What is the key to a transparent government body? Honesty with it’s citizens, and accountability for it’s actions. After last night’s vociferous meeting, it took some time to process the information that was thrown at the audience at rapid speeds. Speculation that a council member had been secretly following and photographing a borough employee to ensure that he was in fact, working. A proposal to install a $15,000 bioscan (fingerprint) scanning device for employees to clock in and out with. Push-back from council to get rid of the crosswalk safety “bump-outs” for our streetscape design, a design that has been picked apart by council repeatedly, to the point that our borough nearly lost the grant money all together. Nearly half of our council was absent during this meeting, something that really grinds my gears. We have a borough in distress, council members acting as if they’ve been hired as employee managers, and council fighting tooth and nail against an amazing opportunity to have our business district beautified by PROFESSIONALS. The micro-management from council, sticking their hands and ideas into every little thing is exactly what is wrong with government as a whole. Let the employee managers, manage. If there is an employee that is not up to par, give them a warning. If they don’t clean up their act, fire them. Let the architects and the streetscape designers, design the street.
Paying $15K for a fingerprint scanner? I thought this was a joke at first. After hearing about it during the meeting, many of us started searching on our phones for better options. And they include the following:
The most EXPENSIVE digital time card device at Sams Club is $475
Another member of LiB found a bioscan reader online, one that linked to all major payroll companies, and came with three units (so that there can be a unit at the pool, at the borough building, at the firehall, etc…). This bioscan trio was $1,000.
How about looking into a keycard scanner at the entrance?
And of course, the best idea of them all? Make your manager accountable for keeping track of what employees are up to. If they’re not doing their job, fire them. That’s what every other business does. It’s really easy to be a talking head, sitting in a seat, within the confines of borough hall, just spending other peoples money left and right. With rising payroll costs, and rising costs on everything else, do we really need a $15,000 time card program for our one square mile borough?
Council, you’ve been elected (unfortunately) to do things such as write ordinances, which you’re so VERY good at. Approve spending on things such as an unnecessary bioscan time clocks. (it’s not your job to manage employees!). Regulate EVERYTHING, which you do with flying colors time and time again. Approve/dissect every little detail in a streetscape program that we are lucky to even have the chance to be a part of, making the ACTUAL professionals want to simply pull out of the job and offer it to another town. All of these things that you’re doing for the “betterment of the borough” are not helping the borough one bit. Sure, you finally approved the streetscape plan, but good lord, it took so long and there was so much bickering and bashing of the design, it was unbelievable. So you want a gold star and a cookie for actually doing your job, right?
It’s time for a new, fresh start. Many of the council members claim that they do not watch the LiB videos and they don’t read our blogs…We all know that they do. I hope that they read this and are reminded that they were not elected to do half of the things that they’re doing here. All of them will quickly remind you of how little they’re paid to do this council job, yet they continuously take on the jobs of others, micro-managing everything.
CHANGE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.