A source passed along an advance copy of the agenda for Ogdensburg's City Council meeting on Tuesday, and it's got some explosive stuff on the docket.
Resolution No. 6 calls for a censure of Mayor Bill Nelson and Deputy Mayor Mike Morley. Resolution No. 7 calls for an investigation into Messrs. Nelson and Morley.
It's not immediately clear who the author of the resolution was, but we know why it was put on the agenda: because Messrs. Nelson and Morley are accused of breaking city charter by ordering staff to make a wholly separate investigation public to all members of the council.
This whole thing is turning into a giant mess for the Maple City. It started when dogged reporter Chris Robbins at the Ogdensburg Journal revealed that the city had not only plowed taxpayer money into a house, it had let a family live there for three years for free.
An investigation commenced, and what we're seeing now is the deterioration of old loyalties with Nov. 8, Election Day, looming not too far down the road.
Mr. Nelson and Mr. Morley have publicly called for the resignation of city manager Art Sciorra. Those who are loyal to Mr. Sciorra (they'll say loyal to the city charter, but whatever) say that the mayor and deputy mayor are playing politics and breaking the rules by doing so.
So now, because they supposedly messed with an investigation, we're going to see ANOTHER investigation.
Mr. Nelson, who is facing an independent opponent for mayor in Jack McGrath, says that he's just being responsive to the concerns of Ogdensburgers.
The sweet stuff comes on page two of the agenda.
City Council Agenda Nelson