Council members engage into intense matters in New Year

Feb 13, 2013 Full story: Westmoreland News 9

The second half of the January Colonial Beach Town Council work session was filled with everything from reactivating the Housing and Redevelopment committee to deciding on a company to look at the efficiency of the current town employees and systems to the final decision on nonprofits and water bills.

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“C. Green”

Since: Sep 12

Colonial Beach

#1 Feb 14, 2013
I would invite you to read the first sentence, second to last paragraph, in this piece and draw your on conclusions if you think this is right.
2centsworth

Columbia, MD

#2 Feb 14, 2013
The way I read it, the town council is serious about making changes to help the town move forward! Between the new council members and the Revitaliztion committee the town now seems to have a chance to improve for everyone.

Since: Nov 12

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#3 Feb 14, 2013
Bad Penny wrote:
I would invite you to read the first sentence, second to last paragraph, in this piece and draw your on conclusions if you think this is right.
I understand your concern, but suggest that you give them a little leeway right now. They are committed to what amounts to cleaning up a HUGE mess. The transparency is already much improved. They will ultimately be as transparent as what you want them to be now. Continue to be vigilant, but have a little patience until they can get through this transition.

Since: May 10

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#4 Feb 14, 2013
Bad Penny wrote:
I would invite you to read the first sentence, second to last paragraph, in this piece and draw your on conclusions if you think this is right.
After a few minutes of discussion TC decided to authorize the initial $4500 of the contract to Whitestone Partners and work with them to start the process as soon as possible. Whitestone will begin by meeting with council members, management members, and then shadowing various town employees. The process should take approximately 90 days according to Chiarello.

Exactly what is your concern?
cbfromhere

Colonial Beach, VA

#5 Feb 14, 2013
If you read site "Taxdollars Wasted" Wanda indicate still in the process and more bids may come in. That's one guess the other is what did the RFP (Request for Proposal)indicate? When was it enacted, why no public hearing, why no notice to public, just as a few. Then you come on and say We are transparent.There is a reason government action seem slow, keep members from cutting off their noses to spite their face.
Silly

Tappahannock, VA

#6 Feb 14, 2013
Tim Curtin wrote:
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After a few minutes of discussion TC decided to authorize the initial $4500 of the contract to Whitestone Partners and work with them to start the process as soon as possible. Whitestone will begin by meeting with council members, management members, and then shadowing various town employees. The process should take approximately 90 days according to Chiarello.
Exactly what is your concern?
What does it mean to "shadow various town employees"? These employees should be interviewed individually with a guarantee that what they say is confidential. Last time a group of employees tried to file a grievance, Val swept it under the rug with the help of the town attorney and Rummage. And what about the last study that was done? I guess the taxpayers really got their money's worth from that.
Cowboy

Alexandria, VA

#7 Feb 14, 2013
Silly wrote:
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What does it mean to "shadow various town employees"? These employees should be interviewed individually with a guarantee that what they say is confidential. Last time a group of employees tried to file a grievance, Val swept it under the rug with the help of the town attorney and Rummage. And what about the last study that was done? I guess the taxpayers really got their money's worth from that.
Shadowing is good, they can see with their own eyes what is or is not going on, and the employee doesn't have to b worried about being thrown under the bus.if u have a job u know that NOTHING is ever "confidential" and after the group leaves there will b trouble if u r truthful.
wtcsret

Goose Creek, SC

#8 Feb 14, 2013
Can you say, "Unreasonable expectations", That is what some of you have. The goal I have seen described is far different that what some of you are proposing. You have 2 different goals expected from one project. It will be interesting to see how the bushels fill up. Will it be apples as described in the article or will it be oranges as some expect. I look forward to the results :)

“C. Green”

Since: Sep 12

Colonial Beach

#9 Feb 15, 2013
Tim Curtin wrote:
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After a few minutes of discussion TC decided to authorize the initial $4500 of the contract to Whitestone Partners and work with them to start the process as soon as possible. Whitestone will begin by meeting with council members, management members, and then shadowing various town employees. The process should take approximately 90 days according to Chiarello.
Exactly what is your concern?
Mr. Curtin, again thank you for your service to our fair town. Before I answer your question, I have to say how impressed I was with the change in "chemistry" at the Town Council meeting. It is remarkable what a difference a few people make.

Now to your question. My concern was, we went in a period of three weeks from not on the table, to receiving bids, to making a final section on a vendor. All of which happened with one announced public meeting. Seems to me there had to be some conversations between members for all of that to happen in such a short period of time. I can not tell you how happy I am that we are all on the same sheet of music with regards to the FOIA.

Again, thank you for your service to our fair town, I am a bit of a policy wonk, and have a tendency to get into the weeds.

I do have a few more suggestions but I will save them for an email to Mr. Chiarello.

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