There appears to be a bright light in the distance that may help. Rep. Randy Wood’s House Bill 174 would repeal the portion of Anniston’s City Manager Act that allows the city manager or City Council to call an inquiry. It was refreshing to see the local legislators get on board in support of this bill.
But now it appears as if Rep. Barbara Boyd may already be back-stepping with her support. She wants the delegation to talk with the council before it proceeds. This after the fact that Wood had agreed to meet with Councilman David Dawson six weeks ago.
This council has done nothing but talk. It talked the city of Anniston out of a half-million-dollar federal grant because its attention was on the inquiry that has wasted thousands of dollars. The driving force behind this waste of taxpayers’ money is a council member’s feelings. It has gotten to the point where the council thinks it can control city employees’ private thoughts and their expressions of these thoughts. The fact is this council’s actions are what bring such disgrace to this government body.
The council needs to stop talking and wasting money. It has a proven record of not being able to agree on anything. The delegation should get Wood’s bill passed. Oh, and let’s not forget the personal cry of a certain council member as to this being a racially motivated action.
Yes, I believe any council as totally out of control and unable to function as this one is should have the same action taken. Non-action, fighting, name-calling and lawsuits are not color-coded unless individuals can’t see past their own problems and built-in excuses.