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Friday, November 21, 2014

Jamey Noel the Puppetmaster ??? City Court Controversy...

 
Concerning the recently proposed ordinance by City councilman Matt Owen to abolish Jeffersonville City Court brings up an interesting theory brought up by a comment left in an earlier post. to read CLICK HERE

The anonymous commentor seems to think that recently elected Clark Co. sheriff Jamey Noel maybe behind the scenes, pushing for the elimination of City Court through his campaign manager Matt Owen. The commentor points out several different connections between Noel and the controversy 1.) Owen  2.) Noel's sister Lisa Gill sits on the City Council. 3.) City Judge Pierce's comments about the Indiana State police of which Noel is member, bypassing his court...and then the BatBlog came across an interesting article from the 2006 sheriff's election CLICK HERE  in the article it mentions that Noel has expressed an interest in adding one or two more judges and courts in Clark Co.

Are these merely coincidental factors and people in the movement to remove Judge Pierce and the Jeff city court or is there something to this theory ??? The BatBlog doesn't know for sure but  the coincidences and timing right after the recent election are interesting to say the least.

Owen who also works for Noel as a marketing representative of the New Chapel fire and EMS...by the way why does a fire and EMS need a marketing rep. ??? seems rather strange but that's for another thread...

The BatBlog is not saying anything here is illegal but the circumstances are interesting. The BatBlog likes for our public officials to think on their own and be their own man, which may or may not be the case in this incident...Is Noel the master manipulator and behind the scenes manager of his agenda for the whole area ??? I guess time will tell. In the meantime...

The BatBlog's position remains this is a ridiculous move on Owen's part whether it has been manipulated or not. There is no doubt there is probably a need for another Circuit court in Clark Co., but eliminating City Court is not the way of bringing it about. The pretense of Owen's ordinance as a cost saving measure for area citizens  is far sighted and misleading...some would say an out and out lie.... Going forward hopefully the council will see this ordinance for what it and do the right thing and vote down Owen's proposal...Let your councilman know how you feel about this and as always "stay vigilant my friends".....

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Record Set !!!

The Jeffersonville - Clark Co. Blog (BatBlog) set a new record for number of page views in October with 21,245 views. Thanks to all the readers and those who have participated through the comments section and e-mails. If you have a story or a tip that needs attention you can contact the BatBlog at hoosiertaxpayer@outlook.com where confidentiality is guaranteed. Again thanks for the support and as always "Stay vigilant my friends"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

City Court Abolished ...Bad Move , Calling Goliath

  Everyone I've talked to today, including a couple of attorneys thinks the City council's proposed abolishment of Jeffersonville City Court is a bad move. Who else is more qualified and knowledgeable about the situation than the local attorneys who use the current system everyday and know the ins and outs, the good and bad of the court system.

 Matt Owen and Dennis Julius appear to be the main drivers behind the movement to end Judge Pierce's City Court citing reduced caseloads and the costs of operating the court as the factors in their decision.  My question is when did we start looking at costs and expenditures when public safety is concerned ???  Public safety provided by law enforcement and the judicial system is just something you can't put a price on. Eliminating one court (City) and putting more burden and strain on an
another court (Circuit) that is already stretched and full to the max is insane and irresponsible.Not to mention the financial strain the added caseload it will put on the County which is already faced with mandates just to operate. And an over crowded court docket is just begging for more mistakes to be made like the unfortunate release of a killer several weeks ago...Newly elected Circuit Court judge Brad Jacobs summed it up pretty well without the Jeff city Court and referring to the Circuit Court system "it's going to be a nightmare."

 Here's a grand idea for Owen and Julius who apparently didn't ask anyone how they felt or input about their proposal including the judges and attorneys who make up the system. How about Owen and Julius doing their jobs and get together with all parties involved including current judges, prosecutor, County Commissioners, Indiana St. police officials and work together to come up with a plan that would better utilize and increase the caseload of Judge pierce's City Court, and also work on a plan to increase revenue through fines , court costs etc. that would alleviate some of the financial shortcomings.

The easy way out was Owen and Julius'plan to just shut it down...How about showing some leadership qualities and do what you're paid for and try and work out a settlement and plan that is agreeable and works for all the parties involved...Unless of course the move by Julius and Owen was merely political in nature, then they should man up and just admit it's all political and we then we will know that public sentiment and safety don't really matter...because it all politics....

Hopefully the wise giant Goliath will weigh in on this, he's usually a voice of reason on these type matters....YO GOLIATH...You out there???


Monday, November 17, 2014

Can't We Just Get Along...

 *****************************************BREAKING UPDATE*****************************            As predicted by the BatBlog the dumbass City council moved tonight to have the Jeff City court eliminated citing financial costs... Coincidence the same day suit was filed ??? We think not, this has the distinct rotten smell of politics..... stay tuned for more on this developing story....
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 I guess Jeffersonville Democrats didn't hear about the county beatdown of Dem.s by the GOP. Two Democrat officeholders City clerk Vicki Conlin and City Judge Kenneth Pierce are in a pissing contest over some files with Conlin filing suit against Pierce. To make matters worse some of the idiots on the City Council are threatening to shut down the City Court and Pierce.

 Nice move Democrats.... give the GOP more ammunition  and another reason to remove two more Dem. positions to the Rep.s in the next city elections. The GOP is laughing all the way to the polls ... Get your act together ...surely this can be settled without a lawsuit that will just fritter away more taxpayer's money ... Larry "the CanMan" Wilder is making quite the reputation and $$$ suing the City and City offices...

