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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 HT Dick Jones Award Poll

The 2014 1st annual HT Dick Jones Award poll is up for outstanding public service in Clark Co,

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Real Truth About The Hutt Lawsuit....Inside with Mr. X

 
These are busy times lots of things going on. I haven't gotten around to Mrs.HT's Christmas present shopping, we are getting set for big Christmas extravaganza at the HT compound for kids and grandkids and I wanted to start the poll today it will be up tomorrow for the HT Dick Jones Award.

 I was given some information yesterday that I thought was important enough that it should get immediate attention. A lot of it is just common sense thoughts that many of us have already figured and concluded on the Hutt lawsuit against the City of Jeffersonville Redevelopment on the White Reach hotel and retail project.

  What is important is not so much the content but the person that gave me the information and his thoughts. I practically begged him to let me use his name in the post, but he politely declined, citing friends, relatives involved on both sides of the issue and not wanting to jeopardize any friendships or relationships. In the interview I will refer to him as Mr.X. I will say without question he is one of the most respected members of our community, widely known, successful and as well liked as anyone I know. He has no political agenda but is as well versed in legal. political and business matters in Jeffersonville  (present and past) and as informed and knowledgeable as anyone  I know.


 The Lawsuit
  Contrary to what I believed, Mr. X actually thought Hutt's lawsuit had at least a 50/50 chance of being won by Hutt and Wilder. Stating that while he hasn't seen all the legal documentation or heard the legal arguments he thinks Les Merkley (City attorney) may have made the mistake of not crossing all his T's and dotting all his I's in the proposed purchase of the questioned property. He said Les Merkley is a fine attorney and a honest,good man and any attorney could have made the same mistake. These kind of deals usually aren't held to  much scrutiny especially the appraisals that are cited as required in the lawsuit. He said normally no one cares about the appraisal value other than  the buyer and seller, and if the buyer and the seller are in agreement it's usually a non issue. The circumstances of a private citizen filing suit in these type of matters is practically unheard of and was totally unexpected....

   My interviewee  Mr. X, thought the Redevelopment Boards's action of not renewing the deadline for White-Reach was very telling, he had two scenario's 1.)  Merkeley came to the conclusion that Hutt's lawsuit had a strong legal position and conceded and advised the board so. 2.) White Reach was getting cold feet, they had already been delayed once while City council "diddled around" with the zoning, and with no immediate end in sight they just moved on.

  I asked Mr. X  since the White Reach project was apparently dead would Hutt and Wilder continue on with the lawsuit. He thought they would mainly because this lawsuit was basically a political ploy, whose main and probably sole intent was to make the current administration look bad. The continued  publicity aimed at the Moore administration by going forward with the suit is just a bonus political plum. He continued "It's a farce" to think this is a "class action" suit to save the taxpayers money "it's all political'' with a mayoral election year coming up next year to stop an attractive project by the incumbent mayor could be a good move by the opposition. He went on to say "I wouldn't call it a shrewd or smart move"  because in essence the Hutt lawsuit has hurt the community ... by delaying tax revenue on the property, denying local businesses additional revenue from the added influx of visitors a nice hotel would bring in and slowing the momentum of growth shown recently in the downtown sector. Not to mention the collateral damage this has done to the City going forward on attracting potential businesses and retail establishments and projects.


  Mr. X went on to say that Hutt and Wilder are trying to paint this White Reach project as some kind of underhanded , questionable deal by the redevelopment dept. with a financially shaky( WR) firm where statutes were broken, and regulations not followed, which he stated is simply "not true". This was a legitimate, sound project with a well respected firm (White Reach) who has been in business for over 25 years and have done successful projects in the past in Jeffersonville and So. Indiana. If there were mistakes made they were honest oversights by Mr. Merkley nothing more who is "as honest as the day is long."  there never was any "intentional" move to not follow statutes pertaining to this sale of this property.


   Mr. X thinks the lawsuit could go either way but with the proposed project now apparently dead the ruling would be a moot point. Municipalities are given a wide range of leeway on these type deals in order for growth within communities. If the city would lose the suit it would be no big deal really because the project is dead already, but it would give the city and the redevelopment dept.additional guidelines moving forward for future projects.The alleged required appraisals would be no big hurdle in the future, the only real impact this law suit will have is increased skepticism  by development firms and retail businesses in going forward with the City of Jeffersonville. This lawsuit puts up a roadblock and message for companies to look elsewhere for cooperation.....End Part I

***Time restraints won't allow the finish of this interview...Stay tuned for Part II in the next couple of days...Mr. X has some interesting remarks on White Reach, local politics,  and business and the aftermath of this lawsuit....


Thursday, December 18, 2014

***************************Breaking Story**************************
Tomorrow the Jeffersonville-Clark Co. Blog (BatBlog) has a story that will blow the doors off all previous stories on the Hutt lawsuit. An interview and story with a prominent local resident that will blow you away...busy schedule but it should be up tomorrow...check back in and tell your friends, new and inside material....The Truth comes out...(tell all your chatter friends and link it to the BatBlog)
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The Hwy. 62 Entry Way Hotel Project is Dead...The Real Story

  The Jeff Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night not to extend the deadline for the White-Reach Development's proposed development of the entry way corridor along Hwy. 62. in Jeffersonville. The project which included a large hotel and several adjoining restaurants and possible retail establishments.

   The resident "Village Idiot" NHBSM is blubbering all over the internet that it's all about White-Reach delaying the project by asking for extensions and the deal fell through, and how the City of Jeffersonville broke the law in selling the property. In typical NHBSM fashion these are all lies.

