The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 29, 2013

Wake-up Watsontown


Daily Item

---- — In the course of conducting public business in any borough, township, or city, there a provision to hold an "executive session." This is a closed meeting during a public meeting in which "personnel" issues, or issues relative to "possible litigation" are to be discussed. There is a special sanctity to these closed sessions, and all information is to be strictly protected from publication.

Over the last four-plus years as the mayor of the borough of Watsontown, I have been privy to many executive sessions and I protected those discussions with silence, only to find that the "word" is out regarding the subject matter of that private discussion before I can finish my first cup of coffee the following morning.

The latest example occurred on Aug. 22. A personnel committee meeting was held that Thursday evening and by 8:30 a.m. the following the morning, the subject of that meeting knew everything that had been discussed. When I tried to bring this fact to the attention of the committee chairperson during the Aug. 26 council meeting, I was gaveled to silence by the council president before I could voice my concerns! I believe the good citizens of this community have the right to be aware of this kind of despicable behavior by their representatives or hired employees.

If you would like to see a change in borough representation and/or management, please make every effort to attend the Tuesday, Sept. 4 council meeting and let your representatives know.

Dave Hontz,

Watsontown