Congrats, Saints - Now, Back To Work For The Rest Of Us
Well, the football season is officially over now. Congrats to the New Orleans Saints for their HUGE win, 31-17, over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in the Super Bowl. It was a great game and the Saints certainly deserved to win - for themselves and the City of New Orleans. And, yes, I was 180 degrees wrong with my pick, keeping my string intact. :-)
BOTH PLANNING COMMISSION AND COUNCIL MEET NEXT WEEK
In an unusual bit of scheduling, next week both the Planning Commission and the City Council will meet.
GENERAL PLAN AND WESTSIDE SENIOR DEVELOPMENT
The Planning Commission, under the guidance of Chairman Jim Righeimer, will review the city's general plan and discuss a development on the Westside in which senior housing is being proposed.
BUDGET STUDY SESSION
The City Council will hold a Study Session on Tuesday and will devote the entire time to a discussion of the Mid-year Budget review. This should be very interesting because we should have a pretty good idea of how the city is doing in the revenue department - both sales and property tax numbers should be available - and also should have a much clearer idea of the impact of the enhanced retirement package that was offered to nearly 150 employees.
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING - CLOSED SESSION
A special City Council meeting will immediately follow the Study Session, but it will be a closed session at which the sale of the Fairgrounds will be discussed. When I saw that item I wondered just what there is to discuss right now, since the State has not indicated whether they will accept or reject any or all bids in the recent auction.
MONAHAN ON KOCI-FM
Then, tonight I discovered the YouTube video of Councilman Gary Monahan's visit to radio station KOCI 101.5 FM last weekend. This nearly 10 minute snippet of his time on the air was illuminating because he told the radio audience that the city is currently pursuing a Lease/Purchase option with the State for the Fairground property that might turn out to be more profitable to the State in the long run. That was the first I'd heard of that plan. It's interesting that no member of the real media has reported that fact yet. You can watch the clip and learn more for yourselves. Remember, this is radio and the video is very poor.