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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bluebloods Angry Over Critical Airport Authority Story

Marc Troutman is pretty hot stuff. He's the bastard who turns off my juice when I forget to pay by First Energy electricity bill, He's also Chairman of Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority's 15-person Board of Governors. That's a lot of Governors to order around, but the boss is unhappy. In fact, word has it that his panties are twisted out of joint over my story yesterday. In that little ditty, I told you the financially strapped airport board is meeting this morning at, of all places, the very posh and private Saucon Valley County Club. They plan on trying to replace their current lawyers (Florio Perruci and about out 10,000 other names, including former Judge Robert Freedberg) with some goofy firm.  One of their lawyers (she's "of counsel" and technically not part of the firm) just happens to be the wife of the Airport's Exec Director, Charles Everett.

It's all in the family, I guess.

Ironically, this is the same law firm that issued a bogus report claiming that just about everyone there has a conflict of interest. It was complete horseshit, and that bad legal advice alone should be reason to reject this outfit.

Well, Troutman is blowin' oil over my story so bad that someone should throw him on a lift and find out where he's leaking. He fired off this angry missive yesterday to all the little governors.

All,
We have a much bigger problem than Public Comment at our board meetings. If you haven’t been contacted, harassed or insulted by someone today because of this article. Please read it. I would like to discuss this tomorrow.

http://lehighvalleyramblings.blogspot.com/

The Executive Committee and staff were the only individuals who received the information discussed in the article. In addition the article is inaccurate at best as the evaluation and motion to be moved forward by the executive committee.

It was very inappropriate and embarrassing for a member of the executive committee, staff or board member who attended the meeting to leak confidential bid information to a “Blogger”. The article is clearly an inaccurate assessment of the process and motion. Not to mention it appears to be an attack on our executive director and the competence of all of us around the table. All actions we take are subject to right to know and there is a process for interested parties to obtain that information. Therefore I can only surmise that this release of misinformation was malicious in nature.

This is damaging as well as embarrassing for all of us.

In addition to staff, the following board members were given the RFPQ information:

Exec Committee:

Bert Dadey
Jane Baker
William Berger
Dean Browning
Marc Troutman

Others:
Ed Lozano
Jeff Matzkin

I am not pointing fingers at anyone listed above but raising a concern that we need to deal with. As we move forward and continue to negotiate with vendors, airlines etc to make land deals or purchase services, confidentiality is paramount and lack of can ruin deals , create liability and embarrass individuals and the authority.

Let’s discuss this tomorrow and how we want to deal with it from a policy or whatever perspective.

Sincerely,
Marc

Love to see this outfit's priorities. They can't rub two nickels together and are worried about the unwashed masses sounding off during a meeting. But that pales in comparison to the bottom-feeding "Blogger." I could see him holding his nose as he pens the word.

He does have a point. My story really is an attack on the Executive Director and the competence of those who are idiotic enough to conduct a public meeting at a private country club during a fiscal crisis. But I'll differ with him on one major point. The story is also accurate, and he knows it's accurate, which is why his nose is so out of joint.

Looks like he now wants to start an investigation to determine who the traitor is who leaked this story to me. Maybe he should hire that law firm again..

I think I'll drop in on the bluebloods today, although morning meetings and I don't mix well. Maybe Marc and I can get in a quick none holes during their so-called retreat.

"He's on his final hole. He's about 455 yards away, he's gonna hit about a 9 iron I think."

"Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A bottom-feeding blogger, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!"

37 comments:

Rich Fegley said...

I guess they didn't sweep the premises for bugs. That could be Marc's problem. Or was Mike Fleck involved with these meetings while wearing his wire?

Exposing the truth hurts sometimes. Good job Bernie. It's not hard to see the conflict of interest once you point it out to us.

Anonymous said...

and you thought only the Bangor School Board was pissed off and blowin oil at you.....hahahaha


Signed- Hidy Ho!

Anonymous said...

