I really can not believe that people are worrying about
washing their cars! Instead, people should be worrying about the farmers and
People should be trying to conserve water because there
isn't a big tank under ground that is just for your city water.
Why don't we try to do what our governor asks, and conserve
water. Hey, it isn't going to hurt us, and in the long run it will help not
only just the farmers, but everyone.
/s/ Tinalee Larson, Sunnyside
Schatz situation should have been handled better
When Bud Schatz became financial manager for the City of
Sunnyside 20 years ago we had been hit with one major economic hit after
another. WPPSS went down, PP&L and the phone company "downsized"
their operations in Sunnyside, Carnation closed and so on. It was like a
snowball rolling down a hill.
These were good paying jobs that we lost in this area. There
were houses abandoned all over town because people just left, which meant a
loss of property and sales taxes. It was a dark economic period and Bud Schatz
played a very important role in helping steer the city through this period.
During this time period the city was able to keep its
commitments to the library, and the citizens were willing to take on an
ambulance service. If you really don't know the history of this period it might
be hard to understand why some of the people in this town have very strong
feelings about the ambulance. It was a challenging period and it took some
courage and determination to take on the commitment.
I agree with Bob Story when he says that Bob Stockwell could
have and should have gone over the (water and wastewater privatization)
numbers. I suspect there were others who could have and should have also gone
over the numbers. I think in some ways Mr. Schatz was used as a scapegoat. Even
if the city had signed the contract it should have stayed even financially. The
city should not have either lost money or gained money.
The bigger question for me was in the contract itself and
how it was given to the public. The city really needed to have a contract
lawyer go over it.
I'm not a fan of privatization. I feel it's a declaration of
failure by the City Council and city management, especially coming a year after
bailing out on the library.
After 20 years of loyal service to the city by Bud Schatz, I
feel the situation could have and should have been handled better.
/s/ Carol L. Peterson, Sunnyside
Thank you, Bob Story. The "Sacrifical lamb?"
editorial column needed to be published.
It is my understanding that City Manager Bob Stockwell was
for several months initially pushing to hire Veolia Water to improve the water
problem instead of using our local personnel and at the same time save $289,851
every year. I find that strange.
I also find it strange that on Friday, March 4, 2005, Bud
Schatz informed Bob Stockwell the savings would be only $23,810; and on March
5, 2005 not only was Bud Schatz not working for the city of Sunnysicde, but Art
Housler was serving as the interim finance director. All this happened when Mr.
Stockwell and the Council met on Saturday, March 5.
Why the secrecy?
Why was the city manager not responsible for the terms with
Why was Bud Schatz not given a raise for discovering the
$200,000 in expenses that were "left out?"
And where was Veolia Water when we thought $289,000 was a
gift from them every year?
/s/ Richard A. Kirk, M.D., Sunnyside
Bud Schatz the latest casualty
I would like to compliment Bob Story on his editorial,
First, we lost Fire Chief Jim Stanton, then Parks and Rec
Director Tom Byers and now Finance Director Bud Schatz.
What I find most surprising is this episode regarding the
different figures concerning the water department privatization issue. This
happened on Saturday, March 5, 2005. On Tuesday, March 8, we already had a
replacement in the finance director's office. Was this man already hired and
waiting for the opportunity to take this position?
In the early 1980s City Manager Leo Fancey and the City
Council deemed it imperative that we hire a parks and recreation director. Dave
Fonfara was hired and we have had a director ever since, until Dec. 31, 2004,
when Tom Byers' position was not funded. City Manager Stockwell assured the
Parks and Recreation Commission that he would advertise for a new one as soon
as possible. It is March and we have the former secretary of the department
acting as parks and rec director, and as secretary and manager of the community
center. How can one person fill three positions?
Summer is coming and we need a qualified parks and rec
director to supervise the swimming pool staff and swim lessons, organize and
run the Hershey track meet, organize the soapbox derby, plus the softball and
little league teams.
Contact the City Council members and insist this position be
filled by June 1, 2005.
/s/ Dorothy L. Aiken, Sunnyside Parks and Recreation