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Electrical petitions will be on the city council agenda this Thursday

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - by Craig Allen

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 --
Councilman Johhny Needham --
Councilman Danny Jameson
Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Payne
City Manager Paul Catoe --

Link to the two petitions that have been signed by more than 500 people (each)

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Direct Link to this Comment Lucy - Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:08
Concerning whom we should contact (i.e., "your council member", does each council member represent a certain section of the county (sorry, I don't know much about this), and if so, where do we find out who represents whom? Or should we just contact all of them?


Direct Link to this Comment Craig - Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:14
You can contact any member. They do each represent their own wards; however, it is best if you send an email to each, as all of them represent the city as a whole.

Each of their votes affect the entire city.

Direct Link to this Comment Tommy - Tuesday, May 05, 2015 14:05
So the thinking is that the council will say we're too stupid to figure this out and vote on it? If so, that's pretty damn insulting!

If that happens, what next?

Direct Link to this Comment Paul - Wednesday, May 06, 2015 06:23
Remember the Wizard of OZ? All those type decisions are made from behind the curtain (closed doors), it is the council that is too stupid to make a decision on their own. Tommy, I guess we shouldn't feel too insulted, we are the ones that keep electing the same Bozo's to make those decisions for us. Lucy, Contact Dr. Needham, he is the only council member leaving, maybe he will take the citizens side on his way out. The other 2 members aren't capable of thinking for themselves and the mayor is on our side but helpless.

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