Committee – Tifton Is On Tue, 13 Sep 2022 01:45:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Committee – Tifton Is On 32 32 The committee would explore ways to help older people in Wallingford Tue, 13 Sep 2022 01:04:00 +0000

Times are hard. The recovery after the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic has not been helped by rising costs and supply chain issues, which have presented challenges for projects – and people have increasingly struggling to make ends meet.

Among those particularly affected are the elderly, many of whom live on fixed incomes that cannot be adjusted to meet the burden of rising costs. Some are turning to their local governments for help.

Older people in Wallingford, for example, recently appealed to the city council’s ordinances committee. As Kate Ramunni of the Record-Journal reported, they are asking for help to stay at home. Many have lived in the city for a long time.

“When revaluations go up, our insurance goes up, our taxes go up,” Rosemarie Diffley Mulligan said. “The problem is that we have limited income. We have a budget to respect. »

While it’s tempting to want to step in to help seniors, figuring out how to do it isn’t easy. Wallingford seniors are calling on the city to create a committee to look at how benefits could be increased under the city’s seniors property tax relief program.

The process involves the mayor appointing a committee, which would make recommendations to city council.

“It looks like a fair process,” said Republican Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr., who also pointed to the complications. “Any time you shift the tax burden from one group to another, there will be others just above the eligibility level and that person will have a problem with that.”

“It’s always a slippery slope when you’re going to do things that benefit one group or another,” said Jason Zandri, a Democratic city councilman. “We don’t even know what the impact on the budget would be.”

It’s a good time to establish a committee to look for answers, and maybe find a way to help seniors during this difficult time.

]]> Some members of the Brookhaven map redistricting committee may boycott the meeting before the deadline Sun, 11 Sep 2022 09:02:02 +0000

Members of the City of Brookhaven’s redistricting committee are bickering over when to meet this week as they face a deadline Thursday to propose a new map of the city council district.

The city’s redistricting website said the eight-member committee plans to hold an online meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the proposed maps and possibly take a vote. The public could see a live broadcast of the meeting, according to the website.

But the three Democrats on the committee did not agree to Monday’s meeting and may boycott it unless it is held in person, Democratic co-chair Rabia Aziz told Newsday.

“It’s not carved in stone that we will have a meeting on the 12th,” Aziz said Friday, adding that Monday’s meeting was announced by Republican co-chairman Ali Nazir. “It’s not something that should be online. It should be in person. … If it’s not in person, I don’t think the Dems are going to show up.

Nazir declined to comment.

A re-distribution is needed because 2020 Federal Census data shows that two of Brookhaven’s six districts – Council Districts 2 and 6 – do not meet the population rules. All districts must be within 5% of approximately 81,000 people, or about one-sixth of Brookhaven’s total population of 475,000.

Any map adopted by the committee would be submitted to city council, which must approve a final map by December 15. Residents are also encouraged to submit proposed maps through the city’s website by Thursday.

Six votes are required for the committee to recommend a card. The panel includes three Republicans, three Democrats and two non-party members. Records show that the two independents, Chad Lennon of Rocky Point and Krystina Sconzo of Mastic Beach, are registered members of the Conservative Party.

Democratic committee member George Hoffman told Newsday that it would be easier for committee members to review the maps if they were together in one room.

“Something as important as redrawing district lines for the next 10 years shouldn’t be done on Zoom,” he said. “If we want to come to a consensus, I think the best way to do that is to meet in person.”

Two draft maps prepared for the committee by Schenectady-based Skyline Consulting drew criticism from residents for moving parts of the Port Jefferson and Terryville train station from the council’s District 1, represented by Democrat Jonathan Kornreich, in District 2, represented by Republican Jane Bonner.

Hoffman told Newsday that a new draft map would keep the hamlets in District 1.

Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association Vice President Salvatore Pitti said splitting communities would disrupt ongoing downtown revitalization efforts.

“It’s taken us so long to get to this point,” Pitti told Newsday. “For us, it would have been just another delay.”

PCP management committee discussed key changes to expect ahead of expansion, report says Fri, 09 Sep 2022 01:47:31 +0000

The college football playoffs are expected to expand to 12 teams in the near future, with the top 6 ranked conference champions being joined by 6 overall teams. What is under discussion is when it will take place: it is scheduled for the 2026 season at the latest, but the CFP management committee plans to start it as early as 2024.

