Commissioners Hold Closed Door Session to Request Proposals for Animal Control Services

When we picked up the Whig this morning, we read that the county commissioners have prepared a Request for Proposals to see if there are any capable organizations interested in delivering animal control services in Cecil County.  While the RFP is an appropriate step, what disappoints us is “that document was supposed to be reviewed during the commissioners closed door session,” the Whig reported.

The purpose of an RFP is to allow the county to advertise for quotes.  Why should such a public document need to be discussed behind closed doors? It escapes us for that is exactly the type of people’s business you want to conduct in the public, especially with the tangle associated with the SPCA matter.  If this item was discussed before the public, the interested stakeholders could monitor the discussion (which helps improve trust) and then perhaps offer constructive comments or new ideas.

Of course the Whig was there so perhaps they’ll write another piece saying it should be discussed behind closed doors.  But we’re willing to bet that the editors in Kent County would challenge such a decision.  They have a track record of pushing the envelope on open meeting requirements and that helps everyone.

Oh well.

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12 responses to “Commissioners Hold Closed Door Session to Request Proposals for Animal Control Services

  1. Well the only answer we are left with is…. they must have something to hide! They likely already have their own agenda and plan in place. The next step is to see if the contract is awarded to a personal friend of one of the commissioners. By excluding the public from such meetings the Commissioners of Cecil County are thumbing their noses at ALL Cecil residents and proving that they consider themselves above public scrutiny, in spite of the fact that they are public servants. In so doing they will only draw more attention to themselves from citizen watchdog journalists, which must surely cause them great agitation.

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  3. Crazy History Teacher

    Mr. Dixon! “We pick up the paper” humph! Who are you, Ayn Rand!? Have you ever read her book, Anthem? It’s in 1st person point of view and instead of say “I” when referring to himself, he says “we”. Say, “I”!

    “We” know it’s only you running this blog Mike Dixon!

  4. This goes to “Crazy History Teacher”, who OBVIOUSLY isn’t all **THAT** familiar with Ayn Rand, especially “Atlas Shrugged”.

    I quote:

    “There is a morality of reason, a morality proper to man, and Man’s Life is its standard of value”

    I would also like to point out, that it doesn’t matter how many people are running this blog, as a reader, and somewhat of an Ayn Rand fan, I find it absurd that you, claiming to be a teacher (therefore implying some degree of literacy). After all, Rand’s whole point behind her work was to show that the single is greater than the majority.

    May I suggest that you peruse this wonderful, freely available teachers guide from the publisher of Ayn Rand’s book?

    http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/fountainhead.pdf

    Once you’ve learned about the subject matter you quote, only then should you mention her works in reference to anything that I’ve seen on this blog, with which, she would be in agreement.

  5. This goes to “Crazy History Teacher”, who OBVIOUSLY isn’t all **THAT** familiar with Ayn Rand, especially “Atlas Shrugged”.

    I quote:

    “There is a morality of reason, a morality proper to man, and Man’s Life is its standard of value”

    I would also like to point out, that it doesn’t matter how many people are running this blog, as a reader, and somewhat of an Ayn Rand fan, I find it absurd that you’re claiming to be a teacher (therefore implying some degree of literacy). After all, Rand’s whole point behind her work was to show that the single is greater than the majority.

    May I suggest that you peruse this wonderful, freely available teachers guide from the publisher of Ayn Rand’s book, “The Fountainhead”?

    http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/fountainhead.pdf

    Once you’ve learned about the subject matter you quote, only then should you mention her works in reference to anything that I’ve seen on this blog, with which, she would be in agreement.

  6. I don’t understand why the history teacher is attacking the blog editor. so he used the word we instead of I. how does that discredit what this person has to say? he has been a voice of intelligence and independence and i don’t think people should attack him for his point of view.

  7. Crazy History Teacher

    EVERYONE RELAX! IT WAS A JOKE! GOSH PEOPLE IN CECIL COUNTY DON’T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR!

  8. Crazy History Teacher,
    If people in Cecil County don’t have a sense then how do you explain the Board of County Commissioners?
    -The Kingfish
    “Every man a king.”

  9. What do you mean “relax’? How can anyone have a sense of humor knowing we live in a county that is corrupted! So many Cecil county residents “turn away”, and I am sick of it these backward ole boys & gals getting away with this. I met a few people recently that were NOT from Cecil county and they have some good “stuff” on this pathetic government. Let’s see what the next will be after the next commissioners meeting on Tuesday in Ceciltown

  10. Crazy History Teacher

    Whatever:
    I agree with you that Cecil County is corrupted, BUT IT’S GOOD TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR! Some people here are idiots. Can’t you tell I taught some of them everything they know about Social Studies? (That was a joke so don’t bite my head off!) The only reason why I’m still teaching in Cecil County and haven’t moved away is so I can collect my retirement in a few years. OOPS! I MIGHT NOT HAVE A RETIREMENT IN A FEW YEARS IF THOSE POLITICIANS IN ANNAPOLIS HAVE THEIR WAY! I DON’T TRUST THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WITH MY RETIREMENT! I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE STATE CONTROL IT!

    Huey Long:
    You’re still alive!? You scare me! (Again, that was another joke!!)

  11. Yes a sense of humor is great, yet these low lifes need to be removed. I am suprised the ones that have lived here for so long…just sit in silence?? What are they afraid of? I say “bring it on”!!!

  12. Called the classified dept to inform them of the huge error on the gigantic color ad for the spca. The list of pets are not even there! They refused to let the public know this. We need another paper please!!!

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