As first reported last Wednesday, city politics in Bridegport has hit a new low. All employees have been sent home, offices locked, and city services have stopped. Following the lead of the national shutdown, Mayor Ben Dover and his bickering counterparts on the city council have agreed to not agree on anything. Only the police department is still operating due to a special decree issued by Mayor Dover. The Police also act as body guards for the Mayor in times of turmoil.
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At City Hall, city council members are crying fowl to this sort of an arrangement. "Hiring your family to come in and provide a costly service, even at a discount is unethical." said Councilwoman Marilee Krupt. As noted in an earlier story, Krupt, Bangfer Yerbuk, and Iken Doolittle have filed papers to run against the Mayor in the upcoming elections. Local pundits are saying this was the beginning of the current flap resulting in the shutdown.
The Mayor and City Council will meet again this coming weekend as they gather for a scheduled ground breaking event for a new bowling alley and entertainment parlor. "When ever we get together in one place, there is hope." the Mayor said via telephone. CHANNEL 1 NEWS will be there also and hopefully an agreement to end the shutdown will come to pass.