I have submitted an action item for 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 place 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 inform citizens of M-C about actions that were taking place inside our city government that ran contrary to the will of the people. She helped organize her neighborhood in support of my campaign and for the successful Tax-Rollback initiative where she helped counter and clarify the misinformation that had permeated the election.
Though she is a resident of Sonoma Verde [SV], she is an outspoken champion for preserving the wide-open spaces to help protect the unique, more rural environment of the city. She is also committed to preventing any future housing developments that may try and violate our city’s 1.5-acre minimum per home-site ordinance.
Adrienne has been a fixture at city council meetings; an advocate for limiting the size and scope of government that is accountable to the people.
She has earned the respect and admiration of many in the community and especially inside the SV development for her efforts to hold both the developer and the homebuilders more accountable. I even met with Russell Phillips, the developer of SV (and also Kingsbridge & Mira Vista, among others) who acknowledges that Adrienne is a force to be reckoned with and that her involvement has helped to improve communications between his company and residents and heightened accountability that has helped to improve homeowner satisfaction.
After the new year, Councilman Klutts and I had discussed whether or not he planned to campaign for another term of office. While he was willing to run for another term, he was also interested in stepping aside IF a willing and interested candidate could be found that would be as strong an advocate on the council for preserving the rural lifestyle and limiting the size and scope of the city government as he had been. Adrienne was one of those that we discussed as a possibility since he was also very much an active participant in CFRGMC and had been surprised and impressed that a resident of SV was so closely aligned with his points of view.
For all of these reasons, I believe that Adrienne Balkum is the best person to fulfill Jerry’s unexpired term.
If she is approved by the council, she also plans to run in May to keep the seat.
Finally, a reception for citizens that might be interested in meeting Adrienne will be held on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the City Hall building.
*[Section 22.010 of the Local Government Code gives the city council authority to fill a vacancy.]