Local social media is buzzing about the options left to the City Council for filling the Mayor’s seat. As an outspoken advocate for representative government, I support an appointment over either a special election (read my April 3rd post) or leaving the seat empty for the next year. Remember that representative government means that those who are elected make decisions based on what they believe the majority of citizens would make for themselves if given the opportunity. The exceptions to this fundamental principle come when either those in government are considering raising taxes, putting the city into debt, or taking away more of the people’s personal liberties regarding what they can do on their own property. In these instances, I believe that the people should first give consent before any
Immediately following last night’s public hearing where there was no opposition to my proposed change to the city ordinance, which will free homeowners who successfully complete a TCEQ class, from the unnecessary burden of paying for an annual contract with a septic company to “maintain” their system, passed unanimously. In my March 27 post, Let Homeowners “Maintain Their Own Septic System, I explain why the only impact that this ordinance will have is on the pocketbooks of citizens who take advantage of the exception, as they will no longer be saddled with the obligation of paying for something that they can easily do themselves. I wish to express my sincere thanks to citizen Herb Harker, for bringing this issue to me and for the considerable amount of time he invested to research
The city council must choose between appointing a replacement, calling a special election, or leaving the Mayor’s seat vacant, following Mayor Hodge’s unexpected decision to resign from office. Those advocating for the city to spend the approximate ten thousand dollars for the city to hold a Special Election must recognize that it can’t happen before November 7, where the seat will again be on the ballot the following May. Leaving the seat empty leaves the city without a true leader.
It’s an incontrovertible fact that Sonoma Verde is a beautiful planned development in McLendon-Chisholm. I have supported the efforts to make the development the best that it can be and the fact that I think it should never have been built in our city doesn’t change that. Recently, however, three of my key supporters who live in Sonoma Verde made me aware that my ongoing fight against those city leaders that approved the development, among their other actions, can come across as animosity towards those who live there, which for me is a most regrettable consequence that is not a true reflection of my heart. My frustration was, and has always been focused on those current and former city leaders who, even after their attempts to mislead and deceive citizens failed to stop
Before the close of Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Nathan Hodges, who was elected last May, announced his resignation as Mayor of Mclendon-Chisholm, effective April 4. The announcement came as a surprise to both the citizens present and the City Council. Reading from a prepared statement, Hodges cited the expanding workload at his dental practice as the factor that prompted this decision. I know that I am not alone in extending my gratitude to Mayor Hodges for his service to the city of McLendon-Chisholm over this past year.
First, if I didn’t have a septic system, I might look at my proposed amendment to the current city ordinance as crazy. My amendment will allow homeowners, who have successfully completed the basic TCEQ course, the option of maintaining their own septic system and thereby be exempted both from contracting with a licensed maintenance provider and providing maintenance reports to the city. Some bristle at the thought, presuming that homeowners who opt-in would not fulfill the obligation of regular “maintenance” on their systems. However, I will explain how the current requirement does not accomplish what it was intended to do and how this deregulation will have literally no negative impact, though it will save homeowners who take advantage of this, a lot of money! The problem with the current ordinance
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