Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dispatch From Pelahatchie ( Sunshine Edition)

What would a Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen meeting be without some fussin', fuedin', and fightin' with the Mayor?




The Aldermen started conducting work sessions last year.  The work sessions began an hour before the regular Board of Aldermen was scheduled to start.  However, the Aldermen would typically huddle with various employees in a corner of the board room, away from the microphones.  A person sitting in the audience was hard-pressed hear what was discussed due to the quiet nature of the voices.

Mayor Ryshonda Beechem conducted the work session as a regular board meeting last night and had everyone take their regular seats - behind microphones.  The new change in policy did not sit too well with the Aldermen and Alderwoman as they vehemently protested the change.

Several people told JJ the work sessions were conducted the way they were because one Board member does not hear too well. 

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

For the record, not all board members who disagree with her are white. Carry on with the agenda.

Anonymous said...

So the mayor wants to have people sit down and conduct business in a productive manner and people protest???? The other option is have city business conducted with people huddled in corners???

Anonymous said...

That is a lame excuse. The duty of full disclosure to the taxpayer and voter is greater than am individual alderman's hearing problem. That alderman needs to consult a hearing specialist and address their hearing loss. If a fully deaf radio talk show host can continue working for 30 years then nobody has an excuse.

Anonymous said...

Poppycock and cobblers. HEARING AID!!! Veterans can get them for free at the VA.

Anonymous said...

They are clearly conducting illegal meetings outside of earshot of the public. Mayor is right.

Anonymous said...

Several people told JJ the work sessions were conducted the way they were because one Board member does not hear too well.

Then that Board member needs to get a damn hearing aid. No excuse.

Anonymous said...

I pray the the Lord protects Mayor Beechem. I wouldn't be surprised if any of these aldermen were connected with some of the murderous past of Mississippi.

There are plenty of whispers and rumors about the elite families in Pelahatchie.

Anonymous said...

Seems like JJ sentiment has turned against the aldermen.

Anonymous said...

Elite families of Pelahatchie. That’s a phrase I can safely say I’ve never heard strung together. Surely, Bravo network needs to start a new show.

Anonymous said...

There's a little thing called open meetings law in the state of mississippi. they should check into that. they can go to jail for conducting private meetings (that aren't executive sessions to discuss personnel matters)

Kingfish said...

They've been doing this for a while at work sessions. The idea is to discuss city business at the "work session" and then all that is needed at the regular meeting is a vote.

Guess which one the public attends?

And they talk so low that it makes one think he is in Judge McCurley's courtroom in Ridgeland.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of meetings, what's the latest on Project Phoenix in Madison County? Seems per the meeting minutes, the MCEDA Board frequently goes into executive session to discuss it. I thought Project Phoenix was a no-go?

PittPanther said...

Well, well, well. Looks like the tide has turned, and JJ readership is realizing the mayor was right all along.

Kingfish said...

There is enough to go on both sides in that town. Even when one side is right, it will shoot itself in the foot.

Those two sides aren't going to be happy until they ruin each other.

Anonymous said...

25-41-5 Official Meetings of Public Bodies

(2) ... and members of the public who attend the meeting to hear the deliberations of the public body.

Sounds like a violation to me Jim.

Anonymous said...

"Work Session" or "Executive Session", most city boards have these little meetings behind closed doors. City of Brandon does it all the time. It's their railroading sessions.

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