Saturday, March 31, 2007


New Albany Building Commission - 1st Monday - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

New Albany Common Council - 1st Monday & 3rd Thursday - 7:30 p.m.

Floyd County Zoning Appeals - 2nd Monday - 6:00 p.m.

Floyd County Plan Commission - 3rd Monday - 6:00 p.m.

Storm Water Advisory Committee - 4th Monday - 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.

Board Of Works - Tuesdays - 10:00 a.m.

New Albany Sewer Board - 1st & 3rd Tuesday - 3:30 p.m.

ABC - 1st Tuesday - 1:00 p.m.

New Albany Board Zoning Appeals - 1st - 7:00 p.m.

Flood Control - 2nd Tuesday - 9 a.m.

N.A. Redevelopment Commissions - 2nd Tuesday - 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Floyd County Council - 2nd Tuesday - 6 p.m.

Floyd County Budget Hearings - 2nd Tuesday of July - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Floyd County Budget Hearings - 2nd Tuesday of September - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Floyd County Budget Hearings - 2nd Wednesday of September - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

New Albany City Plan Commission - 3rd Tuesday - 7:00 p.m.

N.A. Redevelopment Authority - 3rd Wednesday - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Mayor's Staff Meeting - 3rd Wednesday - 9:00 a.m.

N.A. Police Merit Commission - 2nd Thursday - 6:00 p.m.

Wastewater Committee - 1st & 3rd Friday - 10:00 a.m.

N.A. Police Pension Board - 2nd Tuesday - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Political subdivisions are authorized in certain circumstances to reallocate existing money.

1. Temporary transfer for an economic development purpose of money held for a different purpose.

Interfund Borrowing:
Pursuant to IC 36-1-8-4, a political subdivision may authorize the transfer of money to a depleted fund from another fund which has sufficient money on deposit. Any amounts transferred must be returned to the orginal fund no later than the end of the budget year in which the transfer occurs.

Borrowing Utility Funds:
A city or town may borrow existing surplus moneys from a utility owned by the city or town (which in most cases would include water and electric utilities, but not municipally owned sewage utilities)pursuant to IC 8-1.5-3-12 the loan must be used for current purposes and is payable from taxes levied and to be collected during the current and following year. The loan may not be in an amount greater than 50% of the anticipated taxes to be collected and must be repaid on or before thirty days after the last date for payment of such anticipated taxes.

Other Borrowings:
Depending on the nature of the project, other ways to obtain funds may be specifically authorized by statue. Pursuant to IC 36-7-14-24 moneys from the general fund of a county, city or town may be transferred without appropriation, or in the event no unappropriated moneys are available in the general fund, may be transferred from another fund or loaned (in the same manner as other transfers and loans are made) to a redevelopment commission to pay certain project costs incurred prior to the collection of special taxes levied. The amount of such transfer or loan may not exceed $50,000 and must be repaid by the redevelopment commission.

2. Appropriation for an economic development purpose of money originally appropriated for a different purpose.

Additional Appropriations: Political subdivisions have the authority under IC 6-1.1-18-5 to authorize an additional appropriation, limited to available revenues in excess of revenues anticipated in the orginal budget. A political subdivision may also appropriate under IC 6-1.1-18-5 which have become available through the reduction of an existing appropariation. (See IC 36-4-7-8; IC 36-5-3-5) Any such additional appropriation requires a properly noticed public hearing. If the additional appropriation is made from a fund that receives distributions from the motor vehicle highway account ( IC 8-14-1-1) or the local road and street account ( IC8-14-2-4) or revenue from property taxes, approval by the Department of Local Government Finance is required.

Freedom of Speech wonders if the following items are a contributing factor in the state of our city:

* Stormwater Board

* Repayment of loans from Sewer Fund

* Misappropriation of funds

What is the solution?

"It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem."


Tuesday, March 27, 2007



Progress Over Politics

Good Lord Jimmy...who came up with that stupid campaign slogan?

Here we go again voters!

