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Hospital concerns in Junction are brought to the attention of locals

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Posted by Nancy Emmert, in City news



ACCT Meeting

April 19, 2015

 

 

Kimble Hospital, located in Junction, is a 15-bed critical-access hospital whose operation is overseen by the seven-member Kimble County Hospital District Board of Directors. 

On Sunday, a group of local citizens met to hear one of those Directors, Molly Robinson.  She talked with members of the group Accountability in Coleman County Taxation (ACCT) about her experiences in the areas of public accountability, with particular emphasis on oversight of hospital district management and accounting. 

Several members of the group were particularly interested in the current status of the legal action instituted by Preferred Management.  Robinson said one of the most interesting things about that status was the present value of their hospital and clinic:  an appraisal commissioned by Preferred and delivered to the county’s appraisal district pegged an estimated value of three million dollars ($3,000,000) to the facilities in 2014. 

Those are the same facilities that were occupied in 2012 after having been built… with funds enabled by a bond election ... at a cost to taxpayers of nearly sixteen million dollars ($15,900,000). 

A retired bank examiner, Ms. Robinson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech with a BS in Agricultural Economics in 1977.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Dallas with an MBA in Health Care Administration.  In 1983, she earned her commission as a National Bank Examiner and recently retired after 31+ years with the offices of Comptroller of Currency (OCC). 

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City Council Meeting 4/16/15

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Posted by Nancy Emmert, in City news



City Council Meeting

April 16, 2015

 

 

Before asking for and receiving a vote to approve the consent agenda, Mayor Joffrion asked the city attorney if there was an error on his March 12 billing.  That invoice reflected the presence of Roy Poage at a meeting “regarding Ballinger interconnection agreement”.  Chesser replied that Poage had, indeed, been present. 

 

The mayor reminded the city manager that the council, in a previous meeting, had voted that the city attorney and the city manager be appointed to work with Ballinger on the water issue.  No mention of Roy Poage had been made.  When asked to explain Poage’s unauthorized presence, the city manager replied that no one had said Poage could not attend.

 

During that period set aside for comments about matters not on the agenda … and since it had not been put on the agenda …  Mayor Joffrion took the opportunity to advise the public that there could have been a breach of the city’s computerized systems.  She read an e-mail she had received from the city manager, dated April 13, that said: 

As you know, once an alleged crime has been brought to our attention and when we are advised that our computer system may have been hacked (breached), we have a responsibility to check out the allegations to make certain that they are fully investigated.  According to the Texas Ranger investigating the case, we have gone as far as we can go unless additional information is brought forward to substantiate that a crime has in fact been committed.  At this point, there is simply no evidence that our system has been breached or that a crime has been committed.”



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EDC News 4/16/15

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Posted by Nancy Emmert, in City news



Economic Development Corporation News

April 16, 2015

 

Directors of the 4-B economic development corporation (CCC) gathered for an especially-called meeting on Thursday, April 16. 

After approving minutes of their March 24 meeting, board members heard a presentation of their financial report.  Presented by their auditor, Sandra Rose, that reported included a cash balance at the end of March of $270,893.00. 

Dr. Mark Swening presented plans, research and estimates to support his request for 4-B to assist the Coleman Youth Association’s plan to install twenty RV sites on the grounds at  Franklin Center.  Directors voted to approve spending $16,409.00, pending grant of an easement for lines from the Rodeo Association. 

Action on a pending application for assistance under the 2013 Roofing Program Project was tabled and questions referred to the board’s attorney, Pat Chesser. 

On March 24, Coleman’s economic development corporation’s boards jointly agreed to tender a bid of $100,000 on the vacated CitiBank building at 516 Commercial. 

On March 31, they again met in joint session to hear that no amount less than $135,000.00 would be considered, so they passed the following four motions: 

1.      A committee consisting of three members from each board immediately put together a detailed and comprehensive plan for the purchase, remodeling and operation of the existing CitiBank building;

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The citizens of Coleman have shouted loudly.

Monday, April 13, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news, Videos

A short victory video and thank you to the Coleman citizens!

On, April 10th, 2015, 4:30 pm we turned in the two electrical petitions.

