The Rothermel Doctrine is to advertise the professional service contracts . Supervisor Rothermel advocated it for almost six years. The new Republican Majority administration is following his advice.
But the new administration used the township website two months before taking office. What’s going on here? Do the Supervisors run the township or is it the Township Manager? The answer is important because of several issues. One is the Richboro Schoolhouse issue. The deadline was extended and the bid price revealed after the deadline. A new bidder appeared and mysteriously raised their bid because they were told to up it. Who did that?
At least the illicit use of the township website is being used to follow thru on Frank Rothermel’s idea to advertise all Professional Services Contracts but who is in charge of the township?
The Northampton township website advertised for five Requests For Proposals for: a township videographer, a township engineer, a township attorney, a township planner and a township traffic engineer. Since the three Democratic supervisors hired all of those professional people two years ago it’s blindly obvious they did not intend to fire them now that there are four Republicans on the newly constituted Board of Supervisors. So what’s going on here?
There are several problems here. The use of the website by an administration that is not yet in power or control is a misuse of power if they are responsible for the order and it appears that’s at least part of the reason it happened.
Supervisor Komelasky has never authorized payment to the present township videographer. Never. The township videographer was replaced when the three Democrat Supervisors took control of the township in 2010. A different video company took over in January 2010. It looks like scorched earth politics that the present videographer is being replaced and the position is being advertised almost two months before the Democrats are out of power. So who really instructed township Manager Pellegrino to advertise for replacements?
Mutatis Mutandi for the township attorney and the township engineer. Looks like nuanced behavior will not be an attribute of the incoming majority.