Yeah like its a big mystery, right mancrush Dean Browning.

Bernie O'Hare said...

12:12, Come to think of it, I did have their Chair blowin' oil, too, when I reported on the state audit revealing that they were paying a former Super NOT to show up. I guess i won't get invited to their Christmas party.

Bernie O'Hare said...

12:20, Instead of being fixated on who leaked this, you'd do well to spend a little time pondering what kind of message this financially strapped board is doing by meeting at a posh private country club. Can the public even get into that place without a tuxedo? Ans you;d also do well to think about an Exec Director who is trying to steer the Board to hire his wife.

As for the source of my leak, you are just as screwed up in your accusation here as bangor was when someone suggested Ron Angle leaked me the audit. At the time i published the audit, Ron did not even have a copy and did not get it until the next day. He actually found out about the audit from me.

In this matter, you blamed Dean. You put two and two together and came up with five. When I first found out about this, I called Dean, who at that time was unaware that the Board was even meeting at a country club. He did not supply me with the rating.

I have been blogging since 2006 and have numerous sources. Dean is not my source for this story.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a witch hunt for a whistle-blower. That might be illegal.

Anonymous said...

You've hurt their feelings.
I hope you're happy.

Bernie O'Hare said...

It definitely reads as though good ol' Marc Troutman is gearing up for an internal investigation and retaliation aimed at whomever leaked his ratings sheet, along with the fact that they are meeting at a swanky country club. He had better be very careful, although I''m sure Everett's wife will advise that witch hunts are OK. After all, the firm at which she is "of counsel" already orchestrated one.

Anonymous said...

Wow, based on Troutman's words he's scared shitless, angry as hell, or both.

I wonder if this board has any involvement with the good 'ol Lehigh Valley Partnership, the ultimate blue blood club.

Do they have anyone on this board who has any aviation industry experience besides riding on a private jet a couple times? Even someone with a pilot's license? I think they had one private pilot a few years ago but they likely phased him out for not supporting a sale of Braden.

Public comment bothers him? Looking at the board minutes, if they get one person giving a 5 sentence statement, that's a busy public comment day.

FYI Bernie, if you go to the meeting, Saucon prohibits wearing jeans and requires a collared shirt in pretty much all areas of the property. I can imagine Troutman trying to have you thrown out of the meeting on a technicality like this.

Anonymous said...

the Allentown parking authority behaves in exactly the same manner.
is it "authorities" are evil entities?

Bernie O'Hare said...

No private country club has the right to impose its own dress code on a meeting of the public

Anonymous said...

Everybody does this. You can investigate the airport, LVEDC, the county planning commission, the chamber, Wildlands and find the same sort of shady transactions.

It is how business gets done around here.



Anonymous said...

I would go in shorts and a tank top just to make a point.

Anonymous said...

you should wear shorts and expose those sexy knees of yours!

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm here. Nobody tried to toss me. They have all kinds of goodies and some woman in a uniform keeps loading up the pastries. Think I'll have s few.

Anonymous said...

When's your tee time?

Anonymous said...

Who is paying for the goodies- the Authority? Pastries catered by SVCC must be pricey. Everett should have just sprung for a couple of boxes of donuts from DD.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Tee time will have to wait. I'm having another omelet.

Anonymous said...

Nothing says...stay away to the average person like having this at the most exclusionary club in the Valley.

Anonymous said...

Full breakfast buffet. Wow. Must be costing the authority a few bucks. Of course, they are only millions in arrears of a court ordered payment for their land grab fiasco. So live it up you blue blood phonies!!

Anonymous said...

Anybody there from the Morning Call or Express Times?

Anonymous said...

Is this a public entity? I went to the website and you cannot find out when or where the board meets. If some one leaked info about this meeting then GOOD! God forbid the public would find out. The secrecy involved here is unbelievable if this is a public entity holding a public meeting. I don't even know how to get to the weyhill cottage!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Actually, there was no buffet or omelette, but a lot of goodies were laid out. Pastries bagels, urns of coffee and juices and a waitress to keep everyone happy. I linked to where you can find minutes and agendas in yesterday's story. Finding the cottage was no easy feat.

