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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.

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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