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06-19-2012:   Q&A - My remarks to Questions/Comments made about the proposed smoking ordinance.  I added this to my Smoking Ban page... Click here for more...


06-18-2012:

  • 05:45 PM - Lewisville Crime Control and Prevention District Board And Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical Services District Board - Joint Meeting. - 1 Page Agenda - backup material for agenda can be obtained via request from the City Secretary's OfficeIf you come late, just enter quietly...
    • 2. Approval of the Minutes of the December 5, 2011 Meeting
      3. Review and Adopt Revisions to the Alternative Rules Governing Conduct of the Board of Directors of
      the Lewisville Crime Control and Prevention District Board
      4. Review and Adopt Revisions to the Alternative Rules Governing Conduct of the Board of Directors of
      the Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical Services District Board
      5. Approval of the MuniServices, LLC Consultant Services Agreements for the Lewisville Crime
      Control and Prevention District
      6. Approval of the MuniServices, LLC Consultant Services Agreements for the Lewisville Fire
      Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical Services District
  • Lewisville City Council Meeting:
    • 6:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
      • A. Review of Proposed Revisions to Smoking Ordinance

        Pre-Meeting Comments:

      • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Again, I only list items that I think would be of a greater interest to some of you regular readers.

      PUBLIC HEARINGS:

      • 1. Public Hearing: Consideration of Lewisville Juvenile Curfew Ordinance.

      REGULAR HEARINGS:

      • 5. Consideration of a Variance to the Lewisville City Code, Article VIII, Off Street Parking, for Temporary Event Parking Located at the Southeast Corner of FM 3040 and Duncan Lane, as Requested by the Town of Flower Mound.
      • 6. Consideration of Three Variances to the Lewisville City Code, Chapter 6, Land Development Regulations, for a Proposed Development Associated With Lewisville High School, Located at 1098 West Main Street.
      • 9.  Consideration of a Variance to the Lewisville City Code, Section 2-201 - Fees, Related to Animal Adoption and Registration Fees, Waiving Said Fees for New Adoptions Only for the Period of June 30, 2012 Through July 31, 2012.

        Pre-Meeting Comments: 

        • This is preparation of the Grand Opening of the New Animal Shelter for June 30, 2012.

06-05-2012:  The 10th annual Battle of the Badge is this Saturday, June 9, 2012. Proceeds benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of Denton County.  See Fire and Police Soft Ball tournament - teams from departments in Denton County and some from around the DFW Metroplex.  See the PSA below and the Flier in PDF format to print and distribute</ to your friends, hang at work, etc...


06-04-2012:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting:
    • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
      • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Again, I only list items that I think would be of a greater interest to some of you regular readers.

      PUBLIC HEARINGS:

      • 1. Public Hearing: Consideration of Amendments to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2011 Annual Action Plan; the 2009 Milton Street Improvements Project; and the CDBG-R Recovery Act Allocation Projects.
      • 2. Public Hearing: Consideration of an Ordinance for a Zone Change Request From General Business to Townhouse Two on 9.54 Acres, Located at the Southeast Corner of Summit Avenue and College Parkway; Further Identified as Parkway Estates Addition, Lots 2R, and 3, Block A, as Requested by Fireside Custom Homes, LLC on Behalf of Heatley Moist Inc., the Property Owner (Case No. PZ20120506).
      • 3. Public Hearing: Consideration of an Ordinance for a Zone Change Request From Light Industrial to Old Town Mixed Use Two on 5.426 Acres, Located on the East Side of Kealy Avenue at the Intersection of Kealy Avenue and Whatley Avenue; Further Identified as A. G. King Survey, Abstract 698, Tracts 21 and 22, and a Portion of Christian Community Action Addition II, Lot 1, Block B, as Requested by Christian Community Action, the Property Owner (Case No. PZ20120507).
      • 4. Public Hearing: Consideration of Lewisville Juvenile Curfew Ordinance.

