A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. -Proverbs 18:2 During tonight’s candidate forum Mayoral Candidate Short stated that the city needs to start listening to the people and stop preventing them from being heard! Of course, he gave no examples of how the voices of the people have been muted and offered no alternatives to improving communication. Yet during the “Citizen Comments” portion of our last City Council meeting, Mr. Short pointed his finger and screamed at the Council, demanding answers to his questions. However, as I began to answer the very questions he had been asking, Mr. Short got up out of his seat and walked outside the glass doors of the council chambers where he, Gary
During tonight’s Candidate Forum, candidates Short, Larkin, and Bloom opposed our decision to give 4,000 acres of our ETJ to Rockwall, all for somewhat different reasons and all of them fallacious. Mayoral Candidate Short: “We gave away our city’s future as well as all the missed potential tax revenue.” Mr. Short made this statement even though he was made aware in a candidate forum the week before that Rockwall City Mayor Jim Pruitt notified us that all three landowners did indeed file for a MUD district, which the Rockwall City Council prevented from happening; something that our city would have been powerless to prevent. This begs the question about the kind of vision Mr. Short has for our community. City Council Candidate Bloom: “I am
In our work to interview all city contractors and contracts, we discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars of missed revenue from developers because the fee schedule favored them over citizens. That all changed last year when we adopted a new city fee schedule to be more in line with other cities, which is much more favorable to the individual home versus developers. Already this year, we have realized an increase in revenue that puts us 400% over our budgeted development income.
MCVFD Fire Chief Robert Jones has reportedly backed off Monday’s bombshell announcement that the MCVFD members would be voting to cut off fire services to the City at tonight’s Member meeting (Tuesday, January 16, 2018). Rather than notifying the City directly, Jones chose WFAA Channel 8 to announce his intention to recommend that the MCVFD end fire service to the City, which makes up 1/3 of their fire district, but continue service to the remaining 2/3, which is unincorporated and includes his home. The Chief’s decision to publicly ambush the City was an escalation of a two-month campaign by the MCVFD and their supporters through the mail, social media and local press to instill fear and panic in M-C citizens that they will lose critical
Negotiations between the City and the MCVFD regarding the 2018 contract for fire protection services may actually begin to move forward following the unanimous approval of Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Orchard’s motion Tuesday evening to remove what he described as “the two bulls” from the proverbial arena (Mayor Robert Steinhagen and MCVFD Chief Robert Jones) in hopes that terms for a 2018 all-volunteer fire services contract can be settled. Both Steinhagen and Jones have butted heads in the past, which Orchard sees as the primary reason for an impasse that has resulted in the MCVFD outright rejection of the City’s December 13 contract offer without following-up or offering any alternatives. Steinhagen announced the willingness to step off the Council’s “negotiating team” last October in hopes that it
The City Council’s decision to revert back to an all-volunteer fire services contract with the MCVFD was based on the following facts: Though they have co-opted our City’s name, the MCVFD is a PRIVATE ENTITY. There are just nine MCVFD members that vote on all governance and operational aspects of the department. The MCVFD, per the 2017 Rockwall County Fire District map, is the sole first alarm responder for ALL Fire related calls inside Fire District 22. The MCVFD is legally responsible for the entire fire district irrespective of city or county boundaries. On October 1, 2017, the new Rockwall County EMS (ambulance service) contract, which covers M-C, became effective, which improved the guaranteed response time for “Priority I” emergencies in M-C from 11 to 8 minutes.
MCLENDON-CHISHOLM, TX, DECEMBER 12, 2017 — Tonight, the McLendon-Chisholm [M-C] City Council ratified a contract for fire service with the McLendon-Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department [MCVFD] that adopts the third of three non-negotiable options presented by Fire Chief Robert Jones after reneging on face-to-face negotiations in October. Presented as an ultimatum, the three choices were to either (1) continue with the current funding, (2) increase funding to add Sunday 7am-7pm for the station to be manned, or (3) return to an all-volunteer fire service. A Gun To the City’s Head Speaking in support of his motion, which passed by a four to one vote to accept option (3) and return to an all-volunteer service, Council Member Scott Turnbull stated, “For the last three years the City
I was taken aback during Tuesday’s Council meeting when someone I thought would have understood the term, “limited government,” stood to accuse us of working in contradiction of this principle. Lieutenant Herman Larkin, the MCVFD’s Treasurer said, “I’m really disgusted with the fact that you campaigned that you were all about small government, and all I see is the most intrusive hands-on government I’ve ever seen.” The comment was in reference to our efforts to bring accountability to the fire department, a private contractor that is not just hired to provide a public service to our citizens, but a service that is provided under our city’s name, by requiring the MCVFD to adhere to certain standards, which includes a contract that actually includes terms & expected outcomes,
I was taken aback during Tuesday’s Council meeting when someone I thought would have understood the term, “limited government,” stood to accuse us of working in contradiction of this principle. He said, “I’m really disgusted with the fact that you campaigned that you were all about small government, and all I see is the most intrusive hands-on government I’ve ever seen.” The comment was in reference to our efforts to bring accountability to the fire department, a private contractor that is not just hired to provide a public service to our citizens, but a service that is provided under our city’s name, by requiring the MCVFD to adhere to certain standards, which includes a contract that actually includes terms & expected outcomes, which has never
In an open meeting early last month, the City Council left no ambiguity with Robert Jones, the fire chief of the McLendon-Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department [MCVFD], that we expected to renegotiate the 2018 contract– he expressed no objection, nor did he indicate having any reservations about meeting with us. (See “FAST FACTS About the MCVFD Contract”) The City Council shared two fundamental expectations about a new contract: Those living in the unincorporated area of our fire district should contribute to the funding of the [MCVFD], starting on January 1, which is the traditional start date for the MCVFD contract term with the City. As expressed by me in the meeting, how we make this happen is open for discussion! The contract between the City and the