High heels in winter? They’re no problem for Trevor Parr, who was having coffee this morning at Le Petit Outre while working on a tattoo design for a client.
Three cheers for people like Parr who are willing to paddle upstream when it comes to fashion in Dansko- and Carhartt-friendly Missoula. AND be a person named Trevor in stilettos. (Well, they look like stilettos to me.) The design is by Jennifer Lopez, said Parr.
In other news, I was surprised Wednesday to arrive early to a 1 p.m. meeting and see 11 council people in an off-the-mic meeting with Rob Scheben, crime prevention officer with the Missoula Police Department.
The meeting wasn’t noticed, and when I arrived, the council people were talking about what to do in case of emergency in Council Chambers. When it ended, I asked Council President Marilyn Marler why the event wasn’t noticed.
Marler said she didn’t know, but she said it was part of the training for new councilors. I wanted to know how often so many councilors met together in unnoticed sessions.
“This is the only one,” Marler said. “It’s a pretty special situation.”
If you want to know what council people are up to in their Wednesday committee meetings, go to “Most Recent Committee Schedule” here.
The Montana Constitution protects people’s rights to know what elected officials are up to, to observe them in the sausage making, and to give their two cents. In order to participate, people need a heads up and an agenda.
City Clerk Marty Rehbein posts council’s agendas for its Monday night meetings a couple days before the meeting. You can find those in the same place as committee agendas.
I don’t believe council people were making any decisions when they met this week for the training, but I do believe we should know in advance when so many elected leaders are in the same room — and the nature of their business.
Oh, one more thing. It looks like the council is going to grant the Hotel Fox group a one-year extension on its reservation on the old Fox Theater site. I really, really, really would like to be able to tell you something juicy about the project, like, the developers revealed plans for a terraced herb garden and outdoor bar, a rooftop deck, a Ferris wheel operated by friendly llamas, but no such luck.
I can tell you not everyone is pleased with the imminent extension: From Twitter:
Reaction: MT @jhwygirl: If Fox Grp can’t meet original expectations, why in hell is council affirming them? Again?
For the record, I deleted an F-bomb. The project has grown even bigger, and sometime between now and June, the Hotel Fox people are going to solicit public input. I’m won’t mind if you share my Ferris wheel idea.
Happy Friday, by the way. And unless you’re practiced, leave the stilettos for springtime, alright?
— Keila Szpaller