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The situation has been evolving over the last 6 to 12 months as to what is ailing our local gubmints... town and county. Unfortunately... when diagnosing the patients, you have to know what you are treating... a symptom or the root illness. The towns are in financial chaos.
Chestertown has two council types who keep wondering about how they didn't know about the the town's financial strife... the expenses on the marina, blah, blah,blah. And then it gets worse... as the citizens continue to watch their politicals parade around in invisible clothes. That's the politest version that I know how to print.
Then there is Rock Hall. Chaos was its middle name for at least the last 6 years... with 'Lotsa' as its first name. Now they have a mayor and council who 'want' and are capable of fixing the problems. Unfortunately, they don't have a town manager... AND the county has given notice that they cannot provide any P & Z services any longer, because they don't have the staff, etc.
Then there is the 'teacher' issue at KCPS. Recruiting season for new teachers has been over for a month or more now... and there are at least 8 important teaching positions still open. Then there is the domino effect of the Principal's position at KCHS.
The Ginzo steak knives is the county. What looked like the best run county in the state two years ago... with a budget to match... now looks like a possible train wreck as that light at the end of the tunnel. Somebody has got to be asking some serious questions as to how the Planning Department got into the current state of affairs. The thought of paying outside consultants to do what should be done 'in house' doesn't bode well for a small county like ours. Maybe the solution would be to have a single department and commission for all the towns and county. Yeah, the consultants will offer 'personal' service. But... we have seen the personal service we have gotten when our last two Comprehensive Plans were reviewed and revised. Lots of boiler plate at a high cost that left us without anyone who can 'maintain' it and the LUO's in the future. Then again... maybe these are all symptoms of a deeper illness.
maybe these are all symptoms of a deeper illness.>>>>
The cows have come home to roost. It appears that all of our collective problems are following the path of radiation. A little dose here... a little dose there... doesn't kill you... BUT the cumulative effect does. If the episodes over the last six months doesn't convince you that we have reached a critical mass, then you're not paying attention. Little things that should have been fixed along the way have now manifested themselves into some situations that look like will have some very negative long range effects... on the towns and county governance.
We have seen calls for 'efficiency' studies from SOS and here fall on deaf ears.
I don't believe in piling on. I believe that we all should be part of the solution. But... just because you knock, somebody has to invite you in. It's no time for the parochial, provincial politics that has led to this fork in our history.