WESTERHOLD: It is too your business

County Commissioner Tom Ferrell declared supremacy last week over an important countywide service plan being developed. Ferre
Matt Westerhold
May 24, 2010

 

County Commissioner Tom Ferrell declared supremacy last week over an important countywide service plan being developed.

Ferrell headed up a sit-down Thursday with police and fire chiefs and other primo first-responders from across the county who are working on a plan to regionalize emergency dispatch services.

Ferrell arrived ready to work.

The first order of business: Bar the press and the public from getting any first-hand knowledge about the organizational meeting.

Ferrell reasoned the public should be barred from the meeting of all these public officials because they all had stuff to talk about. It was a "security" concern, Ferrell said, citing an exemption in the state's Sunshine law that allows for closed-door government meetings.

Bogus hogwash.

You know, the public can't be trusted. It'd be wrong to keep constituents informed about how millions of tax dollars will be spent and how emergency services will be delivered, according to the reasoning Ferrell gave.

I'm still trying to figure out where in the Ohio Revised Code it says a county commissioner can demand a taxpayer be barred from a meeting in a public building where a group of individuals on the public payroll are developing public policy.

Someone will enlighten me, no doubt.