See the attitude in this cramped, stuff, windowless room as the comments come flying at Galtere as his regime spins out of control. The grim faces around the table tell the story :
1:53 Here are clips of comments made by me on the lack of transparency and discussion on the promises Galtere, Speece and Stub made in early 2020 after Galtere and Staub were elected.
4:10 Then my comments on the failure to hold a town-hall meeting regarding the employment of a manager for the Restaurant. I also comment on the fact they did not provide the audit report for review before they held this meeting, inviting us to ask question on a report we had not yet seen and finally I discuss the malicious withholding of the draft minutes until approved.
9:25 Dianna Reeser discuses the letter Galtere sent out claiming that she and Michelle Kircher will do what ever I tell them to do....she gives GALTERE a good scolding.
This clip from the 9.13.21 Board Of Supervisors Meeting Shows the presentation by Chris Herr from Maillie CPA firm.
They did our audit for 2020. This is what I would call the "happy" presentation or the "everything is beautiful" Audit.
1. The audit was completed in July, July 8th to be exact and if you listen carefully you will hear the auditor say so. I did not know this at the time, how could I, no one in the public as of that time had access to the audit report. Now we know the audit was complete and signed off by Maillie on July 8th. Our supervisors should have made this available to us almost immediately but they did not. Waited until September 20th to post on the Township website.
2. The audit is required to be completed before April 1 following the completed prior year. Don't listen to the excuses, you will hear Chris Herr say many of his clients still have not completed their audit with him. Let me say this, I have worked for very large corporations with thousands if not millions of transactions and they completed the audit in 90 days or less. There is really no excuse not to meet the government requirement.
3. Presented the overfunded Pension Plans as a positive aspect of the government activities. But is it? What they did was prematurely move about $10 million of taxpayer money into Pension funds that were adequately funded. Exposing these monies to extreme market risk but also depriving our local government the income generated by $10 million in our bank accounts. Secured money rates are low, 1 to 1.5 interest rate but we woulds have made at least $150,000 to our accounts and rest easy at night that we had zero market risk.
4. Spent about $1 million on Equipment and vehicles in 2020
5. RCC assets reported at $14.7 million with $400,000 in depreciation and mentioned no additional increase in depreciation. This seems odd since we know they approved and purchase some large items for the Golf Course, where are these items depreciated?
6. They present the fact the RCC revenue increase from $645k in 2019 to $870k in 2020 but make no mention of the corresponding losses of $1.6 million in 2019 and the 2020 loss of $390k. Loss improved but its sill a significant loss.The loss only improved because the legal expenses went away and the expenses dropped from $2.2 million in 2019 to $1.2 million in 2020. All legal expenses. A million $ in legal expenses?
7. No mention of the Capital injection of $2.8 million of Taxpayer funds transferred to the RCC. Thats right, wasn't made know nor was it obvious and it was slipped by all of us.
8. Not a mention nor could I find an analysis of the $2 million accounts receivable that had been presented at previous Board meetings. We know that about $1.6 million may be the sewer accounts, what is the almost additional $400,000 receivables, taxes? Is this net of uncollectible? Where is the aging of A/R? except buried in management notes they mention General Fund Revenue was down $900k for 2020 noting the township was relying on sewer account A/R which seems really odd that this would be a budgeted revenue item. I don't think it was, this was thrown in for confusion. the way its present they say they anticipated collecting $1.2 million of sewer collectables but only collect $625k. Still this would have meant a A/R outstanding of $1.8 million and the last time they presented the outstanding sewer A/R was $1.6 million. Much of this is very old A/R and most if not all should be viewed as uncollectible because much of it is many years old. This is a serious issue the Auditor missed!!
9. As mentioned General Fund Revenue came in $900k less than expected and the went over the budget by $430,000. Now listen to this, they claim they under-budgeted for recycle collection program but this is total nonsense. They went out for bids and accepted the bid and knew what the cost would be. What they really did was to switch midstream from collection twice a month to every week. They blew out the budget and we must hold them accountable.