And with the expansion of the playoff field, a shift in the college football schedule may occur, by Ross Dellinger of Thanksgiving week is traditionally the time when rivalry games are held across the country. That said, with more playoff teams, there will be more playoff games, with discussion starting on exactly when those games will take place. One concept, in particular, was tossed about:

In this concept, the official start of the season (Week 1) would move to Week 0, thus shifting the schedule by one week and expanding a tight December window in which to play all 11 playoff games. In this scenario, Rivalry Week would enter the third week of November and the conference title games would begin the week of Thanksgiving.

It’s just a concept under consideration.

These are just some of the details being ironed out. But first, when the expanded field kicks in, you’ll have to focus. And it looks like that decision could be made sooner rather than later.

Milton review board recommends annexation of DEStorage Tue, 06 Sep 2022 16:05:15 +0000

In 20 tidy minutes, the Milton Special Review Panel agreed to recommend the annexation of a half-acre portion of a seven-acre parcel of Highway 16 that is slated for a self-catering facility -DEStorage storage.

DEStorage was forced to appear before the committee because of what it called an enclave, a portion of property adjacent to Palmer Street Extended that is not within the city limits. The rest of the parcel is already part of Milton and is zoned commercial C-1.

City Manager Kristy Rogers said the enclave was the site of a home that was demolished several years ago. She said she didn’t know why the property was never annexed, but the owner kept it open space.

The discussion by the three-member committee, which includes Planning and Zoning Chairman Richard Trask, Councilor Fred Harvey and Councilor Lee Revis-Plank, was brief, as all agreed it was in the best interest of the city to have the plot within its borders. Because the parcel portion is so small, Rogers did not subject the annexation to a cost-benefit analysis or review by outside consultants, as has been done for larger annexations.

From there, the annexation will go to the planning and zoning commission for an advisory report and then to the city council for approval. DEStorage has already been granted special permitted use by planning and zoning to have a storage facility on the parcel.

The facility would consist of two 40,000 square foot and two 20,000 square foot buildings. The larger two-story buildings would face Route 16, while the other two buildings, each one story, would be built at the rear of the property. Also planned are an office building, gated entrance and stormwater retention ponds to the front and rear of the property.

Ganesh Utsav Committee to organize Saraswati Puja for students Sun, 04 Sep 2022 23:36:00 +0000

Thousands of devotees offered special prayers to Lord Ganesh during the pandals arranged at different places during Ganesh Navarathri Utsavams. The pandals were lavishly decorated with flowers on the fifth day of the festival on Sunday.

Members of the utsav committee have organized ‘Hari kathas’, classical dances, mythological plays, ‘bhajans’ and other cultural programs at pandals in many areas. ‘Dwadasi Haratis’ are organized every day in some pandals.

“The devotees enthusiastically participate in the festival in large numbers, offering ‘prasadams’ to Lord Ganesh and performing pujas. The organizing committee offers ‘teerthams’ and ‘anna prasadams’ to devotees during the nine-day utsavams,” said Vemuru Suresh Friends Circle members Bhakta Brundam, who perform the utsavams in Sirinagar, Kanuru.

During the “Vinayaka Chaviti” utsavams, Lord Ganesh will be decorated with different varieties of flowers. Abhishekams, archanas, homams, Rudrabhishekam, kumkuma and sahasranama archanas are executed, organizers Praveen and Balakrishna said.

“We held devotional song contest for visually impaired artists, Saraswathi Devi puja with students and mythological performances with renowned artists and kala brundams,” said Bhakta Brundam member V. Suresh.

The ‘Radhotsavam’ will be performed and Lord Ganesh will be taken in procession on the last day of the utsavams. The Laddu auction will take place before the procession, said an organizer Murthy from Sirinagar.

Meanwhile, the police have put in place tight security at the pandals and are coordinating with members of the organizing committee for the smooth running of the utsavams.

US Treasury tells Republican committee request needed for Hunter Biden data Fri, 02 Sep 2022 23:44:00 +0000

U.S. President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden leave Holy Spirit Catholic Church after attending mass on St. Johns Island, South Carolina, U.S., August 13, 2022. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury on Friday issued an official response to a Republican lawmaker seeking “suspicious activity reports” on President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, saying he would only review official requests from the relevant Congress committees. .

Democrats control Congress and its committees, making such a demand from Republicans virtually impossible, although midterm congressional elections could change control. The request to the Treasury referred to the Bank Secrecy Act, which aims to help prevent money laundering.

Representative James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has accused the Treasury to change the rules to protect Hunter Biden’s business dealings with foreign companies.

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Former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress made Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China and Ukraine a line of attack against the elder Biden during the 2020 election campaign. Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing .

In July, Comer said Treasury officials told Republican committee staff that the department would not provide access to suspicious activity reports unless Democrats joined the request.

