The politeness ordinance at its finest
Stop us if you’ve heard this joke before.
“The Grantville City Council met and …”
And what was it this time? Two Grantville residents, including a former city councilwoman, were escorted out of the council meeting by police for violating the decorum ordinance. Yes, citizens getting removed by law enforcement for not following the politeness rule.
About that rule, for those of you who’ve been out of town. City Manager Johnny Williams first suggested the idea after yet another council meeting when members yelled at each other and picked up their marbles and went home in a sulk.
As he correctly pointed out in his email proposing the idea, “We all know that Grantville is often viewed as a laughingstock in Coweta County. We should all be ashamed.”
And so the council voted to implement the “be nice and stop touching each other” ordinance in an effort to somehow make council members, the mayor, and yes, residents, act like adults. The decorum ordinance is in effect and, sure enough, already has had to be enforced.
Former Councilwoman Selma Coty was one of those escorted out. She spoke before council in regards to its transfer of utility funds into the general fund. When she refused to yield the floor, two officers escorted her out.
Resident Edward Luttrell also got the boot. He was there complaining about all the money he said the council was spending. He also called Mayor Jim Sells a crook. And he later told the mayor to shut up and give him his “three minutes.” It could have gotten totally out of hand because, as police officers approached, Luttrell said to them, “Don’t you put your hands on me. I ain’t asking you, I’m telling you.”
Great. Grantville really is a laughingstock. We bet people will start foregoing television and start attending council meetings just for the action. Which leads us to a solution to the city’s budget problems. Why not start filming meetings and start up a new reality show? We bet it would easily rout “Living With the Kardashians.”
It’s time for everyone to grow up. Otherwise, next thing there will be some contest to see who can get kicked out of the most council meetings in a year. We just have to come up with some appropriate prize.