|The Ever Squirrelly Councilman Vies|
goes Bonkers over Bad Press
You may recall that Councilman Vies during the June 20th council meeting told a local motel operation that was complaining about the dirty water turning his linens brown to cure the problem by just buying “rust colored towels”. Unlike most people that get this shabby treatment at council meetings this individual decided to exercise his first amendment rights and commissioned a 4’ x 8’ professionally made sign suggesting that voters “Vote for anybody but” Councilmen Vies, Kaftan and Kaul at the next election. Vies, apparently still stinging from the heat he has received for his stupid comment a month ago, attempted to defray the heat by casting the blame on HDN reporter Zack White and Councilman Brekke as they “blew this way out of proportion.” In addition Vies chastised Councilman Brekke who is the representative of the Ward in which the motel is located because, according to Vies, he shouldn’t have told the motel owner what the response of the council was to his inquiry about what could be done to rectify his dirty linen problem.
This is not the first time people have come to the council with a problem only to be turned away with a glib or catty comment instead of addressing their individual issues. The difference is that this time a dirty water problem affects every single person in the Havre water system and hardly a soul we have talked to have found the Vies comment all that amusing. The HDN reported that Vies insisted on making it known that his “rusty towel” comment on June 20th brought fits of “widespread” laughter not only from fellow council members but also those in the audience. So apparently we are all to think that witty comments made by council members to constituents with needs should be just taken in stride as part of the city government “management process.”
For just a moment let’s take Vies at his word that his degrading comment was in fact just a miserably failed attempt at humor and he is being unjustly raked over the coals and consider just the facts of the matter;
- June 20th a problem with dirty water damaging linens is brought to the council
- June 26th the Corrector reported that the City Water Department had increased the Chlorine and chemical levels to a point that rust was being leached into the water. The city said they were “looking into a solution” even though we were told by others that the City official knew the cause of the problem but refused to issue the proper treatment orders because of the cost involved with making the water pure
- July 6th we reported that a Havre businessman erected a sign telling people not to again vote for Vies and his cohorts because of the idiotic response he received from the council
- Today is July 20th, one full month after the problem was brought to the council and as of tonight not one single thing has been done to rectify the issue. What has happened is that everyone is ignoring the problem hoping nature will clear up the problem without causing the City to expend any money. Also Mayor Dim, the witty council, and the water department have used all their energy running around playing the you said – he said game in an attempt to divert everyone’s attention from the crude coming out of their water spigot.
Mighty fine civil “servants" wouldn’t you say? Perhaps the sign is right on message