It fell to Assistant Parish Attorney Ken Krobert to represent the Parish’s Code Department in the Parish’s fight with the parents of a child with muscular dystrophy and their specialized RV that is tricked out to meet the child’s special needs.
There are some important takeaways from Paul’s article but then again Slabbed’s covered Jefferson Parish long enough to understand not that long ago the case would have been given out to a private law firm that no doubt previously would have contributed heavily to the Parish Council members various campaign funds. There is an undeniable irony in who the Cronley’s used for their lawyer in this fight against the Parish when you look at it from that perspective. Today, these cases are handled in house for the Parish by professionals like Ken and the taxpayers get a bang for their buck in the process.
Congratulations to the Cronley’s for fighting and winning the good fight with City Hall.
Making stuff up as you go along can carry severe consequences. Here is the salient verbiage:
§31-8-11. Notice of intent to lease; protest; election; advertisement of lease agreement; award of lease
Before entering into any lease agreement pursuant to this chapter secured by a pledge of its full faith and credit, the governing authorities of any county or municipality shall publish notice of their intention to receive suitable proposals for the leasing of such buildings, facilities or equipment. Such notice shall specify the nature of the proposed building, facility or equipment, the general geographic area in which the same is to be located, the term of the proposed lease agreement, that the obligation to pay rentals during the primary term is to be a continuing obligation of and a charge against the general credit and leasing power of the county or municipality, and the date and hour on or before which such proposals may be received. Such notice shall be published by municipalities and counties in the same manner as required for publishing notice of intention to issue general obligation bonds of the county or municipality, as appropriate. If at least twenty percent (20%), or fifteen hundred (1500), of the qualified electors of a county, whichever is less, or at least ten percent (10%), or fifteen hundred (1500), of the qualified electors of a municipality, whichever is less, file a written protest with the appropriate governing authorities, then an election shall be called by the county in the same manner as provided for the issuance of county general obligation bonds in Sections 19-9-11 through 19-9-17, Mississippi Code of 1972, or by a municipality in the same manner as provided for the issuance of municipal general obligation bonds in Sections 21-33-307 through 21-33-311, Mississippi Code of 1972, to determine whether or not the proposed lease agreement may be executed by the county or municipality. The lease agreement shall be advertised for competitive sealed proposals once each week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a regular newspaper published or having a general circulation in the county or municipality of the governing authority. The date as published for the proposal opening shall be not less than five (5) working days after the last published notice. The lease shall be awarded to the person submitting the lowest and best proposal; however, all proposals may be rejected.
According to a Public Records Request Return to the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government from Bay St Louis City Hall, none of the three full faith and credit capital leases entered into by the City over the past three years, including the fire trucks which caused such a ruckus in the social media early this year, were advertised pursuant to the law, yet now the citizenry is getting stuck with an Ad Valorem Tax Levy to pay them off. Stay tuned.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Worst Abusers – Football Players or Federal Judges?
New allegations of physical abuse seem to surface daily. The most recent downpour began with the media release of a hotel surveillance video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his girlfriend in the face, leaving her knocked out on the elevator floor — and leaving even the most ardent NFL fans deeply disgusted. Then came more charges against a multitude of players on teams from coast to coast. College football took its licks with Florida State Heisman trophy winner Jamis Winston being accused of a number of crimes including rape. So is it just big time athletes who can’t control themselves? Hardly. How about the reckless and unlawful behavior of some federal judges?
We expect federal judges appointed for life to conduct themselves with decorum and to maintain the highest levels of legal ethics. Sad to say, however, that these protectors of the public trust are often as wild, irresponsible, and out of control as any NFL player. A number of federal judges, particularly in the South, have recently been guilty of both physical abuse as well as actions that seriously compromise, what should be, a high code of conduct.
The latest judicial abuser is federal judge Mark Fuller from Alabama. His first wife accused him of domestic violence and drug abuse. But that was just a warm up. Fuller’s second wife called 911 from an Atlanta motel room recently, saying the judge was drunk, and pleaded to the dispatcher, “Help me please. Please help me. He’s beating me.” Fuller beat her, threw her to the ground, kicked and dragged her, and hit her repeatedly in the face resulting in multiple cuts on her mouth and forehead.
But hey, he’s a federal judge, so no big deal. After his arrest, he was given a plea deal allowing him to go to counseling and his record will be expunged. Fat chance that any private citizen would get such a deal. Fuller should have been criminally charged with assault, immediately resign from the bench or be quickly impeached by congress. Continue Reading………
Interest in the doings at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources remains very high here on the Gulf Coast.
Now is the time of year that public interest groups and others are honing their legislative agendas for the January 2015 session of the Mississippi legislature.
Regarding the first item Slabbed will continue to take an interest a state agency that continues to generate public interest in my readers. Regarding the second I am happy to work with those people that promote a fiscally conservative message. This includes elimination of the Franchise Tax which I am told Lite Gov Tate Reeves is planning to push in the State Senate.
Finally, in other news I am told that the endorsement machine for 24th JDC Division O candidate John Sudderth has ended as the Greater New Orleans GOP yesterday endorsed Thomas Anselmo, Jr. for the 24th JDC Division O seat. Given Sudderth’s murky background I was mildly surprised the Parish GOP executive committee and the Alliance for Good Government have endorsed Sudderth for the Division O seat, which encompasses areas on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. With well over a month to the election I am told Anselmo is closing some of the gap with Danyelle Taylor, who my political sources have identified as the early frontrunner in the race. Both Anselmo and Taylor actually live on the Westbank and politically that is important in Division O.