Suspicious activity reports are filed by financial institutions when customers make large cash transactions or transfers over $5,000 that could signal money laundering or other crimes, although many this guy are legit.

In a letter to Comer seen by Reuters, the Treasury said such reports are normally kept confidential, but that it complies with applicable laws and regulations on providing requested information to Congress. Such access would require written requests from the committees, but Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has the final say.

The House Oversight Committee is controlled by Democrats.

“Under current regulations, the Secretary may make BSA information available to ‘Congress, or any committee or

subcommittee thereof, upon written request indicating the particular information desired, the criminal, tax or regulatory purpose for which the information is sought, and the official need for the information,” the Treasury wrote. “These decisions are left to the discretion of the secretary.”

The Treasury said a requesting committee should provide a detailed statement of the purpose of seeking information to ensure it meets the objectives of the Bank Secrecy Act and to protect investigations from security forces. order.

Requiring a committee request would effectively end Comer’s requests for reports involving Hunter Biden, as Democrats now control the House of Representatives and its committees. They declined to help Republicans seeking to dig up information that could be potentially damaging to the president and Democratic candidates.

But the tide could change if Republicans win control of the House in November, allowing House Oversight Committee leaders to make a formal request for suspicious activity reports involving Hunter Biden, a move that could lay the groundwork for an inquiry into his finances.

The Treasury said that when it approves requests for Bank Secrecy Act information from any authorized party, it is only provided in secure reading rooms designed to keep the information confidential.

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Advocates Encourage Student Inclusion on Katy ISD Book Review Board Thu, 01 Sep 2022 06:08:46 +0000

By George Slaughter, Editor

As Katy school administrators consider how or whether to change the district’s policy on reviewing and possibly removing books from school libraries, advocates are calling for the inclusion of students in the review committee. They also ask to keep a challenged book available to students during the review process.

Jennifer Edozie, Henry Ebben and Logan McLean are seniors at Cinco Ranch High School. Anne Russey is a mother and counsellor. They spoke in an interview Monday at the Cinco Ranch Public Library.

Currently, McLean said, the policy provides for the inclusion of students on the review board. But administrators are expected to revisit the policy at their Sept. 26 meeting amid an ongoing debate over books being removed from school library shelves and the policy guiding those actions. The policy is on the district website at More information is at the short URL

McLean said directors Rebecca Fox and Victor Perez have expressed opposition to the idea. Director Dawn Champagne also voiced her opposition at the last directors’ meeting.

Edozie said having students on the committee gives students the opportunity to ensure student views are considered. She said she and others wanted to make sure students selected for the committee were at least 18 years old and had a mature outlook.

“To be fair, there are college and high school kids who really don’t have that adult, mature perspective,” Edozie said. “So it would be fair to at least try to reach students who can give their perspective on these things and have their say. Also, there’s just a generational gap which, to be fair, only adults and parents can’t fill and can’t really get into the minds of young students, just like I can’t get into the minds of a grown adult So if you’re going to make policies about students they themselves, at least they get the right to represent themselves through someone else being elected to represent them.

Ebben said there are ways district officials could find such students.

“They could ask the students to nominate someone to represent them,” Ebben said. “I think there are issues with that and I don’t think it’s the best idea, but I think the idea of ​​asking adults to find someone they feel is mature enough to make those decisions , it’s probably the best.”

Russey said she has reviewed book review policies for other districts.

“Our district is unique in that we’ve never had high school students on book review boards,” Russey said. “So we don’t have to recreate the wheel. There are already best practices in comparable school districts across the state of Texas. When it comes to logistics, the librarians and staff involved are most qualified to consult with their peers, consult with the TASB (Texas Association of School Boards), consult with anyone to help us put a process in place.

The district maintains a list of books it has pulled from shelves on its website, the URL of which is Currently, district officials have estimated 10 books should be removed, all due to “pervasive vulgarity”. The latest book to be released in February is A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas.

Ebben said most of the books that have been taken down or challenged are about minorities or LGBTQ people.

“We read 1984 (by George Orwell) and there’s straight sex in that book, but they’re pulling All Boys Aren’t Blue (by George M. Johnson) because there’s gay sex or gay influences in it,” Ebben said.

Russey said that despite claims to the contrary, the disputed books involve LBGTQ issues and people.

“They’re trying to make us believe that we didn’t watch them all fight New Kid and Class Act a few months ago,” Russey said. “They came after those books because they had CRT (critical race theory), which I guess is also vulgar in a way.”

Russey expressed concerns about the policy as it is currently written, as parents outnumber educators and administrators.

