Can you believe it has been one whole year. I am amazed to say the least. The posts seem to have grown in content and although some content I don’t care for It’s still news. Win loose or draw. The original intent was to post goings on anywhere we could drive our buggies to and other stuff. Like I pointed out to J last week my intent is not to edit anything. But I will if I feel the need. I think it is critical for neighbors to communicate. This offers one method. And it’s nice to see it being used as intended. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the anon is like electronic tequila. Deal with it. Out of the 265 posts and 2,472 comments I’d say we pretty much covered the stuff. All 85,246 page hits brings me full circle to the Chili Cook off at Fort Ward. It’s the 30th annual and if you think you make a fair Pot O Red now is the time to put it to the test. I’m probably wrong but the record for entries was 34 pots. For the anniversary I’d really like to re set that record. Come on out. Come hungry and bring a chair. There will be live music that plays for tips so bring an extra buck or two. The weather should be spectacular but if it rains, well look on the bright side, it’ll make some of those entries taste better.
What the hell was that I ate?
That ain't chili, who are those bums?
I need a beer and Pass the Tums!
From Chili central, You have a whopping 40+ hours or so to coax your so called ingredients in to an OSHA approved container. No gas cans like last year Oakes. No, it wasn't that clean...The weather forecast is looking good. Hi near 70 but the chance of rain is inching up. You know there is no rain date so don't ask. It will be a tad windy and it will be out of the north so bring a particle mask because that put us down wind from Robs kitchen. Damn the luck.
I personally will bring my own heat source so save me a spot by the fire extinguisher. Again
This from neighbor Pete.
I was on the City Council from 2004 to 2008 and was instrumental in pushing for the City Administrators position. You posted a good recap for the rationale; and we certainly didn't need a Public Works Director that spent most of his time smoozing Kathy; but what really pushed my button was the office staff.
We had gone from one City Secretary in 2001 to 3 Admin's in 2005. One reported to the Chief, and the other two reported to Kathy. There was no cross training, or accountability, or performance reports or attendance tracking or any clear set of accountability and measures. While Kathy did spend most of the day at the City office, she was typically closed up in her office. She did not like to come out and direct the office staff. A good case in point was the mess we discovered in the Building Inspectors files...they were stored haphazardly in boxes; some in outside storage, but not filed by address. In order to find if someone had a building permit you had to know when they applied for it and it could be mixed up in any of the various boxes.
My concern was if it was this bad when we had a full time retiree as Mayor; what would it be like if a future Mayor had a day job say downtown or at NASA and there was no one in charge during the day. Putting all the Admin's reporting to the City Administrator; cross training all three Admin's to fill in for one another, and requiring performance standards and reviews was the only way to remedy this situation.
When we proposed the City Administrator's position we got the normal push back from the "we're opposed to anything group"; but the Council prevailed and it was approved. The City Council was charged with completing a performance appraisal on the City Administrator each year and I know for a fact that we did it the first year. I am guessing that was the only one as I understand that at least two members of the current Council (you can guess which two) said they didn't feel the need to do one.
I think any discussions about having the office staff report to the Mayor (paid or unpaid) is taking us back to the dark ages. IMHO Pete Carrothers
This from neighbor Julie,
Another islander who needs (our) prayers is Malcom Jones on Tindel. He had heart surgery Monday and
is in an induced coma-to give the best rest in (I think) St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.
My prayers are with him and his girlfriend Linda who will be part of his recoup caregivers.
Please keep the Jones in your thoughts and prayers. Linda I don’t know if you have access to this blog but If I can help please let me know. ab.
This from an organization near and dear to my heart. I hope they are part of your life too.
Dear Allan Batchelor,
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