Politics heats up
| September 29, 2011 11:55 AM
Sometimes, politics can take center
During Wednesday evening’s Troy City
Council meeting during public comments, council member Gary Rose
indirectly questioned fines incurred by the city for a delayed
submission to the state of its final budget. A special meeting was
held Sept. 8 to approve the budget, but that meeting was further
delayed til Sept. 21.
Replying to inquiries to Mayor Don
Banning’s request for comments from the public, Rose sought answers
for the fine.
“I want to know why we got the fine.
Whose fault is it,” Rose said.
Responding to Rose’s question, Interim
City Clerk Tracy Rebo, council candidate Joe Arts and Rose began
quarreling about where to lay blame for the fine, prompting Banning
Sensing the argumentative nature of the
quarrel, Banning issued Rose a warning to cease and refrain from
When the meeting adjourned, Rose
immediately confronted Arts to continue the debate.
Police Chief Bob McLeod intervened as
the altercation worsened. McLeod asked Arts and Rose to leave the
Shortly after Rose and Arts stepped
outside, their feud continued. To make matters worse, two women
contributed to the squabble forcing McLeod to intercede a second
time, ending the debacle for the evening.