Overwhelming Support For More Park Space
More than 96 percent of the people that responded to our survey want Valley Park expanded-including 9.6 percent that want new parks throughout Putnam County. Only 3.4 percent of respondents came out against expanding the Putnam County Park which is located in Hurricane. There were 1,939 votes in the survey.
PutnamLIVE.com ran the non-scientific survey from May 13th to June 23rd, 2011 after learning that Putnam County Commissioners were planning to expand the popular park that includes Waves of Fun, picnic shelters, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, miniature golf, two community centers, and hiking trails.
However, as Putnam County's population has grown, Valley Park is becoming crowded by thousands of people looking to get outdoors-hence the plans for expansion-which will include more sports fields.
PutnamLIVE.com will keep you posted as the expansion plans move forward.
Conservation Tips From Appalachian Power
Summer is a great time to get away from it all. Family getaways are great times. Did you know that while you are away, you can save big money on your home energy bill? Vacations are expensive enough. Why pay more for wasted energy while you are gone? Appalachian Power suggests the following ways to save energy-and money-while you are on the go:
Saving Energy at Home
Adjusting the settings on your home appliances and electronic devices while you are away will help you save energy and money:
Conserving Energy at Your Destination
Conserving energy is important no matter where you are. Turn off the lights and adjust the thermostat upward when you leave your hotel room. To conserve energy and water, reuse bathroom towels whenever possible, and consider walking or taking public transportation instead of using a rental vehicle.
Why Some Dissatisfied Users Are Shunning Facebook
In just a few years, Facebook has become a huge part of our lives. Almost 700 million lives. We hit the social media web site multiple times a day, chatting with friends from high school, family, and others. Many of our employers block the site so that we get our work done.
Financially, Facebook has made college dropout Mark Zuckerberg a multi-billionaire.
However, as its popularity rises worldwide, there are signs that Facebook's popularity is fading in The United States. Will "Facebook Fatigue" cause it disappear as fast as it arrived? That's highly doubtful.
Men's Health Says WV Capital Is Number Six
Charleston West Virginia markets itself as a nice, quiet city that is a great place to raise a family.
However, Men's Health says it is the sixth "Angriest" city in America, just a few notches below the mean streets of Detroit.
The magazine used factors including aggravated assaults, blood pressure ratings, and other violence.
They Say Administrator Fleshman Is "Out Of Control"
"I am the Administrator and the Administrator at the Health Department. I do not have to punch a clock. I don’t have to sit at my desk for eight hours, so if you're checking my time that’s fine, but just know that the Board is behind me. If you don’t like the way I run things then you don’t have to work for me. You are more then welcome, I give you a reference and you're more then welcome to go seek employment elsewhere, but the way it is that you guys have to follow the rules that I set, and if you have a problem obeying the rules that I set then you can let me know and we can follow the chain-of-command and we can go from there. But please know that I am so confident of the fact that the Board is behind me this is why I am taping this so they can all know, so they can all hear it and if any of you have a problem you can go to the Board at a Board meeting and you can bring it up at the Board meeting 'cause they will back me. I want to say that again, the Board will back me. So, and know this, I find out everything. So if you think you are building alliances, or you think you have this master grand plan to try to roust me out of here, it’s not going to work, because I am not going anywhere for a long time. So if anybody wants to get rid of me you’re out of luck, that’s it, if you don’t like working for me there’s the door."
Putnam County Health Department Administrator
There are some frustrated employees at the Putnam County Health Department. They say administrator Jacqueline Fleshman is "out of control" and "overbearing." It has come to the point that they have sent PutnamLIVE.com a recording of a recent staff meeting led by Fleshman, a transcript of the recording, (which we verified) and copies of memos. Please click on the links below to hear the recording of the meeting.
The memos, which some employees call "crazy" show Fleshman to be "out of control," and "a control freak" who constantly threatens discipline and job termination, the employees say.
"I think that she is so scared about how she has not been accountable for her time and comes and goes as she pleases," says one employee. "I already spoke with the Division of Personnel (employee relations) about her being accountable for her time and they stated that she is absolutely not exempt from keeping her time and that if she wasn't that it should be brought to the attention of the board of health.
Another says Fleshman is rarely at her office and "plays favorites" among office employees, favoring those that attend her church.
Fleshman was not in her office over the Memorial Day weekend. A voice mail message was left (in a general mailbox) then, as well as on May 31st on Fleshman's extension. PutnamLIVE.com also sent her an email. So far, no response from Fleshman. However, in previous conversations, she blamed "disgruntled employees" who she says "are troublemakers" for "causing problems" in the office. Later, Fleshman promised to email her comments. As of yet, we have not received that email.
One employee, Barbara Koblinsky, was fired last year, then reinstated with back pay and benefits, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. Koblinsly is not the employee that sent us the recording and she is not the employee quoted above.
