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5.25.06 -- Town Council Meeting May 11

By CHER PHILLIPS

McINTOSH -- Residents of the Town of McIntosh met a man who could turn out to be their very own version of Dr. Phil.
At a McIntosh Town Council meeting tonight, Jim Barrell asked the town to allow him to heal wounds caused by rumor and conflict.
Due to political and social unrest in the community, Barrell said he thought his talents as a counselor of conflict resolution could be tapped for workshops in which he would make the town's residents see each others' points of view. Barrell, a two-year resident of McIntosh, pressed a hand over his heart and said the town was a spiritual place.

"Can you feel it, too?" Barrell said.
His proposed workshops -- which council members decided not vote to implement but encouraged residents to voluntarily organize and attend -- are part of the new wave in which the "in" thing is for council members to paint themselves as victims. Several council members complained about being the subjects of rumor. Council Member Jim Strange threatened he nearly quit and told the attending public at the meeting he prayed for them but that no one at the meeting was his friend because they'd all called him, an unpaid public servant, crooked at some point.
While Jim Strange didn't quit, Town Clerk Julie Musselman did. She said her reason was she'd been asking for a vacation for two years and the council wouldn't give her one. Musselman's resignation was on the agenda under "vacation" -- a surprise to the town and the council.
Council President Danaya Wright said, "That's not vacation. You can't just make a change like that."
Other council members and residents from the public asked her to stay and made suggestions they hoped would ease her job. Musselman agreed to work longer than her intended two-week notice but she still stole Scott Walker's thunder.
The town's attorney had put his resignation on the agenda beforehand. It's unclear how many years Walker has been working for the Town of McIntosh, but Howard Walkup's brother -- the Colonel -- hired him. The colonel had not been on the council since the 1980's. Walker said he is quitting because he thinks a client should have confidence in his attorney and the town council did not have confidence in him. Wright, a UF law professor, did not meet his eyes but looked down at her council paperwork packet during discussion and as Walker read his resignation letter into the record. At a workshop meeting in February, she and other council members discussed at length plans to remove Walker as the town attorney. Council member Joe Phillips went as far as to bring a newspaper article questioning Walker. He read an e-mail written to him at that meeting from Micanopy's attorney who refused to hear an offer to become McIntosh's lawyer.

Other business from tonight's council meeting:


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Audio files for the above meeting coming soon...

posted by Cher @ 8:24 PM,

1 Comments:

At   July 12, 2006 7:00 PM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

Correction: The historic document was 27 pages, not 77 and I am no longer sure the late Colonel was Howard's brother ... it is true that it's been years since he was last on the council, though. Sorry for any inconvenience that may have caused.

 

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