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Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#1 Jul 24, 2012
As you can see, I'm not afraid to post my REAL name. I am just amazed at the Peyton Place that Huntington continues to be. I do NOT live in the city, but I have FAMILY and FRIENDS that do. So you think I shouldn't be allowed to comment on the goings on in the city.... well, that is your opinion, BUT, as an American Citizen, I have a right to voice my opinion at any time!!! I have watched the countless posts here and the people who are "for" and "against" the entities that "rule" Huntington. I find it comical that there has been so much bickering about where a person is from. WHO CARES??? This web-site is for people who want to "Ask a question, start a debate, post a tip, or just say what's on your mind"

If you have not taken the opportunity to read Sunday's Edition of the Lufkin Daily News - the opinion page to be exact, you need to find a copy. Mr. Quin McCollough has a very interesting article titled by the newspaper "Time to clean up Washington". I say the place to start with the political house cleaning is in our small towns, and Huntington is NO exception. This small town is turning into a communistic state with the people who are "running" the city making it theirs and not yours. Wake Up people, they are no more than glorified bullies! I have been told that if you do not do as they tell you, then you are subject to harassment in various forms. As long as you are paying your bills and keeping your receipts as proof, what can they do?? I do not fear any of the city employees, I have no reason to. I can only speak of my PERSONAL experiences with these people. I could list MY issues and add the city employee’s name to them, but why would I stoop to their level???

I will say, IN MY OPINION, that the people of the City of Huntington need to open their eyes and see what is really happening in their city. I hear the complaints from many, especially about the roads – if you want to call them that – and why there are not funds to fix them correctly, BUT, the city can purchase two new (used) vehicles for the police department. Oh, that’s right, they say the police department has made enough money to fund the vehicles themselves. Ok, so why is it that the city OWNS all three utilities – water, sewer, and gas – and yet they stay “broke”?? Has anyone ever requested the FULL financial statements from the city? Yes, and I have seen some of them, and wow at the restaurants in Lufkin that have fed SOME of the city employees weekly. Of course, when asked, the city will tell you that those were “city business” meetings. Hello, can we say keep the money local!! I don’t recall seeing ANY receipt from a restaurant in Huntington. Maybe more citizens need to do their own deep digging into how the city is being run and they can get the answers to the questions they are asking me. These records are PUBLIC and you are entitled to see them.

I have attended at Council Meeting, although it was more like a meeting of those who run the city just playing the game. I find it sad, very sad, that you, the citizens, do not take more interest in your city and how it is being run. Start digging, it's not that hard, and you might be surprised at what is out there that is PUBLIC RECORD and that you are just turning your heads to. It's times like this that I am glad I DON'T live in the city limits.... I would be ashamed to claim the Peyton Place of Huntington as the city I reside in.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#2 Jul 24, 2012
oh wow, I'm impressed.... if I had mentioned Bruce Milstead by name or "title" in my heading, I would have had replys to this post.... amazing, no one seems brave enough now to say anything. I'm not asking you to disclose your name, I am just not embarrassed or scared to say what is on my mind.

I have had personal experiences with Bruce Milstead, Betsy Gregson, and yes, even the Mayor, Herman Woolbright, and can say that MY experiences were not fond. Everyone seems to have something to say when they are anonymous, so, stay that way and say your piece.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#3 Jul 28, 2012
I have started a thread with example questions of open records requests for the City of Huntington. I hope and expect that everyone will begin requesting open records to the City of Huntington

TO MANUELA. You have really good posts. You take the time to write a lot of information.

I hope you are brave enough to send emailed open records requests to the City. If you email me, I will help you as much as I can.

Sending open records requests to them drives them crazy.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#4 Jul 30, 2012
Up Up and Away wrote:
I hope you are brave enough to send emailed open records requests to the City.
Up Up and Away, it seems that I am the only one "brave enough" to post my REAL name. As far as emailing the city regarding open records, I need their email address to be able to do that. Right now, I have nothing but time, and a friend who really wants a lot of information, so yes, I could easily send them records requests. I appreciate all of the specific dates you have supplied, betting there is some pretty interesting stuff there
inacar

Keene, TX

#5 Jul 30, 2012
Manuela wrote:
<quoted text>
Up Up and Away, it seems that I am the only one "brave enough" to post my REAL name. As far as emailing the city regarding open records, I need their email address to be able to do that. Right now, I have nothing but time, and a friend who really wants a lot of information, so yes, I could easily send them records requests. I appreciate all of the specific dates you have supplied, betting there is some pretty interesting stuff there
Waking up the Citizens of Huntington? I think most have went into a deep sleep. Ask no questions, hear no lies is their motto around here. I would encourage everyone who has ears to hear and eyes that are open to attend the City Council Meetings, not to say anything but be witnesses to what information is given to the public. The meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5PM. The City thinks because no one comes, no one cares. Don't just talk about it, come to the meetings!

