... ooh, really gettin' it (yes, Sewergeddon it).
Actually, Sewergeddon was averted, if only temporarily. Perhaps the chief omen was the clock on the wall. It stopped working after a mishap with the projection screen. Could a stopped clock be right one of two daily times during a meeting itself? Could it mean that the council itself might ... be ... right?
It had been suggested that there were five firm votes in favor of (a) seven million bucks for sewer projects, and (b) the mayor's "Plan B" for phased rate increases, and if any doubt remained, Dan Coffey's antennae spasmodically jerked with intermittent cattle prod jolts as the bile collected and end game approached.
Further evidence was provided when Steve Price abandoned pretense and began gatoring to the tune of Screaming Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You."
And, through it all, as the council sometimes debated, sometimes grandstanded, Pat McLaughlin sat, relieved, because knowing that there were five firm votes in favor, he was afforded the luxury of voting against it without once having to explain why. Even Jeff Gahan undertook an explanation, although barely adequate. Not Donnie ... I mean, not Pat. Perhaps having King Larry there, glowering at you, seems a bit too much like he's a vulture, and you're carrion. So much promise ... so little performance.
Here's the media rundown. I took notes, but the schedule is bruising today, and I may or may not get around to posting them right away. Discuss if you wish. I'll be back later.
New Albany City Council passes 23 percent rate hike on second reading, by Daniel Suddeath (Tribune).
Vote advances New Albany sewer rate hike, by Harold J. Adams (C-J).
ALEX, I'LL TAKE PLAN B FOR $7.4 MILLION, by Shirley Baird (VOP blog)