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  1. Meeting Video Available on Internet

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    June 12, 2014 by Steve Winkler

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    -Observer Staff Report- West Fork City Council Meeting June 10, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpO1uFK35Y4&feature=youtu.be  

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  2. WF Council’s April Meeting

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    April 18, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    The April council meeting started with a couple of bangs when during the approval of the agenda portion, city attorney Tom Kieklak said he had the draft of a Resolution to reimburse council members for attendance at regular and special council meetings ready. The subject has not been before the council in several years. A motion was made by Rodney Drymon and seconded by Misty Caudle to place the item on the agenda. Kieklak told the council that the Resolution was written at the request of Drymon and Caudle. He told the council that it is “ubiquitous that councils reimburse” itself. A discussion later in the meeting revealed that the resolution calls for a member to receive $150 per each regular meeting. Kieklak noted that “Members don’t have to take the reimbursement; they can donate it to a project such as flowers for the garden or books at the library.” A budget adjustment would be necessary. Mr. Drymon’s motion failed — two in favor, three against, three absent. Mrs. Wright moved to put the item on the next agenda. The second bang came during the Utility Department’s report, when water commission secretary Mike Mitchell and Superintendent Bartholomew were questioned by …

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  3. Editorial: Get Out of the Shade

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    March 26, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    Political culture is a curious thing. It always begs the question, “why can’t everybody be like me.” What seems so clear, so obvious to one person can seem so incredibly wrong-headed to the other guy. Democracy breeds ideological diversity. But still, why do we need a law that insists government business take place out in the open, accessible to all. Why do we need Sunshine laws and Freedom of Information statues? Can’t everybody see the advantage of open government?

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  4. Council Blinks, Veto Stands

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    March 26, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    A showdown was averted over Mayor Hime’s veto of last month’s council vote that reversed the planning commission’s denial to establish a commercial zone in a residential neighborhood. A motion by Alderman Rodney Drymon to override the mayor’s veto and grant the rezoning request failed to get a second. Game over. Mike Landa who serves as Planning Commission Chair sought and was denied approval by the commission for his property on McKnight Ave to be rezoned to commercial. He appealed that decision to the City Council who at the February meeting reversed the Commission and granted his request. The mayor vetoed the council’s decision citing a need to take a closer look at possible legal ques- tions. The council listened to Darrell Giddy, Landa’s attorney, argue that the mayor had a conflict of interest because Hime is the subject of a law suit by Landa. Alderman Charlie Rossetti asked City At- torney Tom Kieklak if there was a conflict of interest. Kieklak said he saw “no legal conflict at all.” He also advised the council that they should “be careful about going outside the [regional] plan.” Giddy reminded the council that last month they had deliberated over an hour. He …

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  5. Rendered Speechless

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    February 24, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Faithful readers of the editorials that ap- pear in this space are probably prepared for the usual arm-waving, bug-eyed rant that we spew forth when the West Fork City Council unleashes some action we judge to be worthy of ridicule. Not this time. This time, we are rendered utterly speechless by the council’s mind-boggling vote to override a judicious decision of the Planning Commission and create a two- acre, single parcel commercial zone in the midst of a residential district to accommodate the owner (who is chairman of the planning commission), because he “Has A Right” and wants a bigger tax deduction. There are few things more harmful to the character and livability a city than spot zoning, not to mention the council’s decision is an invitation to litigation. And there are fewer city councils anywhere who would so wistfully abandon any semblance of prudence. But, representative government being what it is, the decision by the council is the will of the citizens of West Fork. The council’s shortsighted irresponsibility has opened a can of worms. The ramifications of that St. Valentine’s Day massacre of common sense will undoubtedly be the topic of many future news articles and scathing editorial …

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  6. Rezoning Vetoed

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    February 20, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    The West Fork rezoning saga isn’t over. Mayor Frances Hime filed a letter today with City Clerk, Kristie Drymon notifying her of the mayor’s veto of the city council’s  “decision in favor of Mr. Michael Landa’s Appeal of the West Fork Planning Commission’s denial of his application for rezoning of 997 McKnight from residential to commercial. In her letter Mayor Hime said she has placed Mr. Landa’s appeal on the March Council Agenda “where a discussion of any legal basis for the Council’s decision may have been contrary to the public interest.” Mayor Hime was not in attendance, recusing herself from the appeal because of her litigation with Landa. Charlie Rossetti, who served as mayor pro tem during the meeting, is currently engaged in a real estate deal with Landa. The appeal passed 6-0. Councilman John Foster was not in attendance. Read the Observer’s previous coverage of the rezoning issue here and here.

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  7. Can I be Your Boss?

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    February 19, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    If you’ve lived in West Fork long enough to have had any dealings with city hall, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the long-standing GAB Policy (Go Ask “Butch”). For decades, Mr. Bartholomew has been the go-to-guy for permission, advice and favors covering the full range of city services. A few months after the citizens elected the reform-minded Frances Hime as mayor, she removed his Business Manager title. But Mr. “B” is the darling of the council and they have gradually been restoring his domain. His influence in the lot split process was returned a few months ago. Then at the January council meeting, during a discussion of a school groups request to use the city’s marquee in front of city hall (aka hillbilly website), the council designated Mr. B to be the guardian of the marquee message. OK, it’s a small thing. Then while trying to understand the process for recruiting and selecting volunteer citizens to fill the four vacant positions on city commissions I became aware that there is no application form to be filled out. So, how does one apply for one of the openings on the Planning or Water Commission? You guessed it Go Ask Butch. Keep in …

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