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#6 Jul 30, 2012
inacar, after talking to several citizens, it seems they are too scared to say or do anything. For whatever reason, the citizens in Huntington feel that if they were to take a stand against the city, they would be harassed in whatever way could be "legally" done. I can only guess as to how they would be harassed. I am wondering how they can be harassed if they are keeping their bills paid and reciepts of that.
inacar

Keene, TX

#7 Jul 30, 2012
Manuela wrote:
inacar, after talking to several citizens, it seems they are too scared to say or do anything. For whatever reason, the citizens in Huntington feel that if they were to take a stand against the city, they would be harassed in whatever way could be "legally" done. I can only guess as to how they would be harassed. I am wondering how they can be harassed if they are keeping their bills paid and reciepts of that.
In a small town, everything is so connected, when you step on toes, it's always someones brother, sister, cousin, uncle, or son-in-law's toes you stepped on before you know it - you are in trouble. You just can't talk about anybody without it biting you back. But I guess that's why it's nice not to know all those connections, I treat everyone the same, I look at what you do, not what you say. The "I did so and so 5 years ago" just doesn't fly well with me, I want to know what you are doing now? I hear a lot of "I did so and so." when I ask them to come volunteer at the Park. You get what you work for and you can look at Huntington and see the results.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#8 Jul 30, 2012
trust me, I fully understand what you are saying, but even so, sometimes that "family" will put a knife in your back. course that is usually the ones that don't claim to be related to you - and in this case, I don't want to claim being related either, be it by blood or marriage!!

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#9 Jul 30, 2012
Manuela wrote:
trust me, I fully understand what you are saying, but even so, sometimes that "family" will put a knife in your back. course that is usually the ones that don't claim to be related to you - and in this case, I don't want to claim being related either, be it by blood or marriage!!
To Manula
You have provided me with a credible reason for your inquiry to my reasons for being anonymous. Problems at Huntington and other places that can only be exposed if many people start looking into matters. I can not directly say anything illegal has taken place there. But I can tell you for anytown USA, there is a lot immoral if not illegal things going on. It is real easy to hide malfeasance in government. There accounting systems are different then for profit businesses. Voter apathy and not looking into what gov is doing is the reason they get away with it. It takes the voices of many to make change and catch thieves. When many complain, something will change. The city of huntington and others need to be getting open records requests on a daily basis. It will keep them wondering who is looking at what.

In Nacogdoches, I hear a man did not respond to an open records requests. His name was Bill Plunkett. They called in the Texas Rangers and a special investigator. Various cities officials will be scared not to present with the records you request because of this.

Many gov bodies tell you what you can and cannot get in open records. Most of the time, they either don't know the law, or tell you what is advantageous to them. But if you and others will study the law, and request records, you will have them running scared. Gov needs to fear the citizens. They need to realize we are the masters and they are the servants.

So I hope you and your friends send as many as you can. Open records requests are complicated to the extent that there is a discovery process involved in learning what types or records exist and what the records will tell you. You often have to file numerous requests to find why you are looking for. If a city would should the records without the formality of requests, they would not have problems with people sending in so many requests.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#10 Jul 31, 2012
Up Up and Away, if enough people saw topix, and began making the requests you have suggested, then maybe the public interest would be awakened enough to make changes to the current city administration. Sadly, not that many people know about this wonderful forum. I am trying to spread the word not only about topix, but also about records requests, and will continue to do so. You have been extremely helpful with a vast amount of information that has not fallen on deaf ears. I intend to make use of the information you have provided.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#11 Jul 31, 2012
Manuela wrote:
Up Up and Away, if enough people saw topix, and began making the requests you have suggested, then maybe the public interest would be awakened enough to make changes to the current city administration. Sadly, not that many people know about this wonderful forum. I am trying to spread the word not only about topix, but also about records requests, and will continue to do so. You have been extremely helpful with a vast amount of information that has not fallen on deaf ears. I intend to make use of the information you have provided.
Thank for you for the complements. I sure hope you do use the information I have provided. I want you to spread the word around too.

