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Maybe it’s just easier to open a can…or hire a lawyer

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Went down to the Christmas tree lighting event Thursday evening, Nov. 30, at Cooper Park. Nice, well-attended, family-type party. Among those present were two ladies I’ve known for several years. Fortunately, I had my lawyer with me, and each woman had her own legal adviser in tow. My lawyer and each of [Continue Reading]

RANT:  At last, a rough draft of the new sign ordinance

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

A rough draft of the new sign ordinance governing business and other signs in New Albany has been circulated to city officials and others. First Ward Alderman Amy Livingston stated at the city board’s regular meeting on Nov. 7 that she, working with others, had completed a draft of a proposed new sign ordinance. [Continue Reading]

Brown water: The cost of doing nothing will only get higher

October 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

Did we jinx NALGW? A little after midnight, early Tuesday morning October 10th, we posted a “Rant,” which lauded the work of New Albany Lights, Gas and Water (NALGW). We heaped special praise on the improvements in electrical service since Bill Mattox became the local utility’s manager seven years [Continue Reading]

Flashlights and brown water, solving problems in New Albany

October 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

“You don’t have flashlights? You must be new here.” It was a late summer day in 2000. We were, indeed, new to New Albany, and our daughter was newly enrolled in the city schools. We’d arrived early at the high school auditorium, with perhaps 50 other sets of parents, for a band concert. Without so [Continue Reading]

Political decisions: The stock and trade of government officials

September 11, 2017 // 1 Comment

The city board considered much routine business in its indecisive, four-hour meeting last week, but the sign ordinance and “speed bumps” were the memorable features. Two citizens appeared before the board asking that speed bumps be installed in their neighborhoods to slow down illegal, high-speed traffic. [Continue Reading]

Will no one rid New Albany of its troublesome sign hell?

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

At the conclusion of a four-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the New Albany Board of Aldermen decided not to decide. They missed another opportunity to free the city from sign hell. The city’s 2006 sign ordinance is a veritable hell that has caused the city’s aldermen much gnashing of teeth in recent years. [Continue Reading]

Time for New Albany aldermen to show common sense and courage

August 30, 2017 // 1 Comment

Frankly, I’m tired of writing about the badly flawed 2006 New Albany “sign ordinance” and its uneven, unfair enforcement. The newly reconstituted New Albany Board of Aldermen now has an opportunity to show common sense and courage. First, they should grant an incontestably worthy variance to the [Continue Reading]

Private meetings + public business = bad business for taxpayers

August 16, 2017 // 3 Comments

You might say I crashed a private party Monday night in downtown New Albany, Mississippi. I have done it before, and I promise, if given the opportunity, to do it again — and again. As is usually the case with such behavior, those who had arranged the private gathering weren’t thrilled to see me. Rude?  I [Continue Reading]

The Art of the Possible: Time to stand and deliver

July 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

This spring’s New Albany municipal elections were characterized by a lot of money spent and a lot of promises made. Record sums were spent on signs and brochures and advertising. Much of the money came from the pockets of the candidates and their families, but considerable amounts of campaign money came from [Continue Reading]
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