“And as a parent, I think that’s a bad idea because I’m not as qualified as a librarian who has a master’s degree and studies book challenges and censorship extensively as part of their master’s degree. “Russey said. “I don’t want a bunch of these book-burning, censoring parents making decisions for my child, and that’s the way it is right now. I have concerns for our students who are so brave and willing to give their time to do this. But I don’t want them to get crushed by these parents.

Ebben said it was important to know which books were being challenged and why.

“Whenever the people in power don’t want you to read something, there’s a reason, and I think seeking out those books when you know they’re going to be taken away from you is really important,” Ebben said. “Because otherwise you won’t have access to it later.”

Edozie accepted.

“I haven’t read all of the books that have been taken off the shelves or banned, necessarily, but I have dug and researched a good majority of them just to figure out if there was anything something very disturbing and crazy about these books, or if it was something about them taking away our rights to read this book for their own biased reasoning,” Edozie said.

Russey expressed concern that the trustees might want to reverse a review committee decision on a given book. She said that if the trustees chose to go that route, they would undermine the committee they created.

Governor Abbott Appoints Three Members to District Four Review Panel of Texas Medical Board | Texas Governor’s Office Tue, 30 Aug 2022 16:06:34 +0000

August 30, 2022 | Austin, TX | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Shirlene Samuel, DO to the Medical District Review Committee of the Texas Medical Board for a term expiring January 15, 2024. Additionally, the Governor appointed Bobby Marek, MD and reappointed Walton “Boyd” Bush , Ed.D. for terms of office expiring on January 15, 2028.

Bobby Marek, MD de Brenham is an internist at Baylor Scott & White – the Brenham Clinic. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Texas Medical Association. Additionally, he is Secretary and Treasurer of the Washington-Burleson County Medical Society. Marek earned a BS in Biology from Texas A&M University and an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Shirlene Samuel, DO of Austin is a board-certified pediatrician with the Austin Regional Clinic. She is a member of the American Association of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Association and the Texas Medical Board. Samuel received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from AT Still University. She completed her pediatric residency at Oklahoma State University.

Walton “Boyd” Bush, Ed.D. of Bee Cave is a retired executive director of a state agency. Additionally, he previously held the position of Deputy Director of Field Operations with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. He is currently vice president of the Falconhead West Home Owners Association and is a former member of the American Association of Dental Boards. Bush earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science, a Masters of Education from West Texas A&M University, and a Doctorate of Education from Texas Tech University.

Voters and the Committee’s Efforts to Investigate Trump (VIDEO) Sun, 28 Aug 2022 23:26:00 +0000 A recent poll found that 21% of registered voters said “threats to democracy” are now their top issue.

It’s no secret that former President Donald Trump is looming large in the 2022 midterms, punishing Republicans who challenged him and rewarding his most loyal supporters.

“Obviously we’re all very grateful to President Trump,” said Harriet Hageman, who is running for the U.S. House to represent Wyoming.

But a key question heading into November is whether the former president’s many controversies could hurt Republicans in what history has predicted will be a good year for them.

“I talk to people from Pennsylvania, where I’m from, I talk to people from Ohio, where I worked for the local congressman for a while, and people just aren’t interested. by what’s going on, you know, on these partisan-run committee hearings, I think, right now, and we hear it over and over again, it’s inflation, inflation, inflation. ‘inflation,’ said Christopher Krepich, former Republican congressional communications director and communications strategist.

But a recent NBC News poll found that 21% of registered voters said “threats to democracy” are now their top issue, trumping concerns about the economy, inflation and immigration.

Additionally, the poll found that 57% say they want investigations into the former president to continue. But that comes at a price for some GOP members.

Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, most will not return to the 118th Congress next year.

Of the eight who did not return, four are retiring, including Jan. 6 Committee member Adam Kinzinger, and four have lost their primaries; including Jan. 6 Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney, who lost earlier this month to a Trump-backed challenger.

Only two passed their primaries against right-wing protests earlier this year.

The only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump and face voters in 2022, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, survived her primary but will still face a Trump-backed challenger in the general election.

“I really think the November election is going to come down to each candidate’s ability to make their run. You know, I think when most of the candidates are out in the field, talking to voters, they’re talking about the issues of kitchen table, they don’t necessarily plead what the former president may or may not have been charged with,” Krepich said.

But with the 2022 midterm elections just months away, some Republican Senate candidates are struggling.

Trump has endorsed Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, Hershel Walker in Georgia and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin – but they all trail in recent polls behind their Democratic challengers.

