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Jeeves thinks downtown customers need parking spaces
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves, special to News Messenger
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Frame up ... Lincoln Hills Fine Arts Show and Sale starts Friday and runs through Sunday in the Orchard Creek Ballroom, 965 Orchard Creek Lane. Friday’s hours are 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show will feature more than 50 artists, including Jim Brunk, Terry Banderas, Bob Porter and Patrick Osborne. Look for paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor plus pen-and-ink drawings, photography, sculpture and ceramics while enjoying music by local performers. Admission is free. Friday night’s preview also includes a no-host bar. For more information, contact Joyce Bisbee at 408-0240 or Paulette Pesavento at 434-6027. Lots in store ... Set aside Saturday, March 3 for Country Store at Mt. Pleasant Hall, 3333 Mt. Pleasant Road. Country Store is a biennial fundraising event to benefit Mt. Pleasant Hall. This fun-filled family event will get underway at 5 p.m. There’s no admission charge. In addition to both live and silent auctions, tri-tip dinner or hot dogs will be available plus a soda fountain, carnival games for kids, gift boutique and draws for two handmade quilts. Mt. Pleasant Hall, used by Mt. Pleasant 4-H Club, various clubs and committees, is a frequent venue for weddings, anniversaries, social and fundraising events. To learn more about Country Store and Mt. Pleasant Hall, call Barbara Vineyard at 645-2235. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves planned to write about downtown parking on F, G and Fifth streets. He’s concerned that there won’t be enough to accommodate diners when Beermann’s Restaurant opens. Jeeves believes that a shortage could have an adverse affect on Beermann’s success. The Downtown Dogs told Jeeves that some business owners are parking plunderers. Other plunderers include employees and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. They take nearby spaces even though there’s plenty of parking in downtown city lots. They won’t walk one or two blocks to make way for customers. Yet they wonder how to attract new business and visitors to downtown. The dogs told Jeeves that he’s wasting his time getting this group to see themselves as others see them. Jeeves wonders if he could achieve such clarity. But he’s just a little dog on a short leash. Last Tuesday (Jan. 24) was a tough day for Jeeves. First, his heart broke when he learned about the death of his dachshund friend Mollie. Then, he worried when Kathy told him about some minor health issues. Thankfully, she’s fine now. Next, Jeeves was surprised when he read a reader’s e-mail and found that some people only see what they want to see rather than what actually appears on the page. To top his Tuesday off, Jeeves was shocked when he heard about the fiscal sustainability committee’s $3 million mistake while he watched the City Council meeting. The information contained in Michele Hutchinson’s Jan. 19 News Messenger column on page 8 (“The truth and nothing but the truth – what about our park”) was wrong. But what shocked Jeeves more was the lack of outrage over this mistake. Less than a year ago, this city faced another $3 million issue. That issue was catalyst for a recall effort to remove three city councilmen from office. Then, future recall organizer Bob Birdseye stepped up to the City Council microphone to express his outrage. Then, local CPA David Masche stepped up to the council meeting microphone to express his outrage. Then, attorney Terrie Robinson stepped up to the City Council microphone to express her outrage. They were not alone. Lincoln News Messenger provided extensive coverage too. It was a big story. Yet after the Jan. 24 revelation about the fiscal sustainability committee’s $3 million mistake, Jeeves didn’t see Bob Birdseye step up to the microphone and ask for a recall of this committee. And Jeeves didn’t see David Masche step up to the microphone either. They weren’t there. Jeeves assumes they didn’t know about the mistake. But Terrie Robinson was there. She knew about the mistake. Jeeves saw her step up to the microphone. And after, he heard her let loose a comment while seated in her chair. If, like Jeeves, you believe that her comments were expressed out of a sense of outrage over the fiscal sustainability committee’s $3 million error, you would be mistaken. No, Terrie Robinson didn’t let facts presented by City Manager Jim Estep get in the way of her agenda Instead, Robinson fawned over fiscal sustainability committee member Hutchinson. Really, Ms. Robinson? When are you going to stop trying to settle old scores with City Council and get behind Lincoln’s agenda? If, like Jeeves, you also expected Hutchinson or the fiscal sustainability committee Chairman Richard Pearl to stand up and apologize for their $3 million error, you would also be mistaken. Committee member and vice chairman Lee Guth stepped up to the microphone and fell on his sword. Neither Hutchinson nor Pearl had the guts to step up to the microphone and apologize. Pearl was there; Hutchinson didn’t even show up. And to add insult to injury, Hutchinson’s headline for her follow-up column on page 8 was, “When committee is wrong, we admit it” (Jan. 26). Really, Ms. Hutchinson? Are you admitting to the $3 million mistake because you found it or because you got caught? And what about Lincoln News Messenger’s role in this fiasco? Two weeks ago, The Messenger called Pearl’s comments about the report’s delay “Breaking News” online. But the fiscal sustainability committee’s $3 million mistake was relegated to the bottom of a (City Council) article regarding insurance liability for a taxi service that does not have a license to operate in Lincoln (front page, “New taxi service looking for a ‘fare’ deal, Jan. 26). From the end of his short leash, Jeeves has finally found some degree of clarity. With confidence, he can say that hypocrisy is alive and well in Lincoln. Jeeves still looks forward to reading the fiscal sustainability committee’s report Feb. 21. If the committee has any hopes of restoring credibility in Jeeves’ eyes, he hopes that it sends Lee Guth to present its findings. During the Jan. 24 City Council meeting, Guth showed that he’s a man of honor. Jeeves believes that he can be trusted. He also hopes that Lincoln News Messenger will cover the findings fully and scrutinize them carefully. Too often, we see what we want to see rather than what’s actually written on the page. So Jeeves waits. He’s through barking until March. He’s through growling until March. And while others dig their own holes, Jeeves will be out looking for places to park. He can hardly wait for Beermann’s Restaurant to open. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.