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City council denies citizens and votes to ignore petitions

Friday, May 22, 2015 - by Craig Allen





City council denies citizens and votes to ignore both electrical petitions.

As we suspected, the council, after returning from executive session and receiving a presentation from Mr. Roy Poage and Mr. Chesser, voted 4-0 to ignore the petitions.

Mr. Poage, who was not on the Agenda and who apparently had not filled out a form as required by the new resolution (the mayor was not aware of any such request) was given a great deal of time to fully denigrate the petitioners in general and in particular, myself Craig Allen for what he called lies and falsities.
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http://colemanconnected.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=526&title=electrical-petitions-on-the-city-council-agenda



Mr. Poage also suggested, if Mr. Allen was to pursue a court decision on the legality of the petitions (which of course is the right of the citizens) that the city should in turn sue Mr. Allen (myself) for using the mail system to spread lies.

We (and myself in particular), standby every claim made and will of course ask the court to review the legality of the petitions. These petitions are legal documents and are legislative in nature, therefor we continue to believe this matter should be brought to the ballot so you, the citizens of Coleman can make the decisions. This is how the democratic processes works. It is most unfortunate that some individuals would find it necessary to stoop to such low levels and threaten people on an individual basis for simply allowing the citizens a voice in this complex issue.

We will be posting the mostly raw footage of the meeting later today.  The meeting was lengthy so not all, but most agenda items were recorded.

For now, stay tuned, we will keep you up to date on the progress as it unfolds. This will be matter for the courts and we are confident that they will uphold our right to petition.

Thank you,

Craig Allen
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Direct Link to this Comment Karren Evans - Friday, May 22, 2015 15:57
This is. A travesty! Let's Hope the courts will uphold our petition. This city council is a bad joke!😡

Direct Link to this Comment mm1987 - Friday, May 22, 2015 20:27
This is getting sickening.

Direct Link to this Comment LilChickee - Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:43
So how long until we can recall these fools? And next time, I sure hope there are other options on the ballot, which was a huge problem this last time. If I had any business experience at all, I would have run, but that's not my area of expertise.

Direct Link to this Comment Craig - Saturday, May 23, 2015 13:41
Only Jameson can be recalled. The others cannot until 6 months, but due to the timing of the election sequence it would not be possible until next May!

Direct Link to this Comment johnlenekennedy - Saturday, May 23, 2015 18:38
don't give up they can all be removed from officejust need ever how many that is thre need that many to walk in city council meeting and ask them to stand up if they don't have them arrested dissolve the charter.im really sick of saying they cant do nothing and after this. we as citizen have that right Know the diff between de facto law and De jurius law. the answers are there.

Direct Link to this Comment Jon Newman - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 21:58
O.K. quoting from Craig's article above..."Mr. Poage also suggested, if Mr. Allen was to pursue a court decision on the legality of the petitions (which of course is the right of the citizens) that the city should in turn sue Mr. Allen (myself) for using the mail system to spread lies."

I sit here with a confused look on my face and am trying to understand what their law suit would be based on. Are they claiming libel? How can anyone sue someone for using the mail system to communicate with other people? Are they talking about something other than US mail? Who is the Poage person?

I am lucky to not actually live in Coleman but just have that as a mailing address since I live so far out in the country...not in the city limits...and am fortunate to not have to deal with some of the issues I read about. But, Coleman is where I shop and do business so I have an interest in the city and how it survives.

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