City employee

Morgantown, WV

#403 Mar 31, 2013
Appears that some other "insiders" have started to post on here. That's great as most people don't know about the internal workings of the city. The sad part, there has been so much waste and poor management this may be the only way for us to get the word out. We need to people with a background in business. We need some people on council who can make some difficult decisions.
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#404 Mar 31, 2013
City employee wrote:
Appears that some other "insiders" have started to post on here. That's great as most people don't know about the internal workings of the city. The sad part, there has been so much waste and poor management this may be the only way for us to get the word out. We need to people with a background in business. We need some people on council who can make some difficult decisions.
It's going to take a strong united group on council. Remains to be seen if they can get past being politically correct and have the fortitude do the right thing for the city.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#405 Mar 31, 2013
I'm not an "insider," but the general consensus from a number of city employees is Terrence Moore did two things: crushed the morale of the workers, and spent money the city did not have by pressure of special interest groups. It will take several years to recover from the economical damage caused by Moore.

I think a responsible council can get Morgantown back on track. Many employees are telling me the interim city manager is working to repair the financial damage. I've decided to vote for Herbst, Bane, Nugent, Manilla, Fufari, Selin, and Redmond. After doing some research on candidates, Fufari and Redmond both own or have owned small businesses in the city. The others I'm not supporting for several reasons:

Kawecki- Too interested in special interest groups, supported Moore as manager.

Ganz- Another Moore supporter. Wants more special interest control of council.

Graham- Recently retired from the city, but seems to have no support from current city employees.

Fike- Cannot find much information about him, but he was encouraged to run by Bill Byrne.

Shamberger- Not a decision maker, and a Moore supporter.
Local Politics

Morgantown, WV

#406 Mar 31, 2013
I've followed the business of the city very closely since council decided to hire Moore. I predicted then that he wouldn't be here long. I tend to agree with "Ron" with just a couple of exceptions with his take on council candidates. Kawecki, Shamberger, Selin and Ganz are all vocal community activist. We can't forget that Shamberger and Selin were Byrne followers and all supported Moore until he walked out the door. That type of leadership got us where we are now. We can only hope that registered voters see the advantage of putting people in office that look out for the good of the WHOLE city not just a select few. For what it's worth, I also support the hiring of the interim manager.
Morgantown Blue

Morgantown, WV

#407 Apr 1, 2013
Council having a special executive session on Tuesday to discuss personnel matters. Maybe more changes will come sooner than we thought?

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#408 Apr 1, 2013
Ron wrote:
I'm not an "insider," but the general consensus from a number of city employees is Terrence Moore did two things: crushed the morale of the workers, and spent money the city did not have by pressure of special interest groups. It will take several years to recover from the economical damage caused by Moore.
I think a responsible council can get Morgantown back on track. Many employees are telling me the interim city manager is working to repair the financial damage. I've decided to vote for Herbst, Bane, Nugent, Manilla, Fufari, Selin, and Redmond. After doing some research on candidates, Fufari and Redmond both own or have owned small businesses in the city. The others I'm not supporting for several reasons:
Kawecki- Too interested in special interest groups, supported Moore as manager.
Ganz- Another Moore supporter. Wants more special interest control of council.
Graham- Recently retired from the city, but seems to have no support from current city employees.
Fike- Cannot find much information about him, but he was encouraged to run by Bill Byrne.
Shamberger- Not a decision maker, and a Moore supporter.
I agree with your choices other than Selin. I suspect that there is another side to Graham's story. I have interacted with him on occasion and believe him to be a sincere and honorable man...something sorely needed on Council, and two qualities I do not feel that Selin possesses.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#409 Apr 2, 2013
Morgantown Blue wrote:
Council having a special executive session on Tuesday to discuss personnel matters. Maybe more changes will come sooner than we thought?
I heard the same thing today at lunch. My guess is several on council want to appoint the interim manager to the full time position.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#410 Apr 2, 2013
Motransplant wrote:
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I agree with your choices other than Selin. I suspect that there is another side to Graham's story. I have interacted with him on occasion and believe him to be a sincere and honorable man...something sorely needed on Council, and two qualities I do not feel that Selin possesses.
My politics donít necessarily align with Selin, but I have some reliable sources within the city that say Graham would not be a good choice for many reasons. The same people tell me he will not be endorsed by the firemenís association or the FOP. Maybe I wonít vote for either. All one can do is research the candidates and try to make a best choice. Selin seems to be well liked in the Suncrest area, at least from my findings. But Selin was a Moore supporter, and that decision is haunting the city.

