A Jordan Hodge-Podge

A Jordan Hodge-Podge

2/3/16

New Mayor
Tanya Velishek is now Mayor of Jordan. The appointment vote wasMayor-Velishek 4:1, Franklin, Goebel, Lieske, Stier supporting. Will opposed. Velishek ineligible.

Mayor Velishek will serve the remainder of Mayor Shaw’s term Her seat as Councilor is now vacated (up for grabs, in other words), and will be filled by appointment.

Anyone who meets the residency requirement can apply.  Councilors will review the list of applicants, nominate finalists, and select a new councilor. There probably won’t be any interviews, though Councilors can communicate with applicants.  Apparently, a list of candidates will be assembled into a ballot, and the council will vote at the next meeting to select one.

The process was fast, which in my opinion severely limits the opportunity for public involvement. The Council may well select a new member who is unknown to Jordan voters. Voters may, or may not get an opportunity to review the list of candidates, and they will not have a vote in the matter of who fills the vacated Council seat.

It’s all strictly legal, but one wonders why the rush?

Council Member Will said he was not opposed to any particular individual being named Mayor, but he knew ‘two or three people off the top of {his} head’ who should be considered for the position.

When I suggested just leaving the Council at six members, I was informed that the City is legally required to fill all seven seats. The City has some flexibility in the process, being permitted to fill the vacant seat by Council appointment, special election, or appointment of candidates who didn’t win a seat in the last election.

Rubbish
This little item ran in the South Metro section of the Star/Tribune on January 28th
State to clean up Burnsville landfill that had been headed for Superfund program
Municipalities, businesses are spared the expense of the $65 million cleanup.” 

The body copy begins:
The state has reached a deal to take over an old Burnsville landfill after months of unsuccessful negotiations with the landowner nearly led to a costly federal Superfund cleanup.

Freeway Landfill, along Interstate 35W south of the Minnesota River, will be cleaned up by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through the state’s Closed Landfill Program. The agreement between the state and the landowner, which was finalized this week, is a victory for the local governments, school districts and businesses that would have had to pay for the cleanup if the state hadn’t taken over the site.

Instead, the state will foot the bill, which is expected to be nearly $65 million.”

What the heck!? Some victory. You and I and every taxpayer in Minnesota will have to pick up the tab for sixty-five million dollars worth of clean-up. And I’ll bet the final tab will be a lot more.

Why?

Because a landowner got legal permission to operate a questionable enterprise near imperiled ground water, along an at-risk surface waterway (the Minnesota River).

Alas, the landowner cannot afford to clean up the mess his (now defunct) enterprise made, with the result that the MPCA has to step in and redeem the situation – with your tax dollars. They made a deal with the landowner who caused the problem, instead of seizing his assets.

Sound familiar?

One wonders if the MPCA is learning anything from this fiasco.

I suggest you read the entire article, and related comments. Pay special attention to the comment about cancer and colostomy bags.

The link to the article is here:
http://www.startribune.com/state-to-clean-up-burnsville-landfill-that-had-been-headed-for-superfund-program/366898741/

‘I Don’t Think We’re In Kansas Anymore, Toto’
My Swee’Pea and I took a little twirl to Kansas City (the one in Kansas) last weekend, mainly to escape the cold and snow.

We were rewarded with temps in the mid-sixties, blue skies, and a wealth of interesting impressions.Designated-Texter-Sign

We saw a sign on I-35 that looked like this:

Maybe the message will get through to the proper people.

I hope so.

Then there was the drunken pickup truck driver who stopped in the middle of a traffic lane on a busy four-lane commercial boulevard. He turned on the emergency flashers, wobbled out of the truck, took off his jacket, and threw it behind the driver’s seat. Then he wobbled back behind the wheel and started to drive – slowly – down the boulevard. We didn’t stick around behind him long enough to find out if he ever got the truck up to speed.

I hope not.

Saturday evening mass at Holy Name Church was . . . different. One altar boy, pushing 80 years old, did a flawless job, including holding the paten during the distribution of Communion. There were about fifty people in a church big enough for 500. I was struck by the sinking feeling I was witnessing the future of Catholicism in America.

I hope not.

A Reader Writes
Afternoon Thom,

You might want to change the name of this site, because as far as I am concerned, the Jordan Underground has become synonymous with all things contaminated. Maybe the Jordan Gene Jumbler Journal, or the Hubman Haz-Mat Mag, the Flint Mimic Monthly, 3 Mile Jordan Dependant, Love our Mill Canal Chronicle, or possibly, Jordan III … Judgement Day Daily. Just sayin’. I have logo ideas.

Read your offerings this and last week, and then tapped on some older posts going back through the history of JUG. Yeah, I need to get a life. It was interesting to measure the level of involvement and passion for this city by those who truly cared about its health besides it’s appearance or profit as it slowly decreased to a thin drip of blue green algae water (hey, just thinking, we should change the name of water too, seeing how it really isn’t water anymore). From intense verbal volleyball on the JI to William O. Wrights dead-on video exposés to signs pleading to save our children, city and earth and those that made them … well, they have all but disappeared. Seems to be just you, me, Richard Thom and the Finkster cackling maniacally in the background. (Love you Maggie … there’s always hope!). And it doesn’t take rocket science to understand why, when the decline of involvement coincides rather gear meshingly with the decline of logic, foresight, and to be brutally to the point, the IQ of Jordan’s governing body, and their penchant for acquiescing to the few at the cost of the many. And based on the local voter apathy and savvy with regard to those who would destroy our destiny, the future holds no promise based on the past. History will repeat itself here over and over again until there is no one left to record the history, as the last survivor goes down clutching a fistful of dollars. Pardon me while I indulge in an anti-depressant.

