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Letter to the editor - Electrical Studies

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news, Opinion/Commentary

Electrical petitions are on the agenda.
The two petitions are once again on the city council agenda to be discussed by the council this Thursday, May 21st, 2015.
 
The agenda also introduces some parallel discussions, including a request by the city manager asking the council to allow the City Manager to seek and advertise for proposals from a Professional CPA who is properly qualified, to

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Video of city council meeting 5/14/15

Friday, May 15, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news, Videos

 

Video of Coleman city council meeting, May 14th, 2015.

Highlights include installation of new members of the council, reconfirmation of Pat Chesser as city attorney for two more years and appointment of Robert Nash as city judge and Karen Langley as alternative.

Several people spoke during the 5 minute period reserved for comments by citizens. This item is for comments NOT on the agenda.  Mr. Jody Payne and Mr. Ross Jones, spoke in favor of the resolution that was on the agenda and asked the council members to pass this resolution so that there would be a clear set of rules that could be followed.
Entire article and video at:
http://colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=550&title=agenda-city-council-5-14-15


Nancy Emmert read a very well crafted later from Eric Joffrion on transparency and the progress that Mayor Kay Joffrion had brought to Coleman.  Jeannie Moss also took the podium to remind newly installed members, particularly councilwoman...

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New Mayor & City Council will vote Thurs. to prevent citizen input.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Posted by Kay Joffrion, in City news, Opinion/Commentary

 

Citizens of Coleman,


Your new Mayor & City Council will vote Thurs. night regarding issues involving you being able to speak at city council mtgs. If the res
olution they are presenting is passed, you will have to complete a form (giving your personal info & a description of your subject matter) before the meeting to be able to speak on a subject during the time visitors are allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting. If you wish to speak on an agenda item you will have to complete a form and only be allowed to speak for 3 min. regarding that item on the agenda. All of this is at the discretion of the Mayor or presiding officer. So if they don't want you to speak, YOU WON'T BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK -- EVEN THOUGH YOU PAY THE TAXES THAT RUN THIS TOWN.

Another part of their "resolution" is that "your comments must be respectful to the members of the city council & staff". The City Mangler & Ms. Merriman were not respectful of me when they made several comments during my term as Mayor. Guess they can dish it out but can't take it!

I would suggest you attend the meeting to voice your opposition to this, but it won't do any good. This city is run by a few people.


Aren't you proud you voted these people into their positions!!


See the forum for more discussion :


http://colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=550&title=agenda-city-council-5-14-15


Editor Note: Thanks for the comments. Link above has been corrected.




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City council minutes 4/7/15 (With Electrical Petition)

Monday, May 11, 2015 - Posted by Nancy Emmert, in City news



More than sixty-five people were in the audience at the council’s chamber, most undoubtedly waiting to see how councilmen would handle the “electric petitions” scheduled to be presented to them at this meeting.

 

They watched as council members, by passing the consent agenda, approved payment of three invoices for professional fees that had not been presented for approval in April. 

 

The next item on the agenda dealt with bids.  A legal notice for bids to repair roofs of some city-owned buildings was first published on April 15 and specified May 7 as the closing date.  Two publications are required and, since the second never occurred, the city manager asked that council members (1) reject all bids that have been received to this point and (2) table further consideration of the matter until the new council has been seated.  The council voted to follow those recommendations.  The city manager said those from whom proposals have been received will be notified that they will have to re-bid.

 

The audience listened attentively as Karen Langley, the city secretary, certified that the petitions in question had indeed been signed by a sufficient number of citizens to be presented to the council for consideration.  Then the mayor invited initial supporters of the petition to speak.

 

Craig Allen explained why, objections of the city attorney notwithstanding, the citizens were entitled to have their petitions considered.   LeMoine Knox reminded the council that the purpose of petitions was to give a voice to citizens.  She said those city citizens who had signed the petition did so because the electric rates were causing them great hardship and pleaded with councilmen to listen to their requests for relief. 

 

Eric Joffrion said that actions by prior councils may have reduced the amount of money the city hall has to pay to AEPEP, but increased the bills of citizens who ultimately pay for city hall’s operations.  And he reminded them again that...

