Why Can't Lower Merion's Solicitor Talk to The Public?
Last night a very nice person tried to ask Solicitor Gil High a question at the LMT meeting. She was rebuffed, and QUITE rudely so. As a matter of fact she got, almost verbatim, the same asinine quip that Andy Meyers received when he tried to ask the solicitor a question recently. The solicitor doesn't speak to the public, only works for the board, you have no right to address the solicitor directly blah, blah, blah.
I am not going to get into the character of the Lower Merion solicitor or discuss his abilities or lack of abilities because that is immaterial to where I am going. What I want to know is why is it in Haverford Township or Radnor Township if a citizen wants to ask the solicitor a question they can? Why is it in other Main Line municipalities the public can interact with their municipality's solicitor within reason? Yet in Lower Merion we can't speak to the solicitor, can't address the solicitor, can't call or e-mail the solicitor?
Yes in Lower Merion we can't interact and sometimes I wonder if the Lower Merion Solicitor is even paying attention to what is going on at meetings because once again last night he got caught off-guard several times - and then he blinks and gets that deer in headlights look.
You know what I have discovered? Even if you DON'T live in Radnor or Haverford Township if you have a question or comment for the solicitor of those municipalities, they will respond to you and they are both pretty darn nice to boot - that would be John Rice and Jim Byrne, respectively.
When I told Radnor's solicitor a while back that it was nice to be able to ask a township solicitor a question, let alone converse with one, he was surprised and kind of asked me why that was. So I told him - in Lower Merion residents are generally not permitted and are absolutely discouraged from speaking directly to the solicitor, you can't ask the solicitor a direct question, you can't contact the solicitor.
What did John Rice say to me? That he tries to respond to residents because he just considers it good customer service.
But we're talking about Lower Merion and I have learned not to expect much and lately to simply expect the worst.