Last night the McLendon-Chisholm City Council appointed Mr. Jim Herren to fill the seat left vacant by the untimely death of Councilman Jerry Klutts. The unanimous vote follows the previous decision by the council that was made just before the candidate filing deadline, which would have put that decision in the hands of voters in a Special Election. However, once the deadline had passed, Jim Herren was the only candidate to file for Mr. Klutts vacated seat, which prompted the council to cancel the special election in a special meeting last week and then appoint Mr. Herren at last night’s meeting. He was sworn in immediately following the vote to appoint. In an address to the council before the vote, Mr. Herren said, “I believe
I have submitted an action item for the February 14, 2017 meeting agenda to fill the unexpired term vacated by the late Councilman Klutts, which shall include both nominations and a vote of the city council, so that whomever the council votes to fulfill the remaining term of office may be sworn-in that night.* I further requested that this be the first item on the agenda, following citizen comments so that the new member may participate in the items that will come before the city council. I will be placing into nomination the name of Adrienne Balkum, who has agreed to serve if chosen by the city council. Mrs. Balkum has been a supporter of mine since I started Citizens for Representative Government of McLendon-Chisholm [CFRGMC], which was organized to
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. Following is his obituary. 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
The survey results show overwhelming support for the city to increase the sales tax-rate, which is why I made the motion to put this measure on the ballot for the voters to formally approve in this May’s municipal elections. This fulfills my campaign promise that any increase in taxes should only come with the expressed consent of the people. The survey provides expressed consent, however placing this on the ballot gives voters full control. That’s representative government!
Results from the survey are in and I have written a full report on the findings, which have been submitted for consideration of the city council to approve for distribution. The council must decide whether or not to include the citizen’s comments with the report, where negative comments made about specific people have been “redacted” (blackened out). I am very much in favor of keeping the comments as part of the written report, with the redactions, as they help to provide context to the empirical data and punctuate the levels of satisfaction/concern/outrage that the results reveal. Once it is approved it will be posted to the city’s website. I will also be posting here.
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