Council frivolity, slice number one: The council makes mad passionate love to a “referendumn.”

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Pretty soon the Jeffersonville paper will be reduced to hiring temps to cover New Albany news. Does Bill “Publisher of the Year for Profits” Hanson really believe ten months of neglect doesn’t show on a daily basis?

It isn’t that this week’s revolving replacement reporter fails to note the highlights of the city council meeting on Thursday evening, which I couldn’t attend owing to this being my family reunion weekend.

Rather, it is this: The primary reason for having a beat reporter in the first place is to allow the reporter time to contextualize, and to extract the important bits from the bilge.

However, it’s all we have, so we’ll use what we can. First, the council’s embrace of the school corporation’s $87 million referendum.

New Albany residents concerned road construction will lead to more flooding; Council passes resolution to support NAFC Schools referendum.

RESOLUTION FOR REFERENDUMN PASSES

The council voted 8-0 in favor of supporting the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated Schools referendum, with Coffey abstaining.

He cited concerns with the city taking schools out of neighborhoods, where parents can be involved, and leaders worrying too much about school buildings over students and teachers.

“Let’s get back to the basics,” he said. “Quit worrying about buildings and worry about (teaching the children).”

Other council members spoke on the merits of having nice school facilities — it can be a greater learning environment and bring students back to their hometown to raise families if the amenities are good.

Councilman Greg Phipps also brought up that newer or upgraded facilities can more easily and safely be locked down in an active shooter situation.

(Alternative spelling of “referendum” is the paper’s, not mine.)

Passage of the resolution was a foregone conclusion, but the final score is interesting for three reasons:

1. Once again, Scott Blair somehow located a banker’s top-secret special exception to oft-stated principle about the disposable meaningless of council resolutions, and voted in favor of this one. That’t two in a row, Scott. When exceptions become the rule, they’re no longer exceptions.

2. Once again, Dan Coffey repeatedly stated opposition to a measure, only to meekly abstain when the vote came down. We’ve seen this so many times over the years that it has ceased to be novel, even if it remains grimly fascinating, as though watching as 71-year-old Pete Townshend tries (and fails) to smash his guitar.

3. Did Greg Phipps really say this — and if so, given his support for gun control, was it a facetious remark, the snark of which eluded the reporter?

I suspect it was. It’s all about context, Bill. It genuinely matters to those of us who actually live here, as opposed to Alabama. Can we have our reporter back yet, or are you passing the savings along to yourself?

(In Part Two, Timosoara meets Klerner Lane)

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