I was in the courthouse today for a hearing and after court was adjourned, I walked up to City Attorney Wally Duncan and DAR Reporter David Silverberg.
I said, “Hey, Wally, can you tell me when the City will be closing on their sale of City Cable?”
Duncan stood still and silent for 20 seconds and then responded, “Nothing I can tell you.”
The DAR Reporter stated he would look into it as another story.
But then, Duncan said “How did you find out about it?” <-- confirmation!
I turned so that Bill Bach, seated in the gallery could hear and said, "I can assure you I did not hear it from a council person. You have leaks within your organization you have no idea about. There are people who do not like how you run things. Especially the selling of bonded assets out from under the citizens of this city."
It has been communicated to me that those involved in the sale have been given strict instructions to conduct their due diligence secretly, complete the sale before April (eg, the next City Council election) and without Brian Becker finding out.
This raises huge questions:
Citizens of Poplar Bluff, demand that any sale of major assets be done in an open, legal and transparent manner!
After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called PBMO.net and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as SEMO.net. In July 2014, Becker again made a major pivot and became Publisher of the SEMO TIMES: a weekly print and daily online news and entertainment source for the region.