THE FAIRHOPE JESTER

The Public Doctrine:
Our government is a democracy which means the “people rule.” At this time in our democracy it seems there are less people involved, which results in a serious challenge to the system, as politicians love it when the people “forget to rule” and are allowed to operate with impunity. The Public Doctrine is the often forgotten tenet that elected public officials are held to a slightly higher standard when it comes to scrutiny of their actions on behalf of the public. In other words, public officials understand when getting into politics, that their actions on the purported behalf of the people are fair game. Fairhope’s city council should be reminded of this, because it is every voter’s right to know all.

Fairhope city councilman Robert Brown has been on a defensive rant over the actions of the Mayor and the failing city infrastructure. Truth is Mr. Brown knows that the infrastructure problems are the legacy of past administrations, and he knows it first hand. He also knows the Mayor has been working on infrastructure problems since entering office.

Mr. Brown wants to discuss TRUTH, so let’s discuss the TRUTH and keep in mind The Public Doctrine.

Mr Brown is a city councilman, a Board member, and city Representative, for the non-profit Eastern Shore Art Center and general partner of Mr Cliff Pittman, Pittman and Brown Development Co. Mr. Pittman is a director of Single Tax.

Brown and Pittman had advanced knowledge of the Eastern Shore Art Center, ESAC, construction contract and Mr Pittman voted to approve Single Tax money designated for the project.

Mr. Brown told the Board of ESAC that he had “permission”, in all his capacities, to proceed with Pittman-Brown securing the contract. He had no such permission and the ESAC Board failed to act as a proper board by allowing the contract without demanding an Ethics Advisory Opinion. Fact is Mr. Brown never applied for an advisory opinion.
At this writing it is not known if ESAC bid out the job or just awarded it to Pittman Brown without competitive bids.

Mr Brown asked for an Informal Opinion, the first step prior to the Request for an Advisory opinion which was never given.

Thanks Mr Brown.

What’s important is that you cannot use your office to create a benefit for ourself or any business with which you’re associated or your family. You may bid on the work but you cannot hav used or use in the future your position to get it awarded.

Remember Sen. Tripp Pittman and his BP contract. He was the appointed trustee of the BP funds, was not a general contractor nor did he have marine insurance. He also was not the contractor of record. He was awarded a 636,000 dollar contract for his company Pittman tractor.

Let’s not forget the Fairhope Airport scandal that involved city council president Jack Burrell and Board member Ray Hix, who’s partner is the Fairhope Municipal Judge. We will not forget.

Following the lead of elected officials using their elected or appointed positions to advance their personal wealth, Mr Brown tries to convince us that this conduct is “normal,”

WAKE UP FAIRHOPE THIS IS NOT NORMAL

Below is Mr Brown’s attempt to mislead you

Spoken by a developer and proud member of the Catalyst clan. Deny the obvious blame the Mayor and pretend you know nothing of the infrastructure report. Truth hell! Mr. Brown is delusional and is trying to blame others for the inaction’s of the council. Sounds as if Pittman Brown may have anticipated building the Tatumville project.

In Alabama’s fastest growing city, another 3 months added to a lengthy freeze on large developments

In Alabama’s fastest growing city, another 3 months added to a lengthy freeze on large developments

“At least one council member believes the city hasn’t done enough with the breathing space afforded by the moratorium. Robert Brown said that those most affected by the moratorium – developers, engineers and architects – haven’t been contacted by anyone with the city, nor have they been included in discussions.”

“These are the people who are going to be applying to (build) subdivisions. They need to be given a voice,” he said.
Brown voted to support the longer moratorium, but said he harbored doubts that “anything will be achieved.”

Source: www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2017/06/in_alabamas_fastest_growing_ci.html

Mr Brown’s concern is the developers and praised Aurther Corte and the Fly Creek Apartments.

Mr. Brown has also developed houses that should have been connected to city sewer instead the owners inherited an additional cost, for the lifetime of their house, grinder pumps and all the headache that comes with them.

GRINDER PUMPS

Grinder pumps exist all over Baldwin County and a large percentage of them are installed unnecessarily. Developers love them because it saves them money in construction and the poor consumer, most…

Source: rippreport.com/2018/02/02/grinder-pumps/

Mayor’s response:

IT AIN’T THE MAYOR

If you believe the Jester you would fail 10th grade civics and you do not comprehend The Public Doctrine you are also the Jesters fool.

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Yaya sistahood

It says on the opinion he is “not to take the contract.”

Local Honest Contractor

Was the contract ever bidded out in the first place??? There have been some that by law were supposed to have been put out for bid and low and behold. Not a peep!!!! Just ask around?

Paul fan

Never bidded. This cooks the Jesters goose.

Paul fan

Damn Ripp has no conscience. Mowing down the goobs!!

Tony

You socialist will never get. Nobody rules. People vote, politicians legislatate.

Anonymous

Legislate is just another word for Steal or Take when it comes the Fairhope City Council or even the single Tax! Oh, forgive me please. Single tax pulled out of the Gulley project as not to show that they are totally stupid enough to fight 2000 plus citizens and Brown got pissed off becuse he probably already had some money tied up in the project. Bet???