10. They failed to adequately adjust the budget or the millage to meet spending requirements. They utilized the reserves (sewer fund proceeds) to supplement the budget. Not the best way to run our government. It will come home to roost but when they are long gone.
Overall it seems the independent auditor was not independent. I've never seen a presentation like this one, no negatives, they certainly danced around the RCC loss and the $2.8 million cash injection of taxpayer funds into the RCC. The over budget spending .....you did not hear any of that in the presentation.
This video is created specifically as a message to the Exeter Police Department.
This video is to assure all of you in the police department that the current incumbent, Supervisor and Chairman of the Board is OUT OF ORDER himself.
His crazy claim that I would cut the force by 30% is an attempt to sow FEAR into the public. Something that no leader should ever attempt to do, confidence, self-assurance and compassion are the key ingredients of a leader.
Is this the leader you want for Exeter Township? My impression is that he is not confident to the point of complete fear and irrationality.
Is he sincere in this email or is he simply attempting to scare his supporters into contributing the $10,000 he claims he needs?
This job doesn't pay much, less than $3,000 a year.
You don't run for Supervisor for the salary, but for the unseen benefits.
YOU WILL READ HIS FEAR AND PARANOIA ESPECIALLY WHEN HE CLAIMS I HATE HIM.
I don't hate you Mr. Galtere, just very disappointed with you.
IT IS GREG GALTERE WE MUST STOP: YOU DECIDE ON NOVEMBER 2ND.
HERE IS THE EMAIL COMPOSED BY CHAIRMAN GALTERE IN ITS ENTIRETY:
--------- Forwarded message --------- From: Greg Galtere email@example.com Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 13:56 Subject: Supervisor election To: Greg Galtere firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope this email finds you safe and well!
As you probably know, I have decided to run for re-election for Exeter Township Supervisor. To be honest, this is a decision I struggled with. My original plan was to serve two years and then step aside. I have been encouraged by many to reconsider that plan.
I am still very committed to other community service projects such as the Exeter Area Food Pantry and Hack Away at Hunger and Poverty and want to make sure I live up to all my commitments.
I have put a lot of thought into it and feel I will be able to.
Unfortunately, this election is much different than the last time I ran. The stakes are much higher because of my opponent. Last time, I respected my opponent and knew he wanted what was best for the community. I do not feel the same about my opponent in this election.
Here are a few of the reasons:
1. He treats people poorly, especially the township staff. He has said his intentions are to fire the top administrators of the township. You may say one person can’t do that. However, two of the supervisors for next year are supporters of his. He has told people that they will do whatever he tells them to do.
2. He wants to sell Reading Country Club even though we would still owe millions of dollars on it. His position has changed on RCC primarily because of his hatred for me.
3. He has stated that he plans on cutting 30% of the operating budget. While that may appeal to people, it is important to understand what that means: 30% less police officers. 30% less highway department workers to plow snow. 30 % less funding for recreation programs and the library.
Of course, he has no specifics. But these are real possibilities if he is in office.
You can get the sense of what we are dealing with.
I would prefer to write about accomplishments; unfortunately, we need to make our community/voters aware of what could happen if we don’t win.
BOTTOM LINE: I need your help.
This election cannot be won by a handful of people.
Election Day is November 2 which is not that far away.
After November 2, we must live with what is decided.
Don’t be in a position where you say, “I wish I did more to help.”
How can you help?
If you are willing to contribute to my campaign financially, I would appreciate it. All contributions will be spent on the campaign.
We have a strong campaign plan, but it will require $10,000.
Every contribution is needed to help meet that goal. You can be sure that every cent is spent on the campaign.
Checks can be made out to Galtere for Exeter and mailed to 11 Nancy Circle, Reading, PA 19606.
If you give cash, I will need your address.
If you are on Facebook, go to “Galtere for Exeter Township Supervisor” and “like” it. Please also share it with your friends. Social media is the key to local elections in today’s environment.
Will you write a few sentences encouraging people to vote for me, highlighting your reasons for your support? They were very effective last time and helped me keep a constant social media presence.
