Friday, May 05, 2006

Another alderman: Even less of a wrist slap

As Fly once said, "People will want to talk about this."

Van Fossen gets deferred judgement -QCTimes

A year of probation and some fines. Why no token few days in jail like McGivern got? Van Fossen was actually in an accident because of his; that seems slightly worse to me.

23 Comments:

At 5/05/2006 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to be kidding me. I wonder if the judge is one of his drinking buddies!

 
At 5/05/2006 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least on this issue, as a resident of Moline, I have no reason to gloat.

 
At 5/05/2006 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Van Fossen just makes me SICK!!!!!!!! The man can't even mumble out a single intelligent sentence. If he just kept his mouth shout he would make more sense. But then again, he wouldn't be able to get any booze into his gut.

 
At 5/05/2006 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but i'll bet he knows how to get another drink at Blueport, after all, he got there outdoor license!!!!!!!!!

 
At 5/05/2006 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With no bars or booze for a year maybe he will do us the honor of paying his delinquent property taxes and garbage fees.

 
At 5/05/2006 9:25 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Read the article more closely.

Here's what it says:

As part of the agreement he also will receive a substance abuse evaluation and cooperate with any recommended retreatment at his own expense, court records state. He is not restricted from consuming alcohol or entering drinking establishments while he is on probation. (Emphasis added)

 
At 5/06/2006 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Van Fossen may be a heavy drinker, but he is a damn good alderman in terms of his voting record. He helped stop the tax boondoggle called the Freight House, and he has even supported Blueport Junction's right to exist and play music at reasonable levels (which should be a slam dunk given that the neighbors all live right next door to a damn freeway which does not bother them). I think many people that are first time offenders get deffered sentences, and Mr. Van Fossen has a distinguished carreer serving the taxpayers as a policeman, and he is giving even more of himself now as an alderman. Mr. Van Fossen, many people out there appreciate you and respect you!

 
At 5/06/2006 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should have voted for Pat! Doohhh!!!

 
At 5/06/2006 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many more disrespct the BUM!

 
At 5/06/2006 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VOTE Van Fossen for town drunk.

 
At 5/07/2006 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why stop now?? The city continued to pay his wages while he spent his last few years on city time at the bar. Now, he can't even vote on an issue without getting direction from another council member.

"I only ran for the benifits", Alderman Van Fossen.

 
At 5/07/2006 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to be pretty well established that he may have or did have a problem with alcohol and will probably go down in history as one of the poorest aldermen ever elected to a seat on the counil from the 1st ward.

What I don't understand is how he can continue to sit on the council and not pay his property taxes. I thought that the council had some form of code of conduct or ethics, certainly this should cover such a basic obligation as making prompt payment of taxes. It would appear difficult to vote on matters that affect the amount of tax that others pay when your own property taxes are delinquent.

Maybe the County Treasurer made a mistake or there is another Ronald Van Fossen in town that doesn't pay his taxes, but I highly doubt it. I for one am glad I voted for Gibbs.

 
At 5/08/2006 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah! You say "I for one am glad I voted for Gibbs". Go check the court file. He lost his house to foreclosure! At least Van Fossen is just delinquent on a few property taxes, which is not that big a deal. Frankly, the citizens will earn 24% interest on the balance when he gets them paid. At least he did not lose his home to foreclosure like his opponent.

 
At 5/08/2006 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paying 24% interest on delinquent property taxes doesn't say a lot for his personal financial knowledge. I seriously doubt if he would be able to may a rational decision on any financial issue that came before the council.

This situation is an embarrasment to the city council and it's about time they did something about it.

 
At 5/08/2006 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said...

"...doesn't say a lot for his personal financial knowledge. I seriously doubt if he would be able to may a rational decision on any financial issue that came before the council".

Could you not just as easily have been talking about his opponent, Pat Gibbs? Not only did Mr. Gibbs lose his home to foreclosure, but I believe he also was sanctioned for doing private errands while on the job.

 
At 5/08/2006 2:28 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I think we can all agree that neither was a perfect candidate. I wonder if some people who were glad to see Moritz go are reconsidering now?

 
At 5/08/2006 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure as hell never ran a private errand while on the job or stretched the lunch hour and I'm sure Van Fossen never did either.

 
At 5/08/2006 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one am glad that Moritz is gone. Good riddance! Have you seen her lately? Looks like an Auschwitz survivor.

 
At 5/08/2006 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am glad Moritz is gone. Spend, spend, spend. Thats all she ever did in office. Van Fossen has been a GREAT alderman, even if he does have a drinking problem.

 
At 5/09/2006 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moritz was bought and paid for.

 
At 5/09/2006 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moritz was a great alderman for the 1st ward, Van Fossen is nothing but a slug that has no idea what is going on.

In four months the only time he has opened is mouth to utter some nonsense is when the issue pertained to Blueport Junction. Tappendorf must have him in his back pocket.

 
At 5/09/2006 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moritz was / is a phoney. You can bet that her "spend, spend, spend" ideas resulted in personal payoff for her.

 
At 5/09/2006 4:13 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

At least she could read through a resolution without having the alderman next to her finish reading it.

 

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