Lost in the woods: decisions, decisions, decisons edition

Your council thingy for today. Billy Shreve has a proposal. (Isn’t that the beginning of a spooky campfire tale?) Well, here, we were going to transcribe it, but have a screen grab for efficiency:

We are not “a lawyer”, but how does the County legislate the State? If the thing we think is a thing is a thing, chug a 40.

READER UPDATE: Anne Hicks (thank you, Anne!) points out that Billy wants these residences to be edible! Dipped in sewer sauce. YUM.

Next decision is whether or not the preferred bureaucracy gets to oversee a photovoltaic (that’s solar, yo) array at the Ballenger-McKinney wastewater treatment plant. This is for reasons of red tape and red tape minimization specifically. Billy will whine impertinently, because whining about solar is one of his hobbies, ranked just after rollerblading and growing out that mullet-tail. If we are also right about who whines here…do nothing. Because a serious horror show is coming, and you will want to be in top form for…

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. 6 proposed amendments to the Act to Adjust School Construction Fees.

Goodnight, and good luck. We will all be at soccer. Let us know who/what gets tossed in the wood chipper or whatever.

 

 

Pumpkin spice everything! It’s your October 2nd drinking game!

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Hope you survived Oktoberfest!

 

Grab your agenda, it’s time to continue our countdown to bye bye Shrelauter time. This week’s meeting starts with an EMS budget adjustment. We expect Billy will go ahead and abstain so slam back your favorite pumpkin flavored beer as a nod to Oktoberfest time.

Next up are a few executive appointments, and discussion of new business. Hydrate with some plain ole iced tea. The next section could get bumpy, and you need your wits about you to follow along.

It’s the third reading time for Adequate Public Facilities, adjustment of school construction fees. We know that this is a very important issue.  Let’s hope common sense prevails here. Swing back a teacher’s aid. You’ll need it either way.

Break, and we resume with four public hearings. Two of these are by our short timer council members Shreve and Chmelik so we anticipate some whining and grand standing.

End with an extra stormy dark and stormy to match your mood after having to sit through council member comments.

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No, no, no. Not that kind of Stormy!

 

Will the first meeting of Fall enthrall? Your September 25th drinking game!

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Don’t take it too far peeps!

It’s the first meeting of Fall which means it’s the last season of Shrelauter and Friends! Tony decided not to accept the results of the election and is attempting a write-in campaign in order to ensure the victory of the Democratic candidate! Final days and write-in attempts pretty much ensure that we are in store for some pretty dramatic meetings. Go ahead and grab your agenda, fire up the FCGTV, and remember this is only for fun! Billy isn’t answering any calls from you ingrates!

The clock is a ticking on hearing Billy vote against the agenda, abstain from the budget adjustments, and vote against the minutes!! We can’t imagine any of the future candidates behaving this way. Tis a unique style of legislating! When this farce occurs slam back a thermos of Whiskey Sours.  Because this behavior makes about as much sense as taking a boat out in the Monocacy after a hurricane!

Alderman/Director of Government Affairs, Roger Wilson is in the house to talk about proposed legislative initiatives for the upcoming session in Annapolis! Take a break from your liquor to listen to a smart person talk!

Next up is three separate First Readings on proposed bills having to do with human trafficking. Is it fun to bring up the fact that Billy once said that there are people on both sides of this issue? NO IT IS NOT! Fix yourself a nice tall Thyme Will Tell, because only time will tell if we ever get over that one!

Lots of public hearings including the changes to the school construction fees. We predict this one will garner the most public speakers since overcrowded schools are a HUGE issue in this county. Give your liver a break and rehydrate!

Council member comments have turned into complaining sessions for “some” of our members. Sip on your Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice while attempting to hang on to your sanity.

We’ll let you know how it all turns out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s hear some arguments as to why we shouldn’t fight human trafficking!

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Don’t worry Fluffy, the good voters took care of this in the primary!

It’s really hard to imagine a discussion in which you are going to hear arguments against preventing human trafficking. What kind of person do you have to be to not want to fight this terrible problem? Well, that’s exactly what a couple of county council members did last night.

