JAMES MADISON QUOTE - 1822

"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Regular Session August 22, 2016

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

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I had received information regarding the Scottsboro Municipal Court being billed by the City Financial Department for $3000 per month for use of the court area. Below is listed the information regarding this billing. On 23 August I had a discussion with the Mayor of Scottsboro and the City's Director of Finance  Rick Wheeler. The line item on the budget regarding the $3000.00 per month has not been paid since 2014. Mr. Wheeler stated that currently there was only $1000 in the fund  The line item has been approved by the City Council as a regular annual budget item. General expenses for supplies, janitorial services, etc are absorbed by the Police Department. 
I was also informed that a letter of concern was forwarded to the Mayor and the Finance Director in 2011 by Judge Word, who was the City's Municipal Court Judge at that time. 

Request for Records was submitted to the City Magistrate, she did not produce the requested records, citing that Judge Word had informed her the budget information contained in that letter was confidential, I informed her that is wrong, all budget information and correspondence relating to budget information is open for public inspection unless there is a specific exemption, such as money for undercover operations of the Police Department, where there might be a specific exemption by law. A Request for Records was submitted to Mayor Potter for that information. As a result this info regarding the municipal court was provided

MUNICIPAL COURT BUDGET INFO
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Council Meeting Video

Jackson County Commission Work Session and Regular Session - Infrastructure Problems in Courthouse August 22, 2016

North Entrance Jackson County Courthouse, Scottsboro, Al. Infrastructure problems continue to plague the courthouse.

Infrastructure problems



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Commission Meeting Video

Scottsboro Election 2016 - Jessica Butler Wins City Council Place 1 - August 24, 2016

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Scottsboro, Alabama August 23, 2016 Scottsboro City Election - City Council Place 1 Jessica Butler  (52.08%) winner, uncertified results. The Scottsboro City Council will meet on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12 noon to issue the certification of election results.

RUNOFFS - Mayor - Robin Shelton and Brent Miller; Board of Education, Place 2 - Patricia Stewart and Mitzi Gattis; Board of Education, Place 3 - Jason Williams and Daryl Eustace.

Total vote count as filed by Heather Garner on the Clarion's Face Book site for the Scottsboro Election: "Mayor - Brent Miller 1412, Robin Shelton 1436, Joe Young 601; City Council place 1 - Jessica Butler 1772, Dan Deason 588, Timothy Saint 826, Kenneth Southeard 109; SBOE Place 2 - Rickey Dooley 724, David Garza 136, Mitzi Gattis 1189, Patricia Stewart 1292; SBOE place 3 - Daryl Eustace 1232 Linda Rogers 841 Jason Williams 1293." 

VIDEO - 10:30 AM


VIDEO, POST ELECTION at the Scottsboro Rec-Com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scottsboro 2016 Election Forums, August 16, 2016

Scottsboro, Alabama August 16, 2016 Scottsboro Election Forum - 3 Part video featuring Candidates for the Board of Education, Scottsboro City Council and the Mayor of Scottsboro. The Forum was sponsored by: WWIC, The Daily Sentinel, Scottsboro Electric Power Board, The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, many thanks to Scottsboro High School for hosting the forum.

PART 1 SCOTTSBORO SCHOOL BOARD PLACE 2 and 3


PART 2 SCOTTSBORO CITY COUNCIL PLACE 1


PART 3 SCOTTSBORO MAYOR CANDIDATES


Link to my interviews with the Scottsboro Mayor candidates: http://arklite.blogspot.com/2016/08/questions-for-scottsboros-mayoral.html

Scottsboro City Council Place 1 Questions: http://arklite.blogspot.com/2016/08/scottsboro-alabama-city-council-place-1.html


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Work Session and Public Hearing on Veterans Field Renovation - The Financial Bleeding of Scottsboro's Citizens via Cost Over-Runs on Recreation Projects is Unacceptable, August 15, 2016

Scottsboro City Hall photo by G. Morgan
SCOTTSBORO CITY ELECTIONS - DON'T FORGET TO VOTE NEXT TUESDAY, AUGUST 23,2016 AT THE SCOTTSBORO REC-COM
Also, don't miss the Scottsboro Political Forum - Tuesday August 16 at the Scottsboro High School Small Auditorium beginning at 5:30PM http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Political-Forum-to-be-held-on-Tuesday--August-16th-at-Scottsboro-High-School-small-auditorium--starting-at-5-30-p-m-.html?soid=1102673188472&aid=C-kjGC4x-7U
Political Forum featuring all candidates will be broadcast on WWIC Live Link: http://www.wwicradio.com/listen-live.html

Scottsboro Ball fields, Scottsboro Recreation; photo from the City of Scottsboro dot com (Government Source) - Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary. 

Last night a public hearing was held regarding the Veterans Field Ball Park Renovation Project. The project was originally slated for  $1.1 million dollars. The original plans and communications were and are lacking. The results, an announced $600,000 cost overrun, the Citizens of Scottsboro cannot afford such a cost overrun. It has also been announced the Rec-Com swimming pool renovation will be another $1 million dollar cost over-run taking that project to $2,000,000. That was originally a million dollar project. 

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VIDEO

Monday, August 15, 2016

Questions for Scottsboro's Mayoral Candidates, 2016 Election

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

On August the 23rd, 2016 the citizens of Scottsboro Alabama will go to the voting booths at the Scottsboro Rec-Com and vote for the political candidates of their choice. 

For the past Mayor election cycles I have conducted video interviews with the candidates for the Mayor of Scottsboro. Here are the seven questions I provided the candidates a week in advance. 

Scottsboro Mayor’s Race Questions (suggested time-15 minutes)

1)      Could you tell us a little about yourself?  (2 minutes)

2)      Why do you want to be Mayor of Scottsboro, Alabama? (3 minutes)

3)      Why should I elect you for Mayor over the other two candidates? (3 minutes)

4)      How do you see the relationship between the Mayor and City Council? (2minutes)

5)      If elected Mayor of Scottsboro, what would be your #1 goal, your #1 priority in which you want the citizens of Scottsboro to know that you would accomplish for them? (2 minutes)

6)      Will you support the first Monday Trade Day Event, comments? (1 minute)

7)      Is there anything else you would like to add? (2 minutes)

Thank you for your time, good luck to you.

VIDEO INTERVIEW OF BRENT MILLER


VIDEO INTERVIEW OF JOE YOUNG


VIDEO INTERVIEW OF ROBIN SHELTON


PLEASE VOTE ON TUESDAY AUGUST THE 23RD, 2016 AT THE SCOTTSBORO REC-COM.

Link to the Scottsboro Election Forum for Scottsboro Board of Education candidates Places 2 and 3; City Council Place 1, and the  Mayor of Scottsboro: http://arklite.blogspot.com/2016/08/scottsboro-2016-election-forums-august.html