By Lee Waites
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As of 9:30 AM, Friday the 17th of May Gip Gipson has not reached an agreement with the City of Bessemer as has been reported by some news outlets. According to Cindi Gentry McGee, although Bessemer has made an offer to Mr. Gip, which includes a number of issues the city is requiring him to address, he has not finalized any agreement at this time.
According to McGee, Gip's attorneys will be drafting replies today, including a counter offer which will allow Mr. Gip time to reach the goals listed in Bessemer's demands. McGee, who claims that Mr. Gip and all of those supporting him in this cause would love to see the relationship between Gip and the City of Bessemer return to one of friendship.
One of Gip's attorneys, says McGee, was told by a Bessemer city official that the mayor had exaggerated the number of complaints regarding Mr. Gip's parties. She told BFP Music in a phone interview this morning that she, and everyone who attends Gip's parties, have no desire for there to be an adversarial relationship with the City of Bessemer, or with the Bessemer Police Department.
McGee admits that Mr. Gip might be a victim of his own success. Although she denies rampant disregard for Gip's neighbors, she admits that due to Gip's popularity there have been more people attending his shows. She says Gip intends to make certain changes, which she admits are needed to keep up with the increased attendance. But she questions why Bessemer officials can't work in unison with Gip as he is willing to be a good neighbor.
McGee also states that she will be modifying any activities which might place Mr. Gip in the category of a business. McGee says Gip just wants to share his music, and the bands attending Mr. Gip's parties have also brought a number of their fans as well. So Gip will willingly attempt to work things out with the City of Bessemer to protect Gip's and respect the needs of the community.
The show will go on this Saturday, May 18, and McGee asks that everyone who shows up continue to show the utmost respect for the neighborhood. McGee will stop posting about shows in social media and will cease any promotions which might lend to the appearance that Mr. Gip is running a business.