In our first post on the topic of the Fillingame Administration playing Santa Claus with state owned land I asked the following question:
Does anyone reckon that Seal, Compretta, McDonald or Hizzoner came clean with Hosemann about the council granting Triple Tails permission to cantilever their building over the green space in direct violation of the lease between the City and the Secretary of State?
I also disclosed that I had contacted the Secretary of State’s Office with some questions on this matter and here one day in advance of another meeting between City Officials and Secretary Hosemann I received an answer to the inquiry, which was:
Did the City ever contact SOS and advise SOS in early 2015 that they were allowing Triple Tails to construct their building over the state owned green space? If so what was the nature of the contact and how was the questions-City requests handled by SOS?
That was an important question because there was lots of paper wasted in the form of Board minutes in 2015 documenting contact between City officials and Secretary Hosemann’s office regarding Triple Tails. The timeline constructed with the help of the Hancock Alliance for Good Government contained in the first post on this topic illustrates:
- February 23, 2015 – City Attorney Rafferty tells Council that the Secretary of State’s office asked Council to prepare a proposal including rates and other lease terms for the Triple Tails airspace use. Rafferty advised the Council that the Secretary of State’s office says they do not want money for the rental, rather it is the City’s funds to be used for the Harbor. Rafferty advised that the Secretary of State’s office wants a resolution from Council covering the above items.
- March 3, 2015 – Mayor Fillingame tells the City Council that he and City Attorney Rafferty met with Ray Carter of the Secretary of State’s office on Feb. 28, 2015. They further advised that Mr. Carter was agreeable to an Airspace Utilization Plan which is to include costs and what businesses want to rent and utilize the green space strip. Mayor Fillingame tells the City Council he and Mr. Rafferty will work on the plan and have it ready for Council to vote on at the March 17 meeting.
- March 17, 2015 – Councilman Favre moves, seconded by Compretta to approve resolution on airspace usage with corrections identified to be made by Rafferty with copies to be provided to Council and forwarded to the Secretary of State’s office. Motion carried unanimously.
- May 5, 2015 – Under Old Council Business “Air Space Rental” Councilman Seal states that as of May 4, 2015, there has been no decision on the March 17, 2015 resolution. The Council was to be notified once a decision has been made by the Secretary of State’s office.
- May 19, 2015 – Under Air Space Rental, Mr. Rafferty tells Council the Secretary of State’s office has concerns about remedies should a sub lessee quit paying that air space lease. Also the Secretary of State’s office wants to know if City charged Triple Tails for use of state green space property for use as a storage yard during construction. Per the Administration, the fees would be same as other businesses were charged for using the green space as construction storage. Mayor Fillingame states that the Secretary of State’s office stated they will support whatever fee schedules the City designs.
- July 7, 2015 – Councilman Favre moved, seconded by Councilman Boudin, for the Council Clerk to send a letter to the Secretary of State’s office and request their presence at next Council meeting, or provide a date when 3 members of Council can meet with themat their office in Jackson.
- August 18, 2015: City Council Agenda item styled “COMMERCIAL VENTURE BUILDING ON CITY PROPERTY”. A Motion was made to approve a City Right-of-Way for Triple Tails. Councilwoman McDonald moves, seconded by Councilman Favre, to approve the Resolution for granting a City Right-of-Way to Triple Tails. All present voted yea.
The answer to this question, which came from Secretary Hosemann himself is succinct:
I personally attended most of those meetings. Looking back the only thing that comes to mind is a quote from Scene V in Macbeth:
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Would I love to be a fly on the wall at tomorrow’s meeting. Someone better put in for some combat pay for City Attorney Favre. I know if I were Secretary Hosemann, I’d be pretty cranky.