Yes, Yes, Yes ---- I know that Bureaucratic and Lunacy is redundant ---- and most other local municipal governments will give Germantown a good run for its money for this dubious distinction.
In the Metro section of today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, were two articles that put Germantown in the current lead.
On page B1 was an article about the dangers of backyard pools for little kids. It was noted in the article that:
"Fencing and other safety measures are recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for large inflatable's as well as conventional in-ground and above-ground pools"
Further noted in the article:
"Safety standards vary widely, and their enforcement is far from vigorous in some communities".
Giving an example:
"Capt. Craig Evans of the Germantown Police Department said his department lacks the resources to patrol neighborhoods for compliance with a village ordinance that requires fencing around any pool with water deeper than 18 inches".
SO - if enforcing the pool ordinance to protect youngsters from drowning is too time consuming for the Germantown police - what would be more important ??
Going to the next page in MJS Metro section, we find out that CELL PHONES IN SCHOOLS WILL SOON BE A POLICE MATTER IN GERMANTOWN.
Per the Article on page B2, :
"The Village is considering an ordinance that would allow police to issue tickets to students if they violate rules about the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in schools"
"Police chief Peter Hoell said he thinks the ordinance would be used only a couple of times a year"
"The Village Board is expected to approve the ordinance Aug 18, given that is was unanimously recommended this week by the board's Public Safety Committee"
SHAME ON THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR WANTING TO TURN MUNDANE DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS TO THE POLICE ---
SHAME ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE FOR ITS RECOMMENDATION
SHAME ON THE VILLAGE BOARD IF THEY ACCEPT THIS SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SCHOOLS DOING THEIR JOBS
AND SHAME ON THE POLICE FOR ENDORSING BIG BROTHER IN SCHOOLS WHILE NOT HAVING THE TIME TO ENFORCE AN ORDINANCE TO PROTECT --- AS IN PROTECT AND SERVE !!!
Helpful Hint to Germantown Police ----- Check out Google Earth ------- maybe one of your officers could be dragged away from doing the school's discipline duties, go on Google Earth and identify each house in Germantown with a pool, and then take a drive by them to verify their compliance.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ?
MAYBE YOU HAVE A BETTER EXAMPLE OF BUREAUCRATIC LUNACY YOU WOULD LIKE TO PUT INTO CONTENTION FOR THE PRIZE !
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