Jerry Lynn Klutts, age 72, a lifelong resident of McLendon-Chisholm, TX, passed away January 21, 2017. He was born May 30, 1944, to Hilbert Opha and Veta Jane (Parsons) Klutts. Jerry was born and raised in McLendon-Chisholm: being the fourth generation resident of the Klutts family farm. He was a member of Chisholm Baptist Church. He worked for U.S. Steel for 20 years and then as an aircraft mechanic at American Eagle for another 20 years. He served as City Marshall for McLendon-Chisholm for seven years, was a Rockwall County Constable for ten years and currently was a city councilman for McClendon-Chisholm. Jerry had the heart of a craftsman and could build anything, including his home, furniture, airplane hangars, cattle guards or anything he imagined.
It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Councilman Jerry Klutts. Jerry was killed in an auto accident last night in Collin County as he was returning from Oklahoma. I just met with Reta, Jerry’s wife, who is understandably grief stricken. They were to celebrate their 50th anniversary this June. Please pray for the Klutts family as they walk through this difficult journey. I will certainly miss Jerry, who was an uncompromising conservative on the council who cared deeply about preserving the rural lifestyle of our wonderful community. I will post funeral arrangements as they are announced.
Documents provided to me yesterday by Jay Webb, which are Altura’s corporate filings with the Secretary of State, demonstrate that the information contained in the online corporate search engine, which show James B. Webb, AKA “Jay Webb,” the chairman of the city’s P&Z Commission, as President of both Altura Homes Texas Gp, LLC, and Altura Builders, LLC, and where Justin Webb is listed only as the registered agent, is inaccurate. The documents contradict the search engine, where it is his son, James (“Justin”) J. Webb who is the President & Director of Altura, not James (“Jay”) B. Webb, confirming that he never lied about his affiliation to Altura during a September 13 city council meeting, as I had asserted here on this website, in my letter to the editor that was posted in the October 22, 2016 edition of the Rockwall Herald Banner,
Councilman and attorney, Patrick Short, may force the city into a legal battle so that he can violate the First Amendment rights of citizens! He has demanded that I turn over emails sent to me from supporters who responded to my request for their input on the budget and tax rate before last month’s budget vote [see post: “Double Standard in M-C“] to the City Council through the City Secretary. In accordance with my understanding of the state’s open record requirements, because I read a representative sample of them as part of the budget discussion, immediately after receiving the request I forwarded those emails. Along with each forwarded email, I requested that the respondent’s name, email address, and any reference that might identify them be redacted BEFORE they are distributed. Some may ask, “why would I
[The following is an email received on October 22, 2016 at 11:39AM] Gentlemen, I am writing to express some concerns about the continued direction of our small town, and the leaders that are moving it in that direction. I am hearing that some of the old city council if using scare tactics to influence the new council and moving the actions of the council back to the old way of thinking. I felt that the resounding removal of the old city council members and the number of people that voted would be a strong signal that the way business was being conducted in the MC city council was unacceptable, and a strong message to to the new council that we expect change. I also felt
Since I was elected, I have been advocating for the city council to conduct a citizen survey, which I feel will help foster a change in mind-set for more “representative-minded” government. I believe that it will help to quash the arguments of our city’s high-minded liberals who assert that citizens want to see our city government grow and expand. Maybe this will finally settle whether or not citizens want our city’s 1.5 acre minimum per homestead standard enforced. Even though the Mayor and members of the Council received an MS Word version of these questions almost two weeks ago and were asked to send in their propose changes or suggest questions of their own, only Councilman Wayne Orchard did that (the link to the proposed survey questions is included at
The one immutable fact about a hypocrite is that they hold others to standards they don’t hold for themselves. However, the only way to expose one is to play one. That’s exactly what I did last week by attempting to push through approval of a city survey without giving members of the Council the opportunity to review it. Of course it’s improper and indefensible to exclude members from participating in the formation of formal communications to citizens from the Council, which is precisely what Councilman Short did last year when he pushed for his “public relations consultant,” to work ALONE with the mayor so that the council didn’t impede progress to get those letters out! Not only that, but Councilman Lovell & Klutts, who both opposed even bringing in a spin doctor, were never provided any drafts or iterations of the
Last night’s city council meeting dissolved into an all out shouting match between me and Councilman Short, who became enraged when I made note of the spin doctor that he brought in last year to lie to the people of M-C to mislead and deceive us about the merits of his proposed 228% tax-rate increase. How dare I call him a liar and “what’s my proof” was his unceasing, unrelenting banter! “Don’t call anyone a liar,” he exhorted me at the end of the meeting. Okay, okay! The political correctness police strike another blow against liberty. Apparently the word “liar” is no longer permitted in the english lexicon, especially when confronting someone, like Short, who holds the truth so loosely, where facts are always relative. So here’s proof
At the beginning of our City Council meeting to set the budget, one citizen stood up to challenge the council, but pointedly emphasized it’s importance on me in particular, to share what we did to get input from citizens regarding our position on the budget and setting the tax-rate before we vote. Why, just months after I was elected by a landslide where turnout for a municipal election was five times greater than ever before in the city’s history, where after leading the fight to put it on the ballot, the tax-rollback, which garnered the most votes of all, was a central part of my campaign, should the onus of getting citizen feedback be placed so squarely on me? Why wouldn’t that challenge be more aptly place most especially on Councilman Short? After all, it
Despite Councilman Klutts’ and my efforts to persuade the city council to pass a balanced budget, it was approved with a deficit, which will draw from the reserve funds (last year’s surplus). I actually voted against my own motion (which Councilman Short would not allow me to amend), because I was made aware that my proposed increase for the city’s [taxpayer] contribution to the volunteer fire department [VFD] (22% over last year) would have resulted in an eleven thousand dollar deficit to the total final budget amount. Despite the fact that we were approving the annual fiscal budget, neither the city’s accountant nor attorney were present for the meeting, which, despite my efforts (I’m not an accountant), made it impossible for me to figure out why the spreadsheet I had been using throughout the budget