Archive for October, 2008

Special Meeting Thursday October 30th… 5:00 pm

October 29, 2008

There will be a special meeting Thursday October 30th, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at the Marble Hill City Hall. The subject of the meeting will be the hiring of a new police officer.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman Ward I

Marble Hill

Alderman Clint E. Lacy endorses Michael Winder for State Rep. 156th District

October 22, 2008

I was listening to a local country radio station the other day and heard an ad in which a little old lady ( or at least someone talking like a little old lady) stated that they were “tired of politicians talking about how they are going to work for you” and then goes on to use Michael Winder, candidate for  State Representative of Missouri’s 156th District as an example.

The “little old lady” then goes on to perpetrate one of the worst lies in the history of politics, stating that Michael Winder is going to raise you taxes and those of your employer’s, after which she then perpetrates the second worst lie in political history by stating that Shelley Keeney will keep taxes low and help bring jobs to the 156th District.

The coup de gras is when the “little old lady” says, “Michael Winder may be working for someone, but it’s not us”.

Well what did you expect from the same people that brought you Matt Blunt and “Chicken” Jim Talent?

It shows that clearly the Missouri GOP is very nervous about the outcome of the race for Missouri 156th District.

Who is Michael Winder working for? That’s not a hard question to answer. He gets up every morning at 4:30 and often drives as far away as St. Louis to set iron. He works hard to provide for his family, and he will work just as hard for the voters of the district.

He is a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights and has been given an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association.

He’s Pro-Life earning the endorsements of Missouri Right to Life as well as Missourians United for Life and unlike Keeney’s mentor “Rod Jetton” if elected he will not use his position for personal gain, he will be your representative, not someone else’s “paid consultant”.

The real question that needs to be asked is; who is Shelley Keeney working for?

Shelley Keeney works for House Speaker Rod Jetton, in fact she is his heir apparent, running for his seat that he must vacate due to term limits. According to Rudy Keller’s blog post published October 9th, 2008, “Keeney said she has been a political supporter of Jetton since she began volunteering at his annual skeet shoot when he was a member of the Bollinger County Commission”

Ordinarily this would be a plus for a candidate, unless the guy you’ve supported and worked for called Missourians in his district “lazy” and stated publicly that he would trade them for “hard working Mexicans” in a “heartbeat”.

It would be a plus for a candidate unless the guy you’ve suppored all these years co-sponsored a slavery apology bill introduced by a radical St. Louis  Muslim named Talibdin El-Amin.

It would be a plus for a candidate unless the two men that Jetton depended on to get the bill to the House floor, later committed criminal acts.

Republican Representative Nathan Cooper of Cape Girardeau was convicted of immigration fraud.

Republican Representative Scott Muschaney of Frotenac  was recently indicted for deviant sexual assault of a 14 year old girl.

Perhaps Jetton and his gang , (who I’ve dubbed the “The Talibdin Three” have become more of a liability than an asset for Mrs. Keeney and perhaps the Missouri G.O.P. is so desperate that they have resorted to lying (via paid radio ads) about Michael Winder in an attempt to divert attention away from the real issues.

Perhaps House Speaker Jetton had good intentions when he first ran for Representative of Missouri’s 156th District, but those good intentions soon took a back seat to lucrative “consulting contracts” and the neglect is showing in his district.

The infrastructure, the towns and the communities of the 156th are in need, they need a representative that will work with the constituents to improve these conditions and I think Mr. Winder is just the man for the job.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I

Marble Hill, Missouri

Seeking Public Input….

October 20, 2008

As all of you know, trash is picked up on Monday’s now. In Ward I the trash truck comes very early, before 7:00 a.m.

I forgot to pull the trash out to the curb last night and awoke to the sound of the trash truck making its rounds. Looking out the window I realized that he had already picked the trash up on my street. 

A while later I was thinking, “I hope this isn’t an indication of what the rest of the week is going to be like”, when I saw the trash truck heading down Opossum Creek Road, so I stepped out and flagged it down. He backed the truck up and before I could say , “Thank You”, the guy starts yelling at me , “If you’re ever late again, I won’t back up for you!”

