CM Seabrook Said It All At Monday's Council
The Monday night City-Council meeting was predictable for the most part, with everyone fulfilling their "roles" in this very expensive merry-go-round ride it feels as though we're on.
Just when I thought I was going to explode out of my seat before I could hear another word said, something rang through to my ears... "there's just no oversight out there."-
Granted, he was speaking specifically about a drainage repair project 2 administrations ago, but his words startled me as being about the most intelligent thing I had heard out of a CM yet that evening. What a simple statement to sum up our current dilemma.
I believe it was later when CM Schmidt announced he had recieved the requested copies of financial data from Mrs. Garry's office, and provided copies of the information to each CM. He also announced he would have comments regarding the information after taking the time necessary to familiarize himself with the contents. That was also intelligent and courageous.
I would like to say, thank you, Mr. Schmidt, for being a man of integrity and true public service.
Mr. Seabrook's comment also highlighted Valla Ann's return, with 11 and 1/2 minutes of prepared research and thought provoking challenges to all CM's to be accountable to their constituents, and protect and preserve all citizen's rights to know just what the hell's been going on with the departamental games of suffleboard.
My take is that all Valla Ann is trying to say is "...there's just no oversight out there."
We need oversight, we expect accountability, and we deserve to be informed.
Undoubtedly, there is no "whitch hunt" the Mayor repeatedly (to my astonishment) refers to, as nobody is after someone, but there's a growing number of folks who are after something, and that something is information and oversight.
There's no doubt that the situation we find our city in, the problems most departments are facing, can be at least partially attributed to a lack of oversight and accountability. And it's been going on way too long. Before this administration I'm sure, but the buck stops here. We have to stop the bleeding. New albany, sadly, has been badly wounded.
It's time to fix old problems, and set the records straight. This is not the time to throw ALL our precious resources into a project that most folks know very little about.
If the Mayor is truly not aware of the divided sentiments in this town regarding the YMCA/Scribner Place project, then he is truly unaware of us "little people" who are just trying to survive out here.