Hey it’s Terrific Tuesday again. How’s everything in your neck of the woods?
Last week was particularly difficult for me. I witnessed a lot of good people doing mean things to each other. Not that I am not capable of doing the same, but wow. I have tried to do less of it and adopt the Golden Rule unless I am having a hot flash. I am not having a hot flash today. I am delivering Terrific Tuesday on a chilled dish today.
I described actions I witnessed as “picking wings off of Butterflies.” Some of it was in my family, some of it in my county. Does cold air bring cold actions? The Mother in me just wants to make everything all better while the reporter in me just thinks, “Grow up, people.” We don’t do business here in Botetourt County that way. Or do we?
For several years here in Botetourt we witnessed some uncivil discourse, but 99% of it was above board and very public. We had comments on the reporting of such by the dozens.
My best advice to governmental officials if you are going to talk about business in a public place recognize that more than a nosy reporter might be able to hear you. I am not looking forward to the fall out of some of this stuff as Botetourt has taken a public beating over discourse and the Buchanan fire chief’s mischief for almost 2 years.
This morning a letter arrived from the Fincastle Volunteer Fire Department. Read it. Some very unhappy campers. They aren’t the only ones– however they are the only ones to go on record. I have heard from others. Former County Administrator Jerry Burgess used to say every volunteer saved the county $50,000. Well we just hired 31 paid fire and rescue from what I’ve been told. Do the math. Low on volunteers, have to have people, but do you chase away what you have? Costly.
How much is all of this going to cost “We the people,” in a time when coffers are down? Yep, it’s that cold fellow residents. Nobody. Somebody. Everybody. Nobody wants to tell you, Somebody could tell you and, Everybody should know. We have a letter on the state of the county about to be posted up today. It is very broad and non specific. Wonder why?
In the school board every elected board member participates in the budget committee. Each of the five knows what is going on and how the budget is put together. It is hard for two ex officios from the Supervisors to come into their meeting and understand it because they aren’t there all year and see what goes on in the school division. nor are they privy to how things are put together in the same manner. They get a book and phone calls. In the county only two– Steve Clinton and Terry Austin do the budget and maybe Jack Leffel again.
I am going to be cold. As a voter and a resident, I would feel much happier about what happens if every elected Supervisor was on a budget committee.
I don’t like “Big Daddyism.” That’s when someone tells me “Don’t worry your pretty little head, Big Daddy knows what’s best for you and Botetourt County.”
I find that the chilliest thing of all. And, I don’t believe you Big Daddy. You just tried to change Supervisors meetings to 9 a.m. again to keep the public out of your meetings. All of this clandestine stuff with fire and rescue that has been on my phone for over 5 weeks. What ever happened to transparency??? I really don’t want FOIA to become my acronym. But it may.
Yes’m Botetourt County is experiencing a winter chill today. The Board of Supervisors meet today at 2 p.m. at Greenfield Education and Training Center. Ya’ll come on out. See you there!