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Early voting - Count as of 5/6/15

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, in City news



COME OUT AND VOTE  AND JOIN YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS WHO HAVE:
Monday, 27 April 2015 268 voted
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 212 voted
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 187 voted
Thursday, 30 April 2015 208 voted 
Friday, 1 May 2015 246
Monday, 4 May 2015 171
Tuesday, 5 May 2015 239
Saturday, 9 May 2015 to be determined
TOTAL SO FAR: 1531  VOTES




So far, per Karen Langley, city secretary, 1531 people have voted. This is a VERY large turnout at this point. It is great to see citizens of Coleman county lifting up there voice and making sure the democratic process is fully engaged.

If you have not voted, you still can of course on election day,  May 9th, 7AM TO 7PM, at the city hall. 






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Electrical petitions will be on the city council agenda this Thursday

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in Events and announcements, City news



The two electrical petitions will be on the City council agenda this Thursday.

More than 500 people have signed the petitions to lower our electrical rate and to sell the electrical system so that Coleman families can have relief from these horrific rates and local businesses can compete with their neighbors.
 
The petition has been certified by the city secretary and has been found to be sufficient, meaning it both complies with the charter’s requirements of a valid petition as well as it has a sufficient number of registered voters.
 
At this city council meeting, the city secretary will announce those results, but more importantly, the city council will discuss and most likely take some form of action on the petitions.
May 7th, 6:00 PM
  City Council Chambers, City Hall. Liveoak.

The actions that are possible 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 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

Link to the two petitions that have been signed by more than 500 people (each)
http://colemanconnected.com/forum/uploads/6/ElectricalPetitions.pdf

Please visit the forum to comment on this post (the comment section below is very limited.)

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Early voting - Count as of 5/4/15

Monday, May 04, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news


COME OUT AND VOTE  AND JOIN YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS WHO HAVE:
Monday, 27 April 2015 268 voted
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 212 voted
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 187 voted
Thursday, 30 April 2015 208 voted 
Friday, 1 May 2015 246
Monday, 4 May 2015 170
Tuesday, 5 May 2015 to be determined
Saturday, 9 May 2015 to be determined
TOTAL SO FAR: 1291  VOTES




So far, per Karen Langley, city secretary, 1291 people have voted. This is a VERY large turnout at this point. It is great to see citizens of Coleman county lifting up there voice and making sure the democratic process is fully engaged.

If you have not voted, you sill of course have some time. Early voting continues May 5th, 7AM to7PM. Election day voting is May 9th, 7AM TO 7PM, at the city hall. 






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Early voting - Count as of 5/2/15

Saturday, May 02, 2015 - Posted by Craig, in Events and announcements, City news

  

COME OUT AND VOTE  AND JOIN YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS WHO HAVE:
Monday, 27 April 2015 268 voted
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 212 voted
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 187 voted
Thursday, 30 April 2015 208 voted 
Friday, 1 May 2015 224
Monday, 4 May 2015 to be determined
Tuesday, 5 May 2015 to be determined
Saturday, 9 May 2015 to be determined
TOTAL SO FAR: 1099  VOTES




So far, per Karen Langley, city secretary, 1099 people have voted. This is a VERY large turnout at this point. It is great to see citizens of Coleman county lifting up there voice and making sure the democratic process is fully engaged.

If you have not voted, you sill of course have some time. Early voting continues May 4th and 5th, 7AM to7PM. Election day voting is May 9th, 7AM TO 7PM, at the city hall. 






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Video tour of the Coleman Public Library

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Posted by Craig & Bernadette Allen, in General News., City news, Videos




This video is a continuation of our multi-video series of interviews from downtown Coleman, TX


It is an exciting time for Coleman.
There are seven or more businesses opening or that have just recently opened in the span of just a few months!

In this video we feature our incredible public library. Sue Dossey was kind enough to narrate as well as summarize below the 5 recent grants that the Library has received since December.

Congratulations!



Contributed:

Here's some information about all the grants the library has received since December to a total of $30, 685.17.
 
1 & 2.) Preservation and digitizing - we received a grant from the Coleman County Foundation ($7,632.00) December 11th for preservation and digitizing the Mac Woodward Texas History Collection.  The library has partnered with the Abilene Library Consortium with this project.  The collection was donated to the library in the early 1990's and houses approximately 800 books and booklets with published and unpublished materials and memorabilia.  The collection is related to Texas and two prominent Coleman family's - the Woodward and McClellans.  There are also limited editions, some of the booklets are rare self-published editions, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, telegrams, letters and photographs of the McClellans and Woodwards.
 
With help from the Abilene Library Consortium archivist Mary Lee Bartlett, the collection will be  inventoried and training for library staff to preserve the collection from further deterioration.  Book cases will be covered with archival lining to insulate the acid in the wood from the books.  Scrapbooks, photographs and other loose items will be stored in archival boxes to deter damage due to light.  To give the collection books a worldwide presence, Coleman Public Library will add the titles to its local catalog and to OCLC (the world's largest online catalog of library materials)  Items of great historical interest, such as letters, telegrams and photographs will be selected for digitization on the West Texas Digital Archives, a free public online repository containing over 50,0000 unique historical items.  Digitizing materials will allow patrons to view this priceless historic content without exposing the original physical objects to further wear and damage.  Once it is finished patrons will also be able to view the collection on the library website.
 
