2013 will be a big year for Bellevue. We have a lot of decisions to make about the future direction of our community. There is no question that Bellevue is not as it should be. Between the mass exodus of long term, quality residents from our borough, our increasingly dismal business district, oppressively high tax rates, a floundering school district in turmoil, and no vision from our elected officials to bring prosperity, growth, and health to our neighborhood we are more inspired than ever to liberate Bellevue from those responsible for strangling the life out it.
The year began with yet another demonstration of the kind of failed leadership of the which has become all too common among our current council. The hour and a half video below of the January 2013 Council Meeting is chock full of examples of why Bellevue is caving in on itself. Some of the most notable examples include a president who claims political responsibility for all of the “great things” of Bellevue, a rash decision to hire an interim borough manager at a price of thousands of dollars (nearly $65/hour) without as much as an interview, and a self righteous declaration that the council majority can spend tax payer money as they see fit (i.e. the Bellevue Dog Woods budget line item after months of scrutinizing employee cell phone bills under the guise of “saving even a few dollars”).
As the new year gets into full swing, Liberty in Bellevue is dedicated to keeping the public up to date on what is going on within the council chambers and other areas of concern within the community. We will have many important decisions to make as the year progresses and information will be absolutely vital for us to make the necessary decisions which will bring life, growth, and prosperity back to the town we love.
There are timestamps available below to help you navigate through the video!
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0:37 – Call to Order, Flag Salute, Roll Call
ATTENDING: Jane Braunlich, Kathy Coder, Lynn Heffley, Mark Helbling, Jim Scisciani, Jim Viscusi, Sue Viscusi, Linda Woshner, Mayor Doscher, Solicitor McGrail
ABSENT: Frank Camello
2:55 – Public Contribution (NONE)
3:10 – Approval of Bill List (passes unanimously)
3:42 – Review & Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes for 12/4/12, 12/17/12, 12/27/12, & 1/2/13 (passes unanimously)
4:16 – Treasurer Report
6:52 – Mayors Report
7:15 – EMS Report
7:20 – Library Report
7:25 – Engineer Report
8:40 – Administration Report – DAS mentions an upcoming meeting on 1/22 @ 6:30 for a millage increase of 5%.
11:40 – Mrs. Woshner bids farewell to DAS Doug Sample.
12:25 – Tax Collector Report
12:30 – Council Report – Mrs. Woshner appoints Kathy Coder & Mark Helbling as representatives for the Council of Governments (C.O.G.). Mrs Woshner changes committee chairs as follows: Public Works will be chaired by Jim Viscusi, Public Safety will be chaired by Jane Braunlich.
13:30 – Mrs. Woshner gives her “Presidential Report” for 2012.
19:29 – Discussion & Override of Mayors veto of budgeted benefits for borough employees
COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS
38:41 – Finance – Discussion & Debate on hiring an Interim Management Service for $5k/80hrs/month ($62.50/hr).
1:02:20 – Parks & Rec
1:03:14 – Public Safety
1:03:26 – Public Works – Final payment to Insight Pipe Contracting (passes)
1:04:22 – Special Committee Reports
1:04:23 – Bids
1:04:25 – Resolutions
1:04:32 – Ordinances – Second & Third Reading of Budget Adoption
1:05:55 – Mayor Doscher explains the reasons for his veto – police vehicles, and a budged line item for the donation $2K of borough tax dollars to the Bellevue Dog Woods (a 501c3 non-profit organization). Mayors veto is again overridden.
1:10:57 – Introduction of 2013 Real Estate Property Tax Rate (rate TBD)
1:11:21 – Old Business – Kathy Coder inquires with Solicitor McGrail about terms, conditions, and pricing. Kathy Coder inquires about the netbooks that were provided to council members that are not being use, suggests selling them if they’re no longer needed.
1:15:42 – Jim Scisciani inquires about the upcoming school board proposal. Lynn Heffley speaks about upcoming school board proposal to cut teachers, aides, and programs.
1:17:12 – Public Contribution – Lisa Saylor about the upcoming school board proposal & the Streetscape plan. Barb Doscher inquires about the councils willingness to give $2K to the BDWA after the BDWA committee previously stated that they would not ask for or require any tax payer funds.