Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ER #22: Feline Frenzy

City Hall Elevator Rumblings #22

Rider #1: That was some feline frenzy between the Mayor and Councilwoman Cannaday. How badly were you scratched at the council work session Wednesday?

Rider #2: Not too bad. One of the city’s paramedics administered some topical ointment and bandaged up the minor gashes. What is really amusing is that Cannaday didn’t want the mayor to run the meeting. She was sulking around the audience during the break between ‘rounds’ purring disparaging remarks about the Mayor to the crowd like a cat on a hot tin roof.

Rider #1: I hear you. And putting the Capo in the middle by having to referee was really comical. What seems to be the root of this entire Entertainment Center issue is that all the Billy Bob Bucks seem to have poisoned a majority of the council’s thinking. It appears that those still under his influence, the former mayor’s lobbying and those drinking the Kool-Aid are willing to proceed with the original design concept regardless of the potential long term risk to the city’s financial credibility.

Rider #2: To complicate the issue, those council members want to rush the project along. Committing $170 million of city funds with only $80 million from Billy Bob is very risky. Add to that, the Capo and bonding advisors agree that the potential risk at this level of city funding might be putting tax payers in the crosshairs for paying bonded debt if the fluffy revenue projections of the Entertainment Center do not materialize.

Rider #1: It always amazes me how some folks want to roll the dice utilizing other folks bucks. But then, maybe all those campaign bucks Billy Bob poured into council races has had an impact. What else could cause a councilpersons mind to be closed to reality?

A note from counsel: These “candid” elevator conversations have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles….Mark Holbrook