 The real story is and this comes from a good sources close to the project is that White -Reach rightfully refused to go forward with the project because of a lawsuit filed by the Village Idiot himself represented by his attorney Larry "the Can" Wilder. White-Reach knew that the lawsuit could potentially put added costs and delays into the project costing them money...It would be like me or you buying a car and not knowing what the cost would be until after you signed the purchase agreement. Naturally White -Reach balked at signing the deal until the litigation was decided and all the costs were on the table.

  In essence NHM (Not Honest Mike) and his bullshit lawsuit have stopped any development on that property, because no development company is going to invest into something without knowing what the costs will be and pending litigation hanging over their head.

Lies, Lies and more Lies
Everyone knows about NH's penchant for lying... in this case it's multiple to the point of ridiculousness.
  
Lie No. 1 What the City did was illegal....That's to be determined by a court of law, NH (Not Honest) is entitled to his opinion but it is not fact..NH does not write statutes or determine who abides by such statutes.

Lie No. 2  What the property is worth.... Not Honest claims the property it's worth a ridiculous amount like a million an acre...appraisals are very subjective you can get a 100 different wide varying appraisals from a 100 different appraisers. In the end property is only worth what someone is willing to  pay for it. anyone could have bid on it only White Reach gave a legitimate bid and it was fair market value for the property...probably more than it's worth...

Lie No. 3 This is a class action suit by the citizens of Jeffersonville... Pure bull shit this all about NH and his political agenda...Most people could give a rat's ass what the property is worth or what the city sells it for. People like amenities and this was a nice project that most people were in favor of.

Lie No.4 NH's claim he want's whats best for the city...More BS this is all about NH... he wants to feel important and claims to know what's best but doesn't have the gonads to run for office because he knows he couldn't even win  a dog catchers race. His actions have hurt a lot of people, cost people money, the city tax revenue and jobs.

Lie No.5 He claims this is not political...This is the biggest lie of all and everyone knows it. it's purely political...After kissing politicians asses for years he finally landed a position on the Redevelopment board which lasted about a month until they found out what a liar, two faced blowhard he is. since then his sole goal in life is revenge for his unceremonious firing. He takes his miserableness and vindication out on the good citizens of Jeff and Clark Co....



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best Public Servant in Clark Co.....1st Annual HT - Dick Jones Award

 
The BatBlog in an attempt to put a positive spin on things as we head into the Christmas season and New Year announce the 1st annual Hoosiertaxpayer  Dick Jones Award. To be voted on by the public in a new BatPoll. The Batblog is pretty hard on some of our politicians and office holders (and rightfully so), but we also realize we have some good ones and true public servants. We will give you a list of some of our favorites and if you like send us a name of someone we may have overlooked. We will limit it to current  office holders in the local area (Jeffersonville and Clark Co) and the award will be named after Dick Jones a truly great public servant and nice man who recently retired after many years of local public service....Be Sure To Vote.....

NOMINEES

1. Barbara Hollis (D) - President of the Clark Co. council entering her 5th term has handled her position with grace and class and is well respected by both parties...

2. Brian Lenfert (R) - County Council V.P. has been a valuable member of the council heading into his second term, has had some good ideas concerning county's budget woes...

3. Susan Popp (D) - Nice lady and very capable councilwoman on the County council who appears to have won the Co. clerk's race and will do an excellent job there as well...

4. Kelly Khuri (R) -  She's a tea partier but we won't hold that against her , she's a leading advocate for protecting the taxpayer's tax dollars...

5. Rick Stephenson (R) - County Commissioner who is openly receptive to answering anyone's questions, keeps a Q and A thread on the CCC to accommodate voters which is unheard openness and transparency around these parts.

6. Jack Coffman (R) -  Off to a good start in his 1st term as commissioner. have heard no complaints about him or R. Stephenson...

7. Nathan Samuel (D) - Jeffersonville city councilman has the potential to be a good public servant needs to be his own man more and not listen and vote along with the stooges on the council....

8. Bryan Glover (R) - Breath of fresh air on what is a pretty dense Jeff City council...will be missed as he moves to his job as the third Clark Co, Commissioner...

9. Mike Moore (R) - Jeff Mayor who we started to leave off the list as he has made some dumb
moves in his battles with the City council, but all in all Jeff has progressed nicely during his 1st term and he has some nice projects in the planning. His best move firing the "Village Idiot" NHBSM right off the bat.

10. Dan Moore (D) - Circuit court judge, though Dan will be leaving after losing in the primary he deserves recognition.... he was a tough , no nonsense but fair judge who knows the law and was well respected among attorneys and he will be  missed....

That's our list if we overlooked anyone or you have a potential candidate let us know and we'll take it into consideration...Look for the Poll in the next couple of days....




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 2014 Political Turkey of the Year

 
 Congratulations are in order to NHBSM the winner of the BatBlog's 1st annual "Political Turkey of the Year" award. Though he's not really a politician, never held office (who would vote for him), and nobody really pays much attention to him NH (Not Honest Mike) easily captured our first annual award by nearly a 2 to 1 margin over 2nd place  NH's breakfast buddy Danny (Smooth Talker) Rodden and the "Big Q" Quasar the resident right wing whacko on the CCC finished 3rd. And it is only fitting that like in the real world of politics "Toxic" John Perkins finished dead last like he has done so many times in real life....

  As someone earlier mentioned it's a shame to associate the majestic turkey to this motley band of candidates so next year it will be the "Political Buzzard of the Year" so as not to sully the fine name of the turkey...