The first ever Facebook Livestreaming of the pathetic April 26th City Council Meeting was a corrupt farce as is most of their endeavors. Supposedly 70 people listened into live via Facebook stream as did I with a cell-phone hot-spot. At first I couldn’t even see it but then I reduced the live feed from 1k to 480p resolution but that gets boring fast because the audio range is all of 3% or less and I am not a lip-reader. When I asked two former council-men whether they had watched they confirmed that they hadn’t because they are fatalistic that the current bunch will do whatever they please and they simply decided that they didn’t care any more. Why raise their blood pressure unnecessarily?
So I bought a lie-paper so I could read the ‘oafishul’ press release of the meeting. According to the Newton County [Fake-]News they have the delusion that some contractor is going to build 20-30 cheap housing units much like the Cedarwood Addition way back in 1972 when they built up the garment factory. Sheer delusion. At least back in 1972 working-class wages were rising as the Vietnam War wound down. Now in the face of what is predicted to be “worse than the Great Depression” construction is down because collapse is here.
One woman I know who loves Granby told me that the house she built is worth less than the building materials she put into it. I told her that you want your properties looking less valuable to the tax assessor unless you want to sell. Since she doesn’t want to live in Springfield or Neosho where they are trying to get her business acumen and work half as hard to get twice as much, living in a $120,000 house with a $75,000 assessment is the best thing possible. She tried to work with the the thieving TIF district which lost its relevance after the People of Granby bought the Styrons a $250,000 metal building to lease to the Dollar General Stores corporation but they would have nothing of working with her to rehabilitate Granby’s rotting and decaying heritage of the brick buildings built when Granby was relevant around the turn of the last century. All the TIF district is used for is as a slush fund for the City Council — it should have been dissolved long ago to pay for five daze instead of four days per week of the day-care which passes for modern education by the East Newton School District. So she asked to remove her ten or eleven properties out of the TIF district and was ambushed by the City Council at the demand of the new TIF board chairman — who moved his feed store over to Neosho. Thankfully the TIF district ends and maybe they will fix the T.Rampage Gamble exercise gym, er, Granby Community Building built in 1934 by Feather-Duster Rosenfelt’s New Deal WPA works department. In short, it can be cheap to live in Granby but one should never buy the lie that the City Hall peddles that if only Granby residents will vote in higher taxes and thus provide the tax capital then Granby City Hall will use the money wisely to help pull Granby up by its own bootstraps.
Problem is that the thieving Granby City Council keeps on stealing the bootstraps. As a result Granby has the highest sales-tax levy in Newton County of 7.93 percent rounded up to 8 percent. Which is why I go to the Dollar General Store in Granby, buy whatever I need for a dollar or so and get a printed receipt offering twice a month of five dollars off a $25 purchase. Then on Saturday I go to the new Dollar General Store just off Mo 59 & US 60 on the south side of Neosho which is 100 foot outside the Neosho City Limits and pay a total tax of 1.78 percent or one-fourth the Granby rate.
So the current delusions of Granby City Hall is that from a tax base of oldsters — the kind most vulnerable to Covid-ZOGvirus-19 — the crackheads, and child molesters and what few working-age adults working in Neosho are left now that utility rates are higher than in Granby that they are going to build mini-Neosho, mini-Monett, mini-Carthage, or even mini-Joplin. Not going to happen, as I asked Randy Turner using my Swillis-Gumpff-Turner persona, how are you going to keep them down on the sheep farm once they’ve seen Gay Jewplin? In fact their delusions can be seen by singing the Jefferson Starship song from back in 1986 — before they got the sewer put in — We Built This City.
We built this City,
We Built this City,
We built this City . . .
On Crackheads & Chomos . . .
Once you get this in your head I defy you to leave it.
