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Since: Nov 12

Flower Mound, TX

#1 Nov 19, 2012
DO NOT MOVE IN LANCASTER TX.THE MAYOR IS INCOMPETENT AND THE CITY MANAGER IS A THUG. CRIME IS EVERYWHERE? THE CITY COUNCIL is CLUELESS.DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU IT IS NICE THEY ARE STUCK HERE..........
speterson

Arlington, TX

#2 Nov 28, 2012
That's just your opinion. I have lived here for 32 years by without any problems and I do have the means to live other places but choose to live here. I'm not "stuck" anywhere. Its easy to come on a site like this where you can remain anonymous and make slanderous and false statements against others without providing any evidence to back up your claims. Just because it gets published on the internet doesn't automatically make it a true or valid statement.
Disappointedciti zen

United States

#3 Feb 7, 2013
The city of Lancaster does have problems, and that's a fact. I have found city hall to be incompetent, with the exception of my city council rep.(District 2). Since moving here, I have seen the city go down, including the school system. I'm not giving an opinion, it's a fact! I can give you my story or stories of experiences with this city and I can truly say that I am so very saddened and
disappointed in how I have been treated by this city and my situation is still not resolved. I have to go to work now, but I 'll be glad to elaborate at a later time.
satisfied citizen

Dallas, TX

#4 Feb 11, 2013
Every city has problems, none are perfect. My experiences with the city since I moved here have always been good. When I've had questions or concerns about anything, I can contact any official and get a response back the same day. I can share just as many positive encounters I've had here as well. To just label all city officials as incompetent is unfair to those who are really care about this community and its residents. Instead of making a blanket generalization about all city officials, you should identify those who you have the problem with.

Do you participate in every local election? I've never missed one. While you are satisfied with your council member, there's no rule that says you can't campaign for a different candidate in another district during election periods. As for the schools, they have improved since I moved here. It took a few years to cleanse the school board of its old guard members and that along with getting a new superintendent has been a positive. Its not all negative here and if we as citizens are just going to sit back and bash our own community, we need to acknowledge the good things happening in this city as well. You aren't going to find a city the size of Lancaster where 100% of the citizens are pleased with the local government. I'm sorry that you are experiencing problems, but I just wanted to let anyone who reads these posts to know that there are people like myself who take pride in where they live, participate in civic activities, and do things that contribute our community. I live in the area hit by the tornado and the performance of our officials during that period was excellent. Like the post left by speterson, I have the means to live other places but choose to live here and don't regret my decision at all.

I sincerely hope your grievances with the city are remedied. We may differ in our opinions, but the one thing that unites us is that we are citizens of Lancaster. Take care.
duane1656

Plano, TX

#5 Mar 2, 2015
satisfied citizen wrote:
Every city has problems, none are perfect. My experiences with the city since I moved here have always been good. When I've had questions or concerns about anything, I can contact any official and get a response back the same day. I can share just as many positive encounters I've had here as well. To just label all city officials as incompetent is unfair to those who are really care about this community and its residents. Instead of making a blanket generalization about all city officials, you should identify those who you have the problem with.
Do you participate in every local election? I've never missed one. While you are satisfied with your council member, there's no rule that says you can't campaign for a different candidate in another district during election periods. As for the schools, they have improved since I moved here. It took a few years to cleanse the school board of its old guard members and that along with getting a new superintendent has been a positive. Its not all negative here and if we as citizens are just going to sit back and bash our own community, we need to acknowledge the good things happening in this city as well. You aren't going to find a city the size of Lancaster where 100% of the citizens are pleased with the local government. I'm sorry that you are experiencing problems, but I just wanted to let anyone who reads these posts to know that there are people like myself who take pride in where they live, participate in civic activities, and do things that contribute our community. I live in the area hit by the tornado and the performance of our officials during that period was excellent. Like the post left by speterson, I have the means to live other places but choose to live here and don't regret my decision at all.
I sincerely hope your grievances with the city are remedied. We may differ in our opinions, but the one thing that unites us is that we are citizens of Lancaster. Take care.
Yes most city does have problem. Most city official try to work the citizen problems out and do not retaliate when you tell them about what is happening. These people are terrorist with their power. If i told you things they have done us with proof, You would change your opinion in the way these people run this city.
satisfied citizen