Additionally, in April, PutnamLIVE.com presented Fleshman with a Freedom of Information Act request for the mileage logs for her county-issued vehicle (since her hiring date) after receiving a tip that Fleshman was using it for her own errands. She has promised numerous times to provide the logs, but has failed to do so. In a telephone conversation, in May, she indicated that the department only started such logs in February, and that information from prior months was not available. Failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act Request is a misdemeanor, in West Virginia. However, Putnam County Prosecutor Mark A. Sorsaia does not prosecute such cases, saying, "you have civil recourse." Such lawsuits are expensive and sometimes take years to adjudicate, allowing government employees to hide their activity during the legal process.
The employees that contacted PutnamLIVE.com say they feel "intimidated" and that their jobs are being threatened. They want the Board of Health to terminate Fleshman, but, in the recording and transcript, as you can read for yourself, Fleshman states that she has the support of the board.
Fleshman has been under fire for establishing a stricter animal quarantine process, requiring animals to be held at a veterinarian or at the Putnam County Animal Shelter. It was after Koblinsky protested this process that she was fired. However, Fleshman defends the new process because there were reports of pets getting lose that were carlessly quarantined by their owners.
Recently, the president of the board, dentist Jeanne Bailey, who was one of the only medical professionals on the board, resigned. Pharmacist Brac Brown reportedly often participates by speakerphone.
Fleshman, who had not worked as a health department administrator before, was hired to replace Bob Peck who was allowed to resign after being fired.
PutnamLIVE.com attempted to reach new board Chair Jimmy Dillon. A woman answered the telephone and said he was not there, did not have a number to reach him, and hung up after she was told what the call was about. Another board member, Putnam County Commissioner Raymond "Joe" Haynes refuses to be interviewed by PutnamLIVE.com. However, we left a message with a secretary at the Putnam County Commission office for Haynes anyway.
Below is the entire (verified) transcript of a recent meeting where Fleshman spoke. PutnamLIVE.com has been told that Gordon Simmons, of the Public Employees Union Local 170, has been contacted about this meeting.
Putnam County Health Department
May 17, 2011
This won’t take very long. I am going to record it, Jimmy wants me to record it. Trudy states, “I’m recording.” Ok, Um this isn’t going to be very long so is everybody here first? Ok, this is going to be, this is going to be pretty much a short meeting because it’s going to be a one-way meeting. It’s me talking to you. Um, the Board wanted me to convey some things, and that’s the reason they want it taped because they want to make sure that I convey everything that they want me to convey. Um, I guess first I am going to give you what you’ve got. What you have already and then let me take it away from you, if things don’t straighten up around here. For instance, one thing that we do here that is a perk for everybody we get an hour lunch, we work from eight to four according to personnel if we have an hour lunch were supposed to extend your work days to eight until four thirty. Um, that’s something that we have always done here, and um the Board basically wants me to point out the perks that you get and because of all the things here that is going on then their willing to take away. So this is your one chance, and fortunately the majority of you guys follow the roles? There are just a few that don’t and the few that don’t will affect the majority. And so that one thing I’m going to be taking away, either we’ll go to a half hour lunch, with two fifteen minutes breaks scheduled by your supervisor or we will extend the workday to four thirty and keep your one hour lunch and that gives you no break. Um, that’s one thing. One thing that will be changing, definitely will be changing will be the insurance it will not be changing until April Open Enrollment of next year. So you guys have a year and eleven months to decide what you’re going to do with your Insurance. Um, what hasn’t been decided and we will know is that we will give you at least six months notice prior to April if it is going to go down seventy thirty or eighty twenty. Right now we pay ninety ten. Um, that will be changing, were just going to follow what the state does, and the state is actually the ones that may be changing to seventy thirty so were kinda gonna wait to see what there’re going to do.
Um, another thing is we really need to say at our work stations, no congregating anywhere I mean this is something I have said many, many, many times that’s something that seems that no one is following. Um, but stay at your work stations, congregating in areas of the break room, downstairs, out back and if you’re on your lunch break feel free to congregate, other then that, no.
Um, were going to be switching people around again. It seems like people get complacent about what they do and things don’t run as efficiently, so were going to be changing some duties around and people and I’ll be coming around to each one of you individually that were switching and talk to you prior to the switch.. It depends on your job and it depends on your duties here but um, our work day right now is eight to four which means if your position is vital to the agency being open eight to four, then you need to be here from eight to four. You need to be in your seat at eight o’clock and ready for work. Um, eight to four is our work day.