I need people to help with many tasks such as assembling, delivering and posting yard signs, distributing flyers, helping on Election Day. Let me know if you are willing to help and we will find a job for you.
I’ve had people say to me, “You don’t think people will really vote for him, do you?”
The answer to that question is “yes” for several reasons.
The biggest is they don’t know him and don’t understand what is going on.
Another is they vote straight ticket by party, ignoring who is on the ballot.
We can’t let that happen.
I will appreciate any help I can get.
Thanks for your consideration.:
Galtere refuses to allow public comment. Prevents his opponent for the November 2, election from making a public comment during the regular Township Supervisors Meeting. 8.23.21 BoS
CONTINUED REGRESSIVE ACTIONS TAKEN BY GALTERE REGIME:
As this clip will attest Greg Galtere, current chairman of the Exeter Township Board of Supervisors refuses to allow public comment by a resident. This, along with recent decisions to stop providing draft minutes to the public prior to voting their acceptance, and a recent announcement by Galtere at the July BoS meeting that he will not answer any questions presented to him during the public comment period continue to suppress public involvement and it looks like this is the most regressive government in Exeter Township history.
(note: Galtere violated the Open Meeting Law, Sunshine Act by not permitting the comment)
Note: According to the Office of Open Records site on Public comments it is not required to answer questions but they suggest that by answering questions the Township can save time and money by reducing RTK requests. The township, current and former supervisors, all have complained about the cost of RIGHT TO KNOW requests but refuse to use this opportunity to reduce those costs.
See below the Office of Open Records opinion on this issue:
Can the public ask questions during the comment period?
Although members of the agency are not required to provide an answer, it is a good practice to do so whenever possible. Answering questions can demonstrate a commitment to helping constituents and, in many cases, answering questions informally at a public meeting can reduce future requests under the Right-to-Know Law, which saves time and money for both the agency and the commenter / requester.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Comments on Agenda Items @ 7:59
REGULAR APPROVALS @ 10:54
Prior to approval of Regular minutes correct error @ 10:57
1. Regular Minutes – June 28, 2021 @ 11:58
2. Disbursements – July 12, 2021 @ 12:20
1. Monthly Golf Report @ 15:39
▪ This report is available for review on the Township website.
2. Monthly Right to Know Report @ 18:50
▪ This report is available for review on the Township website.
NEW BUSINESS @ 19:30
1. Authorize Advertisement of Request for Proposal for Dining Services at the Reading Country Club
▪ The administration is seeking authorization to advertise an RFP for dining service operations at the Reading Country Club. The administration has seen some recent interest in the facility and would like to move forward with officially seeking potential interested operators.
2. Consider Awarding Municipal Facility Trash Service Contract to Republic Services in the amount of $33,767.30. @ 23:42
▪ Bids were received by the township on Friday, July 9th. Four bids were received, Republic Services was the low bidder. The administration recommends awarding the contract at this time.
3. Consider Approving Updated List of 2021 Paving Projects Funded by Liquid Fuels @ 27:16
▪ The planned 2021 paving program has been updated to take advantage of low blacktop prices. During budget preparation, a total of $636,429 was budgeted for paving/Raul U Mac projects. The Public Works Department is requesting to pave additional roads as approved by our Liquid Fuels Agent, rather than use Raul U Mac, for a total program cost of $520,823.94.
4. Approve Appointment to Planning Commission to Fill Current Vacancy @ 33:06
▪ The Planning Commission has a current opening, applications were received by the Administration with a 7/9/21 deadline. Four applications were receivd, the Board is being asked to make an appointment to the Commission at this time.
5. Authorize Advertisement of Ordinance Amending the Recycling Ordinance. @ 34:33
▪ The Administration is seeking authorization to advertise an ordinance that would amend the existing Recycling Ordinance by adding clarifying language and updating definitions.
