Roundup of the August 3 Upper Makefield Township Meeting Public Comments

Sunshine, Go Away Today

This first public comment has a high “ick” factor.  Dan Worden wants to know who is submitting Right to Know requests, and what they cost the township.  (Note that his request will also cost money).

I for one applaud the folks who are engaged enough to ask for information, whether or not they are candidates.  Too bad the notion of the public gaining access to government info irks Worden so badly; it’s people like him that made a Right to Know law necessary.

Thankfully Worden’s not on the board anymore.  Then again, the current crop of supervisors often don’t answer questions at the meetings, they direct people to call or email the office with their question, which results in an RTK request… you see where this goes.

Dan doesn’t get the bum’s rush, though.  The supervisors seem quite excited to fulfill this request.

Exit question: based on the clip below, what does Worden know about the township budget that the supervisors don’t know?

Deli Meats and the First Amendment

Here’s another clip from the public comments, also very creepy:

Bannon spends more than 9 full minutes trying to trash the endorsed Republican candidates for the supervisor seats, while railing against using the podium for political purposes.  The current set of supervisors have no problem with that.  Bud Baldwin seems to be wishing that the first amendment would let him squash speech, instead of the reverse.

Bud Baldwin will tolerate many things, but he will absolutely NOT tolerate using the podium to advertise lunch meat specials.

Whew!  For a while I had been starting to think that government was broken!

There was a rebuttal to this woman’s comment, at the end of the meeting, from Guy Polhemus.  Dave Kulig, mercifully off the board at the end of the year, adopts the tried and true “I’m rubber, you’re glue” stance.

Wait, he not only wants to know about Guy’s candidacy status, he also wants to know how frequently Guy speaks to the other candidates!  What’s up next, Dave?  Are you going to start asking people to state when they last had sex with their SO?  Just wondering!  If I ever get up the nerve to go up to that podium this year, I want to be prepared!

Interesting how the Baldwin and Kulig gangs up on Polhemus.  Well, as I said earlier, Kulig’s out, and Baldwin’s not up for re-election… yet.

Newspaper Report of Township Meeting Contains More Than Abridgement of Already Very Abridged Minutes

Wow, did someone poke Danny Adler with a pencil and wake him up? Most of his prior reports seemed basically phoned in, despite his physical presence at the meetings.  Here he actually seems to have written a bit more, though still managing to leave out a lot.


3 responses to this post.

  1. […] is not a single-issue situation.  In a prior post I highlighted Dan Worden’s request to see who is submitting right-to-know requests to the […]


  2. Hi Jeanne, and welcome!

    Yes, I’ve seen some, er, unusual behavior on the part of the supervisors when they don’t particularly want to hear a question, or be challenged. It can’t be all that easy to go up to the podium- public speaking is a common phobia – but it must be really hard if the supervisors start interrupting, or take a sarcastic or dismissive tone of voice.


  3. Posted by Jeanne Pilkauskas on August 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I too was drawn to the Township Meetings, fearful of the tax increase proposed for 2011. Recently at least three residents making public comment and asking relevant questions of the supervisors have been rudely dismissed and told to take their seats by the current supervisors. If a resident speaks only praise and love for the TWP Manager and Supervisors he is permitted to speak freely without being dismissed. Family members (Ms. Bannon in yellow) of TWP employees, who received generous increases and benefit packages from a newly approved union contract, should be required to make it known to residents that they have a financial interest in supporting the TWP Supervisors before they are permitted to offer opinions regarding the TWP Manager. I too would love Ms Teoli if she gave my husband a generous salary increase and benefit package. By the way, Ms Teoli’s salary and benefits are pretty much based on what she approves for the union members. Let’s face it, the “Top Dog” always gets the biggest bone.


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