Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony Meeting for July

     The Fairhope Single Tax Colony meeting for July was called to order promptly at 6:30pm by President Lee Turner. After the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, Pres. Turner asked if there were any member/lessee concerns at which point a lessee inquired about treasury reports. The lessee asked if there were any financial reports and if the lessees were privy to them. Treasurer Colin Keleher noted there were monthly, as well as annual, treasury reports available at the front desk for anyone interested in viewing them. The lessee asked for the lessees to be notified of this. 
     After a bit of confusion about who would speak next, Dean Mosher was chosen as there were nonmembers present who wanted to hear his presentation. Those nonmembers would not be allowed to hear the presentation of Thomas Hospital associates nor the computer company presentation about file scanning and storage which would be heard during the "Business" portion of the meeting and therefore no nonmembers would be allowed to attend despite laws to the contrary (Section 10A-20-9.05).
     Dean Mosher came before the board and membership with a question and to share some history of the organization. "The question I have for you is a Georgist question." he said after telling a brief history of the past 30 years of the Colony during which he has been very involved. He continued, "Under any kind of Georgist system, how can we justify taking 70% of the leasehold value, in condemnation, that they have created?... Because I would like you to rethink that position."
     After Mr. Mosher spoke, another member of the audience voiced his concern on the conflict of interest rising from President Turner's position with the Colony and his position as chairman of the city's planning commission. The audience member referenced specific cases, properties and events that were in conflict with Colony and City ordinances. Secretary Leslie Stejskal stated there wasn't a conflict of interest. All nonmembers then left the meeting as required by the board.

Mr. Mosher's full presentation can be heard here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Colony Lands and City Limits

Yellow is the City, Green is Colony land in the City and the Blue striped area is Colony land outside the City. 
These are the current maps distributed by the City and the Chamber of Commerce. The Fairhope Single Tax Colony does not maintain a map of its properties. 
Shading of map by

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony Meeting for June

     The Fairhope Single Tax Colony monthly meeting for June 10th was held in the small library in the FSTC office. Present were most of the board and approximately seven members. Two of the members present had their membership revoked the previous night, June 9, by the executive council in a 4-1 vote.
     After the "member/lessee concern" portion of the meeting, any nonmembers were required to leave. The two members were then told to leave as they were now considered nonmembers and could not stay for the remainder of the meeting which is referred to as the "business" portion. One member then objected and asked Trustee Leigh Rogers to please read Article VI Section 2 from the FSTC Constitution. Trustee Rogers resisted and stated that a meeting had been held earlier to discuss this particular section of the Constitution and had decided to interpret it to mean the members had lost their rights the previous day when the council voted to revoke their membership. The member insisted at which point Trustee Rogers read the section aloud. The section reads:
"No measure of general legislation passed by the Executive Council shall be in force until thirty days have elapsed after its passage without the filing of a petition for its submission to the membership; provided, that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the immediate taking effect of any order of the Executive Council necessary to the execution of measures already in force."
      Treasurer Colin Keleher then spoke and stated it didn't seem as though the revocation was in effect. Trustee George Gilmore then arrived at the meeting and was asked to read the same section. He obliged and then the council continued the push to evict the members at which point the two members left the meeting. 
The FSTC meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday, July 9.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony June 9th Special Meeting

     The Fairhope Single Tax Colony held a special meeting June 9, at 6:30pm in Centennial Hall on the Faulkner State Campus. The meeting was called due to a petition filed by a small portion of the membership to remove two members. The members in question allegedly violated the spirit of the corporation by referring lessees to legal counsel, writing about their understanding of the rules of the corporation, writing about Alabama Supreme Court rulings concerning the Colony, violating the constitution, and spreading misinformation about the corporation and its members.
     Immediately after the meeting was called to order by President Lee Turner, Trustee George Gilmore was called to speak. After a few moments of wordy rhetoric about Georgist philosophy, he was interrupted by a member asking what the meeting was all about. He tried to tie everything together but handed the meeting back to Pres. Turner who then required everyone who wasn't a member to leave. The Colony is a special circumstance 501c4 non-profit organization in Alabama and as such its meetings are open to the public by proxy. When several audience members vocalized their opposition to leaving, Pres. Turner said they would be forced to call the police. Those not wanting to leave then offered to be arrested at which point a legal debate began amongst the attorneys present. After approximately 45 minutes, Pres. Turner adjourned the meeting with instruction that it would resume in the Colony office library with members and their attorneys only present. Anyone else wishing to stay must remain outside the building on the sidewalk.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Primary Election Ballots for Voting Tomorrow, June 3rd.

This is the Democratic Ballot.

This is the Republican Ballot.

Ballots for June 3, 2014 primary election in Baldwin County, Al. 

Democrats may find themselves voting for a Republican if they want to have any say in choosing their political leadership.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Alabama's Biggest Beach Party This Weekend

     The Hangout Music and Arts Festival kicks off today at 4:00pm. Over 70 acts will perform on six stages over the course of the weekend culminating with a Sunday night finale featuring the 20th Anniversary of Outkast. Being one of the most prominent recording artists from the south and with 40,000 people attending the festival, Outkast is sure to throw the biggest party this beach has ever seen.
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