More than 500 signatures total! And they're still coming in!

That's a mighty loud voice demanding change!


For those who have not been following this saga:  Coleman has the highest electrical rates in the state of Texas!

These rates are crippling businesses and wreaking havoc on our citizens. These two petitions ask that the rate be reduced to 12/kWh and the 2nd, requests that the electrical system be sold to a provider that can deliver electricity to us for a substantial discount, removing the middle man (the city of Coleman) from the formula.
 

If due process is allowed as outlined in the city charter, the petitions will be voted on by the city council within 30 days (after certification). Should the council fail to pass them,  one or both will move to a final vote by the citizens via special ballot within 90 days.  Legal maneuvering may change this process and the time table, yet we fully expect that the citizens will prevail and Coleman will finally be allowed to loose these shackles and begin to heal.
 

So, here are the final moments as we turn the petitions in and gather our thoughts just afterwards.





For details on the electrical issue and petitions, please visit the forum at:
http://colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=31&title=electrical
 


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Bringing all of Coleman Together.




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A video interview with Jeannie Moss

Monday, April 13, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in City news, Videos

 Jeannie is running for city council, west ward in Coleman Texas.

Coleman is truly a beautiful place to live and raise a family, yet it has some real problems, which include a VERY high cost of electricity, a significant drug abuse problem, battered streets and dilapidated housing that has become a drain on community pride.

We had an opportunity to interview Jeannie and hear her concerns and desires for the future of Coleman. Jeannie is acknowledging these problems and speaks opening and honestly directly to the people of Coleman; a truly welcome change.


Get to know Jeannie, click below.

 
Produced by Craig and Bernadette Allen in connection with Coleman Connected

Bringing all of Coleman Together.



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My name is Jeannie Moss and I’m running for City Council.

Monday, April 13, 2015 - Posted by Jeannie Moss, in City news

My name is Jeannie Moss and I’m running for City Council.

 

My husband, Jeff, and I live on College Avenue. He has a welding shop here in Coleman and we are partners in a local fish farm:  we grow and provide fish for local ponds and lakes.  We have two children and six grandchildren. 

 

For eleven years, I was a real estate appraiser here in Coleman and the surrounding counties. At one time, I worked at the Better Business Bureau in Abilene and for the construction company that built what is now the Bank of America Tower in Abilene.

 

My family has lived in this county since 1906 after traveling from Tennessee in a covered wagon.  I have seen this town thrive, decline and change yet stay much the same. I have been interested in the welfare of this city my entire life. It is home.  And that’s why I’m running for city council, because I want my home to be the best it can be.

 

I want all of us to be able to pay our electric bills and not go broke doing it.  I do not want our town to be notorious for having the highest electric rate in the great state of Texas.   I want to know that Coleman’s city government is not sitting on its hands, waiting for the current electric contract to expire before it starts figuring out what comes next.  I want to make sure the city council is planning, laying groundwork, working for and listening to its citizens about the future supply of electricity.  And I want to be certain that decisions the council makes regarding our water are made with the input of knowledgeable and experienced citizens, not only paid consultants.  In other words, I want to make sure the council hears your opinions and concerns. 

 

I’m no stranger to the workings of city government.  Not only have I gone to city council meetings in the past, I served on the committee that re-wrote Coleman’s City Charter in 2002; so I know how city government works.  I’ve listened in council meetings while the opinions of residents and my own opinions have fallen on deaf ears, but outside interests have been heard.  I want to do what I can to make sure that doesn’t happen in the future, that all citizens have a chance to help make our town be all that it can be:  a wonderful place to live, work, prosper and raise healthy children and grandchildren. 

 

I hope you will cast your vote for me in the upcoming election:  I want to be your voice on the city council. 


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A victory for Coleman Citizens. Your voices have been heard!

Friday, April 10, 2015 - Posted by Bernadette Allen, in City news


The petitions have been turned into City Hall today (4/10/2015).
 
Unofficial results Petition A
(bring price down to 12 cents/Kwh or no more than 3 cents more than the city purchases electricity for)
Total Signatures 531
Signatures of registered voters 327
 
Unofficial results Petition B (sell the MOU)
Total Signatures 495
Signatures of registered voters 294
 
Thank you citizens of Coleman for rising to the occasion, letting your voices be heard! 
 
