I understand that not everyone is going to like every elected official, that is what is great about our country, you are free to have your own opinion. I didn’t care for all of the town board members at that time either, but I did not disrespect them. The supervisor at that time was Evelyn Wood, there are some that did not like her, I have heard people say she came across a little harsh. She came across to me as a well-educated woman that seemed to really care about the taxpayers of this town. If I had a question I felt she would be willing to listen to me and answer me the best she could. I know that my taxes stayed pretty stable and low while she was in office. She represented our town with class and grace. I was very sorry to see her go this past January. I was even angrier with the newly elected board members that seemed to come to the first meeting with nothing but anger and vengefulness on their minds.
The few meetings I did go to I thought most of the board members were well informed about the issues and asked good questions if they had any doubts. Usually, through heckling and rudeness from some in the audience, I might add. I stopped going to the meetings but found out that Evelyn Wood started posting the meeting videos online for all to watch. This made keeping up with town issues much easier for me. However, I found I was still very annoyed with the rudeness of the people attending the meetings. I sat in the privacy of my own home yet I still felt embarrassed by their actions.
I still watch the meeting videos that are being posted by some that go to the meetings. I must say that I find them to be very hypocritical. The same people that are on the board now and the supervisor as well, seem to be completely lost. The meetings are completely disorganized, no one seems to really know what is going on. The supervisor can’t even manage to find the flag each month, spinning in circles each time.
They used to accuse the previous supervisor and board of having secret meetings because the board members seemed to be too informed and no discussions took place at meetings. I did not find that to be true, but that is what they said. However, they seem to pass resolutions that have never seen the light of day at a meeting, yet they are all fine with voting on them. When and how were these resolutions discussed?
There doesn’t seem to be any financial reports talked about anymore. I see that it is always advertised in the paper as the audit will be at 6:30, but the last couple meetings there is no audit, they go right into the meeting. They accused the previous board of not being transparent, but I found I knew so much more then than I do now. I have no clue as to the status of our town finances, the scary thing is, they don’t seem to know either. Now I understand they are hiring an outside accountant to come in to straighten things out?? Isn’t the job of the supervisor and fiscal officer to keep things straight?? Is our new supervisor willing to give up part of her salary the taxpayers are paying her to cover the cost of this accountant that is now going to cost us thousands of dollars for doing her job?
All I see is the pots calling the kettles black when it comes to this new town board. Transparent they are not, honest they don’t seem to be either. If I can come to these conclusions just from watching these videos, imagine what other voters are thinking.
For once in a long time, I am looking forward to November when I can cast my vote against these people, I hope other Thurman voters will do the same and try to bring some respect back to our town.
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