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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

1994...

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
  • Worlds First Satellite Digital Television Service Launched
  • Lisa Marie Presley marries Michael Jackson
  • Popular films were:
      Forrest Gump
      The Lion King (Disney)
      The Flintstones
      Dumb & Dumber
  • OJ Simpson flees police in his white ford bronco
  • The Whitewater scandal investigation begins
  • Tonya Harding wins the national Figure Skating championship title but is stripped of her title following an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.
  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Major League Baseball Players Association begin 232 day strike causing 1994 season to be cancelled
AND...

A three(3) page "study" was written by then County Executive Raymond Meier.

This is the one and only "study" [and we use that term loosely] we received through the FOIL process and is supposedly the "studies" that the paid ad referenced by the statement:
The matter of consolidation has been looked into in the past and studies always showed that the Town taxpayers were receiving a better service for a smaller cost than could be obtained with consolidation.
So, now the question is...do we rely on a "study" written almost 16 years ago by someone who is probably not in the best position to give an objective opinion [or an expert opinion for that matter] or do we rely on the studies previously addressed in our blog, Recent Reports Commissioned by the Town of Whitestown..., written a couple of years ago by companies whose main purpose is to conduct such studies?

And while we are on the subject of Dispatch consolidation...we recently FOILed copies of Dispatch Committee minutes. We have already received some minutes from 2006.

According to page 3 of the April 25, 2006 minutes, [we outlined the excerpt below in red in the copy of the minutes] :
Councilman Reynolds is concerned about the status of the 911 Center. He asked that the Committee do everything in it's power to let the tax payers know that the Center is a vital part of our community and it money well spent to keep our town safe. He wants to ensure that the Committee stays on top of the issues and keeps themselves informed if someone tried to consolidate the Center with the County.
Hmm, that is contrast to the quote in the Observer Dispatch article,
Possible conflict of interest looms for Reynolds
, written October 24, 2009. In that article Councilman Reynolds was quoted as saying:
I support the review and study of the possible consolidation.
Hmm...change of heart Dave...or is the chip on your shoulder [that always seems to show in the board meeting videotapes] there because the consolidation is moving forward?

If you read the April 25, 2006 minutes, you might also want to read page 1 and 2 [the part that we have outlined in blue]. It will give you an idea of just how Dispatch statistics are tabulated.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Flippity-flap flippity flap, that is our Dave. We in the village love him.

Kermit said...

At tonight's town board meeting Dave Reynolds voted NO against any Consolidation Study.

Is this guy a whacko?