Town Manager wanting to keep secrets

Town Manager wanting to keep secrets

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Wise, VA

#1 Mar 6, 2013
So word on the street is the Town Manager of Appalachia is going to get rid of the police department. I mean yes, I believe a few should be replaced, but ain't the citizens paying taxes to have cops in that town. From what's being said, the good ole manager is supposedly retiring in July, and around that same time he is gonna end the Police Department and bring in the County Cops to work the town!!! If you get rid of ones that take their cruisers to their girlfriends or drive their kids around (I see a certain silver Impala in BSG DAILY, with kids in his cop car), or heck how bout we get rid of them ones that are NEVER THERE (including the town manager). I'm sure the town will have money then. Also hear ole Gibson will have a guaranteed job there since he's dating the Town Managers daughter now, even hear they plan on getting married. Guess Fred wants this town completely destroyed don't he? Oh well, no matter what people say in that town, the town manager get's away with anything and everything. The council will realize how bad it gets when they need a cop, and it takes a deputy 40 minutes to get to em, but oh well right? IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY!
worried

Blacksburg, VA

#2 Mar 8, 2013
If the rumors are true and they are being told at every place I have went to then how in the World are we going to still be a Town. We lost our School now the Town is next. What makes sense, if we can not afford protection (Town Police) why in the world are we still involved in getting the School Gym, the Walking Trail and all of these Out Door Activities if we can not afford our Town Police Department. The first thing to go should be anything doing with un-necessary activities like our Parks and Rec because I do not think it is necessary and unforunately not a Money Making part of our Town. Myself as a town paying citizen would rather have Police Protection than seeing to it that someone just has fun and a place to go. I do have a scanner and I do know how long it takes our County Officers to get to some calls and if I were a business in town I would want to know for a fact that our Great Ones whether it be the Town Manager or Town Council are trying to do this to our Small Town. We put these people in place to look out for our interest not destroy them. If we are not going to have the Police Department then are we going to stop paying Town Taxes, why should I support a Town that has no immediate protection for me, I might as well move out to the outer limits of town. There are ways to save money if what is told above then take all Police Department Cruisers and keep them parked in the Parking Lot at the Towns Office and the only time they are to be used is during their scheduled days of duty. No take home cars anymore especially with the prices of gas. The other employees bring their personal cars to get to work. Make decisions that are pratical. It seems to me that someone is not doing their job if others see things and the ones we have put into office is blind and not seeing these things going on. I hate to hear that some may be losing their jobs this is really a very DUMB IDEAL, just wondering what IDIOT thought it up. I for one intend on going to the Next Town Council Meeting and I for one would like some answers. Our town is in such a delima and I for one hate seeing this happen to a Town that I love dearly and I for one want to see our Small Town thrive and move forward this is the only town I have lived in and I hope to continue living in it safely.
DAWG

Wise, VA

#3 Mar 9, 2013
Well, I think we should look a little on the brightside here. if the town gives up the charter we will be turned over to the county. that means no more town taxes or usless politics that has corrupted our town. If the county comes in we may final get the tourism we need, and the streets cleaned.In all honesty it can't get much more pathetic then it already is. This will be a time when we lay down the wicked ways of politics and become more of a GODLY community.
i know

Vinton, VA

#4 Mar 10, 2013
There have been rumors for over 2 years that the PD was to be dismantled and let county take it. If Appalachia citizens would stand together as a whole (no division) maybe we would not be in such Terrible shape heading for non-existence.yes, the council seems to have the power, but gov't is supposed to be for the people, by the people. We do have a handful that will stand up. But if we could get everyone to stand, the council would have no choice but to do what the citizens wanted and needed. We r in this shape because we have as a whole sat back and let the manager mayor and council rule. This is our town, lets stand up for our town, the communities, families and businesses.
thanks

Norton, VA

#5 Mar 11, 2013
i know wrote:
There have been rumors for over 2 years that the PD was to be dismantled and let county take it. If Appalachia citizens would stand together as a whole (no division) maybe we would not be in such Terrible shape heading for non-existence.yes, the council seems to have the power, but gov't is supposed to be for the people, by the people. We do have a handful that will stand up. But if we could get everyone to stand, the council would have no choice but to do what the citizens wanted and needed. We r in this shape because we have as a whole sat back and let the manager mayor and council rule. This is our town, lets stand up for our town, the communities, families and businesses.
You are right. That's what happened to our schools. The community gave up except for a few people who continued to fight. People get tired and busy, and sadly those in control just do what they want because they have the numbers to control everything.
I don't think everyone on the council is bad; as a matter of fact, I like Jay and Ted and feel they are upright people. Fred has also done some good things. But, there is more power in numbers of people who want something done. The only problem is....how do you get people to care enough to show up? It's a lot of work as many people are content just to sit in their little corners and do nothing.
WoW