We will let you know the official results when they are available.  We expect that to be in about 10 days. 
 
Barring any legal maneuvering by the city, the petitions will go to the City Council for vote.  If City Council doesn't pass the ordinances, it will go to the ballot for your vote.  We will keep you informed.
 
Thank you to everyone who helped collect these signatures!!
 
A special thanks to LeMoine Knox and Taylor for being at the center of this very important campaign!

Bernadette Allen
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If you want a voice, sign the petitions

Monday, April 06, 2015 - Posted by Doodie Taylor Knox, in City news, Opinion/Commentary



Dear Editor,

Currently there are two intertwined electrical issues before this community: Two petitions and two State of Texas House Bills. Because the petitions have an end date of Friday, April 10, 2015, I think it is vital for the citizens to understand the true thoughts behind the petitions.

There is no doubt that the citizens of Coleman have an electrical problem. As a county dweller, I chose to stay out of this battle until a recent city council meeting where it was obvious to me that even the council is unaware of what all is occurring with the confidentiality of these electrical contracts.


While I have accepted, in my opinion, the best plan is now to sit out the AEPEP contract, it does not mean the city or its citizens need to sit on their hands either. The two petitions are NOT promoting a single issue. They are promoting an idea. The idea is to give the citizens and taxpayers an option to have their voices heard and help the city council make decisions about what is best for this community.


I can only tell you what I want: I don’t want services cut. I want services improved. I would never support a cut in the budget for either the swimming pool or the library or the police department; however, I am willing to look at alternative funding/budgeting that would allow for their funding plus more. I want a jail even if it means collaboration with another county. I want this community to thrive and move forward. I want the City of Coleman and the Coleman City Council to listen to what its citizens want. That, folks, is why I signed a petition as an interested county resident. I want my voice and YOUR VOICE heard.


It is my opinion this community needs to start planning on its future now by voicing their opinion to the city council and the administration. It is my opinion that the only way your voice is going to be heard is to have an active role in deciding the process of this next electrical contract. Certainly, it is not too early to start now! Signing the petition is not saying you support the sell of the lines. It is saying: I want to investigate and look at alternatives to what we have now. Because I am so dedicated to the library and the pool, I have repeatedly refused to even look at the option, but I do want alternatives. Does Coleman need to put in a wind farm? Would solar be an option? Is our local electrical coop interested? At least with the coop, we are supporting a local business and putting Coleman people to work plus the coop donates to our community. Even LCRA, also an electrical provider, supports the Coleman Public Library, the City of Coleman Park, and Heritage Hall through various grants. What has AEPEP donated to this community? I want to see alternatives, don’t you?


If you want a voice, sign the petition at 112 South Concho (the old cable office). All it is saying is you want your voice to be heard! Next week, I’m going to be telling you about the house bills currently introduced in the Texas Legislation about the confidentiality of electric contracts. It is really a hum dinger!


Respectfully submitted,

Doodie Taylor-Knox

2513 US Hwy 283

Coleman, Texas 76834





(This is the opinion of one or more persons and may or may not reflect the opinion(s) of ColemanConnected.com)


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Audio/Video of very passionate discussion 3/19/15

Friday, April 03, 2015 - Posted by Craig, in General News., City news, Opinion/Commentary, Videos

Here's the video everyone is talking about.

A video/audio recording of a very passionate discussion that occurred during the City Council Meeting held Thursday, March 19,2015

Coleman has the highest electrical rates in the state of Texas that we are aware of. These rates are oppressive to both the citizens and businesses of Coleman

To make matters worse, the contracts with AEPEP are secret, and are not available for the citizens to view and analyze.

Representative Keffer of the Texas House, has heard our pleas and sponsored a bill to prevent such contracts from being withheld on the basis of Confidentiality.

Now, the TPPA (Texas Public Power Association), who represents the 72 MOU's in Texas, is fighting to keep these bills from passing, stating that such transparency will have a negative impact on the utilities that they represent.

This discussion and audio/video recording clearly demonstrates the acute level of concern by many citizens and the  city council members on this subject.






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