If you are an elected official, do you want to know
how to get the wrong kind of attention of the citizens
who elect you?
A town councilman in Belington recently discovered how to push the anger buttons of his constituency. Belington is a small town in Barbour County with a population of less than 2,000.
Councilman Max Grove wrote a draft ordinance that would require anyone moving to Belington to apply for a permit to live there and pay a $25 fee. Grove says he doesn’t want people to move there who “sit on a couch and wait to collect a check.”
We would think that if someone moves into a community they would pay rent or property taxes, pay for utilities, food, gas, medical care and whatever else may
The draft ordinance says that folks living there before it gets passed would be grandfathered in for one year. One has to assume this means the permit will be required of all resident inhabitants on an annual basis. Obviously the citizens of Belington are not happy about this draft ordinance. They would have to get a permit to live there.
[private] In addition, Grove wrote into the document that service by a generator would be absolutely forbidden and residents would have to provide proof that they pay for all their utilities.
One citizen said it wasn’t the town’s business if he paid for his utilities. Another said the ordinance implied that individuals could be denied the right to live in Belington. The arguments continued for some time.
The more than 60 people who crowded in the council hearing were obviously opposed to the proposed ordinance.
One citizen finally said that if anyone there had voted for Grove before, she hoped they wouldn’t do it again.
Grove clapped with the rest of the audience saying he wasn’t running again. He also stated his term was ending in March and he really didn’t care.
We aren’t sure if this guy is missing a full deck or is just giving the finger to his community. Whatever, he has pretty well assured he won’t be elected to anything ever again in Belington. [/private]