      PARTS OF CONSENT AGENDA:

      • 6. Approval of the Finance Policy 3.0 VI, Investment Policy.
      • 7. Approval of a Resolution Approving Cooperation With the Coalition of Cities Served by TNMP to Review Texas-New Mexico Power Company’s Requested Approval of an Adjustment to its Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor; Hiring Legal and Consulting Services to Negotiate With the Company and Direct any Necessary Litigation and Appeals; Finding that the Meeting at Which This Resolution is Passed is Open to the Public as Required by Law; and Requiring Notice of This Resolution to Legal Counsel.
      • 8. Authorization for Staff to Proceed With Solid Waste Franchise Negotiations With Waste Management; and Authorization to Proceed With Development and Securing of Request for Proposal Regarding Solid Waste and Recycling Services if Negotiations With Waste Management are Unsuccessful by November 1, 2012.
      • 9. Approval of United Way of Denton County as the Exclusive Fund Raising Federation for the City of Lewisville.

      PARTS OF THE REGULAR HEARINGS:

      • 16. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Lewisville City Code, Section 15-87, Limitations on Turning Around, Prohibiting U-Turns at Various Locations Throughout the City.

 


05-21-2012:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting:
    • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
      • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.
      • Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.

05-14-2012


05-12-2012:  City Election Results - THESE ARE UNOFFICIAL AND NOT FINAL but they are close enough.  I may update here when changes occur..

  • Dean Ueckert won with 1411 (71.19%) votes, Winston Edmondson had 571 (28.81%) votes.
    • A difference of 840 votes.
    • 1,982 people voted for the Mayor race.
  • R Neil Ferguson won with 1067 (55.31%) votes, Steve Hill had 862 (44.69%) votes. 
    • A difference of 205 votes.
    • 1,929 people voted for the Council place #2 race.

05-11-2012:  LEWISVILLE, Texas - Reported by FOX4 news.  See the video below.  The Lewisville Independent School District said it will no longer refer to the prayer at graduation for each of its five high schools as a benediction or invocation. It will instead be called "student remarks."   Click here to see the article.

     The LISD did not have to make this decision… They could still have called it a benediction and prayer if they wanted to allow it. It would be a good question to those running for School Board. ANYWAY, So sad the atheists are making ground. They start these changes by refining the meaning of words...  May God help us all. Will he help us if we do not stand up for him? You know the answer...
     The video below has a short commercial in it and the story follows...


 
  • UPDATE:  05-20-2012:  When I posted this story, I sent an email to my blog list.  I also sent another email to Brenda Latham - one of the Board Members - for her comments. She responded by email and I asked her if I could publish her email which she encouraged me to also do.  This is her response:
    • From: Brenda Latham [mailto:  Brenda.Latham@campbellgrinding.com]
      Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 11:43 PM
      To: 'John Gorena'
      Subject: RE: MYFOXDFW: Lewisville ends 'prayer' at graduation
      John,
          The policy that began this was voted on by the board in 2008. One of those board members was just re-elected back to the board.
          Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel of the Liberty Legal Institute, and Kelly Coghlan of Houston basically wrote the bill that was taken to the house. Rep Carlie Howard of Sugar Land authored the bill that was presented and passed in 2007.
          HB 3678 requires school districts to adopt and implement a policy establishing a limited public forum for student speakers at school events and ensures other protections for students expressing their religious viewpoint. The legislation provided a model policy that many districts choose to adopt, which includes protection for a student’s expression of a religious viewpoint; guidelines for student speakers at graduation ceremonies and other non-graduation events; protection for religious expression in class assignments; and freedom to organize religious groups and activities.
          In 2008, the LISD Board approved several policies based upon the model policies written by Kelly Shackelford. These policies are FNA (LOCAL), FNA (LEGAL) and FMH (LEGAL) and can be found on the district website (www.lisd.net) at http://pol.tasb.org/Home/Index/384.
          Upon reviewing graduation programs, it was discovered two high schools were not in compliance with these policies. Their graduation programs still included the wording of Invocation and Benediction. The administrator reviewing the programs simply had them change their program to read “Student Opening and Student Closing Remarks” to comply with FNA (LOCAL), FNA (LEGAL) and FMH (LEGAL) policies. Dr Waddell as well as the Board were all caught off guard by this as no one knew the administrator was taking such action. We also do not know how it was leaked to the media.
           Student prayer will continue at graduation as long as it is taught at home. Change will not happen until people vote!
           Brenda Latham - Cell (214) 797-2593

05-10-2012:  Firefighter bagpipe, drum and honor guard event
     Lewisville Fire Department will hold the fourth annual Keeping Tradition Alive Firefighter Pipes, Drum & Honor Guard Symposium next week at the Lewisville Convention Center. Firefighters from across the nation will attend this conference to learn more about the art of bagpipes, drums and the honor guard.
     The public is invited to enjoy a free Jam Session on Thursday, May 10, on the front steps of Lewisville City Hall. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. More than 100 pipers and drummers will perform a series of drills and songs. This family-friendly event will feature several pieces of antique fire equipment on display, and Wing Stop will be on site selling food and beverages. Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort.


