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Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

We will be borrowing $$$$$ in the next 120 days." Today's date is January 10, 2012. Just exactly where will we be "borrowing $$$$" from? From one city fund and using it in another fund?? That's not "borrowing $$$$". That is called BUSINESS. Businesses and other city, county, state, AND federal agencies do that EVERY DAY. It is obvious that you have never been involved with the day to day operations of either a large corporation of government agency before. TRANSFER of funds between departments is a REGULAR PRACTICE and NOT "borrowing $$$$" If the city goes out and floats a loan from a bank to have to pay for something or as you have said to pay for payroll then THAT would be "borrowing $$$$".  (Jan 10, 2012 | post #243)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

So let me get this straight. YOU would "cut" everything that is non-essential. Meaning YOU would have layoffs and forego services. Which inturn YOU would cause workers, most of whom live inside the city limits on Bay St. Louis, to be out of work and unable to support themselves or their families. Which would also cause more of a strain on the local (City of Bay St. Louis) economy when they can not pay their bills or purchase items from local businesses and casue sales tax to drop even further. Wow! Why hasn't anyone else thought about such a brilliant solution? As far as the bills not getting paid as you referenced from the council meeting from last night, you could not be further from the "facts" as your name implies. If in "fact" you inquired the reason why the claims docket was small this meeting is simple. The council holds two meeting each month. Claims dockets are presented at each meeting. The first meeting of the month was change to last night instead of the original first Tuesday because of the New Years holiday. The second meeting of the month is NEXT week. BACK to BACK meetings. With the holidays, (Christmas and New Years) many employees took time off of work as well as the State and City declared holidays. With the employees out, who would have processed the information and submitted the claims? Since there is a meeting NEXT week, it is smart business sense to not rush your process and possibly miss something as well as allowing more revenue to come in during that time. I suppose you have never done such a thing in your personal life. I am sure, IF you would check as I did, that you would see that there is money available to pay the city's bills AND that there will be a larger claims docket submitted at the meeting on January 17th. Why is it that you seem so hard and fast to predict doom and gloom for the City of Bay St. Louis? Why is it that you feel this city WILL HAVE TO BORROW MONEY? To me and many others it seems that people such as yourself are part of the problem. Negativity in EVERYTHING you do. Why would anyone from the outside want to move here or invest here when you and a few others, including one of the City Council members, are constantly bashing not only the mayor and administration, but the city in general. If you felt even half as passionate about helping for the greater good as you do for negativity, you may see things are NOT as bad as YOU think they are. Things are tough throughout the State, the US, and across the world in other countries. But Bay St. Louis is far better off than you wish to paint it out to be.  (Jan 10, 2012 | post #238)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

You honestly can't be that much of a freakin idiot! Give me a break! Again, NO ANSWERS to what was asked! Why the hell are you on the MAYOR if you say that the COUNCIL approves what the mayor tells them to do. If he is that all mightly and they are that damn stupid or that damn naieve to do EXACTLY what the mayor tells them to do, then who is at fault. NOT the mayor. This topic should be titled BAY ST. LOUIS CITY COUNCIL! Not Les Fillingame. THEY have the power of the vote. THEY can approve or deny. If THEY are only voting because the mayor "tells them" to vote for something, then THEY need to be voted out of office. ALL OF THE COUNCIL. Now....answer my questions. What would YOU do right now? How would YOU fix the problem? You and others complained because the mayor was supposedly going to ask to ammend the budget, but you said to "only spend, use and have what your income is". So if you make a budget for your household, you never make a mistake? You never have to adjust anything? If so......how would YOU do this and make the city a better place?  (Jan 9, 2012 | post #236)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

I will bring my questions back out since it NEVER is answered by ANY of you who are so against the current administration. What would YOU do differently RIGHT NOW to "fix this problem"? Since you feel the city is being so badly run and is going to hell in a hand basket what do YOU see as the problems and how can it be fixed IMMEDIATELY? Do you not understand that no matter what the mayor (this mayor, Eddie Favre, Vic Frankowitz, Larry Bennett, or ANY MAYOR BEFORE THEM) asks for....it MUST be approved by the COUNCIL? That includes when they PROPOSE a budget, it MUST be approved by the COUNCIL. When he ASKED to borrow the money from one fund to be a backup if there was a shortfall, it MUST be approved by the COUNCIL. ETC. ETC. ETC. Regardless of how you feel about this mayor or his administrations, he does NOT have the ability to do as he pleases. The COUNCIL has to give him authority. If they do not feel it is the best thing for the city, then they (please forgive me here) should have the BALLS to stand up for what they feel is right. It appears that all of them except for Joey has the city's best interest at hand and is not causing hate and discontent. And if I am not mistaken, Joey has also voted to approve all of these requests and budget proposals. Are all 7 council members (the only people that have the ability to approve or deny) wrong in their thinking? If anyone is at fault it would be the council. NOT the mayor. Can you please answer how YOU will "fix" this situation RIGHT NOW? Can you give plausible solutions and be the savior of the city? Or is it easier for you to just bitch about things and stir shit? I think we all know the answer to those questions.  (Jan 7, 2012 | post #230)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Property dispute could delay Bay St. Louis marina project

