New Mayor Dakan and City Council........

New Mayor Dakan and City Council........

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Concerned C-City Resident

Abilene, TX

#1 Jun 5, 2009
Who else is concerned about the future now that these folks are in office?
Concerned C-City Resident

Abilene, TX

#2 Jun 11, 2009
I love how one of the things Carol Sue Dakan was going to work on was "getting the City out of debt" and she squawkes on about how "the city is spending too much money" and the first thing she does is recommend hiring a Financial Assistant. Salary would be around 32,000.00 so her solution is to ask the City Manager, who has worked his butt off, to take "a small pay cut". Unbelievable!
Concerned C-City Resident

Abilene, TX

#3 Jun 11, 2009
So nice how Gayor Dakan squawks on about the City is spending too much money, then the first thing she does is recommend hiring a new Financal Assistant. The salaryw ould run about 32,000.00 and then she has the nerve to ask the City Manager, who has worked his butt off, to take a pay-cut!! Unbelievable.
Star

Gardendale, AL

#4 Sep 20, 2009
For the life of me I don't see how this woman was elected to office. Colorado City made a tragic mistake by not re-electing Mayor Jim Baum. He was a man ahead of his time and an excellent spokesperson for the city.
Anonymous

Abilene, TX

#5 May 5, 2010
What in the world is Pete Kampfer thinking? He dumped the greatest asset CCity has had in Main Street Director Cecelia Scott.
coloradogal

United States

#6 May 5, 2010
Ain't that the truth Anna...he is trouble and a liar and can't even write his own newspaper articles...can you say "plagiarism"??
cecelia scott supporter

Sweetwater, TX

#7 May 6, 2010
What else is little known is that she was planning to retire in June. He could have made it much smoother, but instead demoted her so she will be at a much lower level now when she retires (she will receive less money). He also tore down old buildings that the city was told by architects (hired by ccity I guess) had some interesting and historical value. He just tore them down with no discussion and I don't know if anything was salvaged or not. I think the whole thing was just mean spirited and I am ashamed that the council, mayor and city manager would act like this.
anna ames

Abilene, TX

#8 May 7, 2010
If anyone does simple searches on the 'net, plenty of bad history on Pete Kampfer pops right up. Liar, cheat, thug, narcissist, bully,
rita

Abilene, TX

#9 May 27, 2010
In regards to a recent letter to the editor....Weren't the bonfires KCCB were doing illegal anyway? So I guess Mrs Reily is just mad they got caught? Why would you condone anything illegal and not to mention harmful to the envirenment?? Dakan and them seem to think they are above the laws....unbelievable. And that City Manager is on some sort of a power trip...short man ayndrome or something.
truthseeker

Abilene, TX

#11 May 30, 2010
Wasn't this a heartfelt Christmas message from our new City Manager Pete Kampfer?

http://ccitynews.net/opinions/story/2009/12/c...

But...it seems he "borrowed" it, word for word, from another author....

http://derrycity.gov.uk/Press%20Releases/2012...

Seems alot of the articles he wrote for the paper are "borrowed". Plagiarism.....guess he didn't think anyone in this little town would catch on.
markp

Abilene, TX

#12 May 31, 2010
anna ames wrote:
What in the world is Pete Kampfer thinking? He dumped the greatest asset CCity has had in Main Street Director Cecelia Scott.
He wasn't thinking...following orders instead of making sound business decisions that are best for the city. He is letting personal opinions cloud his judgement.
Get Real

Piedmont, OK

#13 Jun 3, 2010
I read these post and I wonder what world you people are living in. Everyone on here complains about the current council and the new city manager. These people inherited a broke city which basically hasn't done anything right in 20 years and from what I see they have things going in the right direction. Everyone has complained for years about the way things look, the've already cleaned up 2nd Street and have 50 more houses on the list. Everyone has been worried about the city landfill for years now we will have professional trash pickup (and recycling) which for some reason was treated as such an impossible task. As far as Main Street goes, Cecilia was a very nice lady and did do some good but from what I can tell she basically spent 300,000.00 in four years and we have little to show from it in the long term. Events are cool but they only really help a few people for a short time. We need more than cheerleading we need action. There is a reason the County pulled there money from Main Street last year. Go talk to the Monroe family who have been working to fix up the theater and see what they think of the way main steet has been working.

Also, as far the bonfires go I agree with Mrs. Reily no body complained for years. From what I read and what I've heard around town, it seems that the only real issue was that certain people got beat in an election, certain people resigned off a board and now they have a political agenda that will end up hurting the city and costing everyone money.

markp

Abilene, TX

#14 Jun 3, 2010
Going to have to disagree with "Get Real" on most points you bring up. Sure, you can find the good and bad with every administration. But I think your treading on slander when you talk about Cecilia Scott and Main Street "spending money" and nothing to show for it...come on. Look at past board members, which included local bank officials. There was alot more accomplished than "cheerleading"....an d you can look around town to see that. And as far as the bonfires, I could really care less on that issue, but I do see that Dakan is going right ahead with another one soon, again thinking whatever she does is above the rules and the law in this case.
Know your facts

Blanchard, OK

#15 Jun 5, 2010
Get Real........you NEED to get real! Everyone is appaulding the Monroes and the theatre! Look at the building The Dragonfly is in, do you remember how it looked? I certainly do! What about the buildings Plagens owns? Specifically, the 2 on the alley across from Ramage appliance, I dont see him working on those downtown buildings.

