The Mayor of Madison was on fire last night as she gave her annual state of the city address. She announced the plans for a town square, blasted the Madison County Board of Supervisors, and charged the State Auditor with recommending engineer Rudy Warnock to another county. Oh, and she announced the creation of a website, cleansweepmadisoncounty.org, to "clean up the county".
The video of the entire speech is posted below. Some highlights of the speech are:
*Bayer Properties of Birmingham, Alabama will develop a town square at the intersection of highways 51 and 463. It will include a performing arts theatre, condos, a boutique hotel, and other features. Bayer built The Summit in Alabama. It is not known if Tim Johnson and friends will perform as the Rat Pack.
*The Mayor charged Madison taxpayers paid $65 million to the county in the last seven years and only received $3.5 million in return.
*The county allegedly paid over $23 million to county engineer Rudy Warnock and compared it to the MDOC scandal. She said the fight over Madison County corruption is why she ran for auditor. She said the State Auditor whitewashed and gave cover to the Board of Supervisors.
*She repeatedly called out the two Supervisors in attendance, Gerald Steen and John Bell Crosby. She called the airport study a "slush fund" and brought up Sulphur Springs Park. She said Steen was the "swing vote" on keeping Mr. Warnock as county engineer.
*She said Mississippi is the most corrupt state in the country and other towns and counties have similar stories to Madison County.
*She accused the Supervisors of discussing plans to allow apartments right outside of Madison in executive session.