Overall, I think ballot has some good candidates that can get things back on track. The city has to get back to listening to small business leaders, and also tackle some major infrastructure issues. Our streets are crumbling, WVU is removing major parcels from the tax base, and the airport seems to be in an uncertain limbo. We have a viable downtown that must be promoted with smart planning and zoning. I agree with Manilla and Bane, the 800 pound gorilla in the room is WVU. I applaud them both for trying to get WVU to pay their fair share. They must do more to help the city, and be more of a partner. One question I would like to see answered by a new council is where did the money go during the Moore administration? The previous manager left the city in good shape.
City Resident

Morgantown, WV

#411 Apr 2, 2013
Our council needs to make some hard decisions. They must restore faith in our city government. Here are some suggestions. Get those who were brought in from out of state removed from leadership positions, rescind the raises Moore gave to "his people" , terminate the public relations position and no funding of any outside or non-city agencies. That would be a good start and a savings of thousands of dollars.
Casual observer

Morgantown, WV

#412 Apr 2, 2013
City Resident wrote:
Our council needs to make some hard decisions. They must restore faith in our city government. Here are some suggestions. Get those who were brought in from out of state removed from leadership positions, rescind the raises Moore gave to "his people" , terminate the public relations position and no funding of any outside or non-city agencies. That would be a good start and a savings of thousands of dollars.
From what I've seen and heard, nobody on council has what it takes to do the right thing. Those members of council that wanted to dismiss Mr. Moore screwed around for over a year trying to find a politically correct way to replace him while the other members cried foul. That was enough for me to decide I won't be voting for any incumbents.

Since: Jul 12

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#413 Apr 2, 2013
Ron wrote:
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My politics donít necessarily align with Selin, but I have some reliable sources within the city that say Graham would not be a good choice for many reasons. The same people tell me he will not be endorsed by the firemenís association or the FOP. Maybe I wonít vote for either. All one can do is research the candidates and try to make a best choice. Selin seems to be well liked in the Suncrest area, at least from my findings. But Selin was a Moore supporter, and that decision is haunting the city.
Overall, I think ballot has some good candidates that can get things back on track. The city has to get back to listening to small business leaders, and also tackle some major infrastructure issues. Our streets are crumbling, WVU is removing major parcels from the tax base, and the airport seems to be in an uncertain limbo. We have a viable downtown that must be promoted with smart planning and zoning. I agree with Manilla and Bane, the 800 pound gorilla in the room is WVU. I applaud them both for trying to get WVU to pay their fair share. They must do more to help the city, and be more of a partner. One question I would like to see answered by a new council is where did the money go during the Moore administration? The previous manager left the city in good shape.
Selin and Shamberger are both part of the Morgantown Together group that are creating a false narrative about Morgantown to have a platform. Neither will admit that they have been a part of he problem that they now complain about. Their assumption is that the electorate is ignorant with a short memory. Unfortunately, in many cases, hey are correct. That is what has allowed the likes of Byrne, Selin, Shamberger and Spencer to do the damage that they have done. Now we have Ganz, Fike and Kawecki waiting in the wings to take over for those incompetents that may fall in this cycle. I fear that financially, Morgantown will be in an UN-recoverable situation for a long time if they are elected. Given the current options, Manilla, Bane, Nugent, Redmond, Fufari and Herbst stand the best chance of spearheading a financial recovery, with emphasis on creating an environment for business and economic development. I personally believe that Graham would help foster that environment way more than Selin. I do understand that he will not receive the backing of the police or fire dept., but do not believe that whatever transpired between them back in the day would not hinder his ability to serve the public trust on council. After all, look what we have endured under Byrne, Selin, Shamberger and Spencer!
On a different note, isn't it refreshing to see all of the members of council pledge allegiance to the flag?
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#414 Apr 3, 2013
Motransplant wrote:
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Selin and Shamberger are both part of the Morgantown Together group that are creating a false narrative about Morgantown to have a platform. Neither will admit that they have been a part of he problem that they now complain about. Their assumption is that the electorate is ignorant with a short memory. Unfortunately, in many cases, hey are correct. That is what has allowed the likes of Byrne, Selin, Shamberger and Spencer to do the damage that they have done. Now we have Ganz, Fike and Kawecki waiting in the wings to take over for those incompetents that may fall in this cycle. I fear that financially, Morgantown will be in an UN-recoverable situation for a long time if they are elected. Given the current options, Manilla, Bane, Nugent, Redmond, Fufari and Herbst stand the best chance of spearheading a financial recovery, with emphasis on creating an environment for business and economic development. I personally believe that Graham would help foster that environment way more than Selin. I do understand that he will not receive the backing of the police or fire dept., but do not believe that whatever transpired between them back in the day would not hinder his ability to serve the public trust on council. After all, look what we have endured under Byrne, Selin, Shamberger and Spencer!
On a different note, isn't it refreshing to see all of the members of council pledge allegiance to the flag?
I agree; the ideology of Morgantown Together could very well damage the future economic growth of the city. My guess is "Morgantown Together" is a spinoff of the group that pushed the anti-fracking stance under Terrance Moore. They are clueless to what the most important issues are for our city to maintain a healthy business climate. Morgantown really needs to be more welcoming to new business. Dan Boroff understood that model very well. Moore refused to listen to the business community, and instead focused on special interest groups. Spencer, Bryne and the others handpicked Moore to help foster their left of center ideas. I sincerely hope the voters understand just how much the Terrence Moore experiment cost the city.
City employee