05-07-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
    • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.
    • Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.

04-30-2012: - Early voting for Cities and Schools Starts today. See the Voting Schedule page...


04-17-2012: Sad news - Jean Towell passed away…..

  • A HERO of mine passed away today. Jean Towell died at the age of 74. Her best friend of many years, Lois Neal, called me this afternoon and informed me. From what I understand, Jean suffered a massive heart attack about 2:00 AM Tuesday and was on life support and died today. Her husband, Leroy, is a wonderful person and could use your prayers.
         There will not be a funeral. LeRoy and Jean moved to Abilene to be near their grandchildren about three years ago. Their circle of friends were mostly here in the Dallas area and they did not want to have everyone come to Abilene. You can send a card or letter to LeRoy at
           LeRoy Towell
           117 Apple Blossom
           Abilene, TX 79602-6004
  • I would like to share a story on how I met Jean Towell. Many of you may have heard this story….. In 2006, I was listening to the Greg Knapp radio show (it was on KLIF - 570 AM) and they were having a roundtable discussion about the problem of Illegal Immigration. There were representatives from the racial organizations and the open border groups against one person that was there standing up for the Rule of Law. I heard four or five men stating rhetoric and then a lady would say something so profound and true that it set them back. She said a sentence or two if she could get it in before the men in this group started to interrupt and repeat their rhetoric. She exuded patriotism and love for this Country and Texas. In fact, in my mind, I had pictured a large Texas woman that would have intimidated John Wayne by her very kind and polite demeanor - and yet there was a touch of a no-nonsense attitude. She was civil to these rude men and kept her ground in a very kind and intelligent way. Several times, the host had to get them to settle down and let her speak.
         At the end of the show, Greg Knapp asked Jean Towell about the Rally the next day or so on a Saturday. She gave the details.
         I had to meet this lady. I told my wife Maria about what I heard on the radio and told her that I wanted to go meet this lady. Maria looked at me with that questionable look. Really??? Why? Maria could see my enthusiasm and knew I was interested in what was being said.
         As I arrived to this Rally being held on I75, I saw about five hundred people holding signs, waving American flags, and just having a good time. Cars drove by and honked, etc… I lurked in the back of the crowd seeing if I could find this leader. Surely, she had to be one that commanded the attention and respect of hundreds of people. I asked a couple that was holding up flags if they knew the organizer, Jean Towell. They said that they did and pointed to a little petite white haired lady. I mean little. I doubt that she was even five feet tall. I Introduced myself and we became instant friends. I learned that she was a true conservative.  TEA Party before there was a TEA Party. She was a God fearing Christian woman that loved the lord.  She was every bit of what I had thought of her when listening to her on the radio that first day.
         She did not consider herself a leader but she was called to lead. She led the Citizens For Immigration Reform grassroots group based out of the DFW area. There were three of these grassroots groups in Texas and she helped organize it to the Statewide group now called Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas (IRCOT). A grassroots effort to uphold the rule of law, promote legal immigration, and educate about the harm that is being done by illegal immigration on a human level and to this Country. IRCOT is now based in Austin.
          Jean Towell was a great influence in my decision to run for local office. She supported my efforts and was a great mentor. She was so humble that she would blush at my mentioning of how we met. Most of you have heard me tell this story before but I have one change to this story. It is simply this….. “She was as big as Texas!”
         Rest in Peace Jean Towell.

04-16-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
    • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.
    • Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.

04-02-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
    • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.
    • Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.

03-19-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 6:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
    • A. Discussion of IH-35E Managed Lanes Project/ SB1420 Committee
    • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.
    • Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.

