LSA (gaming money)
Fayette County will be taking $60,153.50 from the LSA account for roof/structural repairs for the Airport Hanger Bldg. The airport will add $15,038.38. Total project cost is $75,191.88. Also Fayette Co will use $30,000 from the LSA account for the development of an Airport Hazard Zoning Overlay. At the meeting Commissioner Vicites questioned why these two items needed to be a public vote. Why? its called transparency.
Vacant position of Chief of Staff – for commissioner Vicites
An agenda item was to accept the resignation letter of a chief of staff. Normally, the position is posted, applications taken, interviews and a hire. Commissioner Vicites has informed us that he does not wish to fill the position at this time. (the whisper is that his pick (a former county employee is not able to start until October) …..so… others need not apply ???
Union Contracts (collective bargaining agreements CBA)
I still say that the County should place the contracts on the county website (as do other counties) It takes about 4 clicks to do so. I uploaded the CBA’s between 2004-2009 before the then 2 commissioners (Vicites & Zapotosky) directed another department to handle the county website. This week we approved the CBA with SEIU (CYS) for 2019 through 2022.
Contract Bid 19-04 $48,770.00
For those asking, yes the Herald Standard reported that Lohr/Zimmerlink voted to award a contract to Hranec Sheet Metal for steam pipe replacement in the courthouse with Vicites abstaining because he has a relative employed with Hranec. At the meeting, Vicites indicated that his son works for the company. And yes for those who asked, this is the 2nd time this year this company received a contract.
Audits not posted on the county website
Yes, other counties post the Audits. I suggested to the county controller, past and present, to do the same on their page. Contact the controller’s office, not me, on this matter. I agree you should not have to do a Right To Know Request for these types of filings. Let’s make it easy for the public.
Tax Claim distributions
The director informed me that letters were mailed this week. After a 30 day appeal period checks will be processed. I am still waiting to hear the status of the Petitions for the remaining years. Also, the auditors Zelenkofske Axelrod said their draft audit would be completed by June 4th but I have received nothing. And, despite numerous requests (as per the director) and one request on my part, I have still not been given a copy of the county’s response letter to a school district’s inquiry on these past due tax distributions. I will ask again on Monday. As commissioner when I ask for a copy of a letter that was directed to us I should receive it.
As you know I am not seeking re-election. Vicites and Lohr are. Fayette County needs 3 new commissioners.
And by the way, the false claims of hostile work environment continues. I will continue to hold all staff and all elected officials to accountability etc. I will continue to speak and write about it.