REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Developments disable board

Sam Artino thinks someone on the board of the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities needs to take a good look at what's go
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

 

Sam Artino thinks someone on the board of the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities needs to take a good look at what's going on in that organization.

We agree. And we'll note Sam Artino is a member of that board.

"Where is our leadership?" asked Artino, one of the leaders.

Which kind of sums up the whole problem: The Board of Developmental Disabilities seems to be an extreme case of the tail-wags-the-dog mentality that overtakes too many governmental entities and consigns the entity's mission to the trash can.

Not just the employees running the bosses, although there's plenty of that. Did Superintendent Gerald Plassenthal have the authority to cancel the most recent meeting? He says he was advised to by the county prosecutor's office because of a possible lack of a qualified quorum, but Assistant Prosecutor Gary Lickfelt says it wasn't Plassenthal's place to make that decision, even if it was justified.

Meanwhile, Lickfelt questions whether Artino should be on the agency's board because Artino, a Huron City Councilman, is an elected official, and state law says you can't do both.

He also says board president Wayne Roesch shouldn't have been on the board because his brother, Don, is housing director of ARC, which contracts with the developmental disabilities board to provide housing for people with disabilities. The solution: withdraw ARC's certification to work on such homes, which allows Wayne Roesch to stay on the board. It also impede's ARC's ability to help the board in its mission, but apparently a board seat is more important than carrying out the mission. Again, the tail wags the dog, and it's taking a toll on the dog's ability to hunt.

There's plenty of speculation as to why it's more important Wayne Roesch stay on the board than for ARC to be able to help the board provide a needed service, but it's sickeningly pointless to go into it.

The bottom line is, once again the mission has been sacrificed to a turf war, titles and power.

And that's sickening.