Whereas, my name is Mac McIntyre. Whereas, I’m a resident of DeKalb’s 3rd Ward. And, whereas our alderman’s absent, I have declared the 3rd Ward… mine.
I will represent change. I can promise that. In fact, I am hereby announcing, since I am taking over the 3rd Ward, that I will not attend city council meetings in person but rather in digit (h/t Paul Kallembach) and then I’ll blog about it.
Yeah, I know. That’s against the rules. So? Now that I have taken my seat the legal department will agree with me. Whereas, we are a Home Rule community y’all can go and click this link.
I’ll tell you this. The 3rd Ward’s going to look a lot better than it does now. The entire ward seems like it has been under a TIF since before Prather field was lit. Except for a stretch of Sycamore Road commercial and the downtown, oh yeah, and whatever that triangle thing is on that Pleasant Street corner — there ain’t much of return on that investment — from the 3rd Ward point of view.
Yes, I’ll be reclaiming some of that magical TIF money for use in fixing some alleys and streets and for putting some 3rd Ward people back to work. We’ve got a lot of poorly insulated homes, vacant homes and homes that need some front porch work. We need to come up with a local voucher program to help get those things fixed.
The 3rd Ward has a lot of folks in the trades living here. Its got a lot of merchants who do a lot of business when the trades people are working. Its just common sense. What’s that I said about change?
Rumor has it a lot of local government employees don’t live in DeKalb. That’s not right. Seems like we should use a little of that magical TIF and/or CDBG money and help some of them buy, fix up and move into those growing number of foreclosed homes throughout the city. Did I mention those in the 3rd ward?
Now there goes the neighborhood.
When I do show up to a city council meeting in person rather than in digit I won’t mind sitting between Brendon Gallagher (4th) and Tom Teresinski (2nd). They’re both really good with the numbers. When I need to take notes I’ll just copy theirs.
Ssssh!!! Enough with the rules discussion, you muckrakers!
Now before the conservatives start celebrating (because rumor has they would) and liberals start lining up to stand in front of my Mitsubishi Mighty Max truck (because my not-so-favorite political professor emeritus would tell them they must) to stop me, I have a confession to make.
I’ll be a big spender.
The way I see it, if we’re having to raise taxes on everyone to pay for things like pensions and health care coverage for anyone, then everyone should get those same benefits — for the same price. Anyone who thinks you can’t please everyone all of the time mark your calendars.
That thud you just heard was Rudy Espiritu. Could somebody check on him?
OK. So just in case we can’t afford my Plan A then I’ve got Plan B ready. That plan does not include throwing our hands up and crying about not being able to control those costs and its a state mandate crap. Its our job to control those costs because it takes a community to raise a community and too many living in this community can’t afford it anymore.
So everyone that says we can’t control costs should just resign because, well, we can’t afford them. And I ain’t raising taxes on anyone until most of everyone can afford it. I don’t care how pretty the lipstick is.
One more guarantee. I won’t put in more hours than you folks pay me for. Its a part time gig. Great benefits so I figure I ought to at least study my back up material before meetings in person or in digit. But the minute I think we have to micromanage the staff I’ll be making motions left and right to fire them. In fact, the first motion I’ll make is to add the following ‘whereas’ to each and every ordinance and resolution we pass that requires us to spend more than we are taking in:
“Whereas, because we have to do this, we will fire one administrator.”
We’ll get to bottom-up solutions in a hurry.
There’s a good chance that I won’t be electable by 2011 or anytime sooner. So that’s why I already assumed the sale and took the 3rd Ward over.
Don’t worry. I’ll grow on but not off of you.
Any questions? Well, have it…