Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Albany to Consider Salaries

That is the headline atop the Indiana section of today's Courier-Journal. Seems like I have heard about this somewhere? The article quotes the new mayor as saying the new salaries are important because they will help him "get moving" with his agenda. His agenda includes attracting more businesses downtown, as well as lining the pockets of a few friends. The last part of the agenda there was derived by the author. How about taking that $160,000, still don't know where they will get it, and hiring three or four more officers? Reducing the crime in downtown might attract more businesses and residents. How about fixing some sidewalks so folks can actually get to the businesses downtown? How about sticking to a campaign promise of not hiring anyone for economic development? Kevin Zurschmeide (R) feels that the mayor should have a chance to hire the staff he needs. Well Kevin, let's make sure that we question authority. Now is your chance New Albany. Tonight's meeting is at 7:30 on the third floor of the City-County building. Let your voices be heard tonight. Are there any fiscally conservative Democrats left? Any concerned citizens? Any New Albanians that are waiting for this sleepy river town to wake up?