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RANT:  At last, a rough draft of the new sign ordinance

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

A rough draft of the new sign ordinance governing business and other signs in New Albany has been circulated to city officials and others. First Ward Alderman Amy Livingston stated at the city board’s regular meeting on Nov. 7 that she, working with others, had completed a draft of a proposed new sign ordinance. [More]

Brown water: The cost of doing nothing will only get higher

October 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

Did we jinx NALGW? A little after midnight, early Tuesday morning October 10th, we posted a “Rant,” which lauded the work of New Albany Lights, Gas and Water (NALGW). We heaped special praise on the improvements in electrical service since Bill Mattox became the local utility’s manager seven years [More]

Flashlights and brown water, solving problems in New Albany

October 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

“You don’t have flashlights? You must be new here.” It was a late summer day in 2000. We were, indeed, new to New Albany, and our daughter was newly enrolled in the city schools. We’d arrived early at the high school auditorium, with perhaps 50 other sets of parents, for a band concert. Without so [More]

Political decisions: The stock and trade of government officials

September 11, 2017 // 1 Comment

The city board considered much routine business in its indecisive, four-hour meeting last week, but the sign ordinance and “speed bumps” were the memorable features. Two citizens appeared before the board asking that speed bumps be installed in their neighborhoods to slow down illegal, high-speed traffic. [More]

Will no one rid New Albany of its troublesome sign hell?

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

At the conclusion of a four-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the New Albany Board of Aldermen decided not to decide. They missed another opportunity to free the city from sign hell. The city’s 2006 sign ordinance is a veritable hell that has caused the city’s aldermen much gnashing of teeth in recent years. [More]

Time for New Albany aldermen to show common sense and courage

August 30, 2017 // 1 Comment

Frankly, I’m tired of writing about the badly flawed 2006 New Albany “sign ordinance” and its uneven, unfair enforcement. The newly reconstituted New Albany Board of Aldermen now has an opportunity to show common sense and courage. First, they should grant an incontestably worthy variance to the [More]

Private meetings + public business = bad business for taxpayers

August 16, 2017 // 3 Comments

You might say I crashed a private party Monday night in downtown New Albany, Mississippi. I have done it before, and I promise, if given the opportunity, to do it again — and again. As is usually the case with such behavior, those who had arranged the private gathering weren’t thrilled to see me. Rude?  I [More]

The Art of the Possible: Time to stand and deliver

July 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

This spring’s New Albany municipal elections were characterized by a lot of money spent and a lot of promises made. Record sums were spent on signs and brochures and advertising. Much of the money came from the pockets of the candidates and their families, but considerable amounts of campaign money came from [More]

Failure: Full-time mediocrity in a part-time job can pay pretty well

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you believed the Mississippi state legislature would demonstrate more competence this year than it did in last year’s regular session, abandon hope. State legislature’s collective failure profits members, harms taxpayers It appears that the distinguished members of the state senate and house of [More]
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