THE HUNTER REPORT
BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER
JOHNSON TAKES ON SIMPSON - FAMILY COMMENTS BACKFIRE
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BY: PAT HUNTER
Lenoir City Mayor Tony Aikens called Monday's (April 11th) Council meeting to order. The minutes were approved by Council. Mayor Aikens requested adding item eight (Rock the Docks contract) to the agenda, which was unanimously approved by Council.
Mayor Aikens asked for Reports from members of City Council. Councilman Eddie Simpson spoke and asked to make two comments at the end of the meeting instead of the beginning of the meeting, and Mayor Aikens agreed. Interestingly, Mayor Aikens didn't bother to ask the nature of Simpson's comments.
I wonder if anyone ever bothers to read Robert's Rules of Order Revised regarding changing the Order of Business. It appears that moving "Reports from members to City Council" from the beginning to the end of the meeting may require a 2/3 vote from Council but Mayor Aikens did not appear to follow the rules. It also seems, that Councilman Simpson masked his statement (personal comments) under the ploy of a committee report.
As all eight items on the agenda were addressed and Mr. Hurst gave no "Report from the City Administrator," Mayor Aikens moved on to the next agenda, "Comments from citizens regarding an item/items not on the agenda..." but nobody spoke.
Mayor Aikens asked Councilman Simpson to speak and he spoke for ten minutes. By moving Simpson's comments after public comment there was slim chance of any feedback after Simpson spoke, just ask Becky Watkins. When she attempted to speak, Mayor Aikens repeatedly told her that she could not speak (Separate articles/video coming - TONY'S RULES OF ORDER). When Johnson took Simpson to task over his comments, Mayor Aikens told him that he was out of order numerous times. That is, until Councilman Bobby Johnson, Sr., came to the defense of his family member Bobby Johnson Jr., (former Treasurer -Recorder).
What's the old proverb, "Blood is thicker than water".
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(NOTE: Councilman Johnson had listened to Councilman Simpson speak about his family. Johnson, Sr. wanted the public to know what Simpson had done. "... Do you deny uh stealing water? ...I got proof on that buddy, you're telling a lie, Mr. Simpson. You got caught by pictures..." Councilman Eddie Simpson denied Johnson's accusations.
An article appeared in the
January 16, 2006 Loudon County News Herald, which said in part ..."
Hudson, a resident of Executive Meadows, also attended the council meeting to
inform the board of a local contractor he alleged was stealing water. Hudson
claimed he had seen Councilman Eddie Simpson use water from a fire hydrant to
wash a street. Hudson said he "couldn't even get the police to make a report."
Simpson did not deny using the water, saying he had a meter he usually used but
neglected to do so on this occasion.
According to LCUB General Manager Fred Nelson, Simpson came to the office to
inform him he had used the water without metering it. Nelson said he told
Simpson he "wasn't going to treat him any different" than anyone else, charging
Simpson a $250 tampering fee. Nelson said the complaint received by LCUB alleged
Simpson used approximately one-half hour of water. Simpson agreed to pay for an
hour's worth of water in addition to the fine.
Lenoir City Mayor Matt Brookshire said, in relation to the incident, "as far as I'm concerned that's been taken care of through LCUB.")
To read the news article in the Loudon County News Herald click: http://www.loudon.xtn.net/story/3839
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