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What a disappointment at the Shelbyville airport!

Posted Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 12:56 PM

I usually stop by there about once a month and while there I love the down-home feeling of having a few of their friendly cats stop by the say hello.

What a shock when I went there yesterday and could not find one! When I asked, I was told that the "City" (I presume Shelbyville) required them to be re-located because it did not reflect a professional image.

Excuse me? It reflected a personal, friendly, welcoming image. A perfect example of the warm welcoming, southern town.

Why would "someone" decide that was NOT what we wanted to project?

I understand there are numerous complaints and numerous folks coming through who are appalled that they were moved. Sorry folks, I am one of them.

Come to think of it, I am not sorry. I do not apologize for criticizing this decision.

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If, I'm not mistaken, there were a couple of guys who made an emergency landing at the airport stated that they were surprised and taken back at the seeing the cats at the airport. That is the only story that I remember about anyone ever complaining about the cats.

It could very well be that the people who worked at Enterprise complained. I remember going there before and the cats were climbing in the cabinets and doing what cats do.

It's just sad that the city has to focus on something so petty.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Sep 2, 2012, at 2:04 AM

"Johnson said that the city wants a friendly, open atmosphere at city hall" . . . I almost laugh when I read this because people like him and other members of the city government and council members do nothing but give us a negative image with their constant bickering and fighting and actions like this. I don't think a few cats is keeping Shelbyville from growing . . . it is idiots like Johnson and others who spend more time worrying about things like this than the real problems at hand.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 8:19 PM

To my knowledge, NONE were euthanized. I deliberately asked the question and got a positive no.

The issue made front page today in the paper. "Jay Johnson explained to the T-G that he had "received numerous comments about the cats at the airport in a negative manner."

"Many, many of the users of the airport did not feel they were reflective of a professional image in a business workplace," Johnson said."

Funny that we have not had ANYONE support their removal here and it can be anonymous, so no need to hold back. www.t-g.com/story/1885912.html

In fact, just the opposite. No one I spoke to knew of anyone who objected, except him, of course.

Up to this point I never had more than a passing interest in what Mr. Johnson does and probably still won't since I do not live in the town of Shelbyville, but his explanation does not add up.

If "many, many" objected to the cats, I would think we would see SOME support for their removal. Please, let us hear the "numerous" voices of the "many, many".

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 5:24 PM

Steve, what concerns be about your last post is that "none were ever suggested" to be euthanized. That's not too reassuring to me. Kind of reminds me of your entry on the Sain house blog where you discussed your conversation with the mayor Bell Buckle

"He was aware of the school's application for demolition, but differs with Webb School's assertion that the town was well apprised of the situation, or at least he was not. The way he thought it had been left was that the school would seek alternative dispositions of the home". An alternative disposition in the case of the old cat may be euthanization.

-- Posted by bbbluebird on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 2:37 PM

It is so daft that the city council would rather focus on getting rid of 2 sweet cats versus figuring out budgets, improving the work force, school problems, and so on. It is just as daft as the school board who thinks they can come up with their own home educating rules and do not have to comply with the state rules.

Hope everyone remembers this when it comes to voting.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 11:52 AM

To my knowledge, two cats have been "re-homed" but one is too old for anyone to take, so that one is in a holding pattern.

I asked, and was told that none were ever suggested to be euthanized. At least that is a blessing.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 11:25 AM

If they want to truly improve the image of this city, they really should get rid of the many city leaders who keep holding this town back from growing. I think there are more important things to worry about than a few cats greeting visitors at the airport but that is the type of government we have here because they are too inept to handle real problems so they do things like this.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 9:56 PM

So where are the cats now? I certainly hope they are not at a shelter.


-- Posted by malamutemom on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 8:06 PM

Rather than remove the cats from where they are happy and evidently cared for, perhaps they should look hard at the SBCHA shelter. There are many cats there who don't have any attention and are given the minimal (if that) care. Before someone realizes that the place should be shut down, go over and safe a life.

-- Posted by spikee on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 2:24 PM

I checked on the cats, and they are meow rapping, because they know, that the bats and rats will move in.

-- Posted by Grits on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 2:04 PM

Of all the lame brain things to do...those cats did not pose any threat to an image of any kind....surly the folks coming to our community are smarter then that to be detoured by a cat....really!....gheez....next they will want our dogs in tuxedos!....I feel that kind of thinking has held us back more then a cat crisis!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 9:21 AM

I miss the cats, also. Bring the cats back!

-- Posted by jbillswms on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 10:26 PM

If they want to project a professional image, there are many, many more places to start.

-- Posted by RausJacks on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 5:45 PM

That is so sad. As long as I have been renting from Enterprise at that location and voting there, we have loved seeing the cats there. The airport felt so welcoming, home-like environment. It was relaxing and a place that I enjoyed going to. Just another thing that this city/county has ruined!

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 5:05 PM

Well, surely the buildings are empty because we have cats welcoming prospects.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 3:20 PM

I am always amazed by how our city leaders think! I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised by now. Do you think the cats look less professional than the plethora of empty buildings?

-- Posted by wildwoman on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 1:23 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.