The stranglehold on this city can only be attributed to one source… the city council. Trash burning plants and pig people wouldn’t get out of the starting gate let alone get much traction if it were not for this current council. Sadly, when offered the chance to correct it, the greater preponderance of the qualified voters stayed home.
The offer to govern yourself is the greatest attribute this country has to offer, it’s why people from all over the world want to live here. And all this time you thought it was the North Iowa winters that attracted them. You don’t need a broom to clean out City Hall, you just need to vote.
This city has been sued numerous times but the chance of you hearing about these legal conflicts is extremely remote. Why? Because they were all settled out of court, and the local Globe-Gazette made the decision to gloss over the drama; the city has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars while Bookmeyer has held the top spot.
At first glance this sitting council looks no different than any other… but that’s where all similarity ends. These remaining 5 members ( soon to be 6 ) have serious mental deficiencies. There is no other way to approach this, these council members have allowed a Mayor with extreme alcoholic tendencies that are well established and near legendary to lead them as far from reality has humanly possible.
Still instilled in my mind are the long lines at the council meetings, lines of people now in the bright light of day confronted with the realism that their home was soon to become unsalable, that the city that has been home to some near 30,000 people who filled two cemeteries over 166 years was soon to be the victim of rape and will slowly cease to exist… with little or no compunction by those who they themselves put into those seats.
While it’s never been my deliberate attention to demean someone like Hickey whose life’s ambition was just to drink beer with the Mayor and be around people wearing clean clothes. Then there is Solberg who’s constantly trying to remember where her house is. John Lee teaches government and is trying to convince him self that what he’s doing is good government… you know, the clandestine meetings and secret oath’s not to tell the constitutes what is really going on.
Let’s not forget Schoneman whose eyes are constantly fixed on Bookmeyer so as not to miss any hand signals the Mayor might want to convey. Between that and trying to see over the top of the table he’s at, he’s in over his head.
Bill Schickel. As compared to the others this guy has a degree of complexity that follows him. There is evidence he can drive and listen to the radio at the same time. When he first voted no to the hog palace rumors quickly surfaced that the pig people were preparing a place for him in their corporate dinning room. All he had to do was change his vote. High drama was on this menu and it was heating up.
John Lee brought forth a deluge of tears, full course of uncontrolled sobbing culminating in a no vote. Bill Schickel held… whatever might have been offered, if anything… wasn’t going to move him. Alex Kuhn was steadfast in his conviction and the measure failed. Then came the aftermath and the shunning coupled with spasms of verbal outbursts.
Everyone knows the conclusion…..was it worth it?
Mason City, Iowa
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