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Cost of Fire Department Longevity Pay

Fire Chief Ron Toran ----32 years - $16,931.56
Sergeant Ron Brown ----- 9 years - $3,788.75
1st Class FF - Allen -------- 5 years - $2,075.98
Captain Applegate ------- 31 years - $13,572.16
Major Banet -------------- 28 years - $12,749.08
1st Class FF Barnes ------- 2 years - $830.39
Sergeant Bostock ----------9 years - $3,788.75
1st Class FF J. Brown ---- 6 years - $2,491.17
Captain S. Byrd ---------- 31 years - $13,572.16
Dept. Chief Carl ----------- 9 years - $4,237.13
Sergeant Carpenter ----- 29 years- $12,208.19
1st Class FF Cecil --------- 11 years - $4,567.15
Sergeant Collier ----------- 7 years - $2,946.08
Sergeant Cooke ----------- 11 years - $4,630.69
Captain Coomer ---------- 16 years - $7,004.99
Captain Cullins ----------- 34 years - $14,885.59
Sergeant Downs Jr. ------ 9 years - $3,788.75
Captain Downs Sr. ------ 34 years - $14,885.59
Sergeant Duggins -------- 32 years - $13,471.10
Sergeant Evans ------------ 6 years - $2,525.83
1st Class FF Farnsley ----- 5 years - $2,075.98
1st Class FF Terry Franklin - 5 years - $2,075.98
1st Class FF Gardner ------ 8 years - $3,321.56
Sergeant Habermel -------- 9 years - $3,788.75
1st Class FF C. Hornung -- 6 years - $2,491.17
Sergeant K. Hornung ---- 29 years - $12,208.19
1st Class FF Howard ------- 9 years - $3,736.76
Captain Hunter ------------ 18 years - $7,880.61
Captain Juliot -------------- 11 years - $4,815.93
Captain Koehler ----------- 14 years - $6,129.36
Major Kron ---------------- 34 years - $15,481.03
Major T. Kron ------------- 18 years - $8,195.84
1st Class FF Lipsey -------- 34 years - $14,116.64
Sergeant Long -------------- 11 years - $4,630.69
1st Class FF Maier ---------- 7 years - $2,906.37
1st Class FF G. Mann ------ 6 years - $3,491.17
Sergeant R. Mann -------- 29 years - $12,208.19
Asst. Chief Mason ---------22 years - $10,357.43
Captain Mauch ------------ 34 years - $14,885.59
Captain McLean ----------- 14 years - $6,129.36
1st Class FF Melling -------- 7 years - $2,906.37
Captain Parker ------------ 14 years - $6,129.36
Major Rainbolt ----------- 22 years - $10,017.14
1st Class FF Rexroat ------- 5 years - $2,075.98
Captain Sellers ------------ 19 years - $8,318.42
1st Class FF Smith --------- 5 years - $2,075.98
Captain Sparks ----------- 22 years - $9,631.86
Sergeant Stubbins -------- 11 years - $4,630.69
Sergeant Swarens -------- 34 years - $14,313.05
1st Class FF C. Swarens --- 5 years - $2,075.98
1st Class FF Terry ---------- 9 years - $3,736.76
1st Class FF Voyles ------- 29 years - $12,040.66
Sergeant Wall - ------------34 years - $14,313.05
Sergeant Wenning --------- 7 years - $2,946.80
1st Class FF Wilson -------- 2 years - $830.39
Captain Wiseman -------- 19 years - $8,318.42


EMT Adv Baylor ----------- 9 years - $4,097.92
EMT Basic - T. Byrd ------ 11 years - $4,815.93
EMT Adv Caufield --------- 9 years - $4,097.92
EMT Adv Facer ------------- 5 years - $2,276.62
EMT Basic Tim Franklin - 5 years - $2,189.06
EMT Basic Gadd ---------- 18 years - $7,880.61
EMT Basic Grace ---------- 9 years - $3,940.30
EMT Adv Kochert --------- 5 years - $2,276.62
EMT Adv McBride --------- 5 years - $2,276.62
EMT Adv O'Neal ----------- 8 years - $3,642.60
EMT Adv Wright ----------- 7 years - $3,187.27
EMT Adv Shireman ---- 22 years - $10,017.14
EMT Adv Hannon ---------9 years - $4,097.92
EMT Adv Proctor ---------- 7 years - $2,731.95
EMT Adv Williams -------- 5 years - $2,276.62

Total Longevity pay $467,487.22

Source: Controller Kay Garry

Freedom of Speech would like to remind everyone what we have heard before. For every $10.00 received into the general fund $8.00 go to the Police and Fire Department. Leaving $2.00 to operate our city.

Again we ask, should New Albany Fire Department go to a two - tier system?

"When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, listen to Roger Baylor."

Thursday, March 22, 2007


There are two types of partners. General partner and silent partner also known as a sleeping partner, is one who shares in the profits and losses of the business, but is uninvolved in it's management, and/or whose association with the business is not publicly known. General partners may have joint liability or joint and individual liabilities depending upon various circumstances.

Regarding civil law, the partnership is a nominate contract between individuals who, in a spirit of cooperation, agree to carry on an enterprise, contribute to it, by combining property, knowledge or activities and to share its profit.

