Way down on the border of Mexico, things got as hot as tamales at the Mission city council meeting.
Standing tall and proud at the podium was the local chamber of commerce rep. And he had incredible news for fans of comically-oversized scissors:
“Last week we were happy to help Ramji & Associates celebrate their new location with a ribbon cutting. Special thanks to the mayor for taking the time to come.”
Nice! Mozel tov. Anything else going on?
“Bert Ogden Kia also celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting.”
Again, very cool. So moving on to other busin–
“We were excited to be part of the Mission EDC’s unveiling and we were even more excited to welcome them with a ribbon cutting.”
Dude, how much ribbon do you have in this city? Is south Texas where the Strategic Ribbon Reserve is? Anywaaaaaaaay, for the council’s first item of–
“Frontier A/C and Capital Title of Texas also celebrated their chamber membership with a–”
Don’t say ribbon cutting. Don’t say ribbon cutting. Don’t say
“–ribbon cutting. We’ve had a lot lately.”
…No kidding. After Sir Ribbons McCuttington sat down, the council moved on to alcohol permits.
An employee in a blue plaid shirt stepped forward and leaned on the podium.
“This is for a conditional use permit for the consumption of alcoholic beverage.” He lit up the screen behind council members with a picture of the site in question. “Staff is recommending approval.”
Folks, I’ve seen this a dozen times. This’ll be over faster than you can say “Dallas Cowbo–
“I got a question,” slowly rumbled Councilman Ruben Plata. “What about the lighting on the parking lot? I was there two weeks ago and I didn’t see no lights.”
The employee hunted quickly for an answer. “He put some on the building…”
“On the parking lot?” Plata repeated unsatisfied. “Don’t we require it?”
Mayor Norberto Salinas jumped in. Well, not so much “jumped” as barely lifted his head while speaking sternly. “We’re supposed to have lighting in the parking lot,” he growled.
“Yes, sir,” the man responded nervously.
“You need to find out who developed the place. They need to come back and install those lightings.”
“Yes, sir. We’ll definitely do that. Yes, sir, mayor.” The nervousness was dialed up to 11. Look, I think we can all agree that there needs to be lighting, so let’s just move–
“Why do you bring it to us?” roared Councilman Plata angrily. “To me, this is a project that is not complete! I mean, you don’t have the lights.”
Hey, can we let this die? Anybody? Mr. City Manager?
“Before this building was constructed, one of the requirements should have been lighting in the parking lot,” the city manager piled onto the clearly beleaguered employee.
“And NOT part of a conditional use permit.”
“Yes, sir. I understand.”
After all that time lambasting the unlucky fellow, city council approved the alcohol permit unanimously. Cold comfort indeed.
Final thoughts: I give 10 out of 10 Advil to the guy who had to stand there and take the council’s wrath. A true patriot.