A round of applause Around Town, posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Apr 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm
We have seen volunteers and supporters on all sides of Alamo incorporation, media from all points of view, and neighbors in pursuit of answers. We have seen all parties struggle with each other in earnest attempt to find common ground and public discussion.
We have come to a defining point in the discussions that definition is needed in incorporation proposal and in public discussion.
That, neighbors, deserves applause for coming to a starting point. Definition in public discussion is next and we can all applaud that result.
Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community, on Apr 10, 2008 at 8:38 am
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“What is a contract-services municipality”
A contract-services municipality is divided into seven commissions/committees led by a Chair for each that is a member of the city council.
• Administration & Finance (Chair is a council member and city treasurer/clerk)
• Public Safety (Chair is a council member and city public safety officer as “Police and Fire Chief”)
• Environment (Chair is a council member and public works director)
• Planning (Chair is a council member and planning director)
• Economic Development (Chair is a council member and economic development director)
• Community Relations (Chair is a council member and city attorney)
• Services (Chair is a council member and procurement director)
Each Chair is elected by the voters to the specified position based on the qualifications for nomination, such as community relations must be a member of the bar. All Chairs are volunteers without compensation and have a budget for their operations and expenses. There are options for selecting the committee members as 5-7 members including the Chair:
1. The Chair may nominate a proposed committee to the city council for appointment.
2. The voters may nominate a proposed committee for city council appointment
3. The voters may nominate and elected proposed committee members
Each committee has paid administrative staff specified in the incorporation proposal and any additional staff services are contracted for the period of need. The administrative staff is managed by a General Manager with duties to fulfill council and commission/committees directives.
A contract-services municipality is specifically suited to our (Alamo) region because we need little more than a part-time government with a small full-time general management staff. Further, this form of government offers the ease of forming various ad hoc committees and taskforces for the short-term projects of dealing with various tasks needed in the community such as underground utilities/street lighting, drainage enclosure, walkways and pathways, municipal emergency/wifi network, business district revitalization, etc.
Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community, on Apr 10, 2008 at 10:31 am
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“Why shouldn’t a city council be elected to form a government?”
In the opinions of the Alamo neighborhoods (2006/2007), city councils form governments as dictators and not in a citizen-led democratic manner. As the ad hoc neighborhoods committee members researched surrounding cities, they found the city councils to be dictators in-charge of governments at-odds with their citizens. As a result, neighbors concluded that a city government must be defined at time of incorporation with sufficient citizen oversight and review to insure that the people remain in-charge and the government is simply compliant to advisory.
Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2008 at 10:06 pm
Kathy Bell seems to be unclear on the concept of representative government. I can try to help: We, the people, through the electoral process select certain people to REPRESENT us in carrying out our wishes for government.
When you say, "city councils form governments as dictators" it indicates that you have an astonishing lack of knowledge about local government and a profound disrespect for the democratic process.
Maybe a night school course in Fundamentals of America Government would be in order.
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2008 at 9:01 am
As you review the oxymorons in your commentary, you will realize that representative government means any elected official only represents our will, interest and advisory. Such representatives are not our leaders or do they establish policy for a democratic people. Thus, governments, by our will and participation, establish and define governments or they are quite appropriately defined as DICTATORS.
I fear you have been sadly conditioned by the current national administration that assumes they are our commander-in-chief, when they are only representative of our will as a people. Night and day, and everyday, we must learn and remember WE, the people, are in-charge and our representatives must comply with our leadership.
Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2008 at 9:19 am
Alamo Ron has very sadly conceded his/her right to participate in democracy and defined a care-taker government that is only elected by the people. If we were all to accept that role, very soon we would not be needed as voters and government participants.
Do not surrender your freedom or your right to lead,
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Posted by Keith Lewis, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2008 at 9:28 am
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In eights years of tyranny by the Bush Administration, WE needed to reclaim our role in our democracy as its leaders. WE cannot accept dictators in any role in our governments and must remove them from any future role.
Alamo Ron ernestly defined the tragedy of such surrender of leadership by the American people and the willingness of an uninformed people to concede to tyranny. WE are now awakening as a people and WE will remove tyrants at national, state and regional levels of our governments.
Posted by Susan West, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2008 at 10:28 am
No matter what contempt Alamo Ron has for our region's neighbors, we must demand definition of any government to be created by our votes. No council, no matter how elected, should have the right to dictate definition of our government. The tyranny of our county supervisors is an easy lesson for us all and shall not be duplicated by any vote of neighbors within our region.
If I may paraphrase Patrict Henry, "Give me definition or give me nothing (to warrant my vote)."
Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm
Alamo Ron is a mirror for reflection of all thoughts and commentary and challenges all of us with a smile and points to consider. Alamo Ron should not be labeled or otherwise personally reviewed in this forum's commentary.
Our goal is issues and answers among all points of view and I want all commentary invited to respond to my thoughts and to the thoughts of others.