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Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in Events and announcements, City news



The two electrical petitions will be on the City council agenda this Thursday.

More than 500 people have signed the petitions to lower our electrical rate and to sell the electrical system so that Coleman families can have relief from these horrific rates and local businesses can compete with their neighbors.
 
The petition has been certified by the city secretary and has been found to be sufficient, meaning it both complies with the charter’s requirements of a valid petition as well as it has a sufficient number of registered voters.
 
At this city council meeting, the city secretary will announce those results, but more importantly, the city council will discuss and most likely take some form of action on the petitions.
May 7th, 6:00 PM
  City Council Chambers, City Hall. Liveoak.

The actions that are possible are:
 
Table the discussions for a future date.
 
Vote on and adopt (pass) the two petitions (ordinances) as they are without change.
 
Vote to put the two ordinances on a ballot within 90 days to allow the citizens to vote on these items.
 
Add their own version of the ordinance(s) and place theirs along with the citizens’ version on the ballot.
 
Ignore or deny the petition(s) and simply refuse to put the ordinances on the ballot by trying to say the people do not have a right to petition on this subject as it is too complex of an issue for people to understand and they do not have enough facts.
 
This last choice is strictly against Coleman’s charter, but it very likely that this is what they will do even though the people have shouted clearly and are demanding that they be allowed to vote.
 
This is a critical time for Coleman. You have spoken up by signing the petitions; it is now important that you contact your council member and let them know you want these petitions to go to the vote of the people.
 
That is what democracy is all about. You have asked our city leaders to allow you to vote on these very important maters, and this is what you expect them to do.  Uphold the charter, and bring these items to the vote of the people.
 
The city council meeting is at 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 7th 2015. We encourage you to please clear your schedule and attend this very important meeting.

Here the email addresses of the city council members and city manager.
Mayor Kay Joffrion -- kjoffrion@verizon.net
Councilman Johhny Needham -- councilmanneedham@yahoo.com
Councilman Danny Jameson  Danny.jameson@Colemanisd.net
Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Payne  glpayne1@verizon.net
City Manager Paul Catoe -- paul@web-access.net

Link to the two petitions that have been signed by more than 500 people (each)
http://colemanconnected.com/forum/uploads/6/ElectricalPetitions.pdf


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Direct Link to this Comment Lucy - Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:08
Concerning whom we should contact (i.e., "your council member", does each council member represent a certain section of the county (sorry, I don't know much about this), and if so, where do we find out who represents whom? Or should we just contact all of them?

Thanks.

Direct Link to this Comment Craig - Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:14
You can contact any member. They do each represent their own wards; however, it is best if you send an email to each, as all of them represent the city as a whole.

Each of their votes affect the entire city.

Direct Link to this Comment Tommy - Tuesday, May 05, 2015 14:05
So the thinking is that the council will say we're too stupid to figure this out and vote on it? If so, that's pretty damn insulting!

If that happens, what next?


Craig:
Hopefully they will do the right thing and allow the petitions to come to a vote, but if don't then several legal processes are available, the 1st of which are recall elections.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Plainolejr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2015 at 5:27pm
"So the thinking is that the council will say we're too stupid to figure this out and vote on it? If so, that's pretty damn insulting!"

Why wouldn't they think that?  We keep voting for the same Bozo's that stick it to us behind closed doors over and over.  We allow them to appoint people to boards that control our tax dollars and don't have to face the consequences of their poor decisions.  WE ARE STUPID!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Lucy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2015 at 7:44pm
I don't think WE are stupid. I haven't voted for the same person twice for city council--unless that was the only option available, so no, we're not stupid. But they seem to think we are.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote relocated Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2015 at 7:13pm
The theme song from "Rocky" playing while the petitions were being delivered was quite humorous. Should have played the same song the band on the "Titanic" played as it sunk.......
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Craig Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2015 at 8:00pm
The petitions are still alive and well.

If the council makes the unfortunate mistake of voting to not allow the petitions to go to the vote of the people then we will be taking several steps.

1st step will be begin a recall petition for any council person that obstructed the due process of the charter.  Since we have to wait 6 months for newly elected positions, only Jameson is subject to immediate recall.

At the same time we will be filing in court for a writ of mandamus, which will force the city to do what they should have done to begin with.  Should we not be able to obtain such at the local level we will appeal.   We have known from the beginning that such steps were likely.

The citizens have spoken, all laws have been and will be followed and they will be heard. 

Coleman deserves a level playing field.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote relocated Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2015 at 8:31pm
I just don't think there are any petitions on the face of this earth to make AEP even the slightest bit nervous. If electric rates were lowered, the city would be buying high and selling low.
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A copy of the petitions can be found in this section of the forum.

It allows for the city to make a fair profit.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nancy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2015 at 9:19pm
Not being able to verify the extent to which may be the case is part of the problem.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lucy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2015 at 7:32am
To Nancy: I'm sorry, but could you clarify your statement? I'm afraid I don't understand what you were trying to say.

You said, "Not being able to verify the extent to which . . . ."

The extent to which what?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nancy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2015 at 1:04pm

I’m sorry, Lucy.  My remark was not well-crafted. 

The statement had been made that the city “would be buying high and selling low”.  It’s not possible for citizens to verify to what extent that is, indeed, the case. 

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If it is sold, I hope Sharyland doesn't buy it....Google the complaints on that company...
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