Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
You don’t need to look too far in the history books to find examples of power in one individual causing sorrow on a host of individuals. To name a few, Hitler, Bonaparte, Nero, Mao, etc.
PS-My official position on the golf course it as follows:
-It is important that the residents understand the costs of the golf course. I plan on updating my analysis on the golf course finances yearly.
-The golf course contention has been ugly in the past. I have suggested that we only go into deep analysis of options for the golf course once every 5 years. Since we just looked at it in 2015, we should not take a deep look again until 2020.
-The personal attacks against me and others that support being responsible and looking at options with the golf course needs to stop. "Keep Cedar Hills Green" Facebook page needs to take a break until 2020 when the golf course will be looked at again. The business of making sure only "Pro-Golf" people get elected is ridiculous as this is only one issue among hundreds of important issues the city faces.
-I voted against moving forward on any options with the golf course while on the finance committee because those that would rather have parks, cemetery, etc. are much less passionate about their position than those that want to keep the golf course.
-We should all stop bickering and blaming each other and try to help the golf course be as profitable as possible so that in 2020 when we analyze things again, there will be a continually improving picture to show.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
For historical perspective, back in 2001 when the city was trying to decide whether to issue a revenue bond to finance the golf course, Mayor Sears circulated a flyer listing several inaccuracies that had been communicated to residents. One of those inaccuracies was titled, "Alochol and Sunday Operation". He said "City ownership of the course is the only way to insure control of hours of operation, types of beverages sold or other activities at the golf course." Those that were against alcohol being sold at the course were assured that the city would not sell alcohol. This is one of the reasons why it has been 15 years since this vote until it has finally been approved to sell alcohol at the golf course.
Friday, July 22, 2016
I was disappointed that fewer residents were not aware of this issue. I was in charge of the meeting in the absence of the Mayor and I strongly encouraged the Council to postpone a vote until it was noticed in a manner that informed the public regarding the true nature of the change. It was listed as item number 15 in the agenda as "Review/Action to Amend the Cedar Hills Grill Concessions Agreement". There was no reference to alcohol that could have informed the residents of the nature of the change in the agreement. Unfortunately very few residents were aware of such an important topic early enough before the meeting to allow them time to make it to the meeting. I was disappointed that it passed, but even more disappointed that it passed under the radar of most residents.
Friday, July 1, 2016
After the revolution, the individual states were in need of a stronger coalition than the Articles of Confederation could provide. However, the states needed assurance that the newly formed government would not become as invasive and demanding as the English government had become. The creators of the Constitution were very careful to put strong language limiting the power and scope of the federal government and keeping the power with the individual states, while also protecting individual rights and freedoms.
We should all focus on helping the golf course increase its revenue as much as possible and cut out the constant biccering about the finances of the golf course. The residents were given the opportunity to learn every detail they wanted about the finances of the golf course. They had the opportunity to state their opinions on either side. The residents could have chosen to petition for an initiative to change the golf course this year and chose not to. The subject is closed in my mind until 2020. By then the golf course should be much more financially independent with everyone's positive thoughts and help.
If anyone is interested in looking at my golf course financial analyses and truly wants to understand it between now and then, they can email me at email@example.com or call my cell at (801) 830-3353 and I would be happy to share with them the information I have learned and compiled.
We have a lot of important things to work on with the city council and we gave plenty of time to this topic last year to last for at least 5 years. The only justification in my mind for the trauma last year caused was that we would be able to put the issue to bed for several years and finally have peace on this topic. Now that the time frame for having an initiative this year has passed peacefully, I am happy to report that I have nothing to say regarding this publicly until 2020 besides a yearly financial update regarding the progress of the golf course.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Another option is to simply remove it from the budget and save money for the city and for taxpayers.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
May I suggest that at least once a year (maybe in January) we ask all elected officials to report in a city council meeting all of the gifts or benefits they were given during the past year just so that we go beyond what the law says and stay as far away from the cliff as we can be as a city. I would suggest that the residents demand this from their elected officials not only to protect the city from potential conflicts of interest, but to help elected officials avoid temptation to take gifts or benefits that may be inappropriate.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Last night (March 1, 2016) I stated my opinion on the matter as follows: