There are a gazillion and one places on the net to purchase custom bobbleheads, created from a photo of yourself, a friend, family member or @@@@ your favorite Pottstown council person.
As entertaining as the thought of navigating the pits and land mines of the P.town streets in the car and hurling curse words and damnation at the…
*Bob *Bob *Bob *Bobbing Council Boobs
bouncing mindlessly on the the dashboard….
Custom Bobblehead Dolls Are Not Cheap.
$79 plus shipping.
Besides, you can attend a council meeting for free where the bobbleheads are almost life-like.
If you’d like to order a bobblehead, this company does a darn good job:
Taxpayers, talking amongst themselves, will often analyze and rate the former manager, Jason Bobst. He was most admired for his youthful ideas and a few of his accomplishments, (sorting out the finances is a big one),
most believe he could have been a lot more successful and satisfied with his job if his first official duty had been to “clean house at borough hall.”
But wait a minute !!!
Weeding out the dead weight is a BIG BIG JOB, for sure, nobody would relish the task, but it’s a job that needs to be done – and it needs to be done soon – Council has a responsibility to participate too.
“The councillor has a role in representing the borough’s communal interests, past, present and future. Although ASSISTED by a planning commission, paid administrator, or historical commission, many of the final decisions must be made by elected officials.”
Governing by personality hasn’t worked. Sources say there is no formal annual evaluation of borough employees job performance. Why not? This is fundamental to operating a business. How does anyone know if employees are meeting their job requirements or managements expectations? Are there requirements and expectations, goals?
An unwise policy for sure that appears to have been grandfathered in through the generations of unconcerned, ineffective borough council representatives and borough managers.
“The communal interest” – understanding how the various departments function or don’t function should definitely be of concern to council. However, it isn’t…
“They don’t pay me enough to do that,” as expressed by Council Prez, Steve Toroney in words and body language – other council people simply fall into line, Bob Bob Bobbleheads…
This mentality could come back to bite them in their collective hiney’s one day.
The do-nothing Council is culpable for doing nothing and,
Regarding the headlines in the Mercury today, Michelle Borzick Fry felt entitled to take a check from dubious investor Frank McLaughlin. Sans so much as a hint of a rudimentary moral compass, Michelle Borzick Fry did what she did back in 2008…
and, there was no one among all those managers and council people that were the wiser??? C’mon, really?…
It was common knowledge among her co-workers, so where was every one else?
There are others in that department, (not all to be sure), whose capabilities, work ethic and honesty should also be under the microscope.
It is also true that they are so poorly equipped to do a good job in the codes department and, they’ve been understaffed for quite some time. Horrifying but true, the codes department in ANY community, along with the police department are KEY to community maintenance.
HEY – what ever happened with that revolutionary Permit-n-Force software the taxpayers bought? It is, after all, 2013 everywhere else in the world …
But NO, not Pottstown, where little 1950′s-esque pink scraps of paper are used as work orders in the codes department (no joke)
Council people are elected to do so much more than nod yes or no.
The $79 bobblehead is actually a bargain if you think about what it’s really costing Pottstown to have elected officials who sit there shaking their heads in unison.
Not to change the subject but…
Did anyone detect a slight tone of irritation when Mark Flanders called for a vote, this month, on the new borough mission and core values as reported by…
Evan Brandt in Digital Notebook?
“…But council had nothing to say and Flanders said other than what was posted on the articles here, (digital notebook), he had received no feedback from council members over the past month.”
Flanders said, “I received no suggestions from council so I have to assume you’re OK with this, although that may be a mistake, said Flanders.”
Could it be that Flanders can empathize with residents regarding the deaf and mute schtick that defines council’s usual responses to our emails, phone calls and questions? Hmmm that’s a wonder.
“The extent of any one councillor’s activities in these roles will be defined by the individual’s own view of civic responsibilities, particular fields of individual inters and personal skills and talents. To a large degree the councillor’s role is also defined by the local culture, the generalized local attitudes toward municipal government and commonly-held expectation of how official will operate.”
What interests, what views of civic responsibility, what SKILLS AND TALENTS do we see exhibited in this council?
The local attitudes part really is a “which came first” the chicken or the egg question. Pottstownians exhibit historically low expectations and I can see why but, that is changing.
Note to council people:
**bobbleheads up** :
P.town taxpayers are becoming bolder about telling it like it is. Council’s ignorance of the “human stew” that defines the borough working environment is as disgusting as the fact that virtually nobody on council will share an independent thought or speak up for their constituents or themselves…
(KUDOS to councilman Mark Gibson for telling it like it is in the First Ward when the Commish’s were in town) – instead, council defers to the borough attorney for all the answers, and…
How much is that costing taxpayers?
A HELL of a lot more than a $79 bobblehead plus shipping.
Mark Flanders did the right thing to remove Michelle Borzick Fry from her job and, a closer look at everything in borough hall is long over due…
What excuse can council have for NOT standing beside the borough manager – that they selected – and rolling up their sleeves to work beside him?
It is unbelievable and unacceptable that our representatives would consider the raise in pay that they afforded the borough manager should, in any way, absolve them of their responsibility for helping him run this borough.
They wanted the jobs as our councillors, it’s time to do the work.
The Meiner Center described Pottstown as a big, complex business operation and it’s time to see some “hands-on” management, from the top down.