But in the House of Representatives, Republicans could still be on the verge of winning and are likely to get rid of the Jan. 6 Committee if they take control of the House next January.

The Recorder – Hiring Committee recommends Montague’s city planner as the new deputy city administrator. Fri, 26 Aug 2022 20:20:25 +0000

MONTAGUE — Members of the Deputy City Manager Hiring Committee recommended current city planner Walter Ramsey as the first choice to be Montague’s Deputy City Manager at this week’s selection committee meeting.

Since City Assembly voters approved the position in May, the hiring committee has met four times to refine the job description, work on advertising and conduct other related business. The group then narrowed a pool of eight applicants down to three who met the minimum criteria. Two finalists – Ramsey and current Sandisfield Town Manager Kevin Flynn – were ultimately selected before Ramsey became the preferred candidate.

The Selection Committee, while satisfied with the recommendation, elected to take an additional week to review application materials and interview footage before confirming the decision.

Greg Garrison, who also sits on the finance committee and as chair of the capital improvements committee, is part of a seven-person panel that also includes city administrator Steve Ellis, public works department superintendent Tom Bergeron , Drinking Water Facility Superintendent Chelsey Little, Executive Assistant Wendy Bogusz, Building Inspector Bill Ketchen and owner of the Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts Kimberly Williams, who also serves on the Montague Economic Development and Industrial Corporation.

“I will say the committee had a very final judgment on the final two nominees,” said Garrison, who represented the deputy city manager’s hiring committee at this week’s selection committee meeting. “Overall, the committee felt that Walter Ramsey was the more qualified of the two candidates.”

Although Flynn had served in municipal governments in central Massachusetts for more than 25 years, Ramsey became the committee’s favorite because of his “very strong knowledge of the community, obviously his knowledge of the position (and) his knowledge the needs of the city. of Montague,” Garrison summed up. Additionally, Ramsey scored higher in all 12 ranked categories based on responses to interview questions. The questions prompted each contestant to articulate their abilities related to areas such as community engagement, working with city staff, technological understanding, and environmental awareness.

As a city planner for 12 years, Ramsey has acquired an “aptitude for interdepartmental collaboration” and has “had the opportunity to lead collaboration with virtually every municipal department” in Montague, Ramsey wrote in his cover letter.

“I learned a lot of skills in administration, project management in particular, but also in municipal budgeting and personnel management,” Ramsey said in his interview.

As a result of his work, Ramsey received the Massachusetts American Planning Association’s 2013 Outstanding Planning Project Award for the Turners Falls Downtown Liveability Plan he led. Along with various degrees and certificates earned at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, including a master’s degree in regional planning, Ramsey has completed a series of planning-related trainings over the past decade. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and plans to complete the Massachusetts Municipal Association/Suffolk University Graduate Certificate in Public Administration program in May 2023.

“The showcase of work he brought with his portfolio was very similar to what was brought by the other interviewee, but Walter did it in a quarter of the time he did in his portfolio,” Garrison said during a capital improvement committee meeting on Wednesday.

Specifically, the duties of a Deputy City Administrator previously described by Ellis would include community and economic development, capital and infrastructure planning, facilities planning and management, coordination of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), construction procurement, grant and contract management, trade marketing. and outreach, and committee support. Ellis also suggested that the assistant could act as an office assistant in a limited capacity.

Despite his accomplishments as a city planner, Ramsey said a transition to an administrative role is the appropriate next step for his career.

“I was able to meet this need of the city through the city planning department, but the city has grown to such an extent that we’re building capacity,” Ramsey told the hiring committee. “I feel like I grew up with the city to be able to fill that capacity in the role of ATA and make room for the role of an actual planner to address land use issues, which is really what the planner is supposed to be doing.”

Garrison highlighted Ramsey’s potential adaptability as a key benefit of selecting Ramsey for the job, arguing that he would have a “very quick transition point”, as opposed to an “unknown transition point” that a candidate less familiar with Montague might have.

“I’ve shown that I can grow to meet the needs of the community time and time again through many examples of the work I’ve done that I’m happy to talk about,” Ramsey said, describing himself as a “place very person-based…with a lot more to give” Montague.

Ramsey expects him to quit his job as an urban planner if he is hired as the city’s deputy municipal administrator. Although no hiring or start date was confirmed by the selection committee, Ellis said during the capital improvement committee meeting that the hiring committee hoped “to have someone on board by October 3”.

At the May Annual Municipal Meeting, the position was budgeted at $86,924 for fiscal year 2023 as part of an operating budget increase of $118,781 that also accounts for the addition of a part-time administrative assistant.

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