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January 18, 2013

New Albany Council stands up to Horseshoe

Appointments to Horseshoe board ratified despite objections



Though board meetings are supposed to be open to the public, Seabrook’s letter stated that Blair “will be asked to leave the meeting” if he attends a gathering with Gonder. 

Coffey said that if McLaughlin’s appointments aren’t recognized by the next meeting, he will contact the Indiana Gaming Commission to investigate the matter. 

Coffey said the bylaws are written in a way that the use of Republican and Democrat under the section dedicated to council appointments infers that those two parties were listed as examples, not requirements for selections. 

“Our president has to answer to Jerry Finn?,” Coffey asked, as he referred to a portion of Seabrook’s letter that requested McLaughlin notify Horseshoe Foundation Executive Director Jerry Finn when Blair was replaced. 

Benedetti and Councilman Bob Caesar voted against Coffey’s ratification resolution. Councilwoman Shirley Baird abstained from voting, and Zurschmiede was absent from the meeting. 

“It’s absolutely their choice — we don’t have a choice,” Caesar said of the board’s determination that Blair’s appointment would not be recognized. 

Coffey said the Horseshoe board shouldn’t dictate to the city who’s allowed to 

represent the council on the body. Coffey even suggested that Caesar could serve “as a witness” for the Horseshoe if he didn’t want to back McLaughlin’s choices. 

No member of the Horseshoe board attended the council meeting beyond Gonder and Blair. 

Though Seabrook stated in his press release to the News and Tribune last week that the board would continue with 2012 appointments, Coffey’s resolution also stated that Benedetti and Zurschmiede were not to represent the council on the body in the place of Gonder and Blair. 

McLaughlin has said he doesn’t intend to replace Blair as his appointment. 


$75k for Town Clock Church approved

It took several months to hash out all the details, but the council approved on final reading Thursday a $75,000 appropriation that will go toward the refurbishment of Second Baptist Church in New Albany. 

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