03-05-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 5:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
    • A. Continued Discussion of City Council Retreat Items
      • Please refer to my comments on 02-02-12 post for a topic list.  We will be making decisions on the direction to go today.
    • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material. Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • Item E1 - Public Hearing: Consideration of an Ordinance for a Zone Change Request From Agricultural Open Space to Light Industrial District Zoning on 29.054 Acres, Located on the East Side of the North Intersection of Valley Parkway and Ace Lane; Further Identified as Peter Harmonson Survey, Abstract 530A, Tract 1; as Requested by Industrial Development International (Texas) L.P., the Property Owner (Case No. PZ20120202).
    • Item E2 - Continued Public Hearing: Consideration of the 2011 Water and Wastewater Five Year Impact Fee Review and Assessment of Fees in Exhibit "A" as Recommended by Engineering Consultant Birkhoff, Hendricks & Carter; Approval of the 2011 Water and Wastewater Five Year Impact Fee Review and Assessment of Fees in Exhibit "A"; and Consideration of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 2, Article VIII, Fees §2-201, and Chapter 16, Article IV, Water and Sewer Extension §16-207 of the Lewisville City Code Concerning Capital Recovery Fees for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

02-20-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 4:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
    • A. Continued Discussion of City Council Retreat Items
      • Please refer to my comments on 02-02-12 post for a topic list.  We will be making decisions on the direction to go today.
    • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material. Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of the 2011 Impact Fee Review and Determination Report as Prepared by Birkhoff, Hendricks and Carter, Consulting Engineers, Dallas, Texas.
    • ITEM 11. Consideration of a Final Plat of ARTX Park Addition, a 67.890-Acre Parcel Zoned Light Industrial, Heavy Industrial, and Warehouse With Fifteen Proposed Lots Located South of Valley Ridge Boulevard and Immediately West of Toyota of Lewisville, Railroad Park With Three Variances, as Requested by Kyle Hogue, G&A Consultants, Inc., on Behalf of the Owner.
  • Minutes of the meeting online...

02-06-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting.
    • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material. Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • C. PRESENTATION: Presentation of Police Commendation Awards to Officer Matthew Bender, Officer Seiuli Gordon, Officer Carlos Ortiz and Officer Timothy Stebbins.  OUTSTANDING!
  • Minutes of the meeting online...

02-04-2012 Thru 02-05-2012 - Lewisville Gun Show - $1 off coupon.


02-02-2012 Thru 02-04-2012:  The Annual Council Retreat - we have two retreats a year.  The Budget retreat is in August and the Planning retreat is in February.  They are open meetings but we may have a short closed session once in a while.
     Here is the Short Agenda and the Long Agenda with backup material.  Please look through it.  There will be interesting topics discussed and the agenda may even be reorganized in the order of presentations.  Come and go as you want but I encourage you to stay through the whole thing so you do not miss anything.

  • Q&A: 
    • Where will it be? At the MCL Grand across from City Hall at 100 N. Charles St.; Lewisville, TX 75057. In the Recital hall. (Charles St & Main St).
    • Can we buy dinner there?  No, though it is in the agenda, that is the catered food for Council and Staff.  I do recommend picking up something to eat and bring it if you like.
    • Are there set times for each item?  No, we do try to go in order as listed but they may also be reorganized if a presenter is going to be late or something else comes up.
    • What is TBD?  It means To Be Determined.  We finish when we finish.
    • Will you vote on things as you go?  That depends on the Council.  We have waited until the last day to recap and vote on each item and sometimes we just vote on the item when it is presented.
  • AGENDA:  My After meeting comments & thoughts are in BLUE and on this date (02-05-2012), nothing has been voted on yet.  It is planned to have a recap and voting in the special workshop on 02-20-2012 which will start about 4:00 PM - don't know for sure yet.  The order was changed on the items below but I left the topics in the original order from the agenda.
         On 02-20-2012 we discussed items in the workshop.  My comments are in Green for this date.  We will continue on 03-05-2012 at 5:30 PM.
    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 6:00 p.m.
      1. 2011 Retreat Recap - We went over what was discussed last year.
      2. Rodeo Arena - The Rodeo Arena needs ADA improvements if we wish to continue offering it to the Saddle Club.  There is a possibility that we can use this arena for other events but there is no real history of such other use.  This will be nearly $200,000.  Am I in favor of it? Not really but the other council members are.  Therefore, if we are going to do this, let's do it right.  Paying for it depends where the money is coming from.
           Money is coming from the ADA insurance fund that the City puts money into for ADA issues.  Yes, this is really still City money.  It is like a savings account that the City puts to the side for ADA issues...  Since all this upgrade to the Rodeo Arena is ADA based...

