This will be a multi part post.
At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the issue of the City leasing air space over the state owned green space came to a head and such was the major reason that Slabbed was interested in that meeting. To set things up, at the council meeting of November 8, 2016, Mayor Fillingame told the Council there was no written lease for the use of air space over the state owned Green Space at the Harbor used by Triple Tails and when that was relayed to Slabbed, we immediately spotted major potential problems. At this point we need to give a major hat tip to Lana Noonan and the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government who did some major legwork for Slabbed New Media in advance of last Tuesday’s meeting.
First up is the construction of the Bay Harbor courtesy of the U.S. taxpayers, the taking of private land for the Harbor and construction of the new Seawall under the auspices of the US Army Corp of Engineers. After the construction of the Seawall was completed property lines were redrawn and a strip of Green Space between the private property and the seawall was created. It is the City’s inability to manage this small strip of land that is the topic of this post as we explore how one private business, Triple Tails, was able to build and cantilever part of their building over the property line into the air space above the state owned green space. Mayor Fillingame and his administration’s inability to manage this green space in accordance with the lease has now caused major problems that are not easily fixed.
A timeline of events is in order: Continue reading “Houston we have a problem: Bay St Louis City management of public lands held in trust abysmal”
According to both news reports Les doesn’t want to protect the tax payers financial interest by placing the Bond Holders on notice. Obviously he isn’t worried about fulfilling the contractual agreement to report a claim or the possibility of a claim. Personally I feel he is culpable with the Police Chiefs going rogue.
Of all the things he is accused of being a good steward of the tax payers interest isn’t one of them.
Les n Lil Daddy Said have some hard decisions to make in the coming weeks.
Indeed they will. In the case of the Denardo payroll fraud, the questions are pretty easily answered but the
little Dutch Boy Hizzoner begs to differ:
However, the mayor believes the council is acting “prematurely” by filing notices with the bonding companies and said he will likely veto its decision.
“We don’t have anything to say if she’s guilty or not guilty,” Fillingame said. “We’ve got nothing to base that on yet except for suspicion.”
Better than a suspicion in a typical payroll fraud case there is actually a money trail as well as a documentary evidence trail in the form of time sheets and other documents used to prepare the fraudulent paychecks. In the case of Ms Denardo, everyone at City Hall knew she no longer worked there given the social media surrounding her leaving the City to work at FEMA and her going away party. Continue reading “Bay St Louis City Council meeting recap: Mayor Fillingame tries keeping the Denardo Payroll Fraud under wraps”
Of the last four City Clerks only one had the kind of professionalism and personal integrity to follow financial portions of the Mississippi Code while the other three sold their professional reputations for a paycheck. Unfortunately Clerk Gonzales falls in with the majority in my opinion and it was a rather simple, somewhat innocuous looking agenda item in 3(g) that attracted my attention before last Tuesday’s meeting:
The reason the proposal to set up an Unemployment Compensation Revolving Fund within the Municipal Reserve Bank Account attracted my attention is the obvious co-mingling of dedicated funds, a major no no the council should have learned by now.
That said there were at least three City Councilmen, lead by Councilman Doug Seal, that evidently retained none of the training given them by the Office of the State Auditor’s Performance Audit division in favor of railing about there being too many bank accounts (itself a confusion between the terms “fund” and “bank account”). That said, after a member of the audience repeatedly mentioned to City Attorney Trent Favre the money needed to be separated into its own fund, were questions asked by Councilman Boudin. The council ended up telling Gonzales keep the funds separate. Continue reading “Bay St Louis City Council meeting recap: City Clerk Gonzales tries her hand at hoodwinking the City Council”
I gotta admit the week plus away from Slabbed was nice but now we have a log jam of material beginning with last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which attracted Slabbed’s presence for a couple of reasons.
Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend as we now head to year-end.
Published on Nov 14, 2016
I guess I should say something about the election. Everyone else has. So, in no particular order:
- Trump spoke FOR his people. Hillary spoke TO hers.
- If you read a transcript of the three debates, Hillary won them all. Watching them, Trump survived. He lived to fight another day. He let his people know he was competitive. He was in it to win it.
- Hillary’s finest moment in the debates was when she gave a little shimmy after taking some over the top incoming from Trump. It was her way of saying, “Isn’t that special!” It was endearing, even sexy. If she could have managed a little self-effacing humor now and then, it would have served her well. The best communicators have that talent … FDR, JFK, Reagan, GWB (“When Bill Buckley was at Yale, he wrote a book. When I went to Yale, I read a book.”), Obama (“Thanks, Obama …” “How does it feel to be the last black President?”).
- Trump established an intimacy with his audiences, like the Men’s Wearhouse guy … “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.” His events were “happenings”. Hillary’s events were tutorials.
- Hillary spoke the language of the Acela Corridor … Boston to Washington. She won the Corridor except the state Trump contested, Pennsylvania, which is often described as Philadelphia in the East, Pittsburgh in the West, and Alabama in the middle. Hillary won the Pittsburgh-Philly parts. Trump won the Alabama part bigly.
According to University of Southern Mississippi Police Chief Bob Hopkins, the investigation is ongoing.
“We are following up on a complaint that is alcohol related and we are awaiting lab results to see which way our investigation will go,” said Hopkins.
The SAE fraternity is located at 105 Fraternity Drive and its full occupancy is listed at 34, according to the University of Southern Mississippi’s website.
In 2015, a junior at Southern Miss, Edward Anthony Rahaim, 20, was charged with one count of sexual battery that allegedly occurred at the SAE house.
Evidently the knuckleheads in the SAE chapter in Hattiesburg have not paid attention to what happened to Darren Sharper. Betting money is their Charter will be revoked and the fraternity banned from campus. This story is worth keeping an eye on due to the potential for major criminal charges.
As President Elect Douche assumes office with historically high negatives going in, one is left to wonder what the heck the Democrat insiders were thinking foisting such a Turd Sandwich on the electorate. Worth noting is on the GOP side, the nomination was derived from a primary system that valued the rank and file and primary electoral process while the Democrats had their primary deck stacked with virtually all of the “Super delegates” being for Clinton out of the chute to go with all the dirty tricks. Both parties have been out of touch with ordinary Americans and last night’s election results reinforces that fact.
The biggest losers are the neocons that abandoned ship and supported Clinton along with a Democrat political party that used to represent blue collar white working people. Those folks have now completely abandoned the party after their standard bearers abandoned them in favor of cuddling up with Wall Street.
And none of this counts the blood letting to come on the GOP side. Interesting days are ahead folks..