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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Allentown City Council Votes For More Oversight Over City Contracts

Allentown City Council has unanimously approved legislation that will give it final say over professional services contracts in excess of $40,000. The Morning Call's Paul Muschick has what I would agree is a "thorough" and "fair" account of the meeting. Because I was with my grandson, I missed the meeting. But good government activist Robert Trotner also has a running account of the standing-room only meeting, which I will excerpt below.

Joe Hilliard suggested we investigate a paranoid freakazoid out- of-control mayor. ...

Lou Hershman said he wanted an investigation of how much money city is spending on Pawlowski's defence because the city can't afford it. He also wants a city council investigation of the mayor's pay to play. ... He also said from his experience the city had spent at least $600 on no bid, probable illegal contracts and that the council should hire a forensic analyst to discover all the fraud. ...

One person praised the mayor and said there was no proof yet that he was guilty. ...

Kristian Andersen spoke about how the case of Mr. Ochse and how if the police just practiced a little love everything would be better. ...

Rich Fegley stated the need for investigation because of the disgrace that has happened in our city and no one on council speaks up fir ethics. ...

[Jeanette] Eichenwald says we have the right to call ethics committee against the mayor as well as an investigation into his corruption. She will talk to the solicitor this week to discuss options. The crowd erupted in applause. ...

25 comments:

Lou Shupe said...

Video now working properly, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lehigh-valley-caffeinated

Robert Trotner said...

I apologize for the poor quality of my running commentary. For instance, I meant $600 million instead of $600, bit I'm quite sure there were plenty of other mistakes. But the victory tonight was quite unexpected and very gratifying. Our group can now think about moving forward successfully on several fronts and we intend to have some major announcements next week. Breaking developments and leaks last week have shifted the dynamics of the struggle tremendously, and it appears we will soon see the demise of Ed Pawlowski. The only question is how, and I can now envision several scenarios any one of which wI'll push him over the edge. But council is still very much on probation and the future of the so called Pawlowski ticket is potentially very shajy.

Robert Trotner said...

I apologize for the poor quality of my running commentary. For instance, I meant $600 million instead of $600, bit I'm quite sure there were plenty of other mistakes. But the victory tonight was quite unexpected and very gratifying. Our group can now think about moving forward successfully on several fronts and we intend to have some major announcements next week. Breaking developments and leaks last week have shifted the dynamics of the struggle tremendously, and it appears we will soon see the demise of Ed Pawlowski. The only question is how, and I can now envision several scenarios any one of which wI'll push him over the edge. But council is still very much on probation and the future of the so called Pawlowski ticket is potentially very shajy.

Anonymous said...

God grant us an end to this sordid ordeal.
Have some honor, Mr. Pawlowski,
step aside.

Rich Fegley said...

FYI...

Allentown City meetings are now archived here: https://allentownpa.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Tonight's City Council Meeting can be viewed here: http://allentownpa.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=54

It's nice to see this working. Citizens can view the entire meeting online. Joe Hilliard starts it off with a bang!

Anonymous said...

Every council person except one MUST GO!

Anonymous said...

WTF JUST HAPPENED IN HELLERTOWN?

Anonymous said...

Lets be fair. Robert Trotner is the head of the Lehigh Valley Coffee Party. A small group of people who have very local if any support from Allentoians.

Rich Fegley said...

Let's be honest...you all have your heads buried in the sand and/or your name is Anonymous.

Silence is what got us here. NON-LOCAL public officials have brainwashed the local citizens of Allentown. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

@ 1:56
I appreciate that hacks like you still crawl out from under your rocks from time to time and entertain us with you pathetically weak chicken shit.
McDermott, is that you working late?

Anonymous said...

Too little
Too late
They gotta go

Anonymous said...

Bravo, council, NOT. Where were they the past 8 years. Julio Guiridy, Glaser - now you want to be heroes, when you took the mayors cash raised through corruption of pay and play, nice try. TO me it looks like rats jumping off a sinking ship, or a bunch of Brutuses insuring they get their dagger red before they go before the voters - council needs some new faces, and we for sure need a new city controller (do we even have a city controller?)

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Drove past Allentown's Recycling Center and saw a 3 tier digital billboard.
So gross. Can you look into that digital contract. It went from one person to another and yet another.

Anonymous said...

Is Dat playing football again this year?

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that Charlie Thiel won't get any more nobid contracts with the city?

Anonymous said...

@2:17 Sounds like you might be losing your meal ticket when the Chicago Eddy gang is run out of town on rails? A little bitter 'bout that?

Jeffrey Anthony

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one horrified that the Iron Lady is not on the ballot again? God Bless Jeannette Eichenwald!!! THANK YOU

Anonymous said...

Good news , now CSI and Charlie Thiel and stop fleecing the city.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Is Dat playing football again this year?"

No, he wants to start or be #6 or #7 off the bench at Central's basketball program, and is doing basketball drills every night so that he is on the top of his game when they get going. The team is stacked. So he opted against football this year. I love to watch him play, but he has to make his own decisions when it comes to sports.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Bernie
Drove past Allentown's Recycling Center and saw a 3 tier digital billboard.
So gross. Can you look into that digital contract. It went from one person to another and yet another."


Why can't you submit an OT comment like this to Opinions Online? That's really not fair to me, when I take the time to go to a meeting and write about something, to have someone else come in and post a question about something completely different. Plus, you want me to look into the contract. Why can't you? Democracy is not a spectator sport, you know.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Rich, Thanks for the link to the video of meetings. I was unaware.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Lou, Your video is good, but as Rich Fegley notes, the City does a videocast. I am happy to see this bc you obviously can't be at every meeting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jeannette Eichenwald for being the only council person who questioned everything. The rest, should hang their head in shame and get off the dashboard.

Lou Shupe said...

I was unaware the city video feed was working, and you are correct in saying I will not be able to attend every meeting. But as always, I will do my best with what I have.

Anonymous said...

There has to be an independent solicitor for council. Didn't
Solicitor Wild use Fleck for her campaign when she ran for County Commissioner?
A separation of powers between council and mayor is what is needed, and independent solicitors would be a good start.