During a recent town hall meeting Alderman Danny Steele basically said that HE didn't think the City of Bryant needed or cared about Bryant Family Fest that has been held in the City of Bryant for the last 13 years. He also didn't think the City of Benton would be interested in hosting the event. (Not interested in the revenue brought into the city businesses which generates sales tax revenue from which the city then benefits????) Well, apparently he was WRONG! (Sorry Bryant citizens and business owners.) Thanks a lot Alderman Steele. You could have just said "I double dog dare you".
As it turns out the City of Benton IS interested and Mayor Mattingly will be formally announcing the event on Monday as an addition to the City of Benton's summer activities & events. Thank you Benton for having the good sense to welcome Mr. Ballew and his Family Fest to Benton.
Ok, so you expect that the council should ignore illegal behavior that used public funds? You seem to jump to conclusions by saying they overreact to one beer, do you really believe there was only one beer? Mr. Ballew admits to having cases of beer and wine there at the park. Even employees have said that Mr. Ballew had offered them beer. I do believe the issue with Mr. Ballew goes much deeper than just alcohol anyways…… Benton will find out soon enough if they allow him to do this festival.
You are the one that implied that people that do not believe alcohol should be used in this county are due to "egocentrism". Maybe the laws are not fair in some people’s perception, but you have yet to convince the majority of the county to go wet. So calling them names or saying that the people serving on these councils or courts are not representing the people is not actually accurate. They just are not serving your personal opinions. If the people in the county truly want to be wet...then I’m sure these people that represent them will try to make those changes for the best.
That is exactly what I am saying..... you guys never deal with issues... you only spread rumors about issues. You use words like " good ol boys".... and very vague statements like that. Well tell us what a good ol boy is? You have not served one day as a public servant but you wish to bash the ones that have. You keep saying it’s 3 people on the council when the whole council has voted to overturn the Mayors decisions. You want to split the city into two tribes by speaking all the rhetoric you do. I do not see some other group on here saying the tribalist things you keep asserting, I only see you with long winded rampage about the good ol boy system. Problem is you are so mad at the past you cannot see it happening in front of your face, or either you’re a part of it or don’t care. YOU show no concern over issues that have happening at this time, in this administration.
If the past administration raised water rates 12% you would have cried "GOOD OL BOYS AGAIN". or if Mayor Mitchell had went in and told the HR person to give himself a raise without going before the council ...you would have wanted him jailed. Instead you have ignored the fact at hand and only dwelled on past administrations. They are gone... I want a new one all together, someone that is concerned about employees moral in the city, gives a healthy workplace for individuals, does not set in the mayor seat just for their own gain or their friends.... I want a person that cares enough to put the citizens first instead of their own goals. Is this too much to ask?? What wrong with working together for that Ricky? Instead of always being negative about the past and looking behind us why do we not work for the future to improve Bryant? Never do you talk about what good things have happened in this first year of this new mayor. You always avoid the subject of her trying to raise taxes, raising water rates, and giving jobs to her closest friends. I though this is what you did not like about the last mayors? So why turn a blind eye now?
If you were to read Lil Birdy's profile you would know what her real name is and why she uses Lil Birdy as a screen name. She has never tried to hid behind anything.
Hey Debbie Sikes, where are you to defend me? Im being called names here!
Actually Ms. Suggs,
There are reciepts for that 50,000. That is why the prosecuting attorney has issued a warrant for the guy that supplied the reciepts to steal the money from the city.
No one wants Larry back in office here.... we only want good pratices to come out of that office. This administration has raised water rates, tried to raise taxes, provided a hostile work enviroment, and done many other issues that will cost taxpayers even more. Look at the lawsuit that was just filed, with the extra money this administration has spent so far is going to bankrupt when this lawsuit is lost. When will people like you understand that you can not dwell on the past... lets make Bryant a better place now.
Wow, what a toxic mess this place has become. Why Shelli tolerates it is beyond me as it seems to violate so many of the terms of service of the site, but oh well! Off to look for something positive to do.
@Sherry - Mr. Ballew has not been asked for receipts in past years. If he had always been asked for and produced receipts then I could see their issue with not getting them for 2011. But he produced what he has produced in the past - invoices. He contracts with the City to provide a service - Bryant Family Fest. He negotiates with vendors and acts, schedules, plans, makes it happen..... He doesn't submit individual bills to the City for each service or material or act he acquires to make the festival happen. If they wanted to say "James, from here forward we will need receipts with all charges broken down, blah, blah, blah......" then okay. But that didn't happen. They demanded receipts in public meetings (I was present and heard it at least twice) and made insulting comments to him suggestive of some kind of mishandling of funds. He was obviously hurt by the comments. He's put many years of time, hard work and A LOT of his own money into this festival - so it was personal. Mr. Ballew didn't change the way he conducted the business of putting on Family Fest over the past 13 years. This isn't a new council. They've almost all been around this for a few years prior to 2011. So I ask you - what is the one change in Bryant in 2011??? EXACTLY! Mayor Jill Dabbs. Mr. Ballew's mistake was supporting Jill Dabbs in her bid for Mayor of Bryant against Larry Mitchell. It put a target on his back. As you said in your post - where is the scrutiny for the other issues that have been raised? They want you to believe that it is in the past and we should move on and make a better Bryant. That's only when something backlashes on them. They want to suddenly be seen as the ones attempting to "improve Bryant" when in actuality they are the ones tearing it down. Thank you for your comments.