Does anyone on the Commission and the School Board (both of which, I think, have a say in TIF deals) have the guts to put a stop to the TIF foolishness?
At Monday nights Commissioners Meeting in Mt. Lebanon, Commissioner Humphries directed that one Mt. Lebanon Police Officer be immediately laid off in an attempt to balance the budget for 2006. This action was not on the agenda and quite frankly the Municipal Manager & Police Administration were not even aware of the subject prior to the meeting.
As a resident of Mt. Lebanon, I am completely outraged that our Commissioners would for the first time in Mt. Lebanon history, remove an officer from employment to balance the budget and do so without prior discussions with the Management of this community. I find it completely incomprehensible for these Commissioners to hire the officer last year and spend in excess of 100 thousand dollars of municipal money for his training and equipment in the last 12 months and then arbitrarily lay him off. This is gross mismanagement of municipal funds.
I cannot determine the actions of this Commission to be appropriate with Public Safety when we have had such an influx of heroin and other drugs into the South Hills in the past year. I also find it very disillusioning that the Mt. Lebanon Police Department will have to remove one of it's Crime Prevention officers from our schools in order to replace the manpower depleted by this layoff. It is clearly evident that our Commissioners do not care about the safety prevention education of our children by reducing the size of our Police Department. It is outrageous that our Commissioners allocate thousands of dollars for flowers to be planted at our traffic islands and hundreds of thousands of dollars for new tee boxes at our golf course yet diminish the safety of our residents , especially the children, by their total lack of regard in Public Safety!