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Bisbee Wire/KBRP update/council agendas/2018 March #9

Hello again,

Some good news...Duffers Rejoice! The Turquoise Valley Golf Course will remain open. In a complex deal the company holding the note bought the assets of the TVGC, and will operate it. I'll report on details when available. 

More good news...In a crucial development about the Bisbee Radio Project...a community meeting was held Thursday night at Central School called to discuss what to do about the organization which will legally be out of business on Sunday. The result of the meeting was a transition plan that is dependent on the current Board-officially resigning on April 1-appointing a new interim Board before their resignations become effective Sunday.

As the meeting progressed the plan emerged through rational discussion among the 70-give or take-people at the meeting.  Seven people volunteered to serve on an interim Board. A letter will be written to the current Board asking them to convene a meeting and appoint the seven person interim Board before Sunday. According to by-laws a meeting would have to have a 24 hour notice posted before it could take place to have any decisions be legally binding.

Led by Noah Suby, a long time programmer at the station, this meeting, in contrast to a rowdy meeting Monday, was a thoughtful examination of what it would take to get an emergency transition in place. Suby had asked KXCI Executive Director Cathy Rivers to help with the discussion and her experience with  Tucson-based community radio was very helpful. Although unfamiliar with the particulars of the situation, she was able to point out several shortcomings and examples of what should/could be happening at KBRP; transparency about operations, sound financial accounting and reporting, communication with members, possible legal representation, keeping egos to a minimum, Board behavior, and several other pertinent points gleaned from years of experience.  She, along with Suby and suggestions from the attendees, elicited the emergency plan.

There was significant discussion about how members of the current Board felt extremely disrespected at last Monday's meeting where there were profanities, disparaging remarks, and nasty slurs shouted at them. And how they might not be receptive to any overture coming from this meeting. However it was stressed by several that the letter would be respectfully asking them to ensure continuity of the Radio Project with gratitude for their service. The slate of the interim Board was to draft the letter and send it to the current Board either last night or today since time is of the essence.

During the discussion it was revealed that initial looks at bank statements disclosed a $20,000 lien against KBRP for non-payment of federal taxes that had never been reported to the current Board; a disclosure that seemed to stun the crowd.   That lien has been satisfied, but it is unclear where the dough came from. One of the first things on an interim Board's agenda will be getting an accountant or CPA to piece together the actual financial situation. KBRP will be out of legal business on Sunday because the entire Board resigned effective April 1 (no joke this!) and there is no succession in place. Because the radio station operates in compliance with FCC rules as well as IRS regs, that's a real problem.  If it were the case that there is no longer legal representation in the form of a Board, the organization would have jump through several hoops to reestablish itself.

If you read to the bottom of this you will find an annual publication of one of my favorite honor of Easter and Poetry month. fred

................................ COUNCIL AGENDA

COUNCIL WORK SESSION Tuesday April 3 5:30  Building G 1415 Melody Lane Background here:

THE FOLLOWING ITEM WILL BE DISCUSSED AND/OR CONSIDERED AT THESE MEETINGS: 1.       Discussion of the Budget Priorities from Council for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. David M. Smith, Mayor



Tuesday April 3 7:00  Building G 1415 Melody Lane

Background here:


INVOCATION:  A Moment of Silence                       



·         Support the Shop Local Initiative Proclamation



1.        ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Subject to availability of funds

2.        Approval of the ConsentAgenda                                                         A.      Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of Mayor and Council held on February 6, 2018 at 7:00PM.

B.      Approval of the Resignation of Robert Cohn foom the Police and Fire Advisory Committee.

C.      Approval of the Appointment of Grace Wiggins to the Evergreen Cemetery Committee.

D.     Approval of the Appointment of William Crow to the Police and Fire Advisory Committee

E.      Approval of a Park, Facility and Right of Way Use Permit for the use of City Park for the 4th Annual Howl & Prowl Vintage Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

F.      Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application Submitted by the Central School Project for an Event to be held at Subway Street, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6:00pm to 10:30pm; Laurie McKenna, Applicant.


3.        Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-18-06 to amend the Zoning Code by inserting Article 7.4.7 which would regulate signs on parked vehicles.

Joe Ward, Liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission


4.        Discussion and Possible Direction to Staff on a Petition received from Nolan Gouget regarding 3 Navajo Trail.

 David M. Smith, Mayor

5.        Discussion and Possible Approval to Enter into a Real Estate Lease with Freeport Minerals Corporation and the City of Bisbee to Utilize property at Public Works Offices in Lowell, 76 Erie Street.

Andy Haratyk, Public Works Director

6.        Discussion and Possible Approval of Notice of Intent to Adopt Ordinance O-18-07; Amending Article 2.5.1 of the City Code Changing the meeting times of the Council. 

David M. Smith, Mayor

7.        City Manager's Report:

·         Other current events (No Discussion)

COUNCIL COMMENTS OR FUTURE AGENDA ITEM SUGGESTIONS: (Council members may suggest topics for future meeting agendas, but Council will not here discuss, deliberate or take any action on these topics.):


A Coney Island of the Mind #6

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sometime during eternity

some guys show up

and one of them

who shows up real late

is a kind of carpenter

from some square-type place

like Galilee

and he starts wailing

and claiming he is hep

to who made heaven

and earth

and that the cat

who really laid it on us

is his Dad

And moreover

he adds

It’s all writ down

on some scroll-type parchments

which some henchmen

leave lying around the Dead Sea somewheres

a long time ago

and which you won’t even find

for a couple thousand years or so

0r at least for

nineteen hundred and fort yseven

of them

to be exact

and even then

nobody really believes them

or me

for that matter

You’re hot

they tell him

And they cool him

They stretch him on the tree to cool

And everybody after that

is always making models

of this Tree

with Him hung up

and always crooning His name

and calling Him to come down

and sit in

on their combo

as if he is the king cat

who’s got to blow

or they can’t quite make it

Only he don’t come down

from his Tree

Him just hang there

on His Tree

looking real Petered out

and real cool

and also

according to a roundup

of late world news

from the usual unreliable sources

real dead



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