I think John Nagle deserves some props on his letter this week. Here is the letter:
Main Line Suburban Life > Opinion
Letters to the Editor
Published: Wednesday, August 05, 2009
No representation in 5th Ward
To the Editor:
Lisa Paolino’s continued absence has passed the point of absurdity and she should resign immediately. This has been addressed several times in both articles and letters to the editor in this paper.
Early on in this year Lisa said that her mother was ill and that she had to tend to her. Later, when contacted by Sam Strike, as reported here, she indicated that she had been ill and could not sit up for the long hours of the meeting (although claiming she was still working for her constituents).
This claim is fairly ridiculous. How can she be serving us if she is not here or at the commissioners’ meeting? By telephone? By e-mail? Sounds like we could outsource the job to India, doesn’t it?
This year, to date, has been one of the most significant years in many, many years for Radnor Township. Decisions are being made about firing people and laying folks off, about budgets and cuts in service, about hiring interim personnel and about the future of the township. At the most recent commissioners’ meeting, in addition to the townshipwide issues, there were two items that were specific to our ward (five-points intersection and cell tower on Bryn Mawr Avenue). Luckily Commissioner Hervada spoke up regarding the cell-tower issue since his ward is on the other side of Bryn Mawr Avenue; otherwise we would have had no representation at all.
At the June meeting I asked the commissioners to address the issue and all I got back was a referral to our Interim Counsel. A reading of our Township Charter and Code, regarding ethics, suggests that there is action that can be taken by the board. I will defer to legal counsel on this issue. Below are portions of the pertinent sections of -- 39-2 Responsibilities of public officers and employees.
Public officials and employees are agents of public purpose and hold office for the benefit of the public. ... They are bound to observe in their official acts the highest standards of morality and to discharge faithfully the duties of their office regardless of personal considerations, recognizing that the public interest must be their primary concern. Their conduct in both their official and private affairs should be above reproach ...
-- 39-3A Dedicated service.
Officials and employees should adhere to the rules of work and performance established as the standard for their positions by the appropriate authority.
John Nagle, Bryn Mawr, 5th Ward