Friday, July 19, 2013

Pittsylvania County versus Virginia Association of Counties

From Patricia Evans:

"This situation in Pittsylvania County, VA proves how destructive Virginia Association of Counties ( VACo ) and their "standards of conduct policy" is to our local representative governments. We don't need Virginia Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties setting our standards, conduct and code of ethics for Pittsylvania County or any other county in Virginia.

These VACo policies have prompted an unconstitutional move against free speech by board members Ecker, Bowman, Barksdale and Hagerman - to shut down healthy debate and silence the representative voices of half the county. Although Brenda Bowman encourages this VACo policy to control and police our local government, Marshall Ecker as Chairman should be reminded he was not elected to be a dictator over our representatives. "...all elected to serve the citizens equally," as Tim Barber said. Coy Harville and all our supervisors should have the right and the responsibility to their citizens to voice their opinions including any disagreements with the Chairman, without sanctions, fines, etc. 

Spat spurs discipline committee for supervisors

Bowman Dictates VACo's Standards, Ethics, Code of Conduct to Pittsylvania County Board

Whose standards, ethics and code of conduct does Brenda Bowman want our Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to follow?  Legislative Committee Chair Brenda Bowman said she consulted with officials from the Virginia Association of Counties ( VACo ) on development of the standards.  James Campbell, executive director of the Virginia Association of Counties, said some counties in the commonwealth adopt VACo's standards of conduct as part of their bylaws. They establish expectations of how board members relate to the governing body.  As an uninvited guest, James Campbell was asked to leave, and escorted out of the Agenda 21/ Property Rights Legislative Briefing in Richmond this year. His organization, VACo has a long history of promoting United Nations Agenda 21 and property rights abuses. VACo fought against our Property Rights Amendment in 2012. This year their 2013 Legislative Agenda includes "targeted initiatives to facilitate the protection of 400,000 additional acres of land for conservational purposes, supports purchase of development rights and state funding of VA Land Conservation Foundation and VA Outdoor Foundation. VACo supports increased funding and additional grants of authority to promote regional initiatives and overall funding of VA's planning district commissions. All of which should be defunded for property rights abuses. This year, the National Association of Counties has launched a key initiative, "Smart Justice" policies and practices.  This is ALL United Nations Agenda 21. And VACo wants a state tax increase, more taxpayer money to fund their unconstitutional agenda.

Brenda Bowmans recommendations can be found on National Association of Counties ( NACo's ) website here:  Counties under more scrutiny seek guidance on ethics policies                                                                                                                                                                                           
Our supervisors should not have adopted Bowmans "Model of Excellence" from this corrupt organization. But the board voted by the same 4-3 split in January to establish VACo's code of ethics in the county’s bylaws.  Tim Barber, Coy Harville and Dan River Supervisor James Snead voted against the proposal, while Marshall Ecker, Banister Supervisor Jessie Barksdale, Chatham-Blairs Supervisor Brenda Bowman and Callands-Gretna Supervisor Jerry Hagerman supported it.                                                                                                                                    
We, the people of Pittsylvania County should not tolerate this erosion of our local representative government through imposed sanctions and fines on our members whose opinions and behavior do not comply to the dictates of Marshall Eker, Brenda Bowman and VACo.  Our county board of supervisors took an oath to the U.S. Constitution and the VA Constitution. Marshall Ecker, Brenda Bowman, Jessie Barksdale, and Jerry Hagerman need to read them, and follow them, instead of following VACo and forcing their unconstitutional policies on the other members of the board. This situation in Pittsylvania County, VA proves how destructive Virginia Association of Counties ( VACo ) and their standards of conduct policy is to our representative government and should have never been adopted by our board. And those responsible for this unconstitutional injustice should be removed from office.

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  - Thomas Jefferson

Why is the formatting so strange? I don't know. Why can't I fix it? Because I'm not an expert on HTML code. I actually like the idea that this document doesn't look like the ones I write; I didn't write it and don't know to what extent I would have agreed with it if I'd been in Pittsylvania County, although I think all unelected committees, boards, and associations are suspect and should be viewed with prejudice by elected officials. If anybody out there can't read Patricia Evans' report, e-mail me to receive a copy that's been reformatted through Microsoft Word. I am an expert on Word.