Morgantown, WV

#415 Apr 3, 2013
Ron wrote:
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I heard the same thing today at lunch. My guess is several on council want to appoint the interim manager to the full time position.
We are hearing that council met in executive session discussing replacing some of the department heads Moore appointed. I think most of the employees are hoping for the slate to be wiped clean while we all tighten our belts for the next couple of years trying to correct the mismanagement.

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#416 Apr 3, 2013
Ron wrote:
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I agree; the ideology of Morgantown Together could very well damage the future economic growth of the city. My guess is "Morgantown Together" is a spinoff of the group that pushed the anti-fracking stance under Terrance Moore. They are clueless to what the most important issues are for our city to maintain a healthy business climate. Morgantown really needs to be more welcoming to new business. Dan Boroff understood that model very well. Moore refused to listen to the business community, and instead focused on special interest groups. Spencer, Bryne and the others handpicked Moore to help foster their left of center ideas. I sincerely hope the voters understand just how much the Terrence Moore experiment cost the city.
Dead on.
Kubla

Morgantown, WV

#417 Apr 4, 2013
City employee wrote:
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We are hearing that council met in executive session discussing replacing some of the department heads Moore appointed. I think most of the employees are hoping for the slate to be wiped clean while we all tighten our belts for the next couple of years trying to correct the mismanagement.
I suspect you will soon hear that the airport director, police chief and finance director will all be following Mr. Moore.
Cornholio

Charleston, WV

#418 Apr 4, 2013
Kubla wrote:
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I suspect you will soon hear that the airport director, police chief and finance director will all be following Mr. Moore.
Can someone get the engineer out too?
Motown Resident

Morgantown, WV

#419 Apr 4, 2013
Kubla wrote:
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I suspect you will soon hear that the airport director, police chief and finance director will all be following Mr. Moore.
What is your basis for this assumption?
Kubla

Morgantown, WV

#420 Apr 4, 2013
Motown Resident wrote:
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What is your basis for this assumption?
It's pretty much the talk of the town. No secret that they haven't been too well received either. I've also heard that council candidates are talking about it too. I know some city employees and they seem to think that something "is in the wind" too. Time will tell.
Local Politics

Morgantown, WV

#421 Apr 4, 2013
Kubla wrote:
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It's pretty much the talk of the town. No secret that they haven't been too well received either. I've also heard that council candidates are talking about it too. I know some city employees and they seem to think that something "is in the wind" too. Time will tell.
Don't think it will be much of a surprise to anyone when those mentioned look elsewhere for employment.

Since: Jul 12

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#422 Apr 4, 2013
Although I certainly agree that there are serious issues with a number of directors, I would rate the 2 LEAST competent to be the engineer and airport director. I, personally don't think these two can be salvaged.
A close third would be finance director.
However...
And this is a big deal...
This city has suffered for a long time from a serious lack of responsible leadership. Two years of the disturbed mayor Byrne, followed by 2 years of his puppet, Moore.
We now have a manager that is not only capable and competent, but cares about real progress. Never underestimate a focused leader. He may be able to turn a marginal director into a city asset...it's a long shot, but I'm guessing he will try. I weak director will move on if the pressure to become competent gets too great and pushes them beyond their ability. If that turns out to be the case, you can't fault Mikorski for trying. This cities greatest asset can be its employees if treated with respect and if hey put forth the effort and passion.

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