Today a man was arrested in the Mayors office I guess “open door” is not what it use to be. The assistant to the mayor apparently had enough and called the police today when a man would not leave the mayors office. The man lives a few house down the block from me. The Mayors office that is paid for by this man and every other tax payer of the city. City Hall building and every chair, desk, paper, and pen are paid for by the taxpayer. This building and the people that work in it are paid by the taxpayer this is not the assistant to the mayors personal home her personal property it belongs to the people. So if this man decides he would like to wait for the Mayor to come in that is his right.
Well the assistant to the mayor did not like that so the police were called. Two police cars and three (3) officers came put handcuffs on him and took him away. He was charged with disorderly conduct finger prints and photo taken. He had to change out of his clothes and put on jail issued clothes put in a cell. He paid a 100.00 bond and was later let go. The man had a grievance about his street not getting plowed yet. The Mayor brags about his open door policy in the Mayors office. Open door to get arrested maybe. I guess you do not get to go into the Mayors office with a complaint these days. Not unless you want to get taken out in handcuffs that is. Let us say that the Assistant Mayor asked him to leave, or perhaps told him there is nothing that can be done. Maybe he did refuse to leave so what? Let him sit there all day if he wants to. No reason to call police he can sit and wait until city hall closes. If he still refuses to leave then call the police.
What the hell is going on in this city there is no reason to take someone out in handcuffs. For what wanting to talk with the Mayor the Mayor was not in the city even though he required all employees to come into work today. If they did not come in they could take a sick, personal, or vacation day. I would have offered him something to drink and if he wants to sit and wait let him. Go about your work and let the Mayor speak with him when he gets in.
Most of us who live in the city understand it takes a day to get all the roads cleared off. The longest I have ever waited for my block to be cleared was 3 days. They do an excellent job in this city when it comes to snow removal. In all the years I have lived here never heard one person complain about the removal of snow a storm this size with the amount that was dumped on us today, or tomorrow at the latest for all roads to be plowed. We only have so many plows and so many people to do the plowing. It is just so sad to hear that a resident who has a grievance walks into the mayors office and is taken out in handcuffs. This man had a complaint about flooding in his home last year and voiced his grievance at the city council meeting.
Everyone please remember this is a public building the Mayors office is a public office please do not forget that you have every right to wait for the Mayor that you elected in his office. Everyone over at city hall should not forget who pays their salaries. If this is the kind of people you leave in charge of your office Mr. Mayor you have done this city a disservice. Imagine going to talk with the Mayor and getting arrested for it. When ever someone gets drunk with power it is a dangerous thing. This is not a laughing matter this is very disturbing and this is setting a precedent for what is to come. Council meetings is that going to be next they do not like what you are saying so just call the police and have that person taken out and arrested.