Only in Lowell can a simple Inauguration turn into a who’s lying to who routine.
On City Life Tuesday December 27th Councilor Elect Ed Kennedy complained about the date being moved for the swearing in ceremony. He is quoted in today’s Sun as saying ” the state law governing cities with a Plan E form of government, including Lowell, makes no exception for holidays when stating that the swearing-in should take place on the first Monday in January. “The holiday doesn’t really apply to that meeting because that meeting is set by statute,” Kennedy said
Now if he was so against this why didn’t he inform the Clerk or City Council of that and work to get the date changed when he was informed via a letter dated Dec 6th 2011.?
The City Council met at least twice since the letter went out. If Easy Ed is going to work with most of these people shouldn’t he have communicated his concern with his fellow councilors before going on to raise the issue on City Life? Talk about playing to the crowd!
According to City Councilor – Elect Marty Lorrey:
The new city clerk had nothing to do with it,I have a letter dated December 6,2011 from Acting city Clerk Robert Slagle informing me that the inauguration will take place on Tuesday,January 3.2012 at 10:00 am.
So why is Councilor Elect Ed going on TV now weeks after the fact to complain?
Which brings us to new City Clerk Michael Geary who is quoted in today’s sun stating: he chose to hold the meeting Tuesday because when he researched how such situations were handled in the past, he learned that in 2006 the swearing-in and organizational meeting were moved to a Tuesday since Monday, Jan. 2, was a holiday that year.
Michael wasn’t elected until Dec. 19th..Is he saying he was so sure of the job he made the decision and had Slagle carry it out? Was he just trying to take some heat off the acting clerk and told a little white lie to the SUN? ( Note : You’ll be on their naughty list Michael.)
If ALL Councilors and Councilor’s elect were aware by early December you would have thought Councilor Elliot might have mentioned that to the reporter Mr. Mills instead of saying : “We should abide by the charter,” said City Councilor Rodney Elliott. “But if we’ve done it this way in the past it doesn’t really matter much to me.” or Councilor Bill (will I ever make my Mayoral vote public) Martin would have told the reporter that. Instead of saying he remembered the 2006 ceremony, was held on Tuesday.
Good Bill did you forget the December Letter? Did you forget telling the Sun and WCAP you would inform everyone this week who you will vote for to be Mayor also?
Only in Lowell can a simple thing like an Inauguration get so screwed up with people posturing and lying!