Anyone reading this or anyone in the general public should know the reason why their towns' city government has problems is because of lack of citizen involvement. Going to council meetings is not enough. Meetings are controled by the agenda and there is not interactive exchange of conversations between the council and the public. In order for a citizen to take a stance on a particular issue, the person needs to be informed correctly. You can not rely on city hall to tell you the information you need. The answer; File open records requests.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#12 Jul 31, 2012
I know exactly what you mean about the council meeting. The one I attended was a circus to say the least. And don't count on being put on the agenda, seems that the requests somehow manage to "disappear" with no one claiming they have ever seen the request. If you EVER decided to be put on the agenda, make sure you keep a copy of your request that has been SIGNED by the person who received it. Gotta love that undeniable truth stuff!! Even then, if you are not placed on the agenda, you can still speak in an open forum - if "they" decide to let you... in my opinion, it's a bunch of "wanna-be's" taking control of your freedom of speech.

Since: Jul 12

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#13 Jul 31, 2012
Manuela wrote:
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Up Up and Away, it seems that I am the only one "brave enough" to post my REAL name. As far as emailing the city regarding open records, I need their email address to be able to do that. Right now, I have nothing but time, and a friend who really wants a lot of information, so yes, I could easily send them records requests. I appreciate all of the specific dates you have supplied, betting there is some pretty interesting stuff there
Last I heard they do not honor any request not mailed to them. And my personal experience is, it needs certified, it seems mail never reaches the right person in City Hall, I guess whoever handles the mail gets confused.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#14 Jul 31, 2012
You can always walk in the door with your request, that is what I did, and when I showed for the meeting I was told that they didn't have my request, and even when I gave proof with the copy of the original initialed, we were still only given "open forum" to speak, and stonewalled the whole time..... yep, our local government seems to run itself like the national one does

Since: Jul 12

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#16 Aug 1, 2012
Manuela wrote:
You can always walk in the door with your request, that is what I did, and when I showed for the meeting I was told that they didn't have my request, and even when I gave proof with the copy of the original initialed, we were still only given "open forum" to speak, and stonewalled the whole time..... yep, our local government seems to run itself like the national one does
Manuela do you remember what month you were there at the Council Meeting? From my experience, it seems better for you to speak in "Open Forum", the City doesn't have time to prepare and are supposed to listen with no response. As I understand it, you are to talk to the Mayor, say your statement and sit down. If you've been there, you know that's not what happens most of the time.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#17 Aug 1, 2012
yes, I do remember, it was in October 2009. And the city knew EXACTLY why we were there, they had a week to prepare if it had been open forum or on agenda. When I showed up with the copy of our request to be put on the agenda, Betsy Gregson snatched it out of my hand and proceeded to walk off with it. Thankfully, she didn't get away with it and a copy was made by one of the secretaries there. Even then, the mayor did not want to listen to what was being said on our behalf. In My Opinion, the whole operation is crooked as the day is long. I found it almost comical that we followed the procedures and were just laughed at.... I said almost, I was/am livid about the whole situation. Even three years later they think they are better than everyone else.

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#18 Aug 1, 2012
Manuela wrote:
yes, I do remember, it was in October 2009. And the city knew EXACTLY why we were there, they had a week to prepare if it had been open forum or on agenda. When I showed up with the copy of our request to be put on the agenda, Betsy Gregson snatched it out of my hand and proceeded to walk off with it. Thankfully, she didn't get away with it and a copy was made by one of the secretaries there. Even then, the mayor did not want to listen to what was being said on our behalf. In My Opinion, the whole operation is crooked as the day is long. I found it almost comical that we followed the procedures and were just laughed at.... I said almost, I was/am livid about the whole situation. Even three years later they think they are better than everyone else.
Thank you for your answer.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#19 Aug 1, 2012
any time... I am glad to answer any question that I can

Since: Jul 12

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#20 Aug 2, 2012
inacar wrote:
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Last I heard they do not honor any request not mailed to them. And my personal experience is, it needs certified, it seems mail never reaches the right person in City Hall, I guess whoever handles the mail gets confused.
FYI: Betsy Gregson called me to let me know using certified mail is totally unnecessary, you can save that money by getting a request form from the front desk and filling it out. She also mentioned the charges that might incur from the request. Anything over $40.00 in copy costs must be verified before they do the work.(This is from the AG recommendations page) On the request form they have, this is explained and you agree to the costs. I believe she said it is $15.00 an hour and so much per page. Anyway just so we know they are aware of Topix and what is being said.
Who knew

Huntington, TX

#21 Aug 2, 2012
So many people have requested this over the years, and it does nothing! Waste of time,energy, and money! No matter how many lawsuits, complaints, or comments nothing will ever change!

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