But in defense of our leaders (very loose term, respect the office), what do they have as a guiding light. Obama (‘nuff said), Hillary (‘nuff said), Bernie’s new “Back in the ASSR”, the Donald’s new “America’s Game Show” and let’s not forget the 3-1 Bush Wacker package. It’s like Menard’s, lots to choose from … nothing you really need. (It would be remiss of me not to mention the bureaucracy of Scott Free County, the gunite of our gene polluted pool). It really has become a situation of taxation without rational representation. I would chuck some tea in Mill Pond, but don’t think the bales will break the surface during any season anymore, so will dump them in the pool at the new hotel … oh, wait. Besides, it has been revealed that the tea supplied from China, that you will find in Lipton and others, is contaminated from their rampant pollution problems in the far east. This includes staples such as rice and other farmed products. Holy guano Batman … we’re surrounded!

Toledo, Flint Michigan, Southern Colorado, New Mexico, St. Louis park (creosote), Burnsville, (I’ll save you some time here, just type in “Minnesota super fund sites” and be prepare to be freaked out), are just a few areas suffering from the ramifications of unqualified government office holders and agencies, specifically the EPA, (an agency which the local cremation cronies noted as God’s last word), and have become bloated ineffective broken processes, leading to resignations by their agents, infighting, voter recalls, etc. The damage from the lead, benzine, toluene, methylene chloride, PCB’s, dioxins, VOCs, PAHs, petroleum hydrocarbons, creosote, furans, phenols, chloroform, cadmium, lead, copper, mercury, arsenic, manganese, xylene, carbon tetrachloride, napthalene, phosphates and a grab bag of other contaminants in everyone’s water will be suffered from for decades … if it can be stopped immediately, and then there is very little promise.

And now all you non-involved are being led by an as I understand “I have an online degree graduate” (nothing against online degrees sans the number of them being sued for sub-par educations by their students), who can tell us about how our old genes work, how members of the community are Barnum & Bailey’s best, still trying to figure out the difference between a white and blue paper, has great excuses for being absent during key votes (political or friends and family backlash?), and has the dickens of a time looking anyone who disagrees with the disfunction in the eye. Try it. I did. I challenge you to ask this “health professional” what steps her office is taking in mitigating the mass contaminates in our local ponds and streams. I challenge you to ask her why the crematorium has not reverted to a safer emission of mercury levels with solutions offered even at the time of the granting of their conditional use permit. Ask her what is being done to eliminate the lead contamination at Mini-Met. Ask her what is being done to monitor the PCB emissions from Jordan Transformer. Watch her eyes glass over when you ask about the change in transparency levels over the last three years in Mill Pond. Ask her why the county water administrator can’t tell us what the hell is in the water. You might want to bring a lunch and flashlight, as I am sure you may be waiting a spell for any legitimate or logical answer. Or at least be prepared for a dissertation on the fabric being used for the new chamber/historical/who knows’ what it is chairs.

So the poison has seeped into Jordan at all levels, both environmentally and politically, with no effort from the past, present, or I suspect, future administration of Jordan or Scott county to take this head on for the generations they are busy extinguishing through rampant stupidity. So when offered a drink of water from either a tap in Detroit or Jordan, feel free to choose either. No real difference exists. Detroit’s just getting the publicity … and we got Tanya. Luckkkkkyyyyyy!

That’ll show ‘em.
Rob Mishica

P.S. We have had a reverse osmosis water filter system treating treated water with secondary in-line carbon filters installed and still use it only for plants, dishes and shower, as we can’t, for the life of us, scrub it clean, based on water testing. Still have to revert to bottled water for safe drinking, which irritates us to no end forcing us to use (and recycle) plastic. (Can the city change the name of my water bill to Take a Chance Charges?)

* Rob’s movie recommendation for the week: Idiocracy (2006) –  Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future.   
  He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive. Does this path sound familiar?

** Also, check out the Motley Fool for the best three water company stocks to invest in. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/04/18/3-best-stocks-to-invest-in-water.aspx

My Response
I dunno, Rob, JUG has been JUG since late 2008, and I’m not inclined to change the name now.

On the matter of Jordan water, if you’ve had yours tested, and if you’re willing to share the results, I’ll post them here.

On the matter of unqualified, or under-qualified politicians running the government, the only real requirement for any public office is residency in the jurisdiction to be governed.

In my opinion, no person is qualified for public office, and being elected doesn’t suddenly change that. I think the best we can hope for is to find people who display integrity, and consistency. Wisdom and foresight can be handy. Logical thinking is useful, but integrity and consistency are paramount. Even wise people make mistakes. Foresight can be twisted by unforeseen consequences. And logic often fails to acknowledge the perverse lack of logic that is a basic component of human nature (creativity often has illogical origins).

So, send the test results?

The Quote:
“Well, you give me too much credit for foresight and planning. I haven’t got a clue what the hell I’m doing.”
Robert B. Parker

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