To The Daily Sun,
As an employee of Belknap County Nursing Home, I have one question for the members of the Belknap County Delegation: what in the world are you thinking?
Your recent actions and inactions have done a great disservice to the staff of Belknap County as well as to the taxpayers. An excessive amount of money is being spent in legal fees simply because the members of the delegation continue to step on the toes of the county commissioners.
First you held our payroll hostage by not allowing the transfer of funds from one payroll line to another causing great distress. No one was requesting additional funding, simply transferring funds that were already in the budget. This would have cost the taxpayers nothing. However, now we are incurring legal fees just because you chose t take the proper step only when you were ready to do so.
Then the county commissioners made a decision to terminate the nursing home administrator for several valid reasons. In his place they appointed an interim administrator who has already worn more than one hat at the nursing home and has proven herself to be qualified, capable and dedicated. Even with the amount of evidence brought forward at an appeal hearing, the three members of the delegation's personnel committee chose to reinstate an employee who failed to do his job. Is this what you honestly believe is in the best interest of the nursing home or just another power play?
So here we go again, incurring yet more legal fees in a battle to make sure that the quality of life of our cherished
nursing home residents is being overseen by someone who is capable and qualified.
And now there is another battle brewing. The delegation is yet again causing chaos by not allowing another transfer of funds. This action will hurt any employee currently receiving health care benefits by forcing them to pay the full cost of their health insurance plan for the rest of the year. This is not only unreasonable but also illegal because they have a contract in place that has already determined the amount that the employees must pay.
Again, no one is requesting additional funding. The money is already there. It only needs to be transferred. So what does that mean to the taxpayers? More legal fees incurred. Shame on you!
I want to thank my co-workers in every department at Belknap County Nursing Home for stepping up during this stressful time and putting the welfare of our residents first and foremost.
I would also like to thank Charlotte Flanagan, our interim administrator for stepping into an uncertain position and doing so in such a caring, professional and dignified manner.
I would like to ask the voters of Belknap County to join me in voting for more responsible representation on our County Commission by voting for Dave Pollak.