I have attended plenty of meetings, please don't thin I have no grasp of how professional anyone has been. I have seen passion in these men for causes they fight for. There has been two meetings with the new commissioners and mayor and there is lack of professionalism there. Hopefully this will continue to grow. It is shameful you continue on with your bitterness due to your defeats in the past for the positions you want. There has been nothing illegal done, they had a right to the insurance as well as the pay. If they opt in or out that is their option. Doesn't make them a saint for opting out, appears to me folks like you use it as a bribe to get your vote. As for the work done across from Wal-Mart, I have been involved in the bidding process and it isn't one that can just be handed to you. It involves lots of time, paperwork and meetings to ensure you are in line with the city stipulations to even be eligible to be considered for the winning bid. So that leads me to believe it was best for the city, and more than likely saved the city money for this business man to be awarded the job. It would take more than him to vote for it and I am sure if you look back on the records you would see that all in attendance were in favor of the bid. So take the personal resentment out of the picture and you might broaden your view of what all the men have done for the city past, present and future.
I completely understand where these two are coming from, and again I say, if you know how to do math, you understand that all commissioners, including your dear Geno Shipley and Jim Adams will receive this pay as well. It takes more than 2 commissioners at $300 a month for 6 years to get $110k. By my calculations 2 commissioners would only add to about $43,200. Where is your other $66,800 going? The majority right into the pockets of your dearly beloved Geno Shipley and Jim Adams. Along with a couple more that have served in the last 6 years. If they so care about the city let's see what they choose to do with that back pay. Will they accept it as benefit to them or will they chose to give it to something benefiting the city. I dare say they will accept it and pay their taxes just like you would. The previous gentleman that spoke at the meeting and as you state, the audience responded, shows 'Mayor' Jim Adams has no business in there letting the meeting be handled by a bunch of bitter, spiteful audience members. He is the leader of the meeting and it should be handled as so. My understanding of the meeting as you have stated was a complete zoo and embarrassment to our city to call these elected officials, new and old, shameful. As to the insurance issue, they are entitled to some benefits, all of them, for serving the city 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you are entitled to something I would say you would accept it as well. Keep attending those meetings and maybe one day you will be in the seat you have so longed for.
Aside from that, Janice Cagle, former City Manger, got severance pay, why complain about pay that is actually owed to commissioners and not just a gift for firing someone. Sounds to me like money is freely flowing to those they want to have it.
Just how 'Mayor Adams' wants it, for the people to only hear what he wants them to think. It is not one ex-commissioner that is asking for back pay that will add up to $110k. Anyone that can do math can plainly see that $300 a month for 6 years isn't anywhere close to $110k. There are a whole lot more going to be getting back pay to add up to that. That includes Mr. Mayor Jim Adams getting pay too.... So thanks to the 'new commissioners' that want to propose removing the city paid health care. Not knowing what you can and can't do and promising the moon to save the city money, has just cost that much more. Just goes to show you change isn't always what you think it is. You're better off with experienced people with business sense, instead of your favorite next door neighbor.
I agree, return to the original parenting plan. Unfortunately they are in Judge William's courtroom and she usually rules in the man's favor. I hope that isn't the case this time and she can start proving she is more for the children, unlike her current reputation.
Wildman, do you do anything besides get on here and raise tirades about everything everyone says? Maybe if you weren't so overly opinionated you might have a life outside of relying on people to comment to have an actual conversation. You may learn there are things in life you are missing, i.e God. Opinions are fine but leave them to few and far between. No one is asking for your opinion at their every comment.
Chose your words carefully. John Maynard has no choice as he was 'ordered' by his superintendent to cease, so to say he has no backbone is nonsense. Jim Scales on the other hand just wants an easy way out. He received a letter and did not check into the situation at all without barking orders. Prayers are led by students, not in uniform, at the games. If you don't want to hear the prayers don't listen, don't participate or whatever you need to do, but keep your mouth shut. There are far more problems in schools than prayer, and hopefully a wayward students could be led back by another praying student. Teen suicide, drugs and gangs should all be the concern, not those that pray for them.