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BON CHANCE

Katy, TX

#44 Jun 26, 2013
Richard Brunk wrote:
There is a whole lot more to the this story, as far as the citations go I can not explain that. But when the City Council Members make comments that the Police Department does not have revenue coming in, what the are really saying is that they are not writing enough tickets to support themselves, but they can not legally tell the Police Department to write more tickets.
The bigger problem is that NO ONE on that City Council has any concept of running City, a Business or doing a budget. If you look long and hard at the figures presented by the City they do not make sense there is no way a City can operate with such a large deficit and still be a municipality. I mean y
Those of us who pay City Property Taxes do so to pay for the benefit of City Services such as water, sewer, police, road repair/maintenance etc. So why for the last two years that Mayor Davis has been in office has not one penny of our property taxes or the sales tax been used to help the police department? is that not revenue to the City.
I will tell you why its because our property taxes are being used to pay for the large legal bills the City has occurred in the past two years.
Oh by the way I understand that the City has settled with Bruce Milstead for around $100,000. Now if the City had done no wrong, as the Mayor and the City Council Members claim then why did they settle? good news is that the City's TML insurance will probably pay that with no immediate cost to the City, however after a claim like that the City is either going to lose their TML Insurance or have to pay a higher premium due to the claims and guess who they will pass that expense on to? that's right us the property owners who pay taxes, but again since several of our current council members do not pay proepty taxes why should they care.
I would like to say thanks to Ms. Hooks and Ms. Bridges they stood their ground on the Police Officer issue, they know that having a hourly Police Officer will not work and is not the best thing for the City.
I also can not believe that Mayor Davis allowed the letter of resignation, submitted by Jenny Hogue to be read by the LDN. Until the City Council votes to accept her resignation she is still an employee of the City, which means the Mayor allowed confidential communication between and employer and an employee to be made public, you can not do that it violates the employees privacy, that's the same as allowing a member of the public access to an employees personal file. Can you say ring me up another law suit. God Help us all.
Spot on, Mr. Brunk...another lawsuit because this Mayor does not know HOW to run a meeting or a city...besides the one that's brewing with Ms. Pigg...I heard in Judge Milstead's depositions that the City's attorney was shaking his head in defeat at the witnesses that they (city's attorneys) called...they proved Davis a liar and a vindictive old goat...Mr. Miller, Mr. Guzman and Chief Courtney testified and the city's attorneys KNEW their goose was roasted...and they didn't even get to the other witnesses that knew "more" of Davis intentions' and past actions ie. Diboll Chief of Police and a church secretary of Davis'...they all heard the man claiming he was firing Milstead for reporting his son to the Rangers...now excuse me, but if I were a judge in a city and you had city council members of your city and your Chief of Police & City Secretary coming to you with info regarding the mayor making illegal purchases, you are REQUIRED, as a judge, to do the right thing...and he was punished for doing his duty...personally, if I was Judge Milstead, I wouldn't have let them off with just $100,000. But since he was only part time, I'd say why beat the drum and just get it over with...but I bet you a month's paycheck that Davis will NEVER announce the terms of that settlement...he doesn't want to be made to look a fool and that he lost...of course, the others are all slowing being fired. He was his agenda.
BON CHANCE

Katy, TX

#45 Jun 26, 2013
FYI wrote:
Mayor Davis DID live outside the city limits for years. However he has lived in the house INSIDE the city limits for several years before running for mayor. And regardless of if he owns property or not he was elected by the people of Zavalla so suck it up and get over it!
True...he rents from councilwoman's yarborough's family...I see now why they always vote alike...is Yarborough still "homeless"????
Richard Brunk

Covington, TX

#46 Jun 26, 2013
She is not homeless she is displaced.
BON CHANCE

Katy, TX

#47 Jun 27, 2013
Richard Brunk wrote:
She is not homeless she is displaced.
Displaced? I feel for her kids...she must not have had insurance...what a shame. But then, I heard she didn't think Zavalla ISD was "good" enough for said kids or they were being bullied? Another shame...she should have gotten on the SCHOOL BOARD instead...for her kids' sake...instead of disrupting other's lives with her vendetta.
Concerned Citizen

Clyde, TX

#48 Jun 29, 2013
not
C Citizen

Clyde, TX

#49 Jun 29, 2013
Sorry, error above. There was no $100,000 settlement.
Diddly Squat

Katy, TX

#50 Jun 29, 2013
Good swift response and first arrival to the motorcycle DOS, Zavalla. Followed by Ora.
Out of town citizen

Lockhart, TX

#51 Jun 29, 2013
Diddly Squat wrote:
Good swift response and first arrival to the motorcycle DOS, Zavalla. Followed by Ora.
Anyone have any information on motorcycle wreck.
James Townsend

Glen Rose, TX

#52 Jun 29, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
not
I have but one thing to say to you "TML Open Records"
Diddly Squat

Katy, TX

#53 Jun 30, 2013
Out of town citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
Anyone have any information on motorcycle wreck.
http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article...

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 1:00 am
By KELSEY SAMUELS and RHONDA OAKS/The Lufkin

A Huntington man died Saturday afternoon after losing control of his motorcycle on Farm Road 1818, south of Huntington.

William Arthur Harrison, 72, was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Rusty Pitts.

The Zavalla Volunteer Fire Department, Ora Volunteer Fire Department, Huntington Fire Department, Lufkin Fire Department and Lufkin EMS responded to the scene. Paramedics checked for a pulse with a heart monitor prior to calling for a justice of the peace.

