cheaper than the Purcell quote?
Why else would they choose not to pursue an abundance of free trees for the borough they claim to serve?
For this issue to erupt merely two months after Linda Woshner’s witch hunt through the borough’s cell phone plan under the guise of saving the borough $30-40/month, we cannot help but wonder where this council’s allegiance lies – with the borough they claim to serve or those with the influence and promise of getting them re-elected?
Watch the video posted below and judge for yourself. Watch as these council members desperately seek any justification they can to get the necessary votes to support this outrageous decision. Unfortunately, because we filmed this debacle on a couple of cell phones the footage is not perfect, but it definitely gets the point across. This is your council Bellevue. Tell us what you think…