Anyways, between the Boomers dying of old age, and Covid-ZOGvirus 19 there are going to be plenty of properties available all over and at a lot more upscale than Granby as people can’t pay their taxes or rent elsewhere back in places that there used to be jobs. There isn’t going to be any new houses built. In fact, last year in showing a friend from Chicago eastern Newton County towards Monett I was struck at how many McMansions were springing up outside the city limits as the prosperty then meant that no one wanted to live in town with all manner of silly people making up silly rules not applicable to themselves. There are not going to be built any Schubert-Mitchell $250,000 McMansions built in Granby as Granby is not Carl Junction or Webb City, former working-class neighborhoods which did fix themselves to where they are tony neighborhoods. Rather, Granby will go the route of dying towns everywhere where they will harass normal people with all manner of rules not applicable to the local power structure. After all, just everyone cannot put in a mobile home, much less a single-wide or used double-wide unless you are a council-criminal’s daughter in which they will hold an “emergency” meeting and ignore their own laws with the connivance of the Granby police and city attorney and make a “special case” applicable to themselves. Plus they will arrest me for protesting their hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Speaking of which, the City Council-Critters decided to take advantage of the pandemic in order to keep me from being there to ridicule them so they were emitting gaseous delusions of grandeur (and of adequacy) and getting high from their own flatulence. They delusionally yapped about having a “discussion” in which no-one not a council-criminal or city ‘worker’ or presstitute lackey or policeman was allowed to attend less than a week before the State of Missery Emergency was lifted. They presumed & pretended to “Plan the Future of Granby” when there wouldn’t be anyone to provide any such “discussion.” Most of the time, like at the March 10, 2020 City Council meeting, I was threatened with arrest by Granby police chief Jacob Kelley for moving my $130 Sony digital camera behind his police tape. I protested, saying that their Flint Enterprises $4944 4K[ickback] camera got five feet behind the tape and never recorded audio and that the police tape should be moved back three feet at least. Kelley said that he would arrest me and turn off my camera if I didn’t move it before his precious police line which he got to set according to his whim. So I moved it before his police line with a surly comment about how the English treated the Irish as they deserved.
In short, Granby City Council-Criminal stupidity and criminality is a feature, not a bug. I used to have more productive meetings when playing spades or hearts at the Fulton State NutHouse with three schidzos of whom at least two of them any given time had their noses up in the air to where if it had rained inside they would have drowned as they listened to their “angels” / inner -demons as the voices in theys’ heads. These local politicians are delusional and/or criminally insane and drunk on power and belong in jail, not City Hall.
The $4,944 Flint Enterprises 4K[ickback] system that they purchased no-bid has 3 percent dynamic range if that so you can’t understand what was said. I downloaded the Facebook video feed. You have to use video auditing software in order to boost the dynamic audio range and my Windows 7 Movie-Maker software is not up to the job. One of these days I might edit in some sub-titles. But what I did listen to upon boosting the dynamic range 400% was pretty boring and idiotic. It reminds me of last year when at a TIF meeting Ira Hawkins proposed finding out ways to get multi-millionares and billionares to move to Granby and put up McMansions. Well, at least it is a preview of the upcoming #SenileJoe Biden Administration.
The State of Missouri has already cut $275 million out of the 2021 state budget, Lazy Boy and Leggit & Platt laid off most of their workforce, and only an idiot would build anything new in Granby. There is not going to be any municipal sewer bonds sold and municipal court is now closed until June 11th. City Hall isn’t going to get any new spending increases and certainly not from strapped people looking to decrease their taxation, not raise it by 10-25% through annexation by Granby City Hall. I don’t know how many people have told me at the grocery store or restaurant how proud they are that they don’t live in the Granby city limits. In fact, practically none of the Granby City Hall employees live within the City limits although while not giving in they are taking plenty out.
The City police force, now that it has better things to do than to arrest me for making fun of the Council-criminals, should be concentrated in preventing looting when things get worse. The courts both state and federal and local are shut down and there is a second wave coming of the mutated virus in October that will be far more deadly. Right now we got some people who are breaking in with impunity because the jails and prisons are releasing them because being locked up during a pandemic is a death sentence.
In short, there will be far more strains but far less resources to handle the crunch as it falls upon the City of Granby municipal corporation. The City Clerk — the she-Mayoress — is running things by default while she cannot even run a feed store. The City Hall is dreaming of expansion while the rest of the county, state and national economies are collapsing. It is indicative that while they spent $4,944 on a no-bid 4K video-camera system to favored vendors that they should have bought a $30 Logitech web camera or $200 Sony digital hand-held camera for recording their meetings all along. They knew of those failures for the past few years, but favored that because they don’t want to leave a record of their corruption and stupidity. I asked for and paid for the video of 10 August 2019 secret meeting to put the sewer bond on the ballot and there was no audio. They refuse to spend $20,000 for a real audit by the State Auditor in favor of $15,000 Dog&Pony Shoah Audits by favored audit companies which will provide them with a “confidential management letter/codicil” no available to myself of the public for the past four years. During the recovery from the Great Recession they spent everything they had, raised utility rates to where it is more expensive to live in Granby, leaving nothing for the Greatest Terminal Depression which is upon us and bids fair to be worse than previous depressions.
But then again, in closing you Citizens of Granby have voted for this the past six years and so like the past city councilmen perhaps it is what you deserve. But the chickens are coming home to roost.