There was a decent turnout for last night’s council meeting. A couple of proclamations started the meeting off.
3.0 Special Presentations
3.1 Recognition of National Police Week:
3.2 Recognition of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month:
After that, the meeting descended into the abyss of sleazy, bottom feeding politics of personal destruction. I’m not going to say much about it except that some people in the city, particularly current and former leaders, are unhappy with the results of the election and chose to strike out at one of the winners with a very personal attack.
I was very disappointed with the way Mayor Rick Moses allowed a citizen to disrespect a duly elected current Alderman in a public, official City Council meeting. The citizen had copies of information that she wanted Council to have. She passed out copies to the Mayor and four of the five Alderman. As she approached the fifth Alderman, Nancy Schnell, she dismissed her with a backhanded wave, telling Alderman Schnell she didn’t need copies. Mayor Moses should have stepped in immediately and stopped that nonsense and required the citizen to give a copy of the material to Alderman Schnell or instructed each of the Aldermen to give their copies back to the citizen and move on. Instead, he did nothing and let the citizen proceed. Very sad to see that happen and the Mayor should apologize to Alderman Schell and to every citizen that attended the meeting.
There will be a new council seated on May 26th. Hopefully the politics of personal destruction will die the quick death it needs to but after 20 years of observing and reporting on politics, I doubt that is going to happen. Some people just seem to like crawling in the gutter. For the rest of us, let’s move forward and make the city the best city on the Gulf Coast.
(Note: cross posted to www.ShoreacresTX.US)