|Posted on November 19, 2018 at 11:05 PM|
I am very happy to have been able to reach out to many of you regarding the concerning issues laid out in letters delivered this past weekend. Unfortunately, the other councilors are more concerned with their own agenda, rather than representing you. As councilors it is our duty to hear you. Councilors Cooney, Haley and Winslow do not even bother to inform their own constituents about up-coming issues.
At tonight's meeting the Chief of Police threatened to have a citizen removed from the public meeting for making a comment agreeing with a point that I had made. This is the same citizen who has been targeted by the department multiple times. Our only goal on the ordinance for SOPs is police oversight and accountability. That accountability belings to the citizens of Southport. You may recall a news story involving Southport officers in Sheridan working a part time job when a cell phone was intentionally smashed by an officer because the young man was recording the interaction. There was no accountability for that Southport officer for his misconduct- he is a family member of the official who would have been in charge of disciplinary procedure.
Many of these ordinances are simply a prep for a retaliation move against anyone that would dare to question the authority of the "Southport elite".
I am disappointed in the other councilors and the Mayor. I am disappointed for the citizens who will be affected. When myself and another councilor publically asked multiple times which elected official the "removal of councilors" ordinance originated with, all other elected officials were silent and refused to give an answer. If it is an innocent ordinance, why does this seem like such a giant secret?
The people of Southport are the only ones at this point that can hold their elected officials responsible. I hope to continue to keep all citizens informed on what is going on in Southport. You will continue to be my priorty.
|Posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:45 AM|
The next meeting will be August 20 at 7pm. The address is 137 Worman St. Hope to see you there!
|Posted on June 30, 2018 at 3:15 PM|
|Posted on May 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM|
Congratulations to Brian Durham, Cherly Rivera and Wayne Harmon who won the primary election for Marion County!
|Posted on March 30, 2018 at 2:50 PM|
|Posted on October 19, 2017 at 6:10 PM|
A note on the proposed tax rate/ levy for 2018:
Under the October Council Meeting documents on the "Southport Documents" page, you will find the 2016 tax levy and rate and under this year's October meeting you will find the proposed 2018 taxes. There is a significant increase in proposed taxes. At the October meeting I did not vote in favor of the taxes. I am disappointed that this information was not more clearly presented to the citizens.
Many of our citizens are on strict budgets. With the ever increasing cost of living, I don't feel that the citizens have been given a fair say in a project that was bonded on, which seems to cost the city more and more each month than planned in addition to a million dollar bond.
Although the new taxes will pass with or without my vote, I am disappointed in the hardship that I know it will cause for some of the citizens.
|Posted on October 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM|
The next City Council Meeting is scheduled to be held on October 16, 2017 at 7pm. There will also be a Storm Water Utility Board Meeting just before at 6:15pm.
There are several issues that should be addressed at the Storm Water meeting. We will also be discussing the city budget at the council meeting.
I continue to be available if you need to ask questions or if you have any issues that need to be addressed.
|Posted on May 13, 2017 at 9:05 PM|
Please join me for the Storm Water Utility Board Meeting at 6:15pm on Monday, May 15th. The Council Meeting will begin afterwards at 7:00pm.
The following is an update on current events in Southport:
Information regarding the Municipal Complex was heard in last week's public hearing. Many concerns were brought up and we hope to shed some light on the storm water and drainage issues at Monday's meeting.
Information was also given regarding whether property taxes will increase due to the bond for the Municipal Complex. The problem with this answer was that it wasn't really an answer. The explanation was that those who are at their "tax cap" will not see an increase in taxes. Tax caps are complex, and no information was given for those who are not at the capped amount. The money for this project will be paid by the tax payers of Southport. It seems that the information given was extremely misleading as it completely avoided the question. Yes, tax payers will foot the bill, the money has to come from somewhere and to lead people into a false sense of security is wrong. I decided to vote no on entering into a preliminary lease. This is due to the misinformation given as well as the prior promise that was made not to exceed one million dollars for the total cost of the project, which went from 980K to 1.2 Mil. (which includes fees directly associated with the project) and several financial road blocks which have already occured and have led to unexpected additional expenses. A remodel of our community center to better accomedate everyone would have been a better option.
As it currently stands, the internal controls policy has served to achieve little other than allowing the Mayor's Office, Police Department and Board of Public Works and Safety to spend money without council approval. It is certainly disapointing for the citizens who have been silenced in the process.
Documnetation for the existing storm water lines and sanitary sewer lines that were completed by the city's engineer prior to the project were requested by myself during the public hearing but we were told that these documents were "not for public comsumption". I cannot imagine a scenario where it should be off limits for the public to know what is going on in their city, especially before a controversial project costing the tax payers over $1 million dollars. We have the right to know.
|Posted on April 12, 2017 at 7:55 PM|
Happy Spring Everyone! I thought I'd give you all a quick update since I am enjoying a smooth recovery from a few recent surgeries. Here are the most recent happenings on the Southport City Council:
During February's City Council Meeting, Resolution 2017-7 was introduced. To summarize, this resolution proposed that the Mayor's Office be allowed to spend $5,000 per purchase without the approval of the City Council; that the Police Chief would be allowed to spend up to $7,500 per purchase without the approval of the City Council or the Board of Public Works and Safety and that the Board of Public Works and Safety would be allowed to spend up to $30,000 without the approval of the City Council and to place for bid contract amounts up to $500,000 without the approval of the City Council.
Myself and several other Councilors were dissatisfied with this Resolution, as we felt that it seriously undermined the authority of the Council and violated the protection that is established within the checks and balances in our small government. The Councilors are accountable to the citizens who represent their interests, and the interests of the city. This Resolution takes the citizens out of government and allows the government to do what it wants with very little protection or acountability; especially since there are no limits on how many times these types of purchases can be made in a month and can cause serious budgetary issues if not properly managed or if poorly coordinated. The Council exists for these reasons. We are here to do the very best we can for the city. In Feb., this Resolution was voted down, 3 to 2, with the Southside Times quoting councilor Haley's comments on the Resolution in their article as being unfit for the city.
In an unsetting turn of events in the March Council Meeting, the same Resolution was presented with exactly one sentence added in parenthesis (regarding city spending for contracts with the board of public works for amounts over $100,000) and was voted in through a 3 to 2 vote in which Councilor Haley changed his vote.
The original reason we did not pass the Resolution was not becasue we want to micromanage the Boards. Southport has limited funds that we have already spent or designated for certain things; we cannot afford mishaps. This is why we have checks and balances. We are accountable to the people and responsible for the spending whether we have good internal control methods or not, and at the moment, we have internal control now set up as if we were a much larger city when it comes to our spending habits. This is a slippery slope and a dangerous one. But the real question is this: Why do we have a Mayor's office, a Police Department and a Board of Public Works and Safety that want to spend without wanting the input of the citizens of Southport through their elected city council?
|Posted on February 16, 2017 at 9:05 PM|
Please email or call me regarding sidewalk issues. Pictures are welcome as well. I would like to work with former city leadership to get insight on sidewalk programs that have been successful in the past. You can email me at [email protected] or [email protected] My phone number is listed on the contacts page. I look forward to hearing from you!