Transparency? That’s a fine idea. Found any yet?



It’s Dan Coffey’s council, and he and Diane Benedetti have been on opposite sides of many issues given the current council’s rubber-stamp configuration. Now Coffey’s out in front of the pack with axe in hand as it pertains to the specific issue of Benedetti’s niece and the NSP.

(Uh huh. Move along; nothing to see here. No politics in any of it)

What’s even more curious is David Duggins’ mention of transparency.

Most of us didn’t know there was a Main Street corridor public meeting earlier in the week.

Most of us didn’t know there was an Urban Enterprise Association program to award low-interest loans and equipment grants to small businesses, and yet these were awarded at the UEA’s most recent meeting.

Most of us understand that megabuck aquatic center plans were a done deal before they were brought to three sparsely attended public meetings, which in all likelihood were sparsely attended because the plans were a done deal.

I like Dave, and transparency is a wonderful thing, indeed. However, shall we say gently and yet firmly that transparency equally applied is even better? If it’s right, then it needs to be right all of the time, wouldn’t you say?

New Albany councilwoman subject of conflict-of-interest review; Diane Benedetti’s niece was in process of purchasing NSP home, by Daniel Suddeath (N and T)

NEW ALBANY — A potential conflict of interest regarding the Midtown Neighborhood Stabilization Project and involving New Albany City Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti will be the topic of a special meeting Tuesday morning.

According to sources, the conflict-of-interest claim relates to Benedetti’s niece attempting to purchase one of the NSP houses. David Duggins, director of economic development and redevelopment for the city, confirmed Thursday the sale has been frozen pending review.

The New Albany Redevelopment Commission — which has been the lead city agency for the $6.7 million federal program — will weigh the matter the Tuesday meeting.

“The NSP project is too important and has done so much good for the neighborhoods that have been positively affected by it, that we just want to ensure that the perception of the project is as transparent as possible,” Duggins said.