Do any of you feel $750,000 is a large sum of money? I sure do. I would love to have owned a piece of property and been paid $750,000 for it. That is what the Murphy's were paid for their property that they still believe should be theirs. How long do you think they would have to sell beer or food in their previous business at this location to CLEAR $750,000? I absolutely love Ray and Ken and the entire family. I've known them for practically my entire life. If the land was TAKEN from them and they were not compensated I would be the first one to say they need to fight. But enough is enough.  (Jan 7, 2012 | post #4)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

My, my. Touchy aren't you? Nothing was "implied ". All that was said was that is a lot of direct quotes. I don't know if I know anyone who can quote so many direct statements from what they said, much less what someone else said. Especially if it didn't just happen.  (Jan 2, 2012 | post #217)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

That sure is a lot of direct quotes.  (Jan 1, 2012 | post #214)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

In your own words, "Read this slowly so you can understand." If for one second you think that Waveland and or Mayor Garcia has done ANYTHING that is best for its citizens or its employees, you are even more crazy than everyone on here thinks you are. "Call Mayor Garcia, he'll explain it to them!" Give me a break. Mayor Garcia, bless his soul he tries, could not put a complete intellectual sentence together without butchering the English language if he tried. If Waveland, Gulfport, Biloxi, and d'Iberville (as you mentioned) were doing as they should have been and monitoring the budget and making internal adjustments in department spending etc throughout the entire year and not waiting until it was too late, they would not have had to lay people off or give furloughs. Mayor Fillingame and David Kolf has done an outstanding job with managing the budget since Mayor Fillingame took office. Adjustments are made and budgets are met. How do you think a surplus was carried over from last years budget to this years budget and placed in RESERVE ACCOUNTS. Name one other city along the MS Gulf Coast that has done that? You can't because no one else has done that. The reason why these other cities are in such difficult spots is because of "pie in the sky" dreams of income streams. D'Iberville FAR over estimated sales tax revenue for their new mall. Gulfport was not being managed well under the previous administration because of the fraud etc that Brent Warr was involved with. Waveland.......wel l, we all know what was wrong with Waveland. Am I saying that EVERYTHING is perfect in Bay St. Louis? Absolutely not. Is there room for improvement? Of course there is. Who (individual, government agency, or business) can say that they are perfect and does not need improvement? Not me and I challenge you to state differently. Do I think that this Mayor and administration is doing a good job at protecting the lives, property, and way of life of its citizens, as well as controlling and managing the city funds? ABSOLUTELY yes I do. Now with all that being said, and I know that is a LOT of words for you, and I hope that you did "read this slowly so you can understand", STOP SPREADING LIES, HALF TRUTHS, and UNDOCUMENTED FACTS. Your SPECULATIONS are just that.  (Dec 12, 2011 | post #199)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

And so you won't have to search or pretend you don't know what I am asking of you, here it is AGAIN. My question to YOU once again is, "What would YOU immediately do differently to fix what YOU feel is a problem with the City of Bay St. Louis if YOU were sitting in the corner office at Bay St. Louis City Hall and YOU had the title "MAYOR FACTS NOT FICTION"? I beg YOU to PLEASE tell us how YOU can save the city from the "financial crisis because of this Adm." For once, would YOU please tell us and save us from certain doom and distruction? And while you are at it, PLEASE answer my questions regarding the City of Gulfport and Mayor Schlogal's administration's handling of their "financial crisis".  (Dec 11, 2011 | post #193)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

Again.......NO ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS POSED UPON YOU. The only "shortfall " is your attention span and that you can't answer a direct question given to you. Out of all that I said, you reply with "Mr. Adams was dealt w/harshly. Ask him." You sound like a whining little kid on the play ground. "Go ask him. Boo hoo." Give me a break. Come back and play with the big boys and girls when you have grown up and have REAL answers and REAL facts and can answer REAL questions by giving REAL answers.  (Dec 11, 2011 | post #192)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