      3. Holiday at the Hall/Stroll/Western Days Entertainment -
      Christmas Event - It is suggested that it runs from 8am to noon then starts again at 3:30 with parade and nighttime activities.  The Old Town Business Association representative does not want any outside vendors to come in as they feel they are the vendors.  I am not a fan of the split schedule nor the lack of the holiday vendors.
      Western Days - To continue the two day event, to have food vendors mixed in with other vendors (but not for Christmas event?)  To allow the promoter to pick the best available entertainment within a budget.
      4. Downtown Entertainment District - To set a boundary and hours of operation for the bars and outdoor festivities for the businesses in the Old Town area.
      5. 2025 Plan Process - To determine who will be on this committee for about two years.  This was the item I spoke against that will cost us about $160K (click for more info) for a meeting facilitator (consultant).  Since I lost that vote and it was approved, as a team player, I will try to also find those of you who want to be on this committee.  Any volunteers?
      6. Utility Line Insurance Program - I am against this.  In my opinion this is nothing but endorsing an insurance company for the Water and Sewer Utility lines at your home or business.  Currently, the City will come out to your home to clear the outside sewer drain for free or a very competitive price.  Typically, you would call a plumber and that is probably where it should be.  If the City is going to offer such a service, it really should not be at the expense of citizens either.  Too big a topic to go into here.
           I was the only one against endorsing an insurance company.  I think the City should encourage insurance but not determine which company to promote.  The excuse is a lower rate???  The insurance company did not have spend any money on advertising as the City will do it all in water bills so maybe they are offering a break there???  What a gig that is...  I do not like this at all.  This will come to a council vote in the near future.
           We all agreed that the City should get out of the plumbing business and only respond to the Main drainage.  I recommend calling a plumber from the yellow pages
      for a stoppage.   There was also talk about how to do a limited refund on the plumber bill if it was the City's problem.  I am not sure on how this was supposed to be determined so more details will be needed before a vote comes.
      7. Adjourn
    • Friday, February 3, 2012 - 9:00 a.m..
      1. Follow-up from Previous Session as Needed
      2. Retail in LV: Issues, Markets, Competition, Approaches - We listened to a consultant about market trends.  He made a comment about Frisco giving everything away with abatements on a particular project, which I agree with, but the presentation was mainly an overview of what affects a market.  Some council members want to regulate what type of businesses can go where.  The dollar store was an issue.  In my opinion, the City should stay out of private business and who landlords rent to UNLESS there is a direct relation to the moral decay of our city.  For example, I think the rate a landlord charges is based on what the market will allow - as it should be in a capitalist society - it is free enterprise.  Also concerning moral decay, I do not like Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOBs) in Lewisville - especially since the effects of the surrounding neighborhood is quite evident in other cities.  I am also not a fan of tattoo parlors and wall to wall bars either so I practice my rights and do not go there.
      3. Zoning & Development Standards, SU Permitting, Amortization, Green Standards - We listened to information presented. Not much discussion.  We will have to wait for the minutes on this one.
      4. Neighborhood Revitalization Standards: Continued Discussion - Discussed code enforcement and outside structures like sheds, patios, etc...  There is a problem with people using those temporary tents as permanent carports, etc...  or Using Sheds to house people (yeah, we all know what that really is...)
      5. Storm Water Utility: Potential Structure and Rate Design.
      6. Adjourn
    • Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 9:00 a.m.
      1. Follow-up From Previous Sessions as Needed
      2. Draft Park Master plan - We listened to another consultant giving suggestions about building facilities like those that are in other cities like University Park, Southlake, etc...  ????
      3. Water Supply: Issues, Plans, Conservation, Drought Emergency Management, Rate Structure Options - It is being pushed for a structured tier rating system to charge more per gallon depending on the amount of water you use.  I am very against this for tier within a single class type of user, that is, I am apposed to having different rates WITHIN the different classes of water users: i.e. single family homes, apartment complexes, manufacturing, Small business, etc...   The price per gallon should be the same for the same type of customer and pay for what is used.  I am not sure if I like going to separate by service types but there might be a need for those high volume businesses or those with unusually high volume usage.  Much like gas, electricity, or any other product that is out there - the product has a price per unit of measure and we buy what we use.  Tough topic but we will be discussing it more before a decision is requested  from the council.
      4. Smoking Ordinance Options/Discussion - See my comments on the Smoking ban page but in summary, I am against this since this is a rights issue for those business owners.  I do not like smoke and I avoid those places which is my right to do.
      5. 2012/2013 GO Bond/Capital Project Program - About borrowing more money (debt) to pay for projects... I want to avoid debt (or it might be unavoidable) but this is too large a topic to discuss here.
      6. Adjourn
  • Minutes here

