I have been to a few council meetings as of late and I think the most strikingly odd thing that happens there is the invocation, or prayer, that starts the meeting. Yes, I do believe in God and we say prayers every night together, but there is something disconcerting about praying in a public meeting. Especially when your sitting there knowing that not everybody in a governmental postion is even being honest or has any kind of integrity and yet they bow their head. Crazy. Point two is that the gentleman who gave the prayer, I assume he is from one of our local churches, prayed for God to make the leaves turn beautiful colors so that lots of people would come here and make our town prosperous. Ok, That is like praying for lots of money, and I don't think that is what the point of religon is. He should be praying for enlightenment, so that council would not believe all the nonsense from the city administrator or city attorney. My two cents.
Ok, off the soap box and on to the real news. The cattle guard is finally in. The base of the old one was busted and they had to wait for it to be delivered. Yea right. That's not the real story, but continuing on. Something about sending out plans to be bid upon for a new transportation building. I am questioning the need for this but it's the first I've heard of it. I'll keep you posted, and yet they have no money for a fence.... Mary Bielz asked for the City to restore its funds for the YPYCS formally known as the EPYCS grants. This is monies distributed by a group of kids at the school. They try to fund community programs. In the past the money has come from the El Pomar Foundation with matching funds coming from the city, but unfortunately this funding will be gone by the Spring. If your organization would like to help continue this program please contact Mary Bielz. The City Council told her to move ahead with the program but ultimately could not promise any funding. After alot of hem hawing, Paul Harris recommended that the City hire a new auditing firm. We have had the same firm for 14 years, which is almost unheard of, Council all agreed that change is good. Public comment was again, of course, about the cows. Too bad the city administrator has had two years to deal with this but has ultimately failed. Wish he would actually tell the truth about it. The thing about lying is that it almost always comes back to bite you in the butt. I'll let it go at that since that's a story for another blog.