Notes for citizen comment during the July 1, 2014 Gloucester County Board of Supervisor meeting. (This is not an exact transcript of what was said but the notes used to make comments)
Gloucester Point District
Each of us is represented by three members of the board: two at large and one District. Currently, I am only represented by one board member looking out for the county’s interest . Thank you Mr. Meyer.
Two weeks ago the Daily Press ran a story on the Great Recession and the recovery in Virginia. Last week The Gloucester Gazette-Journal ran a similar story. Both talked about no recovery or the lack of recovery in Gloucester County and it is the only area in the state like this.
I believe there are on two reasons, both reported on your Gloucester County web site.
1. County Government is out of control.
Example: Pictures of county vehicles at fast food restaurants, shopping, and banking have been documented and presented to the county for over a year and nothing has been done to stop it. It is a violation of County rules, and Virginia Code. Wasting gas and man-hours as well as legal liability if there is an accident.
2. Board of Supervisors appears to lack moral integrity.
Example: During the first vote on Terrapin Cove last month Mr. Hutson did not tell the Board of his potential conflict of interest; and the actions and conversations of Mr. Orth and Mr. James during the discussion led me to believe to believe they both were aware of the potential conflict and said nothing.
During the second vote, the second meeting of the month, all members of the board, as well as Mr. Wilmot and Ms. Garton were aware of the potential conflict and no one said anything and allowed Mr. Hutson to vote a second time.
How to Fix This?
Here is what you to do:
1. Integrity at the Board of Supervisors level.
Quit voting for things that benefit you over the county.
2. Hold Department Heads and Supervisors to high standards and get rid of them when they break the rules. You cannot hold lower level employees to high standards if they are not practiced at the higher levels.
3. Fire employees on the spot if they use vehicles for personal business, except in the case of an emergency and the employee better contact the supervisors before the supervisor contacts them. No shopping, banking, and fast food restaurants in county vehicles. If trash is found in the vehicle from these places the employee needs to receive the same punishment.
4. Quit wasting taxpayers money. The Board of Supervisions and all county employees need to be good stewards of the resources.
5. Bring County Ordinances into compliance with Virginia Code. Mr. Wilmot can help you with this if not consider hiring a competent county attorney.
This is presented as notes used during the citizen comment period during the July 1, 2014 Gloucester County Board of Supervisors meeting and not as a transcript of the actual talk. To get transcript please see the BOS video or County minutes.
Submitted by Wayne Crews
Our Notes: About use of County Vehicles yet again.