The Rapid City Journal published this exchange from last night's "censure" hearing regarding Sam Kooiker:
Patti Martinson (on City Council): "Referencing article Feb. 3 in RCJ. Sam said he upset some influential people and thats the cause for the censure hearings. Who are these influential people?"
Talbot Wieczorek (Sam Kooiker's lawyer): "It seems the whole landfill issue has made some people edgy."
Mayor Hanks: (Interrupts) "Please be specific."
Sam Kooiker: "Robert Ellis, Mayor Hanks and Jason Green are the influential people."
Sam infers he has upset the mayor the city attorney and the Public Works director and that is what has led to this censure hearing.
Sam Kooiker specifically named three people in Rapid City Government as the folks who brought about the hearing that would eventually say to him, "You talk too much. Shut up." In combination with his lawyer, he said it's about the landfill.
Lotta money involved in throwin' away folks' crap. East of the Ohio, garbage is owned by Tony Soprano. Same stuff could be happening here.
What else is one to make of the weirdness of a mid-level manager who supposedly instigated a complaint against a city councilman, then fails to even show up at the hearing at which a bunch of suits are gonna tell one of their own, "You talk too much; shut up," and whose "statement" is read by Jason Green, the city attorney, and which says, "You guys can handle this for me."?
The only accusation that was probably proven last night was that Sam Kooiker probably corresponds with city works managers more than the other members of the Council. That doesn't merit "censure" under any written rules. It did, however, help Sam expose what is going to be a very embarrassing episode for a few people.
I think someone or two we've most of us heard of is gonna do the perp walk in a couple months.