7/24/2007

Coal Plant Lawsuit

Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the coal plant. I haven't read it yet, but if you want to read the complaint you can find it here.

I wonder a) whether SME knew it was coming and b) that's why they needed to free up $1,400,000.00? Does litigation make a company's cash needs "fluctuate?"

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nah, I thought that 1.4 million was lotten's bonus before retiring! When the hell IS this guy gonna retire anyway? He's leaving behind a legacy. No matter WHAT good he did as city manager, the SME fiasco will be lotten's legacy! What a way to go down in history. Maybe we can take some of the money and build a statue of jonny next to ol' Paris Gibson down there in the park. A nice statue of jonny flipping the bird to the people of Great Falls. No vote jonny. You see, that's one of the great things about Europe. There are statues everywhere. Parents walk around with their children and they talk about the history of each statue. In this way, children get a valuable history lesson. A statue of jonny with a one finger salute could serve to remind our young people of just what happens when you allow and outta control city government! Just a thought. And I would fully endorse a statue of no vote jonny with a raised finger!

LK

Anonymous said...

What I don't get is why isn't there an independent audit of how the city funds have been appropriated.

So who is pocketing the money?

Anonymous said...

Now we will see how far the coal lobby has dug into the courts.

edmcknight said...

An Independent audit?

CHARTER OF THE
CITY OF GREAT FALLS

Article II - City Commission
Section 3 - Administrative Review

On a majority vote of the whole number of the City Commission, the City Commission may review, inquire, and investigate any operation, management decision,
administrative function or other affairs of the City. The City Commission may compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and records by issuance of a
subpoena.
Except for the purpose of inquiry, or investigation, the City commission shall be involved with administrative and management operations solely through the City
Manager.

So there you have it. Unless a majority of the commission decide they need to audit what they approved, it will never be done. Unless all three seats up for election are won by people who want to get to the truth of the matter, the questions will not even be asked. If there is another way, please tell me.

Anonymous said...

Eeks, maybe it is time to revamp city government.