2012.06.27 Keith Pennington: Mayor trash talks

Written by David Green.

This Saturday, June 30th, following the parade, I will be assisting the cheerleaders in a fund-raising event at the Town & Country festival. I will be perilously perched above the dunk tank.

I’ve been involved in city government for about 15 years. That’s a long time to make the wrong decisions, offend and generally tick people off. I would like to invite anyone with a long memory to come to the park and show me what you really think of me. With only a small donation per throw, you can relieve yourselves of that frustration and anger, probably much cheaper than a session on a couch.

If your memory is fading, please let me remind you. I voted against the latest fire truck. Firefighters, you’re going to be at the parade anyway, so why not come up and take a few pitches? We temporarily cut some funding for the library a few years ago. Colleen, as Director of the Library I believe the library board considers it your duty to warm up your arm.

Are there any landlords out there that hate the rental inspection program? How about everyone that was inconvenienced during the reconstruction of Main Street or more recently the reconstruction of the south city parking lots? Did the City ever make you mow your yard or shovel your walk? Here’s your chance.

Is your property taxable value too high or your city services too low? Are you a former councilman or current city employee? You could have cause to come and throw a couple strikes. I know me pretty well.  

Beer drinkers… Yikes!  There could be quite a line-up. Come early and stay late.  The cheerleaders could use your help and your money. I’ll be there as long as the pitches keep coming. 

– Mayor Keith Pennington

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