Northampton County animal shelter director resigns

Barbara Loch, who led the transformation of Northampton County's largest animal shelter into a no-kill shelter, has submitted her resignation because of infighting with the board of trustees. Full Story
Center Supporter

Allentown, PA

#64 May 7, 2009
I couldn't agree more, Shelter Advocate!

The Center will be just as successful, if not more so, in the future.
Center Supporter

Allentown, PA

#65 May 7, 2009
This is Sad-Easton wrote:
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Not doing tax reports was ONE of many!!!
I agree. I was just asking which mistake because it seems there have been so many.

To all the naysayers, have no doubt that this shelter will succeed and thrive in the years to come...because those of us who ultimately care about the animals will be there to make it happen.
animal lover

Nazareth, PA

#66 May 7, 2009
Center Supporter wrote:
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What? How arrogant and obnoxious can you be?!? Seriously? This is your comeback to someone who has made legimate statements? Typical of your kind, I guess. Berate the opposition instead of listening to their comments. You ARE simple.
You are a Center Supporter?
Center Supporter

Allentown, PA

#67 May 7, 2009
animal lover wrote:
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You are a Center Supporter?
Yes, as my name suggests, I am a supporter, volunteer and donor of The Center. Was that not clear?
Go for the jugular

Blairstown, NJ

#68 May 7, 2009
I see some on here that are in support of the board are changing their screen names alot. The only problem is they don't have the smarts to change their same attacks and writing styles. Yesterday they were different names but are easy spotted.
Also when you hire a friend's son and lie at a open meeting that you advertised it, it goes to show that you knew it was a conflict of interest and against all ethics of being on a board. The integrity of the board of directors is then tarnished.
Go for the jugular

Blairstown, NJ

#69 May 7, 2009
If Haytmanek would have done this on the BASD board he would have committed an ethics violation.
animal lover

Nazareth, PA

#70 May 7, 2009
Center Supporter wrote:
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Yes, as my name suggests, I am a supporter, volunteer and donor of The Center. Was that not clear?
My "comeback" was to someone who IS NOT a Center Supporter so I thought
you were bashing me. Sorry. This whole thing is frustrating. People keep writing that we need to think about the animals and their futures..and that really is so true.
TanteQ

Emmaus, PA

#71 May 7, 2009
Go for the jugular wrote:
I see some on here that are in support of the board are changing their screen names alot. The only problem is they don't have the smarts to change their same attacks and writing styles. Yesterday they were different names but are easy spotted.
Also when you hire a friend's son and lie at a open meeting that you advertised it, it goes to show that you knew it was a conflict of interest and against all ethics of being on a board. The integrity of the board of directors is then tarnished.
I've been following this story and watching the flurry of comments today. I'm curious to know why Jugular thinks Board supporters are changing screen names. Why can't there be more than one or two Board supporters who are intelligent and articulate?

If the Director resigned, what's with all the commotion?
oh well

Allentown, PA

#72 May 7, 2009
TanteQ wrote:
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If the Director resigned, what's with all the commotion?
the commotion is because the 'board' holds all the power in the shelter, a shelter a lot of people care about, yet the board members have no knowledge of the daily routine at the shelter. they are never there! they are on the board so they can put it on their resume'. they're out of touch and have no idea what actually goes on, yet they pull all the strings.

it's laughable and frankly she probably is better off going somewhere else to start fresh. Get a staff and board that aren't just looking out for their own interests, but are truly interested in "what's best for the animals" as many of the 'board supporters' here keep trumpeting. SHE IS THE ONE WHO CARED ABOUT THE ANIMALS! She was open to bringing in a third person to handle the business end but the guy brings in his buddy's son. LOL. Yea, I'm sure there was an exhaustive search for the right candidate. At some i guess you just decide enough is enough.

the sad part is that the so-called 'friends' of barbs, probably ones posting on this very site, are waiting to swoop in and fill her vacant position. sweet lives.
Go for the jugular

Blairstown, NJ

#73 May 7, 2009
TanteQ wrote:
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I've been following this story and watching the flurry of comments today. I'm curious to know why Jugular thinks Board supporters are changing screen names. Why can't there be more than one or two Board supporters who are intelligent and articulate?
If the Director resigned, what's with all the commotion?
The trouble is that they are NOT very intelligent and articulate that is why it is so easy to spot them.:-)
Reader

Philadelphia, PA

#74 May 7, 2009
Go for the jugular wrote:
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The trouble is that they are NOT very intelligent and articulate that is why it is so easy to spot them.:-)
Articulate and intelligent really!...I think your guessing. More supporters than you planned on! Time will tell.

Since: Apr 08

Bethlehem, PA

#75 May 7, 2009
Haytmanek needs to go! He's all about the power and control, he doesn't care about anything else except how it makes him look. He thinks just because he's an M.D., we are supposed to be impressed with what he says and does. QUESTION AUTHORITY!
Thinker

East Stroudsburg, PA

#76 May 7, 2009
501c(3)non-profits do not file or pay income tax. They file an "information only return." The law mandates that the "treasury of the board of directors" is responsible for the filing. Furthermore it is illegal for an employee to do the filing. It must be the treasury. For Haytmanek to state otherwise shows his lack of knowledge, at the very least. The guy just doesn’t have a clue.
Go for the jugular

Blairstown, NJ

#77 May 7, 2009
Reader wrote:
<quoted text> Articulate and intelligent really!...I think your guessing. More supporters than you planned on! Time will tell.
I know that "Reader" is not the only name you been posting under.
Center Supporter

Allentown, PA

#78 May 8, 2009
Thinker wrote:
501c(3)non-profits do not file or pay income tax. They file an "information only return." The law mandates that the "treasury of the board of directors" is responsible for the filing. Furthermore it is illegal for an employee to do the filing. It must be the treasury. For Haytmanek to state otherwise shows his lack of knowledge, at the very least. The guy just doesn’t have a clue.
All non-profit organizations are required to file a form called a 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, annually. If that organization fails to file a required return, it is subject to a penalty of $20 a day for each day the failure continues. The maximum penalty for any one return is $10,000.

