Other Voices | Lana Noonan: Wasting time at a marathon Bay St Louis Council meeting

Let’s start at the end rather than the beginning on this one.

At roughly 11:00pm last evening, March 8, the Bay St. Louis City Council elected to go into Executive Session for personnel and litigation matters, so those of us who had endured the 51/2 hour meeting exited to the lobby until we were called back in only to find, as usual, that no action was taken.

Just prior to adjournment, Ward I Councilman Doug Seal levied his objection to Council President, Joey Boudin, that “people” were being allowed to “talk to long” at Public Forum. Boudin countered that he did indulge one citizen from Ward III, but had no problem with it since the Council only meets twice a month and he felt like the citizens deserved to be heard.

Ward II Councilwoman, Wendy McDonald, then stated “this is a business meeting.” Yep, that’s what she said. And, that begs the question Madam Council, “whose business?”. Do you think you are sitting on the board of a private enterprise? The “business” you are conducting is the public’s.

Certainly if we can sit through 6 hours of hearing your voice, ours can be heard for 30 minutes or so. Not to mention that, for the most part, the most logical and worthy comments come from the citizens at the podium. They just continue to fall on deaf ears.

Yes, we sat through another fiasco of the Building Dept. and its unqualified Chief Inspector Charles Oliver. One of Oliver’s underlings actually admitted to Council and all present Tuesday night that he does inspections on dumpsters, but doesn’t actually know the regulations that pertain to dumpsters.

Then there is the drama of the Port and Harbor commission and the Mayor’s request to the Council on January 19, 2016 ratifying his “appointment” to the Port and Harbor Commission, when none of them have the legal authority under state law to make an “appointment” as the City only “nominates”. This went on for a long time too for the second meeting in a row. The proper procedure, by state law, is for the local officials to nominate, and the Governor to choose a commissioner from their list of names to represent their city. The City Attorney sat silently through this on January 19, 2016 not once correcting or guiding these misinformed public officials. The City Attorney only discovered the law when someone other than the Mayor’s choice showed up with a letter from the Governor appointing him to the Port and Harbor Commission! Bay St. Louis has some 11,000 residents, but the Mayor can only think of one person to nominate? Yes, truth is stranger than fiction. But truth has become a rare commodity nowadays. Continue reading “Other Voices | Lana Noonan: Wasting time at a marathon Bay St Louis Council meeting”

Slabbed presents audit workpapers complete with after the fact spin: A case study in financial incompetence

Here is a 2013-2014 Audit workpaper that consists of a document obtained from City files:

Source: Bay St Louis City official not authorized to disclose information to the media
Source: Bay St Louis City official not authorized to disclose information to the media

Here is a related partial late payment dated a few weeks later:

Source: Bay St Louis City official not authorized to disclose information to the media
Source: Bay St Louis City official not authorized to disclose information to the media

Now for some after the fact spin courtesy of the Mississippi Municipal league, who are now helping Mayor Fillingame cover up the financial problems. Continue reading “Slabbed presents audit workpapers complete with after the fact spin: A case study in financial incompetence”

Methinks the cycle has turned to spin….

So here I find myself this Saturday working on the day jobs including trying to arrange the massive amount of information I still have to present on the new Jackson County Adult Warehouse Detention Center when off in the distance I heard a sound (ooops wrong sound this one), which is the sound of the local spin cycle starting.

Rest assured I am paying very close attention to this matter. Even better coming soon Slabbed will do something we’ve never done and that is present an actual audit workpaper because the proof lies in the contemporary documentary evidence, not after the fact spin or self-serving backfill.

The Fillingame Administration has made a major mess. The exercise of finding out who is taking ownership of it is quite enlightening.

Lets talk oil safety as Slabbed presents an alternative view from outside the industry.

First off I’ll say that I can find something to be disagreeable with in terms of content from both the Oil Spill Commission and the local reaction to it. My main point of contention with the commission itself is philosophical in that outlier events like the Deepwater Horizon blowout are inevitable statistically.  The problem is one of degree of inevitability and in the case of the US captured regulatory model and its one size fits all cookie cutter approach I would argue the conclusions of the Oil Spill Commission are spot on when it comes to their endorsement of British style risk based safety regulation.  I think the proof it works was in a statement I heard this morning on Mississippi Edition where a member of the Oil Spill Commission observed how much more likely a US based oil worker is to die in an accident than his British or Norwegian counterpart.

Along those lines the difference in how the parts of the report focused on safety are being conveyed kinda shows how the locals in Louisiana are being sold out by those with more than a pa$$ing interest in keeping the status quo.  Mississippi Edition runs a day behind so I have no link for this morning’s interview. Here are some links on the topic.

How about some hometown news: Team Insurance wins one it should have

I’m going do to something strange for Slabbed and link the hometown bi weekly paper, the Seacoast Echo, which the locals here affectionately know as the Poo-Poo Periodical.  While you can’t trust their reporting on the City of Waveland as it is hidden agenda driven IMHO you can trust the reporting from Circuit Court in Bay St Louis where Judge Roger Clark quickly dispatched what appears to be a borderline frivolous lawsuit against local insurance agent David Treutel. Former Sun Herald reporter JR Welsh has the skinny for the PPP:

The lawsuit was originally filed in Chancery Court in December 2005, and was later moved to Circuit Court. Trial began Tuesday and concluded late Thursday morning when Judge Roger Clark issued a directed verdict in favor of Treutel.

A jury of five men and seven women was impaneled, but jurors didn’t spend much time in the courtroom listening to testimony from Jolynne Trapani and Treutel. Jurors were sent to the jury room for much of the trial, while attorneys made motions and argued points of law and insurance. Continue reading “How about some hometown news: Team Insurance wins one it should have”

A Ri$k Management sign of the times: Managing the ri$k your insurance won’t work.

Pearl River Communicty College, well outside of the flood zone, took almost 5 years to collect from their bad faith insurer.  They would represent the classic example of the type of enterprises that should have a representative in attendance. Hat tip to Rutgers Law Professor Jay Feinman, author of Delay Deny Defend and a friend to Slabbed.  Wish we could be there Jay! ~ sop