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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

No News, But Some Sunshine At City Hall

City Council's meeting lasted, oh, 5 minutes today. The most anybody had to say about anything was during the Sunshine Committee report.

That's Mayor Mark Mallory's designation for Jeff Berding - chairman of the Sunshine Committe. That means Jeff notes birthdays, etc.

Today, Berding thanked Cecil Thomas for "captaining" a City Hall basketball team that beat a police team Saturday in a fund-raising game for the United Negro College Fund. Mallory said he was "proud that none of you were injured, because you're old." David Crowley said he was just happy he ran up and down the court several times without getting exhausted.

Leslie Ghiz announced that Berding's getting married. "Somone grabbed at him," she said. "It's great." No announced date for his marriage to Lindsay Bumbaugh.

Other random stuff from 801 Plum St.:

1. Thomas said he's thinking about suggesting that council members get four-year terms, instead of two-year ones. He said it's just too hectic to have to campaign so often. He's going to ask around and see if there's any support among his colleagues for the idea.

2. Two Mallory staffers are gearing up for Sunday's Flying Pig Marathon. Ryan Adcock has run several marathons. This is Jason Barron's first.

3. Chris Monzel planned to take a tour today of the center that takes calls to 591-6000, the city's general service number. His office has gotten some complaints about how the place resolves calls and how fast.


4. A motion from Berding: to tell City Manager Milton Dohoney and the Office of Environmental Quality to report on the feasibility of an anti-idling policy for all applicable city vehicles. He also wants to track how much gas goes into each vehicle and the vehicle's mileage, to figure out what cars in what fleet are gas hogs and if there's anything that can be done about it.

5. Also from Berding (is he trying to steal Monzel's overflowing trash can issue?) made a motion to direct the administration to make it a "top priority" to empty those corner trash can smore frequently. The motion also asks for a report on the cost of more frequent emptying of cans in high-traffic areas like downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Mount Adams and the CUF neighborhoods.
These photos, taken by Berding aide Shawn Baker, helped prompt the motion:






12 Comments:

at 10:07 PM, April 30, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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The four year term is an excellent idea, but, it should be staggered and phased in after each term limit.

50% of council should be up for election every two years. It should be set up similar to judgeships. Two four year terms should be limit !

When Crowley's and Cranley's term limit is up then that new member to council should be for four years !

The cost to run a campaign for a $60,000 a year position is obsence !

No members currently serving should be eligible for a four year term !

After all, they are certainly not self-serving, are they ?


 
at 1:17 AM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everyone,

After the Council passed a streetcar bill this week, and the local Blue Chip Young Republicans hosted a forum to discuss the topic, I thought it a good time to remember what some of the Anons thought would happen to the club once former council aide Scott Gehring was deposed:

at 11:11 AM, December 01, 2007 Anonymous said...
Jeff, you will soon learn the hard way that sucking up to fringe elements in a fringe party will get you nowhere. Unfortunately, you will take this once-great organization into the gutter and down the drain with you.
at 12:27 PM, December 11, 2007 Anonymous said...
It doesn't matter who started what. The backstabbers [you know who you are] and Whistleblower snitches [Michael Harlow, Jeff Capell, etc.] don't like it very much when the truth is spoken about them. Watch the Blue Chip Young Republicans continue to sink into irrelevance under them.
It's sad to see the once-great Blue Chip Young Republicans air their dirty laundry in public. It's the fault of Jeff Capell and Michael Harlow. That's how they operate. Backstabbers and snitches are now running this group.

It's been nothing but constant whining from these two idiots over the last couple of years. Anonymous whining through their official mouthpiece the Whistleblower, that is. Jeff Capell and Michael Harlow have driven away normal people from this group, never to return. The inmates are now running the asylum.
12:42 PM, November 30, 2007
Anonymous said...
Great Capple, Gloyd and DeWhine.... 3 strikes and we are out! Thanks for helping the GOP lose the county - faster.
2:44 PM, November 21, 2007

Great dweedle-dum and dweedle-dummer leading the pack. God help the GOP with these clowns in charge
11:43 PM, November 20, 2007
Anon 11:27AM is Capell patting himself on the back. And why not, he's the leader of a fringe group which is part of a party that's about to lose all of it's power across the Nation in the next election. WOW! Well done Jeffy. Once DeWhine looses (which he will) and Schmidt (or a Dem) kicks filthy Phil Heimlich's corrupt arse you will be laughably irrelevant, as opposed to being merely completely irrelevant as you are now.
10:17 PM, November 26, 2007


How's that working out for all of you? Didn't Blue Chip just set its second all-time attendance record this year? Didn't the club attract all 3 networks and the Enquirer to its last meeting?

Far from being destroyed, the club is stronger than ever.

How's that make you feel, Scott? Still working full-time on that state rep campaign?

 
at 7:42 AM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Council seems preoccupied with trash. I guess all the important ills are taken care of.

 
at 8:47 AM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The failed Mallory administration needs to be ashamed about how the city is being trashed under their watch.

 
at 11:51 AM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Action Mayor and City Council!

 
at 12:35 PM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Council members' time is so much better spent.

If we can elect US Representatives every 2 years than Idiot (and now apparently Lazy) Cecil Thomas can be voted upon that frequently as well.

Does anyone think he actually puts that much effort into his campaigns anyway? Paul Booth must be whispering into his ear.

 
at 1:38 PM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, once again Ice Cream Boy's sockpuppet Bradford P. Beckett introduces an issue that he himself makes look trivial and inance, and it takes another member of council, Berding this time, to elevate it to the level of importance it really deserves.

How can the two of you get out of bed each morning knowing that Berding, Bortz, and Ghiz are so much smarter than you, and so much better at actually getting things done?

 
at 5:26 PM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't we elect these people just a few months ago. What were we thinking?

 
at 11:18 PM, May 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since council now has some down time, could they do something to reduce section 8 in our neighborhoods? We are dying out here.

 
at 9:18 AM, May 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you elect the Same old, same old... you get the shallow minds of the Same old, same old. Actually, which Councilmember is really there to represent YOU?

 
at 12:35 AM, May 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much do those garbage cans cost and who is getting the exclusive contract?
Columbus has the same tulip trash cans, only they're black and used as bike racks.

 
at 4:27 PM, May 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The motion submitted by Berding asked the administration for a report to see the cost estimates for more trash pick up in said neighborhoods. Monzels motion may cost a chunk. We'll see.

 
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