How Low Will He Go??????
Garner’s latest stunt is outright slanderous and borders on the absurd. This is the second time that he has attempted to throw the Schmidt’s “under the bus”, so to speak, and this ugly tactic should be thrown right back in his face. Shame on you James!
If Garner thinks for a minute that there are no instances of impropriety in his repertoire that couldn’t be exposed with the greatest of ease, he should think again.
As for Bill and Anna Schmidt, they are the best advocates for proper procedural Government in our City, and have consistently been the best stewards of the public welfare and champions of our rights to information and proper processes.
I wouldn’t believe for a minute that Bill Schmidt would ever be so self-serving as to spend funds allotted for specific projects on a “favor” to a niece.
In fact, I personally listened to Anna 2 years ago pleading with the Redevelopment Commission for answers to flooding problems in that area, and help for the home owners who were being repeatedly flooded.
This has been a long sought after repair to help multiple families, and the fact that their niece’s home is there is pure happenstance. HER HOME DOESN’T FLOOD BECAUSE IT’S ON A HIGHER ELEVATION!!!
So, now lets back up about 2 paces and take a good look at what is going on in New Albany right now, and the precarious situation the Mayor has gotten himself into.
First, we have a Mayor who is running roughshod over most of the decisions and procedures set forth by the City Council. It makes one wonder if the processes, and time spent, making such decisions is really necessary, or even enforceable. After all, Garner completely ignored the protocol set forth in the resolution approved by the Council for hiring a Code Enforcement Officer. Technically, Pam Badger is NOT the Code Enforcement Officer. She is a person from the Police Department who has been given the directive to cite certain Ordinance infractions.
Neighborhood associations have been begging for Ordinance Enforcement for years. If it was really that simple, what is Garners excuse for not doing it sooner? Why was the first Council resolution for an OEO given a “pocket veto” if it holds no real authority over the process? Why all the waiting? Or was it stalling? Either way, it makes no sense to me.
Then, how about the surprise announcement that he intends to privatize the sanitation department? Did he consult with the Council, or anybody else for that matter? A decision he made, and negotiated, based on faulty bookkeeping and no real knowledge of what the actual numbers are because even State auditors, “can’t make heads or tails of the books”.
Is it only coincidence that Bill Schmidt is the Council Member that has the anwers for saving sanitation? I don't think so.
Now Garner has announced the "contract" with ID has "fallen through".
How do you suppose the timing worked on that one?
All of this smells of something quite foul, and I for one am not buying the media's turn on it.
We all have seen this administration juggling one thing after another, and the circus act has got to stop.