Open thread: City council meeting of Monday, February 2.


Thanks to the library’s newly powerful Wi-Fi signal, I was able to post live from the council chambers last night. It was slapdash, but I’m not much of a typist.

In contrast to so many previous spectacles, the meeting was professional and business-like to the point to befuddlement. It was like watching a European art house flick as opposed to an American car chase epic.

It should be noted that council president Dan Coffey appeared to have been sedated. He sat expressionless through colleague John Gonder’s brilliant, dispassionate public explication of Coffey’s January 15 meltdown. Coffey similarly endured my later questions about public speaking rights and Bluegill’s subsequent request that the council publicly rebuke the president so as to establish a principle that remains so elusive in New Albany: There are consequences for bad behavior.

Both Gonder and NAC’s co-editor correctly stated that Coffey had lied to the police about his behavior at Studio’s, and Coffey did not deny it, which I plainly consider an admission of guilt, if implicit. There were witnesses, and yet the council president chose to provide the police with pure fiction.

If one lies in such a manner to the police, is this not an example of hindering a police investigation?

Isn’t this fact alone grounds for the council to officially and publicly ensure its loose cannon of a president?

The point is this: Coffey obviously has been taken to school since the previous meeting, and last night, he did not contest any of the statements made in his presence. Yes, he took his medicine like an adult, and that’s admirable in a limited sense.

But he did not apologize for his behavior.

He should. If he doesn’t, the council should take action to police itself.

What do you think?