The Smooth Sounds of Septic System Contracts

Barry Williams' presentation of a contract leaves the County Council looking for more and other department heads acknowledging their contracts just aren't a sexy.

Septic removal contracts may sound more utilitarian than sexy to the average person.

Hey, it's a dirty job and the county has to pay someone to do it. That doesn't mean, however, that it needs to be boring.

County Recreation and Parks Director Barry Williams made that point Tuesday afternoon with his somewhat dramatic reading that left some Baltimore County Council members looking for more. [Listen to Williams' presentation.]

"This is a fun one," Williams said as he started his discussion of waste removal from septic systems and cesspools at various county parks facilities.

Williams has what some have called a broadcast quality voice, which he used to explain the one-year contract with four one-year renewals with Burns Septic Tank and Line Cleaning Inc. The job is valued at $8,265 annually.

When he was done, there was a long pause that prompted Councilwoman Vicki Almond to ask:

"Is that it?"

"You want more?" Williams responded.

"You can't make it sound any sexier?" asked Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.

"This is it, this is all I've got," Williams said amid laughs in the room.

The jocularity only made it tougher for people like Robert Stradling, the director of the county Office of Information Technology, who asked the Council for approval of an agreement to create a joint data center between the county government and schools system.

"It's not as sexy as the septic tanks," Stradling conceded.

And really, what is?

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John Doe November 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I have the newest CD from Septic System Contracts - I like their mixed sounds of jazz fusion. I am waiting for their upcoming tour.
Joe November 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
That band USED to go by the name The Cess Pools right?
John Doe November 14, 2012 at 09:58 PM
That was their second band name - their first band name was 'The Duty Dozen'.
John Doe November 15, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I remember the one time Septic System Contracts brought their smooth sounds to Flushing, NY. They opened up for Boys II Men on the "It's All Abowelt the Benjamins" Tour. They totally stunk up the joint.
Doug November 15, 2012 at 08:34 PM
If Barry Williams spent less time polishing his image and more time learning how to run Recreation and Parks, the department might not be going down the ......


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