6. Adopt Proclamation Declaring July 16, 2021 as Park and Recreation Professionals Day @ 38:39
▪ Park and Recreation Professionals Day, celebrated during National Park & Recreation Month, honors essential industry professionals by recognizing their invaluable contributions to our communities. This proclamation allows for official recognition and observation of Park and Recreation Professionals Day.
7. Adopt Resolution Supporting the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semi-Quincentennial (America250PA). @ 40:30
▪ In 2026 the United States and Commonwealth of PA will celebrate their 250th anniversary. The Pennsylvania legislature and the Governor created AMERICA250PA in 2018 to plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States and Pennsylvania’s integral role in that event. Berks County has executed a resolution declaring its intent to highlight the significance of the event, and has asked that the 72 Berks municipalities join their effort by adopting a similar resolution.
DEPARTMENT REPORTS @ 42:40
Highway @ 42:40
Engineering: @ 43:15
Police @ 43:20
Solicitor @ 44:45
TwP Manager @ 44:46
PUBLIC COMMENT – General Non-Agenda Items
David Hughes from 51:15 to 54:00 discussion on Budget Amendments and Galtere attacks on citizens and false complaints
Rest of Public comment starting @ 46:21 all Gun Club related
SUPERVISOR REPORTS @ 1:29:00
Piho @ 1:29:03
Kircher @ 1:29:48
Staub @ 1:30:20 discusses Newsletter problem, financial review net meeting Speece @ 1:32:09
Galtere @ 1:32:33 reads prepared statement concerning Stairs project Dunn to Library
I sent this short video to all the Supervisors and staff responsible for these minutes. Hoping they would correct them before officially accepting them.
These minutes are presented as draft minutes on the township website for approval at the 7.12.21 meeting for the prior meeting of June 28th. Not one supervisor reviewed these minutes until I presented this video pointing out the many errors.
We have been told that the minutes are the official record of what transpires a these meeting....yet they are presented in this condition?
In 2020 the secretary who takes these minutes was paid over $62,000!!!
Should we expect better spelling? Better accuracy?
You will hear Chairmen Greg Galtere enumerate the errors for correction...but check the final version because I think he missed the last page and the errors I identify there. So, in the meeting they recognize my short video pointing out the errors. If I had not done this, they would have simply approved the minutes as written...errors and all..... the Supervisors do not review the minutes before accepting them.
YOU BE THE JUDGE-IT's YOUR TAX DOLLARS
BOS IGNORES ALL THE REQUIREMENTS TO LET A CONTRACT: RULES DO NOT APPLY TO THEM ON $19,000 LIBRARY STAIRS
This is an example of how bad our government is today.
We have lowered the bar as low as it will go concerning Supervisors, consultants and certain employees.
Yet, it can still get worse. Here, in this clip from the April 26th BoS meeting: They ignored all of the requirements to letting a contract for building the steps:
1. NO RFP
2. Only 2 estimates, when 3 are required for the dollar amount
3. Was not advertised as required
4. New construction not ADA compliant
5. No review by Planning Commission
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING AGENDA Monday, April 26, 2021 6:00PM **Immediately following Vacancy Board Meeting**
Item #2 from the Agenda:
2. Consider Approving Installation of Steps Connecting the Dunn Community Center to the Exeter Community Library in the amount of $19,000 ▪ The Administration is proposing installation of a staircase to allow for pedestrians to travel between the Dunn Community Center and the Exeter Township Library. Installation of this stairway will also allow for greater access to the newly installed StoryWalk.
This opinion concerning the May 24, 2021 BoS meeting addresses one Agenda item concerning opening up meetings to the public. It also addresses comments (complaints) made during the Supervisors Reports near the end of the meeting. The misinformation, the lies, the complaining by our "leader" and his attacks on private citizens. What I call the "CONFESSIONAL" by the three ERCCP members: Galtere, Speece and Staub.
