So just who is Donald Tubbs, and why is he going to run for a seat on the Barry County Board of Commissioners?
Donald Tubbs is co-owner, with his wife, April, of the Adrounie House Bed & Breakfast near the corner of Broadway and State Street in Hastings. He is a member of the Hastings City Council, First Ward. Inside sources say he will run for the First District seat on the Barry County Board of Commissioners, representing all of the City of Hastings, which now is held by Donald Nevins. He's been showing up rather often lately at County Board meetings. Why? Is it because the annual wages are nearly quadruple the paltry $2,300 a year the city council members get? Is it because there are nice health care and retirement benefits as part of the package? Is it because you get a lot of per diem pay for showing up at committee and commission meetings, which would be a piece of cake for Tubbs, who lives right across the street from where most of the meetings would take place? All of the above have their advantages. But don't rule out the fact that some on the County Board would like to see Nevins canned, just like so many tried to get rid of maverick Emmet Herrington a few years ago. Nevins is not a "team player" desired so much by Chairwoman Clare Tripp. Nevins had the audacity to hook up with Hoot Gibson in engineering night meetings once a month rather than the morning sessions that virtually no one from the public could attend. If this is true, then what are the chances Hoot Gibson will be targeted by the same gang in his re-election bid? Don't be surprised if Ken Neil, hell bent for revenge, decides to try to win back his old seat after the upset in August 2004. Perhaps if Tubbs and Neil get back on board, the County Board members once again will all start thinking alike again and they'll be singing "Happy Days Are Here Again" in January 2007.
Deadline for filing is two months away. Stay tuned.