"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."


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Scottsboro, Alabama June 18, 2018 Scottsboro City Council Work Session - More Cost Overruns on Square Renovation and Council Candidate Names for Vacated Seat Held by Jessica Butler, Place 1

Scottsboro Council Member Keith Smith questions the ongoing practice of cost overruns regarding city construction projects. Smith comments about the City Streetscape project, "Look across the street at the sidewalk slope. . .other cities around are not having this contract problem." Meeting the American's for Disability Act requirements has been a problem, another result of failed planning. It appears there is an approximate $26,000 overrun thus far, for the Streetscape Project.

Mr. Smith is right, the City Taxpayers have paid thousands upon thousands in construction project cost overruns to various contractors. Abuse and waste was evident in the Ball Field construction project. A failure to plan and properly investigate architectural and street infrastructure problems is resulting in cost overruns in the downtown Streetscape Project. 

Many citizens have questioned the necessity of the Streetscape project's scope and state it is wasteful and not needed. There have been many parking spaces lost to the Streetscape Project. A delegation of downtown merchants briefly met with the City Council tonight discussing traffic patterns and parking around the square affecting merchant business.

The historical significance of the drive around portion of the Courthouse Square was lost in the project, instead two expensive bricked in area were placed at the south side of the square changing traffic patterns and creating hazards. It was stated there were many meetings about the project explaining the scope. However, many of the meetings were not announced properly and involved only select citizens who agreed with the plans. (photo by G. Morgan)

Videos with Streetscape plans from previous city council meeting in April 2014, including the council vote for approval of the $1.4 million project. https://arklite.blogspot.com/2014/04/scottsboro-city-council-april-14-2014.html

Video Segment, the blocked South Side of the Courthouse was not in the original approved plan as shown.


Place 1 City Council Candidate Names - The decision for the appointment is scheduled for the July 9, 2018 City Council Meeting.

Jackson County Commission Work Session June 18, 2018

Commissioners discussed 7 items then adjourned into a long Executive Session to discuss the good name and character of an individual and possible litigation. The Reports Section was not recorded,  I left after an hour into the Executive Session to attend the City Council meeting. (photo by G. Morgan)



Friday, June 15, 2018

Scottsboro Zoning Board of Adjustment, June 14, 2018 - Heard 5 Cases, 2 Variances (Part 1 Video) and 3 Nuisance Abatements (Part 2 Video)

Scottsboro Zoning Board of Adjustment, granted 2 variances; 1) Case 1278 - 273 Driftwood Shores Dr., variance granted Dr.. 2) Garcia Rentals LLC was granted a variance to begin the process before the Planning Board for the construction of an 80 unit apartment complex at the end of Sara Betty Lane. Videos below. (photo by G. Morgan)

Apartment Plan, submitted to the Zoning Board of Adjustment 
Glenn Garcia LLC Plan for 80 Unit Apartment Complex, end of Sara Betty Lane.

VIDEO Part 1 - Variances

Part 2, Abatement of Nuisances

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Paint Rock Town Council Meeting, Interview with Mayor Brenda Fisk, June 12, 2018 - UPDATED - June 14, 2018 - Jackson County Sentinel, WZDX and Associated Press News Stories

WZDX coverage of the issue, it is important to point out that the part of the so called "Open Meetings Guidelines" were not implemented as the Mayor points out several times.   http://www.rocketcitynow.com/news/paint-rock-proposed-media-ban-making-national-headlines/1236257434  Tuesday, June 12, 2018 was the first time I have covered the event, it is my intentions to cover the Paint Rock Town Council on a regular basis.

There are 3 other issues regarding the Paint Rock Town Council's meetings: 1) There is no published agenda for the public, nor does it appear if there is an agenda that it is followed. 2) Rober's rules of order are not followed nor is the meeting process and decorum such that maintains order in the council chambers at meeting times. Several times there were disruptions from the citizenry present. 3) There is no public, published announcement conspicuously placed regarding Town Council meeting dates. The place to post the announcement would be on the Town Hall entry door.

1st Associated Press Story: https://apnews.com/14f7ab5ae02b481b8ba27a21ad0442ce

2nd Associated Press Story:   https://apnews.com/96af31f24b7f4b70b638bf3430762b3a

Jackson County Sentinel Story: http://m.thedailysentinel.com/feature_story/article_f12d0258-6f23-11e8-843d-a7f3890c344d.html?mode=jqm

Jackson County Sentinel Op-Ed on Paint Rock:   http://m.thedailysentinel.com/feature_story/article_1a0df1e6-6b69-11e8-bc93-3fbe7b10a231.html?mode=jqm

Jackson County Sentinel, Opinion, Observations, "The Town of Paint Rock - Guidelines, what town meeting guidelines?

The story was covered nationwide, many of the stories were based on the AP coverage from the Sentinel op-ed piece and other North Alabama news reports, including video. New York Times article.  https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/12/us/ap-us-city-council-media-ban.html


2 Part Video Paint Rock Town Council, Part 1

Part 2

Facebook live links:
Part 1 - https://www.facebook.com/garry.l.morgan.5/videos/10216325733359680/

Part 2 - https://www.facebook.com/garry.l.morgan.5/videos/10216325938884818/

Part 3 and  adjournment - https://www.facebook.com/garry.l.morgan.5/videos/10216326120449357/

All blog articles at "In the Boro" regarding Paint Rock   https://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Paint%20Rock%20Alabama

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jackson County Commission Part 1 Work Session, Part 2 Regular Session June 11, 2018

Jackson County Courthouse - Scottsboro, Alabama, North Entry (photo by G. Morgan).

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Commission at work. (photo by G. Morgan)