Tocker Foundation ($15,600.00) awarded the library a grant for digitization of the Coleman Voice; the Coleman Democrat Voice; the Coleman Daily voice; and the Coleman County Chronicle.  This project partnered with Abilene Library Consortium, will include approximately 15,000 pages of text and images to be housed on the University of North Texas' (UNT) Portal to Texas History.    The library's 105 reels of newspaper microfilm span the years 1908 - 2013 and provide a look back at Coleman's past.  Once again the library is partnered with Abilene Library Consortium for this project.  ALC is a 501 c (3) to serve libraries and other cultural heritage organizations across Texas.  The consortium's primary mission is to deliver higher-quality library services to its communities through resource sharing and collaborations.  Their web site is https://www.alc.org.




 
The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu, is a gateway to
Texas history materials.  The portal digitalizes historical materials from private collectors and collaborative partners, including libraries, museums archives and other historical groups.  In 2010 the Portal hosted over 900,000 digital images from one hundred and thirty partners.  Every month over 115,000 visitors from around the world use the online collections.
 
 
The Tocker Foundation has adopted a goal of promoting Texas public libraries in communities of 12,000 or less.  Grant applications are reviewed by a permanent committee of librarians appointed by the Texas Library Association.  This grant brings the cumulative grant support to the Coleman Public Library to a total of $147,143.00.
 
3.) Free books for children - we were very excited to learn we have been awarded a Books For Children grant by the Libri Foundation. 
This foundation works with Friends of the Library or other local organizations to raise funds to contribute as a match fund of $200 to $350 which the Libri Foundation then matches a 2 to 1 ratio.  The library can receive up to $1,050.00 worth of new quality, hardcover children's books that will be added as a permanent addition to library collection.  Books donated though this program will be used for storytelling, toddler, preschool, after-school (ACE) program, school projects and to just provide children with a "good read."  The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization, established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries in the United States acquire new children's books.  For this 2015 grant 98 libraries nationwide.  Four libraries in Texas; Coleman Public Library, Dublin Public Library, Hugh Springs Public Library and Clarksville Public Library.  Librarian Sue Dossey would like to share some additional information, she received a letter to inform the library of a new development.  Thanks to a generous and anonymous, donation to the Libri Foundation our library is no longer required to prove matching funds.  The library will receive $1,050.00 worth of books absolutely free.  
 
4.) Texas Book Festival collections enhancement grant ($1,500.00)  The grant will be used to fund the MackinVIA, eBook content of accelerated Reading books for all Coleman County students.  Students have easy access to the collection twenty-four hours, seven days a week accessed via the Coleman public Library web site www.colemanlibrry.com.  MackinVIA was originally funded by a grant from the Friends of the Coleman County Foundation in 2014.  
 
The Texas Book Festival is a nonprofit organization that celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination.  Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush and a group of interested volunteers, the annual Festival is held on the ground of the Texas Capitol.  It features readings and discussions from more that 50 renowned Texas and national authors, entertaining and informing more than 40,000 adults and children, free of cost.  The 2015 Texas Book Festival is scheduled for October 17th & 18th.  For more information about the Teas book Festival visit www.texasbookfestival.org.  
 
5.) 3D Technology - (This grant will be announced tomorrow night at the Friends of the Library awards party) Friends of the Coleman County Foundation 2015 grant has awarded the Friends of the Coleman Public Library a grant for $4,923.17 to enhance the library's Summer Reading Program, ACE Reading Program and to provide new 3D technology services for the community of Coleman.  This includes a craft machine and supplies, 3D doodle pens, and a 3D printer to use to stimulate the minds of our children for reading projects.  The 3D printer will provide an additional service for businesses, organizations, churches and the community. 
 
Thank you, Sue Dossey

Sue Dossey, Librarian, Cindy Dempsey and Mary Lou Garrett


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The new retro furniture store being built by Bonnie West

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Posted by Craig & Bernadette Allen, in General News., City news, Videos



The second in a series of interviews downtown Coleman, TX

Coleman Connected is pleased to present the second in a series of interviews with some of the new business owners downtown Coleman, Texas

It is an exciting time for Coleman. There are seven or more businesses opening or that have just recently opened in the span of just a few months!

In this article, we feature the new retro furniture store being built by Bonnie West




Yesterday, Coleman Connected stopped by the nearly completed construction project that will surely be transformed into a nostalgic retro furniture home décor store, downtown Coleman Texas, which is now owned and operated by Bonnie West.

"The new name is currently a secret," says West, "but we'll be putting up our sign by the end of May if all goes well."

