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    Posted on December 6th, 2017 Becky 4 comments


         I have “followed” Charlie Crystle over the years for a variety of reasons, so with the recent stories about the financial troubles of his Lancaster Food Co., I looked him up again. And he still has his blog, “Digging In!” And I found this among many other wonderful items from his May 14, 2017 post (click here and it is the second post down):
         Internet Financing–City Council did not publicly review the financial statements of MAW communications before approving a loan by the City. I hate to give credence to LIP News because of its often personal and unnecessarily vitriolic tone, but it published a letter from the City that revealed that Council didn’t evaluate the company’s finances prior to making the loan.  Danene is the Finance Chair and should have been the active steward of this process, and should have made the financial statements available to the public and discussed it specifically in public session. There is nothing in the law that requires this, but the public deserves greater public discussion, transparency, oversight, and accountability when handing out multi-million dollar loans. We have no idea whether this is a good deal or not; “trust us” is not an adequate response from the City or Council.
         I will address the “often personal and unnecessarily vitriolic tone” tomorrow and there will be an update shortly on MAW Communications.
         The current LNP article on Charlie Crystle and his Lancaster Food Co. and the GoFundMe account set up to save it is here.



    *    I’m a little late with this, but as noted previously on this site, Robert Field of NewsLanc has really does have eight inches of documents regarding the Marriott expansion and the CRIZ (click here to read the full article)!



         The treasurer’s signature appears on city checks. Holland-Jones’ signature is in the city’s system, but if someone else takes the job, it will take a couple of weeks to make the change, Hopkins said.
         In the meantime, the person will have to sign checks manually. There are a couple of hundred a week, Hopkins said.
    From today’s LNP article pictured left (click here).
    Seriously? Is this a joke? Is there a single competent person in this city administration? Could someone take 15 minutes and help them out with this? 
    Please check back later today!


    4 responses to “AFTERNOON UPDATE * SIGN, SIGN, SIGN!”

    1. Barry in Winnipeg

      When I served as School Board Chair of our School Division, I would manually sign a hundred or so checks a week. Here is what’s involved: (1) Take pen (2) write name (3) repeat. I hope this helps.

    2. 🙂 Well, it’s a part-time job and if there are hundreds a week, it sounds like the city treasurer will be doing nothing but signing checks! Do you think they could buy a stamp until they get the whole electronic signature thing figured out?
      1. Get name stamp made ($25 tops)
      2. Dip stamp in ink pad
      3. Apply stamp to check
      4. Repeat

    3. STAPLES – Custom Stamps

    4. Nope Becky that would be wasting money that could be going into someone else’s pocket and be useless after they have a computer doing there job but the question is this who really oversees the printing of all those checks not the treasure it’s some low paid staff in the city office and the treasure just goes out to brunch.