Math can be fun! No, really!
(Stephanie Kienzle) A reader of mine was wondering how much money North Miami Beach taxpayers have been billed so far for councilwoman Phyllis Smith’s insistence on passing a Seating Arrangement Resolution. Let’s see if we can come up with a reasonable estimation, based on the compensation figures published in the new budget and some highly intelligent guessing by the Gadfly. I’m thinking we are gonna be surprised, if not shocked.
Phyllis brought up this nonsense at a pre-council meeting on June 7, 2011, two weeks after the new Mayor and Council were sworn in. If my memory serves me correctly, Mayor George Vallejo attempted to appoint the individual council members to various committees, when the meeting was hijacked by Phyllis’ demand to be given the seat next to the Mayor on the dais in the Council Chambers. Since that pre-council meeting started at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 7:30 p.m., I’d venture to say that approximately three quarters of that hour was spent listening to Phyllis whine and kvetch. After wearing everyone down with her endless babble, the Mayor conceded that this item would be discussed further at the next pre-council meeting. If he was annoyed at her petty nonsense, you couldn’t tell. For the purpose of keeping score, I will guesstimate that Phyllis’ BS took approximately .75 hours.