Weatherford, TX

#6 Mar 5, 2015
duane1656 wrote:
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Yes most city does have problem. Most city official try to work the citizen problems out and do not retaliate when you tell them about what is happening. These people are terrorist with their power. If i told you things they have done us with proof, You would change your opinion in the way these people run this city.
Well we will have to agree to disagree then. I stand by my previous comment, don't believe that there is some grand conspiracy afoot, and find it unfair to label all city officials as "thugs" and "terrorists" due to personal grievances with a particular official or city department. No city government will ever be able to please all residents all the time. A quick look through the city forums on Topix proves that point. Pretty much every city with a substantial population has a couple of negative discussions on this website from residents complaining about some aspect of their local government. In those situations and yours, there are a few options: do nothing at all, run for public office, serve on a city board, or move somewhere else (and likely end up finding something to complain about there).
constituent

Dallas, TX

#7 Apr 24, 2015
I agree with you saying that Lancaster has major issues, however Stanley the rep in district 2 is a joke. He only "won" because it was given to him. The race was rigged and he knows it.
Disappointedcitizen wrote:
The city of Lancaster does have problems, and that's a fact. I have found city hall to be incompetent, with the exception of my city council rep.(District 2). Since moving here, I have seen the city go down, including the school system. I'm not giving an opinion, it's a fact! I can give you my story or stories of experiences with this city and I can truly say that I am so very saddened and
disappointed in how I have been treated by this city and my situation is still not resolved. I have to go to work now, but I 'll be glad to elaborate at a later time.
satisfied citizen

Richardson, TX

#8 May 16, 2015
constituent wrote:
I agree with you saying that Lancaster has major issues, however Stanley the rep in district 2 is a joke. He only "won" because it was given to him. The race was rigged and he knows it.
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Of all the conspiratorial comments and falsehoods filling local topix forums, this pretty much takes the cake. There is no evidence whatsoever that any "rigging" took place in any election. Jaglowski wasn't "given" anything, the voters of District 2 elected him with 59% of the vote in May 2014, defeating two other challengers. Whether you did or didn't like outcome, that's no excuse to make slanderous allegations against someone with no proof. If you really believe that, then maybe its you with the "major problems," not the city or government. Simply unbelievable.
Concerned Ctz

Dallas, TX

#9 May 22, 2015
I'm a resident of Lancastwr as well. I too believe that the City Mayor and Council do not care about the community. For example, in 2000amy lots was green tagged by the city allowing a builder to build homes along Ten Mile Creek without placing a retainer wall to hold the home structure. Residents along Ten Mile Creek are having issues with the foundation of their homes due to land erosion. History shows that one part Of a Ten Mile Creek flooded the homes so bad everytime it rained until homeowners were just walking away from their homes. The city of Lancaster received Government funding to build a retainer wall however only a the homes that were in a flood plain received aid. When I contacted the Mayor and The City Council was i was told that my home was not in a flood plain. I was also told that the homeowners own Ten Mile Creek therefore it's the homeowners responsibility to place a retainer wall to hold the structure of their home. Just because my house does not sit in a flood plain does not mean that the Lancaster should not be responsible for placing a retainer wall especially when they received goverenment funding for that purpose. Also a city drain flows on the left side of my home. Guess who's responsible for that piping ..... Yes I am. I have never heard of such. Please explain to me why I should be responsible for putting up a retainer wall on Ten Mile Creek and why am I responsible for the city piping. If I could sell my house I would but I can't because of the erosion. I would never recommend anyone to move to the City of Lancaster.
Concerned Ctz

Dallas, TX

#10 May 22, 2015
For those of you who do not feel that the City of Lancaster do not have problems you just may feel it one day. Did you know that any home that was build in the year of 2000 to current is automatically a part of an HOA? This type of information should be disclosed during your home purchase. However, if the HOA is not active in the subdivision during the time of your home purchase the fees are not disclosed. But in the City of Lancaster bylaws states that any home built in 2000 to current is automatically a part of an HOA community. Which means that the City of Lancater can impose HOA fees upon you to pay. I learned this when in attended a City Hall meetings. The City of Lancaster was trying to forced HOA fees on Phase I of a development because residence of Phase II - V I countered the dues. If you don't think the City of Lancaster has problems you are dead wrong.
Concerned Ctz

Dallas, TX

#11 May 22, 2015
I wonder how many of you would feel to know that Mayor Marcus Knight was arrested for an DWI? Where is the integrity in all of this.
Harold

Lancaster, TX

#12 Jun 10, 2015
URGENT WARNING TO ANYONE LIVING IN LANCASTER TEXAS-- YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE DEMAND THIS UNLAWFUL AGENDA STOP AND THEN FIGHT CITY HALL

