The JS reports this morning that County Executive Scott Walker says moving the mental health hospital to the old St. Michael Hospital is a financially sound move that can provide the opportunity for "culture change."
Supervisor John Weishan says Walker is using "hokey numbers" and a union official says the St. Michael proposal is "absolutely ridiculous."
What happens to the mental health hospital is important to the staff, patients and their families and the general public. The fate of the mental health hospital will help define the fate of the County Grounds, a rich piece of county history and heritage and still, despite development, an important environmental asset.
It would be nice to read the plan that is going to be considered today by the County Board's Health and Human Needs Committee. Almost any other local unit of government -- the city, state, school district and MMSD would make the documents available online.
The county does not.
The question is: why not? There is nothing expensive or technologically daunting about posting important information related to what the county is doing.
The county is broke and mismanaged on a number of levels. It can use all the good ideas it can get from anyone who has them.
County officials, though, in both Walker's office and on the County Board, persist in shutting the public out of the public's business.
It's a shabby way to operate.