Friday, January 7, 2011

City Paper: Will Saturday's Fairgrounds Work Session Ease 'Level of Contempt' Among Council?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 5:33 AM

In the CP, Joey Garrison reports that Saturday's Metro Council work session, scheduled to discuss the festering issue of what to do with the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, may be a chance to alleviate mounting tensions within the council:

The fairgrounds work session, set for 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Richard H. Fulton Campus on Second Avenue, originated out of a request from Councilman Mike Jameson, who said he’s detecting “antagonisms and animosities” in discussing the fairgrounds issue in a way he’s never seen during his seven years on the council. He billed the session as a casual “jeans and slacks” meeting to respectfully discuss the issue at hand.

According to the council’s office, 19 council members have formally said they will attend the session and another five have said they might attend. Citizens are welcome, but public input won’t be allowed.

“I can’t really say that the level of rancor is at an all-time high,” Jameson told The City Paper. “Certainly, we’re not screaming at each other on the floor. But there is a level of contempt between council members that I’ve not seen before. And there are quite clearly individual council members and various factions that simply aren’t talking to each other at all.”

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