Fair enough.  After all I was late pulling it out, but then again it is the first time that I have ever been late pulling it out and even though I am an elected official , I am also a customer.

If the driver doesn’t want to back up and get my trash because I’m late, that’s fine, but if he does choose to back up, I don’t deserve to be screamed at.

So I’m wondering, are there any other citizens out there who have had similar experiences with Waste Management?

If so, leave a comment on the blog or email me at: mobushwhacker@yahoo.com

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I, Marble Hill

Notes from October 13th, 2008 Board of Alderman Meeting

October 14, 2008

The Marble Hill Board of Alderman met on Monday , October 13th, 2008 at 6:00 pm at the City Hall.  First on the agenda was the approval of last months minutes.

Next City Attorney Stephen Gray spoke to the board about a title problem with the property owned by Connie Vance. It appears that the property used to be owned by the City and that the building was once used as the Lutesville Fire Department.

Ten feet of the building overlapped property owned by J.C. Cook and in 2000 Cook deeded the overlapping ten feet to the city.

The problem that is that in 2003 Cook deeded his property to the City through the FEMA flood buyout program. There was an error made in the title description during this buyout and now Connie Vance is having problems selling her property.

Gray said that in order to clear up the problem the city can issue a “quick claim” deed to Mrs. Vance so that she can sell the property. Grey then asked the council for approval to do so and it was granted.

Mr. Clifton Trentham visited the meeting to express concern over an August 20th, 2008 Banner Press article in which Mayor “Bat” Masterson was quoted as saying that the city had been left with a mess to deal with in regards to the city’s sewer system.

Mr. Trentham stated that he installed most of the city’s sewer lines and felt that the mayor was referring to him in the previously cited statement.

The mayor and the city council assured Mr. Trentham that no one was questioning his work, and I stated that nothing lasts forever, and the mayor stated that the system is just getting old.

Assistant City Administrator Gary Shrum in his report stated that Boy-Com communications, which provides the city’s cable television services is refusing to pay franchise fee taxes, and the communications company is currently being sued by the City of Piedmont.

Shrum also stated that the city still does not have a collector’s deed for the old Webb Property.

He also stated that Crossroads Communciations has not paid rent and installation fees on any of their sites in Bollinger County. Cross Roads has a cell / wireless internet tower located at the #1 water tower in Marble Hill.

I asked Mr. Shrum when the residents along Central Ave. could expect work to begin on the stormwater drain project and he stated that he is still waiting on SMTP to mark the utility and gas lines before they begin.

Included in Mr. Shrums  report was the following information:

“I would like to call to your attention that Debi Ivey was quoted in the Banner PRess as saying that the new veteran’s memorial will be erected in Twin City Park. As far as I know neither I nor the Board was ever contacted in regards to this matter. I personally, am completely against this taking place. I can not see erecting such an expensive and important memorial in any park, it should be located right behind City Hall. If it were placed there many people will see it as they pass through town, it is a more secure location, and there is adequate space and the pavilion is there and the bathrooms can easily be finished and made handicap accessible”

In the meeting, Shrum went on to state, “Charles Freeman is trying to build a nice veterans memorial, why do we need the same names in two different locations in town?”

Mr. Shrum clairified that the proposal by Mrs. Ivey was not related to the work being done by the Bollinger County Veterans’ Memorial project, and that he was afraid any such project located at Twin Cities Park would suffer from flooding.

The Council also approved Amendment #7 which authorizes the City to spend $11, 500 for engineering services for the Hurricane Creek Bank Stabilization Project.

A revisiting of the Utility Vehicle ordinance was discussed since the State passed legislation legalizing the use of “utility vehicles” on state highways.

Also discussed was the need for more police patrols in residential areas, specifically Crown and Third streets.

I brought to the Board’s attention that we still have some bad potholes that needed to be fixed on Englehart St.

Last but not least, I thanked the Board for finally getting Mr. Bob Spencer’s culvert cleaned out.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I

Marble Hill