Precinct 3 JP Bradley Stringer pronounced Harrison dead at the scene shortly after 4 p.m. and his body was taken to Carroway Funeral Home.
The Sentinal

Joaquin, TX

#54 Jun 30, 2013
I am sorry to bring this up but I have a rather odd question.Why is the mayor a non-paid office. He's our mayor 24-7 yet he receives no salary while he has ran the city with Bobbys and Lisa's help for a month now. We pay for lunch for him and whoever goes to eat with him once a week yet he has made many trips to the City each day for a while now yet is he recompensed for all the extra work?If he isn't he should be-he has gone way beyond his job description as Ms.Lisa and Chief has but we just voted them retroactive pay and temp. raises-Just asking thats all.
Diddly Squat

Katy, TX

#55 Jun 30, 2013
The Sentinal wrote:
I am sorry to bring this up but I have a rather odd question.Why is the mayor a non-paid office. He's our mayor 24-7 yet he receives no salary while he has ran the city with Bobbys and Lisa's help for a month now. We pay for lunch for him and whoever goes to eat with him once a week yet he has made many trips to the City each day for a while now yet is he recompensed for all the extra work?If he isn't he should be-he has gone way beyond his job description as Ms.Lisa and Chief has but we just voted them retroactive pay and temp. raises-Just asking thats all.
Are you talking about Zavalla OR Huntington Mayor??

WHAT "city" are you referring to the "many" trips being made to?

I'm also sorry to say that your post don't make much sense --- at least to me!! Lean back in your chair and re-read it ... and see if you might want to re-write it.
just sayin

Nacogdoches, TX

#56 Jun 30, 2013
C Citizen wrote:
Sorry, error above. There was no $100,000 settlement.
It was around $80,000
James Townsend

Lufkin, TX

#57 Jun 30, 2013
just sayin wrote:
<quoted text>It was around $80,000
Regardless the amount the City settled when by god Jimmy Davis, Sue Hough said it would be a cold day in hell before the settled lol
Diddly Squat

Katy, TX

#58 Jul 1, 2013
just sayin wrote:
<quoted text>It was around $80,000
Was receiving that the reason he could immediately retire from the City of Huntington?
BON CHANCE

Katy, TX

#59 Jul 1, 2013
Diddly Squat wrote:
<quoted text>
Was receiving that the reason he could immediately retire from the City of Huntington?
Well, it probably didn't hurt things, you think? Having to deal with the new council's personal agenda against him and Ms. Gregson...he probably wanted to preserve his sick time, too, since he'd lose that if/when they fired him like they did BG. Good move, Judge Milstead...I wonder why Davis hasn't announce this? Most likely, he doesn't want THAT to come out...funny.
BON CHANCE

Katy, TX

#60 Jul 1, 2013
James Townsend wrote:
<quoted text>
Regardless the amount the City settled when by god Jimmy Davis, Sue Hough said it would be a cold day in hell before the settled lol
I heard the City got "creamed" at the depositions...the City's lawyers KNEW that they didn't want this brought to trial. They should probably be thankful (the City) that Judge Milstead chose to stop at that amount...it "could" have been a lot more probably. But since the job was only part time, I'm sure that had a lot to do with it. Nevertheless, Davis and the council will try their dead level BEST not to have this bit of info available to the citizens.
BON CHANCE

Katy, TX

#61 Jul 8, 2013
C Citizen wrote:
Sorry, error above. There was no $100,000 settlement.
I heard it was closer to $80,000 but REGARDLESS, Judge Milstead was obviously vindicated. This city council is clueless as to how to run a city (they don't even know HOW to run a meeting properly per LDN's article)...so this is the first lawsuit and the city obviously LOST...how many others will follow? Rhonda, JennyLynn, Joey? So they wound up paying for the judge's salary regardless if he's there or not...think Judge Milstead came out all right. It IS rather amusing that this bunch claimed they weren't settling...wonder what changed?
BON CHANCE

Katy, TX

#62 Jul 8, 2013
The Sentinal wrote:
I am sorry to bring this up but I have a rather odd question.Why is the mayor a non-paid office. He's our mayor 24-7 yet he receives no salary while he has ran the city with Bobbys and Lisa's help for a month now. We pay for lunch for him and whoever goes to eat with him once a week yet he has made many trips to the City each day for a while now yet is he recompensed for all the extra work?If he isn't he should be-he has gone way beyond his job description as Ms.Lisa and Chief has but we just voted them retroactive pay and temp. raises-Just asking thats all.
You might ask Ina Cardwell...I mean she HAS stated in the past that the city secretary and city manager do not work...read her past posts...that broad needs to be educated as to how a city works.
Diddly Squat

Katy, TX

#63 Jul 9, 2013
NOTE: See todays LDN for info on much City of Zavalla happenings including water problems etc.

Great Picture of the Council and
Newly hired City Secretary Waunesa Herrington

http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article...

Zavalla council changes shift hours for police chief
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 11:45 pm
By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News

ZAVALLA — In an effort to maximize potential revenue, Zavalla City Council members on Monday voted to change the shift hours for the city’s police chief.

Council members voted to vary Police Chief Joey Courtney’s hours where he would be on duty at times when there is the maximum amount of traffic going through the city — during the evening hours and on weekends.


With revenues down and a lack of citations, Mayor Jimmy Davis said the varied patrol hours were needed.~~~~~ Much much more in Tue July 9 Lufkin Daily News inc:

In other action, members heard a presentation by David Stua regarding his qualifications to serve as Zavalla’s representative on the Angelina County and Cities Health District. Although he is a resident of the Redland area, Stua told council members he has knowledge of and understands the function of the health district and would be there to represent Zavalla’s needs. He further told members he has learned a lot about the district through numerous open records requests made over several years.

~~~ Pam Hooks abstaining, named the Lufkin-based Haglund Law Firm as attorneys for the city. Lufkin attorney Jimmy Cassels had previously served as the city’s attorney.

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