You may remember the first meeting was canceled because the committee forgot to post a public notice. The second meeting allowed no public input as the Land & Traffic committee’s goal was to get their questions in order and prepare a guest list for the next meeting. Last night was the third meeting.
Forgive me if I seem just a little testy, a little short-tempered and little angry. How stupid is it folks, to not invite the railroad to a public meeting on….the railroad? I am trying to figure out what is going through the minds of the Land and Traffic committee. Obviously, not much.
If you had attended what could only be called an “organizational meeting”, you would have noticed the chairperson, Mr. Julius Anderson, had taken on the responsibility of contacting various representatives which would offer valuable input into the closings of these railroad crossings. The list was short, but concise. The guest list included, Board of Public Works, Police, Fire, EMS and Norfolk-Southern Railroad
You may have noticed at the second meeting of Land & Traffic most of the questions and the conversation centered around Norfolk Railroad. Chairperson Anderson, Jerry Dishman, Alison Quirk, Mary Jo Barton and Mark Conatser all came to the consensus the railroad was the important factor.
At last night’s meeting, Julius Anderson announced he didn’t want to invite the railroad, so he didn’t. I don’t know about anybody else, but I find it truly amazing he decided to not invite the representative from Norfolk Southern Railroad.
“I know the railroad wouldn’t have acted on their own,” said Anderson, adding that someone in the administration must have signed off on the closings.
So, how does he KNOW this?
At the July common council meeting, with a representative from Norfolk in our midst, Mr. Anderson asked no questions of substance. He had done no homework. In fact, he and the others didn’t even show any interest at the prospect of our city gaining $4 million dollars. In fact, does any of the city council know we received $1.1 million for railroad improvements? Probably not.
Jerry Dishman asked if there was any documentation. Like documentation would really matter. They don’t read anything. What is so hard about taking the initiative to do some research on this issue, or any issue concerning the city?
- First meeting canceled – no notice
- Second meeting – disorganized
- Third meeting – no RR representative
So, either this was a planned political stunt, which would make their Democrats pledge to run a clean campaign 9-9-11 null and void. Or it was sloppy and lazy governing, which would make them poor representatives of our city. Or we may have heard how closing these crossings could benefit our city, and that would never do.
Regardless if it is one or all three, this is bad for Muncie City and bad news for her citizens.
All this, and we don’t even have an ordinance on the table.
Poison Ivy in the fall
Sam Marshall, president of Muncie City Council introduced changes to the Modernization and Consolidation.
Here it is in a nutshell. For this to pass in 2012, there must be a vote of 66 2/3 vote. A majority vote is 51%.
Jim Arnold asked if they would like the same to be applied to them…at the polls.
Another speaker asked if the City Council had the authority to speak for the county on this 66 2/3 vote. The usual him-hawing and finally, I believe it was Marshall, said it had to match the county. I was told, but can’t confirm, the county passed the same tonight.
It is so obvious to any person that has a brain, this was an attempt to destroy the people’s right to vote. Raising the vote to an outrageous 67% is nothing short of self-serving and party line government leadership.
Voting for the 66 2/3 vote was (in alphabetical order):
- Julius Anderson Democrat (up for re-election) District 6
- Mary Jo Barton Democrat (up for re-election) District 3
- Jerry Dishman Democrat (up for re-election) District 5
- Sam Marshall Democrat
- Alison Quirk Democrat (up for re-election) At Large
Voting against the 66 2/3 vote was (in alphabetical order):
- Mark Conatser* Republican (up for re-election) District 2
- Linda Gregory* Democrat (up for re-election) At Large
- Mike King Democrat
- Brad Polk* Republican (up for re-election) District 4
There is no gentle way to say this, these city council members are destroying our city and have shown nothing but lip service on her behalf. It is time to vote them out of office in November. And we need to do the same in 2012 on the county level.
They have been poisoning our city for decades and it has gradually been seeping into our roots. “Round Up” the voters and let’s remove the poison from our city.
*Good city council members.