Council Activity and Actions
Tuesday night’s Council meeting (6/14) was a mixed bag—some good, some seemingly routine and some disappointing moments for those hoping to see an element of healing.
In lieu of the recent Orlando tragedy, a moment of silence was held at the beginning of the meeting to honor the victims, families and first responders of the disaster. Shortly thereafter celebratory recognition was given to several recent promotions:
- Chad Hanson, an 18-year veteran of the Addison Police force promoted to Assistant Chief of Police (February)
- Twelve year officer Mike Vincent, promoted to Captain (March)
- Nine year officer Blake Potts, promoted to Lieutenant
- Three year officer Brad Jones, promoted to Sergeant
Also recognized were:
- David Jones, an 18 year veteran of the Fire Department, named Fire Chief
- Michael Kashuba, hired in 2013 as the town’s first Landscape Architect, promoted to Parks Director following the retirement of Slade Strickland
Getting to Know You
If you would like to become more acquainted with our fine police officers you may want to attend the second of a new program called Coffee with a Cop. The next coffee will be held Saturday, June 25 at the Yard House restaurant beginning at 10 a.m.
Al Angell, who had missed the first two Council sessions since being elected, was officially sworn in as the third newly elected Council member.
Among agenda items that were approved unanimously were:
- Settlement and release agreement with Oncor Electric Delivery Co., LLC for reimbursement of excess charges. The town was refunded $18,763.49.
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into a professional services agreement with BKD, LLP as the town’s external audit firm.
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into a professional services agreement with M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates to complete a special area study for the Inwood Road Corridor. (Regarding this item, it was announced that public hearings would be held early on to get resident input re any recommendations)
Additionally it was announced that Community Update sessions will be held regarding the proposed Addison Athletic Club Master Plan on the following dates:
Wednesday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, July 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Details will be forthcoming in a post card mailing.
Some Disappointing Moments
Just when one hopes that some element of vitriol can be set aside and the focus can move to issues of growth and future for the town rather than personal attacks, Midway Meadows resident Steve Loras chose to use the Public Comment section of the meeting to deliver an aggressive commentary to the Council.
Loras suggested they revisit the issue of reimbursement of the Mayor’s legal fees regarding the Ethics Complaint filed against him by Jim Duffy and John Oliver, stating that taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used, that the Mayor’s newsletter was never the Mayor’s newsletter, it was the Town’s newsletter and criticizing the hourly rate of the lawyer—all issues previously discussed at the last Council meeting before the Council’s vote. After delivering his hostile complaint he simply left the podium, turned around and left. (The entire commentary can be seen in the video recording of the June 14 meeting)
Fully Committing to Serve the Community?
It has long been the role of Council members to be liaisons to a variety of community activities by serving on these organization’s committees. One of the topics of the Council’s Tuesday evening Work Session was to fill Liaison appointments left uncovered by the departure of the three incumbents. One new Council member appeared to disagree with the practice. Paul Walden reminded everyone that “this is a volunteer position,” asking why staff couldn’t cover these meetings and report to the Council instead of spending time in a liaison position.
After explaining that these are important positions that deserve the representation of elected officials, the Mayor suggested that each Council member identify which liaison position would be their first choice and that their preference would try to be accommodated.
When no one had volunteered for the Education Committee—a position that over the years had been held by such Council members as Bruce Arfsten, Margie Gunther and David Heape—the Mayor asked Paul if that would be something he would consider. Walden’s response: “That doesn’t float my boat. If I wanted to be involved in the schools, I’d be on the school board.” Jim Duffy eventually agreed to fill the Education position.
Yes. Serving on the Council is a volunteer position—one that requires considerable time beyond the twice-monthly Council meetings. Elected officials are considered representatives of the community, a role that has been willingly embraced with countless hours of volunteerism by many Council members throughout the years. It’s an important consideration for anyone seeking the privilege.
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