01-23-2012: Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting.
    • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material. Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • ITEM 2. Approval of a Supplemental Appropriation in the Amount of $55,000 for the Professional Services Agreement With Wynne/Jackson, Inc., for Services Related to the Lewisville Lake Master Plan From the Utility Capital Projects Fund; and Authorization for the City Manager to Execute the Contract.
      • After meeting comments:  On 11-01-2010 the council voted to approve the spending of $210,000 for this consultant to look into the Lake development project proposed by the staff.  This vote was to raise it another $55,000 to bring it to $265,000 so far.  To this date, they have spent about $40,000.
             I voted NO and recommended that this by stopped now to avoid anymore spending.  Watch the online video of the meeting to see exactly what I said in the meeting.  I do not think that the City should be playing developer with tax dollars.  I think that a Private developer should take the lead and spend the money to hire consultants to determine if they want to buy property and develop for their profits or loss in this venture.
             In the past few budget retreats, it has been mentioned that taxes will need to be raised to pay for our bills.  I say, that we need to stop unneeded spending like this or the other items that I voted against - trying to save money.  Here are just a few examples:
        • 08-08-2009 - Cut $390K for corridor beautification.
        • 07-19-2010 - Where I voted against the spending tax money on what should be private transactions as explained at this entry.
        • 06-20-2011 - again I voted against the spending tax money on what should be private transactions as explained at this entry.
        • 08-13-2011 - Cut $160 for a consultant to facilitate the 2025 committee.
  • Minutes of Meeting when available...
     

01-10-2012:  USA Today Candidate Test. Take the test to see which candidate best fits you. I am not a fan of USA Today but the test is actually well written, for a test such as this. My results were fairly accurate as I had ranked the candidates. You start by determining what issues are less or more important, then answer the questions on each of the issues. BE HONEST when you give your answers. NOTE: You can click the topics on the side and check your answers to see if you made a mistake or to change them.  It is CHEATING and lying to yourself if you change your answers to change results to make a candidate your first choice!
     My results were pretty accurate. I had Bachmann first then Santorum but the test ranked Santorum first with Bachmann a very close second, and then Perry a distant third. Michele Bachmann quitting after a measly little state primary was very disappointing as I mentioned on 01-04-2012. They ALL should stay in until ALL the primaries (or most) are over.


01-09-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting

  • WORKSHOP SESSION – 6:30 PM
    Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items.  This is a regularly scheduled open meeting.
    • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material. Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
  • Minutes of Meeting

01-04-2012: The Iowa Primary... WHAT IS WRONG with this Country?
     All these candidates allow one measly State decide who is going to be on the primary ballot? It is the PRIMARIES... At just over 3 Million people, Iowa is less than 1% of the USA population. Only 122,225 people voted in Caucuses in Iowa.

- Iowa Popuation (2010): 3,046,355
- USA Population:310,000,000

     It would be better if the candidates all stayed in until the primaries for ALL States are over. Then the winner will be on the ballot for the November Elections.
     I also think that there should be a runoff in December if there are more than two candidates and a majority was not achieved.  This Plurality method is bad to me and that is why we got Clinton.  I think Perot supporters would have voted for Bush.

NOTES:
     Majority rule is a decision rule that selects candidates which have a majority, that is, more than half the votes. If no majority, it goes to a runoff of the top two.
     Plurality (most votes) is often mistaken for majority rule, they are not the same. Plurality makes the candidate with the most votes the winner, regardless of whether the fifty percent threshold is passed. This is equivalent to majority rule when there are only two candidates. However, when there are more than two candidates, it is possible for plurality to choose a winner that has fewer than fifty percent of the votes cast.



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