End the Corruption Now
Do a little digging and find out which city councilman, while serving in elected office, was cited for repeatedly violating the city building codes by performing "skilled" electrical, HVAC, and assorted other building trades duties without even applying for, much less receiving the proper permits?
Ask around. See if the city didn't resort to litigation to have it stopped and see if there's not a consent decree on file somewhere to resolve the matter.
Then dig a little deeper and find out for whom the city councilman was performing some of this work. Could it have been yet another veteran city councilman? And while we're at it, how many council members own rental properties in this city that were renovated, repaired or subdivided into multiple rental units without the acquisition of the proper permits?
Let's just put it all on the table.
Let's demand that every elected official in the City of New Albany list all of their and their family's commercial interests, employments, real estate interests, etc. so that the public can judge whether their votes are in the public interest or in their own or their families' interests.
Did you ever wonder why some council members so vigorously oppose the idea of an ordinance enforcement officer? Are they enriching themselves by seeing to it that the building codes and the other city ordinances aren't enforced?
There's certainly nothing wrong with owning property or having business interests. Our mayor owns a dry cleaning store. But if the mayor suddenly directs that, for example, all police officers must have their uniforms done at his place, that would be a clear conflict.
And if a city council member opposes the enforcement of health and safety ordinances while operating outside those ordinances, the public has the right to know that, too.