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Statement from Jeannie Moss

Friday, May 08, 2015, in City news, Opinion/Commentary



Petitions for changes in our electrical rates and/or system were presented at last night's city council meeting.  In addition to these petitions,  many citizens were present and voiced their concerns and expressed natural irritation at what was felt to be lack of caring and concern for the residents of the city of Coleman.  These concerns are real. Frustration voiced at council was real. It is clear that the residents of Coleman need and now demand their voices be heard.  I also addressed the council I support of these residents. They want growth, they want help. Growth won't come as long as high electrical rates make opening a business difficult. The number of houses vacant and for sale should warn us that things are not right.  Much work must be done. I hope the voters consider letting me help by selecting me to represent them on the Coleman city council.


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Raw video of the city council meeting 05/17/15

Friday, May 08, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news, Videos

Yesterday(5/7/15), the two electrical petitions where certified and found to be sufficient, which means they
contained enough signatures and were of correct format.


Following the certification a very passionate discussion followed where citizens and council members alike expressed there view points.

This is the RAW footage of the meeting for those interested.

We will post an edited and shorter version soon, but wanted to let those who wish to view the whole discussion have access to this feed.

Thank you everyone that showed up and expressed your views.






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Opinion

Friday, May 08, 2015 - Posted by Jo Ann Eddleman, in City news, Opinion/Commentary




I am posting the email I sent to Mr. Catoe with copies to council and the new webmaster/Municipal Judge, FYI.
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Congrats on preparation of a new web site. I assume it is still under construction as much of the information available on other city web sites and on our old web site is not yet available on this new site. In particular, I was very disappointed to see that the Minutes have been removed. I feel that posted Minutes are critical to providing readily accessible information to citizens, and it is definitely an easy step toward the city showing a willingness to provide transparency in government.

As everyone knows, transparency in government is an issue around here as it should be, and a web site with as much public information as possible is a great tool for providing transparency. In addition to Minutes, many cities post check registers, monthly cash reports, audits, etc. Coleman seems to bend over backward to keep as much information as possible difficult to access. (Please see www.texastransparency.org for what other cities see fit to share online. I could list many city web sites as well.)

I wanted to access the city's web site for the record in Minutes I mentioned at last night's city council meeting and found that I would have to go to the City Secretary's office. That visit would require that I search through the Minutes by hand not knowing f...

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Video interview with Mayor Kay Joffrion on the Austin Trip

Thursday, May 07, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news, Videos

On April 20th, eight (8) city leaders and citizens from Coleman traveled to Austin, without authorization from any board or council, to convince our congressman not to support two house bills that sought to make the electrical contract open to the public.
 

The 8 were:
 
  1. City Manager, Paul Catoe,                                      -- paul@web-access.net
  2. Mayor Pro-tem Gary Payne,                          -- glpayne1@verizon.net
  3. Mayor-Elect Nick Poldrack                                  -- 625-3370
  4. City Attorney, Pat Chesser,                                  -- patchesserlaw@yahoo.com
  5. EDC Executive Director, Kim Little                 -- edcolemanedc@outlook.com
  6. EDC Secretary, Roy Poage                           -- porkhide@aol.com
  7. County citizen Kay Poage, wife of Roy Poage
  8. Citizen Rodney Cole Jr, as chauffeur.
 
 
 
Yes, these 8 people traveled all the way to Austin in what can only be described, in my opinion, as a covert action to sabotage the processes of transparency that had been started in Austin to give much needed relief to the citizens of Coleman.
 
WHY did this happen and who authorized it?
 
We spoke with Mayor Kay Joffrion on this matter.  Here is a video of Mayor Kay on this subject.




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Video interview with Mayor Kay Joffrion on the electrical petition

Thursday, May 07, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news, Videos


Yesterday (May 7th, 2015), we sat down with Mayor Kay and asked her a few questions about the electrical petition that has been signed by more than 500 people and turned into the city secretary.

The council will discuss the two petitions, after receiving certification of the signatures on each, at a meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m, at City Hall.







Mayor Joffiron says "that the citizens have a right to speak" and "This petition shows how many do want to have a say so in their electrical contract and electrical issues in the city".

Joffrion continues "That a statement had been made that there weren't may people that were concerned about the electrical issue and I think this shows how many are concerned and they want something done" ... "I believe this is a loud voice, the citizens have spoken and if the council does not listen it could be detrimental to a lot of things in the city"

Please click on the image above to view full interview.


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The actions that are possible at the city council meeting are:
 
Table the discussions for a future date.
 
