City council tonight: Blessings in a Backpack, Floyd Memorial sale, and CM Blair making love to a spreadsheet.


As we await Bob Caesar’s compliance with my earnest request to produce records documenting Bicentennial 2013 accounts (it’s now up to 355 days, Bob), there is a city council meeting tonight, and we can only hope that my hired dervish attends and whirls the invocation.

As a prelude, a note to Vicky Glotzbach: You may not be aware that at your city clerk’s web zone, the most recent set of downloadable city council minutes is from March 2, 2015. All the rest after this date yield a “no results found” message when clicked.

My reason for wanting to read the minutes from late 2015 is that I thought former at-large councilwoman Shirley Baird’s final substantive act on council was to gain approval of funding for Blessings in a Backpack. The organization itself mentions it here:

At the November 5th New Albany City Council meeting, volunteers from Blessings in a Backpack of Floyd County, Stephanie Watson, Cathleen Palmer and Kevin Beam expressed our gratitude to the Council for having committed to donate $35,000 towards our funding needs for the 2015-2016 school year.

However, funding for Blessings in a Backpack funding appears yet again at tonight’s confab, this time offered by Greg Phipps.

What are the criteria for evaluating and determining the use of public funds for such causes? Perhaps we’ll learn more tonight.

5th district councilman Matt Nash also offers a resolution on the non-transparency of the Floyd Memorial hospital transaction.


Nash is right, but just imagine the same standards of transparency as applied to the mayor and Mr. Disney’s ruling party. That’d be genuinely revolutionary, although Lee Hamilton probably wouldn’t notice.

Here’s the meeting agenda. Caress your flasks, and requisite apologies for the minimalism of iPhone screenshots. I’ll be live tweeting from 7:00 p.m., because cooking school!