The Sept 23 meeting of the Fairfield County Council was a bit of a mundane affair, albeit, while there was some interesting information presented, there was little of the rancor from the public that has characterized the meetings of the last several months — until the very end.
At the critical moment, when all of the items that were posted on the agenda were covered, and the meeting was about to recess, Chairman Ferguson pulled a rabbit out of a hat. Seemingly as an after thought, the Chairman found it necessary to inquire about the status of the paving of Chinook Drive, as part of this year’s County rural road paving program.
He, in what appeared to be an innocent moment of perplexity, asked the County Administrator what the present situation was in regard to the delay in the project.
Mr. Pope gave a version of the agreement to delay the project, and noted that the disagreement between the landowners had not been resolved, but he did not have any information beyond that. However, most fortuitously, the Engineer (called a Paving Consultant) that the County had hired to oversee the project just happened to be in the audience. A most convenient coincidence.
The Engineer/ Paving Consultant stepped up to the podium and proceeded to inform everyone that the paving contractor was in the next County, but had agreed to come back to Fairfield and pave Chinook at no increase in price. What he didn’t reveal was that Fairfield County Council Chairman threatened to not pay the paving company if they didn’t return and pave Chinook.
In this charade, orchestrated by the Paving Consultant and Chairman Ferguson, the other item not mentioned was that this hired paving consultant is paid by the amount of road distance that is paved, and he was lamenting his lighter paycheck if the Chinook project was scraped.
The phony dialog, and Ferguson’s enthusiastic willingness to participate in the shenanigans, points out how ready the Council Chairman is to co-join himself with the consultant in their attempted inculcation of the citizenry.