Church Hill, VA

#6 Mar 12, 2013
Glad to hear it! Its been a long time coming! Hate to see the community go from a thriving town to the pork rind scandal to this, but what else did you expect? Thats what you get when you hire an insurance salesman as a town manager and a drunk as the police chief!!
iknow

Groveland, FL

#7 Mar 12, 2013
They arent turning the charter over to county just the police. Yes we may not have the greatest cops but if i need a cop i dont want to have to wait 40 minutes for them to show up. There will still be town taxes, but no cops. I hear luntsford plans to let county take over the police and as soon as it happens hes leaving and going to coeburn to be town manager. I dont reckon the cop situation is a rumor since brad gibson is the one telling everyone, except the cops in town
after

Big Stone Gap, VA

#8 Mar 13, 2013
After what Ben Cooper did, why would we even want a town? Talk about making us the laughing stock of the nation. HA! We are the pork rind vote buying capital of the USA!
nunya2

Ewing, VA

#9 Mar 13, 2013
iknow wrote:
They arent turning the charter over to county just the police. Yes we may not have the greatest cops but if i need a cop i dont want to have to wait 40 minutes for them to show up. There will still be town taxes, but no cops. I hear luntsford plans to let county take over the police and as soon as it happens hes leaving and going to coeburn to be town manager. I dont reckon the cop situation is a rumor since brad gibson is the one telling everyone, except the cops in town
i don't know who posted this and i only know a few people from Appy. I live in wise and have heard the same exact thing about the police dept and lunsford going to coeburn from several county employees that would be directly effected (more area to cover, perhaps).
PITIFUL

Blacksburg, VA

#10 Mar 14, 2013
I hate to see this happen to a small community. This goes to show you it could happen anywhere. I think that a Manager should not have his hands in any other organization like being on Board of Supervisors to be a Manager of a Town, I think this is a conflict of interest, but who am I to say, just a Tax Payer. If he can't run his Own Town any better who would want him running another Town. They put more interest in making their Town a Little Gatlinburg, who would want to visit a Town without Police Protection, not I. Their are Grants out there should he not be looking for them if they are in that Bad of Shape. Poor Management seems to be their problem, More Chiefs than Indians, too many hands in the Barrell, not enough work and too much play. I think this Town needs to get its priorties straight and take care of its Citizens, but who am I to say just a Tax Payer. You all have let this go on way to far step up and take a stand, protect your town and your citizens. If they take your Police Department how many of the Businesses will go too, if I were a Bank I would go "No Immediate Protection, if I were a Pharmacy I would go "No Immediate Protection", if I were a Grocery Store, I would go "No Immediate Protection", if I were Doctor's Officer, I would go "No Immediate Protection". They need to think over this. Your manager is talking about trying to bring businesses into your community and take out their protection, if I were a business I would not go into a community without those who are there to "Serve and Protect. This has to be the most unthoughtful decision and of course I can not forsee that anyone would want to see this happen to a Community. I for one am glad that I do not live in this community where a few makes these kind of decision not thinking of the outcome of something this ridiculous.
things make u go hhmmm

Big Stone Gap, VA

#11 Mar 15, 2013
nunya2 wrote:
<quoted text> i don't know who posted this and i only know a few people from Appy. I live in wise and have heard the same exact thing about the police dept and lunsford going to coeburn from several county employees that would be directly effected (more area to cover, perhaps).
You live in WISE? Your post says you are in Jonesville?
computer savvy

Blacksburg, VA

#12 Mar 15, 2013
My post say I live in Blacksburg and I live in the Great Town of Appalachia. Maybe it has something to do with the Ip or WiFi location you are at the time of your comments. Don't know why, but Hhmmm.
Take it up with whoever serves you, Hhmmmmmmmmmm. As long as you want to post, they will read. Hhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmm.
Wondering

