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Otto Slozer Questions Accuracy of Emmaus Council Minutes

Former Emmaus Councilman Otto Slozer takes the podium at the Jan. 7 Emmaus Borough Council meeting to register a complaint about the way his comments during the Dec. 17 council meeting are depicted in the meeting minutes.

Although a regular fixture in the audience during Emmaus Borough Council meetings, , rarely addresses council.

And yet Slozer approached the microphone during the public comment portion of back-to-back council meetings – most recently addressing council during the Jan. 7 meeting to state his dissatisfaction with the way his public appeal during the Dec. 17 meeting is captured in that meeting’s minutes.

Slozer, who resides at 121 E. Elm St., said that his comments and the personal appeal of the person speaking before him – listed in the Dec. 17 minutes as Emmaus firefighter Kevin Farnish – are quite poorly summarized.

“In reviewing the minutes of the Dec. 17 council meeting,” he said, “my appeal has been so condensed that it is unrecognizable as to what happened. If the minutes don’t reflect what actually took place, then what are they worth?”

Council President Lee Ann Gilbert started to tell Slozer that council would look into the matter. She was interrupted by Borough Manager Shane Pepe, who said that would not be necessary. Pepe told council that meeting minutes are merely required to capture the spirit of what a particular commenter had to say and as such, the Dec. 17 minutes meet that obligation.

The Dec. 17 meeting minutes approved Monday night summarized Slozer’s public appeal on Dec. 17 as follows:

“Otto Slozer – 121 E. Elm Street – stated that he has made 2 Personal Appeals in over a year and is offended by Mr. Barrett’s prior comment. He stated that Borough Council, as elected paid officials, should know how the Departments within the Borough operate. He also stated Mr. Labenberg received a paper from a citizen and threw it in the garbage. He stated that this is very disrespectful to the public.”

Borough council meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the Borough of Emmaus web site.

Lets Get Real January 09, 2013 at 01:15 PM
"Otto Slozer, a former borough councilman, rarely addresses council." That is because he has puppets that speak for him. There is no need for the minutes to be word for word. So much time and money was spent on minutes when Otto was on council. Thank you Mr. Pepe for not allowing his circus to begin again.
Giovanni Landi January 09, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Let's just check the video and see exactly what was said. Oh wait, we can't. Apparently technical difficulties occurred in the recording of the most contentious and highly attended meeting of the year. The meeting in which Borough Council was going to cut the Fire Department budget. Almost an hour of public comments made by firefighters and the public during the first public appeals portion of the meeting plus the entire meeting that occurred after the executive session including the second public appeals during which Mr. Slozer spoke were not available online. Thank goodness the entire video is available at www.epcat.us for public viewing along with a copy of the "Official" video from the borough.
Jason Heminitz January 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
The only things that need to be word for word are any motions that are made.
An interested bystander January 09, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Mr. Landi you say here that the entire video is available. I thought CEPTA edited videos? I remember that discussion thread here awhile back.
Giovanni Landi January 09, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I'm not sure what thread you are speaking of, but if you could point me to it I would like to read it. As for the video being discussed here, it is available in its entirety along with a copy of the video the borough posted online at www.epcat.com
John Donches January 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Just a note to correct the web site name. To be able to see the full unedited version of the Emmaus Borough Council meeting go to www.epcat.us as was mentioned the Boroughs posting seems to have been edited acording to what Councilman Nate Brown said at this past Monday nights Council Meeting. We will have that full meeting up soon as well at www.epcat.us
An interested bystander January 09, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Here it is: http://emmaus.patch.com/articles/east-penn-school-board-meetings-now-online
Giovanni Landi January 09, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Thanks. I'll check it out.
Giovanni Landi January 09, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Thanks for pointing out the thread. I went and read it so I could remember the conversation. In the thread I stated the videos were being edited to fit into the 10 minute time limitation imposed by youtube. The videos were not edited for content. You could watch entire meetings, but only 10 minutes at a time. When someone creates a youtube account you are limited to only 10 minute videos. Once you receive a preset amount of views youtube increases the time allotted for your videos. From the time EPCAT reached that threshold all videos have been uploaded in their entirety for your viewing pleasure. You can view most Borough and EPSD meetings at www.EPCAT.us
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Otto Slozer questions? And the puppet you spoke of speaks above.
Giovanni Landi January 10, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Linen23 – Are you referring to me? Anyone who knows me will attest that I am no one’s puppet.
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Donches. I don't know you enough to make that reference. However, previously you had aligned yourself with Donches. You removed yourself from that association. At that point the damage was done and was the main contributor to your losing the election.
John Donches January 10, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Mr. hung out to dry linen, You state, with accuracy, that you don’t know me. So what's your point?
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 05:15 PM
My aforementioned comment was directed at Mr. Landi. It is Mr Landi that I don't know. We know you are Mr. Slozer's puppet. Unfortunately, it resulted in Mr. Landi losing an election. I assume I will be sued now. Mr. Slozer and his people are threatened by Freedom of Speech. Hitler used force to silence the outspoken. Mr. Slozer uses lawsuits.
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 05:34 PM
"you" in my previous post as referring to "Donches", Slozer's puppet.
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Mr. Slozer nearly destroyed a community years ago. At very least, left it very polarized. We have since rebuilt and made Emmaus one of the top 100 places to live. Mr. Slozer is well versed in many topics. I will agree. However, Mr. Slozer never learned the importance of "chosing one's battle" and "learning to serve something greater than one's self". You, Mr. Donches, are no different.
John Donches January 10, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Mr. hung out to dry linen, You know what is said when one assumes. Are you feeling threatened by us little so called puppets? Really, just go wash your linen and make yourself useful. Meanwhile if you want to talk to me you’ll be able to find me videotaping the unedited versions of Emmaus committee and council meetings. Anyone can go to www.epcat.us and see for oneself current and archived Emmaus Borough and school board meetings.
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I am not threatened by you in the least, Mr. Donches.
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Mr. Slozer and Mr. Landi, please do not view my comments as a personal attack. From the conversations I have had, however brief, with both of you I do feel you are decent people. Mr. Slozer, I do not agree with litigation aspects of your beliefs but it is your constitutional right. Mr. Slozer and Mr. Landi, I feel you could both better serve our community in a more positive aspect by not including Mr. Donches in your "inner circle". Please recognize that I, at no point, reduced myself to name calling.
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Mr. Donches, am I not making myself "useful" by exercising my Constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech? Or, would you have us believe that only your words are of any concern? Perhaps this why you do have strong community support.
linen23 January 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Please excuse my mistype and clearly insert the word "not" in to Mr. Donches' support.... meaning "lack of".

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