Get Over It
This week features sad tales from the orbit around the Inglis Town Hall. First is an unfortunate mistake by an arrogant citizen whose local claim to fame has been the ongoing harassment of the Town Hall staff and the organization of his own political machine, which I call the Gang of Five. The machine, I might add, got soundly defeated in the last election due to the fact that its platform collapsed in a heap of bad judgment.
Anyway, it seems that Mr. Monteverde was out walking his dogs. Along the way he walked them onto someone else’s property. As the fickle finger of fate would have it, the son of the owner was visiting. His dog was in his truck. The dog jumped out of the truck and attacked Mr. Monteverde’s two little dogs. The dog’s owner lives in Crystal River. Mr. Monteverde refuses to explain why, uninvited, he went on another’s piece of property with his dogs. Could this have something to do with shit? It usually does where he’s concerned with local politics.
He requested and got an appointment to meet with the town mayor, Drenda Merritt earlier this week. The mayor wisely called in the Animal Control Officer, Miss Bauer, and The town Commissioner who’s oversight includes Animal Control, Miss Pat Tulley. Miss Merritt did a smart thing. You do not want to have a closed door meeting with Mr. Monteverde without others present.
After discussing the incident at length and finally explaining that according to state law the town was not able to declare the dog a dangerous animal because, his owner doesn’t live here; among other facts. The mayor finally told Mr. Monteverde the meeting was over. Monteverde at this point was not a happy camper. This occurs frequently when he comes to town hall and doesn’t get his way with the women on staff. He concluded his participation by dropping the “F” bomb on the mayor, not once-- but three times. Charming.
Frankly, I don’t blame Mr. Bill for being upset about his dogs. I have had encounters with bad dogs running loose here in Inglis, and that has led me to carry pepper spray when my dog and I walk the two to three miles along CR 40. Unfortunately, he thinks the town and the mayor are at fault for not retaliating, since he already knew that he was at the end of a dead end street with Citrus County.
Finally, as to be expected, he has made several “public records” requests this week concerning the people in Zoning and Animal Control. This is a form of harassment he’s indulged in for almost seven years now. So, what's new in Inglis?
Lastly, keep in mind that this is the person who ran on the platform for dissolving the town of Inglis. Had that happened he would have been at the county and I’d bet that a deputy would have escorted him out of their building.
Next up on the “aliens are coming” docket is this week’s entertaining missive in the local fish wrapper. Submitted by the former zoning officer, this tome is another version of the endless gobbled-gook he produced in the course of his work day. Frankly, after having dealt personally with this guy I know that for the $19 an hour we were paying him we could have gotten a boulder, glued a basketball on top, and put a sign around its neck that said Zoning. The town and the citizens would have gotten a hellava lot more for their buck and it wouldn’t have been so difficult getting a straight answer.
In his comments he couches an argument regarding property values and the effect on same when abandoned and/or uninhabitable structures are removed from the neighborhood. This person uses the term simplistic. In response to his valuation theory, the appropriate assessment is ignorant. The actual marketplace will always confirm the fact that the removal of blight, though sometimes “inconvenient” to the negligent owner, will benefit the neighborhood in several ways effecting value in an upward result.
He states that, “Only people seeking to sell their houses stand to benefit from higher property values.” DUH! He continues, “Why should the town of Inglis be promoting a policy that benefits only those seeking to leave Inglis?” Well, “Aw Shucks.” Y’all don’t come back. Ya Heah?”
AND, don’t miss the obvious that Botts belongs to the faction that does not want any one else to come here unless they only want to live in a neighborhood full of abandoned and ramshackle homes. What was that you said about property values?????
Mr. Botts takes a lot of cheap shots in this “letter”. Sour grapes about the present Zoning/Code enforcement officer, Steve Warren who has accomplished 20 times more than Botts could have in fifteen years.
The worst thing about Mr.Botts’ intriguing letter is the lack of facts concerning the town, its budget, and what the town is doing, such as the FEMA, CRS Flood Insurance ratings.
Mr. Botts has not been to a budget meeting nor more than one regular commission meeting that I know of since he was let go. If he had he would know that the $600,000 addition to the budget is actually, a $620,000 dollar CDBG housing grant that this year, directly affected Inglis families in receiving new or rehabilitated housing with very favorable subsidies. He would also know that every stone has been turned over in the bureaucratic maze concerning storm water and waste water treatment and disposal, along with bridge repairs. He would know that Inglis and its sister community had committed dollar support for a comprehensive study to save the Withlacoochee River, initiated by our local environmental watch dog, WAR, Inc..
Mr.Botts has even less understanding of how municipal budgeting works, than Mr. Monteverde.
Retrospect (Or shoulda,coulda & wouldof) is a valuable tool for making speculative arguments. Mr. Botts knows first hand how to game the system with a do nothing agenda and lots of blah-blah. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t show up on the next Gang of Five ticket. BOY, that plunge will be like a giant sink hole opening.
That’s enuff said. So, what’s new in Inglis?
Zoo Bear Meets Boy Bear
Beating the wifehttp://i.imgur.com/fDCNkIY.jpg
Nazar Bilyk's "Rain"
What kind of art did you say was in here?
When you're there it's too damn cold to be this beautiful.
The Butterfly Effect
From my freind Lynn Sholes
In Chaos Theory, the Butterfly Effect is: "…the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic, nonlinear system can result in large differences in a larger state."
In other words, a butterfly flapping its wings in Texas can cause a typhoon later in the Sea of Japan .
Think about it, in mid-20th Century America, an 18 year old hippie in a Honolulu college had sex with an older, alcoholic Kenyan politician on a student visa, who had a wife and child back in Africa. And from this "roll in the hay" comes the collapse and dissolution of the United States of America in the 21st Century.
Have a great weekend.