Dansville village board violates the public trust
By Dennis Cox | Dansville
When Mayor Vogt and two other members of the Board were elected in March of 2011, I made it known that it was my opinion that the two other board members were not capable of doing what was in the best interest of the village, but were elected solely due to their running on the shirttails of Mayor Vogt. However, I had confidence in the mayor to keep things in check and do what was in the best interest of the village. I have since changed my opinion.
We are now blessed with two board members who, through their actions of the past year, have given nothing other than the appearance that their agenda is to harass and pressure village employees to a point that has created a hostile work environment and low employee morale.
The actions of these two board members also gives evidence of their self-serving vindictive intentions of eliminating the Police Department, giving control to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and ultimately dissolving the village as a whole.
We have a Deputy Mayor who very conveniently placed himself in a position to obtain a grant to improve his Main Street property and is well known for stating that “if you are not a member of a major party, you have no chance of being a part of the political process in the community.
We have a village board as a whole, who conducted a meeting at a board member’s residence without making the public aware of the meeting and without the knowledge of the mayor.
Although the list goes on and on it has become evident that Mayor Vogt is either unwilling or unable to control the self-serving, vindictive, and improper actions of the village board members.
In the January, meeting the mayor made a statement regarding a position within the village and the next day instructed the village clerk to remove his statement from the minutes. This being done without following proper protocol at the next month’s board meeting. Mayor Vogt is also known for making the statement that he is just another board member.
In closing, I would like to say that when Mayor Vogt and the board members were sworn into office they took an oath to do what is in the best interest of the village.
I, for one, would like to know when they intend to start.