I'd like to address something right here and right now......Do I hate FOKP and or Ann Feldman? No, I don't, to hate something like that group or to hate Ann takes way too much energy on my part and is a wasted emotion. Do I think that FOKP are misguided, disingenuous, a bit hippy-like and hurtful to the borough? Oh yeah. Do I think that Ann Feldman belongs on council, is misguided herself, and does not seem to be prepared to do the borough any good? No, yes and yes.
I said that so that it should be clear where I am coming from. First of all I am not speaking out in this particular blog from a legal standpoint. I am speaking from the standpoint of a resident who is a bit peeved at other residents.
Now on to the big issue. A group of leaders is only as effective as it's members and to be perfectly honest Borough Council could be much more productive if certain things were to happen. First on my wish list would be for Ann to step down. My reasoning behind that is this....she is involved in litigation with the very body of government that she has a duty to. If I were involved in a lawsuit with JCG I would not be in the position I am currently holding, simply for the fact that I do not see how I could possibly be effective when I would be at odds with the governing body. There are many other ways to "fight city hall" other than to be city hall and have the governing body at cross purposes with you. Another reason is that other council members, right wrong or indifferent, do not want to nor do they work well, answer questions or respect her comments specifically due to the fact that she is FOKP. While the budget rangling was going on and at the last meeting for the year I felt Ann and Mayor Maxwell had a valid point about the Delta contract versus getting rid of the assistant borough manager and it seemed that that idea was deemed impossible simply because she is the one who suggested it. So you tell me what good is she really doing on council?
The other reason ties into the first one. The other members of Borough Council need to step up their professional game. I don't care how much you personally hate, despise, distastefully regret having to work with another person it does not give anyone the right to speak to another member of a governing body as has been done the past few meetings and most possibly even further back. Regardless of how long your term may be or what is left of it you are stuck with that other individual until such time as they step down, you lose your post or you are re-elected and they lose their post, so you need to learn to suck it up and deal with it as a professional and the esteemed borough council person that you are. Just because you intensely dislike a person does not mean you dismiss them and their ideas from the get go without some thought.
With all that being said the borough did manage to not raise taxes, but at the cost of two people and maybe some services to the residents.