We will have a full recap and our impressions on the meeting tomorrow, but we wanted to give you a heads up that we will discuss “Schechter bucks” and the idea behind them.
We also want to remind people that Councilman Lloyd French is having a “Town Hall” meeting at 6:00 PM tonight, Thursday August 16, 2012 in the Scotty Culp Civic Center. You can sneak out of that meeting for the 7:00 PM meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board in the Council chambers where signs of all kinds are on the agenda. This is a free speech issue to us and we will have a presence there.
Finally, late in the meeting tonight, City Clerk Leonor Olexa was multi-tasking heavily as the Council was dealing with appointments to different local city boards. Ms. Olexa was trying to keep track of who was eligible for the boards as that is her responsibility, as well as recording the minutes of the meeting. She was doing her usual unnoticed and often unappreciated job when she made a slight error.
We don’t remember exactly who said what or what board the Council was appointing people to, but the conversation went something like this:
VICE MAYOR RHODES: I nominate Joe Smith for the Whatever Board.
COUNCILMAN BILLMAN: I second the nomination.
MAYOR FERRANTE: Any public discussion? None? Okay, Leonor…
(If you aren’t familiar with what was happening, the motion to appoint Joe Smith is about to be voted upon. Ms. Olexa calls the roll of the Council members to get their vote.)
MS. OLEXA: Councilman French?
COUNCILMAN FRENCH: Yes.
MS. OLEXA: Councilwoman Denan?
COUNCILWOMAN DENAN: Yes.
MS. OLEXA: Vice Mayor Rhodes?
VICE MAYOR RHODES: Yes.
MS. OLEXA: Councilman Bimbo?
There was much laughter at that. Now we don’t care if you dislike Billman or are a supporter. That was just plain ol’ funny. We did feel a little bit bad for Ms. Oxela as she was embarrassed by the whole issue, but it was still funny. So while the temptation may be to make a comment on how misstatement may or may not apply, we hope you will remember that this was a mistake that a good, trusted and valued city employee made and we are sure she would like to forget.