Friday, January 7, 2011

BS #4: Relaxed Stupor

BlogSpasm #4….01-07-11

Do you like booze? Do you hate booze? Do you like to watch your elected officials tap dance around issues they wish would just go away?

If you can answer yes to any of the above, then you really need to watch the council sessions next week (Wednesday work session, January 12th at 11:00 a.m., and Thursday council meeting, January 13th at 7:00 p.m.). While there will be the usual mundane items designed to allow these folks to pontificate before they attack issues with any meat on the bone, these items are scheduled and should grab your attention. Prop the Lay-Z-Boy back and settle in for:

Kroger vs. the Usual Suspects: The Kroger store on MacArthur requires a slight variance to comply with the current ordinance that allows grocery stores to sell beer and wine. This Kroger location would sell the items just like all the other Kroger stores in the city. Perhaps, the council will right the wrong vote by the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve this case. To do otherwise would be in deference to accommodating the squeaky wheel syndrome of a small minority.

Entertainment Center vs. Voodoo Financing: Supposedly, some council members are becoming “concerned” about the financing of the $250 million Entertainment Center and Billy Bob’s ability to secure his $50 million portion of the project. While their concern is warranted, one has to wonder why it has taken this long for the effects to wear off from drinking too much Entertainment Center Kool-Aid!

Entertainment Center Audit vs. Litter Box: The council will be provided with the audit report for the expenses incurred by Billy Bob for the development phase of the Entertainment Center project. Maybe the report will indicate just how high one has to be to nibble on this hog. Will citizens ever know what items were left in the litter box that were not part of the final audit report?


As you consider all of the above, look for the mayor to direct the city manager to order a new Kool-Aid machine. The latest breaking news regarding the Entertainment Center is that the Texas Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal to the judge’s decision regarding the financing for this project. It seems as if even State officials are leery of the voodoo financing for this project.

………………...Mark Holbrook