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Karen Paul Takes It Back
Saturday, September 20, 2008
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"What is it going to take for this resolution to go away?"
...
This is very strange. At the last city council meeting, freshman Ward Six Independent city councilor Karen Paul led a successful effort to table the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the city and the Childrens Museum slated to go in the old Moran Plant on the waterfront.

She was upset because the city attorney's office had apparently reneged on an agreement to have outside council review the agreement. From the Burlington Free Press:

"...He [Councilor Adrian] and other councilors said Paul, chairwoman of the council’s Parks Committee, had an understanding with the city attorney that the city would use outside legal help to examine the initial agreements. After the administration reneged, Paul exchanged e-mails with other councilors over the weekend urging a tabling — an indefinite postponement — of the agreement with the museum until the administration agreed to an outside counsel. Her perspective was persuasive to nine of her colleagues.

“I have told the city attorney I will not put my name on an agreement that has not been seen by an outside attorney with years of experience in this field,” Paul said Tuesday. “Our potential tenants are getting this kind of advice. Why shouldn’t we?”..."

The article went on to quote Community and Economic Development Office director Larry Kupferman...

Kupferman, who agreed the council vote Monday was important, said, “It seems to me folks might want to know what the reasoning is. Outside counsel has not been part of our thinking. Nor has it been brought up by anyone else, until last night.”

From the email Karen Paul sent the city council Sunday...

"...Putting aside my act of good faith and taking the City Attorney at his word, I have consulted with three local attorneys with many years of experience in contract law who have told me independent of one anther that this MOU is seriously lacking in several areas..." [Emphasis added]
But now BurlingtonPol has learned Karen Paul will reverse herself and move for passage of the MOU at this Monday's city council meeting. Just four days after her first email calling for the MOU's tabling, she wrote to the council again Thursday...

"...I spoke earlier today with Ken [Schatz] and Larry [Kupferman] about the MOU. Ken has fully consulted with Thomas Melloni on this MOU. Thomas did make some additions that add clarity and deepen the understanding between the parties. I also discussed some of the more minor changes with Ken that I had received from other attorneys I spoke with. We have come to an understanding about those points and have made adjustments in the MOU when warranted..."

"...I have asked Ken, after consulting with the President of the Council, to please place the MOU on our agenda for this coming Monday..."

"...I urge you to fully support this MOU and vote in favor of its passage at the City Council meeting on Monday night..." [Emphasis added.]

Ok. So these two emails obviously don't square. Since when do "minor changes" ameliorate an MOU that is "seriously lacking?" Paul provides no specifics or timeline for the 'full consultation' the city has supposedly now had with attorney Melloni. Apparently it all happened on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sure. That's more than enough time for the city to reverse course from "outside council has not been part of our thinking" to "it's fine now, let's all pass the MOU and buy the world a Coke."

If I didn't know better, I might think Karen Paul found a severed horse head lying next to her when she woke up Thursday morning. I mean WTF is going on here? Leave a comment if you know...

******

PS- I was trying to tell Poopsie just what the heck I'm blogging here, and becoming annoyed with my long-winded explanation- she asked me to break it down to her in simple terms. "Just tell me who the bad guy is," she said jokingly.

"Jonathon Leopold" I said, for the sake of simplicity.

"And who's the good guy?"

"That's easy," I said. "I am."

*******

9/22/8 Update-

First of all I don't really think in terms of "bad guys" and "good guys" and I don't really think of Jonathon Leopold as a bad guy. That was a joke.

Secondly, item 9 was removed form the council's agenda tonight...

9. RESOLUTION: Authorization for Execution of a MOU Between the City and the Green
Mountain Children’s Museum re: Moran Redevelopment Project (Board
of Finance) (to take from the table)(MOU to be sent out on Friday,
September 19, 2008)

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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 8:00 PM  
9 Comments:
  • At September 20, 2008 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yeah WTF is going on...

    I also heard the GDA started another petition drive to demolish the Moran plant....

     
  • At September 21, 2008 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You ARE the GOOD guy!!!

     
  • At September 21, 2008 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When is our City Council gonna "grow a pair" and stand up to the bad guy? I can't believe how fast he's driving this city into the ground and how little resistance he's facing.

     
  • At September 22, 2008 12:05 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    BurlingtonPol Beats Blurt III

    Sunday's Score...
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    Ouch Cathy. Hey BTW here's a scoop for 7D- Burlington Hilton under terrible/criminal management. More on that later maybe...

     
  • At September 22, 2008 10:44 AM, Blogger JayV said…

    So, Haik, didya see Leopold's obnoxious My Turn in yesterday's BFP? Talk about being on the defensive. Why doesn't he just fess up and take responsibility instead of passing the buck and those sort of defensive postures?

    "Training" of election workers may have been done, but the point is it was incomplete and did not include hands on training.

    And regarding Karen Paul's turn-about, it is known that Leopold advised her on her campaign. Aaaaah, political pressure of the bad sort, ain't it biz as usual?

     
  • At September 22, 2008 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    IN addition, Melloni is hardly "outside counsel" He works for the city as bond counsel which is an extremely lucrative gig. So if Leopold went to Melloni and said he would like an O.K. or he may have to reconsider who the city uses as bond counsel, you can bet that Melloni would be happy to sit on his hands. The thing is, Melloni was not retained to evaluate this - he was simply "consulted" by Ken Schatz who is infamous for leaving our important details (like whether or not it is legal to pry open a ballot box). Melloni has no liability - so what does he care? So now King Leopold has rolled over Karen Paul and gotten Melloni to keep mum. Hmmm . . .

     
  • At September 22, 2008 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    “Shall the City of Burlington be advised to revoke the $21 million proposal to renovate and redevelop the Moran Plant with the understanding that the voters have lost confidence in the way the proposal agreement has been proceeding?”

     
  • At September 22, 2008 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YES!!!

     
  • At September 23, 2008 1:54 PM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    No!!!

    We should KEEP the Moran Plant and make sure we get the tenant agreements right.

    I DO NOT want to see it torn down. That would be a huge waste.

     
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