Sunday Coastal B’s: Bay Tech, Bentz and Bay St Louis broke?

Bay Tech controversy going to court ~ Geoff Belcher

Bentz’s replacement will be in a tough spot at Mississippi PSC ~ Da Noose

Bay city clerk decries rumors, says finances in good shape ~ Cassandra Favre

I was told City Clerk Kolf actually quit his job at the meeting, an action he later renounced. I’m reminded of the old phrase “Temperament for the trade” upon hearing such things from meeting attendees. And I’ll be frank in saying that if the City can’t remit it’s obligations to the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority then there is a major money problem at City Hall because the city is the collection agent for garbage fees.

Ms. Favre’s piece is chock full of BS and sophistry. I’m not blaming her because she snagged quotes from management and the City Council. Rather, I’m amused at Kolf trumpeting the 2012 audit when the preliminary copy obtained by Slabbed contains major internal control weaknesses identified including double payment of vendor invoices, which in turn means internal controls over non payroll disbursements are virtually nonexistent. Continue reading “Sunday Coastal B’s: Bay Tech, Bentz and Bay St Louis broke?”

Because they just do things a bit different in Hancock County

This post has a little something for everyone from the Goatherders to Good Government peeps plus we get to do a  bit of compare and contrast:

The first story is still in its original form while the second was updated. It is unclear who the 22 residents are who filed suit against the Hancock County Board of Supervisors using the services of Goatherder lawyer Henry Laird as neither story mentions them and it may well be none ultimately have any standing to sue but Harris updated her story with comments from the property owner, American Legion Post 139, which is the exact context I heard about this budding controversy originally. Specifically:

The county has leased the property from American Legion Post 139 for 25 years, but the lease expired in November, post Commander Clayton Thompson said. Board attorney Ronnie Artigues said supervisors have been in negotiations to buy the property.

The board will meet Monday to discuss renewing the lease monthly until the property can be purchased, he said.

So the county constructs bathrooms on property it did not have any legal rights to and for some inexplicable reason did not bother to renew the lease on the property, which expired last November electing to break ground instead.  Ignorant does not quite do the actions of the Board of Supervisors justice in this circumstance but earlier this month Bay Waveland School Board President Sherry Ponder attempted to swear in a school board member that had not yet been been appointed to the school board by the City. Sources indicate to Slabbed Ponder lashed out at the Alliance for Good Government member that pointed this out in the school board meeting which makes one wonder exactly which local government is more clueless, the School Board or the Board of Supervisors.

OTOH not much good law gets practiced when a Goatherder is involved so this one has FUBAR potential written all over it so it is worth keeping an eye on.  This is about more than just building flood mitigated bathrooms IMHO.

The Failure is Complete Part 2: Katrina Ground Zero seething with anger.

Today was typical of my days of late, up around 3AM to browse the news and maybe write a post and, then some paying work. Today I mixed business and blogging starting my day on skid row with the Wino before heading to Bay-Waveland to meet with a few of my clients.

What I found today was somewhat unusual because there were no Republicans or Democrats around. Rather I found a community united by anger. Anger at BP, anger at the Coast Guard and anger at certain elected officials that have failed the community which elected them to office.

I was asked not to blog on this topic by a member of the Slabbed Nation that felt it counter productive. I’m not in the mood to protect certain self serving idiots on the Board of Supervisors but tonight I honor the request and will not identify the perpetrators. Tonight oil hits the beaches of Hancock County. If it gets into the Bay of St Louis I’ll be naming names.

We have met the enemy at it is us.

Meantime Kathie Koch’s new book arrived today and I can’t put it down. The house our own Steve’s parents lost is mentioned on the same page as the De Mountluzin’s. The memories it brings back. 1972 was not that long ago……

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A couple of stories from the Bay I found both encouraging and amusing

Nowdy will be proud the new Mayor is trying to spruce up the commercial corridor on Highway 90.

I had to laugh that the new Mayor and City Council changed the time and put a time limit on public comments at City Council meetings. I think I know one of the reasons and I ask our readers to forgive this very inside joke illustrated by the following video:

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