Short-Takes: FLURRY ON A & E + WOODY WILSON + CoS WATER WOES


Tuesday, February 6, 2018 … 12:43 P.M.

Notes for the enjoyment – or not – of Shreveport / Caddo residents:

1. COUNCILMAN JAMES FLURRY’S A. & E. COMMITTEE ORDINANCE

Since last fall, Councilman Flurry has taken point in an overhaul of membership on the nine-person Architectural & Engineering Committee. (My several articles on the subject are available on RealShreveport.com, of course.)

The Councilman’s would-be overhaul is reflected in his just released proposed amendments to the existing city law.

Unavailable until tomorrow, we do not know if Mr. Flurry has consulted Mayor Tyler about his proposed changes. Interpretations from and by Councilman Michael Corbin and the office of the city council clerk, are very helpful:

1. The two mayoral Committee appointees – now David Aubrey and Linda Biernacki – already violate the subject law, and would the proposed new one. Future such appointees would be allowed to serve “only” two consecutive terms of two years each.

2. The other seven Committee members are city government officials. In Flurry’s proposal, the Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission and Clerk of (City) Council are replaced by the Vice-Chairperson of the Council and the chair of it Infrastructure Committee.

3. The proposal specifies that a new chairperson will be selected each year. Aubrey, who does not live in Shreveport, has chaired for nine years.

So far, there is no mention – much less inclusion in the proposed changes – of when it would take effect, i.e., when Tyler would have to remove ex-Mayor Glover’s two citizen appointees.

2. SPEAKING OF MAYOR TYLER … MORE WATER UNDERBILLING

Weirdly, the Shreveport Times has been running a series of videos which come across as a salute to Mayor Tyler, just after she (supposedly) begins running for re-election.

Now, the newspaper is running a detailed report of even more mind-numbing facts of the incompetence, corruption or both in the city water department.

In reporter Lex Talamo’s words:

“An October audit found that the city’s water billing system also has been charging water and sewer customers incorrect ‘flat rate’ fees since 2015. The error involves overbilling some customers and underbilling others, although the bigger financial impact has been from underbilling.”

Mayor Tyler and other city officials are under the impression that such failures will somehow be remedied by the lawsuit they have filed against the subject software vendor.

3. CADDO COMMISSION BOSS WOODY WILSON IS UNHAPPY

Ms. Talamo also posted a story online yesterday afternoon detailing how Caddo Commission Administrator Woody Wilson said in a public work session that citizens have “attacked” Commission staff on “social media.”

(I note for the record that while Louisiana public officials have specific statutory protection against threats of violence against them, there is no matching statute to protect citizens from threats of violence against them by public officials.)

Wilson should note, too, that various Commissioners attack the use of social media in ANY expression of opposition to the Commission, including issuing direct public edicts that citizens “stay off” social media in commenting about Commission business.

(No, I have not sent Commissioners copies of the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Too many of them more or less openly express and believe that it does not apply to them.)

Silly me, I believe Commission corruption, such as elected members paying themselves illegal and unconstitutional retirement benefits – is a true “attack” on the citizenry.

© 2018 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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