Alderson, WV

#13 Mar 15, 2013
Just wondering, All of you are talking about these rumors, do you have anything what so ever to verify this is what is taking place or going to take place? Seems to me it's all talk, and talk is cheap. Grow up, stop running your mouths until you KNOW what is going on. Then you will appear more intelligent when you decide to go on a public forum and speak about a matter. Just saying.
Just an Observation

Blacksburg, VA

#14 Mar 15, 2013
Rumors, like we were going to loose our Schools, just rumors we were told, but we lost it. Rumors our kids were going to be transferred to Big Stone, just rumors. Rumors are not rumors when you have a Councilman telling it, when you have a Chief telling it, when you have Deputies comfirming they are in negoiations. I would tend to think something "Dirty in the Works", but just rumors. I would think whoever is in charge would take a stand and up and let everyone know the truth. I could run the town better than some that are in charge. I could save the Town Money which I do not think some are trying to do, I think they are there to break the bank as we call it.
I am just worried that one day the Town of Appalachia is going to be in trouble for things they are doing. I think their insurance would frown on their employees taking their children to school and all about in the government vehicles. Even the one who is in charge has his children in the Town's vehicle and tends to ride one of them in the front seat which is very dangerous. All children should be seatbelted in the back seat of a vehicle and needs to be in a booster or car seat until they are of certain height, weight and age. Our taxes should not provide a way to school for these children, that is what school buses are for. Get your priorities together, you wonder why so many are complaining then change the ways you are running our Town. The town vehicles should only be used for Town Service not a means to try and save you money by letting us fork out our money to pay for your transportation whether is be for pleasure or transporting your young ones to their school or outdoor activities or going to County events not involving the town. Even using them for personal use should be prohibited, we should not be paying out of our pockets to provide you with a ride. If you do not want people talking quit giving them reasons to talk about it. Common sense is if you are driving a Government car with Government tags and you are seen hauling family around then you tend to be noticed. Not every town has a Green Exterra or the Gray - Bronze- Silver Impala's. Use the sense God gave you and make Smart Decisions to keep from getting talked about. I am just saying if you want to be talked about keep doing these things, if you like being talked about keep doing these things, if you want to smash the talk then change what you are doing.
things make u go hhmmm

Big Stone Gap, VA

#15 Mar 15, 2013
computer savvy wrote:
My post say I live in Blacksburg and I live in the Great Town of Appalachia. Maybe it has something to do with the Ip or WiFi location you are at the time of your comments. Don't know why, but Hhmmm.
Take it up with whoever serves you, Hhmmmmmmmmmm. As long as you want to post, they will read. Hhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmm.
hhhhhhmmmmmm double hhhhhhmmmmmm with a topping of hhhhhmmmmmmm to with that hhhhhhmmmmmm. Very hhhhhmmmmmm
How Dumb

Norton, VA

#16 Mar 16, 2013
I cannot beleive how dumb our Management is. We have been in a building for several years without any sign of where our Town Hall is and our Police Department is and low and behold a building we do not even own now has a sign saying Parks and Rec. Have you all lost your mind. You would think you would want people knowing where Town Hall is to set us Water Account, you would think you would want people know where the Police Department is in case of an emergency. Oh no we are a resort and all people in Appalachia needs to know is where Parks and Rec is. I cannot beleive the waste of money. I guess we will get a flag and put on it where the Town Hall is next like those Christmas Flags. I don't know where the sense is in some things that they are wasting money for. No wonder people don't want to locate in out Small Town. I guess now that gas prices are going up you will by vehicles that only get 8 or 9 miles to a gallon that is what is looks like is going to happen if we let this Waste keep on happening. Be accountable and responsible for what little money we do have. Remember we can't continue to depend on the Coal Severance Money.
Fact

Church Hill, VA

#17 Mar 16, 2013
The Wise County Sheriffs Department is hiring deputies as we speak to replace the officers in Appalachia. The town charter states that they must maintain a police department and fire department or they lose the charter. Yes this is going to happen, just like the high school "Rumors". I feel sorry for the Town of appalachia people and their community. House won't be worth a dime their after this happens and it will only get worse from here.
Haha

Church Hill, VA

#18 Mar 16, 2013
Fact, you're probably just jealous that you can't get on as an Appy police officer! Wanna be Cop!
think

United States

#19 Mar 20, 2013
i say let the STATE police take over and the fist order of bizz is to investigate the employees and town council along with the mayor
One eye opened

United States

#20 Mar 21, 2013
Can you say Agenda 21?

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