Friday, September 29, 2006

Nazareth Continues to Mislead Public


What do Hellertown, Palmerton, Coaldale, Weissport, Lansford and Lehighton have in common? They've all filled council vacancies since January following public interviews and hearing. They follow the Sunshine Act.

Nazareth is filling its own vacancy on borough council. Interested applicants were publicly interviewed last night, and an appointment is expected Monday. Solicitor Al Pierce bragged last night that Nazareth is the only municipality in the state that does things this way.

Huh?

Al Pierce is wrong. Nazareth is simply following the Sunshine Act. It's following the same procedure, more or less, that other area municipalities followed to fill a vacancy. And it's only doing so because the last time it appointed a council vacancy, the decision was made behind closed doors. Conrad Bowers was appointed without public discussion or interview.

Why would Nazareth's solicitor mislead us? Perhaps because Nazareth is currently a Sunshine Act defendant. It recently filed an Answer to my complaint, raising all sorts of goofy and misleading defenses. According to Al, the Sunshine Act complaint is barred by contributory and/or comparative negligence, consent, failure of consideration, fraud, justification, statute of frauds, laches and privilege.

What the hell is he smoking?

Some of these defenses might help in a car crash or a real estate deal gone sour, but they have nothing to do with the Sunshine Act. I've filed objections to Al's answer.

It's one thing to mislead the public. But it's very dangerous to mislead judges. They have no sense of humor.

6 comments:

LVDem said...

"the Sunshine Act complaint is barred by contributory and/or comparative negligence, consent, failure of consideration, fraud, justification, statute of frauds, laches and privilege."

What the hell do any of these things have to do with the Sunshine Act or Municipal Law. I'm not a lawyer but I understand the language of the sunshine law and none of these things are a part of the exemptions for conductings sessions behind closed doors. Real Estate, personnel, litigation and a few other things are about it.

Bernie O'Hare said...

None of that has ANYTHING to do w/ either the Sunshine Act or Municipal law. It's totally off the wall and very misleading. That's why I had to file objections. Frankly, I found that answer to be just a bit insulting.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that in a few years we will learn that Mr. Pierce has Alzheimer'a disease. Then it will all make sense.

Anonymous said...

An addendum to above...I thought I heard him walking around town muttering "I'm cuckoo for cocoa puffs"

LVDem said...

Oh, that makes sense now.

Bernie O'Hare said...

To Anon 7:43 & 7:45, Are you sure that wasn't me you saw?

Although Al's answer and Thursday totally bizarre and misleading, Al is a good and decent man. I have a serious problem w/ his medieval concept of the Sunshine Act, but 'taint personal.