by Lisa Tome
Betty Marion isn't happy with the Rising Sun town board.
Marion, mother of Mayor Travis Marion, expressed her disappointment at the December 22 town meeting during the public comment part of the meeting.
"I'm ashamed. I voted for each and every one of you...You hold secret meetings and talk about him. It's absolutely ridiculous you talk about him," she said.
She said that town officials are holding meetings and not including the mayor.
"The commissioners here asked Travis to campaign for them and you treat him like garbage," she said.
Commissioner Brian Leishear said that missed seven of 10 executive sessions. And also said that the commissioners have not met behind closed doors to discuss the mayor.
The Marions live in the same development, Maple Heights, as Commissioners Leishear, Warnick, and Authenreath. All the families live in the same cul-de-sac.
Betty Marion also said she is now treated poorly in the development by the commissioners. She told Leishear that she waved at him when he was washing his car and he did not wave back. Leishear said that he "has one eye" and was washing his car and may not have seen her.
"I wasn't aware my mother would comment tonight. My reaction when I saw her here was 'please leave'," said Marion. "Hopefully, in the new year, our personality issues will be overcome."
Betty Marion later confirmed that her son was not aware she would be speaking at the meeting. She also said she felt she had the right as a taxpayer and citizen, to address the town board.
"I have two personal issues with commissioners here tonight," said Mayor Marion.
Authenreath then said he needs to discuss Spooktacular with the mayor. "We need to know what it cost us. We've waited since November 19," said Authenreath. We have an audit issue and we need to make sure the money was spent where it was supposed to be spent." Authenreath said there are two missing invoices. Mayor Marion said "we'll get the report right after the holidays." Spooktacular was held October 24.