Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Terrell City Council

How I spent my birthday:

Last night was the regular meeting of the Terrell City Council. I have been wanting to go for a while, but never could get home from work in time. Yesterday we left work a little early and I was able to make it to the meeting.

Pictured from left to right: Council Member Ricky Jordan, City Manager Torry Edwards (hidden behind a monitor), Mayor Hal Richards, City Attorney Mary Gayle Ramsey, Council Member Jack Jones (not that's not Dick Cheney), and Council Member Tommie Spencer. Not in the picture is Council Member Don Thurman and City Secretary John Rounsavall.

The meeting started at 7pm and was going strong at 9pm when they took a short break and I took my chance to head home. Public comments were heard at the start of the meeting. Two individuals spoke out about our local hospital and the prospects of it closing. There were maybe 10 hospital employees in attendance to show support for the hospital.

On the agenda last night were public hearings on the proposed tax rate for the upcoming year, the Fiscal Year 08-09 budget, water service rates, and a zoning change. I am guessing this would have been the chance for citizens to speak out for or against the items. I am not sure, because nobody spoke up. The Council did mention that the tax rate for the coming year remains the same with the same service (good job City Manager).

After the public hearing requests were taken for funding for groups for the next year. I think most items were tabled, to be sent to the City staff for review.

All in all, it was pretty neat. I learned a little about how our local government works, thought more people would show up and at times was bored to death.

If I could make one suggestion, get some WD-40 for that door. It squeaks a lot.