UPDATED: Why is the mayor sitting at the helm during the approval of this TIF district?

This is a screenshot of the mayor running the May 16, 2011 council meeting approving item #37

Okay, this may not be a concern of many of you, but first I want to send you the link to the meeting;

May, 16, 2011 (FF to Item #37, you can do this by clicking on the item.)

Okay, sounds all fine and dandy. Market rentals in a poorer neighborhood in town. Good stuff. Eat it up Maynard. But this isn’t about helping out the working poor to find a roof over their heads, it is possibly about conflicts of interest.

As you may or may not know, Mike is an investor in many projects around the city (or should we say, his wife is – LOL). The speculation is that she is an investor in many of these kinds projects around town. No biggee, except, maybe the mayor should have excused himself from this vote (or supervising the vote), which he did not.

The running joke around city hall was after the meeting he was asking people if what he did was proper. It is kinda like asking if peeing your pants is okay.

UPDATE: HE DID HOWEVER COME TO HIS SENSES BEFORE THE CITY SIGNED OFF ON THE TIF (This document shows Cotter signing off on the project FOR the mayor): TIF 11

Do you think it is proper for the mayor to be investing in development projects around town? Better yet, do you think it is proper for these developments to be asking for TIF’s?



#1 testor15 on 05.18.12 at 8:43 am

When you hire a salesman, the salesman will always find a way to bend rules so he can close the deal.

#2 Detroit Lewis on 05.18.12 at 11:18 am

It’s one thing when you are a silent investor in developments around town and are a sitting mayor, it is an entirely different ball of wax when you are asking for TIF’s on these investments. Putting these investments under his wife’s name reminds me of when Bob Litz was asked about his BIN sign in his yard and he said, “That’s my wife’s sign.” Whatever dude.

#3 rufusx on 05.18.12 at 11:47 am

The mayor, like MAJOR political players, should probably put all of his investment $$$ in some blind trust that he has no information about or access to during his term.

#4 The Guy from Guernsey on 05.18.12 at 1:19 pm

“The running joke around city hall was after the meeting he was asking people if what he did was proper.”
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The narcissism of this guy never ceases to amaze me … of course it was not proper to preside over an action in which a member of his direct family has financial interest (if you have to inquire about the propriety of an action … it is not a proper action).

But, HisManMikeTM plows forward, if only for the “look at me” moment during which he feigns concern over whether, or not, his action was proper.

More to the fact of his conduct, HisManMikeTM is a lot more like honey badger … http://www.google.com/imgres?q=honey+badger+don%27t+give+a+shit%27+meme&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1024&bih=492&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=5mTgEhntuH6m5M:&imgrefurl=http://memegenerator.net/instance/18413625&docid=-8H1GnYDWrgjYM&itg=1&imgurl=http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/18413625.jpg&w=400&h=400&ei=F5G2T820AoeysAKVjoHdCQ&zoom=1

#5 Scott on 05.18.12 at 2:35 pm

I’m waiting for the KELO interview where he waves his arm and declares that he’s only thinking of the “good people of our wonderful city”.

#6 Alice15 on 05.18.12 at 2:53 pm

“Asking if peeing your pants is ok.” Hilarious.

Once a conman – always a conman.

#7 l3wis on 05.19.12 at 12:48 am

I almost called KSFY and ripped them a new one for being on the mayor’s beckon call. I think they are just mad that I tipped Ellis off about the story, Dunsmoor caught on and they didn’t have a clue, so when Tricky Mike called they were like, “Oh, that mean old South DaCola for digging up the truth, we’ll gladly let you spew your BS and cry and blame blogger and detractors.” City Hall is turning into an embarrassing soap opera.

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