BUT, HE DOESN”T APPEAR TO BE DOING IT WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM
Rotarian Dr. Philip Schley, Chair of the Muscogee County School District Board of Education, stood up during the question and answer session following Mayor Jim Wetherington’s talk to Columbus Rotarians and asked how the mayor was going to vote on the school SPLOST.
“Richard [Bishop of Uptown Columbus] asked me about that this morning, and I told him I hadn’t decided, yet. But, I am going to vote yes.” He explained that was slow to respond because Columbus voters approved of his SPLOST for public safety and street improvements, and he didn’t want to become known as the mayor who is an expert on taxes. “But, I am going to vote yes. BRAC is going to mean we need more classrooms. I am not, however, going to campaign for it.”
The mayor gave a “state of the city” speech to members of the Rotary Club of Columbus in which he reported that his goal of 100 new police officers has almost been reached. He said Columbus is fairing better than a lot of cities during these economically tough times, that some are on the brink of bankruptcy, but things are looking good for Columbus, with NCR bringing 800 new jobs to the city when its atomatic teller machine factory opens, and all of the new jobs that the buildup at Fort Benning will bring. He also mentioned that two new fire stations are being constructed, and two police precincts will be opened, one at the new CB&T branch on Buena Vista Road, and another one in North Columbus in the vicinity of Veterans Parkway and Williams Road.
I asked him about all of the talk about his not running for reelection. He smiled and said, “Oh, I don’t know…age is catching up to me.”