AGENDA ITEMS AND TIME STAMPS:
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING AGENDA
Monday, May 24, 2021 7:00PM
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Comments on Agenda Items
1. Exeter Community Library StoryWalk Trail Opening
REGULAR APPROVALS @ 9:36
1. Regular Minutes – May 10, 2021
2. Disbursements –May 24, 2021
3. Treasurer’s Report – April, 2021
UNFINISHED BUSINESS. @ 10:16
1. Discussion on Township Building Operations and Resuming In-Person Public Meetings for Township Boards and Commissions. ▪ Due to new State directives regarding public gatherings, the Board will discuss future public meetings format.
NEW BUSINESS @ 32:35
1. Consider Approval of Improvements, Financial Security, and Maintenance Agreement for MDC 23-2-03 Land Development plan
▪ The Township Administration recommends approving the final agreement required in order to record the plans for the new District Justice office. This agreement describes the financial security as well as the terms of maintenance for the new improvements. It has been reviewed and agreed to by both parties.
2. Consider Resolution Permitting Township Manager to Execute Perkiomen Avenue Streetscape Easement Agreements ▪ Multiple properties will require Temporary Construction and Permanent Sidewalk Easements in order to fully complete the streetscape project. Township staff will begin approaching property owners to further explain the project and how their property will be affected.
3. Discussion on 2021 Summer Playground and Recreation Programs
▪ The Administration will provide an update on recreation programming plans in light of recent changes to COVID-19 restrictions.
4. Authorize Administration to Seek Bids for Dumpster Services on Municipally Owned Properties
▪ The Administration would like to solicit bids for dumpster services to identify potential cost savings and improved customer service. The properties included would be the Township Building, Dunn Center, Reading Country Club, and parks.
PUBLIC COMMENT – General Non-Agenda Items
GREG @ 1:09:21
MICHELLE @ 1:13:50
PIHO @ 1:15:21
STAUB @ 1:16:35
SPEECE @ 1:20:58
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING AGENDA
Monday, May 10th, 2021 7:00PM
MY OPINION @ 00:01
PUBLIC COMMENTS: @ 19:24 Comments on Agenda Items
ANNOUNCEMENTS @ 21:48
1. Memorial Day Parade
REGULAR APPROVALS @ 22:36
1. Vacancy Board Minutes – April 26, 2021
2. Regular Minutes – April 26, 2021 @ 22:51
3. Disbursements – May 10, 2021 @ 23:22
1. Monthly Golf Report @ 25:12 ▪ This report is available for review on the Township website.
2. Monthly Right to Know Report @27:50 ▪ This report is available for review on the Township website.
3. Update on Outstanding Sewer Acounts Receivable Balance. @ 30:30
▪ The administration will provide an update on outstanding sewer accounts, and ongoing efforts to collect on the balance.
1. Consider Resolution Approving the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement to rejoin the County’s UCC Board of Appeals. @ 34:33
▪ The Agreement to establish and continue the Berks County Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Board of Appeals in cooperation with Berks County and other participating municipalities within the County.
2. Discussion on Park Pavilion Rentals @ 38:58
▪ The administration will provide a status update to the Board on current COVID-19 protocols and present for consideration the potential reopening of outddor rental facilities.
3. Consider Accepting Deed of Dedication of Right of Way at 6112 Perkiomen Avenue @ 45:20
▪ The developer is offering Deed of Dedication of additional Right of Way along Perkiomen Avenue. A requirement of the MDC 23-2-03 Land Development Plan.
4. Consider Accepting a Permanent Sidewalk Easement at 6112 Perkiomen Avenue @ 48:00
▪ The Township requests an easement be granted by properties in order to permit future improvements. A requirement of the MDC 23-23-03 Land Development Plan.
5. Discussion on Resuming In-Person Public Meetings for Township Boards and Commissions ▪ Due to new State directives regarding public gatherings, the Board will discuss future public meetings format. @ 48:36
DEPARTMENT REPORTS. @ 57:37
PUBLIC COMMENT – General Non-Agenda Items @ 1:04:53
CAITLAIN ON MASCARO POOR RECYCLE PICK UP @ 1:05:04
David Hughes ON REACTIVE VS. PROACTIVE @ 1:06:36
SUPERVISOR REPORTS. @ 1:08:54