The following excerpt from last Tuesday’s Workshop shows Bob Ford speaking up for building the berm to keep Dunlawton Avenue from flooding. A berm which, by the way, we have already paid to have engineered and permitted and was removed from the project in a backroom deal involving the Mayor, the Quentin Hampton engineers and the Public Utilities engineer. Ford was the only Council member to speak truthfully about the facts surrounding the berm removal and it really makes me wonder what a different direction Council would take if he had some support from the other members.
Right now the rest of Council doesn’t give us much hope for a better future:
- Don “Budget Busting” Burnette has never met a dollar he didn’t want to spend. Famous for phrases like “dream big” and “don’t be constrained by your budget” he’ll spend a lot of words talking an issue to death and then spend a lot of dollars squeezing the budget to death.
- Scott “Rubber Stamp” Stiltner has figured out that putting his seal of approval on whatever “staff recommends” is the easy way out. Never mind that staff has consistently misled Council in the past. Oh well, lots of easy cheerleading and ribbon-cutting work out there, Scott.
- Poor ol’ Drew “Bouncing Ball” Bastian is about as rudderless a ship as you’ll ever see. Never can tell which way he’ll vote, but lately he seems to have bounced into the court of the “Go Along to Get Along” team. (Did he really miss the Workshop to go bowling? Keep it out of the gutters, Drew.)
- Then there’s Mayor “T-fal Al” Green who, just like the nonstick skillets, wipes clean no matter how much dirt he steps in. Our small-town southern version of Boss Tweed, the mayor does not want to be called a politician. Just a good ol’ boy volunteering his time to make Port Orange a better place for his herd.
The only hope seems to be to get Bob Ford some help in the 2016 elections. Otherwise we’ll just have to keep our heads down and our wallets open while Mayor Green and the rest of them lead us to greener pastures next year, and the next year……..
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