Full Moon Over N.A.
Mr. Coffey hinted that he might introduce a living wage ordinance for the city; that is a progressive's dream and would surely send a signal to the world that New Albany is liberal.
In other news, Mr. Schmidt withdrew his motion (he said he was tabling it, but it wasn't introduced or seconded) to rescind the city's commitment of EDIT monies to the Scribner Place redevelopment project. Donnie Blevins recused himself from voting on it in any case, because the back-channel discussions and public press coverage identified the rescission vote as being tied to "saving" the sanitation department as currently structured. The conflict of interest the councilman finds himself in was thrust front and center, and Donnie announced he would be unable to vote.
The city continues without an ordinance enforcement officer, which must surely make someone happy.
And, in a symbolic vote, the council approved on first reading the Wild West ordinance that would compel citizens to make their own arrangements for garbage pickup and recycling. Although every single member expressed opposition to the measure and provided voluminous reasons, they still voted for it just to keep it alive for future consideration.
Every mobbed-up hauler in America will be joining his pals in the dirty movie business in descending on New Albany now to pick up the scraps if this lunatic measure passes.
Hypocrisy, thy name is "council." Again, instead of offering any real solutions to the sanitation mess, they tried to fool the workers into thinking they were "on their side." Union rep Mickey Thompson believes these guys are his friends!