an ypsilanti blind item

Which of our local elected officials lashed out at a party a little while ago, calling someone a “fat lesbian”? Not that it’s any excuse, but I’m told that alcohol was involved. I’m also told that the “Ann Arbor News” had an article up on their website about the incident, and the formal grievance that had been filed by the police officer involved (yes, our elected official supposedly said it to a cop), but that it’s been removed. One wonders if perhaps the grievance was rescinded. Could it be that the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding? Could our city leader have said “phat thespian”? I keep checking Steve Pierce’s site, as this is the kind of story he usually likes to cover in graphic detail, but so far I don’t see anything… I’ll keep you posted.

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  1. egpenet
    Posted June 12, 2007 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Seems that “case of stupid” I opened my big mouth about earlier in the week, the one that was sprweading throughout the County, was still going around at that party. Someone check that councilwoman’s lawn sprayer or have YCUA check for contaminents in her pipes. Thanks heavens we don’t have chickens in the City and have to worry about HN51. If this continues, however, I’ll be wearing a gauze mask to all meetings at City Hall.

  2. mark
    Posted June 12, 2007 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I just got the following update from a reader who seems to know a thing or two about the case:

    …City council will discuss the matter at the June 19 City Council meeting. At that time council will decide if the matter is serious enough to require a hearing, and, if so, when the hearing will be scheduled. A hearing would be an open session unless the accused requests that it be closed. The hearing would probably include testimony from witnesses and a decision by council on what steps, if any, should be taken. Possible actions by Council include nothing, a resolution of censure, or (removal from the office)…

    And, for what it’s worth, I think that’s the same day that the EMU Regents have said that they’d announce who they would be letting go over the Dickinson case… Things are certainly heating up in Ypsilanti.

    And, then there’s the new petition to recall four City Council members over Water Street. Here’s the blurb from today’s “Ann Arbor News”:

    A group of Ypsilanti residents filed petitions Monday to recall four City Council members because they voted last year to borrow $17 million before the city signed a development ageement to build the Water Street project.

    The petitioners want to recall Mayor Pro Tem Trudy Swanson, D-Ward 1; Bill Nickels, D-Ward 2; John Gawlas, D- Ward 2, and Brian Filipiak, D- Ward 3. The city proposed the project in 1999, and two developer have backed out from development of condominiums and retail space on 38 acres east of downtown.

    The city continues to look for a developer and the council authorized last week using general fund dollars to pay back loans on the project.

    Wording on the petitions must be approved for clarity by the county before the petitioners can circulate them for signatures from voters.

    Read Wednesday’s Ann Arbor News for more details.

    Rumor is that Ypsilanti’s favorite landlord, David Kircher, is behind it.

    So, yeah, I guess you could say we’ve got a lot going on here in Ypsi.

  3. mark
    Posted June 12, 2007 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    OK, I just got a clarification from a friend about the City Council recall I just mentioned. Here’s the relevant part of his email:

    …The recall petitions state that (they want to) – “… recall four City Council members because they voted last year to borrow $17 million before the City signed a development agreement to build the Water Street project.”

    You can go to the City Council minutes and see that City Council approved Freed as the developer at the same meeting as they approved the refinancing. Wording for a recall doesn’t have to be accurate, just clear.

    Here’s the link to those City Council minutes:

  4. Ol' E Cross
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I give. Who was it?

  5. dr. teddy glass
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Does it rhyme with Oody Onson?

  6. doyleparty
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Regarding your clarification from a friend, I offer the following re-clarification-

    The city never entered into a development agreement with Freed. What council approved is a resolution authorizing staff to enter into negotiations with Freed with the intent of preparing a development agreement.

    When most communities in the state sell bonds for a brownfield project there is a development agreement in place which spells out the terms and conditions for developing a property and financially obligates the developer to the project, and often, to the repayment of the bonds. We did not follow this path, which is one of the contributing reasons we’re sinking general fund money into the project.

    I am not involved in the recall, nor am I interested in a witch hunt to cause our current council any additional grief, but we need to be clear and accurate about the past as we debate and discern the future.


  7. mark
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    A reader just found the link to the Ann Arbor News article. Apparently, they didn’t remove it from the site (yet). It just doesn’t show up on a search. And, once you read it, you’ll discover that it was City Council member Trudy Swanson to whom I was referring. (The police officer involved is also named in the article.)

    And thank you for the clarification, Bob.

  8. egpenet
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Wondering here if Dr. Glass merely audited Ogden Nash’s class. “Oody Onson” … Hmmmm.

    As for the deal with the bonds … I agree that at this point the question is … “Where to from here?” … not “Who was driving?” (We know all of that thanks to CTU satellite recon.)

    What I want to know now is: what was fouling the Huron River this afternoon and who/what/where/when/why is responsible? Then I can go to bed.

  9. mark
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those fat homosexual cops were involved.

    Of course, that was a joke.

  10. egpenet
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, a beautiful slick was apparent while walking my dog in Riverside Park.

    Later, my wife and arrived at the Forest Street bridge just before the EPA, Ypsi Township FD and two Detroit news crews pulled away.

    I hope we don’t have another dumping into the drains by WE-KNOW-WHO … but somebody released something into the river today.

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