The City of Lancaster has instituted Single-Family Rental Property Inspection Program with Ordinance 2014-06-07 on June 9, 2014. In doing so City government gave Code Enforcement personal full rights to enter any property they deem as a rental unit at will without notice or warrant to inspect, collect, and report information for authorities. This covers the entire property including all outdoor and indoor space. Anything inspector finds wrong can include small to large fines all the way to revoking occupancy of unit. They will also be in control of your utilities, with sole authority to cutoff or on.
This makes Code Enforcement personnel very powerful over your personal home life while renting in the City of Lancaster. Even as youíre Landlord I would give and be required to give advance notice of any need to inspect inside your personal space. Iíve tried reaching out to City officials about this Ordinance but only the mayor answer backed, very condescending and adamant about this. Landlords must register and pay $55.00 per year/inspection/tenant for this. Plus make all modifications they demand with a $25.00 re-inspection fee each time, they mark something wrong. Unfortunately with these added cost along with tax increases, rental rates will have to increase.
Rona

Lancaster, TX

#13 Jun 10, 2015
LANCASTER MAYOR KNIGHT ARRESTED!!

Lancaster Mayor Marcus Knight was arrested last month for drunk driving. He was pulled over by Grapevine police along Highway 26 around 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 15. He was charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level greater than or equal to .15.
duane1656

United States

#14 Jun 10, 2015
Harold wrote:
URGENT WARNING TO ANYONE LIVING IN LANCASTER TEXAS-- YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE DEMAND THIS UNLAWFUL AGENDA STOP AND THEN FIGHT CITY HALL
The City of Lancaster has instituted Single-Family Rental Property Inspection Program with Ordinance 2014-06-07 on June 9, 2014. In doing so City government gave Code Enforcement personal full rights to enter any property they deem as a rental unit at will without notice or warrant to inspect, collect, and report information for authorities. This covers the entire property including all outdoor and indoor space. Anything inspector finds wrong can include small to large fines all the way to revoking occupancy of unit. They will also be in control of your utilities, with sole authority to cutoff or on.
This makes Code Enforcement personnel very powerful over your personal home life while renting in the City of Lancaster. Even as youíre Landlord I would give and be required to give advance notice of any need to inspect inside your personal space. Iíve tried reaching out to City officials about this Ordinance but only the mayor answer backed, very condescending and adamant about this. Landlords must register and pay $55.00 per year/inspection/tenant for this. Plus make all modifications they demand with a $25.00 re-inspection fee each time, they mark something wrong. Unfortunately with these added cost along with tax increases rental rates will have to increase.
DO NOT FIGHT WITH THE CITY MANAGER she will retaliate against you and terrorize you and property.These people think retaliating is the way you handle business. These people have no concept how to handle business correctly.Get out of Lancaster they are not BUSINESS FRIENDLY
satisfied citizen

Dallas, TX

#24 Jun 15, 2015
Red75134 wrote:
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I don't know how you were able to get any city council to respond to a concern? Can't get anything from mine like she's too good. The citizens deserve better and need people on the council that represent the citizens in their district instead of what best for their own interest all the time.
Instead of complaining about your council member on a nondescript website and making proclamations about what and how she thinks, you could do what others do--actually make the effort as a citizen to contact her with your concerns. If you still don't approve of her actions, run for her seat in the next election. Simple as that.
satisfied citizen

Dallas, TX

#25 Jun 15, 2015
Concerned Ctz wrote:
I wonder how many of you would feel to know that Mayor Marcus Knight was arrested for an DWI? Where is the integrity in all of this.
I wonder how many of you know that the incident in question occurred in 2012 and the charges were dropped. I know factual information has been pushed aside in favor of mudslinging and negativity, but facts are facts.
satisfied citizen

Dallas, TX

#26 Jun 15, 2015
Harold wrote:
URGENT WARNING TO ANYONE LIVING IN LANCASTER TEXAS-- YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE DEMAND THIS UNLAWFUL AGENDA STOP AND THEN FIGHT CITY HALL
The City of Lancaster has instituted Single-Family Rental Property Inspection Program with Ordinance 2014-06-07 on June 9, 2014. In doing so City government gave Enforcement personal full rights to enter any property they deem as a rental unit at will without notice or warrant to inspect, collect, and report information for authorities. This covers the entire property including all outdoor and indoor space. Anything inspector finds wrong can include small to large fines all the way to revoking occupancy of unit. They will also be in control of your utilities, with sole authority to cutoff or on.
This makes Code Enforcement personnel very powerful over your personal home life while renting in the City of Lancaster. Even as youíre Landlord I would give and be required to give advance notice of any need to inspect inside your personal space. Iíve tried reaching out to City officials about this Ordinance but only the mayor answer backed, very condescending and adamant about this. Landlords must register and pay $55.00 per year/inspection/tenant for this. Plus make all modifications they demand with a $25.00 re-inspection fee each time, they mark something wrong. Unfortunately with these added cost along with tax increases, rental rates will have to increase.
Since it is apparent that some are going out of their way to make allegations about city officials, people should also be aware of the one person internet campaign taking place regarding the rental inspection program. This person has posted same complaint posted on multiple websites as an attempt to bash the city. There's a post on the Chamber of Commerce website from a "Harold" accusing the city of rental discrimination. The Lancaster Wikipedia page was also vandalized with the following message (which was removed, but remains viewable in the page history): "In June 2009 City Council imposed program to discourage single family dwellings for the purpose of being rented or leased with Rental Registration Program as council felt these kind of people unstabilize the city and hurt property values. With Rental Registration Program city officials anyone citizen who rents or leases will be forced to register with city officials and be suspect to at random searches of property and arrest. City officials say with this new unlimited power will be much easier and profitable for them."