Can't we just get along...Judge Pierce is one of the good guys surely some agreement can be reached before the dumb asses on the council do away with the court and then put a heavier burden on the already over stretched to it's limit Circuit Court...But then, when was anything around here ever done logically or sensibly ???

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Election 2015 Jeff Mayor's Race

   
Moore's the front runner unless he shoots himself in the foot...
The Jeffersonville mayoral race will highlight the 2015 city elections. As it looks now and pending some unexpected primary results, incumbent Mike Moore (R) will face city councilman Dennis Julius (D) in Nov. 2015. Moore has to be considered the favorite as a lot of positive growth and new projects have came about in Moore's first three years in office. The Big Four Bridge and landing and revitalization of downtown, the proposed development of the Hwy. 62 corridor, the new marina, the Veterans Pkwy. development are some of the positive aspects here locally under Moore. We realize that the Big Four bridge and subsequent upswing downtown wasn't Moore's idea but like every mayor before him he'll get the credit.....for mainly being in the right place at the right time....

   The negatives are mainly the constant bickering back and forth between Moore and the City council. Though this was mostly just political posturing Moore could have handled it better by not reverting to name calling as he did in a couple of instances. Also improvement in an already poor traffic and road infrastructure hasn't been addressed adequately under Moore especially in the out
Galligan Lite ???
lying east end area.

  Julius who started his campaign for mayor almost as soon as he took his seat on the city council will most certainly be burdened by the conception of all the money his business (Walnut Ridge) has made from the city over the years. His friendship and association with the polarizing former mayor Tom Galligan will come into question...some consider  Julius a Galligan lite. This could also work to his advantage as there is a mostly older core group of the Galligan  camp, who haven't gotten over the victory of Moore over Galligan in 2011 and will most certainly back Julius.

 In the end the BatBlog's opinion, unless Moore shoots himself in the foot in the next year before the election it's his race to lose. The visible, positive growth you see around town after the Galligan years of stagnation will overshadow any negative perceptions of Moore. The negative perception is mostly put out by the bitter rivals of the mayor, but the majority of the voters will notice the mostly positive changes under Moore and vote accordingly....and of course right now it doesn't hurt being a Republican here locally....

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

City Elections 2015 Part II (City council)...

 
The bulk of the council
As we said expect most returning councilmen/women to run for reelection. City council is normally kind of entry level position in politics. It doesn't pay much but then you really don't have to do much either. It's kind of ironic really nonsensical that we pay these council people the equivalent of what you make at McDonald's to oversee multimillion dollar budgets. Most of them have no practical and at times common sense or training or experience to determine what and what isn't important in handling our tax dollars.....but that's politics.

 Then again there are fringe benefits on serving on the city council..A place in the all the parades, occasionally being quoted for the news media, the feeling of self importance and the pleasure of having  answers for your constituents. Actually having answers is a misnomer, good luck finding your councilman or getting a straight answer if you do find him and you have a problem...unless of course it's close to election time.

 Actually we have over the years had some good council people, in fact I thought Zach Payne and especially Brian Glover were excellent choices and solid public servants , and at times Nathan Samuel has shown promise. The rest you can put in a bag and shake them out , not much difference...the rest put politics above progress and have done everything in their power to slow or stop the current mayor's agenda....But in politics especially minor positions like City council, name recognition is everything and it will be tough to root out those who have been perched on this council way too long. It is hard to pin anything negative on them because they actually don't do much....Anyone who has spoken before the council can tell you how they piddle around with their computers, shuffle papers and generally act disinterested. Their condescending attitude attests to their own self exaggerated sense of importance....but then again that's politics and you can only vote for what is presented to you....


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ready for Another Election ??? 2015 City Elections Around the Corner....

Will the stooges seek re-election ???
  Get ready people of Jeffersonville another election is just months away. Mayoral and City council seats will be up for grabs next November with primaries this May. What to look for...the mayor's race looks set with Dennis Julius (D) against incumbent Mike Moore (R) there may be a couple of stragglers enter the primaries, but Julius and Moore look like they are on a collision course in the fall....

  Expect all the sitting councilmen/women other than those that moved on to County offices to run for re-election including the "three stooges" Ed Z., Connie Sellers and Mike "Mr.Green Jeans" Smith...
Sellers and Ed Z. are RINO's (Republican in name only)...who can forget their long faces at Rep. headquarters the night of Moore's election as mayor. The three all of whom were given jobs at one time or another by their guru and puppet master Tom Galligan, have made life as difficult as possible for Moore...hoping against hope that Galligan would rise from the ashes of the burnt heap of old worn out, out of touch, politicians and magically make them relevant again.

Jamey Noel want to be ???
 The rest of the returning incumbents are mostly a pretty nondescript bunch ( that's pretty much a description of any councilman ,,," nondescript") except for young Matt Owen (the Kid with Game) who aspires to be a Jamey Noel clone...Young Owen followed Noel around like a little puppy dog during the recent sheriff's election making sure Jamey's badge and crown were always brightly polished....

End Part I....tomorrow Part II


Side Note *** Congratulations to Pat Barrow and her homeowners group who have at least for now won a major battle against Mac Construction and the asphalt plant. The Moore administration pulled Mac's permit to operate the plant. Expect more litigation, but kudos for Moore and his officials for doing the right thing even if it was a political move for next year's election...