Anonamyass

You people are a bunch of stupid sheep. Idiot Ripp cpikd say anything and you morons would believe him. What a waste of oxygen.

BS Anonamyass

WOW! Anonamyass! I could hardly catch my breath when you took all the oxygen out of the air with your single breath. You my friend are the stupid one for just admitting that you yourself are wrong. Go blow your hot air somewhere else. The people around you are certainly going to heaven, because I can tell that you have put them and probably your own family through hell. WOW!!! Prove one thing wrong by posting it, instead of showing you are pissed off because you are part of the problem. Wasting oxygen is diffidently your own personal forte!!! Damn, I’ve read some real doozies. But seeing you stupid calling someone else stupid ranks way up there. I however thank you for the chuckle. It really did make my day!!! So Stupid! Ha!

Anonamyass

Typical douche bag response

I did not write the Informal Ethics Opinion

YOLO

The ethics commission is worthless!
HUGH EVANS received an email from a citizen and shared the email along with the citizens personal information directly with Ray Hix’s attorney Dennis Bailey. How is that ethical??
The ethics Commision needs to be investigated. They have NO ETHICS!

Anonymous

Robert Brown For Our Hometown is illiterate, read his rebuttal’s. Embarrassing at best…good for a 3rd grader, but not for a City Councilman.

Save Baldwin County from Catalyst

Robert Brown “Good for our hometown?” If his “Hometown” is one where overdevelopment is ruining OUR hometown then he is BAD. Robert, you cannot fool everybody. Shame on you.
You may call yourself a Christian but you are a hypocrite. Christ rebuked the hypocrites more than he did the prostitutes. You are a prostitute for the developers and a hypocrite

Oglee

The pastor at the baptist church is a hypocrite

Jubilee

Time to draft candidates.

Anonymous

Brown, Burrell, Pittman, Elliot, etc. By running and fronting on as a Christian and bible thumper is a sin by God’s own words. Theses have shammed and disgraced and made me sick to my stomach everytime they stand on the roof pronouncing what a Christian they are. These guys lie everytime they open their mouth because they had to cover the previous lie they just spat out. Elliott still tells people he didn’t get a DUI (lie) and even Jack Burrell says he never has had a run in with the law. (Lie) Pittman, hell is and has proven that he is just ignorant (damn Truth) That’s my facts for this month. Brown, who cares! It’s all catching up with him a warp speed. No true Christians in this bunch and they are headed up by the anti-Christ Tucker Dorsey! Everyone knows that. No proof needed.

L.D. Sleigh

Burrell, Pittman and Brown are all Christians. Y’all are jealous.

Anonymous

L.D. Sleigh. You wouldn’t know what a Christian is if Jesus himself walked up to you. There is no jealousy here. First place it’s a sin and second, these thieves are the one pronouncing that they all are Christians. If they truly were? They would be known as Christians by example. It’s a sin what they are doing. Jealous you say. You need the Bible. This is all facts. Try treading it. Might do you some good. Billy Graham was a True Christian! These men are not!!!!

Save Baldwin County

Sure they go to church so that people will see them and be fooled. But underneath they are business people trying to make money at our expense. They sold their souls long ago and just are trying to steal the next buck.
Let them head a Bible study group so it looks good. I am not fooled. I see what they do after they leave the church

Anonymous

Fortunately I can’t identify a number of posters. I understand that many do not approve of some of the votes or lack thereof by the Fairhope City Council and some Baldwin County officials. I
think accusations of kickbacks and
self dealing are overstated unless you have proof and not just the appearance of questionable dealing. More importantly several people have stated how unChristian like (for want of another term) said politicians are behaving. I think you are perhaps crossing a line you should not cross. I note the Mayor, who is no fan of the Council members, may complain about how they act but she has (appropriately) refrained from JUDGING her adversaries in those terms. I hope at least that degree of civility can be maintained. Believe me when I read some of what is being said I prefer to support the opposite of what they are saying. We can disagree and criticize without being so hateful

Why do elected officials always bring God into the conversation? To sidetrack the conversation.

Rook

Jack and his gang deserve to hang.

Anonymous

Let’s just judge them on them keeping their word and doing the right thing. Don’t have to say anything bad about them. Their lack of integrity and the respect they have or give, tells is all that we need to know. A man is only as good as his word. Since their word is no good, neither is their name.

Ginny Lain

Liars and thieves. All of them.

