Where to begin!
Bonnie’s Mayor’s Report started off as the usual cheerleading session and turned into making excuses for her bad behavior, which she is not sorry for. Bonnie said she did what she did because she is “passionate” and she felt the Gallery School Project was a bad idea. She blithered on about differences and stepping on toes etc… but any apology in all that was missing, from what I could tell.
During the Announcements part of the meeting, which comes right before Adjournment, Councilor Weand raised a motion that we limit the mayor’s speaking at council meetings to the Mayor’s Report, if she was asked a direct question or if she needed to break a tie vote. The other part of the motion was to forbid Bonnie from speaking negatively in public against Borough Council, like on WPAZ or to the County Commissioners, for example.
Councilor Gibson seconded the motion but only for the sake of debate. Only Councilor Rhoads sided with Councilor Weand. Maureen Allen was absent. Chomnuk, Gibson, Kirkland and Toroney all sided with the mayor. Councilors Gibson and Toroney expressed their displeasure at Bonnie’s recent behavior but felt it was not proper to limit her “face time” at meetings. Councilors Kirkland and Chomnuk did not think her speaking time should be limited.
So once again, bad behavior in Pottstown is rewarded. It’s okay to go outside the chain of command, bad mouth at will and undermine binding votes of council, all in the name of being “passionate”.
Expect more bad behavior, more diatribes and insubordination from our mayor in the future, now that she has been further empowered to do so.
Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Councilor Weand for doing the right thing and to Councilor Rhoads for backing him up and voting yes.
At this time, I will refrain from comment about the rest of Council until such time as I can think of a polite way to say what is on my mind.