EDGAR CO. (ECWd)
In typical Patrick fashion, intimidation appears to be the only thing he knows. From word games to power trips I think the video of today's events paint a clear picture for everyone to see as it relates to concrete purchases from Zimmerly.
The most enlightening discovery from today is the fact Zimmerly Ready Mix "IS NOT an IDOT approved source for concrete." As you will see in the video, Patrick disputes that claim and demands documentation. By all indications from this e-mail, not only are they not approved, they don't know when they would be re-approved because they are waiting on Zimmerly's to get back to them.
I found it rather interesting to hear Mr. Patrick insinuate that the County Highway Engineer's decision to purchase from someone other than Zimmerly is discriminatory.
So using Patrick logic, is it safe to say had they purchased from Zimmerly it would have been discriminatory to the other providers or is only discriminatory when he doesnt get the business?
This is yet another example of a baby not only wanting the cake but demanding to be spoon fed! Patrick clearly wants the business and is willing to use what many have already called "intimidation" tactics to attempt to influence the County Highway Engineer.
It was clear by the last set of minutes, item #24 specifically, Mr. Lawson had made a decision on this particular purchase and it was explained why. In an effort of ensuring all were on board he asked that the board make that decision. It was the County Board that had agreed to get an opinion from the States Attorney regarding the legality of such a purchase and yet again, the board passed the buck back to Mr. Lawson to speak with the States Attorney.
I cant say enough about something I witnessed today as it relates to "MEN" in this county. Mr. Lawson not only sought out counsel and advice from his board but also did their job for them and spoke with the States Attorney on this matter. From that, with input in hand, he made a decision. A decision that Patrick clearly is in conflict with to a point he questioned Mr. Lawson's integrity and accused him of "Dodging and Weaving" as well as "Playing Games". That can be heard at the 7:08 mark of the video.
I cant say enough about something I witnessed today as it relates to "MEN" in this county and by all indications ONE stood up today! During a church service this weekend the following scripture was read and I knew it fit perfectly to what is going on in this county right now.
Proverbs 12:1 - Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Men have discipline. Men lead. Men make decisions based on good advice as well as experience. Men are selfless. Men acquire these things from discipline and knowledge as well as from many facets of their life but the point is, Men is what this country needs right now, as does this County.
I believe what I saw today from Mr. Lawson proved we truly do have a MAN in this county willing to take the bull by the horns and do what is right for the county as a whole, regardless of the intimidation he faces from key people on the board. As he so boldly pointed out, and I totally agree, Mr. Lawson is a straight shooter, an upright and ethical man and make's decisions in the best interest of the county constituency, even when faced with the childlike behavior dished out by Mr. Patrick today.
I believe it's clear Mr. Patrick hates correction so for those who believe the Book of Proverbs is truly the book of knowledge, I think it would be a safe bet to say one word that describes Chris Patrick, Stupid!
There is plenty more to come as it relates to the meetings held today but as far as this particular update I think the video pretty well sums up everything anyone needs to know.