What can I say folks but in respect the recessed meeting of the Bay St Louis City Council was a bit of a zoo but first a comment bump:
You will note that it is incontrovertible: Reed has passed the point of no return, for no longer are the serfs laughing with him, they are now laughing at him.
I thought of Empire Parish a couple of times when the assembled crowd openly laughed, hissed and cat called on a couple of occasions when City Clerk Kolf or Hizzoner told a whopper. We had Hizzoner bring in the Hancock Bank Bond Trustee to finger wag and lecture the City Council. Best of all though is those assembled last night saw the City Council well discharge its fiduciary duties to the voters and taxpayers of Bay St Louis. The Mayor, OTOH, came very close to losing it after he did not get his way in continuing the taxpayer funded spending binge he has been on for the last five years.
First up is WLOX and Al Showers because I heard early this morning that I was on the TeeVee though there is no link to any Bay St Louis reporting on the WLOX website. I figured since Al was filming the crowd…..
Al Showers nabbing card from Hancock Bank bond trustee. pic.twitter.com/ii4nPaXNP2
— Slabbed New Media (@SLABBEDblog) July 21, 2014
Did I mention WXXV Fox 25 had a reporter at last night’s meeting? Competition among journalists is a good thing for public interest journalism and I for one was very happy to see another TeeVee media outlet cover Mayor Fillingame’s financial disaster besides WLOX. So I introduced a couple of people, including myself, to the WXXV reporter to make sure he felt properly welcomed to the party. Someone that has been around for a while now is Justin Mitchell from the Sun Herald and he was the first guy out with a story on last night’s city council meeting:
Bay City Council, mayor at odds over auditor’s draft report ~ Justin Mitchell
I think I understand the auditor’s opinion rendered based upon what I heard during the presentation given by the City’s outside auditor Jennifer Bell. A Disclaimer of Opinion is plenty bad but not necessarily a rare audit opinion. The only thing worse would be a Disclaimer that contained Going Concern language and I think that is the case here despite Bell’s best efforts to minimize the severity of the situation before the public. The audit is very soon to be released to the public so I will reserve further comment until I have had a chance to look at it in full.
Finally the oldest of the old City of Bay St Louis media salts may have had the very best idea of the evening, which he conveyed to me on twitter starting my morning off the right way in the process:
— Dwayne Bremer (@bsldoubled) July 22, 2014
Chuck, the next meeting is tonight. Hope to see you there!