Welcome to NA Confidential’s 13,000th career post.
The Green Mouse has received a press release: “Eminent Domain Law Put to Test Against City of New Albany,” and it’s a corker, but before we revisit the overreach that city officials refer as Mt. Tabor Road Restoration and Pedestrian Safety Project (is the phrasing totalitarian or Rosenbargerian?) let’s recall an undisputed stone cold classic video clip from earlier in 2018.
Thanks to whomever posted this video at YouTube.
There’s a reason why the forever agoraphobic Jeff Gahan’s handlers keep him secured in the bunker, and it’s because the moment any public scenario strays from the script, he cannot improvise. The more he tries, the worse it gets — and the angrier he becomes.
In this video, observe his petulance escalate with each “that’s why we’re here,” until he’s demanding to know why citizens aren’t listening to him, even as he insists his Potemkin facade of a meeting was to prove he’s listening.
For a well-monetized but fading emperor with increasingly threadbare clothes, it just doesn’t get any more illustrative than this. Here’s the press release, followed by a few more links about the Mt. Tabor Speedy Pass Through and Driver Enhancement Project.
Eminent Domain Law Put to Test Against City of New Albany
New Albany, IN (August 7, 2018) – New Albany officials are feeling the heat once again with the redevelopment of Mt. Tabor Road. The first Motion to Vacate and Set Aside Taking was filed by residents claiming the City has no legal right to claim the power of eminent domain., which is the taking of private property for public use. The Hon. Judge Terrence Cody will hear the case in the Floyd County Circuit Court on Wednesday, August 8.
You may recall that residents cried foul last January accusing the City of not following Indiana Code or policies set forth by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). INDOT officials attended an open house hosted by the City and observed residents insisting Mayor Jeff Gahan acknowledge invalid traffic studies and that a major overhaul of the 4-way stop was excessive. The Mayor repeatedly told those in attendance to submit their concerns in writing as he was not there to answer questions. The following week, two-thirds of the project was put on hold pending future traffic studies and revised plans.
With more than twenty-five percent of the homeowners still refusing to sell the property around their homes, this first case will set a precedent for all other cases that will follow. An eminent domain complaint must state the use the plaintiff – the City of New Albany – intends to make of the property, if a right-of-way is sought, the location, general route, width, and the beginning and end points of the right-of-way. It must also detail a specific description of each piece of property to which the plaintiff alleges the benefits will accrue.
The original complaint stated the City was improving Mount Tabor Road from Grant Line Road to Charlestown Road, reconstructing approximately five thousand eight hundred ninety-nine (5,899) feet and improving the intersection of Mt. Tabor Rd. and Klerner Lane, none of which is now true. The City’s current plan is to reconstruct Mt. Tabor Rd. from Grant Line Rd. to 200 feet West of Klerner Lane.
The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. in room number 413 of the fourth floor of the City County Building, 311 Hauss Square, New Albany, Indiana.
For all labels with Mt. Tabor Road Restoration and Pedestrian Safety Project, click here. Following are recent highlights.
Gahan Money Machine: The Beam, Longest and Neff firm takes its turn at the wheel of the mayor’s gravy train.
The city’s newly ordained symbol is an anchor buried beneath the Ohio River mud flats, but there are no brakes on the Gahan Campaign Finance Express.
The Jeopardy! answer: “It’s why we’re here.”
The Jeopardy! question: “How important is campaign finance to Mayor Jeff Gahan?”
The clearcut was delayed a couple of weeks, but the jollies were not to be denied.
And finally here.
Hemorrhaging votes, an increasingly disoriented Deaf Gahan sidesteps Mt. Tabor-Klerner intersection … for now.
In a stunning
roundaboutturnabout, Deaf Gahan dispatched his Minister of Engineering to this morning’s meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety, and with little fanfare, erased his previous line in the sand — and drew a new one to the west of the intersection of Mt. Tabor Road and Klerner Lane.