The Joys of Participation

Some of you have asked where I’ve been. Others, I suspect, were happy I was gone. To all, I’m happy to be here for a variety of reasons. Last August I was hospitalized with a life threatening condition known as a Pulmonary Embolism. If misdiagnosed the mortality rate is over 80%. I was very lucky, since my condition in the ER was first diagnosed as Pneumonia. Even as aggressive IV treatment was begun, and despite apparently conclusive x-rays, a very sharp ER doc remained troubled by the diagnosis. He ordered a CT scan which uncovered the large embolism in my left lung. Admission and a week at Thompson Peak soon followed.

As you might imagine, after my release from the hospital, I had little appetite for the routinely vexing activities of town government. I renewed my commitment to avoid council meetings and the political minutia surrounding them. Unfortunately, as time progressed, disturbing new irritants were unveiled, all with irrational costs, and I my opinion, ill-conceived for Carefree.

My initial 2013 dalliance with resident participation was rewarded with insults and taunts from both the mayor and Councilman Miller. Neither have patience for facts, other than those which they craft. It seems differing points of view are treasonous. The one surprise I noted was an interruption from Councilman Saltzman, who felt compelled to say he couldn’t understand what I was talking about. That comment, originating from a council member who is frequently absent from meetings, even when he does attend, was baffling. I might have been insulted had I not considered the source. When addressing this council, one is tempted to borrow a de facto slogan from Bill Clinton’s first campaign, “it’s the economy stupid.”

Making no effort to reach up for the curb, Councilman Miller’s wife felt compelled to utter an unpleasant remark to me (most likely obscene) as she exited the rear of the meeting room. Fortunately I have significant bilateral hearing loss which is only partially aided by technology. Whispers and/or mumbled comments are most often incomprehensible, with only the sound perceived. In this case, noise was a kind assessment.

 

Public Safety, fact or fiction

Earlier this summer, with much fanfare, the Town Council prepared, discussed, and then passed a budget for fiscal year 2013.  I hope for our sake that 2013 is a lucky Tax Revenue year.  One of the positive statements made regarding the budget was that the town would renew the Fire Protection contract with Rural-metro.  Some hoopla was tossed around about how they were able to keep the cost of living adjustments down, yet keep protection services at the same level.  Good news?

With little fanfare, and no written public notice that I had seen, what the council actually did was to renew the fire protection contract with Rural/Metro at a current rate (with built-in annual escalation).  Sound good?  Unfortunately, the new contract dropped ambulance coverage, a key component in the single most used service of an overpriced fire protection deal – Emergency Medical.

Bravo!

(The unpublished draft from July 10,2013 has been posted on September 2, 2013)

We Have A New Home!

After years of hosting by Microsoft Office Live Small Business, we were compelled to move several websites elsewhere.  Effective midnight April 30, 2012 Microsoft discontinued that service in order to promote their Office365 offering.  No thanks.

We are now with a Unix-based service which will be more stable, more flexible, and will afford us the opportunity to implement a new look and feel.

The old crowd will likely see some sinister motivation in the changes, yet nothing could be further from the truth - not even Carefree truth.  Doubters are free to verify the termination of the old service directly with Microsoft – Google it, or follow this link:  http://www.microsoft.com/office/olsb/OLSB%20Home%20US.htm

 

So stay tuned as we mix some old and some new… Curiosities.