Thank you for your kind words Dianne,
And let me say at the outset that Don Burnette have never given me any reason to suspect even for a moment that he is anything other than an honorable husband and father to his family. His pronounced Amen in an elevated voice complete with his blessing at the start of Council sessions other than those at which he has requested the clergy to perform can certainly be taken as indication that he is also a devout Christian. That is his likely persona, AND it is certainly the public persona he wishes accepted.
That being said I would hope he is disgusted with the events of Christmas day, And embarrassed not only by his close involvement with the two participants, but by their highly visible association with both the City and the CHAMBER. I would likewise hope that he did not have any knowledge of any marital improprieties prior to election day, AND I would call upon him to set the record straight in that regard.
His close involvement with Mike and Sonya, is deserving of scrutiny for another reason beyond illicit relationships, AND that is he is Council’s liaison to the CHAMBER which receives taxpayer funding and which served as the political arm for Sonya’s campaign in the most recent Council election, AND THAT IS SOMETHING, THEN VICE-MAYOR COUNCILBURNETTE WAS FULLY COGNIZANT OF.
His ready willingness to curry political favor with the CHAMBER as Sony’s wing man in their sneak attack to remove me from the Audit and Budget Advisory Board for refusing to sugar coat the incompetence that was the Kisela administration brings into question the priority he has placed on taxpayer interests relative to his own political interests. I would say Councilman Burnette has some explaining to do regarding his relationship with, and the actions of the CHAMBER.
I agree that the CHAMBER operations and its contract with the City are in need of serious scrutiny IF THAT organization is going receive continued taxpayer funding.
The CHAMBER’S closed proceedings despite receiving taxpayer funding have assisted Mayor Green mighty in corrupting Port Orange government to the very core, contributing as it has as the primary source of crony appointments to the many ‘volunteer’ boards Green controls, and to the many pocket votes he has managed to get elected to support him on Council.
If the 2 CHAMBER stalwarts from the Christmas morning embarrassment alone were dropped, I would bet 6 or 8 board positions would open up, so pervasive is the CHAMBER presence.
I am less than confident that Burnette will have taxpayer interests foremost on his mind when the CHAMBER contract comes before Council again considering the last time it was discussed the only thoughts he shared were ” No Comment “
Funny how two little words can speak volumes at times.
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From: Dianne Gardner [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2014 8:16 AM
To: Ted Noftall
Cc: ‘Donald Burnette’
Subject: Re: Twas the Night Before Christmas ……
My speculation is that at least two on council at this point have found that their faith in Sonya Laney to have been profoundly misplaced. Surely this relationship just revealed was unknown to them. My guess is that folks who trusted Sonya Laney and her “judgments” would have made different choices in how they approached various issues, not the least being the ABAB board and its value to our city.
While I have often disagreed with Councilman Don Burnette over policy/issues….and he knows that…we have “talked” by email…. and certainly over how he handled the dissolution of the ABAB, I believe he is a faithful husband and devoted father. I know Don, like most of us, is appalled at what we have recently learned about former candidate Mrs. Laney’s shocking behavior.
And these events involved Mrs. Laney and a former president of the Chamber of Commerce and very high profile city board member. None of this is good for our city’s family oriented reputation. How could Mrs. Laney and Mr. Arminio sully our city so casually? Had she been elected, she would have been so badly compromised after these events came out, the council would have been unable to function. I certainly hope she is now considered to be a fully discredited future candidate for any position in this city. These events will forever follow her.
On a related topic, I certainly hope that there will be further intense scrutiny on the Chamber’s contract and that there be credible reports on what the chamber actually provides for the extensive taxpayer dollars given it. What I hope to see: more real documented efforts to assist Port Orange’s small businesses, make the chamber an open and responsive body to the entire business community and strong efforts to rebuild the US I Corridor. We need rather obviously far fewer “Mix and Mingle” events. Those apparently need no taxpayer assistance to succeed.
I short I agree with you Ted. And I am grateful that you have persisted through months of vilification. You continue, to the dismay of your opponents, to be correct in your observations of what is really going on in this city. Keep on keeping on Ted. Your tireless efforts for transparent responsive government are much appreciated.
Dianne Templeton Gardner