Bless Mr. Adams, he saw the real Adm. last week for being loyal." Hmmm lets see. I assume you are referring to Randy Adam who was part time working 2 or 3 days a week and was, from what I have been told, not a very productive employee that could not be used in many places at all. When there was no work that he could do, at his age and skill, the Public Works Director did the right thing and told him he was not needed any more. Weren't you the one saying that there is a lot of "dead weight" that needs to go away? Should this have not happened, since you obviously like Mr. Adam and is bestoying your blessings upon him. Believe me when I say this, I for one do not wish for ANYONE to lose their job ESPECIALLY with the economy of the United States. Very few places are hiring, and it is extremely difficult for people to survive. BUT, if you are a non productive employee at any place of business, you do not need to be a drain to that business. As it was mentioned before, you seem to wish harm to the City of Bay St. Louis and Mayor Fillingame. It appears that you would love to see people lose their jobs and the city fall under hard times so that you and your friends can blame the Mayor. Also as someone else mentioned, you seem to think that if someone else was holding the office of mayor, that everything would be perfect. Many cities, counties, and states around this country are having hard times. Bay St. Louis is doing exceptionally well compared to others. Jefferson County, AL (home of Birmingham) filed bankruptcy last month. The City of Gulfport, MS (second largest city in the state) has had to have furloughs, lay offs, and budget cuts of all departments. Since you believe it is the person holding the office of mayor who is at fault, I would hope that you agree that Mayor George Schlogal (former President of Hancock Bank) of Gulfport is a fairly well educated businessman and financial "expert" . Is he at fault for the what Gulfport has had to do? Should there be a Topix column labeled "George Schlogal"? Or is he, the city, the state, the nation, and other countries around the world all facing the same hard times? My question to YOU once again is, "What would YOU immediately do differently to fix what YOU feel is a problem with the City of Bay St. Louis if YOU were sitting in the corner office at Bay St. Louis City Hall and YOU had the title "MAYOR FACTS NOT FICTION"? I beg YOU to PLEASE tell us how YOU can save the city from the "financial crisis because of this Adm." For once, would YOU please tell us and save us from certain doom and distruction? And while you are at it, PLEASE answer my questions regarding the City of Gulfport and Mayor Schlogal's administration's handling of their "financial crisis".  (Dec 10, 2011 | post #190)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

Isn't it interesting how they get very quiet when things don't go as they thought they would? Isn't it interesting how only negativity, lies, and distorted facts spew from them? I wonder if their "source" is giving them wrong information to make them believe they are valuable and then is using them to spread the bogus information so they are the one who looks like an idiot when they can't back up what is being said. Anyone remember Arseneo Hall? "Things that make you go, hmmmmm."  (Dec 9, 2011 | post #187)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

Have any of you gone to speak to the Mayor or City Clerk? If you have, you would be able to SEE with your own eyes the FULL AMMENDED BUDGET. Line item by line item and see that the "short fall" was in projections for close out of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant)projects. NO ONE can tell for certain when these projects are going to be closed out. It is a PROJECTION. A true GUESS. If it happens.........GR EAT. If not......you carry it over. Again.........BEFO RE you speak (or type)you really should go check the FACTS. And why hasn't any of my questions been answered by all of these "nay sayers" on here?? What would YOU do differently? Can you do things differently or better? If so.......what would YOU do to help this city since you see it in such dire straights?  (Nov 30, 2011 | post #151)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

Regardless if it is any of his children. Regardless if they are in town or out of town. Regardless if they are an employee or just John Q. Citizen. WHO CARES? The questions have been posed to MANY people posting on here MANY times. What would YOU (they) do differently? How can YOU (they) fix this problem immediately? Every time someone calls someone out on their missquotes or incorrect information they are spreading, they disappear for a while and new things come up and then they jump on the next band waggon passing by. They can't give good reason for their hate. They can't give good solutions to what THEY think is wrong with this city. All they can do is complain and try to get everyone in an uproar.  (Nov 29, 2011 | post #137)

Bay St. Louis, MS

Les Fillingame

If you knew anything about budgets, especially in a governmental setting, ammending the budget is what you do when you see a change in projections. You DO NOT wait until you are too far gone down a path that you can't turn around from. To ammend a budget is appropriate at this time or any other time when figures differ. That means that the Mayor is watching over the city's money as he should. Several of you have complained on here about "the mayor's budget" being off base and out of line. What you seem to forget, or maybe you really had no clue of, is that the MAYOR can only PROPOSE a budget. It takes a MAJORITY vote of the CITY COUNCIL to pass any budget PROPOSED by the mayor. If the CITY COUNCIL felt that the budget was so far out of line, THEY are the only ones that could have stopped it by not voting for it. You and others on here that think it is the Mayor's fault, really should take a civics class on government and find out first hand how things really work. Better yet, attend some of the council meetings and ask questions. Do it in an OPEN MEETING. That way your questions are on the record and your answers are given by the appropriate person with accountability of their fellow council members and mayor watching and listening. By doing this you will not only have a better understanding of what actually takes place, you will be able to see for yourself that a large portion of what is printed in the Sea Coast Echo is lies, misrepresentations and distorted facts.  (Nov 27, 2011 | post #121)