Sounds familiar to Harold's topix post above, doesn't it? I hope Harold realizes that Lancaster isn't the only city with rental registration programs. Garland and other suburbs have adopted rental registration programs as well. If this is so discriminatory, will you also post messages on their pages as well or will it remain an excuse to falsely portray Lancaster and those of us who live here?
satisfied citizen

Dallas, TX

#27 Jun 16, 2015
Red75134 wrote:
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The Mayor of Lancaster was arrested? Then how is he still able to be in office? This is crazy stuff. Was he in a car crash drunk? I just did online search and found United States vs Marcus Knight arrested for selling cocaine to undercover agent. Is this the same Marcus Knight or someone else? I'm sure there must be more than one Marcus Knight? Has anyone else seen this on Internet?
I know that this whole discussion has become nothing more than an excuse to bash the community and its residents, but opposition to a city ordinance shouldn't be an excuse to make slanderous accusations against officials you don't like. The incident with Mayor Knight occurred in 2012, so I find all of the outrage now nothing more than dubious grasping for anything negative to further your cause. There was no crash, he was pulled over. Had there been a crash, it would have been all over the news. When running in this year's election, the Dallas Morning News posted candidate profiles on their website prior to the vote. One of those questions was "Have you ever been arrested and why." He did reply that the charges were dropped, however the candidate guide isn't accessible anymore-I just tried and its gone. I'm not even going to go into the cocaine allegation because its outrageous. There's will always be a handful of people who will gladly dig up and share dirt on anyone, particularly public officials, so keeping secrets is practically impossible.

What you and some of the others really need to recognize is that there are people living in Lancaster who have chosen to live here, are civic minded, and are interested in the future progress of the community. We all know it isn't perfect and there is no such thing as a perfect community. There are decisions and actions we oppose, but we aren't running to the internet to seemingly root for the failure of a growing community because of it. If you truly oppose rental registration, you still need people like those I just described to rally for the cause, but your delivery will have to change before that happens.

Since: Nov 12

Plano, TX

#28 Jun 18, 2015
This person is a city official and can not and will not take any other position. They are being paid by the city and they can not see the abuse that the city officials are causing the citizens of Lancaster. Two candidates had 500 votes between the both of them so there are a lot of people that are dissatisfied with this administration. The Mayor won only with 900+ votes out of 30,000 citizens. He does not have mandate.
satisfied citizen

Dallas, TX

#29 Jun 21, 2015
duane1656 wrote:
This person is a city official and can not and will not take any other position. They are being paid by the city and they can not see the abuse that the city officials are causing the citizens of Lancaster. Two candidates had 500 votes between the both of them so there are a lot of people that are dissatisfied with this administration. The Mayor won only with 900+ votes out of 30,000 citizens. He does not have mandate.
First and foremost, I'm a citizen of Lancaster. I'm as much of citizen as you claim to be. No one pays me for anything and I'm NOT a city official. Making false claims and conspiratorial accusations against someone whose opinions differ from your own only makes you look bad. If you continue to believe those lies after reading this post, that's your problem. I stand by everything that I've said in this message and prior posts.

Now to the last sentences of your post, which with all do respect, make no sense. You stated that the votes received by the losing candidates in last month's mayoral election shows a lot of dissatisfaction with the current administration, only to turn around and say that the winner has no mandate. Anyone with even the most basic understanding of local elections knows that turnout for these races is very low. That applies to Lancaster and every other city in Texas. No matter how low participation is, those who took time to vote decide the mandate. Mr. Knight received 1,367 out of 2,212 votes cast (62.2%) in the mayor's race-that's a mandate. The other three received 20.2%, 15.6%, and 2.0%. They conceded and didn't challenge the outcome. You are the only person questioning the outcome. Everyone else has moved on. There's nothing preventing you from seeking office to expose the alleged "abuses" taking place. Please don't accuse me of being anything other than a regular citizen of Lancaster who doesn't believe that constant negativity and personal attacks are productive. That was unnecessary and uncalled for.

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