Someone’s Lyin’ !

From the Banner Press

Wednesday November 19th, 2008

“Board of Aldermen Meeting Rescheduled… Again”

By Linda Redeffer:

After first rescheduling a meeting from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 because of a lack of a quorum, the Marble Hill Board of Aldermen rescheduled again Nov. 13 for the same reason.

On Nov. 10, Alderman Clint Lacy was absent and Alderman Tim McCain arrived just minutes after Mayor Russell Masterson adjourned the meeting. City Attorney Steve Gray advised Masterson that he could reopen the meeting,but the mayor declared the meeting adjourned. No one objected and the business was carried over to November 13.

After holding a short public hearing on the 13th to rezone property from residential to commercial-a quorum isn’t needed for a hearing- the members who were present waited for Lacy and Alderman Joel Southwick to arrive for a special meeting to vote on the rezoning and then to hold a separate meeting to take up the business postponed from Nov. 10. Neither alderman arrived.

City Clerk Carolyn Surface said she  has been unable to reach Lacy and Southwick, and is unsure when the city will be able to meet next.”

First of all, as I have done so previously on this blog, I apologize to the citizens for being unable to attend the past two meetings. That being said, I notified the mayor well in advance that I would not be able to make the regular and special meetings.

As a matter of fact, I notified the Banner Press’s editor, Linda Redeffer well in advance as well when I delivered he my information packet so that she could inform the public what was on the agenda for the next meeting.

To skew the story in order to make it look like I was some kind of “dead beat alderman” shows a lack of professionalism.

As to the allegations that City Clerk Carolyn Surface has made about being unable to contact me, again, totally false, she called me the night of regularly scheduled meeting asking me if I was coming to the meeting, I answered the phone at work and told her I would be unable to attend, and that I had informed the mayor of this.  Mrs. Surface called me back shortly afterward to inform me that the meeting had been rescheduled to after the public hearing on the 13th, again I told her I would be unable to attend this meeting , and that I had informed the mayor of this as well.

I explained to her that I have to use my personal vacation time in order to attend the meetings, and that during this time of year it is very difficult to get vacation time. 

Today (November 19th) I again received a call from Mrs. Surface asking if I could make a meeting on Monday, again I told her it was next to impossible.

So that’s where we are at.  I have to work for a living, the government is not going to “bail me out” if I don’t pay my bills.  I ran for office so that the people would have some representation at City Hall, and so that I could inform the citizens about what their City Government is doing.

It is a sacrifice of time, and in my case money, (I have dedicated nearly a week’s worth of vacation time so that I could attend meetings and special meetings) but one I have made willingly.  I have not achieved everything that I have wanted to in my first year of office,  but I have managed to help a few folks out.

Why would the Banner Press act like I did not inform them about my absence for the regular meeting when I told them well in advance?

Why would City Clerk Carolyn Surface say that she has been unable to reach me, when she has had absolutely no trouble contacting me?

Someone is lying and it’s not me.

I will continue to relay meeting information to the Banner Press as I always have, but I want them to know that it is for the citizens benefit, not theirs.

Clint Lacy

Alderman Ward I

Marble Hill, Missouri

P.S.

I will be at the December meeting , I was able to schedule vacation to attend it well in advance.

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2 Responses to “Someone’s Lyin’ !”

  1. Ed Sweeney Says:

    Get over yourself.

    • aldermanlacy Says:

      Sir,
      When someone speaks falsehoods about me, then I have an obligation, as an elected official to set the record straight. The fact of the matter is {as I stated in this article} EVERYONE was notified, the Mayor, the Editor of the Banner Press , etc. That I would not be able to attend any of the meetings in November.

      In addition, City Hall {as I said in the article} has NEVER had any trouble contacting me.

      Thanks for dropping by the blog, come back often, but a word of advice, you might want to do it on YOUR time, while you are not at work. The good folks over Concorde Publishing House are not paying you to surf the net 🙂

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