Vote on and adopt (pass) the two petitions (ordinances) as they are without change.
 
Vote to put the two ordinances on a ballot within 90 days to allow the citizens to vote on these items.
 
Add their own version of the ordinance(s) and place theirs along with the citizens’ version on the ballot.
 
Ignore or deny the petition(s) and simply refuse to put the ordinances on the ballot by trying to say the people do not have a right to petition on this subject as it is too complex of an issue for people to understand and they do not have enough facts.
 
This last choice is strictly against Coleman’s charter, but it very likely that this is what they will do even though the people have shouted clearly and are demanding that they be allowed to vote.
 
This is a critical time for Coleman. You have spoken up by signing the petitions; it is now important that you contact your council member and let them know you want these petitions to go to the vote of the people.
 
That is what democracy is all about. You have asked our city leaders to allow you to vote on these very important maters, and this is what you expect them to do.  Uphold the charter, and bring these items to the vote of the people.
 
The city council meeting is at 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 7th (Today) 2015. We encourage you to please clear your schedule and attend this very important meeting.

Here the email addresses of the city council members and city manager.
Mayor Kay Joffrion -- kjoffrion@verizon.net
Councilman Johhny Needham -- councilmanneedham@yahoo.com
Councilman Danny Jameson  Danny.jameson@Colemanisd.net
Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Payne  glpayne1@verizon.net
City Manager Paul Catoe -- paul@web-access.net

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The Ever Confidential AEPEP Contract

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in General News., City news, Opinion/Commentary






The Ever Confidential AEPEP Contract
 
 
It seems that this issue just keeps getting more and more entwined and convoluted.
 
In April, after hearing the pleas from Coleman, our state representative in Austin sponsored two bills to ensure contracts between electrical providers and cities could no longer be confidential. These bills would have provided relief to Coleman citizens and businesses by allowing us, the citizens, to finally be able to fully review the contract that is holding us hostage with AEPEP.
 
You would think that our city leaders would have fully supported this effort. After all, for many years we have heard repeatedly that the contract is secret and there is simply nothing they can do about it.
 
On March 19th, a very passionate debate took place in Coleman at the city council meeting, where it became abundantly clear that somehow our city leaders were not actually on board with this effort to bring the AEPEP contract to the light of day. In fact, to everyone’s utter surprise, it was just the opposite.  You can see what happened if you watch the video at http://colemanconnected.com/post.asp?id=1&t=audio-video-of-very-passionate-discussion-3-19-15
 
On the agenda of the very next city council meeting, this item appeared:
 
The City Council may consider, discuss and/or take actions regarding the approval of a Resolution opposing House Bill 2715 and House Bill 2716 in their entirety
 
Many people showed up to voice their opinion on this matter and …… IT WAS TABLED BEFORE THE MAYOR COULD EVEN FINISH HER INTRODUCTION.
 
Of course, everyone knew something BIG had happened to convince Mayor Pro-tem Payne to quickly call for this resolution to be tabled, but no one knew what the “something” was. 
 
If it had ended there, it would probably have just been forgotten history; but, of course, such things have a propensity to live on and get more repugnant as they go. And that is just what has happened.
 
On April 20th, eight (8) city leaders and citizens from Coleman traveled to Austin, without authorization from any board or council, to convince our congressman not to support these bills.
 

The 8 were:
 
  1. City Manager, Paul Catoe,                                      -- paul@web-access.net
  2. Mayor Pro-tem Gary Payne,                          -- glpayne1@verizon.net
  3. Mayor-Elect Nick Poldrack                                  -- 625-3370
  4. City Attorney, Pat Chesser,                                  -- patchesserlaw@yahoo.com
  5. EDC Executive Director, Kim Little                 -- edcolemanedc@outlook.com
  6. EDC Secretary, Roy Poage                           -- porkhide@aol.com
  7. County citizen Kay Poage, wife of Roy Poage
  8. Citizen Rodney Cole Jr, as chauffeur.
 
 
 
Yes, these 8 people traveled all the way to Austin in what can only be described, in my opinion, as a covert action to sabotage the processes of transparency that had been started in Austin to give much needed relief to the citizens of Coleman.
 
WHY did this happen and who authorized it?
 
We spoke with Mayor Kay Joffrion on this matter.  She let us know that ....


Read the full article here on the forum
http://colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=535&PID=882
 
 
 
 






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