• Late yesterday Judge Schuller, in the City of Poplar Bluff v Robert J Whelan case, dismissed the City's case against Whelan. The judge wrote: "...Defendants claim that the Relator failed to act in good faith by not following generally accepted accounting practices. Relator's appraiser testified that his appraisal was subject to the LPA Manual. ...Clearly, these requirements were not met." "...the power of condemnation is such an extreme use of power by the government that the applicable statutes are strictly construed in favor of the landowners." The case centers around the intersection of Oak Grove Road and North Westwood Blvd where MoDot and City officials have been planning a much needed upgrade. The first main purchase was for an empty office

    Apr 02,
  • I'm excited to let you know that the six candidates have all been invited to the Wednesday night (April 2, 7pm) town hall meeting so we can get to know the candidates. You will have an opportunity to ask the candidates questions about their ideas and goals if elected or re-elected. Council Candidates Town Hall Meeting PB Chamber of Commerce April 2, 7pm All Six Candidates Invited Steve Whitworth - moderator

    Mar 31,
  • The lawyer for PB citizen Charles Ogden appeared before Judge Prichett in the Butler County Circuit Court this morning asking for a Temporary Restraining Order against the city of Poplar Bluff selling City Cable to New Wave Communications. The TRO filed yesterday asserts that the City broke a city ordinance and a state law on March 17, 2014, when they passed an ordinance without having the entire ordinance available before passing. Ogden's lawyer, Blake Lawrence from the Sunshine Law Practice Group in St Louis, argued that Missouri law is very specific and Missouri Courts have long held that the procedures of passing an ordinance are mandatory. The state law requires that the full ordinance be available to the public before

    Mar 31,
  • City Cable - 2013 Yields Highest Profits Since Inception of $642,693 I have now received both the City Cable purchase agreement and consultant's appraisal of City Cable. If you read something in the agreement that you think needs to be known, please comment below. For your protection, you are welcome to stay anonymous by commenting under the name "Visitor" and the email address of "questions@semo.net" if you prefer. One of the first things I noticed was how much money that City Cable profited in 2013. I was under the impression that council members were told that City Cable was losing money. But according to page 104-105 of the Purchase Agreement PDF file, the city actually profited more than $642,000 in

    Mar 25,
  • The video from Monday night's City Council meeting where Council voted to sell City Cable to New Wave Communications is now online. The video is set to start at 46:30 where the city's consultant is describing the sale. Citizen discussion follows. http://youtu.be/VYzYfo4bulQ?t=46m30s

    Mar 20,

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