Anonymous said...

Such an isolated spot for a public meeting! Are they claiming this was a retreat? If not there is no reason why the meeting could not be held at their usual venue. Also, was the cottage handicapped accessible?

Bernie O'Hare said...

As an admission to my own insensitivity, I am unable to tell you whether the facility is handicapped accessible. I would suspect so, but do not honsestly know.

Anonymous said...

Lehi Valley politics/:
ROTTEN FROM THE BOTTOM UP!?!$$$

Bernie O'Hare said...

Both Morning Call and WFMZ were there.

Anonymous said...

I hope the public was able to ignore the "Private Road" warning sign at the entry to Weyhill Farm Road. I'm not sure if this is a retreat or a public meeting?

Bernie O'Hare said...

It was definitely a public meeting, followed by a "retrat." It was entirely improper to hist a public meeting at the end of a private road of a private country club known for a dress code tht I ignored.

Anonymous said...

Just another example of the waste the LNAA doesn't see as such. I'm waiting for this top heavy ship to tip right over and sink. There is no leadership there and no hope for it. They all think they are above the law and flaunt it in public. Retreat? Why the hell do you need a day retreat? What do you work so hard at? Hiring incompetence on the top floor and rewarding it daily is not hard work. Almost all those offices facing the airfield need to have the occupants voted off the island. I say the same thing for those monthly visitors to that room with the big nicely polished table. The whole place stinks to high heaven. I really do feel for most of the TRUE employees. The ones on the front lines not sitting in a retreat or breakfast or a luncheon. The ones who really make that place function. Those third floorers don't get it. They preach it but don't practice it. Let's hire some more admin staff to do the jobs some others don't do and are protected. Take a look at the ratio of third floorers to real world workers at this place. How many social networking people do you need? How many accounting people? How many property people? How many special project people? How many directors doing very little directing but lots of bullying? How many managers who can't manage? Just keep piling those containers on folks. You have more now then before the great culling of a couple of years ago. This jewel of the Lehigh Valley will never live to its true potential with this group of leaders. Poor decision after poor decision that they spin into a good decision amongst themselves is what they are all about.

Anonymous said...

Great job Bernie! Meeting location was NOT posted to lvia website as of 9:07 a.m. today, after start time of public meeting. Too much politics on this board and a good old buddy relationship with the LVEDC and Lehigh valley partnership. Time to clean house and break up the old gang of wannabes over there! Amen.

Anonymous said...

Bernie,
We would all think with all the public monies being spent on public transportation studies there might have been a bus or just maybe a train that was in route to this hidden venue¿!($
I just redd that the notorious hamilton street gang o thugs and hamilton hanna herion hookup made calls threatening vendors downtown about campaign signs¿!($ Just where were them calls made from and who and what staff members made these calls while protecting the halls of justice downtown¿!($ I am hopping it was not during times when court was in session¿!($
redd
patent pending

Anonymous said...

meeting was shown before 9:07 a.m. if you went to agenda for oct meeting. It was tough to find. No meeting should be held off site. All meetings should be at LVIA

Anonymous said...

a flood of poor judgment to meet where they did. Doesn`t anyone have any half-decent common sense on that board? Shame on all of you!

Anonymous said...

Full breakfast buffet? Really now? This mess of an organization could have saved a lot of cash and went over to the Bethlehem diner, or dennys. even better, stop spending cash you do not have. typical and expected of Govt entities. aholes.

nice work BOH

Anonymous said...

This isn't the same airport board that can't pay a loan? Imagine meeting at a private golf club! This group should have met in the airport's lobby so the public could have seen them "at work."

Anonymous said...

As a public employee, we haven't been allowed to have pastries and coffee at any of our meetings for years. Shameful display.