I will pass out, each of you take two of these. These are some directives, everybody take two. You’re going to sign one and keep one. And I want to make it very, very, very clear so I am going to say it very clear so the tape can hear it, so that way the Board can hear it because I am going to play it at the next Board meeting and everyone else can hear, can hear it. I am the Administrator and the Administrator at the Health Department. I do not have to punch a clock. I don’t have to sit at my desk for eight hours, so if you're checking my time that’s fine, but just know that the Board is behind me. If you don’t like the way I run things then you don’t have to work for me. You are more then welcome, I give you a reference and you're more then welcome to go seek employment elsewhere, but the way it is that you guys have to follow the rules that I set, and if you have a problem obeying the rules that I set then you can let me know and we can follow the chain-of-command and we can go from there. But please know that I am so confident of the fact that the Board is behind me this is why I am taping this so they can all know, so they can all hear it and if any of you have a problem you can go to the Board at a Board meeting and you can bring it up at the Board meeting 'cause they will back me. I want to say that again, the Board will back me. So, and know this, I find out everything. So if you think you are building alliances, or you think you have this master grand plan to try to roust me out of here, it’s not going to work, because I am not going anywhere for a long time. So if anybody wants to get rid of me you’re out of luck, that’s it, if you don’t like working for me there’s the door. Cause everything I do, I do for the better of this agency, not for the better of myself but for the better of this agency. So like I said that is how much confidence I have in what the Board is behind me. Um, so basically they told me that, that I am not going anywhere. It doesn’t matter how many of you come to them and complain about me they're not getting rid of me. They like what I am doing. They are happy with my job performance. I speak to them on a daily basis, to more then one of them, so, everyone to sign a copy of this. It’s not an option. Your not signing that you agree with them, you are just signing that you received a copy. I need everybody to sign one and turn it in. Let me go over these so the Board can see a copy of these, the directives, anyone, any of you who have broken this is your warning, not basically a warning but this is your one chance so the next time one of these are broken you will be disciplined. Remain at your work stations, your not to congregate at other work stations at the health department during work hours. You may gather in the break room unless there is a sign on the office, or you may enter, I mean, congregate in the break room on scheduled lunches, and break times as allowed by your supervisor. So if you want to take a break, if you need a break from your work station, I am not saying you can’t go to the bathroom, I am just saying use common sense go to the bathroom and come back or if you need something from someone else tell your supervisor, “Hey, I gotta run over here.” If they have a problem with it they’ll say, “No don’t go.” Or I need to talk to so and so about something, or I am helping them on a project, that’s fine, use common sense that’s something that some of us are not using so talk to your supervisor that is what they are there for. And John I feel bad, don’t go through John’s office unless there is a note on the door of the conference room that is not a freeway. Um, unless like I said it is approved by your supervisor.
Receptionist, if you’re a department answer phone person, your department is at eight o’clock, make sure you’re at your station at eight o’clock or make sure that another person is going to be available.
Ok, addressing work related complaints with your coworkers. I don’t care if you guys meet down at Applebee’s, and talk about me all you want at Applebee’s. You can say, “I hate that woman. I hate working at that place. I don’t care if you have an annual, weekly meeting; I hate Jackie, that’s fine, but don’t bring it to work. Don’t be discussing any of your complaints at work, about work, at work, because that just causes dissention, that causes poor morale, just don’t do it. Ok, like I said I don’t care if you want to meet somewhere and burn me in effigy, I don’t care. Just, don’t do it here at work.
Do not an anyway very from your assigned duties. If you feel you have been given someone, um, if it’s not your assigned duties, you should only care about what you do in this agency, don’t care, that’s where people get in trouble because they worry about what the other person is doing. You need to start worrying about what you’re doing. Um, if your supervisor gives you an assignment and you don’t feel like that should be your assignment, talk to your supervisor. Don’t go try to pawn it off on somebody else. Don’t try to get someone to do it for you. Don’t try to get someone to help you do it, unless you absolutely, or now, if you need help doing it that’s fine. Go to your supervisor. I am not saying you can’t get help. I am just saying go through your supervisor.
Remember the Chain-of-Command and follow it, about a week ago, the new Chain-of-Command that the Board just filed. If you need a copy of it just let me know and I’ll get you a new copy. Refresh yourself on the progressive disciplinary copy that everybody signed here because that’s what we’ll be following if anybody varies from this. And please note, this isn’t a complete list of directives these are the ones that are just standing out right now, that people were having trouble with. Anytime your supervisor gives you instruction or a directive you have to follow it whether its verbal or written that’s your supervisor. Now, if your supervisor gives you something that you shouldn’t be doing that liability doesn’t fall on you, that liability falls back on the supervisor. Ok, so if your supervisor tells you to go do something you need to do it and if then, if it’s wrong in any way then the supervisor will get in trouble not you. You’ll be in trouble for not following the directive. So like I said, this isn’t the majority it is just a few so what I am hoping to happen here is peer pressure. If someone comes up to you and wants to complain to you, you need to say, AT! I don’t want to hear it. Or if someone comes up to you say I don’t want to hear it, because I don’t want the few, I don’t want the minority to make it rough on the majority, and that’s what going to end up happening. So, if everyone has signed a copy leave it here. I’ll gather them up and we can do it from there. Is there any questions?
People become complacent in their duties (Barbara asked what does complacent mean) Jackie responded by saying, “that means you don’t care what you, do the same thing over and over, it’s mundane, it doesn’t have any drive. Are there any other questions?”
Like I said people that will be changing positions I will come to you individually and tell you what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be going. And stuff like that, and we are getting ready to do evaluations our first EPA 1 and that’s been delayed due to a few different things going on so then we’ll probably do them at six months. Um, this is the one, these are the base line evaluations that just set what you’re doing right now this is not actually the evaluations, this is like your base line what you’ll be prepared for in six months. So this is basically the list you’ll be doing and what you’re supposed to be doing and then six months from now is what will be your true, EPA 2 is your true evaluation of how you completed your list and what your EPA 1 is. Are there any other questions?
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