EXCLUSIVE: Coffee City Chaos PART 2
POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:24pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 6:32pm
COFFEE CITY — It's called the "Official Website" of Coffee City, but it's actually a lampoon.
Coffee City Mayor pro-tem John Graham tells KETK, they've been working to get other business in town besides the liquor stores...like hotels...
"We present it to them, they become interested in the possibilities...they do their own website searches and find this filthy website and they immediately throw up barriers as to wanting to invest any kind of capital into our town," Graham said.
Graham tells KETK, a good example of how the group works is this: this past Halloween, the city put on a celebration across the bay with live music...at about 9 PM, 911 became inundated with phone calls.
"And the Sheriff's department showed up because it's outside the jurisdiction of the city and they shut us down and we had to write checks to people for not doing a thing and it was all 911 calls from the Concerned Citizens of Coffee City," Graham said.
Ron Jeffries lives in Coffee City...he calls himself a Concerned Citizen...just not at all a member of that group.
Jeffries noted how Council aldermann Darlene Jordan walked out of the meeting.
"She got up and walked out of the meeting...as well as Mrs. Drost did that night. These people are elected to represent these Concerned Citizens, yet they get up and walk, out. So what part of Concerned Citizens do they represent?" Jeffries said.
Steve Gullekson feels the same.
"I don't know what the Concerned Citizens, this fringe group has to do with the rest of the city, but I know that their core agenda is to have the city go out of business," Gullekson said.
Concerned Citizen Carl Drost tells KETK, he was assaulted by the Mayor while picking up an open records request.
We asked Mayor Tony Moore what really happened ...we'll get to that in a minute.
First, we asked him about the meeting. He called it chaos...but controlled chaos...and an opportunity to show citizens what council members like Pam Drost are really about.
"You guys caught it on tv...her storming out...but she never left. She came back in and all of that was a show for you guys," Moore said.
So...back to the alleged assault.
Moore showed KETK how they had to spend city money to put up walls at City Hall after the incident.
He claims Carl Drost came in close proximity to one of the city employees in an argument...
Moore intervened...but says he didn't assault Drost.
"Why would I touch him on the nose when I could have well...if I would have got assault charges...if I would have did the assault, I would have did it right," Moore said.