Girdler’s lashing made at least one city official uncomfortable, and Councilor Jim Rutherford stated that he didn’t agree with the mayor’s “scolding” of the group.
“The mayor shouldn’t have scolded you all,” Rutherford said. “You’re good people. You believe in what you believe in. The mayor shouldn’t have scolded you.”
“ ... I don’t like groups coming in here that’s not well prepared and asking to destroy the city,” Girdler responded. “I’ll scold anybody who’s (intending) to destroy the city.”
SPCU members took the opportunity to respond to some of those comments during Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting.
“A study is not dirty work,” said Kentucky State Senator Chris Girdler. “It is the people’s work.
“ ... This is an example of a public and a private partnership,” Senator Girdler said, in response to Mayor Girdler’s question about why the group is seeking funding from local governments. “It happens everyday in communities.”
And Senator Girdler said on Tuesday he felt the need to “ ... dispel any rumors or misinformation that folks may be ... spewing out of personal ambition, political motivation, out of fear possibly, out of uncertainty, and possibly simply out of discomfort.
“We are not recommending a merged government,” Senator Girdler stated. “We are simply asking that we, as citizens of this community, be given the opportunity to find out more about unified government as a potential option for us, and then we will allow the people of this community to decide.”
Brook Ping, Stonebrook Development, LLC CEO and SPCU chairman, said the group has grown overnight from around 60 members to 80.
Ping told fiscal court that the idea for the study did not come out of a recent disagreement between the county and city over EMS funding. He said the idea came from a roundtable discussion held several months ago about ways to better the community.