John Mason reports today in the Register-Star about another absurd controversy in the Friendly City: "Painter! Spare that bench!" It seems Second Ward alderman Tiffany Garriga and Promise Neighborhood director Joan Hunt thought they had all their ducks in a row in preparation for painting the benches outside Bliss Towers. They had talked with Hudson Housing Authority executive director Jeff First, they had surveyed the tenants, they had chosen the colors based on input from the community, but yesterday, when they were all set to do the work, First delivered the message, via his receptionist, "I don't want them painted."
The article makes entertaining reading if only for this quote from Mayor William Hallenbeck: "We all have to make unpopular decisions at times. When I have to, I believe I do a good job in justifying to the community why I have to."