Hippocrates

Those of us who have to be around them can see for a fact how they abuse the Word of God! We unfortunately have to see and hear exactly what some of these officials say. We are not deaf nor dumb. Those politicians who publicly give God their word and then fail to keep it. They are not true Christians otherwise they would realize their own words are being ripped off. Their enemy is their own shallow character. Certainly a fact that you must not know yourself and/or definitely do not have to spend anytime around some of these politicians who are just Bible Thumping individuals that any Christian would not tolerate whatsoever unless it was part of their job. Just watch the Fairhope City Council Meetings on line and you will see just how terrible these men act and show their personalities and noncommittal attitudes towards making Fairhope a better place. Better yet, why don’t you come to a meeting and see for yourself just how bad it is. I agree with you about some of the comment are mean. But, I can tell you that calling out any politician in Baldwin County for being a Hippocrate whi is… Read more »

Anonymous

I don’t see the degree of hypocrisy that you do. The only people who have given me good evidence of their true character are the ones who are so quick to judge. I do watch the meetings and see none of the stuff you see. Sure I see arguing, blaming, and complaining (from the Mayor also) but I do not see what you see. I might add that I seldom if ever seen the 3 junior members act rudely. I am not saying I agree with everything they say or do but right now I would believe them before some of the posters here. (See my previous post)

Are you aware of the 133 page complaint against Sen Pittman? Did you read the “documents” involved with the Airport scandal?
Now we have councilman Brown using inside information and his office to secure a contract that he should never had bid on.
This is not fake news this is documented.

Yea anonymous

Don’t have to anonymous. You say you only watch them so you do not have to be around them at the council meetings or other town meetings. You are blind and have a different opinion due to the fact that you watch things in a monitor. Come see for yourself or go to a public event. I guarantee that you will finally see the light. Good Christian! Yea right! There is proof and everything that has been brought up has been proven. More to come I can promise you that. You have my word.

Ole Softee

Nice turds floating in the bay. Thank goobs.

commonman

It is so disappointing that people in the community defend Mr. Brown’s actions. I guess they are making money on the project. The mentality is troubling.

Save Baldwin County

Wait until higher taxes, crowded roads, more crime come as a result of their greedy growth. Oh wait! It’s already here! THIS IS WHAT CATALYST HAS DONE.

Not Jester

I looked at it he Secretary of State website and saw in the reports just how many politicians are owned by that Catalyst bunch. I thought Conners was clean but he has been bought too

Plotonium

Conyers and boone and burrell and jester are done. Fifty – fifty on if fairy jay is re elected.

Ole Fairhoper

Conyers has sold out.

Redman

The council will continue to uphold progress. They are in it for the $$

Rook

Robert is a LIAR.

Hemiwolfgang7

No word from Brown yet right? I guess he isn’t going to run his big mouth anymore? Time for a butt whipping council. Your is coming…along with federal convictions for your crimes.

stenchhater

Federal EPA laws prevent regular waste discharges like those that occur in fairhope. Time to get the EPA involved. We are living in a toilet…the grinder pump crap caused by robert brown in our sh*t town is becoming unbearable.

Bishop

So we now know about Robert (Jester).

Clara Barton

Robert Brown should move from his hometown. He is no longer serving its best interests but his own.

Ellen D.

Someone file an ethics complaint against Brown.
Slam dunk.

Fellow Citizen

Who is this catalyst that you are talking about.

Citizen

I’ll sum it up EXACTLY what a catalyst is for you reading pleasure and this is a fact and not some crap made up. A CATALYST is someone who run for office to gain personal wealth and not to help the citizens of Fairhope along with their children and grandchildren. A catalyst cares nothing about what crap is left over as long as their own pockets go cha Ching. Got it. Just look at the Fairhope City Council and especially the Baldwin County Commissioners. They all have profited from their positions both legal and illegal. It’s a known fact. They just count on all of us being stupid and not caring. Well, they have gotten their way I’m afraid for sometime now. BUT now it must come to a end. Watch out for Lee Turner as well. The single tax has no business being in the developing business. I’m already planning a field trip, hopefully with the City’s approval, to take my class and show them just how beautiful the Gulley is and how much we need land like it to stay the way it is and not for Lee Turner’s meetings or for his developing dreams? Mr. Turner, if… Read more »

Catalyst is a group that strictly represents the good ole boys originally Stacy Elliott and Haygood. They sincerely feel entitled to all the business they can get, once elected. Stay tuned we will be featuring them soon. Brown is the jester of the group. Scott Boone is the driving force of Catalyst, Councilman Kevin Boone’s son.If a candidate is Catalyst can them, they do not represent the citizens of Baldwin County.

Connie Henson

Boone’s son heads up the organization. Boone groomed his son to steal from the public trough. Disgusting! UnChristianlike.

African American FH

The city has been run for the rich and powerful forever. Poor whites and the disenfranchised gentry class are too being snubbed by the Fairhope elite. Problem is the elite can’t rig the elections anymore. Mr. Ripp put a stop to that this last time. I see the little people coming together to take out the elites that have hurt the city for money in their pockets. My two cents.

Votet

Catalyst is very strong. They have lots of money,are organized, and rarely lose. They own too many politicians and business people. What can the people do to push back?

Rippfan2

Can catalyst beat Paul Ripp?

Voter

I hope not. We just have to have Ripp’s back

Hemiwolfgang5

The plot thickens. Who gets cuffs first on the council? Wow!!!

Hemiwolfgang5

Robert pulled a Trip Pittman. Was told not to do it.
Did it anyway. Pittman avoided jail.

Will the Jester?