It has come to my attention that Carol Austerman is now retreating from the decorum ordinance and is saying that everyone “misinterpreted” what the assembly was trying to do and, golly gee, this was just about protecting staff.
While investigating this issue, I listened to the audio of every single borough meeting – regular meetings and work sessions – from May 1 to July 31. Not only did I not hear any attack on the staff, I did not hear any attack from anyone whatsoever. So I really fail to understand why Ms. Austerman and others on the assembly have so stubbornly dug in their heels over an issue that is, in fact, a non-issue.
If indeed this is about attacks on staff, I would call upon Ms. Austerman to do what Mr. Stephens already asked her to do, with no result, which is to present actual evidence of such abusive attacks on staff. I would also direct your readers to the audio of the July 3 meeting, in which Ms. Austerman’s own lack of decorum was plain to see at minute 34.
Ms. Austerman is naïve indeed if she thinks she can so easily wave away the agony this measure has created for the community, and I do not believe she should be let off the hook just yet. Nor do I believe she or anyone else is voting to reconsider this because they truly believe they did the wrong thing. I will leave it to the community to assess why we are now seeing this stunning about-face.