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Public's Access to Macungie Council Keeps Shrinking

Though President Jean Nagle says she cares, there are times she does not want taxpayers' input.

Macungie Council President Jean Nagle addressed the press directly at the May 7 meeting, claiming a comment she made at the April 16 meeting was taken out of context.

Council was considering to the beginning and end of public meetings.

Borough Manager Chris Boehm made the point that the public might not be able to express opinions if too many limitations are imposed.

“I don’t care,” Nagle said at the April meeting. The comment was reported in a Patch story.

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Borough officials also recorded it, as they record every meeting. Recordings are kept until the minutes for those meetings are approved, then they’re destroyed.

The CDs are available to Macungie taxpayers – for a fee – until the recordings are destroyed.

At the May 7 meeting, Nagle took several minutes to emphasize that she does care about the borough. That she has been a public servant for decades is proof.

Indeed, she said, she wonders where other people who care can be found since there are so many .

“But I still don’t care to hear from people during the meat of an issue,” she said at the May 7 meeting.

Since three members of council were voted out and three other voted and sworn in last January:

* Meeting agendas have less meeting detail resulting in less prior knowledge of topics. However,

* Specific and numerous instructions are included with each agenda on how taxpayers may address council.

* Time and opportunity for public comment has been shortened.

* Comments that will take more than 5 minutes of council's time are required to be submitted in writing.

H smith May 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The civil service link doesn't work. Why don't they make the meetings available on the township website, if they're recording them anyway?
Mariella Savidge May 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM
thanks for letting me know about that link. I'll check it out immediately.
Mariella Savidge May 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM
The link seems to be working now. Readers, please let me know if you have any trouble with it! Thanks.
Dave May 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM
As I have said in the past, soon we will only be able to comment after the meeting is over and council has left the building. There was a council like this once before. I think it was in 1939. They restriced access and comments, then they invaded Poland and France. Anyone recall who that was?
ron May 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Our borough manager made a simple direct truthful statment that the public might not be able to express opinions if to many limitations are imposed then Nagle said " i dont care ". Pretty straight forward right ? Wrong, now Nagle says the comment was taken out of context. Wow she must think the people in macungie are idiots! Then she follows up with " But i still dont care to hear from people during the meat of an issue". Wow, when then? After all is said and done and it doesnt matter anymore! then there is Hutchison who said he will just get up and leave if he doesnt like what he is hearing! They should both resign immediately so council can appoint people who do care and are at the very least willing to listen to people!!!!
Ron Beitler May 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
She must take her tact lessons from the LMT BOC.....
ron May 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The fact that someone is a public servant for decades doesnt mean they care. It all depends on their motives for serving and the more she talks the more she seems to be the complete opposite of a public servant who cares! And then she accuses people of not caring just because they wont serve on the civil service commission WOW WHAT AN INSULT THE PEOPLE OF MACUNGIE DESERVE BETTER!!!!
John Rogers May 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
There is a difference between being a public servant for decades and being on a power trip for decades. Guess which one Nagle falls under? And she can take Hutchinson and Hoffman with her. They are all from the same mold.
David May 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
How do you take a quote out of context? The quote was "I don't care". And that was exactly what she said. A quote is a quote. If a reporter paraphrases what was said, then it could be skewed to present a different meaning. But a quote, sorry Mrs. President. It was exactly what was said. Nothing out of context there. I wish she would explain how that was taken out of context. Could be interesting. There is a simple solution if you do not want to be quoted. Don't say anything!
Robert Sentner May 13, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I have a better solution, start right now finding someone to replace these irresponsible, power tripping, egomaniacs. I was at that meeting as an observer, never saw anything like it, the total disrespect of the people in the audience. It doesn't matter if you have a difference in opinions of the residents you still have to be cordial. John Rogers you hit the nail on the head, they are all from the same broken mold. I pitty the poor staff and workers that have to work with them. Kudo's Chris for keeping them on track and speaking up.
Responsible Citizen May 14, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I am echoing all the above sentiments!!! Power-Seeking President Nagle questions WHY she doesn't see anyone seeking to be involved ans applying for vacancies on the Civil Service Commission.....Simply tell us WHY any intelligent, reasonable citizen of sound mind would wish to be involved with these EGOMANIACS!!!??? The majority of people today have so many personal, familial, financial and job responsibilities which take priority over wasting time jumping into the mud pile to fight with these EGOMANIACS!!!! I have attended council meetings as well and they are as described by Robert Sentner. Until Nagle, Hutchison, Walker and Hoffman get voted out, we in Macungie are STUCK!!!!
Kelly May 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM
and why are we so surprised???? Same old same old...........the clock is ticking but not fast enough!!!

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