Lewis County; Expense Oversight

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Since: Dec 09

New York, NY

#1 Jan 30, 2013
Expense oversight

In my opinion, there seems to be a need to have tighter and stricter oversight of expenses in Lewis County.

Where was Legislator Richard C. Lucas, chairman of the legislative committee that oversees the trail program during Mr. Diehlís ordeal? The absence of oversight allowed for a discrepancy and an incorrect payment was made. Rick Lucas and his committee should have scrutinized the expense claimed by the trail coordinator for payment of stone products.

Where was David Pendergast, Lewis Countyís Manager? Why are we hiring a county manager for? How did he overlook a bill of 14 truckloads of material that cost of $3,500.00? No one questioned this discrepancy. If a good, central management control procedures were in place, big variances, unauthorized spending, and other fiscal fiascos would be reduced or if not eliminated. Right now, it seems that individual department heads run their own show without management oversight. Some are managing their departments very well.

The Board of Legislators needs assure the public that financial policies are in place and are rigorously enforced. Their credibility and reputation for handling public tax funds is diminished. However, without the oversight and proper systems, the County may continue to have fiscal fiascos. No wonder the public is losing confidence in government. The board owes it to the community to provide accurate and detailed answers and explanations whenever this type of fiasco occurs.

One way to correct any type of misconduct by our public officials/public employees in the immediate future is that the citizens get involved. If we the citizens donít speak up we will self-destruct. Citizens must go to public meetings and voice their displeasure when they see unethical behavior. A longer term solution is WE CAN VOTE THE POLITICIANS OUT if they are not performing appropriately.
Tolerance is a virtue

Cary, NC

#2 Jan 30, 2013
Ned E Cole wrote:
Expense oversight
In my opinion, there seems to be a need to have tighter and stricter oversight of expenses in Lewis County.
Where was Legislator Richard C. Lucas, chairman of the legislative committee that oversees the trail program during Mr. Diehlís ordeal? The absence of oversight allowed for a discrepancy and an incorrect payment was made. Rick Lucas and his committee should have scrutinized the expense claimed by the trail coordinator for payment of stone products.
Where was David Pendergast, Lewis Countyís Manager? Why are we hiring a county manager for? How did he overlook a bill of 14 truckloads of material that cost of $3,500.00? No one questioned this discrepancy. If a good, central management control procedures were in place, big variances, unauthorized spending, and other fiscal fiascos would be reduced or if not eliminated. Right now, it seems that individual department heads run their own show without management oversight. Some are managing their departments very well.
The Board of Legislators needs assure the public that financial policies are in place and are rigorously enforced. Their credibility and reputation for handling public tax funds is diminished. However, without the oversight and proper systems, the County may continue to have fiscal fiascos. No wonder the public is losing confidence in government. The board owes it to the community to provide accurate and detailed answers and explanations whenever this type of fiasco occurs.
One way to correct any type of misconduct by our public officials/public employees in the immediate future is that the citizens get involved. If we the citizens donít speak up we will self-destruct. Citizens must go to public meetings and voice their displeasure when they see unethical behavior. A longer term solution is WE CAN VOTE THE POLITICIANS OUT if they are not performing appropriately.
Where can we find fiscally responsible people?? Were would anyone look for a person or persons with the right credentials?

We can't just put an ad on "Indeed" or "Monster" for something like that, can we?
concerned citizen

Schodack Landing, NY

#3 Jan 30, 2013
Ned, I hope that means you will be at the next county lerislators meeting and tell them your concerns.

Since: Dec 09

New York, NY

#4 Jan 31, 2013
Is the "Fox Guarding the Hen House?"
XYZ

Johnstown, NY

#5 Jan 31, 2013
We also had election commissioner Elaine McClear indicted for authorizing payment to her daughter for work not done. The county commissioners need MUCH more oversight.

Since: Dec 09

New York, NY

#6 Jan 31, 2013
This could be costing the taxpayer significantly. I wonder how many other unauthorized invoices are being process without the proper oversight.
Clarfy

East Syracuse, NY

#7 Jan 31, 2013
Ned E Cole wrote:
This could be costing the taxpayer significantly. I wonder how many other unauthorized invoices are being process without the proper oversight.
Actually there is a clerk I believe and then the Treasurer who overlooks these invoices. Why is Diehl being the only one blamed? They are just constantly looking for scapegoat and Bob's number came up!
Roscoe Peck

Johnstown, NY

#8 Jan 31, 2013
Ned E Cole wrote:
Expense oversight
In my opinion, there seems to be a need to have tighter and stricter oversight of expenses in Lewis County.
Where was Legislator Richard C. Lucas, chairman of the legislative committee that oversees the trail program during Mr. Diehlís ordeal? The absence of oversight allowed for a discrepancy and an incorrect payment was made. Rick Lucas and his committee should have scrutinized the expense claimed by the trail coordinator for payment of stone products.
Where was David Pendergast, Lewis Countyís Manager? Why are we hiring a county manager for? How did he overlook a bill of 14 truckloads of material that cost of $3,500.00? No one questioned this discrepancy. If a good, central management control procedures were in place, big variances, unauthorized spending, and other fiscal fiascos would be reduced or if not eliminated. Right now, it seems that individual department heads run their own show without management oversight. Some are managing their departments very well.
The Board of Legislators needs assure the public that financial policies are in place and are rigorously enforced. Their credibility and reputation for handling public tax funds is diminished. However, without the oversight and proper systems, the County may continue to have fiscal fiascos. No wonder the public is losing confidence in government. The board owes it to the community to provide accurate and detailed answers and explanations whenever this type of fiasco occurs.
One way to correct any type of misconduct by our public officials/public employees in the immediate future is that the citizens get involved. If we the citizens donít speak up we will self-destruct. Citizens must go to public meetings and voice their displeasure when they see unethical behavior. A longer term solution is WE CAN VOTE THE POLITICIANS OUT if they are not performing appropriately.
Ned, does that mean we can count on you to get involved? Show us you have the ----s and run against your legislator, then maybe everyone can get along.
Roscoe Peck

Johnstown, NY

#9 Jan 31, 2013
Ned E Cole wrote:
Is the "Fox Guarding the Hen House?"
No, the hen is guarding the fox house.

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