Saturday, August 31, 2013
Things are not the same at Peru Township
A fresh sign of change is in the air at Peru Township Meetings. Finally all 4 trustees look in depth at bills and government spending as we move forward to tighten the belt there. First, I must say how proud I am of Doug Bernabei for pushing the envelope to donate to the LP scholarship program in the name of Gary Eccles with support from the other trustees it was decided to vote at the next meeting to give a $500 scholarship in his name. You can recall just a few months ago Democrat Mike Hocking Township Supervisor would not even let the item come to a vote, him eminence thought it was a personal choice even though it was sent to Township Board.
Moving forward the Township is looking at cutting additional costs and the pressure is being applied by all 4 trustees. For example, questions were asked why Township pays $170 for AT&T for about 12 calls a month and $160 for Comcast for full cable TV and internet service. When asked in the meeting why this was being done Supervisor Hocking responded with "I don't know that's they way things have always been! I think Joe used it to watch the weather channel!!" Mr. Hocking seems to be like the President blaming the guy that cant defend himself! Other question have arisen about the full time employee in the Township office. I expect in the future a budget discussions that will look to eliminate any full time positions and continue to reduce spending in the Township.
I have received several emails about North Pulaski which in the end drove the former road commissioner from office. I expect over the next year this to become a priority in Township.
Also, I believe the website is being dragged out by Supervisor Hocking which still has not come to a vote! Trustee Studer asked for it to be put on last agenda and Hocking stated the agenda was completed on Thursday and could not be changed. Maybe the Township office was to busy to change it or was it that another month with no website means another month of no transparency. I sure hope to see this voted and decided within next month. I will restate my position that I believe government's should take the lowest bid irrelevant of the town they come from. If you are looking at two bids at they are the same or within 10% choosing the higher bid is ok but not when the cost of the website is triple the other cost.
In closing, I am impressed by the movement and power of the seated trustees. I expect to see many 4-1 votes in future and hope that Twp Clerk Weberski calls them in a roll call vote manner because I like to see wins for conservatism and less government spending. I am very impressed to watch Doug Bernabei who is a democrat by party spearheading a lot of this effort. I don't believe that political party politics have to belong in smaller government but I believe he is doing what is right instead of standing on political lines which is refreshing.