West will be selling mid-century modern (styles from around the years 1955 - 1965) furniture and other home décor - rugs, lamps, vases, ashtrays, record players.

Most of the merchandise will be vintage - actually from the 50s and 60s.  But, there is not enough of the old stuff left to go around, so about 25% will be good reproductions - new merchandise in a retro style.

West says when people think about that era, the first thing that comes to mind is the music - early rock-and-roll  (Elvis, Buddy Holly, Everley Brothers).

The cars are the next thing that usually come to mind from that era. That was the first time cars for young people were widely available, instead of your parents' sedan (the Mustang, the muscle cars).

Both of these things will be featured in the shop.

West remarks:  "A lot of work was needed to get the building ready for us -- there was no electricity, no plumbing, no heat or a/c and no front door! -- BUT it is in a great location, has an intact pressed-tin ceiling and a good concrete floor that just needed to be cleaned and polished.  My sister-in-law, Sue Cullins, and my friend, Loma Dean, will be helping me in the shop."

West hopes to be open by the end of May.

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Grab your best girl and cruise on down to Coleman, Texas and relive the good ol' days. Then spend the day just enjoying everything Coleman has to offer.
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The first in a series of interviews downtown Coleman, TX

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Posted by Craig & Bernadette Allen, in General News., City news, Videos

Coleman Connected is pleased to present the first in a series of interviews with some of the new business owners downtown Coleman, Texas.

It is an exciting time for Coleman. There are seven or more businesses opening or that have just recently opened in the span of just a few months!

In this first series of interviews and articles, we feature the new pizzeria being built by Robert and Laurie Williamson, followed by an quick look at the construction in progress by the Jones Brothers, who have been commissioned by Bonnie West. She is opening up a 50's - 60's style furniture and nostalgia store.

As a bonus, we had a chance to talk with the ladies at the Coleman Library about the exciting new items and events coming to the Coleman library as a result of the five grants they were just awarded. Congratulations!

Looking good Coleman!





Williamson expects to open the pizzeria on May 24th. The coffee shop, gallery and winery will open at progressively later dates. A farmers market is also in the planning stages. Williamson says he really needs to find some skilled workers to help him meet his goals.

The pizzeria features an authentic wood fired oven. They expect to be able to seat 50-60 people, where the dining will be casual.  Music is anticipated, with hours reaching into the evening, perhaps 9 or 10 pm, giving Coleman downtown some much needed nightlife.

The winery, where they will be crushing their own grapes is expected to open before the Prickly Pear Food and Wine Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 24th, 2015. This promises to be quite an event, with the top six Texas wineries present, 7 chefs, and even one prickly pear beer maker. Williamson expects to bring in 2000 - 3000 people from out of town for the festival and is really optimistic on how this and the collection of bushiness will boost growth for the other local businesses and Coleman in general.

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Here is a link to Rancho Loma Restaurant, a fine dinning restaurant owned and managed by Robert and Laurie Williamson just outside of Coleman.

http://rancholoma.com/page1/page1.html

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HERITAGE HALL OPEN ART SHOW REGISTRATION

Friday, April 24, 2015, in General News., Events and announcements, City news


HERITAGE HALL OPEN SHOW ENTRIES ARE DUE FRIDAY APRIL 24 AND SATURDAY APRIL 25 AT 400 W. COLLEGE.  9AM TO 6 PM.  DIRECT QUESTIONS TO KATHY ANDREWS 325-624-5544 OR KAY MITCHELL 325-625-1140





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Two town hall meetings concerning the hosipital bond issue

Friday, April 24, 2015, in General News., Events and announcements, City news

 

Events: ACCT is scheduling two town hall meetings this next week to discuss the upcoming bond propositions for the larger hospital.  All are invited.

Apr 26 2015 & Apr 27 2015

http://colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=48&title=general-announcements


You are invited to attend a town hall meeting sponsored by the committee for Accountability in Coleman County Taxation (A-C-C-T) on Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Hall, 400 W. College Blvd., in Coleman. A-C-C-T representatives will present information on why we oppose the propositions on the May 9 ballot for a bond and tax increase for a larger hospital.


You are invited to a town hall sponsored by the committee for Accountability in Coleman County Taxation (A-C-C-T) at the community room in the fire station this Sunday, 2:00 p.m. A-C-C-T will present its reasons for opposing the May 9 election asking for approval of a bond and tax increase to enlarge CCMC and give you the opportunity to ask questions as well.  


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Possible computer breach at city hall

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Posted by Kay Joffrion, in General News., City news





On April 10th, I  requested that the City Manager include an agenda item on the 4-16-15 council meeting pertaining to the recent information I had received that the computers at City Hall had been breached and that the AEPEP contract would be released soon.  He would not add my requested item, so during the 5 minutes at the beginning of the meeting reserved for citizens to speak, I read an email that the City Manager had sent to the council and City Attorney on April 13th:

Click here to read the entire post in the forum.
http://colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=456&PID=777&SID=1175382b8d567zdzf12c8424f92e57821296296&title=computer-breach-at-city-hall#777
 

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