Tonight, by unanimous consent of the council, I was appointed to fulfill Nathan Hodges’ unexpired term as Mayor. I will immediately begin working to set an agenda that will propel our efforts to limit the size and scope of our city government, more about which I will be sharing details in the coming weeks and months. I have already decided to run next May to keep the seat, because much of what needs to be accomplished will take more than a year.
The current sales tax rate in McLendon-Chisholm is 7.75% (6.25% goes to the State and 1.5% goes to the City of McLendon-Chisholm). The survey results showed overwhelming support for the city to increase the sales tax-rate, which is why the City Council voted unanimously to call a Special Election to propose a ½ cent increase that would make the City’s sales tax rate 2.0%. If the proposition is approved, the sales tax rate in McLendon-Chisholm will be 8.25%, the same rate charged by all other cities in Rockwall County. This fulfills my campaign promise that any increase in taxes should only come with the expressed consent of the people. That’s representative government!
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
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
Citizens who have had to endure the sounds of heavy trucks and construction continuing at all hours of the night and morning can now rest a little more peacefully. During last night’s city council meeting a new city ordinance was unanimously approved, which limits construction times, especially in residential and planned developments. This also means that heavy trucks can’t drive through your neighborhood and sit idle waiting for 7am to roll around. If violations occur, it’s best to get a picture or license number of the vehicle(s) and notify the city about the offense. Violators can be fined $500 per offense. The new ordinance will soon be available to review on the city website.
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