cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
My first visit this morning was fantastic. These folks know how to do markets! Every employee had a ready smile, each was willing to be helpful and created a great experience. Prices seemed to be very competitive. Food appearance was superb; selection seemed wonderful; ambiance was excellent...who could ask for anything more (great title for a song, huh)?
If this holds true after they've been open for a month or two, and other locations indicate that to be the case, we've got ourselves a real jewel! Business seemed to be very strong with few parking spaces available. However, all went very smoothly inside. And, samples abound!
Our fire chief has been under fire (no pun intended) for some time. He has been the subject of a remedial program that was cause for his 'cost of living' increase being withheld. To my knowledge, that money still has not been paid.
There have been repeated rumors that he is not always on duty when he claims to be on duty, as well. He is required to log in and to log out through the central dispatch system when he comes on duty and when he goes off duty throughout the course of every day on which he is scheduled to work. I happened to drive west on Willow Creek road on September 3rd and noted that the chief's vehicle was parked in the driveway of his home at precisely 11:00AM. Another source confirmed that the chief was shown as being at the Waste Management facility during that time period. I thought it strange that he wouldn't be driving his assigned vehicle. This morning I learned that he apparently was not at Waste Management since another person was looking for him at the same time and was at that location. That person, I'm told, was Don Otter, the chair of the Police and Fire Commission.
If this is true, and I believe it to be based on my sources, there ought to be some form of action taken. I am led to believe this happens with some regularity.
Why A Temporary Committee Appointment?
The General Government and Finance Committee met last evening to deal with budget issues. Three of the four members were present thus constituting a quorum. The fourth member, Trustee Langer arrived about an hour after the meeting had been convened.
Why did the Committee Chair, Art Zabel, feel it necessary to appoint another trustee, Mel Ewert, to sit in Langer's place? Code section 2.09 authorizes such an appointment if a quorum is not present however that was not the case last evening.