Monday, October 7, 2013

BRIDGEPORT CITY OFFICES ARE CLOSED DUE TO SHUTDOWN

AS FEARED ALL CITY OFFICES ARE SHUT AND ALL CITY EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN FURLOUGHED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  LACK OF GARBAGE PICKUP IS CAUSING A BIG STINK.  MAYOR HOPES TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH CITY COUNCIL BEFORE NEXT WEEK

BRIDGEPORT, Mn.

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. 

With city services shut down, scenes
like this one are all over the city. In
this picture the police guard against
garbage looting.
As expected, the biggest complaint so far is the lack of garbage pick-up.  Garbage workers were the first furloughed, as they are unionized and collect the largest salaries.  With garbage already beginning to accumulate in the streets, residents are seeing rats and other rodents running about, prompting calls to 911.  The Mayor promised reduced extermination pricing during the shut down, noting that his brother Tip, owns an extermination company over in Ballsey County.  "I've already talked to Tip and he's ready to come in here and exterminate these critters," the Mayor told CHANNEL 1 NEWS.  "He will give the city a 30% discount." 
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.





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