As I do with almost anything related to Longmeadow, I voted against it. I recently voted FOR an establishment of 35MPH because that was the lowest number we were going to get, and without that designation the speed limit was unenforceable, which leaves open the possibility of people drag racing down Longmeadow and suffering no repercussions.
But after today’s meeting I was approached by both Becky Gillam and Maggie Auger, both asking me the same thing: You people wanted a financial feasibility study, so why did you vote against it?!?
I have no doubt that you're busy. And I also have little doubt that you want to succeed in life. And I imagine that the last thing you want to do is go out and spend $28 on a 678pg book. But that's exactly what I'm suggesting you do. The ROI (Return On Investment) of Tim Ferriss' latest book will pay you back over and over again throughout the years.
This was by far the most controversial issue I’ve had to vote on so far (as of July 2017), and it’s one that attracted a lot of attention and energy. I surprised some people with the way I voted when I voted against the company.
A few years ago I had a job where I could listen to music and podcasts every day, so I absorbed a lot of information during that time. I got into a bunch of these entrepreneurial podcasts from people like Tim Ferriss, James Altucher, and Hal Elrod. Also many hours of the Joe Rogan Experience.
Many of the hosts and guests would recommend certain books to the listeners, and one that kept coming up was this book by Pressfield.
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 the full County Board decided on a vote to give a contract to an out of state company, Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC, as part of a pavement preservation project. The resolution was discussed during the Consent Agenda portion of the County Board meeting.
The June County Board meeting was the 7th County Board meeting I’ve sat on, and marks 6 months on the job. Cliche as it may sound, that went by really fast. I think my head has finally stopped spinning, but I’m not quite sure.
There's a little secret to government that I want to tell you. It is not very well known, yet it exists in plain sight (some say it isn't a secret at all!).
The secret is the key to how our government operates, it emphasizes an aspect of its basic structure and shows where power flows. It gives us a peak behind the curtain of county government.
People ask me all the time, "how do I get involved?" And the real answer is not the Hollywood version of activism (which some say distracts us from the REAL politics) with people gathering in the streets and "fighting the man."
I tell people to start paying attention to the committees.
Tuesday, the 13th, was my first day on the job. We were sworn in at 8:30am, just before the first meeting of the day (Forest Preserve District). It was just enough pomp and circumstance to feel official but it didn't go too long. In fact, the whole morning went by extremely quickly.