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Anybody gonna talk about Bob Courtneys arrest for drunk driving. Hes been trying to cover it up for months but Clark County isnt having it. He goes to court in September.


Added: June 20, 2018 02:19:27 PM
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Bob Courtney is also John Wallace appointee to the Sheriff’s Merrit Board. Seems like Courtney has a tight lease on his Republican Party elected officials. Just sayomg. Bad politics.

Added: June 20, 2018 01:31:04 PM
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HERES WHERE WE ARE: Bob Cook received a call this morning telling him that Courtney could not serve on the economic commission if Courtney was also on the plan commission and-or zoning board of appeals. Courtney is not on the plan commission but the mayor had appointed him to the zoning board of appeals. Courtney was the president of the zoning appeals board as of a few weeks past.

You might recall the zoning appeals board has been in the local news for their actions against the White Barn special events venue that is located in the 2 mile fringe (not in city limits but close enough the city wants a say). The board of zoning appeals revoked the White Barns permit to operate their business in their current location. However, as expected, by everyone except members of the appeals board, the court immediately overturned the board’s decision & now The White Barn is free to operate without harassment by the board or neighboring business Windy Hill B/B.

All the above explains the connection between zoning board of appeals, economic development commission, Bob Courtney & the mayor teaching county council to roll over & play dead. But, it was actually thanks to a citizen who does read & care that things are done correct or at least legally, that the city was informed Courtney’s appointment would be a violation. I have been told by someone at city hall that once aware of the violation the decision was made to remove Courtney from the Zoning Board of Appeals so that he could guarantee the mayors controls of the newly revamped 3 member economic development commission. I HAVE NOT CONFIRMED FROM WHICH BOARD COURTNEY WILL BE PULLED. At this time Courtney remains the mayors forced appointment through county council who agreed to sit down & do as the mayor told them. There will be more on county councils obedience class later.

So to be clear, Courtney may be off the infamous zoning board of appeals or the economic development commission which still doesn’t exist but will after the council goes through a few more steps to make it “legal” which basically means 2 more public readings of whatever the ordinance is supposed to say. I assume someone called Bob Courtney as a courtesy but I truly do not know if that is accurate. I'd like to say this is the end of the economic development commission fiasco- but that would not be accurate. Keep checking back if you are interested in the "rest of the story." Tami


Added: June 20, 2018 01:30:11 PM
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION-aka- effort to stack a board so they can shift tax money to the corporation renovating the tack factory to low income housing.

I know citizens & elected officials have been confused about the recent rush to create/change a city economic development commission that was created in 1974 but never utilized. Progress was made at last night’s city council meeting thanks to City Councilman Darrell Henderson who did some work to get everyone on the same page so the council was able to do the first reading. This is about tax abatement money being given to the low income housing development company & has nothing to do with JCIDC except they officially-unofficially they want the giveaway to happen.

At last night’s meeting it was announced county council had already nominated Bob Courtney to sit on the commission. However the law conveys appointments should be made to avoid political bias. Therefore, the mayor insisting county council nominate the local republican party chair Bob Courtney seemed to fly against the intent of that law. Not only that but the mayor recently appointed Courtney to the zoning board of appeals, therefore, Courtney’s involvement was suspect as it seemed obvious there was a political agenda behind the hard push to act quickly & also to control who was appointed to the economic development commission. In addition several elected officials resented the mayor telling county council if they didn’t nominate Courtney then Welch as mayor had the right to deny appointment to whoever the county council selected for the commission.(that is what the law implies). Add to all that an additional problem was that no one, especially the mayor or Bob Cook, had actually read or perhaps didn’t care who was or was not eligible to serve on the commission. Therefore the mayor had actually insisted COUNTY COUNCIL PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING ILLEGAL. So on top of being “told what to do” the mayor had actually insisted the county act irresponsibly. Of course they did not have to do as the mayor instructed even if he threatened to veto their nominee. But whether county council answers to voters or the mayor is topic for another discussion.


Added: June 20, 2018 01:23:24 PM
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To be a brewery one must qualify through the federal government. Neither local nor state government may grant permission to operate a brewery. They can however deny some of the necessary permits to do so. But basically, everything depends on the owner,their business plan & location meeting federal standards as well as "passing" a character & reputation investigation.

Mr. Wade did not act illegally by selling beer he did not make. In fact during River Fest, Mr. Wade did not sell any beer at all. What beer that was sampled & sold was not even legally Mad Paddles beer. The beer was paid for by the River Fest committee & was purchased from the New Albanian Brewing Company. Mad Paddle was not even part of the transaction. Neither Mad Paddle nor Jerry Wades name appeared on any invoice for River Fest.

As of today- Mad Paddle Brewery simply does not exist. There is no microbrewery- however, Mr. Wade is consistent in saying he has plans to develop a brewery at some point in the future. For now - he hopes to serve wine & beer which he purchases from someone else & then provides for a fee to customers who enjoy sitting on his newly renovated patio. He is upfront about his intentions to continue to buy beer from the brewery in New Albany & he has also said he will serve "other beers".

I know some are against alcohol, most are against money going to for profits when the community has so many other needs, some are upset the historical advocates have injected themselves into the project & have allowed Mr. Wade to skip criteria & avoid the usual "hysterical" hoops they force on everyone else and others just flat out seem to take issue with Mr. Wade. But Mad Paddle is not "bootlegging" beer, they dont even have any beer to boot leg. Several weeks past Mr. Wade informed me his application for a federal brewery permit was submitted. The process can take up to a year or more but usually is well underway if not near completion at the 6 month mark. At that time and only at that time- will the community be assured a microbrewery can locate/operate in the 2nd street building. Until then its a beer-wine restaurant.

Admin reply: Tami forgot to sign her name as the reporter.


Added: June 20, 2018 12:19:40 PM
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Barley I agree something smells fishy with this Wade thing. every time I see the guy hes talking about his brewery. There isn't a brewery. JB actually posted his permits and the only one was for a restaurant that served beer and wine. Tammi explained he had applied for his brewery permit but that takes many months. I cant remember what she said. Anyway, there's no way to know if this guy is going to get approved or not. I'm just wondering if its legal for him to claim he's a microbrewery when hes not? I hope the city doesnt get boykined again.

Added: June 20, 2018 10:06:55 AM
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So this brewery that is not a brewery yet that will bring in jobs sometime yet be self pour beers on electronic metered taps and takes 3 months to just open a patio? Are they just a distributor for the place in New Albany? Things don't sound just right to me for some reason. Something is askew maybe?

Added: June 20, 2018 08:58:16 AM
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From City Council last night. First reading of Ordinance to change Economic Development Commission from 5 to 3 members. Bob Courtney selected by County Council..Mayor picks Gayle Spaulding. City Council would have last pick if Ordinance is approved to move to 3.

Council moved to third reading at next meeting ordinance to amend zoning definition to include brew pub and also ordinance to amend the zoning schedule of uses to include Brew Pub.There were persons wanting council to move to third reading last night but council wanted to wait until next meeting as they normally would.

Mike Pittman addressed City Council on the Historic Board of Revue and that it is becoming more and more stringent on what property owners can do when remodeling or repairing that property.


Added: June 20, 2018 07:54:14 AM
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Nobody ever said give our money to build low income housing. Far as I know everyone except a few hystericals said tear the tack factory.

Added: June 19, 2018 11:05:44 PM
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Coming soon! You gotta Regatta!!! Whoa hOo
get ready. Thunder on the Ohio.


Added: June 19, 2018 07:12:12 PM
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