Council criticizes critical citizen
By 05/22/2003 00:00:00
HUTCHINS - After listening to citizen Nancy Howell voice complaints about the way the city handled business for nearly a year, council members fired back during regular session Monday evening at city hall.
Howell is managing editor of a newsletter, which circulates in Hut-chins.
She began speaking about results from the May 3 city elections.
Mayor Artis Johnson said results published in a newsletter were incorrect. Howell argued they were correct.
'I'm really sick and
tired of your nonsense,' Councilwoman Rhenett Gardner told Howell.
'We've been elected to run the city to the best of our knowledge.
'I'm sick and tired of this bull crap.'
Gardner asked Howell if her apparent problem with the city actually stemmed from race, gender or age.
'You tell me what it is,' Gardner told Howell. 'You need to get off my case.
'You do this every meeting,' Councilman Alex Love told Howell, referring to her stating her name, her being the managing editor of The Hutchins Newsletter and then her proceeding to complain about the city council.
Johnson had Police Chief Greg Griffin remove Howell from one city council meeting.
'Why don't you just move?' Gardner asked Howell.
'You just want to wallow in the mud,' Johnson told Howell.
Gardner asked Howell if there had been anything 'good' in the city in her opinion.
Johnson said he had never seen Howell at a citywide function for the public, such as fall festival, Christmas celebration and the recent KB Homes grand opening.
'You can go back to the [audio] tapes [from city council meetings] and she [Howell] has never had anything good to say [about the city],' Love said.
'Do things within the law,' Howell told the council.
'You think you're dealing with idiots?' Gardner asked Howell.
'This is the most educated council we've had,' Love told Howell. 'You need to take a chill pill.'
'You're dealing with a sister and you need to back off,' Gardner told Howell. 'You are out of your mind.'
Johnson pounded his gavel informing Howell her allotted time during citizens' comments was up.