Well that didn't last very long

The lovefest that sprang up among Grantville's elected officials lasted less than a school semester. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

But being Grantville, it seems the mayor and city council have ripped up the marriage contract and are headed to divorce court. And not content with that, looks like the kids (or employees, if you will) are getting stuck in the middle. More on that in a minute.

The latest salvo, after a couple of meetings where officials were actually nice to each other and even made it a point to say they were being nice, took place Monday at their council meeting. Councilwoman Selma Coty proposed that the mayor pro-tem - that would be her - be allowed to sign a nearly $100,000 contract for a new skate park.

Coty said Mayor Jim Sells' walkout at a previous meeting about signing the contract was a 'dereliction of duty and a violation of the city charter.' She also later complained that Sells is 'never kind to me.' Well, let's not hold back.

Council members split 2-2 on that proposal, with Sells casting the deciding vote that, basically, the mayor signs the contracts. Sells also pointed out he's not going to sign a skate park contract with no description of the plans and no firm site selected. Sounds reasonable to us.

But it's Grantville, where reason and civility seem to be sorely lacking after a couple of feelgood meetings. After the regular agenda was over, Councilman Johnny Cooks asked for a closed session to discuss personnel. When they returned, Councilman Barham Lundy made a motion to fire Police Chief Doug Jordan.

Where the heck did that come from? After the meeting, Sells told our reporter the closed door session had nothing to do with Jordan or the police department.

Oh, and council members seem to forget their own rules. Council can't fire a department head without a recommendation from City Manager Johnny Williams. And Williams said he was not going to make that recommendation.

Guess the police chief and his officers are all sleeping well after that illegal motion at a public hearing.

Grantville's elected officials can't get along and they can't keep good employees. How many department heads and others have left because they just got fed up with what is, once again, the Grantville circus? Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.



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