You have to give credit where credit is due. For a moment at least, Sweden Town Councilors Rob Carges and Mike Meyers stood up for democracy and the will of the people.
In a shocking development, Carges and Meyers voted nay on a motion to ignore the will of the people.
It was the first, and only, time in 2010 that any of the Sweden Town Councilors voted no on a motion before the council. Every other vote for the entire year was straight ayes. Carges and Meyers finally showed the courage to vote nay.
Think about it. What kind of legislature always says yes? What kind of legislature never disagrees on anything? It’s about time that somebody finally stood up and said, “No. This is wrong.”
On New Year’s Eve, the Sweden Town Council met secretly and voted to reverse their decision to delay signing the contract with Monroe Ambulance.
At that meeting, Council person Pat Connors showed that she doesn’t care about what is legal, and she showed how ungrateful she is for the work of members of the Brockport Ambulance Corps.
Even Supervisor Milner has admitted publicly that Brockport’s handling of the third-party ambulance billing funds is legal, but Connors doesn’t care about the facts. The Village does not owe the towns one penny from the third-party ambulance billing funds.
Connors has an axe to grind, so despite the fact that not one single resident of Sweden spoke in favor of the new ambulance contract, Connors made the following statement as she introduced the motion to barge ahead with the contract between Sweden and Monroe Ambulance.
“I feel we acted in haste due to the emotions in the room, and we never allowed ourselves the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons for this. The reality is, the village does not have the money, and, hey will not have the money to return to the Fire and Ambulance budget in 60 days or 360 days. We know that. Let’s face it, the Village Board’s goals differ from ours – our goal is to have all of the monies collected for fire and ambulance service used for fire and ambulance service. The money is gone and we need to move forward. The pressure on the Village Board should not be coming from us – it should be coming from the Village taxpayers. If the Village taxpayers are content with the way the majority of the Village Board is handling their money, then so be it. I know I allowed the emotion in the room to derail me. We are here to serve the best interest of our constituents and I strongly feel that we nee to rescind this resolution.”
In a shocking development, the vote to rescind the resolution to listen to the will of the people was NOT unanimous.
Councilmen Rob Carges and Mike Meyers had the courage to vote no on Connors’ resolution. Carges and Meyers refused to ignore the best interest of our constituents, as expressed by those constituents at the last two town council meetings.
Unfortunately, Carges and Meyers reverted to their old ways and joined their colleagues in voting unanimously to thwart the will of the people by voting to designate Monroe Ambulance as the primary provider for Sweden.
They did so even thought “all persons wishing to be heard were heard” and every single one of them told the town council that they opposed the decision.
Too bad nobody on the Sweden Town Council listened.