The Tribune previews tonight’s city council meeting.
NEW ALBANY: Light night for council Monday?, by Eric Scott Campbell.
The final votes on a $3 million slate of appropriations are scheduled for the New Albany City Council’s meeting Monday night.
Most of the items had been approved by resolution before their official allocation at the May 17 meeting. The exception is a $400,000 disbursement from the city’s Caesars Indiana casino revenue share.
The agenda’s only new bill would allow a medical office at Ellen Court and Green Valley Road.
Seeing as development projects near Ellen Court generally provide the best grandstanding opportunities for lame duck 2nd councilman Bill Schmidt, we look for him to vote “no” early and often, or possibly to opt for self-immolation as a preferred development strategy.
Council watchers should note that while its Gang of Four's congenital obstructionist bloc was cut in half after the most recent primary election, 14 grueling meetings remain before the changing of the guard in January. Whatever configuration a future council has, it's difficult to imagine it being worst.
However, this is New Albany.
Expect frequent and insanely improbable exhortations of engineering, drainage and reconstructive surgery expertise by Bazooka Joe U. grad Dan Coffey; equally numerous protests of governmental, societal, and economic impotence on the part of Steve “37% Solution” Price; and an inability (or most likely, an unwillingness) of the savagely and transparently biased council president, Larry Kochert, to run a fair council meeting.
In other words, more of the same senseless and self-defeating drivel … but to echo New Albany’s renowned academic poseur, there are only 211 days left until the shelf life of the Gang’s reign of error finally expires, and we can begin to write the history of how damaging their dysfunctional tenures have been for the future of the city.
Time to spit on our hands, hoist the black flag ... well, perhaps you recall the rest of H. L. Mencken's words.