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All politics begins at the Local Level~ Argyle, Texas is no different


 

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As reported in the Denton Chronicle  there is an Argyle City Council meeting this coming Monday at the home of former County Commissioner Jim Carter.  This meeting was scheduled to be a “workshop retreat” for team building although it is off site in a private home and the agenda includes items that many believe is a violation of law and an attack on employees whose names have been put on the agenda. This does not give them due process and the people who planned this meeting don’t think anybody will come to witness their attacks. 

 “The town of Argyle has scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. Monday, but council members were surprised to learn that instead of having the meeting in normal chambers, the meeting will be held at a home in Bartonville.

The council is scheduled to meet at 1005 Roadrunner Road, a property owned by Kathie Rachwal, tax records show.

According to the town Code of Ordinances, all regular Town Council meetings must be held within the town or at Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

However, the ordinance does not limit where special meetings may be held as long as proper notice is posted at least 72 hours before the meeting.

Council members Bonny Haynes and Peggy Krueger said the council agreed to have a workshop session and training on Monday, but they said they were shocked to see that the agenda had been changed and the location moved.

“It sounds like they don’t want the public to see what they’re doing,” Haynes said. “It’s a sneaky move, and it was a surprise to me when I got the notice and I don’t like it.”

Matt Smith, Mayor, Argyle, TX

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Knowledge is power and I encourage as many people as possible go to the meeting and bring video cameras and recorders, as Bonny Haynes says… “THE PUBLIC HAS EVERY RIGHT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING.”

One of the challenges raised is if parking will become an issue. As a governing body these elected officials  must  hold meetings at public  place that comply with the ADA, including providing enough parking that will accomodate the public. 

Below is an article posted when the Mayor’s race was on. It looks like concerns raised at that time may just be coming true. 

Vote, Vote, Vote Saturday, Do Your Homework – Mayoral Candidate has a Criminal Record

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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