For months members of Liberty in Bellevue curiously observed as Bellevue Council retreated for executive sessions after nearly every meeting to discuss “personnel” and/or “pending litigation” matters. No one was allowed to go public with what was being shared in those executive sessions, but from the disgusted looks on the faces of certain borough leaders, we could tell it was something serious.
Everything changed on March 5, when Mayor George Doscher finally felt compelled to share with the public what he was legally permitted discuss. The story Mayor Doscher proceeded to tell was more unbelievable than we ever imagined.
According to Mayor Doscher, Councilmembers Linda Woshner and Jim Viscusi received some kind of a concern or complain about the job performance and daily whereabouts of longstanding borough employee and DPW supervisor Tony Barbarino. To be sure, Tony’s name was not and could not be mentioned at the time, but was later disclosed upon his resignation. Upon receiving the so called complaint, Councilman Jim Viscusi took it upon himself to follow Tony with a video camera. Mr. Viscusi reportedly was witnessed hiding in or around the bushes around the Barbarino household videotaping Tony with his family. To sum up Mr. Viscusi’s method of handling a potential problem with a borough employee, he chose to stalk and spy on Tony.
Tony Barbarino faithfully served the Borough of Bellevue for 16+ years. Tony received numerous accolades andhad been long celebrated by his coworkers, supervisors, and community members. If the complaint against Tony was legitimate, it should have been handled professionally by working through the borough manager. If the complaint against Tony was legitimate, after such a long standing career with the borough a solution surely could have been worked out.
However, this council, and in particular Councilman Jim Viscusi, chose to chase Tony out of Bellevue. This council, in particular Councilman Jim Viscusi, chose to spy on Tony and his family in order to find a justification for his termination. This council, in particular Councilman Jim Viscusi, seems all too interested in serving the interests of known political meddler Mark Purcell who explicitly stated on numerous occassions that he wanted Tony, among other borough employees (DAS Doug Sample, Solicitor Tom McDermott), removed from their posts in Bellevue.
Don’t take my word for it, check out the video here!
Bellevue deserves better than to be mismanaged by a council majority that has no idea what it is doing! Bellevue deserves better than to be micromanaged by a council more concerned with the desires of a Ross Township resident who will “do anything to get his friends elected.”
Bellevue deserves a leadership more passionate about leading our community towards of vision of growth and prosperity than it is focused on taking care of its friends and cronies.
What do you say we give Bellevue what it deserves tomorrow? Get out a vote for fresh new leadership and let’s move beyond the mismanagement we’ve been stuck with for far too long!