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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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Coleman Livestock Auction

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, in General News.


Coleman Livestock Auction Commission Co. Inc.

date of sale: April 29th 2015
volume: 344
trend: Steady/No Change
  Steers Heifers
200-300 Lbs. 240-385  230-350
300-400 Lbs. 200-235  175-225
400-500 Lbs. 220-295  210-300
500-600 Lbs.
600-700 Lbs. 180-240  175-230
700-800 Lbs.
Slaughter Cows 90-125
Slaughter Bulls 135-160
Stocker Cows 1200-2800
Pairs 1500-3250
Cattle Sales every Wednesday 11:00
http://www.colemanlivestockauction.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
 
 
 
 






This is the opinion of one or more persons and may or may not reflect the opinion(s) of ColemanConnected.com. Alternate opinions are welcome and may be considered for publication in this section.
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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.)

http://www.colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=526&PID=864&#864




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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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Bluecat News

Monday, May 04, 2015 - Posted by Coleman ISD, in General News., Coleman ISD News and Events


Bluecat News
Saturday, May 2nd
2015 REGION I-3A TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONS!
All three relays advance to STATE! 

 

Sunday, May 3rd
CONGRATULATIONS to COACH JAMES 'DOC' NALL for being selected as the 2015 FCA Brownwood Area HUDDLE COACH OF THE YEAR!


http://chs.colemanisd.org/
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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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Coleman PRCA Rodeo Coleman, TX

Saturday, May 02, 2015, in Events and announcements


Coleman PRCA Rodeo

Date of Event

June 11, 2015 -
June 13, 2015

Event Location

Coleman Rodeo Grounds
Coleman, TX 76834
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Description of Event:

The Coleman PRCA Rodeo is held each June at the Coleman Rodeo Grounds. The dates for the 2015 Coleman PRCA Rodeo are June 11 - 13.
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