City of Kountze makes cuts, police de...

City of Kountze makes cuts, police department down to 5

There are 4 comments on the KFDM-TV Beaumont story from Feb 18, 2010, titled City of Kountze makes cuts, police department down to 5. In it, KFDM-TV Beaumont reports that:

Police officers, water and sewage workers and even librarians are the focus of $100,000 worth of cuts in the City of Kountze.

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Concerned Citizen

United States

#1 Mar 5, 2010
Citizens of Kountze should make more attempts to attend the regular scheduled city council meetings, they would then learn that there are some councilmen (not all) that place more value on a part time librarian then they do on the Public safety of the citizens or the effective operation of the cities Municipal Court. The Library is a important service that is provided, however, our safety as citizens should be 1st. Not the preservation of a part time librarian. It was agreed the thursday before the council meeting (all councilman) that 1 fulltime officer, 1 part time officer. 1 water dept. employee, and the part time librarian would be cut. One week later however, It was decided by the council (except one) that the city needed to cut another full time position (Municipal Court Clerk) in order to maintain the part time librarian. WHERE IS THE LOGIC IN THAT ABSURD DECISION> Doesnt look to me like most of the council has our citizens best interest at heart...

United States

#2 May 16, 2010
i used to think the council was a good one, compaired to the past ones, oh wait they are almost the same people, damn does it sound like some on the council have been there to long. lets see two are family,( must be nice) the mayor has to stick he's finger in the wind to see which way the polictical wind is blowing, one, well lets see thinks he can get away with anything, (he know what i mean) and the City Admin, well lets see it seems he can mess things up and still have a job. lets see that leaves just two left. One votes then changes their mind after the damage is done and they other just follows the others. So in short they all suck, a bunch of folks out for them selfs. but dont worry we have a fully staff and open library, and a new police cheif that is not even a cop, what a great city to live in.

Vidor, TX

#3 Jul 19, 2010
It has been almost 4 months since the City of Kountze lost four good officers, One Chief of Police, One Police Captain, and Two Patrolman. Now it is not being said the remaining Officers are not any good, but to the contrary the ones that were left have done an excellent job in keeping the city safe and putting up with the city placing a Non Police Officer in charge of the Police Dept. and for the city retaining a City Manager that put the Department in the position in the first place. It is with great surprise the city has now been able to find the money to fill the open positions within the police dept., but nothing has changed in fact more money was spent when the positions were empty due to the remaining officers having to work some much overtime. It was also shown that the Library was hardly changed as the Police dept. was. It is to be said again nothing will charge until the so called powers that be are replaced during the upcoming elections, let the citizens of Kountze be heard and show that the city needs council persons that have common sense and not a personal agenda to fulfill. It is time for the citizens of Kountze to be heard from again and not let self-centered people be at the helm any longer.

Athens, TX

#4 Nov 24, 2013
City manager and city council need to be voted out. They suck ! Meter readers and everyone at the city makes more money than the police officers.

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