Every employer, including non-profits and tax-exempt organizations, who pays wages to employees is responsible for withholding, depositing, paying, and reporting federal income tax and social security taxes (FICA) for such wage payments. Employers must match and pay the Social Security and Medicare taxes of each employee, usually remitted on a quarterly basis.

There is no law mandating the "treasury of the board of directors" is responsible for the filing.
Go for the jugular

Blairstown, NJ

#79 May 8, 2009
Dr.Haytmanek should know from sitting on BASD board for years that:

Treasurer: Responsible for reporting the fiscal picture of the organization.

Conflict of Interest
1. Any member of the board who has a financial, personal, or official interest in, or conflict (or appearance of a conflict) with any matter pending before the Board, of such nature that it prevents or may prevent that member from acting on the matter in an impartial manner, will offer to the Board to voluntarily excuse him/herself and will vacate his seat and refrain from discussion and voting on said item.

He should also know Code Of Conduct For School Board Members...6. We will not use our positions as School Directors to benefit ourselves or any
individual or agency.

He has tarnished the integrity of the CAHW board and is causing people to lose their trust in the board. He and other board members must step down now and let the membership elect a new board to try to right all the damage they are causing that will effect the care of the animals.
Go for the jugular

Blairstown, NJ

#80 May 8, 2009
Center Supporter wrote:
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All non-profit organizations are required to file a form called a 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, annually. If that organization fails to file a required return, it is subject to a penalty of $20 a day for each day the failure continues. The maximum penalty for any one return is $10,000.
Every employer, including non-profits and tax-exempt organizations, who pays wages to employees is responsible for withholding, depositing, paying, and reporting federal income tax and social security taxes (FICA) for such wage payments. Employers must match and pay the Social Security and Medicare taxes of each employee, usually remitted on a quarterly basis.
There is no law mandating the "treasury of the board of directors" is responsible for the filing.
Although I'm not sure about if there a law,(yet,but checking) but when you accept a position on a board of a non-profit you are responsible to fulfill that duty to hold the trust of all connected with the organization. Responsibility means own up to it. Treasury of the board of directors is not just a title it is a responsibility.
This is Sad-Easton

Allentown, PA

#81 May 8, 2009
Mazto Girl wrote:
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Actually, Craig Haytmanek was Treasurer. He was, and still is responsible for those taxes.
As I'm going through my OLD "Paws Prints" (the Center's newsletter) I have a DEC. 2006 issue with DIANE DAVISON listed as the TREASURER. Where was SHE on this tax issue!!!! You want to blame the DR. for everything--At least the DR. took action & the books are finally being checked out!@!!!
same as it ever was

Allentown, PA

#82 May 8, 2009
The issue here is not the taxes. If the tax issue was as big of a problem as it is being made out to be here in the comments then the responsible party would have been FIRED on the spot. No questions asked. Nobody got fired! It was addressed and dealt with by the board when they "hired" a business manager. So the tax issue is a non-issue at this point.

Is it being harped on to show that Barb was lacking in certain areas if this was indeed a duty of hers? Again, if so, that was addressed with the hiring of the business manager. She wasn't fired!

The REAL issue, which the 'board supporters' can't seem to grasp, is the relationship between a board that is out of touch (or doesn't care) and the people who are 'in the trenches' at the shelter. The board has all the power yet they have no idea what goes on while the people who work their butts off aren't allowed to make any real decisions because their hands are tied. And that will not change no matter who the director is. These problems will continue as long as the 'fat cats' on the board continue to get their way.

i will be very curious to see who lands in the position once the dust settles. it will be quite revealing when politics and not merit are again the deciding factor in determining a successor. my guess is another shill for the board to manipulate. what i am positive of is that the new director will be nowhere near as accomplished as Barb was in her years turning that shelter into what it is today. that's the shame of it all.

it's discouraging that people seem to think that the people working tirelessly FOR the animals are the problem when the REAL problem is a board that prefers to have a nice addition to their resume' with no real concern about making the place better.

i wish the shelter no ill will because at the end of the day it is invaluable in the service it provides but i can't help feeling that it was weakened for no reason other than personal gain.

same as it ever was.
A Mark

Philadelphia, PA

#83 May 8, 2009
This is Sad-Easton wrote:
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As I'm going through my OLD "Paws Prints" (the Center's newsletter) I have a DEC. 2006 issue with DIANE DAVISON listed as the TREASURER. Where was SHE on this tax issue!!!! You want to blame the DR. for everything--At least the DR. took action & the books are finally being checked out!@!!!
Clearly, it's easier to place the blame on Haytmanek.
Just because she's well liked, doesn't mean she shouldn't take responsibility for her actions (or lack thereof with the finances)

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