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!

Your distracted meeting round-up!

Last evening’s meeting had the misfortune of running at the exact same time as bells were tolling all over the damn place for the Trump administration.

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Uh-oh Donald!

Therefore, we were very distracted!

What we can tell you is that Tony didn’t show up. Billy voted against the agenda, but somehow found it in him to vote for the budget adjustments. Guess he’s given up on getting a Budget Director! Especially since his first choice for this position betrayed Kirby by having the nerve to run for county executive in a free country!

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This election season has been something. If you need to catch up on all the drama, click here

The longest part of the evening is dedicated to express approval for an annex in the City of Frederick. The city wants to have this area available for mix industrial/commercial use. Kirby is worried about water, Mayor O’Connor is not. And we cannot help but feel even more sorry than we previously did to anyone who has to sit through Lame Duck Shrelauter’s questioning. Passes 6-0-1.

Myersville annexation discussion is much quicker and passes with the same vote count.

Bud has brought a school construction fee back to the table. There will be a public hearing soon and you can read all about it here. We would like to point out one quote from Jan about his new bill:

A former proposal from County Executive Jan Gardner would have raised the fees by 56 to 72 percent across those categories. Using the single-family house example, that measure would raise the fee to $6,924, $2,745 and $5,803, respectively.

Gardner said Tuesday she continues to support her original proposal.

“The ‘compromise’ bill proposed by Council President Otis and the work group makes progress but falls short of what is needed,” Gardner said. “The school mitigation fee is only paid when a developer chooses to pay the fee to continue to build even though schools are overcrowded. In my opinion, the full cost of the needed school seats should be paid.”

Can’t say we disagree with that!

Next up is the passage of two bills concerning Accessory Dwelling Units. We remember way back when Kirby and Billy first brought this issue up! But now that Jessica has her liberal fingers all over it, they are magically against it. Billy also takes the time to bring up the most irrelevant issue. His failed attempt to have a workshop on construction costs. Which has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Boo Hiss! Both bills pass.

 

There’s a break and then the council returns for three public hearings. The first one is the only one that people bothered to show up for. It puts an income cap on Billy’s Elderly Individual and Retired Military Tax Credit. Ray Barnes likes it, three other gentlemen do not.

Bud mistakenly adjourns before council member comments. Billy starts screaming that he’s already gotten rid of 75% of council member comments, he can’t get rid of 100%! The recording goes to the music and when it starts back up Billy and Bud are engaged on a full out war of words!

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December cannot come quick enough folks!

Billy is screaming at Bud that he’s a terrible leader. Bud retorts by saying, “At least I vote!” Billy demands to know just what the hell is that supposed to mean. (We know people, we know.) Bud replies that he doesn’t abstain. Billy’s defense? “Abstaining is a vote!” Thank goodness we are not going to embarrass our entire county by sending this Master of Logic to Annapolis!

We can barely listen to the nice comments of Jessica and M.C. through our fury. We do notice that Kirby is texting throughout their comments which is oh so professional. Thank goodness he won’t be leading the county!

 

Let’s play bingo with the lingo! Your August 21st drinking happy fun time!

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Hopefully we won’t have too many!

Lots on the agenda this evening. From budget adjustments, to First and Third readings of bills, to THREE, that’s right THREE public hearings, this meeting has the potential to cause some serious drama. Tonight you can pick your poison and use the following bingo card to make the meeting bearable. Remember y’all, this is just for fun, you don’t want to wind up sleeping it off in the High Sheriff’s holding tank!

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We’ve cracked the code!

The first part of the workshop was relatively calm. There was a good presentation from our fine county employees regarding the creation of a Senior Services Advisory Board. We predict this bill will get through with no problems. It only makes sense that we stay responsive to the growing needs of our rapidly growing aging community.

Next, there’s a long discussion on the upcoming Farm-based Craft Beverage Promotional Events bill. These are events that can take place at an established brewery or winery, and this bill establishes guidelines to help these types of businesses grow. Tony was on the work group and he’s got lots to say. Kirby just wants to make sure y’all know the difference between legitimate complaints and you know, people who need to keep their traps shut! Billy tries to compare this to wedding venues, but is mercifully shut down as being irrelevant to the current discussion.

Tony is going to be candid folks! He doesn’t like that the quasi-judicial planning commission members can go on Facebook AND donate to political candidates. I mean really folks, (and this is his example not ours!), when  if Tony is ever brought up on weapons charges he is going to be so dismayed if he ever finds out that the person sitting in judgment of him has donated thousands of dollars to an anti-gun organization! Can y’all just imagine the injustice!? There’s lots of free speech concerns, with Tony going back to how they are quasi judges, so there! He also wants to give specific examples! M.C. says he can’t use people’s names. He then says can he use positions, and how about he just talks until someone tells him to shut up? Bud, says that no, none of this is a good idea. So, your Lady Yokels, really want to know what the hell is this all about. First, we hop on over to the planning commission site to see who could have invoked the ire of Tony:

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We automatically recognize two of the names from Kirby’s failed flow chart!!!!

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We sure do!

Tony has some nerve as well, especially after all we uncovered concerning the Off-Track Betting bill! People can objectively serve on boards and have political opinions! It’s crazy and naive to think otherwise.

The last bit of the evening was unfortunately devoted to Billy. He wants to repeal part of the ethics  bill they passed in 2017 in which a nominating committee nominates people to the ethics board instead of the county executive. M.C. thinks he must be confused so she specifically asks if that’s what he wants to do. Jessica asks for his rationale, to which he replies, “The other way was better!” So, this begs the question: Which one of Billy’s cronies was denied a nomination? Since all this stuff seems to be personal to these guys.

The new business part of the evening gets testy. Tony is VERY ANGRY over the state of water and sewer amendments. Wants to know why sometimes the process works and why sometimes it doesn’t. Billy is a complete jerk in trying to demand that he be given a workshop on building costs. This was previously denied because he couldn’t prove it served a legislative purpose. He yells at Bud that he never puts anything on the agenda! And there we are folks. Three and a half more months and we will be free of the Shreve! Let the countdown begin!