Wetherington, Hugley have tense exchange at Council session

Mayor Jim Wetherington was visibly upset Tuesday when he heard for the first time that a proposed ice rink could serve as a multi-use facility.

"This is a surprise to me," the mayor said during the Columbus Council's monthly work session. "I did not know anything about it."

The mayor's objections came as Deputy City Manager David Arrington updated the 10-member council on the ice rink, a city service center, two fire stations and road projects. Using money from a 1 percent Local Option Sales Tax, the projects are part of a $151 million plan to improve public safety, capital projects and roads.

The mayor directed his comments to City Manager Isaiah Hugley.

"Looks like out of courtesy to the mayor's office, you would talk to me about it. It's just a courtesy, sir," Wetherington snapped.

The city manager said he understand. "This was just for your consideration," Hugley said.

Still visibly irritated, the mayor said, "I would apprecate it if you would let me know about it before you present something."