Chins up, Mt. Taborites. Your comments may be “unlikely” to produce change, but in 2019, your votes will help forcibly detach Jeff Gahan from the public teat.

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As an aside, has anyone else noticed how short John Rosenbarger’s leash has become?

Any time the former Rasputin of Redevelopment becomes part of the public record, city officials hurriedly reel him back in, panic-stricken, as though they’re actually aware of Pinocchio’s chart-busting toxicity quotient.

Why not retire Rosenbarger — or does he have copies of the same photos Coffey keeps in a safe deposit box at Birdseye Bank & Trust?

To the overarching point: If one plans for farce and debacle, these are the likely outcomes.

Jeff Gahan does not react maturely to being challenged, and when he is, expect scorched earth. It isn’t enough for his opponents to lose. They must be ritualistically and publicly demeaned and humiliated, as with last night’s shambolic “public information” meeting.

To his weird sort of credit, city engineer Larry Summers — pushed to the front to take eyes off Rosenbarger’s sneering depravity — doesn’t even try to lie (underlined in the passage below). By Team Gahan standards, this constitutes heroic virtue, and the newspaper’s reporter helpfully records every word.

Last night’s public information spoonfeeding gave Gahan’s functionaries the opportunity to taunt the rubes who stand in the way of auto-centric enrichment. You don’t know what’s best for your neighborhood.

Dear Leader does. but remember that paybacks are hell — and 2019 draws ever closer.


Residents voice opinions at Mount Tabor Road public info session
, by Danielle Grady (That Jeffersonville Newspaper)

Comments ‘highly unlikely’ to produce change

NEW ALBANY — A group of New Albany residents got what they had been asking for on Tuesday: another chance for public comment on the reconstruction of Mount Tabor Road. But responses were mixed on whether residents thought the information session would result in change …

 … INDOT told the city that it should complete an additional information document and involve the public with its plans again in order to become NEPA complaint, which is a requirement for federally funded projects.

The city could have just completed a memo to file for the public, said Larry Summers, New Albany’s city engineer, but because of the amount of public outreach to INDOT, the department recommended a full information session.

While the city will be taking the public comments made at the meeting, looking over them and submitting them to INDOT with their information document, Summers said it was “highly unlikely” that there would be any changes made to the city’s plan for Mount Tabor Road. Instead, the meeting was more about informing the public about the project’s final details.

“I mean, the city is always looking to hear public comments, but at this point, we’re letting the project in February so the plans are final,” Summers said.

He did add that if there was something “substantial” brought up, the city could make a change.

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