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May 10, 2013

NASH: Lessons from a council meeting


 The point that he was trying to make was that the employee would no longer be the same person. Other council members quickly pointed out that they are the exact same person and whatever gender they should choose should not have any effect on their job performance, and clearly the exact reason the Human Rights Commission was created.  

Mr. Coffey insisted that employers were “human” and deserved to have their rights protected, too.

The final lesson of the night was an accounting lesson and came at the end of the meeting during public comments of non-agenda items, and this came from an actual teacher. Mr. Vic Megenity taught social studies at Scribner Junior High when I attended there nearly 30 years ago. I never had Mr. Megenity as a teacher, but I knew of him when I was a student. He has been active for many years in civic groups including Floyd County Historical Society and has fought hard for historic preservation.

He came to the meeting to speak about his time as the treasurer of the nonprofit Bicentennial Committee that was established to celebrate our city’s 200th birthday. He explained that he was asked to be on the committee and subsequently asked to be the treasurer of the group. He said everything was going well and all monies had been accounted for properly up until October of last year when “the wheels came off.”

He explained in detail a few incidents that occurred that caused him to be concerned. He described circumstances that seemed at the very least, questionable and while he didn’t come out and say it, sounded like they could be criminal. He chronicled how he came to find out that others were writing checks on the commission’s account without his knowledge and how money was collected for an event by credit card and ran through a private checking account.  

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