It is disingenuous for the Mayor to claim he was bamboozled into believing that we were there to only discuss "potential risks of improper tree maintenance".
1) Several prior letters and notices to the Mayor, City Manager and every council person set out our injury claim.
a) Our first correspondence months ago was the notice of the injury claim;
b) Our second request was for a meeting with the Mayor and the City manager;
c) Our third request was for a closed meeting with Council (this was refused because we were told only litigation can be in a closed meeting and our case was not filed in court yet);
d) Our fourth request was for a public council meeting. It was the City who moved us to the workshop. Every citizen has the right to appear before council with a claim.
Rather it be damage to a car from a pot hole or a serious injury claim.
e) In addition, our phone calls to the City Attorney, City manager's office and others clearly stated our purpose. We obtained prior approval to present our claim.
2) The workshop agenda, which was available at the city website before the meeting, listed the matter as "Injury Claim." The Agenda is prepared by the City's staff and approved by the City manager and the Mayor.
3) For one hour prior to the commencement of the workshop that morning, the projection screen showed the future lawsuit caption, "Shanta Greene v. Mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah" for all to see.
4) At the beginning of the meeting a detailed outline of our presentation was handed to the Mayor, the council members, the City Attorney, Special Counsel for the City and Risk management.
In answering the Mayor's first question, I told him before we started, that the presentation would be 27 minutes and Mrs Green would be introduced at the end. Her appearance was no surprise.
5) The Mayor had plenty of indication as to what was about to proceed...if the mayor truly had any questions about what was going to transpire before the meeting, I was present in the room for over one hour before the presentation and I spoke to each of the Mayor, risk manager, City Manager, City Attorney, special counsel and the aldermen. In fact, I shared a cup of coffee and chatted with council members.
Had the mayor not been so rude and interrupted my presentation of my catastrophically injured client, I would have happily shared how the City can reduce their legal risks.
Even knowing we had a 27 minute presentation, the Mayor interrupted after about 12 or 13 minutes.
All of the alleged "sensational" videos of Shanta's injuries that we showed were previously broadcasts on WSAV TV on the evening news.
All of this "drama" by the Mayor is an attempt to direct the attention away from the valid claim to Shanta Greene caused by the City's neglect. His disrespect to this lady is inexcusable.
See it for yourself and you decide... watch on SGTV: Savannah Government Television. Channel 8 at 3 pm today, Sunday.