City alderman quits council over water issuePosted by Jack Howser on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 @ 1:14 pm.
LAWRENCEVILLE—Reports of the resignation of Lawrenceville Alderman Wendell Stevens from the city council have been confirmed.
Stevens has been a Lawrenceville city council member for at least two terms and his time on the board has been marked by continued support of Mayor Brian Straub’s somewhat flaky administration and method of running the city.
In the past, it’s been Stevens who has taken Straub’s disjointed, haphazard elocutions and converted them into something resembling coherent speech, as Stevens is considerably more articulate than the mayor.
However, at the October city council meeting (Oct. 14), Stevens was right there on the level with Straub, shucking and jiving so much in an effort to cover for errant waterboy Bruce Laslie’s recent badness (not paying his own water bill at his restaurant and apartments, which, we’re hearing, had reached an excess of $3,000 over several months) that to the untrained eye, it was hard to tell who was who…except Stevens looks considerably older than Straub, probably having aged over time doing that kind of shucking and jiving.
In fact, there were times that Stevens made even less sense than Straub…and it’s all because of the coverup they felt was necessitated to preserve waterboy’s job, as citizens were there demanding it be terminated.
As it turns out, Waterboy Laslie is the only one certified to dump certain chemicals into Lawrenceville’s water supply, which necessitates such chemicals because the stuff is contaminated with fertilizers, resulting in a high nitrate level. Apparently he is the only one, too, who is qualified to run whatever treatment processes Lawrenceville does in order to remove/reduce the high mineral content in the water (iron and manganese, which isn’t necessarily bad to drink, but in conjunction with the stuff needed to remove/reduce nitrates, as well as to ‘purify’ the water, it stains clothing in the laundry). So the city is wont to get rid of the little miscreant because it would be expensive to replace him, simple as that.
The local msm newspapers generally give an errant public employee a pass…and attempted to this time. However, Disclosure was there, and covered it accurately, and they couldn’t sweep what was happening under the rug. As a result, there’s a front-page article about it in this month’s issue, with plenty of exposure.
And it was exposure, our junior team heard last night at the Lawrence County board meeting, that prompted Stevens to throw in the towel and quit as city alderman.
There’ll be more on this coming up in the Nov. 10 issue…and perhaps here online in between, depending on how rough it gets (there are, after all, five more alderman on the council!) Be sure to pick one up, and see just how hard times can get in Lawrence County…
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