The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

March 7, 2014

Your View: Won’t be forgotten

JOPLIN, Mo. — After Monday’s Joplin City Council meeting, Richard was very quiet. I was wound up and talking, and he was quiet.

Tuesday was different. He was snappy and growling. Finally, he went to his office and sat down to write the following:

What I saw at the council meeting last night was outrageous.

A Joplin resident, Kim Seavy, addressed the council with the information that he had taken the time to research, namely just how the council had violated the city charter. Their reaction to his well-stated position was to totally ignore him.

Then the $82,000 bill from the investigator came up on the agenda. The five council members stuck to it and voted to pay to pay the bill.

It occurs to me their “hurry up and get it over with” attitude and pay could be because this is their way of covering up their involvement in the misdirection of the investigation and a way to be sure that nobody but their own city attorney would see it or allow it to be seen by the public. Misdirect, pay double, hurry to pay. Sounds strange to me.

They had a contract (a contract!) with the investigator for $40,000 plus $5,000 out of pocket expenses. To my way of thinking if they “let a contract” to say fix the street for $100,000, the contractor should just send a bill for $200,000 and threaten to sue. I guess with the precedence that was set last night, they should pay this bill too?

It was obvious from where I sat that certain members of the council could have cared less; the five were past it and had gotten their way. Their argument was the investigator might sue.

Do the five actually think the Joplin public is stupid? In this case the five voted to pay so that they can control the damage that would hit if the people could actually see what was in it.

Do they actually think this will be forgotten?

I also watched the City attorney who seemed to me lost and backing up the five however he could.

Recalls do happen and people seeking to be on the council should know this.

As Charlie McGrew said, the five have embarrassed this city because of this scandal.

They should be ashamed, but are too arrogant to know it.

Diane and Richard Volk

Joplin

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