It’s a short 47 minutes, so if you have the time go ahead and listen for yourself. Jessica used this workshop to discuss some changes to the three bills she introduced in a previous meeting. The first bill further defined what a bodyworks establishment is and defined exactly what sexual activity is considered to be. What does Billy have to say about this? NOTHING GOOD! He wants to know what is going to happen to all those peeps who want to privately have sex in their place of business. Both Jessica and the county lawyer have the extreme displeasure of telling Billy that has nothing to do with what is going on here! We sure hope that isn’t what’s happening down at Winchester Hall, Billy! Do we need Jan to appoint independent counsel to investigate?

The next bill concerns landlords who KNOWINGLY allow human trafficking on their property. Jessica begins the discussion by saying the amended bill further defines KNOWINGLY. Well, for some reason Kirby can’t get that concept down. He wants to know why we are making the landlords criminals when they can’t keep track of what’s going on at their properties. Jessica: KNOWINGLY. Kirby: Well it isn’t the landlord’s business and the police will take care of it. M.C. : KNOWINGLY.  Kirby: You need to have evidence. KNOWINGLY, KNOWINGLY, KNOWINGLY!! Kirby agrees to disagree.

The last bill has to do with training front end hotel employees. Jessica asks a representative from the hotel industry and guess what? Most hotels already require this training!  This bill will NOT require hotels to provide another training, should one already exist! Who’s going to muck this part up? Billy of course. Now he saw the disturbing video/quiz that PG county requires and he wants to see the Marriott one. However, all Billy wants to discuss is COST, COST, COST. The nice representative tells him there is no added cost because this is just a part of training and doing business. Billy says maybe for Marriott, but what about the Clarion Inn? (Wonder why he chose that specific example?) Billy is told that the Clarion has this training as well. Bud interjects to say that if you have this kind of activity going on at your hotel it damages your brand, so why wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to prevent it? Billy: COST! It is astounding to know that Billy is more concerned with the hotel industries bottom line over the safety of those being trafficked. Think of the children Billy!

Three more months folks, three more months.

No more “Happy Endings” for you, sicko! Your September 11th workshop notice!

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And normal! A massage is a massage and that’s it, people!

You may want to keep the youngins out of earshot of today’s workshop, as there is a very sensitive discussion to be had. Just click on over to the proposed bill and pay attention to the last section!  We imagine the debate (remember Billy wants us all to know there are people on both sides of this issue!) could cause some of our more pious council members to get a little squirmy.  We also can’t wait to hear the arguments over how this bill will oppress our local businesses! Wonder if our favorite local “Silver Linings Playbook” star will be at the future public hearing to give his viewpoint! This may be one of the more exciting council meetings we’ve had in awhile!

 

There was an attempt.

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We came into the meeting late, because between us we had to get 8 kids off to and home from school and their activities yesterday. Plus, reading all the excerpts from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book DID NOT help matters!

We entered at the time they were discussing limits to the Military Tax Credit. Jerry and M.C. made a lot of good points about how most retired military will still be able to take advantage of this AND it’s only to stop those who make over $80,000 from getting a credit they don’t need. Despite Billy many times stating we can just pass legislation and fix it later, he wasn’t on board with this. From the FNP article that ran this morning: 

Councilman Billy Shreve (R), who proposed the original bill with no income limits, argued that the council has voted to increase the budget by $80 million over the last four years and is spending “a zillion dollars” to keep seniors in the county, so $600,000 isn’t a lot of money, relatively speaking, and, he said, would help keep seniors in the county.

Scintillating as always. The bill passes.

Bud’s bill concerning the county council controlling their own employees brings forth a lot of discussion. Billy, Tony, and Kirby make arguments in favor of voting for this out of spite. We cannot tell you how glad we are going to be come December when their time is up! However, between now and then it seems their goal is to cause trouble and be as disagreeable as possible. Well, that’s really not that different from the last four years, is it?

Kirby has some axes to grind over how much has been spent on the Middletown Fire Dept. Didn’t he have some disagreement with the City of Middletown this past budget season when he was tinkering with their library funding in his ALT Budget? Hmmm.

One more workshop this month and then we can breathe easy until October. Maybe by then we’ll be able to focus!

Workshop Alert!

This evening the county will be holding a workshop on the following items:

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That’s some good stuff! Thankfully we don’t really need to draw attention to the fact that Billy said there are people on the other side of the human trafficking debate since he was so humiliatingly trounced in the primary. We’ll hold on to all that good stuff in case he tries to run for anything ever again.

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Never fear Billy! We will be here to remind voters of all you’ve done if you ever try to run for public office again!