While the atmosphere was wonderful - people gathering in celebration that our Lord has risen - There was still a political agenda. Just tacky.
I was enjoying a conversation with a friend at the coffee booth when I overheard Mr. Berry giving Cynthia a tongue lashing about buying a house behind the town center. "What did you think would happen?" He said in an angry voice. He said that if we don't build on Barton Road we won't have enough tax base to run the City.
Just how much tax base do we need, I wondered? They already plan to build the OAC. That would be a wonderful place to put their project. Why aren't they working on that?
I find the social behavior an example of the attitude of the Council it is not unexpected. I also want to bring to the readers awareness of how the Parade of Presentations which Delayed the Council Meeting from getting to the Real Issue of the nights concern, trying to tire out the citizens in the audience. Presentation after Presentation wa s read, and given to the recipient, who got a hand shake over the counter. But, when the presentation involved an Photo Op with Mr. Jack Brown the Mayor walked all around the counter, and Posed for the Political See Me Shot.
This social behavior is attractive to some, but to most of the citizens it is offensive. You are right the council and the city staff have an arrogance about their conduct which is distasteful.
With regards to How Much Tax they want. As MUCH as they can get. Greed is not just a character flaw of individuals, it transfers to institutions as well. Some folks provide services and are paid minimum wage and looked down upon for their low social economic status, while the rich drug dealer, realtors, and booze pushers are elevated in social status. They have big cars, houses, and bank accounts.
The OAC and the Future of Grand Terrace Elementary School are tied with the 215 reconstruction. Who Knows how that will go?