Last week saw the proposal of a redesign of Watch City’s power grid given by Queen Mercy Roulette. The redesign, developed by Captain Edward Von Arkham & colleague Dr. David McMoran Wilson and based off the work of Nikola Tesla, has been met this week with opposition from the Mayor’s palace office.

Mayor Baron von Lahey declared yesterday that Queen Mercy’s proposed redesign would prove detrimental to the welfare of Watch City because A: Tesla coils are noisy, B: He doesn’t understand how they work, and C: It wasn’t his idea. Mayor von Lahey asserted that there is nothing wrong with the old power system, and all it needs is to be souped up a little.

To that end, the Mayor proposed to utilization of a new type of superconductor to boost the productivity of the old transformers. This superconductor would be a specially cultivated breed of pickle engineered to be especially high in sodium. These “Super Pickles” are the creation of conman traveling entrepreneur Solomon Sedgwick, and have taken first prize at the Scumford Country Faire for three years in a row.

The cultivation of a sufficient crop of super pickles would be funded by a 10% tax increase on electricity, as calculated by the mayor’s top fat-cats economists. “Everyone’s been clamoring for a switch to green energy,” stated the Mayor, “well you can’t get much greener than a giant pickle!” Sedgwick added in a statement to the press: “Pickles have been one of the many backbones of our society since before time was time. Maybe even longer! The fact that this teesla coif is so new and the science so incomprehensible to you hicks... er.. fine people should be tell that something ain't right. And if something ain't right.... We don't need it round these parts!

A particularly potent pickel. 

A particularly potent pickel.