I have NEVER seen a more vindictive council than we have right now!! Buildings may not have been torn down, fxed up, etc, the last 20 years has given this City water!!!!!! Something surrounding towns have worried about and still do! You cant disregard the past 20 years of council decisions, when they, too, made some very good improvements in this town!

There are a few council people who have a vendetta, they are working hard on hurting people.
One council member from day ONE was never for Main Street, he put down, talked about Cecilia from day one......Im sure he is glad he has had a part in removing Cecilia!!!

Another council member has leased land from the city, obtained when his own wife was on the council !!! He would not be argeeable to having wind turbines put on his leased land that the city OWNS.....thus causing the city to lose the prospect of generating extra money yearly from the wind turbines and this guy gets voted to be a council person.

Our direction may be going in the "right " direction but it is lead with non truth speaking people, people who want a "show" for what they are doing ....no humbleness in them. We have seen it before, give someone a title, they lose all perspective!!!

I could go on and on, and I am right in what I am saying, I do KNOW the facts and not relying on second hand information.
Know your facts

Blanchard, OK

#16 Jun 5, 2010
Get Real.........I soooo resent the fact that you wrote this council inherited a broke city! The previous council worked very closely with their budget, which makes me wonder,....how the city got all of this extra money in the budget????
truthseeker

Richland Springs, TX

#17 Jun 5, 2010
"Also, as far the bonfires go I agree with Mrs. Reily nobody complained for years"

Get Real....So if we go by your way of thinking.....as long as no one is complaining it's ok to break the law??? It's ok to burn contaminated materials that effect the environment? It's ok to just tear down buildings with toilets and everything in tact and asbestos tiles that are contaminating the air that our kids and grandkids are breathing?? Guess it's ok to ignore City ordinances about haing your dog on a leash too...then she has the nerve to complain abut getting a ticket for it...
Get Real

Collinsville, OK

#18 Jun 9, 2010
Sure every city council can say that they did some good things. It was a vast exageration to say nothing good has been done in 20 years. I will even agree that the Main Street Program has done some good things. I specifically read in the paper that they gave out 17,000.00 in facade grants in four years. The junktique event was totally a Main Street creation and I think everyone agrees that it is something that was fun and beneficial. BUT, somebody needs to accept responsibility for the state Colorado City is in. I don't think the people in there now have been on board long enough to have the finger pointed at them (even though from these post you would think they personally hated old people and babies). When I said that I felt like there was little to show for the main street program, I meant in terms of long term success. You brought up Plagens (I don't know why you picked on him) but what has "Main Street" done to help make it possible to fix an old building, a little grant and someone taking credit for basically nothing. Again, I'll bring up the Monroes, yeah they have done a great job, but Main Street hasn't helped them do it. They haven't even gotten a grant yet. That's the point. The money should have been spent on something that will be good not only for a few visitors or a couple of shops but for the community as a whole. If the money had been spent on buildings and direct assistance rather than hip hop shop, extra offices, utilities, and the like we would have something to show now and in ten years. Its like buying a better TV or going out for a nice meal rather than fixing your plumbing.

I'm all for the rule of law and what's illegal is illegal that's not my point. My point is why is the state getting called now rather than before. Do you think that Jim Baum was a bad mayor because he didn't put a stop to the "contaminated" bonfires while he was in office. Of course not, because it's not a real issue. The only really issue is that certain people on this forum and and around town have an agenda to drag the new folks through the mud and to do anything they can to make it tough on them.

Broke city was accurrate. No matter how "closely you work with the budget" it doesn't matter if you continue to make inefficient or just dumb decesions. It looks to me that this new group was actually, smart enough to say that not everything has been done right and we want to at least try to fix it even if it pisses the people on topix off. Don't you remember the interim city manager who ran for the hills after a few weeks, he was the first to say the City's finances were in terrible shape. Zane Graham had to fight not having enough money. Our city has been broke there is no two ways about it. Truth is I'm sure the city is still broke. But, from what I can tell the new city manager is trimming fat, cutting down on useless losses like water revenues running down the street and tools walking off and getting rid of employees who don't cut it.

Maybe I'm wrong. But at least I can consider your point of view rather than just ragging on people who inherited at the very least a tough situation and really are working hard to make it better.
Get Real

Collinsville, OK

#19 Jun 9, 2010
Also, educate me know the facts. Who has this council specifically tried to hurt that makes them so vendictive? I would say that the other side of the coin is that I have never seen a group of people so targeted for no good reason rather than having to make hard decisions.
Get Real

Collinsville, OK

#20 Jun 9, 2010
Last, point. I remember reading about the wind issue in the paper. Am I wrong or aren't all City leases open for public bidding. So, how could Hiser have possibly done anything wrong even if his wife was on the council at the time. Also, I don't see any wind turbines anywhere south of town, on city property or otherwise. I don't think Hiser knocked the city out of anything. He's a good guy and from what I can tell seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Can you tell us the other side of why he didn't allow the city to lease to the wind developers? What was the city offering him in return? Do you even know anything about that really? If so, how, are you a disgruntled former City Council member, part of their family, or an employee of theirs?
Justone

Richland Springs, TX

#21 Jun 9, 2010
The one thing I can say for sure is this town is divided...and that's not good. Not good for business and not good for those who have tried to help and volunteer in the last few years. If I remember right, Hiser was willing to sell out his lease but wanted alot of money for land that wasn't even his..more than was fair. Bordered a bit on what alot of people would call extortion. The City missed out, but he didn't seem to care. Every man for himself I suppose. But it makes you wonder where his interests lie now that he is an elected official. Seems like they also were wanting to hire an experienced City Manager...that didn't happen either. Change is not always good.

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