Now that John Cusck is president of Northampton County Council once again, he wants to conduct studies on three hot button topics. First is reassessment. There's no need for a study. Reassessment is politically unpopular, but way overdue. The question is whether this Council and Executive have the political will to do it. Second is the conversion of Gracedale, the County-owned nursing home, into a nonprofit 501c3. That failed in the previous Council, although it's probably the right thing to do. Third, Cusick wants to update the master Plan for our Civil War era jail, which is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
These are all worthy ideas, but jamming them all together into one meeting is overkill and prevents meaningful discussion.
Council will also consider its open space plan and a resolution appointing their Solicitor. Cusick left the name blank in an obvious passive aggressive shot at incumbent Council Solicitor Phil Lauer, who had the audacity to tell Cusick he could not receive extra money as President during the reorganization meeting on Monday.