Sunday, September 13, 2009

Open Mic Night

I heard this visitor section at the council meeting tonight is going to be worth watching.

9 comments:

  1. Gee, do you suppose there will be some Owens Park residents there to annoy everyone... I mean speak to the council about the Transfer Station?

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  2. I have walked through that area. They do have something valid to complain about. It stinks badly sometimes. One of the few times I worry about breathing in germs when over there. Not rational I know, but just because of the stink. As for annoying, they are, but I think with just cause. The reps on the NTMWD board aren't even unresponsive, they are comatose (aka- good ole boy network). City council has not been just a whole lot of help to them either.

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  3. Ooooooow, David has poo poo breath now. (:

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  4. Meh... They lost all sympathy from me when that guy who's there every other week started saying that the council should forget redevelopment along Spring Valley and only pay attention to his part of town.


    And so now my attitude is "That transfer station was there before their neighborhood was built, so they should have known there could be a problem before they bought their homes. Not my fault they bought where they did."

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  5. So the guy volunteering to help about the dog park was it? Seemed innocent enough... :-) Or was there something else?

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  6. Anon: Mr. Morgan got an answer out of Keffler about the legal opinion that allowed a contract greater than 2 yrs.

    IMO that was the most important development of the night. The answer that came out did not reflect well on Mr. Keffler, the sitting councilmembers at that time (who had a copy of the opinion before voting), or the lawyer that wrote the opinion.

    Good Ole Boys club shenanigans to protect one of their own, if you ask me.

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  7. I hear that the employment contract where Keffler cashed in his sick leave for a cool $250,000 was really the brainchild of Gary Slagel with the blessings of Pete Smith. Gary initiated the agreement, Pete blessed it, and both Gary and Bill signed it. Given the date that it was executed, both Mitchell and Rhea Allison had only been on the council a few weeks. However, both Murphy and Townsend had more opportunities to rebut it, but didn't.

    Like other things, I suspect that Gary Slagel didn't even disclose the details, including the legal opinion to the other council members. That might explain the silence. Not to defend the council, but it is hard to ask pointed questions when you don't even have enough information to ask or formulate them.

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  8. So if Keffler could be fired at any time like he states, why is a 2+2+1, or even 30 year contract meaningful? (He said he was an "at will" employee, whatever that means.) Is this the case that he doesn't get unemployment if he simply doesn't have his contract renewed versus being "fired"? Help me understand why this is an issue?

    Thanks!

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  9. I suspect that Keffler was willing to allow all of the chips to be held by Gary aka Slago-jevich because the trade off was that he (Keffler) was picking up a cool $250,000. Sounds pretty sweet to me. How many people in this world get the opportunity to cash in years of sick time? My understanding was that if Keffler quit during that time frame, then he'd have to pay back an amortized amount.

    This entire arragement was probably executed to keep Bill from talking about all of Gary's various business "deals" done indirectly with the city and other governmental entities that do business with the city. Let's face it, Bill is the one who is probably most familiar with Slag's improprieties. Maybe, when Slagel is taken away by the FBI, Keffler might start talking.

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