I’ve had this post title conceived for several weeks now, ever since MDAH shut down the new PJ’s Coffee House project, a story which was well reported in the local media but which Slabbed actually broke on Twitter. Given those events as well as more recent ones it seems appropriate for the post title to cover multiple topics there in the Bay. First up was Monday’s special called school board meeting. Lana Noonan attended and she sent in a short report:
After a 33 minute Executive Session, the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School Board took action to go forward with advertising the position of Superintendent of Education.
In addition to advertising on their website and several educational entities in the state, the board voted to notify all 33 applicants who had applied in the previous search that the position is open again.
Two more Special Meetings were scheduled for April 2, and April 4, to begin interviewing those applicants who respond to the District’s ad. Those interviews will be conducted in Executive Session after the meeting opens in open session as required by the Miss. Open Meetings Act.
The Board also accepted the resignation of the Athletic Director, Vernon Powell, effective March 16.
A way to the inside observation but I do not think Bay Waveland is ready for a swinging Superintendent so lets make that 32 instead of 33.
Moving back a few weeks in time does everyone remember MDAH shutting down the construction of PJ’s Coffee House? Here is the 4 paragraph refresher from Casandra Favre:
Earlier this month, the Mississippi Department of History and Archives asked that the city of Bay St. Louis issue a stop-work order on the properties at 207 and 209 Main Street.
In January, PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans announced that New Orleans developers Jim and Catherine MacPhaille would be the owners of the new coffeehouse, which would be located at 207 and 209 Main Street.
At a February Bay St. Louis City Council meeting, several residents voiced criticism about the project to council members, saying that it would be unfair to other local businesses to bring a “chain” coffee shop to Old Town; that a drive-thru would be a safety hazard; or that it would destroy Old Town’s character.
And the 4th paragraph that tells the entire tale:
P’Pool said “someone” contacted MDAH about the locations and MDAH, in turn, contacted the city and asked for the stop- work order.
The fact that the PJ’s location was on the National Register of Historic Places was a very well known fact there in old town yet somehow both the Histerical Preservation folks and the people in the City’s building department weren’t in on the secret and the dime dropper certainly wasn’t going to volunteer anything except to MDAH. No sugar coating it, this turn of events represents a black eye for the Favre Administration. Jim MacPhaille has the means to get past the issue, its just a question of how much extra money it will take to rectify things. That entire saga had that special, Ward 2 je ne sais quoi quality where the term “nasty” just quite does do it justice thus the post title.
Moving right along yesterday the Sun Herald treated us to something that everyone down in the Bay has known for a long time: There are a bunch of Favres (and Farves) in Hancock County:
Paul’s piece has a pretty good romp through recent political history, from Courtney Thomas stirring people up last year in a bid to keep the executive director’s job at the library despite the fact she was unqualified to hold the position to Courtney’s momma Joan Thomas raising a ruckus because she was not reappointed to the School Board, despite some very questionable votes Thomas made to sanction nepotism against the advice of the Mississippi Ethics Commission. Let’s close the family tree triumverate with this from Facebook on last night’s Bay City Council meeting:
** HANCOCK COUNTY NAACP NEWS BRIEF **
A spokesperson for a group of concerned citizens protesting near the BSL Conference Center on Main and Hwy 90 said, “We don’t like the way our government is going..in a bad direction!” Paula Fairconnetue, speaking for the newly formed group EDJE (Equality, Diversity, Justice, Equity) cited the removal of two African American Bay-Waveland School Board members creating the now all-white board. Another issue was city officials voting to allow, against citizens wishes, a drive-in coffee shop in the Old Town area. The 20 protesters then took their signs calling for Equality, Diversity, Justice, and Equity and found seats inside the Center to later hear remarks EDJE members Charles Joseph and Bruce Northridge made to the city officials.
For those wondering former Bay St Louis City Clerk Paula Fairconnetue is Joan Thomas’ sister. Fairconnetue, despite having no financial qualifications was made City Clerk by former Bay St Louis Mayor Les Fillingame. During her tenure as the City’s Chief Financial Officer then Police Chief Mike Denardo was perpetrating a massive payroll fraud, to which the unqualified Fairconnetue was evidently clueless, until Denardo took his own life rather than be arrested for his crimes. In case you folks haven’t noticed these family political productions aren’t limited to the Favre family there in the Bay, far from it in fact. The whole pot and kettle quality here amuses greatly.
Finally its worth noting the fratricidal quality to the Executive Director of the local Democrats pummeling one of the very few elected Democrats left in Hancock County in service to a family and their candidate that has been voted from office. With friends like that Mayor Favre might want to join the enemy over at team GOP or go GDI. Make no mistake folks, these outbursts all about the Thomas clan wanting back on the public teat, rather than any new found fondness for good government. And they seem to have forgotten the old adage about finger pointing. Here is the refresher:
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.
As for the Favre boys it is striking how they all look alike. That’s true of the Adam boys too, but not so much for the elected Ladners where “blood is thicker than millage”. Are they good for Hancock County? The voters get their say every four years and somewhere in that fact is the answer to Paul’s question, for better or worse.
As for Slabbed, if there is one thing the Bay has in abundance is glass houses where hypocrisy runs deep, so we’re going to rake some muck because there is plenty out there to be had. Stay tuned.