A silent partner is an investor who does not have any management responsibilities but offer capital and shares liability for any losses experienced by the enity. Silent partners are legally responsible for any losses up to the amount of their invested capital and participate in any tax and cash flow benfits.

Sources: Attorney Glen Lambert

Many question....NOT enough answers from Mayor Jimmy!

Oh yell, that's right Councilman Blevins all you got to do is "ask" the magic word is...please!

Source: Courier-journal 03/20/2007

Whatcha got to hide Jimmy?

Could it be you are one of the silent partner's?

We offer some solid advice to Councilman Blevins:

* Bring your inventory list

* Bring all your witnesses to council tonight

* Bring the snapshots enlarged to 8x10's

* Show the city emblems removed

* Show the painted over trucks

* Show the pictures of the upside down license plates

* Ask Mr. lee to name his silent partners

You better be dealing with the facts and IC Codes, and have the votes to call for an investigation.

If our memory has not failed us completely, did you not vote against the last 2 request for an investigation of our Mayor?

Could this be politically motivated?

Surely not!

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle"
-George Orwell

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Freedom of Speeches wishes all of our friends and families a very 'Happy St. Patrick's Day!"

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Following is a list of funds and appropriations from which costs of constructing sidewalks adjacent to city streets may be paid.

1. Current appropriation in the city general fund

2. Voluntary contributions from property owners

3. Current appropriation of proceeds from a general obligation bond issue which will be retired over a period of years by general taxation

4. Current appropriation in the (MUNICIPAL) Cumulative Capital Development Fund if approved as one of the fund purposes IC 36-9-15.5

5. Current appropriation in the Cumulative Capital Improvement Fund (tax levy) IC 36-9-16

6. Current appropriation in the Cumulative Capital Improvement Fund (cigarette taxes) IC 6-7-1-31.1

7. Current appropriation in the Cumulative Street Fund IC 36-9-16.5

8. Special assessment under the General Improvement Fund IC 36-9-17

9. Special assessment under the Municipal and County Barrett Law Fund IC 36-9-36

10. Special assessment under the Municipal Barrett Law Fund IC 36-9-37

11. Barrett Law Revolving Fund established pursuant to IC 36-9-37-46

12. Special Assessment under the Municipal Improvement District Law IC 36-9-38

13. Current appropriation in the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund IC 8-14-1.5 and Attorney General Official Opinion No.64 dated November 22, 1965

14. Current appropriation in the Local Road and Street Fund IC 8-14-2-5, IC 9-13-2-167, and Attorney General Official Opinion No. 64 dated November 22, 1965.

Sunday, March 04, 2007


Talk about the law of unintended consequences.

When New Albany plumbing inspector Steve Brodus complained about the conduct of Building Commissioner Eddie Hancock, he didn't expect to lose his own full-time job.

But in fact, Mayor James Garner did reduce Mr. Brodus, and 18 year city employee, to part-time work, which also eliminated his job-related benfits.

No question, change is justified. The question is, what kind?

Inspection was under the control of Mr. Hancock-a 71-year-old former builder whom the Mayor appointed earlier that year, even though he was not a certified inspector.

At that time the state had begun checking all new commercial and industrial construction in the city, after discovering what appeared to be slipshod local oversight. Some of Mr. Hancock's own private building work was under state scruntiny.

The Mayor's explanation for demoting Mr. Broadus-that it makes budgetary sense, because there's so little work for him to do-sounds as thin as cheap plywood!

Mr. Brodus wondered whether "this was happening to him because he was trying to do his job."

What else should he conclude, after being shoved to part-time the day after he issued a second order to stop work on a project being built by Mr. Hancock's brother.

It should come as no surprise if the public concludes there's something wrong here.

We at Freedom of Speech clearly think that what the Mayor has done looks bad and smells bad!

In the past Mayor Garner's effort to justify his actions was a charge-made against Mr. Broadus he had been working for himself while on city time. Of course Mr. Brodus firmly denied this. And our Mayor could not prove it.

So who do you believe?

Mr. Brodus also noted that the Mayor never raised such an issue with him before cutting back his hours.

If the Mayor had proof, he should have produced it. If he didn't, he should have backed off and shut up about Mr. Brodus...Right?

Freedom of Speech found Mayor Garner's deposition very interesting reading, and we highly recommend you read all the lies stated in it...

You can obtain a copy at the local Federal Building across from the City County Building.

Freedom of Speech would like to Congratulate Mr. Steve Brodus former Building Commissioner on winning his lawsuit against the City of New Albany.

It does show there is some "justice" in our little town called New Albany!