Colleyville, Texas October 24, 2016
Well sort of an Editorial but closer to truth than fiction; by Nelson Thibodeaux Editor LNO
Well the guy that wanted you to stop eating at local restaurants because they supported the wrong candidates, is back!
The following email is another SPAM BLAST to Citizens in Colleyville. You don’t have to sign up, all you need is that your email was found in documents of clubs and’ from all appearances, the City of Colleyville under the previous administration.
Date: October 23, 2016 at 6:46:18 AM CDT
To: “Henderson, Mark” <email@example.com>
Subject: Colleyville City Charter I encourage all Colleyville residents to vote “NO” on all proposed Colleyville Charter Propositions #1-5 that are on the ballot on November 8th.
Our Colleyville City Charter is much too important a document to rush. These proposed Propositions were hastily written and pushed through in a very short period of time without input from the majority of our citizens. We should know exactly what we are voting for in our City Charter.
Let’s not have a repeat of “we have to pass it to see what’s in it”. I encourage everyone to vote “NO” to the Propositions so we can take the appropriate time to “do it right” with far more input from the majority of our residents.
I’m voting “NO” on all five Propositions and encourage you to vote “NO” too. Let’s take our time and do it the “right” way. Early voting is from October 24th to November 4th at City Hall. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8th.
PS: Makes you wonder why a certain political group has spent so much money on large signs that support the Propositions?
Now the following are some subject matter of what we conjured up Mr. Henderson might like to say;
The following link is from July 15, 2016, as a result of another mass email sent unsolicited to numerous Colleyville emails;
The original email designed to threaten 3 Colleyville restaurants from Mr. Henderson: https://localnewsonly.com/2016/07/the-latest-in/?responsive=false
The article below was a follow up.
The following is a letter of support for the Charter Amendments from the signatures attached;
Colleyville Friends & Neighbors,
Please vote FOR all five City of Colleyville Charter propositions in this year’s November 8th election and in early voting starting Monday, October 24. These important propositions will help ensure that your hard work this past spring to open our city government back to its residents will be permanent. Last May’s city election ushered in a new Mayor and Council majority and broke every turnout record in the history of Colleyville. The margin of victory was overwhelming– 62% to 38% – in every single race.
The Mayor and City Council is committed to open, transparent, ethical government that represent its citizens. Since the May election the Council is delivering on this commitment: council lowered the city tax rate for the first time ever to provide tax relief from the recent appraisal increases; reduced and flattened water rates by returning $1.2M of excess revenue back to water payers; are accelerating street projects; and involving citizens in each key decision. Now we are asking YOU to vote on a collection of city charter propositions that were recommended by a committee of citizens just like you.
Three of these proposition are key reforms:
Proposition 1 provides for term limits for city Council similar to those in neighboring cities such as Southlake, Trophy Club, Bedford, Frisco, Richland Hills, and Haltom City. This proposition limits consecutive service to two terms for city Council positions and Mayor. After two consecutive terms an individual must be out of office for one term before running for office again. The only exception is a two term city Council member could run for Mayor and serve two terms immediately after serving on city Council. This provides for continuity of experience in the Mayor position.
Proposition 3 restores to the Colleyville Charter the requirement that the City Manager present their choice for City Secretary, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Public Works Director and Finance Department Head to the city Council for approval prior to hiring their choice for these positions. All five of these positions are required by the Colleyville Charter. The requirement was put into the original Colleyville Charter by the original authors, but was removed in 2005. This proposition simply restores the Colleyville Charter to its original content.
Proposition 5 requires senior city staff to file financial transparency/conflict of interest forms just like elected officials, planning and zoning members and zoning board of adjustment members have to do now. It also requires all who are required to fill out these forms to update them annually – which is currently not required. The state of Texas actually requires this for larger cities but it is appropriate for Colleyville as well.
Two of the propositions are somewhat administrative in nature. Proposition 2 clarifies that electronic voting is allowed by elected officials which will bring some efficiency and transparency to the voting process. Proposition 4 eliminates wording that pertains to transitional matters that are no longer needed and will eliminate extraneous words from the Colleyville Charter.
A small group of long-time city insiders oppose these propositions and are attempting to confuse citizens and distort the intent of the propositions. Their efforts have nothing to do with what is right or good for Colleyville and our residents – it’s about protecting their interests by maintaining long-term incumbents. It’s time to move past the cronyism and give other citizens an opportunity to serve in our local government.
These charter propositions will do just that and will ensure that city hall is accessible to all residents and not just long time insiders.
Richard Newton – Mayor
Chris Putnam – Mayor Pro Tem
Tammy Nakamura – City Council Place 1
Bobby Lindamood – City Council Place 2
Charter Amendment Committee
Frank Carrol – Committee Chairman Rich Hendler Steve Waltens
Mike Muhm – Vice Chairman Claudia Bevill David Medlin
Nelson Thibodeaux Tim Weymouth