More excellent publicity for the city of New Albany today, courtesy of a city council whose dysfunction rivals that of Somalia:
Tension rising in in New Albany; 'Fact sheet' divides mayor, City Council, by Dick Kaukas (short shelf life for Courier-Journal links).
In fact, Kaukas’s article is one of the clearer expositions to date of the numerous, ahem, “communication” issues plaguing the council (and, in fairness, the mayor’s office) for the past three years.
Here’s a good one:
Council member Bill Schmidt also didn't attend but said he saw news accounts of what happened.
"I have been on the City Council for 16 years and I have never seen such unacceptable behavior at a public meeting," Schmidt said.
Of course, it is famously difficult to judge such matters when not actually present, although perhaps the Bicknell's private videotaping concern provided excerpted highlights, but at least CM Schmidt’s recollections are accurate in the sense that he and his shadow councilwoman do the bulk of their plotting and scheming decorously, away from the council table itself.
This one’s even better:
"That fact sheet was nothing more than dirty politics," said council member Dan Coffey, "and it's unfortunate that some members of the council have stooped to that level."
Any council member engaged in stooping will be looking CM Coffey right in the eyes.
What do the council’s consistent displays of unprofessional behavior over the course of three years say to the people who are considering investing in New Albany? What do these say to the community members who are spearheading the effort to attract these investments?
3rd district councilman Steve Price, one of the more predictable impediments to any semblance of progress in the city, apparently takes considerable pride in this these achievements. He tells the reporter Kaukas:
"Some people think all we do is fight. That's not true. But we are definitely not a rubber-stamp council."
Pray tell, "not a rubber stamp"? Looks like the cat is out of grandma’s cigar box, Steve.
Don’t forget NAC's reprise series:
Part 1: NA Confidential examines Councilman Steve Price's interview responses.
Part 2: NA Confidential examines Councilman Steve Price's interview responses.
Part 3: NA Confidential examines Councilman Steve Price's interview responses.